'lent' Tagged Posts

'lent' Tagged Posts

Reflect Journals for Lent 2021

Journal UPDATE Our Neighborhood Captains have been busy over the past week delivering Lenten Reflect Journals to our church members and regular visitors. We’ve already had a question about how to use these journals, especially as there may some neighbors who have not been part of worship and heard Pastor Mary Beth speak of them on Sunday morning. Each week in worship, we’ll be reflecting on the question, :”Who am I in Christ?” and considering a different “I am…’ statement.…

Lenten Worship Series

How do we walk with Christ—daily follow him, grow in him, and faithfully serve him? In the Gospels, Jesus modeled for us the Christian spiritual life. The apostles taught it in their writings. And the Church has, through the last 2,000 years, sought to pursue this Christian spiritual life. We’ve based this year’s Lenten worship series on Adam Hamilton’s book, The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life. In The Walk, Adam Hamilton focuses on five essential spiritual practices…

Worship Series: Giving It Up For God

We often hear that people are giving up all sorts of things for the season of Lent.  Some give up sweets, others give up chocolate, and yet others give up caffeine or alcohol.  In recent years more and more people are giving up social media and even TV.  Any of these sacrifices are no doubt admirable as long as we take on some spiritual discipline that leads us to a closer walk with Christ. This Lent we will consider what…

Service of Healing & Prayer

All healing is of God.   Healing is not magic.  God does not promise that we shall be spared suffering but does promise to be with us in our suffering.  Trusting that promise, we are enabled to recognize God’s sustaining presence in pain, sickness, injury and estrangement.   ALL that being said… this is not a laying on of hands or anointing with oil to HEAL as only God can heal. But a healing service will use the anointing of oil to…

This Week in Worship: What Does It Mean to Be Born Again?

Second Sunday in Lent Rev. Todd Harris, preaching The season of Lent is about practicing disciplines that further align us with the will of God. These disciplines lead us to a deeper belief in Jesus Christ. It is by belief that we are born again in the kingdom of God. What does it mean to be born again? To be born again is to desire Christ more and more and nothing else leading us once again to the practice of…

This Week in Worship: Called to Bear Fruit

  Jesus calls his disciples to bear fruit. We bear fruit by abiding with God. We abide with God first in worship. Corporate worship is the closest we come to being the person God created us to be. Worship is essential to the Christian life.  Yes, I worship God when I am in the mountains but if I worship God only in the mountains I miss the essential elements of what Christians have done throughout the ages as they worshiped…

Prayer Retreat: A Day Apart with God

Prepare to celebrate Easter.  Fulfill your longing.  Renew and deepen your faith.  Inspire your dreams and call.  Commit yourself to A Day Apart With God. In this prayer retreat, we will spend the day listening to God through Scripture, prayer, and nature.  Certified Spiritual Director Tami Gallaway will guide us in learning and experiencing a variety of prayer practices designed to draw you closer to God and to help you connect with Christ through open seeking and quiet presence to the…