03/07/15 Community , Elizabeth # , , ,

Day of Worship

Day of Worship

I doubt today will be a quiet day for you if you live anywhere inside the U.S.  Eager children will be lighting off early fireworks, and the excitement and feeling of invincibility will be running rampant all weekend in the spirit of celebration.


But it’s perfect.  Because as important as it is to sit in peace and quiet and stillness with the Lord, we can also worship Him in our communities with celebration, fellowship, feasting, and joy.


The Psalmist knew that there is more to worshipping God than peace and quiet. Go today in love, and joy, and laughter.  Worship the Lord with loudness!!


Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
      Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
  Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

  Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100


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02/07/15 Britni , Community # , , , , , , ,

Why is Community Important?

Why is Community Important?

Scripture Reading: Acts 2:42-47, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

As a therapist, I get the privilege to sit in the midst of broken people who are desperately seeking to be made whole again. My very favorite context for this is a therapy group. It is incredible to witness God’s design in action, as the beings He created learn to thrive, through the beautiful, healing power of relationship.

I enter the room and sit back to witness people, in all their colorful and fascinating humanness, begin to relate and encourage and affirm and confront. And the outcome is often breathtaking: individuals learn that hope, peace and security can be found in the arms of one another, as we are beings made in the image of God.

Psychologist Sally Barlow explains that “The profound fact remains that humans, nonhuman primates, and other species can survive only as members of groups.”

It’s a scientific fact: we were created to need each other.

What must be one of the most exciting seasons of the Church is depicted in Acts 2, where we learn that brothers and sisters depended on each other for food, money, shelter, and rich fellowship as they pursued Christ together. And what was the result? Each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

This makes me think that God smiles on our togetherness.

So sisters, even though humankind is made up of a lot of confusing, frustrating, different, downright weird individuals, may we remember what we were intended for.

We might be able to survive on our own, but we undoubtedly cannot thrive without one another.
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01/07/15 Amanda , Community

What is Community?

What is Community?

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:4-5

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.


A desire of all.

We witness it in neighborhoods, on sitcoms, and in daily interactions.

As Christians, we believe community is a reflection of our triune God. A God who is, by nature, in relationship. Therefore it makes sense that His image bearers would have the same desire (to be in relationship with others). In Genesis 2:18 we witness this, where God says (pre-fall) that it is not good for man to be alone. Man, who was meant to bear the image of God, required another to rightly bear the image.

Yet, community can be messy.

Really messy.

I’ve always been in awe of the multi-faceted image bearers that are created. So different. So Unique.

As we delve further into community this month we will be discussing the benefits and the differences of our community (individual, local, and global). In Acts 1:8, the author refers to multiple cities with proximity expanding at each mention. In much the same way, we hope to address what community as the church looks like with an arching umbrella of the universal church.

We hope the questions and dialog inspires you to delve further into your own community (whether that be local or global).

For today, in what ways has community helped or hurt you in the past? How does that impact your view of God?

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28/06/15 Hilary , Worship # , , , , , , , , , ,

Prayer & Reflection Day on Worship

Prayer & Reflection Day on Worship

This month we have gone through various ways we can worship, showed you some of our favorite hymns and modern worship songs. Our prayer is that the Lord will have encountered you in a new way and that you have been stirred to seek after Him through song and praise as a daily lifestyle.

May our prayer today come from the words of Jesus in John 4:23-24, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Abba, may we worship you in Spirit and Truth. Our salvation comes from you alone Jesus. we thank you for what you have done for us on the cross and through the resurrection. We ask that you continue to breathe new life into us. Impress on our hearts Your greatness and glory. Change us from the inside out. We want to know you more, our hearts cry out to know you in intimate ways. May this month be marked on our hearts to continue to run after you and seek your face.  We lift up our hands and voice in praise of you. You alone are worthy God, you are worthy of our praise today, tomorrow and forever and ever. Amen.
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27/06/15 Britni , Worship # , , , , , , ,

A story behind the song: Broken Together

A story behind the song: Broken Together

“People are fighting all the way to church in their car, but there’s something about this magic parking lot of the church, when their foot hits that pavement, everything is beautiful. Everyone becomes your brother, everyone becomes your sister, everyone’s having a great day. We’re just ‘blessed beyond measure’ …I don’t think it bothers the world that we sin. It bothers the world that we act like we don’t. It just doesn’t seem real.” -Mark Hall, Casting Crowns

We owe it to ourselves, each other, and the Gospel to be real. Mark Hall of Casting Crowns wrote “Broken Together” in effort to remove the facade that all christians’ relationships are perfect, especially our marriages. He recognizes that those who don’t yet know Jesus are not looking to us as believers in hope that we ‘have it all together,’ but rather that we might have found a solution to begin cleaning up the mess in our lives.

That means we have to let them see the mess in our lives to begin with, so that the redeeming message of Christ can be demonstrated through us, as others see real change happening.

My husband and I are honored to serve on the pastoral team at our church, The Beautiful Mess. As you can gather from our slightly unorthodox name, we were founded on the very premise of being messy human beings, with ardent faith in the power of the Gospel to make our lives beautiful.

When we take the courageous step to remove our masks and live transparently, we create a culture of vulnerability that allows seekers and wanderers to question and explore without fear of judgement or exclusion.

We hope and pray that even this community might be a place to be broken together, and to then share in the healing and beauty that comes from the Cross, as we allow it to change our lives.

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