In Between the Beginning and the End

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Learning for Life: Resumes in mid-September 
Worship Service: 10:00 am (during summer)

Bulletin: September 2, 2018

NewsletterSummer 2018

Scriptures: Revelation 7:9-14 (to John); Psalm 138John 16:27-33

Prayer of Confession

Songs:

  • Crown Him With Many Crowns
  • Whiter than Snow
  • O Boundless Salvation

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

In the beginning, everything was good.
In the end, everything will be good.
The only problem is, we live “in between”.

Jesus revealed a picture of what it means to follow him. In the Revelation to John the men and women who follow him wear robes washed white in blood.

That is pretty far from what I experience in life. However, for thousands of Christians around the world today, that is reality.

Jesus removed the veneer of the wealth and good living of the Roman Empire and exposed the hidden rot of that world.

Perhaps wealth and a high standard of living, and all the outward signs of overall progress and improvement these days, similar conceal the struggle we truly face these days. Perhaps this contradiction is behind the nagging sense many have that things aren’t quite what they seem, or that “there must be more to life than this.”

At the same time, in the west, many are observing a decrease in resilience alongside an increased sense of entitlement.

Jesus also revealed that he expects life to challenge us: he calls those who follow him conquerors. It is a title that implies a struggle. It implies opposition. Are we up for it?

These are Jesus’ words, passed down to us by his friends, “In this world you face trouble. Take heart; I have conquered the world!”

“On the way from the Renaissance to our days we have enriched our experience, but we have lost the concept of a Supreme Complete Entity which used to restrain our passions and our irresponsibility. We have placed too much hope in political and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession: our spiritual life. In the East, it is destroyed by the dealings and machinations of the ruling party. In the West, commercial interests suffocate it. This is the real crisis.” – Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

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