PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
April 4, 2019
In John 13:34, Jesus gave us the command: “Love one another . . .” But Jesus did not stop there; he added a qualifying adverbial phrase to modify this new command. He said, “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” The adverb kathos in this phrase means “just as” or “in the same manner.”
When we provide an object lesson for our children; for example, when we show them how to tie their shoes, what do we do? We show them and then we say, “Now, you do it just like me.” The same is true when Jesus shows us how to love.
Earlier in John 13, Jesus knelt down and washed the disciples’ feet. He served them. Jesus provided concrete examples day after day through his teachings, through his miracles and compassion, through his healing and acts of service that he loved.
Jesus shares the commandment again in John 15, and he goes on in verse 13: “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” Ultimately, Jesus serves his followers when he laid down his life for them on the cross, in order that they may have forgiveness of sin and eternal life.
To love like Jesus, we must love in such a way that this is our standard for living the Christian life. May Jesus’s object lesson of washing the disciples’ feet be an example of the way in which we humble ourselves in order to serve our spouses, our children, our colleagues, and our neighbors near and far!
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THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, Pastor Glen’s message will be, “What Do You Feed Your Dog?” based upon Matthew 7:6. Please read the text prior to the service. We will also have the sacrament of the Lord's Supper this Sunday. You are encouraged to read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 in preparation. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided in our regular rooms on the Chapel floor during the worship service this Sunday.
Adult Sunday School class - Join us, in our study of the letters to the Corinthians, in the Chapel on the Sunday School floor, immediately following the service. We are now studying I Corinthians 12-14 for an in depth study of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as they relate to God’s people individually and the church today. Come join the discussion.
Children’s Ministry - We especially need volunteers to help in the nursery on Easter Sunday, April 21. As of now, we do not have enough to offer a nursery and an elementary class. We usually have more visitors on this holiday so it’s very important that we be prepared. Members are encouraged to contact Kelly King if you are willing to serve in this way: email@example.com or (540) 221-1141.
Holy Week - We are invited once again to join Shiloh Baptist Church, Union Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, and Living Word Worship Center in Holy Week services:
Tuesday, April 16th - Shiloh Baptist Church, hosting; Pastor Glen preaching
Wednesday, April 17th - Union Baptist Church, hosting, Pastor Mark McCoy preaching
Thursday, April 18th - Pleasant View United Methodist Church, hosting, Pastor Warne Dawkins preaching
Friday, April 19th - Living Word Worship Center, hosting, Pastor Otis Spellman preaching
Sunday Sunrise Service - Hope Community Church hosting at Shiloh Baptist Church, Pastor Eric Strother preaching
Weekday services will begin with a Prayer & Praise Service at 7:00 p.m. and the Worship Service will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6:00 a.m. An offering will be collected at each of the services. Also, anyone interested in participating in the “Community Choir” may attend rehearsals April 4th and 11th at 7:00 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church and on Saturday, April 13th at Noon also at Shiloh Baptist Church. Please pray that God will be preparing our hearts for these uplifting services.
Easter Party & Egg Hunt - Saturday, April 20th at 10am at the Roberts’ home: 16 Crystal Springs Lane, Fishersville. Invite friends and family and come out for a pizza lunch with games, music, treats and hundreds of eggs to find! If you are willing to donate items for the goody bags, please give those to Gail Fisher at church. Don’t forget to RSVP so that we can plan for the right amount of food, etc: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re Hiring - Hope Community Church is seeking to fill 2 part-time, paid positions:Youth Ministries Intern and Church Administrator/Assistant Pastor. Those interested should contact the church at email@example.com for more information or to submit a resume.
Seeking Caregiver Position - Carolyn Taylor would like to work part-time for disabled adult(s) in the Waynesboro area. Her phone number is: (540) 943-0971.