On Earth As It Is In Heaven
Posted on Apr 14, 2016 in Faith Updates
Recently, a friend pointed me in the direction of a blog article entitled “Are you WAITING for Heaven or WORKING for it?” In the article, the author talks about how we live in an obvious, visible “order of things” and how that order is broken – due to wars, famine, division, pain, etc.
She continues by highlighting the truth that there is a “better way” and that this way shows joy above the suffering, where there is no war. Where all hungry people are fed. All lonely people are loved. All sick people are healed.
We have been talking about this for the past few weeks, and will continue to do so this Sunday as we look at what, exactly, the Kingdom of God looks like.
I find that it makes perfect sense for us to place our focus on what Heaven is and looks like, and how we get there. Especially for our first series as a church after Easter. We live in a Post-Easter world, the resurrection of Jesus shows that Heaven and Earth are meant for each other, and that at certain times the two coexist. Our Celtic brothers and sisters call these “thin spaces”, places and moments where the presence of the divine is so strong that the separation of the earthly and heavenly seem to disappear.
The message of Easter is not that God once did this spectacular thing and then decided to no longer do any others. No, it is, as N.T. Wright puts it is his book Surprised By Hope, a message that God’s new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that we are now invited to belong to it.
As we turn this week to learn more regarding the New Heaven and New Earth that the Bible tells us about, may we also be people who not only wait but also work for the peace and restoration that the coming time when Heaven and Earth are made new will bring. For truly, as we see in the book of Acts, when the church is living out the Kingdom of God, the word of God will spread powerfully, and people will be changed!
May the Grace and Peace of God be with you this week!
Interim Children’s Ministry Director
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Q & A Follow-up
Several weeks each month, Pastor Brad offers the congregation an opportunity to ask questions in response to the morning’s sermon. We have recently added a segment on the “Message” section of our webpage that will allow one to read some of the questions and responses shared during the service, or to read Pastor Brad’s responses to questions we didn’t have time to address. This content will be updated early in the week after Q & A is offered. To read the questions & answers from the sermon on Sunday, April 10, click HERE.
Prime Time Luncheon
If you are a senior at Faith, you are invited to join us Thursday, April 21 at 11:30am for our monthly Prime Time luncheon! We always enjoy a light lunch and fellowship time, and hear from various speakers on interesting and educational topics. This month we will hear about community gardening. Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, April 19 by calling 952.890.3110 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch is $5.00.
Young Adult Pizza Gathering
Calling all 20-somethings to early-30-somethings…singles or marrieds…little kids or not…You’re invited to a casual pizza gathering right after church today in the Legacy Chapel. In addition to eating and visiting, we’ll be talking about ways to connect our age group moving forward.
GO: SERVE is a service and outreach opportunity through the Northwest Conference on Saturday, May 7, from 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.
This ministry offers support to anyone in the congregation who would be blessed by the gift of a meal after a life event such as a new baby, surgery, etc. We are currently updating the list of volunteers who bring a meal and would love to include more names! Meals do not need to be elaborate, or even home-cooked, to be appreciated, and for each request that we get you can choose to help or not as fits your current schedule. If this is an area where you would like to volunteer, please connect with Char or Jen at email@example.com.
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 Cafe. Stop by anytime that night for some dessert and a chance for us to extend our thanks to you! Please RSVP to Lynn Nunn, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com.