Pastor Scott’s Blog – FAITH 5: Bless

 
Greetings People of God,
 
Here is the “Verse of the Week” for this week…
 
“Be Strong and Courageous.
Do not be frightened,
do not be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you
wherever you go”
Joshua 1:9
Do you feel strong and courageous today?
Is it because you have everything under control in your life? What if courage was not because of your sense of control—or your sense of life going as planned? What if courage and strength could be yours when you feel week and vulnerable? Look again at the Verse of the Week. Read it carefully. How does it end?
 
This is God’s word of promise to Joshua. Joshua has a new job the day these words are spoken to him. Joshua has the same job Moses used to have. And Joshua has the same promise that Moses had from God. “I will not leave you or forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5) This is the same promise that God gives to every born again child of God. It comes with saving faith, it comes with your Holy Baptism.
 
When life seems overwhelming and out of control that is when we need this verse and its promise. Take heart dear friend—you are not alone. God is with you. These are great words to hear. Who can you say this to today, this week?
 
I will not be surprised if God brings someone across your path this week who needs these words. How awesome to speak these words of comfort and peace to someone you care about. I know it’s true—I got to speak them to my wife last week—we repeated them together— it was one of those days—we needed to be reminded and strengthened with the promise that God is with us.
 
This weekend our FAITH 5 series focuses on the fifth faith practice—“Bless”. And I’m pretty sure
to bless someone is to remind them that God is with them.
 
Who are you going to bless?
 
See you in worship!!
Pastor Scott
 
PS If you want to join the Faith 5 Experience check out the information and videos at www.faith5.org
 
PSS Back in the Box will be available after worship on Wednesday and Sunday by the Community Room entrance for only $5. This is a great time to start getting ready for the Spiritual Growth Campaign—by reading and praying. Will you also join the prayer team– in praying for God to pour out the Holy Spirit to encourage and transform every member? Thanks
 
 
If you like to download the week 3 copy of the FAITH 5 practice for the home, click HERE

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Pastor Scott’s Weekly Blog – Resting & Striving

 
This is my second weekly blog.  Thanks for tuning in.  The goal is to have it posted and ready for you to read and review to get a “sneak peek” of the worship theme for the week prior to the Wednesday Worship Service.  (You may have noticed I didn’t get it done in time—that’s on me.  I am still adjusting to the Tuesday deadline for writing—you can expect better in the future.  My apologies and thanks for being patient with me as I adjust to the rhythms of worship at Community.)  There is also a good chance you’ll find a “quickie update” on all things related to getting started with the Intentional Interim Ministry process at Community in these blogs.  Enjoy this word from the Word…

And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind,

doing evil deeds,

he has now reconciled

in his body of flesh in his death,

in order to

present you

holy and blameless and above reproach before him….

  Colossians 1:21.22

 

Are You “Resting” in this Grand Reality?

Did you hear that?  Jesus is presenting you (and me too) “holy and blameless and above reproach” because of the cross where he reconciled you “in his body of flesh in his death.”  This is unthinkable and remarkable. 

The One who went to the cross for you is earlier described as being Lord over all– “all things were created through him and for him” (1:16) and “in him the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” (1:20) The Holy Son of God was “making peace by the blood of his cross.” (1:20)  He took the punishment of your sin and mine and made it his and now he takes his holiness and makes it yours and mine.

There is nothing for you to “do” to receive this gift of life and salvation.  The work has “all” been “done” by Jesus “for you.”  In fact, if you and I try to “add” something to this completed work of Jesus we are actually signaling that “something” was missing, that we needed to “complete” to make salvation real.  But that clearly is not the message of the Gospel that is at work among us. 

So, friend of God, are you resting in this grand reality?  This biblical miracle of getting what you don’t deserve “by faith and through grace” is the basis of the Christian experience.  Go ahead, “rest” in it.  Be at peace.  Picture that little baby in the midst of life swirling around him or her, fast asleep in the loving arms of a parent—so peaceful and filled with trust. 

This is you in the arms of your God.  You can rest assured because He says you are “holy and blameless and above reproach.”  And God does not lie, He speaks truth, amazing truth that we can rest in.

 

Blessings on your Worship!

Pastor Scott

 

P.S.  I am having such wonderful 1 on 1 visits with the members and friends of Community.  I wish you could sit in the room with me and here these heartfelt conversations.  The next best thing is that I will summarize all of these and share the insights and attitudes of each in my Phase 1 Report.  Meanwhile, please do sign up and join this great time for listening and encouraging one another in Christ.

Also—please pray for God to grant the staff and I wisdom as we set the ministry schedule for the coming program year.  We want God’s wisdom so we can “see and discover” great ways to serve the friends of God who are counting on Community so that each one can know and rely on the love God has for us. (1 John 4:16)  Thank you!


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Introducing Pastor Scott’s Weekly Blog

 
This is my first weekly blog. Thanks for tuning in. I hope you will tune every week to get a “sneak peek” of the worship theme for the week and a “quickie update” on all things related to getting started with the Intentional Interim Ministry process at Community. Now for the blog.

Will you Pray?

Some are asking me—“What can I do to help my church family during this season of transition?” That is a great question. My answer—transition is a great time to re-energize your prayer life.

Who are you praying for?

What about adding these suggestions?
  1. Those who are grieving the loss of a dear friend in Pastor Eric and his family.
  2. All of us to experience a renewed trust and hope in God’s provision for today and the future.
  3. The staff and I to become a healthy and joyful team as we start serving together.
  4. Our Board of Directors to have wisdom and peace as they lead.
  5. All of us, that God will transform us more and more into the image of Christ for the sake of others.
 
This week’s sermon is “Doing Life” based on Colossians 1:9-14. I encourage you to read these few verses or even take the Summer Challenge. The Summer Challenge is reading the four short chapters of Colossians one time every week till the end of the summer. That’s 95 power-packed verses that the Holy Spirit can use to do His work in you and through you. Are you up for the challenge?
 
“Doing Life” focuses on Paul’s prayer in verses 9-14 and will review life’s daily rhythm for the Jesus Follower. This repeating rhythm includes trusting God, loving neighbor, recovering when we fail to love and being renewed by God’s grace and mercy. During worship this week we will discover and practice this daily rhythm once again. Thanks for your prayers and for your warm welcome as I am beginning to serve as your new Interim Pastor during this transition time. Looking forward to seeing you in Worship and Bible Study!
 
 
Pastor Scott Sommerfeld
Interim Senior Pastor
 
P.S. There are new time slots available for 1 on 1 sessions. See the display by the Community Room entrance to pick a time that works well for you and yours. Thanks.
 
  • Weekly Worship: Wednesday at 7:00 and Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00
  • Sunday Adult Bible Class going deeper in Colossians: 10:00am in the Community Room

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