This week we begin a focus on what we all know to be true: that we have been created to share life together and thrive in community! While our larger church community is important, it is the relationships that we form and the friendships that we make that sustain us and support us on our faith journey’s. In worship on Sunday we will be affirming this truth as we introduce some opportunities to be a part of Life Groups – smaller gatherings of community that are focused on spiritual reflection, relational connections & life application. Come on Sunday and find out ways for you to recommit to a Life Group that already exists or consider becoming a part of a new Life Group that is forming. We believe that each of us [in addition to being a part of worship] should be a part of a Life Group!
I do also want to let you know of a couple of memorial services this week that are taking place for some beloved friends and longtime members of our church community:
• A service celebrating the life of Claude Dittmore on Friday, April 20th at 3:00pm in our sanctuary
• A service celebrating the life of Garrett [Gary] Drummond on Saturday, April 21st at 11:00am in our sanctuary
I invite you to join us as we express gratitude to God for their lives, surround their families with love & prayers and as we bear witness to the hope & power of the resurrection in our lives.
Grace and Peace & Praying for you this week,
This week's worship information:
Sermon Series: Life Together
Sunday's Message: Adding Circles to Our Rows!
Scripture [first text is the focus of the sermon.]:
Questions for reflection:
- Intentionally devote some time to pray for the events and realities of your life and in our world.
- As we find ourselves just a couple of weeks removed from Easter, spend some time reflecting on the significance of Jesus' resurrection.
- Where in your life are you experiencing the most meaningful and supportive relationships? What have you done/are you doing to ensure those relationships continue to be healthy and strong?
- What do you think it would be like to be a part of the early community that is described in the passage from Acts 2? Do you think such a community could exist today? Why or why not?
Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.’ And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
life for evermore.