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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 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 5.7.17

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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; […]

Preparing for Worship 4.2.17

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, April 2 Scripture Passage Nehemiah 5:1-13 Reflection Nehemiah wore many hats. Prayer leader, material solicitor, volunteer manager, builder, finance man…the list goes beyond what my mind can imagine. But in this week’s passage, he is the fierce guard of his brothers’ and sisters’ dignity. He speaks plainly, bold […]

Preparing for Worship 3.26.17

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, March 26 Scripture Passage Romans 5:12-21 Reflection We encourage you to read this week’s passage ahead of time, allowing any questions or longings to set up in your heart before coming on Sunday morning. We will sing a song common to our corporate worship again this Sunday morning. […]

Preparing for Worship 3.19.17

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, March 19 Scripture Passage Exodus 33:7-11 Reflection This Sunday, we will take a break from Nehemiah and hear teaching from Exodus 33. This passage speaks of God’s presence and the people He comes near. Read the narrative slowly and notice the different characters in this account – Moses, […]

Preparing for Worship 2.5.17

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, February 5 Scripture Passage 1 Corinthians 16: 1-11 Reflection Matthew 7: 13-14 says: Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way […]

Bible Reading Plans for the New Year

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The Bible is a collection of stories of very different people who have found God.  But one of the common refrains imbedded in these stories is that the people who find God are also the people who seek Him.  God actually invites His people, “Seek the LORD your God and you will find him”.  Jesus […]

Preparing for Worship 11.20.16

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Preparing For Worship Leading up to Sunday, November 20 Scripture Passage 1 Corinthians 7: 1-24 Reflection Jesus offered a woman caught in the snare of unsatisfying relationships living water – water that would truly quench her thirst. He said, “…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. […]