Drivers (preferably with a pickup truck) are needed on Monday mornings to pick up food at the Southern Maryland Food Bank in Waldorf and transport back to “Our Daily Bread” food pantry in Lexington Park. The Food Bank opens at 8:00 am and we are usually back at the food pantry by 9:30 am. Please contact Rich S. at firstname.lastname@example.org if you may be available.
Matthew 16:13-20 At a climactic point in Jesus’ ministry, God reveals to Peter that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” and Jesus responds with the promise of a church that will overcome the very gates of Hades.
We use the word “faith” in a variety of ways, but it is faith as a verb that has it’s biggest impact. Faith as a verb is that active watching and yearning for what God will do our lives through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. This active verb of “faith” is a little like the way we think of science. In both there are no failed experiments. Everything has the potential to teach us about the physical world (in science) or about God’s working in our lives (as in what faith sees). In faith, the disciples are coming to know who Jesus is, but they still have a long way to go to understand what it will mean for him and for them. In this way the journey of faith unfolds not unlike the discoveries of science form and reform our perceptions of the world and universe around us. Its a good think we journey together in faith and can share our discoveries of God’s goodness with one another.
Message from Worship at Good Sam on August 24, 2014 ” “Just What Is Faith’s Foundation and Why It Matters Which Rock You Build On”
“Faith and Reconciliation in the Life of Jacob”
Fall Focus Coming Sept. 21 – Oct. 12
Overview and Where We Are Going
Jacob doesn’t begin life with any particular sense of faith. He experiences all of the family dynamics that challenge many of our personal families, not to mention our church families. But somehow amid the human drama the presence and promises of God come shining through. As faith develops in Jacob we will see how resolution begins to happen in Jacob’s life. Resolution begins where he is (in a faraway country) and will eventually invite Jacob to consider God’s call to face his own past and his own demons and to head “home” for reconciliation with his brother. All along the way the eyes of faith begin to see the hand of God guiding and sustaining Jacob. In this process of wrestling with people and wrestling with God, Jacob comes to a new name and a new identity of faith; he becomes Israel – a community of peoples.
Curiously, there is a wealth that comes along with this faith and reconciliation, but one is left to wonder if the real wealth of Jacob is in the sheep and goats and servants he owns or if the real wealth of Jacob is his developing confidence in God’s love and blessings and the faithfulness of God’s guidance in Jacob’s life. What would it be like to live our lives in faith with such confidence that we see every blessing flowing from the love and goodness of God? It might just flow from us in gratitude, blessing, and praise for what God continues to do in our lives.
We will notice how this journey of faith for Jacob continues in the lives of Jacob’s sons. We will wonder together how this journey of faith might be playing out in our own lives right now – in our hearts and before our very eyes.
Each of the four Sundays in this adventure we will read a new chapter in Jacob’s journey of faith. Join us in worship for these readings and a sermon to explore the implications for our faith journeys. You might also enjoy joining a small group during this Fall Focus to dig deeper into the rest of the story and talk about these themes in our lives. See the signboard in the Fellowship Hall.
We hope you will join us in this journey of faith – discovering deep connections between our humanity, God’s activity, and the gifts that come with faith in God’s faithfulness. We pray every blessing upon you as you journey these questions of faith in your life too.
Fall Focus at Good Sam
Faith, Reconciliation, and the Life of Jacob
September 21 through October 12, 2014
Come to worship … Stay for fellowship … Join a small group
We invite you to come and stretch your mind, grow in your biblical literacy, and think about how your faith may also be growing as Jacob’s did. Use this time to grow your faith.
Goals for this Fall Focus at Good Sam:
- Learn the story of Jacob coming to faith (Genesis 25-33)
- Discover the connection between faith and reconciliation for Jacob
- Learn about the ministry of reconciliation that Paul says is ours in Christ (2 Corinthians 5)
- Join a small group and meet a few new people
- Develop our eyes for seeing God’s work in our lives
Factoid: Did you know that “Bethel” means house of God (literally–the place where God resides)?
Patuxent Presbyterian Church will be beginning a GriefShare support group on Wed., Sept. 3 from 6:00-7:30 pm. GriefShare is a network of 12,000+ churches worldwide equipped to offer grief support groups. The program is nondenominational and features biblical concepts for healing from your grief.
You are welcome to begin attending the GriefShare group at any point. Each session is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will be able to pick up any sessions you missed in our next 13-week cycle. Learn more about GriefShare at www.griefshare.org.
This small group will meet weekly, ending on Wed. Dec. 3. (There will be no class on Wed. Nov. 26.) Patuxent Presbyterian is located at 23421 Kingston Creek Road in California, MD. Childcare is available upon request.
Please see more details about this GriefShare small group in the flyer below, including seminar topics.
Gospel: Matthew 15:10-28 Jesus teaches his disciples that true purity is a matter of the heart rather than outward religious observances. Almost immediately, this teaching is tested when a woman considered to be pagan and unclean approaches him for help.
Isaiah (ch56) has a vibrant vision for what the Temple of God should become in it’s next incarnation. What would it take to make God’s house into place of prayer for all people? If we can assume that God is busy creating circumstances in which God’s house can be a place of prayer for all people, then we must also ask what must happen among the faithful for this to come about. Making God’s purposes my hearts desire is a good start. Isaiah suggest maintaining justice until God accomplishes this task. I suggest these things:
- Make a point of meeting people ( I know this takes some of us out of our comfort zones)
- Pray for the people you meet
- Affirm their gifts and be curious about their journeys toward life and healing
- Desire to be a gift
- Welcome them as though they are a gift to you (you never know what key they might hold to your journey)
- Realize that part of this work of God is doing is changing us to be the welcome and the greeting of God’s Word.
…message from Worship at Good Sam on August 17, 2014 “What Does It Mean to Say, “All Are Welcome?”
Having a relationship with Jesus makes many things possible. Alone we do not walk on water, alone we do not feed five thousand with five loaves and two fish. But together with Jesus, by his call and invitation, taking what we have to give and share, we do accomplish the work of the Kingdom among us. Often it is about finding the sufficiency of God among our insufficiency.
Message from Good Sam on August 10, 2014 “If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat”