It truly is our privilege to gather together each week for worship. In worship we make seeking God's wisdom a priority as we open our hearts, our minds and our lives to the Spirit's leading. As we do so we not only encourage one another in the faith, but we become a place where [as scripture tells us] "God is pleased to dwell!” This week the children who are a part of our VBS are learning about God’s wisdom [and strength, courage, hope & power!!] and how important wisdom is to being able to live faithful and full lives.

I hope that as we head into summer you will continue to make worship a priority so that you and our church community can be lead and transformed by the Spirit of God as we move forward in life and ministry.

I'll look forward to seeing you Sunday.

Grace and Peace,
Steve W

This week's worship information:

Sunday's Message: All Star Wrestling

Scripture: [first text is the focus of the sermon. Passages are printed at the end of this email]:

Genesis 32:22-32
1 John 3:1-3

Questions for Reflection:

  • Spend some time reflecting on your relationship with God. Are there things in which you are currently involved/doing that are helping you deepen your faith?

  • What does your name mean? Is there a story behind it?

  • In our passage from Genesis Jacob is given a new name after wrestling with God. If you were to give yourself a name that captured your relationship with God, what would it be?

  • How have the struggles you have experienced in life affected your faith and the name you just gave yourself?

Genesis 32:22-32

The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, ‘Let me go, for the day is breaking.’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go, unless you bless me.’ So he said to him, ‘What is your name?’ And he said, ‘Jacob.’ Then the man said, ‘You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.’ Then Jacob asked him, ‘Please tell me your name.’ But he said, ‘Why is it that you ask my name?’ And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, ‘For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.’ The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the thigh muscle that is on the hip socket, because he struck Jacob on the hip socket at the thigh muscle.

1 John 3:1-3

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.