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Following Jesus Together - June 2

Dear Friends,

I wanted to share the longer quote I used in Sunday’s sermon from Christian counselor, Curt Thompson. He highlights what the Bible says about all of us, that shame is competing with the grace of God in the gospel and poisoning our view of our Heavenly Father and our selves. It’s the age old, “Did God really say that?” Check it out at the link below:

https://mbird.com/2020/08/caught-between-love-and-shame/

May the honor of being saved and loved by grace outweigh and cover your shame in Christ Jesus!

Leadership Training – Wednesday, June 9th – 6:30pm  - We are starting the training of those who were nominated in May. You are welcome to join us if you are interested in growing in knowledge of how Jesus runs the church.

Sunday has turned into a missions emphasis Sunday. Check out what’s coming!

Sunday School @ 9:00am – Interview with Ted Turnau via Zoom! Join us in the sanctuary as we chat with Ted and Carolyn in Prague. I hope to ask him some good questions about the goodness of pop culture and how it can be a tool to help Christians engage in spiritual conversations with our neighbors. Bring your questions!

This is our last Sunday School class for the summer. We will resume in September, God-willing.

Worship – 10:00am – 1 Peter 2:4-10 - It’s a communion Sunday. Come and experience the ordinary means of grace, where we proclaim the Lord Jesus’ death until He comes and find strength and nourishment for our faith.

Our sermon passage is all about the role of the church to be a royal priesthood to the nations. The church’s identity is to be Jesus’ public witnesses, includes praising the excellencies of our good God, and how we live among our neighbors. 

Here’s a provocative testimony by atheist Penn Jillette, who was moved by the compassion of a Christian who gave him a Bible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6md638smQd8

After communion we get to hear from the Emersons and their ministry in Asia.

See you Sunday!

Grace and peace,
Nate Thompson

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