As we journey in this season of Lent, worship continues to be that place of central importance that allows us to open our lives (individually and as a community) to God's voice and leading. It is in worship and our Lenten Centering Groups that we have been able & are continuing to explore some of the core issues of faith @theCenter of who we are.
A reminder that this Sunday is the Livermore Half Marathon which is starting and finishing downtown. The race itself begins early…7:00am…and there is a portion of the course that runs [no pun intended :-)] down “L St.” You may want to allow yourself some extra time on Sunday morning for parking and maneuvering through the road closures.
Or you could join us for our Sunday@5 worship service in our chapel at 5:00pm! This service has contemporary music and an informal/relaxed style that many people find meaningful. Join us this Sunday if that sounds appealing to you and/or invite someone you think might enjoy and appreciate this additional worship service.
Should be a great Sunday in the life of our church...I hope you will be a part of how God is moving in and through our ministry!
Grace & Peace,
This week's worship information:
Sermon Series: @theCenter
Sunday's message: Treasure Hunting
Scripture [first text is the focus of the sermon]:
Questions for Reflection:
Spend some time reflecting on these past several weeks of Lent; how would you describe your walk with God? How can you intentionally allow these next few weeks leading up to Easter to be a time of reflection and renewal in your faith?
What would people learn about you if they spent a week with you? What would they observe is important to you?
What do you think Jesus means when he says [in the Matthew passage] that “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”? Has that been your experience?
‘And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
‘The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless when you pass judgement.
Indeed, I was born guilty,
a sinner when my mother conceived me.
You desire truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.