July 7 – Audacious Words


This week the United States of America celebrates the audacity of a few people to dare to bring forth on this continent a new nation "deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed ... to effect their safety and happiness." (Declaration of Independence, July 1776) The Old Testament lesson for this Sunday begins… Continue reading July 7 – Audacious Words

Hymn Sing

Music Notes On a typical Sunday we sing three hymns plus four responses. This Sunday we will sing 12 hymns —each requested by a congregation member— plus the choir will sing the benediction. Praying with Others Throughout July the sermon messages have related to praying with others. On July 15th Dr Ponrathi Athilingam spoke of… Continue reading Hymn Sing


You may have dined al fresco, but have you eaten al desko? Dining al fresco means to enjoy a meal in the open air, perhaps as at a picnic or a sidewalk cafe. My favorite memory of dining al fresco was at a roadside picnic table beside a babbling brook while being entertained by a curious… Continue reading Compassion

From the World’s Foundation

"When were you saved?" This question seeks a specific date, time, and place when the one took action to respond to God's grace, perhaps with a specific prayer. But the Letter to the Ephesians has a very different answer: just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should… Continue reading From the World’s Foundation

Divine Dependence Day

This week we celebrate our independence from external governments. Yet this Sunday, like any other day we proclaim our dependence on Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The sixth chapter of Mark's Gospel describes two scenes related understanding Jesus as Lord. In the first scene Jesus returns to his hometown and attempts to teach and… Continue reading Divine Dependence Day

Wait, This Person Is Important

Each Sunday during worship I incorporate prayer requests into the prayers of the people. Very rarely is the person who we pray for physically in the room with us. It is much easier to pray for someone, than with someone. Jesus was much more into praying with people. This week's lesson (Mark 5:21-43) includes two… Continue reading Wait, This Person Is Important

For Tweens

Summer Nights Words and Deeds Movies, service, sharing,challenges, and FUN Fridays July 7, 14, 21, 28 6:30-9 PM Register with Susan or call the church office 813-988-3514 We will explore how God’s Word influences our daily actions.  Each Summer Night will focus on different words from the Bible that ask us to contribute to God’s kingdom here… Continue reading For Tweens

Committed to Prayer – Saturday

This is the confidence that we have in our relationship with God: If we ask for anything in agreement with his will, he listens to us. If we know that he listens to whatever we ask, we know that we have received what we asked from him. (1 John 5:14-15) There is no request that… Continue reading Committed to Prayer – Saturday

Committed to Prayer – Friday

“Pray like this …” (Matthew 6:9a) Our reading today is from Matthew 6. Open a Bible and find the passage. Jesus says, “Pray like this,” and then provides us with what we have come to know as the Lord’s Prayer. If you know it by heart, then you have obtained a very helpful guide for… Continue reading Committed to Prayer – Friday

Committed to Prayer – Thursday

Let my prayer stand before you like incense; let my uplifted hands be like the evening offering. (Psalm 141:2) The Psalms contain a record of many powerful prayers. They range from lament to celebration and record the full range of human emotion. There is happiness and sadness; hope and despair. But in all instances, God… Continue reading Committed to Prayer – Thursday