Good Afternoon Everyone,
How is your week going? Things have been good here. Now that Easter is over things have calmed down so I am getting a breather myself.
Just a heads up that next week I will be out of the office from Monday through Wednesday because of the pastor’s conference out at Twin Rocks. Brad (the ‘temp’) will be in the office his normal hours if you need anything.
Also, there is no Soup and Bread tonight or for the next couple weeks. Our next Soup and Bread Meeting is on Wednesday May 2nd when we are hosting an Ice-Cream Social and kicking off two new small groups:
- A Crash Course in All Things Quaker (Wess, facilitator)
- The Spirituality of Children (Debbie Hagen, facilitator)
This Sunday we will be reflecting on this passage from 1 John 1 (this is from The Message version):
1 From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in-we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with our own hands.2 The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes; we saw it happen! And now we’re telling you in most sober prose that what we witnessed was, incredibly, this: The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us.
3 We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.4 Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!
Walk in the Light
5 This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him.
6 If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth-we’re not living what we claim.7 But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.
8 If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense.9 On the other hand, if we admit our sins-make a clean breast of them-he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing.10 If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God-make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.
- What part of this are you most drawn to?
- What part of this text do you think is the most important?
- Which part of this is the most challenging for you?