At Citychurch, everything revolves around our one sentence purpose statement: to extend the glory of God by making disciples through the gospel of Jesus Christ. This vision translates for us into three key values; gospel, community, and mission. Our weekly updates are designed to keep this focus.
In David Mathis’ marvelous book, Habits of Grace, he summarizes the Christian life as “hear His voice, have His ear, belong to His Body.” As Mathis’ explains, “Three seemingly unremarkable principles shape and strengthen the Christian life: listening to God’s voice, speaking to him in prayer, and joining together with his people as the church.” This is what Community Bible Readings are designed to do!
May 14 — Jeremiah 21; 2 Corinthians 12; May 15 — Jeremiah 22; 2 Corinthians 13; May 16 — Jeremiah 23; Galatians 1; May 17 — Jeremiah 24; Galatians 2; May 18 — Jeremiah 25; Galatians 3; May 19 — Psalm 119:121-144.
Continue to pray for Kevin Blackson who is still be treating for paralysis at Geisinger Hospital, and for Zoila and their family. The church blessed them with a special offering of $1320 which brought Kevin and Zoila to tears. This is a severe test and we must uphold them with our love, concern, and prayers.
This week our Home Groups will be meeting on different days and at five locations and throughout our area. Find one that's right for you!
Remember to check out this week's sermon from our current series on Ruth!
In two weeks, May 27th, we will be having our annual church picnic at Ed Mathers Farm, 1313 Youngs Road, Linden, PA 17744, on Sunday, May 27th at 2:00 PM. Sign-up sheet is at the guest table! Great food, fun with farm animals, wonderful fellowship -- no one should want to miss this wonderful time to be had for everyone!
Church membership at Citychurch is taken very seriously. Beginning on June 3rd, we are beginning our three-week “Discover Citychurch” class for church membership. Please sign up at the Guest Table in the Foyer or contact the church office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The exciting “Legacy” youth ministry continues to grow. It meets at the church on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30. All teens between grades 6-12 are invited.
Mission starts with attitude, particularly toward our fellow church members. Galatians 6:10, “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” This translates in very simple ways such as giving the better parking spaces to those who need it more than we do, or sitting in the middle of the aisle rather than on the end to make it easier for others to sit down, as well as giving time and money to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ that are going through hard times. If we have the opportunity — let’s use it to the glory of God.
Continuing with the series on “Prayers to Pray Before Church,” we offer this prayer for the Lord to build others up by using the gifts and opportunities the Lord gives us: “Father, forgive me for long having a ‘me first’ consumer mentality at church. Help me put others first and seek to use the spiritual gifts you have graciously entrusted to me to build up others (Ephesians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 14:12). Guide me in my interactions so others are blessed and you are glorified. Show me who to talk to, where to sit, and how to encourage others with Scripture. Help me be a channel of encouragement as we see the Day drawing near (Hebrews 10:24–25). In Jesus Name — Amen.”