And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord

Dear Church Family,

It’s Thursday morning as I write this email. I just finished morning prayer a few moments ago on our Facebook page, where we had 50 people join us. It’s been encouraging to see our congregation embrace new forms of connection during these days when we can’t gather in person and to still find ways to be the church. As a reminder, morning prayer is every day (Monday – Friday) at 8:30AM on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cofumc/). I’d love to “see” you there!

In addition to great music led by Julia Nicholas, our Director of Worship Arts, this weekend will include a continuation of our new series called “Credo.” In this series, we’re unpacking the Apostles’ Creed, one of the great creeds of the Church that beautifully summarizes what we as Christians believe about God. I’m probably biting off more than I can chew this weekend, because the section of the creed on which I’ll be preaching includes almost 62% of it. (I did the math myself, so hopefully it’s right!) It’s the part that speaks about Jesus.

And in Jesus Christ his [God’s] only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

If you notice, this section of the creed includes everything from the incarnation of Jesus (i.e., when the eternal Son of God took on human flesh at Christmastime) to his second coming in the future. Again, there’s a lot in here, so we’ll do our best to highlight the essentials. When it comes down to it, Jesus doesn’t simply want us to know about him. He wants us to experience him. So my prayer is that in addition to learning about him, you’ll have an experience with the risen Jesus this weekend.

I’m grateful to all our Community of Faith staff and volunteers who continue to offer awesome and life-changing ministry during these days when we can’t be together in our building. If you’d like to see what else is going on in our church and how you can connect with the work of God among us, I invite you to check out the rest of this email below.

Take care, have a great Friday, and I look forward to “seeing” you at one of our weekend services.

Blessings,
Chris