Expectations can have a powerful affect on our lives and our relationships. As we prepare to gather for worship this Sunday, we do so with the expectation that God will not only be present with us, but will speak to us as we open our hearts and minds to God's voice. In worship we lean into the promise that God is doing something in and through our lives. As we lean into that promise let's do so with a sacred expectation that guides and shapes us as we seek to deepen our ability to follow Jesus.
I do want to invite/remind you to consider how you might join us in making a difference in our community through Neighbor2Neighbor. This day of service will be happening on Sunday, September 30th [NOTE – there is a project on Saturday, September 29th at Hagemann Farm if you would like to serve on Saturday!]
We have service projects planned for people of all ages, abilities and interests. Information is available on our web page: http://fpcl.us/neighbor2neighbor-community-day-of-service
You can also get information and sign up after the worship services this Sunday. See you soon!
Grace & Peace,
This week's worship information:
Sermon Series: Once Upon a Time…
Sunday's Message: What do you do with an idea?
Questions for reflection:
- Continue spending time reflecting on your relationship with God. Are there things in which you are currently involved/doing that are helping you deepen your faith?
- How does your faith inform the way you view & understand the events in the world that highlight the tremendous need/struggles that people are living with?
- Where in your life have you experienced the creativity of God/Spirit at work in your life? At work in our world?
- What do you think the community’s role is in discerning the activity of the Spirit and the ideas that should/should not be pursued?
Paul went on also to Derbe and to Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer; but his father was a Greek. He was well spoken of by the believers in Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him; and he took him and had him circumcised because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. As they went from town to town, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in the faith and increased in numbers daily.
They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.
I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the desolate pit,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.
Happy are those who make
the Lord their trust,
who do not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after false gods.
You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts towards us;
none can compare with you.
Were I to proclaim and tell of them,
they would be more than can be counted.
Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,
but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt-offering and sin-offering
you have not required.
Then I said, ‘Here I am;
in the scroll of the book it is written of me.
I delight to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart.’