The Way is our next worship series. The main theme is about the gentle way of the Prince of Peace. This mini-series is a collaborative effort with Court Street Church. It is an opportunity to bring our two communities closer together in spirit.
Of all the difficult teachings of Jesus, perhaps the most difficult to understand and to live out is this: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies.” In a world of grudges, violence, and revenge, Jesus teaches us a more creative, more patient, more peaceful way that few are courageous enough to attempt. In this series we will study the nonviolent way of Jesus and learn how to break the cycle of hurting.
The concept of non-violent protest was center stage during the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The time was overdue for the world to take notice of the racial inequities prevalent in our country. Unfortunately, the past history of non-violence seldom keeps violence silent. Rev King’s life ended as a result of violent hatred, brought on out of ignorance, fear, and brokenness.
Yet, giants like Rev King change the world in much more permanent ways than people using power and violence. The world fondly remembers those who seek peace. I hope that you will join us either here at Asbury or at Court Street Church for this three week, mini-series.
You have heard that it was said, “You shall hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies.
Ash Wednesday comes up during the last week of our celebration of Black History month. Ash Wednesday is the first day of a long-time tradition that we call the Season of Lent. It is a time of both renewal brought on by introspection. This year, we plan to offer a second chance for any who missed signing up for the Daniel Plan, for whatever reasons. In my case, I want a second chance at allowing God to help me do a better job of implementing the ideas in the Daniel Plan in my own life
Here is the game plan, message-wise for our Sunday worship:
The way of gentleness – February 9, 2020 – Matthew 5:38-48
Jesus tells the crowds about a different way of responding to the world when the world comes after you. It is the way of gentleness. Rather than revenge, the way of gentleness responds with kindness. We know this happens, but when it does it makes the world news. What if this was the way for all who claim to follow Christ?
The way of patience – February 16, 2020 – Matthew 13:24-30
Patience is a virtue. Right? Jesus tells this story about a farmer whose field was compromised by an enemy. His team was anxious to respond immediately. But the way of Jesus requires patience. What does patience look like when our sense of urgency has our blood pressure off the scale?
The way of faith – February 23, 2020 – Matthew 27:15-23
Jesus is arrested. But there is still a chance to save Him. What will I do? What would You do? It’s clear that the momentum of the crowds is against Him. Going against popular opinion is risky. And what can one person do any way? Yet, Jesus was arrested because He dared to speak truth to power. This is the Way of Jesus. Are you ready? Join us each Sunday and invite your friends and neighbors.
Fat Tuesday Celebration – February 25, 2020
Sometimes we just have to be bad to remind us that being bad is not worth it. Join us for a paczki and music at 6 pm in the Asbury Event Center in the lower level. While your here be sure to sign up for Daniel Plan 2.0 and take home a personal journal to help guide you through the Season of Lent.
Ash Wednesday – February 26, 2020
Treat your paczki hang-over with a meditative service to kick-off your participation in Daniel Plan 2.0. At 6 pm we plan a short worship service that includes the mark of ashes on our forehead as a sign of our commitment to following Christ.
I pray that you will consider joining us each Sunday for worship and during the week as a volunteer. Email us at connect@FlintAsbury.org to learn about volunteer opportunities. I lead a short Bible study each Sunday in the Asbury Café at 9:30 am. You can find more information about us on our website at FlintAsbury.org.