“At Home” Worship Guide

Posted by: on February 22, 2015

Good Morning!

Since we are not able to gather together for corporate worship this morning, we want to provide you with this fun and hopefully engaging way to worship and observe the Sabbath at home.  There really is nothing like corporate worship when the body of Christ comes together to worship, but today we will make the most of this opportunity to worship together as one body in many places.

For those of you who have children, we have specifically thought of you as we put together this worship guide.  Taking time to worship and observe the Sabbath at home when you are unable to make it to corporate worship will have a big impact on children.  It shows them that worship is important, and more importantly, it shows the that we can worship anywhere and at any time.  So involve your children, let them lead some of these activities and most importantly, listen to the Spirit speak through them; we all might just be surprised by what we hear!

So let’s start with something fun to warm up and break the ice.  Turn up the volume and dance along (especially you kids).

Now we should be ready to worship!  Have someone in your household read this prayer aloud:

Loving Lord, we come before you with quiet, reflective hearts asking that you might speak to us, enlighten us, encourage us, and empower us so that our lives might reflect your light and honor you.
Amen

Time for a worship song: You Hold Me Now by Hillsong United

The lectionary for this week takes us back to a very familiar passage; one which has been a fundamental part of our teaching over the last two weeks here at The Bridge.  We will be reading together from the first chapter of Mark’s Gospel where we will hear again of Jesus’ baptism and His temptation in the wilderness.  (Have someone read Mark 1:9-15 [show] In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." (ESV)
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In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.  And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” 

And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.  He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.  Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

Over the last few weeks we have really focused in on how meaningful the Father’s word were to Jesus and how those words formed the core of His identity and shaped His life and ministry.

  • If you have children present, ask them what it is like when their mom or dad says, “I love you,” or ask them how they feel when someone tells them that they’ve done a good job.
  • You adults: how do you feel when you’ve done something well?  What is it like to be acknowledged for doing something well?

Now, in this passage, there is something more important than just being acknowledged for doing something well.  Jesus is told that He is loved and that He pleases the Father…not for anything that He has done, but simply because of who He is.  The Father loves the Son…it’s that simple.  There is nothing more that needs to be said.  Jesus doesn’t have to earn it and the Father isn’t asking Jesus to work for it; the love just flows between them.  Have you experienced this kind of unconditional, no strings attached kind of love?  Would you like to?

Let’s ponder those questions while we sing another worship song: How Deep the Father’s Love for Us by Stuart Townend

Moving forward in today’s passage, let’s look at Jesus’ temptation in the Wilderness.  This past Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, which began the Season of Lent.  Jesus’ temptation is a common passage to reflect on at the beginning of Lent because these 40 days leading up to Easter are a time for repentance, reflection, and self-denial.  Self-denial happens to be a big theme in Mark’s Gospel…in fact Jesus Himself says that if anyone wants to become my follower, they must deny themselves (Mark 8:34 [show] And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (ESV)
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As Jesus went out into the wilderness for 40 days He was retracing the steps of Israel and rewriting her story.  Jesus, the second Adam, would do and fulfill all that the first Adam had failed to do and He would obey the Father in every way which Israel had stumbled so often before.  As Jesus went out into the wilderness, He entered into a moment by moment process of self-denial and total reliance upon God the Father.

  • If you have children present ask them what it’s like to have to wait for something you really want.  Ask them how hard it would be to give up something they really like (like video games or Oreo cookies).  Ask them why they might give up something they like.
  • For you adults: Why do you think self-denial is necessary to be a follower of Jesus?  What does the practice of self-denial build into our lives that would otherwise be missing without it?  Have you considered denying yourself of anything this Lenten Season in order to prepare your heart for Easter?

