Posted on Apr 28, 2016 in Faith Updates
I, like many Christians, often think about Heaven. As a child I pictured Heaven as a place where everything was gold, everybody wore white robes, nobody ever got hungry, and we all stood and sang worship songs by Chris Tomlin to God for all eternity. As I grew older, however, I found myself hoping more and more that Heaven wouldn’t be like this at all. The thought of standing and singing Chris Tomlin songs for eternity didn’t sound enjoyable at all!
When I was in my graduate program a few years ago, I spent a fair amount of time looking at Ezekiel, Revelation, and other passages that referred to Heaven. I was determined to find out once and for all what Heaven was like. Unfortunately, as we have been finding over the past few weeks in our recent series, “Travel Plans for the Afterlife,” there aren’t a lot of definitive passages that describe Heaven.
There is a lot of imagery that was borrowed from tradition and other cultural references that would have made sense to the first century believers, but as much as I have dug into scripture there aren’t many passages that say something along the lines of, “This is exactly what Heaven will be like…”
Of course I could take speculation into my own hands and imagine Heaven as a place where I get to hang out with all of my family and friends all day long, not have to pay any bills, and send Jesus a text to see if he’s free to throw a Frisbee around later, but that wouldn’t be right either.
One of my favorite songs is called “Heaven Song,” by the artist Phil Wickham. In the song, Wickham describes what it may be like meeting Jesus face to face in Heaven. He sings, “I hear your voice and I catch my breath, ‘Well done my child enter in and rest,’ tears of joy roll down my cheek, it’s beautiful beyond my wildest dreams.” The song has brought a tear or two to my eyes on multiple occasions as I live and hope for this glorious moment.
Sometimes, however, as I listen to the song or send my thoughts to think about Heaven I am saddened because I have many close friends who may never hear Jesus say, “Well done my child enter in and rest.” It is because of this that I am driven to continue to share my passion with Jesus and his passion for us with them.
Who in your life may not hear Jesus say those words? How can you be a light and share God’s passion with them this week?
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Immersion Baptism Class
Baptism: a visible sign of God’s invisible grace. A joyful surrender to God’s leadership in our life, the forgiveness of sin, and the promise of life forever. An acknowledgement of the important role of a community of believers, and a daily dependence on the Holy Spirit. If you haven’t been baptized and desire to learn more about/prepare for this sacrament, please join Pastor Brad on Wednesday, May 25, 6:30-8pm. RSVP to Jen at email@example.com. (***please note: this class is required for all who desire to be baptized on June 5.)
Council Position Nominations
Faith’s council will have one vacancy this July for the position of Recording Secretary. This is a 3 year, non-voting position that requires attention to detail. (Though it is non-voting, participation in discussion of matters is welcomed/encouraged). If you would like to submit a name for this position, please contact Kavan at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 10.
Calling all Children and Youth Ministry Volunteers! We want to extend a big thank you for your service and ministry to Faith Covenant. Our way of doing this is by giving you copious amounts of delicious dessert at our Volunteer Appreciation Open House, Wednesday, May 4. When: 6:30- 8pm, Where: Faith Covenant Coffee Shop. Stop by anytime that night for some dessert and a chance for us to extend our thanks to you! Please RSVP to Lynn Nunn, email@example.com, so that we can be good stewards of our resources and plan accordingly.
End of Year Family Picnic Reminder
Come and celebrate the end of a great school year together! When: Wednesday, May 18, 6-7:30pm. Where: Lac Lavon Park. Who: Students involved in Children and Youth Ministry at Faith Covenant and parents. Please let us know you are coming so we have enough food. RSVP to Lynn Nunn, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capernaum – ministry for students with disabilities
This spring, Minnesota Valley Young Life is beginning a new ministry south of the river called Capernaum: an outreach to students with disabilities, ages 14-21. They will launch the first two clubs on Thursday May 5 and 19 from 6-8pm, with a pizza dinner included! Meetings will take place at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in the Christian Life Center. On May 5, there will be a parent meeting to provide an overview and to answer any questions. For more information contact Jamie Fendler at 314-800-3294 or email@example.com.
Amnion Walk for Life
Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center exists to extend the love and grace of Christ to women (and men) facing unplanned pregnancies. Believing that Jesus is the author and giver of life, Amnion’s goal is to support women as they carry their babies to term and delivery healthy little ones. The annual Walk for Life (hosted once again by Faith Covenant) is their biggest fundraiser – won’t you commit to walking 2 miles in support of LIFE? For more information, or to register, contact Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GO: SERVE is a service and outreach opportunity through the Northwest Conference, Saturday, May 7, 10am-3pm. It is for families to learn and grow together by extending the hope and love of Christ in tangible, practical ways that you can also continue at home! Cost is $10/family, plus lunch money. For more information and to register, go to northwestconference.org. Register by May 2.