I shared this update about what is happening at AACRC fall 2020 during worship on August 23. Wanted to share it again here, in case you missed it. – Pastor Ryan
I am a servant of this church as one of your three pastors and I’d like to give an update to you about what we’ve been working really hard on. Council members, elders, deacons, staff, pastors, we’ve continued to work very hard, as many of you have. We continue to think about what this church looks like heading into the fall and I wanted to give you that update. Continue reading
the static and dynamic nature of the called people of Jesus
For fall of 2020 we invite you to join us for a worship series on the book of Acts in the Bible. Acts is a book about the disciples of Jesus following the call of their Lord into the world to be his witnesses. They are led by the promised Holy Spirit into the future of the kingdom. This future was unknown and sometimes difficult. The Church was built through the acts of the faithful, empowered by the Spirit in a brave new world. Today, the Church continues to move forward toward God’s good future. We are guided by the Church who went before, and yet we continue to move into an unknown future. This fall we will look at how the Church lived in this tension of being rooted in Christ and led by the Spirit so that we too may stay faithful to the call of Christ on our lives and participate in God’s coming kingdom.
You are invited to read the chapters in the week approaching each Sunday as you prepare your heart to hear God’s word
Sep 6, 2020: Acts 1, Our Call and our Center(Pastor Ryan)
Sep 13, 2020: Acts 2, Our Guide and our Path(Pastor Noah)
Sep 20, 2020: Acts 4, Peter and John before the Sanhedrin(Pastor Ryan)
Sep 27, 2020: Acts 6, The choosing of the seven(Pastor Kristen)
Oct 4, 2020: Acts 8:26-40, Phillip and the Ethiopian(Pastor Ryan)
Oct 11, 2020: Acts 10, Peter’s Vision(Pastor Noah)
Oct 18, 2020: Acts 13, Rooting the way of Jesus in the Hebrew bible(Pastor Ryan)
Oct 25, 2020: Acts 15, The council of Jerusalem(Pastor Ryan)
Nov 1, 2020: Acts 16:16-34, Paul and Silas speak the gospel to power(Pastor Kristen)
Nov 8, 2020: Acts 17, Paul in Athens(Pastor Ryan)
Nov 15, 2020: Acts 27:27-44, The shipwreck(Pastor Ryan)
Nov 22, 2020: Acts 28: 17-31, Paul preaches in Rome(Pastor Noah)
Hey Friends, Last week I wrote an an open letter to you all about the events of the last few weeks and my response to them as your pastor. (“Whose House is it? A letter to God’s people of the Ann Arbor CRC”) I knew as I sent it that some would agree and some would not. These issues are hard and complicated and also necessary to speak openly about. I wrote this letter in love. And, in love, Ron Reimink crafted a response. What follows is his response to my letter in hopes that it may continue to move us all to have restorative conversations that are so central to who we are as the church of Jesus Christ. May God grant us grace as we have them. I am thankful to Ron for his words of wisdom and his spirit of love. Pastor Ryan
The conversation continues
Guest post by Ron Reimink, member of Ann Arbor CRC
I love you. That’s why I need to write you tonight, because I love you. I’m young by many standards, I haven’t even reached 40 but I’ve been with you for over one quarter of my life. We have woven our lives together in the last ten years and woven our commitment to Jesus together. You have made covenantal promises to my children and I have married your sons and daughters. You have trained me and my family in the faith and I have buried your fathers and mothers. Tonight I sit broken before you. But I need to speak with you. Please hear me out. This will be hard for some of you to read. It may make you angry. I’m sorry. I don’t delight in your anger. It may be too much and you may want to stop reading. Please don’t. I promise I will listen to you if you want to call or write or yell. I promise I will listen. I am not an expert. Seminary did not train me for this. I am feeling as much at a loss as many of you might be. Yet most of us do not know the pain of which I am about to write. As broken as I’ve been, it is nowhere close to the pain and brokenness that is erupting around this country. So, in humility, let’s walk the road together, knowing that God will hold us both as we move ahead.
I’m writing to you all today as I prepare for Sunday’s sermon. If this year were like any other year, I’d be prepping for a service that is one of my favorites of the year—our Friendship service. In that service we remember the year that was for our Friendship Ministry and show hospitality to all of our friends as they join us. This year, unfortunately, we won’t be having that service. And it got me thinking about all the special things we miss in our shared worshiping life together.
I have missed our Roots service where our middle school students and leaders share and lead worship. I have missed our GEMS and Cadet services that are such a blessing. I have also missed how our Sunday rhythm begins with faith formation in house groups, Big House Sunday, or, for our children, our Kid Connection. I have missed how that faith formation disciples us and shapes us. And, I have missed coming into worship with all of you.
So, I wanted to take an opportunity to do a couple of things. First, as we think about all our programs, whether that’s Friendship, Kid Connection, Nursery, House Groups, or any other program that you can think of, take some time and pray for those ministries. We don’t know when we will be able to gather again, but even when we are apart, those ministries need our prayers.
Second, take some time and thank the many volunteers that make all these programs succeed. There are so many people to be thankful for. I am thankful that just today some cards came in the mail for some of my children. They love getting mail and were thrilled to receive a note from a teacher in Kid Connection or ROOTS. Maybe you’re thankful for a house group facilitator or a Friendship leader. Whoever it is, let’s express some of that thankfulness today.
Grace and Peace to you.
AACRC worship music on YouTube
Pastor Noah has been hard at work producing songs from individual recordings sent to him by our very own worship team members as part of Sunday worship, as well as editing video musings from our pastors.
Did you know you can access the entire playlist of worship team songs on our church YouTube page, “Ann Arbor CRC“?
Enjoy the playlist of worship songs:
The Sabbath: A Biblical Perspective (episode 2)
We are excited to share Episode 2 of our Sabbath Project. In this episode, Pastor Ryan builds on the first video from Travis West to show how our concept of time and work have been disrupted by Covid-19. And, how the sabbath can be an invitation think about time and work differently and accept the divine invitation to rest.
In today’s thoughts Pastor Ryan shares how we can reflect the love and joy of God in our current locations.
Where have you seen God’s love during social distancing?
What are you doing to reflect the grace of God where you are right now?
We’d love to hear from you! Share your story with us in the comments below or post it on social media using #GraceWhereWeAre.
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