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.
It is worth reminding ourselves of the great power that comes from reading the Bible. Charles Colson wrote, “The BIBLE -- banned, burned, beloved. More widely read, more frequently attacked than any other book in history. Generations of intellectuals have attempted to discredit it, dictators of every age have outlawed it and executed those who read it. Yet soldiers carry it into battle believing it more powerful than their weapons. Fragments of it smuggled into solitary prison cells have transformed ruthless killers into gentle saints”
Keep this in mind as you read the Community Bible Readings this week!
May 21 — Jeremiah 26; Galatians 4; May 22 — Jeremiah 27; Galatians 5; May 23 — Jeremiah 28; Galatians 6; May 24 — Jeremiah 29; Ephesians 1; May 25 — Jeremiah 30; Ephesians 2; May 26 — Psalm 119:145-168.
Update on Kevin Blackson (husband of Zoila) — his surgery was successful but because of nerve damage, his recovery is and will be extremely slow. Continue to uphold the family with our love, concern, and prayers.
This week is Men’s Group meeting on Tuesday night at 6:30 PM at the church. Good fellowship, good friendship, good time for all!
Next Sunday after church, we will be having our annual church picnic at Ed Mathers Farm, 1313 Youngs Road, Linden, PA 17744, beginning at 2:00 PM. This fellowship festival will be filled with food, fun, and friendly farm animals for family and friends alike.
Interested in being baptized or becoming a member of Citychurch. Beginning on June 3rd, we are beginning our three-week “Discover Citychurch” class for church membership, meeting from 9:00-10:00 AM. Please sign up at the Welcome Table in the Foyer or contact the church office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember also the LEGACY youth ministry. It meets at the church on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30. All teens between grades 6-12 are invited.
This was mentioned last week, but it does bear repeating - 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 that our love would greatly adorn the gospel: “Father, your Son said that the love we have for our brothers and sisters will proclaim to the world that we are your disciples (John 13:34–35). Deepen our love for one another and make us eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:1-3). Help us care for all, not showing favoritism. May love compel us to strengthen the weak, bind up the injured, and serve patiently as we remember our service to others is service to you (Matthew 25:31–46). Help us model your unfathomable love for us in our honoring of one another, and so prove to the watching world Christ has risen and reigns. In Jesus Name — Amen.”