At Existence Church, we are GRATEFUL for our amazing rockstar volunteers and leadership team. One of our team members is transitioning this next month to start a new chapter in her life with her husband in Idaho. If you have been around Existence for more than a week you have been impacted by Catie. We are sad to see her leave, but excited for her new beginning. We asked her a couple of questions about her time at Existence and her future move. Take a moment to read what she had to say and make sure to send her a short e-mail lettering her know how much she has meant to Existence.
Here at Existence Church we are passionate about being an Inclusive, Missional, Community. Our Benefit Bowl is an event that we have every year that shows that passion. This year we raised funds for families in need through La Maestra Health Center. La Maestra cares for a part of our city that inhabits 24 different cultures and languages and is the most impoverish area of San Diego. We at Existence Church are empowering them to provide opportunities to those in the most need, as a church we raised $3500.
By Shawn Kennedy
There is something so timeless, powerful and personal about the treasured gift of Jesus in His prayer found in Matthew 6 and Luke 11. It is the most well known prayer in human history. It has been prayed on every continent, in almost every language and in every conceivable situation. It contains the central message of Christianity and embodies the core gospel of Jesus. It’s so simple that a small child could memorize it, it’s so profound scholars cannot fully grasp it and it’s so practical that every follower of Jesus can join in praying it. If we want to grow in our prayer life, the best place to start is to learn from Jesus how to pray like Jesus.
By Shawn Kennedy
Lent is a liturgical season embraced by many followers of Jesus around the world. It is a tradition dedicated to help prepare hearts and minds for the joy of the resurrection and power of the gospel. As Geoff Ashley says, “It is a time for fasting and self-denial, though not for denial itself. It is a period to empty ourselves of lesser things so that we might be filled with the greater things of the gospel.”
The history itself is often disputed and sometimes controversial. What we do know is that by the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. the church recognized Lent as a forty day time time period leading up to Easter Sunday.
By David Cannella
If you are anything like me, you wholeheartedly want to see everyone you know sitting in the row next to you on Sunday morning. You know how exciting it would be to sit next to your Dad, co worker, or the employee you see every day when you buy your gas. You are sold on the vision and God has probably even brought people to mind that you could invite. However, if you also are like me you may recognize a fear rise up in you when you imaging extending the invitation. Perhaps you have thoughts like “Will they think I’m weird for inviting them?”, “I know they probably won’t come anyway.”, or even “I don’t know what to say. If I was more like the pastor I could naturally do it, but I’ll end up saying the wrong thing.” Essentially what you and I are asking is HOW should I invite someone appropriately? How can I naturally do it in a way that does not feel forced or unnatural? We have the heart; we just need the skill to be effective.
By: Shawn Kennedy
Charles Haddon Spurgeon pastored the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, England during the 1800s. It was his writings and messages that inspired and influenced this short, but powerful paragraph concerning the church.
“The church is not an institution for perfect people. It is a sanctuary for sinners saved by the grace of God. A nursery for God’s weak children to be nurtured and grow strong. It is the fold for Christ sheep, the home for Christ family. The church is the dearest place on earth.”
By Weston Ring
Worship is an action. It is not passive, it is not watched. Worship is more than an experience, a feeling, or a well written chorus. The word “worship” is actually a contraction of “worth-ship.” In other words, our worship is the act of assigning and proclaiming worth to that which deserves it.
How often do we approach Sunday morning with such a different definition of worship? Instead of actively bestowing honor, praise, and worth to our deserving God, we expect a show. If we are entertained, worship was good that morning. If we’re bored or the band was off, worship was lacking. It’s time to redefine and re-frame our conception of worship.
By Joe Holland
They sit there next to you and their feet don’t even hit the floor. You’re thinking, “What, if anything of this guy’s sermon is sinking into my kid’s head?” And with that little thought you’ve already decided not to engage your child about the sermon. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Let me introduce you to the MOST IMPORTANT RULE when talking to your kids about the sermon: They retain more than you think they do. The SECOND MOST IMPORTANT RULE is like it: They understand more than you think they do.