Happy Wednesday to everybody!!
John and I both hope you are doing well and staying safe. Both of us continue to pray for you each and every day. As I said Sunday, all of our hearts are very heavy ladened and burdened with so many prayer concerns. But there are also times that our hearts have been filled with joys that we have discovered along the way. We hope that you can make the time to spend about 15-20 minutes in silence and rest with—and in—God's presence. Since we know from Romans 8 that the Holy Spirit prays for us when we can't find the words, what an excellent opportunity it is to just breathe within God's loving presence. I am reminded of the words, "Breathe on me breath of God, fill me with life anew, that I may love the way thou dost love, and do what thou wouldst do." "Be still and know that I am your God."
This Sunday we will move past the first two words of "The Apostles' Creed" and focus in on "...in God, the Father...Son...Holy Spirit." Our scripture passage will be Matthew 28:19, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." We will talk about something called "The Trinity", which means "one God in three Divine Holy persons." The three persons are distinct, yet are of one "substance, essence, or nature." Fortunately, the sermon will not be about defining the Trinity. That would be a snoozer.
For those students who are going to be confirmed in the fall, please get a notebook or composition book. I also invite all of those watching to do this. During the message I will highlight some key things for you to write down. I know this feels like school (which I know you are tired of) but it will help you in your journey of professing your faith. Families, I hope you will do this together with your student. Folks, I dare say that every congregation could use a refresher course on these basic things because we have gotten so far off the track that we can't even see where we left the track. Well, I would say it's about time we return to it.
Have a good rest of the week and I will see you this Sunday online!! Many prayers and blessings to you all!!