Free from and free for - by Pastor Steve (Sunday 8 and 10 am)
I love reformation Sunday because it proclaims and celebrates these gospel words of Jesus, "If you continue in my word you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free. So remembering that we are both free from and free for, at the end of worship the assistant minister will send us out with these words, "go in peace, live in love as Christ loved us" and being free for we will as we move through the large and small events of our coming week we will live and love as Christ loved us so that God is exalted among the nations, God is exalted in the earth.
Living in Thankfulness - by Pastor Steve (Sunday 8 and 10 am)
Jesus said to the leper get up and go on your way. Your faith has made you well. We should be mindful of other possibilities, other understandings, for the word well. What that passage means is this - when Jesus said to him get up and go on your way, your faithful practice of thankfulness, your orientation toward an expression of gratitude has brought you wellness; brought you a piece of body, mind and spirit. In other words Jesus names the why of living in thankfulness 24/7 - taking the time to pause and name and thank helps us to more fully see the abundance of God's love and blessings all around us all the time. Jesus tells us brings into our life a deeper sense, a deeper presence of Wellness.
This wonderful gift from God - by Deacon John (Saturday 4:30 PM)
How do we thank God? By using the gifts that God gave us to serve others. That's how we thank God. We can also thank God in prayer- for our homes, for our families. We must never forget that everything we have comes from God - everything - and to share this free gift of grace to all the people; all those who will accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We have this wonderful thing called grace it's a free gift from God.
Thanks to God that he did not give us a spirit of cowardice.- by Pastor Steve (Sunday 8 and 10 am)
God gave us a spirit of power, and of love and of self-discipline. We give thanks to God that we are not left on our own as we press on in ministry, but instead, we have the help of the Holy Spirit living within us; individually and as a community of faith.
Don't talk with God as if God were outside of us - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 pm; Sunday 8 and 10 am)
within. The best thing to do is to close our eyes and be quiet in order to
feel and open ourselves to God's Presence. Nor do we need to keep
ourselves busy in thinking about God, as if it's just something in our
head. It's in the depths of our being. We need to seek God's Presence in
our heart. What's important is to keep at it until we have an initial experience, no
matter how poor, even if it lasts of only a few seconds. If the day comes
when we perceive that we aren't alone in our life. If we catch on to the
fact that we are loved by God without deserving it, everything changes.