Listening

Listening

As Christians, a lot of our talking is to or about Jesus, but how often do we just listen to Jesus. We have flooded the world with doctrinal debates, arguments, opinions, ideologies, and posts about Jesus, but if we do not balance all of that with a desire and practice to listen to Jesus then we have made the same mistake as Peter at the Transfiguration. There are appropriate times to talk, but there are also times when we need to simply listen.

Peace, 

Chess

Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing, Mark 9:2-9, as well as 2 Kings 2:1-12, Psalm 50:1-6 and 2 Corinthians 4:3-6.

Our Worship this Week

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.

Giving is a part of our Worship

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Request prayer or let us know of other needs

 

Hymns for the Week

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.

 

We Shall Assemble

Lord, Most High

Hilltops of Glory

My Eyes Have Seen Your Glory

Open the Eyes of My Heart

Highest Place

I’ll Live in Glory

Shine, Jesus Shine

 

Children’s Activities for the Week

Messages from Oscar in Spanish


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God Keeps Moving

God Keeps Moving

When Jesus arrives at the home of Simon’s mother-in-law in Mark 1 and begins healing those who are sick, everyone naturally wants him to stay and keep healing. However, Jesus invites his disciples to come with him to the next village so that he can proclaim the gospel there also. God and the Kingdom of God keep moving, and we are invited to come along, but would we selfishly rather God stay here with us than move on somewhere else?
 
Peace,
Chess
 

Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing, Mark 1:29-39, as well as Isaiah 40:21-31, Psalm 147:1-11, 20c and 1 Corinthians 9:16-23.

Our Worship this Week

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.
 
Father, Hear the Prayer We Offer
Blessed Be the Name of the Lord
Teach Me Lord to Wait
Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
Seeking the Lost
Precious Lord, Take My Hand
This Little Light of Mine
 

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Authority

Authority

Exorcism stories can always be a bit disjointed to read. We can understand and sympathize with other miracles of Jesus (control of the weather, feeding the hungry, healing the sick), but exorcism stories seem so distant and different. But there’s more to this story than Hollywood sees. This is a story about authority, and Jesus has it – authority in his teachings, authority in his actions, and authority over evil itself. But is the authority of Jesus one we recognize and to which we submit our lives, or does Jesus have to compete with other authorities?
 
Peace,
Chess
 
Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing, Mark 1:21-28, as well as Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 111, and 1 Corinthians 8:1-13.

Our Worship this Week

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.

A Shield About Me (Zoe)
Great Are You Lord
The Voice of the Lord
Healing Grace
Make Me More Free
I Must Tell Jesus
All to Us
 

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Still Fishing

 

Still Fishing

Scripture is full of callings – moments when God seems to redirect someone’s life by drafting them into service for the Kingdom of God. Mark 1:14-20, the calling of Peter, Andrew, James, and John, is one of those moments. However God isn’t redirecting their life as much as giving them a chance to use their life for God.
 
Peace,
Chess
 
Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing, Mark 1:14-20, as well as Jonah 3:1-5, 10, Psalm 62:5-12, and 1 Corinthians 7:29-31.

Our Worship this Week

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.

The Lord is in His Holy Temple
A Mighty Fortress
Who Can Satisfy My Soul
God of Grace and God of Glory
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
He Leadeth Me
When This Passing World is Done
This World is Not My Home
 

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Believing Until We See

Believing Until We See

When Jesus calls Nathanael to follow as a disciple, Nathanael believes in Jesus because Jesus knew he was sitting under a fig tree. We might expect Jesus to say, “Do you believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You should have believed without needing to test me.” However, Jesus raises the stakes and tells Nathanael that he will see even greater things yet.  

 
Peace, 
Chess
 
Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing, John 1:43-51, as well as 1 Samuel 3:1-20, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18, and 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.

Our Worship this Week:

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week:

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.

