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Written by Rev. Dr. Tom MacMillan
Sunday morning during the youth led worship service, I took a seat in a pew by the aisle. A good friend named Sophia, who happens to be 3, saw me sit down and wiggled her way off her dad. She came up to me with a handful of crayons and a few drawing pages. I hoisted her up as I do every time I see her. In no time the artist was at work. On occasion she would look up and look around especially when her sister Destiny came to the pulpit to share her amazing story.
When the offering plates were being passed, I got an offering envelope from the pew rack and put part of our pledge into the envelope. When the plate was passed down the pew I took the plate from her mom and put my envelope in. Sophia looked carefully into the plate. Her mom had given her a few dollars for the morning offering. She started fiddling with a few of the envelopes and moving some of the cash around. The usher and I looked on smiling and wondering what she was going to do. At last she found an envelope she liked. Just when I thought she was going to take something from the envelope, she put her few dollars into it and smiled.
I’m not sure if the giver of that gift will recall the offering that day but on the quarterly statement, and in heaven’s eyes, a few extra dollars will appear.
So look inside your heart. Muster up a little mischievous generosity and do some good out there. Slip a blessing into someone’s life and smile.
II Corinthians 9:6-9
Holy Week at John Knox
March 29 - Palm Sunday, services at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
April 2 - Maundy Thursday, worship service with communion at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary
April 3 - Good Friday stations of the cross available all day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., sponsored by the Youth and the Spiritual Growth committee.
April 5 - Easter Sunday, worship services at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. with pancake breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m.; all proceeds going to the Nicaragua youth mission trip.
* Lenten Nights classes, which began February 25, will continue to meet on March 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
**Thanks to all who submitted an article for this year's Lenten Guide. We hope you are enjoying the inspirational devotions by members and friends of John Knox. Paper copies are available at the welcome table, and daily emails are sent with each day's devotion to those on our distribution list. To get on the distribution list, contact Andrea in the church office. Special thanks to Doug Thompson and Marilyn Panco for putting together this year's guide!
Faith at Work & Small Group News
If you are a Faith at Work or small group leader, please mark your calendar for Sunday, April 26 at 12:15 p.m. for a light lunch and review of the past year, plus ideas for your group for the future. We will also be discussing the need to start new groups. Anyone interested in joining a faith at work group, which typically meet once or twice a month for study, service and fellowship, please contact Jessie MacMillan firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the April 26 meeting.
March Pastor's Page
The ancient path of March is the pathway of Holiness.
There are three markers along this path. A compelling vision, incremental steps and patience.
A Compelling Vision
Holiness feels like abig dream. A grandiose vision. Sometimes it feels so big and grand that we simply give up on it. It might draw us in at first but soon we get frustrated and don’t believe it’s realistic.
It feels like casting a wide, broad picture of what was gathered from our Dream Big sessions but creating no action plan. Simply experiencing an appreciation for the vision but no commitment toward its implementation. Maybe the engagement in courageous conversations and truth telling is easier than the holy work of implementation.
So we take intentional and sometimes measured steps along this path of holiness –doing the next right thing.
Bringing it close to home here’s what it looks like. One time of choosing family first. One act of kindness. One act of self-restraint in the face of provocation or temptation. We may not be moving at breath-taking speeds, but we’re moving. We’re honoring the process and God’s gracious and patient way of making us a holy people.
Holiness takes time. We can’t dictate or demand it. We’re simply patient with ourselves, patient with our community and open to God’s transforming work in our lives.
Pretty soon, along this path, the compelling vision begins to grow, new steps are taken, and we’ve acquired a greater degree of patience and trust in God’s gracious and holy work.
Psalm 139:1-18, 23-24, Romans 8:37-39, I John 1:5-9
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JOHN KNOX UPCOMING EVENTS
|Lenten Night Classes|
|Every Wednesday through March 25|
|6:30 pm - Various Classrooms|
|Springvale Country Club|
|Mind, Body & Spirit Women's Retreat|
|9 am to 2 pm - Trinity Hall|
|Welcome new members - 9:30 am|
|Wagners in Westlake - 6:30 pm|
|Performance Series Concert|
|Sanctuary - 6:30 pm|
|Easter Egg Hunt|
|Services at 9:30 and 11 am|
|Tableau of the Last Super with|
|communion - Sanctuary at 7 pm|
|Stations of the Cross available|
|8 am to 8 pm|
|Worship Services at 9 and 11 am|
|Pancake breakfast - Trinity Hall - 8 am|
|April 17 - 18|
|June 21 - 26|
|Vacation Bible School|
|June 30 - July 7|
|Nicaragua youth trip|
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summer mission trip.
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