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Seriously though, you know one of the questions I like to ask when reflecting on scripture is, “What difference does it make?”  What difference does it make in my life that Jesus went out into the wilderness and was tempted for 40 days.  Well thankfully, sometimes scripture is its own best interpreter.  The writer to the Hebrews said this, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16 [show] For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (ESV)
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Everything Jesus did, He did for us.  We often think of Jesus enduring the cross for us, but how often do we think about the everyday, moment by moment, decision by decision obedience that Jesus demonstrated that was as much a part of His work in restoring humanity to the Father as was His work on the cross.  Jesus lived His whole life in obedience to the Father.  That means everyday He lived, He lived for us and for our salvation.  He also endured every temptation and every trial so that as our High Priest, He could intercede for us one who fully understood our weakness.

Brothers and Sisters…we may approach the throne of grace with boldness because one who shares our flesh and blood sits at the Father’s right hand and ever intercedes on our behalf.  What new boldness might your life take on knowing that we can have such a confidence as this?  As we move into the Season of Lent, consider this time as an opportunity to practice self-denial so that, in some small but meaningful way, you will know what it means to “live is Christ.”

Activity with the Kids:  If you have kids, see if they can retell to you the stories we heard today from Mark’s gospel.  If they are having trouble remembering…ask if they would like to act out the story while you read it aloud.  (They might want to do it multiple times.)

Borrowed from the Blog: ourfamilyforhisglory.com

Borrowed from the Blog: ourfamilyforhisglory.com

As we close our time together today I want to do a couple of things.  First, I want to invite you to seize the opportunity to really observe Lent this year.  Perhaps you want to give up something or perhaps you want to start something new…but whatever it is, it should be something that leads you often into the mystery of God through Christ.  Second, it is tempting to think of Lent as a solitary time of repentance and reflection…and that it is, but during this process the Lord might reveal some amazing things to you.  As He does, I encourage you to share your growth and insights with a trusted friend or group of friends.  This Christian life is best lived in community and God would be delighted if you shared your growth with others!

One last thing before we close in prayer.  Since we are not gathering together today as a corporate body, we will miss our opportunity to give our gifts and offerings to the Lord in person but that doesn’t mean you can’t give.  If you would still like to worship today through your gifts and offerings, you can do that right from our website.  Just click above on the “Donate” tab or click this LINK.

Closing Prayer:  (Someone from your household can say this aloud.)

God Most High, thank you for your love, strength, and grace.  Empower us as we begin our Lenten journeys, so that we may be drawn closer to you and our lives reflect your glory.  Amen

May the peace of Christ rest upon your homes this week dear friends.

No Corporate Worship

Posted by: on February 21, 2015

Weather Update_Worship Cancel_REDWhile much of the winter weather has cleared up, our parking lots at the Nexus Building are not in good shape.  Since most of our parking is gravel, these parking areas were not able to be scraped well enough to remove all the snow and with the threat of colder temperatures tonight, there is a chance that these parking areas (which are snow and slush now) will be icy in the morning.

So, we will not meet together for corporate worship tomorrow morning (Feb. 22, 2015).  We don’t want to take a chance of someone falling and getting injured.

Despite not gathering together for worship in the morning, we would like to encourage you to make an effort to still observe the Sabbath.  If your roads are clear and you feel like venturing out, there are lots of great places to worship in Elizabethtown and Radcliff that may still be gathering tomorrow.  If you decide not to venture out, perhaps you could make it a priority to worship together as a family at home.

Check back here tomorrow morning to find a fun “at home” worship guide so you can still spend time worshiping even though we won’t all be meeting together.

May God bless each of your homes and keep you in His loving care.

Christmas Worship Service

Posted by: on December 19, 2014

ChristmasWorshipService2014_FinalWe are excited to welcome you to join us for a special Christmas Worship Service this coming Sunday morning, Dec. 21 at 10:00am.

Come, connect, fellowship,  and worship as we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent and the coming of the Christ Child into the world.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9:6 [show] For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
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Holiday Bazaar

Posted by: on November 5, 2014

Holiday Bazaar 2014

The Bridge Community will be hosting its 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar to benefit the
Bridge Mission Team on Saturday, November 15th from 9:00am-3:00pm.

