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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:

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE 12/24 @ 7:00 P.M.
On Sunday, December 24 at 7 PM - 8 PM, please join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with hymns, scripture reading, and concluding with a candlelight service. All are welcome!

LATEST SERMON NOW LIVE (12/03/17)
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 (DECEMBER 3, 2017), Wedgwood Community Church's scripture reading came from PSALM 19:1-4. The sermon based on that scripture was given by Pastor Sean Brown and is titled "God is Known". LISTEN NOW

CAROLING AT ST. ANNE'S on DECEMBER 10 @ 3:00 P.M.
On Sunday, December 10, a group of us will be singing Christmas carols for the folks at Saint Anne's from 3-4 P.M. All are invited to join us, especially if this is your only opportunity to carol during the Christmas season!

MOVIE NIGHT on DECEMBER 16, 2017 @ 6:00 P.M.
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 Family Man (2000). 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 12/5 10:00 a.m.

Faith Connections

Tue 12/5 7:00 p.m.

2nd Sunday in Advent

Sun 12/10 11:00 a.m.

St. Anne's Caroling

Sun 12/10 3:00 p.m.

Movie Night

Sat 12/16 6:00 p.m.

Worship Service

Sun 12/17 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 12/24 11:00 a.m.

Christmas Eve Service

Sun 12/24 7:00 p.m.

Worship Service

Sun 12/31 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 1/7 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 1/14 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 1/21 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 1/28 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 2/4 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 2/11 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 2/18 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 2/25 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 3/4 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 3/11 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 3/18 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 3/25 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 4/1 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 The Holidays
The Holidays are here! Already, since at least November 1, the airwaves have been inundated with Christmas commercials. A common theme in many of these commercials is the idyllic picture of a small town with every house covered in festive lights, with a light snow falling, and a Christmas tree all lit up in the center of town. Family and friends are reunited, children are eyeing the presents in eager anticipation, and the adults are huddled together caroling. Everything is cozy and cheery, warm and familiar. Aside from the irony that at the end of the day these happy scenes are commercials trying to sell you stuff, there is another irony here. I have to confess that commercials like these depict what, in my mind, would be the perfect Christmas. Yet the other irony is that the first Christmas couldn’t have been more different from these images!

Rather than being “home for the holidays,” Mary and Joseph were estranged from their home and couldn’t even find an inn. It was not a blessed holiday that caused Mary and Joseph to be on the move, it was a Roman-led census, which meant higher taxes were coming right around the corner. Rather than the warm sanctuary of a house, shielding the family members from the cold winter outside, Mary and Joseph spent the first Christmas morning in an animal stable, perhaps even a cave. Jesus’ first bed was an animal feeding trough. Rather than a feel-good festive atmosphere, uncertainty shrouded this couple. Mary’s pregnancy would have been seen as scandalous by those not in the know. For those who didn’t believe the story, the baby Jesus would have been seen as an illegitimate child. Things were looking rather bleak.

But then, out of nowhere, shepherds showed up to behold the baby. Later on, royalty types from a distant place came to give Jesus and family costly gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. In the dark times came these unexpected glimmers of grace and hope. Seeing shepherds and magi paying homage to Jesus must have been a pick-me-up for Mary and Joseph, reminding them of everything the angels had told them about Jesus months earlier. But these were just glimmers, as dark times lay immediately ahead for the couple. Shortly after, King Herod would hunt for Jesus, forcing the couple to flee to Egypt.

It seems to me that historically the first Christmas wasn’t the payoff to a long and sweet season of anticipation. It wasn’t like popping open a new tab on your advent calendar each day and eating a piece of chocolate. The first Christmas was a grim time punctuated by a few surprising moments of grace, making it seem truer to real life than the traditional Hallmark Greeting Card portraits we’re more used to. Perhaps we can be blessed in a new and surprising way by reflecting on Christmas as gritty and messy and therefore more like the other 11 months of our lives.

Query the Clergy
“I thought there were no contradictions in the Bible. However, in John 12:47 Jesus says, "... I did not come to judge the world but to save the world." Earlier in John 9:39 he says, "For judgment I came into this world ...". Please explain. (mhb)

On the one hand there are numerous surface-level contradictions in the Bible. Take Proverbs 26:4-5, for example. In verse 4 the advice is to not answer a fool according to his folly. In verse 5 the advice is to answer a fool according to his folly. It doesn’t get any more contradictory than that; and in back-to-back verses nonetheless! I say surface-level because contradictions like these do not touch upon the deeper stuff. On the other hand, I am of the opinion that there are no glaring contradictions in the Bible when it comes to substantive theology or deeper spiritual matters. Biblical truth is consistently of one accord on the bigger spiritual issues. With the Proverbs example, given that the book of Proverbs consists of nothing but wisdom sayings and maxims, a good interpretation of those verses would conclude that there are times when one should answer a fool according to his folly, and other times when one should not do so. It is up to the instincts and intuition of the individual to know when to take the one option and when to take the other.

Having said all of that, context is extremely important when considering whether you’ve come across a biblical contradiction. You give an excellent example out of John’s gospel. If we isolate these two verses and line them up side-by-side we would naturally ask, “Well which one is it, Jesus? Are you coming into the world to judge it or not?” A deeper look, rooted in context, suggests that we are talking about two different kinds of judgment. In the John 9 verse, the kind of judgment Jesus is hinting at is the day-to-day spiritual judgments that we believers make. It is for the sake of our judgment that Jesus came into the world. In other words, Jesus’ teachings and his very life assist those who believe in Him in making sound judgments on spiritual matters. By Jesus and through Jesus, believers are able to see and understand spiritual truth.

In the John 12 verse the judgment mentioned is the Final Judgment at the end of time, when God judges the deeds of all humankind. What Jesus is saying in the context of John 12 is that His role on earth, His public ministry, was about saving human beings, not judging them. Jesus indicates that He leaves that task of final judgment up to His Heavenly Father. Even though the wording of these two verses suggests a direct contradiction, when you read the surrounding verses, it is clear that there is no contradiction here at all because Jesus is talking about two entirely different concepts.

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