8.22.2017

Corporate Meeting

Mark your calendars, Ladies!

5.10.2017

Abide: Corporate Meeting #2 Audio and Spoken Word



The audio from our meeting last week is up for listening! Click HERE to listen to Heather Hughes teach from 1 John and a beautiful spoken word written and performed by Selina Dominguez.
You can also read the spoken word below! Enjoy and may your heart be encouraged!


Called by Name
Selina Dominguez

After years of pretending
I was more familiar with the mask
Both a prisoner and an orphan
I was shackled to a broken path

I was caged by my own fear
Yet your love met me there
Drowning in my own tears
Your love found me there
Surrounded by my failures
And whispers of doubt
I had yet to discover what this life was about

Lost
Abandoned
Broken
Alone
No name
No identity
No purpose
No home

That was how he found me
That was who I was
A spiritual street-child
Lost within the beggar I had become

Who am I that you would see me
With a love so strong that you would free me
A vessel so broken yet you'd redeem me
A soul so empty yet you would feed me
A life so messy yet you would clean me
A heart so homeless yet you would bring me
Into your family
Into your fold
In exchange for my heart
You gave me your own
Oh such love
Too much to comprehend
I've come undone by what you've done in me again

I didn't even want myself
Yet you wanted me so
I thought I had gone unnoticed
But you wanted me to know

That somehow you saw behind the mask I wore on my face
You saw right through the cracks in my flawed concept of grace
You put your hand upon the scars that I covered in shame
And you fought for my heart though only pieces remained

You saw me as I was
Knew me for who I was
Called me as I was
Loved me as I was
And still you want me as I am
I have yet to understand
But it amazes me how you can so amazingly plan
To come in just at the right moment and take the chains right from my hands

You put your hand upon the scars that I covered in shame
And you fought for my heart though only pieces remained

You said that I was yours, but still unsure of what that meant
I was bent on going back, stepping off track, yet you never went
Away
Instead you stayed
Kept drawing me in, forgiving my sin, that I would go and sin no more
And I found that in you, only in you, my chains would forever remain on the floor

And now I'm ready to do
Ready to move
Ready to live as one worthy of you
I'm ready to speak
Ready to stand
Ready to place my whole life in your hands
That the world may see
What you've done in me
I can't stand idly by
When you've set me free

I'm free to be yours
In being yours I am known
And as I run this race
I don't have to run it alone
In your presence I abide
Surrendering my life
As a living sacrifice
I won't stand idly by

No more works done in vain
No more hiding behind shame
No more shackles, no more chains
For You have given me a new name
I am yours and you are mine
Here in your presence, I'll abide

No longer an orphan
No longer a slave
No longer defined by the weight of my chains
I scream, "I'M free!"
I shout, "I'M His!"
That the WORLD may know the beauty in this
That such love would come and make us his own
Take shattered pieces of our hearts and make us whole
Breathing into our nostrils, He awakened our souls
Now as children of God, we no longer walk alone

Now Every word has meaning
No work is in vain
Every scar has a purpose
Every action follows grace
For when the light found us in our darkness
And came into our souls
He made us vessels of light to show the world which way to go

So let's spread like a wildfire
Let nothing quench our thirst
For a faith based on grace alone is a faith that truly works
Oh children of God, may we awaken our souls
For while the harvest is many, we do not labour alone

The moment He broke through my chains and came riding in like a Knight
He placed the key in my hands that I may carry on His light
As the world desperately waits, He sends me into the night
Now I can take a stand, but I can't stand idly by
Yes I can take a stand, but I can't stand idly by

For You put your hand upon the scars that I once covered in shame
And you fought for my heart though only pieces remained
When you called me your child
You called me by name
Oh the power of your love
Oh the wonder of your grace

When you gave me a new name
My life could never be the same
For when you called me your child

You called me by name

5.02.2017

Summer Book Clubs

             

Below are details for book clubs this summer along with descriptions of each book! Sign up by following the link here ------> BOOK CLUB SIGN UP


The Pursuit of Holiness
by Jerry Bridges
Leader: Bethany Wright
Dates & Time: Monday/June 5th, 12th,19th, and 26th @ 7:30pm
Location: Bethany’s home —  Book can be ordered from
amazon.com for $10.87


“Be holy, for I am holy,” commands God. But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian’s daily life. According to Navigator author Jerry Bridges, that’s because we’re not exactly sure what our part in holiness is. In The Pursuit of Holiness, he helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do―and what we should take respon- sibility for ourselves. As you deepen your relationship with God, learn more about His character, and understand the Holy Spirit’s role in holiness, your spiritual growth will mature.

Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God
by Rankin Wilbourne 
Leader: Rebekah Judd
Dates & Time: Monday, July 31st @ 7pm
Location: Rebekah’s home —  Book can be ordered from
amazon.com for $14.49


To experience why the gospel is good news and answer life’s most foundational questions about identity, destiny, and purpose, we must understand what it means to be united to Christ.
If you are a Christian, the Bible says that Christ has united his life to yours, that you are now in Christ and Christ is in you. This almost unfathomable truth is the central theme of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Yet few Christians today experience or enjoy this reality. Union with Christ reveals the transformational power of this ancient doctrine while addressing the basic questions of the human heart:

  • Who Am I?
  • Why Am I Here?
  • Where Am I Headed?
  • How Will I Get There?
    Nothing is more practical for living the Christian life than union with Christ. The recovery of this reality provides the anchor and engine for your life with God—for your destiny is not only to see Christ, but to actually become like him.

A Heart Set Free: A Journey to Hope Through the Psalms of Lament
by Christina Fox
Leader: Jennifer Napier
Date & Time: Sunday, June 25th from 5-8pm

Location: Dinner and Discussion at Jennifer’s home —
Book can be ordered from
amazon.com for $11.83


For many of us, we might busy ourselves with projects or work long hours to keep our mind off our pain. We might look at our circumstances and seek to change our situation in the hope that we will finally feel at peace once our life has changed.
The question is - How often do you look to God in His Word for help and hope? How often do you turn to Him when you feel anxious, distraught, or abandoned? How often do you bring your burdens to your Savior? Take a journey of hope through the Psalms of lament with Christina Fox.

Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting
by Dave Furman
Leader: Jennifer Napier
Date & Time: Sunday, July 30th from 5-8 pm
Location: Dinner and Discussion at Jennifer’s home — 

Book can be ordered from amazon.com for $8.63

Everyone has friends or family who suffer from sickness, disability, depression, or the death of a loved one.
Oftentimes, the people who love the hurting also struggle in their own unique ways. They tend to suffer in silence and without much support from others. Writ- ing from the unique perspective of one who needs extra help on a daily basis, Dave Furman offers insight into the support, encouragement, and wisdom that people need when helping others. Furman draws on his own life experiences, examples from the Bible, and wisdom from Christians throughout history to ad- dress the heart and ministry of those who are called to serve others. Deeply per- sonal and powerfully pastoral, this book points readers to the strength that only God can provide as they love those who are hurting. Afterword written by Gloria Furman, the author's wife.

*This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years
by Jaquelle Crowe
Leader: Melanie Wasko
Dates & Time: Thursday/June 15 & 29 from 7-8:30/9:00pm

Location: Melanie’s home —
Book can be ordered from
amazon.com for $8.90
*for ages 16-20


The teen years have been hijacked—by fashion, music, movies, and games; by the pressures of school, peers, and society; and by superficial expectations set by the world. But there is something more glorious than all these influences that has the power to change the life of a teenager: the gospel. Written by a teenager for teenagers, This Changes Everything is a deeply theological yet practical and accessible book on how the gospel radically transforms every aspect of the teen years, including pursuing relationships, managing time, combating personal sin, and cultivating healthy habits. In a culture awash with low expectations for young people, this book exhorts teenagers to embrace a gospel-centered perspective on their lives and pursue wholehearted devotion to Christ now.


4.25.2017

April 30th Corporate Meeting


                          

“And now, little children, abide in him so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.” 1 John 2:28

Throughout his letters, the apostle John makes it clear over and over his desire for the us to be assured in our faith - to know that if Christ abides in us and we in him, we can have full confidence that he dwells with us even now and that we will be with him forever in eternity.

Our second Sweet Mercies meeting coming this Sunday the 30th will continue to expound on our theme of abiding in Christ and will encourage our hearts to know with confidence that we are born of God - that we are his beloved children. We are excited to hear from Heather Hughes as we open up 1 John once again.

So mark your calendars for Sunday evening at 7, at Redeemer Church (Chesapeake Campus) in the lobby with our usual yummy desserts and coffee, rich friendship and worship. All ladies 7th grade and up are welcome! 

I think the dear old apostle John would encourage us to go to Sweet Mercies by saying, “My little sisters, go, abide in sweet fellowship with your father and with each other, so that our joy may be complete!”


I hope to see you all there!

Maggie,
(On behalf of SM Planning Team)