Upcoming Worship Series

Worship Sunday mornings at 8:30 and 11
blended services which have traditional and contemporary elements

“Loving” (May 19 through June 9)

This second series focuses upon the action of God upon those who believe in Jesus and the flow of divine energy from God into individuals, the church, and the world. All the themes for this series could be subtitled, “by a Loving God”—marked by a loving God, sent by a loving God, and so on. In the first week, Jesus offers a new commandment to love one another and be known as Jesus’ disciples. This “marking” is the way we are known and has direct connections with our baptism into Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. The second week presents a Trinitarian model in which Jesus and the Spirit are sent by God the Father in a self-giving action. The love that comes from God extends from God to the world. Notice in the Scripture for week three in which Jesus is stated to have said, “I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them” (John 17:26). This is Jesus’ indication that his presence will continue as the body of Christ in the world, and those who join in the body of Christ will know the love given from God. On the Day of Pentecost, the church is born to empower people to go forth and proclaim the love of God throughout the world, in languages far and wide. Loving, then, becomes the natural response and embodiment of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We live into the reality that Jesus is alive, and we love as a result of it.

May 19 “Marked”John 13:31-35

May 26 “Sent” John 14:23-29

June 2 “Embodied” John 17:20-26

June 9 (Pentecost Sunday)“Empowered” Acts 2:1-21

“The Inheritance of God” Worship Series (June 16 -July 7)

This series begins with the observance of Trinity Sunday, one of the most widely debated yet central doctrinal understandings of the Christian faith. To understand the Trinity is to understand God’s presence with us and our lives with one another. The Trinity is often referred to as the mystery (Matt. 11:27) of the faith that requires or presupposes Divine revelation. There is much to comprehend about the statement “God in three persons,” but as Christians and believers in the Triune God, here is what we do know:
• God came to earth as the fulfillment of God’s prophetic Word.
• God came to earth through the womb of a virgin woman, Mary.
• God came to us in the flesh through God’s only Son, the historic Jesus.
• God created and sustained intimate relationships with humankind.
• God came to earth to suffer and die for all who believe.
• God kept God’s promise, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” by sending the manifest presence of God’s Spirit (Matt 28:18).
• God is alive!
In Western Christian tradition, Trinity Sunday is observed on only one Sunday out of the liturgical year that is said to be symbolic of the unity of the Trinity.
We’ll unpack the mystery of the Trinity through examination of the Nicene Creed (#880 UMH) established at the First Council of Nicaea in 325.  It is embraced by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and major Protestant churches.
Week 1: June 16, Trinity Sunday        
  The Inheritance of Wisdom…..Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 & John 16:12-15
Week 2: June 23, 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
  The Inheritance of Attentiveness………..…1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a
Week 3: June 30, 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
  The Inheritance of Empowerment ………………….…2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Week 4: July 7, 4th Sunday After Pentecost
  The Inheritance of Trust………………………………………………..Acts 2:1-21