Called to Be: Priests • Rev. Derek Joyce

1 Peter 2:5—You yourselves are being built like living stones into a spiritual temple. You are being made into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 61:6—You will be called Priests of the LORD; Ministers of Our God, they will say about you.

Many people think that only a select few are called to be priests. And while this might be true in a professional/vocational sense when it comes to ordering an institution and directing ministry programs, the calling to be priests of the LORD actually extends to every believer in Christ. Each person who responds to the grace and love of the God in Jesus enters into a life of worship and ministry, filled with sacrificial praise and thanksgiving, to reflect and share the gospel hope. Every person becomes priestly in life and vocation. And this is a marvelous gift for the world—to see faith on display, to see work as worship, and to know that God is alive and good, because the people called by His name are priests of God. You are called to be priests. Go and minister in the name of Jesus!

This Sunday's Set List:

"I'm Going Free (Jailbreak)" by Vertical Worship

"O Praise the Name" by Hillsong Worship

"How He Loves" by Crowder

"Heaven Song" by Phil Wickham

"I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe

*All songs subject to change based on the movement of the Holy Spirit.

Daily Text from Asbury Seedbed

Why Does the Word of God Endure Forever?

November 2, 2018

Mark 13:28-31

28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.


As we near the end of this, the final speech of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, it’s worth remembering how it all got started.

As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” 2 “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” 3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?” Mark 13:1-4.

This little contextual clue, “When will these things happen,” could save a lot of apocalyptic angst. Right up to today’s text Jesus is responding to the disciples question about the destruction of the Temple. He is not talking about the end of time. This is what the fig tree analogy is all about– understanding and interpreting the signs that indicate the immanent end of Jerusalem as they knew it.

So if this was all about the destruction of the Temple in the first century what on earth does it have to do with us? Nothing and everything. I think the clue is in the next and closing verses from today’s text.

...Continued on Asbury Seedbed... (click on the link below).

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Joys & Concerns


Tammey Webber

James D. “Jim” Barnes

Gaines Smith


Colleen Taylor

SYMPATHY is extended to:

Michelle Osborn & family in the death of her mother, Anabel Moore.

*Please let the church office know if you, one of your family members or church friends enters the hospital so they can be offered pastoral presence and the love and concern of the congregation.*

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Rev. Derek Joyce
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Heather Gunter
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