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At 8:30am we worship in a traditional service featuring hymns, liturgy and organ. If you enjoy a classic worship style, then this service is for you. Communion is served weekly at this service and all people are welcome at Communion!
Then at 10:02am, get ready for an upbeat, music-intense contemporary service featuring Emilie Worre Noble and the 10:02 Band. Children are invited to attend the Kids Konnection Sunday School which meets during this service. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month at this service. On that Sunday, children are encouraged to worship with their parents, and are dismissed to Kids Konnection before the message.
The finally at 3:00pm we have our Spanish speaking service, Casa del Maestro, led by Pastor Sam. Casa del Maestro means “Master’s House” and in 2013 it opened it’s doors for the purpose of conveying biblical principle for the whole family. Come and see this new ministry!
From the Desk of Jim Engen, President of Gethsemane Faith Community
Greeting to you all! Praying this article finds you well.
I have to tell you, the whole package of Sunday morning gave me many takeaways and it all began with community life and the prayer for the team we as a faith community just sent to Pommern Lutheran Parish in Tanzania. Pastor Tim prayed and included us as part of being “one family” across the globe. WOW – what power there is in that statement – a prayer for people we probably will never see and we are connected to them as fellow Christians and that will forever be a thing I keep in mind when I meet people that are different than me. We all need to remember that is the type of people we are trying to get to come to this faith community of Gethsemane.
Then there was the worship part of the service – another WOW – we sang a song that said
“I go up to the mountain and pray, pray, pray to the one I love”.
Nice warm-up and segue to the message Torie!
“The Getaway” – that was the title of Pastor Tim’s sermon for this week. The text was from Mark 6:30-56, the same as last week with more elaboration on the getting away from the challenges of the day and life. I’m pretty sure you have already concluded that I have a very hyperactive mind when I listen to the message. So many questions come to my mind, spirit and heart:
Pastor Tim concentrated on Jesus getting away from the crowds – remember how last week we saw Jesus trying to get away and He wound up feeding the 5000? Well, this week we heard about how Jesus dismissed the disciples after the feeding, dismissed the crowds and finally got away to reconnect with the Father.
I don’t know about you, but I need to force myself to get away – and when I do, I feel so much better. I wonder if this getting away is a gift from God – a gift just waiting for me or anyone else to take a hold of? Wonder if there might be other gifts I am missing? Okay back to the getting away “thing”. I need that time where it is just God and I – alone.
We really need that time to reconnect with God so we might center on the really important things in life; so we have the energy to do the important things in life. When we take the time to refocus on God and spend some time alone with Him, He gives us all the energy to face life’s challenges. He does it every time!
Funny how God pops into our lives if we are listening – it happened again Monday night of this week at our second budget meeting with Full Council and OMT. At the end of the meeting, I asked if anyone wanted to pray. I had not asked anyone prior to the meeting to prepare anything. One of your council members (leaders) brought a devotion and began to read it. The words that were read were a gift from God. It spoke directly to the issue of finances and how we all need to abide in Him and He is sufficient to solve all our problems; how He will give us the insight just at the right time. What a nice Word that was.
I have found that these little gems are here for the taking. My belief is that they are from God – we only need to take the time and be still to hear and see them. I challenge you as members of this faith community to take the time to reconnect with God on a regular basis; even in the midst of all of life’s ups and downs. Hebrews 13:5 tells us the truth about our Father in heaven, “I will never leave you or forsake you”. I believe this with all my heart…God will not leave us or forsake us.
Thanks Pastor Tim for stirring these thoughts in all of us this week.
Did you miss the message from last Sunday? Go listen to it on our website at www.geth.org.
Like I said last week, we would interview the second synod provided interim candidate on Thursday July 23, 2015. We interviewed the candidate for the Interim position and the Full Council unanimously voted to extend an offer. Did he accept or not? Do we have an interim pastor or are we still searching? I’m not going to tell you in this letter as I hope you come on Sunday to see for yourselves. I do suggest you come on Sunday – there will be an update during the Community Life portion of each service. Remember, it’s all about staying engaged.
PLEASE DON’T MISS THIS SUNDAY! There is a really important announcement for those who consider themselves part of this faith community. If you are unable to attend, I will tell you what the announcement was…in next week’s letter.
The process has now moved to the phase that will survey the school staff. The MSP team just keeps moving this faith community forward. Thanks to Ryan and the team! This section of my letter will drop off until we have the results compiled.
Do you have a pastoral care issue? Call the church office at 651-739-1264 and ask for Pastor Tim. He is here and eager to serve you!
Email me at email@example.com with questions/comments/concerns. I would love to hear from you.
See you Sunday for worship – Hymns and Worship Songs of Praise, Prayers and a Message that is sure to engage you, encourage you, lift you up and give you a blessing to carry you through the week. God is faithful that way.
This week, Pastor Tim begins a new series, “Agents of H.E.A.L.E.D.” Come this Sunday to find out what it means and how you can apply it to your daily spiritual walk. This is going to be a GREAT series that our Kids Konnection is also going to have as a part of their Sunday curriculum. Exciting!
In His Service,
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