8am Traditional Service:
9am Contemporary Service:
For the last three Wednesdays, people have gathered in Fellowship Hall to watch a video series that tells the backstory of how Jesus “chose” each of His disciples. It is titled “The Chosen,” and gives great thought to the actual people we read about in the Bible – who they were, what they were like, and the histories they brought with them when they said “Yes” to Jesus. The first episode introduced Mary Magdalene. The second introduced Thaddaeus, James, and Nicodemus. In episode three Jesus Himself became the center of focus, and the producers painted a great picture of what His personality might have been like in real life. The way they did that was quite interesting: the supporting cast of characters in the episode were all children.
Jesus encountered the children when they found the camp He had set up for Himself outside of Capernaum at the beginning of His public ministry. And after they happened across Him that first day, they kept coming back – having wonderful conversations with Him each time. In one of them, a child (seeing that Jesus was living in a makeshift tent) asked “Do you have a house?” “My Father provides what I need,” Jesus answered. The children then asked other questions, including what He did for a living. Later, the subject of His seeming lack of housing came up again, with another child asking “So why don’t you have a home?” “My home is many places,” Jesus replied. “Why?” another child asked. “Because I have a much larger job than being a craftsman.” “What other job?” another child asked. Jesus paused to gather his thoughts, and then said “Everyone has a much larger job than just their trade.”