Preparing for Worship 9.10.17

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, September 10 Scripture Passage 1 Peter 1:1-2 Reflection In the apostle Matthew we see someone who represented the worst of society, respond to Jesus’ call and ultimately finds rest and peace. Consider the passage from his gospel account where Jesus first calls him to follow: As Jesus passed […]

Charlottesville and Our Monumental Question

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Rev. Lindsey Williams, Head Pastor, Midtown Church This week I was having coffee with a local African-American pastor, a man that I hope is becoming a friend as much as he is a colleague.  He was recalling an opportunity he had earlier this week to serve on a panel discussion on race where he was […]

Preparing for Worship 7.16.17

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, July 16 Scripture Passage Revelation 3:14-22 Reflection William Holman-Hunt’s painting, The Light of the World  (about 1900-1904), is the world’s most traveled piece of artwork and is often referred to as a “sermon in a painting.” At the bottom of the piece is a verse from our passage […]

Preparing for Worship 7.9.17

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, July 9 Scripture Passage Revelation 3:7-13 Reflection As Jesus speaks to the church in Philadelphia in this week’s passage, one of many things he tells them is to “hold fast to what you have, that no one may seize your crown” (v11). Yet this command is imbedded in […]

Preparing for Worship 7.2.17

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, July 2 Scripture Passage Revelation 3:1-6 Reflection This Sunday we continue our study through Jesus’ letters to the seven churches in Revelation. As we come to worship to hear these exhorting words – which are full of love – let’s take stock of our hearts and minds, noticing […]

Preparing for Worship 6.25.17

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, June 25 Scripture Passage Revelation 2:18-29 Reflection This Sunday we learn about the fourth of seven churches that the Lord spoke to through revelation, the church in Thyatira. Read our passage ahead of coming to worship and notice again the pattern we’ve seen in the first letters. In […]

Preparing for Worship 6.18.17

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, June 18 Scripture Passage Revelation 2:12-17 Reflection Ahead of worship this week consider reading our short passage from Revelation and contemplating this passage from Isaiah. Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the […]

Preparing for Worship 6.11.17

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, June 11 Scripture Passage Revelation 2:8-11 Reflection Before coming to worship this week, consider contemplating these lyrics from our offertory song this week. Lord, help us to crave Your goodness, to taste Your goodness, and to be satisfied by You alone.   I Shall Not Want Audrey Assad […]

Preparing for Worship 6.4.17

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, June 4 Scripture Passage Revelation 2:1-7 Reflection This Sunday we begin a new sermon series titled Red Letters. Over seven Sundays, we will look at the beginning of Revelation and the letters that Jesus asked John to deliver to seven first century churches. While these seven distinct messages […]

Preparing for Worship 5.28.17

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, May 28 Scripture Passage Nehemiah 13 Reflection As we come to the final chapter of Nehemiah and see that God’s people struggle to remain faithful, contemplate the words of Psalm 111, a song of God’s enduring faithfulness and greatness. Praise the LORD!    I will give thanks to the […]