At the very center of the story of creation, God commands man to steward the physical world, even granting them the privilege of giving names to the animals. From the Creation story to the incarnation, the bible has a very exalted view of the created order and the delight God takes in seeing us care for it as a central aspect of our worship of Him. Join us as we examine the ways that we can honor God through stewarding the ecosystems in which we “garden.”
As we continue preaching through the Gospel of John at Jonah’s Call, we begin a new series called Getting Your Life Back. The premise of the series follows John’s understanding of Jesus as one who gives back what has been lost or restores what is broken or corrects what is wrong. Join us for this series and learn more about how the person of Jesus can give you back those things that you have lost in your life.
Rev. Andrew DeFusco visited us this week. He preached for us on Luke 10:25-37. Andrew is the Rector of St. Peter's Anglican Church in Butler, PA.
John 20: 19-31
The resurrection was not a natural part of the disciples mental framework- it blew their minds. Like a man from the 17th century trying to grasp the subtleties of something as modern as an iphone, the resurrection was hard to understand. As expected, the encounter is described with awkwardness and doubt. This week, we explore doubt and the reality of the resurrection two centuries after it changed the universe.
2 Samuel 7:1-17
Have you ever considered what it has taken for God to succeed in bringing His Church into existence? For sure when considering an answer, the average Christian is going to go to the cross and point out that the death of Christ is a staggering cost to bring the race from cosmic estrangement to being called the family of God. And for sure, we ought to go to the cross when considering the cost God had to pay to form His church. But going to the cross without considering the massive steps that lead to this world-changing event is kind of like attending the funeral of a man with 30 grand children and not recognizing that he was a married man with a family- something is missing.
When we trace the roots of the nation of Israel, from Abraham to Moses, from Joshua to the Judges, from Saul to David, from the Kings to the prophets, and from the exile to the birth of Christ laying in a manger, we get a rich view of salvation history that can help us to see how very tenacious the Living God is and the extent to which His love has spanned the centuries in order to secure a family. That makes the cross a wonder to behold and the empty tomb a staggering triumph.
Join us this Advent as we look back into the Bible to trace the promise of Jesus, The Righteous Branch. And, as always, please invite a friend.
It is common for us to experience fashion either as a means to comfort (dressing for utility) or to serve our own personal vanity. However, when we consider the whole of Scripture, and the major role that beauty takes throughout God’s Word, how might the centrality of beauty inform how we steward our bodies in the way we dress. This week, we will explore a theology of fashion as a means of stewarding beauty and God’s desire for us to serve Him and others through the way we “drape ourselves.”
A beautiful service that includes the waving of palms, festive singing, and the haunting reality that our shouts of praise too often turn into declarations to jettison God from our life.
Join us this week as Gaea Thompson brings our Summer Sabbatical Series to a close, preaching from Luke 12:35-40.This parable of Jesus is an often overlooked little gem. It is sometimes called the parable of the watchful servants, it is sometimes called the parable of the servant master. Come and hear a little more about it, and you can decide which title you prefer."
1 Timothy 2:1-15
Why does our pastor affirm women in leadership and the ordination of women? Why is it important? This sermon will address the Bible’s view of women in leadership and offer a biblical argument for the ordination of women to the priesthood. Join us for this important sermon and consider inviting a friend who thinks differently about this topic.
*Not all of the question and answer portion was captured and at times the audio is hard to hear, we apologize for this inconvenience.
Given by Pastor Jay
2 Samuel 23:8-17
A boy gets grounded for disobeying his parents. As he slumps towards his room in tears, his loyal pet follows him. “Good dog,” says the boy in tears stroking his dogs coat. “I know you love me.” Dogs are wonderful models of devotion. A restaurant owner living 500 miles from his hometown adorns the inside of his business with tributes to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He watches every game, a “Terrible Towel” waving from above his head in support of the “Black and Gold”- That’s devotion. Among those most devoted to King David were three men known a David’s Mighty Men. They fought with and for him even to the point of risking their live so that he might drink a glass of water from his favorite well located behind enemy lines during a siege of their land. We understand devotion deeply because we all have people, places, ideas and things to which we are devoted. This week, we will discover how God delights in our devotion, to Him and that which he has called us to devote ourselves to in His service. Join us as we launch our series: Stewardship in everyday Life.
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