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Looking Ahead

Dear family and friends of First Pres,

My rhythm has been a little off this week as the haunting reminder of 9/11 caught me off guard. I was wrapped up in the busyness of my week just as I was that Tuesday morning some 17 years ago when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. I was making a pastoral visit to John Newsome at Florida Hospital in Orlando. While walking from the car, I got a call from Kelly, “Have you heard?” I had not. There, in the midst of our mundane days, our world was again reminded of our lost innocence. The tragedy of 9/11 struck a chord in the heart of America and forced all of us to ponder what really matters to us in a world that had become suddenly swirly.

Last week in worship, we looked at how Jesus the man was challenged by an unlikely teacher, the Syrophoenician woman, to expand His understanding of the boundary lines of God’s realm; she reminded Jesus that the Gospel has God redefining who the Chosen People are; this now includes even the Gentiles, or, “those” types of people. Today, we will continue in our understanding of Jesus as He addresses a question to His disciples in the midst of their swirly world of the first century. Our scripture from Mark 8:27-38 has embedded in it a vital question each of us must address at some point in our life. Your pre-worship homework is to locate the question that the text raises and then prayerfully reflect on how you would answer it today. We will unpack it together on Sunday!

Remember who you are, you are a child of God! Winsomely share the Good News of Jesus and be his hands and feet in a broken and hurting world. I am

Your pastor and friend,