Oct. 19 marks some big changes at Luminary affecting contemporary worship and youth ministries. That date is the first of what we hope will be many Sunday nights to come where people can draw closer to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
We’ll begin our Sunday nights with a 5:30 p.m. snack time. At 6 p.m., the youth will gather for an hour of games, growth in their understanding of the Bible, and planning or implementation of service projects.
Oct. 19 also is when our contemporary worship service will move from its 9:30 a.m. slot to 7 p.m. on Sundays. This will be a time of worship for all ages, but of course we hope many of our youth and young adults in the community will find this service engaging and inspiring. We already are searching for ways to involve youth and young adults directly in leading the worship services. Pastor Chuck and other speakers also will bring messages very different from the morning message, oriented more toward seekers who want to understand who God is and why God matters. These messages will be focused on the big questions seekers seem to ask.
Eggs in hell. Trust us.
Yep, that’s what’s on the menu for our next Wednesday night meal—scrambled eggs, eggs in hell, baked oatmeal, breakfast meats, etc. Pastor Chuck asks the same question he lifted up last Wednesday night: Who ya gonna invite? The fun begins at 6 p.m.; Bible study follows at 7. This week, we’re exploring what is commonly called “The Fall” in Genesis 3.
Detail of Rembrandt’s self-portrait as the Apostle Paul
Sermon Text: Philippians 3:4b-11
Sermon Title: “Overconfident”
Below is the NRSV translation. A question to ponder: How can our past successes make it difficult for us to fully grasp the message that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior?
If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the sky displays his handiwork.
Day after day it speaks out;
night after night it reveals his greatness.
(Photo from Watts Bar Lake, courtesy Karl McHenry)