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Everyone is on a spiritual journey. Whether you are new to the way of Jesus, just beginning to explore spirituality, or have been following Jesus for as long as you can remember – you are on a spiritual journey.
Every journey is unique, but we believe that no matter where we are starting from, Jesus is inviting each of us deeper and further into his life as we learn to walk in his path.
At Sanctuary, we believe that the way of Jesus is the best possible way to live and we seek to be his disciples – his apprentices – learning to walk in his ways. We describe this journey of discipleship as being lived out in four directions – Upward (being with Jesus), Inward (becoming like Jesus), Outward (doing what Jesus did), and Withward (doing all this together).
Explore what your path might look like this season as you we practice the way of Jesus together
The season of Advent is both one of looking back and one of looking forward. In one sense, it is a bit like going to the bookshelf and restarting your favorite book each year even though you know the ending.
In Advent, we spend four weeks recapturing the anticipation that was felt by followers of God for generations as they longed for the Messiah to come and undo the pain, suffering and loss of this world – and to usher in a new and better way.
We also look forward to the promise set before us by Jesus that He is coming back again to wipe away every tear and to make all things new.
Advent invites us to renew our HOPE, LOVE, JOY & PEACE. This season, we want to accept that invitation together as a family following the path of Jesus.
This December we have put together a few ways to help our community walk together during advent. Check back on the first Sunday of Advent an updated page.
The writers in our church came together to compose devotionals for Advent. *Save the link to your device’s home screen or pick up a physical copy on Sunday.
Advent is an opportunity for us to reset and refocus on God. We’ve added some path practices that you might consider taking up this Advent.
Kneeling prayer is a way to incorporate the theme of waiting with your body and soul during the fast-paced holiday season. Three times a day: morning, mid day and evening, simply find a few minutes to kneel, to be quiet, to let your heart re-center, to become aware of God’s presence, to express your love and devotion, and to listen to whatever God may want to say.
Light is a powerful theme during Advent. It is a powerful metaphor for longing and desire, both of which we cultivate during this season. We think of the promised dawning light of the prophets. We think of the guiding light that led the curious Magi from the East to find Jesus. We think of the brightness of the angels announcing the birth of Christ to the shepherds. Each day light a candle as a reminder of your need for the Light of Christ in your life and in our world.
BIBLE & DEVOTIONAL BEFORE PHONE
Our attention and consciousness is constantly tethered to our phones. During Advent, consider the practice of reading and reflecting on the Bible before you pick up your phone. Perhaps you can charge your phone overnight in another room and have a bible next to your bed instead. If you use your phone to read the Bible, turn it on do not disturb so you are uninterrupted, or perhaps simply use our guide from our writers for your daily readings.
NO PHONE WAITING
How often do we gravitate to our phones when we are bored or waiting or have a free moment? In the spirit of waiting during Advent, perhaps you can try to keep the phone at bay when you have a down moment. Perhaps you can feel the ache of waiting, the ache of boredom and remember that in that posture of waiting and occasional boredom we can begin to connect to God’s guidance in our lives.
DIY ADVENT WREATH
Make your own and use it along side our Family Guide.
FUTURE BUILDERS FUND
The Sanctuary Church Future Builders Fund is a special opportunity to target our giving towards four initiatives for the new year. We aim to raise $100,000 above and beyond our regular offering to contribute to these strategic initiatives.
We believe God calls us to be givers – generous sharers of His abundance. In our giving, we participate in God’s work in the world, and we participate in the transforming work God wants to do in each of us.
Future Builders (formerly advent offering) is our Building, Missions and Expansion fund at SANCTUARY CHURCH, where we give over and above our regular giving and step into sacrificial generosity.
Each year with great faith and vision, our team share the key the initiatives, partnerships, and goals for the year to come. As a community, we then prayerfully pledge to financially sow into the future of our church and its vision for the upcoming year.
Keep an eye out as we feature and share details on these 2022 initiatives.
Future Builders Gala is our thank you to all those who give regularly to help build the future of Sanctuary through giving. Join us for this special night on to build a legacy together through our generosity.
The gala is where the givers in our church come together for a night of new vision, light food, dancing and stepping out together as a church to dream for PVD and beyond.
OUR INITIATIVES AT A GLANCE
RIP Medical Debt
Every day 79,000,000 Americans choose between paying their medical bills and basic needs like food and shelter. We have a unique opportunity to eradicate medical debt at pennies on the dollar in our region.
here is something of a revival happening in our family ministries. Support our annual family retreat, youth groups and new staff.
No Need Among Us
Each year, our needs fund helps us show the love of Jesus whenever and wherever the need arises– whether providing meals, paying rent checks, providing access to professional counselors, or caring for an array of spiritual and tangible needs. Each year our needs ministry provides over $15,000 worth of care.
Support our seasonal outreaches like our annual backpack and thanksgiving drives.
We have a unique opportunity to help serve in the placement and care of this new and vulnerable community making their way to our city.
Congo Medical Clinic
Seven years in, continue to build and resource a community in one one of the poorest regions of the world.
This year we are partnering with sister churches in this lower income and at-risk neighborhood where many of us live.
We are stepping out in faith to secure a multi-purpose facility in the heart of the city that will house our training spaces, co-working hub, prayer meetings, youth gatherings, offices and creative studio where we can film videos and projects to enhance our training content.
We are honored to build with you!
