Laity Sunday

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Laity Sunday celebrates the ministry of all Christians. It is a Sunday to recognize and celebrate the partnership between laity and clergy. It reminds us that we cannot do ministry alone, that God calls all of us to serve God’s kingdom, and that we are all in the business of making disciples. We are blessed at New World to have gifted and capable laity that faithfully serve God and God’s church. I want to encourage you to be present this Sunday, November 17th as we celebrate laity Sunday. Lay members of our congregation regularly lead in worship and will do so on Sunday. They will also bring the message at both worship services. At 9:00, Cody McAdoo will be speaking … Read More

The Lord is Near

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The Lord is Near I remember an incident that occurred when my oldest nephew was around 6 years old. I had taken him to the grocery store with me and we were in line about to check out when I remembered something else I needed to purchase. I could see the aisle only a few steps away, so I told him to stay put, made a quick dash to grab that item, got back in line only to discover my nephew was nowhere in sight. I began to panic and to pray as I searched for him thinking that my sister was going to disown me for losing her only child. As I walked back and forth checking each aisle, … Read More

More Than Enough

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More Than Enough In John 6 a large crowd follows Jesus after witnessing his healing power. Jesus climbs a mountain and sits down with his disciples. He then turns to Philip and says, “Where are we going to buy bread for these people to eat?” The scripture says Jesus does this to test him. In Matthew 14 Jesus says bluntly, “you give them something to eat.” Bottom line, Jesus expects his disciples to meet the needs of the people, to feed them, to nourish them, to help them. Friends, there is an expectation that the church can help people, that the church can meet their needs, that the church cares, because we are disciples of Jesus. As the story continues, … Read More

Broken Pieces

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Have you ever noticed what happens when you break a glass? First there is the ear-splitting sound it makes as it shatters. Then there are the fragments that scatter all over the place so that you’re afraid to move for fear of hurting yourself. So, you stand there frozen for a moment (especially if you’re barefoot) trying to decide how to get out of the mess. It reminds me of the Mother Goose nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty, who sat on a wall and had a great fall. Apparently, the best of the king’s egg repair team couldn’t figure out what to do. So, there he lay in broken pieces. Sometimes our lives are no different. We find ourselves broken by … Read More

No Room for Fear

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No Room for Fear I was listening to a song by Zach Williams one morning entitled, “Fear is A Liar,” As I listened, I began to wonder how often we allow fear to interfere in our lives. I say this because in my own experience, I can recall the many times I’ve allowed fear to interfere. The song is true, fear is a liar. Fear tells us that something we’re striving for is too much for us, too difficult for us or something we don’t deserve. Fear teaches us to be wary of the new, or that which is out of the norm, or challenging. Fear causes us to see these things as obstacles instead of opportunities. Fear causes us … Read More