What do you have planned for this summer? Whether you are going to the campground or the playground, the grocery store or the corner store, the beach or your backyard, the Wisconsin Northwoods or halfway around the world, out for dinner with friends or a quiet evening at home, God is with you!
God is always with us. Jesus was called Emmanuel, which means “God with us,” to remind us of that. Plus, as the Apostle Paul wrote, nothing can separate us from the love of God through Jesus Christ (Romans 8:38-39). Nothing separates us from God or God’s love!
So, this summer we are honoring that by intentionally taking Jesus with us everywhere we go, FLAT JESUS, that is. He can ride in your car, sit with you while you get a haircut, or your teeth cleaned, or as you read a book. The idea is to keep FLAT JESUS with you all the time and then document his adventures by taking a photo of yourself and/or your family and friends with him. If you do not want to be in every photo, you can also take some of FLAT JESUS by himself. One person shared that he and his family are going to say a short prayer every time they take a photo, which is a great way to remember that God is with others too.
Then we’ll share our adventures of FLAT JESUS with each other by posting them directly to the church’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EvangelicalandReformedChurch with the hashtag #FlatJesus. Or you can email your photos to me at email@example.com or text them to me at 414-688-2503. Be sure to include your name and briefly describe what you are doing with your FLAT JESUS or where he is visiting. (I am on vacation June 8-14 so you can send your photos during those days, but I will not reply until I return.)
We’ll share the photos on our Facebook page and in our worship slides for everyone to see and to keep us connected during the fun and busy summer months.
Many people were able to color and laminate their FLAT JESUS after worship on May 22nd. If you did not and would like a FLAT JESUS, you can stop by the church office between 8:00 a.m. – noon, Monday through Friday to get a FLAT JESUS, directions, and a sheet of self-adhesive laminate (to protect FLAT JESUS on all his adventures).
May your adventures with FLAT JESUS remind you that God loves you and is always with you!
In joyful hope,