April 18th, 2021
WORSHIP & Bible Study
Worship is at 10AM, Lord’s Supper for those present.
This week’s service Bulletin/Worship Link Here
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 letter of 1 John is our Epistle reading during the season of Easter. It started last week, and I’m going to base these meditations during Easter on it. I’d encourage you to take your Bible and read the entire letter in a sitting. It is short, only 6 pages in my palm sized bible. Probably 10 minutes quick, a little more if you read closely.
I mentioned last week that John is paradoxical. On the surface, he is the one everybody likes. He talks about “love” all the time. In today’s epistle the likable phrase is “children of God.” “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God, and so we are.” A big warm fuzzy even to my cold analytical heart. But I also said that John is the dualist meaning that the words he often uses are like light and dark. In this case the children of God are opposed by “the World.” In saying what John is saying, Paul would use a martial metaphor, something like “put on the full armor of God, so that you might be able to stand. (Eph 6).” The Christian life is clearly one of struggle. The devil, the world and even our own sinful nature all hate the New Adam. But to John? “The world does not know us, because it did not know him.” It is just a case of mistaken identity, but one that will be cleared up soon. “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared, but we know that when he appears, we shall be like him.” Until then, “everyone who thus hopes in him purified himself as He is pure.” Easy peasy, right?
Ok, enough of my cracking on the Apostle and his inspired words before I get hit with lightning, because John is not wrong. It is as simple as you are now a child of God. If we keep that truth before us many mundane decisions become easier. And it is that deep galactic truth that allows John to repeatedly say hard-easy things. Things like “little children, let no one deceive you…no one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.” Easy in that it is self-evidently true. Hard in that it forces a choice on us. If we want to keep sinning intentionally – make a practice of it, and practice makes perfect, which our flesh certainly wants to do – then we cannot be the Children of God. We will still sin because we were born sinful, but we have also been reborn, born of God in water and the Spirit. And such children of God will crucify those sinful desires (Gal 5:24). There is Paul again with his stark images. To John, it is easy. You have been made the children of God, so act like it. “Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as He is righteous.” May we lean to walk this hard-easy path of the Children of God growing up fully into His grace and glory.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: April 19th – April 26th
Mon. – Fri. ……….….… 9:00amPreschool
Monday: ………………. 6:30pm Women’s Group meeting on Zoom
Tuesday: ………………. 9:00am Pastor’s Circuit Meeting
Wednesday: …………… 9:00amConfirmation Class
7:30pm Church Council Meeting
Thursday: ……………… 9:00am Browning baking and Beef cooking
Friday: ………………… 9:00am Potato Salad Prep
Saturday: ……………… 4:30pm Beef on Weck Fundraising Dinner
Sunday: …………………. 10:00am Worship
11:00am Bible Study
- Thurs 10am: Ezekiel & The Temple
- Confirmation: Elder questions 5/4, 5/23 in Service Ceremony
- 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: Continuing on the 10 Commandments, 8th commandment 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