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01-25-15 10:30 am “Serving God’s Purpose in Our Generation” Os Guiness

But you’re a baby boomer and I’m a millennial. You wouldn’t understand.” Have you noticed how “generationalism” has become a new form of identity today, as well as a new form of mistrusting authority? But what is a biblical and Christian view of generation, and how can we live it out in our time?

Os Guinness  is an author and social critic. Born in China, educated in England,  he has lived in the US since 1984 and is a member of the Falls Church Anglican in Virginia. His latest book is ‘Renaissance — The power of the gospel however dark the times

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01-18-15 “Every Age on the Same Page..Living the Adopted Life” The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr.

On Sunday, we read a little known story that happened to Jesus right after his birth in the manger.  The tragedy is that during Christmas, we all hear the romantic lovely story of the birth of Jesus, but no one sticks around to hear what happens next.  Herod wanting this infant messiah dead, takes no chances and orders the death of all boys under the age of 2 in Bethlehem.   Jesus even as an infant finds Himself in the middle of controversy.  It’s a story called the “slaughter of the innocents.”      It’s easy to think Jesus was born into a Thomas Kincade painting, complete with snow and a pastoral setting.  Not even close.  This very fact helps us realize that Jesus is here to rescue us from the slaughter we see in our world, from the perils of Paris, to the unborn children in this country dying everyday. As a church, if we really did adopt “Every age on the same Page, think how that would change the world!

 

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01-18-15 8am Sanctity of Life Sunday Epiphany 2

930am Chapel Service Booklet

1-18-15 1030am Baptism Epiphany 2 Sanctity of Life Sunday

01-18-15 6pm Sanctity of Life Sunday Epiphany 2

 

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01-11-15 “Vision: See It, Say It, Live It Every Age on the Same Page” The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr.

On this “VISION” Sunday, my favorite definition of the word Vision is simply this:

A picture of the future that creates passion now.

Think about that for a minute.  Do you remember when for instance you were getting married and picturing your new life as a husband or wife?  Or perhaps you recall those days leading up to a grand vacation, and that picture of your destination created passion in the present?  We have a grand vision at St. Michael’s, which is to transform every heart through Jesus Christ.  Today we are focusing in on the theme of every generation experiencing that transformation together.  Our elders mentoring our youngers and youngers our elders (every age on the same page)!

Today in my sermon I will tell you about the (one verse) compelling mission of Jesus (yes only one verse).  I will also give you images and stories from our life together.  Through both I pray our hearts will race faster, and be deeply moved into action.  By the end of our vision Sunday may we be able to See the Vision, Say the Vision and Live the Vision!

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01-11-15 8am Vision Sunday Epiphany 1

01-11-15 930am Chapel Service Handout

930am Chapel Service Booklet

01-11-15 1030am Vision Sunday Epiphany 1

01-11-15 6pm Vision Sunday Epiphany 1

 

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01-04-15 “Satisfaction” The Rev. Mark Avera

The gifts have been exchanged, the New Year’s resolutions have been made, and we now stare down the bleak and blah of winter. Perhaps we breathe a sigh of relief and pause to catch our breath. Perhaps we kick things up a notch to try harder this year. But let’s face it – we live in a restless day and age. Everything about our culture is geared toward making us feel like we are missing something and then selling us what we are lacking. Today, our readings point us in a different direction to find satisfaction: feasting our souls on the goodness of the Lord. The psalmist revels in God’s goodness, Jeremiah proclaims it, and the boy Jesus gives us a glimpse of how to feed upon it.

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01-04-15 8am Christmas 2 Bulletin

01-04-15 1030am Christmas 2 Bulletin

01-04-15 6pm Christmas 2 Bulletin

 

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12-31-14 “Resolutions Shmesolutions” The Rev. Luke Rasmussen

Every year many of us make New Year’s Resolutions. And every year our resolve typically peters out by February. We try to lose weight, volunteer more, quit smoking, or go back to church. But resolutions often do not work, especially if we are resolving to “get right with God”, or “be a better Christian.” Why? The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 3 that we cannot make ourselves better. In order to grow in holiness we must rely on the Spirit’s work. The same way that we became Christians (by faith not by works) is the same way that we grow as Christians (by faith not by works). Tonight the Apostle Paul will show us the counterintuitive nature of a Christian resolution.

