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HEALING & NEW LIFE

July 31st - September 4th

There are no easy answers when we experience trauma, but as Christians we are called to share a message of hope and show Christ’s unconditional love to our brothers and sisters who are struggling with the realities of this life – divorce, illness, violence, job loss and the like.  We share God’s light and love so that all in our community may experience healing and new life through Christ.  Whether we are facing our own suffering or helping someone else face suffering, God calls us to trust and allow him to direct our steps. His love for us is what calls us to confidence and hope; even while it may seem that our suffering is insurmountable, it will not be forever.  During this six-week series beginning July 31, Pastor Abi will focus not only on the challenge of suffering but also on how God equips us to face trauma by relying on the Holy Spirit, in community with other believers.

WEEK 1

Healing & New Life For All | Genesis 32:22-32

Using the story of Jacob wrestling with God as a backdrop, we will reflect on our own experiences of disappointment, loss, and struggle as the birthplace of hope.  In spite of life’s complexity, we can cling to God until we discover blessing and new life even.

WEEK 3

Healing & New Life that Breaks the Silence | 2 Samuel 13:1-19

According to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, every 68 seconds another American is sexually assaulted; and 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.  How can the church respond?  How can we provide support in the midst of this type of suffering?  It is time to break our silence.

WEEK 4

Healing & New Life During Illness | 2 Corinthians 2:12-17, James 5:13-16

If God loves us, why do we suffer?  Christian or not, it’s a question that comes up repeatedly when we’re diagnosed with cancer or face chronic illness.  During times of distress, we want to know that our suffering matters to God and that He cares about our pain.  Healing is possible, even if it comes in ways we may not expect initially.

WEEK 5

Healing & New Life in the Face of Suicide | Psalm 13, Selections from Romans 8

Nationally, suicide rates are higher than they have ever been, and with each death, loved ones struggle with what they could have done to prevent this tragic loss.  This introductory sermon will help equip you to prevent suicide if you or a loved one are struggling.  This could just be a life-saving message.

WEEK 6

Healing & New Life After Job Loss | Jeremiah 29:11-13, Matthew 6:19-34

During the pandemic, many folks resigned from their jobs while others lost theirs, or their employers reduced their hours.  In our culture, work is a significant contributor to our identity and self-image.  This sermon is for anyone who has ever been unemployed, underemployed or loss of any kind that changes so many things; not just income; physical toll, emotional (fear, anger), self-image; relationships in the household.

WEEK 2

Healing & New Life after Divorce | Jeremiah 18:1-6, Romans 15:1-7, 1 Cor. 13:4-8

Divorce.  One of the topics we often overlook in worship.  Yet, so many individuals and families within our community have experienced the pain of divorce and often wonder, “Is there hope and healing from the brokenness I have experienced?”  The answer is a resounding yes!  Relief is possible.

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