This Coming Sunday’s Service

 

 

“”I Can’t Believe My Eyes”

Scriptures: Mark 9:2-8
 
Rev. Dr. Judy Siker will be preaching this Sunday, February 11, 2018 
 
 
And in the blink of an eye, it is nearly Lent!  This Wednesday, February 14th, is Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of our journey through Lent– a time of reflection, prayer, and preparation for the coming of Easter.  

Each of us approaches Lent a bit differently.  For some of us this may involve fasting; for others there is an intentional “giving up” of something in our lives; others may focus on prayer or meditation.  As we move toward Wednesday I invite you to consider how you will be intentional in your living this Lenten season.  Together, and individually, I hope we can design our days to turn our focus away from ourselves and toward God.  

                                                          – Rev. Dr. Judy Siker

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“The Plan” 

Rev. Dave Carpenter

Scripture:  Psalm 1:1-3 & Matthew 13:44-46

 

If knowing God more and becoming more like Jesus truly is the pearl of great price, the thing we want out of life more than anything else, it is not going to be enough to simply believe the right stuff, or even try really hard to be like Christ.  We are going to need to train for it.  And if we are going to train to be more like Christ, we are going to need an intentional plan.  Each person’s plan is going to look a little different depending on our personalities, our passions & temperaments, and the next step we sense God enticing us towards on our spiritual journey.  Yet, throughout the centuries, disciples of every time, place and culture have found that there are certain tools that are very effective, even essential, to real spiritual growth.  These tools include Bible study, prayer & meditation, regular worship, small groups and fellowship and good books on living the Christian life.

 

READ:  Psalm 1:3-3, Matthew 13:44-46 & Philippians 1:6

 

  • What do you sense is the next step God would have you take in your spiritual journey?  What specific areas of discipleship, character, temperament & life, would you like to work on?
  • What role has Bible study and prayer played in your life?  How have the two effected your life when you have regularly practiced them?
  • How does worship effect you?  Do you see a difference in your life when you are worshipping regularly?
  • What has your experience with small groups been?  How have they effected your personal life?
  • What are some of the best books you’ve ever read on Christian living or theology?  How did they affect you?
  • At this point in your life, what would your ideal plan for intentional discipleship look like?  What elements would be included and how would you purposefully carve out time for them in your week?
 
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Rev. Dave Carpenter