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Dear friends,

When most of us hear “church,” we think of the structure where Christians gather week by week. But whenever the New Testament refers to the church, it means people, not a place–“the brothers [and sisters], ” a “colony of heaven,” “the family of God,” “the body of Christ”–even “the Way.” All of these describe the “church.”

The English word for church derives from the Greek word kyriakos, (“belonging to the Lord.”) The church is the ecclesia, an assembly or congregation, from the roots ek, “out from,” and kaleo, “to call.” The sense of it is that God’s people are called out of the world and into a new community of those who belong to Christ.

This week our theme is the Great Commission, where our Lord sends his church into the world to be his witnesses. Our relationship with Christ sets our missionary objective–our priority is to bear testimony to God’s saving love in Jesus. As the church’s union with Jesus defines our nature., so our mission is to share him with the world. He calls us, and then he sends us.

In Christ’s love,

Pastor Randy      

Join Us This Sunday

September 24, 2023

Old Testament: Psalm 8:1-9

New Testament: Matthew 28:16-20

Sermon Title: “Great Commission, Endless Mission”

Quote of the Week:

All may of Thee partake: Nothing can be so mean, Which with his tincture–“for Thy sake”– Will not grow bright and clean.

A servant with this clause Makes drudgery divine: Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws, Makes that and th’ action fine.

This is the famous stone That turneth all to gold; For that which God doth touch and own Cannot for less be told. –George Herbert, “The Elixir”