Luke 5:12-16

Jesus the healer: Christ has begun the healing, not only of our whole selves, but also of our whole world.

Bulletin for: 
Sunday, February 25, 2018
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P2P for February 25, 2018, re Stone Hill Sanctuary

Consider well the sanctuary, that you may tell the next generation that this is our God forever and ever. (Paraphrase of Psalm 48:13-14).

Three weeks ago I was explaining to a visitor how our church’s worship space, the sanctuary, was designed to represent rich biblical truths. I realized that the last time I spoke or wrote about this was some four years ago. So let me break that silence and point out briefly seven ways the sanctuary visually declares truth about God.

  1. The repetition of threes: Triplets are everywhere. You can find them in the window groupings and up among the support beams in the overhead spans. Our God is one, our God is three: Father, Son, and Spirit.
  2. The abundance of light: The many windows let in natural light. That design choice points us to the Creator who spoke “let there be light.”
  3. The unavoidable cross: You cannot miss the cross when you enter the sanctuary. And rightly so, for the cross of Jesus Christ is, of all God’s glories, the clearest explanation of who He is. “Amazing love, how can it be, that You, my God, would die for me!”
  4. The strong circle: With so many vertical and horizontal lines, the circle at the center of the cross “pops.” Just as a circle never ends, so the one true God is God forever and ever.
  5. A multitude of hanging lights: If you want to have some fun, count all the lights on all the chandeliers. They hang from heights of up to sixty feet, bringing light down from on high. In the same way, the Covenant God brought the light of truth down through the many authors of Scripture.
  6. The centrality of the pulpit: The Christian faith rests upon the gospel “once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). That is why Christ-centered preaching is essential to the people of God. The specially made pulpit reminds us of this.
  7. The open platform: With the resurrection of the Messiah and the beginning of his new age, there is no longer any special class of holy people. All are priests, welcomed into the presence of God, individually and as a community of faith.
Church notes: 

Sunday

Adult Ed:  Jeremiah: Is led by John Wilsey at 9:30 a.m. in the Library.  

Adult Ed: A Time for War, And a Time for Peace? Framing a Christian Response to Conflict: Is led by Patrick Haley at 9:30 a.m. in the Adult Ed room.

Serve

Donations for Haiti: The Haiti team is collecting personal care items to take to Haiti during the March missions trip. For a full list of items, please pick up a donation list at the missions area. Other items not listed include specific ink cartridges and Spanish dictionaries. For details, contact Lara Holt larah@stonehillprinceton.org. Collection runs February 18 through March 4. Drop your donations off at the Missions Corner. Thank you!

Help Wanted - Antiques: We are looking for some advice regarding some antiques we have received.  We are interested in possibly doing an appraisal and then setting up a plan on what to do with these items. Please contact our Facilities Administrator, Jim Erickson at jime@stonehillprinceton.org if you are able to help or can give us information on someone to contact for help.

One-on-One Discipleship Pairs: If you are interested in exploring the basics of life with Jesus, or you are a new believer, or you are coming back to faith after a long absence---we have mentors who would be happy to meet with you 1 hour per week to explore those issues.  We use a 7-Week study called Just for Starters that will help you get oriented to walking with Jesus along with the mentor who can walk with you.  Please email Pastor Tracy at tracyt@stonehillprinceton.org.

Communion Prep: Help! We are looking for people to join the team that helps prepare for communion.  You will be thoroughly trained.  People usually work as a team of two.  It is ideal for those who would like to serve behind the scenes! This volunteer opportunity can be performed  once a month or on a rotating basis with other team members.  Please contact the church office for more info at 609-924-3816 or info@stonehillprinceton.org.

Upcoming Events

Stirring up the Gift of Hospitality Spring Edition: Starting March 4th, during the second service enjoy a 4 week workshop, in Harris Hall, covering such topics as decorating on a shoe string budget, flower arranging, reception planning, and special dinner menus. Everyone is welcome.

An Open Invitation from the Koinonia Team: Monday March 5 at 1:30pm, Shirley Satterfield, the architect of the Princeton African-American Tour will be with us to give more insights to life in the African-American community in Princeton.  The Koinonia Team will be meeting with her but it is open to anyone.

2018 Men's Retreat:  Where: America’s Keswick; When: March 9-11, 2018; Theme: “You are the man!”; Topic: Relationships in the life of King David; Speakers: Brian Edgerly and Alex Kato; $140/person; Registration closes 3/7/18 ; To register log onto www.stonehillprinceton.org