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Written by Rev. Dr. Tom MacMillan
I spoke with a friend this weekend who told me about a colleague of his whom he has been working with for a few years now. They share faith together and were a good team on various projects they took on. But, about six months ago, my friend’s colleague started getting distracted. His faith became a demanding and somewhat oppressive force toward the initiation of new projects and numerous attempts to rescue people around him. My friend noticed a kind of frenzied, unfocused drive taking over. Projects became fragmented, relationships short-changed, and a state of exhaustion seemed to be ever present with my friend’s colleague. My friend tried to encourage him to slow down, pray, get focused, and find time each day to study and meditate on God’s word. This seemed to work for a month or so but then his friend drifted back into the frenzied and, at times, reckless activity.
As I listened I couldn’t help but think how this dynamic seems to apply to God and us. We seem to be together, enjoying company and sharing projects, but something about the communion is unsettling to us. For one reason or another we come to believe that we need to do more and be more. Instead of daily seeking and drawing from God’s power, wisdom and goodness, we try to generate it on our own. We believe that God demands our frenzied activity and endless labor. Meanwhile God waits for our return to remind us of the sufficiency of His love. God not only seeks reunion with us but likewise prompts within us a longing for reunion and rest from our labor. But, will we listen?
My Shepherd Will Supply My NeedIsaac Watts
1 My shepherd will supply my need;
Jehovah is his name.
In pastures fresh he makes me feed,
beside the living stream.
He brings my wandering spirit back
when I forsake his ways,
and leads me, for his mercy's sake,
in paths of truth and grace.
2 When I walk through the shades of death
your presence is my stay;
one word of your supporting breath
drives all my fears away.
Your hand, in sight of all my foes,
does still my table spread;
my cup with blessings overflows;
your oil anoints my head.
3 The sure provisions of my God
attend me all my days;
O may your house be my abode,
and all my work be praise.
There would I find a settled rest,
while others go and come;
no more a stranger, or a guest,
but like a child at home.
Performance Series Returns to John Knox
Organ Dedication Concert
featuring Rodney Barbour
Friday, March 27 at 7 pm
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The final Performance Series
of this season in our series is
Friday, April 24 at 7 pm
in Trinity Hall
Easter Egg Hunt March 28th
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 email@example.com in advance of the April 26 meeting.
9:30 am and 11:00 am
JOHN KNOX UPCOMING EVENTS
|Lenten Night Classes|
|Every Wednesday through March 25|
|6:30 pm - Various Classrooms|
|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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Proceeds received from the GFS
Fun Fund Program are used to
help support the annual youth
summer mission trip.
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