When we cancelled church because of the winter storm last Sunday, we did so in order to ensure that you all would be safe at home. It felt strange to cancel worship, but it provided an opportunity to try something new: we did a live-stream time of scripture teaching and prayer on Facebook. We were delighted to have so many people join us, including many of you from our church family who are spread around the country. For those of you who missed it, here’s the link to view it for yourself. It really helped bring home the message – and connect our faith community – in a new way.
Speaking of bringing it home, this Sunday we will continue the story we discussed last week, when Jesus preached in his hometown synagogue. As we learned last week, he revealed the power of the Holy Spirit on him, as well as how his mission was to making the lives of the suffering better. And all were amazed… until we come to the text for this Sunday were we find his home-town violently upset with his message. You can read the whole story in Luke 4:14-30, and come to worship Sunday to learn why his message was hard to bring home.
Also on Sunday, we’re celebrating the 186th Annual Congregational Meeting of the First Presbyterian Church. There’s some business we need to do, and we’ll take time to look back on 2018 and ponder our shared call to ministry for 2019. I’m grateful for all those who submitted their year-end reports for this meeting, and if you’re interested in reading ahead, here’s the link to the online version of the annual reports. It’s a great snap-shot of how we’re trying to bring Christ’s ministry home.
See you Sunday!