Pastor John Daily Briefing -March 9,, 2021

Pastor John Daily Briefing -March 9,, 2021

The previously postponed semi-annual meeting was rescheduled for Sunday, March 21st, immediately following worship.  The 2020 Annual Report will be available for pick up at the rear of the sanctuary on this coming Sunday.

 

Daily Briefing

To all our Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

 

As we continue in this season of Lent, we are reminded that our faith is encased in what the Apostle Paul called "jars of clay." Our faith is an embodied faith, a faith lived out in bodies both fragile and hopeful. This Lent, as was a portion of last year's Lent, is experienced amidst a viral pandemic characterized by illness and death, economic and social uncertainties. But we may be able to see a glimmer of hope, positivity rates of COVID-19 are on the decrease and vaccinations are on the upswing. That is good news; nevertheless, our embodied presence, our lives, continue to be subject to those forces that belie our fragility. Our treasure, to be sure, is in "jars of clay." 

 

In 2 Corinthians 4:7, the Apostle Paul writes, "We have this treasure in jars of clay, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us." Paul insists that our faith comes to us as a gift and should not be taken as something that prevents us necessarily from experiencing troubles or discord in life. Yet, this faith does enable the faithful to trust God even in the darkest moments of life, for God favors life eternal beyond the experiences that lead to brokenness and death. Paul writes, "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies."

 

Jars of clay may crack and chip. Our bodies may be subject to the brokenness of disease and illness. But our faith enables us to experience God's presence in Christ Jesus in the here-and-now so that we may also trust in a future that God alone is able to provide.

 

Blessings and Peace as we approach the time of Easter.   Pastor John