Romans 12 -“Take your everyday, ordinary life–your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life–and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for God.”
Distractions are everywhere. In this postmodern age of seemingly endless consumer choices, 24-hour news cycles, and shiny new devices ever in our possession, the notion of being redirected, refocused, or reoriented toward anything other than our idols of instant (and fleeting) gratification may seem far-fetched. Enter the God of Israel whose love for us is so deep as to continually reach out and capture our attention, imagination, and faith. As God has moved through history, time, and space, the constant center of human fulfillment and joy has ever been God alone who has so often come as a divine interruption meant to refocus us— to “altar” us— from the inside out.
Oct 6— This week in worship we will enter our theme of “Altaring our Lives.” This week our focus is “Build Your Altar,” with Genesis 28:10-22. What is at the center of our altar? Let’s come to the altar and the table. It’s World Communion Sunday.
Oct 13— Altar Your Thinking— Our lesson for this Sunday is John 2, the Wedding at Cana. Jesus was not afraid to do the new thing. How easy is it for us to change our minds or challenge conventional wisdom? It’s even harder when what we are left with is unresolved or left open ended. Jesus has a word for us.
Oct 20— Join us Sunday as to “Altar Your Actions.” We will read Matthew 14:13-2 the feeding the 5000. Do you need to shift the things you do in relation to others? Does your life need a personal altering?
Oct 27— Continuing our series, this week we will “Altar Our Commitments.” We will read Luke 2:22-40, when Jesus was Presented in the Temple. We will explore our commitments, and we will consider our giving with 2020 Pledge Cards.
Nov 3— On this All Saints’ Day, we will “Stay Altered.” Our scripture reading is Romans 12 -“Take your everyday, ordinary life–your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life–and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for God.”