Previous Sunday Sermon Recap
This week, we explored this chapter of Genesis - where Jacob had the dream about the Ladder to heaven.
Pastor Luke began this sermon by a little review about Jacob. Remember Jacob had to leave the region because his brother Esau wanted to kill him. But, let's not forget that God called Jacob to actually leave - to go take a wife from Paddan-aram. God even blesses Jacob. The God of Genesis about to continue His Promise of the Covenant...
We see that this ladder that Jacob dreams about is a direct link - to heaven. He sees angels ascending and descending on it in verse 12. Then he sees the Lord standing above is - who makes the Promises of the Covenant to Jacob. He wakes up from his dream, afraid - the kind of fear of God that results in awe and wonder. He stays there, names the area Bethel - of which remains can be found near Beitin, Israel.
We reviewed the Promises of God:
4. Presence - of God (v. 15)
We looked at Jacobs' response to these promises:
1. He begins with confession
2. He named the place Bethel
3. He worshipped God with his own resources
There were more than two 'take home' pieces from this great sermon - one is this ladder Jacob saw was recognized and written about by one of the disciples - Paul. In 1 Timothy 2:5, he says "For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." Jesus is the ladder - the mediator - between us, and God.
Another 'take home' piece - that God changes the way we view our own resources - we begin to see it as a means to worship God.
What's your own 'take home piece'? You'll have to find out - by watching on our CVBC Vimeo Channel link: https://vimeo.com/800303774
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Welcome to our Sunday Liturgy!
Welcome to our weekly Liturgy! We hope you continue to find it useful to see the way plan to worship our King in advance!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2023
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
Call To Worship - Romans 1:16-17
Responsive song - There is One Gospel
Song of Assurance - He Will Hold Me Fast
ANNOUNCEMENTS / OFFERTORY
RESPONSIVE SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 106:1-22
Responsive song - Great is Thy Faithfulness
SERMON - Pastor Justin Krische "We Do Not Lose Heart" 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Song - Be Thou My Vision
The Apostle's Creed - read together
Until we meet, have a blessed week!
Saturday, March 4, 2023
Men's Breakfast - always the first Saturday of the month!
Join us a 9:00am for bibles and bacon... and more!
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Our church family has been really practicing this in our Community Groups lately!
If you're not plugged into one, we hope you are able to do so. Jesus taught us having regular fellowship with other believers is so beneficial. There is a group for all schedules, even bi-weekly. Try one out - you won't be disappointed!
These groups are weekly or bi-weekly that meet to discuss the previous sermons being taught at CVBC. Held at CVBC member's homes, or at the church due to weather lately!
Here is the schedule...
This Community Group meets at 6:00pm in the Foothill and Waterloo Road area. This group meets every other week, as of Wednesday, February 15, 2023.
Both of these groups meet in the Minden area at 6:00pm. One meets every week, the other meets every other week.
These groups are special and always open for new attendees! For more information, address, etc., please reach out to us here at the church - we'll direct you to your new best place to be during the week! firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you there!
Not quite the Galaxy theatre, but...
If we could only just recline!!
All kidding aside, we want to take a moment and thank some super nice people!
This is the crew that not only took (and donated) the old chairs, but put them together, and placed them in the sanctuary. They made light of a possible (at least) a day and a half of labor, in about 3 hours! We wanted to publicly thank them for their volunteering spirit - we're so lucky here at CVBC!
Oh, and you might note that indeed, these chairs were personally picked for us by no other than... :)
Thanks to all!
CVBC Weekly Bible Studies
Here's the schedule for all of our weekly CVBC Bible studies...
Ken Douglas' Co-Ed Tuesday nights 5pm bible study begins with the new "Blessed Hope" This is a big group, so get in on the info!
Men's Friday 9am bible study from "Only Two Religions", a new study about Creation by Peter Jones.
Ladies Friday 9am bible studies (every other Friday - next one this Friday, Feb 3rd) from the Dr. Steve Lawson series, "Rejoice in the Lord" - a look at Paul's book of Phillipians. If you haven't studied this incredible author's work, you will learn so much in this in depth study!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact email@example.com. Have a great week!
