Archive for May, 2010

May 30 Bulletin

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

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Enjoying God

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places, and who marked us with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance as God’s own people, to the praise of God’s glory. Ephesians 1:3,13,14.

In the movie Dead Poets Society, there is a scene where Mr. Keating (played by Robin Williams), an English instructor at an elite preparatory school, asks his students to rip out the “Introduction to Poetry” essay from their literature textbooks. The essayist had instructed students in a method of grading poems on a sliding scale, complete with the use of a grid, thus reducing art for the heart into arithmetic for the head. The students looked around at each other in confusion as their teacher dismissed the essay as rubbish and ordered them to rip these pages from their books. And at their teacher’s loud prodding, the students began to rip. Dr. Keating paced the aisle with a trash can and reminded the students that poetry is not algebra, not songs on American Bandstand that can be rated on a scale from 1 to 10, but rather pieces of art that plunge the depths of the heart to stir vigor in men and woo women.

Too much of our time is spent trying to chart God on a grid, and too little is spent allowing our hearts to feel awe. By reducing Christian spirituality to formulas, we deprive our hearts of wonder. The Christian faith is about falling in love with God, not some idea or statement about God.

When we think about the complexity of the Trinity, the three-in-one God, our mind can’t understand it all, but our heart feels wonder and a deep and rich satisfaction. It is as though our heart, in the midst of its euphoria, is saying to our mind: There are things you can’t understand, and you must learn to live with this. Not only must you learn to live with this, you must learn to enjoy this.

Yes, the God of the Bible is revealed as Father, Son and Spirit, but much more important is to realize that this Trinitarian God is a God who is revealed as infinite love and desires to share that love and life with you. Do you enjoy God? Have you fallen in love with the God who loves you? You can. And when you do, like songs and good poetry, it will stir your deepest soul. But even better than poetry and song, you are reborn to a new, deeper and more satisfying life.

Paul & Zabeth Bayne’s Fundraising Concert

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Paul & Zabeth Bayne will be hosting a fundraising concert at VCBC next Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. Purpose is to raise awareness of their plight (google their names to obtain details) and to raise fund for their legal battle to get their children back.

Procedure for borrowing Church items

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

If your ministry needs to borrow items from the church for ministry-related use beyond church premises, please consult with the office staff first to confirm availability and to establish a pickup and return date/time, as the church has limited resources sharing among 3 congregations and many ministry groups/teams. Thank you for your cooperation.

Pioneer Clubs Registration

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

This Friday, June 4 is the last day of this term. Parents are reminded to register their child(ren) for the next term. After this Friday, parents can still register at the church office.