Good Morning Friends, it is Friday, January 9, 2015.
It is often said that the future of the church depends on the number of children and youth in attendance. An argument ensued to the contrary. Another said, the greatest future for the church is still dependent on Jesus, proclaimed, lived and shared. Yes, in any ideal church congregation, show me a pastor who would not want 100 pregnant women at any given time.
Bishop Will Willimon, in his book that my Wednesday night group just finished—”Why Jesus?”;—said, God’s great rescue operation for a fallen world is Jesus Christ. (89) He also said, God is a Jew from Nazareth who lived briefly, died violently, and rose abruptly. This God scared us to death but also thrilled us to life. (6-7). What I have enjoyed about Willimon, and I shared this with the class, is the fact that he is adamant on teaching us a strong Christology– the branch of theology dealing with the nature, person, and deeds of Jesus Christ.
My Sunday school class that meets in the Conference Room at 9AM has embarked on a new book entitled, “The Will of God”; by Leslie Weatherhead. In this study, we are grappling with challenging Christian doctrine of God’s Will. When is it and when is it not, are important and timely questions, and much more as we begin this new study. You are invited.
My point is, we need everyone, young and seasoned to be part of a community of faith. What is also important is to learn about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, the disciples, Apostle Paul and the history of the Christian Church (2,000+ years). Get involved in a study group. This is so important to learn about God and to live out our lives as a disciple of Christ.
On a whole other note, do you remember last year’s Fat Tuesday’s Fish Fry and Covered Dish Church Social in Aldersgate? Donations needed to buy the catfish. (Hint, Hint, Hint) A Gumbo Cook-off will also be in the works for folks enjoying some Cajun cuisine. More information forthcoming. Send your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
My last point and I finish here… We also need to gather and break bread together. I am reminded of the scripture that says…”;he (Jesus) was made known in the breaking of bread.”; (Luke 24:35) That evening, we will have a time to bless the bread brought and shared, and invite Jesus to the meal. Praise God from whom all blessings flow (PGFWABF).
Sermon Series this Sunday, “Things I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said.”; The table is being prepare..come and feast, and bring someone with you. There is plenty.
Shalom, Paz, and Peace…Pastor Frank