Pastor Scott’s Blog

Pastor Scott’s Weekly Blog – ALIVE In Christ

 
“And you,
who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
God made alive together with Him,
having forgiven us all our trespasses,
by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands.”
Colossians 2:13-14a

Made Alive

As an adult, the whole idea of celebrating me on my birthday seems misplaced. Do you know what I mean? It seems like my day of birth should be my celebration of my mom and my dad who gave me life. Right?
 
This is the approach we take on our “Baptism Birthday.” We reflect on the suffering Savior who brought us from death to life—together with Him and in Him. Paul reminds us in Colossians chapter 2 that we are buried with Christ in his death in our baptism. We are also raised to new life with Christ and in Christ in our baptism. Do you know your baptism birthday? My baptism birthday is June 18, 1960. It is a great day to give praise and thanks to God for your new life that will never end. Life with God for today, tomorrow and forever. By faith in the suffering, rising and reigning Christ you have life—you have been made alive—so alive that you will never be without this life in Christ!
 
To get ready for worship this weekend I invite you to read Colossians 2:9-16.
 
Thanks also for remembering the team of 7 representing Concordia Center for the Family as we travel to the capital city–Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to share FAM 101. This is a training course that will prepare the 37 participating pastors to become FAM 101 Instructors impacting all of Ethiopia and every one of their 9.8 million members in the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus.
 
It is a vivid reminder that we are One Church the body of Christ here and around the world—each one and all together “made alive” in our baptism.
 
I’d also appreciate your prayers as I am honored to be the preacher for worship on Sunday morning this weekend in Addis. If you are awake around 4:00 am you can remember us as we worship the Savior at 11:00 am local time.
 
Blessings on your worship!!
 
Pastor Scott

 

PS Thanks for your travel prayers as we head out Friday at 6:30 am and arrive Saturday in Ethiopia at 8:00 am (which would be 1:00 am local time in Detroit.) We head home Friday August 9 at 3:45 Detroit time and arrive Saturday at 2:30 pm. And thank you for your prayers for those receiving this training that they will be edified, and that God will bless our teaching and learning together!

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Pastor Scott’s Weekly Blog – Rooted

This is my third 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. 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…

 

…that their hearts may be encouraged,

being knit together in love,

to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and

the knowledge of God’s mystery,

which is Christ,

in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Colossians 2:2-3

 

Being an Encourager

Who is the most encouraging person you know? Can you name a person who has been

instrumental in your life as an “encourager”? Who comes to mind from your past–a teacher, coach,

youth leader or family member? How did they encourage you? Now turn your attention to today.

Who comes to mind as an “encourager” today? How is this person encouraging you? How does it feel

to know there are people in your life who are committed to being your encourager?

 

This section of Colossians starts with Paul declaring his intent to be an encourager. He wants

the saints in Colossae and us as his readers to be encouraged. Encouraging others is important to him as

a leader in the church. To encourage someone is to help them have courage when they need it. To

have the courage to trust God in the midst of changes and challenges. When do you need courage? When

trying a new thing or trying again in an area of life that brings frustration because it is a place where

learning is needed but seems slow in coming? During this season of change at Community we are

looking to God. Asking him to give us courage. And to help each of us be leaders in the area of

encouragement. Who has God placed around you—someone you can encourage today?

 

Isn’t it interesting that encouragement has a companion in Paul’s writing about the Christian

life? He describes the following companion to encouragement—that they may be “knit together in

love.” It seems like Paul is encouraging us to be close to one another and to practice caring for one

another and counting on one another. How does this happen in your home and at Community?

Later in this section of Colossians Paul will describe the Christian life as being “rooted” in Christ.

What a comfort to know that God is our constant and ultimate source of courage and encouragement as

well as the source of love we draw on as we seek to become a community “knit together in love.”

Reading the Bible and weekly worship reconnectsus to the “source” of every good gift—and strengthen

our roots in Christ.

 

Some are asking “what can I do during this season of transition?” I suggest that Paul gives each

of us a holy and beautiful calling—continue to be “rooted” in Christ so you can also encourage one

another and come close to one another being knit together in love.

May God work this good work in each of us and through each of us toward others.

 

See you in worship!!

Pastor Scott

 

P.S. 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 encourage 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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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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