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Proactive vs. Reactive

Devotional

I recently watched the Social Dilemma on Netflix. It terrified me. I haven’t had Facebook for years but this made me delete the rest of my social media accounts from my phone. These last two weeks I have felt more positive, free from the mindless scrolling, and more importantly free from unwanted thoughts encapsulating me. When it comes to sin I strongly believe that being proactive instead of reactive has tremendously helped me. I didn’t think my social media was even bad but after removing it from my life I feel as though my heart and mind are more clearly directed towards God. I feel like I have fixed my eyes more squarely on Jesus and am pushing on towards the goal. In Matthew 5 Jesus makes ‘do not commit adultery’ into a heart issue by raising the standard to ‘everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.’ If that’s not shocking enough Jesus then says,


If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you…if your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go to hell.

~Matthew 5:29-30

Sexual immorality is a serious issue and yet I see how deeply rooted it has become in our society. I’m 27 years old and have grown up with sexual immorality all around me. I can’t remember a time where purity thrived and it terrifies me for my two children now. We have moved so far away from the perfect creation story in Genesis 2 and look more like a Romans 1 society. A people with “lust in their hearts…dishonorable passions, and a debased mind.”


Jesus is calling us out of that world. Man was created in purity and we need to push on towards purity. Let us be a watchful people, a people who are diligent, who resist temptations, who set boundaries, and honor our God with every thought.


In-Person Service Information

Registration will now be open two weeks in advance to join in person at Aggie Park at 10am. You can register for service by clicking on the links below. Indoor and outdoor seating options are 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 so feel free to come early and say hello! 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.

November 22nd Service Registration

November 29th Service Registration

Blueprint Ministries Gift Purchasing

Join us in partnering with one of our Missional Partners, Blueprint Ministries, in gifting homeowners with essential items. This year, gifts includes items that range from $25-$50. You can choose to purchase for an individual or your family can adopt another family! Then, join us December 6th for a special service at Blueprint Ministries at 10am and gift delivery after service. If you’re unable to deliver your gift, you can bring your gift to Aggie Park on November 22nd or 29th. If you would like to purchase a gift for an individual or family you can click here to sign up.

Church Chats

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 questions@theparksa.org.

Prayer Request

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.

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 info@theparksa.org or you can click here to submit a request. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Acknowledging the Heart

Devotional

When Levi was first born Noah, our first child, had a rough transition. He had just moved into a new classroom at school, got introduced to his new baby brother, and was having a hard time sharing time with his Mom and Dad. I remember asking Liz, “did we just ruin our lives?” I was so defeated, upset, and frustrated with Noah. Over those two weeks I asked Noah 25 times “Why can’t you just follow and listen to what I say?” On a Saturday night Noah told Liz, “Mommy, my heart is sad. I’m doing everything wrong.” I remember Liz and I weeping over those words together. How did I miss seeing Noah’s heart being broken over these last two weeks? How did I neglect my son’s heart? Why did I expect him to become a robot and follow my commands blindly?

I feel like Jesus is performing open heart surgery with this next section of the Sermon on the Mount. He sees our hearts, takes the brokenness, and transforms it into what He wants it to be. God doesn’t neglect where our heart is, but tells us how to live with the fruit of the Spirit.


You have heard it was said ‘Do not murder’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment…Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and then remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother, then come and offer your gift.

~Matthew 5:21-23


God takes a negative command of ‘do not murder’ and turns it into a positive ‘go and be reconciled. God takes the “why can’t you just listen?” and turns it into “I can heal your heart.” I pray that as a church family we can see each other’s hearts the way God sees ours.

-Nick Smith 


In-Person Service Information

Registration will now be open two weeks in advance to join in person at Aggie Park at 10am. You can register for service by clicking on the links below. Indoor and outdoor seating options are 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 so feel free to come early and say hello! 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.

November 8th Service Registration

November 15th Service Registration

Church Chats

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 questions@theparksa.org.

Prayer Request

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.

