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Getting Ready for Sunday (May 22, 2011)

We're camping out again this week in Genesis 1, this week focusing especially on how God has made humanity. We'll consider what it means to be made in the image of God. To prepare, read Genesis 1:26-31. What do think it means to be made in God's image?...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (May 15, 2011)

We'll begin this week by calling each to worship using the words of Revelation 4:11 and singing Come and Welcome ("love's redeeming work is done / come and welcome, sinner come"). God has made peace with us through Jesus Christ. We'll focus on that as we pass the peace (greet one another) and sing Death to Life and Nothing But the Blood....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (May 8, 2011)

We're starting a new teaching series this week called "Origins." We'll be walking through the first eleven chapters of Genesis, using this as a framework for understanding who we are, who God is, what's wrong with the world, and how it can be fixed. Josh will be giving a bird's eye look at the series this week, and then honing in on Genesis 1:1-3....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (May 1, 2011)

We will call ourselves (and each other) to worship by singing In Your Name - a gospel-centered song that reminds us that we worship and do mission because God has sought us in Jesus Christ (listen to the song at the bottom of this post). We'll confess our sins together in prayer and by singing Out of the Depths. We'll go then to the cross to look for pardon as we reflect a...

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Getting Ready for Easter Sunday (04-24-11)

The highlight of the Christian calendar is Easter Sunday, where we fix our eyes on Jesus and celebrate his resurrection. Our worship gathering will be bookended with songs pointing you to Jesus (Come See the Son and In Christ Alone). We'll hone in on Jesus' resurrection in our responsive readings and the song He's Alive. We'll also sing about the effects of the resurrectio...

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Getting Ready for Palm Sunday (04-17-11)

The first Sunday of holy week is commonly called "Palm Sunday" or "Passion Sunday." In our worship gathering this week, we'll focus on Jesus' entry into Jerusalem to the shouts of "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming king of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!" (Mark 11:9-10). To prepare for worship, read Zechariah 9:9-12 a...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (April 10, 2011)

This is the last Sunday in our "Rooted" series. We take up the phrase in the Apostles' Creed "I believe...in the life everlasting." The teaching will be based on Revelation 21:1-8, 21:22 - 22:5. To prepare, read this passage and meditate on what you learn about the new heavens and the new earth. Also keep in mind that there is no mere academic theology in the Bible. John w...

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Getting Ready for Sunday (April 3, 2011)

We're almost to the end of our "Rooted" series, concluding with messages this week and next. The teaching this week is based on 1 Corinthians 15:35-58. This is a complex passage about the resurrection of the body. To prepare for worship this week, read the passage and think about the ways this passage differs from pop-culture notions of heaven. Is there anything in this pa...

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Getting ready for Sunday (March 27, 2011)

We take a break this week from our "Rooted" series to welcome a guest speaker, Chad Grindstaff. Chad will be teaching from Colossians 2:8-10. To prepare for Sunday, read this passage, and reflect on what you learn about Jesus from the passage....

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Getting Ready for Sunday (March 20, 2011) - and a prayer for Lent

We continue this week on our journey through the Apostles' Creed, focusing on the phrase "I believe in the forgiveness of sins." The teaching will be based on Matthew 26:26-29. To prepare, read the text and consider what you learn about the work of Jesus from his words at the Last Supper. Typically we celebrate the Lord's Supper on the first Sunday of the month. However, t...

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