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VBS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Stampede into Roar VBS this year and join the Herd! At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. Hope to see you there! Questions? See Jodi Whitley.

CDMM INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Sunday, June 23rd

CDMM Mission trip to the Dominican Republic Informational meeting following 2nd service Sunday, June 23rd. Donny and Hanah Klein will be present to answer any questions and highlight some of the features of the trip. Please plan to join us for a brief meet and greet and get some more information regarding the trip. Questions? See Trish Groeninger.

5th SUNDAY COOKOUT

Sunday, June 30th

Everyone is invited to join us at 10:30 am for our 5th Sunday one service. There will not be Jr High or Kids programming during service. Kids Pre-K - 5th grade will join us in service. Following service everyone is invited to stay for a cookout. Please bring a side and lawn chair. We will also have a water slide! Questions? See Jodi.

 

SUMMER LUNCH IN THE PARK

July 1st & 3rd

Cornerstone is hosting Lunch in the Park on July 1st and 3rd from 11am-12pm at East park. This helps feed family's in need while school is out. If you would like to help serve meals at the park, please let us know on the connection card. If you have any questions please see Brenda Towers.

CHANGE FOR CHANGE

Help make a "change" in the Dominican Republic with your "change". Fill up the jar over the next several months and return the jar to the church by February 2, 2020. If it gets full, please feel free to come back and get another jar. Please sign out your jar before taking it. Each sign out sheet is attached to the box of jars with a specific number. Questions? See Trish Groeninger.

TEACHING

PRAYER

I want to start this morning by talking about the idea of things coming in three’s. There are some things that go together in triplets and just don’t make sense when they’re separated: 3 Primary ______________, 3 Ring ________________, 3 Piece _______________, Rock, ____________, ______________. When you think about certain things, they just naturally go together in our minds in 3’s. Well today we’re finishing our series on Rhythms with our third element.

PRAYER.

Have you ever felt or had any of these experiences? You’re afraid of silence and solitude because you don’t know what to do? Wondering how to hear from God through Scripture? Feel like when you pray you’re doing all the talking or you’re saying the same thing over and over again?

  • THE POWER OF ALL THREE: Silence/Solitude, Meditation on Scripture, and Prayer. They purposefully go together and work together. Like the TRIANGLE, which is the strongest geometric shape, I have found that when Silence/Solitude, Meditation on Scripture, and Prayer go together, we have three tools that when used together, God often uses them to help us personally experience Him. 
    • this is not a magic formula.
    • Silence/Solitude help us strip away the noise so we can hear. Meditation helps us Hear God speak. And Prayer is how we speak back to God.

 

USING GOD’S WORDS AS OUR OWN

Acts 4:23-31

 The book of Acts in our bibles is a telling of what happened after Jesus was raised from the dead and went back to heaven. It tells us that when the Holy Spirit came on the Disciples, they preached that Jesus was the Son of God, and had died but came back to life and was ruling as King in heaven and would come back one day. People responded by the thousands to that message, gave their life to Jesus, were baptized and started worshipping Jesus, learning how to follow him by listening to the disciples teaching. Then Peter and John, two of Jesus’ disciples end up healing someone who couldn’t walk and telling everybody that they were able to do it because Jesus was working through them. The same people who had Jesus killed didn’t like these guys running around claiming Jesus was God. So, they threatened them. Now, if you heard your pastors were grabbed and threatened by the same people who were responsible for crucifying Jesus what would you pray? It seems like they didn’t have any problems coming up with what to pray.

Isaiah 37:16-20

Ps. 2:1-3

  • USING GOD’S WORDS AS OUR OWN & WITH OUR OWN- How were they able to know what to pray? They used God’s words as their own, and with their own. They prayed God’s words back to Him in their own way!

 HEARING FROM SCRIPTURE, SPEAKING WITH SCRIPTURE

Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney.

And that one of the purposes of the psalms was that God gave us words from Him to be used to speak back to Him. The idea is to take words in scripture and use them in a personal way.

