- Pray: pray for clear vision and discernment that in all things we follow the will of Christ.
- Serve: to add an additional service will mean we need double the servants (greeter, musician, usher, slides, set up, tear down, communion, lay reader). Contact email@example.com to join a servant team.
- Commit: We will need some of you to commit to attend the new service. This will allow us to create space in the current service as well as create a core group for the new service. If you would like to be a part of the team please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Invite: Once we are organized and ready to roll get the word out!
Living fully is about embracing the gift of time called “now” and doing things that really matter. If you missed the service yesterday please take a moment and listen to what Colin had to say.
I cannot believe I have finished my second year at Duke Divinity. Only one more to go! As the dust of another year in seminary settles around me, I find myself reflecting on events from the past year. One of the more vivid and unfortunate ones was the departure of Jason Darden from the FUMC church staff. Darden was one of our youth ministers, and has since moved on to become the Youth Director at North Raleigh UMC. While I was sad to see a good friend and amazing minister leave, I, and many others, are proud of Jason and excited about his new work in a new church, and wish him the absolute best.
On Darden’s final Sunday at FUMC Cary, he came over to 1st on Chatham campus to worship with us. After the service, I said goodbye to Darden, not knowing exactly when I would see him again, gave him a big hug and walked away. A few minutes later I came through the back hallway that Darden had exited through, and found him there leaning against the wall, crying. I asked him about it, and he said he didn’t want to say goodbye to my boss, Colin Snider. I have known Darden for a little over a year, which included a few moments of growth, ministry lessons, and constant laughing. Darden and Snider go back much further. They have experienced the ups and downs that come with a career in ministry. The days of light where the transformation of Christ can be seen and appreciated in the lives of those around you, days where it feels impossible to keep your eyes open outside because the sun is so high; as well as the days of darkness when one wonders in brutal honesty, “where is God in the midst of this dying world?” These guys have seen some stuff, and often times they have seen it together. I briefly left Darden to clear out my guitars from the backstage room, only to find Colin Snider crying for the same reason Darden was. And then it hit me: this type of camaraderie that exists between two grown men, a type of togetherness that causes them to cry when one of them has to leave, might be what the church is all about.
Jesus has this killer quote in the gospel of John when he says that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend (John 15:13). In this moment, in the midst of the exodus of Jason Darden, standing between two men grieving the loss of one another as office mates, lunch buddies, and partners in ministry, I was reminded of this love. These days the church at large offers a lot. Some offer light schemes and music equivalent to that of a rock show. Some offer world-renowned speakers that could inspire you to do anything. Some offer Starbucks coffee and pastries that are sold in the lobby of the worship center. But I find myself reminded in this moment of reflection that the good churches, the ones worth staying with, offer the type of love that I observed during Darden’s departure between he and Snider. It’s a love that allows God to show up in the form of a human, in order to save humanity. It’s a love that allows a group of individual churchgoers to walk through live together. It’s a love that makes grown men cry. This is the love of Christ, reflected and practiced by the church. It’s out there, and it’s real, and if you haven’t yet seen it or experienced it, then take my word: one day, you will. This love comes from God, and its coming for you.
Light and life are found in God and shown to us in Jesus Christ. This love shines light into our lives and through grace we are guided into holiness. Please take a moment and listen to Colin’s sermon if you were not able to make the service this past Sunday.
Resurrection Sunday is always so exciting. The theater was at capacity, the band was rocking, the congregation was loudly singing, and the smiles were contagious, everything seemed perfect.
As perfect as things seemed, I am sure everything wasn’t perfect in many folks lives. Personally, my Easter morning started out far from perfect. I stayed up too late watching basketball, both of kids were an absolute mess in the morning, the outfits my wife had made for them months ago never got worn. As I left the house, to head to our joyous service, my whole household was in tears with my two year old refusing to get in any vehicle.
The visions we had of Easter family photos, relaxing brunch, and a stressless morning quickly went out the window. After skipping lunch and getting both boys down for naps, my wife and commiserated commenting on how terrible the morning had gone. In spite of our troubles, there was comfort that Christ is risen and Easter went right along. There is also comfort in that Easter is a season and not just one day. We still have time to get those outfits just right 🙂
Sunday started the 50 days of the Easter season and I want to invite you back to worship this Sunday as we start a new Easter sermon series. We will talk about what it means to live as an Easter people. As we work through 1 John and contemplate what the love of Christ looks like in our lives. I look forward to being with you on Sunday as imperfect as it might be as we take joy in our risen Lord.
Rev. Colin Snider
Today is Palm Sunday and we did this service a little different…we are following the “I AM” series and todays sermon is the “I am the way of the truth and the life”. What we are going to hear is the way of Jesus is the way of the cross. The truth of Jesus is the truth that we find in the cross. That while we are yet sinners Christ died for us.
This is more of a contemplative service. We are going to tell the story of Jesus, the entire passion story. Allow yourself to marvel and enjoy this sermon and stay in a contemplative nature as you hear the story of Jesus narrated by Chris Dresp.
Good Morning! The Baskets of Hope (BoH) packing party is just around the corner, and here are some ways you can help, and we DEFINITELY need your help.
We’ve got LOTS of baskets to fill this year. The demand for infant baskets paired with our partnership with Bridge the Gap ministry in Southeast Raleigh (where members of the community there will be packing 100 baskets with supplies we have provided), has left our supplies and budget “stretched” more than usual.
This means we could use the following assistance:
- Manpower and KID-power at the Packing Party on this Sunday, 3/22 at 3 pm in the Fellowship Hall.
- CANDY! We need donated bags of candy.
- Monetary donations: We can use the additional money to support the extended efforts this year.
- Prayer: Especially for the children, both those receiving baskets and serving this Sunday.
Thank you! On behalf of the BoH mission team!
If you were not able to make it to church this past Sunday, take a moment to listen to Colin’s sermon. We are still in the “I AM” sermon series and the topic was “…the Good Shepherd”.
One of my many job descriptions is shepherd. It is pretty scary job description for all of us. If you are reading this then there is a good chance that means you are a part of the flock. I’m not sure I like being called a shepherd anymore than you like being called a sheep.
However, part of a shepherd’s role is to lead, guide, protect, and care for the sheep. That’s a job I enter into every morning with great humility, awe, and seriousness. Yet, it is scary because I know I get it wrong, I know I too am broken, and I know I too am prone to wander.
So this weeks proclamation from Jesus, “I am the good shepherd” is pretty important for all of us. The Lord is our Shepherd; Jesus is our protector, our comforter, and our guide. Each and every week I try and guide folks towards the good shepherd the best way I know how, and that is usually in a gathered community around a table. I hope you will make it a priority to be at worship this week as we follow the good shepherd, gather around a table, and welcome a few more to our flock.
If you missed last Sunday’s sermon please take a moment to hear Colin preach.