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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

from Pastor Brian

Have you seen the film "Jesus Christ Superstar" or the theatrical version?  I hadn't seen the whole thing until I started preparing for our Wednesday evening Lenten sessions.  I'll show portions of the film at 6:00 p.m.; then we'll have some discussion.  The film's core question is as salient now as it was in 1971 when the show first hit the stage:

Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ / Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Jesus Christ, Superstar / Do you think you're what they say you are?
Did you mean to die like that? Was that a mistake?
Or did you know your messy death would be a record-breaker?

Who is Jesus Christ?  Why, really, did he have to die like that?  Couldn't he have gotten the job done in a way less painful and puzzling?  People in the gospel stories ask these questions.  Anyone who's serious about their faith sooner or later asks themselves such questions about Jesus.  We wonder and wrestle with the answers coming from our church, our culture and from our own hearts.  The answers we embrace determine the character of our faith, or lack of it.

This is a compelling film.  It handles historical context with admirable honesty.  It's adequately faithful to the biblical text.  Memorable songs get the issues stuck in your head (and maybe your heart).  It clothes the gospels' witness to Jesus in the cultural garb of late 1960s America.  It is intentionally provocative — and this may be its most faithful witness, for stories about Jesus in the New Testament are boldly provocative in ways hard to grasp unless you've done historical-critical study of the Bible.

You'd have managed better / If you'd had it planned.
Now why'd you choose such a backward time / And such a strange land?
If you'd come today / You could have reached a whole nation.
Israel in 4 BC had no mass communication!

Do you really want to know?  Now you don't have to do Bible study to satisfy your curiosity.  Just come to our film sessions on Wednesdays in Lent to discover how Jesus can still stir things up and expand your consciousness of who he is, really.

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Lessons for Sunday, February 21st
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Philippians 3:17-4:1
Luke 13:31-35


Wednesday   9:00 - 1:00 p  KOK Preschool/chapel
                     10:00 a   Bible Study
                      5:30 p   Soup/Bread potluck supper
                      6:00 p   Lenten Devotion

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool
                     7:00 p   Council Meeting

Friday          9:00 - 12:00 p KOK Preschool
                    1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday     10:00 - 11:30 a SOV Choir Rehearsal

Wednesdays in Lent (begins tonight)
5:30 pm Soup/Bread potluck supper
6:00 - 7:00 pm Lenten Film Devotion

Last call to donate to KOK's canned food drive
KOK Loving Our Neighbor Can Food Drive: Please join us in showing love and kindness to our neighbors by bringing non-perishable foods to church between February 1-21. At the end of the month, the Preschool 4's Class and  Pre-K classes will deliver the food to the Oregon Food Bank as they learn about one way they can show love and kindness to our neighbors in need.

Oregon Food Bank Needs:
· canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon)
· canned and boxed meals (i.e., soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese)
· peanut butter and other nut butters
· canned or dried beans and peas (i.e., black, pinto, lentils)
· pasta, rice, cereal
· canned fruits and vegetables
· 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
· cooking oil