“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” ~Sydney Harris~
Good morning and welcome to
Dayton Avenue. Happy Father’s Day to all Fathers
and Grandfathers. We thank the Lord for you. We have a special gift for all men today, and I’m not talking about
some bag of chocolate truffles, I’m talking beef jerky!! Many of you have plans with family and
friends today which is why we do not have an evening service tonight. Relax and enjoy your time together honoring
When was the last time you had one of those
moments when it was like someone turned on the lights for you and you could
truly understand something for the first time?
That is what is referred to in the quote above. That is also our prayer
this morning; that as we worship and study God’s Word together today, we see
beyond ourselves, beyond the musicians and preacher, and are able to look
through the windows of heaven to see God clearly.
Last Sunday I shared information about the
Rica mission project. If the
Lord is leading you to give a special gift toward this project, please just
indicate “CR mission” on your gift so that our counters can direct it
properly. I also gave an update on the Saturate Xenia home-to-home
distribution of the Jesus film dvd. You
can pick up a map and a supply of door-hanger bags & dvds from any of our
pastors to help us canvas our community.
Jesus has ascended back to heaven, is
making a place there for us, and will come again so we can be with Him. But He
has left us here to do His work.
Let’s serve Him with all our hearts.
We love you and love serving with you.
May the Lord pour out His grace on us and help us live joyfully for Him
this coming week.
The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. ~Mark 10:45~
Welcome to worship at
Dayton Avenue today. Though God is
everywhere-present – not limited by time or space – He inhabits the worship of
His people gathered together in His name.
May we all experience His smile upon us in this place today through
praising Him and studying His Word.
Thank you to all of you who participated in
last Sunday’s Saturate
Xenia OutPour event, and thank
you to all who have already begun to distribute the Jesus film dvd to every
home in our commuity. This effort is a
great way that each of us can be obedient to Jesus’ Great Commission to tell
others about Him, and we need your help. Talk to one of the pastors today to see how
you can be involved, too.
One of the many ministries that will happen
this summer is the Costa Rica mission project. Our church has formed a partnership with
Costa Rican missionaries and churches that we anticipate will encompass many
mission projects in the future. This
year’s mission will focus on serving 24 Costa Rican pastors’ wives by sponsoring
an all-expense paid weekend retreat for them, where we can encourage them, pray
with them, pamper them, and love on them.
I will be sharing more about this project from the platform this
morning, but would you consider making a
special gift toward this very important missions opportunity? Thank you for prayerfully considering this.
On both ends of the platform are supplies
of our church
ministry notebooks. The
sermon note pages fit in these, making it easy for you to organize your Bible
study materials and use it as a prayer journal.
They are a free resource for
you, so if you don’t have one yet, please help yourself to one today.
We love you and are here for you. May the Lord bless you this week.
The LORD takes pleasure in His people…. ~Psalm 149:4a~
Welcome to Dayton Avenue this
morning. The verse above is so
encouraging – as we, His people – gather to worship Him, the Creator of the
universe takes pleasure in what we are doing here! And not in some global sense, but He takes
pleasure in *us* here in this room today, whether or not our hearts are in
exactly the right place as we begin to worship.
He is such an amazing, loving, forgiving Father.
I will be sharing more from the platform
this morning about this evening’s OutPour event. Please come back at 6:00 for a meal (we’ll be
serving hotdogs and hamburgers), some training, and explanations of the “Saturate Xenia” project we will be
doing this summer (giving copies of the Jesus film dvd door to door). This effort is a great way that each of us
can be obedient to Jesus’ Great Commission to tell others about Him starting
right here in our own community. We need your help – there are 17,500 in
our zip code that we hope to reach sometime this summer!
During June, July, and August there are two
unique summer Bible studies you can participate in. The Spiritual Gifts study began this past
Wednesday evening at 7pm, but there is still room for you to join. A new LifeGroup for post-high-school women on
the life of Abigail begins this morning at 11:00. Speaking of LifeGroups, summer is a great
time to join a LifeGroup if you don’t already belong to one. Stop at the Welcome Desk and we’ll help you
find which ones to check out.
We pray for you and thank the Lord for
you. It is a privilege to serve Him
together. May the Lord shine His face on
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. ~Isaiah 41:10~
Welcome to worship at
Dayton Avenue today. Satan’s busiest
times are Sunday mornings as he attempts to prevent God’s people from
worshiping Him and hearing from His Word.
But despite sleeping through the alarm, despite the allergies you are
fighting, despite the stresses of getting everyone dressed and ready, despite
the problems with your vehicle, you’ve made it to church today! Greater is He
that is in us than he that is in the world!