  • For example: [Psalm 23.] The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He let’s me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. Prayer- God you are my shepherd. You guide me, even when I don’t realize it. You have been watching over me and caring for my needs. When I let you lead, I find it easier to rest and less stressed out.
    • TIPS FOR PRAYING SCRIPTURE:
      • MAKE IT PERSONAL:how would you say what scripture says in your own words.
      • MAKE IT SHORT & SIMPLE:No one is judging your prayers. Scripture says your Father in heaven already knows what you need and are thinking, just say whatever you want to say and keep it short. He’s not impressed by long prayers. He loves sincere prayers.
      • TAKE IT WITH YOU:Maybe writing out your prayers would be helpful. Either a notebook or a notecard that you keep with you. Maybe memorize the scripture so that it gets deposited in your heart and the language comes out naturally in prayer later. I’ve often found that I end up meditating on the scripture throughout the day and praying using it’s language as it comes to mind.

So, I used this tool for about 2 months and it was really exciting. But at a certain point I got bored with it. And here’s why. I rushed into speaking to God without spending much time listening to Him first. Over the last 5 months I’ve accidentally discovered what many Christians of the past already knew. When you start with meditation on Scripture you hear the voice of God. Then you take what you hear from God in meditation, and you use those words to speak back to God.

HEAR from God through Scripture, SPEAK to God with Scripture. Meditating on Scripture, leads to praying using scripture.

So now, we’re going to practice this together. Here’s how it’s going to go. I’m going to put up the instructions for meditation that I had last week. We’ll read the passage one time. Listen for the word or phrase that stands out to you. Sit with that phrase. I’ll read the passage again. Begin to ask, Holy Spirit what made me react to this, why does it resonate with me, what resistance do I have to it? What’s going on in my life that makes this what I need to hear? Sit with that quietly. Wait to see if you hear God whisper why he wants you to hear that word or phrase. Often it will come as a subtle impression of a short question or a short statement in your heart and mind.

Then, respond in prayer. Use the words of scripture to shape what you want to say. Add your own words. There’s no right or wrong way to respond.

Psalm 139

        "FATHER FORGIVE THEM; FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY ARE DOING."

        FAMOUS LAST WORDS OF TODD BEAMER

        "I know we're not going to make it out of here." "Are you guys ready? Let's roll!"

        You can tell a lot about a person from their last words.

        Luke 23:26-34

        26 As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large crowd trailed behind, including many grief-stricken women. 28 But Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the days are coming when they will say, ‘Fortunate indeed are the women who are childless, the wombs that have not borne a child and the breasts that have never nursed.’ 30 People will beg the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and plead with the hills, ‘Bury us.’31 For if these things are done when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?

        32 Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. 33 When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.

        34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

        THE STORY OF SIMON OF CYRENE AND HIS FAMILY

        Romans 16:13

        13 Greet Rufus, whom the Lord picked out to be his very own; and also his dear mother, who has been a mother to me.

        What they experienced that day as they saw Jesus dying, and heard what he said as he hung of the cross, changed them forever.

        I think it started with the prayer that they NEEDED, but NOT YET asked for.

        • (PART 1) THE PRAYER: FATHER FORGIVE "THEM"

        WHO IS HE SPEAKING ABOUT? WHO ARE "THEM"?: The soldiers, the crowd, the religious leaders?

        Acts 2:36

        36 “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!”

        Peter says if you have sinned, you are responsible for the death of Jesus! WE ARE THEM. Jesus didn’t just die FOR us, he died BECAUSE of us. We crucified Jesus!

        AND JESUS IS PRAYING: FATHER FORGIVE "THEM"- "US"

        ALL SIN IS GROTESQUE, SO THE SAVIOR CHOOSE TO DIE GROTESQUELY!

        • (PART 2) THE OFFER: GRACE

        Grace: God gives us everything that we need, when we need it...

        Additional Note: Even though we don't deserve it!

        Romans 5:6-11

        When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

        WE DON'T "DESERVE IT", BUT WE MUST "ACCEPT IT" TO "RECEIVE IT".

        Acts 2:37-41

        37 Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”

        38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” 40 Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!”

        41 Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.

        THE RESPONSE:

        1. Respond to Jesus' prayer for our forgiveness and accept the gift of grace. "Father, forgive (my name)" I would like to know more about being baptized 
        2. Follow his example of giving grace and pray for others to experience forgiveness. "Father, forgive (the name of a person you need to forgive)"

        GIVING

        INVESTING IN THE KINGDOM!

        Thanks so much for being part of what God is doing at Cornerstone.

        Your generosity allows us to help MAKE and MULTIPLY DISCIPLES that KNOW, REFLECT, SERVE and POINT others to Jesus.

        Our online giving is secure so you can give with full confidence knowing that your information is safe.

        In addition, you may also text to give. Text 217-210-0317 and “GIVE”. Then enter the amount you would like to give.

