Virtual Bulletin – 4/11

April 11th, 2021

WORSHIP & Bible Study

Worship is at 10AM, Lord’s Supper for those present.

This week’s service Bulletin/Worship Link Here

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6458485288?pwd=R2xGZkRNVi9TdzFPQzlaVnluNWo4QT09

Zoom Info: Meeting ID: 645 848 5288 Passcode: miracles

Bible Study after service or 11:15ish.  I’ll keep the zoom line on. 

Devotion & Prayer Thought

The Gospel is first a story.  I don’t mean a story as in a fairy tale.  Neither do I mean a story as in a modern novel.  I mean a story as in a narrative of things that actually happened.  The Gospel is the story of God’s interaction with men.  It is the story of God creating Adam and Eve.  It is the story of the depravity of sin growing until the Flood.  It is the story of God’s selection of Abraham, and Abraham believing this God.  It is the story of the creation of a nation, Israel, from that one man.  It is the story of the failure of that nation, of her prophets, priests and kings.  It is finally the story of Jesus, the prophet, priest and king. There are lots of tributaries and side creeks alongside that main channel.  All of our stories, to the extent that we are living the Christian story, flow into that stream.  And there are lots of things in life that make absolute narrative sense, we actually lived them, that make no logical sense. 

Many of Paul’s letters are based on his story.  That is how John’s first letter begins.  “we have heard, we have seen with our eyes, we looked upon and touched with our hands – the life was made manifest, and we have seen it.”  The meaning, the theology that John is going to preach, is based on this gospel story.  “That which we have seen and heard we proclaim to you.”  The Apostolic witness is first to God’s story.  These things happened.  That Apostolic witness is then to what does that mean.  Do you want your story to be part of this one that flows to eternal life?  Here is one Spirit inspired ways of thinking about it.  Paul and Peter and John are all proclaiming the gospel, and so ultimately agree, even if their ways of preaching are different.

John is the dualist, which is funny.  John has this reputation as the hippy apostle, he’s Godspell and the summer of love.  But if you listen carefully it is John that makes the harshest distinctions.  Paul understands personal failure.  “I was the chief of sinners.  The very thing I do not want to do, I keep doing.” John makes clear divisions. “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”  Please, find for me in there the simultaneously sinner and saint.  There is light and there is darkness, figure out which you stand in.

I’m not setting John against Paul. There are ways (beyond the confines of this meditation) to reconcile them.  But the way that John and Paul and all the apostles would agree that they reconcile is the story.  “We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for our only but also for the sins of the whole world.” The Gospel is first a story, the story of Jesus Christ for all of us.  And we will all as Paul would say “work out our salvation with fear and trembling.”  How do our stories conform to Christ?  Are we Johannine, coming out of darkness into the light?  Are we Peterine? Being built as living stones into a spiritual house, a holy people?  Are we like Paul, running the race set before us?  Or maybe like James, seeking to live by the wisdom from above.  The body of Christ is many stories, conforming themselves to the One Story.  May we be blest in this divine fellowship.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF:  April 12th – April 18th

Mon. – Fri. ……….….…  9:00amPreschool

Wednesday: ……………   9:00amConfirmation Class

Thursday: ……………… 10:00amBible Study

Sunday: …………………. 10:00am    Worship

                                           11:00am    Bible Study

BIBLE STUDIES

  • Thurs 10am: Ezekiel – Chap 37
  • Confirmation:  Back on this coming Wednesday 4/14. Elder questions 5/4
  • Life Application Fellowship (LAF):  April 21st. See you on the Zoom line.
  • Sunday Morning: Study will be at 11:15ish, after worship, Walking through the gospel of Mark – the one read in this year’s lectionary.
  • Catechism Moment: Sorry for a couple weeks off here.  You will see the Catechism Moment this week.

UPCOMING EVENTS (please contact Ellen or Mindy if you would like to lend a hand with any of these projects)

  • April 22nd (Thurs.) … Brownie baking and Beef cooking for Beef on Weck
  • April 23rd (Fri.) … Potato salad & Cole Slaw Prep day for Beef on Weck
  • April 24th (Sat.) … Spring Drive-Thru BEEF ON WECK Fundraiser Dinner
  • June 24th (Thursday) … collecting begins for our Rummage Sale
  • June 28th (Monday) … sorting and pricing begins for our Rummage Sale
  • July 10th (Saturday) … RUMMAGE SALE
  • July … week after the 10th … delivery to SAVERS

THANK YOU to Mike Bayer, Nick DiFonzo, and Wayne Warriner for cleaning up the tree limb that fell on our fence at the back of our parking lot.