In the cool breeze and the bright sunshine of a beautiful spring day, on April 24, 2016, Severn Runners participated in a Campus Prayer Walk around The Church of Severn Run. Upon exiting the back of the church building, we donned our sunglasses, turned to the right and began a time of prayer and...
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Fight Club is the men's ministry at Severn run where guys talk about real issues, real struggles, and real temptation. Then they explore what the Bible says and discuss how God wants them to handle their issues. And they hold each other accountable.
On February 5th and 6th Severn Run hosted a local simulcast of IF:Gathering; IF:Severn Run. There were speakers, conversations, and there was a call to action: :: IF… IF Jesus is real, then how does that affect how I live? IF Jesus loves us, then how should we respond? These are...
On Friday, February 18, over 400 people gathered at the Ignition Banquet in the Worship Center that was transformed into a banquet hall to launch our On The Road capital campaign. The evening was filled with fun, food, games and great conversation. A meal of salad, rice, chicken and...
The Worship Tribe is excited to announce their new CD, which engages listeners with an eclectic blend of genres that collectively draws us into the presence of Jesus. Set to release in February, the album has been more than a year in the making. Ben Kennedy, Severn Run’s Worship Pastor...
Worship Services at Severn Run are cancelled on Sunday, January 24, 2016 due to the snowfall! However, we did want to provide you with a way to worship at home with your families! Stay warm Severn Runners.
In February, The Church at Severn Run hosted a Royal Father Daughter Ball and the results were fantastic. Over two-hundred and fifty golden tickets were sold to church members and members of the surrounding kingdom. On the night of the ball, the young ladies were escorted to the ballroom, entering on a red carpet where they received enchanting tiaras fit for a royal.
From there, each proud king was announced by name while presenting his princess for the entire court to see. Culinary masters (AKA mothers of the young princesses) from all over the realm came together to create a dining experience that none would soon forget.
Dinner was served, lemonade flowed freely and once everyone had had their fill of the main courses, the vast table of cupcakes was unveiled. Chocolate, strawberry and vanilla cupcakes all topped with a rich icing made the evening even more magical. Competitions were held, and the princesses were delighted to see their royal fathers dancing to songs such as Can’t Stop the Feeling! and Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae). There was dancing, there was singing and each of those beautiful young ladies was absolutely beaming.
Now, while the ball was a huge success, let’s take a second to talk about the reason things like father/daughter dances are so popular right now.
Dads, you are so SO important in your precious little girls’ eyes. You are her hero. You are her love. You are her Daddy.
Life easily gets busy and chaotic; we as parents get so bogged down dealing with everyday trials that it can be easy to forget how much your daughters need you to invest in them. The relationship between father and daughter is so sweet. I am not saying that other relationships like mother/daughter, father/son are less rewarding or less important, but there is certainly something precious about a daddy and his little girl.
You, as her earthly father, have to opportunity to instill in her how much her Heavenly Father loves and values her. Remind her how very beautiful she is inside and out by pointing out the good you see in her. Turn her towards the scripture of Proverbs 31 and emphasize that the beauty that matters is the beauty that comes when Christ shines through her.
Dads, take you daughter out so you can establish A high expectation for a Godly relationship. Talk to her; ask her questions about her likes and dislikes, open doors for her. Show her how she should be treated as a precious Daughter of the Heavenly King.
Dr. James Dobson wrote a book I highly recommend called “Bringing Up Girls” (there is also “Bringing Up Boys” that I’ve heard great things about). In a chapter called, “Why Daddies Matter” Dobson has this to say: “There is a place in the female soul reserved for Daddy, or a daddy figure, that will always yearn for affirmation. Not every girl or woman is the same, of course, but almost every girl desires a close bond with this most significant man in her life. She will adore him if he loves and protects her and if she finds safety and warmth in his arms. She will tend to see all men through the lens of that relationship.”
He goes on to ask, “Why do girls and women have such intense needs for affirmation from their fathers, and why does the hurt caused by abandonment or rejection often reverberate for a lifetime? As you’ll recall, a primary reason for this inner ache is because a daughter’s sense of self-worth and confidence is linked directly to her relationship with her dad. What he thinks about her and how he expresses his affection is a central source of her perceived value as a human being. It also affects her femininity and teaches her how to relate to boys and men.”
So, in case you didn’t know already, Dads, you have a big job loving those precious daughters of yours.
It is my sincerest prayer that we, as parents, look to our Heavenly Father when guiding the little hearts and minds of the daughters and sons he has given us.
