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Welcome to Wedgwood!

At Wedgwood Community Church, we see faith as a journey;
and as a community of faith, it is our desire to be on that journey together, nurturing, encouraging, and giving strength to one another as we learn and grow and move further along our path. As part of the American Baptist Church (ABC) community, we seek to be a place where everyone feels safe to explore a deep connection to God and with each other, knowing that every person's story is different.

We would love to meet you wherever you are on your journey--
so please, come see for yourself who we are at Wedgwood CC!

ACTIVITY NOTES:

LATEST SERMON NOW LIVE (4/15/18)
Missed church this Sunday, but still want to listen to a great Christian message to help get you motivated for the week to come? This Sunday (APRIL 15, 2018), Wedgwood Community Church's scripture reading came from ACTS 19:28-34. The sermon based on that scripture was given by Pastor Sean Brown and is titled "Peer Pressure". LISTEN NOW

MOVIE NIGHT IN MAY
FREE EVENT - ALL ARE WELCOME! Please join us when the Wedgwood Community Church "Movie Club" will be watching a fun mainstream movie and relating it to our Christian life. This month's movie will be The Greatest Showman (2017). The event takes place in the Fellowship Hall on the BIG PROJECTION SCREEN. If you're able, make sure to bring a movie snack to share!




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The Weeks Ahead

Bible Study

Tue 4/17 10:00 a.m.

Faith Connections

Tue 4/17 7:00 p.m.

LLT Meeting

Tue 4/18 6:00 p.m.

Worship Service

Sun 4/22 11:00 a.m.

St. Anne's Ministry

Sun 4/22 3:00 p.m.

Worship Service

Sun 4/29 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 5/6 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 5/13 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 5/20 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 5/27 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 6/3 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 6/10 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 6/17 11:00 a.m.

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Sun 6/24 11:00 a.m.

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Sun 7/1 11:00 a.m.

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Sun 7/8 11:00 a.m.

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Sun 7/15 11:00 a.m.

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Sun 7/22 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 7/29 11:00 a.m.

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Sun 8/5 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 8/12 11:00 a.m.

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Sun 8/19 11:00 a.m.

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Sun 8/26 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 9/2 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 9/9 11:00 a.m.

 Pastor's Ponderings / Ministry Message

More About The Pastor

Rev. Sean Brown
 

It has been a wonderful experience to come back and get reacquainted to what I consider to be my church home. Now that I’ve settled in a bit I wanted to give a bit more information about my philosophy and emphases as a pastor. Since age 18 I have had a strong interest in the scriptures, particularly historical criticism of the New Testament. My Masters of Arts in theology focused primarily on the study of Jesus and the gospels. Later on, as I was pursuing my Masters of Divinity, I was looking for a way to incorporate the more academic stuff I learned in my Masters of Arts degree into a philosophy of pastoral ministry. What I discovered is that the Bible, in all its complexity, offers the reader the prospect of a new identity—the identity of how God sees us as opposed to how the world sees us. Through our faith, the Holy Spirit impresses that new identity on our hearts. I view the role of pastor as being one who teaches parishioners about and encourages parishioners to live into that identity. We learn about that identity through adult education opportunities like bible studies. Our identity is enhanced when we, as a church, engage in fellowship and worship activities with one another. And it is out of that identity that we seek to partner with the neighborhood to do ministry. Therefore, my role as pastor is one of integrating all the diverse things we do as Christians under the umbrella of identity. From a relational standpoint, this also means that I am available to be comforter, encourager, and counselor to the congregation and to simply be present to you when needed. I look forward to the years ahead of journey and growing together.

 

Pastor Sean On #RethinkBaptist
There is a hashtag floating around in social media titled Rethink Baptist, which, to my best knowledge, was started by First Baptist Church, Denver. It is a hashtag that several Evergreen Association pastors have posted comments and other material to. In many ways the Evergreen Association is an innovative, forward-thinking association. We have a nationwide reputation of being mavericks, surprising our fellow American Baptist regions and associations, in a refreshing way, with how we operate. Unfortunately, Baptists as a whole have the opposite reputation in America. Too often we are seen as predictable, antiquated, and actively suppressing all opinions that contradict a very narrow, backward way of thinking. We are viewed as judgmental, insular, and xenophobic. We’re negative pessimists, constantly putting up walls to exclude those who do not look, think, and behave exactly as we do—so the stereotype goes.

