In a recent survey, 80% of Americans say they have prayed at one time. Yet, we struggle with prayer. Does God hear us? Is God tired of our please? Do our words seem superficial? Does prayer matter? How do we pray?
This summer, we will have 2 ways to grow together in prayer: This sermon series on the Lord's Prayer and the 333 Congregational Prayer Initiative. The 333 Prayer Initiative gets it's name from our church address, 333 S. Spring Garden St. We will challenge each other to pray daily for our church and take prayer walks in our neighborhoods. More on the 333 Prayer Initiative can be found here.
We will see Jesus Christ through the eyes of his earliest followers as we do an inspiring sermon series based upon the first book ever written about Jesus: The Gospel according to Mark. You will learn about the culture and times in which Jesus lives. And you'll come to understand his ministry and message like you've never known before. Ultimately Mark's Gospel was written to reveal the identity of Jesus. Each narrative in this gospel answers the question, "Who is this man?" These sermons are for anyone who would like to know more about Jesus Christ. Each week you can follow along in reading through the book of Mark and discover for yourself who this man is.
Week 1: Sunday, Feb. 21-Sat., Feb. 27 - Mark 1-3 Week 2: Sunday, Feb. 28-Sat., Mar. 6 - Mark 4-5 Week 3: Sunday, Mar. 7-Sat., Mar. 13 - Mark 6-8:26 Week 4: Sunday, Mar. 14-Sat., Mar. 20 - Mark 8:27-10 Week 5: Sunday, Mar. 21-Sat., Mar. 27 - Mark 11-13 Week 6: Sunday, Mar. 28-Sat., Apr. 3 - Mark 14-16
Sometimes it seems like the world gives us every reason to tear each other apart and dehumanize people who are not like us. On a personal level, sometimes it’s easy to look around and find all the reasons that we are not enough in who we are. What’s missing is what we hold in common: the recognition of the image of God in the face of the other AND in the face in the mirror. Recognizing the image of God in others is foundational to convictions like God’s love, equality, human dignity, and justice. Recognizing the image of God in ourselves firmly grounds our own sense of worth, potential, purpose, and calling. Let’s see ourselves as God sees us as we take a transformational look at some of our most pressing challenges from the vital Biblical idea that we are all created in the image of God.
In 2021 we are all ready for a fresh start to a new year. Methodists have a long tradition of crossing the threshold into a new year with prayers that focus on our hopes for the year to come. Let's start the new year together in prayer.
This year's Advent season will be like none before. One of the most challenging parts of 2020 was holding on to hope as we came to grips with the face that, as humans, we can't control or manage everything in life. This Advent, we will go on a journey to see with fresh eyes how the coming of Christ, Emmanuel, gives us strength for the present AND hope for the future.
The Scriptures are full of women who take leading roles in God's story with courage, wisdom, and strength. Jesus was radical in his inclusion of women in the early Jesus movement, even if the church has not always followed the same path. This year as we remember the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage and a new Wonder Woman movie is set to be released, let's take some time to remember some of the wonder women of the Bible and find in their stories inspiration to live with courage, wisdom and strength as we live out our part of God's story.
Words have power. The Bible notes that, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue." With our words we insult, or encourage, we curse or we bless. With them we build trust or tear it down. Our words have the power to strengthen relationships or to destroy them. Join us as we reflect on the power of our words and learn principles to use them as tools for life!
Download our Phone Lock Screen here to get a daily reminder of the prayer for the series - Ephesians 4:29
October 11 - Words that Build October 18 - Words with Friends and Family October 25 - God's Word to Us
October 4, 2020 The first Sunday in October is a day in which we remember that Jesus builds bridges as we celebrate World Communion Sunday. Jesus built a bridge between us and God, and Jesus builds bridges between groups of people previously separate. Paul says that Jesus tore down the walls that divide us. We will share about the symbolism of our new baptismal font and consider what it means to be apprentices of the one who breaks down walls and builds bridges.
September 27, 2020 When there is much in our world that seems overwhelming and out of our control, it's good to remember habits that give us a sense of grounding, focus, perspective and even joy. One of the most basic habits of faith is gratitude. Gratitude is more than a nice idea, it is a simple habit and posture for which God has wired us and that brings joy even in the midst of adversity.
August 23-September 20, 2020 Moving in Faith to our new building is an act of hope for the future. We believe in a future with hope, in God's provision, in the community impact God is calling us to, in God's power to change lives, and in the welcoming embrace of God in Jesus Christ for all people!
August 2-16, 2020 In the midst of all that is going on it is easy to become disconnected from God, from others, and from ourselves. Our routines have changed, our connections are different, and it is hard to find our footing. Download a sermon series graphic for your phone lock screen here. The graphic includes the breath prayers for you to pray daily.