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 “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

“O death, where is your victory?

    O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:54-58

Honestly, I’m still buzzing from Easter Sunday! Year after year it never gets old, but it only gets richer as we come together to celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the new life we have in him. But now Easter is starting to fade in the rear-view mirror. We have no choice but to move forward into another week, another month, another year… And yet the message of VICTORY rings just as loudly, and Paul lends his voice to that victory shout in the triumphant declaration of 1 Corinthians 15. These are the perfect verses to prepare us for worship because they both fuel our praise and inform our purpose. Our praise is fueled by the gospel truth that death itself has been swallowed up by the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ. And it is this same gospel truth that informs us of our purpose. Since through Christ we have been given the greatest victory imaginable - triumph over sin and death - we are encouraged to live like victorious people! We are to be steadfast and solid in our faith, overflowing in the good works that the Lord has given us to do, knowing that it is not fruitless or pointless, but that our labor is both from him and for him. So let’s worship together this week with our praise fueled by and our purpose informed by this message of VICTORY!

We will worship through songs, Scripture, prayers, and in the sharing of Communion together. The church is made up of all generations, so kids are always welcome! We have childcare available throughout the service for ages 3 and under, and a special Kids’ Time and activity bags during the service for all of our young worshipers. Central to our worship is hearing from God through the preaching of the Bible. Pastor Michael Mackens continues our sermon series in Matthew looking at what Jesus has to say about the end times in Matthew 24:1-14.

You can prepare for gathered worship by finding a few moments to simply engage with the Scripture and songs for this week. Ask God to use our time together to draw you closer to Him, to build up His church, and to glorify Himself. This week’s song playlist can be found on Spotify and YouTube. Everything you need to know about our Sunday worship services can be found on our website.

See you this Sunday!