"Signs of Salvation" - Traditional

Pastor Bruce JohnsonFebruary 18, 2024Lent

Passage: 1 Peter 3:18-22

On the First Sunday in Lent, February 18th, 2024, Pastor Bruce Johnson took us through the profound narrative of "Signs of Salvation" . The sermon delved into the rich scriptural tapestries of Genesis 9:8-17, 1 Peter 3:18-22, and Mark 1:9-15, guiding us through the enduring symbols of God's covenant with humanity.

From the ancient symbol of the rainbow in Genesis, which sealed God's promise to Noah and all living creatures, to the waters of baptism that marked the beginning of Jesus' ministry in Mark, and the promise of salvation through Christ's suffering in 1 Peter, Pastor Johnson explored how these signs are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago.

We joined for a thought-provoking exploration of how these divine symbols and acts have echoed through the ages, shaping our understanding of redemption, covenant, and the transformative power of faith. Whether as lifelong believers or just curious about the Christian faith, the sermon offered fresh insights into the ways we perceive and receive the signs of salvation in our own lives. It was an opportunity to reflect and find renewal in the timeless truths of the scriptures.

Donna Parker, chairperson of Church Council, talked to the congregation about General Conference.

Under the masterful direction of our Music Director, Patrick King, the Sanctuary Choir brought to life the enchanting sounds of "Entertain the Angels" by Heather Sorenson.

This anthem stands out as a truly unique piece in the choral repertoire, captivating all who listen with its delicate ballad. The lyrics serve as a poignant reminder of the virtues of humility and service. Through serving the less fortunate among us - the poor, the outcast, and the hungry - we might just find ourselves in the company of angels.

The melody of this piece is designed to feel like a gentle conversation, accessible and comforting, yet it's enriched with harmonies that are both beautiful and easy to grasp. This performance is more than just music; it's a heartfelt call to reflect on our actions and their impact on the world around us.

"Dive into this musical journey that combines exquisite harmonies with a powerful message of compassion and service. 'Entertain the Angels' is not just a song; it's a spiritual awakening, a reminder of the beauty in selflessness and the potential to make a difference in the lives of others. Don't miss this thought-provoking addition to our worship service, guaranteed to uplift and inspire."

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