Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, “God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth.” What is the meaning of ‘worshipping God in spirit and truth?’ To worship in ‘spirit’ means to worship in the Holy Spirit, and to worship in ‘truth’ means to worship in a way that is revealed by Christ. Therefore, in order to worship God ‘in spirit and truth,’ a person must first have the Holy Spirit dwelling in him through baptism. In addition, worship ‘in spirit and truth’ is possible only when a person comes to really know Christ, because true worship to God the Father can only be done in Christ and through Christ.
We cannot understand who God is, or his greatness and his love, if we do not admit the truth about ourselves. If Christ loved us because we are worthy of his love, then it would not be meaningful. Even man is able to love someone worthy of his love. On the other hand, Christ loves those who are unworthy of his love, so that they may become worthy. And what we need to know and admit about ourselves is our own sinfulness. We cannot know ourselves without Christ because without him we cannot come to know that we are truly loved – that he chose each and every one of us to personally redeem. The saints really knew Christ because they came to know themselves thoroughly by seeing the enormity of their sinfulness. And that allowed them to appreciate the great love of God, which they expressed in prayer by saying, “Lord, how can you love me so much, a great sinner that I am!”
Update on the HVAC replacement project: Atlanta Gas Light Company will provide gas line coming into the church property. United Maintenance, Inc. will remove old HVAC and replace with new equipment. Actual work is expected to begin soon.
Our Spring Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 8am to 3pm. If you have any items to donate, you may start bringing them to the church. Our best selling items are clothes, housewares, small kitchen appliances, toys and small furniture. Please DO NOT bring any of the following items: used mattresses, large mirrors, used computers, monitors or accessories; non-digital TVs; old audio equipment and VCRs, printers.
On Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, there will be a facilitator Training-Retreat for the “LORD TEACH ME TO PRAY” Ignatian prayer series at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lilburn. There is no charge for the retreat or materials. If you are interested to attend, please let Fr. Bill know so that members of our church can attend together as a group.
2019 Summer Camp during Labor Day weekend will be held at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Please contact Antonia Fu to register.