Our Hope is found In Christ alone.
Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
In Jesus’ kingdom, Labor Day can be more than just a day off, as great as that is. I like to leverage it and reflect on the gospel connection between faith and work. So in today’s and next Sunday’s Pastor to People, I am going to highlight resources about faith and work. There are a lot out there, since the past ten years have seen a flourishing of materials on how to connect the Christian gospel to the marketplace. Here are a few of my favorite resources:
· Timothy Keller and Katherine Leary Alsdorf, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. Released several years ago, this book continues to be the standard on faith and work. Read it first, read it again, read it after you’ve read the others.
· Gene Edward Veith, Jr., God at Work. Gene Veith is a clear-thinking theologian as well as an expert on contemporary culture, and both show up in this masterfully concise discussion of the biblical concept of vocation. What is God’s calling for you at work? And how about for all the other areas of your life? Veith provides practical and clear direction.
· Tom Nelson, Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work. Tom Nelson has served as a pastor for well over twenty-five years, and during that time he has developed a heart and an eye for bringing Scripture to bear on every aspect of work. This book is full of practical help, lively illustrations, and testimonies from real people in the marketplace.
· www.princeton.edu/faithandwork/ Believe it or not, one of the best resources on issues of faith and work is close to home. The Faith and Work Initiative at Princeton University seeks to provide “intellectual frameworks and practical resources for the issues and opportunities surrounding faith and work.” Its website is full of both. Incidentally, FWI is headed by David Miller, whose excellent volume, The Faith and Work Movement, offers a four-part model of how people relate their faith to work.
More to come next Sunday. For now, let me encourage all of us to make the connection between our faith and our work genuine and lasting.
Adult Ed: “The Grand Narrative of Scripture” Although it spans more than 2,000 years, Scripture tells one unified story from Genesis to Revelation, culminating in the person of Jesus Christ. The Bible is the story of God, the world, and the meaning of history. To paraphrase C. S. Lewis, Christianity is the story that makes sense of all the other stories – that makes sense of our world. This fall we will begin examining that story from Creation, to Abraham, to Sinai, to the Kings, to Israel's Exile, to rebuilding of the Temple by exploring key passages of the Old Testament each week. From Genesis to Malachi we will ask ourselves: what is the unified story the Bible tells us? Where is it all leading? And how does that story shape our stories now? This class starts Sunday, September 9 at 9:30 a.m. in the Library, is led by Jim Neumann, and will be followed in the spring by Part 2: The Grand Narrative of Scripture – New Testament.
All Church Picnic Request: 3 gas grills with full tanks are needed for the Sept 23 picnic. Please let Grace know by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can lend yours. Many thanks!
Sunday School: Our new Sunday school year kicks off on Sunday, September 9! That Sunday, all classes (except our babies to 3 year olds) move up to the next level. Stop by the welcome desk for class locations.
AWANA: AWANA is a great mid-week program for children ages 3 to 6th Grade. Help your child grow in faith through Bible memory and engaging teaching as well as fun, high energy games. You can register for AWANA on our website: http://stonehillprinceton.org/connect/children. AWANA begins on September 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Study: Starts up on Tuesday, September 11. Join us for a 10-week study on selected Psalms that lead us to worship. 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Free childcare for children ages 5 and under.
Small Group Leader Training: (2 Options) We will offer two options for Small Group Leader Training.
· Saturday, September 8 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
· Sunday, September 9, 12:30 p.m. -2 p.m.
This training is for existing and new small group leaders. Please RSVP to Lara Holt at email@example.com.
Prayer Team Members: We will have Prayer Team Training at 9:30 a.m. or 11:10 a.m. on Sunday, September 23. Please choose one of the sessions. Please RSVP by emailing Lara Holt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers Needed: Great opportunities! We are looking for a few Sunday school teachers for Kindergarten to begin in September, as well as adults to be helpers at AWANA. Each is a great opportunity not just to serve, but to grow. Please contact Mary McCormack at email@example.com or call the church office to learn more.
Join the Choir: Come and sing with the Stone Hill choir! No audition necessary. Additional singers for all sections are welcome and needed. Rehearsals begin September 9 and continue every Sunday from 5-6:30 p.m. If you have questions about choir, please contact Bob Doll at firstname.lastname@example.org.