• Curious George

We are persons called to follow in the way of Jesus Christ. One thing that is obvious, when reading through the Gospels, is that Jesus did not teach in a temple. He walked about and met people in various places. Sometimes in the streets and sometimes in the countryside. In this, Jesus sets an example for us. Our faith is not limited to Sunday mornings at the Big Red Church. We carry that faith every day and wherever we go. Always ready to share our faith experience with others met along our way. This is what it truly means to be a follower of Jesus.

Our video presents various persons from the Big Red Church sharing their gifts and abilities. Each brings Grace into our lives by their dedication to service in the way of God. We, all of us together, have one vision and one purpose. That being the restoration of health and happiness to all peoples and the wounded creation of God.

Here are our various contributions:

And, here are the scripture lessons in which the video is rooted:

Psalm 107:1-3, 28-31 - O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those he redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. They cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out from their distress; he made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad because they had quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.

2 Corinthians 6:1-2, 11-13 - As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you." See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return--I speak as to children--open wide your hearts also.

Mark 4:35-41 - On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side." And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

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  • Curious George

Worry is a habit that easily takes root in our minds. This leads to anxiety and fears for the future. By the practice of faith we are made able to overcome such negative emotional thoughts. Faith being trust in the love of God which is freely given. All that is required is an opening of the heart to let God's word become our guiding light. This will cast out the darkness of our times; first in our hearts and then in all of our relations. As our United Church Creed states: "We are not alone. God is with us. Thanks be to God!"

I decided to record my parts of the service in the Big Red Church. Here is the video, with thanks to each person who added their talent.

Texts for this week:

Psalm 92:1-4 - It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 16-17 - So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord -- for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

Mark 4:26-34 - He also said, "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come." He also said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade." With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

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The mass media has seemed somewhat obsessed by the virus now threatening people in all places. Television, radio and newspapers are filled with stories of infection and death. This has led many people to worry about what the future will bring. There are also stories being told about how faith makes living through these dark days possible. The light of God shines within and around us. That light makes the way forward plain. One step at a time we will go forward and embrace whatever God sends our way. This through our trust in the salvation of God, revealed in Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit. Looking to God offers us a way forward in hope.

Here are our recorded signs of Grace:

These are the texts in which our service is grounded:

Psalm 130: 1-6 - Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.

2 Corinthians 4:13-18 - But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture--"I believed, and so I spoke" --we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

Mark 3:31-35 - Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, "Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you." And he replied, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" And looking at those who sat around him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."

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