Weekly Update / Feb 9, 2018

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In the opening chapter of The Good of Giving Up, Father Aaron Damiani writes, "We enter the wilderness of Lent because the gospel is true. We do not go into the wilderness to find God. We enter the wilderness because he has found us."

In five days, The Painted Door will gather for a special Ash Wednesday service, beginning the 40-day Lenten season. Church tradition invites us to give something up during this period as a means of identifying with Christ, who gave himself up for us. Millions of Christians around the world will participate in this practice, giving up such things as certain foods, media, or various other creature comforts.

Some will do so in hopes of drawing nearer to God. Yet, in truth, we cannot draw any nearer than he has already drawn to us. In the life of Jesus, God came all the way to us. And in the death of Jesus, he made himself one with us, atoning for the sin that separates. As Damiani notes, Lent is a time to remember that God has found us, that even in the lack and pain of this world he is here.

So, yes, by all means, give something up, Christian. Train your body to participate in the sufferings of Christ. Only do not imagine that your discipline can win you more of God's presence. Instead, bask in the presence that is already yours. You are one with God in Christ, a very member of his body, a very branch of his vine, a very treasure of his heart. You belong to him. And his love is yours.

- Pastor Mark


UPCOMING EVENTS

 ASH WEDNESDAY GATHERING WED FEB 14 // 7pm  This coming  Wednesday is Valentine’s Day but also is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent in the church calendar. Guess which holiday our church will be honoring? Join us at 7pm for a special Ash Wednesday service. Come learn about the practice of Lent and join us in worship.

ASH WEDNESDAY GATHERING
WED FEB 14 // 7pm

This coming  Wednesday is Valentine’s Day but also is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent in the church calendar. Guess which holiday our church will be honoring? Join us at 7pm for a special Ash Wednesday service. Come learn about the practice of Lent and join us in worship.

 INCARNATION CLASS SAT FEB 24 // 9am-2pm  New to The Painted Door? The Incarnation Class is for you! Join us for a day of teaching, discussion, and introductions designed to orient newcomers to the values and church life of The Painted Door. The class is open to all and recommended to anyone considering church membership or simply exploring Christianity.  Coffee, donuts, and lunch are provided! Mark your calendar and email info@tpd.church to sign up!

INCARNATION CLASS
SAT FEB 24 // 9am-2pm

New to The Painted Door? The Incarnation Class is for you! Join us for a day of teaching, discussion, and introductions designed to orient newcomers to the values and church life of The Painted Door. The class is open to all and recommended to anyone considering church membership or simply exploring Christianity.

Coffee, donuts, and lunch are provided! Mark your calendar and email info@tpd.church to sign up!


THIS COMING SUNDAY

Jesus Christ is the new man, standing beyond all piety, beyond all human possibility.

He is the man who has passed from death to life.

He is — what I am not — my existential I! — the I which in God, in the freedom of God — I am!
— -Karl Barth

THE ONE MAN: THE WAR WITHIN
ROMANS 7:13-25
Pastor Mark Bergin


God’s plan to rescue people from the slavery and ruin of sin is not a game of carrots and sticks. He has no interest in reforming our broken flesh into a more disciplined version of itself. Instead, he gives us his Son. The gift of Jesus is a gift of something finished, a new way of life already completed. By faith, we receive this gift of new life. And by faith, the gift of new life manifests in us. Yet we often forget that this gift is ours. We turn back to our broken flesh and live according to old patterns. It’s as though we have two identities at war within us -- a perfect, whole identity in Christ and a fractured, irredeemable identity in the flesh. Salvation is not in mixing the two together, but rather in trusting that the new is more real than the old.

Full liturgy can be found posted to our blog each week!


VOLUNTEER ROSTER FOR FEB 11

PRE-SERVICE
Liturgy Writer: David M
Greeters: Katie B & Geneva B
Sun Manager: Ashley L
Hospitality: David S, Vitaliy & Veronika M
Media: Mike L
Audio: David M

DURING SERVICE
Band Leader: Sam C
POTP: Ashley L
Announcements: Confesor M
Scripture: Cori V
Preacher: Mark B
Offering: Jeremy B & Marina M
POC and Call to Communion: Morgan G
Communion: Morgan G & Karsten H

KIDS MINISTRY
Check In: OPEN
4-6 Team: Ana C & Peter S
7-9 Team: Alec & Madison P
Common Time: OPEN
Nursery: Mackenzie H & Polina L
Youth Cohort: Geneva & Tyler B, Katie B

POST-SERVICE
Info Table: Josie M
Prayer Team: Ashley L & Mark B

Volunteering Questions? Email Erin Bourne at volunteer@tpd.church