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"Be a Discipler"
The third week in a series of 4 weeks of what God wants us to BE...
First, we heard "Be a Worshipper" followed by "Be in Community", which naturally flows into "Be a Discipler", doesn't it?
"You, follow Me" John 21:22
This week's Recap is simply this:
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Welcome to our weekly Liturgy!
Welcome to our weekly Liturgy! We'll be in week 3 of our May sermon series - "Be a Discipler"!
We hope you continue to find it useful to see the way we are planning to worship this Sunday
SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2023
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
Call To Worship - Ephesians 2:1-6
Responsive song - Living Hope
Hymn - Amazing Grace
RESPONSIVE SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 117
Responsive song - Great is Thy Faithfulness
SERMON - Pastor Luke Wartgow "Be in the World" John 17:18-26
Hymn - Power of the Cross
Catechism Question #3 - "How may we know there is a God?"
Looking forward to yet another blessed Sunday with our church family!
Our church family is continuing to grow in Christ, and in our relationships with each other. If you'd like to be a part of that, come and join one! Right now there are 3 groups, getting bigger by the minute, which means yes! We will have to add another! :)
If you're not plugged into one, we are praying 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.
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! email@example.com.
Hope to see you there!
Saturday, June 3, 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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Women's Ministry Quarterly Brunch
Saturday, June 17, 2023 ~ 9:30am
Please join us, and invite a friend/family!
We will be enjoying this food and fellowship time every quarter (next Brunch in September)
~ June 2023's Brunch is hosted by the lovely Karin Winn ~
Location to be announced...
Our first one will be potluck style - so bring your favorite Brunchy dish...
Please sign up at the Connect Desk (or email to firstname.lastname@example.org) - we will need to know how many to expect.
Thanks! We look forward to kicking off this portion of CVBC Women's Ministry - and stay tuned for more!
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CVBC Weekly Bible Studies
Here's the schedule for all of our weekly CVBC Bible studies...
This week is our last Tuesday at 5pm with "Blessed Hope"!
Men's Friday 9am bible study Pastor Luke is continuing to teach through the book of Romans - Bootcamp Style!
Ladies Friday 9am bible studies every other Friday, 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!
Featured song for this Sunday's service
Many thanks to Ben Eddis who graciously led us in musical worship last Sunday!
"The Power of the Cross"
Keith Getty and Stuart Townend record the following about their hymn, written in 2005 - "The Power of the Cross" is a meditation on the sufferings of Christ. Over the past couple of years, we have been working through the Apostles Creed and writing hymns teaching the fundamental beliefs of Christianity. The Creed teaches that "He suffered under Pontius Pilate," and in communion we are commanded to "remember his death 'til he comes." In the New Testament, Paul and the Apostles often preached and prayed in more detailed and visual ways about the cross, turning all of our senses to Christ's sufferings and their significance. Stuart and I considered how the reality of His sufferings should penetrate our worship services and were challenged by the need to explain the overwhelming significance and implications these have for our lives. In our congregational worship the sufferings of Christ have often only been given a surface glance, and it is hardly surprising that the theological meaning often remains confused. We say thank you for clarifying to this famous duo, who have written many true hymns!
This will be the second time we will be singing this hymn and you will learn why as you read through them!
Oh, to see the dawn
This, the power of the cross:
Oh, to see the pain
Now the daylight flees,
Oh, to see my name
This, the power of the cross:
... Your worship team!
You! Follow Me!
... thoughts from the Narrow Gate
Well that's an attention getting headline, isn't it?
We spend a substantial amount of time following others. It begins as infants. Our families smile at us, we learn to smile back. We learn to crawl, walk, run. We learn to follow our parents where they go (well, sometimes).
We go to school, where there are lines literally drawn on playgrounds, in classrooms, cafeterias, etc., where we must line up and wait to follow someone.
We follow our teachers. We follow our friends. We follow school rules (there's that sometimes again).
We graduate - and while doing so, still follow someone else to get our diplomas.
We grow up, get jobs, follow rules there to stay employed and get paychecks.
We follow the government rules to remain upstanding citizens.
We have our own families sometimes, we follow our parents.
We follow the current culture mostly.
So what's the big deal about following then?
Like Pastor Luke said in his last sermon, the first words Peter heard Jesus say was "follow Me"(or come and see in some versions). The disciples dropped everything to follow Him. They did so, for three entire years.
Then, when it was time at the end of Jesus' ministry here on earth, Jesus was talking with the disciples and telling them where He was going (begining John 13:36). These guys must have been really surprised about Jesus talking about leaving right then, at the height of their ministry. After all, they had been increasing in number together, following Jesus, teaching, performing signs and wonders themselves. Following Jesus was probably all they knew after three years. That's what we do, right? Follow.
Now, suddenly, Jesus was going somewhere, where they could not come at the time, but later.
Then this happens "When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” John 21:22
The point here is that none of those things are really any of our business. We don't need to put our noses in Jesus' business with others. We are to follow Him.
Why is it so hard, though? Why was it easy to follow things all our lives, but now that we are asked to follow the King, it's so hard?
Well, it's not the first rodeo for people to have such a hard time of it. Let's look at Luke 9:59 "To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And just two verses later in 9:61 - "Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” And there's more, too!
Do you think Jesus knew it would be hard to do?
There's not enough digital space in this column to share the verses that say exactly that.
It was even hard for Jesus Himself, while he hung on the cross and asked the Father why He was being forsaken...
Help others to do the same.
You'll be amazed where He takes you.
Till He comes again,
"I Will Follow" Chris Tomlin: https://youtu.be/1ohvhmGSfxI
Have a Great Week!
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