Holy Humor Sunday

Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed!

We continue to celebrate the joy of Christ’s resurrection in this Easter Season! We invite you to watch the Worship Playlist, where you can view all the worship videos in order or select the ones you want to see. The order of worship is printed in this Sunday’s Bulletin so that you can follow along. Feel free to also follow along with the Worship Transcript (Reflection questions are included in the sermon transcript this week).

Thanks to everyone who helped make this fun digital worship service possible!

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Images of the Cross: Victory (Easter)

Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed!

As we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection on this Easter Weekend 2020, we invite you to watch the Worship Playlist, where you can view all the worship videos in order or select the ones you want to see. The order of worship is printed in this Sunday’s Bulletin so that you can follow along. Feel free to also follow along with the Call to Worship, Hymns, and Worship Transcript.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this digital worship service possible!

Reflection Questions (feel free to read, reflect, and respond by selecting “leave a comment” below):

  • What destructive powers do you see at work in the world today?
  • How did Jesus make a public spectacle of the evil powers through his life, death, and resurrection?
  • How does Christ’s victory through his death and resurrection give you hope today?
  • In what ways are God and God’s people working today to make a public spectacle of the powers even amidst the global pandemic?
  • In what ways are you following Jesus and declaring your hope in our God of life through your words and deeds?
  • What other resources stand out to you as you consider this scripture and sermon (songs, hymns, poems, artwork, etc…)?
  • What prayer requests do you have at this time?
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Images of the Cross: Upside Down King

For our digital worship service this weekend, we invite you to watch the Worship Playlist, where you can watch all of the worship videos in order or select the one(s) you want to watch. The order of worship is printed in this Sunday’s Bulletin so that you can follow along. The transcript is also available here: 20200405-triumphal-entry.

Additionally, as we enter into Holy Week, we invite you to consider using the Images of the Cross Holy Week booklet that we put together, which has a scripture reading, reflection questions, and prayer for each day (Monday-Saturday).

Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible!

Reflection Questions:

  • On this Palm Sunday, what comes to mind for you as you think about Jesus’ procession into Jerusalem? (consider meaningful rituals, past worship services or past teachings/Bible studies on this passage, past Palm Sunday experiences, etc.)
  • Do you think it more likely that the other people processing into Jerusalem believed Jesus to be the Messiah or that he entered into the city unnoticed by many? Why
  • What is it that you are praying, hoping, and longing for God to do during this time of fear and suffering due to the pandemic? How might God be answering your prayers (even if this may not look exactly as you had hoped)?
  • How have you experienced or seen God during this past week? Are there times, places, or situations when God has felt absent or where it has been more difficult to notice God’s presence?
  • Psalm 46 was briefly referenced twice during this sermon. You are invited to read through this passage. What strikes you? What words or phrases stand out to you? How might God’s Spirit be speaking to you through this psalm considering the world’s current circumstances?
  • Spend time in prayer. Pray for eyes to see God’s presence and healing, even in the midst of suffering, even when God doesn’t show up as we were expecting or hoping. Pray for strength to trust that God is still active and present in times of suffering and fear. Praise God for being our refuge and strength, and a very present help in times of trouble.
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Images of the Cross: Forgiveness

For our digital worship service this weekend, we are including several videos that you can watch all together through this Worship Playlist, or you can select each separate link: Introduction, Prelude, Welcome/Prayer, Gathering Hymn, Children’s Story, Hymn of Assurance, Scripture, Sermon, Hymn of Response, Prayer/Benediction, Sending Hymn. Feel free to sing along to the hymns if you know them or if you have a Blue Hymnal. The order of worship is printed in this Sunday’s Bulletin so that you can follow along. The sermon transcript is also available here: Images of the Cross – Forgiveness.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible!

