Preparation for Worship 10.15.2017

Refuge our services are a time for us to gather as Christ's bride and worship together as a family. God doesn't ask us to limit our worship to a few hours on Sunday though. Throughout the week we should be worshiping individually and with our friends and families. Let this page be a starting place for you. Below you'll find the songs we'll be singing together the following weekend, as well as the sermon text and some other resources for your reference.

We look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!

This week we'll be singing the following songs together, they can be found on John (pt. 2) Playlist

  1. Romans 11 Doxology
  2. Only Your Blood Is Enough
  3. Born Again
  4. Made Alive
  5. How Can I Keep From Singing
  6. The Revelation of Jesus Christ

This week we'll be studying John 1:35-51,  Our Liturgies will be taken from Romans 11, Romans 5:12, and Romans 5:15

Preparation for Worship 10.01.2017

Refuge our services are a time for us to gather as Christ's bride and worship together as a family. God doesn't ask us to limit our worship to a few hours on Sunday though. Throughout the week we should be worshiping individually and with our friends and families. Let this page be a starting place for you. Below you'll find the songs we'll be singing together the following weekend, as well as the sermon text and some other resources for your reference.

We look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!

This week we'll be singing the following songs together, they can be found on Christ Local Spotify Playlist

  1. Song of Hope
  2. Come Ye Sinners
  3. Adoption
  4. This is Amazing Grace
  5. Living Waters
  6. Facing at Task Unfinished

This week we'll be Finishing up our series Christ Local, where we'll be studying the vision, values, and mission of Refuge and the purpose of the local church! Our Liturgies will be taken from Psalm 136, Ephesians 2, and Romans 5

Preparation for Worship 09.24.2017

At Refuge our services are a time for us to gather as Christ's bride and worship together as a family. God doesn't ask us to limit our worship to a few hours on Sunday though. Throughout the week we should be worshiping individually and with our friends and families. Let this page be a starting place for you. Below you'll find the songs we'll be singing together the following weekend, as well as the sermon text and some other resources for your reference.

We look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!

This week we'll be singing the following songs together, they can be found on Christ Local Spotify Playlist

  1. By Faith
  2. Let Justice Roll
  3. Oh God
  4. Made Alive
  5. Restless
  6. Romans 11 Doxology

This week we'll be Continuing our series Christ Local, where we'll be studying the vision, values, and mission of Refuge and the purpose of the local church! Our Liturgies will be taken from Hebrews 11, Amos 5, and Psalm 145

Preparation for Worship 9.17.2017

t Refuge our services are a time for us to gather as Christ's bride and worship together as a family. God doesn't ask us to limit our worship to a few hours on Sunday though. Throughout the week we should be worshiping individually and with our friends and families. Let this page be a starting place for you. Below you'll find the songs we'll be singing together the following weekend, as well as the sermon text and some other resources for your reference.

We look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!

This week we'll be singing the following songs together, they can be found on Christ Local Spotify Playlist

  1. Song of Hope
  2. Come Ye Sinners
  3. Adoption
  4. This is Amazing Grace
  5. Jesus Thank You
  6. We Will Feast In the House of Zion

This week we'll be Continuing our series Christ Local, where we'll be studying the vision, values, and mission of Refuge and the purpose of the local church! 

Preparation for Worship 09.10.2017

At Refuge our services are a time for us to gather as Christ's bride and worship together as a family. God doesn't ask us to limit our worship to a few hours on Sunday though. Throughout the week we should be worshiping individually and with our friends and families. Let this page be a starting place for you. Below you'll find the songs we'll be singing together the following weekend, as well as the sermon text and some other resources for your reference.

We look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!

This week we'll be singing the following songs together, they can be found on Christ Local Spotify Playlist

  1. Oh! Great is Our God!
  2. Hosanna
  3. One God
  4. The Solid Rock
  5. Living Waters
  6. All Glory Be to Christ

This week we'll be Continuing our series Christ Local, where we'll be studying the vision, values, and mission of Refuge and the purpose of the local church! 

Preparation for Worship 09.03.2017

At Refuge our services are a time for us to gather as Christ's bride and worship together as a family. God doesn't ask us to limit our worship to a few hours on Sunday though. Throughout the week we should be worshiping individually and with our friends and families. Let this page be a starting place for you. Below you'll find the songs we'll be singing together the following weekend, as well as the sermon text and some other resources for your reference.

