Dear St. Paul's Family,
This Sunday, we continue our sermon series Persevere from the book of 2 Timothy. Pastor Mark will preach a message called, "Fellowship of the Unashamed." Please read our scripture text from 2 Timothy 1:8-18 before you arrive. Notice the reference to "unashamed" in verses 8, 12, and 16.
Here is something else I'd like you to think about before Sunday. I have been in touch with a Christian counselor this week, and she explained that shame is different than guilt. Guilt is focused on behavior. Guilt says, “I did something bad.” Shame, on the other hand, goes much deeper. Shame is focused on self. Shame says, “I am unworthy of love, or community, or connection with others." As you read, think of how the Apostle Paul was tempted toward shame in our passage, especially as you read 2 Timothy 1:15.
This Sunday, the Chorale sings "Holy is the Lord" in the first service, and in the second service, Jeff Lawson leads the worship team in "Your Grace is Enough," "Your Great Name" and also some retuned hymns. Kid's Church is really going strong in the 2nd service, with some Sundays more than 25 attending. What a blessing that our children are receiving such fine care!
Here are some prayer concerns for this weekend:
- D. J. Russell is leading the youth to the Dare to Share Conference on Friday and Saturday. The theme is "Fearless." It is an event to help students make disciples who make disciples. Please pray for D. J. and the youth. Another youth ministry from Springfield will be joining us for the weekend.
- Our Elders will be meeting for a retreat on Friday night, and during the day on Saturday, at the church. Please pray for good direction for the elders.
Pastor Mark Friz