St. Paul's Baptist Church 1000 Wallace St. Phila. PA 19123
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Reverend Dr. Leslie D. Callahan, Pastor
An Invitation from Pastor Callahan
Whether you're happy or sad, lost or lonely, full of questions,
or just looking for somewhere to feel at home,
there is a place for you at St. Paul's.
We want to hear from you!
In an effort to provide our members and visitors with the best possible worship experience, we would like to hear from you today regarding worship times and incentives. Please visit the link below and fill out this brief survey.
Our Church Wide Study journey continues…
Church Wide Small Group Bible Study
Sundays: 9:30 a.m.
Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m.
Thursdays: 7:00 p.m.
*If another time works best, please let us know.
INTERESTED IN LEADING A SMALL GROUP?
Email us at email@example.com or call the church office at 215-763-1502.
Are you ready for the next part of our challenge?
Weekly Scripture Reading:
Monday, November 25 - Saturday, November 30, 2013
Monday: Colossians 1:11-20
Tuesday: Psalm 138
Wednesday: John 1:1-18
Thursday: Acts 17:16-33
Friday: Ephesians 1:15-23
Saturday: Philippians 1:3-6
Questions for Reflection and Small Group Discussion
Many of us find our times disorienting. From personal challenges to those that impact our families, communities, and nation, we often find ourselves feeling like we are in a constant state of fluctuation and change. These disorienting experiences leave us looking for a space to catch our breath and gather our bearings. If only we could stop and center ourselves, we could begin to make sense of life and be an active participant in the change we need. The scripture references and questions for this week are designed to help us think about what it means to be centered… what it means to know Jesus as our center.
1. Have you had an experience that made you feel like your life was spinning out of control? How did you handle that moment? Did you try to center yourself in an attempt to more effectively handle the challenge? If so, how? In the Colossians text above, it says that in Jesus “all things hold together.” How have you experienced Jesus holding not only things together, but you together?
2. What does it mean to you to be centered in Jesus? What comes to mind when you hear or sing the lyrics of Israel Houghton’s song Jesus at the Center?
Jesus at the Center
Jesus at the center of it all, Jesus at the center of it all
From beginning to the end it will always be, it's always been you, Jesus...Jesus
Nothing else matters, nothing in this world will do
Jesus, you're the center, everything revolves around you… Jesus, you at the center of it all
Jesus be the center of my life, Jesus be the center of my life
From beginning to the end it will always be, it's always been you Jesus… oh Jesus
From my heart to the heavens, Jesus be the center
It's all about you, yes it's all about you
Jesus be the center of your church, Jesus be the center of your church
Every knee will bow, every tongue shall confess you Jesus… Jesus