North Salem United Methodist Church
This Holy Week in our lives always stirs for us the opportunity to face fears, death and the uncertainty of life. Common meal becoming holy, surrender with tears of blood, betrayal, death, disillusionment, hope and new life all are highlighted on our journey. Underlying all of our emotions is a promise found in Isaiah 43:
"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Do not fear, for I am with you."
Easter is the confirmation of this for all of us.
Pastor Carroll Moore
Pastor Moore's weekly Devotional has been move from the "Happenings" page to here, the Home page. Pastor Moore's Devotionals are an inspiration and encouragement for all, and it is our hope Pastor Moore's Devotional is what a visitor first encounters when accessing this site. So, in light of that, please take a moment to read and be blessed by this week's "Thoughts From Our Pastor."
We are initiating a new Spot on our site. It is called: "View From The Pew". With this new spot you, the user of this site, may write in to have posted a spiritual or biblical thought, observation or idea. The intent of this is to give voice to our membership - you. Here it is hoped you will be encouraged to share your spiritual thoughts, feelings and/or understandings with us, your brethren. An exchange of ideas and an understanding of the thoughts and views of others will undoubtedly edify and strengthen our church community.
Since this site is new and we inexperienced in such, it is, of course, unknown how this spot will evolve over time or how it will ultimately be managed. Nonetheless, let us step out and begin. To submit a paragraph or two (sadly, space is a limiting factor) send an e-mail to this site via: email@example.com. Once received it will be considered for posting and appear here on our Home Page following Pastor Moore's Weekly Devotional, "Thoughts From Our Pastor".
Let us pray that our Lord will look kindly on this effort and bless us in our sharing, strengthening and mutual edification.
While attending our Palm Sunday service this week, I was struck with two thoughts as our Pastor read the Scriptures and preached on Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem. Firstly, just recently I learn that donkeys are genetically inclined to display a cross upon their backs. The cross is a stripe of dark hair down the length of the back crossed by a shoulder stripe on top of the body. So, our Lord did not just ride into Jerusalem on a donkey as foretold by Zechariah 9:9, but He actually rode in upon a cross, itself, another foreshadow and sign of His purpose and mission...just Amazing!
I was also stuck by Jesus' response to the Pharisees when they told him to quiet his disciples from their praises. He said to the Pharisees, "I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." I had heard, and read, that exchange innumerable times in my life. But this Palm Sunday as our Pastor read the passage, it occurred to me that Jesus wasn't speaking of just common stones, stones just lying about, He was speaking of the stones of the temple, Herod's temple. The very temple that was, itself, the image and foreshadow of Christ, the Cross and of the journey and mission Jesus was about to undertake; that is, the journey of the High Priest on Passover through the Outer Court, Holy Place and Holy of Holies to the Mercy Seat itself where He would forever reconcile us with God. Yes, those temple stones could well have cried out regards the identity of Jesus. And, in fact, I believe they did.
Perhaps the above is old news to many of you, but to me...just Amazing!