People So Dearly Loved By God,
I missed you last weekend, but it was so good to get away for a brief trip to the mountains with my family. We have not been able to camp as much as we typically would because so many campsites were closed during the pandemic, but we were able to make it up to the White Mountains for some fresh air, changing foliage, and rain. (“Did he say ‘rain’?”) Yes, it rained.
While those of you who stayed home enjoyed what was one of the most gorgeous fall days in history, we were watching our breath condense in mid-air only to be immediately dashed away by a relentless mountain rainstorm. We spent from sun up to sun down in the rain and cold, and it was absolutely and utterly miserable. Two of my three children had multiple tearful external meltdowns, and the older child and adults felt the same way; we just had a little more composure about it!
But in the end, we had a very powerful experience of bonding as a family and learning to appreciate shelter and warmth. We talked, as we walked, about what it means to go through hard things and how that makes us stronger, and how God meets us in challenges and goes with us. And how even more than the hope of a set of dry clothes and a warm heater in the car back at the trailhead keeps us going, the hope of glory and joy and peace with Christ can keep us going in the really hard parts of our lives.
Have you experienced a challenge in which you had to set your hopes on something so that you could endure it? What was that like? What about hope in Jesus? How has your hope in Christ seen you through challenges?
I look forward to gathering with you this Sunday for worship, and it will be another sort of deluge this weekend because we will finally be baptizing Patrick Tsung, who has waited through a pandemic and a hurricane that canceled church in order to stand before you to declare that his hope is Christ Jesus.
Will you come and bear witness to this beautiful expression of faith?
Maybe you haven’t been to church in a while, please make this the weekend you come!
See you soon, I hope!
NEWS of the Church
Fall Family Festival!
Join us, Oct 31st from 2:30 - 5 pm for a Fall Family Festival! A fun time to connect, eat, and enjoy time together. We will have plenty of games, crafts, and snacks to munch on. Come as you are, or dressed in your best costumes.
C.S. Lewis Movie The Most Reluctant Convert
We have a limited number of tickets to a film about the life of C.S. Lewis entitled The Most Reluctant Convert. The date is November 3 at 7 pm at the Regal FenwayTheater in Boston. Tickets are $17.35 each. Purchase tickets HERE! Your seats will be located in a section of Highrock MetroWest attendees.
C.S. Lewis Discussion Group
On Wednesday evening, November 10, at 7 pm, a discussion group on the faith and writings of C.S. Lewis will be held with a brief introduction to Lewis by Frederick Lee. Dr. Lee had involvement in the publication of The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life by Armand Nicholi, Jr. This event is a great opportunity to invite friends and interested persons to explore and be curious about the question of God. You must register HERE to receive the zoom link for the group discussion. Some participants will have seen the movie The Most Reluctant Convert about the life of C.S. Lewis. More information about the film showing in our area on November 3. You do not need to have seen the movie to participate in this discussion group.
Fireside Chat with Pastor Dave Swaim
You are invited to a Fireside Chat with Dave on Sunday, October 17, 8-9 pm, via Zoom. Pull up a chair from the comfort of your own home and tune in for a fireside chat with our Senior Pastor.
Worship Time Change Set for November 7, 2021 to 10 am.
Sunday, November 7, is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time when we all roll our clocks back an hour e.g. 9 am becomes 8 am. However, Highrock MetroWest in-person worship time will move to 10 am starting November 7 so, in essence, your biological clock remains the same regarding worship time. Kidsrock will also be at 10 am and SoulFood follows worship.
A five-minute weekly podcast based on the last sermon preached.
Biblical exegesis in a two minute read by Pastor George (Note: this link takes the reader to a non-Highrock website)