Words for the Week – August 16, 2018

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This Sunday we will worship jointly with House of Faith International at 10:30.  We’ll strengthen our ties of friendship; honor our history as one church, working side-by-side for the gospel; and celebrate that House of Faith has grown enough to become an independent congregation. 

The book of Ephesians reminds us that we always can find spiritual strength from singing together.  As we lift our voices in song together this Sunday, we will all experience God in a new way and I think it’s going to be fun!  (There’s nothing wrong with having fun in church.)  I pray that we find God’s spirit enlivens all of us and reveals to us the unity and joy that is the work of the spirit.

A note of clarification, though House of Faith is becoming independent, they will still worship at Peace and we will still come together occasionally for fellowship and worship.  Some members are part of both churches and our bonds of friendship remain strong.

A reception will follow the 10:30 worship service.

Last week, I preached about the urgency and difficulty of racial reconciliation in America.  We are hungry for it, and yet many of us feel overwhelmed by our own inadequacy at addressing it.

It’s grace to remember that we worship a God who fed hungry people, as we confess that we are hungry for something that we can’t figure out how to satisfy. God’s grace will lead us and feed us.  I shared a story from the book “I’m Still Here, Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” by Austin Channing Brown.

Listen to the sermon here.

Be at Peace,
Pastor Sarah