SATURDAY AT 5:00 P.M. OR SUNDAY AT 9:30 A.M.
How sad to hear about yet another school shooting. This time it was Florida. What is so wrong with our world that teenagers are going into schools to massacre our children? I feel sadness but I also feel anger. And to be honest, I also feel some fear for those I love.
How are we as Christians supposed to respond to these tragedies? What do we do in the face of evil?
Should we give in to our desire for protection by walling ourselves off in gated communities?
Should we take more drastic action to get rid of all the “bad” people?
Should more of us carry guns to take out the bad people?
Should we put more bad people behind bars?
These questions lead me to this Scripture from 2 Corinthians 5:17-20.
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
What does this mean to you?
God wants us to be Ambassadors of Reconciliation?
Is this a calling you are willing to accept? Or will you turn it down?
What does it mean to change the world by being an Ambassador of Reconciliation?
How can we be reconciled to God? Warning: this could involve looking into our own hearts and confronting our weaknesses there.
In the face of all that is not right with the world, I find this calling to Reconciliation to be very hopeful.
In fact, it is the only solution that I can see that has a chance of being successful.
I look forward to talking with you about all of this during worship this weekend.
SUNDAY AT 11:00 A.M.
As we begin our Lenten journey of reconciliation, we’ll start by looking at what it means to be reconciled, specifically how we forgive ourselves and reconcile our hearts with God. When we read 2 Cor. 5:17-20, we may know in our head that we are reconciled to God through Christ, but sometimes it’s difficult for us to live as though we believe that. Why is that? For some of us, forgiveness of self is the hardest kind of reconciliation. Why is that? Why do we hold on to pain and self-doubt? And, what does this say about our faith?
Here is a quote from Henri Nouwen for you to think about:
Looking forward to worshipping together this weekend!