First Church Williamsport
Wonder [Easter Sunday]

Wonder [Easter Sunday]

April 23, 2019

Life Application: When was the last time Jesus made me truly wonder? Have I ever truly wondered in the presence of Jesus? What would it take for me to realize that Jesus is alive and still calls by name? What would help me understand that the Resurrection is not “the end?”? What story is God writing in my life? How can I join with Jesus to experience the wonder of a life filled with the living Christ?  On a continual basis?

Understanding the True King [Palm Sunday]

Understanding the True King [Palm Sunday]

April 15, 2019

Life Application: What is my understanding of Jesus? What is my understanding of the Kingdom of Jesus? What is most challenging to me about the Kingdom of Jesus compared to the powers of this world?  How willing am I to live into the Kingdom of Jesus instead of the Kingdom of this world?

Action Points:

1) Celebrate Holy Thursday at a host location

2) Share in the Good Friday service at 7 PM on Friday evening in the FEC

3) Participate in the Prayer Vigil on Saturday

4) Invite and bring at least one new person next Sunday to share in the Easter Resurrection Celebration

Sitting When We are Wandering

Sitting When We are Wandering

April 8, 2019

Life Application: In all my wandering in life, how often do I stop to sit in the presence of God almighty?  How often do I reflect on the overlap of divinity and humanity in Jesus? Am I willing to sit in that tension? How often do I reflect on Jesus as both Divine and human? As King and Priest?  What does it mean that Jesus both demands justice but also—Himself—provides the offering for that justice on my behalf? How can I learn to live as both King and Priest in Jesus? Am I willing to sit in this overlap? How can sitting reorient me to who Jesus really is?

In the Midst of a Broken World

In the Midst of a Broken World

April 1, 2019

Life Application: What marvelous things have I seen God do?  What sin in my life has Lenten self-examination revealed?  Have I repented of that sin and asked forgiveness?  Will I give God praise in my brokenness?

When We Need Rest

When We Need Rest

March 25, 2019

Life Application and Scripture Reflection:

This week find ways to rest in God by placing yourself under the shadow of God’s wings. Use the following scriptures to reflect:

"I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope." Psalm 130:5-6

"He says, Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10

"The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still" Exodus 14:14

" Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him" Psalm 62:5

"I say to myself, "the Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." Lamentations 3:24

"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."  Psalm 27:14

 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4

When We Thirst

When We Thirst

March 18, 2019

Life Application: When was the last time you really had a deep thirst?  What did that feel like? What do we find our souls thirsting for? Where in life are we downcast or disoriented? Am I willing to talk to my soul rather than just listen to it? Am I willing to name when I am downcast? Am I willing to directly drink in the life and Spirit of Jesus?  Am I willing to reject and repent of false sources of life? Am I willing to pray even when I do not feel like it. “Lord help me to not just reflect on these questions but act upon them.”

When We Are Seeking

When We Are Seeking

March 11, 2019

Life Application:

Where do I feel like my life is in the wilderness? Where are the voices loudest that would tear me down?  Where is the roar of doubt, negativity, worry, fear, unworthiness, lack or purpose, etc. the greatest?

How can I best seek God’s voice in the midst of the roar of life so that I can hear God?

What is the beast in my life I most need to name and confess to God? Take time today to confess it to God.

How can I commit myself fully to worship in a way that I hear God’s voice and sense God’s presence?

When We Need to Confess

When We Need to Confess

March 4, 2019

Life Application: This week make an intentional effort to begin preparing for a time of journeying in the wilderness. Commit to practices we do not often engage in so that we might most fully experience the celebration of the Resurrection at Easter. In particular:

1) Practice confessing to God every day. Experience the liberation and forgiveness that comes with a willingness to own our confessions and give them to God.

2) Make a conscious choice to not blame others but instead offer praise. Use the #buildup429 at least once this week.

3) Join us for our Ash Wednesday service.