FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
“Everybody Loves a Wedding”
Dear Friends in Christ,
I know that June is the most popular month for weddings, and we are just entering May but hear me out. In our culture I think that June has become popular for weddings for many reasons; the end of the school year, the beautiful weather and we’re going into the lazy, hazy days of summer.
These days the usual sign that a wedding is coming is the giving of an engagement ring. It’s a beautiful and expensive way of saying, “I love you and I want to share my life with you.” In Bible times the customs were a little different, but the meaning was the same. Weddings were often negotiated by the fathers but when they agreed on a “price” for the bride, the groom would provide that price and it would be significant. The groom would then use this time of engagement to prepare a place for his bride, usually an addition on his father’s house. He would then come for his bride and take her to be with him there. When the place was ready, and the groom’s father gave his approval, the wedding would proceed and the marriage would begin.
Have you ever thought of your relationship with Christ as a wedding? In scripture the church is often referred to as “the Bride of Christ.” The Father sent his son to earth to “negotiate the bridal price.” The price was his own life on the cross! Before his death (John 14) Jesus promised to “go and prepare a place for us” in His Father’s house and he promised to return for us. He then, on Pentecost, sent His Spirit “as a guarantee” of His promise to return.
You might be interested to know that the Hebrew word that we translate as Pentecost is “Shavuot.” Shavuot is also the word for “bridal price.” In effect the Holy Spirit is the engagement ring for the church! Think about it. As you come to worship on Pentecost Sunday think about it as a celebration of the day we got engaged. What a great day! And then remember that the groom, our Lord Jesus, is preparing a place for us where we will share a glorious wedding in eternity. Pentecost sometimes falls in June but this year we don’t have to wait that long (May 23). Happy Pentecost!
Pastor Larry Ruby
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Services are currently being will held on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in person and via live stream (and recorded on our YouTube channel for viewing). Socially distance and MASKS ARE REQUIRED.
Beginning, May 16th, we will have worship on the upper lawn at 9:30 a.m. (weather permitting) a.m. BRING A CHAIR! Services will continue to be live-streamed.
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Since January, there has been someone in the Prayer Room during worship. They are praying for the pastor, the music, parishioners, folks on the prayer list, the church - anything God places on your heart to pray about. There are Bibles and numerous devotionals in the room to help guide you in your prayer.
If you would like to serve in the Prayer Room, there is a signup sheet in the narthex or contact the office to schedule your Sunday. There are lots of open dates beginning May 16 and continuing through Labor Day. When worship is outside, you can pray in the sanctuary. You can sign up for yourself or you can do it as a family. If you have any questions, see Carol F.
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