        GROUPS

        DOING LIFE TOGETHER.

        We believe that significant life change best takes place in the context of intentional relationships. Groups are the places where real life and real issues are discussed. This is the environment to celebrate the successes and good times of life, as well as comfort one another in the tough and disappointing times. It’s a place to be encouraged, equipped, and challenged to grow in our relationships with Jesus Christ.

        Nic Cook Home Group

        This group meets in the home of Nic and Susan Cook. They meet on Monday nights @ 6:30 – 8:00 PM. There is childcare available. Home group discussions are based around the topics and scriptures that are discussed in the previous Sunday sermon.

        Rob Farthing Home Group

        This group meets in the home of Rob and Lisa Farthing. They meet on Monday nights @ 6:30 – 8:00 PM. There is childcare available. Home group discussions are based around the topics and scriptures that are discussed in the previous Sunday sermon.

        Jeff Millsap Home Group

        This group meets in the home of Jeff and Jennifer Millsap. They meet on Wednesday nights @ 6:30 – 8:00 PM. There is childcare available. Home group discussions are based around the topics and scriptures that are discussed in the previous Sunday sermon.

        Jennifer Millsap Sunday Group

        This group meets in the kitchen at Cornerstone. They meet on Sunday mornings @ 9:00 – 10:00 AM (during 1st service). There is childcare available. Home group discussions are based around the topics and scriptures that are discussed n the previous Sunday sermon.

        Ed Gerken & Ken Allen Sunday Group

        This group meets in the High School room at Cornerstone. They meet on Sunday mornings @ 10:30 – 11:30 AM (during 2st service). There is children’s programming available. Sunday group discussions are based around the topics and books of the bible of the teachers choosing.

        Ed Gerken Men's Group

        This group meets in the kitchen at Cornerstone. They meet on Monday evenings @ 7:00 – 8:30 PM There is no childcare provided. The Men’s group discussions are based around the topics and books of the bible of the teachers choosing.

        KIDS

        WE NEED THE NEXT GENERATION NOW!

        WEEKLY

        NURSERY l SUNDAYS from 9-11:30 AM

        On Sunday mornings from 9-11:30 AM, infants and toddlers are cared for in our nursery area. The children are being cared for during our adult worship and Sunday group gatherings.

        KIDS GROUPS l SUNDAYS at 9:00 AM

        On Sunday mornings our kids, Pre-K – 5TH grade, will enjoy age appropriate creative and interactive bible teaching, fun activities and crafts. It’s a great chance to make friends as they learn more about Jesus.

        KIDS WORSHIP l SUNDAYS at 10:30 AM

        On Sunday mornings our kids, Pre-K – 5TH grade, will worship together by singing and dancing to songs with biblical truth. Each week, kids will participate in large and small group activities to discover who Jesus was and continue to build their faith.

        MONTHLY

        C-KIDS l MONTHLY

        Once a month during the school year, kid’s K – 5th grade will participate in a fun activity or service project. We encourage kids to participate with their parents in Showing Jesus to the community around us through serving him and his mission.

        UPCOMING EVENTS

         

         

        2019 VBS ROAR

        July 7th-11th

        Stampede into Roar VBS this year at Cornerstone Community Church on July 7-11th from 6-8:30 pm and join the Herd! At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. Register your child(ren) online below or at the VBS sign up station in the lobby. Questions? Contact Jodi Whitley at jodi@auburncornerstone.org.

         

        STUDENTS

        WE NEED THE NEXT GENERATION NOW

        JR. HIGH GROUP | SUNDAYS AT 9:00 AM

        On Sunday mornings, our Jr. High students gather to learn, and build friendships with each other during our Sunday groups. There also might be doughnuts involved.

        CSM (CORNERSTONE STUDENT MINISTRY) | SUNDAYS EVENINGS

        Our Cornerstone Student Ministry meets on Sunday evenings for games, worship, shenanigans, teaching, small groups, food, and more shenanigans. This takes place during the school year, and will resume January 6, 2019.

        Jr. High students meet from 4:00-6:00pm.

        High School students meet from 5:30-7:30pm.

        UPCOMING EVENTS

        CSM: 2019 SENIOR SEND OFF

        Sunday, June 2nd

        Our last regular CSM of the year is May 19th; but students are invited to join us on Sunday June 2nd as we say farewell to class of 2019. We'll have indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) games set up, food, and fellowship from 5:30-8:00 pm!  Questions? See Kara Hamilton

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