4.16.2014

Holy Week Services


Maundy Thursday
April 17 @ 7:00PM
Join us for a reflective service as we ponder Jesus' final command, to love one another just as he loved us. Listen as Frankfort's own Larry Zellers and Dave Rheinlander perform "Three Men on a Mountain." We will also share communion together.

Good Friday
April 18 @ NOON
This is a community worship service and will be held at the Hookstown Free Methodist Church. It is intentionally a CHILD-FRIENDLY service, so if you want your child to learn about Jesus dying on the cross in an age-appropriate way, check it out!

Easter Sunday
April 20 @ 11:00AM
It's going to be a grand celebration that Jesus rose from the dead--a celebration surprise, choir, communion, and Resurrection Rolls! If you don't have a church home, come worship with us!!

BONUS--Holy Humor Sunday!
April 27 @ 11:00AM
It is an old, old tradition in the church to celebrate how God played a HUGE practical joke on the devil by letting him think that Jesus was dead for three days ... only to raise him from the dead! Come armed with your best (clean, church-appropriate joke) as we continue to celebrate the Resurrection with JOY and LAUGHTER!

4.14.2014

Spring Training Workout #6: Daily Prayer

SERMON

In the baseball world, spring training is over, and the regular season has begun. Now is the time for all the practice and hard work to pay off as players who have earned spots on the big league teams now need to prove that they are worth their spot.

Spring training during Lent here at Frankfort Church is drawing to a close as well. This week and next will be our last two chances at trying out a new work out, the final two ways we can seek to be more like Christ in our daily life by serving God and serving others—at least as part of THIS particular sermon series. 

Daily Prayer
This week, we’ll be working on prayer … but not just ANY kind of prayer but prayer at a specific time of day … prayer EVERY day, or as many days as you can manage.
Ps 119 beginning at verse 164 says,
164 Seven times a day I praise you
    for your righteous laws.
165 Great peace have those who love your law,
    and nothing can make them stumble.
166 I wait for your salvation, Lord,
    and I follow your commands.
167 I obey your statutes,
    for I love them greatly.
168 I obey your precepts and your statutes,
    for all my ways are known to you.

Psalm 55 beginning at verse 16 says,
As for me, I call to God,
    and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon
    I cry out in distress,
    and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed
    from the battle waged against me,
    even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old,
    who does not change—
he will hear them and humble them,
    because they have no fear of God.

There is a rich tradition in Judaism of praying seven times a day and night—of dropping whatever you’re doing and stopping to pray. Seven times a day. If you want to get technical about it, it’s called “praying the divine hours,” and it’s a custom celebrated since the early Christian church in the couple of generations after Jesus was born, died, and rose again.

(For the record, praying seven times a day is NOT what we’ll be trying … this time at least!)

4.12.2014

Easter Egg Hunt 2014

What a BEAUTIFUL day for a breakfast and an Easter Egg Hunt!  (See more photos HERE!)










4.10.2014

The Daniel Plan

Our forty days of Spring Training (otherwise known as Lent 2014) are almost over. Each week, we've experienced a new workout--fasting, serving, showing hospitality, living simply, and embracing silence and solitude. Shortly, we'll explore daily prayer and celebration.

If you liked having particular work outs to ponder throughout your week and are interested in creating a healthier lifestyle for you and your family, you just might want to check out the Daniel Plan, a forty day lifestyle program that focuses on FAITH, FOOD, FITNESS, FOCUS, AND FRIENDS. 

Based on the biblical story of Daniel and his friends who rejected the king's rich food in order to honor God's best for them, this plan seeks to surround you with folks who will encourage you to make healthier decisions.

We'd like to see if we can get a couple groups of people who might be interested in giving this a try. Please email Allison (albauer@yahoo.com) if you'd like to participate. And think of a friend (or friends!) you might like to invite on this journey with you! 

4.08.2014

Ten Sermons



A pictures is sometimes worth ten sermons.

Colossians 3:17
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."






4.07.2014

Spring Training Workout #5: SILENCE AND SOLITUDE

SERMON-introduction

Fasting, serving, simplicity, and hospitality—all workouts we’ve experimented with in this season of Spring Training during Lent. Some, I’m sure, have worked out better than others. And this week’s workout is sure to be yet another challenge, particularly for those of us who are more extroverted and like noise and being around people … which are the two very things this week’s workout asks us to give up.

During this training season, we are working to become more like Christ in our daily lives by practicing the kinds of things he talked about and the way he lived his life.

So this week we’re taking on something Jesus did VERY regularly in his life, something we read about all the time in the Bible; this week, we’re talking about SILENCE and SOLITUDE.

For example, listen to these verses from Mark chapter 6:

30 The disciples gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.

#1
Friends, have you been there before? Mark tells us that the disciples were gathered around Jesus, filling him in on all the things they had done and all of the people they had taught about him.
Perhaps it started as the excited sharing of this new thing that God was doing among them as disciples of Jesus … but quickly, as the days went by, they became overwhelmed, overwhelmed because “so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat.”

Have you been there before?

So busy, so rushed, no time for yourself, no time to do the things you need to do so that you can keep on doing things for others.

Have you been there before? Are you there now?