A Generous Spirit

Stewart Fenters Devotional, Worship

As we continue in our Lenten journey towards Easter, I wanted to spend some time focusing on an often overlooked theme of the season: giving. Practices of fasting and self-examination typically dominate the Lenten landscape but giving and generosity are just as important. When Jesus called us to be His followers, He was essentially inviting us into a relationship with …

A Simple Invitation

Stewart Fenters Church News, Worship

This past weekend, Pastor Jimmy laid the foundation for our study in John that will run through next Spring. Like many believers, the Gospel of John holds a special place in my spiritual life and I’m really excited to journey through John’s perspective of Christ’s story. I think it is going to be a great year of engaging with Scripture …

Confess Scripture

Stewart Fenters Worship

One of our primary goals as a worshipping community is to come together and participate in worshipping God by engaging with Scripture. There are many ways we engage with Scripture throughout a service. The most obvious is the message. Some recent additions to our weekly services include Scripture readings or a responsive readings as well as concluding Benedictions and we …

Drenched in the Waters of Baptism

Stewart Fenters Community Life, Worship

This weekend, we will gather as a church for our annual baptism service. I’ve been on staff at the church for two years, and this service has been one of the highlights. It is a beautiful service of celebration and joy and I’m looking forward to it this year. I would encourage you take some time over the next few …

Come and See

Stewart Fenters Struggling Well, Worship

This past week I was doing some seminary training in Florida and I spent some time in different churches of various traditions looking at architecture and art. In one of the churches, there was a wooden sign above the doorway entrance that read, “Come and See.” The simplicity of that wooden sign made a significant impact on me. I’ve been …

How Worship Reminds Us to Live

Stewart Fenters Devotional, Worship

My grandfather has a ravenous appetite for bluegrass music and he shared his passion with me. When I was very young, he would take me to bluegrass festivals and any Saturday night I was with him, we went to Lynches River State Park for a bluegrass jam. One of the songs that almost every act seemed to play was “Drifting …

Sunday Takeaway

Stewart Fenters Devotional, Worship

Whenever I attend a conference or seminar, I try to identify one core thought that I can carry out the door and take home with me. It is often hard to remember every part of every talk or seminar, so I find it helpful to remember one thing. Some people call this a “takeaway.” When we come to church, it …

Which Story are we Hearing?

Stewart Fenters Devotional, Worship

I have often been guilty of physically hearing what someone says, but not really listening. It is a strange phenomenon. Someone says something, and a few minutes later I have no recollection of what they said or even how they said it. There are many factors that go into this, but we often hear what we deem to be most …