As we prepare for worship this weekend we do so mindful of our country's recognition of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's impact on our nation as a voice for equality and peace. Dr. King was a man whose vision for our world and sense of call in his own life was undergirded by a faith in God that compelled him to integrate his beliefs with the actions of his life. May that be our prayer for each one of us...that in worship we would become better equipped to fuse together that which we believe with the lives we live.
A REMINDER: Last week in worship we shared our excitement about our church’s involvement in Night to Shine, a prom experience for people 14 and older who have developmental/special needs. It is a powerful and amazing opportunity for God’s love to be made tangibly real in the lives of hundreds of families. You can learn more about the event itself [happening on Friday, February 9th at the Alameda County Fairgrounds] and explore different ways for you to volunteer by clicking here.
We really need volunteers so I hope you will consider helping out! If you have any questions…please let me know by either emailing me or calling the church office.
Grace & Peace,
This week's worship information:
Sermon Series: Limit[LESS]
Sunday's Message: Faith
Scripture [first text is the focus of the sermon.]:
Questions for reflection:
How are you seeing/experiencing God at work in your life and/or in our community?
When it comes to your faith in God, what are the fears/concerns you have that hinder your ability to live in the reality of God's love?
What are the ways/practices/activities in which you are strengthened in your faith? As you look at your schedule right now, are those practices a regular part of your life?
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’ And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’
But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.