Hey Vinelife Church!
In case you missed yesterday’s service, here’s a recap to keep you in the loop.
WORSHIP THEMES //
We engaged in a powerful time of worship. Feel free to listen to these songs again and encounter the Lord today
Couple’s Chat | At the beginning of the year, our leadership team identified a few areas of focus for the benefit of our church body. One of these areas was marriage support. They wanted the church to be a place where couples could go for marital support and gain tools and knowledge to invest in their marriage. Now, we want to invite you to participate in an ongoing group conversation to find more clarity and encouragement in your relationship. It’s called couple’s chat and is open to all couples who want to invest in their relationship, whether dating, engaged, newlywed or married for decades. Group engagement will be facilitated by Bob and Betty Young, who after 45 years of marriage have figured at least a few things out. Couples Chat is the first Wednesday or every month (so this Wednesday) from 7 – 8:30 at Vinelife. Come chat with Bob, Betty and other couple’s. Learn healthy communication tools, find out what keeps the romance alive, get creative date ideas and so much more.
Nursery Open | Just a quick reminder that the nursery is now open for newborn babies all the way up to two years old. Our nursery is a safe place where your babies can hang out with nurturing adults during the service. Swing by Vinelife Kids to check it out and to check IN your babies.
Summer Camp | The Kainos leadership team has all kinds of awesome activities planned for our jr. high and high school students this summer! They’ve got guys trips, girl’s trips, guys and girls trips… you get the idea. There’s a lot of trips this summer. But one very cool trip coming up is Summer Camp! The team will be headed out to Woodland Park, CO July 30 – August 2nd for Igniting the Tribe. Students will have a chance to encounter God surrounded by their friends through worship, diving into the word, and inspirational teaching from the Kainos Leaders. On top of that, this camp has rock climbing, horse back riding, mountain biking and so much more. Check out vinelife.com for camp forms and get your student registered today. Space is limited.
Pastor Luke Humbrecht continued our series “Loving on Location.” He interviewed Olympic swimmer Christine Jennings and Business owner Benny Nowell about what prayer walking looks like in their lives as they travel and go about day to day interactions with people. You can listen the message here and read Luke’s notes below:
- Every Step is Blessed
- Praying the Scripture
- Developing Eyes to See
Loving on Location is about living in a way where every step is sacred and we are choosing to live “on site with God’s site”
Joshua 1:3 (ESV)
Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.
Prayerwalking is the act of joining God’s Presence with your place. It’s the practice that wakes you up to where God is already at work, so you can see how to join them.
It’s about taking what we love about church services, and combining it with what God loves about the world. – Presence and People.
It’s not as much about what you’re doing. It’s all about growing in the awareness of God’s Presence and purposes within the places you live.
In a couple minutes, I’m going to invite a couple people up to share some stories of prayer has looked like in their context, but a few thoughts first.
DEPENDENCE ON GOD
This weekend our nation is celebrating her independence. We celebrate by eating two or three more brats than we normally would and blowing things up. Well even drive to another state to spend money good money to find better things to blow up in our state.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Declaration of Independence
Our culture celebrates independence not just as it relates to government, but in ALL of life. It’s considered a weakness to be in need.
In the kingdom, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are directly linked to our dependence on the Father, Son, and Spirit.
In Matthew 4:4 Jesus is tempted in the desert to make food for himself and quotes a passage of Deuteronomy:
Deuteronomy 8:3 (ESV) – 8 “The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers. 2 And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. 3 And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
The Shack – Mack tries to walk on water by himself and it doesn’t work. The character who represents Jesus says “It works better when we do it together, don’t you think?”
It’s important that we’re reminded today, that our glory is not in our independence but in our need.
Sometimes we feel like the Christian life is something we learn for part of our lives and then launch out to go do things for God. As if we graduate from discipleship and go on to something more important.
As we talk about prayer and prayer walking, let’s be reminded it’s not something we’re doing FOR God, but we get to go WITH Him into all the world.
Interview with Christine Jennings and Benny Nowell about their prayer walking experience.
WORDS FOR HEALING PRAYER //
Every Sunday, our ministry team prays for physical conditions and we believe the God loves to heal our bodies. Here are some words for healing prayer from Sunday. If you would like prayer, feel free to post a prayer request as a comment on this topic.
- Bone spurs
- Head injury
- Nervous system disorder
- Torn ligament(s)
SERVING OPPORTUNITIES //
Vinelife Kids | We have re-launched our children’s ministry previously called KidsQuest. It is now Vinelife Kids. We are looking for 8 volunteers to commit to serving one Sunday a month as they invest in the future of the children of Vinelife. Several positions are available. Teachers, teacher’s aids, a management team, etc. Please email Valerie@vinelife.com if you are interested and she can work with you to provide you with the support you need to get started!