Reflection Questions:

  • What stories or experiences come to mind for you when you consider the topic of forgiveness?
  • How have you received forgiveness in your life?
  • How have you practiced forgiveness?
  • How do you hope to practice forgiveness now and in the future?
  • What other ways can we as a church family practice forgiveness through our lives of faith?
  • What other resources stand out to you as you consider this scripture and sermon (songs, hymns, poems, artwork, etc…)?
  • What prayer requests do you have at this time? 
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Images of the Cross: Ransom

Tabor Church Family,

Here is an place where we can connect during this time of physical distancing. Please feel free to watch the sermon video or read the transcript and respond to the reflection questions listed below. If you have ideas on how to make this more user friendly, please let me know.

Peace, Pastor Phil

Reflection Questions:

  • What strikes you about the way I have described the image of ransom?
  • What changes when you shift from thinking about an angry and distant God to a loving and present God?
  • What other resources stand out to you as you consider this scripture and sermon (songs, hymns, poems, artwork, etc…)?
  • How can we share the good news of the hope vaccine with others in our families, communities, and world?
  • What prayer requests do you have at this time?
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“Home is Where Jesus Is”

This past Sunday we looked at the story of God promising to establish an everlasting kingdom through the line of David (2 Samuel 7) in conjunction with the story of the Magi visiting Jesus (Matthew 2). Jesus was the one who truly established God’s everlasting kingdom. If you’d like to read through the morning sermon, feel free to click the following link: Home is Where Jesus Is.

This coming Sunday we will look at how David’s kingdom began to fall apart even while he was still alive. With such disruption in David’s reign, we can look with even more hope to Jesus’ everlasting kingdom. Where David was unfaithful, Jesus was completely faithful.

Peace, Phil

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“God’s Anointed”

This past Sunday we looked back on the story of David being anointed by Samuel (1 Samuel 16:1-13) from the perspective of Jesus coming as God’s true anointed King. If you’d like to read the morning message, feel free to click the following link: God’s Anointed.

Family discussion questions for this week are:

  • What does God see in David that makes him ready to be king over Israel and Judah?
  • What does it mean for Jesus to be God’s Anointed? What does it mean for us today?

This next Sunday we will focus on the story of Jesus’ birth through song as the choir leads us in worship.

May Christ’s Peace be with each of you this Christmas season!

~Phil

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Spiraling Down, Redemption Found

This past Sunday we focused on the books of Judges and Ruth. Judges highlights a downward tornado-like cycle, leaving God’s people in chaos. Ruth gives us a glimmer of hope. If you’d like to read through the morning sermon, feel free to click the following link: Spiraling Down-Redemption Found.

This next Sunday and for the rest of the quarter we turn to Israel’s Kings, beginning with king Saul. As we continue through this season of advent, of waiting for Christ’s coming, we can recognize the connections between Israel’s Kings, and Jesus who came as a different kind of King.

Family discussion questions to follow-up from Sunday are:

  • Where do you notice the downward spiral of the judges cycle in your own life?
  • Ruth is a story of redemption: how can you see glimmers of hope and redemption today?
  • How did Jesus confront the sin cycle and bring new glimmers of hope?

Peace, Phil

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Celebrating our Journey

I’ve missed a few posts in the past weeks. If you’d like to look back on sermons from the last few Sundays, feel free to click on the following links: Trusting GodCountercultural LeadershipCourageous Strength.

This coming Sunday is our first “Celebration Sunday” in which we look back at our journey thus far through the Bible. We’ve come a long way, all the way from Genesis to Joshua, from Creation to the Promised Land! Join us for a wonderful celebrate service at 9:15 followed by a biblical buffet of snacks and a fun game of Biblical Jeopardy!

Peace, Phil

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“Holy Living”

This past Sunday we focused on the call throughout Leviticus to be Holy as God is Holy. If you’d like to read through the sermon, feel free to click the following link: Holy Living.

Family Discussion Questions are:

  • What does it mean to be holy as God is holy?
  • How can we practice Sabbath and Jubilee today?
  • How does God take care of us and our land?

This next Sunday we journey with God’s people into the wilderness. We will learn with them what it really means to trust God.

Peace, Phil

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