All in-person worship is suspended due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Please join us for worship online live: Sundays at 9:45am
Saturday at 5:30pm
Take some time to center on God’s promises after your day of Saturday activities at this contemporary style worship service. Worshipers are led by piano and song leaders using a contemporary music style. This relaxed and intimate setting of worship offers relevant preaching that addresses the question of what it means to live a life as a Christian today. Each week, this service offers the Lord’s Supper, time for quiet prayer and the opportunity to be the community of God’s people. This service is a great alternative to Sunday morning worship. All people of all ages and all faith traditions are welcome!
Sunday at 8:30, 9:45 and 11am
The pinnacle of Sheridan’s ministry is worshiping our loving God on Sunday morning. We invite you to join in and experience the love of Jesus in a very real and authentic way at Sheridan. People often comment on Sheridan’s warm and inviting atmosphere, beautiful music, meaningful dramas and sermons that connect with everyday lives. These worship services are contemporary in music style and are led by excellent singers, piano, guitar players and drums. The Lord’s Supper is served each week at the 8:30am worship and twice a month at the 9:45 & 11am worship. All people of all ages and all faith traditions are welcome!
Summer Worship Series
The Exodus: Drawn Out to be Drawn In
We are in uncharted territory due to the health crisis. Everything feels foreign. Even familiar things seem strange. We are called to do new things, have constant change and are feeling uncomfortable. Life has been completely turned upside-down.
In the recent history of being the church, we’re not so good at handling the
world being turned upside-down. Just think of how many times good church folk have said, “But we’ve never done it that way before!” The longer history of the church is actually well-equipped for change. The birth of Jesus created a huge wave of change, as did the resurrection and then the Pentecost. We ought to be all over the paradigms of radical change. Sadly though, we get mired in our own human responses of fear, frustration and failing trust in our God, who is always near.
To understand our relationship with change, we are well-served to look at
the story of the Exodus. The root of the word exodus is “ex” or “out” and hoods, which means “way.” The wandering path of the people of Israel took them way off the beaten path. God’s people doubted and that mired them in failure. Yet God did more than provide, God was with them. Sadly, the people couldn’t see God’s love in their midst.
The reality is that they were drawn out to be drawn in. This is how God works in life. And their story is really our story. In this upside-down time, which is unchartered territory for us, God draws us out into that which is uncomfortable so that we might seek God’s presence and be drawn in to our faith.
Given that Sheridan’s Worship Center is being renovated, we are literally in
an exodus of sorts within our facility – and who knows when we will be able to gather again. But this doesn’t mean that we are apart from God. Indeed, God is near and he draws us out, to draw us in.
Series Scripture Readings for Weekly Worship & Sermon Topics
June 7: More Numerous As The Stars – Exodus 1:1-7
Abraham, who was childless at the time, was given the promise that his descendants would be “more numerous than the stars.” God made quite a promise. And this is the nature of God, to make ultimate promises that are good.
June 14: Waiting Is A Thing – Exodus 14:30-15:3
It took some 350 years before the people got to the wilderness to wander. While there 40 years, getting to the promised land was a process and a long one at that. We are more accustomed to waiting than we ever have been, so then is there a purpose in waiting? How can God use the passage of time?
June 21: God Provides – Exodus 16:1-8, & 17:1-7
God delivered the people and yet they immediately began to complain. How easy it is for us to grumble as soon as things become challenging. God provides and God calls us to reflect on our relationship with both our wants and our needs.
June 28: Promises – Exodus 19:1-9
Prior to heading up Mount Sinai, Moses spoke to the people and they promised to be faithful. Promises are easily made, but are they easily kept? In this story we see how hard it is to keep promises in the midst of adversity.
July 5: Of Laws and Love – Exodus 20:1-21
The Ten Commandments are a staple in our lives and even in our culture, but is our relationship with them what it ought to be? How can we live within God’s commands and feel like God is for, rather than against us? On this holiday weekend, we also reflect on the many ways we can be
July 12: Retreat – Exodus 24:9-18
Moses retreated with God on the mountain. How is it that we retreat? To retreat is different than being alone, just like being in prayer is different than being quiet. In these “dog-days” of the pandemic, can we find time to retreat with God?
July 19: Idols – Exodus 32:1-14
The people of Israel built a golden calf to worship. What are our golden idols? How can we spot when we are making them? It is amazing that Moses convinced God to “change his mind.”
July 26: God’s Dwelling Place – Exodus 35:4-10, 20-21, 39:43 & 40:34
The people were commanded to give of themselves in time, talent and treasure to build the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant. Then God set and resided there. But is that where God resides or has God always resided in our human hearts? What are we building – both inside and outside of ourselves?
August 2: Drawn Out to be Drawn In – Exodus 2:1-10 & Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Moses was saved being drawn out of waters, just as Israel would be. God seemingly has a way to continue to draw us out of ourselves and our comfort zones so that we might be drawn into his love and life. This is our continuous work in faith, seeing how we are drawn out to be drawn in.