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Sabbatical Renewal for the congregation:

Over the past several weeks we have been encouraged to look at the following areas in our lives: Work, Finances, Time, Leisure, Habits, Social Life, Church Life, Family, Country/Politics, Rest, Community Service and Education/Learning/Mentoring.

          It is our prayer as Elders that as you have reviewed these areas you have been able to cultivate space in your hearts and lives so that you can more fully experience the transforming love of Christ.   We encourage you to continue in a walk of seeking to grower ever deeper in your relationship with Christ.   Out of the overflow of that deepening relationship, we pray that you may be salt and light to those you encounter and interact with from day to day.  

          Over the next few weeks, as we prepare to welcome Pastor Brian and family back into our normal routines, please be in fervent prayer that God will have used this sabbatical period to prepare both the pastor and congregation for future service to his glory here in Sully.  Continue to consider how and where God may be calling you to serve him in the future.      

Sabbatical Renewal for the congregation:

This week’s topic for you to consider is: Education/Learning/Mentoring

As we bring children for baptism we routinely make promises with respect to the child. As parents we promise to seek to train the child in righteousness.  As members of the congregation we promise to come along side of the parents and help them achieve that training.  This is clearly one of the greatest responsibilities as a church and one that Sully CRC has highly valued throughout its history.  Even so, in the summer months we find ourselves in a vacation period from the routine school and church education programs and it may be a good time to consider how well we are upholding our baptismal promises.    

Here are some questions to guide you through this topic:

 

  1. In your particular season of life can you identify ways in which you are intentionally seeking to carry out your vow? As parents are you actively training/teaching your child and making that the highest priority? Are you engaging others and actively taking advantage of available programs and resources to assist you in training your child? As church members are you willing to teach/instruct/guide/mentor children/youth/young adults to encourage them on their spiritual journey? Are you active in prayer for the spiritual development of our covenant children?
  2. If this area is an area that you feel you are giving adequate attention are there additional considerations that could make it even stronger?
  3. If this is an area that needs to be strengthened what negative or unhealthy patterns can you identify that need to be removed? How might you go about removing them?
  4. Can you identify an area where you are gifted or experiences you have had that could help encourage young families as they seek to raise their children? Are you actively using those gifts and/or sharing those experiences?
  5. Do you have the gift of being able to relate particularly well with young children, teens or young adults? If so are you actively seeking to exercise that gift and mentor?

Sabbatical Renewal for the congregation:

This week’s topic for you to consider is: Community Service

Jesus summarized the commandments succinctly with a call to love God above all and to love your neighbor as yourself.   This week you are encouraged to reflect on your love for your neighbor and more particularly your service to the broader community – Galatians 6:10 encourages us to do good for all people. 

Here are some questions to guide you through this topic:

 

  1. Is there a component in your life of giving of your time or resources for the common good of all people? Can you do those things without expectation of any personal benefit or reward? Are you able to simply give of yourself without placing any expectation on the receiver?  Or perhaps do you channel your efforts based on a “perceived worthiness” of the receiver?

 

  1. Do you find joy in simply giving of yourself for the common good of others? Do you embrace that interacting in the broader community can provide opportunity for witness? Like other areas of life, community service can become a huge commitment and detract from other areas of life – do you have a healthy balance?
  2. If this area is balanced, how might you encourage your healthy patterns to be stronger? If this area feels too important, what negative or unhealthy patterns can you identify that need to be removed? How might you go about removing them?
  3. If it is not important enough, what practice or habit could you add to refocus your time or energy here to add more balance?
  4. Can you name within this area what gives you great joy and energy? As well as what gives you disappointment and exhaustion?

Sabbatical Renewal for the congregation:

This week’s topic for you to consider is: Community Service

Jesus summarized the commandments succinctly with a call to love God above all and to love your neighbor as yourself.   This week you are encouraged to reflect on your love for your neighbor and more particularly your service to the broader community – Galatians 6:10 encourages us to do good for all people. 

