Weekly Update / Feb 16, 2018

I imagine Lent for you and for me as a great departure from the greedy, anxious anti-neighborliness of our economy, a great departure from our exclusionary politics that fears the other, a great departure from self-indulgent consumerism that devours creation. And then an arrival in a new neighborhood, because it is a gift to be simple, it is a gift to be free; it is a gift to come down where we ought to be.
— Walter Brueggemann

Life is hectic, let’s be honest. We’ve traded back breaking labor for brain bashing work. We’ve traded milking cows for trips to the grocery store, digging trenches for stress inducing career trajectories, and hours on the washboard for password memorization. 

Has convenience made our lives better? Probably, maybe, not really—it’s debatable. "Probably" because most of us would rather open the fridge than wrestle a cow in the morning and again in the evening and again tomorrow morning. "Maybe" because password management is of the devil. Or "not really" because the pharmaceutical industry seems to be winning.

Regardless of where we land on the matter, there is one truth that pierces through it all: We are not our own. The impulses and longings of our bodies are inescapable and distracting, but take comfort friends; they are passing away. We are not debtors to the impulses and desires of our bodies but to God. Brothers and sisters, we are not our own.

-Pastor Wes Oaks


UPCOMING EVENTS

 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

It is the pleasing of God that is at the heart of worship.
— R.C. Sproul

THE ONE MAN: TO PLEASE GOD
ROMANS 8:1-11
Pastor Mark Bergin


Part of what it means to be a Christian is to be filled with a desire to please God. He is our Father, and we want to live in his pleasure. But what pleases God? Is it seeing us better ourselves, watching us pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and really make something of our lives? No, the Apostle Paul tells us that it is impossible to please God with  such labor in our own strength. God is holy, and the only thing that pleases him is perfection. He will not settle for anything less for us. So it is that self-improvement winds up being a dead end. To please God, we need something beyond ourselves. We need a whole new way of being. And he has given that to us in the Spirit of Christ.

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


VOLUNTEER ROSTER FOR FEB 18

PRE-SERVICE
Liturgy Writer: Erin B
Greeters: Josie M & Geneva B
Sun Manager: Sarah W
Hospitality: David L, Josh & Marla W
Media: Tyler B
Audio: Jesse S

DURING SERVICE
Band Leader: Wes O
POTP: Cassie S
Announcements: Confesor M
Scripture: Ashley B
Preacher: Mark B
Offering: Jeremy B & OPEN
POC and Call to Communion: Morgan G
Communion: Ashley B & Karsten H

KIDS MINISTRY
Check In: Ian C
4-6 Team: Abbey K & Hannah R
7-9 Team: Stacey J & Madison P
Common Time: OPEN
Nursery: Gloria Z & Mackenzie H
Youth Cohort: Gloria Z & Josie M

POST-SERVICE
Info Table: McKenzie S
Prayer Team: Confesor & Kim M

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