Join us for A special Ash Wednesday Service on February 10th at 6:45pm.
“Confess your faults one to another” (Jas. 5:16). He who is alone with his sin is utterly alone. It may be that Christians, notwithstanding corporate worship, common prayer, and all their fellowship in service, may still be left to their loneliness. The final break-through to fellowship does not occur, because, though they have fellowship with one another as believers and devout people, they do not have fellowship as the undevout, as sinners. This pious fellowship permits no one to be a sinner. So everybody must conceal his sin from himself and the fellowship. We dare not be sinners. Many Christians are unthinkably horrified when a real sinner is suddenly discovered among the righteous. so we remain alone with our sin, living in lies and hypocrisy. The fact is that we are sinners!
But it is the grace of the Gospel, which is so hard for the pious to understand, that it confronts us with the truth and says: You are a sinner, a great, desperate sinner; now come as the sinner that you are, to God who loves you. He wants you as you are; He does not want anything from you, a sacrifice, a work; He wants you alone. “My son, give me thine heart” (Prov. 23:26). God has come to you to save the sinner. Be glad! This message is liberation through truth. You can hide nothing from God. The mask you wear before men will do you no good before Him. He wants to see you as you are, He wants to be gracious to you. You do not have to on lying to yourself and your brothers, as if you were without sin; you can dare to be a sinner. Thank God for that; He loves the sinner but He hates sin.
–Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
It was hard enough when they weren’t potty trained and couldn’t feed themselves. At least they were cute! But now they’ve got hormones, friends, and a car! The transitional years of adolescence aren’t easy, and many baffled parents may start to ask questions like: How can we meet our teenagers’ needs? How and where do we set the boundaries? How can we pass on our values to our teenagers? While parenting carries a big cost, it also can bring the highest of rewards: the depth of love a parent feels and the privilege of knowing that we have helped shape a life. The Parenting Teenagers Course consists of five sessions (or ten shorter ones), designed to equip those parenting or caring for 11 to 18-year-olds with the tools to build healthy relationship with their teenagers while guiding them into adulthood.
Journey through the Lord’s Prayer with six short videos and a handy ‘cheat sheet’ for each session, all designed to fuel discussion and deepen the prayer life of your church.
Click the ling above to go to this website for the videos and handouts
Based on a daily devotional called, “Lent for everyone, Luke, year C” by N. T. Wright. Get a copy of this guide and begin reading on Ash Wednesday which is February 10th this year. Some copies will be available in Church or they can be ordered online. The theme for each Sunday is a selection of what is read on the week before. The goal is to read through the whole of Luke’s gospel together as a Church during Lent.