Give Ear to My Prayer - Psalm 17

August 6 – Psalm 17 – Carl – Give Ear to My Prayer

Remember - Psalm 105

July 30 – Psalm 105 – Janessa – Remember

Search Me and Know Me - Psalm 139

Psalm 139 – Ruth – Search Me and Know Me

A Light To My Path - Psalm 119:105-112

Psalm 119:105-112 – Jodi Kristjanson – A Light To My Path

Great is the Lord - Psalm 145

Psalm 145 – Carl – Great is the Lord

How Long O Lord - Psalm 13

Psalm 13 – Judson Rempel – How Long O Lord

Psalms and Psalm 100

We begin our summer series with an Introduction to the Psalms and Psalm 100. The book of Psalms shows a working out of Israel’s communal and private faith from a period of over 800 years. From worship in Solomon’s Temple to the Church today, Psalm 100 summons us to praise because God’s steadfast love loves no matter what. Praise reorders our lives to enjoy God and share this with all who are around us.

The Great Commission

On this Trinity Sunday we are reminded that our calling to make disciples is rooted in the divine communion of the Holy Trinity.  The Father, Spirit, and Son form a radical community into which we are invited through the sacrificial hospitality of Jesus’ death on the cross.  So too, we invite others into fellowship with the body of those who have experienced this divine hospitality.  Rather than mere transmission of knowledge, we come to see that our effectiveness in disciple-making correlate to how well we emulate the sacrificial hospitality and radical community of the divine communion of the Trinity.

Pentecost: Living Water - John 7:37-39

On Pentecost we celebrate the birth of the church by the sending of the Holy Spirit, which came upon the believers in the form of wind and tongues of fire. Jesus used the element of “living water” at the Jewish Festival of Shelters to teach about the Spirit that He would later send on pentecost. Rivers of Living Water flow in us and through us as believers, cleansing us and providing new life here on earth and for all of eternity.

Steadfast in Faith - 1 Peter 5:6-11

In our final passage from 1 Peter, we explore the connection between Peter’s encouragement to the church to be humble, cast their anxieties on the Lord, and be disciplined so that they can remain steadfast in faith. To be steadfast is to be unwavering, determined, and firmly fixed. Becoming steadfast is about intentional growth like a tree – deepening roots, growing stronger, and reaching out farther. This rootedness is what Peter calls the church to so that it can face all the joys and sorrows of the world, secure and fixed in the grace of Jesus which offers us hope that outlasts all things.