Dear friends of Holy Trinity Chico –
I hope you are rejoicing in the “hope of your calling” this week as we allow Craig’s excellent teaching sink in. Lynn and I were discussing yesterday how powerful his one paragraph summary was: “We are called to belong to the one people of God (who are also His family) who are reconciled to the Father, joined to Jesus, filled with His Spirit, growing together and revealing God to the world… we have the absolutely certain hope that we will rise from the dead, receive transformed and immortal bodies, live together with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the redeemed and renewed creation (new heavens and earth) and inherit everything God has promised. And this will come about at the sure and certain return of Christ!” Isn’t that unbelievably rich? So much truth packed tight in a small space that—if we allow it to permeate our minds and hearts—will change us. If you didn’t catch the service, you can watch the recording here. The message, outline and notes are found here.
This Sunday, our plan is to finish the chapter, vv. 18-23, which explores two big ideas: 1) God has made us (us!) His future inheritance, and 2) God has put at our disposal the same power and authority that Jesus wielded. Heady stuff! You can download the notes from our website before the service: I plan to post them by Saturday night. To join the 4pm service this Sunday, click here or on our website. As always, check into the Zoom chat room a little early to say your “Hellos” and get settled. Remember to bring your bible, the sermon outline, bread and wine/grape juice for Holy Communion.
Tonight our midweek community group resumes online from 7 to 8pm, and we’d love to have you join us as we fellowship, pray and study chapter three of the Gospel of John. Here is the link to the meeting.
For those of you mailing in checks to the church, please send them to: Holy Trinity Church, 1394 Huggins Ave., Chico, CA 95926. You can also give online by using our website: holytrinitychico.org. On behalf of the Leadership Team: thank you all for your generosity!
Please continue to pray for those in the church that the Lord puts on your heart. A number of us are dealing with significant health issues, with the grief of losing a loved one and/or with loneliness and discouragement during this time of restricted social interaction and heavy smoke. Our Lord is gracious and good, and He delights to answer our prayers.
Love to you all in Jesus –