The sanctuary God is building through communion with Him and each other, is not being built for the current membership of First Church. The sanctuary God is building is for the thousands of people in the Downtown area that do not have a community of faith to call home.
Greetings from my day before vacation!!! When you read this I will be on the beach for a week of rest with my family I have been eagerly waiting for. Normally on this month of the summer I just cut and paste something to put here in the name of Summer slowdown. Instead, there is something I read that has been resonating with me quite a bit for the last month or so. It basically was a challenge to take a close look at how I rest and why I rest.
This last Sunday morning I referenced a former baseball player, Bill Buckner, in my sermon.
Unfortunately, Bill Buckner was most famous for an error he made on the baseball field during game 6 of the 1986 World Series. This error contributed to the Red Sox losing that game. The Red Sox would go on to lose the series to the Mets. Bill Buckner would never be able to escape the shadow of that one play. His entire baseball career would be defined by most people only by his one error.
Over the last couple of months, I have been preaching through a sermon series on "Conversations with Jesus". I've chose different times throughout the Gospel narratives where we get a window into personal conversations between Jesus and individuals. This has given us insight into the character of Jesus and way in which Jesus chose to transform people personally one by one.
The darkness that came over the day on Good Friday has faded into the darkness of night. There is very little recorded about the Saturday that lies between the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection. I can't imagine Mary his mother, his friends, and his disciples slept much that night. Although Jesus said he would rise from the dead on the third day, it doesn't seem like they really understood that to be a promise of an actual resurrection.
I highly suggest all of you participate in as many of the services we are offering this week as you can. Your celebration of Easter on Sunday will be greatly impacted by your participation in these services.
Maundy Thursday- Tonight at 7:00 -- If you're not already planning on coming tonight for the Maundy Thursday Service, do whatever you can to be here. It is always an incredibly meaningful service for me and I promise it will help fix you in the right mind and spirit as we head into Easter.