September 28 – Why Now?

Sept 28 Worship Blog

Now is the right time to listen … Don’t put it off.”   II Corinthians 6:2

When is “now”? Or … What part of “now” don’t you understand?

When I was young I recall my parents telling me they would only be “a few minutes” in the store. I learned that we had different understandings as to what “a few minutes” meant. Jesus came with a message that laid claim to God’s will for the world in the present. The poor can’t afford to wait any longer. “A few minutes” in prison can seem like an eternity. Now is the time for release. The blind don’t want to miss one more sunset and the oppressed might not survive one more act of oppression. Now is the time for salvation, for freedom, for the end of poverty and oppression.

We conclude our September series this week having explored together Why Jesus, Why Church, Why THIS Church? It is time to act, to decide, to listen and respond!

Our Scripture lessons this week:   II Corinthians 6:1-13 (from The Message)            Luke 4:14-21

The Sermon: Why Now?    (Listen Here)

Why now? Because yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never be ours. “Now” is all we’ve got; and Jesus is with us in all of life’s “Now’s”!

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In a moment of philosophical frivolity as our Worship Team pondered the deep meaning of “Now”, a scene from Space Balls came to mind.

Here is the video from which I took the screen shot I showed the children when I asked: “When would be a good time to put the landing gear down?”

 

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.