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."
Join us this week as Rev. Andrew DeFusco preaches, from Mark 6:45-52, and celebrates for us this Sunday. The Rev. Andrew DeFusco is the Rector of St. Peter's Anglican Church in Butler, PA. He grew up in Oakland and has considered Church of the Ascension to be his church home for most of his life. He has always been excited about the Jonah's Call project and is delighted to be visiting us this week.
Nearly 3,000 years ago, a man named Eli served as High Priest for God's people, the Israelites. He was not a great man, and no one would place him in the faith "Hall of Fame." Yet, in the few short chapters where he appears in the book of First Samuel, he displays a radical willingness to accept God's sovereignty, even when that meant great suffering for both himself and his family. Come join us on Sunday to learn what a very flawed man can teach us about turning to God in times of hardship. Join us this week as Matthew Whipple preaches from 1 Samuel 3:1-18 and invite a friend.
This week Rev. Tracey Russell will be joining us as both preacher and Celebrant as we continue in our Summer Sabbatical Series.Though her plan in life was to become a midwife, God had different ideas, and Tracey has now been a youth pastor for 13 years, a priest for 5 years and a Mom for 21 years. She and her husband Jamey, who is also a priest, were on the leadership of Seeds of Hope church before being brought onto the staff of Christ Church Fox Chapel. Tracey is the youth pastor at CCFC, as well as the lead pastor for their church planting effort called: " I (heart) Blawnox." Tracey first met Jay and Catherine at Trinity School for Ministry-it was Tracey and Jamey's first year, and Jay and Catherine's last. Tracey and Jamey are trying hard to make a positive contribution to Geek culture by raising their five children to appreciate D&D, Chess, Christian Manga and obscure Anime. They live in Bloomfield with a menagerie of pets including their new puppy, a Corgi named Ein.Join us this week as Tracey preaches on Isaiah 43:1-21 and invite a friend
Every Gospel writer has a distinct style and emphasis. Luke is a master storyteller. Matthew is a master apologist. John is a masterful theologian. And Mark...is different. Mark's account has the eloquence of a machine gun. Mark tells the story of Jesus with an air of mystery and wonder. Jesus uses few words and works many miracles, leaving those around him asking each other questions like, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?" (Mark 4:41). On Sunday we will see what happens when Jesus comes to his hometown and begins teaching the people who watched him grow up, and we will ask how this story could possibly be good news for us today.
1 Corinithians 1:18-31
This week starts our Summer Sabbatical Series which will continue for the next six weeks while Jay and his family are on Sabbatical. During this time we will have guest preachers and celebrants. These individuals have been chosen by Jay and Catherine and we look forward to sitting under their teaching, to hear how the Lord is speaking to them.
This week Matthew Whipple will be starting us off, preaching on 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. Please join us through this series and invite a friend.
From God's hand of grace in coming to the aid of Adam and Eve to his patient grace in bringing restoration to Israel in the time of the exile, the Old Testament is awash in grace. So, it is not surprising when we turn to the New Testament and see the grace of Jesus in action in relation to sinners as God incarnate. There is perhaps, no other passage that so clearly speaks of grace as the wonderful, gentle way in which Jesus releases from judgement a woman caught in the act of adultery. In a world that is often permeated by harsh judgment and ruthless retaliation, scenes of grace seem to speak to a very deep place in the human heart, fulfilling a longing we all have to be forgiven and to forgive when there has been a wrong against us and when we have performed a wrong. Join us this Sunday as we explore the life of Jesus, his teachings, and the way his life of grace can bring healing and reconciliation to the areas of our life and work that are filled with conflict and diminishing. Invite a friend.
*Please note that due to recording trouble, the scripture reading is very quiet and the first minute of the sermon wasn't captured.
If you received a certified letter in the mail claiming that you had won 10,000,000, would you dismiss it? You might doubt the claim. You might think it a scam or a prank. But, you would certainly look into the truth of it because if it were true, it could change your life forever. In the Gospel of John, Jesus makes some incredible claims. We might even call them “10,000,000 dollar claims” because they demand verification. And, to make it even more compelling, millions have read John’s Gospel in the last 2 centuries and have found his claims to be credible. This Sunday we will look at the claims of Jesus and the implications that they make on our lives. Please join us and invite a friend.
Be sure to be a part of our Sunday worship this week as we welcome Bishop Duncan. He will be confirming 8 members of our church and will preach and celebrate.
There are no end to the stories in literature and film and everyday life of protagonists who take the blame for others in order to protect them, defend them and to rescue them. From Dicken’s Tale of Two Cities to the Hunger Games we see this reality in fiction and film. And, in everyday life we see it in parents quietly sacrificing for their kids in order for them to thrive and in friends that act sacrificially for another’s benefit. Whenever we love, we will see a price paid. And, whenever a price is paid in the name of love, we will face opposition from the forces of darkness in this world. As CS Lewis rightly observes, “There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God, and counterclaimed by Satan.” In John 7, Jesus faces opposition at home, from his own family, because he loves them. And, his love costs. Join us as we see the beauty and trepidation that accompany being a person who stands up for this world.
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