Trusting that your 4th of July was a good time for friends and family to get together! This coming Sunday, July 9th, we will be having a special worship service as we worship through the Lord’s Prayer in a spirit of prayer. Join us as we spend time reflecting on the prayer Jesus taught us as we walk (worship) through the beautiful prayer.
This Sunday we welcome (install) our new deacons Tom Needy and Laura Westrate. Thanks to Pam Chappell and Eric Erickson for their wonderful service over the past three years in this role here at Crestview Church. And welcome aboard to Tom and Laura.
Second offering on Sunday will be taken for Jason Stryd.
Thank you God for the country you have given to us. May we glorify your name as we participate in your unfolding plan for your world, our country, our city, and our local neighborhoods. For the freedoms we enjoy in this great nation, we thank you. We remember today, your faithfulness, your grace and love for us. Sharpen our resolve Lord to love one another. Keep us in humility and give us desire and skill in the ways of your kindness.
In you God, we trust.
Its Crestview Camping Weekend! Thanks to Eleanor for all the planning and communication, the weekend has finally arrived.
Weekend Worship Service change: There will be NO 9:30am WORSHIP SERVICE this Sunday. Instead, we are having a 6:00pm worship service on Sunday.
You are welcome to come to Saturday’s campout worship service at 5:00pm at the Golden Gate Canyon State Park campground. Or we will see you at our special worship service time at Crestview on Sunday at 6:00pm. Spread the word.
The theme for the weekend is The Creation Sings Your Praise! Our text will be Psalm 19. In Psalm 19, there are two books that the Psalmist expresses reveal God. The Creation and Scripture! We will have some singing and a time of sharing on how we see God revealed in these two books. Come ready to share ways that you have seen and experienced God in the Creation or in Scripture.
See you at either the Campground (5:00pm Saturday) or at Crestview (6:00pm Sunday.) Grace to you!!
This week’s message just might be the core of Jesus entire life and teaching. It might be the central purpose of Jesus coming. It might be the central plan of God since the beginning of time. OK, enough with the ‘might be’s’.
I will propose that the teaching for Sunday IS the core teaching of Jesus, the central purpose of Jesus coming, and the plan of God since the beginning of time: Forgiveness.
The text for this Sunday is literally at the center of the prayer Jesus taught us: Forgiveness! “Forgive us our debts (sins) as we forgive our debtors (those who sin against us.”) It is also the center of this section of teaching on authentic worship of God and hypocrisy (giving – 6:1-4, prayer – 6:5-15, and fasting – 6:16-18). It is also at the center of the Sermon on the Mount (between chapters 5-7, the middle of chapter 6!). The title of the message: The Gift of Forgiveness and the Hypocrisy of Unforgiveness, Matthew 6:12, 14-15.
Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” Exactly! Forgiveness is the center of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the most powerful and liberating force in the universe and the most powerful and liberating experience a human being can experience.
We will celebrate the love and forgiveness of God this Sunday. We will taste and see the love and forgiveness of God through the communion celebration. We will witness the forgiveness of God together as we who are many, have become one in Christ Jesus – a community covered with the love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness of God.
See you Sunday!!
Prayer warriors unite!
This week has been packed with prayers for Jake, Marty, our city and our world! And that’s probably the tip of the iceberg.
Sunday, we are expanding our focus on prayer as Jesus teaches us how to pray. We begin with an overview of the Lord’s Prayer with the text’s context within the Sermon on the Mount: TLP (The Lord’s Prayer) with TLC (Tender Loving care). Jesus reorients our attitudes and motivations on prayer. Prayer is an intimate connection with our loving God. To say it another way, prayer is listening conversation in an intimate relationship with God.
When the disciples ask Jesus, ‘Teach us how to pray,” he responds with a prayer that shapes their hearts motivations and desires. He leads them in a direction of prayer focused on God, and ‘His image’ in them, rather than prayer that is shaped and directed by ‘self image.’ The entire prayer taught by Jesus comes from a posture of gratitude, trust, and dependence.
In the weeks that follow, we will unpack the petitions of the prayer in more depth. To conclude this series on the Lord’s Prayer, we will have a special service of worshipping together through the Lord’s Prayer. Looking forward!