Affirmation of Welcome
Reformation, a congregation of Christ's Church, welcomes everyone to join with us in a journey of faith. We are committed to providing worship, programs, ministries and pastoral care to all, regardless of religious background, age, color, ability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, or national origin. Everyone is welcome in this place, where the love of God is the foundation of all that we say and do!
Mid - January 2022 Newsletter
The Reporter
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Worship Service Update
 We have resumed the in-person worship service on Sundays at 10:00 AM. In addition to this, and in order to ensure the health and safety of our congregation, we will continue to broadcast the service online via Facebook Live. Please join us for worship online HERE. 
The Mustard Seed Project
Since last December there have been scientific articles about strange radio waves emanating from the center of the Milky Way. Now, the universe is full of waves, from pulsars to colliding objects, but they detected a difference in this wave. 

Space experts have detected unusual radio waves coming from the center of the Milky Way galaxy. The energy signal is unlike any phenomenon studied before and could suggest a previously unknown stellar object, according to a new study. [Katie Hunt, CNN October 12, 2021]

I read this article around Christmas. Maybe because of John’s gospel being part of my text reading during my devotional time, and John’s use of Logos for “word” in his gospel, and his connecting that word to creation and the cosmos, it really caught my attention. 

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth. [John 1:1-5; 14]
For me, this reading of John’s gospel reveals those waves detected by scientist today are echoes of God’s Logos, God’s Cosmic Word. John uses the word Logos, which means more than spoken word, but the word that identifies the essence of who the speaker is. In John that cosmic Word came for a specific reason, to reveal once again that God is love and life giving.
1:17The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
8:16For God so loved the world [cosmos] that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. [John 1:17; 8:16-17]

In the midst of our nation’s struggles through the political, religious, and societal tumult, as we continue to face this relentless virus, these verses take on significant meanings for me. According to the gospel writer John, Jesus was the manifestation of God’s word of truth. That truth is to save the world — which in Greek also translates to cosmos — and to set us free. As disciples of that truth, we should be ones that articulate and are examples of that truth.

If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. [John 8:31-32]
In this time of being in bondage of alt-truths and political spin, with religious entities supporting politicians, as well as following them in such practices, and who unapologetically indulge in those deceitful practices, I believe it is time to follow Jesus’ lead in understanding his truth and freedom, in John. We need to understand that it is that cosmic Word of truth, that Logos that is our hope for saving this fragile world floating in the cosmic vastness. To understand Jesus’ mission of truth we must understand it as life-giving.

3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.[John 1:3-4]

The cosmic word of truth is to bring life and light in the midst of darkness, to set us free from the alt-truths, so we can love as Jesus loved us and give life. That’s what Jesus’ life as John recounts it did, it gave life. From a young couple running out of wine at a wedding in the backwater town of Cana to the cleaning out the Temple in Jerusalem of its religious trappings; from freeing a pharisee of his bondage to the law to freeing the gushing waters of worth within a Samaritan woman; from freeing a woman accused of adultery from the death threats of the law to free a blind man from the blindness of the law. These few examples reveal how the arch of the universe may be long, but its energy, its wave, its Logos always bends toward justice, and God’s Cosmic justice always gives light and life. 
Sometimes on a clear late night, when the world is hush, step outside and look towards the vastness of the heavens and see if you can see those eternal light waves, those pulsating stars, and listen for that small still Logos. In and amongst those waves of light, be still as you listen for that Word of life, and experience God’s vast love for the world.

In Christ the Word,
Pastor Tim

Third Friday Unwind
Please note that Happy Hour has a new name, Third Friday Unwind.  The name of the event was changed from "Happy Hour" to "3rd Friday Unwind."  The New Meeting ID is 853 9774 2981. Join in at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM.

Adult Forum

Adult Forum will continue to meet virtually at 8:30am, and started new discussions today relating to Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action, which is a set of study guides published by the ELCA. This material can be found at Our first discussion will follow the first study guide. All you need to join us is a computer with internet access! There is no pressure to read beforehand, speak up (unless you’d like to share your thoughts!), or carry out any specific tasks. The goal of Adult Forum is to provide spiritual growth and restoration, and our forum will be stronger with your presence and/or perspective! You can attend forums as little or as often as you’d like; there is no pressure or obligation involved.

If you’re interested in joining us, we’ll be online at 8:30 am every Sunday and would love to count you among us! I’ll be sending out a Google group reminder which will contain the Zoom link information. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me via phone or e-mail for any questions, suggestions, or clarifications.

Steve Asbill
Adult Education Committee Chair (2022)
Cell: 803-528-7859
From the ELCA
Need is growing following evacuation of thousands of Afghan refugees to the United States. Learn ways to boldly serve our Afghan neighbors in this webinar hosted by ELCA Advocacy, Lutheran Disaster Response and ELCA Ammparo.
Monthly Zoom Meeting Schedule
1118 Union St. Columbia, SC 29201
Tim Bupp, Pastor