On Sunday we considered the two predictions Jesus makes in Mark 14 - detailed instructions to prepare for passover, and the reality that one of the twelve would betray Him. We noted two truths, that God is completely sovereign over the affairs of man, but also that man is (rightly) held fully responsible for sin. When these to truths are embraced, it gives comfort and confidence to those who suffer, knowing that all things work together for good for those who love God (Rom. 8:28) and that even things that men mean for evil, God means for good (Gen. 50:20). What we must recognize is that God's sovereignty has been exercised most powerfully to display His love. The death of Christ was planned, predicted and fulfilled so that we might be saved. We do not serve a cold and callous dictator. Our sovereign Lord is a suffering Savior, who willingly laid down His life as a ransom for many. This ought to produce a sense of awe in us and compel us to respond in worship.
If you missed the sermon Sunday, you can listen on-line to "Sovereign Lord, Suffering Savior"
This week' sermon will examine the institution of the Lord's Supper in Mark 14:22-25, and will be followed by a celebration of this ordinance together. Please take a few moments to read this text and reflect on what it means that His body was broken for us, His blood poured out for us. May our hearts be humbled and our faith strengthened as we consider the saving work of Christ pictured so beautifully in communion. Pray with me that Christ would be magnified and the gospel clearly proclaimed, and that the good news would be received and believed by all who hear.
On Sunday September 18th we have reserved the shelter at Prairie Park (just behind Prairie Park Elementary) for a church family picnic. We invite everyone to come at 5pm and enjoy an evening of fellowship together.
Men, this is a reminder that September 24th is the annual men's steakout. The deadline to sign up is fast approaching, so if you plan to attend (and bring any guests) we need to know! You can sign up on the back table Sunday. I was informed this past week that there was a typo on the handout we were given, and the price per person is actually $25 per person. Like we have said before, if price is a roadblock for you, let us know and we can help you get there!
BUDGET PLANNING PROCESS
Here is the announcement Craig Miller (deacon chairman) presented on Sunday.
When Countryside (our sending church) sent out the team to plant Redemption Hill, the hope and plan was to eventually release Redemption Hill to function as a self-sustaining and self-governing local church. For the last year and a half, they have subsidized expenses over and above the giving here in Lawrence. By God’s grace we believe that by January 2017 we will be ready to launch out on our own, which means, among other things, we need to form a budget. In formulating a budget, we will be assuming 100% of our expenses effective January 1st, 2017.
A proposed budget is currently being formulated for Redemption Hill by members of our Leadership Team and select members. This budget will be presented to our whole membership on November 20th. There will be two weeks to evaluate and submit questions. Then on December 4th, the membership will vote on adopting this budget. If you have any questions during the process, we are happy to try to answer those as well.
Please join the Leadership Team (which is made up of our deacons and Pastor JD) in praying for wisdom in this process and for God’s provision as we step forward in faith into this next season of ministry. Thank you.