All Saints Messenger - March 22, 2018

posted Apr 26, 2018, 1:12 PM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

The words of Psalm 31, which we will hear and read this Palm Sunday, could be projected into Jesus' life experience and so they have often been. In so doing, we can sense the level of shame and scorn that accompanied
the events of his last days. But the psalmist wrote as one who clings to God and seeks to be faithful, not simply as a projection onto some future Messiah. 

What does it mean to be faithful in our own time and place, when the privileged position of the church is receding into the past? How long will it be before our memories of the glory days "pass out of mind like one who is dead?" The story of faithfulness does not end with Jesus, or us, or future generations. He asks us to carry on. We are often sent forth from worship, blessed with the words mirrored in verse 16: "May the Lord's face shine on you and be gracious to you." What would it be like to actually believe that this will happen?

God, as we prepare for Holy Week, help us to trust that you will bring life out of death for us, and also for the church and the world. Our memories of the past are not our god, you are. We are in your hands. Amen.

See ya Sunday!