We look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!

This week we'll be singing the following songs together, they can be found on Christ Local Spotify Playlist

  1. Romans 11 Doxology
  2. Daniel 4
  3. Adoption
  4. Made Alive
  5. Jesus Thank You
  6. We Will Feast in the House of Zion

This week we'll be Continuing our series Christ Local, where we'll be studying the vision, values, and mission of Refuge and the purpose of the local church! Liturgies will be taken from Romans 8, Romans 11, and Matthew 7

Preparation for Worship 08.27.2017

At Refuge our services are a time for us to gather as Christ's bride and worship together as a family. God doesn't ask us to limit our worship to a few hours on Sunday though. Throughout the week we should be worshiping individually and with our friends and families. Let this page be a starting place for you. Below you'll find the songs we'll be singing together the following weekend, as well as the sermon text and some other resources for your reference.

We look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!

This week we'll be singing the following songs together, they can be found on Christ Local Spotify Playlist

  1. Song of Hope
  2. Let Justice Roll Like A River
  3. Oh God
  4. Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross
  5. Living Waters
  6. Psalm 126

This week we'll be starting our series Christ Local, where we'll be studying the vision, values, and mission of Refuge and the purpose of the local church

Preparation for Worship 08.20.2017

At Refuge our services are a time for us to gather as Christ's bride and worship together as a family. God doesn't ask us to limit our worship to a few hours on Sunday though. Throughout the week we should be worshiping individually and with our friends and families. Let this page be a starting place for you. Below you'll find the songs we'll be singing together the following weekend, as well as the sermon text and some other resources for your reference.

We look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!

This week we'll be singing the following songs together, they can be found on John 1:1-18 Spotify Playlist

  1. Oh! Great is our God
  2. Let Your Blood Plead for Me
  3. This Is Amazing Grace
  4. Made Alive
  5. Sweet Comfort
  6. The Revelation of Jesus Christ

This week we'll continue our John series in John 1:14-18

Preparation for Worship 08.13.2017

At Refuge our services are a time for us to gather as Christ's bride and worship together as a family. God doesn't ask us to limit our worship to a few hours on Sunday though. Throughout the week we should be worshiping individually and with our friends and families. Let this page be a starting place for you. Below you'll find the songs we'll be singing together the following weekend, as well as the sermon text and some other resources for your reference.

We look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!

This week we'll be singing the following songs together, they can be found on John 1:1-18 Spotify Playlist

  1. Oh! Great is our God
  2. Satisfied in You
  3. Song of Hope
  4. Adoption
  5. Sweet Comfort
  6. Grace Alone

This week we'll continue our John series

Preparation for Worship 07.23.2017

At Refuge our services are a time for us to gather as Christ's bride and worship together as a family. God doesn't ask us to limit our worship to a few hours on Sunday though. Throughout the week we should be worshiping individually and with our friends and families. Let this page be a starting place for you. Below you'll find the songs we'll be singing together the following weekend, as well as the sermon text and some other resources for your reference.

We look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!

This week we'll be singing the following songs together, they can be found on John 1:1-18 Spotify Playlist

  1. Song of Hope
  2. Satisfied in You
  3. Made Alive
  4. Adoption
  5. Compel my Heart to Sing
  6. The Revelation of Jesus Christ

Liturgies will be taken from Psalm 3 This week we'll begin our John series, starting with John 1:1-14

Preparation for Worship 07.16.2017

At Refuge our services are a time for us to gather as Christ's bride and worship together as a family. God doesn't ask us to limit our worship to a few hours on Sunday though. Throughout the week we should be worshiping individually and with our friends and families. Let this page be a starting place for you. Below you'll find the songs we'll be singing together the following weekend, as well as the sermon text and some other resources for your reference.

We look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!

This week we'll be singing the following songs together, they can be found on John 1:1-18 Spotify Playlist

  1. Song of Hope
  2. Satisfied in You
  3. Made Alive
  4. Adoption
  5. Compel my Heart to Sing
  6. The Revelation of Jesus Christ

Liturgies will be taken from Psalm 3 This week we'll begin our John series, starting with John 1:1-14

Preparation for Worship | 06.25.2017

At Refuge our services are a time for us to gather as Christ's bride and worship together as a family. God doesn't ask us to limit our worship to a few hours on Sunday though. Throughout the week we should be worshiping individually and with our friends and families. Let this page be a starting place for you. Below you'll find the songs we'll be singing together the following weekend, as well as the sermon text and some other resources for your reference.

