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Sunday Recap for November 19, 2017:
500 Years and Still Counting

Advent starts on December 1st! Click on the image above for an advent devotional for you and your family! (From The Village Church)
With the start of Advent, click on the image above for a resource on the church calendar, also called the liturgical year, which "seeks to redeem our time and space through the seasons of Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Pentecost. Through readings, prayers, songs, fasts and other practices, these seasons help to reorient our hearts and minds away from the false stories of the world and back toward the one true story of the Bible--the Christian story." (Also from the Village Church)
From time to time, Seng and Toby will to use this a series called, "From Your Pastors" to send out articles from them or others that we believe will be helpful to the spiritual formation of our church community. This latest post is called, "Different Ways of Thinking About Church." We encourage you to check it out!

Mission Highlight: The primary purpose of this baby dedication ceremony is to pray for our parents and children and to publicly remind each other of the responsibility and privilege that we have as parents and as a church community to minister the love of Christ to the children in our midst. It is our prayer that every one of our children will understand that they are image bearers of God, created for relationship with God, and that no amount of brokenness and sin can keep them from the love of God which is in Jesus Christ.

We want to teach, remind, and show our children that Christ loves them so much that he laid his life down for them. We want them to understand that there is power in the forgiveness, redemption and renewal we have in Christ. That their identity is not what the surrounding culture tells them it is. That their identity is secure in Christ and that God has a claim on their lives. That the greatest thing they could ever hope for or need in life is the unconditional love of their Heavenly Father. We want them to know that they are dearly loved by their parents, families, and church family. We want them to put their trust in Christ and live for him. That is what this baby dedication ceremony is about. As the Psalmist reminds us, “Children are a gift from God.” What a blessing it is to have so many gifts from God to pray for today.

The parents affirmed their desires that with the aid of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that they would raise their children to know Jesus, to depend on grace, to prioritize God's kingdom and strengthening the faith of the family, and as parents to reflect the love of our Heavenly Father. The congregation affirmed our desire that with the aid of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we would serve, pray for, support and encourage them in this. Praise God for these children, and may God be with us!v

Question #44: What is baptism?
 
Answer: Baptism is the washing with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; it signifies and seals our adoption into Christ, our cleansing from sin, and our commitment to belong to the Lord and to his church.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “500 Years and Still Counting" (Romans 16:1-10, 17-20)

Thank you George for visiting us from your work at Hands at Work in Africa. Thank you for sharing the Word of God and reflections on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. 

Sermon Application Questions / Sermon Slides
This sermon series: Stand Alone Sermons

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