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 info@theparksa.org or you can click here to submit a request. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Fall Gathering Tonight

Join us tonight 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 games 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:

Oak Meadow Fall Gathering // Hunters Creek Club House // Click here to register

MacTerrace Fall Gathering // Northeast Baptist Church // Click here to register

Midtown Fall Gathering // Impact Guild // Click here to register

Devotional

Wednesday is Coming

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s a pretty big election next week. Spend any time on social media or watching cable news and you will likely see pundits on both sides of the aisle telling you the world will effectively end if their side doesn’t win. Maybe you feel that way too. But, as Christians, our hope is not in who is President of the United States or who holds the majority in Congress, but instead it is in the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace, the Author and Creator of the Universe. He alone is worthy of our confidence and hope. Our posture should reflect this whether our side “wins” or “loses”. Easier said than done though, right? 

How do we ensure our confidence is in Jesus when the world is shouting otherwise? We pray. We pray for our own hearts and minds.  We pray for the Church.  We pray for the candidate we voted for and we pray even more for the one we didn’t. We silence the noise of social media, cable news, and hateful rhetoric from both sides of the aisle. We allow space for the Holy Spirit to work in us and form us to be a more complete reflection of Jesus. If we spend some time doing this over the next few days, I suspect that when we wake up Wednesday morning, even if we feel disappointed or ecstatic, we are unable to feel hopeless or boastful. Why? Because our faith is placed in the One who never changes. He isn’t surprised by the election results or the broken promises that will inevitably follow. And, regardless of who wins, our call as Christians doesn’t change. To be honest, I see Wednesday as an opportunity for a new beginning for the church to live into our calling as a people who don’t trust in chariots or horses, but in the name of the Lord our God. (Psalm 20:7).

So, over the next few days, when you are tempted to scroll social media endlessly or become anxious about the possibility of the election not going your way, stop what you are doing and pray. Pray that God will give you the eyes to see politics the way He does. Pray that he will remove fear or anger if you “lose”. Pray that you will be a peacemaker and bridge builder between friends and family who don’t see eye to eye. Pray for humility and the ability to see the goodness and humanity in those who voted differently than you. 

Pray.  Because Wednesday is coming.

-Terri Pease  


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, November 1st, 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.

Church Chats

If you didn’t get a chance to hear yesterday’s Church Chat as we discussed how we can pray as we approach Tuesday’s election, you can still listen to it by clicking here. Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am forChurch 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 questions@theparksa.org.

Prayer Request

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.

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 info@theparksa.org or you can click here to submit a request. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Fall Gathering Next Friday

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:

Oak Meadow Fall Gathering // Hunters Creek Club House // Click here to register

MacTerrace Fall Gathering // Northeast Baptist Church // Click here to register

Midtown Fall Gathering // Impact Guild // Click here to register


Devotional

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. 

~Jacqueline Hullaby


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.

Prayer Request

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.

Church Chats

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 questions@theparksa.org.

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 info@theparksa.org or you can click here to submit a request. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Christ’s Constitution



Devotional

Did you grow up reciting the Pledge of Allegiance? Every day from elementary school to high school we would stand altogether, place our hand over our heart, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. It has become second nature to me and now my son, Noah, is doing the same at his school. Have you ever paused and thought about the words and what they mean though?

When I read the Sermon on the Mount I can’t help but think God is writing his Constitution here. And as I read it and start to live as a citizen of His Kingdom, I feel like I am reciting a pledge to live for Him alone. I was poor in spirit and Christ saved me and now King Jesus is giving His King speech to His Kingdom Citizens. And King Jesus begins His speech with our identity as His people: “You are the salt of the earth…you are the light of the world…let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16

This week I want to encourage you to embrace Christ’s constitution. I want to encourage you to live out being a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven. Above all else our identity is first found in Christ and not in any nation, power, or authority here on earth. Let us live this week as if King Jesus is actually King in our life.

