Dear friends of Holy Trinity Chico –

It was good to see you last Sunday to worship and consider how the Lord, who chose to reveal himself as the majestic and awesome Yahweh in the Old Testament has chosen the name Abba (“Dear Father”) as His primary mode of disclosure through Jesus and the disciples. He is still Yahweh: still infinite and glorious in every dimension, yet the emphasis now falls on His gracious, tender nearness, His fatherly love, toward His children. It’s remarkable!

If you missed our time and would like to listen to the recording, you can do that here. If you would like a copy of Tom’s message notes and slides, they are located here. Let’s continue to lean into the Father heart of God each day, friends. Call on Him as your Abba. Trust His love for you.

This week, we will consider a statement that the Father spoke to Jesus in Mark 1:11 and its application to us who are in Christ. Read the verse in its context. Meditate on it: what does it mean to be a son/daughter of the Father? To be beloved and cherished by Him? For Him to be thrilled with us? This Sunday, we’ll reverently reflect on these astonishing affirmations. As we continue our walk through the fifty days of the Easter season, we will look forward to Ascension Day (May 21st) and Pentecost Sunday (May 31st).

This Sunday, we will meet online at the usual time: 4pm via Zoom. To join the meeting, click here or on our website. 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.

Here are a couple resources you might enjoy.

Lynn and I watched a wonderfully inspiring movie called “Jesus in Athens”, about the many Muslims coming to Christ in Greece through the ministry of love and compassion done by a few devoted Christ followers. It is humbling, convicting and encouraging and well worth your time! Here is the link.

And here is a podcast by Dane Ortlund that answers the question: Does Jesus Really Like Me? Ortlund has a warm, pastoral heart, and his message will encourage and strengthen you, if you’ve ever had doubts about God’s love for you. Here is the link.

If you want to come to our Thursday night community meeting for fellowship, prayer and bible study, here is the Zoom link. The time is 7-8ish p.m. We’d love to be with you!

Remember this Sunday to bring your bible, bread and wine/grape juice for Holy Communion!

In Christ’s resurrection love –

Tom