Reflections from Vicar Jaren
We have spent the past year journeying through the entirety of Scripture. We started with Genesis in the Old Testament, travelled through the Gospels, and ended with the stories of the Church in Acts and Paul’s letters in the New Testament. It has been a wonderful time full of God’s written word. We have completed Year One of the narrative lectionary and I think it is so important to reflect on what this journey has been like for all of us. You can see the entirety of this journey through the displays set up in the gathering space where you may interact with various reminders of the Bible stories that we encountered every week. By reading through the entirety of the Bible this year, we can also take time to recognize that the Bible’s story, God’s story, continues with us today. We are continuing to participate in God’s story just as our ancestors of faith have done long before us. We have travelled through the Bible from beginning to end, but God’s story does not end there. God’s story continues in every one of us, in our communities, in our homes. And so let us take a moment to reflect and be thankful for all we have encountered this year. Let us thank God for the gift of scripture and for the opportunity to learn about our Creator who relates to us in grace-filled love. I hope this year has been a great opportunity for you all to dive deeper into God’s written word, where we encounter God’s Living Word—Jesus Christ. Remember that God’s story continues with us all and that we continue to rely on God’s Word to sustain us. To celebrate this achievement, we encourage everyone to bring their Bibles to worship this Sunday, May 28. We will be using them in worship where we will be gifting Bibles to our 2nd graders. We look forward to seeing you here!