As mentioned on the Pastor Page, our sermons are going to take a turn in the Gospel of Matthew. In February, we are going to travel into chapters 13 and 14.
At the end of the month, 26 February to be exact, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday here at the church at 7 PM. Once again, we will do so with our brothers and sisters from Payne Chapel along with their new pastor, Rev. D’Eborah Chapman. Additionally, we will be joined by Silver Creek Church and Rev. Mark Bishop. At this writing, Pastor Mark is recruiting other churches and pastors to come together to celebrate together as we have in the recent past with ashes, Communion and anointing.
In Lent, we will begin to travel through Jesus’ teaching in Matthew21 (just after Palm Sunday) and marching to the end of the book. This may take us past Pentecost, so I may not have as many Sun- days for the requests that I have solicited in previous years. Depending on vacations and with the mission trip, we may still be in Matthew well into August.
One exciting feature of this plan is Palm Sunday, which is April 5th this year. We plan to have ONE combined worship service that will be youth led. As a church, we are seeking to build opportunities to serve together and fellowship together.Those have not come to be on a regular basis, so we are going to attempt this by building around our kids and our youth.
I’m excited to see what God does through them, and I hope you are as well. Come out to build them up and to celebrate that day.
As of this writing, there are tentative plans for a Sunrise service this year but that could change. Some of our partners from the past year have decided to go in a new direction. If you’d like to see that happen or participate, feel free to reach out to me. We still have time to plan for April 12.
The last Sunday of April, we will celebrate ONE worship service again on our service day. I know our current mayor and at least one of our judges welcome the participation of Christians in the community. If you’d like to help set up a project or have ideas, please contact our mission team leaders, Heather Erwin and Mark Sherman. This is an opportunity to serve in missions here in our local community.
The Church has always been built on this notion, which was stated in Latin:
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi.
It translates into English as:
As we Worship, So we Believe, So we Live
Remember that. Worship reveals our true beliefs and determines how we live. Our true faith is revealed in how we participate, connect, and then go and serve.
How we worship shapes our beliefs and both shape how we live. If we worship and believe with little enthusiasm or little heart, we will live in fragile, feeble, and enervated state. In other words, we will live defeated with one foot in the grave and the other on the proverbial banana peel.
However, if we worship God with our whole being, and we gather regularly seeking His face, then our inner man/inner woman is built up and strengthened. We are then able to live the victorious and blessed life of which we are promised in the word [John 10:10; I John 5:4-5; Romans 8:37; I Corinthians 15:57].
The more the Word is in us then the more we reflect Christ. The Holy Spirit shapes us the more we dwell in the Word. In the coming months, we are going to marinated in Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Matthew. Here’s the outline for now. Plans may change on Ash Wednesday as there are other pastors involved in planning. The same is true for Palm Sunday as the children and youth are leading that Sunday. God is moving here at St. John’s!
Sermon: Generosity and Sharing
Sermon: A Little Goes a Long Way
Sermon: Finding Treasure
Sermon: Sorrow Leads to Service
26 February Ash Wednesday
Scripture: Revelation 8:6-10
(see Revelation 11:15-19)
Sermon: Faith and Power
See also I Corinthians 13:2
Sermon: Doing the Father’s Will
See also Matthew 6:10
Scripture: Isaiah 5:1-7
Sermon: Fruitful Vineyard, Faithful Followers
See also I Peter 4:17
Sermon: Come to the Banquet at the World’s End
Sermon: Look to the Lord Alone!
05 April Palm Sunday—Youth Sunday
Sermon: Born to the New Life!
Sermon: Celebrate the New Life!
I denied my Savior
and the rooster crowed
Now I crow to sing
my Savior’s praise.
I denied my Lord
The rooster crowed
I know the shame
Denied His Name
The rooster Crowed
“You are the one!”
I share the Blame
Though He Dies
Soon He’d Rise
The Lord Proclaims
“Death Has Died!”
‘Tis Shames Demise
The script above is from the new church t-shirt reclaiming the church’s identity as the Rooster Church.
Pastor Randall created the passage that remains a rough draft of a poem