Matthew 14:22-33. Living in faith is a challenge; anyone who says otherwise is selling something. Yet, as daunting as it may seem we are called to step out in faith, to live in faith, to be shaped by faith. The story we are looking at together this week is the story of a BIG step in faith, a “walking on water” story. What do we learn from this story of Peter’s daring and Jesus’ call on our lives? Join us Sunday to discover that!
Romans 9:1-5. Human beings do not achieve salvation from affiliation or identification. It is not what we believe that matters. Rather, salvation comes from faith: God’s faith in us and our faithful response.
Matthew 13:31-33. Sometimes I hear that the church is the world (especially the United States) is shrinking, that fewer people are coming to worship and following in the way of Jesus. It can sound fairly discouraging until I realize that Jesus implies that it only takes a little bit to make a big difference. What can we learn from these two parables that might matter to us for our everyday living? Join us Sunday as we wonder about it together.
Just a reminder that our monthly Men’s Breakfast is Saturday, July 29 at 7:00AM at the Silver Diner at Springfield Towne Center. Please let Pastor James (email@example.com) know if you’ll be attending by Friday afternoon at 4:00; this allows for us to get an appropriately sized table for everyone. See you men there!
Our various centering prayer leaders are on a mission trip this week. We will resume on Tuesday, July 25. Of course, as always, you can be in centered prayer at home, too!
There are several instances in the book of Acts where the early church was praying and it shook the ground! Have we prayed as a faith community in such a way as to cause #FaithQuakes? What do do these quakes look like? Have we/I had any faith quakes recently? Let’s talk about shaking up our faith this Sunday!
Tuesday night, July 11, the young adults will gather again at the Mission House at 8:00PM to study/contemplate/discuss/challenge the book of Mark. We are still in in the first chapter so it is not too late to join us in this conversation! Does the story of Jesus in Mark apply to our lives today? How might we live and make it more a part of who we are and what we are doing? Late teens and twenty-somethings- feel free to join us.
Matthew 10:37-42. Could Jesus possibly mean he intends for us to give our all and everything including our very lives? Really? This Sunday we’ll talk about the challenges of Jesus’ call on all our lives.
Just a reminder that we will not have Centering Prayer or the Young Adult Bible Study on Tuesday, July 4. We will resume the following week.
Linda, my wife, and I recently got back from a trip to the Southwest. There was a lot of “checking in”- at airports, into hotels, with family, on Facebook. It seems like “checking in” is now an everyday part of our lives. With whom do you find yourself “checking in?” Is it on social media? Is it with family or friends? Is it with God? Just what does it mean to check-in and do we spend more time checking in or are we really spending time checking out? That is what we’re talking about on Sunday.