This Week's Events

Sun. Aug. 31 9:00am - 12:00pm
Servant Sunday for Teens

Sun. Aug. 31 11:00am - 12:00pm
Parent Talk in Fellowship Hall

Sun. Aug. 31 6:00pm - 7:00pm
New Song Cafe & Communion

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Sunday Schedule

Worship & Sunday School 9:30 & 11:00 AM
Evening Education 6:00 PM
"Wash Your Hearts Before you Eat?"

Hand-washing is quite popular these days.  Restaurant employees have to wash their hands before returning to work.  Health care professionals have to “wash in and wash out.”   Little school-children are encouraged to wash their hands before they eat.  It was the “in thing” at our house when I was a little kid.  Before there were signs for employees, anti-bacterial soaps and school policies, my mom told the Shaw brothers to “wash up, it’s time to eat.”  I grew up in a weird home when I think about it.  We washed before we ate, we prayed before we ate and we ate meals together.  Bizarre.  Anyway, this hand-washing practice was also a big deal 2,000 years ago.  The teachers of false religion (a.k.a. Scribes and Pharisees) made up a rule that all people who followed the Jewish Law had to wash their hands ceremonially before eating lest they defile themselves.  That is serious business right there!  They meant by this that without clean hands one’s act of eating would break their fellowship with God!  Yikes, grab the hand sanitizer!  Jesus knew something about being right with God (He was smart), He knew that the state of one’s heart was way more important than the cleanliness of one’s hands.  Washing one’s hands is a good idea, He certainly never condemned that practice.  The problem was that when hearts go awry people make up their own rules…and they often hold to them with more tenacity than they observe God’s rules and that is dangerous.  Those poor Pharisees were becoming something hideous, something fragmented.  Their external actions resembled the motions of worship but internally their hearts were far away from God.  Far from His likeness, far from His purpose and far from His heart.  We’re going to talk about the “inner-life” this week.  It is you and the most important part of you.  Is your inner life flourishing or shriveling?  What are you becoming anyway?

August 24, 2014 Morning Worship

We believe God has placed us here to glorify Him by “making disciples”of Jesus Christ.  In other words, we invite you to join us in becoming His apprentices. Our process is summarized in four descriptive words.

  • Worship:  A lifestyle of love and devotion to God.
  • Connect:  A lifestyle of love and commitment to others.
  • Grow:       A lifestyle that is producing the likeness of Jesus Christ.
  • Serve:      A lifestyle of service for Christ within the body and in our community.