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 our students are serving with the Center for Student Missions in Los Angeles – so please be praying for them as they serve and are transformed by the profound love that God has for them in Jesus.
I hope that as we head into summer you will choose 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.
This week's worship information:
Sunday's Message: That’s a great question!
Scripture [first text is the focus of the sermon.]:
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?
•How do you think questions relate to faith? Are there questions that you find challenging to answer when it comes to God?
•How would you answer the question that Jesus asks Peter in the passage from Matthew – “Who do you say that I [Jesus] am?”
•How do you think our views of Jesus shape the way we live? How do our views determine/shape what the church looks like and preaches?
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’ Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
O God, you are my God, I seek you,
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on your name.
My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
when I think of you on my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.