This week we wrap up our series on the Lord’s Supper with a flurry of activity!  Sunday we will celebrate the Profession of Faith of Sybil Danita Quaye and follow that with the sign and seal of Baptism.  Also we will send off Dewayne and Joann with prayer and a special offering as they embark on their new venture.  They will share more detail about this with a special download presentation in the Gathering Room post worship.

This Sunday we will take a closer look at the Cross of Jesus.  Our text for Sunday is from 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 where the Apostle Paul speaks about suffering.  There is a ‘thorn’ he is struggling with – a suffering of some kind.  He has asked for it to be removed many times and the Lord’s answer is this, “My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  What a hard to understand answer from the Lord.

Does this mean suffering is given by God?  Is suffering a good thing or bad thing?  How is God’s grace sufficient in suffering?  What does Jesus mean that his power is made perfect in weakness?  Lots of questions… Suffering doesn’t seem to have easy answers.

One thing seems clear from Scripture: God addresses suffering through the person and work of Jesus Christ on the cross.  How to understand God’s addressing of this and how it applies to our lives is a deep mystery.  And how does the cross and suffering relate to the Lord’s Supper celebration?   We will ask some questions and seek some answers on Sunday.

See you soon,

Pastor Mark