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12-31-14 1130 pm New Years Eve

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12-28-14 “Where Are You? The Rev. Rich Giersch

Proximity is important when it comes to walkie-talkies or cell tower signals. It’s even more important when it comes to relationships. It’s easy for most of us to distance ourselves from true intimacy, but very difficult to cultivate deep, lasting, life giving relationships. Proximity is key to intimacy. Proximity is key to intimacy with God. Where are you? No really! I can’t see you. Where are you?

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12-28-14 8am Christmas 1 Bulletin

12-28-14 1030am Christmas 1 L&C Bulletin

12-28-14 6pm Christmas 1 Bulletin

 

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12-25-14 “Light and Life in Bethlehem” The Rev. David Booman

Compared to the picturesque and pastoral nativity scene described in Matthew and Luke, the prologue of John can be a jarring contrast. Spare, mystical, and seemingly impersonal, it might almost appear to be a philosopher’s ivory-tower version of the great events of Christmas. And yet, as we dig deeper into the text we will discover that John is neither distancing himself from the humanness of the Christmas story, nor is he caught up in philosophical abstractions. Rather, after a lifetime of reflecting on his beloved friend and savior, Jesus Christ, he wants us to know what is most important of all.

12-25-14 10am Christmas Day

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12-24-15 8&11pm “Jesus, Birthed To Turn the Two Greatest Days of Our Lives Upside Down” The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr.

Dear Friends,

Tonight, once again we tell the story of the great rescue mission earth has ever known. The night God became a man to save us from the darkness of sin. The night heaven came down to kiss earth and earth kiss heaven. Its been said that the two greatest moments of our lives came at our birth and the moment we discovered our purpose in life. Tonight, the birth and rescue mission of Jesus turns both those moments upside down. Stay tuned!

Try this Family Birthday/Tradition before Opening Gifts 

Begin around the Christmas Tree or fireplace and sing a Christmas Carol or two (take this bulletin home and sing from it!).

Read the Christmas Story again from Luke 2:1-20.

Go around the room and each person shares answers to 2 questions… What am I going to give Jesus for his Birthday? What am I thankful to Jesus for this year?

Pray for one another.

Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

Christmas Eve 8 & 11 pm Bulletin 2014

 

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12-24-14 Pageant “Whose Birthday is it anyway, and what can you give the One who has everything?” The Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr.

Whose Birthday is it anyway, and what can you give the One who has everything? 

Dear Friends,

On behalf of all the sheep, camels, cows, shepherds, angels and first family, welcome to a

St. Michael’s Pageant! What a crazy environment tonight! All the chaos, all the craziness, yes, just like the original Christmas. Yet we have to work really hard tonight to remember Christmas is about the celebration of the Birthday of Jesus, not the birthday of our children, loved ones or anyone else. It’s about Jesus.

Two questions: Why was the birthday of Jesus so important? What can I give to Jesus (the one who has it all) for His birthday?

Try this Family Birthday/Tradition before Opening Gifts 

Begin around the Christmas Tree or fireplace and sing a Christmas Carol or two (take this bulletin home and sing from it!).

Read the Christmas Story again from Luke 2:1-20.

Go around the room and each person shares answers to 2 questions… What am I going to give Jesus for his Birthday? What am I thankful to Jesus for this year?

Pray for one another.

Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

 

Christmas Eve Pageant Bulletin 2014

 

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12-21-14 “Why is Family life So Hard? The Original “Disconnect”

As we continue our series on Regaining a Biblical Vision of Family, let’s stop and look where we’ve been.  So far we have heard about Herod and his crazily dysfunctional family, then we heard about Zechariah, Elizabeth and their son John the Baptist.  Today, the Holy Family of Mary, Joseph and Jesus.  In a sense, family faithfulness begins with the Virgin Birth.  Why did Jesus have to be born from a virgin?  The answer to that question will determine the health and vitality of your family life.  As you leave church today, my prayer is that you would experience this sanctuary transformed into an operating room of the heart, your home transformed into a sanctuary and your heart into a nativity to receive Jesus.

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12-21-14 8am Advent 4 Bulletin

12-21-14 1030am Advent 4 Baptism Bulletin

12-21-14 6pm Advent 4 Baptism Bulletin

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