Community in Action July 18, 2020

As we look at some new changes this fall Joan and I are reading a book called Delighted. It suggests that in Youth Ministry we need to help youth recognize the joy, the wonder, and the excitement about the Christian faith. One of the authors provides an image from the resurrection as recounted in all three of the synoptic gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

    When Jesus breathed his last at his crucifixion the curtain to the Holy of Holies in the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom (Matthew 27:50-52, Mark 15:37-39), and Luke 23:44-46). Typically we think of the “barrier” between us and God is taken down. It is true Jesus is our “high priest” (Hebrews 2:17 and Hebrews 3:1) who is our direct pathway to interact with God, because of his sacrifice the curtain is torn away so the barrier which is usually between God and our selves is no longer there.

    Yet the author, in this book Delighted, suggests it could also be interpreted as the amniotic sac splitting apart releasing the Holy Spirit so the baby can be born. Just as the law was our guardian or nanny until Christ came so we can be justified by faith (Galatians 3:23-25) so this amniotic sac protected us until we were ready to follow the Spirit in to the world.

    This splitting apart is the loosening of the Spirit of God into the world. Not the Spirit of God is not already in the world, but we are no longer encumbered by all the things which keep us from living out the calling each of us has by God. Once we embrace Jesus as our Savior we can live more freely in the grace that flows from the Spirit into our lives.

    Maybe this is a bit far fetched, but it certainly gives me a sense that all of us, youth, adults, and children are called to live in a freedom which is expressed in creativity, goodness, and joy.

    I ask that as you continue to pray for our community of faith throughout this summer during this unprecedented time that you also pray for our leadership as we seek to fill the enormous role which both Bailey Kraft and Bruce Byrne have filled this last year. Bruce of course having been in leadership for almost 25 years here at JKPC and Bailey, only in “official” leadership for this last year, who grew up in this church and was involved in a leadership role for many years before her “official” status.

    Again it is hard to say good bye to these two beloved leaders, but both of them are moving into new life challenges, being led by the Spirit and hopefully being blessed by us. I ask you to continue to pray for them in their new endeavors and ask that as they have been a blessing to us we can continue to be a blessing to our youth and community and may we all delight in God’s presence in our lives.

    Peace to you,

    Pastor Randy     

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