What would you ask for if you could have anything you wanted? According to the Bible, King Solomon had to answer this question early in his reign. While Solomon slept in a holy place, God visited his dreams and said, “Tell me what you want me to give you.” If you were Solomon, how would you have answered?
Interesting questions turn up throughout the scriptures. In the gospel reading for Sunday, critics of Jesus want to know, “How can this man give us himself to eat?” Jesus offers “true food and drink” and promises that those who partake will abide in him, and he in them. Can his listeners swallow this teaching?
Sunday worship provides opportunity to reflect on what we value and where we are headed. April’s sermon title is, “The Life God Wants to Give Us.” The texts, should you want to read them in advance, are 1 Kings 3:3-14 and John 6:51-58. Being baptized into the life of Christ and the family of faith this Sunday at 3rd Service will be Harrison Gambin, son of Vincent and Juneffer, little brother of Madison and Jackson.
You will notice when you arrive at church that work areas on our property are surrounded by green construction fencing and that the preschool safety zone is surrounded by a shorter security fence. Both driveway entrances are open and traffic flow remains as it was, though the lower driveway is currently one lane wide rather than two. The temporary narrowing of the road is due to required construction of a retaining wall.
On Sundays, once you have parked and are approaching the sanctuary, the office building, Wesley Hall, and/or the portable classrooms, access is unobstructed. If you visit during the week, you will need to pass through small gates in order to access the sanctuary and classrooms. These gates are closed but not locked. Adults can easily work the latches. Preschoolers are meant to stay inside!
As construction goes forward there will be rare occasions when, with advance notice, one or another route onto the property may be unavailable. Saturday, August 18, is one such occasion. We have no events scheduled for Saturday, but if you should be planning to come to the church this Saturday, please be advised that the driveway between the church and the botanic garden will be closed. You can still enter via the driveway closest to Palos Verdes Drive North and Rolling Hills Country Day School.
Thank you for sharing in the excitement as we are finally underway with our long-planned project of creating a new education building to house our thriving ministries with children, youth, and families. When it is finished, we will also have more space for adult classes, groups, and activities. We are glad to be a growing family of faith!
See you in worship.