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...
Acknowledging Reality – The Loss of Friends & Family

Acknowledging Reality – The Loss of Friends & Family

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will continue our focus on Luke 15.11-32.  This Sunday we will be focusing on the experience of the youngest son in the loss of his relationships with family and friends.  The youngest son squandered his inheritance and left his father and brother to go abroad.  He invested his efforts and money into friends that he lost when he found himself in need.  Let us gather together to hear what God has to say to us about the loss of...
Acknowledging Reality Through the Eyes of the Older Brother

Acknowledging Reality Through the Eyes of the Older Brother

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be focusing on Luke 15.11-32.  This time we will be focusing on the reality that is found through the eyes of the older brother.  The older brother stayed back and was faithful to his father.  Suddenly he comes upon a scene of festivities that he knows nothing about, and when he inquires he finds that his younger brother has returned and there is a celebration.  With this in mind let us gather and learn more about reality through this brother’s...
Acknowledging Reality Through the Eyes of the Father

Acknowledging Reality Through the Eyes of the Father

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship on “The Barge” at 9am.  We will continue our focus on Luke 15.11-32.  This time we will focus on the reality of the situation for the father in the story of the prodigal son.  The father celebrates the youngest son’s return by saying: “let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!”  The reality for the father was one of acknowledging that his son was lost and the relationships was dead — but upon the son’s return things have changed.  All are invited to come and learn more about the reality of the...
The Prodigal in Each of Us – Meg McBride

The Prodigal in Each of Us – Meg McBride

I believe that all healing starts with and stands on TRUTH. And I believe that in order to move forward, we have to start right where we are at. We have all been in the Prodigal son’s shoes at sometime in our lives. We have all gone off to a distant country in search of something — maybe some of us traveled 1000 miles from home, but maybe some of us didn’t even have to leave our own backyards… but each of us has experienced a time where we lived undisciplined lives and wasted everything we had. For me that happened in the late 90’s. I was unhappily married – you see my husband was a hemophiliac and had many blood transfusions as a child before our blood supply was safe. When our 2nd son wasn’t even one year old, my husband was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. He was so sick for so long and it was not uncommon for him to be hospitalized for weeks at a time. I worked full time and was raising two young boys all while caring for an ill spouse. Life never stopped for me and eventually, I just couldn’t handle it. On top of my daily frustrations, I was so angry at God for doing this to us. I blamed God for all our problems. Without a Higher Power in my life, I just survived the chaos of every single day and found myself always wondering if that day would be my husband’s last day. I used to hope he would just die because I was so exhausted. During this time, I worked...
The Prodigal in Each of Us

The Prodigal in Each of Us

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be focusing our time on the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15.11-32.  As we look at the life of the youngest son we begin to notice that there are tendencies in all of us to be like the prodigal.  But, God meets us in our anguish and meets us when we are at the end of ourselves.  All are invited to journey with us through this look at the prodigal...
Old Story / New Story

Old Story / New Story

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  We will be beginning a journey looking at how we all have an old story and now Christ offers us a new story.  This Sunday we will be looking at Luke 15.11-32 and how the prodigal took the inheritance and squandered all of it on shallow relationships.  We will be setting the tone for the coming months of how the prodigal son found himself in need after wasting all of what his father had provided him.  This is the story of what we see in Wilmington.  Countless people have come here and squandered all that they have been given, and we need to acknowledge this reality.  This reality check will then let us look at the new story that Jesus offers to us as he commissions us for the good work of sharing the gospel message.  All are...
Jeremiah 38.1-13

Jeremiah 38.1-13

This coming Sunday we will be gathering for worship at 9am on “The Barge”.  This will be our last Sunday in the book of Jeremiah.  We will be focusing on Jeremiah 38.1-13.  In this passage Jeremiah continues to share with the people of Jerusalem that they are to surrender to the Babylonians and live.  This enrages the leadership and they toss Jeremiah into an old cistern.  Jeremiah sinks into the mud in this abandoned cistern and he is left to die.  But, an Ethiopian eunuch comes to his rescue and saves him by pulling him out with some old rags.  Let’s gather together and learn more about these salvific...