In this week's sermon I made some comments on the mob attack on our nation's capitol saying Jesus was a resister and a protestor, but that he did his resisting and protesting in non-violent ways. It's hard sometimes to imagine that we can make significant change in our world without the use of violence, but that is exactly what Jesus not only urges us to do, but that he did himself. I'll remind you again that Jesus was willing to die for what he believed, but he wasn't willing to kill for it.
As we consider what we might do as a church to resist and protest and change systems that oppress people, I hope we'll do (and that I as your pastor will do) what is necessary to educate ourselves and strategize in Christ-like ways to make a positive difference in the lives of those in our community. We are a Matthew 25 church which means we strive with other Presbyterian churches to put an end to systemic racism, work to eradicate poverty and strive to build a vital congregation. As we continue to be church, let's continue to think of ways to utilize our resources and abilities toward the accomplishment of these worthy goals.
Blessings to you all and have a great week. Go 4th in Christ!
The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea, into which the Jordan River empties, is 1,300 feet below the level of the Mediterranean Sea. The deepest part of the Mediterranean is 2,400 feet below sea level making it the lowest point on the earth's surface.
Please remember the good folks of Fourth in your prayers. Here's a list of those we've been remembering:
Dennis and Joan Little - family situations and concerns
Bill & Ruthie Brent ask for prayers for Debbie, Jeff and Loretta
Jan Merrick asks for prayers for friends Karen and Jim. Jim is battling health issues
Michaelle and Larry Steier's son John
Margaret Lewis - Health issues. Prayers, too, for Alex.
Leonard Yates who has been diagnosed with bone cancer and is receiving treatments.
Tara Parker's nephew's wife, Valerie Chew, who will undergo 6 weeks of radiation.
Pat Gould - Prayers for family Shaun Higdon (who tested positive for Covid-19) and Lee Higdon (Shaun's father) who was diagnosed with a 7" tumor on his kidney.
Emily Tudor, Tom's niece who tested positive for Covid-19
Judy Harris who was hospitalized with breathing issues
Paul Kabo diagnosed with pancreatic cancer