BOO!– 14 OCT

You see, even though I try to scare you with my “BOO!” that I’m sure caught you off guard, it doesn’t work!  Might that lack of fear in you come from your being a follower of Jesus, where “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out all fear” (I John 4: 18)?

Halloween can be a confusing time for church folk. Used to be, it was just a secular holiday for fun and costumes.  I remember a lot of church sponsored Halloween parties when I was a kid, with both fun and spooky costumes.  Then came some controversy when some church groups started seeing Halloween as “Satan’s holiday,” while others used it as a tool for evangelism, reaching thousands each year.  So what do we as a church do with Halloween these days?

For as long as there has been a Church, and since St. Paul proclaimed the Gospel at Mars Hill in Athens (Acts 17:22-24), Christians have been using tools from the surrounding culture to reach beyond the walls to share God’s grace.  Halloween is one such opportunity, where we get kids from all over coming and knocking on our doors, eager for a blessing from us.  Now how often does THAT happen?  The article in the link below talks a bit about the convoluted history of the Church and Halloween that might be helpful to get a sense of perspective.

So how can you, how can our church be a blessing to those around us in this tricky time of year, and be sweet enough in how we treat others to help open them to the blessings Jesus has to offer?  Twin Falls Church will be doing “Trunk or Treat” again this year starting at 4 on Sunday, Oct. 25.  Check out “Trunk or Treat” on line for more images and thoughts on what it can be.

If you would like to help reach beyond the church walls by bringing and decorating your car or trunk, please let us know!  If you’d like to support the event by providing some “store-bought” goodies, please bring those too, and ideally, package up a few of the smaller treats in a small baggie that would simplify a COVID “safe” delivery of the goodies to our guests.  Or you can certainly support our efforts with prayer for the event and our guest, praying that it opens more hearts in the community to be receptive to God’s transforming grace through the church.

Maybe I should dress as St. Paul this Halloween, so with him, “I have become all things to all people so that by any means, some might be saved” (I Cor. 9:22), but what would that costume look like?

Keep being a blessing in all kinds of ways—

Rev. Jim

Halloween history article link-

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