Jeremiah 30.1-24

Jeremiah 30.1-24

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be focusing our time on Jeremiah 30.1-24.  In this passage we learn that the God we serve is a God of restoration.  God says in verse 17: “For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, says the Lord, because they have called you and outcast: ‘It is Zion; no one cares for her!'”  Even though the Jewish people were in captivity in Babylon, God was at work restoring the people.  Restoring their status, healing their wounds, and providing healthy living.  Let us gather together and hear more about this holistic way of looking at...
Reflections about my time at Mepkin Abbey – Acknowledging Reality

Reflections about my time at Mepkin Abbey – Acknowledging Reality

Anyone that knows me knows that I emphasize relationships and how our calling as disciples of Jesus Christ is to live life on life with each other.  Recently I have been spending an inordinate amount of time considering my relationships with people that I do life with.  I have found that in this transient space called Wilmington, we see that relationships come and start quickly at times and end quickly at times.  I have promised myself that I will not be a person that becomes cold and indifferent to new relationships because of the transient nature of Wilmington.  So I have invested myself into relationships so as to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. While at Mepkin Abbey recently, I had in my mind this notion that relationships end and that relationships begin.  Because of this time of contemplation I began thinking about how this was the experience of the father in Luke 15.11-32.  In this passage we are introduced to the youngest son that left his father.  The youngest son decided to go and travel to a distant country and squander the inheritance that his father gave to him.  When the father reflected on what happened to their relationship he said in Luke 15.24 that this son of his was dead. No one wants to welcome the death of a relationship, and I am positive that the father spent a great deal of energy trying to convince the youngest son to not go and squander all of his inheritance; nevertheless the son still did that.  This notion of voicing that the relationship was dead is acknowledging what is...
Jeremiah 29.1-9

Jeremiah 29.1-9

We will be gathering for worship this Sunday at 9am on “The Barge”. We will be focusing our time on Jeremiah 29.1-9.  In this passage Jeremiah writes a letter to the Jewish exiles in Babylon.  He tells them that they are to make themselves at home in the land.  They are to see the welfare of the city and to pray for the Lord to bless the city of Babylon.  This flies in the face of many of the prophets at that time. You are invited to come and learn more about being a blessing to our city, even when the city doesn’t line up with how we understand...
Mepkin Abbey

Mepkin Abbey

I have just come home from 5 days being at Mepkin Abbey.  You can see a picture of some of the Monks that I was able to pray with this week.  This has been an invigorating experience where I was able to practice waking up every morning for prayer at 3am, and then conclude every day with our prayers ending at 8pm.  We prayed together seven times a day and gathered for silent meals three times a day.  Prayer defined how I understood my time at Mepkin Abbey which was rejuvenating and created space for reflection & rest. I went with a few questions and with an earnest desire to experience God’s grace through reconciliation and meditation.  I was able to spend time with the Abbot and reflected on the mission of The Anchor.  His insights into our mission in regards to vulnerability was encouraging and uplifting.  I believe that the relationships that we garner at The Anchor are our defining characteristic as a missional outpost here in the city of Wilmington.  I believe that we are to welcome people into our midst so that we might serve beside each other and proclaim peace to our city. We at The Anchor have made a conscious and intentional decision to not focus on buildings, land, and money —— but instead we have decided to take the seed of our faith and invest it into each other.  We have learned that this is church.  Church is not a building, land, or money —— instead church is defined as sisters & brothers who have been sent by Christ and commissioned to proclaim...
Jeremiah 27.1-11

Jeremiah 27.1-11

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge” which is located at 106 S. Water Street.  We will be focusing our time on Jeremiah 27.1-11.  In this passage we are introduced to God telling Jeremiah to carry about a yoke around his neck.  This was a sign that Babylon was going to come and put Judea into a yoke and that they were to serve Nebuchadnezzar in the same way that an ox plows for its owner.  Let us gather and learn more about this sign act and how we are to be a sign act as...
Jeremiah 24.1-10

Jeremiah 24.1-10

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship on “The Barge” at 9am.  We will be focusing on Jeremiah 24.1-10.  In this passage Jeremiah has a vision of two baskets that have figs in them.  The first basket had figs that were perfect for eating.  The second basket had figs that had totally spoiled and were not fit for consumption.  The Lord reveals to Jeremiah that those in exile in Babylon are those who good figs and those who fled to Egypt and/or stayed behind in Jerusalem are like the bad figs.  Come and let us learn more about this understanding of exile as a time of building back...
Matthew 28.1-15

Matthew 28.1-15

This coming Sunday, April 16th we will be gathering for worship at 9am at “The Barge” (106 S. Water Street – Wilmington NC).  We will be focusing on Matthew 28.1-15.  In this passage we look with the women into the empty tomb.  Our Lord isn’t among the dead —– instead he is living.  When we look into the empty tomb we are confronted with our own mortality, but then we see that our God has overcome death.  Let us all gather together and celebrate our Lord’s resurrection.  We will also be having a 7am Sunrise service.  We will be having an Easter Sunrise Service on the Riverwalk in downtown Wilmington.  We will gather right where Muter’s Alley comes and connects with Water...
Matthew 21.1-11

Matthew 21.1-11

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship on “The Barge” at 9am.  We will be focusing on Matthew 21.1-11.  In this passage we see Jesus in a makeshift parade entering into Jerusalem.  This is a parade that causes the whole city to be in turmoil.  Let’s gather together and celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry as he journeys all the way to...
Jeremiah 23.1-8

Jeremiah 23.1-8

This coming Sunday we will be going back to “The Barge” (106 S. Water Street – downtown Wilmington).  We will be gathering for worship at 9am.  We will be focusing on Jeremiah 23.1-8.  In this passage we learn of the coming King who will be called “The Lord is our righteousness.”  This King will execute justice and righteousness, and this King will not scatter the sheep like the false Kings —– but instead this King will gather the remnant of the flock.  All are invited to come and learn about this coming...
Jeremiah 20.7-13

Jeremiah 20.7-13

This coming Sunday we will be gathering at 9am for worship at Temple of Israel (1 S. 4th Street – downtown Wilmington).  We will be focusing on Jeremiah 20.7-13.  In this passage the prophet says in verse 9: “then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones.”  We will be spending time looking at different artistic renderings based on the book of Jeremiah.  These artistic pieces have come out of a careful study of Jeremiah.  For the expressions that have come out previously have been shut up in our bones and now they are coming out.  All are invited to this artistic expression based on...