Today we celebrate the "priestly" work that Christian moms do. Everything that moms (and all of us) do out of love for our Savior is a sacrifice that is acceptable to God. Because of that, even the most mundane daily tasks have eternal meaning!
- Find our traditional service on YouTube here.
- Our Bridge service will be live on Sunday at 10:15 am (find it here) or on Facebook.
The traditional service worship folder and GroupWork for small group and family study are attached. Our Kids Club family lesson is also attached.
Come Holy Spirit!
26 “In your anger do not sin.” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold... Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice (Ephesians 4:26-31).
In our Old Testament lesson (read 1 Samuel 18-19 here) Saul let jealousy and anger grow and take control of him. He grieved the Holy Spirit. As a result the inspired author uses a frightening phrase: "an evil spirit from God came forcefully upon him." Is this similar to God in judgment hardening someone's heart after a person repeatedly rejects God's call to repentance? It is difficult to understand fully - but the call to repentance for each of us is clear. Do not let the sun go down while you are angry.
In contrast, our New Testament lesson (read Luke 1:26-46 here) reveals the power of the Holy Spirit who brings about the miraculous conception of our Savior. This is the powerful Holy Spirit who works in us who believe. He can change us!
I close with a picture from the back wall of the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. So much of the focus in that church is on Mary. But as you leave, you are reminded what made her a humble servant of the Lord. Across the back of the church are pictures announcing forgiveness. Here, the sinful woman of Luke 7 hears Jesus say, "Your sins are forgiven. Go in peace."
Come, Holy Spirit, into our homes and into our hearts this Mother's Day. Work a miracle in us that we forgive as we have been forgiven. Make us your humble servants. Amen.