Last Week at Bethel
Palm Sunday Breakfast
Thanks to everyone who served, ate, and donated at our annual Palm Sunday breakfast. What a great time to be together! The Congregational Life team raised $418 that will go towards installing directional signs at church, so that we can be more welcoming to visitors.
Culture of Godly Leadership
Our council met last Tuesday, prayed and spend time discussing what God is doing at Bethel. We were pleased to be joined by Chris and Landen who really added to our meeting! Minutes will be out next week.
Maundy Thursday Service
Special thanks to Will, Joanne, and everyone from Zion who helped make our joint Maundy Thursday service a success. We came together in humility and shared the same table with our sister church. It was a pleasure to worship together.
I am a Fool
I wrote this when I was in seminary but it came to mind this week as I was getting ready for Easter. It is one way I like to tell the story.
I am a fool
I believe that this infinite, complex, ancient universe has a beginning.
I believe that it has a beginner
A first Word, and a last one.
But when I look outside the world is broken.
Yet we yearn for wholeness
Death is our constant companion.
Yet we cling to life
Look outside and you will see evil winning and good losing.
The heroes die and the good FAIL.
I believe that Once the God of light entered this dark world.
This light that built the world lived in it.
He set aside his strength and put on weakness and humanity.
The creator became his broken creation.
He came to turn all people back towards God, back towards the author of all life.
came for the forgotten, the outcast, the poor, and the weak.
came to help those alone in a dark world
at first it seemed like the darkness won.
He was abandoned by his friends, and condemned by those who claimed to serve his father.
He died, alone, outcast, poor, and weak just like those he came for.
And as he lay cold and dead in a dark tomb, his followers scattered.
But that is not the end of the story.
No, when his followers came his body was gone.
They saw him again,
Not dead, alive.
The light, this light that entered the world was not extinguished.
The darkness did not overcome him
Three days later He lived,
The grave could not hold him.
This Lord, this light, the same God who made us
This God calls us to die like him.
To die to our darkness,
to be raised new in his light.
To live as his agents of restoration
This is his plan
This is how he sets it right
I die in order to live.
I surrender to be set free.
My faith is a paradox, where the last is first and the greatest died for the least.
But this God is not happy with just me.
This God loves his creation.
This God died for his creation.
This God rose for his creation.
This God won’t rest until his creation is whole.
This God seeks his people like a poor woman searches for a lost coin
Like a shepherd for a lost sheep
Because we are his prized possession.
This God is the one who calls me.
The one who called me, when I was selfish and cruel and evil
I believe this God calls you
Come be a fool.
Pray for Bethel
- Pray that we will make individual connections and build relationships of trust with people who don’t know Jesus.
- Pray that God will draw unchurched people closer to him through Bethel Covenant.
- Pray that God will raise up our future leaders
- Finally pray for me, your Pastor.