Cost of admission is a donation to the Bridge Food Pantry (either a non perishable food item or monetary donation). Over 20 vendors from our community with home based businesses or hand made crafts to sell.  There will also be a concession stand and gift wrapping available along with a silent auction.

Come enjoy this delightful way to kick off the holiday season!
6746 South Wilson Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Fall-Winter Clothing Give-Away

Posted by: on September 19, 2014

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The Bridge Community Closet is please to announce that our Fall-Winter Clothing Give-Away is scheduled for Oct. 4th, 2014.  The Closet is fully stocked with Fall and Winter clothes and we are excited to again invite the families within surrounding communities of Hardin County to come and get the clothing items they need to be better prepared for the winter months ahead.

The Bridge Community Closet is a “free to the public” resource designed to help families in Hardin Co. who are in need of gently used clothing items.  All the clothing items in our Closet have been donated by community members who hope to bless others through this ministry.

Details for our Fall-Winter Give-Away:
October 4th
9:00am – 1:30pm
*Patrons may arrive early for the clothing giveaway but the doors will not open until 9:00am.
Please enter through the front doors of The Bridge Community | Church (facing South Wilson Rd.).
Light refreshments will be available as Patrons wait for their turn to shop.
Each Patron will be assigned a personal shopper who will remain with them to assist them in finding sizes, carrying clothing, etc.

Volunteers:
Calling all Bridge Family members.  We have a dedicated team of volunteers who keep the Closet going throughout the year, but to make an event of this size a success, we need lots of volunteers.  Please consider how you might be able to join the team to make this event a great success and a blessing for the families who will be able to get the clothing they need for the winter months ahead.  There will be a signup sheet at Worship the next few Sundays to let us know how you would like to help.  You can also contact The Bridge office to sign up or get more information.

May the Lord bless this event as we seek to serve our community in the name of Jesus.

Exodus Sermon Series

Posted by: on August 23, 2014

Most people know that the Book of Exodus is one of the books of the Bible and many people have a general idea about the events that took place during the Exodus, but have you every really considered the significance of the Exodus event?

How would you answer the question, “What was the Exodus?”

Join us over the next four weeks (Aug. 24th-Sept. 14th) as we investigate the meaning and significance of the Exodus event in the life of Israel and its meaning in our lives as Christians in the 21st century.

Behold the Lamb of God The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ. Dec. 8th and 9th at 3p, Nexus Bldg. FREE!

Posted by: on November 28, 2012

We are preparing for our annual production of “Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming King.” This is a great opportunity to invite your friends to a community event where they will hear the Gospel story presented in a unique way.

“Behold the Lamb of God” is a concept concert written by singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson. A concept concert is a collection of songs that tell a complete story. (A famous example of this would be Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.”)

Behold the Lamb of God tells the story of the anticipation of Christ’s coming (Advent) and His birth, while foreshadowing His life, death, and resurrection. The style of the production mixes elements of acoustic folk and bluegrass, with American rock.  We will begin the show with original songs and arrangements by Josh Brown, Robby and Tricia Payne, Rich Fyhr, and Matt and Joanna Black.  Arnold’s coffee, dessert, and hot beverages will be served during intermission.

Behold the Lamb of God Documentary

Behold the Lamb of God will be on December 8th & 9th @ 3p at The Nexus Bldg. at 6746 S. Wilson Rd.  Doors open at 2:30pm.  The concert is FREE and we are encouraging attendees to bring a non-perishable pantry item to help stock our food pantry. Excess goods will be given to Feeding America. Hope you will be able to attend with family and friends!

Behold the Lamb of God, December 10th & 11th

Posted by: on November 10, 2011

We are preparing for our annual production of “Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming King.” This is a great opportunity to invite your friends to a community event where they will hear the Gospel story presented in a unique way.

