April 18 - LOC and FBC women are having a bake sale at Heathsville Farmers Market. Help out or come to buy goodies at the market on Saturday, April 18, between 9:00 AM–1:00 PM. This will be the first Saturday market of the new season. Contribute baked goods to the church kitchen on Friday. Call Melinda Floom for all the details.
Kairos Weekend - cookies are needed soon. Our team of evangelists will head to Buckingham State Prison for the weekend beginning April 24. Cookie "bags" are available in Brinkley Hall, but turnaround time is short: cookies must be returned to Brinkley by April 19. Call Walt TeStrake for more information.
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If you have a prayer request please use this email link to reach Marie Carstensen, coordinator. Your request will be included on the Light of Christ prayer chain. It is among our greatest blessings that we may approach the throne of God with supplications and thanksgivings.
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Hate in Holy Week
by Gavin Ashenden
In the Gospels we are told that Satan entered Judas just before he left to denounce Jesus. Whatever bitterness and political frustration he suffered, whatever inadequacy, something extra added its weight to all the human fragility.
We can recognise it most easily as hate, but it is also known as evil. It's something that has been airbrushed out of our public conversations by the commentators, because if it exists, then all our panaceas and all our would-be materialist solutions aren't going to work. Read more…
Without a doubt, at the center of the New Testament there stands the Cross, which receives its interpretation from the Resurrection.
The Passion narratives are the first pieces of the Gospels that were composed as a unity. In his preaching at Corinth, Paul initially wants to know nothing but the Cross, which "destroys the wisdom of the wise and wrecks the understanding of those who understand", which "is a scandal to the Jews and foolishness to the gentiles". But "the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men" (I Cor 1:19, 23, 25).
Whoever removes the Cross and its interpretation by the New Testament from the center, in order to replace it, for example, with the social commitment of Jesus to the oppressed as a new center, no longer stands in continuity with the apostolic faith.
–Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988), A Short Primer For Unsettled Laymen