CVBC Community Involvement Resources
Last week we introduced a new resource for our loving church family. It's a list of community organizations that some of our members and attendees are already serving in, so we thought we could share this list with our church family!
Therefore, you can access the list two ways; pick one up at the Connect Desk, or click on this link below. You'll be directed to ask for access, which wioll be granted shortly! Thenn you can view, click on the link(s), download and/or print the document.
We're grateful our church loves to serve - which we have been celebrating the last few weeks... you surely have been the love of Jesus to us, and to our community!
"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace" 1 Peter 4:10
Featured song for this Sunday's service
This week, you can see what we are singing by reading the Liturgy column above. We're choosing to feature
"Be Thou My Vision"
An interesting blog to this hymn's history (https://www.bayviewbiblechurch.org/post/the-story-behind-be-thou-my-vision) says "In 1905, nearly fifteen hundred years after Saint Patrick lit a flame on Slane Hill, the forgotten hymn re-emerged from the mists of time. Mary Burne a 25-year-old university student, discovered the 14th century copy of Rop tú mo Baile and translated it into English for the very first time.
It that moment, the now-hallowed lyrics, “Be thou my vision... oh Lord of my heart” sprang from the forgotten pages of time and into the modern world. Later in 1912, an Irish woman named Eleanor Hull set the words to music. The melody she set it to was none other than "Slane," the medieval tune written in honor of St. Patrick. The hymn became famous overnight and appeared in its first hymnal in 1919. In 2019, the world celebrated the 100th anniversary of the modern version of Be Thou My Vision.
To learn more, click on the blog above! The famous lyrics to this irish hymn are:
Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light
Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son
Thou in me dwelling and I with Thee one
Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise
Thou mine inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only first in my heart
High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art
High King of heaven, my victory won
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's sun
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall
Still be my vision, O ruler of all
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall
Still be my vision, O ruler of all
We hope you enjoy singing this time tested, truth filled hymn with us next Sunday!
... Your song worship team!
... thoughts from the Narrow Gate
Our church family is mourning a loss this week, of a lovely and bright woman, full of the spirit of Jesus. Kelli will be remembered for her joy. Literally.
You wouldn't know she was fighting cancer, and fighting it hard. It was the joy of Jesus you saw when you were next to her. Her smile could light up a dark auditorium, couldn't it? The stories that she shared about her faith are truly for all to hear. I've been hearing some of these stories this week - and am personally encouraged to carry on! Kelli was a rock - a cornerstone. Her faith was solid, and the foundation of everything she did. We have much to learn from a person like this... where did she get this faith during all her struggles?
Kelli knew and believed Jesus was her Rock - her Cornerstone. It's not a surprise Jesus quoted the Old Testament, actually, many times. He knew all scripture - well, let's be real here, He WAS walking scripture! So Jesus purposefully goes back to the book of Isaiah, who explains in chapter 28:16, "therefore thus says the Lord God, 'Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation. Whoever believes will not be in haste." Isaiah was told what was coming by the Spirit of the Lord, so he told those around him what was coming, what it would look like, and what would happen. He even tells us of the second coming of Jesus in chapter 63.
Maybe that's why Jesus quoted him multiple times. But even Peter and Paul write about this in more than one of his New Testament letters. 1 Peter 2:6-7 "For it stands in Scripture: 'Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone, chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame. So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” And again in Ephesians 2:20-21, "built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord."
It was obvious Kelli held on to the Cornerstone. She knew, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:24-25).
She knew, and her journey displayed it to all who knew her. Even though the rest of the house was falling apart, she held on to that cornerstone. She had the hope of eternal life - the eternal cornerstone that she relied upon day by day. It's where she got the strength to carry on - until she finally met this Rock - face to face.
I pray that we all can learn from Kelli's journey - that we all know we have access to the very same cornerstone. That foundation. That same Rock.
Build your house upon it.
Till He comes again,
"Cornerstone" Toby Mac: https://youtu.be/m7NQ5AvuMPM
Have a Great Week!
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