Message from Vicar Heydt

From The Vicar: 

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one faith, one Lord, one baptism”      – Ephesians 4:4-5

Sunday, August 21, 2022, just before worship at New Jerusalem Zion Church, our “home” away from home, council made the decision to return to our HOME at Mt. Zion beginning Rally Day, Sunday September 18 !!!!!!!!! No doubt, this should bring excitement to your ears…..BACK IN OUR CHURCH !!!!!!

This begs the question for me….. Why even belong to a church in the first place? There is no such thing as a solitary Christian. Cyprian said, “He cannot have God for his father who has not the church for his mother.”

We need the church to call us to nobler living. God has created us with immense potential, which can make possible full and rich lives once realized. Even though God has given us the capacity for greatness, too often we choose to live mediocre lives. We need the church to remind us unfailingly that we are children of God, created in his image, and meant for the best and most full life. We need the church to help us put the rest of life into perspective. The church should not be an escape from the real world, but neither should it merely echo the confusion and frenzy of the workday world.

The church, especially it’s worship, reminds us that there is more to life than working to meet deadlines. The church gives us a perspective from which we can face all issues and problems that come our way.

If you went to work like you go church, how long could you possibly hold your job? Yeah, that’s right boss….I’ll not be coming in for a few days. I just don’t like the way they do things down there at the office…….

We are called to be disciples of Christ and discipleship implies discipline, and that there are real implications when we choose to follow a Christian way of life. There’s joy in pursuing a life of faith…. redemption, grace, and the promise of abundant life awaits those who follow Christ…amazing grace comes in the redemption of the lost and being found in ourselves. The gift of grace frees us to be disciples in a new way….discipleship is a serious calling, but also a joyful one. What are you waiting for???? …..the church to be spic-and-span cleaned and ready to go since the smoke damage??????

WAIT NO LONGER you, who are called…..that’s all of you !!!!!!! 

See you September 18!!!!!!!  AMEN

 

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