Hello Great Family,
Thank you for a wonderful “Celebration Sunday” last weekend! Here are some of the wonderful things we had to be grateful for:
This Sunday the one morning service starts at 10am. The rest of the services this summer (June – August) the one morning service will start at 10am. This week we kick off the series, “Elephant In The Room”. It is time to talk about topics that are tough and could be controversial. Don’t be scared off! I plan to preach these topics from God’s Word and present both Truth & Grace. First, we will see what God has to say about a topic. That is what “Truth” is… whatever God says about any topic. Then, we will learn how to respond with Grace based on the truth presented. If we only apply truth, we could be considered cold and uncaring. If we only apply grace without truth, we ignore God as the standard maker. A balanced approach to Christian living is knowing God’s Truth and applying Grace in every situation.
Our first topic will be, “Church & Politics”. The statement, “separation of church and state” is loosely thrown about today. Mostly applied (erroneously) to keeping God out of government. The United States Constitution does not state in so many words that there is a separation of church and state. The first part of the First Amendment to the Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Therefore, it is more accurate to say that the Constitution promotes freedom of religion and prohibits the federal government from inhibiting its citizens’ ability to worship as they wish. Therefore, the state should not run religion, but Christians should be good citizens. Come hear more this Sunday.
We will serve communion this week and there is a brief membership meeting following the service in order to affirm the budget and leadership slate for the next year. I hope to see you here!
P.D. (Psalm 139)