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!
Weekend Worship Series: Beyond Pain & Suffering
We all know pain. It is a universal experience. Each of us also knows what it means to suffer emotionally, but we don’t seem to realize that they are different from one another. What many do not know, however, is how to cope with pain and suffering. Even more, many have no idea that there is something that always lies beyond pain and suffering.
“Pain and suffering” is part of our vernacular, but this means that over time, pain and suffering have seemingly merged into one. We tend to think that pain and suffering are the same thing. Legal communities have been merging the two realities for generations when seeking to compensate a victim for that which was beyond just the material cost of having been wronged by another.
Our modern understanding is that all pain is suffering and all suffering is pain. This is far afield from what other generations have experienced or expressed. In the days of Jesus, pain and suffering were very different from each other and both were actually thought to be instructive. Knowing this should impact how we experience Jesus’ journey to the Cross.
Part of why Lent is difficult for so many is because of the ultimate aversion to pain and suffering. Even more, Jesus seemingly chose to take on both, which is a radical challenge for us. How can Jesus take on pain? Why would he choose to emotionally suffer? Our lack of understanding can be a point of division between us and our Lord. What we fail to see is that Jesus longs to bring us beyond both our pain and our emotional suffering. Jesus calls us to see that resurrection lies beyond death. Clearly, this is something our society needs to learn.
During this season of Lent, we will investigate the differences between pain and suffering and how they have evolved over time. And we will see how Jesus knew pain and how he experienced suffering. We know that pain is something that is shared and in his suffering, Jesus chooses to share our pain and show us a pathway beyond it.
Perhaps we will come away with a better understanding of our Savior and be better equipped for our walk in the world.
Series Scripture Readings for Weekly Worship & Sermon Topics
February 28 / March 1: Gethsemane – Luke 22:39-46
Gethsemane marked the beginning of the end. Jesus’ suffering began and yielded physical pain. So often pain and suffering are connected for each of us. But Jesus yields to God’s will and understands the process. He calls us to do the same.
March 7/8: Peter – Mark – 14:66-72
We don’t know if Jesus witnessed Peter’s betrayal, but the hurt generated by that interaction would have been worse, in so many ways, than the physical pain being inflicted. But Jesus predicted Peter would become his “rock” for starting the church. Can this be our path, too?
March 14/15: Pilate – Matthew 27: 1-2, 11-26
Pilate clearly demonstrated both a commitment to true justice and compassion for Jesus, yet his final decision serves himself rather than either of his values. How often do we cause pain and suffering in others in exchange for our own selfish gains?
March 21/22: Pharisees – Luke 23: 26-34a
Forgiveness in the midst of pain and suffering is rare in our world and has been this way for all of time. Jesus shows that the pain the Pharisees inflict is nothing compared to the suffering they have coming in the future. His declaration of forgiveness is nothing more than a demonstration of his faith in the power of his death and resurrection.
March 28/29: Mary – John 19: 25b-27
Few things induce a greater sense of suffering than watching a loved one in pain. Mary’s suffering, and Jesus’ compassion to her, are the template for his love for us.