Fall is finally upon us and we could not be more excited! Join us next Friday, October 30th 5:30pm-7:30pm for a come-and-go Fall Gathering. Each parish will hold a gathering at separate locations. Stay the whole time, or pop in to show off your costume! We will have fun treats for kiddos from our Family Ministry team, a fun Family photo opt for kids and adults, music, and more. Bring your own dinner, camp chair or picnic blanket. While we want this to be a fun and enjoyable event, we also want to stay safe and be considerate of others. We have planned for all activities to be outdoors and highly encourage social distancing. Masks are required except when eating and drinking. Bathrooms are available indoors. Looking forward to seeing those costumes! To register for a parish gathering, click on one of the links below:
In this series of sermons on David, Mike preached about David, the worshipper. At the end of the service, Scott invited us to “worship as David did.” No one took him up on his offer, including yours truly.
For a few seconds, I drifted off wondering what it would be like if we had let ourselves go in worship and danced like David. Sliding hands out of pockets, unclasping the arms secured across our chests, swaying side to side, tapping our toes, the first awkward movements to the beat, straight into full-on gettin‘ down in the worship of the King of Kings. Maybe someday.
I love it when we sing the song “Surrounded.” You know, “This is how I fight my battles, this is how I fight my battles. It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by you!” This song is definitely on my list of “Top 10 Songs to Make You Want to Dance in Church.”
“My weapons are praise and thanksgiving. This is how I fight my battles.”
When we worship, we take our eyes, affections, and worries off of the situation and put them squarely on the only One who can transform everything. As we sing, dance, paint, write and otherwise focus on the God over all things, the Mighty One, Jehovah Nissi, we can become transported to another place in the Spirit of God. In our worship, we remind ourselves of His character and our position in Him as much-loved children. Verse by verse, we demolish the power of the problem in our eyes. God restores rest and peace to us.
Take a look at II Chronicles 20 to see how King Jehosophat and his army won a battle with their praise alone. No other weapon needed.
In this strange season can we allow ourselves to go there? Praise is a sacrifice. It may feel uncomfortable. Let’s try fighting our battles with our worship. At least in the privacy of our own homes.
In-Person Service Information
There is still space available for this Sunday’s in-person service at Aggie Park at 10am. If you’d like to join us in-person this Sunday, October 25th, you can register by clicking here. We have indoor and outdoor seating options available with safety protocols put in place to help keep us all safe. Please review our safety protocols prior to attending by clicking here. Doors will open at 9:40am in order to allow for enough time to usher everyone to their seats in time for the service. We will still be live-streaming our service on Sunday at 10am on Facebook, YouTube and our website. We hope you will join us in what ever way you feel most comfortable and safe.
If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or you can submit a prayer request by clicking here. We have a prayer team who will join you in prayer.
Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer
Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.
Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am for Church Chat. We will have some pastors from our church community gather to discuss topics and questions sent to us from you, our church family. To submit questions, email email@example.com.
Stay in Contact
If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can click here to submit a request. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.