I want to thank each of you who have served in our nation’s armed
forces for your loyalty and sacrifice, especially those of you who have served
on foreign soil. The blessings and
freedoms we enjoy today have been preserved at great cost, and we are grateful. As Franklin D. Roosevelt noted, “Those who have
long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to
There is no evening service tonight – enjoy
your Memorial Day plans with family and friends. Next Sunday evening at 6pm will be our OutPour event.
We’ll be serving hotdogs and hamburgers.
Come and help us “Saturate Xenia” with copies of the Jesus Film dvd we’ll
distribute door to door this summer.
In the verse above God has promised to
strengthen us and uphold us. I am
praying that God will enable each of us to take the next step forward in our
Christian walk, whatever that may be. Thank
you to Pastor Bruce Traeger for preaching today – Sarah and I are away this weekend
getting a little recharge. But please
call on us anytime this week if we can help you in your spiritual walk.
Set your mind on things above, not on the things that are on the earth. ~Colossians 3:2~
to Dayton Avenue this morning – no matter what your week was like this week,
you’ve made it to worship this morning, and it is a great privilege to praise
Him together with you. I pray you are
encouraged in your faith today.
forget to check your church mailbox regularly. And while you are there, take advantage of
the Children’s Library of books and
dvds located on the shelves below the mailboxes. We use an honor check out system – just take
what you want and bring it back when you are done. By the way, if you do not have a mailbox yet
(they are located in the hallway near the Children’s Ministry Welcome Counter),
please call Morgan in the church office this week and we will give you
to our church family artists who have loaned paintings, photography, drawings,
and textiles for our Art Worship Wall. When we use the creative gifts that God has
given us to express our worship of Him, the results are powerful. Check it out if you haven’t been back there
recently. We still have room for
more! Call our church office if you have
a piece of artwork we could consider displaying.
Harry and Tamara Burchell who joined our church family at
the end of the 11:00 worship service last week.
If you didn’t get a chance to personally welcome them last week, look
for them and welcome them today. This
evening at 6:00 will be a special business
meeting to share more
information about the current situation with our building expansion project and
some proposed next steps. May the Lord
shine His face on you this week.
But He knows the way that I take; when He has tried me, I shall come out as gold. ~Job 23:10~
morning and welcome to Dayton Avenue. A
special welcome to all Mothers today. We thank the Lord for each one of you. Many of you have plans to spend time with
family and friends today which is why we do not have an evening service
tonight. We want you to relax and enjoy
your time together on this special day.
We have a special gift (a
little bag of chocolates) for every
lady here today – you all deserve honor. Today it is
also our great joy as a church family to stand with parents
who are publicly dedicating themselves and their children to
the Lord (at the beginning of the 2nd service).
The May Young at
Heart dinner is being moved from this Monday to next Monday,
May 20th. Next Sunday evening
at 6:00 will be a special business meeting to share more information about the current
situation with our summer building expansion project and the proposed way forward.
our new church family members who joined at the end of the 11:00 worship
service last week: Mark and Cheryl Klimek,
and Huan Liu,
and GarrisonBellman. If you didn’t get a chance to personally
welcome them last week, look for them and welcome them today.
forgiven and to know Jesus personally is the greatest gift we can possess… and
share. He has been so good to us, and we
can corporately praise Him today with our voices and this coming week with our
lives. God bless you as you continue to
grow strong in your faith day by day. I
love you and am praying for you this week.
This will be written for the generation to come, that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD. ~Psalm 102:18~
Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue
this morning. Someone has said that
Christianity is always just one generation from dying out. We dare not fail to point the next generation
to Jesus and disciple them. The verse
above speaks the same sentiment; yet there are times when we don’t always feel up
to the task. Coming each week to worship
together, to encourage one another, and to be strengthened by God’s Word is
exactly what we need. May the Lord
strengthen each of us in our faith today.
Thank you for your generosity toward
Armstrong Easter Missions Offering.
Over $9,000 was given which far surpassed our goal of $7,000. What a blessing!
expansion construction project begins in
earnest tomorrow! When you come back
next week, the front of the sanctuary will be behind a temporary wall and
plastic sheets and the first three rows of seats will be removed to make space
for a temporary platform. Because of
this, we will need to continue with our regular
schedule of multiple worship services (at 9:30am and 11:00am) all through
the summer. Some of our classrooms will
also be affected by the construction, so make sure you know where your
LifeGroup will be meeting in case it had to be shifted.
