Ministry Team Sunday

Sunday, February 26th, will be Ministry Team Sunday throughout the morning during and after each of our worship services, 8:30 am and 11:00 am.

Come hear how our ministry teams will enable us to better learn, celebrate, and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Identify your passion for what the church should be  doing in our place and at this time.

Help develop a member and friend pictorial directory display.

MANY GIFTS – ONE BODY

MOVING FORWARD WITH GOD’S GRACE

“Follow” – as you are.

In yesterday’ gospel story, we heard Jesus calling ordinary fishermen to follow him and become “fishers of people”.

In times of vocational transition, people may experience a lot of waiting, feelings of anxiety, and doubts about meeting a different set of standards and expectations.  For those who are wondering if they are good enough or have what it takes to follow a certain employer, school, or program, this gospel story might be an important reminder that Jesus doesn’t wait for people to apply to him. Jesus calls followers and then uses what they already know. We need not worry if our resumes or letters of recommendation will be good enough.  Jesus knows they are.

“What are you seeking?”

These are the first words of Jesus recorded in the Gospel According to St. John. They are a response to a crowd of people looking for him.

It is also a good question for us to be asking today.

When we gather in church on Sunday morning, what are we seeking?

I believe we have an insight into what our community is seeking when they write their prayer request on our chalkboard sign on Main St.

When the requests of the past year have been compiled the following concerns are most frequently listed: family, love, friends, peace, and hope. 

For us in the church, how can our congregation best meet these requests? Of course, we can’t do everything. But as we live forward into this new year, we can do a great service to our community if we continue to develop ministries that address the needs of our neighbors.

Jesus doesn’t offer an answer to the crowd’s response, but instead he issues an invitation…… “Come and see”.

Christmas Season Worship Schedule

Christmas Eve

3:00 pm – Candlelight worship service with Holy Communion                       7:30 pm – Candlelight worship service with Holy Communion                       10:30 pm – Candlelight worship service with Holy Communion

Christmas Day

10:00 am (one service) Worship service with Holy Communion

January 1

10:00 am (one service) Worship service with Holy Communion

(Family Faith Journey, our Sunday School program, and our Confirmation Instruction will be on recess until Sunday , January 8th.)

Emmanuel – “God With Us”

It’s not hard to discern how the call to be God’s hands and voices in the world could be worked out.  It is through acts of service, inclusion and grace that easily shows God’s love.  Simple neighborliness can be a very effective reflection of God’s care. Welcoming others into our lives of faith can be a tremendous act of healing and transformation.  God calls us through our baptism to be “Emmanuel” for our broken world.

Longing for …….

The presidential election in our country brought out a deep longing for a sense of greatness in our nation’s past.

Longing is an underlying theme throughout the church season of Advent.    Advent is the time of waiting, expectation and hope.

The faithful longs not to recapture human accomplishments of the past, but rather we long for and hope in the fulfillment of God’s promises in the future.  For God promises to make all things new.

“Shared By All”

The word “community” comes from the latin, meaning “shared by all”.   Ironically, as the world shrinks due in part because of advancements in technology,  there is a growing movement of people away from each other.  More people desire to be “a part from”, rather than “a part of”. It often takes a prophet’s distance from the ways of the world, to announce a re-adjustment.  Like the Biblical prophet John the Baptist’s message to “Repent”, hearers are called to change their ways, and re-direct their lives towards God. The Biblical prophet Isaiah’s vision of a peaceful kingdom, where the “wolf shall live with the lamb”, are points to which we are to direct our lives. When we welcome one another. Live in harmony. Hope abounds.

Tune In. Wake up!

In the 1960’s people were urged to turn on, tune in, and drop out – to leave the material world behind in favor of an alternate reality. In the Gospel message, Jesus also urges us to tune into an alternative to the material world, one he called the coming of the Son of Man. In Jesus’ person, the dominion of God comes into the world, and the risen Christ continues to give us abundant signs of its presence.  Jesus commands his followers not to drop out of the world, but to be on the lookout for him in it.