Dear Immanuel family,
In my pre-Christian days in high school I remember my other brother coming up to me one day and saying, “You are so proud.” Although I didn’t want to hear it at the time, I was very self-centered and strove to do only what brought me pleasure.
Over 2000 years ago, Epicurus, a Greek philosopher who lived from 341 to 271 B.C. also promoted pleasure seeking. A sign at the entrance of a garden in Athens that he designed read, “Stranger, here you will do well to tarry. Here our highest good is pleasure”. These pleasure seekers live on today and, “Their good news: We humans, despite the lessons in history, could believe in our own magnificence. We rule, and God doesn’t. Their bad news: When we’re dead, we’re dead. Life is essentially meaningless.” (World Mag. 7/13/15)
But we as Christian have a higher hope. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, got to the core of the matter, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile…But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” Christ’s resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith and gives us a hope after the grave and a reason for living. Because Christ rose, we have faith that we, too, will be resurrected. “This perishable body will put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality….O death, where is your sting?” (I Cor. 15:53-55) Those who have been made righteous by faith in Christ have this hope of eternal life in heaven.
Interestingly, the New York Times reported recently that, Dmitry Itskov started the “2045 Initiative” in which he plans to produce a lifelike robot that can be uploaded with the contents of his brain, complete with personality wrinkles, so that an edition of him can live for hundreds or thousands of years. By this, millions of people could be “immortal.”
How about you, which wagon will you hook your horse to – Epicurus, Mr. Itskov or what the Word of God says?
Preparing for Sunday’s Worship
· Sermon Title & Text: The Vision of Summer Fruit (Amos 8:1-14)
· Scripture Reading: Matthew 24:29-35
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES:
Monument Avenue 10K- Tailgate Party – Saturday, March 28nd – Don’t forget the Monument Ave 10K Tailgate Party on March 28 from about 9am-1pm. Come cheer on the runners/walkers and enjoy some good food and fun games! More details will follow in the coming weeks! The singing group “Redemption,” from Word of Life, will be appearing at our 10K event as part of their spring tour.
Palm Sunday Evening- March 29th – In preparation for Passion Week, on Palm Sunday Evening March 29, at 6:30 pm, we will once again be blessed by the ministry of Mr. Marquis Laughlin as he presents the Book of Exodus. Marquis is the founder of Acts of The Word, a non-profit, non-denominational ministry devoted to transforming people’s lives through the words of the Bible. He is a performance artist, theologian, and missionary to the church here in America.
Service of Communion and Remembrance – April 3rd – – Join us on Good Friday, April 3rd.
· Reflection on the Last Supper and The Cross.
· Presentation by Immanuel’s choir and instrumentalists, and guest soloist, Laura Ann Singh.
Easter Sunday Celebration – April 5th – Immanuel will again celebrate Easter with a Continental Breakfast at 9:30 in the Fellowship Hall during Sunday school followed by our Easter Celebration in the Sanctuary.
Memorial Service of Praise – On Friday, March 27, at 2:00, there will be a memorial and celebration service in memory of Al Froelich. Continue to pray for Al’s family as they gather this coming week.