8/28/16 – Community in Unity 5 – The Blessed Ones

Each fourth Sunday the youth are “in charge of” the service. The music reflects their style. They tell, act out, or use a video to convey the Scripture. They do everything but preach! It’s fun. It’s youthful. It’s inviting. They are growing in confidence as they stand in front of an audience and use their gifts.

This week their story is about conflict between two peoples who did not like each other. It goes like this:  A king feels threatened by the size of a neighboring nation. He hires a prophet to curse them. Curses in those days had power–it was the best move to defeat your enemy. But in this case, the king found that his enemy had a very great asset: THE LORD! Come hear how that king got more than he bargained for when God turned that curse into a blessing.

Do you have an enemy you fear? Perhaps you feel like cursing him. But you might find that when you are focused on blessing, God’s power is unleashed. Let’s talk about it! Sunday school at 9:15.  Worship at 10:30. I can’t wait to see you!

READ Numbers 22-24

READ the Message:  The Blessing Doesn’t Stop with Us!

 

 

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8/21/16 – Community in Unity, 4: The Church & Passionate Faith

What is the greatest miracle in the Christian faith (besides the resurrection of Jesus!)? Many answers could be offered. I thought . . . why the church! The church has existed for nearly 2,000 years. Think about how the church came about. God called Moses to go to Pharaoh, but Moses said, “Who me?” I can’t do that! But God was with him. God called Jonah to preach to Nineveh, but Jonah hated Ninevah and ran the other way. When in “deep waters” he reconsidered and God rescued him! Jesus went to John the Baptist to be baptized but John said, “I’m not worthy!” Jesus said, “You are the one, so let’s do this!” When Jesus was crucified, the disciples scattered. But later, the Holy Spirit empowered them and the world has not been the same since!

Paul wrote a letter to the churches in Rome. Yes, it was one letter to all of them. They knew each other well. At the end of his letter Paul said “Embrace this person, and that person because I love them for their passionate faith!” We are still in the game after all these years because God is good, and God makes our faith stand. Join us Sunday–9:15 for Sunday School and 10:30 for Worship. JANET STAHL TELLS THE STORY. I can’t wait to hear it!

READ: Romans 16 and Isaiah 43:5-13

READ the SERMON:  The Unifying Power of Passionate Faith

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8/14/16 – Community in Unity, 3: Humility

Once President Kennedy presented Bob Hope with a gold medal for service to his country. Mr. Hope replied, “I feel very humble, but I think I have the strength of character to fight it.” It’s hard to be humble! Ted Turner agrees: “If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect.” Phyllis Diller offers her advice, Just get a mirror!

We continue our series on what it takes to become a Community in Unity. Jesus’ disciples have been with him a while now, but there continued to be many rough edges in their understanding of Jesus’ ways. Seeing their struggles makes the Bible so real–real people with the same problems as us! Join the discussion. Sunday School at 9:15 and worship at 10:30. The choir sings “The Majesty and Glory of His Name.” I can’t wait to see you!

READ Mark 9:33-41 and Isaiah 57:15-21

READ the Message:  It’s Hard to be Humble!

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