The Alpha and the Omega . . . A Baptism, A Funeral, and your Shining Faces
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Revelation 22:13
Jesus is God from beginning to end, and all time in between. For the span of the universe, this is true. For the span of human lifetime, it is true. From Alpha to Omega--from A to Z--and everything in between.
This coming Sunday will illustrate God’s constant presence and provision. At 10am, Gavin Wesenberg begins his Christian journey at the Redeemer baptismal font. A delicious Lemon Cake from A Goodman’s Desserts will be shared in the “Skylight Lounge” where we will congratulate the family and enjoy a little sweetness.
Later that same afternoon, I will walk up the hill to Brett Funeral home to preside over the memorial service for Casamere Anthony Maniaci, who was baptized in the Redeemer Parsonage (there was once a little house on the U-drive!) in 1948. Those gathered will remember “Casey’s” baptism, mourn the end of his earthly journey, and commend him fully to blessed rest in God.
At baptism and memorial, and between them, there is the abiding presence of Jesus and its reflection in community of Christ. That will made more clear because for the first time in 14 months, I will be able to see your entire faces during worship! Your smiles! O joy!
That’s right—the CDC’s public announcement yesterday means fully vaccinated worshippers do not need to wear their masks at worship! My strong encouragement for those not fully vaccinated remains the same—please take advantage of online worship until your vaccination regimen is complete.
From beginning to end, I give thanks to God.
With prayers for peace and understanding,
P.S. Prayers, please, for Rachel Kooistra’s mom, Jan, who is being treated for organ rejection. You may recall that Rachel donated a kidney so that her mother could receive one. Rachel is with her mother as medical technicians try to halt the rejection. Merciful God, speed healing and give Rachel the spiritual stamina she needs for these long days. Amen.