JESUS OF THE SCARS by Edward Shillito
I have been asked many times over the last couple of weeks how the Early Egg Hunt went this year. Here is just a glimpse through the eyes of one young boy and a mom:
“Jesus is always with you and always listens to your prayers.”
One of our Easter Story Egg table leaders spoke these words of life to a young boy who shared about a hard family situation that he is currently in. She was in the midst of sharing the Easter story with him when he opened up about it. Beautiful words of hope for this boy in the midst of despair.
“This is the best Easter egg hunt my family has been to because we have had the chance to meet people from the community afterward!”
This second comment was made by a mom with two young kids. She was excited that there were activities after the egg hunt so that she could actually meet and get to know people from the community. Through the tangible environment that was created (great food, playground, Easter craft) people found more than just an egg hunt. They found a chance to get to know one another.
So much preparation from our church family goes into creating the tangible environment that spurs stories like these. Thank you for snapping eggs together, for bagging candy, for setting up tables and chairs, for grilling hot dogs and refilling drinks, for helping kids with Easter Story Egg sets, for welcoming families, for directing parking, for capturing the event in pictures, for praying, and so much more – all to share the joy of Easter!”
All glory be to thee, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, for that thou, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there, by his one oblation of himself once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; …
Come unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and
I will refresh you. Matthew 11:28
to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life. John 3:16
that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
1 Timothy 1:15
Christ the righteous; and he is the perfect offering for our
sins, and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole
world. 1 John 2:1-2
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we pray you to set your passion, cross, and death between your judgment and our souls, now and in the hour of our death. Give mercy and grace to the living; pardon and rest to the dead; to your holy Church peace and concord; and to us sinners everlasting life and glory; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Some of you asked for the slides from the last Sunday’s sermon, so here they are. For some reason you can click through them a lot faster than I did at the service. Perhaps it’s because you don’t have to say, “Click” for each one, and/or because I have abbreviated the stories a good bit?
As we are the Temple, this is part of who we are in Christ, how our heavenly Father sees us, and what the Holy Spirit wants to do in us and through us. Enjoy.
Right before the verse where these slides begin, v.8, “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them,” the Lord says to Moses: “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from each man whose heart prompts him to give. These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; … Ex. 25:2-3
And Jesus says to us… Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:33-34
I bring this up because the offering that was brought for the Temple of New Covenant last month was just a bit more than half of what was budgeted. We pray it’s an anomaly. For example, January was almost on budget. Thank you for your support and helping build his temple here.
Blessings to you all,
Looking at the passages for Sunday, I have been asking myself, and now you:
ii.”Is there a purpose to our salvation, to getting through the waters?”
The gospel of Jesus has been reaching across countries, cultures and conversations since his first announcement that God’s kingdom was here. In his words and deeds; in his person and mission.
Here is another look at the first priest at Jamestown.