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Why Go To Church?

posted Feb 15, 2019, 5:13 PM by Tricia Sheffield   [ updated Feb 15, 2019, 5:26 PM ]

Grace and peace to you!


We are called a Fabulous Church of Love for a reason. So, I invite you to come to worship this Sunday at 10:30 AM and here’s why:


We are created to be in community with one another, Genesis 2.18: It is not good that the earthling should be alone . . . 


We are called to gather together, Hebrews 10.24 - 25: And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together . . . but encouraging one another . . . As we gather, you will be welcomed with joy and warmth. And we will rejoice and celebrate that we are people of the resurrection.


We will have peace, and be assured that despite what may be swirling in the chaotic world around us, we know we can have the peace that surpasses all understanding.


We will celebrate the children among us, knowing that children are not our future, but they are our now.


We will experience forgiveness of sin and rejoice in the grace that is given to us daily.


We will have music that will stir your soul with the Joyful Noise Adult Choir singing a song; a prayer really, called “I Wonder” with Marie Howlett as featured soloist, and this song/prayer will continue to move your spirit throughout the week.


We will hear the word preached from Luke 6.17-26, the famous passage of the Sermon on the level place called Blessings and Woes.


We will pray for ourselves, each other, and the world, knowing the Holy Spirit is our Advocate and Comforter, and despite what we may see and hear, God is sovereign.


Upon hearing the word and praying, we will go out into our community to be the hands and feet of Christ, our Lord, Savior, and Friend.


Most importantly, I invite you to worship this Sunday because God’s grace is irresistible, freely given, and available for all people. And because you are loved by God more than you can ask or imagine. This is affirmed in Scripture by the prophet Isaiah 43.1, 4: I have called you by name, you are mine . . . You are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you . . .  Because of this assurance of God’s love, we confirm that all are welcomed, affirmed, and celebrated by our God whose love is expansive and unconditional and unending. The world tells us we will only be accepted if we meet certain conditions; but God says, no conditions, you are mine.


So, come to church this Sunday. I look forward to worshiping God with you in our beloved community.


In gratitude for the privilege of being your Pastor, and the holy call of loving you,


Pastor Trish


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