I grew up pretty sheltered, as many American children do in urban or suburban areas. Death was not a regular occurrence for me, as it might be for those raised on a robust farm with animals: from cows to rabbits, sheep to chickens… Throughout history this has been more normative than many of us experience now. For me, blood was rarely seen, except for a skinned knee or two. So in my teenage years I found myself curious about the subject as a teenager and watched a lot of scary movies, horror movies, some classics like with Vincent Price but some others that were definitely less healthy, and a lot more gory. In a culture that fears becoming “desensitized” the issue wasactually that I had never been acclimatized to what most generations had seen more regularly. Which brings us to the Bible, and Sunday’s text…
…it’s bloody. Fair warning in advance, Exodus 29 describes some pretty detailed animal sacrifice and what to do with the blood, in relation to consecrating the priests. And it brings up some aspects many churches tend to gloss over on Sundays (or all the time). The bottom line? This was detailed and commanded by the God we love and worship! In fact, it’s why some non-Christians take shots at our faith as being a “bloody, disgusting, primitive religion”. So it’s also imperative that we have a solid, biblical understanding AND an answer for that. Why IS Christianity such a “bloody religion” and how do we “own” that truth instead of dodging or dismissing it? So we’ll look at this chapter that is, well, a cut above the rest and wrestle with the realities of our faith, sin, and instrument of our salvation. For a helpful primer, check out this link from gotquestions.org on why our Bible is so “bloody”.
There’s a time and place for everything, however, and for our Children’s Ministry they’ll be hitting something QUITE a bit different, though I won’t say it’s any less intense! Psalm 139:14 proclaims how we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” and is a great launching pad for looking at God and creation in Genesis 1 and 2. Creating EVERYTHING that was made is just as intense, just in a very different way! So they’ll have a great time with the “Wonder World” series while the adults continue in Exodus.
Practically, we’ll ALSO have our mid-year Treasurer’s report, and an update from your pastor, elders and deacons on what’s coming up for the rest of the year. We’ll also celebrate good news about our fireworks fundraiser. We’re shortening the service a bit to accommodate the added updates. We ALSO have some familiar faces for music worship, but a whole new team combo and “remix”. Expect the unexpected! So you don’t want to miss this Sunday.
Blessings on your weekend and hope to see you then!
Soli Deo Gloria,
– Pastor James