Resurrection Lutheran Church of Dublin

Come Worship With Us!

We invite you to Join us in worship this week
and for Easter, In celebration of our Risen Lord! Alleluia!
Invite a family member or friend to come with you.

Holy Week

 

Maundy Thursday
April 2, 2015 7:30 pm

 

Good Friday

April 3, 2015 pm

 

Easter Sunday

April 5, 2015

8:30 am & 10:30 am

*Continental Easter breakfast between services.

 

For more information call 828-1580




Resurrection Lutheran Church of Dublin
7557 Amador Valley Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568 | resluth@pacbell.net | 925.828.1580

A Word from Our Pastor

 

Resurrection, the name of our church, the hope we all share in one form or another and a promise of God in Jesus Christ. My problem is even though it is my dearest hope for myself and those I care for, I am not even sure at times I know what it is I hope. But there are things I do know, things I do trust that continue to feed my hope. The truth is I have realized that it is not really necessary that I understand, only that I believe. Please do not misunderstand me, this understanding does not come from a desire to shy away from knowledge and become some sort of unthinking reactionary, instead it comes from a realization that all knowledge in its own way begins with belief.  As many of you know my first direction in high school and then again in college was science. If there is one thing that I understand it is the scientific method. You observe, hypothesize and experiment or test. The thing I have learned is that a hypothesis or theory is at its very root a belief. The difference for many people between faith and science is that science is willing to put things to the test where faith must be taken without any kind of experiential evidence.
 
That hasn’t been my experience. In college I was pretty lonely at first, then a friend invited me to a Bible study. As a budding scientist and a functional agnostic I wasn’t interested, but as a lonely eight-teen year old I just wanted a friend, so I went. After a few months, I was so  impressed with the group of people who has welcomed me in that I decided to try life their way. I am not saying I believed, I just wanted to belong so I decided to pretend I was a Christian. In actuality from my point of view, what I was doing was testing the hypothesis that a life of faith, a way of believing, would be better than my skepticism. It was a hypothesis, not one I was particularly tied to, but one which evidently by deciding to pretend I was a Christian I had just set out to test.
 
I didn’t see what I was doing then, though in hindsight, it seems pretty clear; there was a lot more to this than I could even begin to see. It was not so much that I was trying to prove that God was a reality, but that God was trying to prove the real presence of God to me. Here I am almost forty five years later and this great experiment is still not finished, but I am beginning to trust in the reality of God, to have faith in the promise of God. And this is full circle with the mystery of our Resurrection.
 
In order to truly understand the mysteries of the faith, you have to trust them enough to test them. It may not take much faith, but it does take enough faith to try God’s way.  My willingness to try the way, evidently like Abraham’s obedience, was accounted to me as faith.  Probably not so much my faith in God, but God’s faith in me.
 
It is the same thing that drew Philip to Jesus when Nathaniel said; "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see.” John 1:45-46   This verse describes my invitation from my friend, Peter was his name, and it changed my life. It was not a demand for faith, but an invitation to come and see.
 
Anselm of Canterbury in the tenth century actually described this great experiment much better than I ever could, he said; “I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe that I may understand. For this, too, I believe, that, unless I first believe, I shall not understand." This is what I began to discover after many years, not because I gave up thinking, but because as this new life my experiment has led me into, shows the true value of faith as an experiential reality. The data of my life is my proof of the existence of God and the reality of God’s Easter promises. Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  1 Corinthians 15:51-52

 

Pastor Jim Bliss

April 2015