“A recent survey reveals that a staggering 26 percent of Americans believe God will play a role in the outcome of the Super Bowl. What does the Bible tell us?
Super Bowl Sunday is big-really big.
Domino’s Pizza estimates it will delliver 11 million slices of pizza to hungry viewers during the year’s biggest football game. Local businesses in Atlanta, will rake in about $400 million from all the fans pouring into the area. The lowest going rate for a super Bowl ticket this week is running around $4,200. And the cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad is now $5 million.
Some commentators have suggested Super Bowl Sunday become a national holiday, and NFL executives have even asked that a three-day weekend be created for fans to celebrate the event. (After all, around 7 million people will call in sick on Monday, the day after the big game.) Others speak of it as a “holy day” for secular Americans. Plus, growing numbers of churches hold viewing parties that supposedly provide an opportunity to evangelize visitors. Many cancel their regular afternoon and evening services for the game.
But…how does God view all this attention being given to the tossing of a pigskin (deflated or not)? If we used the Bible as our guide to understand the Lord instead of opinion polls, we would quickly discover that God does not think like we do. “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts’ “. (Isaiah 55:8, 9).
Moreover, God does not measure success like we do. When the Lord helped Samuel choose a new king for Israel, God said, “Do not look at his appearance or at his phusical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
Sporting events focus on the physical strength of players. But the true measurse of a man in God’s eyes has little to do with whether a football team wins. The tall and strong Saul failed as a king, not because of his stature, but because of his self-focused heart. When we idolize human beings, we take our eyes off the One who will help us win the ultimate game of life against sin.
God wants you to be on the winning team. His team. True victory is overcoming sin (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). What is the game pan in order to be on heaven’s side? Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, Let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23).
Does God really have a stake in who emerges victorious at a football game? Do Christians really need to ask that question?
See you in Church!
The Rev. Canon Edward R. Monk, Rector
WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES THIS WEEK
WEDNESDAY AT SAINT JOHN’S
Evening Prayer and Holy Eucharist: February 6:
Evening Prayer 5:15 pm
Holy Eucharist 5:30 pm
The 4th week in Epiphany: Sunday, February 3, 2019
Low Mass at 8am.
Choir Rehearsal at 8:30 am Sung Mass at 9:30 am.
Nursery provided from 9 am on wards.
Helpful Links and Resources:
This Sunday’s Readings:
January through March Ministry Schedule: At Narthex and Parlor. Soon to post on line.
Daily Morning and Evening Prayer: Click here
This week’s intercessions:Click here
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ITEMS OF PARTICULAR NOTE
End of year giving statements for 2018: Will be available in the Parlor on Sunday. February 3. Those not picked up will be mailed out on Monday.
The Nominating Committee is looking for vestry and convention delegate nominations:
At the Annual Parish Meeting, we will be electing 3 new members of the Vestry, and three Delegates to the Diocesan Convention.
The qualifications are: 1) Confirmed member over 18, 2) Giver of record, and 3) Must be a communicant in good standing.
If you have questions about these offices, please contact committee chair, Fred Biltz at (903) 879-1057 or email@example.com
Christian Education: New Class: The End Times
One of the most misunderstood theological and biblical topics in the world today is the end times.
When will it be? What will happen? Will I be going up or down?
If you can already define the following, then this class might not be for you: eschatology, Amillennialism, Dispensational Premillennialism, Historical Premillennialism, Postmillennialism – then maybe this class isn’t for you.
If not, come and join us after the 9:30 am Eucharist this Sunday.
Book Study: The Imperfect Disciple Book Study will continue this Wednesday, February 6 at 7:00 pm with Chapter 7.
Super Bowl Party:February 3, 2019 It’s time again for our annual Super bowl appetizer party. We will gather to watch the commercials with a little bit of football in-between. The game kicks-off at 5:30 pm. The Parish Hall will open at 5pm. Again, this year, we will have a “non-visiting section” for those who wish to watch the game, but not “visit!” Feel free to bring hot or cold appetizers to share.
Valentine Lunch at Drane: February 14, 2019 Saint John’s will be providing lunch from Taco Shop for the teachers and staff at Drane Learning Center. We will need help with donations of Valentine candy, and help setting up and taking down our decorations in the teachers lounge. Please contact Annie at the Church office (903-8784-5425 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. We will have a box in the parlor if you would like to donate a bag of Valentine candy for the teachers. Thank you!
The Altar flowers are provided by Saint John’s Church:
“In thanksgiving for God’s blessings.”
For those celebrating birthdays this week:
Cranston Dodds -5, Sherrie Stearman-5, Barbara Jones-6, Joseph Monk-7, Carolyn Chapman-8,
For the Birth of:
Erik Valdivia, grandson of Jonathan Towles
For the Departed:
Mary-Lois Martin, County Commissioner Dick Martin’s Mother
Mission and Outreach Committee:
Will meet February 26, at 5:30 pm, in the Parlor. All are welcome to attend.
If you, or someone you know, would like to be included on the parish visitation schedule, please contact the Church office at (903) 874-5425 or email@example.com. Lay Eucharistic Visitors will be visiting on the first Sunday of each month, and Fr. Monk will be scheduling visits during the 3rd and 4th week of each month. Let us know your needs so we can meet them. Hospital and other visits scheduled once we are notified.
Annual Parish Meeting:
In accordance with Canon 13, Section 1 of the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese of Dallas you are hereby notified that the Annual Meeting of the Parish of Saint John’s Episcopal Church shall take place: Sunday, February 24, 2019
6:00 PM Parish Hall of Saint John’s Episcopal Church
All members of the Church are encouraged and expected to attend this Annual Meeting of the Parish.
Dinner will be served.
PARISH GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES
THE FLOWER DONOR CHART is on the bulletin board by the Parlor. Sign-up to give flowers in memory or in thanksgiving of a loved one, or you may call or e-mail Annie Avery at (903) 874-5425 – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . What a great way to honor or remember those who are important in our lives! Dates available: 4/28 & 5/5 For more information see notice posted on Parlor wall.
THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING is an Order for Episcopal women founded in 1885. We are a prayer and service group. We regularly take part in worship, study, and aid our Clergy as asked. If you are interested in more about us, please call or e-mail Rena Sutphin (972) 935-3455 or email@example.com.