Here are some questions to guide you through this topic:

1.Is there a component in your life of giving of your time or resources for the common good of all people? Can you do those things without expectation of any personal benefit or reward? Are you able to simply give of yourself without placing any expectation on the receiver?  Or perhaps do you channel your efforts based on a “perceived worthiness” of the receiver?

  1. Do you find joy in simply giving of yourself for the common good of others? Do you embrace that interacting in the broader community can provide opportunity for witness? Like other areas of life, community service can become a huge commitment and detract from other areas of life – do you have a healthy balance?
  2. If this area is balanced, how might you encourage your healthy patterns to be stronger? If this area feels too important, what negative or unhealthy patterns can you identify that need to be removed? How might you go about removing them?
  3. If it is not important enough, what practice or habit could you add to refocus your time or energy here to add more balance?
  4. Can you name within this area what gives you great joy and energy? As well as what gives you disappointment and exhaustion?

Sabbatical Renewal for the congregation:

This week’s topic for consideration is: Rest

Summer is the traditional time for periods of rest and refreshment and this week you are encouraged to reflect on your approach to periods of rest. Consider Matthew 11:28-30 and please also distinguish this call to rest from the weekly Sabbath rest instructed in the 3rd commandment.    As you do so consider the following:

  1. Do you have adequate balance so that you can enjoy periods of meaningful rest alongside your more normal routines? Have you allowed your normal routines to become so demanding and vigorous that you do not take times for periods of rest? Conversely are you so oriented towards rest that you find yourself constantly focused on the next break and neglecting your ongoing responsibilities? If you are a part of a family – would your spouse and/or children answer the questions the same as you?

 

  1. When you do take times for rest – are they balanced and productive? Potentially is your rest so fast paced and full of activity that it is almost counter-productive and you return exhausted? Do your rest periods include time for reflection both personally and spiritually? Do your rest periods reflect a true break from your normal routines so that you can “clear your mind”?
  2. If this area is balanced, how might you encourage your healthy patterns to be stronger? If this area feels out of balance can you identify changes that you are able to make to better experience the rest Jesus spoke of in Mathew 11?
  3. Do you know what it is in your patterns of rest that gives you joy and energy? As well as what may give you disappointment and exhaustion?
  4. What will you do to allow for rest this year?  

Sabbatical Renewal for the congregation:

During the course of this coming week please consider your Family Life

 

Midway between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day please take some time to consider your family relationships and involvement.   Scripture is full of encouragement, instruction and advice on family relationships between parents/children, husband/wife and siblings.   At the same time, as Jesus called his disciples he had some fairly straight forward words that family relationships can’t stand in the way of our spiritual relationships and growth.  You are encouraged to take some time this week to meditate on some of the scriptures surrounding family.   As you do so consider the following:

  1. Is family involvement and focus in balance with your spiritual life? Or does family life crowd out your focus on spiritual growth? Conversely are you so busy with your church life or other priorities that you pay little attention to your family life and reationships?
  2. If this area is balanced, how might you encourage your healthy patterns to be stronger? Do you pray regularly for your family? Do you focus on and celebrate spiritual growth in your family?
  3. Family life can be hard and sometimes we can create barriers in our family relationships and dynamics – are there steps you need to take to begin to restore family relationships that may be suffering? Are you willing to take that first step without expecting anything in return? Remember what Jesus has done for us.
  4. Can you identify people around you or people in church that have little or no family connection in the area that you could take steps to include in some of your family activities?
  5. Within your family dynamics can you name what gives you great joy and energy? As well as what gives you disappointment and exhaustion?

Sabbatical Renewal for the congregation:

During the course of this coming week please consider your Church Life

Achieving our new church mission statement – Cultivate space for people to experience the transforming love of Christ – will only be achieved if members of the congregation regularly and consistently participate in the life of the church. Hebrews 10: 24-25 encourages us – Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  

Here are some questions to guide you through this topic:

  1. How do you define participation in Church Life?  Is your definition confined to Sunday worship or does it expand to daily life as well?  Test yourself – do you have an appropriate understanding – does it include “spurring others on towards love and good deeds?”

