Message from Anthony
The Truth About Worship – Part 1:
Worship Is All About The Presence Of The Lord
Worship is universal, eternal, and inevitable. No matter who you are, what time period you find yourself in, or to which end of the religious spectrum you align, you will worship. For those of us who worship the Lord, it is important to learn from those who’ve come before, so that we can apply those principles to the future. To this, I would offer our first truth about worship: that worship is all about the presence of the Lord.
Looking to the Old Testament, worship was mostly centered on the fear of the Lord. He is mighty, He is powerful, He is Creator God and so He is to be worshiped by His creation. Moses had to hide his face from the glory of the Lord, and even still, there was a glow about him from the brief exposure to God’s glory. This was an extraordinary event, that Moses would be allowed to be so close to the Lord, given that the price for our sin had not yet been paid in full! God’s presence was evident in Moses and it was clear to everyone. (see Exodus 33:18 through 34:35 ESV)
Looking to the New Testament, Jesus was present among us. He talked with, ate with, and traveled with His disciples and many others, touching people and healing people along the way. When they’d been with Jesus, the evidence was clear in them as well, be it opened eyes, eradicated disease, or even life from death, there was no question of Jesus’ presence in their lives, changing them forever. (see Acts 4:13 ESV)
Finally, once Jesus had ascended, we have the example of Pentecost, where the Spirit of the Lord descended upon the apostles, and they were changed from ordinary men into men who carried the very presence of God within them, teaching with conviction, healing with compassion, and exemplifying Christ without fear for their own well being. Thousands came to be saved because of the relationship these men had with the Living God, and it’s still happening today, in the hearts of believers around the world. (see Acts 2:1-47 ESV)
It seems the common thread to truly life-changing worship for the believer is the presence of God. Without Him, there is no worship, there is no change within us, and there is no purpose to the Good News He’s called us to share. Always seek the presence of the Lord and make sure it’s to His glory when you worship, and the evidence will be clear in your life.
Youth Group activities return to Meadowbrook
Our Youth Group enjoyed the off-campus Thursday evening outings at some of the Meadowbrook family homes. Many thanks to the hosts for these events! It was a nice way to relax, enjoy a change of scenery, have a lot of fun, be together, and learn more about Jesus.
The kids will begin to meet on Thursday evenings, between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m., back at Meadowbrook. There will be lots of fun, fellowship, and games, all while growing closer to God and each other! Please see Anthony if you have any questions.
Sisters in Service Garage Sale 2021
When: Thurs/Fri/Sat August 19-21
Thursday and Friday 9am – 4pm
Saturday 9am – 2pm
Where: Meadowbrook Christian Church
- Clean and gently used household items
- Children’s books.
- Large furniture, such as sofas and bookcases
Drop off dates for donated items:
- Sunday, August 15 – bring them with you when you come to worship!
- Wednesday, August 18 – 9am to 2pm, in the front foyer of the church. Individuals will be there to
receive your donations.
- Any day of the sale, August 19-21.
Thank you for supporting the garage sale!
Please continue to lift our Mission Partners in prayer
Shown below are the current Missions that Meadowbrook supports:
- Asia Christian Services
- Gideons International
- Great Lakes Christian College
- His House Christian Fellowship
- International Disaster Emergency Services (IDES)
- Johnson University
- Kerala Christian Mission
- New Churches of Christ Evangelism
- Ninos de Mexico
- Voice of the Martyrs
- Karamoja Bible Study Center – Uganda
In the Newsletter, each month, we will focus on one Mission. This month we are focusing on Asia Christian Services. To find out more about this Mission please visit their website: https://www.asiachristianservices.com/
- Myanmar has undergone a military coup.
- Violence continues in Myanmar. Please pray for the innocent caught in the middle of fighting. Prayers are requested for Christians who are sharing physically and spiritually with those in need.
- ACS is partnering with IDES in a great relief project to provide food, shelter, and medicines in four devastated areas of Myanmar.
- The Good News is that within the turmoil, God is at work and many are believing in Jesus. Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world!” John 16:33. Be encouraged as you see what God is doing! The believers are living as “overcomers”!
Looking for a way to serve at MCC?
- We need a few handy people to help get our playscape back in shape for the kids. Contact Dan Bright to lend a hand!
- Make cookies, brownies, bread (banana, zucchini, etc.) to support our “Fellowship in the Foyer” right after church. See Joe or Mimi Romaella to help with this ministry!
- Volunteer at Youth Group! Speak to Anthony Knotts to help out!
- Join Sisters in Service as they start up in the fall to serve our community!
- Join the Praise team or Sound Booth Crew — sing or play an instrument!
- Serve Jesus! All helping hands are welcome. Please see one of our Elders or Deacons to get plugged in. We are all members of Christ’s body. AMEN!
1Peter4:10: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
Thank you to all the Mowing Teams! Praise God for our beautiful, green grass this year!
Jeremiah Cox – August 4
Elaine Bright – August 14
Ron Murphy – August 30