Weekly Update / Feb 23, 2018

Do not resist repentance. Sit down by its streams and learn the presence of your Savior. Know that in this death, in what feels like a losing of self, God is loving you, all of you, in the most committed, never-gonna-let-you-down, love imaginable. Learn to love His hand in your life. He is for you, not against you. So day and night, place your life in His nail pierced hands.

Lent is a time for repentance. So what is repentance? Repentance is a sorrowful reckoning with our sin and our woundedness. It is recognizing that our tools are broken and whatever we build will be broken. It is an ongoing turning away from sinful desires and actions as they occur. But Christians don’t do repentance; we are repentant in accordance with the life of Christ within us. So like everything else experiential in the Christian life, it comes and goes in various stages of maturity and immaturity, confidence and weakness. Sometimes it looks like a barely audible cry for help. Sometimes it looks like taking fearless moral inventory of oneself and making amends to those you have wronged. However it looks, however it feels, repentance is a gift of God’s healing grace.

In this gift of repentance there is always suffering, because it is the experiencing of two humanities being torn apart, or more mildly, going their separate ways within the Christian self. The humanity of Adam marching to condemnation, the humanity of Christ marching towards glory. Repentance is painful because there is much in us that Christ is leaving to decay and eventually putting to death, never to return; and Christ has something much, much better for our bodies and souls in His own new humanity.

Repentance is a death of independence. The death of our control. The control we think we can have by hiding. The control we think we can have in self protection. It is letting Christ decide what you need and what is yours. Do not resist repentance. Sit down by its streams and learn the presence of your Savior. Know that in this death, in what feels like a losing of self, God is loving you, all of you, in the most committed, never-gonna-let-you-down, love imaginable. Learn to love His hand in your life. He is for you, not against you. So day and night, place your life in His nail pierced hands.

- Pastor Morgan


FAMILY NEWS

 Congratulations to Jonathan Sanchez who graduated from the Chicago Police Academy this past week!

Congratulations to Jonathan Sanchez who graduated from the Chicago Police Academy this past week!

 We have a number of teams in need of volunteers to replace the handful of parents having babies soon! If you are not currently serving on a team once a month, we would love your participation! Reach out to  Erin Bourne at volunteer@tpd.church  for more information. 

We have a number of teams in need of volunteers to replace the handful of parents having babies soon! If you are not currently serving on a team once a month, we would love your participation! Reach out to Erin Bourne at volunteer@tpd.church for more information. 

 The Noble Square Community Group, led by Kaitlyn Kleffman & Abbey Kosterman, is kicking off this Sunday night at 6pm! Email  kaitlyn@tpd.church  for more info!

The Noble Square Community Group, led by Kaitlyn Kleffman & Abbey Kosterman, is kicking off this Sunday night at 6pm! Email kaitlyn@tpd.church for more info!


UPCOMING EVENTS

 BAPTISMS THIS COMING EASTER SUN APR 1 // 10AM   For anyone who would like to be baptized, we’re planning to set up our baptismal this Easter, which is April 1st. If you’d like to talk more about this, please reach out to any of the pastors in person or email  Pastor Mark.  

BAPTISMS THIS COMING EASTER
SUN APR 1 // 10AM

For anyone who would like to be baptized, we’re planning to set up our baptismal this Easter, which is April 1st. If you’d like to talk more about this, please reach out to any of the pastors in person or email Pastor Mark. 


THIS COMING SUNDAY

The right way to approach God is to stretch out our hands and ask of One who we know has the heart of a Father.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

THE ONE MAN: HEIRS WITH CHRIST
ROMANS 8:12-17
Pastor Wes Oaks


We do not own ourselves. The impulses and desires of our bodies do not rule us; we are dead to them.  Rather the spirit of Christ rules in us making us alive to God. Indeed, we are children of God, and if children then we are heirs, and if we are heirs then we lack no good thing. Our Father is here in front of you. And he has not brought  condemnation in his brow but power in his hand—all the power we need to participate in the sufferings of Christ—to know joy in the life of God.

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


VOLUNTEER ROSTER FOR FEB 25

PRE-SERVICE
Liturgy Writer: Alec W
Greeters: Retzlaffs
Sun Manager: Cassie F
Hospitality: Amanda A, Jon S, Insup O
Media: Lea R
Audio: Sam C

DURING SERVICE
Band Leader: Kaitlyn K
POTP: Cassie F
Announcements: Confesor M
Scripture: Cassie W
Preacher: Wes O
Offering: Heidi D & Chad L
POC and Call to Communion: Morgan G
Communion: Morgan G & Matt S

KIDS MINISTRY
Check In: Ian C
4-6 Team: Rahela T & Nya M
7-9 Team: Erin B & Aliha
Common Time: OPEN
Nursery: Kim M & Tami G
Youth Cohort: Retzlaffs, Kelsey K

POST-SERVICE
Info Table: Matt & Grace
Prayer Team: Liann J & Morgan G

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