Karibu (Welcome in Swahili)! O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good! I am excited God has blessed us to enter into 2016. This entrance is God’s sign that God still has work for us to do, as well as God’s continuing to exhibit grace and mercy in our lives. In response to God’s loving kindness and tender mercies, we offer God our sincere worship and uninhibited praise. I invite you to share in our life-changing engagement as practicing Christians, which is on the front of this bulletin. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is our first priority. In this, we strive to make Jesus’ words applicable to our lives, while showing the face of Jesus to everyone we meet. We also do this by continuing to fight for the least cared for, while continuing to unapologetically declare a war on educational disparities, hunger, mass incarceration, homelessness, food deserts, etc. The local church must lead the charge in helping change the lives of all people, and you are welcomed to join us in this fight.
If you are a first time or repeat visitor, I want to take this written moment to greet you. As family we have not met before, or have met in times past, we invite you to join us on this spiritual journey of connectivity. In an effort to meet a variety of worship needs, we offer two worship services. Our 8:00 a.m. Worship and Word (1st and 3rd Sundays only) is a non-traditional worship service. Our 10:45 a.m. Sunday Morning Glory Worship is a blending of traditional and contemporary worship. In addition, we invite you to join us every Wednesday at 7 p.m. for Wednesday in the Word with yours truly. Lastly, if you are without a place to call home, we would love to be your church family of faith, and I would LOVE to serve as your Pastor! Shalom.
Rev. Dr. L. Bernard Jakes
The SHIFT: Shifting our Involvement (4 of 5)
16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked. 23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’” 24 “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.” 28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. 30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.
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