~Nick Smith

Missional Resident


Fall Gathering

Fall is finally upon us and we could not be more excited! Join us 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, individually packaged 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. To register for a parish gathering, click on one of the links below:

Oak Meadow // Hunters Creek Club House // Click here to register

MacTerrace Fall Gathering // Northeast Baptist Church // Click here to register

Midtown Fall Gathering // Impact Guild // Click here to register

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 18th, 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.

Prayer Request

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.

Church Chats

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 questions@theparksa.org.

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 info@theparksa.org or you can click here to submit a request. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Love Like Christ Loved



Devotional

My Father-in-law doesn’t know Christ. He’s the most kind-hearted, selfless, loving, self-proclaimed atheist I know. I love him deeply. Liz and I so deeply want him to know Christ and the joy and freedom and salvation that our Savior Jesus brings. As him and I grow closer and our talks get deeper and our love for one another deepens, my heart begins to fill with grief and sorrow for his soul. I read these words from Paul and I began to weep:

“I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren…”~ ~Romans 9:1-3a

I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren.” Reread that.


If only I could view my Father-in-law with this type of love. Let me be cursed and separated from Christ that my Father-in-law may have the joy and love that I experience from God. Let me give up my first love so that he may experience the wonder of the God we worship. If only we could see our neighbors, coworkers, friends and enemies this way! This is how Jesus viewed the crowds as he preaches his Sermon on the Mount!

“The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him and… when Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain… He opened his mouth and began to teach them saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

~Matthew 4:24 – 5:3

This week I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to change how you view people. Let us be a people who display the type of love Christ showed us.

~Nick Smith

Missional Resident


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 11th, 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.


Prayer Request

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.

6 Week Studies

If you’re looking to connect through a study, you can still jump in on any of the studies currently meeting over ZOOM on Monday nights. A new group was just added called Peacemakers. The Peacemakers study is a place where anyone – believer or not – can come with their questions and enjoy a conversation with likeminded people free of debate or persuasion. It’s a group founded on the beliefs that we have permission to ask questions and seek answers, that doubt doesn’t mean we are faithless, and that the tension between knowing and uncertainty is just another place where we can find truth. Participants are welcome and encouraged to come with topic suggestions or to simply come and join in on the conversation. To sign up for this study, or to view any of the other studies, you can click here.

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.

Church Chats

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 questions@theparksa.org.

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 info@theparksa.org

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Political Engagement



Devotional

My Father-in-law doesn’t know Christ. He’s the most kind-hearted, selfless, loving, self-proclaimed atheist I know. I love him deeply. Liz and I so deeply want him to know Christ and the joy and freedom and salvation that our Savior Jesus brings. As him and I grow closer and our talks get deeper and our love for one another deepens, my heart begins to fill with grief and sorrow for his soul. I read these words from Paul and I began to weep:

“I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren…”~ ~Romans 9:1-3a

I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren.” Reread that.


If only I could view my Father-in-law with this type of love. Let me be cursed and separated from Christ that my Father-in-law may have the joy and love that I experience from God. Let me give up my first love so that he may experience the wonder of the God we worship. If only we could see our neighbors, coworkers, friends and enemies this way! This is how Jesus viewed the crowds as he preaches his Sermon on the Mount!

“The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him and… when Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain… He opened his mouth and began to teach them saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

~Matthew 4:24 – 5:3

This week I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to change how you view people. Let us be a people who display the type of love Christ showed us.

~Nick Smith

Missional Resident


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 11th, 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.


Prayer Request

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.

6 Week Studies

If you’re looking to connect through a study, you can still jump in on any of the studies currently meeting over ZOOM on Monday nights. A new group was just added called Peacemakers. The Peacemakers study is a place where anyone – believer or not – can come with their questions and enjoy a conversation with likeminded people free of debate or persuasion. It’s a group founded on the beliefs that we have permission to ask questions and seek answers, that doubt doesn’t mean we are faithless, and that the tension between knowing and uncertainty is just another place where we can find truth. Participants are welcome and encouraged to come with topic suggestions or to simply come and join in on the conversation. To sign up for this study, or to view any of the other studies, you can click here.

