This week we consider how our status in God’s kingdom leads us to be set apart for God’s purposes. Peter says that we have been liberated by the blood of Christ for a new purpose. Take some time to think about what that purpose might be.
Act of Praise:
An Affirmation from Romans 8 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ!
Shall tribulation or distress, or persecution or famine,
or nakedness or peril or storm!
In all things we are more than conquerors
through the one who loved us.
We are sure that neither death nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor things present, nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Thanks be to God!
The Story of Faith: 1 Peter 1: 10-21 Click on the link above to read this week’s Bible reading
Questions for Reflection:
Peter says that the Old Testament prophets wondered about the nature of Christ. What do you ask yourself about who Christ was and is?
Do you place your hope in Jesus or in some other source of security and significance?
My name is Steven Stinson and I am going to be the Senior High Camp Director this summer at Mountain T.O.P. I am trying to raise my salary for the summer, and need some help to do so. This will be my third summer on staff at the mountain, but this one, in particular, is going to be really important to me. Not only is it going to be a reason to get off the couch and leave home, but it is a great way to reach out in all of the chaos in the world right now and make it a little better for everyone involved. This job and everything related to it is super important to me, and any form of support in this endeavor is really appreciated. If you would like to partner with me and find out how you can help, contact me at any time. I won’t have anything better to do. Thank you so much!
The monthly Feast Community Meal will be held again on Sunday, Mary 24, 2020, at 5 p.m. As we have done throughout the COVID-19 outbreak we will be providing meals to go for anyone in need, as well as delivering meals to the Madison Towers.
If you know of someone who would like a meal this Sunday evening, please email Jay at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can make sure to have one prepared.
While we don’t need many volunteers, we are always looking for folks to help prepare the meal, box it up, and distribute them. We will need volunteers around 4 p.m. and you will need to bring your own mask. If you can volunteer, please email Jay at the address above.
We are always pleased to recognize those students who have been a part of the City Road Chapel family who graduated from high school this year.
Jamiyon is the son of Angela Miller and has been a part of the City Road Chapel Youth Ministry throughout his time in high school. Jamiyon was a participant in our MountainTOP trips and was an active member of our Boy Scout Troop
Jacob is the son of Quinn and Elaine Moore and has been an active member of the City Road Chapel UMYF for many years. Jacob was a regular participant in the MointainTOP ministry, both through our trips and with Hendersonville United Methodist Church.
Brian is the son of Tony and Kay Stinson and the grandson of Emily Stinson. Brian was a part of our youth group in the past and participated in our MountainTOP ministry. Brian is also an Eagle scout. Brian is graduating from Hendersonville High School and will be attending Martin Methodist College in Pulaski.
For several years, we have partnered with our friends at Matthews Memorial UMC to sponsor the Project Transformation program. Project Transformation (PT) is a program for children focused on literacy led by college-age interns who learn leadership skills as they lead the program.
Given concerns about COVID-19, PT will not be hosting in-person programs this summer, but are continuing their ministry with local families through a modified program that includes:
The daily distribution of supplies, grab-and-go meals, books, and other fun and educational resources at the local PT sites;
Online videos and interactive learning opportunities for children to engage from home focused on social-emotional learning, literacy, and camp-like enrichment skills;
A virtual vocational discernment experience for college-age adults.
City Road Chapel will be sharing in this work the week of June 22, 2020 through providing “Summer Camp” bags for 70 children which will be distributed at Matthews Memorial. These bags include supplies for children to use over the course of the week. You can click here to download a supply list and instructions for creating these bags.
We are also looking for folks who are not in the high-risk category for contracting the coronavirus who would be available to deliver these bags on Monday, June 22 between 10 and 10:30 a.m. Please contact Jane Armour at email@example.com to let her know your availability. You may also contact Jane if you have questions about the program.
If you would like to make a financial gift to support our Project Transformation partnership, click here.
This past week a friend of mine commented on a Facebook post about our online worship service:
Cool that you’re having Prime worship. We can order today and get free two day shipping!!
Now while I wish Amazon would give us some special benefits for the name, the name of our online service comes from a more ancient source.
The name originates with the “daily office” of prayers first laid out by St. Benedict of Nursia, who formed and created the rule for the Benedictine monastic order. The liturgy of the hours involved 7 daytime times for prayer, and an evening prayer time. In most monasteries today, the practice of scheduled times for prayer and worship continues to this day. Benedict chose 7 times for prayer based on Psalm 119:164 which says “I pray 7 times a day.”
The “Prime” service was held in the first hour, around 6 a.m. It was a time of early morning prayer and worship. There was a mid-morning prayer service around 9 a.m. called “Terce” but no one knows how to say that, so as I was thinking about a name for the service I landed on Prime.
Many monasteries today have lost the practice Prime and are instead holding mass (the celebration of the Eucharist) instead during the morning hour. However, it’s nice to remember a little bit of that tradition as we order our life together.
Starting this Sunday, we will be working our way through the New Testament letter we call 1st Peter. This letter, traditionally attributed to Simon Peter, the Bishop of Rome (but more likely written by one of Peter’s disciples) is written to a faith community undergoing trials and tribulations for their faith.
The letter is addressed to “God’s chosen strangers in the world of the diaspora…” (Vs. 1:1). While the Christians that Peter is writing to were undergoing real persecution unlike anything seen in our practice of faith, I think we can relate these days to being dispersed, spread out, not gathered together. Thus, we will be seeing what Peter might reveal to us about faith in a world in which we are physically distant from one another. 1 Peter helps us to think about living out our faith in troubling times and our identity as a people called by God to reveal God’s love into the world.
Psalm of the Week: Psalm 66:8-20 Click on the link above to read this week’s Psalm
The Story of Faith: 1 Peter 1: 1-9 Click on the link above to read this week’s Bible reading
Questions for Reflection:
In our current context, what does it mean to live as one of “God’s chosen strangers” dispersed throughout the land?
How do you personally experience the “living hope” that was given through the resurrection of Jesus?
Do you believe that your faith is tested or proven through experiencing trials and difficulty?
Let us pray:
God of the ages,
we come into your presence with praise,
singing of your love which is never-ending.
Speak to our hearts today,
filling us with your peace and hope
and the knowledge that the light has come,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.
Psalm of the Day:
Psalm 23 Click on the link to read today’s psalm at Bible Gateway
The Story of Our Faith:
Acts 2:42-47 Click on the link to read today’s scripture lesson at Bible Gateway
Questions for Reflection:
This passage represents the first description of Christ’s church and has been an inspiration for many reformers throughout the years.
How do you think your church experience conforms to this description?
Why do you think this form of church was so attractive to others?
What would need to change in our church today to be able to be described in this way?
Prayers of the Community:
Click here to see the latest updates to the City Road Chapel Prayer List