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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 Peter 1:3-5

Great mercy! Born again! Living hope!

These are amazing claims that cannot be taken lightly. In just one very weighty sentence, Peter communicates so much to us about the gospel. Read his words again slowly. Can you spot the who, what, why, and how of the gospel? 

Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, making a way for us to experience new life in him. This new life begins for us here in the midst of a broken world and will continue into eternity with the Lord in heaven. And all of this, not because we deserve it, but just because our God is that gracious and merciful. No wonder Peter can’t keep himself from exclaiming, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!”

May this be our attitude as we enter into worship on Sunday morning as well! We gather each week to be amazed afresh by the gospel, responding in our worship as we sing songs of praise and adoration, read and receive Scripture, and lift up prayers to God. Our fellowship is made up of all generations, and 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 26:1-16.

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!   
Mark