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September 12 to October 3, 2021
The story of Israel has lots that it can teach us today. A nation that experienced a scattering in the Exile, only to return 70 years later to begin to rebuild who they were - coming back to covenant faithfulness with God, rebuilding the temple and the city walls (Nehemiah) - putting the pieces back together as they waited for God to show up in their midst and set all things right. As we have found ourselves in a season of scattering as the church, our return will bring a rebuilding of sorts as well. The world is a different place after a year and a half away and like Israel, we are invited to begin to rebuild and piece things together as we devote ourselves to following Jesus, awaiting the renewal of all things.
Sept 12 - God is Sovereign in the Chaos - Reg Lewicki: This sermon will begin by telling the story of Israel, the people of God rescued from slavery in Egypt, called into covenant relationship with Him, who faced Exile because of their faithlessness. They lose land, temple and king for a time, and await God’s regathering of them from being scattered. What we see in chapter 1 is that in spite of the state of the nation having been overrun by a pagan Empire (Babylon and now Persian) God is still sovereign and working behind the scenes to not only gather His people but work through them in the world. This is true for us today as well. In a world of unrest politically, economically, relationally and in the continuation of a pandemic, as we feel scattered and disconnected, we are reminded God is working to draw us to Himself and to use us in this new world in which we live.
Sept 19 - Worship Where You Are - Reg Lewicki: “Though the foundation of the LORD’s temple had not yet been laid” - we
can be tempted to be tied to a geographic place, the need for a special space, in our faith but
need to be reminded that before God works in a place/building He works in the hearts of His
people. We are called to be worshipers of God and that has been cultivated in our recent past
away from 145 Lincoln, and needs to still inform the kind of people we are. We are invited to live
full lives of worship in all that we do, pouring ourselves out to Him beyond the walls of the
church building even before we do so inside the building.
Sept 26 - Joy and Sorrow in the New
Oct 3 - Building on the Truth