I AM… Known

This Sunday we look at the first time Jesus admits who He truly is as He interacts with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. While she tried to deflect His questions, Jesus loved her too much to let her get away with it. Ever so carefully He chipped away at her defenses, told her about a God who loved her …

Together with Jesus

Together with Jesus John 1:29-51 In Jesus’ time, many people were waiting for the Messiah (Christ) to come and save them. Yet so many missed Him. Next Sunday we will look at how the early believers responded to Jesus’ call to ‘Follow Me!’ by talking openly about Jesus with family and friends.    

Jesus Christ:  In the Beginning

We are excited to begin the new teaching series, Jesus Christ. When we look to answer the question Jesus asked: Who do you say that I am? – we need look no further than the Gospel of John to find the answer. With unashamed fervor, John (the beloved disciple) targets unbelievers with these words: “But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is …

The Church: Called Out and Called Together! ( Part Two)

Last Sunday I began a two-week message series, The Church: Called Out and Called Together! We talked about the challenge of God’s staggering call for Encounter Church to be the Body of Christ – experienced by those who believe alike and have one heart and one soul. Pastor Ted shared about the CARE Team at Encounter and the many ways that they are available to …

The Church: Called Out and Called Together!

The Church: Called Out and Called Together! We will be challenged again by God’s staggering call for Encounter Church to be the Body of Christ – experienced by those who believe alike and have one heart and one soul.  

O Come, All Ye Faithful

This Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, O Come, All Ye Faithful is the carol that we’ll explore.There is a sense of urgency to the Christmas carol, O Come, All Ye Faithful. Imagine a child, tugging at your hand, saying insistently, “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!” For who could stand by and wait when all we want to do …

Away in a Manger

This Sunday, the Second Sunday of Advent, we’ll continue our look at the story behind Christmas Carols. No Christmas song is more loved than this tender children’s carol, “Away in a Manger.” With its simply worded expression of love for Jesus and trust in His faithful care, the carol appeals to young and old alike. Its pleasing melody and gentle message remind us of Jesus’ words teaching us that to ‘such as these’ belong the …

It’s a Wonderful Life

This Sunday, we’ll focus on Thanksgiving through a look at a character who is familiar to many.  The movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, tells the story of George Bailey, a struggling businessman with dreams of greater things. Bailey finds himself stuck in a situation that drives him to call on God for help. God sends Clarence, an angel second class, …

Sabbath Delight

This week we’ll dive into how God invites us to enjoy and delight in His creation and all the gifts He offers, including the people in your life. Sabbath keeping is NOT primarily a private discipline. It has always been a communal practice that people enter into with those closest to them. What replenishes me and gives me joy and delight?’