March 16, 2003

Mark Greenstreet - “Jesus is the way to God”

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Mark Greenstreet introduced us to the Gospel of John and then spoke on various themes from John 14. Philip asked (verse 8) Jesus to "show us the Father", because Philip had not made the connection between Jesus and God in the way Christians would by the end of the first century. The writer of John gives us what Mark called "a series of icons" to explain or 'show' us Jesus. Some of these are metaphors such as "I am . . . the good shepherd/the vine/the light". When the gospel writers tried to put into words "God incarnate", they often ended up looking at Christ's life in action, showing how his words and actions went hand-in-hand. Mark stressed that the writer of John represented the thinking of a community of believers at the end of the first century, that these people brought their intellectual gifts to the task (as do we). They also, as a community, felt bound by one commandment: "Love one another as I have loved you." This community then tried to live out Christ's ideals, using the sayings and stories they collected about Jesus to guide their lives. [JEK]


Passage: John 14
Communion: No
Ecumenical or Event: Lent II
Potluck Lunch: No
Congregational Meeting: No


Speaker: Mark Greenstreet
Worship Leader: Edwin Hintz
Song Leader: Rosie Perera
Pianist: Ruth Enns
Zoom Coordinator:
Children's Feature Leader: Nathan or Heather Schneidereit


Bring Flowers: Hildegard & Helmut Lemke
Coffee Helper:
Sound Helper:


Child Care Volunteer: Vange Thiessen

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