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.

Church Chats

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 questions@theparksa.org.

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 info@theparksa.org

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Political Engagement



Devotional

I don’t love roller coasters.  The anxiety that builds inside me as I wait for my turn is rarely worth the thrill of the ride. Afterwards, my neck is usually stiff from whiplash, my head is spinning, and I am ready to hit the food court to soothe my nerves with some unhealthy snacks.

Probably not surprising, but I don’t love emotional roller coasters either. Maybe it’s because I am an Enneagram 9 or it’s just my personality in general, but any kind of drama and conflict absolutely exhausts me. I am the queen of avoidance and when I am dragged into conflict it takes me days to recover. So, it may seem out of character that I absolutely love following politics. I am fascinated by the way government works, our history as a nation, and our ability as citizens to have a voice in shaping policy that helps our communities thrive. I believe that it is important, as Christians, to participate in the political process.  Jeremiah 29:7 says, “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”  Of course political engagement isn’t the only way to seek the welfare of San Antonio. We can, and should, actively love our neighbors through volunteering and serving alongside nonprofits and on our own. However, to not utilize the structure and systems in place that have been created to benefit the city is a wasted opportunity.

As you can imagine, the continual conflict and ugliness that surrounds politics in America today is exhausting to me. The question I have recently been asking myself more and more is “How can I engage in politics without getting on the roller coaster?”.

This question has led me to search for whiplash-free ways that I can participate in politics and, consequently, I have found several helpful resources that have helped me reimagine my overall approach to politics. The best way to stay off the roller coaster is by remembering and believing that God doesn’t change based on who is in office or if my side “loses” the election. My hope is in Him, not the person that wins the election on November 3. The media and political parties know that fear sells, so in order to keep us coming back, they raise the stakes. The good news? Fear can’t win if we refuse to get on the ride.

I know this is easier said than done, so here are some general guidelines to help keep your feet planted firmly on the ground:

1.     Pray for wisdom and discernment when consuming media or engaging in dialogue with others.

2.     Limit time or fast completely from cable news and social media. Unfollow or mute people who post inflammatory or polarizing memes or articles, regardless if you agree with them or not.

3.     When consuming political media, ask yourself these questions*:

a.     Who/what is this asking me to love?

b.     Who/what is this asking me to hate or fear?

c.      How does this form me in ways that have consequences for how I treat my neighbor, sometimes through my political participation?

4.     Be able and willing to critique your own “side” when necessary. 

 *Questions have been adapted from The Liturgy of Politics by Kaitlyn Scheiss.

~Terri Pease


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 4th, 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.


6 Week Studies

If you’re looking to connect through a study, you can still jump in on any of the studies currently meeting over ZOOM on Monday nights. A new group was just added called Peacemakers. The Peacemakers study is a place where anyone – believer or not – can come with their questions and enjoy a conversation with likeminded people free of debate or persuasion. It’s a group founded on the beliefs that we have permission to ask questions and seek answers, that doubt doesn’t mean we are faithless, and that the tension between knowing and uncertainty is just another place where we can find truth. Participants are welcome and encouraged to come with topic suggestions or to simply come and join in on the conversation. To sign up for this study, or to view any of the other studies, you can click here.

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.

Church Chats

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 questions@theparksa.org.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or you can submit a prayer request by clicking here.

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 info@theparksa.org

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Sermon on the Mount



Devotional

Have you had an “Aha!” moment that opened your eyes to the creativity and masterpiece that the Bible actually is? I had that moment two months ago that brought the Sermon on the Mount to life. It all started in Ephesians 2:19-20:


“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone…”


I grabbed my Bible and took hold of the apostle’s writings. It was most of the New Testament. And in my other hand I grabbed the prophets, which was the Old Testament. In the center of these two sections were the four Gospels. The four detailed accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry. My eyes were opened and my heart began to pound. Our faith is built upon the New Testament, the Old Testament, and in the middle was Jesus’ life, my cornerstone.

