Sunday, October 23: Signs
There is more to life than what is obvious to our senses.
Deep in our bones, we sense that there is Someone out there; that we are not alone and that there is purpose and meaning to existence.
Every Sunday, we gather to recognize the invisible reality. We acknowledge that we are but creatures before our Creator. We worship. And every now and then, the veil between heaven and earth is pulled aside and we catch a glimpse of the divine.
In ancient Israel, this veil between heaven and earth was literal. The Jerusalem temple towered over Mt. Zion, and every day worshippers came there hoping to encounter God.
But not all were welcome at the temple. Gentiles for one. Samaritans. Those with skin diseases or certain injuries. The unclean. The temple structure itself, with its gates, veils, and courtyards was an object lesson on God’s holiness, mankind’s sinfulness, and the gravity of the act of worship.
This week, we will be in John 4, in which Jesus challenges everything a Samaritan woman thought she knew about worship. Both Jews and Samaritans longed to connect with God, but they disagreed about where God could be found. The Jews said Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. The Samaritans insisted it was Mt. Gerizim.
When the Samaritans refused to make the trip to Jerusalem to worship, God did something completely unexpected—He sent the temple to them.
Join us this week as we continue our series called Signs and explore what it means to worship in spirit and in truth. See you then!
Service times are at 9:30 & 11:00. If you can’t make it in person, you can watch live at those times.