February 2019

When Life Doesn’t Go Your Way

AS WE GATHER: You don’t have to get too far into your average day before something doesn’t go your way. Bad traffic, missed meetings, sick kids, health issues: the list could go on and on. We want things to go our way, but this week we are reminded to embrace humility, which means putting others’ needs before our own. This doesn’t mean we neglect our needs, but we are willing to put them aside to meet the needs of others, just as Jesus demonstrated when he gave up his glory on high to come low and rescue us from the brokenness of our humanity. We follow Jesus in humility when life gets hard!



When in Crisis

AS WE GATHER When in a crisis we often become emotional, anxious, and only see things from one perspective. When facing these turbulent times “let your manner be worthy of the gospel of Christ…”. Philippians 1:27. Filter your crises through the lens of the Gospel (the good news of Jesus life, death, and resurrection) and look at things from an eternal perspective. The Gospel comforts, the Gospel points to forgiveness and an Eternal future. In a crisis walk with Jesus, and let his light shine through you!



When Things Are Bad

AS WE GATHER Stuck. Locked up. Imprisoned. Things get bad in life, and when bad things come, it is easy to get stuck in feelings of despair, anxiety, and loneliness. The letter to the Philippians was written by the apostle Paul while he himself was locked up, and he still finds a way to encourage the Christians in a town called Philippi to see the good in the bad. Paul put it this way, “Be confident that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). The same is true for us. God has begun a good work in us, and even in the midst of the bad things and hard times, we look for the good of what God is up to. This is how we live as Christians when life is hard.



January 2019

BOLD Enough to Dream About Me

AS WE GATHER our current worship series is “BOLD Enough to Dream.”  Psalm 126:1 says, “we were like those who dream.”  God’s people are called to dream of the possibilities the Lord lays before us.  Today we are “BOLD Enough to Dream about Me.”



December 2018

White Christmas

AS WE GATHER our Advent weekend worship series, “The Colors of Christmas,” uses the familiar secular seasonal songs to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.  Today we recognize the fact that whether we have snow on the ground or not, we’ll be sure to have a “White Christmas.”



Red Christmas

AS WE GATHER our Advent weekend worship series, “The Colors of Christmas,” uses familiar secular seasonal songs to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.  Today, under the theme, “Red Christmas,” we hear how Jesus and His followers are often marginalized and rejected, yet, we are a light to the world.



Blue Christmas

AS WE GATHER our Advent weekend worship series, “The Colors of Christmas,” uses the familiar secular seasonal songs to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. Today we are reminded that we’ll have a “Blue Christmas” without Jesus.



October 2018

We Value God’s Word

AS WE GATHER we begin our new worship series, “Core Values.” Over the next five weeks, we will examine the core values on which we build our congregation’s ministry and mission. How fitting it is that, on this Reformation Day, we value the Word of God. “We accept the inerrant, inspired Word of God as the sole source and authority of our faith and life.”



Samson

AS WE GATHER we continue through the Book of Judges and come to a familiar figure—Sampson. He is known for his strength, for his arrogance, for his stupidity, for his defeat and for his final victory. Sampson is a flawed victor. He breaks his vow before the Lord, believing his strength comes from his physical and intellectual prowess. The truth is the Lord is our strength. It is only when Sampson, in his true moment of weakness, finds in the Lord His true strength.



A Haughty Gideon

AS WE GATHER in worship, we continue our series, “The Book of Judges.” Last week we heard of a humble Gideon, who battles the Midianites with only trumpets, clay jars, and torch lights, trusting the Lord to bring victory. Now that victory has been secured, Gideon becomes a bit haughty, acting like a king and […]





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