“Behold the Lamb of God” is a concept concert written by singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson. A concept concert is a collection of songs that tell a complete story. (A famous example of this would be Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.”)

Behold the Lamb of God tells the story of the anticipation of Christ’s coming (Advent) and His birth, while foreshadowing His life, death, and resurrection. The style of the production mixes elements of acoustic folk and bluegrass, with American rock.  We will begin the show with “Songwriters in the Round,” a singer/songwriter showcase that will feature these area artists: Jared Lyndsey, Lyndsay Taylor, Josh Brown, Rachel Bauer, and Bjorn and Tara.  In true Bridge fashion, there will be coffee served.

Behold the Lamb of God Documentary

Behold the Lamb of God will be on December 10th & 11th @ 3p at Elizabethtown’s Historic State Theater.   Doors open at 2:30pm.  The cost is $5 and half of the ticket costs will go to benefit Lincoln Village Youth Development Center and enrichment programs. Hope you will be able to attend with family and friends!

Here’s a clip from a previous performance. (Dates and times on video do not apply.)

Food Supply in the Food Pantry

Posted by: on July 27, 2011

Did you know we have a food pantry at the Nexus Building?

We usually get a couple of opportunities each week to meet the needs of people who come in. Supplying food for people is one way we extend the love and grace of Jesus to our community!

As a result of this ministry opportunity, we have a recurring need for a few items. Any time you want to bring an item on the list below, we’re happy to receive the donation! So, think about these things and pick up a few extra next time you’re at the grocery. Send us an email or comment here on this blog if you have any questions.

We ask that all donations to the pantry need to be non-perishable, unexpired food items.  You can click here for a printable list of these items.

 

Protein:

  • Canned meat (ham, meat spread, beef stew, chicken, tuna, etc.)
  • Canned nuts
  • Peanut Butter
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Dry beans

Milk Products:

  • Evaporated milk
  • Powdered milk

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned juices
  • Canned soup
  • Canned spaghetti sauce
  • Dried fruit (raisins, apricots, prunes)

Breads and Cereals

  • Pasta
  • Cake mixes
  • Muffin mix
  • Cornbread mix
  • Cry cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Rice
  • Rice cakes

Other Needed Items

  • Coffee
  • Baby products (diapers, wipes, powder, lotion)
  • Household supplies (dish soap, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies)
  • Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissue, napkins)
  • Health & beauty (toothpaste & brushes, shampoo, bar soap)

If you’d like to print out this list to post at your work-place, give to friends, or in your neighborhood please click this link for a PDF download: Bridge Community Food Pantry Items List.

 

Back to School Block Party

Posted by: on June 27, 2011

We’re throwing a party for the community on the last Friday night of Summer!

The Bridge Community Outreach Event Back to School Block Party

On July 29th, we invite all students — from pre-schoolers to seniors in high school — to enjoy the fun.  Free inflatables, games, and food!  We’ll be giving away free school supplies to the first 300 students who register.  In addition, there will be drawings throughout the night for backpacks, gift cards, and other special prizes.

You’ll be hearing much more about it as the day draws closer; but for now, we want to give everyone an opportunity to help out and prepare for the event.

Contact the planning team if you want to jump in and help with the organizing and behind-the-scenes prep work.

Want to make a donation?  Here are the supplies we’ll be collecting:

Must Haves:

Crayons, #2 pencils, glue sticks, erasers, notebook paper, rulers, and scissors

Backpacks:

We hope to give away 100 new backpacks

Gift Cards:

Old Navy, Target, Wal-Mart … we’re thinking new clothes for back-to-school!

Grand Prizes:

We hope to have a couple of new bikes, maybe a Wii or XBox, who knows …!!

If you want to donate toward any of these, please bring your items to our Sunday morning worship gatherings in July or email us to arrange a time for dropping them off at the Nexus Building.