Congregational Church of the Chimes        
                                                      Our vision:
Walking together in Faith, Fellowship and Service...
                                     expressing hope and experiencing God's love.

Join us as we worship together Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

We invite you to join us this Sunday, July 31, 2016
  Rev. Rae Perteet is preaching "In Search for Freedom" Part I

Children's Message in worship with Nursery care and Sunday School available for all ages

Grace of the Week

"The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." -Mathew 7:25

I was standing on the chair in order to replace the burned out light bulb but I should have known better!  It was an old wooden dormitory chair; one which had been around for years.   I thought it was a reasonable risk.  But, while staring up at the now open fixture and the light bulb that was still burned out from the perspective of the floor, I quickly reevaluated my estimation of the risk.  The truth is, if I had taken just a brief moment to inspect the chair further, I would have discovered a crack in the foundation; one of the legs having a deep crack running half of its length.

It’s not only true for a chair, but for many structures in life, including the organizational life, a strong foundation is imperative for continued growth. What makes a church valuable, viable and successful is having a solid foundation.  Make no mistake, Christ should always be at the center of our foundation.

However, one day as Christ conversed with his disciples, He expanded our understanding of the foundations of a successful church even further.  When the disciples were asked by Christ, “who do you say that I am?”  Peter, the often rambunctious disciple, spoke up and confirmed that Christ was indeed the son of God.   After these statements Jesus responded… “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” (Mathew 16:18)

Do you know that Peter’s name in the Greek literally means pebble?  I think what Christ was saying is: “Peter you just discovered a tremendous revelation about my role in your life, look at how much you have grown.  You use to be known as a pebble but now I publically acknowledge that you are growing into a rock!”  Christ essentially says, “this is the type of behavior that will be the foundation for building the church and keeping it solid.”  It is the tangible growth and development of those individuals who are a part of a local church, those members in the pew that give a church a solid foundation.  

As your lives grow and expand, so does the church.   A church body can only be as healthy as those who occupy it.  To this end, my prayer for us as a body of believers is the same as one of the early apostles… I pray, “above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 1:2) Regarding your own personal journey of faith, I pray that your individual foundation will solidly rest upon Christ so that you will never fall.

Remaining In His Light,
Rev. Rae

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