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Godspeed Fellowship

Welcome to Godspeed!

We’re glad you’re interested in our church!  We’re always grateful for visitors and newcomers. We hope the information below will help you get to know more about our church. Please e-mail or call if you’d like to know more.   However, most of all we’d like to meet you in person. Please stop by on a Sunday morning. Our service is informal and friendly  Here’s what you can expect.

Time and Location

We meet each Sunday morning from 10 to 11:30 at the George Martin Elementary School at 455 Cole Street in Seekonk, MA. Click here for a map and directions.

 

Sunday School for Kids

Godspeed loves kids and families.  Your children are welcome to attend one of our three Sunday School classes, or they can stay with you in the service – it’s your choice.

 

Getting in Touch With Us.

E-mail us here with any questions you have about Godspeed. You may also phone us at 401-247-7452.

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Shine Girls and TGIF Fall Programs

This fall Shine Girls and TGIF (Teen Guys in Fellowship) will not only resume, but will EXPLODE into the fall with a fresh vision and some exciting activities! We’ll be doing stuff like trips to Boston, overnight camping, prayer walks in Providence, serving at the rescue mission, a winter retreat and lots more.

If you’re in TGIF or Shine Girls – or a parent of one who is – we’d like you to hear about the new year and all that’s being planned.

Come to the pre-launch meeting on Saturday, September 15 at the Krauses’ home from 2 to 4, for details on what it’s all about, and how you can be involved. The Krauses live at 3 Haines Park Road in Barrington. This meeting is for parents kids, and others who may want to help with these groups.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Please contact Tim if you have questions.

12-08-07 Grumbling

Grumbling to Grateful

By Jarrod Lynn

Jesus explains things in parables so that we can begin to comprehend just how different and better His Kingdom is compared to everything else and everyone else.

In this parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, Jesus unpacks more details about the Kingdom of Heaven—namely, how to get into it. The landowner of a vineyard hires workers throughout the day to work in his vineyard. Shockingly, at the end of the day, the last-hired workers who worked 1/12th of the day received a full day’s wage, which was the exact same amount the first-hired workers received for working the entire day.

The story then homes in on the first-hired workers and their ensuing grumbling to this seemingly unfair transaction. The landowner responds with penetrating rhetorical questions to reveal their lack of compassion for their fellow worker and their baseless accusations of unfairness. The landowner is generous. They are stingy. Jesus then concludes “So the first shall be last, and the last first.” This is what God and His Kingdom is like.

In this parable, it’s amazing how Jesus deliberately and cleverly leads us along by degrees until we understand that, if God’s generosity was to be represented by a man, then such a man would be different from any ever encountered. These rhetorical questions show that God’s great gifts, simply because they are God’s, are distributed and not earned–for God is gracious and generous.

Because the Kingdom of Heaven is not based on merit, but rather on God’s generously distributed grace, we should gratefully love, listen to, and be lead by God.

For us today, I think we can easily relate to the first-hired worker, grumbling about what other’s have received and failing to appreciate our own situation. We often act like our accomplishments and achievements will earn us right standing with God. In reality, to be a Christian is to the last-hired worker—doing practically nothing and getting everything. God’s grace is distributed, not earned. We’re in (the Kingdom) because with Him (the King).

But how to go from grumbling to grateful? The Gospel. Specifically and practically, we can use the Luke 6 Tree Diagram that Tim talked about last Spring.

It’s this sort of upside down Kingdom that forms the framework for everything Tim has been preaching about this summer regarding “A Healthy Godspeed”. These “A Healthy Godspeed” statements are simply clarifying how we as a church can live as citizens of heaven in this life now. And when we do, not only will God be made much of, and not only will we be more conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29), but we’ll be a community of people that’s attractive to others; not a clique, not an exclusive club; but rather, a safe place for people to be themselves, and yet at the same time, not stay that way. A community that’s honest, humble, vulnerable, and authentic. A community that sacrifices their time, talents, and treasures for the benefit of others. Isn’t this what we really want? Isn’t that the type of community people long for?

Further Investigation

12-08-07 Olympic podium

Olympic Ceremony & Christian Communion

By Jarrod Lynn

The Olympics are always fun and exciting to watch, and there’s really nothing like it…or is there? I’d like to discuss the striking similarities and differences between the Olympic Medal Ceremony and Christian Communion (i.e., Eucharist).

First, let’s look at the elements of the Medal Ceremony. The winners are put on a stand, and we all see who won and lost. The country flag and national anthem of the winners are shown, honoring their culture and home country. But there’s so much more going on here…Note that this is a public event, and that the physical actions which signify the meaning of this ritual, as well as the unspoken implications, include:

  • Podium elevation–we won, you lost. We’re above you and better than you, and that’s why I’m standing above you right now.
  • Team uniforms–this is who I am and what I’m about–and I’m not you, because you’re wearing a different uniform; you are not part of this podium, this is the winner’s stand.
  • Medal materials–signifies the uniqueness of their status and preciousness. It’s a lasting, physical, tangible symbol of accomplishment and it reinforces the significance of the event.