If you haven’t set up recurring giving or one time gift for your future builders pledge yet click the link below to give!
STOCK & CYPTO CURRENCY TRANSFER
Donating stock is one of the most tax-efficient ways to give. A direct stock donation means up to 37% more value for your donation because of the capital gains tax savings.
THERE IS NOTHING WE HAVE THAT WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED
TO SPEND EVERYTHING ON OURSELVES AND TO GIVE WITHOUT SACRIFICE IS TO WALK THE WAY OF DEATH
BUT GENEROSITY IS THE WAY OF THOSE WHO CALL JESUS THEIR LORD
WHO LOVE WITH FREE HEARTS AND SERVE WITH RENEWED MINDS
WHO WITHSTAND THE DELUSION OF RICHES
WE ARE DETERMINED TO INCREASE IN GENEROSITY UNTIL IT CAN BE SAID THAT THERE IS NO NEEDY PERSON AMONG US
WE ARE DETERMINED TO BE FAITHFUL STEWARDS OF SUCH A LITTLE THING AS MONEY THAT WE MAY JOIN GOD IN THE WORK OF RENEWAL
ABOVE ALL THINGS WE ARE DETERMINED TO BE GENEROUS BECAUSE OUR FATHER IS GENEROUS
IT IS THE DELIGHT OF HIS DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO SHARE THEIR FATHER’S TRAITS AND TO SHOW WHAT HE IS LIKE TO ALL THE WORLD.
Sanctuary Generosity Liturgy
Sunday Watch Parties & Home Churches…
are a great way to experience church online together. Join with friends near and far to watch and discuss the Sunday sermon, build community and make new friendships.
The way of Jesus is meant to be walked together, and we are eager to – safely – provide ways to do this on Sundays.
There are 3 types of Watch Parties
- Home Parties
Small groups in homes or spaces watching together in person
- Facebook Parties
Virtually hosted and attended via Facebook
- Zoom Parties
Small groups gathering to watch together via Zoom
SUNDAY HOME CHURCH
Some of our midweek Home Churches have begun meeting in person on Sunday mornings. Following a home guide we sing, pray, and take communion together, streaming the message only.
Times and locations will be up soon – sign up below to be notified!
The FUTURE BUILDERS GALA is our thank you to all those who give regularly to help build the future of Sanctuary. Join us for this special night on November 22 to build a legacy together through our generosity.
The gala is where all 3 of our congregations come together for a night of new vision, dinner, dancing and stepping out together as a church to dream for PVD and beyond.
Let’s keep dreaming | 11.22 | 7pm
*Pvd location and special guest speaker to be announced
If you are just beginning a spiritual journey or are interested in exploring Christian spirituality, please join us for Alpha.
WHAT IS ALPHA?
Alpha is a 10 week dinner and discussion series designed for people who wouldn’t describe themselves as Christians. Our volunteers provide Alpha guests with exceptional hospitality and a friendly and respectful environment in which to discuss the big issues of life and the Christian faith.
WHO IS ALPHA FOR?
Alpha is for anyone who would not describe themselves as Christian. Alpha is for people who may not come to a Sunday service or a home group.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Alpha runs across ten weekly sessions with a weekend away midway through. Each session includes food, a short video and a discussion where guests can share their thoughts. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds and everyone is free to discuss as much or as little as they wish. There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge.
July 20th, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing of the Apollo 11 mission, when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon.
It’s interesting that a few minutes after landing on the surface, before they actually stepped out, Buzz Aldrin, who had been a Presbyterian minister before he was an astronaut, actually took communion there in the lander.
Retelling his experience, he says,
“I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. Then I read the Scripture, ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.’”
“I ate the tiny Host and swallowed the wine. I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility. It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements.”
“Perhaps, if I had it to do over again, I would not choose to celebrate communion. Although it was a deeply meaningful experience for me, it was a Christian sacrament, and we had come to the moon in the name of all mankind… But at the time I could think of no better way to acknowledge the enormity of the Apollo 11 experience that by giving thanks to God.”
I think we would be hard pressed to find any human who has not at some point been struck with awe and wonder at the sight of the moon. It has inspired art, literature, music, and poetry religions throughout history and across the world.
And this man who was able to experience the moon in ways that very few have, this man who was at the literal zenith of technological advancement and human achievement, found his awe and wonder culminated in partaking in a simple and ancient ritual: REMEMBERING the sacrifice of Jesus through communion.
This man who was able to experience the moon in ways that none of us have, this man who was at the literal zenith of technological advancement and human achievement, was moved to worship.
At the height of scientific progress, he is not overcome by his own accomplishment, but rather reminded of his absolute dependence. He is moved to consider and meditate upon what is perhaps the ultimate underlying, most fundamental reality of the universe – the self-giving love of the God who created it all.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords…
To him who alone does great wonders…
Who by his understanding made the heavens…
Who spread out the earth upon the waters…
Who made the great lights…
The sun to govern the day…
The moon and stars to govern the night…
His love endures forever.
May we dive deep into the beauty and mystery and grandeur of the cosmos, letting it lead us to the cross. May we take pause at the both moon hanging in the sky, and at everything down here on the dust of this earth below, and be moved to wonder at the grace of God.
May we lift our eyes to the heavens and remember the one who set them in place.
May our response be one of joy and gratitude, of awe and of praise.
- Mike Valdes
A follow up resource for THE TABLE series
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