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    Last Night of Men's Leadership Training Tonight

    Men, join us for the final night of leadership training tonight.  We are meeting in the Loft from 7:00-9:00 pm. 


    We will discuss three focuses that make up a biblical leader: life, doctrine and skill. We will study scripture and learn from one another.


    If you have any questions, please email Drew Barnes at drew@meadowsfamily.org!

    1. Time to Declutter

      By Cindy Goding


      Decluttering feels SO good doesn’t it? It feels so good when you look at the space you just decluttered and you see organization and cleanliness. It feels so good when you suddenly know where everything is and everything has its place. It feels so good when you make several dumpster runs of things that you really don’t use or need anymore. 


      We often talk about decluttering our house, our garage, our closet, but do we talk about decluttering our mind? Do we work intentionally at decluttering our mind of things that get in the way of and distract us from true worship and praise to the one true God? Do we fill our minds with all sorts of “knick knacks” that don’t help or are positive in any manner but take up room and space in our mind where God’s word and prayer should reside?


      I am guilty of this. I like a clean, tidy house. I spend time each day picking up and cleaning because it makes me feel good and more rested at the end of the day. Now while that isn’t bad, I need to pause and think- do I put as much time and effort cleansing and refreshing my soul and spirit? Do I understand that it is more vital to do that for my overall health than it is to even make sure my bathrooms are clean?! 


      Sometimes I forget! I forget the importance of decluttering my mind to make SPACE and room for God’s word to infiltrate my body and soul. I forget to declutter my heart so peace and joy can flood it instead of anxieties and worries. I forget to declutter my spirit and allow encouragement and love to burst through instead of negativity and crabbiness. 


      It’s time to declutter! Declutter with PURPOSE. Declutter with RESOLVE. Declutter to make room for our amazing God who reigns, who is supreme, who is love, who is compassion, who is grace, who is mercy, who is unchanging, who is present, who is our comforter… 


      “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

      ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬-‭2‬, ‭16‬-‭17‬ ‭

      1. Preparing for Worship - January 29, 2023

        The living God invites us to worship Him! Jesus himself tells us that the Father is seeking worshipers (see John 4:23.) So as we hear God’s Word in Psalm 34 let us hear it as an invitation to be a worshiper today: “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” We’ll begin with this Call to Worship found in Psalm 34:1-3 and respond with All Creatures Of Our God And King and Psalm 150 (Praise The Lord). As we read Psalm 150 itself it further points us toward the One we worship and invites a response of praise as we declare to the Lord that we are Here For You.


        After a prayer for our Giving and a few Announcements, we’ll have a fun and engaging Kids’ Time along with some activity bags for all of our young worshipers. Then, Stewart Pattison will be continuing our Kingdom Come sermon series as we look at Matthew 12:9-14 as Jesus Heals a Man with a Withered Hand. After the message, we will respond together to sing There’s Nothing That Our God Can’t Do and be dismissed with a Benediction. 


        Do you need prayer? Please let us know how we can be praying for you. You can drop a prayer request card in the giving box in the atrium, or send your prayer requests to: prayer@meadowsfamily.org


        Please find a few moments to prepare your heart and mind for gathered worship. Prayerfully engage with the Scripture and songs for this week, dwell on all that you have to be thankful for, and pray that God will build up his church and glorify himself through our worship together. This week’s song playlist can be found on Spotify and YouTube. Everything you need to know about our Sunday worship services can be found on our website at meadowsfamily.org/sundays


        See you this Sunday!    

        Mark

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          MCF Worship - January 22, 2023
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          Men's Leadership Training Tonight

          We are calling on men to join us for leadership training on Thursday, January 19th & 26th.   Join us in the Loft from 7:00-9:00 pm. 


          We will discuss three focuses that make up a biblical leader: life, doctrine and skill.  We will study scripture and learn from one another.


          If you are interested, please email Drew Barnes at drew@meadowsfamily.org!

          1. Toddler Temperament

            By Cindy Goding


            "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen"-Hebrews 11:1


            But whhhhhhyyyyy? My youngest is now 2 and hitting that stage in life where every answer is “but whhhhhy?”. And every response to an imperative statement is, “why?”. It’s exhausting, frustrating, cute at times, but mostly annoying and often my final response is the age old… “because I said so”. 


            As I was sitting here getting ready to write a blog post, I was finding myself getting irritated by the barrage of “but why’s” coming from him. All I was wanting was complete obedience and trust that I know better than him, from my two year old… that’s not so much to ask right?! LOL.


            It struck me when I was reflecting on this that the annoying countenance is how I approach God at times in certain situations. My need for control brings to the surface my own two-year old stubbornness as my response often to God is, “but why?” When he is asking for trust and faith, my response is, “but why?” when the answer seems unclear or that maybe I’m hoping for a different answer. Just like a parent with their toddler, God asks for trust and obedience. He knows us better than we know ourselves and he knows what is best for us even if we cannot see it. God doesn’t get impatient with our, “but why?”- he understands and answers each question patiently. He knows our anxieties, our fears, but he also knows what brings us deep and lasting joy. 


            So surrender to God and trust that he is working all things for our good!


            “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them”. -Ephesians 2:10


            1. Preparing for Worship - January 22, 2023

              Once again we gather in the presence of our great God to give him the praise that he so richly deserves from us. Psalm 147 will begin our time together, orienting our hearts and minds toward the Lord in worship. “It is good to sing praises to our God!” says the Psalmist. “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power!” As Scripture points us to the Lord, we’ll offer a fitting response of praise as we sing Great Are You Lord. Then it is Titus 2:11-14 which draws us even further into praise, helping us to view the greatness of our God through the lens of the gospel of Jesus. It is the grace of God poured out on us through the person and work of Jesus Christ that redeems us, purifies us, and ultimately fuels our worship. We’ll respond to the wonderful truth of the gospel as we sing Grace Greater and All Praise.


              After a prayer for our Giving and a few Announcements, we’ll have a fun and engaging Kids’ Time along with some activity bags for all of our young worshipers. Then, Drew Barnes will be continuing our Kingdom Come sermon series as we look at Matthew 11:25-30 to see that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath. After the message, we will respond together to sing Lord I Need You and be dismissed with a Benediction. 


              Do you need prayer? Please let us know how we can be praying for you. You can drop a prayer request card in the giving box in the atrium, or send your prayer requests to: prayer@meadowsfamily.org


              Please find a few moments to prepare your heart and mind for gathered worship. Prayerfully engage with the Scripture and songs for this week, dwell on all that you have to be thankful for, and pray that God will build up his church and glorify himself through our worship together. This week’s song playlist can be found on Spotify and YouTube. Everything you need to know about our Sunday worship services can be found on our website at meadowsfamily.org/sundays


              See you this Sunday!    

              Mark