Sunday, June 23, 2024

Order of Service

  • CALL TO WORSHIP: A musical invitation into God’s presence

  • PLUGS: Highlights of upcoming events

  • MESSAGE: An engaging talk based on the Bible

  • WORSHIP: A time of proclaiming God’s greatness in song

  • RESPONSE: An opportunity to respond to God in worship, silence, or prayer

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Needs for the month of June:

Help us this month with canned vegetables, any and all kinds wanted.
Look for the bin in the Worship Center lobby to drop off your donations.

Need for the Month:  $56,000.00

Need for the Week:  $13,000.00

Giving this Week:  $7,057.00

June Total:  $24,015.00

Plugs

Camp Vineyard

June 17 @ 8:00 am - June 21 @ 4:00 pm

The Augusta Pride Event

June 22 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

**Canceled**Luau (Adults Only)

June 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Special Needs Dance Volunteers Needed!

June 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Baptism Classes, 9 AM & 11:30 AM

July 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Come to the Quiet: Contemplative Retreat

October 4 @ 5:30 pm - October 6 @ 12:00 pm

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Contemplative Prayer Podcast

Did you know our monthly Contemplative Prayer services are available in podcast format?  So if you can’t join us in person each month, this enables you to revist the prayer times at your convenience:  pray

The Jesus Who Leaves Us

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
When the student is truly ready… The teacher will disappear.

Mark 3:7 (ESV)[Jesus healed a man’s shriveled hand right before their very eyes and then] Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea…

Mark 3:11-13[Jesus healed many, and then] he went up [to no man’s land] on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him.

Mark 3:31-34
And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside [the house] they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.”

Mark 4:33-36

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything. On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was.

The Three Stages of Faith.
Stage 1 Recognition of God
Stage 2 The Life of Discipleship
Stage 3: The Productive Life

And then there’s Stage 4: The Journey Inward.

Mark 4:35-41
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

 

Summary:
Looking at some, often passed-over, verses in Mark about Jesus withdrawing from people, we ask: How is God forming us when we feel abandoned by Jesus? What is the invitation from God?
You are not as alone as you think you are. Jesus is there in the darkness waiting for you. If you allow him to do his work in you, you can emerge more healed and more whole than before.