Preparing for Nov. 23 Worship

8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship
Sermon Title: “A Mighty Prayer for a Mighty Church”
Sermon Text: Ephesians 1:15-23
Paul, in his prayer for the church at Ephesus, gives us clues about what any church can become, and why such a transformation is possible.

 7 p.m. Contemporary Worship
We’ll be exploring the concept of “Do not judge,” an oft-quoted phrase found at the beginning of Matthew 7. It is, of course, an accurate, powerful statement made by Jesus, but it also is used by non-Christians as a kind of verbal bludgeon to shut down conversations about the holiness God seeks from humanity. One of our great challenges as Christians is how we balance all of that.

Note Regarding Wednesday Night Bible Study

Because of our special activities this Wednesday, Nov. 19, and the Thanksgiving holiday the following week, we’ll not have 7 p.m. Bible study again until Wednesday, Dec. 3. We’ll spend Wednesday nights in December closely examining the stories surrounding the birth of Jesus, including an exploration of what modern astronomy tells us about the Star of Bethlehem.

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Wednesday Night: Expect a Crowd

At Luminary, no pardons will be issued; turkeys are for eating.

At Luminary, no pardons will be issued; turkeys are for eating.

Our popular Community Thanksgiving Meal is 6 p.m. Wednesday, surrounded by all the other activities that have helped draw a crowd in recent years. Turkey and dressing are provided; the rest of the meal is potluck. Here’s your chance to share a favorite Thanksgiving side dish!

Along with the meal, we’ll take time to honor our veterans during a short, special ceremony, and we’ll hold a silent auction to raise funds for Luminary’s youth group. The proceeds will support the youth trip to Resurrection and other activities.