Online Worship Service ~ Live at 8:15 a.m. Sunday mornings
Upcoming Series - "10-for-10" Stewardship Emphasis
"Stewardship" is often seen as a dirty word—a gimmick to get people to dig deeper and “give ’til it hurts.” Nothing could be further from the truth! Instead, stewardship is a precious word that sums up the Christian life. It encourages us to be who we truly are in Christ: Precious people who have been richly blessed by a Father who knows how to give good gifts to his children!
Christians face a daily struggle. We have two paths set before us. The New Man, created within us at baptism, wants to live for Christ and the life that is to come. But our sinful nature focuses us on this life. That struggle pulls us in two directions when it comes to how we set our priorities or use our time. The struggle is especially noticeable when we wrestle with how to use the financial resources God has given us.
The Lord speaks about worldly wealth and possessions in over 2,300+ passages of Scripture. In other words, God speaks to us about worldly wealth roughly three times more often than he does about faith! Why? So that God can get to the “heart of the matter.” Money and possessions are God’s gifts to us. Sadly, human hearts often lust after these gifts and forget about the Giver. What heartache comes from a love affair with money and possessions! What good can result for us, for the Church, and for the world as we put the Giver first—offering back to him the FIRSTFRUITS of all that he has entrusted to us. God is many places. Second place in our hearts dare never be one of them!
Christ’s willing sacrifice for us is our motivation and inspiration to give back to God. May he open the hearts of his people to offer him our first and our best!
Recent Series - Rejoice!
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” - Philippians 4:4
Really? Always rejoice? Always have joy? Don’t you know what I’m going through?
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine being able to rejoice when the stresses, pains, and anxieties of life start to pile up. Yet Paul writes this beautiful, joy filled letter to the Philippians, and he writes it from a jail cell! He writes it to a church that is suffering, poor, and persecuted. God gives this letter to us, too. God will give us the strength to rejoice in every situation!
Recent Series - Summer School: Lessons from Jesus
During summer, we took a 7 week summer school "class" with Jesus, following the Gospel lessons for our sermon series. We joined Jesus and his disciples in the classroom as he told parables. We observed him teaching in the real world as he performed miracles and taught us life lessons and eternal life lessons. Our primary objective for this “Summer School” worship series was this: That as we gathered around Jesus and his Word, our faith would grow.
In-Person Worship Update
While we are joyful to be able to gather together in person for worship again, the pandemic is not over. Out of love and concern for one another, extra measures of precaution will continue to be taken to prevent exposure to and spread of COVID-19. These include wearing masks, social distancing, and less participation in the singing and speaking. Worship will look and sound different. But it will still be worship.
Beginning September 1, Atonement has resumed its "regular" worship schedule: Sundays at 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. Both of these services will include some level of congregational singing and participation. The Thursday evening service has been discontinued. We hope to see you in person at worship!