Good Folks, it is Friday, January 22, 2016. Only one day before the concert series, “Musical Show Tunes.” You will not want to miss this event. The concert is free and open to the public and promptly begins at 7:00p.m in our sanctuary. Also, 18 days until our third annual Fat Tuesday Fish Fry, for the congregation and invited guests. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Lastly, begin to read the Gospel of Luke, for this will be a sermon series and congregational reading during the days of Lent: February 10 – March 27 (Easter).
You have read and heard me often speak that I am directionally challenged. Three years ago when about to purchase a new vehicle, one of the “must haves” was going to be a built-in GPS. Thanks God for GPS. Our lives are purposeful. God has a unique plan for you, and you alone. Bishop Walpole, the father of Hugh Walpole, the novelist, once said to a friend who was weighing a call: If you are uncertain of which of two paths to take, choose the one on which the shadow of the cross falls.*
John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, wrote these words, “I am a creature of a day, passing through life as an arrow through the air. I am a spirit come from God and returning to God; just hovering over the great gulf, till, a few moments hence, I am no more seen; I drop into an unchangeable eternity. I want to know one thing – the way to heaven; how to land safe on that happy shore. God himself has condescended to teach the way; for this very end he came from heaven. He hath written it down in a book. O give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I have it; here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be hono unius libri.”
Even Wesley needed direction to heaven.
Our Lenten study for the congregation will be the Gospel of Luke. One book from the 66 books of the canon of the Bible. With the sermon series halfway, with our lives seeking direction daily, and our congregation seeking what God has in store for us this year on, let us pray, asking for discernment … and while waiting for God’s guidance choose the path where our lives fall on the shadow of the cross.
“… and he shall direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
*From Hugh Walpole, A Biography by Rupert Hart-Davis