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Sermon Notes January 15, 2023

Our Membership Vows: The Blessing of Presence.


Words for Thought (1 Corinthians 1:9)

. 9 God is faithful, and you were called by him to partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sermon Notes:

Pray: Dear God, We look to your Son Jesus as our example of a balanced life— solitude, community, and ministry. Help us to know our belovedness in you and to spread the message of your love. Amen.

Read:

· 1 Corinthians 1:4-9

· Jesus said to everyone, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow me.” —Luke 9:23

Apply:

In the spiritual life, discipline means to create that space in which something can happen that we hadn’t planned or counted on. Discipline helps us to follow the voice of the Spirit, who wants to lead us to new places, new people, and new forms of service.—Henri J.M. Nouwen with John S. Mogabgab, Editor, A Spirituality of Living (The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust, published in partnership with Upper Room Books, 2011)

· How much space do you create in your daily life to spend time with God?

· How much space do you create in your daily life to serve others by spending time with them?

Yield: The blessings of presence with God and with others is key to living a healthy, balanced life.



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