Life Together

         Schools will soon be closing for the summer.  People are planning vacations.  Some are looking forward to trips to the lake.  Others are looking forward to fresh vegetables.  In your planning, do not forget the many activities and ministries provided here at First Christian Church.  Don’t forget Vacation Bible School.

During the month of June, I am asking you to read, as I reread, my favorite devotional book:  Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together.  Unlike most devotional books, it focuses on the Interaction of people with each other, and not just our relationship with God.  As Jesus pointed out in the upper room, it is how we treat one another that shows to the world that we are indeed Jesus’s disciples [John 13: 35].  After all, why would non-Christians want to join a group that taught love but practiced hostility one to another?

Bonhoeffer was a young German theologian active in the ecumenical movements and with contacts throughout the world.  He had several opportunities to flee Nazi Germany, but he chose to stay and “witness” before them and the world to his Christian faith.  During the time he developed the ideas in Life Together, he was teaching in a secret seminary to avoid the German authorities.  He later joined one of the plots to assassinate Hitler.  He was hanged just prior to the liberation of the concentration camp at Flossenburg in April, 1945.  Despite the vast number of his writings and their influence, this remains, I think, one of the most important.  Read it with us, and make up your own mind.   God Bless You!

Special Music

     I owe a great deal of thanks to members of our music ministry for all their hard work during Holy Week and Easter Sunday.  First, Sanctuary Choir, thank you so much for your beautiful choral work.  Orchestra, fantastic festive finish and hymn accompaniment Easter!  Sanctuary Bells, the work paid off!  Thank you for your hours of practice and determination.  Handbells is such a unique musical experience, aurally and visually.  Alice, Angela, David, Cindy, Penny, Wayne, and technicians, thank you for your contributions to our mid-day Holy week services.

Coming up May 3, 2017, at 6pm, we will host the group Brass Works from Chattanooga, TN.  This is a regional brass ensemble composed of music ministers and laypersons.  Of special interest to me are two members.  Carroll Wallace, recently retired Christian Church Minister, trombone player, and fellow graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, will be leading the group.  Carroll and I crossed paths in Seminary.  We both played in Seminary Winds under Douglas Smith, Professor of Instrumental Music.  Dan Hanson serves as one of the trumpet players.  Dan was my minister of music from about the 6th grade though my high school years.  Dan had a great influence on me and my vocational calling.  It will be a thrill for me to be a part of this event May 3.  I ask you to join us in our Sanctuary at 6pm to hear some great sacred music made by some very gifted and talented individuals.  You will not want to miss it!

Bill

 

Thank you for Your Service

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Holy Week was wonderful.  Many people drew inspiration and were spiritually strengthened by participating in our worship services.   So many people contributed to the week in so many ways that it is  beyond my ability to thank each one for the ministry they provided during this week.  Be assured of my gratitude and thanks for all that you have done.  Moreover, there is ONE who knows exactly what you have done, and, if I can be so bold, the LORD thanks you for what you have done.  May your hearts and souls be blessed, even as you bless others.

God Bless You!

                 

Holy Week

     Holy Week is upon us!  There are many opportunities for us to observe and experience the drama which played out in the last few days of Jesus’ life on earth.  My hopes are you can take advantage of these gatherings without creating too much stress in your daily lives.  I am thankful for all the work our many volunteers put in during this season.

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, focusing on Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  Monday-Friday Mid-day Services run 12:15 to 12:45 followed by a lunch you can eat here or take with you.  Maundy Thursday at 7:30, our music ministry will present music and readings leading us through those final hours before the crucifixion and culminating with a live crucifixion scene.  Then we will gather Easter Sunday morning to celebrate specifically the resurrection of Christ.

I need to thank Alice, Angela, David Herring, and Greg Deahl for playing on “Take Our Bread” this past Sunday.  It’s great to have all this talent around. 

Orchestra and Children’s Choirs – There will be no rehearsals Monday, April 17.

Gratefully, Bill

 

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