Dear friends of Holy Trinity Chico –
It was good to be with you again last Sunday as we talked some about the extraordinary place of relational intimacy into which the Father invites us in Christ through His Spirit: an intimacy described as paniym el paniym in the Old Testament, prosopon pros prosopon in the New, or face-to-face in English. It really is a most amazing thing.
If you would like to listen to the service, a recording can be found here. If you would like a copy of Tom’s message notes, they are located here. As we continue to move through the fifty days of the Easter season, let’s keep reminding ourselves that the Father wants this kind of intimate friendship with us even more than we do. So as you meet with Him each day, picture Him sitting there waiting for you, ready to reveal His heart and hear what is on yours.
This Sunday, we’ll look together at an interesting phenomenon in Scripture: the dramatic change that took place in God’s accessibility when the New Covenant superseded the old. In Old Testament times, people knew God as Yahweh. Now we can know Him as Abba—a wonderful Aramaic concept that combines elements of unparalleled intimacy, familial connection and honor. And the shift takes place in the most unexpected of ways: by God placing some of Himself within us to know him from the inside out! To prepare, you might read Jer 31:31-34, Ezek 36:25-27, Rom 8:15 and Gal 4:6. We will meet again online this Sunday at 4pm via Zoom. To join the meeting, click here https://zoom.us/j/97413928687 or on our website holytrinitychico.org/services. As always, it’s best to check into the Zoom chat room a little early to make any necessary technical adjustments: we will have the meeting room ready by 3:50pm. Don’t forget to bring your bible and communion elements.
Our first mid-week gathering will be held this coming Thursday from 7-8:30pm on Zoom! Several of you have notified me of your intention to attend, and I’ll send out the link via email early next week. If you would like to be a part of the mid-week gathering and haven’t yet informed me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can send you a link.
As you continue your sheltering in place, let me suggest a couple video resources. The first is a new series called The Chosen about Jesus and the people he encountered. It is very well done, and I recommend you watch at least one of the eight episodes on YouTube. Most of the episodes start and end with the producer talking. I fast-forwarded through those parts and just watched the Jesus part. Here is a link to the first episode:
The second is a two-hour film in Russian with English subtitles called The Priest. It is also well worth watching. It is a beautiful, true account of a humble, pious Orthodox priest in Nazi occupied Latvia during World War 2, seeking to faithfully minister to his small town and a prisoner camp nearby. It contains some war related violence but also some moving examples of courage and faith. Here is the link:
Look forward to seeing you this Sunday!
In the power of His resurrection –