January 4, 2018
Albert Schweitzer was an amazing man. One of the greatest organists of the 20th Century and scholar on the music of Bach. He also is one of the major biblical theologians for the Christian church. And then in his later years he went to medical school. became a doctor and served among the poorest of the poor in Africa and thus winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
In his book "The Quest of the Historical Jesus" he closes with this very poetic description of our relationship with Jesus. It has been put to music in a variety of forms and I have sung it in the past as a choir anthem. This Sunday I will reflect on the beginning of the Gospel of John's description of how Jesus came to be with us and this quote of Schweitzer's.
“He comes to us as One unknown, without a name, as of old, by the lakeside,
He came to those (people) who knew Him not. He speaks to us the same words: "Follow thou me!" and sets us to the tasks which He has to fulfill for our time. He commands. And to those who obey Him, whether they be wise or simple, He will reveal himself in the toils, the conflicts, the sufferings which they shall pass through in His fellowship, and, as an ineffable mystery, they shall learn in their own experience Who He is.”
Grace and peace,
David Loar, Pastor
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Blessings, Vickie Craig
The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, January 21, 2018 following the 10:00 am worship service. All Annual Reports are due to office no later than Sunday, January 14th.
The Pilgrim Christian Church Wednesday evening Book Club will begin 2018 with a new book study. The first book of the year will be “Lies We Believe about God” by Wm. Paul Young. We meet twice a month to discuss what we have read and share our beliefs and ideas. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join us. This month we will meet on Jan 17th and Jan 31th at 6:30pm in the Parlor at the church. To get there just walk up the ramp in the alley between the fire station and the church, the door will be open!
For the first class, we will read the first 7 chapters, which is only about 50 pages in the print version. If we do not get through them all we will continue during our second meeting in January!
1.God loves us, but doesn’t like us
2.God is good, I am not
3.God is in control
4.God does not submit
5.God is a Christian
6.God wants to use me
7.God is more he than she
If you have any questions at all or just want to hear a bit more about the group, please call Chris Schmid at 440.667.9953.
An anonymous member of the Congregation will watch January Food Cupboard donations up to $1,000. Please remember the hungry after the Christmas season.
In considering items to donate to Ida's Cupboard (food pantry), please include personal hygiene items and feminine products.