We look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!

This week we'll be singing the following songs together, they can be found on Habits of Grace Spotify Playlist

  1. Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
  2. Let Your Blood Plead For Me
  3. There is a Fountain
  4. Be Thou My Vision
  5. Jesus Thank You
  6. Amazing Grace

This week we'll be continuing our Habits of Grace series, focusing on prayer

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Preparation for Worship | 06.18.2017

 

At Refuge our services are a time for us to gather as Christ's bride and worship together as a family. God doesn't ask us to limit our worship to a few hours on Sunday though. Throughout the week we should be worshiping individually and with our friends and families. Let this page be a starting place for you. Below you'll find the songs we'll be singing together the following weekend, as well as the sermon text and some other resources for your reference.

We look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!

This week we'll be singing the following songs together, they can be found on Habits of Grace Spotify Playlist

  1. A Mighty Fortress is our God
  2. Suffering Servant
  3. Death Has Lost It's Sting
  4. Come Thou Fount
  5. I Will Glory in My Redeemer
  6. The Final Word is Christ

This week we'll be continuing our Habits of Grace series, focusing on prayer

God's Call | Member Blog by Grace Carr

Where has God called me to serve? This question haunts many Christians today, as we are the proverbial “yes men and women” of service. We are to be the hands and feet of the Lord in our communities, churches, vocations, families and the world, but this is not accomplished as an individual, but as a community of people all with different skills and callings (Acts 13: 1-3). So, how do we recognize God’s calling on our lives versus man’s calling? First, we keep in mind the WORD, particularly 2 Timothy 1:13-14…”By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”

Two years ago I was working for my photography company, working part time/ volunteering at a local crisis pregnancy center and raising our sons. I truly enjoyed the work I did at the pregnancy center, but I wasn’t “all in.” I didn’t recognize it then, but I kept feeling stretched too thin instead of satisfied at working my hardest for the Lord. A little while after we started coming to Refuge City Church, Pastor John gave us an assignment. We were to pick out three areas where we saw opportunity for organic outreach and explain why. That assignment changed my outlook on God’s call for my life.

I was looking at my chart and thought, this is easy: my children, my neighbors and I wanted to be more intentional in the lives of our clients for our photography business.  As I started to explain my ministry areas, it struck me that I hadn’t even considered the women's center as an outreach in my life. This Christian organization, that I was already working with, was not on my list, nor had it even entered my mind. Why? I was not listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, I was listening to man’s call and not God’s. 2 Peter 1:5-11, “...Therefore brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for it you practice these qualities you will never fail.”

God had put people with needs directly in my path, just like the story of the good Samaritan in Luke 10, where the priest and the teacher go by a man who had been beaten, but someone who should have been his enemy stopped to help him.  I was walking right by the people in my life with needs in order to serve. I wasn’t doing the work He had put before me. I fell into the Christian American Dream that says, “if you serve at a Christian organization your are doing the work of the Lord.” That is a lie. Yes, working for those organizations can be the work of the Lord, if that is where He has called you. If not, then you are not doing the work God has put before you, in fact, I will go so far as to say you are hindering it. I know I was.

I was being handed people with needs in all three areas and ignoring them because of my “service” to the Lord. I was not investing into my children’s walk with the Lord, I was not listening to my neighbors and trying to help them with their needs. I was ignoring all the opportunities to show the love of my Savior to couples and families coming through our company's doors. I ignored years worth of the Lord’s promptings for my life. I knew what I had to do. I went and talked to my supervisor at the pregnancy center and told her that I needed to put in my notice and why. I stayed until a replacement was found and she asked why I was leaving. I told her, “I don’t feel the call for this position and I want someone doing this job who has the call, the time and the energy for it and that is just not me.”

I do still love the ministry of the pregnancy center, the people and the great work that they do, but I was not called to it. After I left, I felt a weight lifted and I started investing more time into my children, my neighbors, taking on bigger roles with our business and speaking out about my faith to our clients. I truly believe that answering God’s call has led to a lot of growth in my faith, marriage, family and many blessings in our business.

