Greetings in Christ,
What is the most important thing you can ever do in Waterloo?
Eh? Whaddaya think?
Support Life Network? Or maybe Give to the various Food Banks around here? Oooo, Oooo, Volunteer to feed people in need! That’s a good one!
While all of those are good and ought to be on our radar as ways to serve our neighbor as citizens of this community, either individually or as a congregation, the most important thing we can do is to faithfully share Jesus with people.
I’ll be preaching this weekend about Paul’s words to the church in Corinth where he reminds them that he delivered to them what was of first importance… JESUS! The message of His death and resurrection and the fact that all who are in Christ will not be dead forever!
We continue to deliver that which is of first importance. We continue to deliver the Good News of Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sins. We continue to bring the peace that passes all understanding.
As you prepare for the Divine Service this weekend, you can take a look at the Service Folder to find the readings, prayers, and other parts of the service that will help to guide your reflection and prayer.
You can dig deeper into the parts of this weekend’s service with this segment from Issues, Etc.
Here’s the Lectionary Summary for the upcoming weekend that ties the themes of the weekend together:
Christians Live by Faith in Christ and Rejoice in the Promise of His Resurrection
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man,” for all the strength of his flesh is like the grass that fades away (Jer. 17:5). The one who turns away from the Lord may have food and money and laugh for now, but he “shall mourn and weep” in the judgment (Luke 6:24–25). But “the man who trusts in the Lord” is blessed with all that he needs, “like a tree planted by water.” When heat comes, he survives (Jer. 17:7–8). For the Lord has come in the flesh to heal the people of all their diseases, to cleanse their spirits with forgiveness, and to preach the Gospel of the kingdom of God to the poor (Luke 6:18–20). As all of this is by way of His cross, it is solely by faith in the promise of His resurrection that Christians “rejoice” and “leap for joy” (Luke 6:21–23). “If Christ has not been raised,” our faith is in vain and we are most to be pitied (1 Cor. 15:14–19). But, in fact, just as “Christ died for our sins,” so has He also “been raised from the dead” (1 Cor. 15:3, 20).
If you weren’t able to join us for service last week, you can catch up now.
I look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Blessings on your day!