MESSAGE FROM PASTOR LIZ
We continue our journey with Jesus as he makes his way to Jerusalem. Sunday’s sermon focused on the importance of developing our “kingdom eyes.”
Here is an excerpt in case you missed worship on Sunday:
Determinism is the doctrine that all events, including human action, are ultimately determined by causes external to the will. There is so much that we can’t control. We can’t help how we came into the world, our gender, our particular parents, our DNA. The tulips will break open, bloom, then submit to the wind, or deer. The universe will continue to expand, and more rapidly. What goes up must come down.
And. The Gospel offers a way out of determinism. We are not JUST our DNA, our experiences, and where they lead us. We can be born anew to see more than determinism.
“Kingdom eyes” see power where others see weakness. “Kingdom eyes” see hope where other eyes see the end of the road. “Kingdom eyes” see the value in an enemy. “Kingdom eyes” see beauty in simplicity and humility; “kingdom eyes” see the futility of hoarding, dividing or disrespecting any of God’s good creation.
This Sunday we will meet Jesus at the well, with a Samaritan woman, who, like us, thirsts for the kin-dom.
We will exercise great caution in worship, making sure hand sanitizer is available for everyone!