Olivet Community Church
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Transforming our Community

Welcome to Olivet! And a blessed New Year to you and your loved ones! I’m grateful to God that you have chosen to honor Him by committing this first Lord’s Day of the New Year to Him and to His glory! If you’re visiting with us today, I want to extend to you a special welcome and cordially invite you to stay for a few moments after the service to allow us to greet you personally! 

I’m always grateful for the New Year! I know, it’s an artificial date on a calendar invented by human beings. But it’s always reminds me that the future is bright–that there is a forgiving God who is not finished with us yet and who always allows “do-overs!” In a real sense, each Sunday is the beginning of a new week, each dawn is the beginning of a new day– a new opportunity to know and be known, to love and be loved, to serve and be served, to celebrate and be celebrated! 

It’s also a time to recovenant with God and to reengage with Him in His purposes for our lives. My prayer for you this new year is that you will experience God in the richest and deepest sense–that you will come to known Him and His plan to work in you and through you in such a way that it brings hope and spring to your step that blesses all those around you! 

To that end, we’re beginning a new series this morning that I’m calling soulshaping. In it we’ll revisit the Great Commandment, but particularly through the lens of souls that want to bless other people. Parents, you’ll find that there’s a special emphasis for you, but it really is about allowing our souls to be shaped by God and allowing Him to shape other souls through us! Today will focus on the gift of days that God has given us to transform and be transformed. You can prepare for worship by reading Deuteronomy 6:1-7a. 

May this be the greatest year of your life!