This Week in Worship
The Rest of the Story
3 –– From Invisibility to Invincibility
Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman, preaching
Sunday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
Did you know that Easter is not just a day, but a season? It is. It’s known as Eastertide and lasts 50 days until the day of Pentecost (which literally means “the 50th day”).
We are using this season to look at what happened after that first Easter Sunday as Jesus' followers try to live out and put into action this new understand of life and faith in light of the resurrection.
This week we’ll look at another post-resurrection appearance story by Jesus, this time to all the disciples. But their reaction is perhaps not what you might expect. They were “startled and terrified, and thought they were seeing a ghost.” But as the story moves forward, we see their fear moves to boldness; their confusion to conviction; their troubled spirits to joy.
But I wonder though if the church today more resembles the disciples at the beginning of the passage than the disciples at the end. We seem to be more caught up in safety and security than in faith and obedience. We’ll talk about that this Sunday and see if we can figure ways that we be more bold in the practicing of our faith. So I hope you’ll join us for that.
But I also hope you’ll be able to join us for the 163rd Annual Gathering of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Northern California / Nevada, right here at FCC Concord! Even if you haven’t registered yet, please plan to join us for our outstanding worship services, Friday at 7p with the Bishop Yvette Flunders preaching, and Saturday afternoon at 4p with the Rev. Dr. Mary Donovan Turner preaching. Both these preachers are incredible and not to be missed!
This weekend promises to be a wonderful time in the life of the church. I’ll look forward to seeing you here.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman
The way we worship is the way we live.
Worship is the work of the people, bringing together our fullest selves in a communal act of love and gratitude. Each voice is important; each person is valued as the Spirit draws out our authentic gifts and talents, shared in the ever-widening circle of God’s people. We hope you’ll join us this week as we gather to worship the God of extravagant welcome.
Lenten Sermon Series
Doubt: A Sign of Faith & Life
The philosopher Voltaire says, "Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous." Yet, so many Christian systems rely on the false comfort of certainty and do whatever they can to buoy themselves against doubt.
But yet the giants of the faith doubted. We all doubt. To say different is to be inauthentic. In this Lenten series, we’ll hear from some of the most influential theological voices of our time and what they have to say how their faith has been formed and shaped through times of doubt.
Born Again and Again
John 3: 1-10 (11-21)
Are You Afraid of Doubt?
John 20: 24-29
The Gift of Doubt
James 1: 5-8
Keeping Faith Awake
Ephesians 5: 14 / I Corinthians 13: 11-12
Too Heavy to Carry
Mark 2: 1-12
April 9 Palm Sunday
The Idolatry of Certainty
Mark 9: 14-27