A Devotional by Charles H. Spurgeon
Taken from Morning and Evening
“I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.” – Job 19:25
The marrow of Job’s comfort lies in that little word “My” – “My Redeemer,” and in the fact that the Redeemer lives. Oh! To get hold of a living Christ.
We must get a property in Him before we can enjoy Him. What is gold in the mine to me? Men are beggars in Peru, and beg their bread in California. It is gold in my purse which will satisfy my necessities, by purchasing the bread I need.
So a Redeemer who does not redeem me, an avenger who will never stand up for my blood, of what avail were such? Rest not content until by faith you can say, “Yes, I cast myself upon my living Lord; and He is mine.”
It may be you hold Him with a feeble hand; you half think it presumption to say, “He lives as my Redeemer;” yet, remember if you have but faith as a grain of mustard seed, that little faith entitles you to say it. But there is also another word here expressive of Job’s strong confidence, “I know.” To say, “I hope so, I trust so,” is comfortable; and there are thousands in the fold of Jesus who hardly ever get much further. But to reach the essence of consolation you must say, “I know.”
Ifs, buts, and perhapses, are sure murderers of peace and comfort. Doubts are dreary things in times of sorrow. Like wasps they sting the soul! If I have any suspicion that Christ is not mine, then there is vinegar mingled with the gall of death; but if I know that Jesus lives for me, then darkness is not dark: even the night is light about me.
Surely if Job, in those ages before the coming and advent of Christ, could say, “I know,” we should not speak less positively. God forbid that our positiveness should be presumption. Let us see that our evidences are right, lest we build upon an ungrounded hope; and then let us not be satisfied with the mere foundation, for it is from the upper rooms that we get the widest prospect. A living Redeemer, truly mine, is joy unspeakable.
Thank you to those who prepared soup, salad and bread for the Wednesday evening Lenten soup suppers.
The “Serving Jesus in Song” Pal and Friends Concert for the Needy on March 14, 2010 was a great success. We praise the Lord for over $1,000 being raised to help the needy and the homeless. Gifts are still coming in. God also gave His strength and power to the singers and pianist/organist. All who came to the concert received a blessing from the Lord.
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES
April 2, 2010
3:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
7:30 p.m. Evening Prayer Service
On Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010
Children’s Egg Hunt at 9:30 a.m. outside in the garden, weather permitting,
otherwise, we will have the Egg Hunt in the basement.
Continental Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall
followed by Sunday School
and Preschool children singing in the chancel at 10:10 a.m.
Holy Communion is at 10:30 a.m.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Pot Luck meal sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. All sons and/or fathers are invited. There will be a patriotic theme.
Two Saturday Work Days have been scheduled for this Spring:
April 17th & June 5th starting at 9:00 a.m.
The Tiffany window, “Lilies of the Field”, which the parish donated to the Art Institute of Chicago, is now on display. It is located in Gallery 179 at the Institute, 111 South Michigan Avenue.
MISSIONARY OF THE MONTH
Lay Canon Cris Fouse, Christian Formation Ministries
Started in 1982, in a single parish, Christian Formation Ministries has been enthusiastically embraced by many parishes in the Americas and Africa. CFM was founded by The Reverend Canon William E. Blewett and Lay Canon Carolyn C. (Cris) Fouse, each of whom was named Honorary Canon in 1993, of the Cathedral of the Diocese of Bloemfontein, South Africa.
In January 2009, CFM became an official ministry of the Reformed Episcopal Church Board of Foreign Missions. CFM and the REC are in complete unity in their commitment to the apostolic mission to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth, and in devotion to the teaching and practice of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
The goal of CFM is not just to teach the Christian Faith to the participants, but to bring them into a living relationship with Jesus Christ or deepen their already existing one, uniting them with one another in an experience of what it means to be the Body of Christ. Simply put, CFM is a response to the Great Commission. The early Church had the wisdom to follow Christ’s example, thus producing Spirit-filled, powerful, persuasive Christian disciples. Christian Formation Ministries teaches and forms disciples using the methods and approach modeled after the ones used by Jesus Christ Himself.
Apr. 5 - Beth Garrison
Apr. 6 - Cheryl Novak
Apr. 7 - Amelia Sellers
Apr. 10 - Danny Rago
Apr. 21 - Mark Levi
Apr. 25 - Gabriel Olajide
Apr. 25 - Gideon Olajide
Apr. 28 - Logan Sellers
“I Am The Light Of The World”
By Helen Steiner Rice
Oh, Father, up in heaven,
We have wandered far away
From Jesus Christ, Our Saviour,
Who arose on Easter Day . . .
And the promise of salvation
That God gave us when Christ died
We have often vaguely questioned,
Even doubted and denied . . .
We’ve forgotten why You sent us
Jesus Christ Your Only Son,
And in arrogance and ignorance –
It’s Our will, not Thine, Be Done . . .
Oh, shed Thy Light upon us
As Easter dawns this year,
And may we feel The Presence
Of the Risen Saviour near . . .
And, God, in Thy great wisdom,
Lead us in the way that’s right,
And may “The Darkness” of the world
Be conquered by “Thy Light”.
By Helen Steiner Rice
“The earth is the Lord’s
and the fullness thereof” –
It speaks of His greatness
and sings of His love,
Like the first Christmas night
when the Saviour was born,
Are blended together
in symphonic splendor
And God with a voice
that is gentle and tender
Speaks to all hearts
attuned to His voice,
Bidding His listeners
to gladly rejoice . . .
For He who was born
to be crucified
Arose from the grave
to be glorified . . .
And the birds in the trees
and the flowers of Spring
All join in proclaiming
this heavenly King.