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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wednesday Message

Beloved Cosmos
John 3.1-17

Cosmos is a Greek word usually translated "world" as in the known world and the whole earth. It also means the everything which is why when astronomers wanted a word to mean "everything that is" they used cosmos. This changes the sense of that much beloved verse 3.16 because the word translated "world" is actually "the cosmos.'

To add to the fun, the 'so' in "so loved" is more accurately 'thus, so, in this way' which leads to this interesting translation. "For in this way God loved the cosmos, he gave..." Which means that Jesus is the way God loves the cosmos. Thus the whole cosmos (which includes us) is loved and saved through Jesus. This makes that passage in Romans 8 clearer. This is the passage where Paul says that Creation is in bondage just as we are and with us awaits redemption in Jesus [Romans 8.19-23]. So the cosmos, all of creation, is both beloved by and precious to God, precious enough to give His Son. The idea that the earthly, material, cosmic world is somehow bad or not beloved by God comes from Plato, not from Scripture.

Thus the whole cosmos, everything you see from the stars to the soil and under the soil, everyone you know and don't know, is God's beloved. When you go outside in sun or rain, or just plain grey, stop and see this cosmos God loved with His Son. Breathe in the scents of spring and feel the breeze blowing "where it wills." This too, along with all animals is God's beloved cosmos. It is a cosmos in which you and I belong, world without end...


Lessons for Sunday, March 16, 2014
Psalm 121
John 3:1-17


Wednesday   10:00 a  Bible Study w/Pastor Stuart
                      6:00 p Potluck Lenten Soup/Bread supper (if you are unable to bring a soup or bread to share,  come anyway)
                      6:30 p Lenten Devotion
                      7:00 - 8:30 p   SOV Choir rehearsal, new members welcome

Thursday    9:00 - 1:0 p KOK
                  1:30 - 6:00 Jameson Voice studio

Friday         9:00 - 1:00 p KOK
                   1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio
Saturday     10:00 - 11:00 a SOV Choir rehearsal

This Sunday is Scrip Order Sunday

Donations are needed for the UO Gospel Concert silent and oral auction, if you have a basket or an item or service you can donate to a basket please let Cal, Jameson or any member of the UO Gospel concert committee know. The silent and oral auction is a fundraiser to support SOV and the UO Gospel Choir.

Sunday is the St Patrick's day "Spuds Dinner" at 5:00 p Baked potatoes and toppings are provided A-L is asked to bring a salad, M-Z is asked to bring a dessert. Beverages and table settings are provided as well. If you plan to attend please RSVP to Tammy (secretary) so we can be sure to have plenty of potatoes.

Prayer Requests

Larry and Corrine; Scott and Judith