 

  1. Do you regularly and actively participate in multiple aspects of the life of the church?  Is church life participation given appropriate priority or does it get crowded out of your schedule in favor of other things?  Can you look back and see that your participation in church life is consistent over time?

 

  1. Have you identified your spiritual gifts that you can and should use to edify the body of Christ here at Sully CRC?

 

  1. How might you encourage your healthy patterns to be stronger?  How might you encourage others in their church life?

 

  1. Is there an area in church life that gives you great joy and energy?  As well as what gives you disappointment and exhaustion? (Knowing these will help you know what energizes you, and what drains you, so you can get done what drains and focus on what energizes.)

Sabbatical Renewal for the congregation:

During the course of this coming week please consider your Church Life

Achieving our new church mission statement – Cultivate space for people to experience the transforming love of Christ – will only be achieved if members of the congregation regularly and consistently participate in the life of the church. Hebrews 10: 24-25 encourages us – Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  

Here are some questions to guide you through this topic:

  1. How do you define participation in Church Life?  Is your definition confined to Sunday worship or does it expand to daily life as well?  Test yourself – do you have an appropriate understanding – does it include “spurring others on towards love and good deeds?”

 

  1. Do you regularly and actively participate in multiple aspects of the life of the church?  Is church life participation given appropriate priority or does it get crowded out of your schedule in favor of other things?  Can you look back and see that your participation in church life is consistent over time?

 

  1. Have you identified your spiritual gifts that you can and should use to edify the body of Christ here at Sully CRC?

 

  1. How might you encourage your healthy patterns to be stronger?  How might you encourage others in their church life?

 

          5.       Is there an area in church life that gives you great joy and energy?  As well as what gives you disappointment and exhaustion? (Knowing these will help you know what energizes you

Sabbatical Renewal for the congregation:

During the course of this coming week please consider your Social Life

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:6; We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. –  Romans 15: 1-2

Following are some questions to guide you through this topic:

  1. Does your social life feel like it is in balance with the other parts of life? Is your social calendar so full that it crowds out other parts of life or perhaps your spiritual life? Conversely are you so focused on work or other activities that you seldom take time to interact with others?
  2. If this area is balanced, how might you encourage your healthy patterns to be stronger?
  3. When you do socialize do your conversations reflect the encouragement of Colossians 4:6?   Are there negative or unhealthy patterns in your conversations that you can identify that need to be removed? How might you go about removing them?
  4. What steps might you take to incorporate more grace and salt into your social conversations? Are there practices or habits you could add to refocus your time or energy here to add more balance?
  5. Can you name within this area what gives you great joy and energy? As well as what gives you disappointment and exhaustion? (Knowing these will help you know what energizes you, and what drains you, so you can get done what drains and focus on what energizes.)

 

 

August 31

 Mark 3 gave us help discerning if you are close to Christ in your walk with him…

1) How have you been challenged to THINK, ACT, and INVEST like Jesus in your life?

2)Who have you identified in your life as one person Christ is calling you to invest in?

From Psalm 24, as you look ahead to next Sunday’s worship…

1) How will you remember your relationship with the Creator?

2) How will you seek the Savior?

3) What battle do you need to believe God is fighting with you, or for you?

Contact Info

Pastor Brian

Church Office: 641-594-4440

Email: ochsner.brian@gmail.com

Cell: 641-660-5937

Office Hours

Sunday: 8:00am–8:00pm

Monday–Thursday: 8:00am–5:00pm

Saturday: By appointment only

 

Church Secretary

Phone: 641-594-3491

Email: office@sullycrc.org

Office Hours

Monday—Friday: 8:00 a.m.–12:00pm

Bulletin Deadline Thursday: 12:00pm