The mother of three little princesses
At the end of last October, I took my family to serve for one evening of the Winter Relief program. It was a very remarkable experience and as I reflect back on it, there are three main takeaways that made a huge impact on my family.
First and foremost, there is power in serving Jesus together as a family.
The world has a way of sucking me into believing that I am the center of the universe—that it’s all about me. Often I end up translating that into my family too! My world begins to revolve around my family and my priorities become my wife’s needs, my kid’s needs, schoolwork, soccer practice, family dinner and girl scouts. These are all wonderful and important activities. But serving as a family is different.
We prepared two large honey baked hams, then brought them to church and helped serve the homeless people who had gathered there. Doing tangible service as a family together meant that everything else had to be put on hold and serving other people took priority. It was a challenge and each person had to sacrifice something they’d rather be doing in order to serve. That’s what being a follower of Jesus is all about, choosing to follow him instead of my own desires.
Second, my children got to see me model service.
The reality is that my family is always watching me. They take notice of everything; what I do, what I say, what I like, what excites me, and my attitude towards something. Sadly, I often fall short in the example I want to set for my children and my wife. But this was one night where I felt confident in saying, watch me and do what I do. As I began to truly enjoy serving and interacting with the people at Winter Relief, my family followed suite. Soon I looked over at a table and saw my daughters (aged 9 & 6) taking seats next to a lonely young girl sitting by herself, offering to get her a drink. My son (aged 16) was doing a wonderful job serving everyone who came through his line. My wife was bringing people anything they might have missed like utensils or napkins.
Third, my family was able to encounter real world brokenness and offer the love of Jesus in response.
Before we went to serve for the evening, my wife and I had to have some meaningful conversations with our children about the homeless. They don’t encounter homeless people very often. While all humans experience disappointment and brokenness, homelessness is a very upfront and external brokenness. I wanted to teach my children that it doesn’t matter if the brokenness is internal and hidden well or external and visible to all, the answer is the same. When people are in need, Jesus calls us to serve them in whatever way we can to reveal him.
Serving at Winter Relief was undoubtedly a meaningful and positive experience for my family. Even though we had to step outside our comfort zone and make some small sacrifices to get everyone there. In the end, we were able to do something to tangibly serve others and we had some wonderful and very meaningful conversations along the way.
At that moment, when my whole family was serving together, I couldn’t have been more content.
Winter Relief will be here again soon! There is a big need for Severn Runners to fill—bringing food, cooking, serving, and most of all connecting with our guests. This is an amazing opportunity for our church community to Love Well and Live Jesus! Get more information and sign up to fill a need when you follow this link:
Severn Run had another amazing year serving and collecting for Operation Christmas Child. Each year Severn Run serves as a drop-off location during National Collection Week.
Here’s what happened this year:
- 650 filled shoeboxes were returned to Severn Run
- 3,657 shoeboxes were brought from outside the church and processed through the Church at Severn Run relay center
- 24,940 shoeboxes were processed elsewhere and loaded at the Church at Severn Run filling four semi-trailers (representing a 9.5 % growth over last year's total)
- Over 200 volunteer hours during collection week
- The Church at Severn Run also sent 5 teams to the Baltimore processing center, totaling over 30 people
Operation Christmas Child offers a great opportunity to experience the spirit of Christmas that can leave lasting impressions. This opportunity also gives children a chance to be the hands and feet of Jesus. My wife, who had participated in gifting boxes as a child, recalls the impact that experience had on her in terms of understanding how she could share God's love with a little girl of her same age halfway around the world. She also enjoyed feeling connected to someone who would delight in the same things she did. This is something that she still thinks of now as she continues to support Operation Christmas Child each year.
As for me, this was my first year packing a box and I really enjoyed it! I saw a few interviews with children who had received boxes and spoke of the love and importance they felt after receiving their gifts, which lead them to coming to know Jesus as lord of their lives. This was very encouraging for me and I became excited to help out. I had a lot of fun putting myself in the place of a 10-14 year old boy when selecting gifts for my shoebox this year. It had been a while since I got to check out slingshots and toy cars.
The true spirit of Christmas is exemplified in Operation Christmas Child, where simple gifts in shoeboxes bring pure joy and love to children around the world. Along with the shoebox gifts, each child is invited into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which offers them the greatest gift that one could imagine. Samaritan's Purse estimates that over 150,000 volunteers have collected and distributed the shoebox gifts to 12 million children this year. This is a remarkable example of God's love for us as we share with those who could otherwise miss out on that love.
