The journey to church may be a new or an old experience for you. It may be awkward and foreign or comfortable and familiar. What are you looking for when you attend a church? Why are you here and what are you asking from God? In this worship theme, we are going to explore three answers to these questions. All are good answers, and all help orient us towards church and God. Why are you here? We hope to see you as you begin to answer that question for yourself.
Messages in this Worship Theme
August 11 – God Bless Me.
August 18 – God Save Me.
August 25 – God Use Me.
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Whether it is in our personal lives or through our experiences with our children or grandchildren we know the bitter sweet feelings of growing pains. Churches can experience something similar. As the school year comes to a close and as we embrace a plethora of life-transitions, let’s spend some time contemplating what we’re going through as individuals, as families, as a church. Key texts: Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 (NRSV) 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)
Have you ever been at a family gathering and wanted a particular food item that was out of reach at another part of the table? You probably can remember this feeling vividly as a child. As frustrating as it is to have food just out of reach, there may be something a bit more essential just out of reach of our kids and teenagers. It has been said that we are always one generation away from the extinction of the…
In one of the most moving scenes in the life of Christ we are both inspired and deeply challenged by his example. In great pain and distraught he prays. What he prays is the stuff of true devotion, true commitment, true sacrifice It’s why we love him and why we need him for his fortitude definitely unveils our shallowness. Key text: Luke 22:39-44 (NKJV)
Today we get to the heart of it. If what Jesus has previously said wasn’t enough, the words we read today have the potential to alienate everyone. Without question, Jesus declares he is a different kind of Messiah than expected. He is not one who will overpower the Romans or impose his will over his enemies. Instead he calls for the most radical aspect of discipleship yet. Key text: Luke 6:27-36 (MSG)
Today’s reading is a parable of Jesus’ that probably doesn’t make anyone’s favorite list. However, if we can get past the cultural context of the norms and values of a master-slave relationship we can hear a startling revelation: even when the demands are difficult and draining, a servant of Christ is still only doing what is required and expected. Key text: Luke 17:7-10 (NLT)