The May Young at
Heart dinner is being moved to Monday, May 20th. Next Sunday is Mother’s Day and our Child Dedication service
(today is the last day to get your child’s information into our Church
Administrative Assistant, Morgan Straw).
you and are here for you. Please don’t
hesitate to call on us. May God shine
His face upon you this week.
I will sing to the LORD, because He has dealt bountifully with me. ~Psalm 13:6~
Welcome! That word has special meaning because of the
love that God has showered on us through His Son, Jesus Christ. May the welcomes
we extend and receive truly reflect Him today.
Today is the final day for
Armstrong Easter Missions Offering that
supports missions in North America, and we have almost reached our goal
($7,000). The line between domestic and
foreign missions is fuzzy because the nations are coming to our shores and to
our communities. People from all over
the world visit our church website and listen to the messages every week. Many
in our church family have already gone or are going on mission trips this year
(this summer we’ll be serving in England, Germany, Togo, Mali, Dominican
Republic, China, and Costa Rica!). Thank you for supporting all these
different mission endeavors through your generous giving.
Many of our college
students will be leaving us this week after finals. We love you and are so thankful that you have
made us your church family. We want to recognize all
who are graduating (with any college degree) at the beginning of
worship at both 9:30 and 11:00 this morning – we wish the Lord’s best for each
Thursday is the National Day of Prayer. Many of you will be participating in various
prayer events around our community.
Looking ahead, Sunday May 12th is Mother’s Day and our Child Dedication service,
and Saturday May 18th is the WALK 4 LIFE event here in Xenia. Our church helps sponsor this event in
support of the great work being done by Miami Valley Women’s Center in our
great privilege to celebrate the baptism of Molly Henderson, Bethany
Leipold, and Nicia Pollock, this
morning at the end of the 11:00am Worship Service. We love you and we are here for you.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” ~John 14:6~
Easter and welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning. God is worthy of all our praise and we are
glad that you have come to worship Him with us.
We used to have a neighbor
that really enjoyed landscaping his yard… a lot. He’d spread fertilizer on his lawn over the
snow (really!). He’d be up early on
Saturdays walking around his property, taking notes on the condition of his
flower beds and shrubs, kind of like a pilot goes through a pre-flight
checklist. His lawn and landscaping were
The Bible uses the phrase
“according to the Scriptures” over and over in the verses that Jesus’
crucifixion and resurrection are described.
As He moved through that eventful final week, God’s plan of salvation
was being worked out – detail by detail.
Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah were fulfilled with
supernatural accuracy. Jesus was
completing His checklist, moving with purpose to His destiny. He came to earth in order to die on the cross
as the ransom payment for our lives.
But it is not just His
death that we are focusing on today; He also rose again! We celebrate because the good news of His
victory over death is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who
believes…” (Romans 1:16). As we sing
together and consider the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection, I pray that
God impresses upon each of our hearts a new appreciation of His love for us.
Remember the Annie Armstrong Easter Missions Offering we are receiving this month. Next Sunday we will be honoring our college
graduates, and April 28th there will be a baptism
celebration. Don’t forget – no evening service tonight. May God give you a blessed week. Don’t hesitate to call on us this week – we
are here for you.
Your King is coming to you, gentle, seated on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden. ~Matthew 21:5~
Sunday Worship and to our church today. Sarah and I had the great privilege of
walking down the “Palm Sunday path” into the city of Jerusalem just a few weeks
today’s worship time has taken on new significance for us. I will be showing a few pictures from our
trip this morning in my sermon time.
This Friday is our Good Friday
Service at 7:00pm. We will focus on Jesus’ great love and
sacrifice for us through music, communion, and live artists painting the theme of Christ’s Forgiveness. It
will be a special evening. Next Sunday is Easter – Resurrection Day!! Begin your day with us at the Sunrise Service
and breakfast starting at 7:00am. Our 9:30 and 11:00am worship services will
include extra music to celebrate our Risen Lord and Savior! He is
highlighting the Annie Armstrong Easter Missions Offering which we are receiving this month. Southern Baptist Churches join together in
this concentrated effort to raise funds for missionary efforts in North
America. Our church invests heavily in
missions including the operation of our mission
home, supporting our own church
members who are in vocational missions or serve on short-term mission
projects, and funding for the Living
Well Clinic ministry which we started here in Xenia in 2010. Please pray how the Lord might enable you to
give to this special offering (100% of the funds raised in this offering go to
the missionaries and church planters – no administrative fees or overhead
Last Sunday Josh Nevin joined our church by statement of faith. If you haven’t had a chance to welcome him
personally, please do so today. We love
you, pray for you, and thank God for you.
May God shine His face upon you as we remember His passion this week.