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“For Appearance Sake”

“He appeared to Cepheus, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.”      

1 Corinthians 15: 5-8

 Easter was this month and last Sunday we spoke about the doubts of Thomas and his pessimism about the Resurrection of Jesus. Then, a week later, Jesus appeared again—this time to Thomas.

              Then Jesus said that Thomas believed because he saw, but blessed are those who believe and had not seen.

I would like to continue this line of thought with a few words from Paul—A Jewish Rabbi who persecuted the Christians for what he believed to be heresy.  

Yet, Jesus revealed himself to  Paul as well—And through the Revelation, Paul became a faithful     follower and missionary, allowing the Holy Spirit to work wonders through him as he shared the good news to all who would hear.

              As we move away from Lent and Easter, into the summer sun, I would ask you to open yourselves to the question “How has Jesus Revealed himself to me?”

Was the Holy Spirit working through a parent, grandparent, or Sunday School Teacher who shared the Good News with you? Perhaps the helping hand you received from a friend, teacher, or coach? Maybe Jesus was a stranger who came to your aid in your time of need?

Today,  Is Jesus the stranger in need of food or shelter?  Is he the prisoner or the             downtrodden? Is he the child in need of Christian understanding and guidance?

Open yourself to the possibility of Revelation—there the Holy Spirit is present and wanting to work miracles through you.

May God Bless You,

Grafton

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Our sincere sympathy and prayers to the friends and family  of Charlie         Steininger, who went to be with our Lord on April 6, 2019

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Upcoming Events

  • May 12:           Mother’s Day Service, Last Day of Sunday  School
  • May 26:         Worship Service changes to 10 AM during  the Summer
  • June 1:            Strawberry Festival, 4:30 –7:00
  • June 9:          Worship, Pentecost Service
  • June 16:        Father’s Day Service
  • June 22:      Town Wide & CUP Yard Sale: 8:00—2:00
  • July 8–12:  Vacation Bible School at CUP
  • Aug. 17:        Watts Truck Show
  • Sept. 8:        Sunday School resumes at 10 AM, for Children and Adults
  • Sept. 8: Worship returns to 11 AM
  • Sept. 9: Weekly Bible Study, Mondays, at 10 AM

 

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