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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear Friends at SOV,

     You may remember the phrase from the Apostle's Creed, "he (Jesus) descended to the dead" or, another translation, "he descended to hell". There have been many understandings of this statement over the centuries. One is that it was another way of stating that Jesus literally "went through hell" for us. This experience was for him an extension of his death on the cross. For us Jesus went all the way through death and hell so that we wouldn't have to.

     I came across a newer understanding, for me, recently. Jesus' descent to the dead, or to hell, was the beginning of his "exaltation", that period where Jesus returns to God, being raised from the dead, ascending to heaven, to sit at "the right hand". He goes to the dead, to hell, first, to proclaim the victory of the cross over sin and evil, (see 1 Peter 3:18-19).

     In Christ our sins are dead. In Christ God experiences everything that we do, including suffering, temptation, and even hell. In Christ we have victory over these things. In Christ we are being brought into God's kingdom.

     Christ brings us right into this world, this strange mixture of heaven and hell, life and death, evil and good. Here we walk with him as we take care of God's creation, serve the poor and suffering, and work to see that this world reflects God's justice, fullness, and love.

      We walk together, with God.

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Lessons for Sunday, February 19
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Psalm 119:33-40
1Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
Matthew 5:38-48

THIS WEEK

Wednesday     9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool/chapel
                       10:00 am Bible Study

Thursday        9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool
                       10:00 am LLL
                       7:00 pm Council Meeting

Friday            9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK preschool

Saturday       9:30 - 11:30 am SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday          8:30 & 11:00 am Worship services
                     9:45 am Sunday School for all ages

Please join us for Bible Study
Wednesdays at 10:00 am with Pastor Tom

"Bible 101 - Everything you ever wanted to know about the Bible but were afraid to ask"

February 28th
Shrove Tuesday

Pancake Supper SOV Youth Group Fundraiser
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Please add your name to the sign up sheet so we can plan accordingly