The Essence of the Church

Building, Community, and Presence are rooted in the present (the needs of our community and places where we see God working), in the past (history and tradition), and in the future (imagining life under the rule of Jesus the King). This week we’re going to look at the first church which was fo...

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Children

For the past few weeks, we have been talking about our mission as a church. We have discussed our building, our living in community with one another. Last week, we centered on the word presence. God is present with us; as his children, we are called to practice prese...

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Impact vs. Presence

It has been good to spend time on our focus words during this season of sabbatical preparation. Two weeks ago, we considered the word building. Last week, we talked about comm...

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Community

For several months now, we have been planning the upcoming summer. I have been working through the ideas and facets of our new mission emphasis Building. Community. Presence. It is nice to finally work out these ideas on Sunday morning. This past Sunday, we discussed the first of thre...

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Exploring Our Mission

It was wonderful to worship together on Sunday; Easter is certainly a high point on the church calendar. This year, we enjoyed a phenomenal community Good Friday service along with a baby dedication on Easter. This weekend was remarkable.

As we move beyond Easter, we look toward summer...

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Moving Toward Easter

This is perhaps the most significant week on the church calendar. As we move toward Sunday, we reflect on what this week must have been like for Jesus. We consider his last meal with his disciples on Thursday evening. We ponder the intensity of his crucifixion on Friday. We contemplate the dis...

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Holy Week

As we make our way toward Easter, we have been walking with Jesus through various aspects of His ministry. This week, we journey to His final week. In Matthew 27:11-54, we are able to traverse the distinct stages of Jesus’ arrest, trial and death.

Holy Week is the designation for the t...

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Paramount Story

As we continue to journey through the season of Lent, we come this week to a paramount story in the life and ministry of Jesus. In John 11, we read about the resurrection of Lazarus. This is a familiar story; we have to work to hear it in fresh ways. On Sunday, we will walk through the story t...

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Another Intriguing Conversation

It is fun to read about Jesus’ conversations with those who are trying to figure Him out. Last week, we talked about Nicodemus. This religious leader was wanting to know more about Jesus’ identity. In turn, Jesus explains the larger picture of God’s Kingdom and invites Nicodemus to be a part o...

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Born Again

We come this week to John 3:1-17. I love this story. We find Jesus in conversation with a religious leader named Nicodemus. This man is an authentic seeker. He wants to know more about Jesus, yet he knows that his reputation may be at stake. Therefore, he approaches Jesus at night.

The...

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