In this third and final message in the "Forgotten Paths" series, Pastor Chris Green talks to us about the subject of renewal.
This is the second message in the series, "Forgotten Paths" where Pastor Chris Green talks to us about the Bible as a book, not to be kissed, but to be...eaten. You'll have to watch the message to understand.
I have always been drawn to the bible. As a child my parents drew lines from every important decision, lesson or principle back to that book. It was canon for our family; the measuring stick by which we judged a thing to be true or not. Yet we never learned to treat it as a magic book that held every answer we could ever need. My parents taught us, mostly implicitly, that congruency with the word was the measure of a thing’s truthfulness. They taught us not only to see the word, but to see through it. It was holy, but not in an untouchable way. It was holy in a way that required touching, feeling, tasting.
In 5th grade, I went to a Christian school operated by the church my dad pastored in the suburbs of central New Jersey. One day I stood up from my desk to go to the restroom and knocked my bible on the ground. Upon picking it up my teacher told me I had to kiss it. I thought she was joking so I laughingly placed it on my desk and made my way for the door. I should’ve known better. She wasn’t a very funny teacher. She stopped me and would not let me go until I kissed the holy book I had so carelessly let touch the ground. I didn’t know what to say so I simply did as she asked and left the room. I heard her mumble as I left, “a pastor’s son should know better.”
This pastor’s son did know better. I knew the bible wasn’t a book to be kissed. It was a book to be eaten, consumed in all its holiness. Holiness doesn’t mean fragility. Holiness means it requires one to approach it in a specific way. What is the bible’s prescribed way of coming to it? Hungry.
That was the first and last time I ever kissed my bible. Consequently, after relaying the events of that day to my father, that was the first and last time my teacher ever required other kids to do the same.
by Chris Green
originally posted at www.chrisgreen.me
Pastor Chris started a new 3-week series called, "the Forgotten Paths". This first message in the series was on Psalm 111 and how "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." Click on the button below to watch the whole service now.
Find links to our special links to audio daily Lenten devotionals with Pastor Chris and other resources for Lent, including an explanation of fasting in the Lent 2021 page above on our website.
HOLY WEEK UPDATES:
Palm Sunday is March 28 with Worship via Zoom at 10 AM. live Palms are available for pickup Friday March 26-Sunday March 28 at the Etna Church sanctuary. Please stop by and pick up some for your household and others who are unable to stop by.
Maundy Thursday Worship Service April 1st at 7 PM via Zoom. Link is available via the church weekly email.
Good Friday Worship Service April 2nd at 7 PM via Zoom. Link is available via the church weekly email--sign up on the homepage.
Easter Sunday Sunrise service April 4th at 6 AM will be in-person outside on the Hanover Center Green --dress warmly!
Easter Sunday Regular Worship Service will be via Zoom at 10 AM--sign up for zoom link via the homepage.
Our Outreach drive through March 28 is aimed at collecting condiments (Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo) and Baked Bean cans for the food pantry. You can drop off donations in Trumbull Hall through 3/28/21)
The Missions committee presented a brief update on the nonprofit, Stand With Me, which provides pediatric standing frames for patients in countries with limited resources. They are looking for help in writing instructions for building the frames for the local counterparts in developing countries. Contact Ralph Puckett if you are curious and want to help. No experience required!
Looking for Crockpot recipes for Austin Smith, the young man who lost both his parents recently. Please contact Honor Passow with your favorite, simple one pot recipes.
Meals ministry: We’ve extended the provision of meals for Dorothy Judd. There are still a few open slots. Here’s the link to sign up: https://takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=NNQF4164