Jun 15, 2006

Vail Vision June 15, 2006

Why are we here?

An article in Breitbart reports on the latest lecture of the British physicist Stephen Hawking. It appears there has been quite a few advances in the science of cosmology. Yet there are still many unanswered questions. The article says that "...humanity is finally getting close to understanding the origin of the universe".

According to Hawking, "...Without such understanding [of the universe] we cannot be sure of the future of the universe". Then he makes a very bold statement, "...the human race should reach for the start to survive as the Earth is at risk of being wiped out by disaster".

This is the very heart of the matter. When a scientist believes that the earth is here by random chance, without the hand of the creator, life is tenuous. The whole human race could be wiped out by a meteor, or a black hole. The cosmologist searches the past to find clues that will help the human race survive the future. For Hawking, the study of cosmology, ultimately, is the salvation for humankind.

But when one believes that God created the universe, the picture is not so bleak. God upholds and sustains the universe. We are not random mutations, a little higher than the apes. We are God's creation, made in His image. It is not wrong to study the universe and be prepared for disaster. But to believe that our salvation lies in cosmology is incorrect. Our hope is in a loving God who created the universe, the stars, the planets, and YOU.

What I found fascinating in the article is that the questions asked by the cosmologist are the same as those asked by the theologian. It all comes down to these: Why are we here? Where did it come from? The answer to these questions are the same for all of us, cosmologist and theologian alike. We are here to serve God, in a universe that He created.

That is why we are here.

Blessings on your week,
David Hook

Last week, the District LWML convention was held in Palm Springs, California. The convention granted a charter for Christ Lutheran Vail and our church was allowed to vote for mission grants! Christ Lutheran Vail also applied for a mission grant to assist our Sunday School and youth education. Our proposal was one of eighteen that had made it to the convention. The District could choose only 8 projects to sponsor. All of the proposals were worthy yet they elected to award our church a grant of approximately $10,000! Praise God! The next time you see a mite box, remember that these little mites add up to big things. Thank you to the LWML for your faithful work. Locally, our LWML is sponsoring a church directory for our congregation. More on this in a later Vail Vision.

So says the Preacher, King Solomon. What if the richest, wisest man in the world could spend some time with you. What would he say about the pursuit of life? Come Sunday to find out as we start a new eleven-week sermon series, "Chasing after meaning". If you toil in life or strive for meaning, you are not alone. The Preacher has some words for you!

Our mother congregation, Fountain of Life, is looking to fill the full-time position for Development Director by the end of this summer. The primary responsibility for this position will be to secure third-source funding for all the ministries of Fountain of Life through immediate and deferred gifts. If you would like to apply for this position, or know someone who would, a position description and application can be obtained in the Business Office or Church Office beginning July 1st. Applications must be submitted by July 21st to be considered.

During this wonderful "window of opportunity" when Children are forming their concept of church, parents may need to consider their child's worship needs as a priority. Parents can help form that attitude and "invite" them into participation with a little extra effort. The following tips are adapted from "Partnering with Parents to raise up worshippers at home", by Pastor Brad Hunter.
TIP #2 “ Provide opportunities for your child to talk with worship leaders. Invite them to your home or out to eat so that they will feel that the worship leaders are their friends.

The next Youth Outhing will be a night hike and hilltop devotion.
Tuesday, July 11th
8pm to 11pm
Meet in the parking lot of Del Lago Golf course at 8pm and we'll caravan to the trailhead. We will return to Del Lago by 11pm. Total hiking distance roundtrip is 2.3 miles (that's less than the average mall visit). Bring a bottle of water. No cell phones or flashlights please. BRING A FRIEND OR TWO!!! Let Jami Eggold know if you are attending: pjeggold@dakotacom.net

Mark your calendars! On July 16, 2006, You are invited to a party at the Raine's house. This will be a going away party for the Hooks. While David Hook will be with us through August, the rest of the family will going back to St. Louis to get ready for the school year. More information will be provided in the Vail Vision.

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