June 6th, 2021 – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
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
There was an interesting novel published in 2019: The Damascus Road by Jay Parini. Unfortunately, I can’t give it a whole-hearted recommendation. About page 209 (where my bookmark index card stopped) out of 343 it lost my interest. As the author’s note starts, “My Father was a Baptist minister…” which you can probably imagine where that sentence goes. The novel in part is a ret-coning of Paul by a highly skilled son who was settling scores with dad. But Mr. Parini is highly skilled, and before the project collapses under the weight of projection and anachronism, he fleshes out the historical Paul and Luke in an interesting way. Everybody who has read Paul comes across the ideal of Paul as a “tent maker”. And the way that we gloss that is Paul working a job literally sowing tents. But that bit doesn’t sit well with the rest of what we know of Paul: a Roman citizen from the colony city of Tarsus, from the upper crust of Jewish society studying under the then best Rabbi, mixing freely with doctors and city leaders like Luke, able to take to task the Corinthians and have them take it, able to dedicate years to both missionary travel and staying in foreign cities. Parini’s tent maker is the inheritor of his Father’s business supplying the Roman legions with their tents wherever they need them. Paul runs an Empire wide supply chain. Which gives him the access and status we see displayed in Acts and the Epistles. Which also allows for his travel as his calling – Apostle of Jesus Christ – is supported by the family business. Parini’s answer fits the history and sociology better if it is not our romantic glow of work-a-day poverty.
It came to mind while reading the epistle lesson for today which is the core of the Gospel – the good news – for Paul. Paul the tent maker knows that he never runs out of business because the legions are always on the march and tents always wear out. Even if the Proconsul-General procuring gear is willing to splurge on the best oil-cloth before heading to Germany or Parthia or Britannia, after a few years in the weather it wears out. Such is life in this body in this world. Everything about this world is wasting away. The spirit of the legion may burn within, but every legionnaire if he survives the battle grows old. His tent is stretched thin. The rains come in more and more. But Christ is our tent maker. He knows that this earthly tent – which is our home – will be destroyed. Even his was on the cross. But the Father raised Jesus, who will also raise us. Today, we know this earthly tent which is our home will one day cease. But God has prepared for us a house. A body that will bear the eternal weight of glory, an eternal dwelling that will not stretch thin or wear out. You might even call it a mansion.
Paul the tent maker can’t procure for you that material, but he proclaims the one who has procured it for you – the LORD Jesus Christ. May we bear with our current tents, in the hope of our eternal home.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: June 7th – June 13th
Mon. – Fri. ……….….… 9:00amPreschool
Tuesday: ………………. 9:00am Pastors’ Circuit Meeting
Thursday: ……………… 10:00amBible Study
Sunday: …………………. 10:00am Worship
11:00am Bible Study
- Thurs 10am: 1 & 2 Thessalonians, How the Bible Talks about The End of the World Timeline
- Confirmation: Returns in September
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): Returns in September
- Sunday Morning: Study will be at 11:15ish, after worship, Walking through the Gospel of Mark
- Catechism Moment: In your email, send me yours if you are not getting it. On Lord’s Prayer
RUMMAGE SALE … July 10th / SAVERS DELIVERY … July 14th
We will be accepting: kids clothing and toys, adult clothing and accessories (scarves, hats, purses, shoes etc.), housewares (dishes etc.) bedding, curtains, towels, tablecloths, books, CDs and DVDs, games, puzzles, small appliances and furniture. We can NOT take TVs, or computers. You may drop off items in the Multi-purpose Room anytime between June 27th and the afternoon of Thursday, July 8th.
If you are interested in volunteering, we will need help sorting and pricing throughout that week. We also need volunteers to work the sale on July 10th. Please contact Ellen (585-201-0756) or Mindy (585-489-4972) if you want to help. Feel free to email with any questions or suggestions as well.
Anything remaining at 3pm will be boxed up, so extra hands at this time would be greatly appreciated. The boxes will be taken to Savers in Webster on Wed., July 14th at 11am. People willing to drive to Webster are also needed. Savers will then send us a check based on the weight of what we deliver (fabric items gets the best rate).
WEEKLY NEWS BULLETIN/CALENDAR
The deadline for inclusion in this weekly bulletin is Thursday evening. It gets compiled and goes to print on Friday morning. If you have items for the bulletin, or if you have calendar items that should be in the church calendar, for right now please send them to pastor. I will need three things: dates both of the activity and how long you want the notice to run, a short paragraph, and a subject headline. This is another available role if someone would like to compile. The information here also then gets published on the church website and emailed to our current list.