It's a beautiful day!
Don't let it get away! Today is our last full day of Refresh, Restore, Renew 2020, so let's make the most of the time we've been given here together. Today's Community Care task is a call to reflection and to action, so we ask that you give yourself plenty of time to engage deeply in the vital task of confronting racial inequality. Don't forget 24/7 Prayer! We often call it the "heartbeat" of our experience because prayer connects us to the Source of all life, healing, and inspiration.
Rev. Tom Albin's fourth morning meditation concerns John 1:35-42.
35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
Is there a particular word, phrase, or mental image that stands out to you from the reading?
How does the Scripture touch you or move you? How does it make you feel?
What is God calling me to do-- that I can do today-- through this text?
This morning we invite you to "find the Messiah" -- to discover Jesus in a new way. As you open up your heart, you might pray something like:
"Like Peter, I want to come and see who You are and what You are doing. Please be my savior and my teacher; please show me new truths today as I study your word."
David shares two of his own compositions: "He Makes the Dawn" and "Worthy."
Rev. Steve Rankin's final message comes from Mark 10:35-45, where James and John audaciously ask Jesus for elevated status in Heaven. Rankin unpacks the famous passage where Jesus proclaims that to be great in the Kingdom of God, one must become like a servant.
Want to talk about it? Make sure you are registered for access to our "Lunchtime Chat" with Rev. Steve Rankin at 12 noon PDT.
Key Questions from this message:
What kind of student of Jesus am I prepared to be?
What manner of citizen am I in Christ's Kingdom?
What does it mean to deny oneself and take up the cross to follow Christ?
For this fourth message, Rev. Tom Albin turns his focus towards prayer and healing. Using Matthew 4:23, Albin points out that the Kingdom of God includes the healing power of Jesus Christ. This healing can be physical, mental, emotional, or relational, but Albin gives several personal examples of physical healing from his own life experience.