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Current Series

ReBuild

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

Past Series

Stories of the Kingdom

July 11 - September 5

Stories are a powerful tool that allow us to capture the imagination of people and shape their view and understanding of the world around them. People are drawn into stories and they at can communicate ideas and truths to us n ways that help us make sense of the world. Jesus understood this and used parables to help His listeners re-think and understand what the Kingdom of God (or the reign and rule of God in the world) looks like and how one aligns themselves with it. He did not invent this mode of teaching and in fact often uses stock ideas in His stories to communicate the truth of the Kingdom. Over the course of this summer we will unpack a handful of Jesus’ parables - some of His most well known and some that seem more obscure - and allow Him to invite us into understand the true state of our world and what God is doing in it.

July 11 - Parable of the Sower - Reg Lewicki
July 18 - Parable of the Talents - Reg Lewicki
July 25 - Parable of the Workers - Reg Lewicki 
August 1 - Parable of the Two Sons - Reg Lewicki 
August 8 - Parable of the Hidden Treasure / Great Pearl - Debbie Laginskie 
August 15 - Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector - Debbie Laginskie 
August 22 - Parable of the Weeds - Reg Lewicki 
August 29 - Parable of the Prodigal Son - Reg Lewicki 
September 5 - Parable of the Good Samaritan

Songs of the Kingdom

May 9 - July 4

The Psalms operate in many ways as the song/prayer book of God’s people. As we read through them we come across many different themes which which intersect with our lives at various times - hope, doubt, fear, confession, praise and a desire for justice just to name a few. It can be incredibly liberating to find that these feelings and themes are present in the Scriptures themselves and more than that, the Psalms are a great gift for helping put words to those feelings and experiences. This series will lead us through acknowledging that these experiences and feelings are a part of our discipleship of Jesus and help us use the Psalms as a way to express them in our lives and back to God.

Learning to Share?

April 11 - May 2nd

One of the earliest things we learn (or should learn) as children is to share. This isn’t just to be kind friends or to keep things in harmony but this actually a reflection of who God is. God is the God of open hands and so when we learn to live life the same way, we reflect His goodness into the world and act as conduits of the kingdom.