Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service 

April 12, 2018

Is discovery a welcome part of my daily experience, or have I just become too comfortable with who I am?

Before succumbing to the near impossibility of considering what it would take to change well entrenched views and habits, could the phrase, “Can an old mind reflect new ideas” be turned around – spurred by imagining myself trying to read the text held in front of a mirror?

Jesus seems to suggest this by talking about something new (the resurrection), displayed through what was old (the law).  “Can new ideas be reflected by an old mind?” 

Over time, I’ve increasingly become dated, stubborn, hard, strong, retro, and polished.

In this, I may deserve sentence, but Jesus says what’s old need not be spurned, demolished.

It isn’t because rescue comes with too low an asking price,

Rather high… paid through: grace and pardon; forfeit and sacrifice.

What bounces off me now reflects something new.

Words of redemption, are also shining through.

 

Pastor Richard Wagner

     

Dear Friends,

This week's Thursday’s Thought for Sunday's Service is based upon Luke 24:36b–49 (NIV):

“Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence. He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”