We see that in the life of Jesus Christ. He did not limit His ministry to the four walls of the church. He was out there fighting injustice and speaking truth to power every single day. His was a message of grace and redemption to the least, the last, and the lost. In the final week before His crucifixion and resurrection, He challenged the powerful people of His time: the money changers in the Temple, the Pharisees, Herod, and even Pontius Pilate. In following Jesus, our charge is to find Him everywhere and to be evidence of His influence – every day – by how we live.
As our church is closing, we must address the temporal as well as spiritual issues that surround this decision. These issues deserve prayerful attention, and recently, we have been wondering when we might hear something from the Library Board or city council regarding their interest in acquiring the church property. There has yet been no definitive decision. They've not contacted us since our presence was first requested at a meeting earlier this year. We offer information and then wait as we pray for wisdom to hold sway and for news to come soon.
In the meantime, we care for one another as we joyfully plan for the wonderful events of the church year that have begun today with the observance of Palm Sunday, as we follow Jesus into Jerusalem. Palm fronds are laid on the path before him and shouts of “Hosanna!” fill the air. He entered, riding a donkey colt rather than attended as the political royalty the people are expecting. His gentleness is evident – in contrast to the secular warrior the people were hoping for; He has come as their eternal Savior, not their earthly King. By openly entering the city where He is seen as a political threat – a marked man – Jesus takes the first step toward the final confrontation that will bring Him to His passion, death and glorious resurrection, fulfilling His ministry and offering us eternal salvation with Him in glory.