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Written by Rev. Dr. Tom MacMillan
Just visited with a good friend who is regaining strength in his legs following a collapse. He’s learning to trust his legs again and that’s taking some time. Though he is good and ready to be done with therapy and regain his cadence for volunteering and supporting family and friends, he knows that caution is to his advantage. His caution is a sign of his wisdom.
But some of us resist such caution. We maneuver through life avoiding our vulnerability, concealing our weaknesses, sometimes walking dangerously close to edge. Whereas we think we’re standing firm, we might actually be pretty close to collapse. So Paul warns us, “If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall” (I Corinthians 10:12).
Certainly there are times to push the limits, but there are also times to challenge a false confidence, check risky behaviors, and step away from the edge onto more solid ground. Sometimes we push the limits for fear of what we might discover on solid ground. Sometimes we maneuver with such hubris because we’re afraid of being real, close to the earth, present right where we’re at.
So right where you’re at breath deep. Trust that God is with you, invited or uninvited. Stop resisting grace and let it be a gift to you from Jesus. Take a moment to let the Spirit guide, encourage and provide you with the wisdom you need for the next right and deliberate step.
Please join the Chancel Choir, Chancel Bells, and the John Knox Brass for our annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 31, at 4:00 PM in the Sanctuary, followed by an Ice Cream Fundraiser hosted by our youth at 5:15 PM in Trinity Hall.
Vacation Bible School
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In this article, I want to try to highlight dominant themes that surfaced from our Dream Big Sessions and announce May’s Ancient Path. Just so happens, they go together.
May’s ancient pathway is the Orienting Power of the Holy Spirit. God’s Holy Spirit has a way of inviting us into deeper awareness and greater conviction, inviting us into community where we grow stronger in faith and fellowship, and inviting us to step together from the church into the city and watch the Spirit use what we’ve got to shape the world around us. As we read scripture, as we bring ourselves to attention in worship, song and prayer, as we care for and serve one another, it is the Spirit quickening our minds, enlivening our hearts and strengthening our hands.
The theme of invitation seemed to surface in multiple ways during the Dream Big sessions.
As a congregation, we are sensing an invitation to get more involved in our city.
We are sensing an invitation to be more creative, dynamic, multi-sensory and multi-generational in our worship.
We are sensing our need to invite and engage more of our members and friends in the community-building and faith-forming ventures present and emerging at John Knox Presbyterian Church.
Right now committees are acting on the dreams and developing strategies for more dynamic and engaging participation with the Holy Spirit. Join in.
Prayer of Teilhard de Chardin
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability -and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you; your ideas mature gradually -let them grow, let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on, as though you could be today what time (that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will) will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.
Give our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the unease of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ
(excerpted from Hearts on Fire)
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JOHN KNOX UPCOMING EVENTS
|4 pm- Sanctuary|
|Cookout and Ice Cream Social|
|5:15 pm - Trinity Hall|
|June 21 - 26|
|Vacation Bible School|
|June 30 - July 7|
|Nicaragua youth trip|
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