Pressing On – A
Sermon Series for Fall 2020, Beginning in September
Early on, many of us thought this would all be over in a matter of weeks or months. We shared about everything we were learning and doing with this time. We talked about what life would be like, on the other side of the pandemic.
As weeks and months went on, however, we came to the growing realization that this would be a reality for much longer than we expected. We came to recognize that, in many ways, this was going to be a marathon, and not a sprint. These changes to our lives would be the new normal for some time to come.
Beginning in September, we will be reflecting on themes of perseverance and endurance as they are found in the letter to the Philippians. We will ask what it looks like to faithful press on through life’s in-betweens, including this time that we find ourselves in today.
“One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-15
A Way Through the Wilderness – A Sermon Series for Summer 2020, Beginning in August
For many, this season of life has felt like time spent in the wilderness. We think about what we have left behind, remembering what it was like before all of this. We wonder where we might be going, and what things might be like when we get to the other side.
Wilderness can be a lot of things. It can be a place in which we feel lost, and struggle to find a sense of direction. It can be harsh and bare, as a landscape – a place deprived of elements that we feel are necessary for life. It is a place where we might be content to spend a little while, but not a place we would want to call home.
But wilderness can also be other things. It can be a place of quietness, solace and solitude. It can be place of beauty, wonder, learning and rest. A place where abundance is discovered, resources are found, relationships deepen, and encounter takes place.
Over the month of August, our pastoral team will be exploring the wilderness journey of the people of ancient Israel, as we find it in the book of Exodus. We’ll follow them from the Red Sea to Mount Sinai as we reflect on our own wilderness experiences as God’s people in these uncertain times.