Weekly Update: July 22, 2015

Dear Family,

I always find worship to be both glorifying to God and edifying to my grace-needy heart. This past Sunday, however, took my awe of God's Spirit to new heights. I have been in churches that have prayed for the sick with the laying on of hands, but I have never witnessed one where every person gathered around a beloved saint. This was the picture of Cross Creek loving on Robert Wise. With Robert's recent diagnosis of terminal cancer, we lift up our brother in prayer to the God of all grace. Please keep him in your daily prayers. Pray also for Diane and her family as they comfort Robert. We know that the Lord is sovereign and in control of all things, which is why we give him praise for every moment we have. Please also continue to pray for Carole Radford's health, for Stephen Datz as he recovers from surgery, and for Karen Allen in the recent loss of her husband, Mike.

This Sunday we have the privilege of rejoicing with Casey and Erika Wagner in the covenant baptism of their son, Dylan Scott. As we prepare for this sacrament, let us reflect on the following from the Westminster Larger Catechism:

Q. 165. What is baptism?
A. Baptism is a sacrament of the New Testament, wherein Christ hath ordained the washing with water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, to be a sign and seal of ingrafting into himself, of remission of sins by his blood, and regeneration by his Spirit; of adoption, and resurrection unto everlasting life; and whereby the parties baptized are solemnly admitted into the visible church, and enter into an open and professed engagement to be wholly and only the Lord's.

Please do not forget to frequent the special events page on Cross Creek's website. You can also access the church calendar to see all the events for the month.

Finally, and I realized it after I said it, I spoke inaccurately last Sunday concerning the charge John the Baptist placed on Herod. I intended to say that John's charge was that Herod should not take his brother's wife (Herodias) for himself and that her daughter danced at the banquet, thus sealing John's death. What actually came forth from my lips was nothing near that. Thank you for being so gracious to me (no one said anything of my error to me afterwards) and for fixing your eyes on the perfect Savior - not the far from perfect pastor!

Blessings in Christ,