Join us this summer for a great adventure! Vacation Bible School 2015 is Sunday, June 28- Thursday, July 2 from 5:30pm-8:30pm. We start with a kid-friendly dinner to make it easy for families on those busy weeknights. Kids age 3- entering 6th grade are invited! Older youth can serve as volunteers and assistant leaders.
Sunday, April 6, 2015- Resurrection of our Lord- Pastor Kate Costa
“Just one more chapter, please!” My dad read us stories at bedtime, long after we were past the age that most parents read goodnight stories to their little ones. I remember even in middle school begging for just one more page, one more chapter, one more exciting tale to keep us up long after we should have had sugar plums dancing in our heads. Whether it was the Box Car Children or Nancy Drew or Harry Potter, we had to know more. And as an adult I’ve been known to stay up late with a good novel, saying to myself, “Just one more chapter, and that’s it. One more!” Do you ever get that feeling? Or maybe for you it’s watching the Big Bang Theory or House of Cards? Now you don’t even have to press the button- Amazon gives you “one more chapter” automatically and you’re hooked for another 45 minutes!
…will begin on Thursday, Jan. 22 at Noon. Please join us- bagged lunches are welcome! For preparation, please read the first chapter and the introduction to Acts in a study Bible.
The Acts of the Apostles is an action-packed account of the early church. As you read, watch for the work of the Holy Spirit- deeds of power, fiery preaching, generous giving, and amazing prison breaks. And, don’t be surprised if you find the Holy Spirit at work in your own life!
You are invited for worship on Easter Sunday, 2014! Bring your family and friends for this special day in the life of the church- and in your life as a child of the living God! Worship will be at 10am, with breakfast and fellowship at 9am. Click for FAQ’s and directions. Join us as we proclaim loud and strong: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!
Did you try it out yet? I know last Sunday was a long time ago, but do you remember my challenge? The challenge was to look yourself in the mirror, and to proclaim, to remind yourself, “I am a child of God, and doggone it, God is going to use me to change the world.”
I encouraged you to do that because of John’s words- “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave the power to become the children of God.”
That is a blessing that reaches through the ages, through all of the faithful generations of the church, right down to you and me. It is not a promise that relies on what we do or don’t do. It’s not a promise that relies on how “strong your faith feels” right now or whether or not you have “come to Jesus”. It is a promise that God makes to you, because you are a claimed and chosen child of God in your baptism. You are named and claimed as God’s child in that moment. So let’s try it again:
Each year, on this Sunday, the first Sunday of Christmas, the texts for the day are chosen from the stories of Jesus’ childhood that we have recorded in the Bible. There aren’t many. We only have a handful of stories before Jesus begins his ministry as an adult. One year we read the story of Anna and Simeon in the temple bringing their blessings to the tiny messiah and those beautiful words, “Now Lord, you let your servant go in peace”. One year we read the story of Jesus reading in the temple while his parents search for him frantically.
And this year, we read Matthew’s version of Jesus’ childhood. This story is called by two names “The Flight into Egypt” and “The Massacre of the Innocents”. The two names reflect the two parallel events- two distinct sides of the story. One side is the safety for the holy family as they flee into refuge in Egypt. The other side is the true and horrid fact that many families did not have the same opportunity to escape the wrath of Herod. Wrath that was caused by hearing that a new king- albeit a very different kind of king, an infant Messiah- was on the scene in Israel.
So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. Luke 2: 16-18
I think sometimes we like to picture Christmas as a moment frozen in time. Like our beautiful carved nativity scene that never changes, we imagine the Christmas night to be a perfect, unmoving scene. Jesus as a tiny baby, nestled in the swaddling clothes, tucked into the manger bed, no crying he makes. Mary looks on serenely, Joseph hums a lullaby, all the shepherds bring their praise with their heads quietly bowed. Still. Peaceful. Calm.
Do you know what I mean? Let me give a few examples of “frozen Christmas moments”