The Scarcest Commodity in the Universe
- Mercy is our only hope vv. 1-4
- Mercy is worth waiting for vv. 5-6
- Mercy is contagious vv. 7-8
Quick Review: Looking back at your notes, was there anything that particularly caught your attention challenged or confused you?
My Story: This week's Psalms of Ascent is an individual lament expressing penitence and trust in God's Mercy. The penitential element is geared toward helping worshipers see themselves as forgiven people, whose only right to enter God's Presence is mercy. Is there any aspect of your life that you need to experience mercy or give mercy? How do you find hope in God's Mercy?
- In v. 1 the Psalmist says that he cries out to God out of the depths. When or how have you cried out to God in your life? What kind of "depths" have you experienced in your life? The Psalmist here is climbing out of the depths of misery over sin, to confession of it, to hope. In what ways have you experienced misery over sin?
- The Psalmist waits for hope in vv. 5-6. In what ways have you waited on the Lord? How have you experienced His hope? Why do we need to wait for this?
- In what ways is the mercy of God a rare commodity in this world? How have you seen this mercy and hope that only comes from God? Do you agree that this is contagious? Or should be? How will you share this hope of God's mercy with someone who needs it this week?
If you are visiting today or if you are new to Aspen Ridge Church, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Casey is available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, Pastor Casey will welcome you in the library (Room 207).
FAREWELL POTLUCK FOR PASTOR CASEY AND FAMILY
Please make plans to join us for a potluck luncheon immediately following the Sunday service on July 28 to honor Pastor Casey, Valerie and Maddie Franklin. We are thankful for their enthusiastic ministry here and pray for God’s hand of blessing as they are led to plant a church in South Denver. Please bring an entrée and side dish or dessert to share.
MOPS ANNUAL GARAGE SALE
Our Mothers of Preschoolers program is holding their annual fundraising garage sale on Saturday, August 3 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM and they would love to see you there. They are gratefully accepting donations, including clothing, accessories, home furnishings, toys, games, books, electronics and household items. If you can help, please contact the church office or Keturah Kerst at 720.44.MOPS1.
We invite our whole church family, including students, to an informational meeting on Sunday, August 4 in the church fellowship hall (downstairs). We will discuss upcoming plans for student ministries, our “stronger” marriage conference and new initiatives for 2013-14. Please attend this meeting and look for ways to fold into the life of our church, as we trust God to fulfill our mission of inviting neighbors to find a home in Christ together.
Three teachers will be needed as September approaches within the Children’s Ministry department. If you have a love for God and a love for children, please consider contacting our Director of Children’s Ministry, Maryjean Fowler, to discuss the available positions and how you might help this Fall!
STRONGER: A WEEKEND MARRIAGE CONFERENCE
Please set aside the weekend of September 6-8 for a Marriage Conference at Aspen Ridge Church. The cost will be $60 per couple ($40 per single) and will include lunch and dinner on Saturday, childcare and all conference materials. This event will strengthen your marriage in whatever stage of life you and your spouse may find yourselves. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook pages for complete details, coming soon!
JULY MINISTRY HIGHLIGHT: PROPERTIES MINISTRY
The Properties Ministry Team at Aspen Ridge stays busy with improvements and projects that help to maintain, restore and improve the church campus and surrounding areas. This includes two sub-teams: the Campus Improvement Committee and the Church Care Crew. Please see our website for a list of activities that are now underway. For more information contact Jeff Goodwin at 303.679.1093 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUDENT MINISTRIES THIS SUMMER
There will be no Middle School Ministry meeting this coming Wednesday, July 31, due to the Denver Mission Trip in progress. Students attending this trip should meet at the church Monday, July 29 at 12:00 PM and will return on Saturday, August 2 at 5:00 PM. Please be praying for those involved in the missions trip, and see our website for complete details. The High School Ministry will meet as scheduled on Thursday, August 1. Come to the church at 6:00 PM for a ride, returning to the church at 9:00 PM.