This weeks service is focused on prayer, starting out with; a confessional prayer, a Psalm reading, an intercessional prayer, the Apostle's Creed, a prayer of suffrages, a prayer of thanksgiving, and a prayer of Chrysostom. Then Pastor Dan looks at some examples from the Old Testament, specifically how Jonah and Job prayed, or communicated with God.
Kathi Gutierrez gives a stirring update to what's going on with her ministry Dignity Liberia and how she sees Gods plan when up to this point some things that were going on just made no sense. Following this Pastor Dan looks at the mission of Jesus was to be a subversive. Subversion refers to an attempt to transform the established social order and its structures of power, authority, and hierarchy. Subversion (Latin subvertere: overthrow) refers to a process by which the values and principles of a system in place, are contradicted or reversed. Subversion is what the mission of Jesus was all about, no chasing worldly value but changing to world to be a more spiritual place.
Pastor Dan covers a lot of ground this week. He starts off breaking down the symbolism of communion. Followed shortly after by his sermon "whittling toothpicks" wherein Dan looks at how we as Christians have a propensity to slice up the characteristics of being a Christian and fall into the trap of looking for faults in everyone else while rationalizing why our "faults" aren't really faults. Not so new of an issue since even Paul was dealing with that type of behavior within the Church of Corinth.
During this first week of the series Give Gather Go Pastor Dan spoke of how everything belongs to God and how we all are stewards of everything that belongs to Him. Afterwards the congregation was dismissed to explore the different ministry opportunities within the church.