Affirming Jesus as Lord implies holding together opposites: The one who died with common criminals for attempting to over throw the government is King of all things in heaven and on earth. The one who created all things visible and invisible came to us as a vulnerable infant.
The Apostle Paul allows for the exclusion of nothing in Christ’s reign nor in his reconciliation!
He himself is before all things,Colossians 1:17 (NRSV)
and in him all things hold together.
The diversity present in Temple Terrace demonstrates God’s reconciliation at work among us. Here Presbyterians worship only a few blocks from Roman Catholics, and Baptists and only a few more blocks from Muslims. In other places in the world people from these same faith groups attack one another. In this place we even work on a mission project together supporting refuges and immigrants.
I will have more to say about Colossians 1:11-23 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 24th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor
A Tip for Parents
We frequently teach children that the first Thanksgiving happened almost 300 years ago in Massachusetts. However in Deuteronomy we can read of another Thanksgiving that was first celebrated about 2,470 years ago.