“Miracle Grow / Communion”
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13;14:1-3; John 3:16
Sunday, February 14, 2015 at 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
THE PASTOR’S CORNER
With the beginning of Lent we enter a season of spiritual reflection when we turn our minds to the great commands of Jesus. The greatest is to love God with all our heart, soul and mind. This idea of intimately relating to God was a radical way of thinking for many in Jesus’ day, so they had questions about it. One question stirred up by Jesus was about our proper relationship with the world around us. If our greatest passions are to be directed toward the God who made us, how are we to relate to others, especially those who don’t think and act like us? Another question suggested from the teachings of Jesus was about the realm of the supernatural. How are we to direct our deepest ecstasies and intimacies to a supernatural being beyond our natural comprehension? Jesus responds to questions like these in Matthew 22. If you’d like to hear last week’s sermon on this text, you may go to Developing Intimacy with God. In this passage of Scripture, Jesus teaches us to avoid getting hung up on religious ritual and tradition, or worrying who’s in and who out. He also teaches us not to fret about miracles, the afterlife and supernatural suppositions for which we have no answers. Just love God, Jesus teaches—and if you want to grow in loving God, then love others as yourself. This second command is like the first and it is the command of Jesus we are focusing on in our Lenten Series: The Relational Principles of Jesus. If you haven’t yet linked with a small group and would like to connect, please contact us in the church office and we will assist you. We also have a study guide for you. It is my prayer that we will continue to grow as the place where Christ’s love meets your life as we study, worship and grow together this Lent.
See you in church,
Dr. Steven Jay Davis
Find your home at First Congregational Church
- An environment of warmth and welcome
- Sermons that extol the Bible while challenging us to live within its guide posts
- Traditional form of worship with wonderful music
- Family oriented programs for all ages: Sunday School, Bible studies, retreats, and group dinners
- Friendly gathering on our patio after services for getting to know each other
Sunday Meeting Times
Worship Services: 8:30 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. Sundays
- Nursery care provided during Worship Services. 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (located in the classrooms on the north side of the patio).
- Adult Bible Studies 8:45 a.m. in the Church Lounge with Michael DiMuro.
- Sunday School during the 10:00 a.m. Worship Service for children grades K through Jr. High. (Children Worship with us in the Sanctuary, then leave for their classrooms.)
- Jr. & Sr. High Youth Groups meet Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m.
- Wednesday Kirk Night dinner and discussion
- Annual “Girlfriends’ Getaway” women’s retreat.
You may know our church, the First Congregational Church of Redlands, by our bells that ring hourly over downtown or by the historic stained-glass windows we illuminate each night. Or you may recognize us by the crèche we hoist onto our roof each Christmas. But come inside the oldest church in Redlands and experience the wisdom of our sermons and the warmth of our handshakes.
We are a self-governing and Bible-based church which has met the spiritual needs of area Christians for generations. We arrived in Redlands in 1888 and laid the cornerstone to our brick church in 1900.
We are located on the northwest corner of Olive Avenue and Cajon Street, known locally as “God’s corner.” (Parking is in our lots to the north of the church.)
We are as independent now as we were in 1620, when our spiritual ancestors sailed the Mayflower. We hold the Bible as dear now as Pilgrims did then when they bravely brought God’s book to the New World. And the Mayflower is never far from our thoughts – the weather vane on our roof is a reminder of our religious heritage for all those who look up.
If you enter, you will find an array of services and programs for young and old alike.
- Our Sunday Worship Services focus on traditional Worship. Our recently renovated organ accompanies our choir. We also offer a monthly Contemporary Worship Service.
- Our sermons extol the Bible while challenging the audience to live within its guide posts.
- Our strength is faith and fellowship. After service, we congregate on a patio shaded by trees and surrounded with roses. Coffee and tea are served as the children’s choir begins to practice. A statue of Jesus cradling a child oversees the courtyard.
- Our music ministry includes bells, chimes and singing for adults and children.
- Our spiritual ministry includes Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and adult Bible studies as well as Bible discussions and meetings throughout the week.
Thank you for visiting our home page. Please explore the rest of our website. Then, if you so choose, we would love to have you visit and experience our church from the inside. God bless!