What We're Exploring
Our Current Series:
"The Generous Life"
We begin our stewardship series by looking through 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 and see how we worship a giving God who gives out of love and abundance. Talking about money is not something that everyone likes to do. Churches get a bad rap for being overly interested in money. Sometimes it seems like it would be easier to avoid the topic, as if it were talking about someone's age or weight...but the truth is that what we do with our money has a great effect on our spiritual lives and our connection to each other and community. We hope that you will commit to seeing what God has for all of us in this study.
Some of Our Past Series' Include:
This series is about community. God has called us to live in community because it is the place where we grow more toward wholeness. So if we are "stuck together", how do we do it well and why is it so important?
Pneuma is the Greek word for spirit or breath. During this series we looked at the character and work of the Holy Spirit.
"Hello, My Name Is Jesus"
God's grace justifies us before the Lord through Jesus. We looked at the fact that Jesus meets us where we are, and doesn't leave us there. God is always working to bring about our growth. This kind of grace always sees potential. See how even after we have become engaged in our relationship with Jesus we still have places where we are stretched.The Grace that comes before we are even aware of it is often the most humbling. Have you ever wondered what makes us justified before God? The answer is Grace.
"God: Characters Welcome"
The series focused on some of the unique ancestors we all share and how God's interaction with them gives us a clearer picture of who God is and what God's character is like.
"Live It Up"
There is nothing like the excitement of seeing a great sporting event, a great movie or a great accomplishment. In these moments we stand a cheer for something or someone who has really touched our lives. Join us in worship as we experience a God who deserves all the cheering we can offer. Be a part of how we will live it up for God!
"Church With No Walls"
Most of the time folks think of a church as a building, place or an institution. Jesus really had none of these in mind when he sent his followers out to spread the word of God's grace and love. We discovered the power of the church AS A COMMUNITY that does its best work outside its own walls.
"Righting in the Margins"
As a child we were all taught to not write in the margins. They are off-limits! In real life there are many people in the margins of our society. We encounter many of them each day, with many being unknown to us! We learned how to do a different kind of "writing" in the margins that can help make things "right" the way God sees them.
"The Social Network"
Evangelism sometimes gets a bad rap because it gets done in ways that haven't always been healthy or helpful. We talked about how God is calling us to share in ways that offer hope and wholeness.
There is a rEVOLution taking place today. It is one that started nearly 2000 years ago and is still marching onward. It is the revolution that Jesus started and we continue. This revolution is not about overturning political power, it is about overturning the powers of this work…broken as they are. We learned about the values of this new rEVOLution that call all of to take up generosity, patience, grace and most of all…love.
There are times when finding a parking spot is a real frustration. "No Parking" means keep moving…keep looking. As followers of Jesus Christ we are often faced with the same reality. We have to keep moving…keep looking. God is not content to leave us where we are in life with our same usual struggles. There is something more for us. In this series we discovered how to keep moving forward in life. None of us can stay where we are.
"Method in the Madness"
The cross and flame is the sign that you are at a United Methodist church. It is just like any other form of branding; it is the way to signify, without any words, what is held within. By seeing the cross and flame you know that you are at a United Methodist church, but what in the world does that mean? Methodism wasn't always a church. It used to be a way of life, a method for living. We rediscovered the roots of living life by God's grace ... the Methodist way. The world around us can often appear to be one full of madness and chaos. Methodism is a way of living within that world.
"Cut to the Core"
When you get right down to it, what is it that really matters? Is it our jobs, our security, our families, our homes? What are the core values that guide our lives at home, at work, or wherever God takes us? In this 3-part series we realized that love is to be the core of our self, as God is - at the core, love.
(Some past sermons are available on our Video and Audio page.)
- Worship 9:30 AM: Relaxed Traditional – Traditional and new hymns with our Chancel Choir.
- Worship 11 AM: Contemporary / Modern Worship – Band, Candles, Families.
- Sunday school for children at each hour. Loving nursery care, too.
- Address: We are located at 30605 Avenida de Las Flores, Rancho Santa Margarita.
This Week at RSM Campus
On Sunday we continue our series on "Making All Things New." Last week we talked about the "What" of the Gospel - the very nature of the Gospel and how God wants to transform the world through it. This week we are going to talk about the "Who" of the Gospel. We are continuing to move through Colossians and as it progresses Paul begins to pray for the people of Colasse and does so because he knows that they will need great trust and knowledge of Who the gospel is about, and Who will cause life transformation. So this week we will gather together to talk about Who Jesus is when it comes to transformation newness. What we discover is that Jesus makes things new everyday if we simply allow those tiny transformations to lead to big ones..... See you Sunday as we talk about the image of the invisible!
Church Wide News & Events
Pastor Craig’s Final Sunday at Shepherd of the Hills: Pastor Craig will celebrate his final Sunday at Shepherd of the Hills on June 16th. There will be one worship service at each campus that morning. • Rancho Santa Margarita Campus – 9:00 a.m. Worship, Pastor Craig Preaching • Mission Viejo Campus – 10:30 a.m. Worship, Pastor Craig Preaching Following worship at the Mission Viejo Campus, there will be a celebration luncheon of Mexican street tacos! After lunch, a gathering will be held in the sanctuary at Mission Viejo.
- Pastoral News: The Rev. Karl Stuckenberg to Be Appointed as the New Lead Pastor at Shepherd of the Hills...
- 'Celebrate Recovery': Launched April 10th at 6:30 pm at the MV Campus (part of "Connect"). The weekly gathering will serve as a support group for dealing with hurts, habits and hang-ups, providing a place to share, fellowship, and embark on a path to healing.
- 'Connect' Gatherings: Wednesdays from 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm, Mission Viejo Campus
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