Living in Relationship

If you weren't there, you missed a wonderful night in the Gathering Place for our Valentine's Day dinner.
"Winding Road" provided an enjoyable set of jazz music to accompany the food. Members are Bob Stark (voice and strings), Darla Pepper-Miller (voice and keyboard), and Leah Pagano (voice and drums).

“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Mt. 5:21ff, selected)

Living in community, showing love and embodying integrity in our relationships isn't easy. We may think, looking at the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament, that we have it all figured out. Do not murder. Check! Do not commit adultery. Easy enough.

Jesus takes things a step further in the Sermon on the Mount. He challenges his audience to think about what is really at the root of these commandments. Not only are murder and adultery and a whole host of other things bad because they destroy lives and relationships, anger and lust do the same!

All of us have experience with these sins. All of us, in one way or another, fail to love others as Jesus Christ loves us.

In her sermon this week, Rev. Dr. Tina Hosler challenges us to consider the ways we have failed to uphold the highest standards of integrity in our relationships. When have we let our anger, lust, or covetousness get the best of us? When have we treated God's children like property instead of people? How have we undermined the power of our words by lying?

Listen to this week's sermon below or forward this email to share it with a friend! You can also view the archived live worship stream on our Facebook Page.

This week, examine your relationships. Do the hard work of discipleship: seek reconciliation, strive for purity, treat covenants seriously, and let your word be reliable.

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"The Gift of the Unpredictable Jesus"

Matthew 17:1-9

The Transfiguration

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

Go & Grow!

Our leadership created a new mission statement at this year's retreat: "Going in Service, Growing in Faith." What does it mean for you? We're asking everyone to do TWO things.
  1. Thing One: Go in Service. Do something to support a ministry in the church through your time and talents.
  2. Thing Two: Grow in Faith. Join or continue in a small group that will help you draw closer to God.
Are you still looking for inspiration for your "two things?" In the coming weeks, we'll have more information on existing small groups, new groups, and service opportunities!
In the next few months, you'll be receiving an invitation to Brunch with the Pastor on a Saturday morning. This will be an opportunity to meet some other members of the church and spend some time with Rev. Tina and our leaders. We will be doing this in small groups to allow more intimate conversations.
We have a limited number of tickets for a showing of "Jesus" at the Cinemark in Robinson Township on April 11th. Contact Judy or Joel at the office to secure your spot.
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