Speak, O Lord
Lord, You Are Greater Than My Heart
I Am Thine, O Lord
Footprints of Jesus
Where He Leads I’ll Follow
Lord, Take My Life
No Other Gods
 

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Seek and You Will Find

Seek and You Will Find

The story of the wise men seeking Jesus even at risk of their own lives is, for lack of a better term, legendary. They have easily gone down in history as some of the best examples of seeking Jesus. But is seeking Jesus a one-time event? Do we seek Jesus once, find him and then move on to seek after other goals, people, and agendas? Or is seeking Jesus a lifelong discipline? 

 
Peace, 
Chess
 
Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing,  Matthew 2:1-12, as well as Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14, and Ephesians 3:1-12.

Our Worship this Week:

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week:

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.

O Worship the King 
The Voice of the Lord
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
This is My Father’s World
There’s A Sweet, Sweet Spirit in this Place
What the Lord Has Done in Me
Holy Spirit, Rain Down
Are You Washed in the Blood?
 
 

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Movement

Movement

Ephesians 1:3-14 might be one of the longest run-on sentences in scripture, but it is also packed full of descriptions of the work of Jesus. Paul mentions forgiveness, grace, redemption, adoption, the word of truth, inheritance of life, hope, glory, and redemption. Most striking of all, though, is “the mystery of God’s will… a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things to God.” 
 
Peace, 
Chess
 
Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing,  Ephesians 1:3-14, as well as Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147:12-20, and John 1:1-18
 
 

Our Worship this Week:

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week:

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.

10,000 Reasons
Surround Us, Lord
Blessed Assurance
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
Love Divine, All Love Excelling
O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
This is How We Overcome
 
 

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Children of God

 

Children of God

Merry Christmas! For centuries, Christmas has been celebrated as a season, not just a day, and is the two weeks following Christmas day. During this time Christians historically take the opportunity to read and reflect on the incarnation of Jesus, and this week is no exception. Paul eloquently reminds us in Galatians that God sent his son to be born as a child so that we all might be counted as children of God.
Peace, 
Chess
 
Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing,  Galatians 4:4-7, as well as Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Psalm 148, and Luke 2:22-40

Our Worship this Week:

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week:

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.

Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens Adore Him
Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah!
All People That on Earth Do Dwell
Tell Me the Story of Jesus
In Christ Alone
Come Ye Disconsolate
Go Tell It on the Mountain
 

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Kingdom without end

Kingdom Without End

As the year comes to an end, we naturally reflect on what has been and wonder about what is to come. When will it be my turn to get the vaccine? What will a new administration do to/for the country? When will we ever get back to “normal?” Amidst all of these questions and uncertainties, this birth announcement in Luke reminds us that Jesus and the Kingdom of God remain constant, steadfast, and sure for all time.

Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing,  Luke 1:26-38, as well as 2 Sam 7:1-11, 16, Ps 89:1-4, 19-26, and Rom 16:25-27

We will be using this Order of Worship for our morning virtual services.

Our Worship this Week:

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.
 

Hymns for the Week:

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.

Come Thou Almighty King
Great is Thy Faithfulness
Shout to the Lord
Blessed Jesus, Come to Me
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
Magnificat 
Of the Father’s Love Begotten
Joy to The World!
Amen!

 

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The Hope of Faithfulness

 

Of the many themes that run throughout the Bible, faithfulness is central. Not only are we called to be faithful to God and to have faith in God, but we are also to remember that God is faithful. So much of the Bible reminds us that God is faithful, even when we are not. Once again, then, this passage from 1 Thessalonians reminds us that God is faithful, specifically in regard to the return of Jesus and the sanctifying of God’s people.

Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing,  1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, as well as Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, Psalm 126, and John 1:6-8, 19-28


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Waiting in Peace

Waiting in Peace

As we wait for Jesus to return and for him to bring us home to a new heaven and earth, where righteousness is at home, Peter encourages us to wait patiently and peacefully, reminding us that we have the time to find peace in all aspects of our lives – with the tragedies of our past, with unmet expectations and goals, with our failures, with those who have failed us, with our enemies, with our families, and with everything. We have been given the opportunity to wait, and Peter reminds us to wait with peace.

As you read 2 Peter 3:8-15a ask yourself these questions. Talk about them at your dinner table.

  1. How often do you think about the return of Jesus?
  1. What do you do while you wait?
  1. What does it mean to be found blameless when Jesus returns?

