Weekly Update / Jan 19, 2018
With his fist pounding on the dining room table for the tenth time, our church men's group leader ripped into the young group of us in attendance. He shouted at us for being weak, cowardly failures and poor examples of what it means to be men. With each blow to the table he would cry out, “We need to be real men."
Finally, in a moment of pure frustration, I slammed my fist on the table too and yelled back: “You have no clue what it means to be a man, because you have lost sight of what it means to be a son!” Admittedly, this was not my best moment, but it was a defining one -- both for our men's group leader and for me.
We can get so wrapped up with the idea of being men that we wind up trying to impress others or even God with our intellect, our strength, our stature, or our money. But most of us have no clue of what it means to be men, because we have lost sight of what it means to be sons! It is impossible to define manhood outside of sonship.
Men, we have been adopted by God through his eternal Son. We are his sons, and he is our Father. As Paul writes in Galatians, "Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, 'Abba! Father!'”
This Saturday at 9am, Pastor Morgan and I are launching a 10-week group for men. We want to invite every man at The Painted Door to join us as we gather at the church for teaching, discussion, and prayer. Our hope is that we can rediscover together the unfailing fatherly love God has for us.
-- Confesor Martinez, pastoral candidate
FAMILY NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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THIS COMING SUNDAY
THE ONE MAN: SIN BROUGHT TO NOTHING
Pastor Mark Bergin
If God simply told the whole world that he was not going to hold us accountable for our sin, that would be cruel and dangerous news. But God has said much more than that. He has told us that he means to cover us in his Son. So yes, he will not hold us accountable for our sin, but only because we are united to Jesus Christ. This union to Christ certainly spares us from the dreadful cosmic consequences of our sin. And beyond that, it transforms us into the very image of divine life. We cannot receive Jesus as merely a get-out-of-jail-free card. He is not an idea or certificate. He is a person. And when we receive this person, we are caught up into all the fullness of his personhood. In him, our sin can neither condemn us nor enslave us nor define us. In him, our sin is brought to nothing.
VOLUNTEER ROSTER FOR JAN 21
Liturgy Writer: Liann J
Greeters: Geneva B & Katie B
Sun Manager: Ashley L
Hospitality: David L, Alec & Allie W
Media: Mike L
Audio: David M
Band Leader: Sam C
POTP: Ashley B
Announcements: Confesor M
Scripture: Ashley L
Preacher: Mark B
Offering: Karsten H & Heidi D
POC and Call to Communion: Morgan G
Communion: Matthew S & Ashley B
Check In: Ian C
4-6 Team: Abbey K & DonDon A
7-9 Team: Stacey J & Jill M
Common Time: OPEN
Nursery: Janelle F & Polina L
Youth Cohort: Tyler & Geneva B, Katie B
Info Table: Josie M
Prayer Team: Morgan G & Ashley L
Volunteering Questions? Email Erin Bourne at firstname.lastname@example.org