Several years ago, Penny and I saw the movie, “Good Night & Good Luck.” It’s a movie starring George Clooney and is the true story about the CBS newscaster, Edward R. Murrow, who in the 1950s, stood up to Senator Joseph McCarthy’s accusations of people being involved in communism.
Our church received this thank you card from Habitat for Humanity here in Athens. Here’s what the card says:
But most of us, thank you for sending us Jesus who showed us what it means to be truly human, and who taught us to pray saying… “Our Father, who art in heaven…”
What is your understanding of science and the Bible? Do you think they can coexist as Pastor Robert suggests from his sermon?
Since the word, “create” means “to give purpose,” the creation story is meant to help us think about our purpose as human beings in the world. We were created for the purpose of being God’s “image bearers” which involves reflecting God’s love back onto God which is what we do when we worship and reflecting God’s love out into the world which is what we do when we serve and seek to be a blessing in our world.
How does this understanding of being created in the image of God (worship & service) give meaning and purpose in the way you live out your life?
Pastor Robert shared how his west highland terrier dogs don’t struggle with their purpose in the world. Their purpose is to chase squirrels and dig!
Why do you think we as humans seem to struggle with our purpose in life from time to time? What do dogs know that we don’t know?????
Close your time of sharing by reading out loud the purpose that God has given our church: “Our purpose is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our community and world.”
How can our church always remember this awesome purpose that God has given us? Share some ways.
[Nicole Phillips, author of the book, Kindness is Contagious spoke at our church this past Sunday. She shared how making kindness a priority can make a positive difference in our lives as well as in the life of others. We also received eight new members and celebrated a baptism. And on top of all of that, former pastor of our church, Rev. Jim Wagner came to visit and offered the benediction. It was a wonderful Sunday! Photo Left to Right: Rev. Jim Wagner, Rev. Robert McDowell, Nicole Phillips]
A church that’s all it ought to be
A church that has no empty pews
A church where people never get the blues
A church whose music is always great
A church where people are never late
Such perfect churches there may be
But none of them are known to me
If you could find the perfect church
Without one fault or smear
For goodness sake, don’t join that church
You’ll spoil the atmosphere
It you should find the perfect church
Then don’t you even dare
To tread upon such holy ground
You wouldn’t fit in there
But since no perfect church exists
Where people never sin
Then let’s stop looking for that church
And love the one we’re in.