Join us this Sunday, 6/29/14, as The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith joins us for a special service. Members will be Confirmed, and new members will be added to our flock! We’ll have the normal Eucharist service at 9:00, followed by fellowship in the Parish Hall at approx. 10:30. We hope to see you all there!
“What does this mean?” “They are filled with new wine,” they scoffed. In other words, “They’re drunk.”
Just then, Peter jumps up and says something to the effect of, “Hey, we’re not drunk. It’s only 9 o’clock in the morning. What has happened to us isn’t because we’re full of wine, it’s because we’re full of the Spirit!” Peter continues, repeating the prophet Joel’s foretelling of the outpouring of the Spirit upon all flesh.
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In our Christian community, Lent brings visions of Jesus Christ dying on the cross and rising up from His tomb on Easter Day. But what do these visions of Lent really mean? Lent is a season for personal reflection, soul-searching, repentance, and preparation for God’s gift of salvation to all mankind. The custom of physical denial or fasting, or the “giving-up of some things” comes with the observance of Lent so that we can fully appreciate the sacrifices of Jesus Christ. To prepare for His ministry, Jesus Christ went into the wilderness and fasted for 40 days and 40 nights.
Then Jesus was led out into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit, to be tempted there by Satan. For forty days and forty nights he ate nothing and became very hungry. Then Satan tempted him to get food by changing stones into loaves of bread. “It will prove you are the Son of God,” he said. But Jesus told him, “No! For the Scriptures tell us that bread won’t feed men’s souls: obedience to every word of God is what we need.” Then Satan took him to Jerusalem to the roof of the Temple. “Jump off,” he said, “and prove you are the Son of God; for the Scriptures declare, ‘God will send his angels to keep you from harm,’ . . . they will prevent you from smashing on the rocks below.” Jesus retorted, “It also says not to put the Lord your God to a foolish test!” Next Satan took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him the nations of the world and all their glory. “I’ll give it all to you,” he said, “if you will only kneel and worship me.” “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “The Scriptures say, ‘Worship only the Lord God. Obey only him.’” Then Satan went away, and angels came and cared for Jesus. (Matthew 4:1-11)
As Christian believers, I invite you to imitate Christ’s withdrawal into the wilderness and His discipline to resist temptation, not just during Lent but all the days of your lives — not just for 40 days and 40 nights but throughout the year. Our church teaches us that fasting is a way that we can focus on our Christian discipline during this season. However, this does not mean total starvation and dehydration. The purpose of fasting is to make our physical appetites for worldly pleasures our servants rather than our master. This will open our hearts and souls to the virtue of obedience to God… for bread won’t feed men’s souls: obedience to every word of God is what we need.
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St. Chad’s would like to welcome Bishop Rt. Rev. J. Michael Garrison to our church for the annual visit.
Easter eggs, colorfully decorated, can also be a reminder of the Resurrection if we let them. Out of the egg can come new life, and if one has ever seen an egg hatch, it is a wonderful moment.
Try not to let the symbols or reminders overtake the actual event of the Resurrection and take a few moments to ponder the real miracle of today. The non-religious, I suppose, have to invent reasons to celebrate today. But we don’t!