Join us in person for worship.
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 twice a month. All people of all ages and all faith traditions are welcome!
Want to join us online instead? Join us for worship online live: Sundays at 9:45am.
Fall Worship Series: Resiliency
School has started and we have landed in our routines. Now comes the time when we begin to step back and reflect on all that is happening around us. What does it all mean? What are we trying to accomplish in life as parents, gradparents and caring adults?
Every generation seems to be judged as inadequate by the previous generations. “Kids just aren’t the same these days” is a phrase as old as humankind. Yet in these days, we know that the pandemic has created some unprecedented struggles. But even before the pandemic, data suggests that our children have become more depressed, less adept at creating strong mental health markers and are less motivated to enter adulthood – all while living in a more prosperous culture than the world has ever known. All of this is troubling. Why are today’s children so much less resilient than previous generations?
If these statistics are true, how have we landed in this place? What are we to do? What has gone wrong?
What we do know is that cultural norms ebb and flow, and when they do, most fail to notice the shift because it happens so slowly. Today what is considered the “goal” of parenting looks radically different than it did even 50 years ago. Parents today are protectors, advocates and cheerleaders for their children. None of these roles were at all very important a few decades ago. Are there unintended consequences that have developed?
New and compelling research shows just how much less resilient children are now than ever before. They lack the internal confidence to solve life’s issues on their own, and this is what leads to so many of the social ills we see. Perhaps by coming to a better understanding, along with faithful guidance, we can begin to remedy this problem.
Certainly the Bible is an amazing resource! Filled with examples of resilient characters, we can study the many aspects of what it takes to be resilient by looking at the faithful characters we have in Scripture.
Come be challenged in worship as we reflect on some hard truths, but are equally inspired by our biblical heroes and how God calls us to grow ourselves personally and our children.
September 24/25: Paul and the Easy Life – Philippians 4:10-14
As a young man, the Apostle Paul had it easy. He was a Jewish Pharisee who delighted in instigating the murder of Christians. After his conversion event, Paul endured some of the greatest suffering imaginable, and yet it turned him into one of the strongest and most faithful followers of Christ the world has ever known. He shows that the assumption we make about creating an easy life is really not in our best interest, and certainly not in the best interest of our children.
October 1/2: David and the Problem with Being Comfortable – 2 Samuel 12:1-7a, 13a
David was called, “A man after God’s own heart,” and yet he failed God miserably when he was unfaithful with Bathsheba and had her husband, Uriah, killed. David had been through adversity, but as king he allowed himself to be far too comfortable. David shows us that the goal of creating a comfortable life is never faithful. But then why is this seemingly so important to us as a society today, when true resiliency comes through overcoming struggles.
October 8/9: Peter and the Importance of Courage – Matthew 16:13-23
Peter was widely known as the most courageous disciple during Jesus’ ministry, but after his arrest, Peter denies and abandons him. Through Peter we can see how the pendulum of our being courageous can swing toward fear in a matter of seconds. Resiliency is ultimately rooted in courage. We cannot be resilient without first being courageous, and being courageous is always about being outside of our comfort zones. How well do we embrace discomfort? How often do we protect ourselves from it?
October 15/16: Joseph and the Power of Choice – Genesis 45:1-8a
The famed story of Joseph has entertained us for years. The point of the story often eludes us. Joseph, as the one who has demonstrated so much resilience, could have turned and used his power as head of Pharaoh’s house to exact any measure of revenge on his brothers. Key to the story, however, is the power of choice that Joseph comes to understand. He chooses his response to the oppression he endures. This is very different than what we often see these days. Are we stuck with being a victim, or do we have a choice in our emotional response?
October 22/23: Mary Magdalene and the Power of Identity – Luke 8:1-3 & John 20:11-17
We all know Mary Magdalene from the resurrection appearance in the Gospel of John. She is one of the most beloved and critically important characters in the Bible. What we often forget about her is that she was also one who was healed. The problem with disease these days, and even more in Jesus’ day, was that it became a person’s entire identity. Even after being healed, Mary could have kept the label, but instead used her resiliency to build her identity. As we seek to grow our children’s identity, giving them opportunities to be resilient will have a tremendous and positive impact.
October 29/30: Martin Luther and the Power of Trust – Romans 1:16-17 & 3:21-28
We look at Martin Luther and we also see the power of resilience! From all sides he was attacked and yet ultimately leaned into his trust of God’s Word in scripture and his calling before God. The deeper one looks into Luther’s life, the more one can see the stark oppression he faced. Deeply flawed, and deeply gifted, Luther learned to trust in what God had in store for him, knowing that he would be able to face all that he would endure. This is resilience! Are we learning, and teaching our children to learn, to trust that God has given them what they need? Or are we teaching them to fear the world around them?
November 5/6: Judas and the Problem with Scapegoating – Matthew 26:14-16 & 27:3-8
Judas demonstrates an inability to overcome his betrayal of Jesus, even and despite his great regret. As the church we have regularly tried to scapegoat Judas. Doing so then gives us a distance from him, which is unhelpful. The reality is that we are very much like Judas, and we are well-served if we are honest with ourselves. But this is how it goes in the world, especially in these times. So often, we create the spectrum that one is either a victim or a scapegoat. Resilient individuals work against this pattern.
November 12/13: Jesus and the Power of Hard Truths – Luke 9:18-25
The key to resiliency is to embrace the hard truths of life. Jesus spent his life seeking to convince his disciples that his role was ultimately to suffer and sacrifice. They did not like this and did not accept it. As we walk through life, and as we seek to raise our children, the hard truth is that life is filled with struggle. Our denying, protecting and shielding our children from this reality will not serve them well. How committed are you to strengthening your resolve to face the reality of the world? Your resilience and faith will reveal your commitment to hard truths.