On Sunday, May 15, at 11 a.m. will be a special service at the Eden Congregational Church with food following. Everyone is welcome. Focus will be ideas from John Lennox on free will, faith and the sovereignty of God. The church service at North Hyde Park is at 9:30 a.m. with the same message before returning to our series on Esther.

From the pastor’s desk, Isaiah 46:3-10: In this crazy world we live in today it is so good to know that we have a God who really cares for us. It’s such a great blessing to know that we are not alone, because God has promised that he will always be with us to encourage and strengthen us as we go through the storms and trials of life.

Jesus promised that he would do anything we ask him in his name, said Fr. Jon Schnobrich. God is uncreated spirit. We can’t see, hear, taste or touch him so dare we believe that the father who sent us his son is also in us?

On Sunday, Pastor Mike Thorpe focused on the passages from John 10:22-30, Acts 9:36-43 and Revelation 7: 9-17. In the passage from Revelation, we hear that the number of people who will eventually be saved by their relationship with Jesus Christ will be infinite, coming from every tribe and every nation, not just from the Jews.

This week we will talk about eternal life from a Christian point of view. It goes without saying that the idea of eternal life, and heaven, and raising folks from the dead is something we Christians like to talk about a lot. However, it’s worth asking if the ways in which we use the belief in an eternal life is helpful or harmful.

Mother’s Day found parishioners gathering on a lovely sunny spring morning. The Moultons greeted us. Scripture readings from Psalm 23 and John 10 were read by Faith Boudreau. Patty Jacob served as our musician and played the carillon following the worship service for the Elmore community to enjoy.

All the kids are enjoying their Sunday School classes. The adults are going through a devotional: “God’s Word is Our Foundation.” During kid’s time they handed out bags of gifts to all the moms.

We are all “student humans,” Rev. Becca Girrell said in her message Sunday. Have you ever been struggling to parallel park, and wished for a moment that your car had the student driver sign on top? It’s amazing how much more patient we are with others when we know they are still practicing, still in training. We are also more patient and compassionate with ourselves when we remember that we, too, are still students in life.

At Easter we are reminded that the story of Christianity is more than just the story of Jesus. It is a time where we turn the page in the story and see ourselves in it. We may not be the messianic saviors that Jesus was, but as the story starts to focus on Jesus’ apostles, we see that Christianity is all about finding the best inside of imperfect people.

Parishioners gathered at church on the first day of May, a beautiful sunny spring morning. The Moultons greeted us. Scripture readings from Psalm 30 and John 21 were read by Faith Boudreau. Patty Jacob served as musician and played the carillon following the worship service for the Elmore community to enjoy. We celebrated communion as is our custom on the first Sunday of each month.

The story in the book of Esther takes place after the Babylonian exile, after Persia had overtaken Babylon as the ruling power. King Ahasuerus was in his third year of reign after taking over from his father Darius. The kingdom was the largest ever, covering most of the ancient Near East, stretching from India to Egypt.

When difficult things happen, sometimes it’s not only comforting but healthy to return to familiar spaces and activities. Maybe that’s why, in the weeks after Jesus’ death and resurrection, his disciples returned to their hometown and to their familiar activity: fishing.

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