Sometimes It Is Our Messes That God Blesses

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Looking for the perfect Christmas? The truth is the events surrounding the story of the first Christmas were far from perfect. From an observer’s perspective it was wrought with difficulty. But it is into that mess that the Lord was born. The fact things were a mess illustrates exactly why He needed to come among us. And the wonderful thing about the Lord is that He can turn our mess into something He can bless, and it can turn out quite beautifully. So welcome Christmas. Come what may.
Please join us for worship this coming Sunday at 10:30 for the third Sunday of Advent.

Angels All Around

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God came on earth at what was said to be the darkest time in our human history. His birth as the infant Lord was pronounced and ushered in by angelic messengers.
This Sunday we will talk about the presence of angels and what they did so long ago and how they guide and support us today. We may be sure that in the dark times of our life and of our world these angelic messengers are everywhere.
See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Holding On To Hope

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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.

What Trees Tell Us About Our Spiritual Life

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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)

Love is a verb. Just do it.

Love is a verb

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!

What Would Love Do? Part Six: “I was in prison and you came to me.”

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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.

What Would Love Do? Part 5: “I was sick and you visited Me.”

Visiting The Sick

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.”

 

 

What Would Love Do? Part 4: “I Was Naked And You Clothed Me”

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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.

What Would Love Do?

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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.