So I’ve decided to dive into Jesus’ sermon series in Matthew 5-7. Join me over the next few weeks as we dig into this sermon that is the cornerstone of Jesus… who is the cornerstone (Inception type of stuff here). This week I want to encourage you to read or reread this Sermon. I want to encourage y’all to be a people who embody this Sermon. Let us be like the wise man who built his house upon the rock and not be like the fool who built his house upon the sand.

~Nick Smith

Pastoral Resident


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, September 27th, 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.


6 Week Studies

Our 6 week studies kicked off last Monday. A new group was just added. If you’re looking for community through a study, there are four incredible options for you to jump in on. To view the studies and sign up you can click here.

Sunday’s Family Ministry Lesson

For this week’s kids sermon on Sunday make sure to grab some paper, scissors, crayons or markers, and tape or glue.  We will be making paper chains to represent covenants from God that we can always trust. Also don’t forget to check out Family Ministries “Say Cheese” videos! Click here to view them.

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.

Church Chats

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 questions@theparksa.org.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or you can submit a prayer request by clicking here.

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 info@theparksa.org

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Political Engagement



Devotional

I don’t love roller coasters.  The anxiety that builds inside me as I wait for my turn is rarely worth the thrill of the ride. Afterwards, my neck is usually stiff from whiplash, my head is spinning, and I am ready to hit the food court to soothe my nerves with some unhealthy snacks.

Probably not surprising, but I don’t love emotional roller coasters either. Maybe it’s because I am an Enneagram 9 or it’s just my personality in general, but any kind of drama and conflict absolutely exhausts me. I am the queen of avoidance and when I am dragged into conflict it takes me days to recover. So, it may seem out of character that I absolutely love following politics. I am fascinated by the way government works, our history as a nation, and our ability as citizens to have a voice in shaping policy that helps our communities thrive. I believe that it is important, as Christians, to participate in the political process.  Jeremiah 29:7 says, “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”  Of course political engagement isn’t the only way to seek the welfare of San Antonio. We can, and should, actively love our neighbors through volunteering and serving alongside nonprofits and on our own. However, to not utilize the structure and systems in place that have been created to benefit the city is a wasted opportunity.

As you can imagine, the continual conflict and ugliness that surrounds politics in America today is exhausting to me. The question I have recently been asking myself more and more is “How can I engage in politics without getting on the roller coaster?”.

This question has led me to search for whiplash-free ways that I can participate in politics and, consequently, I have found several helpful resources that have helped me reimagine my overall approach to politics. The best way to stay off the roller coaster is by remembering and believing that God doesn’t change based on who is in office or if my side “loses” the election. My hope is in Him, not the person that wins the election on November 3. The media and political parties know that fear sells, so in order to keep us coming back, they raise the stakes. The good news? Fear can’t win if we refuse to get on the ride.

I know this is easier said than done, so here are some general guidelines to help keep your feet planted firmly on the ground:

1.     Pray for wisdom and discernment when consuming media or engaging in dialogue with others.

2.     Limit time or fast completely from cable news and social media. Unfollow or mute people who post inflammatory or polarizing memes or articles, regardless if you agree with them or not.

3.     When consuming political media, ask yourself these questions*:

a.     Who/what is this asking me to love?

b.     Who/what is this asking me to hate or fear?

c.      How does this form me in ways that have consequences for how I treat my neighbor, sometimes through my political participation?

4.     Be able and willing to critique your own “side” when necessary. 

 *Questions have been adapted from The Liturgy of Politics by Kaitlyn Scheiss.

~Terri Pease


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, September 27th, 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.


6 Week Studies

If you’re looking for community through a weekly study, there are four incredible options for you to jump in on. These groups are going for 4 more weeks and meet on Monday nights 8pm-9:30pm. To view the studies and sign up you can click here.

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.

Church Chats

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 questions@theparksa.org.

Prayer Requests

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or you can submit a prayer request by clicking here. You can also send a prayer request through The Park app.

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 info@theparksa.org

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

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