Christ really was human, and the record of his circumcision is proof.
Circumcision of Christ, Menologion of Basil II, 979-984.
If Jesus Christ was truly human as evidenced by his circumcision, that means he really died on that cross 33 years later. More importantly, he really did rise from the dead for our salvation. The message of the Church to God's people in this season is full of mercy. The message is that Christ, who is fully God, took on flesh to redeem us from sin and death. At Christ's circumcision, he shed his first drops of blood for us. It was a foreshadowing of his bloody death, resurrection, and second coming.
The circumcision of Christ was not only a fulfillment of prophecy, but it was also a promise to all believers--including us--that all God's promises are true. Jesus Christ perfectly fulfilled more than 350 prophecies in his 33 years on earth. Because of that, we can be sure that those remaining will also be fulfilled. That is why we can declare with absolute confidence, "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!"
Listen to this week's sermon to learn more.
We all serve someone or something.
After escaping slavery in Egypt and wandering in the desert for 40 years, the LORD gave his people the promised land--Canaan. Through Joshua and his army, the LORD ousted the pagans from Canaan, and the people went in an possessed Canaan. At the end of it all, as Joshua prepared to die, he said to the people, "Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:14-15)
Joshua was pointing out an important truth to the Isrealites, and to all of us. We all serve someone or something. There is no escaping it. We were created to serve. So we must choose what and how we serve.
Whom do you serve? Yourself? Your family? Your boss? What about your savior? How much of your life do you put into serving Him? Listen to learn more at www.QCAradio.com.
Sometimes it’s good to re-connect with our past in order to better appreciate the richness of the present.
We're inviting friends and neighbors, old and new, to celebrate 50 years of faithful service to the Lord in Silvis and East Moline.
St. Mark’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
A Brief History of St. Marks
In September of 1967, St. Mark’s held services at United Township High School in East Moline. In December of that same year, services were moved to an established church building on 16th Street in East Moline. The current building on Seventh Ave. in Silvis was constructed in 1972. A new sanctuary was added to the building in 2001; the former sanctuary is now used as a fellowship hall. In 2015, the fellowship hall was renovated, and this summer minor updates to the sanctuary were completed; including a new mural by parish member Bobbi Mongeau of East Moline.
In addition to improvements to the facility, St. Mark’s is experiencing newness and growth in other areas. In 2014, weekly in-depth Bible Studies were established and attendance at both the Bible Studies and weekly Masses have slowly increased over the past three years.
In 2015, the parish started Celebrate Recovery at St. Marks, a Christ-centered outreach ministry designed to help people find healing from their hurts, habits, and hang-ups. The program is now entering its third year and beginning to see growth.
In 2016, parish Vicar Fr. Don Sackett joined with a fellow priest, Fr. Tom Janikowski of Trinity Anglican Church in Rock Island, to start www.QCAradio.com, an Anglican podcast that explores a variety of topics from an orthodox, Anglican perspective. What began as a little bit of fun has grown to include weekly podcasts from seven regular hosts, frequent special guests and thousands of listeners from around the globe.
We are all vulnerable. God says, "I'll cover you."
Psalm 2 begins by asking this question: "Why do the nations rage, and the people plot in vain?" We are all dealing with our fallen nature, and are vulnerable to sin. And we experience that vulnerability both corporately and individually. We all suffer from our own mistakes as well as the mistakes of those around us and over us. We can feel the nations conspiring and raging, and we can feel the rage within. Our days are few and evil. But there is a remedy, and it is to be found in Jesus. It is our hope in Christ that keeps us safe. And it is that hope that we must share with others. Listen to learn more at www.QCAradio.com.