Questions are transformative in nature- They are educational: through them we acknowledge our need for information and express a desire to learn. They are empowering- allowing us to invite others in on a journey with us. They are humbling as we request help from others- and yet also hopeful at the same time. Through questions we build community, or sometimes tear community down. Have you ever asked a question that has transformed your life? Or had a question asked of you that changed yours?Common questions we find ourselves asking during quarantine include: Do I, or someone I love, have the virus? Is this allergies, a cold, the flu, or COVID? What day of the week is it? What stores and services are still open? Will I be able to get the help I need? Will I lose my job? When will the stimulus checks arrive? How is the virus transmitted? Is it safe to go to the grocery store? When will I be able to buy canned food, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies again? When will I be able to take trips and see my friends? What will our lives look like once this has passed? How much longer will this pandemic last?
All of these questions are important- urgent ones that have to do with our basic survival and sanity. We are asking these constantly- wondering with each passing day what breakthroughs may come and how our lives may change with each new development. What would happen if these questions were never asked? What would that say about us- and how would that impact us and our loved ones? That would be pretty uncaring and unloving, right? If we fail to ask the right questions, or if we answer important questions incorrectly, consequences can be devastating.
This Sunday we will be looking at the most important question ever. This question holds the power of life and death in its hands. Answer this question correctly, and you will have succeeded at life. Even the greatest joys in all of life pale in comparison to getting this one right. Yet one of the greatest calamities of life is to have the right answer but overlook it and focus on issues that are inconsequential by comparison. If we ignore this question or answer incorrectly, the consequences will be unspeakably tragic. This is a question that Psalm 23 answers and we will be looking at it for insight this Easter Sunday. I hope you are able to join us for this life changing service!
We will also be taking communion virtually from our own homes. The very first communion was actually taken in the upper room of a home- see Luke 22:10-12- so even though not by choice- we are doing this in a manner reminiscent to the way things were done in the very beginning of Christianity. Have something to eat (like crackers or bread) and something to drink (such as juice or even coffee) and we will celebrate Easter this way together.
God bless you. Hang in there! Have a great weekend, stay safe, and see you Sunday online at 10:15am.
-Pastor Nathan Rice