As Christians, we read the Old Testament through the lens of the Gospels; that is, we consider the New Testament in interpreting the Old Testament. Our tradition as Presbyterians talks about Jesus as a prophet, priest, and king. These three roles from the Old Testament find their perfections in Christ. In the Presbyterian tradition, children were once expected to learn the Westminster Shorter Catechism, in order to help them understand the Bible as interpreted in our tradition. Here's an excerpt from the Westminster Shorter Catechism to help us learn about what it means to describe Jesus as prophet, priest, and king:
Q. 24. “How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet?
A. Christ executeth the office of a prophet, in revealing to us, by his Word and Spirit, the will of God for our salvation.”
Prophecy means not only to tell the future, but to tell the truth about the past and present. Jesus helped us to understand the past, present, and future by preaching to us. The Sermon on the Mount, in a few short chapters, gives the clearest summary of how to live a righteous life in all the Scriptures, and indeed the clearest explanation of holiness I have ever read. Christ's parables, such as the Parable of the Prodigal Son and the Parable of the Good Samaritan, teach us about God and about how to love one another. He also foretold the future, by telling us about his death and resurrection, and he gave us a vision of the coming Kingdom of God.
Q. 25. “How doth Christ execute the office of a priest?
A. Christ executeth the office of a priest, in his once offering up of himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, and reconcile us to God, and in making continual intercession for us.”
Christ was the fulfillment of all the Old Testament animal sacrifices. At the moment of Jesus's death, the curtain of the Temple, dividing the Holy of Holies from the people, was torn in two. Jesus's death atoned for sin fully and forever. But Jesus was not only the sacrifice itself, but the priest; he sacrificed himself. John 10:18: "No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded."
Q. 26. “How doth Christ execute the office of a king?
A. Christ executeth the office of a king, in subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies.”
As Christians, Christ alone is our King. Our obedience to all rulers and leaders of this world comes only secondary to our allegiance to Christ. When we look at the Old Testament kings, we will see that many, many, failed to exercise good leadership over the people. They looked to their own interests, not to the needs of the people, and neglected to be an example of righteousness, or to care for the poor and weak. Jesus, by contrast, was the ideal servant leader who gave up all power and wealth to serve the needs of the people. He was the King who came riding into town on a donkey, the King whose only crown, in this world, was the crown of thorns. As such, He deserves our highest allegiance and praise.
As we read Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and 1 & 2 Samuel, consider how Christ perfects the roles that humanity struggles to perform. As we walk through Lent, let us look to Christ's example and focus on Him in our daily journey towards the cross.
Year of the Bible: Don't lose heart! The Word of God is the lamp unto our feet and the light unto our path. The Old Testament can be challenging, but it deepens and strengthens our understanding of God, and of the New Testament as well. Make sure to consult commentaries or email Pastor Marianne about passages that are confusing for you. Oftentimes resources can shed some light on what you're reading, and give you historical context to understand why it was important and how it applies to today. You can submit any questions about what you've been reading to Pastor Marianne at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she'll address them during the sermon.
|March Reading Schedule
||1 Samuel 1-3
||1 Samuel 4-8
||1 Samuel 9-12
||1 Samuel 13-15
||1 Samuel 16-19
||1 Samuel 20-23
||1 Samuel 24-26
||1 Samuel 27-31
||2 Samuel 1-4
||2 Samuel 5-7
||2 Samuel 8-10
||2 Samuel 11-14
||2 Samuel 15-18
||2 Samuel 19-20
||2 Samuel 21-24
Serving in the Lord’s House
Thank-you to all who are assisting this month!
March 5: Susie Regula
March 12: Andy LeCureaux
March 19: Don Reinke
March 26: Janie Castle
Please contact a member of Session if you are interested in serving as a Liturgist during our Sunday Morning Worship.
March 5: The Reinke Family
March 12: Linda Finn
March 19: Margaret Rossnagel
March 26: Mike Woodcox
See Margaret Rossnagel if you would like to be a greeter.
Sunday School Teachers:
March 5: Debbie Collins, Linda Finn
March 12: Sue Smith, Don Reinke
March 19: Linda Finn, Garry Smith
March 26: Don Reinke, Becca Castle
Save the Dates!
Tickets for our church for the
Tigers v. White Sox, a 1pm game on
Sunday, June 4th,
have been purchased in Section 111
and are available for $20.
Sign up sheet coming soon!
Bring friends and family!
Sunday, June 9, Worship in the Park ~
We have secured the larger pavilion for Worship in the Park.
1 Sandy Woodcox
2 James Alex
3 Theresa Mocny
6 Joe Krakker
7 Carmen Castle
8 Jon Castle
10 Cerise Blyth
15 Shelby Alston
20 Garry Smith
25 Lexie Castle
26 Cynthia Groh-Stamat
We are looking for a volunteer for our Card Ministry.
Duties - send birthday, anniversary, get well cards to the people in our congregation.
Cards and stamps will be paid by the church.
We would like to have someone in place by April 1.
Please let the office at email@example.com, know if you could do this. Thank you!
If you have a concern that you would like us to put on the prayer chain, please contact Deb Collins at 248-649-3692 or Sandy Woodcox at 248-320-3182.
Please keep the following members and friends in your prayers:
· For our nation, world and leaders, especially during these times of tension and turmoil.
· For those who travel.
· For those who mourn, especially the family of Charlotte Crawford, who entered God’s Kingdom.
· For our military members; those deployed; veterans; for military families; first responders/their families.
· For pastors, church leaders and those who serve tirelessly with mission work. We think especially of Steve & Marge Doty and Amy.
· For families that struggle or need patience.
· For all concerns not articulated or spoken, but on our hearts and minds.
· For persecuted Christians.
· For our shut-ins.
· For the medical concerns of: Amanda, Betty, Dave, Dick, Gail, Gordy, Jennifer, Joe, Ken, Linda, Richard, Rosemary, Ryan, Sally, Sarah & Graham, Scott, Dave Angle, Rosemary Beauchamp, Gene Bryant, Megan Burlee, Carol Eads, Bill Gleason, Richard Horn, Betty Kingstrom, Susan Kahn, Rachel & Will Klaus, Grace McCullough, Tom McCullough, Robert Mertz, Michelle Nesbitt, Don Olson, Terry Raredo, Bev Schell, Lisa Somers, Darlene Watson and Velma Wills.
· For those fighting cancer: Andy, Evonne, Ethan, Robin, Michelle, Steve, Carol Anderson, Jerry Edmonds, Gloria Farris, Christine Fetterhoff, Joyce Gasser, Marian Johnson, Sheila Judd, Carol Kaiser, Dennis Kennedy, Tom McCullough, Mark Stamat, Janice Warner and Sandy Warner.
· For those experiencing personal struggles: Those needing comfort during transition and change; those seeking employment, the homeless; those who are losing their homes; families experiencing effects of natural disasters/bad weather, especially those affected by Hurricane Matthew.
· For those struggling with addictions and those recovering, that they may continue to heal.
To add someone to the Prayer List, please contact the church office at (248) 288-3230 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starr Presbyterian Church Contacts
Shari Alston 248-545-6157
Janie Castle 248-961-6565
Linda Finn 248-221-7252
Lon Kuehn 248-506-9982
Michael Woodcox 248-320-3179
Sandy Woodcox 248-320-3182
Rick Crawford 248-548-4878
Don Reinke 248-399-9053
Norm Rossnagel 248-585-7417
Jennifer Taub, Office Administrator
Rev. Marianne Grano:
Web Address: www.starrchurch.org