Shenandoah District Connection
Signs of the Risen Christ
April 22, 2020
“For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you,
leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps” (1 Peter 2:21, NASB)
Call to Worship
Footprints of Jesus

Sweetly, Lord, have we heard Thee calling,
Come, follow Me!
And we see where Thy footprints falling
Lead us to Thee.

Refrain:
Footprints of Jesus,
That make the pathway glow;
We will follow the steps of Jesus
Where’er they go.

Though they lead o’er the cold, dark mountains,
Seeking His sheep;
Or along by Siloam’s fountains,
Helping the weak.

If they lead through the temple holy,
Preaching the Word;
Or in homes of the poor and lowly,
Serving the Lord...
Meditation
Footsteps

My father is a big man. At six feet five inches and 250 pounds, he towered over most. As a carpenter working with his hands to build houses, he was a strong man. When his workday was over, he would arrive home and remove his work boots as he came in the door. I always loved to come along behind him, slide my feet into those size 12 EEEs, and parade around the house. As I did so, I could feel the warmth left behind and the smooth, well-worn inner soles. While it may sound strange, those large boots swallowing my small feet were a secure symbol of his love and protection. I loved it!

While I look back fondly on those memories, as a Christian, I find even greater comfort in another’s footsteps. It is our risen Savior’s footsteps that we are directed to follow. Peter wrote: “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps” (1 Peter 2:21, NASB). What does that look like? While the total picture is large, small snapshots of his life lead us down certain paths. First, we must follow His steps into the waters of baptism. While he was without sin, it was his intention to set the example for us to follow. Secondly, his footsteps will lead us to enter a house of worship regularly. Luke 4:16, NASB, records, “And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.” Finally, Jesus’ footsteps will lead us to serve others in multiple ways. Using Acts 10:38 as an example, we need to “(go) about doing good” and easing other’s burdens by feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, and visiting the sick and imprisoned.

I am blessed that my father is still with me. And every once in a while, I still slip my feet into his boots as they sit by the door. While they still provide me that feeling of love, even that pales in comparison to the love and assurance I feel as I follow my Savior. 
Benediction
Footsteps of Jesus (continued)

Though, dear Lord, in Thy pathway keeping,
We follow Thee;
Through the gloom of that place of weeping,
Gethsemane!

Refrain:
Footprints of Jesus,
That make the pathway glow;
We will follow the steps of Jesus
Where’er they go.

If Thy way and its sorrows bearing,
We go again,
Up the slope of the hillside, bearing
Our cross of pain.

By and by, through the shining portals,
Turning our feet,
We shall walk, with the glad immortals,
Heav’n’s golden street

Then, at last, when on high He sees us,
Our journey done,
We will rest where the steps of Jesus
End at His throne.
In Our Prayers
We remember Tim Sites who is in Sentara Hospital. Tim is serving as interim pastor at Leake’s Chapel. We also remember Pastor Jack Haddock , who was admitted at Winchester Medical Center this week. Jack serves at Trinity in Page County. Pray for their healing and restoration to health.
Helpful Hints
The following document was created by Ken Fox to assist congregations with cutting costs and properly maintaining church buildings and their HVAC systems. Ken is the pastor of Cedar Run and manager of HVAC systems for James Madison University. We extend our thanks to Ken for sharing his expertise through these thoughtful tips.  Click here to download .
Attributions
Today's Call to Worship, Meditation and Benediction
submitted by:
Jane Baker
Chair, Spiritual Formation and
Leadership De velopment Team
District Leadership Team
Director of Career and Technical Education,
Warren County Public Schools

Sources:
Footprints of Jesus by Mary B. C. Slade, 1871, Public Domain
Holy Bible, New American Standard Version, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation ® .
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Weyers Cave, Va. 24486
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