…will begin on Thursday, Jan. 22 at Noon. Please join us- bagged lunches are welcome! For preparation, please read the first chapter and the introduction to Acts in a study Bible.
The Acts of the Apostles is an action-packed account of the early church. As you read, watch for the work of the Holy Spirit- deeds of power, fiery preaching, generous giving, and amazing prison breaks. And, don’t be surprised if you find the Holy Spirit at work in your own life!
Pastor Kate’s sermon for this week is available here.
You are invited for worship on Easter Sunday, 2014! Bring your family and friends for this special day in the life of the church- and in your life as a child of the living God! Worship will be at 10am, with breakfast and fellowship at 9am. Click for FAQ’s and directions. Join us as we proclaim loud and strong: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!
First Sunday of Christmas- Year A
Each year, on this Sunday, the first Sunday of Christmas, the texts for the day are chosen from the stories of Jesus’ childhood that we have recorded in the Bible. There aren’t many. We only have a handful of stories before Jesus begins his ministry as an adult. One year we read the story of Anna and Simeon in the temple bringing their blessings to the tiny messiah and those beautiful words, “Now Lord, you let your servant go in peace”. One year we read the story of Jesus reading in the temple while his parents search for him frantically.
And this year, we read Matthew’s version of Jesus’ childhood. This story is called by two names “The Flight into Egypt” and “The Massacre of the Innocents”. The two names reflect the two parallel events- two distinct sides of the story. One side is the safety for the holy family as they flee into refuge in Egypt. The other side is the true and horrid fact that many families did not have the same opportunity to escape the wrath of Herod. Wrath that was caused by hearing that a new king- albeit a very different kind of king, an infant Messiah- was on the scene in Israel.
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Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
This Sunday, we had a wonderful worship to celebrate our risen Lord. The highlight of the day was the baptism of four children! We are so thankful to welcome these new Christians into our midst and give thanks for God’s action in their lives now and forever. Thanks be to God!