Summer Worship Reflections – Part 5

Here’s What Folks Are Saying!

Summer worship has been a great source of fun and fellowship.  The feedback from those attending has been overwhelmingly positive.  I think part of what folks have enjoyed is the opportunity to talk together about the scripture and how it is speaking to FCC in this moment.

On July 31st  the scripture was Deuteronomy 30:11-20.   Here’s what folks noted about their conversation. Children’s responses are in blue

1. How do you understand the covenantal agreement outlined between God and Israel in this passage? (if… then what?)

  • That we will live if we choose god. 
  • If we obey the commandments by loving God, we will live.
  • If we choose God above false Gods we will live.
  • Follow the
  • Do not follow = perish
  • Yes – Promise/plan/path/vow
  • Chores, cleanup room
  • Do something for brother
  • Better at behavior at school
  • It’s hard to keep it
  • Financial Condition or Church/ declining membership 
  • Change in what is/ Church will look different
  • Organization Structure as essence 
  • Way we’ve always done it
  • Other priorities/ Busy schedules 
  • Resentment
  • Covid Apathy moved on in life
  • Technology it separates us

2. What “other Gods” are operating at FCC that distract you from fully from upholding your end of this covenant?

  • Talking behind each others’ backs
  • Day to day business of the Church
  • Building maintenance
  • Personal “agendas”
  • Other things outside of Church that take your energy and financial resources
  • We need to do the work ourselves instead of expecting others to do it for us
  • Not being open minded
  • Being rigid, Stuck in the past
  • Our beautiful building
  • Family/parents, food, dog, water, o2, shelter, clothing, money, sleep
  • Willing to accept/ embrace change and where our deep joy meet wold needs
  • Walking in Gods ways
  • Speak Life
  • Show up! Be presently engaged
  • Be positive and up beat
  • Offer something 

3. As explained in this passage, what might “choosing life” look like for FCC?

  • Choosing to actively address the financial challenges and Building issues to live 
  • Accepting change
  • Choosing major changes that might be disruptive to what we are used to.
  • Recognizing that Money – It’s source and use is a source of conflict 
  • The building upkeep is draining our resources and “giving” income continues to decline
  • As people leave, we need other avenues of income – building rental, weddings, trivia event, classes, caterers, cooking classes, etc..  
  • Be more outspoken
  • Choosing to be an island
  • We need to connect to the community when asked
  • No- God is what they stand for
  • Yes – Sometimes different for everybody
  • Renewed passion for fellowship with God and that
  • Remaking relationship with God 
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