6.30.2015

Sermon: What does the Bible say about ... TATTOOS?



Bible passages referenced in the sermon (and further reading!) 
Leviticus 19:1-2, 19-31  (Various Laws)

1 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.
19 “‘Keep my decrees.
“‘Do not mate different kinds of animals.
“‘Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed.
“‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.
26 “‘Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it.
“‘Do not practice divination or seek omens.
27 “‘Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.
28 “‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.
29 “‘Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness.
29 “‘Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness.
30 “‘Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord.
31 “‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.


Matthew 5: 17 
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” 


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6.29.2015

Community VBS 2015


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63 little voices (and MANY grown up voices too!) make a joyful noise together as we sing about our memory verse for the week at the Community VBS! 



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"Whenever you turn to the right or to the left your ears will hear this command behind you: 'This is the way; walk in it.'" (Isaiah 30:21) 



We hope to see all these beautiful faces NEXT summer!

6.22.2015

06.21.15 Sunday Sermon "What does the Bible say about ... THE BIBLE?"

VBS Day #1 Journey Off the Map!

John the Baptist tells the story of Jesus so we can "know our guide"

Philippians: Inside & Out

Philippians: finding joy in a broken world
Are you ready to study the Bible like never before? 

We're going to take apart each verse of Philippians, study them, and put them back together again as we try to learn as much as we possibly can about the Apostle Paul's letter to the church at Philippi using NT Wright's commentary, Paul for Everyone: The Prison Epistles (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon).

So far, there are 5 of us signed up for this adventure. If you're interested, please let Allison know so she can order a book for you.

Our first Bible Study is Weds, July 1 at 7pm. We'll pick our second meeting at the end of our time that night.

6.19.2015

Where are you, God?

A responsive congregational prayer in the wake of the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina: 

L: Where are you, God? My cry arises from a heart -- broken and confused.
Longing for safety in a world of violence.

P: "Where are you, God?" as I hold a friend in my arms -- grieving
Seeking comfort in our mutual grief

L: "Where are you, God?" as relationships crumble -- mistrust and anger
Forging alliances rather than partnerships.

P: "Where are you, God?" in a world that is hurting -- hungry and unjust
Crying out for a sign that you care.

L: "I am here, my child" in the midst of tragedy I bring hope and promise
Found in the hands of those who provide aid to victims.

P: "I am here, my child" when you grieve I give you comfort
Felt in your embrace of another.

L: "I am here, my child" when others feel far away I offer reconciliation
Listen and be willing to risk with your heart!

P: "I am here, my child" when things appear to be out of control
I am in control. Watch the trees not the forest!

ALL: "I am here, my child" I never left you, I never will,
and when it seems I left you, turn your gaze upon the cross.

Based on a prayer originally posted here:
https://edward07.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/where-are-you-god/