A Word from Our Pastor….
“I am confident of this, that God, who began a good work among you, will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and walk humbly with your God?”
This verse has been called the most succinct description of life found in the Old Testament. Indeed this was the understanding of Jesus, a devout Jew of the first century, about how one is to live his/her life. Jesus was very familiar with the saying of the Old Testament prophets. And so, we can see Jesus’ own life reflecting Micah 6:8. And, we can hear in Jesus’ words the call for others to reflect Micah 6:8 in their lives too.
Can’t you hear the echoes of Micah 6:8 in Jesus words in Matthew 22:37-40, his answer to the expert in religious law as to what is the greatest commandment, “You must love the Lord you God with all your heart, all your soul, and all you mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
For a few weeks following Easter, we will be taking a closer look at Micah 6:8. We will be thinking about just what does this mean for us in the 21st century. What does it mean “to do justice?” What does it mean “to love kindness?” And, what does it mean “to walk humbly with your God?” What did Micah mean when he said it? What did Jesus understand it to mean? What was the context on Micah? What was the context of Jesus?
After we figure those things out as best we can, then we are ready to figure out how Micah 6:8 is to be lived out in our context.
So, join me for this exciting journey over the next few weeks.
Come, follow Jesus with me,
Rev. Susan Lassalle
A Note From the Board…
Vice Chair Jamie Killian
REMEMBER THE REASON
As the Easter season comes near, remember the reason for the season. Do not replace Easter eggs, bunnies and basket in place of the resurrection of Jesus. Remember the sacrifices that were made for our salvation and the ultimate price paid for our sins. The Easter season is the time, not just for family gathering and good times, but for all of us to consider our own ways. As a unified congregation of faith, let’s continue our spiritual growth and become one in spirit in the eyes of our Lord. Remember the reason.
Jamie Killian, Board Vice Chair