"Patience People"

There is an old Appalachian Carol we don’t often sing, but you can find it on page 210 of our red hymnal, it’s entitled “I Wonder as I Wander.”  The carol speaks of one that is wondering (questioning) as he wanders (walks aimlessly), out under the night sky.  He wonders why Jesus came to die for ordinary people like you and like I.  Many of us probably ask this question on a daily basis as we look upon the sinful nature of ourselves and troubling and dark events in the world around us.   The song continues to state that Jesus could have surely had anything because he was the King, yet he chose you and he chose I.  As we enter 2020, our wondering about why God came for you and for I will continue, but our wandering should certainly end!

It’s perfectly fine to wonder about the mystery of our divine God from time to time, and why things happen the way they do. It’s also more than perfectly fine to stand in wonder and amazement in the love shown at Bethlehem, yet if you truly believe you shouldn’t be wandering aimlessly in the night.  Yes, wandering seems to be a big problem in our world today.  We wander away from what is right, we wander away from our responsibilities, we wander in confusion, and we wander because we are lost.  However, a true believer should wonder, but never wander.  Even among those who claim to believe in that Jesus that came to save you and to save I, many seem to be wandering.   Wandering away from church, wandering without the guidance of the Holy Spirit (or at least not listening to the call of the Spirit), and wondering away from the true purpose of God’s word of love (using scripture to hurt and judge, not to heal and express grace).

Are you a believer? Do you find yourself wandering from time to time?  Perhaps in 2020 you need to wander your behind back into a pew, maybe you need to listen closer to the Spirit, and use the word of God to strengthen yourself and others in Christ.  I think it’s time for all of us to stop complaining about what we don’t have, stop being divided on everything, and stop hurting one another.  Instead let us stand in “wonder” of the power of the Holy Spirit and in joy for the gift of the Manger and the Cross!  Let us live this NEW YEAR in a NEW WAY, in wonder, but not wandering out under the night sky!

There is an old Appalachian Carol we don’t often sing, but you can find it on page 210 of our red hymnal, it’s entitled “I Wonder as I Wander.”  The carol speaks of one that is wondering (questioning) as he wanders (walks aimlessly), out under the night sky.  He wonders why Jesus came to die for ordinary people like you and like I.  Many of us probably ask this question on a daily basis as we look upon the sinful nature of ourselves and troubling and dark events in the world around us.   The song continues to state that Jesus could have surely had anything because he was the King, yet he chose you and he chose I.  As we enter 2020, our wondering about why God came for you and for I will continue, but our wandering should certainly end!

It’s perfectly fine to wonder about the mystery of our divine God from time to time, and why things happen the way they do. It’s also more than perfectly fine to stand in wonder and amazement in the love shown at Bethlehem, yet if you truly believe you shouldn’t be wandering aimlessly in the night.  Yes, wandering seems to be a big problem in our world today.  We wander away from what is right, we wander away from our responsibilities, we wander in confusion, and we wander because we are lost.  However, a true believer should wonder, but never wander.  Even among those who claim to believe in that Jesus that came to save you and to save I, many seem to be wandering.   Wandering away from church, wandering without the guidance of the Holy Spirit (or at least not listening to the call of the Spirit), and wondering away from the true purpose of God’s word of love (using scripture to hurt and judge, not to heal and express grace).

Are you a believer? Do you find yourself wandering from time to time?  Perhaps in 2020 you need to wander your behind back into a pew, maybe you need to listen closer to the Spirit, and use the word of God to strengthen yourself and others in Christ.  I think it’s time for all of us to stop complaining about what we don’t have, stop being divided on everything, and stop hurting one another.  Instead let us stand in “wonder” of the power of the Holy Spirit and in joy for the gift of the Manger and the Cross!  Let us live this NEW YEAR in a NEW WAY, in wonder, but not wandering out under the night sky!

Pastor Brady

   

 

 

  

 

     

 

                                

“GO FOR THE GOLD”

     Greetings St. John’s Family! As we enter the “Golden” days of summer and the month of August, perhaps you have been viewing the Olympic Games in Tokyo and cheering on Team USA. As we watch the athletes compete we know that they are all striving to get to the medal stand. They seek to have a bronze, silver, or especially the Gold medal placed around their neck and to be an Olympic Champion. Athletes that put in years of practice and dedication, and who proudly represent their nations should be applauded for their striving and their accomplishments. However, the Gold these athletes aspire for is not the true Gold and Goal of life we must all seek. The true treasure and achievement for all is knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior!
     Thankfully we can again have VBS this summer at St. John’s and our children will have an opportunity this year to learn about the true Gold of Life (Jesus) at our “Go For the Gold Summer Games”, on August 9th-August 11th from 6-8 PM. I hope you will invite the children you know who may be churched, unchurched, in the family, children of friends and neighbors, and all ages are welcome. It seems the world at times wants us to deny the true Gold of Life and deny that we need Jesus. We must instill in the minds of our children just how precious knowing the Lord is and how important it is to place Him in the center of our lives. After all, we cannot run the race successfully without Jesus!
     Now back to those Gold Medals! Gold has long been sought after and revered through the ages as a symbol of power and wealth. Even as other things have been identified as more valuable (diamonds, platinum, etc.), Gold remains that thing that glimmers in our eyes as we think of the riches at the end of rainbow or a crown on a monarch’s head. Gold was even brought to the New Born King by the Magi. Yet, the true Gold & Goal for our lives is nothing material and the only crown that truly has had the impact on mankind for all time was made of thorns, not Gold. Jesus Christ and life with Him must be the most valuable thing in each of our hearts and souls. We must allow the Spirit to build us up in the faith, the Word guide our steps, and come back to our Family of God time and time again for support and to offer support!
     St. John’s, we can be a winning team just like a team of Olympic Athletes, and our prize and promise is life eternal! We can also take the winning message to all the world, but these things are only possible if we make Jesus our Gold, and coming back together as a Church Triumphant our Goal!

In the Peace and Love of Christ,
Pastor Brady