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April 8, 2018

They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall
walk, and not faint.

~ Isaiah 40:31 ~

Welcome to worship this morning.  You may have had a week that has sapped your strength physically and emotionally.  May God’s promise in the verse above be your experience this morning as we corporately worship Him, study His Word, and encourage each other.  I’ll be preaching on Waiting on God both today and next Sunday from Psalm 37.

It’s a great privilege to celebrate the baptism of Pete Combs this morning at the end of the 11:00am Worship Service.  If you are ready to take this important step of obedience as a follower of Jesus, I’d love to talk with you about it.  We do baptisms as often as we can – it’s one of the best church family things we do!

Thank 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’ve now included the art that was done for the Good Friday Service).  We still have room for more!  Call our church office if you have a piece of artwork we could consider displaying.

As the spring semester comes to a close each year, we know that we will soon have to say goodbye to many college students who have become an important part of our church family.  If you are a graduating college senior, please make sure you are here on Sunday, April 29th so that we can recognize you, pray for you,and give you a little gift to remember us by.

Thank you for helping me raise funds for my upcoming teaching trip to Mongolia (which is now fully funded)!  God has been at work in many wonderful ways among us, and I am so thankful for each of you. We are praying for you; it is an honor to serve the Lord with you here.

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April 1, 2018

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation….

~ Philippians 2:5-7a ~

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.  He is risen!

I hate when I forget someone’s name.  You know what it’s like: you see someone familiar coming and your mind goes blank. What do you do? “Hey man, how are you?”  or, “Great to see you, buddy.

Why do we do this?  Because we don’t want that person to think we’re the kind of friend who forgets names.  We don’t want to think of ourselves as the kind of friend who forgets names!  But the ironic truth is that we are that kind of person – we just proved it.

We spend a lot of energy protecting our reputations.  When you think about it, we usually work the hardest covering up those areas we fail the most in.  The person who tries the hardest to make you think he doesn’t care what you think about him, probably cares deeply, but for some reason, believes that is a weakness.

What a contrast with Jesus.  We protect a reputation we don’t deserve, but the verse above says that He left honor and glory in heaven that as God He did deserve.  He made Himself of no reputation when He came to earth and went to the cross for us.  That is why we are here this morning and why we glady worship Him.

Last Sunday Tyler Dellaparute joined our church.  Look for him and welcome him today.  The live-stream of our 11:00am morning worship service is up and running.  Go to www.daytonave.org and click on the banner to stream in.  Remember that there is no evening service tonight – enjoy celebrating Jesus’ resurrection with your loved ones.  We love you and are praying for you; don’t hesitate to call on us.  May the Risen Lord shine the light of His blessings upon you this week.

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March 25, 2018

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 ~

Welcome to Palm Sunday Worship and to our church today.  If you are a first-time guest this morning, please make sure that you visit the Welcome Counter and get a little loaf of homemade bread, our welcome gift to you.  We are glad that you are here and pray that God will minister to you in such a way that you’ll want to come back every Sunday.

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 scenes of the Garden, the Trial, and the Crucifixion.  It will be a special evening. Next Sunday is Easter – Resurrection Day!!  Begin your day with us at the Sunrise Service starting at 7:15am followed by breakfast.  Our 9:30 and 11:00am worship services will include extra music to celebrate our Risen Lord and Savior!  He is worthy!

Today is the last day we are highlighting this year’s Annie Armstrong Easter Missions Offering but you can still give in the weeks ahead.  Just make sure you mark your special gift so our financial secretary can make sure it is included.  Last week’s launch of the 3rd Worship service in the Youth Room at 11:00am went very well!   We are ironing out a few minor wrinkles going forward, but the reports were encouraging.  I encourage you to check it out and introduce your friends to church through that service!  We now live-stream our 11:00am morning worship service.  If you can’t make church some Sunday, go to www.daytonave.org and click on the banner to stream in.

Last Sunday Clay and Kathleen Ludlow, Sunila Rueb, and Jeff Smith joined our church.  If you haven’t had a chance to welcome them 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.

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March 18, 2018

My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation.  He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.

Psalm 62:1-2 ~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue today.  It is no accident that we are here today.  God, Who is sovereign over all things, has a purpose in our being here.  Take a moment at the beginning of our service to invite Him to speak to you and to do whatever He desires to do in your life.

Every spring we receive a special offering to give an extra gift toward missions here in North America.  The Annie Armstrong Easter Missions Offering helps fund new church plants, community centers, ESL classes, ministries to those with special needs, and many other great Christian endeavors.  We still have a way to reach our goal of $7,000.  Will you ask the Lord to enable you to give an extra, sacrificial gift toward missions this month?  Thank you.

