This Sunday we will be continuing in our Fall sermon series called “Clearer Vision” which is focusing on a vision statement that our Session has recently adopted:
Centered in Christ ~ Celebrating Community ~ Serving Others
This Sunday we focus our attention on the 2nd phrase in this statement: Celebrating Community! It is a phrase that invites us to affirm the reality that God has created us to thrive in relationships that are uniquely developed within the context of community. These relationships flow out of our commitment [centeredness 😊] in Christ and therefore seek to embody the characteristics of Jesus --> marked with a selfless and sacrificial love that look to the interests of one another.
I do want to remind you that we are currently taking sign-ups/registrations for:
• N2N – Neighbor2Neighbor is on Sunday, September 29th. We will be making a difference in our community by putting our faith into action! Projects are available for people of all abilities, ages and interests.
• FPCL Community Impact Golf Tournament – Sunday, October 27th at the Course at Wente Vineyards. This will be a great day of fun that also supports the church’s ministry as well as the Livermore Police Officers Association and the great work they do in our community. We are in need of golfers & sponsors so please join us and/or invite your places of work, friends and family to support the event!
More information about both these events are available on our web site.
Looking forward to worshipping with you this Sunday as we continue to be shaped, formed and united by the love God extends to us in Jesus.
Grace & Peace,
This week's worship information:
Sermon Series: Clearer Vision
Sunday's Message: Celebrating Community
Scripture [Passages are printed at the end of this email]:
John 13 [selected verses]
Questions for reflection:
• Spend some time reflecting on our new orienting vision: “Centered in Christ ~ Celebrating Community ~ Serving Others” What do you think these three focus statements mean?
• For this week – what do you think it means to “celebrate community?”
• What are the qualities/characteristics of the FPCL community that you value and appreciate?
• In this passage from John’s gospel Jesus provides both an example of how to live with one another and also a command to love one another – what are the implications and demands this places on the community that our church is seeking to form?
John 13 [selected verses]
And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’ Jesus said to him, ‘One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.’ For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’
After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’
How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
life for evermore.