June 24: VBS Sunday. After an incredible week of Vacation Bible School, our children will share with us about God's amazing love. Through the smallest voice, God can speak profound good news. Join us as we learn from our children.
July 1: Running Late, Mark 5:21-43, Brad Clayton
One of the leaders of the synagogue comes to Jesus to ask for His help. Jesus agrees, but on His journey gets distracted and the young girl dies. There are many times throughout scripture when it seems like Jesus is too late. But once again, Jesus shows that God will always have the final word, which gives us hope even in the darkest times.
July 8: A Holy Walkabout, Psalm 48, Trinity Whitley
The Psalmist sings God's praises for the wonder of all that is around them on the holy mountain. Certainly, when we are on a hike or at a natural wonder like the Grand Canyon, it's easy to feel a connection to God. But what about in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives? Might we hear the Psalmist's charge to "walk about Zion" as a call for us to not miss God around us in our city?
July 15: Bust a Move, 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19, Trinity Whitley
From the sprinkler to the shopping cart, to the mash potato, there's something joyful and almost giddy about moving on the dance floor. David was no stranger to this habit and frequently danced before the Lord. However, when it comes to presenting ourselves to God, we often have a less gleeful response. What would it look like for us to "bust a move" before the Lord? What is our joyful response to all that God has done for us? There's a good chance if we can find that groove, it will be contagious!
July 22: The Dividing Wall, Ephesians 2:11-22, Brad Clayton
Paul shared the gospel with Gentiles all over the Mediterranean. Paul's greatest obstacle was the self-righteousness of other Christians. People from different communities including Jerusalem had different ideas about the requirements of discipleship. But Paul reminds us all that our identity is based not on what we have done, but on what God has done.
July 29: Bring Enough for Everyone, John 6:1-15, Brad Clayton
John's version of the Feeding of the Multitude offers one detail that the others do not. It tells us that the loaves and fish come from a small boy, a boy who remembered his lunch when he left the house that morning. Just like this small boy, we should remember that any time we leave our home, God can work through us, just as we are.
August 5: Youth Sunday.
August 12: The Bread of Life, John 6:35, 41-51, Brad Clayton
The Gospel of John is full of "I am" statements. Jesus describes Himself several times saying, "I am the Good Shepherd," "I am the vine," "I am the way, the truth and the life." In this passage, Jesus tells the disciples that He is the bread of life. Jesus is the source of life that nourishes us, sustains us, and saves us. When we share the bread and the cup of communion, we remember not only the death of Jesus on the cross, but also that Jesus is our source of life.