We had some mighty winds pass by last night and this morning. The wind blew things around and for many of us in Frederick County it was recycling day. I saw many recycling bins blown over with some stuff flying out of them. Luckily my recycling had a lot in it and so it kept it in place and it didn't blow over. As we have been looking at becoming Awakened in Christ my question is do you have enough Christ in you that you are not blown over by the troubles of this world and your life? You see if you are not awakened in Christ and if you are not grounded in the way of Christ, the troubles of this world will blow you over. Yet, we that have come alive in Christ still go through the storms, we are still battered by the evil in this world, but we have enough of God working in us that we are able to stay on our feet and not be blown away! We are all on a journey to have more of Christ within us so that we can not just make it through the storms but to still be able to trust in God in the midst of it all. This week we are looking at the last pillar of the awakened life and that is the Kingdom of God. The 4 pillars of the awakened life give us strength and hold us up as we journey through life.
The bulletin for this Sunday is attached for you to look at. Remember that in the bulletin we have announcements, a prayer list, church attendance, the amount of offering that has come in that support our ministries, along with the outline of the service. We attach it weekly so that those of who can't be with us can keep up with the church and more fully join in worship online. We appreciate everyone who continues to worship and be a part of our community even if they can not come to the church building. While we always prefer to see people in person, we also love those who join us from afar and we are blessed to have you as part of our worshipping community!!
We are live-streaming on our Facebook page or our YouTube channel. For those that are watching when we live-stream we do have a person that can see the comments posted if there are sound or visual issues. While we don't want to fixate on every little issue we do want to know when something is way off and affects your ability to be able to enter into worship. Unless you are watching worship when it is live I would recommend watching on the YouTube channel because the quality is MUCH better.
We are not passing offering plates so the wooden boxes are available to put your offering in. The 2022 offering envelopes are in church mailboxes for those that continue to use them for their offering. Of course you can also give online, use text to give (844-406-0358), or mail the offering to church.
We will be collecting prayers in the prayer box on the table in the parlor. Also, if you have announcement that you need to be shared please write them down and give them to me before the service. This will be an ongoing practice for prayers and announcements to help ensure that they are heard and understood by all (especially those worshipping with us virtually).
We need time of worship. We can not be a solo Christian. Many try but unless you are a monk devoted solely to God and living alone in the woods, you will be blown off course if you don't have other Christians you are connected to. Worship is one of the many ways we are supposed to gather with others. In the midst of imperfect worship and being imperfect people gathered together, we are able to walk the journey together. We at times can be the buffer for the winds of life for others when they are feeling weak, and sometimes we need others to be an additional buffer around us. Let's journey together!