This Saturday morning at 9:00 is a Church Workday.  Please come and help us spruce up after a long winter.  Also, plan now to attend our Good Friday Service at 7:00pm on March 30th.  There will be several features that will make this service unique.  We will focus on Jesus’ great love and sacrifice for us through music, communion, and live artists painting scenes of the Garden, the Trial, and the Crucifixion.  It will be a special evening.

Today is the launch of the 3rd Worship service which takes place in the Youth Room at 11:00am!   In addition to helping make room for more people, the new service is designed to be more welcoming for those who don’t normally attend church.  I encourage you to check it out so that you will know what you could be inviting your friends to!  We’ve also begun live-streaming our 11:00am Sunday morning worship service.  If you find yourself stuck at home, you can stay connected by going to our website and clicking on the Live Stream banner.

We love you and are praying for you.  God bless you this week.

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March 11, 2018

Let us not lose heart in doing good,
for in due time we will reap
if we do not grow weary.

~Galatians 6:9~

Welcome to worship this morning.  You may have had a week that has sapped your strength physically and emotionally.  May God’s promise in the verse above be your experience this morning as we worship Him together, study His Word, and encourage one another.

This is Spring Break week for most of our students, and some in our church family are out of town for a mini vacation.  Quite a few are in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and South America doing spring break mission trips, and eleven of our couples are attending a Marriage Retreat in Tennessee this weekend!  Thank you for being here today – I am excited to see what God has in store for us.

Plan now to attend our Good Friday Service at 7:00pm on March 30th.  There will be several features that will make this service unique.  We will focus on Jesus’ great love and sacrifice for us through music, communion, and live artists painting scenes of the Garden, the Trial, and the Crucifixion.  It will be a special evening.

Next Sunday is the start of the 3rd Worship service which will take place in the Youth Room at 11:00am.  In addition to helping make room for more people, the new service is designed to be more welcoming for those who don’t normally attend church.  You need to check it out so that you will know what you could be inviting your friends to!  It might minister really well to you and your family, too.

Two weeks ago Elizabeth Sled joined our church.  If you haven’t had a chance to welcome her personally, seek her out today.  God is at work here in our church and I feel a sense of excitement that He has even greater plans to work among us in the months ahead.  We love you, we are praying for you, and we are here for you.

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March 4, 2018

God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.

~ 2nd Corinthians 9:8 ~

Welcome to the worship service this morning.  Our prayer is that each of us is drawn closer to Jesus today.  If you are a first-time guest, please make sure you visit the Welcome Center and get a little loaf of homemade bread as well as a guest card.  I would greatly appreciate it if you fill out that card and give it to me afterward.  We promise not to put you on a mailing list (but I will send you a letter thanking you for your visit).

On the floor of the platform – out toward both ends – are supplies of our church ministry notebooks.  Our sermon note pages fit these notebooks, making it easy for you to organize your Bible study materials.  You can also use them as a prayer journal, or to include other important information you want to keep handy (the paper punch that creates the right perforations on the edge is available for you in our church office).  They are a free resource for you, so if you don’t have one yet, please help yourself to one today.

March 18th is the start of the 3rd Worship service which will take place in the Youth Room at 11:00am.  The setting in this service will be more relaxed, with comfortable seating around tables.  Would you be willing to try out this new service and help us have a critical mass of participating worshippers (not just spectators)?  If you try it, you might discover that you really like it, and so might some of your friends who don’t normally go to church.

One of the inserts in today’s bulletin lists the people who are either on a spring break mission trip this week or who will be going soon.  God is using our church family in many wonderful ways, and we are an important part of the team by praying daily for them.  May God shine His face on you this week as you walk in His light.

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February 25, 2018

We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

~ 1st John 4:14 ~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue – thank you for joining us in worshiping Jesus our Savior today.

One of our college students once sent me an email and his sign-off at the end was, “Until the nets are full!”  What a great reminder of the commission we have been given.  Our sermon series this year has centered on this theme, and I am excited to see how God is using all of you to renew our focus on outreach this year.

Last week I announced that we will begin a 3rd Worship service again due to growth in our worship attendance.  When it is difficult to find a parking space or a seat, you might get tired of that and quit coming.  Please Don’t!  We need you here.  On March 18th, the 3rd Worship service will take place in the Youth Room at 11:00am.  I’m not going to describe it in detail here, but I will say that we are working to make it worth your while to check it out because we think some of you will really prefer the different ambiance.  In fact, you may find that the 3rd service is very conducive to inviting your friends to come to church with you.  I also announced that we are re-activating our Long Range Planning Committee to develop strategic solutions to our ministry needs and vision.  Please keep this in your regular prayers.

