Entries by rvaagenes

A Pastoral Note After the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

This past Saturday, during Shabbat services at the Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh, eleven people were murdered by a man fueled by anti-Semitic hatred, the kind that has terrorized our Jewish sisters and brothers for millennia. Our first response is to grieve, and so we mourn with the Jewish community the loss of precious lives […]

A message from Mark

This Sunday, at the beginning of our worship service, we’ll sing the tune “Old Hundredth” composed by Louis Bourgeois (c. 1512-1560), who, in the middle of the 14th century found himself at the center of a heated controversy we’ll call Psaltergate. The trouble started when, in 1550 Bourgeois took it upon himself to ‘improve’ the […]

GPC Covenant–Youth Group

Please check out this post for updates throughout the season! (Updates will be posted at the top, with older information at the bottom.) UPDATE OCTOBER 1, 2016 October Retreat sign-up form UPDATE SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 Covenant Brochure UPDATE JULY 27, 2016 MANDATORY PARENTS MEETING SEPTEMBER 11th There are many new families eligible for youth group […]

Galatians Chapter Five

Galatians Chapter 5 Use two or three translations of 5:1-12 to help you answer the following questions. (You can use this, this, or this, or pick your own translation!) Focus on v. 5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. So is faith just passive? WAIT God will act to set things […]

Galatians Bible Study, Chapter Three

From Disciple Curriculum Galatians has two powerful meanings for us. First, without Paul’s teachings in Galatians, the Christian church either might have remained a Jewish sect, holding onto Christ and Jewish law at the same time, or it might have spun off into a new religion without roots in Judaism and the Hebrew scriptures. It […]

Galatians Bible Study, Chapter One

Hi! Welcome to the first post on our Galatians Bible study. This is a place to catch up on a study if you missed one. You can also skip around to different teachers. A full schedule is below. Galatians Who is Paul? (See Acts 7-9) Paul is the assumed author of Galatians, and a number […]

Dog Days of Summer #1 Moses

Today, we begin our sermon series titled, The Dog Days of Summer – Biblical Figures Feel the Heat.  Over eight Sundays, we will see men and women of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures facing challenges, where their faith and character are tested.  Hopefully, their responses will give us insight in what to do and not […]