During my doctoral studies at Chicago Theological Seminary I took a World Prayer class. My colleagues in the course represented more than seven countries. One of our assignments was to go and watch the IMAX film “The Blue Planet.”
It is an amazing film! We were able to see what lightning strikes look like from space. You could see the outline of the Great Wall of China. We also, as the title suggests, saw a lot of blue, as nearly 71% of the earth’s surface is water!
When you consider God’s plan to send Jesus to this blue planet that we call home, did you ever wonder what would be on Jesus’ job description? The answer is in the scripture for this Sunday. Jesus stands up in Nazareth, reads from a scroll of the prophet Isaiah, and shares with everyone why He is here and what He came to do.
As 21st Century Christians who follow Jesus, claiming to be His disciples, we are called to continue the work He began. Jesus of Nazareth, who is the Christ, started a revolution that changed the world.
This Sunday our faith community will bring a special offering to God: our service commitments. A simple list will be provided on an insert listing opportunities for you to serve Christ in the coming year. God has blessed you with unique gifts, skills, and talents. We are invited to change the world, in Jesus’ name, one life at a time. Please join us this Sunday as we boldly claim allegiance to Jesus and join in His revolution to change the world.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday!