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*Sundays: 8:00 a.m.
Informal with guitar by the river - approx. June 1 to October 15
In the sanctuary approx. October 16-30
*Sundays: 10:00 a.m.
Traditional service with organ and bell choir - September 1 to May 30
*Sundays: 9:00 a.m.
Sanctuary worship - June 1 to August 31
*Sundays: 8:45 a.m.
Sunday School for children youth and adults- September 1 to May 30
*Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m.
Highland Village Bible Study
*Wednesdays: 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Confirmation Class for all students in Grades 7 and 8 (approx. Sept. thru May)
February 1, 2015
1 Peter 5:8-9 & James 1:12-15
The Time of Trial
This week we tackle "temptation" in the Lord's Prayer. Every Sunday we say, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." This wording, however, can be confusing - and the Bible offers another possibility. A quick look at several different versions of Matthew 6:13 points it out.
The New International Version says, "And lead us not into temptation". Here there is, however, a footnote stating, "The Greek for 'temptation' can also mean 'testing'".
The New Revised Standard Version says, "do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one".
And, the Good News wording for Matthew 6:13: "Do not bring us to hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One".
Finally, the clearest and most concise version probably is found in Eugene Peterson's "The Message", where it says, "Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil."
From these comparisons, it appears that a better word for "temptation" may be "testing" or "time of trial". This makes sense because God, as James writes: "... cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself tempts no one." (James 1:13b) So, asking God not to lead us into temptation would seem to go against God's nature.
But, trials do happen. And, more than we would like to admit, our trials are "self-inflicted". Peterson's Message gets it right, "Keep us safe from ourselves". We all know that there are "temptations" out there. But, the things which call us to step out of line really have no power over us unless we allow them to. Jesus points that out to his followers as they struggle to stay awake in the Garden of Gethsemane. He reminds them, The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Matthew 26:41)
Are we any different? I know I am not. Here the beauty and brilliance of the Lord's Prayer begins to shine through. Jesus taught us to pray for everything that we really need. We need to love God. We need to be nurtured physically and spiritually. We need to create and maintain good relationships with those around us. And, we need God's grace to keep us focused on what is good for us rather than what could lead us astray.
We need God's grace, as well, to strengthen us from "the Evil One", "the Temptor", "the Devil" or whatever name we apply to that force, which can take many forms, that works to pull us away from God. By praying these words, we not only seek God's protection, but we are reminded to stay vigilant in the face of that which would pull us down.
Grace & peace
What's Happening Now?
*Froehlich - CUMC Scholarships
Application forms for the Lysle and Dora Froehlich-CUMC scholarship are now available for high school seniors, vocational technical school and college students who are members of Christ United Methodist Church. Contact the church office for applications. Deadline is April 1.
*Circuit Chili Cook-Off
The annual Circuit Chili Cook-Off will be held on Sunday, February 22, at noon, at the Johnson Creek Community Center. It will begin with a Hymn Sing followed by the Chili Cook-Off at 12:30 p.m. There will also be an auction at 1:15 p.m. led by Stan Jones. Proceeds will go to Imagine No Malaria. We are in need of desserts. Please contact the church office if you're able to provide a dessert. Come join the fun. Hope to see you on February 22nd!