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Worship in May

May 01 & 02: Bold Church Transformation
Has your life ever taken an abrupt turn in one direction or another? Do you ever feel that you are making plans in one direction, but life is moving in quite another direction? If your answer is “yes,” you are not alone. In today’s lesson, we get an idea of how we can discover God’s plans for us and join in the dream of building God’s kingdom in our lives.

May 08 & 09: Bold Church: Testimony
What is your faith story? What path has brought you to the way you now believe? Today, as we continue reading through the book of Acts we encounter the apostle Paul telling his story. We can learn a lot from him about how our lives can be a living testimony to the grace of God.

May 15 & 16:  Bold Church: Adventure
In the final chapters of Acts, we encounter a long winter, pounding storms at sea, severe hunger, threats of death, a shipwreck and the near loss of hope. Through it all, Paul, under arrest and facing death, maintains a spirit of adventure. The final words of Luke’s riveting story describe Paul proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about Jesus “with all boldness and without hindrance.”

May 22 & 23:  Bold Church: Spirit
The early Christian church began with a spirit of boldness that came from the transforming love of God they experienced in Jesus. The same Spirit of love and goodness that Jesus possessed was given to the disciples at Pentecost and is available to us today. The Holy Spirit makes us a Bold Church.

Our summer worship schedule begins the weekend of Memorial Day. First Light worship will be at 8:15, Summer Song contemporary worship will be at 10:15 and Evening Song worship moves to Wednesday evening at 5:30 beginning June 2.

May 30 & June 2:  Family Tree
Matthew sees Jesus as the fulfillment of the Jewish scriptures. These scriptures describe the Jews as God’s chosen people, set apart. Through baptism we are incorporated/adopted/brought into this family and take our place in the family tree.

Thinking of Eutychus

Our senior pastor recently left a magazine article in my box here at church.  It was titled, “Thinking of Eutychus.”  It had a picture of a young person sleeping on his laptop keyboard.  “Okay,” I thought, “my interest is piqued.”  I sat down and read the article and then found it online. Click here to read the article.

In short, the article talks about the church’s inability to connect with young adults and the reasons why.  It uses the new testament story of Eutychus as a platform to urge church leaders to help understand and reach out to the young adults in and out of their congregations.

I have sent this article out to all of the young adults whom I have an email for and we will be including it in our discussion at our next IGNITE event on Thursday, April 8th here at LCR in the YAC from 6-8pm.  We continue to read and discuss the book “UnChristian” and the book is referenced in this article.  Last month’s discussion from the book focused on the issue of homosexuality and I have invited all of our young adults to attend the homosexuality seminar that is being led by Professor Craig Nessan of Wartburg Seminary here at LCR on Thursday, April 15th at 7:00pm.

Borrowing from the article; Jesus said two simple words to those he called to be his disciples, “Follow me.”  There was no poking, prodding, or branding.

Am I interacting with others in a way that would make them want to follow Jesus?  Are you?  How many times have I acted or felt like Eutychus?  These are tough questions that we have to ask ourselves every day-tough questions Jesus is asking us every day.

Carter Moore

Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries

Comments? Questions? Email me at carterm@lcrmarion.org.