This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. The subject will be Hope. Zacharias and Elizabeth were promised by an angel that they would have a baby who would be the one that would prepare the way for the Messiah. They were way past the age for having children but they still hoped and prayed and lived as commanded. At long last their hopes were fulfilled in a way greater than they could have hoped for. “It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3)
See you at 10:30 a.m.
This Sunday is our Thanksgiving celebration as a church. We will look at the example all around us in nature of trees and how they teach us about our spiritual life. There is much to learn!
“Blessed are those who trust in the LORD… For they shall be like trees planted by the waters, which spread out their roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but their leaves will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from bearing fruit.” (Jeremiah 17; see also Psalm 1)
Over the last six weeks we have been considering the question, “What Would Love Do?” This Sunday is the conclusion of this time of focused attention on that question. In the end it seems pretty simple: Love does something. The reason love does something is that love is a verb. When you love someone you want to do something that is helpful, kind, supportive, useful, generous…. something that is loving.
Please join us as we celebrate the conclusion of this series. There is a chili cook off/potluck lunch this Sunday after worship. Bring your best chili and you may win a prize, or bring a side dish to share. See you then!
Imagine you are in prison. You are not free to come and go as you would like to. You are held in a cell and unable to get away. Imagine also, being unable to escape hurtful, self deprecating or obsessive thoughts. Imagine being trapped by your own habits or an addiction. It is very similar to being in prison – but on a spiritual level rather than on a natural level. In either case, there is a desire and a need for freedom. This week we explore what love does to help set us free.
We continue this week looking into the question, “What would love do?” One of the things love would do is “visit the sick”. We have all been sick. We know how unpleasant it can be. We are invited to offer comfort and support to others by showing up when they are not well. The act of being present with someone who is not well does so much good.
We are also told that all of us can be in states of spiritual sickness as well. This happens when we get caught up in false thinking or hurtful behavior. We are told that when this happens we can be robbed of good health on an internal level. It can warp our perspective and at length introduce us into states of sadness or depression. We can be a support to others when this happens by showing up (visiting the sick). By taking time to listen or spend time with someone who is having a hard time we are doing “what love would do.”
We continue this week looking into the question, “What would love do?” We are asked to clothe the naked as one of the things that love would do. This teaching asks us to look at the vulnerability of others (nakedness), and to examine how we can offer support and comfort (clothing). Can we keep our eyes and hearts open to wrapping others up with encouragement?
We can also use this as a time to look in the mirror at our own vulnerability. What do we need to do to feel protected and encouraged to do the work of our own spiritual lives?
Please join us Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
This is the third Sunday of the Spiritual Growth Campaign called, “What Would Love Do?” We are looking at both our own spiritual development and at the question of how can we be of service to others? In Matthew 25 there is a parable that addresses these two things.
This week the theme is, “I was a stranger and you took me in.” We know how much we value feeling welcomed and part of a community of people. It is difficult to feel like we are on the outside or that we are not of value and worthwhile.
How can we open our eyes, our minds, our arms and our hearts to others and broaden the reach of love?
We would be honored to welcome you and “take you in” this Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m.
This is the second Sunday of a Spiritual Growth Campaign called, “What Would Love Do?” We are looking at both our own spiritual development and at the question of how can we be of service to others? In Matthew 25 there is a parable that addresses these two things.
How about for you? Are you thirsty for understanding? Do you want answers that can heal your mind and life? Come and drink freely from the water of life that the Lord offers in His Word. You may be surprised at how much sense the Word can make when seen in its deeper meaning.
Practical help for your daily and eternal life.
See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
A New Spiritual Growth Campaign begins October 5th: What Would Love Do? (based on Matthew 25 – “I was hungry and you gave me food, thirsty and you gave me drink….”)
- What is a Spiritual Growth Campaign (SGC)? A SGC or “Journey Program” is a relevant, step-by-step, Bible-based programs designed to assist you in growing spiritually and applying the Lord’s teachings to your everyday life. Each program provides a clear approach for reading, discussing and experiencing spiritual transformation. Programs generally run for seven weeks and provide an opportunity to integrate any or all of 3 main components: daily readings; small group participation; and weekly worship.
- If you want to participate in a small group either sign yourself up at church or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know love is important. It is easy to see that we are to take care of those who suffer. We understand to treat each other with kindness and respect. Few would deny that more love circulating in this world is better than less. But how we show this love is not always clear. Certainly there are many people around us who have needs, but how do we know where to put our efforts? This seven week program explores the biblical parable of Matthew 25, wherein Jesus speaks of the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the imprisoned. Jesus says that whenever we help others in these conditions, we help God. Join us as we practice serving the neighbor on both a physical and spiritual level in these 6 ways.
- Community Service element: if you have ideas about how to align some community service projects with the subject matter of the campaign please bring your ideas forward.
Come worship with us this Sunday!
It seems like common sense that we ought to pray for others when they are in need. Yet sometimes we find ourselves in circular arguments in our mind about why we should bother. If God is all knowing and all loving and all wise why would we need to pray for others when of course God is managing the universe as perfectly as possible and doing as much good to all people as is possible? What difference do our prayers make? Are we going to change the course of people’s lives and events of this world by praying?
We are going to talk about his on Sunday. See you there at 10:30 a.m.
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