We are a vibrant family of faith rooted in God's Word, gathering together to worship, and equipped to share the love of Christ with the world. We are a caring community that is passionate about serving others and growing closer to Christ. We believe Jesus Christ is our Savior, the source of our compassion and acceptance and the drive behind our desire to share God’s love.
Welcome to our Sunday Worship Service
at 10:00 a.m.
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Sunday, September 24, 2023
Sunday Worship Services
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A Message from Pastor Richard
“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.” -Ephesians 4: 4-6
On my Sabbath hike Monday, I climbed to the top of snow-capped Mount Antero. The views were just spectacular. I’ve hiked 18 14ers since last summer, and this hike was one of my favorites. I even had the summit to myself. It was covered in a few inches of snow, but there was hardly any wind, and the temperature was still quite warm. I can’t get enough of these majestic Colorado peaks. Being able to spend my Sabbath climbing these mountains is such a gift.
As I do most weeks, I reflect while I’m on these hikes. I thought about what a wonderful day Sunday was for our church. We had the blessing of 5 new members join our community: Brooks Barwell, Bob and Carla McFadden, and Tom and Barb Scripps. It’s such a joy to bring in new members, whether they are already known well by our community, or they are new faces. As the Book of Order says, “membership in the church of Jesus Christ is a joy and a privilege.” (G-1.0304) It truly is. I think welcoming new members is a joy and a privilege as well. Because I get to witness how God brings us together. People we may not have known long are now brothers and sisters in Christ with us as we serve God together here at Church of the Hills.
Along with welcoming new members on Sunday, we had the announcements. Announcements typically are not the most exciting part of the service. I usually announce 3 or 4 things that are going to happen in the coming weeks. Then, there will be 1 or 2 announcements from the congregation. This week, though, the announcements didn’t seem to stop. I gave my usual announcements. Then, I opened the floor. I walked around to at least 6 or 7 of you who had something to say about a mission or a special service or something else exciting going on. There’s a lot going on in our church! I feel so blessed to pastor a church that is so active and involved in serving God. So many of you step up to the plate and lead in whatever ministries you’re a part of.
There is such good energy right now as we grow and join together in doing God’s work. God has blessed us by bringing us together as a community of faith. And God has blessed us by calling us to do ministry together here in this place.
May the Love of God be with you all,
Peace and Global Witness Offering
September 3 - October 1
During the next several weeks, Church of the Hills will join Presbyterians around the world in honoring the Season of Peace. In 1980 the General Assembly marked this time of year to celebrate Peacemakeing: The Believers’ Calling. The Peace and Global Witness Offering was established so that we may intentionally focus on the Season of Peace and ways in which we, as individuals and as a church, can work toward peace in our /communities and around the globe. The Peace & Global Witness Offering draws Presbyterians together and helps provide education and resources to empower congregations and individuals in new and effective ways of becoming, and continuing to be, peacemakers.
Church of the Hills will donate 25% of the Peace and Global Witness Offering collected here to Samaritan’s Purse to support their efforts in the global witness of Christ's peace. The Presbytery of Denver retains an additional 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice.
October 1st we will unite with other Christian churches to participate in World Communion Sunday and celebrate that we are one in the Holy Spirit and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Church of the Hills will continue to collect the Peace and Global Witness Offering, through World Communion Sunday, and pray (as we pray) that the impact of our efforts toward peace are felt throughout the world.
When we all do a little, it adds up to a lot
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Love in Action
Featured Mission of the Month
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to victims of war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty and persecution in more than 100 countries, with the purpose of sharing God's love through His son, Jesus Christ. Its name, Samaritan’s Purse, is inspired by the Parable of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:25-37. The Good Samaritan did not pass by the man in need, but instead he showed mercy on him by addressing his need for medical care, shelter, and food and water. When communities are affected by disaster, poverty, and war, Samaritan’s Purse specializes in meeting critical physical and spiritual needs in the world’s most troubled regions, often working through local churches and ministry partners. They provide health and medical care, including life-changing surgeries through the Children’s Heart Project, the Cleft Lip and Palate Program, and the Cataract Program. Operation Christmas Child had delivered more than 209 million shoebox gifts with the gospel to children in more than 170 countries and territories since 1993.
“Love in Action” is the Church of the Hills mission team. The primary goal of the Love in Action Team is to serve the needs of others locally, nationally and internationally. The people of Church of the Hills are blessed with unique gifts; although the size of our congregation is smaller, sharing these gifts remains a vital part of our outreach ministry.
The “Love in Action” Committee will guide us to be Christ’s faithful Witnesses. As such, we will share a deep life of service, and participate in God’s mission to care for the needs of the sick, the poor, and the lonely to establish Christ’s just, loving, and peaceable rule in the world.
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