Archives for June 2015
Perhaps it never happens to you, but it happens to me all the time. I am constantly forgetting things: where I put the car keys, the password to an account, why I went to the grocery store (I know, groceries). Things like that.
I sometimes forget more important things, too. Many of those things have to do with my calendar. The importance of rest. The importance of time with Mary-Ellen and our daughters and son-in-law. The importance of carving out a day to spend with my parents. The importance of quiet time to read a good book. The central importance of prayer and time with God.
Somehow, those things don’t make the calendar. Urgent things do, but rarely do important things. As a result, I become forgetful.
So, I need people to remind me of what I’ve forgotten, caring people to remind me of what’s important. I need to live in a community that remembers and in communal remembering will not allow me to forget.
This Sunday we will begin a three-week sermon series entitled “Remembering What We Forgot.” We will be called, as summer begins, to remember the importance of Sabbath, of setting aside time for God, for prayer, for rest. We will gather to engage in an act of communal remembrance, so that hopefully none of us will forget. This week, we will begin by looking at Exodus 20:8-11 and be reminded that Sabbath is actually a commandment. We will “Remember. Keep.” and then gather around the Lord’s Table for Sunday dinner. I hope to see you there.
Now, if I could just remember who to send this to….
Grace and peace.
June is busting out all over!
Growing up, I always thought it’d be cool to be a superhero. Mostly because, well, flying sounded like it would be AMAZING. But also because superheroes stood up for what was right regardless of how dangerous or how scary the situation. Their conviction drove them to find the courage to stand up to evil, even when no one else seemed to care or stood petrified with fear. No matter what, the superhero came to the rescue.
Given the chance, I thought that jumping into the storyline of my favorite superhero comic book sounded like something I would want to do with my life. I guess it’s because when I was kid, I didn’t realize that I was already part of an amazing story. No one ever told me that it didn’t take some super power to act like a superhero.
I have a feeling there are a ton of kids out there who feel the same way. That’s why we’re taking the months of June and July to discover what it means to Stand Up: Get in the Story as we learn more about conviction.
Conviction is standing for what’s right, even when others don’t.
Let’s take Jesus for example. Even for Jesus, the Son of God, it wasn’t always popular to do the right thing. Sometimes doing the right thing meant hanging out with tax collectors, blessing the little children, or even forgiving someone who had done something wrong. No matter what it was that Jesus needed to do, He did it because it was the right thing to do.
But doing the right thing often made Jesus stand apart from some of the rich and powerful people of His time. They didn’t always like what He was doing or saying, but Jesus never let those crowds persuade Him to go against what God, His Father, wanted Him to do. Even when it meant going to the cross to die, Jesus knew that it was the right thing, and He did it.
Jesus was able to live with conviction because He knew the will of His Father, and that gave Him strength and courage. In the same way, God has given us the ability to know what is right and the ability to do it. You see, when we are fueled by God’s character, we will stand up for the things that matter to God.
This week: We start the month talking about Jesus’ conviction as we find Him praying in the Garden of Gethsemane right before He is arrested. In Matthew 26:36-46, we find Jesus talking honestly with His Father about everything that’s about to happen. In the end, Jesus submitted to His Father’s will and went to the cross for us.
Bottom Line: Jesus showed us how to stand for what’s right. Even though Jesus prayed for another way, He willingly gave up His life to save us. He showed us that even though it’s difficult, we could stand for what’s right.*
For our preschool Friends:
It’s summerrrrrr! I hear Olaf singing that, don’t you? Gotta love Olaf, but we have no snowmen in our summer theme this year. We do however have water—and lots of it!
It’s time for Camp Splish Splash!
Camp Splish Splash will run through both June and July and introduce our preschoolers to lots of interactive Bible stories that all teach us God’s way is perfect. And, they all have something else in common—water! So, get your tubs, buckets and towels ready. The water activities are coming. We might even consider doing some of the activities outdoors (when applicable) for easier cleanup.
This week, preschoolers will hear about Noah, his ark, the multitude of animals and the rainbow. This one’s always a preschool favorite, Noah’s story is such a great one of how one man trusted God and did extraordinary things. And, the animals—they’re lots of fun too. Camp Splish Splash has a fun call and response chant and hand motions the kids will love, here’s a sneak preview of what that looks like so you can practice:
They will also be learning the hand motions to our Bible verse, and we thought you might like to learn them, too! So, click here to see them:
Here are this week’s lessons:
See you Sunday!
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