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...
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...

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...
Restoration

Restoration

Jeremiah 30.1-24 Here in Jeremiah 30, the Jewish people have been exiled to the land of Babylon—they are in bondage to the most powerful government in the known world at that time.  They felt beat down and oppressed – and in many ways they had been spread out all over the world (diaspora).  But they did something dramatic at this time – and this is when we are introduced to the scribes. More than likely at this time of exile the scribes began writing down the stories that the Israelites had passed down from generation to generation.  And this is what saved them as a people – but it is also what gave them hope.  You can see that in Jeremiah 30.2.  This is one other area where you can see the high value of reading that the Jewish culture had at that time – for the stories were transitioning from oral to written. We can see that there is an emphasis in the Old Testament on the story of the Israelites being set free from Egyptian bondage – so they would recount the passover – and the parting of the Red Sea.  Well this was in large part because they were in that same oppressed situation in Babylon.  For now they longed for God to restore to them the land and give them salvation from the Babylonians. While in Babylon the people longed for home [see Psalm 137.1-4].  They longed to be restored back to their land.  In Jeremiah 30.17 we see a three-fold restoration: (1) health [this word in Hebrew means a restoring to soundness or wholeness],...
Jeremiah 2.1-11

Jeremiah 2.1-11

On Sunday, January 15th we will be gathering for worship at 9am at Temple of Israel (1 S. 4th Street).  We will be focusing on Jeremiah 2.1-11.  In this passage the Lord begins describing the terrible behavior of the Israelites.  God calls them to repent and remember the devotion of their youth.  The Lord says in verse 5: “went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves.”  Let us learn together how to live a life of infinite...