us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” These final lines from the Lord’s Prayer have
perplexed many biblical interpreters through the centuries. Why would we need to ask God not to lead us
into temptation? Would any parent among us deliberately lead their children
Sunday we begin the Lenten season by reflecting on the temptations that got the
better of King David and the temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness. David’s
temptation came when he was at the highest point of his success and power. Jesus’ temptation came immediately following
his affirmation from God that he was the Messiah divinely spoken to him at his
human being is tempted throughout life.
We couldn’t be human, with free choice, if we had no inclination
whatsoever to do something other than what is good.
why does Jesus recommend that we pray that God not lead us into temptation?
Perhaps it for the same reason that we teach our little children to grab the
hand of an adult while crossing a busy street.
When my children were little and they would say to me, “Hold my hand,
Daddy.” That was music to my ears. I was happy to hear them acknowledge that
they knew that crossing the street (or walking in a crowd of people), like life
itself, can be dangerous.
grown adults need to tell their heavenly Father that they know they need God’s
helping hand in this dangerous world.
Ask God all the time to take your hand.
That’s music to his ears.
us for the first Sunday in Lent in the Upper Room. We can practice together holding the hand of
The Politics of God: The
Historical Roots of Divine Rule:
Death, Taxes, and Temptation
2 Samuel 11:1-15,
This First Sunday of Lent
8:50 Prelude; 8:55 Announcements
school is offered during the 11:15 AM service
(No infant/toddler care giver available today)
This Saturday, 2/13 Men’s
Breakfast Club meets at Emerald Heights
@ 8:15 AM and breakfast is served @ Mary’s Place at 8:00 AM.
Interfaith Blood Drive – THIS MONDAY!!!!!
WHEN: MON., FEB. 15th; 1-7pm (break 3-4pm) WHERE Here! @ RPC. This is President’s Day observed therefore a
holiday, no school, work, mail, banks etc. So please stop by and DONATE.
Sign-up for an appointment at https://schedule.bloodworksnw.org/DonorPortal/Default.aspx
Phase Two of our Transition Process is scheduled for Saturday, February 27th.
The congregation is invited to attend this meeting from 8:30 – 10:30. On this day, the congregation and its leaders will engage
in a process of Appreciative Inquiry. The primary purpose of
appreciative inquiry is to help us identify the unique way God has already been
at work in our life together. In times of spiritual discernment, we can assume
that the Spirit’s work in the future will be in continuity with the Spirit’s
work among us thus far.
This part of the process will only be successful with
participation from the congregation. This is your opportunity to prayerfully
reflect upon and give input that will help us uncover what God has in mind for
us in the future. Please plan to attend this important meeting.
Come whether you attended the first meeting or weren’t able to make it.
Come whether you filled out a questionnaire already or haven't yet done
so. Please come! We value everyone’s ideas and input as we look
together toward the future.
For Newer Church Attenders
Getting to know the Church Community and One Another
Prayer Library (located across the patio
from the Pastor's Office)
Sundays Feb 21, 28 and March 6--between
gatherings are designed to build personal friendships, understanding about our
Reformed Presbyterian perspective, and our particular church. Opportunity will
be available for those who wish to unite with Redmond Presbyterian as official
members. I would be honored if you could join me for any or all of our
gatherings. Pastor Larry
Men's Shelter Dinners Underway
We had our first
dinner for the emergency winter shelters this last week. It was quite an
evening. We were just about out of food before we left. The men were hungry and
loved the chili. Our next meal will be Monday Feb. 22. We need lots of people
to help make this as successful as this past Monday night's meal. There
is a sign-up sheet in the hall outside the Upper Room. We need lots of
casseroles, salads and desserts. Right now we have bread. We also need milk,
juice and people to help serve. You can sign up in the back of the church
or email email@example.com.
You will be glad you did!
15th, RPC hosts the Blood Drive, 1 – 7PM in the Youth Room
19th, 9PM beginning of 40 Hour Lenten Fast
22nd, 5PM serve dinner @ Bellevue
Men’s Emergency Shelter
27th, 8AM-2PM Transition Meeting in Upper Room, CE Bldg.