Getting Ready for Sunday | July 1st, 2012
"Growing up...I frequently heard that 'being in a church does not make one a Christian any more than living in a garage makes one a car.' The impulse behind this, of course, was to insist that the commitment to Christianity must be personal and not simply nominal. But I have come to believe that this overly spiritual emphasis undercuts the social space of the church. It does not recognize that in an important sense the disciplines and practices of the people of God DO form a person into the likeness of Christ, just as they constitute the most visible witness to the Gospel. It may not matter where we park our car, but it does matter where, week by week, Christians put themselves....Perhaps the problem is that [we] conceive of [our] relationship to the church in the same way a car is related to the garage: as a place where [we] are 'parked' rather than a spiritually dynamic social space." William Dyrness, Poetic Theology
When we gather on Sundays, we do so to celebrate and affirm the worth of God. We hope you'll join us THIS Sunday. Here's a preview of this week's gathering:
This week we turn a corner in the book of Ephesians towards an exploration of how the gospel affects how we WALK. So we're calling this next series of sermons "The Walk." Dave Dupee will be preaching from Ephesians 4:1-16 on God's Gift of Community.
We will also celebrate the Lord's supper together. Jesus invites us to feast at his table, calling us to remember and to proclaim what has has done through the breaking of bread and drinking of the wine. To prepare your heart for the Lord's Supper, read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.
This week's songs are:
- Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
- Lead Us Back
- Dearly We're Bought
- O For a Closer Walk
- In the Shadow of the Glorious Cross
- Take My Life & Let it Be