The Choice To Be the People of Peace

The Choice To Be the People of Peace

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be shifting our focus from Luke 15 to Luke 22.35.  Jesus talks with his disciples and reminisces about sending them out two-by-two.  Remember that he sent them out without shoes, without money, without a bag, and without food (Luke 10.1-12).  Jesus asked his disciples in Luke 22.35 if they had any need?  They answered by saying: “No, not a thing.”  Juxtapose that with what the experience is of the youngest son who squandered the inheritance on riotous living (Luke 15.11-32).  When you look at these two stories you can see that the prodigal son found himself in need —– even though he had vast wealth when he arrived in the foreign land —– and the disciples had no need —— even though they went with nothing.  As you can see there is much to look at when we put these two passages in conversation with each other.  We look forward to the next part of our journey looking at how we choose to be people of...
Acknowledging Reality – the Absence of Choice

Acknowledging Reality – the Absence of Choice

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be focusing our time on Luke 15.11-32.  In this passage we find the youngest son in a situation where he doesn’t have any other choice then to sell himself into a slave-like situation.  He gives himself over to a pig farmer and wallows in the absence that is found in this desperate act that creates despair and hunger.  All are invited to come and take this last look at the story of the prodigal as we continue our look at Old Story / New Story.  Next week we will begin looking at Luke...
Acknowledging Reality – Regret

Acknowledging Reality – Regret

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be focusing our time on Luke 15.11-32.  In this passage we find the youngest son filled with regret “when he came to himself” (15.17).  Regret can be a debilitating emotion that can hinder our ability to do the good things that are in front of us.  But in this situation regret caused the prodigal son to get up and go back to his father.  Let us gather together and learn more about the situation we find ourselves in here in Wilmington...
Acknowledging Reality – Isolation & Loneliness

Acknowledging Reality – Isolation & Loneliness

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be focusing our time on Luke 15.11-32.  In this passage we learn about the youngest son who squandered all of his inheritance and finds himself in need.  At this point of need he had lost all of the shallow friendships and had hired himself out to a pig farmer.  At this point he looks into the slop bucket and sees himself.  He had isolated himself and became lonely in this foreign land. Let us gather and learn more about the reality of isolation & loneliness in our...
Acknowledging Reality – Race

Acknowledging Reality – Race

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be focusing our time on Luke 15.11-32.  At The Anchor we want to look at the reality of our landscape and talk about race and racism.  We want to open up a dialogue and be intentional with our time.  In Wilmington, and the entirety of our nation, race has become a topic that has shaped us and continues to shape us.  Let us look at this topic through the lens of the Prodigal Son and see what God has to say to us through this...
Who is Responsible For Whom – Learning Community

Who is Responsible For Whom – Learning Community

You are invited to come and participate in our Learning Community.  This will be on October 27th & 28th.  Ellen Anderson will be coming and teaching on “Who is Responsible for Whom”.  The cost will be $10 and that will include lunch on Saturday.  Your registration and $10 needs to be turned in no later then Sunday, October 15th.  To learn more about this please contact Philip Chryst at 910.524.5676   Below you can see the flow of the weekend. Friday – October 27th  7pm-9:30pm First Teaching Session Saturday – October 28th  9am-2pm Second & Third Teaching session and lunch 7pm – Gather at the Chryst’s house for dessert and further...
Acknowledging Reality – Meaningful Work

Acknowledging Reality – Meaningful Work

On Sunday we will be gathering for worship on “The Barge” at 9am.  We will be focusing our time on Luke 15.11-32.  In this passage we find that the youngest son squandered all of his inheritance and a severe famine happened to break out in the land.  This was a tragic time for the prodigal and he couldn’t find meaningful work.  He instead had to sell himself to a pig farmer, who didn’t even pay him enough to eat.  Here in Wilmington we are in need of creative and imaginative people that will help with creating jobs that are meaningful and fulfilling.  Let’s dream...
Acknowledging Reality – Food Scarcity

Acknowledging Reality – Food Scarcity

Tomorrow we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”. We will be focusing on Luke 15.11-32. This day we will be focusing on food scarcity and food insecurity. In this passage we learn that the older brother felt like he should not share food with the younger brother, also the prodigal was so hungry he even longed to eat the pig slop. We invite all of you to continue this journey through the story of the prodigal...
Acknowledging Reality – Addictions

Acknowledging Reality – Addictions

This Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be focusing our time on Luke 15.11-32, specifically around the area of addictions.  In the story of the prodigal son we find the youngest son had squandered all of his money on dissolute living.  After this loss of all of his money he then “came to himself” (Luke 15.17).  This moment of decision is key in acknowledging the reality of hurts, habits, and hang-ups.  We want to invite all of you through this journey of the prodigal son as we look at the realities we find here in...

Sweatin’ for Jesus

At The Anchor, we believe in sweat.  We sweat in our worship (it can be hot on a barge), we sweat in our mission (boots on the ground), and we sweat in our fellowship (of course we can’t leave out corn hole).  Sweat is part of our identity.  And, you are not judged if you sweat.  Sweating is part of what makes us —— us. We have been journeying for the last month through the story of the prodigal son.  In this journey we have done a lot of sweating.  We have taken the pulpit and not relegated it to the “professionals”, instead we have turned the microphone around and heard the different ways we are all the prodigal son.  This has been from various people, that are from different walks.  This is part of our distinct calling to be eclectic as sisters & brothers in Christ.  But all of these various perspectives have reminded us that we find ourselves in need (Luke 15.14) in so many ways in Wilmington.  We find shallow relationships, the loss of family & friends, addictions, food scarcity, racism, lack of meaningful work, loneliness & isolation, regret, and no choices. What does God have to say to us in our need? We have people that have recently found themselves part of this congregation, and they have mentioned that they have not heard me preach.  I am so glad that people have had the chance to hear a variety of people looking at the scripture from Luke 15 from different perspectives.  I celebrate that the body of Christ is the focal point in our in...