I learned the long way, that God has bigger plans than I could even imagine. When we put ourselves into a box of service and say, “I am doing my part,” we may be ignoring the true work He has for us. His plans are often large, overwhelming and may seem impossible, but if He has given you the call, He has promised to give the you the things you need to do it (Matthew 21:22). So, figure out what unique gifts God has given you. Think about where you live, or what organic outreaches you already have. Then pray that you won’t ignore His call on you life!

-Grace Carr



 

Member Blog: Jenne Jenkins

To give a little background, when my family started attending Refuge, we were coming out of a season of loneliness and lack of accountability in our walks. In the year prior, we had lost our home to a fire and our youngest, who was two months old at the time of the fire, continued to cry all day and all night due to reflux. We were physically and emotionally exhausted. Our house church had since dispersed, and we rarely made it to church due to lack of sleep. We desperately needed to do life with people that would help us renew our affections for God.

The focus on community was apparent to me from the first time we visited Refuge. People give freely of themselves to newcomers on Sundays. They forge ahead through the awkward “getting to know you” conversations because they know that is imperative to building up the church body as a whole. We talked to more people that Sunday than we had in all the Sundays we’d made it to church in the past year combined.

These conversations quickly turned into playdates, double dates,  and much more than just surface conversation. Relationships grow quickly at Refuge and the Gospel is intertwined in all of them. We share with one another the graces of God that we see in their lives, a process that both encourages them in their walk and renews their affection for God. We share with one another when we feel we have been wronged. This helps us to truly forgive and for all parties involved to examine their hearts and repent of any sin that might be present. We keep each other accountable.

Probably the most life changing aspect of Refuge community for me has been the encouragement to study the Bible for myself and that I am capable of doing it. I grew up in church with both the idea that you should read your Bible daily as an item on your “Good Christian Checklist,” and the idea that you should feel something miraculous or get something every time you read the Word. Both ideas put a lot of pressure on a person and can lead to discouragement. Here at Refuge, I’ve learned that I may have to wrestle with a text for a while to gain any understanding of it but it is worthwhile for me to do this on my own without relying on outside sources. For me it has always been risky to attempt to interpret the text on my own. What if I get it wrong?! The good news is we all do at times! We are all human, and therefore do not know the mind of God. And that is why we take the risk in community. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are faithful at keeping us in check when we are way off the mark, and/or take away from the Gospel.

I am certain that if Mark and I had been attending Refuge when we were in a pattern of recurrently missing church (even due to lack of sleep) we would have gotten a call from someone at Refuge. And it wouldn’t have been a “how dare you miss church” call, it would have been a “what is going on, how can we help?” call.

Now this is my experience at Refuge as someone who was hungry for community. We didn’t sneak out before the last song in effort to avoid those first awkward conversations. I jumped right into a Refuge Community Group even though my husband would not be able to attend with me and our boys. If you are wanting community, don’t be afraid to take risks here. My guess is that you will find refuge.

- Jenne Jenkins

Gathering Preparation 03.26.2017

Friends,

As we grow deeper into our identity as family I pray that the Lord provides us with creative and new ways to practically show love to one another in a way that displays the love of Christ to the world.

Join me in preparing for the gathering this Sunday by meditating on and soaking in the truths in the following songs found on the Daniel Spotify Playlist.

  1. Steadfast
  2. Poison Tree
  3. All Glory Be to Christ
  4. Hail the King
  5. Living in a Land of Death
  6. We Will Feast in the House of Zion

The liturgies are taken out of Ephesians 1. The sermon this week will be on the freedom and responsibility of decision making. 

I pray that the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

- Kirsten  

Gathering Preparation 03.19.2017

Friends,

I've been meditating on the truth of God's abounding grace toward us. The grace of God is revealed to us in the person of Jesus Christ, and because of His life, death and resurrection we are set free from the law of sin. I pray that this truth continues to dwell richly in my heart and yours as well. 

As we approach the Sunday gathering, be meditating on and listening to the following songs:

  1. Romans 11 Doxology
  2. How Long
  3. Rejoice
  4. How Firm a Foundation
  5. Psalm 126
  6. By Faith

The liturgies will be taken from 2 Peter 1.3-11.

The sermon text will be Daniel 9.

 

Grace and Peace,

- Kirsten