Sunday, March 24, 2019

Be Strong: Armor of God

Be Strong: Armor of God            

            Being in Christ, 8
2-3 Mar 2019, Christ Mountain Top
Praying the Psalm, Psalm 27 (6 pm only)
Children, Joshua 1
Message, Ephesians 6.10-24
Mission Moment,

Review, transition:
Blessing in Christ, to the praise of his glorious grace
Power and fullness in Christ, all in all
Created and Made Alive in Christ: Grace through Faith
Reconciled in Christ: Near and Far
Love and Glory in Christ: Abundantly Far More
Last week, turned the corner with
Be One: The Unity of the Spirit
      Be Subject: Reverence for Christ
      Be Strong: Armor of God

Who do we fight against?
Ephesians 6:11-12  stand against the wiles of the devil.  12 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Is God’s plan to create a new society? Then they will do their utmost to destroy it. Has God through Jesus Christ broken down the walls dividing human beings … from each other? Then the devil through his emissaries will strive to rebuild them. Does God intend his reconciled and redeemed people to live together in harmony and purity? Then the powers of hell will scatter among them the seeds of discord and sin. It is with these powers we are told to wage war.
      John Stott, 261-262

Friday, March 22, 2019

New members

Rich & Bev make their vows as members of Christ Church on Mar 10. They are presented by Jill & Dan.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Hush Harbor

The Message of the Hush Harbor: History and Theology of African Descent Traditions
By the Rev. Angela Ford Nelson
On March 27, 1871, just eight years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation wherein African-American slaves were given their freedom, the Rev. Samuel Watson and eight of his members purchased two acres of land in Sumter County to be used for building a church that they would later call Good Hope Methodist Church.
Although March 1871 is the date the church was officially established on the property, its congregation is thought to have worshipped there for many years before in a secluded space called a hush harbor.
It was on this land that James M. and Mary Louisa Davis, Alexander and Elias Dessassuare, Junis and Sara Davis, John Desassuare and Lloyd Dessassaure and others gathered under the cloak of night to worship God in song, dance and prayer.
In 2002, Good Hope Methodist Church merged with Wesley Chapel Methodist Church, another church with plantation roots, to form Good Hope Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, per a history by Jewell R. Stanley. This unified church maps its beginnings to a time when slaves were not allowed to worship unsupervised by their masters. Yet, in spite of restrictions and life-staking repercussions, they stole away to hush harbors where their faith was continued from Africa and strengthened in the New World.
Today, I serve as the second female pastor of Good Hope Wesley Chapel UMC in its 147-year history, a history that began in the secrecy of a hush harbor and continues amid changing times.
But what was the hush harbor? Who were some of those who risked it all to worship the God of their ancestors and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? What was worship like in these sacred spaces?
And what is the message of the hush harbor for us today?

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Celtic Dance

The Celtic dance troupe performed for the Children's Ark on Friday.