Hurricane Harvey Relief

This Sunday we’ll spend time praying for Houston & Southeastern Texas, then we’ll take an offering to send to help with relief efforts. We plan to split the offering between two organizations: Convoy of Hope, VineyardUSA’s partner for large-scale disaster relief. Vineyard Mercy Response ,a ministry of the New Orleans Vineyard establishing long-term relief base camps at two Vineyard churches outside Houston. We stand with these survivors who are bringing God’s hope into this time of uncertainty, believing that more is possible than what we can see…

Lenten Bible Guide – Week 6

Monday, April 3 – 2 Peter 3. Peter reminds us that God’s time is different than ours. So often we wonder if God has lost our file, forgotten us, or is disregarding our prayers. And then sometimes we have an experience where everything happens all at once, and it all seems sudden and out of the blue. It helps to think of God moving puzzle pieces into position – things are far apart and disconnected, but then He brings them all together. We just don’t know when this will happen. So we cultivate holy anticipation, knowing that our God works…

Lenten Bible Guide – Week 5

  1 & 2 Peter   We turn the page in our Bible and find two letters written by Jesus’ friend Peter. He was the most unpredictable and enthusiastic of the disciples – he said what he thought, responded instinctually, and kept things…interesting. He is a great example of what can happen when you take a chance on Jesus without over-analyzing it – he walked on water, saw people healed through God’s power working through him, and experienced deep, true forgiveness after betraying Jesus.   Jesus also gave Peter the experience of transformation: he went from being a bit of…

Lenten Bible Guide – Week 4

(Still at it? You rock. Jumping back in? Good for you. Just joining us? Welcome! Want more information on what this is about? Here you go.)   Monday, March 20 – John Chapter 20. The Resurrection is the distinguishing aspect of our faith. Before I became a Christian, I could not understand why there was so much focus on the Crucifixion when the Resurrection was so incredibly exciting.   Prayer ideas: Ask Jesus to help you pause and soak in the fullness of what this means for us today. For power, and the presence of mind, to live out the…

Lenten Bible Guide – Week 3

(And yes, this is the week that Lent stops being novel and becomes just plain hard…)   Monday, March 13 – John Chapter 13. Jesus loves his friends by serving them. He does this from a firm understanding of who He is in God. He’s not trying to convince them of anything. He just loves them.   Prayer ideas: Clarity about who you are in God. Vision for service – to see what people need and what God is calling you to do in response to that need. Pure motives. Capacity obey Jesus’ new commandment.   Notes:      Tuesday,…

Lenten Bible Guide – Week 2

    Monday, March 6 – John Chapter 6. Jesus’ multiplication miracle echoes the theme from last week’s reading where he turned water into wine: Jesus takes what looks ordinary and insufficient and makes it abundant. He surprises us with the quality of what he provides. A few paragraphs later, he claims, “Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again.” What does it mean that we’ve come to him, and yet we’re hungry?     Prayer ideas: For Jesus to take what you have and multiply it. For nothing in your life to be wasted. Understanding of what it…

Lenten Bible Guide – Week 1

THE GOSPEL OF JOHN   This account of Jesus’ life focuses on relationships. In almost every chapter, we see Jesus interacting with different people in surprising ways. He is loving but firm, confident but not cocky, willing to challenge sin but always with an invitation to redemption. Throughout the narrative we find this message: By believing that Jesus is the Savior we’ve been waiting for, we become participants together in the life Jesus brought out of death.   ***   Wednesday, March 1 – John Chapter 1. This is a longish chapter, but hang in there; it’s worth it. Of…

Lenten Study Guide 2017

(You can listen to the introduction to our Lenten observance here.) We enter this season of Lent with a question: What Can Jesus Do In Us? What could the Resurrection mean for us personally? For the people we love? For people we haven’t even met yet? *** Lent is a season of anticipation. It gives us the opportunity to think specifically about who Jesus is and what He offers, which often leads directly to what we need from Him. My first experience of Lent centered around the question, “What do you want Jesus to do for you?” This was incredibly…

Wednesday Night Life Group

Our first Life Group starts on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017.  Each week we’ll meet in our usual conference room at the Residence Inn, Cambridge from 6:30-8:00pm. Life groups are more casual than Sunday services. They’re a great place to build friendships, connect with God, and stretch and build your spiritual muscles. (They’re also perfect for anyone who is more of a night owl than a morning person!) Each week we’ll have a Bible study, share prayer requests & praise reports of what we see God doing in our midst. We’ll pray for each other, and practice spiritual gifts. Life groups…

New (the video sermon that wasn’t…)

We planned a video sermon. (Our meeting space is under renovation, so we’re a remote church for the next two weeks). I recorded a video sermon. (It was profound, thoughtful, encouraging, and quite possibly world changing). The sermon would not upload. (We tried alternatives & work arounds. We used almost ALL the words. We even looked for some deep connection between this failure and the true meaning of Christmas…) Eventually, we moved to a lesser option. Here are the Cliff Notes to this week’s sermon… *** New… Christmas can be hard. For most of us, it’s not The Most Wonderful Time…