Anna: Advanced in More Ways Than One

    Apr 13, 2021 | by Tom Harrison

    Is Loving Jesus an adjective or a verb?” is what John Vick asked about our new sermon series. If it’s an adjective, it means Jesus is loving. If it’s a verb, it means His followers are to love Him. “Loving Jesus” is actually both an adjective and a verb. Jesus is loving. He demonstrated that through His teaching, preaching, and healing with the crowds and His disciples. He offered grace to all. However, the difference between being part of the crowd and being a follower is our response. Many followed Jesus from a distance. He was a gifted speaker who could do some favors from time to time (feed them, entertain them with stories, etc.), but the crowd was not committed. When things got tough, they left. They were short-term thinkers with one prevailing question: “What’s in it for me?” The disciples, on the other hand, were true, if imperfect, followers. They experienced Jesus’ transformational love and grace. As a result, they grew to love Him in return.  

    From now until June, we will study some people in Luke’s Gospel who were not main characters in Jesus’ ministry. They came in all sizes, shapes, stages, and ages. Having begun with Simeon, we will now look at the aged widow, Anna. Her story is told in only three verses, but we can learn from her. Grace is given so we might become more gracious in return. By telling Anna’s story, Luke opens our eyes to see someone who could have been overlooked and marginalized. She reminds us that every person of every age and in any situation is valuable to God. She was definitely not part of the crowd, but she was following the Lord. As such, she spoke up and her voice was heard. 

    Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us there is a time for everything, including a time to speak and a time to be silent. Wisdom helps us learn how to respond to life’s challenges. This Sunday at 3 pm in our Sanctuary, Keith Boyette, President of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, will share with us about the most recent developments in our denomination. We want to put our congregation in the best possible place to reach our mission of Helping Others Follow Jesus. This is what we are about. We believe the WCA can help us reach our mission best. Please join us in person or online this Sunday at 3 pm.

    Our readings this week are:
    Monday: Luke 2:36-38
    Tuesday: Matthew 15:21-28
    Wednesday: Luke 7:36-50
    Thursday: Luke 13:10-17
    Friday: Luke 21:1-4
    Saturday:  John 12:1-8

    See you Sunday,

    Tom Harrison
    Senior Pastor

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