In light of the turmoil we see around us – the pandemic, racial injustice, and the political chaos, how are we to think? How are we to pray? What are we to say and do?
John Calvin rightly suggested Scripture is like a pair of glasses that help us see clearly, and with that guidance, I invite you to spend time listening for God’s voice to you through these words from Colossians 3.
1 So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth,
3 for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry).
6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient.
7 These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life.
8 But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth.
9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices
10 and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.
11 In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!
12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.
17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
It is appropriate for us to measure what we see happening around us against the truth of God’s Word, and it is also appropriate to measure what we see happening within us against the truth of God’s Word. As Christians we are called to take a clear and firm stance against that which is anti-Christ in the world, and we are called to confess that which is anti-Christ in us.
Yes! We have resumed in-person worship on Sundays at 11:00! It is a joy to have people in the sanctuary and people joining online for the livestream. So far, all in attendance are able to be safely seated in the sanctuary, and we’ve not needed to utilize the overflow seating for the livestream in Covenant Hall. Reservations are not necessary, but if you are planning to come, please review the COVID PROTOCOLS so you’ll know what to expect.
If you’re not ready or unable to attend today, you can still follow the livestream service on YouTube, Facebook, or here on the website.
Small groups are being formed a 12 week study on Racial Justice. Those interested will be gathered into groups of up to 8 people to be facilitated by members of the Racial Justice Listening Group. Beginning in January, Zoom and in-person options are available on Mondays 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, view the RJLG report Read more...
Do you have a favorite hymn? One that comforts you? One that brings joy to you?
At this time when we cannot sing together, we want to bring you opportunities to sing at home. Send us a request for a hymn you would like to hear, and we will create a video with someone from the Music Ministry playing the hymn along with some background information about it. The videos will be posted online for you to use and enjoy. To make a request, submit this short form.