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Summer Sermon Suggestions

The people of SCRC have come up with some great questions for sermons this summer. Pastor Peter will begin answering them (well, attempting to) when he gets back from summer vacation. Here’s what we’ve got planned:

June 30 – Why is there an Old & New Testament?

July 7 – What do we make of the story of Jacob?

July 14 – How do we walk by faith/live like Jesus today (practical tips)?

July 21 – How do we see people the way God does?

July 28 – Why do people use the Bible as a weapon (i.e. picks and chooses verses to hurt others)?

August 4 – What does it mean that Jesus is the only way?

August 11 – Who was Melchizedek and why is he important for us to know?

August 18 – How do we know God’s will? What is it? (see Proverbs 3:5-6)

August 25 – What does “he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel” mean? (see Genesis 3:15)

September 1 – How do we begin again after making mistakes?

September 8 – How do we live when you don’t understand the why of what’s happening in your life?

September 15 – KICK-OFF/HOMECOMING SUNDAY, Blessing of the Backpacks

Welcome Rev. Chad Tanaka Pack

Pastor Peter and his family will be taking and extended vacation in June. Starting June 3, Pastor Peter will be spending about 10 days at Eastern Mennonite University attending their Summer Peacebuilding Institute. Then they will be in MI and WI visiting family. Pastor Peter returns on June 27.

While they are away, we will be grateful to have Rev. Chad Tanaka Pack filling in for him. He is an ordained minister of the RCA, by the Classis of New York in 2017, having graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 2010.  He currently serves as President on the Board of Directors of Room for All. (roomforall.com/ ). Room for All is  “a community of Christ-followers in the Reformed Church in America… with a commitment to the welcome and affirmation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and their allies, while pursuing grace-filled dialogue with those who believe differently.”  Prior to his ministry studies, Chad worked as a certified public accountant in the financial services industry. He graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Chad is a fourth-generation Japanese and Korean American. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his spouse, the Rev. Michael Foley, an Episcopal priest.

Please plan to attend our Grill On the Hill June 8 @ 5:30pm to welcome him in person.

P.S. We will be keeping attendance in worship while Pastor Peter is away. 😉

Baptism Sunday!

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In baptism, God promises to forgive, to adopt, to renew, and to resurrect. This Sunday we’ll be sharing in God’s promises to Betty Sue Drew.

Come join the celebration!

This Week’s Scripture.

This week we’ll be taking a look at Romans 1:1-17. You can read it below. Here’s a little reading plan for you:

1.) Read Romans 1:1-17. What does it mean to you?

2.) Read Habakkuk 1:1-2:4. What is the prophet concerned about? (Notice the connection between Romans 1:17 and Habakkuk 2:4.)

3.) Read Romans 1:1-17 again. How has the meaning of the words changed for you?

Romans 1:1-17

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name, including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,

 To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world. For God, whom I serve with my spirit by announcing the gospel of his Son, is my witness that without ceasing I remember you always in my prayers, asking that by God’s will I may somehow at last succeed in coming to you. For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as I have among the rest of the Gentiles. I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish — hence my eagerness to proclaim the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

 For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, ‘The one who is righteous will live by faith.’

Songs for Sunday.

We’ll be singing a couple of songs out of our contemporary song book this week. We’ve learned a number of them recently, so here are a few links to refresh your memory.

What the Lord Has Done In Me

Knowing You

Give Us Clean Hands. We’re just introducing this one this week.

Enjoy!

Peace Without Partiality – Sermon Audio.

God is up to something new and you can be part of the movement.

Dumpster Day! – This Saturday @ 9am

This Saturday, beginning at 9am, we’ll gather at the church for a deep clean of all the nooks and crannies at St. Croix Reformed Church. We’re preparing for the arrival of Inner Changes for Girls & Boys Club and the educational programming. Letting go of some of the old so that we can make room for something new is what this is all about. We can use your help!

Easter Vulnerability

Here is a recording of the sermon that Pastor Peter gave this Sunday. It’s not quite like the real thing (recorded in his office, since it didn’t work on Sunday). He called it “Easter Vulnerability”.

What’s good about Good Friday?

Today is Good Friday. It’s a day when the Christian church remembers the death of Jesus. But, what’s good about it?

Most of Christendom will say that Friday is good because Jesus’ death absorbed God’s wrath toward our sin and satisfied God’s justice according to the law. The problem with this view is that the resurrection becomes a perk or, worse, an after thought rather than a turning point and the beginning of something new.

Here’s another way to look at Good Friday and the death of Jesus. I think it’s much better:

“Why did Jesus die? (Part 1)” by Peter TeWinkle https://link.medium.com/NEy3ouVj1V

“Why did Jesus die? — (Part 2)” by Peter TeWinkle https://link.medium.com/jmiNTwgk1V

“Why Did Jesus HAVE to Die? — (Part 1)” by Peter TeWinkle https://link.medium.com/RzuEmtZj1V

“Why Did Jesus HAVE to die? — (Part 2)” by Peter TeWinkle https://link.medium.com/mjV4eiik1V

Holy Week Schedule – New & Improved!

Maundy Thursday Service @ Holy Trinity Lutheran, Frederiksted, 6:00pm

Good Friday Service @ St. Croix Reformed Church, Kingshill, 12:00pm

Holy Saturday Vigil @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Frederiksted, 6:00pm

Easter Sunrise Service @ St. Croix Reformed Church, Kingshill, 7:00am

Easter Brunch @ St. Croix Reformed Church, Kingshill, 8:00am

Resurrection Worship @ St. Croix Reformed Church, Kingshill, 9:30am

Easter Egg Hunt @ St. Croix Reformed Church, Kingshill, 10:45am