I often think about how God has a desire for churches in general, and our church in particular, to be a central part of the healing that our community so desperately needs. But what does that look like and how might we be a part of sharing God's blessing with others in our community? This Sunday we will celebrate how God is at work through our church's ministry as we elect men and women to serve as leaders of FPCL.
Please note that THIS Sunday April 23rd we are having a Congregational Meeting that will take place around 11:00am in the Sanctuary [immediately following our 10:00am service]. For members of our church in particular, I appreciate you making every effort you can to be there. Our agenda & the list of those being nominated to serve, and also the document with the proposed changes to the FPCL by-laws can be found on the church web page by clicking here.
I’m excited that this Sunday we will be starting our new sermon series The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters as we look at people in scripture whose simple actions, though often overlooked, were instrumental in enabling the gospel of God’s love to spread and God’s Kingdom to be expanded.
Grace & Peace & Praying for you this week,
This week's worship information:
Sermon Series: The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters
Sunday's message: The Thomas Effect
Scripture: [first text is the focus of the sermon.]:
Questions for Reflection:
What are the characteristics of a good leader? Who have been people in your life that have modeled strong and faithful leadership?
The premise of the butterfly effect theory is that every simple action can have a large effect on the world. What are your thoughts of this theory in general? What are your thoughts of this theory as it pertains to faith?
- In the passage from John’s gospel, Thomas asks questions and wants proof for himself with respect to Jesus being resurrected. How have questions and a “see it for yourself” attitude been a part of your faith journey?
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
I have a goodly heritage.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I keep the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
my body also rests secure.
For you do not give me up to Sheol,
or let your faithful one see the Pit.
You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.