Fairmont Presbyterian Church offers both in-person and online worship!
The session has revised Fairmont’s safety protocols:
1. Wearing of face masks by fully vaccinated individuals is strongly recommended while indoors.
2. Wearing of face masks by individuals who are not fully vaccinated is required while indoors.
3. Wearing of face masks by everyone while in common areas of the building is required while preschool is in session (8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Monday to Friday).
4. Everyone is asked to maintain appropriate social distancing.
5. Individuals who currently experience flu-like symptoms are asked to stay home.
6. Everyone is asked to maintain good hand, sneeze, and cough hygiene.
Casual Worship Service
8:30am, Fellowship Hall
Traditional Worship Service
Traditional Online Worship Service
Reflection on Scripture
November 12, 2021 – Daniel 12:1-3
Resurrection is a very old hope. It is not so much a hope of life after death as it is a hope for vindication in God’s redemption beyond life and death. Resurrection is God’s solution to all the problems of evil, pain, and suffering to which mortal flesh is subject.
Jesus did not introduce resurrection, although he was the first to demonstrate it. The hope, the idea is far older. Mary and Martha seemed to know all about it. The Pharisees believed in it. The Sadducees denied it. Isaiah and Ezekiel appear to imply it. Resurrection was frequently discussed in Jewish literature composed between the testaments in works like 1 Enoch, 2 Baruch, 4 Ezra, and Joseph and Aseneth. But Daniel 12 is the first explicit mention of resurrection in the Old Testament. As far as we can tell, Daniel 12 is the first explicit mention of resurrection anywhere.
The hope that holds both Christianity and Judaism together is resurrection, the hope that God’s redemptive purposes go beyond this world and unto eternity. Of course, Christians and Jews disagree about its sequence. And while Daniel does not address all the detailed mechanics of the process, his vision shines down the ages and would be adopted by John of Patmos in his own apocalypse. After a sleep down in the dust, we will rise. Those who yearn to be a part of God’s plan will shine like the stars. And those who intentionally and stubbornly oppose God’s plan will realize their shame. It is not heaven and hell as depicted in Dante and illustrated by Michelangelo. It instead appears to be the loving, saving work of a creator who both respects the autonomy and freedom of creatures and seeks their benevolent perfection.
We do not need to be afraid anymore. No matter what happens, we shall rise.