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Summer 2021 Services

Services begin at 10:30 am and are led by Rev. Jim Sanderson unless otherwise noted.

September 5 – Paul Meets Jesus (Acts 9:1-19) Paul has a surprise encounter with Jesus that completely ruins his plans but transforms his life.  He will remember this event as an example of God’s grace.  Jesus sometimes surprises us.

August 29 – Peter’s Sermon on Jesus (Acts 2:14-41) Peter’s first sermon led to thousands of people following Jesus. He used a number of Old Testament passages as his text. We are told that the people were cut to the heart when they realized they had crucified their Messiah. What is it about the Gospel that is so powerful? 

August 22 – Waiting While Losing (Psalm 27:13-14) – This service follows our annual Holiday Club. We dove into the story of David and Goliath to understand how God can empower those who don’t feel or look like champions to be victorious for Jesus. That’s great news! We also know there are times when we don’t feel victorious at all. What happens when you don’t feel like you’re winning? We’ll look at one of David’s psalms today. by Rev. Alvin Lau

August 15 – Introducing David (1 Samuel 16:1-13) Our annual Holiday Club is about to start. Our theme this year: The Underdog Olympics – An Unexpected Champion. The focus will be on the story of David and Goliath. But who exactly was David? We’ll be introduced to him through Scripture.

August 8 – Son of Man (Daniel 7:13; Matthew 26:64; Revelation 14:14) While we usually refer to Jesus as the Christ or the Messiah, the name Jesus most usually used for himself was, Son of Man. Other names we use for Jesus are, the Son of God, or the Lord. Son of Man seems to emphasize his humanity. We need to look at the use of this term by the Old Testament prophet Daniel to understand its fuller significance. 

August 1 – Pass It On Always (Psalm 78:1-8) The Next Generation. We focus a lot on children and youth, saying they are the future. However, Scripture reminds us they are the now with us. As part of their growth, it is our responsibility to pass on the truths of God to them, no matter how old we are. We’ll dive deeper into this mandate in how it looks today. (by Alvin Lau) We also celebrate the baptisms of Tom, Dina and Amy. Join us as we celebrate communion together as well.

July 25 – What is Love? (John 15:12-13, Matthew 22:37-40) Love in the English language is a very broad term. We use it for trivial things like “I love chips” to those who have deepest significance like “I love my spouse”. Sometimes, we also misunderstand what exactly it means to love someone. Today, we’ll delve into 2 key teachings Jesus had about defining what is love. (by Alvin Lau) 

July 18 – CBM Sunday: Active in Mission – During the week of July 18-25, we invite you to get Active in Mission and make a difference this summer. Gather your friends and family and join other participants around the country and Walk-Run-Bike for Education. The UN identifies educational access as a human right. It is one of the single most effective tools to combat poverty. In many of the communities where CBM works, marginalized children lack access to education. A child without access to educational opportunities loses the ability to hope for a better future for themselves and their families.  However, your walking shoes can make strides toward change! Your bike can roll on to address these challenges! Skipping rope can bring hope! In this service we will learn more about the vital work of CBM and how we can actively support it. 

July 11 – Fisher of Men (Luke 5:1-11) Jesus is the Fisher of men, who revealed Himself to us and called us to follow Him.  When we can take a small action of obedience with faith, the Lord will transform it to incredible blessings for us and others. We should also be fishers of men for Jesus according to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).(sermon by Peter Qi)

July 4 – Lord of Creation (John 1:1-5; Colossians 1:15-20) Jesus has a unique relationship with creation. With the number of references to nature in his teaching and stories one has to believe he is a nature lover. But of course he is more. He is the Lord of Creation. This gives us both hope and responsibility.