The Power of the Cross:
Paul uses two powerful metaphors in Colossians 2:13-17 teaching us about the power of the cross and forgiveness, something that we all need to hear for ourselves again and again.
During Paul’s time it was customary to write a “Charge” list against a person, either a list of wrongs committed or debts owed. Now this list was displayed in the city, often in a place of commerce, where everyone could see it. Of course the purpose was to disgrace the individual it was written against.
Now think about God, Paul says. He has this “Charge List” against all of us. He holds it in his hands and there is NO WAY we could pay the debt of sin. Paul continues to explain to the Colossians, but this is the Grace of the Cross… the redemption through Christ is like wiping clean the charge list and nailing it to the cross. Parchment wasn’t as porous as paper is today. So to correct a mistake or wipe off the charge one simply took a damp cloth and wipe off the writing. Paul is emphasizing that in Christ’s death all our trespasses were wiped from our charge list.
But he doesn’t end it there. The metaphor slightly shifts from being wiped clean to now being nailed to the cross. At that time when a nail was driven through a displayed charge list, it was proof that the charges had been paid or canceled.
So not only are the charges of sin, that damn us, wiped clean but they have been paid in full. Paul was reminding them that because of Christ’s death on the cross, our past, our sins will never have any bearing on our future judgment.
During the worship service when I announce that your sins are forgiven, it is a pronouncement of truth. The sin no longer exist, yes there may be consequences but not the sin, not the judgment for that sin. It no longer exists.
So if God no longer holds sin against us, why do we hold it both against ourselves and others. Live the new life Christ has given you, nail your sins to the cross, don’t let your past haunt you, allow the future of Christ lead you. Amen.
“I will pass through this world but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do, let me do it now; let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again”
–Etienne De Grellet
SESSION BRIEFS – September 2015
Highlights from the monthly stated meeting of the GHPC Session, 13 September 2015:
1. Administration and Stewardship (Webb):
a. Annual Pledges: Pledge letters will be distributed 1 November 2015; “Minute for Stewardship” presentations will be presented during worship service on 8 and 15 November 2015; Pledges will be received formally during the 22 November 2015 worship service.
b. The committee would like to receive budget requests by mid-November 2015.
c. A “Media” subcommittee will be formed. This subcommittee will report to the Session on a regular basis. Elder DeTora volunteered to participate and assist in formulating the committee.
2. Building and Grounds (Seery):
a. The roof and steeple have been cleaned; the steeple is now ready for painting.
b. Floodlights were fixed.
c. Damage to playground equipment from mowing in the amount of appx. $100 was noted. The lawn mower was not damaged in the incident.
3. Outreach (Seery): More sponsors are needed for the Sunday Morning Café.
4. Scouting Programs (Lawrence):
a. Both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts continue to have heavily involved and heavily attended activity schedules.
b. Three members of Girl Scout Troop 9338 were recognized for attaining the Bronze Award.
c. Cubmaster Clifford Rakes, Pack 150, Committee Chairman Jay Guild, Sr. Troop 150, and Pack Committee Chairman /Assistant District Commission Armand Franco spoke to the Session in support of renewing the Annual Scouting Unit Charters. The Session voted to renew the charters for both Pack 150 and Troop 150 for another year.
5. On review of the membership roll, as outlined in the Book of Order, G-3.0204a., Chris Dempsey was removed from the active roll.
6. $600 will be allocated to enter the church financial records into the Power Church Plus program by 1 January 2016.
Walter J. Lawrence, M. D.
Clerk of Session, GHPC
Choir practice will be held on September 30 and on October 14, at 7:00pm.
SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE
Over the past month, we have added 16 new followers to our FaceBook page, and we have had 337 visitors to the church website! If you have some suggestions for either of these pages, please let the church office know. The fresher the content, the more interest we can generate on the web.
ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP
The Showing of “Still Alice” by the ALZ support group had 19 attend. I have the movie until the third Wednesday in October. If you would like to check it out from me to view at home, just call me, Kimberli. I will leave it at the church office for pick up and please return it there. Be sure to leave your name so I know who has it. I would also like to thank all the ladies that brought cookies for refreshments. I appreciate all the support. The next Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at 10:00am.
ENTERPRISE HOMESCHOOL GEOGRAPHY CLUB
The Enterprise Homeschool Geography Club had a fantastic meeting in September. More than twenty students gave presentations about Belgium, and we learned a lot! Our next meeting will be held on Friday, October 16, at Noon. The country of the month is Romania. Assignments will be handed out on the Enterprise Homeschool FaceBook page, so check there for more information. Bring your lunch to eat before we start the presentations. We are looking forward to another great meeting.
CONGRATULATIONS GIRL SCOUTS!
As you may have heard, it is official! Sky, Makayla, and Kendall from Girl Scout Troop #9338 have been awarded their Bronze Awards. Their applications were approved by the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama and they received their certificates at a special ceremony held by the troop. We are so proud of these young ladies!
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
October 18 @ Noon, Green Hill Soup Luncheon
October 28 @ 5:30pm, Pizza & Bingo, with prizes!
The recent Presbyterian Women Gathering at Geneva Presbyterian Church was well attended by Green Hill. Eight of our ladies made the short trip. At the gathering there we got to see an overview of the new Horizon’s Bible Study for this year, “At the Water’s Edge.” We met new friends, and reconnected with those we had met before.
Our Bible Study here at Green Hill for the coming year is entitled “Handle with Prayer” and it was written by Dr. Charles Stanley. Our plans are to continue holding the Coordinating Team meeting and the Bible Study on the third Thursday of each month. Stay tuned for an announcement for the exact date and time of our first meetings. In the meantime, please pray for this Study, for each other, and for Green Hill.
“The things, good Lord, that I pray for, give me Thy grace to labour for.” -St. Thomas Morse (1478-1535)
PS: The Belk Charity Day Sale is coming up in early November. Remember, you need a $5 ticket to get in, and then you get that $5 back on your first purchase, which will already be on sale! See any member of the PW Coordinating Team for more information.