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Sunday School at 9:15 AM
Open Skies Worship in the Fellowship Hall at 10:30 AM
Traditional Worship in the Sanctaury at 10:30 AM

Prison life is usually filled with bleakness and drudgery, but the solitude of a jail cell also provided some historical figures with the time and inspiration to pen some of their most famous works. From Martin Luther King’s jailhouse letter to John Bunyan’s Pilgrim Progress to Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison, to name a few, literature written behinds bars has impacted the Church throughout the years. 

But perhaps the most influential literature written from prison comes from the Apostle Paul. And of the letters Paul wrote from a prison cell, the Letter to the Philippians, has impacted my life and my faith more than any other. I have been drawn to this letter from a prison since the first time I read it, and even after so many years Pauls’ words still captivate me.

For the next “few” weeks, I hope you will join me as we take our time dwelling in the Letter to the Philippians. Some people may think this series might be too long, but I want us to savor the words. We will take the time to look deeply into the heart of Paul and to allow God’s Spirit to show us what it means to know the indescribable joy of God’s love and grace. 

I have decided not to end my thoughts, with my normal closing “Breathe Peace.” Instead, let me end with Paul’s opening words to the Philippians that weave their way throughout the entire letter. 

Grace & Peace, Marty Vershel

April 8: Grace and Peace (Philippians 1:1-2)

April 15: A Good Work (Philippians 1:3-6)

April 22: All of You (Philippians 1:7-8)

April 29: Abound (Philippians 1:9-11)

May 6: Deliverance (Philippians 1:12-19)

May 13 (Mother’s Day): Progress and Joy (Philippians 1:20-26)

May 20 (Confirmation/Pentecost): The Same Struggle (Philippians 1: 27-30)