#Rethinkbaptist captures the idea that certain practices, theology, and ministries, thought to be too progressive and inclusive for Baptist circles, are entirely at home within a Baptist milieu. In fact, the distinctively Baptist ideals, those tenets which distinguish us from all other Christian traditions, would probably shock the average individual who likely holds the stereotypes mentioned above. The priesthood of all believers, emphasizing our equality, separation of church and state, preserving the purity of our faith and the integrity of civil government, soul freedom, ensuring that we are not inordinately submissive to any human authorities, Bible freedom, and encouraging each believer to be independently minded in working out their own theology and relationship to God are some of the historical affirmations of the Baptist faith.

When you add them all up, and think about their implications, these hallmarks make for an appealing faith. They also make for a faith that is a far cry from our negative reputation. We have a faith that highly values the contributions of all believers, that looks to be inclusive of everyone, even at the cost of “orthodoxy.” We have a faith that doggedly guards against fascist tendencies, in all of their iterations. We have a faith that celebrates free thinkers. We have a faith that invites, encourages, and supports rather than one that forces and bullies. These are not just accidental and peripheral aspects of the Baptist faith, they represent the core! I wonder how many people know that?

As we enter 2018 I invite, encourage, and support our efforts to do some investigating so as to rethink what it means to be a Baptist. My hope is that we can get excited not just about our own faith, but excited about the prospect of reshaping the narrative of who we actually are. And my prayer is that we embrace the idea that the campaign of changing opinions and obliterating stereotypes starts today.

Query the Clergy
Question: Do you agree with the Pope’s recent announcement that he wants to “change the words to The Lord’s Prayer because current interpretations suggest God leads us ‘into temptation’”? (emb)

I should first off note that there is nothing necessarily sacrosanct about the exact wording of the Lord’s Prayer. The wording of this prayer differs between Matthew and Luke’s gospels. Neither of those versions matches the exact wording of the prayer that the Pope is proposing to change. Interestingly, the wording that is closest to the commonly accepted liturgical form of the prayer comes from a late first century, noncanonical Christian text called The Didache. But even the wording in The Didache does not exactly line up. Then there’s the issue of differences to the wording already, depending on which denomination you’re in. For instance, I’ve heard the line “forgive us our…” as debts, trespasses, and sins based on which church group I was praying with. All of this is to say that there is already a long tradition of fluidity with this prayer.

As you noted, the Pope wants to clarify the line “lead us not into temptation” because he argues that it may cause one to believe that God tempts human beings. Most Christian denominations teach that while God may test individuals at times, in order to demonstrate to the individual the strength of their own faith, God does not tempt individuals. Testing is for the purposes of God providing us teachable moments. Tempting has only one purpose, to try to get the individual to sin. Scripture emphatically denies that God tempts. James 1:13 says, “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.”

The Pope may be on to something here. The very point of formulaic liturgy, said on a repeated basis, is to reinforce for us certain concepts and ideas about God, especially for new believers. The wording itself can be interchangeable, tweaked, or discarded, but the concepts are critical and eternal. What you don’t want happening is for bad ideas to be reinforced. Apparently, the Pope’s alternative proposal is the wording “do not let us fall into temptation,” which maintains the essence of what we are praying for anyway (to be shielded from temptation), while also making it clear that temptation does not come from God. Depending on your theology, temptation comes either from Satan or from the object itself and our own inner weakness and propensity to sin. But the proposed new wording shuts the door on the idea that God is doing the leading into temptation.

The hardest part with changes like these is that it disrupts the cadence and wording that we grew up with and are so comfortable with. However, I think we’d be surprised at how quickly we could adapt to such a change. At the end of the day I don’t think it’s such a terrible idea to make that change. If the change isn’t made, the church had better make it crystal clear in their teaching of theology that God does not tempt.

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