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Five inspirational links to “Good Friday” GEMs (God Expressed Meekly/Mightily)

1) A “Good Friday” Message from a representative of The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, MA to the Joint Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace Convening Table of the National Council of Churches. You can see it in context at http://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/never-separate-from-gods-presence-and-love/. (Our son wrote this a few weeks ago not knowing it would be shared today.)

"Never Separate from God’s Presence and Love”

By Dr. Barry R. Huff, Representative from The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, MA to the Joint Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace Convening Table of
the National Council of Churches

A meditation on Romans 8:38–39 and Isaiah 43:1–5

As we practice social distancing, nothing distances us from God’s love. Paul proclaims: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38–39 NRSV). Like Paul, “I am convinced that” nothing—not even the coronavirus—can “separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Whether in China or the United States, Italy or Iran, a home or a hospital, everyone around the world dwells in God’s infinite embrace.

Those who feel like they’re in exile today can find comfort in this message written to exiles millennia ago: “thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” (Isa 43:1–3 NRSV).

Out of the ashes of the Babylonian exile and in the face of COVID-19, the passage’s next verses reassure with promises both of God’s steadfast love—”you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you”—and of God’s salvific presence—”Do not fear, for I am with you” (Isa 43:4–5 NRSV).

As we pass through the waters of this global pandemic, our Savior is with us.”


2) Kerry Jenkins, CS and Lindsey Biggs, CS are Christian Science practitioners who serve at CedarS. Both have shared some great Easter Sunday School teaching ideas that are helpful to all, but especially to those of us holding classes at home with our families or for remote students. Both have shared inspiring application messages: “Have a thought-resurrection to emerge from your tomb of barriers and resistance” and “Explore Jesus’ life and demonstrations this week for Easter.”


3) We’d love to share some inspiring songs that spring from Bible verses in this Easter Bible Lesson. The over 1,000 inspired friends who have joined us for the last three CedarS Sunday Zoom Hymn Sings** will recognize CedarS counselor and Hymn Sing leader, Stephen Hamlin, teaching this call-and-response rendition of what we sing at CedarS as “The Rock Song” from Psalm 18:3, 46 (B4). Here’s the link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1la1rvm7i1lvhp7/the%20rock%20song.mov?dl=0


4) Three campers were so inspired to see “The Rock Song” as citation B4 in this week’s lesson that after watching an opera singer in Florence singing to his neighbors, they decided to go out on their porch in Chesterfield, Missouri and sing “The Rock Song” for their neighborhood (where a bag piper had played on Sunday). Thanks to the Hockley family for giving their permission to share their example of taking CedarS home with them and confidently sharing God’s saving power with their neighbors! We hope you will share a minute of joy, smiles, enthusiasm and love with them in the fourth video at https://www.cedarscamps.org/videos/


5) The open secret to Jesus' victory over the cross and the grave (and to our victory over the pandemic and its effects) are inspiringly shared in “I and my Father are one” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZMNlpZavkA

It was written and sung by Cherie Brennan, a CedarS mom and award-winning Country Music artist. It emphasizes the humble mindset of Christ Jesus and builds on our Easter Bible Lesson, esp. John 10:30 (B6) & Science & Health, p. 361:16. Enjoy!

Another Christian Scientist, Mindy Jostyn, once performed at CedarS the beautiful song that she also titled “I and my Father are one.” You can LISTEN TO A SAMPLE of it and BUY IT and the SHEET MUSIC for SOLOISTS at: https://watchfiremusic.com/shop/recordings/songs/i-and-my-father-are-one-2/


**Hope to celebrate Christ’s Easter victory together with you at one or both of CedarS 365 Zoom Hymn Sings! Click for details!

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