God's Mercy On Haiti

Greetings to you this day in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord,

 

As we have all seen on the TV screen overnight and this a.m., our brothers and sisters in Haiti have been ravaged by an earthquake of devastating proportion. The true measure of it all will not be known for days to come as rescue workers serve night and day to remove the rubble. Saint Joseph's orphanage where Mark and Lois Autterson, Claudia Larson, Amanda Jensen and myself have stayed on mission trips is now part of the rubble. I am thankful that all the inhabitants who live there are fine and reports are that only minor injuries have been sustained.

 

First, let us pray. Let us pause in the silence of our hearts, and scream with our loudest voice that GOD'S MERCY MIGHT COME TO HAITI!

 

Tonight at Rock Canyon, you will have another opportunity to serve Haiti. The senior high ministry of 707 is going to modify its format and requests that each of you come between 7 and 8:30pm tonight for a prayer vigil. You are welcome to come for all that time or for a portion thereof.  We will allow some of the GGCC participants who have been to Haiti to share of their experience there, and how the events of the last day have affected them. Ways will also be offered up that you can serve Haiti both short and long-term. Our time together will allow for prayer, reflection, conversation, and fellowship.

 

GGCC will be receiving offerings for Haiti. Those offerings will be going to the Haitian Timoun Foundation (HTF), which GGCC is blessed to be in partnership with. I am also requesting, as the Lead Pastor of GGCC, that we designate 10% off the top of this Sunday's offering for the people of Haiti and relief efforts there.

 

Our text for Sunday is the wedding at Cana, John 2:1-11. It seems rather trivial that in a world of such deep need that Jesus would turn water into wine. It is almost like he was “wasting a miracle”? As I have reflected anew this day upon this miracle, it seems to me that Jesus is desiring to break into human history in a lavish and extraordinary way. A wedding is a day when new things begin. By Jesus meeting the needs of the wedding day in a miraculous way, he is telling all onlookers that he recognizes the concerns of God's people and that Jesus is present to begin something new at critical times on our lives. Jesus would once more use wine as he poured himself out and into us in the Last Supper.  How might we who have received such lavish love that gives us so much more than we need each day, now be the lavish love of Jesus pouring out upon Haiti?

 

See you tonight.

 

Still in one peace,

 

David J. Jensen

 

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