Follow Me – The Feast
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Jesus commemorates God’s Passover with his last supper.
- The Passover in Israel
- The Passover in Jesus’ last supper
- The Passover for God’s people today
Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
My Story: Many powerful and important memories come alongside the celebration of a feast. This was surely true in the history of Israel and with the celebration of Passover. What kind of memories do you have alongside the celebration of feasts?
- In the first Passover, God delivered His people by means of sending justice to every household in Egypt. However, in the case of Israel, He provided a substitute in the form of a lamb. By means of faith in the sacrifice of such animals, the lives of the firstborn would be spared and Israel would be delivered. Discuss.
- When He broke the bread, Jesus said “This is my body.” In Jesus’ last supper, we do not see the presence of a main course – lamb. Instead, Jesus becomes God’s sacrificial lamb. He makes a new covenant centered on His death and resurrection. How is all real, life-changing love rooted in sacrifice?
- In order for the benefits of this covenant to be received, the elements must be eaten. How does eating and drinking illustrate the personal appropriation of the life and work of Jesus Christ? If you have personally received Jesus Christ, tell your group something about that decision.
Taking It Home: On the first weekend of each month Aspen Ridge commemorates the Lord’s Table. It is important for believers who gather to prepare for such a memorial meal. How do you prepare? How do you prepare your children?
If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he and his wife, Mary, will meet you at the Welcome Center.
VIEW FROM THE RIDGE
Please join us following our Sunday service this weekend for a potluck lunch and our annual View from the Ridge. This event is dedicated to celebrating what God has done in the past ministry year and prayerfully discerning how He is leading us into His future. Church leadership will recommend the following for our Elder Board: Mike Kelly, Justin Cates and Nathan Boller. Further, we will propose a new budget for our upcoming fiscal year. We encourage all who consider this church their home to prioritize attendance at this important event. Childcare will be available in Room 109 for babies and toddlers, and older kids are invited to join caregivers in the Student Center, following lunch.
Below please find a summary of the budget the Elders will propose for our 2015-16 fiscal year. This will be presented at the View from the Ridge on September 20. Copies of the detailed budget are available in the church office. If you have any questions, please contact Bruce Chaffer.
General 387,716 Outreach 80,352
Growth 72,009 Service 11,840
Worship 22,016 Properties 135,101
On Saturday, September 26, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, our lower parking lot will be full of local vendors and family fun. There will be hay rides, live music, fall festivities, carnival games, a dunk tank, face painting, apple cider and much more. If you’re looking for a fall festival that’s close to home, this is it! Bring your family and come see the amazing arts, crafts and businesses of friends and neighbors in our community!
Beginning on September 20, from 8:00 – 9:00 AM, we will begin practices for our vocal ensemble in the Celebration Center. After Thanksgiving, this group will be performing Christmas music at several locations. All ages, high school and up, are welcome and no experience is necessary…just show up! Please contact Pastor Kerry at Music@AspenRidgeChurch.org with any questions.
Are you new to Aspen Ridge Church? Are you wondering how to take the next step? We have a small group just for you. It's called “The Bridge," and it is a 6-week orientation to church life. Todd & Victoria Ickes will be leading this group and would love to follow up with you personally. Please indicate your interest on a communication card.
TASTE OF CHRISTMAS
Save the date! Our Taste of Christmas event, specifically for women, will be held on Monday evening, November 9. If you would like to assist in planning this event, please contact Michele Force at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720.633.3895.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
This week’s menu offers tacos/nachos, salad and brownies for only $2.50 each/$10 per family. Take a day off from cooking and doing dishes, and join us for dinner!
Teen Lunch Club needs seven dozen HOMEMADE cookies to serve Evergreen High School students who eat lunch with us on Wednesdays. We have been asked to supply cookies on September 30. Please bring them to Aspen Ridge Church on Tuesday, 9/29 or to Evergreen Community Church first thing on Wednesday morning, 9/30. Please contact Trenna Briley at 832.466.2211 if you can help with this opportunity!
Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO)
EChO helps individuals move from crisis situations towards sustainability and self-sufficiency by offering help and hope to people in need. EChO provides food, clothing and resources to meet the most basic and urgent needs of our mountain residents. Over 300 families visit their food bank each month. The Jobs Program, Enrichment Center and Educational Assistance Program offer hope to individuals for a better future. This year, EChO will be our featured ministry partner at RidgeFest.