The medal ceremony is all about honor, achievement, and celebration. And this is what Communion is all about…

But here’s the connection—err, rather the contrast—with communion: we (as in me, you, people) don’t ascend and step up to the medal stand. Rather,we bow the knee to rehearse Jesus atop the cross, accomplishing victory on our behalf. What’s more, Jesus doesn’t stand on a podium looking down on us; rather, he died on a cross so that we might have life. In a sense, He loses so that we could win. This is what we remember and rehearse at communion.

Compared to Jesus, we’ve lost—there’s no way we could get close to the winner’s podium. We don’t meet God’s standards. And it’s the same for everyone. But because of what Jesus has done, the playing field has been leveled. There’s no one else on the metal stand looking down on anyone. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) And there’s no one looking up to us as if we’re all that great. All are looking up to Jesus atop the cross, victorious.

It means we don’t have to compare ourselves to others in order to find value and meaning. It means that our place in community has been restored, and we don’t need to one up each other.

Let’s look at the elements of communion: bread and wine. These are simple elements, but with profound meaning and significance, just like the Olympic medals, right? There’s significance behind the physical elements when associated with a particular ritual. Bread is a mixture of creation and design, a combination of raw materials and human skill and ingenuity—God has us taken elements of creation and has us make them into something which will represent His body.

What does this mean? It means that God cares about my work and what I do. My work is given meaning. “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) “For you are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared beforehand.” (Ephesians 2:10). This communion bread helps us remember that God values our work. Yes, God wants us to make disciples of all nations. Yes, God wants us to share our faith in words, and to love and serve others. But he also wants us to work hard, to produce quality, honest work. Because what we do matters…even something as simple as bread and wine…

Bread and wine are associated with joy and community: They’re symbols of the Kingdom of God. Like the Olympic medals, these physical, tangible elements remind us of the significance of this event; and not just an event, but the ultimate victory over sin and death that Jesus invites us to be part of, all of which we rehearse on Communion Sunday.

This public ritual of communion helps us recover our place in community by leveling the playing field so that we are not one up or one down to anyone. It helps us to recover our place as servants of the one, true victor so that our accomplishments don’t determine our worth and lead us to a treadmill of endless performance. And it helps us recover from our failures to restore hope and energy for future endeavors.

Application Questions

  • Will we acknowledge that Jesus is the winner in every area of our lives?
  • Will we get off the winner’s podium to take our place as servants of the true Victor?
  • Will we repent from doing life without God?
  • Where in our lives are we not allowing God to be on the winner’s podium alone with all the medals?
Take Words With You

Prayer — With the Sword of the Spirit

Paul makes abundantly clear the reality of spiritual battle in Ephesians 6:10-20.  After he tells us to put on the armor of God, Paul commands us to take up the Sword of the Spirit and pray.  Pray like we are in a war…which we are.  As a church, we are engaged in a spiritual battle for the glory of Jesus Christ and for the souls of men, women and children.

The book, Take Words With You, by Tim Kerr, is offered at no charge through the Tim Challies’ web site. Look for the “download” button at the bottom of the blog.

I strongly encourage you to use this book of Scripture in your praying. It will empower your prayer time and center it on the Word of God.

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Bookmark These!

Not too many people enjoy reading long books. Time constraints, lack of interest and confusion about what to read make it hard. But you don’t have to be a book reader to drink from a well of rich resources these days. There are short articles, blogs, podcasts and video clips that will answer important questions, challenge your heart and keep your life centered on Christ.  I’d like to recommend the following seven web sites as particularly good sources:

The Gospel Coalition
CCEF
Good Book Company
Matthias Media
Sovereign Grace
Nine Marks Ministries
Open Up the Bible
 

For example, check out articles at CCEF right now on shame, guilt and rejection. Or on money. Or sex. And at the Gospel Coalition site, you can read about Mark Zuckerberg and Success. Not everything on each site will interest you, but some will.

Bookmark these sites on your web browser, make one of them your home page or somehow go back to them regularly.  They are full of good insights, clear biblical thinking and relevant, real-life solutions.

Drink up!

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Trellis and Vine Workshop

The Philip Center is pleased to join with Matthias Media to host The Trellis and the Vine Workshop with author Tony Payne on November 7-8, 2012, at Barrington Baptist Church in Barrington, RI.  This will be Tony’s first visit to the northeast, so you won’t want to miss this rare treat.

If you’ve ever wondered about any of the following questions, it’s important that you attend:

  • How does the Great Commission apply to every disciple and every church?
  • Do our church programs and organizations make us too busy to focus on people?
  • Are we relying too much on our ministers to be doing the work of disciple-making?
  • How can we learn to make disciples wherever we are, whether in the home, in the church or in our community?
  • What are simple ways of helping others follow Christ through sacrificial love, sharing the Word of God and prayer?
  • How can we actively encourage one another to follow Christ during our Sunday gatherings?
  • How can we reach those who would never come to church on Sunday?

Simply put, the aim of the workshop is to equip ministry leaders with the biblical foundations, vision and resources to train co-workers in gospel ministry in a local ministry context. Participants will leave with at least the first draft of a plan for their training ministry.

The sessions will be Wednesday, Nov.7 from 6 – 9 pm, and Thursday, Nov. 8 from 9 am – 3:30 pm. You may register for the workshop online.

Click here for more resources from Matthias Media.