We believe God has called us to be a multiplying church that trains up and sends out leaders to share the Gospel. Chris and Alex Asmus are now 'on location' to plant in St. Paul, MN. Here are some updates from Chris and Alex about Vertical Church St. Paul.
God has made it clear that to be a vertical church is to be a sending church. A church which trains up and sends out Christ-centered people to spread the gospel to our city, our country, and our world. As part of this vision, we have brought on Calder Marriott and Josh Denning as pastoral residents! Calder and Josh are both working on a Masters of Theology from Bethlehem College and Seminary, and working as pastoral residents with Vertical Church will equip them with hands-on experience for wherever God takes them in their ministry. Join us in praising God for how He will work through these two men.
This Sunday will be our fourth week holding Sunday services! We feel so blessed by the amazing volunteers God called to our church. Your service and sacrifice are glorifying to God and essential to the operation of the church. You have greeted guests, led worship, kept us safe, taught children about Jesus, prayed without ceasing, run sound equipment, loaded and unloaded the trailer, faithfully invited, and so much more. However you have served in these last few weeks, we thank you.
Let's pray for God to do the following in our church:
Show up in power whenever we gather. 1 Kings 18:36-38, Isaiah 64:1-4, John 1, Acts 2, Acts 10:44, Ephesians 3:19, 1 Corinthians 14:25
Bring in a great harvest of souls. John 4:35-42, Acts 5:12-14, Acts 11:21
Increase loving harmony in the midst of our diversity. Philipians 2:1-8, Romans 15:5-7
Grace us with the marks of community life we see in the first church. Acts 2:42-47
Confirm and establish elders and deacons. Acts 6:1-7, 1 Corinthians 12:18-20
Equip us as we formalize patterns of discipleship for men, women, youth, and children. Matthew 28:18-20, Ehpesians 4:11-20
Pour out a fresh spirit of intercession among the saints. Zechariah 12:10, Luke 11:1-13, Colossians 4:2-4, Ephesians 3:20-21
This Sunday's sermon will be quite evangelistic in nature. This may be the perfect week to invite your unbelieving family member, friend, or coworker! We are praying that God will open ears, soften hearts, and convict minds through the preaching of His Word.
IMPORTANT: We are making a slight change to our serving rotation. Instead of serving on welcome, then invite, then kids, then invite, one of the invite weeks will become a prayer week. Show up at 8:45 just like for Vertical Kids or for welcome, but spend the next half an hour or so just crying out to God on behalf of our church. Imagine if by the end of the month every single person in our church had spent time praying for the service on a Sunday morning? God has called us to be a people of unceasing prayer, and this is an amazing opportunity to live out that calling.
We are in a different auditorium this week! Due to Concordia's fall play, our normal worship space will be unavailable. There is a second auditorium in the same building which we will be using this week and possibly a few other Sundays this month. We will show you where to go on Sunday!
As we get more and more comfortable with the serving rotation, we want you to start thinking ahead about dates when you may not be able to serve. If you are scheduled on the welcome team or on Vertical Kids and you know you will be gone, please get in touch with someone on the invite team for that week to fill your spot. This will become easier as we access other scheduling features in Planning Center which should allow you to see who may be available to be your substitute. This is another reason it is so important to get your Planning Center profile set up. If you still have not received any emails from Planning Center, please let Emily know right away at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giving: So far for the month of October God has used you to give $3,631. We are seeing, in real time, God’s abundant generosity toward us and Vertical Church. Let’s respond with glad-hearted, worshipful giving right now!