Christian Worship Service

As we look to care for the whole person, we believe it is important to create opportunities for people to worship God and grow together. We gather on Sunday mornings so that we can take time to pause in our week, acknowledge God as a community, encourage one another in our life journey, and grow together in to all that God has purposed for our lives.

 

As a community of faith, we believe that God has set for us, His children, a number of priorities that foster our ability to Love and be loved by God and others, and to be witnesses of that Love and the hope we have in Christ to the world around us. The priorities that we highlight as a worshiping community are Prayer, Worship, Growth, Service, and Mission.

Times

If you would like to join with us on Sunday mornings, we begin our worship time at 10:30 am and are usually done between 12:00-12:15 pm. Of course, conversations continue well beyond that on some Sundays.

Style of Service

Reflecting the diversity found in Rogers Park, Family Empowerment Centers enjoys a multi-cultural, multi-lingual church community. We offer a blend between traditional church and a small group gathering that is conversational in style. Our worship is often a mix of English and Spanish songs with a contemporary feel. We have a high value for Biblical teaching, and a team of pastors rotate to lead the discussion of a particular passage of scripture.

 

While children participate in the worship time, we provide Children’s Church during the service for children (toddlers through 5th grade) while the adults have their main teaching time. We also bridge the adult learning with what the children are learning in order to create conversational opportunities about the teaching throughout the week between parents and children.

Current Sermon Topic

LEADERSHIP: After Israel is founded, Yahweh raises up David to be His ruler on earth. David’s office as king is given to him so that he can establish a nation that cherishes God’s presence and spreads His Word. David is a good model for what God’s ruler on earth should look like, but he is not perfect. Jesus becomes the best ruler later in history.

 

7.1.18      I Samuel 16: David is anointed to be the king of Israel. God cares most about His servant’s heart.

7.8.18      I Samuel 24: David does not kill Saul because he was chosen by God. God wants a servant who respects the things that He finds important.

7.15.18    II Samuel 6: David brings the Ark into the new national capital and publicly shows his dedication to the Lord. God wants a servant who loves knowing Him.

7.22.18    II Samuel 7: God promises to preserve David’s family forever as kings on earth. God wants a servant who will declare who He is.

7.29.18    I Kings 2: David instructs Solomon on how to rule at the end of his life. God wants a servant who is righteous.

REPENTENCE: When Israel abandons God, He reaches out to correct them. Elijah has the Spirit of God with him and calls out for an obedient people. God desires faithful followers.

 

8.5.18     I Kings 16:21-17:24: In an era of intense darkness, God sends a plague and a prophet. God desires to get the attention of His people.

8.12.18   I Kings 18:16-46: Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal in a contest. God desires His people to make up their minds and be dedicated.

8.18.18   I Kings 19:1-18: Elijah did not have enough strength to correct things in his own power. Our God is the God who will remain faithful to His people.

8.26.18   I Kings 21: When Ahab responds to God, He is quick to grant mercy.  How much more will God show us mercy if we respond to Him now?

FINANCES: The book of Proverbs offers a wealthy of practical wisdom regarding finances and resource.

 

9.2.18       Proverbs 2 & 3: Wisdom is worth more than money. Money offers false security, but knowing God offers lasting security.

9.9.18       Proverbs 8 & 15: It is better to be wise with less money than to be foolish with more money. What we need is more wisdom, not more money!

9.16.18     Proverbs 6:6-8: God designed people to work with a strong work ethic. Working hard exhibits the spiritual fruit of self control.

9.23.18     Proverbs 13 & 21: Financial security develops slowly over time. God desires for His people to grow in the spiritual fruit of patience.

9.30.18     Proverbs 13, 14 & 22: Financial security develops slowly over time. God desires for His people to grow in the spiritual fruit of patience.

LOVE: Hosea gives us a fantastic illustration of God’s love: Even though we are wayward, He has passion for us like a dedicated husband!

 

10.7.18           Hosea 1&2: Hosea takes an unfaithful wife: God desires us even though this is what our sin looks like

10.14.18         Hosea 6-7: An illustration of what a stubborn heart looks like. God is the God who softens these hearts.

10.21.18         Hosea 3&11: God is the God who reclaims His people!

10.28.18         Hosea 14: Understanding God’s love must inspire repentance.