Author: Jennifer Harper

Encased in Praise

In the Red Sea Rules, Robert J. Morgan writes, “If wisdom…is seeing things from God’s point of view, praise is the natural reaction to that viewpoint….praise and worship are the sand and cement that hold the bricks in place along life’s daily pathway.  Every segment of our day should be encased in praise.”  What a great challenge….As believers, we are exhorted to “take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).  I find that some days are better than others and I struggle to “live it out.”

Colossians 3:1-3 says, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

Our thoughts matter.  The direction of our thoughts has a huge impact on the direction of our lives.  Having a renewed mind is a daily choice for all of us, and offering praise to the Lord is a powerful, sustaining part of that work.  Our Father makes it possible through His Word and Spirit.

–JH

Showing Up…

I was reading an article by Reuben Morgan a few weeks ago, and in it, he expressed the following thought about God being present in our weekly worship services:

“God’s presence is robust.  He’s not nervous or timid, and He is always present, never failing, never out of time or out of action….It’s not a matter of asking did God show up to our meeting. The question to wrestle with is this:  did we show up to meet with God?”

I’ve experienced both kinds of Sundays over the years of belonging to Him…the days that I “show up” for worship and meeting Him, and the days I struggle…The great news is that God’s grace is big enough for both of those “days”…He will lift us from where we are to where He is, if we’re willing.

SWC, let’s “show up” to meet Him. See you Sunday…

–JH

What to Expect

 

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When you come to SWC on a Sunday morning, we hope you feel at home and we’d like to let you know what you can expect:

– A community full of welcoming people
– A come-as-you-are kind of church where jeans, shorts or a full suit are just fine
– Worship that is expressive and joyful
– The full message of the Word of God is taught
– Visual illustrations and great stories
– Age-appropriate ministry for children and youth

Sunday Morning

Sunday morning at SWC begins at 9:00 AM with our Thrive classes, 40-minute sessions that offer spiritual and practical education for adults and youth, on a variety of topics.  Kids can Thrive too, with their Ministry Through The Arts program, offered simultaneously to the adult classes.

At our 10:00 AM service, adults and students gather to worship and hear the Word together in the sanctuary and kids are in their own worship service in room 204.

Pastors and leaders are available around the altars if you’d like to enjoy some additional prayer time or would like to have someone pray with you after the service, and Pastor Chris and Jennifer will be at the center doors to meet you.

The first Sunday of each month is Family Service, when the children (K through 6th grade) join their parents for worship and then are released to their service. On the 4th Sunday of each month, we have Communion in the sanctuary.

 

SWC Intercessors

Prayer is an important part of the SWC community.  Intercessors pray regularly for the needs of the church family and beyond.  They are notified about prayer requests throughout the week via email.  This group of Prayer Partners is led by Roberta Stultz.  If you would like to become involved in the prayer ministry, please complete the Volunteer Form.

Leave a prayer request or praise report for the Prayer Team.

Campus Support

God has given us a great campus to use for ministry.  From time to time we have work days or projects that you can be involved in.  If you’d like to be involved with campus support, construction and / or maintenance, please let us know.  Involvement can be either ongoing or a one time project.  Please consider getting involved.  Involvement Form.

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