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Looking Ahead



Dear family and friends of First Pres,
This week we are picking up in Luke’s gospel at the point following Jesus’ baptism. The Spirit drove Him into the wilderness for 40 days where He was tempted and tried by the evil one. It’s in the wilderness where the people of God have their character shaped and formed (notice the parallels with the Hebrews in the wilderness for 40 years and Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days). Jesus’ character is confirmed and now we are picking up as He begins His ministry.  
Our passage is from Luke 4:14-21. Jesus, being full of Spirit, comes in from the wilderness and returns to His hometown, Nazareth, whereupon He is asked to read from the scriptures. He quotes Isaiah 58 and 61 (you may want to read those texts as well). As you’re reading in preparation, be reflecting upon what you think Jesus is saying. Do you hear it as good news or bad news? How do His words relate to the purpose of His church, e.g. First Pres?
This Sunday we will have the Board of Trustees from Princeton Theological Seminary with us at the 11 a.m. service and we will hear greetings from President Craig Barnes. We also have our annual congregational meeting to hear the report from Session and to act upon the calls of Nic Merchant and myself following the 11 a.m. service.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday! Remember, bring someone to church with you as we celebrate God together! Share the winsome news of Jesus Christ and be His hands and feet in a broken and hurting world. I am
Your pastor and friend,
Patrick