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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”.

Easter Schedule

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Easter Sunrise Service @  7:00am

Easter Brunch @  8:00am

Resurrection Worship @ 9:30am

Easter Egg Hunt @ 10:45am

Lent Devotion: April 20th

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April 20, 2019
By Kate Meyer

Psalm 147
Praise for God’s Care for Jerusalem
1 Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted,
and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.
6 The Lord lifts up the downtrodden;
he casts the wicked to the ground.

7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre.
8 He covers the heavens with clouds,
prepares rain for the earth,
makes grass grow on the hills.
9 He gives to the animals their food,
and to the young ravens when they cry.
10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;[a]
11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.

12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For he strengthens the bars of your gates;
he blesses your children within you.
14 He grants peace[b] within your borders;
he fills you with the finest of wheat.
15 He sends out his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
16 He gives snow like wool;
he scatters frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down hail like crumbs—
who can stand before his cold?
18 He sends out his word, and melts them;
he makes his wind blow, and the waters flow.
19 He declares his word to Jacob,
his statutes and ordinances to Israel.
20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation;
they do not know his ordinances.
Praise the Lord!

The tattoo on my wrist is a dumbbell with the word abide written on the bar. The word, written in Greek, is also the only part of the tattoo comprised of color: purple and green.

There is no shortage of scriptural images for finding our strength in God, so I won’t take space here to elaborate on the layers of that part of the tattoo. The word abide is also commonplace in the New Testament, but, for the purposes of my tattoo, the full meaning of it cannot be understood without also looking at the color choice.

In the liturgical calendar, purple occurs during Advent and Lent. The color is tied to words such as mourning, waiting, and reflecting. Green, alternatively, is liturgically used to represent ordinary time, as well as renewal and new life.

So, when I look at my wrist, I am reminded to abide with God in times of mourning and in ordinary times. When things are great, neutral, or terrible. But, it is also a reminder that the ordinary times will come again; though the times of mourning and waiting appear to far outweigh the rest, we have strength to endure if we but abide.

Abide with God always. Even on this Holy Saturday, this in-between time, trust in God’s steadfast love that does not end in mourning. Rather, God’s steadfast love always, yes always, carries us through to new life. Abide with God and see.
Prayer: In all of my in-between times, God, I pray you strengthen me to but abide in trust of your steadfast love. May I honor you by holding fast and resting in the assured hope of redemption. Amen.

Kate Meyer is the counseling services manager of Hospice of Holland in Holland, Michigan. She is writer, speaker, and minister. You can read more about her work at http://www.katejmeyer.com.