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Practice leading to God’s Faithful Presence

Our summer sermon series is on practices that lead the church further into experiencing the presence of Christ. We are going to explore the practices that can enable our congregation to discern and live out the faithful presence of God. These are practices that are the means of grace that God has given the church. We need to continue to learn what…

Easter Sermon Series: Perspectives of Easter

Our Easter series portrays perspectives of different personalities as they interact and encounter Jesus during the Passion Week. We began on March 26th with Judas, who was a friend and follower of Jesus, who became a betrayer. April 2nd, the first Sunday of the month, we look at Simon Peter, who was the leader of the twelve, yet found himself denying Jesus…

Our New Mission

At the annual meeting, January 29th, I introduced to the congregation a new mission. Our mission used to be “to live out the love of Jesus with one another, our community and the world, so that all may become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.” Our updated mission is “to follow Jesus, living out our love for God and for our neighbors,…

Exodus

The Book of Exodus Sermon Series is all about how God makes Himself known. We will explore the most important question: Who Is God? An important phrase from the book of Exodus shapes our theme: They shall know that I am the Lord. Our God desires to be known for who He is and not for who He is not. This includes…

Simple Ways to Prepare your Heart for Jesus this Advent

Have you noticed that Advent seems to come and go in the blink of an eye? All of a sudden you find yourself at Christmas Eve wondering how your time to prepare for celebrating Christ so easily slipped through your fingers. It’s not too late to make this year count. You can stop the busyness right here, right now, and embrace the…

Becoming Grateful

As we move into November, it bring us to a season of giving thanks and appreciating how God continues to bless us in so many ways. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says,”Be joyful always; pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Gratitude is a loving and thankful response toward God for his presence with…

Sent: Jesus’ Mission and Ours – New Sermon Series

As we enter this fall, our new sermon series “SENT: Jesus’ Mission and Ours” will be addressing a vital concern of the American church and even Ridgewood. We will explore how Jesus entered into our world, sent by God to do God’s will and accomplish the mission God had given to his Son. While we have had our own mission statement as…

Taste & See New Sermon Series

Our new sermon series on Taste & See is all about experiencing God and his goodness! The act of tasting is used figuratively in the Bible, experiencing the goodness of God in a variety of ways. Too often we can focus on knowing about God, rather than actually tasting his goodness. The aim of the Bible is not merely to convey facts…

Spiritual Transformation

It begins with Spiritual growth and formation. God calls the church to be a sent community of people who no longer live for themselves, but instead live to participate with Jesus in His redemptive purposes. Yet, we will not have the energy nor the strength to live as counter-cultural for the sake of others if we are not transformed by the way…

Continued Prayer

Last month, as a Council, we asked you to pray for four things. We encourage you to continue to pray for… The four requests are: Pray for God’s wisdom, vision and direction for our council and congregation. Pray for our staff for fruitfulness in ministry. Pray for spiritual and numerical growth for our church. Pray for worship/music director. I would like to…