You and I, as followers of Jesus, currently find ourselves living as foreigners in a strange and at time, hostile world. Although we're temporary residents of particular nations here on earth, we're actually eternal citizens of another land. But God has planted us here to be the ambassadors of a different kingdom and to lead others to a better home whose architect and builder is God. Look at what the author of Hebrews writes:
"It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith--for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God." Hebrews 11:8-10
This Sunday, at 9:30am, as we continue our series in I Peter, we will begin to look at the second major section of this letter, and the longest of the three. In this section, Peter challenges his readers to remain focused on the hope of Jesus and the promise of heaven. He urges his audience to take the grace they have received vertically, and extend it horizontally to an unbelieving, sometimes hostile world. Peter shares how this principle is key to living as elect exiles in a foreign land. Join us this Sunday, at 9:30am as we dive into I Peter 2:13-25
Special Announcement: At 10:45am, following our worship service on Sunday, we will have the opportunity to meet with leaders within the Calvary Family of Churches. The purpose for this meeting is to hear more about the vision, mission and purpose behind the Calvary Family of Churches (CFC). They will also be sharing details on how the CFC would come alongside Parkside and provide us with resources in order to help us become a healthy, growing Great Commission, Gospel-Focused church for our community.
Note: This meeting will take place in the worship center at 10:45am. For those who attend our service online, the meeting will be available via livestream. Simply stay online at the end of the service and the meeting will begin at 10:45am.
Please continue to pray for our church council as we seek God's will and direction for our church family.
See you Sunday.
Would you like to see a movement of God that is only explainable by the Spirit of God? Are you interested in discovering where God is working and how to join Him in His work? This Sunday, (tomorrow) at 9:30am, we will take a peek at Acts 5:12-42, in order to see how God worked through the Holy Spirit in the early church, and how we can join with God as he continues to move through today's church.
NOTE: Join us for an all-church meeting this Sunday (tomorrow), August 28th at 10:45am.
Thank you for being a church that prays for one another.
For God's Glory.
First of all, I want to thank all of you for your prayers, phone calls, text messages and cards over the last 10 days, as I recovered from hip replacement surgery. I would say that I am now entering the rehab phase and would ask for your continued prayers. Please pray for me, that I would listen and follow the prescribed rehab plan, and patience for Rose as she protects me from myself. Believe it or not, but I can be an ornery patient sometimes! :)
Did you know that the God who created us and saved us by his grace knows us better than we know ourselves and desires for us what is much, much better than anything we would have desired for ourselves. The kind of life God calls us to is a beautiful expression of everything humanity was intended to be. God's desire for our lives is that they be an outward expression of our inward commitment to God and bring glory to his name.
This Sunday, at 9:30am, we will look at the doctrine of sanctification, which is the process God uses to make us what he has declared us to be...righteous. Join us on Sunday at 9:30am as we look at life as God intended and to be reminded that sanctification is not meant to be a joy-killing burden to bear, but a welcome to a life where we surrender to the plan, purposes and call of God on our lives. Remember what the Apostle Paul wrote to the early believers in Philippi:
"And I am certain that God, who began the good word within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns." Philippians 1:6
Join us this Sunday at 9:30am for the good news of the gospel story.
As we gather for our in-person service, Parkside church staff and leadership will be wearing masks and we are asking everyone to do the same.
I want to invite you to stick around after our service, as we offer two opportunities for you to connect in community:
Our annual church meeting will take place on Saturday, February 26th at 2:00pm in the Fireside room. At this meeting, our church council will share ministry highlights from last year, along with some goals for this year. We will also be voting on our 2022 budget and the nominees for church council. This year's Parkside Church Council Nominees are Mark Hester and Shirley Anderson. Please circle Saturday, February 26th on your calendars and plan to attend.
Finally, attached is this week's prayer list. Thanks for being a church committed to praying for one another.
See you Sunday.
Great encouragement is found in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Every resource of God who raised Jesus from the dead is available to any Christ follower who will believe and trust Him. What a blessing when we see God's promises and God's fulfillment laid out in the Scriptures. It's a reminder of Hebrews 10:23, where the author wrote:
"Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise."
Whatever we face today, we can face it knowing that our God is faithful! So, as you go through today, tomorrow, next week, next month and next year, ask yourself this question: "Does my life give evidence of an unwavering belief that God has the power to do what He says?".
As we prepare to gather together this Sunday, November 14th, I want to remind you of a couple important things.
This Sunday at 9:30am, we will gather in the Fireside Room for a time of singing, hearing from God's Word, communion and prayer. After a short break, we will regather at around 10:30am in the Fireside Room, where myself, along with the church council, will share the results of the church health assessment that was completed by a team from the NWBC.
During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts or concerns and to ask any questions you have regarding the assessment.
For those who are unable to attend in-person, both the worship service at 9:30am and the meeting at 10:30am will be available online through our church website. Also, if you are not able to attend in-person, but would like to share thoughts or ask questions during the meeting, you can do so by texting your question, concern or comment to (503) 803-6181. We will do our very best to answer all the questions that are submitted by text message.
As you prepare your hearts for Sunday, pray this song found in Revelation 7:12...
Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen."
For God's Glory.
On the despairing shores of the Red Sea and at the base of Mt. Sinai, the Israelites couldn't see what was in the distance. They had no way of knowing where Canaan was or how far they still had to travel. But the Lord gave them a simple plan: "tell the children of Israel to go forward". The nineteenth century expositor C.H. Mackintosh believed the Red Sea did not divide all at once, but opened progressively as Israel moved forward, so that they needed to trust God for each step along the way. Mackintosh wrote: "God never gives us guidance for two steps at a time. I must take one step, and then I get light for the next. This keeps the heart in abiding dependence upon God."
As you prepare your heart to gather together and worship God, be encouraged by the words of the hymn, Day by Day:
Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear.
This Sunday at 9:30am, we will continue our series called, EXODUS: Seeing God in the Journey. Larry Annes will be looking at the portion of Exodus where we see God giving instructions to the Israelites for the construction of a tabernacle. I love the beauty of Exodus 25:8, "Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them." For me, the building of the tabernacle serves as a foreshadowing of the presence of God in Christ with His church.
As we gather for our in-person service, Parkside church staff and leadership will be wearing masks and we are asking everyone to do the same. Please consider joining us this weekend. We were created by God to worship and praise Him together, in community, so plan on being at Parkside this Sunday at 9:30am and don't forget your mask!
Also, for those that are not able to join us in-person, you can still join us online.
It's not too late to join one of our Sunday discipleship classes. We have two studies currently meeting each Sunday morning at 10:45am. See Class details below:
Topic: A Study in the book of James
Facilitator: Mark Hester and Jonella Malinowski
10:45am to 11:45am
Senior Adult Discipleship Class
Topic: A Study in the book of Mark
Facilitator: Martha Bailey
10:45am to 11:45am
Please reserve Sunday, November 14th, for a Parkside Fellowship All-Church Meeting. I, along with our church council, will be sharing with you the report that we received from the NWBC Church Health Assessment Team. The meeting will take place in the Fireside Room, immediately following our Sunday morning worship service.
See you Sunday.
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor