We don’t need a forecast to know it’s cold, but the forecast for 9:00am on December 31 does get our attention — 5 degrees with a wind chill of minus 25 degrees!
By all means, if you are not well, stay home; but that being said, we have a special morning planned for those who can gather with us for worship. So if you are able, bundle up and join us for a worship gathering featuring Table and Word, songs, a final opportunity in 2017 to worship God with our tithes and offerings, in a relaxed environment with plenty of time afterward for catching up with your church family brothers and sisters.
Today Lafayette is taking a break from our regular Wednesday activities, The Middle. Everyone is encouraged to enjoy this refreshing time of rest.
Tonight might provide you with a good opportunity to spend time with the 2017 Examen Prayer that was distributed last Sunday.
The MIddle: Wednesdays at Lafayette will resume next Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
We are expecting a light snow to be falling when we gather for worship at 9:00am on Christmas Eve. What a perfect setting to welcome one another into our gathering and exchange warm Christmas greetings!
We will sing Christmas songs, be led at the Table by Dane Roper, worship God with our first-fruits giving, hear a Christmas sermon from Isaiah 9:2-7 and prepare our hearts for the rest of the week which for many will be a time for family, feasting, and rest.
And for those who are lonely or grieving this Christmas, we pray that our gathering will be a reminder of the comforting presence and unfailing love of our gracious and merciful God.
Tonight in “The Middle” at Lafayette, teenEPIC will have their last small groups of the year in the EPICenter, the children will meet in their classrooms, the Bible study for women will meet in the worship center for those unable to attend on Tuesday, and the adults will wrap up their study of John in the fellowship hall.
You are invited to stay after our worship gathering on December 17 for Cider Sunday. We will share conversation while sipping cider or coffee and munching on fruit, bagels, donuts, and other goodies. You do not need to bring anything, just come, relax, and enjoy.
Lafayette’s 24 hours of prayer has begun. For the next 24 hours the prayer room people will be in the prayer room lifting up prayers of praise, confession, thanksgiving, petition, and intercession.
In James 1:19-27, James teaches by slowing down to listen and getting away from evil, we put ourselves in a position to accept God’s word. Additionally, he challenges us to continue processing the word after we have received it; otherwise, we are like somebody looking into a mirror and forgetting what they have seen. The result of processing the word we receive is the ability to control our words, practice a worthwhile religion the cares for the marginalized, and avoids pollution from the world.
So I want you to pray about one thing you heard in the teaching tonight, asking God to help you process it and apply it to your life.
Lord, help me process teachings I have received tonight so that I will be transformed. Specifically, help me process….
We gathered to worship God on Sunday. We scattered to reflect God on Monday. Now here we are in the middle with an opportunity to be together as we enjoy the week and anticipate Table and Word in a few days.
Tonight at 7:00pm the children will meet in their classrooms, the teens will meet in the EPICenter for their small groups, and adults will meet in the fellowship hall for Steve Dolan’s class on John 18 and 19 with the Bible study for women meeting in the worship center.
After our classes prayer huddles will form in the foyer, fellowship hall, and prayer room.