Musings from Pastor Mary Beth
January 30 2020

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" And they answered him, "John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets." He asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" 
Mark 8:27-29, NRSV

We concluded the January worship series, "Better Together" last Sunday by proclaiming that we are "Better Together with Jesus."  (You can listen to message here.) 

That seems to beg the question: who exactly IS Jesus?  

From the beginning of Jesus' ministry, there was all kind of speculation about his identity.  Even the disciples struggled to understand who exactly they were following!   
Who is Jesus?  If someone were to ask you that question, how would you respond?  See what some "people on the street" had to say in response to that question in this video:

Who Is Jesus?
Who Is Jesus?

Most of the time, we barely get it right when trying to answer that question.  But Jesus has some actual guidance in the "I Am" statements found in the Gospel of John:

I am the Bread of Life.
I am the Good Shepherd.
I am the Light of the World.
I am the Resurrection and the Life.

During February, we'll unpack these four "I Am" statements as we wrestle with the question, "Who Is Jesus?"  Maybe you know someone who's wondered about the answer to that question and what difference it really makes.  I hope you'll invite them to come with you on Sunday mornings and to continue the conversation with you.

I also hope you're planning to attend the Church Conference this Sunday at 12:15pm in the sanctuary to consider the following recommendation from the Administrative Council:

The Administrative Council recommends to our church conference the recommendation from the Debt Reduction Task Force that we proceed with a debt reduction campaign. To this end, we authorize the formation of a Capital Campaign Committee and hiring of Horizons Stewardship as our consultant for this campaign.

You can find answers to some FAQs here on our website.

I look forward to being with on Sunday!
I'm praying for you.  I hope you're praying for me.

 Pastor Mary Beth

PS Your church staff had a ball playing together at Pinstack this past week.
Thank you for the ways you support us!

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Better Together With Jesus