CHURCH ISN’T CANCELLED…BECAUSE YOU ARE THE CHURCH!
We’re bummed that we don’t get to gather for services this weekend but that doesn’t mean church won’t happen. You, the people of MCC, are what make up the Church. And in the midst of this crazy winter weather, we’ve been given a unique opportunity. It’s an opportunity to worship God in our living rooms and around our kitchen tables. It’s an opportunity to serve our neighbors by helping shovel their driveway. It’s an opportunity to pray for those who are working to clear roads and restore power lines.
We want to encourage you to take time this Sunday to be with the Lord. We’ve provided some resources below for you and your family to do just that. You’ll find an abbreviated video message from Aaron, links to give online and submit prayer requests, tools for elementary through high school students, and more.
Make this weekend the best service you’ve ever experienced in your pajamas. ;-)
We may be snowed in but we don’t have to miss out!
WATCH THIS WEEKEND’S SERMON
WEEK 3: "LIMITLESS ENDURANCE"
Aaron McClary - January 20, 2018
It’s one thing to believe that there’s no limit to what God can do. It’s another thing entirely to believe that there’s no limit to what God can do in and through YOU.
No matter what life throws at you—with God, you can experience LIMITLESS ENDURANCE!
IDEAS FOR CHURCH AT HOME
Sing a few songs of worship. If you can sing to yourself in the shower at home, you can sing to the Lord in your living room! Click here for a playlist of worship songs on Youtube or, if someone in your family plays a guitar, have them get it out and lead you in a few songs. Or, just sing a cappella to the Lord. However you do it, make a joyful noise to the Lord!
Take communion. You may not have any of those fancy trays with pre-cut Communion wafers and mini juice cups in your kitchen cabinets but a few saltine crackers broken up on a paper plate and some grape juice in a few solo cups works just as well. The point is to be reminded by the symbols, whatever they are, that Jesus died for you. Take some time to reflect on that sacrifice and thank God for it!
Read Scripture. Open up the YouVersion Bible app on your phone or crack open your real-life paper and ink Bibles and read this week’s main text—Hebrews 12:1-3 (NLT). Here are a few questions you can reflect on individually or discuss as a family: 1) The “cloud of witnesses” mentioned in verse 1 is a reference to the great examples of faithful people discussed in chapter 11. Who are some people in your life that have been great examples of faith to you? 2) What are some “weights” that have slowed you down in the past (or are slowing you down right now) from doing what God has called you to do? 3) What does “the race God has set before you” look like for you right now? What is He calling you to pursue? 4) What does “keeping our eyes on Jesus” look like in everyday life and how does that help us run with endurance?
Pray. God meets us right where we’re at. Whether you’re in the worship center at MCC or at your dining room table, it makes no difference. He invites us to make our needs/praises/hurts/questions known to Him. Take some time to do that during your time of worship at home.
THANK YOU FOR GIVING
The ministry of MCC continues in good weather and bad. Thank you for partnering with us financially to carry out our vision of developing lifelong followers of Jesus!
“…God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’ And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2 Corinthians 9:7-8 (NLT)
HOW CAN WE PRAY FOR YOU?
STUDENT MINISTRY RESOURCES
Do you have what it takes? Probably not, and that’s Okay.
Sometimes just being a human can make us feel inadequate. Whatever it is, all of us have this thing—something about us that keeps us from feeling confident.
Moses had that one thing he couldn’t quite get over about himself. So when God, through a burning bush, told Moses that He was sending him to deliver the Hebrew people from the Egyptians, Moses didn’t think he had what it took.
But here’s the truth—the thing you think is keeping you from being qualified for the job may be the very thing God can use anyway to accomplish what He wants.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY RESOURCES
this month’s life app is self-control!
In week three, we discover more about self-control in Proverbs 12:18. Solomon talks about the power of our words. We want kids to learn that when they choose the right words in a difficult situation they can actually bring healing to the situation rather than destruction. Bottom Line: Choose your words carefully. We want kids to think about the words they use throughout different situations, because our words can help point others to Jesus!
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