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 […]

Preparing for Worship 5.21.17

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, May 21 Scripture Passage Nehemiah 12:27-47 Reflection And the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away.  -Nehemiah 12:43 The verse above is from our passage this week. We know that if we were listening in to Jerusalem for all the days represented in Nehemiah, joyful noise is not […]

Preparing for Worship 5.14.17

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, May 14 Scripture Passage Nehemiah 9:38, 10:28-39 Reflection Our recent weeks in Nehemiah showed a people who, after exile and the long, arduous work of rebuilding, craved the Word of God, came to know and adore the Lord God who made heaven and earth and displayed His might […]

Preparing for Worship 5.7.17

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday May 7 Scripture Passage Nehemiah 9:1-17, 32-38 Reflection As we prepare for worship this week, consider what John writes about the Father’s love for us in his first letter. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; […]