I’ve been reminded again this week how much we need to be praying for one another, and especially how much I stand in need of your prayers.  Thank you for your prayers.  I am praying for you.  God is at work!  May He be exalted in our lives as we live for Him in the days ahead.

Until the nets are full!

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February 18, 2018

I will sing to the LORD, because
He has dealt bountifully with me.

~Psalm 13:6~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue – we are so glad you have come to worship today.  Romans 4:20 describes Abraham as “growing strong in faith and giving glory to God.”  What a great statement: I hope that is true in all our lives today, too.

It’s a great privilege to celebrate the baptism of Jeff Smith and Greg Clark this morning at the end of the 11:00am Worship Service.  If you are ready to take this important step of obedience as a follower of Jesus, I’d love to talk with you about it.  We do baptisms as often as we can – it’s one of the best church family things we do!

Our new Grief Share ministry began last month to help and encourage folks after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend.  Each meeting covers stand-alone material, so you can join us this Thursday evening, February 22nd at 6:30.  People of all ages are welcome to come.

Thank you for putting up with somewhat uncomfortable conditions, especially in the 11:00am worship service.  On the one hand, it’s a wonderful thing to be a growing church!  On the other hand, having to sit on the front row or in the overflow is not a wonderful thing!  So, we’ve re-activated the Long Range Planning Committee and are retooling so that we can begin a 3rd service again.  I will be sharing more with you this morning about all of this, especially about our vision and plans for the 3rd Worship Service.

As we gather together corporately today, let’s do as the verse above declares: sing to the LORD in gratefulness for all His bountiful grace.  We have so much to praise Him for.  Don’t forget the Cedarville University Orchestra concert (and carry-in dinner) tonight at 6:00.  It is an honor to serve the Lord together with you.

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February 11, 2018

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our
outer man is decaying, yet our inner man
is being renewed day by day.

~ 2nd Corinthians 4:16 ~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue – we are so glad that you are here.  Dr. Dan DeWitt will be preaching this morning and I know we will all be encouraged and challenged as he shares about Life in the Wild, which is also the title of his newly released book.  Dan will be signing copies of his book in the café area after services today – it’s a wonderful book and I encourage you to stop by and see him this morning.

Are you aware of our Prayer Team ministry?  Send your prayer requests to prayer@daytonave.org and our prayer warriors will receive an email alert to pray for you.  If you’d like to join our team of pray-ers, send an email to the same address and ask to be put on the distribution list.  Ladies, don’t forget the Women’s Mental Health Seminar is April 24th (see inside for details).  This event has been a tremendous resource in past years and draws women from around our region.  Take the opportunity to invite someone you know who would be helped and blessed on this day.

A Baptism Celebration will happen soon.  If you have received Jesus as your Savior and are ready to take this important step of obedience and identification as His follower, please let me know so you can be included.

Some of you have been asking if we have a security team here at church, especially in light of what seems to be increasing incidents of violence in churches and schools.  The answer is yes – we have men who are trained standing by, but we are also working on having more organization and training for them.  You won’t necessarily know who they are, but you’ll know that they are there.  May God bless you richly this week.

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February 4, 2018

But He knows the way I take;
when He has tried me,
I shall come forth as gold.

~ Job 23:10 ~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue.  Job’s words above both encourage and challenge us because he spoke them during a period of excruciating difficulty.  He viewed it all as God’s purifying fire, and so he responded in a way that, when it was over, God could make him gold.  We need that kind of trust all the time, whether we are surprised with unexpected twists along our path or we experience God’s paths of blessing.  He has begun a good work in us, and He will be faithful to complete what He has started (Phil. 1:6).

Our new Grief Share ministry began last month to help and encourage folks after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend.  Each meeting covers stand-alone material, so you are welcome to join us this Thursday evening, February 8th at 6:30.  Brochures are available for you at the information table in the foyer.  A Baptism Celebration will happen soon.  If you have received Jesus as your Savior and are ready to take this important step of obedience and identification as His follower, please let me know so you can be included.

Last Sunday we received several new church members: Paul, Melanie, and Christy Schloemer, Devin Young, and Hannah Zettlemoyer (under Watchcare membership).  Please welcome them this morning if you didn’t get a chance to do so last week.  If you are interested in learning more about Dayton Avenue, you are invited to the New Member Info Luncheon after church next Sunday.  Meet our Pastors and their families and ask your questions; just fill out the bulletin insert RSVP.

Tonight is the Super Bowl (in case you hadn’t heard!).  Many of you have plans to be with family and friends for the game.  Our Evening Service is moved up to 5:00pm during which time we’ll continue our study through the book of 1st Samuel.   Enjoy your evening plans together.  Don’t hesitate to call on us this week.  We love you.

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