Take the next few days and read the sermon text for this Sunday – the 6th Sunday of Easter, and allow the Lord to prepare your heart what He has for you as we gather at Bay Middle School – 8 AM, 10:30 AM.
John 14:15 – 21 Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” (John 14:15-21 ESV)
I am often asked, “Where do you see us going at Christ Church?” “What’s the vision of Christ Church?” When I was hired at Christ Church Westshore (then St. Barnabas), the name that I dropped more than any other was the Rev. Dick Lucas. Although it is an downtown London congregation, and Dick Lucas is a different personality and demeanor than myself, he and others like him are who I am attempting to follow as the Rector of Christ Church. I say – “Put a collar and a robe on me and you will find very little difference between us”. Dick Lucas’ commitment to Bible exposition, Bible Study through Read, Mark, Learn, and service to the city has transformed not only St. Helen’s, but many Londoners across the past 50 years. I pray that our legacy at Christ Church would be a similar one, here in a suburban Cleveland context.
<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/94751522″>Looking back with thanksgiving</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/sthelens”>St Helen’s Church</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
The Disciple’s Mission: Relationships
Matthew 5:21-26  “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’  But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.  So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,  leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.  Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.  Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.