Patrick and the Children

Evangelectionary for March 13, 2016

Lectionary (Year C): Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4-14; John 12:1-8 Call to Worship  This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Prayer of Confession Merciful God, you pardon all who truly repent and turn to you.  We humbly confess our sins and ask for your mercy. We […]

WHEN “MINISTRY CENTER” MEANS SO MUCH MORE THAN “CHURCH”

Count yourself lucky if you have met Ann Bilbrew. Energetic, as likely to laugh as pray, and apt to rave about her children, Bilbrew is the pastor at Living Springs Riverdale Ministry Center in Riverdale, Illinois, a church plant associated with Living Springs Community Church (RCA) in Glenwood. The idea for the Riverdale Ministry Center […]

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Evangelectionary for Sunday, March 6, 2016

Lectionary (Year C): Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Theme: The love of the Prodigal Son’s father as an illustration of God’s love for his wayward children Message: “In Return of the Prodigal Son,” Henry Nouwen describes love and forgiveness as unconditional.  Though this is not a novel idea, Nouwen’s approach is arguably unique […]

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Evangelectionary for Sunday February 28, 2016

Texts:    Isaiah 55:1-9; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9 Theme: Repentance and Fruitfulness Call to Worship: “Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, Or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; But their delight is in the law of the Lord, And on […]

When a Sanctuary Offers Sanctuary

Originally posted on the RCA Website. Used with permission. What happens when a 50-member congregation decides to live rather than die? To bless the community rather than fade into obscurity? When Church of the Master in Warren, Michigan, began praying over missional opportunities rather than size and resources, they began to experience God’s surprising economy. […]

Transfiguration - Lewis Bowman

Weekly Evangelectionary for Sunday, February 7, 2016

Lectionary (Year C): Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-43 Theme: Transfiguration Sunday Message: “Listen to Him!” Introduction: We often hear about the birth, teachings, miracles, death, resurrection and ascension of our Lord, but transfiguration…not so much!  Yet, that event has a powerful message for us all. Transfiguration is connection with all that […]