Matthew 5:23,24 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to that person; then come and offer your gift.
Matthew 18:15 “If a brother or sister sins, go and point out the fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.”
Ephesians 4:25 What this adds up to, then, is this: no more pretense! In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. …we are members of one another. At Highlands Church, we're featuring a New Year look at what it means to be interconnected as the Body of Christ. How are we like the ligaments and muscles in the body? How are we like an eco-system, interdependent on one another for life together. Can we really thrive, by faith together? "Ekklesia Symbiotica" is an organic, symbiotic way of experiencing what God is doing in us, through us, and in the world around us.
· Ekklesia Symbiotica births itself out of the hard work of connectivity – ligaments growing and attaching together for the good of the whole body of Christ.
· Ekklesia Symbiotica requires that we find more creative ways to be present with one another.
· Ekklesia Symbiotica flexes so change can occur constantly.
· Ekklesia Symbiotica stretches so that growth and health flourish.
· Ekklesia Symbiotica isn’t usually easy.
· Ekklesia Symbiotica pulls all of us upward toward God, downward toward humility, and outward toward those in need.
· Ekklesia Symbiotica calls us to keep offering forgiveness.
· Ekklesia Symbiotica insists that we receive forgiveness.
· Ekklesia Symbiotica thrives in people, not in buildings or programs.
· Ekklesia symbiotica always invites you back for another try.
6 of Highlands own community reflect on 2012 and what it has done through them.
*Kyle and Carly Kiser
* Amber Arnold
* Erika, Kevin & Maeve Ramirez
* Becky & Chucky Girmann
4 When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, 2 “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, 3 and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.” 4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” 8 So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the Lord had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. 9 Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been[a] in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day.
- Highlands Church - Christmas Eve 2012
- For what are we waiting?: One long, last breath before Christmas - Jenny Morgan
- For what are we waiting?: "The Warrior King Sings the Lullaby Over His Babies" Zephaniah 3;14-17 - Mark Tidd
- For what are we waiting?: Zechariah’s song: surprising silences - Jenny Morgan
- For what are we waiting?: Jeremiah 33 - Mark Tidd
- The Beatitudes: Peace and Justice - Jenny Morgan
- The Beatitudes: For Goodness Sakes - Mark Tidd
- The Beatitudes: Living in Two Different Worlds at the Same Time - Jenny Morgan
- The Beatitudes: The Blessed Poverty of Not Knowing and Losing (Mark Tidd)
- The Beatitudes: Guest Speaker Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber