Quiet in the Lap of God

Worship Service: 11:00 am, Time for Friends: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Bulletin: June 25, 2017
Eighth Sunday of Easter

Newsletter: June 2017

ScriptureIsaiah 26:3-4Psalm 131James 4:5-8, 10.

Songs

Norma Holtslander

fbcsermon_QuietBreakWithGodHave you ever consciously noticed the difference between a weaned child and an unweaned child and compared their relationship with either parent?

All small children are demanding. However, the child who is hungry and needs their mother’s milk, can cry and incessantly grasp and pull at the breast until they are satisfied and then, if mobile, run off to play. Quite often the weaned child comes and snuggles with either parent. Enjoying the moment and demanding nothing but their presence.

Too often with God we come to him with our prayer lists, our needs, our desires, and the many things that are disturbing us. And in itself that’s okay. God has told us to come to him with all those things. But too often that is all do in our times with him. When we’re finished we go back to what we were doing before. We need to take the time to enjoy his presence and not ask for anything.

Following Jesus

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Worship Service: 11:00 am, Time for Friends: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Bulletin: June 18, 2017
Seventh Sunday of Easter

Newsletter: June 2017

ScriptureIsaiah 58:9-13Psalm 1Matthew 14:22-331 John 4:7-13

Songs

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

fbcsermon_followMy doctor keeps telling me that one half-hour walk a day makes a big difference in health over a lifetime. What would people from before the advent of the car make of us having to be disciplined about walking, and the current popularity of fitbits? Walking and life used to be tied closely together.

The Bible talks a lot about walking as well, for just that reason. Most of the time, when they wrote about walking, the authors of scripture were talking about “living”. Some paths, some ways, lead to life. Others lead to death.

Jesus said, “follow me and you will find abundant life” and men and women did. They became Jesus’ disciples, walking with Jesus, living with Jesus, and imitating his way of life. So when Jesus walked on water, what else would a good disciple do but try do it too. So Peter walked on water. When he began to fail, Jesus picked him up and saved him from death.

If you walk after Jesus, there are no guarantees that everything that happens in life will seem good or fair. But with Jesus, life is different, richer, more full. And he will be there to pull you up when you fail.

A Service of Affirmation

In this service, our congregation will be affirming in covenant Joel Russell-MacLean’s call to be our Lead Pastor.

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Knowing God

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Bulletin: June 11, 2017
Sixth Sunday of Easter – Trinity Sunday

Newsletter: June 2017

Scripture: Genesis 1:1-3; Psalm 8; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:16-20; Ephesians 5:8-19

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

fbcsermon_TrinitySunday_NJInstruction manuals are becoming a thing of the past when it comes to new gadgets. I know I have rarely read through a whole manual. I’ve been content to learn on the go.

Relationships are similar. The people we love do not come with instructions. We learn about them by spending time with them. Sometimes we have to learn from our mistakes.

This Sunday is “Trinity Sunday”. The God we know best through Jesus Christ is one God and three “persons”, each “person” fully God and yet distinct. This description of God was never spelled out in scripture in textbook format. There was no instruction manual. Instead, God’s nature was revealed (by God) through story and relationship.

How would you describe God?

We have the benefit of centuries of Christians praying to and living with God. They have handed down to us discoveries and insights that are profound and moving and inform our relationship with God. At the same time, God is still a being that we know through story and relationship.

An attempt to explain the Trinity

Here is an instructive and funny video on the difficult of describing the Trinity which you may remember from a few years ago: St Patrick’s Bad Analogies.

The Holy Spirit is Life

Bulletin: June 4, 2017
Sixth Sunday of Easter

Newsletter: June 2017

Scripture: Psalm 104; Acts 2:1-4; John 20:19-22

Songs

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

Introduction to come.

In God’s Presence

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Bulletin: May 28, 2017
The Seventh Sunday of Easter, Feast of the Ascension
Newsletter: May 2017

Scripture: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 24; John 17:1-11

Songs

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

Introduction to come.

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