Our other scriptures for the week include:

Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13, Mark 1:1-8

We will be using this Order of Worship for our morning virtual services.


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As you wait

As you wait

Advent is a season of longing and waiting. It is a time to remember that amidst all the things we are doing with our lives – our careers, our hobbies, our goals and plans – that we are a people who wait and long for the return of our savior. But unlike most waiting rooms, we do not wait alone. God is faithful and has strengthened us so that we might be found blameless on the day of Jesus’ return.
 

Questions:

  1. How often do you think about the return of Jesus?
  2. What do you do while you wait?
  3. What does it mean to be found blameless when Jesus returns?
 
Our other Scriptures this week:

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Return with Thanksgiving

Return with Thanksgiving

Ten lepers are healed by Jesus, yet only one takes the time and effort to return to thank Jesus. How often do we return to thank God for the blessings, forgiveness, and very life that we live? This holiday season, at the end of a difficult year, perhaps it is hard to find reasons to be thankful, but God has already given us so many reasons to return with thanksgiving.

As you read Luke 17:11-19 ask yourself these questions. Talk about them at your dinner table.

  • Do we limit thanksgiving to received blessings, or do we remember to be thankful for the works of God we might otherwise take for granted (i.e., forgiveness, life, and love)? 
  • Do we remember to give thanks when life does not go our way? 
  • What daily habits can we nurture to help us return with thanksgiving? 

Our other scriptures for the week include:

Deut 8:7-18; Psalm 65; 2 Cor 9:6-15 

Peace, 
Chess

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Live with God

We look forward to seeing you in our service.  To participate via Zoom (and see, visit and encourage each other) click here to request the link.  If you prefer to just view via YouTube, you will find the service streaming here on our YouTube channel. Please let us know you joined us by filling out our Welcome Card

Live with God

As children of the light, Paul outlines what life is like while we wait for the expected return of Jesus. Armored with faith, love, and salvation, Paul reminds us that we are destined for salvation, not wrath, so that we might live our lives with God.

As you read I Thessalonians 5:1-11 ask yourself these questions. Talk about them at your dinner table.

    • How often do we feel God’s salvation compared to God’s wrath? Is God’s wrath an active, fearful part of your relationship with God?
    • What does living with God look like, practically speaking? Is it more than simply obeying commands?
    • How might we do as Paul asks and encourage one another with these words?

Our other scriptures for the week include:

Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; Matthew 25:14-30

Sing with Us:

While we cannot sing in our in-person worship, we can be united in mind and heart by listening to and singing the same songs while we are apart. 
 

You can find the playlist here:

When I Look to the Hills 
A Shield About Me 
Healing Grace – YouTube 
Hard Fighting Soldier 
We will stand 
My Savior My God 
O Jesus, I Have Promised

 

Other Key Links:

Order of Worship for our morning virtual services

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Encourage One Another

We look forward to seeing you in our service.  To participate via Zoom (and see, visit and encourage each other) click here to request the link.  If you prefer to just view via YouTube, you will find the service streaming here on our YouTube channel. Please let us know you joined us by filling out our Welcome Card

Encourage One Another

As Christians were dying from persecution, they began to lose hope and confidence in their faith. So, Paul reminds them to encourage one another with the hope that no matter what happens in this life, Christ is triumphant for all of eternity. We are certainly not in the same position of persecution as those of Thessalonica, but we can still draw encouragement from the hope of eternal life.

As you read I Thessalonians 4:13-18 ask yourself these questions. Talk about them at your dinner table.

  • What threatens our hope and confidence in our faith?
  • How do these words encourage us?
  • How can we use these words to encourage one     
        another?

Our other scriptures for the week include:

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25; Psalm 78:1-7; Matthew 25:1-13

Sing with Us:

While we cannot sing in our in-person worship, we can be united in mind and heart by listening to and singing the same songs while we are apart. 
 
You can find our playlist for this week here:

To God Be The Glory  
Great Are You Lord 
You Are My All in All 
Salvation Belongs To Our God 
My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less  
Days of Elijah 

 

Other Key Links:

Order of Worship for our morning virtual services

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