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November 21, 2015 - Church at Worship

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Sermon: “Remembering Friends . . . and Chains”  - by Randy Roberts

Pastoral Welcome: Shirley Ponder 

Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:7–9, 16–18, TNIV

Children's Feature: TBD

Sermon Notes:

  This is a magnificent Sabbath every year! The Sabbath before Thanksgiving features some important realities at the Loma Linda University Church. First of all, it is a high Sabbath for worship. The Sanctuary Orchestra and Choir lead us in music. Pastor Marvin Ponder leads us in congregational singing. Those realities alone are enough to stir our souls in deep ways. 

But there’s more! It is also the Sabbath on which we gather the annual offering for UReach—our outreach ministry. Our outreach ministry depends on this offering to be able to continue to minister in the name of Jesus all throughout the year. I pray that you will be generous as you give. 

Then, it is the Sabbath just before Thanksgiving, so there is an autumn feel in the air that reminds us that Christmas is also just around the corner! So I love this Sabbath each year. 

But, finally, on this particular year, we come to the final sermon in our series of studies on Colossians. In today’s passage, Paul is drawing everything together. He speaks of and to friends, reminiscing about their time together in the service of Christ. And he reminds them of his chains. “I’m a prisoner for the cause of Christ, willing to suffer for his name.” It will be a fitting close to a powerful letter. Join me as we delve into it. 

Oh! And Happy Thanksgiving! 

Randy Roberts, Senior Pastor 

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