Over the Lenten season, we are studying the book True You.This book is about discovering the person God created you to be.During the first week, we’ll be exploring the concept of busyness.Our culture values achievement, efficiency and productivity above all else.We are taught from our youngest days to produce, achieve and succeed, and we are rewarded for our efforts and accomplishments.But is our constant busyness and our quest to accomplish more keeping us from truly knowing our true selves and God himself?
As we enter this New Year, it is a good time to remind ourselves of the vision God has for us. This series will dive into some of the major themes of our life with God and how God wants to lead and direct our lives with purpose, vision and love.
Per Jonathan Knutson, a member of Southwood who is an optometrist, 20/20 vision is a standard level of vision that the vast majority of healthy eyes should be able to perceive with their best corrected vision. It is not perfect vision, but more like expected vision.
What is God’s expected vision for our lives and for this world?
During Advent, we get to sing some of our favorite Carols leading up to the celebration of Christmas. This year, we will feature a favorite Carol each Sunday and reflect on the message it shares with us as it seeks to inspire us in faith. May the Carols of this special season help us grow closer in our relationship with the one whose birthday we celebrate Jesus!
We worship a God who loves us so much that he GAVE his only Son for us (John 3:16). God models giving and gracious generosity. Loving God and others is a call by God to model giving and generosity for the sake of others.
During this time of the year we ask folks at Southwood to make commitments of giving in support of God’s work at our church. Our giving is an act of love for God and others. May we sense the giving, generous spirit of God working in us as we give of ourselves in service and love.