If you are interested in a life-changing experience with Operation Christmas Child, you don’t have to wait until next year. Here are some ways you can serve:
- Being on the Church at Severn Run's lead team; which includes planning displays and setup fro Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week, serving at Chik-fil-a drop off days, and helping on Sunday's handing out shoeboxes, answering questions and such.
- Operation Christmas Child has year-round volunteer opportunities available as well, of which both Elaine Stolarek-Houston and Pastor Steve are a part of. These teams include: Church Relations, Community Relations, Prayer team, Collection Network team, Student Relations, Media Relations, Admin Support, Logistics and Leadership.
Merry Christmas, Severn Run! We had an amazing afternoon of worship with you yesterday at our Christmas Eve services and we are so glad that you are enjoying a day of worship from home today. Let's jump in!
Welcome to Severn Run from your home!
Let's jump right into Worship!
Listen and/or sing with the first three songs on this playlist to get started.
Let's stop to pray.
As an individual or a family, take a couple of minutes to pray. Thank God for the blessing of Christmas. Thank Him for sending His Son to this earth to save us. Praise Him for His qualities that you are reminded of during this season. Ask him to help you learn something more about him during this worship time and to take that lesson and put it into practice. Amen!
Let's Learn Together!
Jesus For The World
You may be a brand new follower of Jesus, and you are just learning what it means. Or you may have been a follower for a long time and your faith is deep. The beauty of Christmas is that it presents the same message to all of us.
READ Luke 2:9-12
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
He was with God in the beginning and he was God. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit acted together to create the universe, our world and humanity. He is the creative agent through whom all things were created.
READ John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
He stepped down from his position with God and took the form of a helpless baby. He lived a perfect life and died on the cross to rescue us from our sins.
READ Luke 1:30-33
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
He transforms our lives. The moment we surrender to him, when we first let him in, our lives are eternally changed and redeemed. He comes to us and at once saves us, but also tells us to die to ourselves so he can begin the lifelong process of changing us from the inside out. He changes our family, our work, and our relationships with everyone around us.
READ 1 Corinthians 5:15-18
Christ died for everyone. He died so that those who live should not live for themselves anymore. They should live for Christ. He died for them and was raised again.
So from now on we don’t look at anyone the way the world does. At one time we looked at Christ in that way. But we don’t anymore. When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here! All this is from God. He brought us back to himself through Christ’s death on the cross. And he has given us the task of bringing others back to him through Christ.
Is this is the Jesus you know?
The Jesus who’s birth we celebrate today is the Jesus who came down to save you and me, and the whole world. What an amazing thing to celebrate!
- What ways has Jesus made an impact on your life?
- Take a look at 1 Corinthians 5:15. It says, “Christ died for everyone.” How does this change in your mind the kind of impact that Jesus makes?
Jesus didn’t just come just so you could be saved. Jesus came for the world.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
He didn’t just come for someone. He came for everyone. He came because the whole world needs saving. The whole world longs for him, aches for connection to him and thirsts for water from him. Paul tells us in Romans that all of creation has been groaning waiting for him.
He is the answer.
The world needs him as desperately as we do. Your neighbors need him. Your classmates at school need him. Your community needs him. The world needs him.
He is the single greatest gift that anyone could ever give or receive.
He came for the world.
- How can you and your family share Jesus with the world?
- What can you do to bring Jesus to the people in your life?
- What resources do you have that Jesus would like you to use to tell people about him?
Pray with your family that you would know the value of the gift God has given in Jesus and that you would have the desire and opportunity to share that gift with the world around you.
Time to respond in worship through song:
Listen to or sing with the fourth song on this playlist.
Now it's time to respond in worship through giving:
Let's pray together for our gifts.
"Lord, thank you for coming to the Earth as a baby. You truly are God with us. We are so thankful for the gift of salvation that you brought to us through your life, death, and resurrection. God we recognize that Jesus is not just for me, but for the world. This is why we choose to give back today. So that every man, woman, boy, and girl can come to know you personally. Use my gifts to Severn Run to help us reach 5000 more people for Jesus in our area. Thank you for giving us the greatest gift of all. Amen!"
Now let's celebrate our way out with one more song!
Listen to or sing with the last song:
Thanks for joining us in worship online! Be sure to join us again on-campus next Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 9:30 AM, 11 AM, or 12:30 PM.
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Serving is not about waiting tables at church. But it is about sharing food, handing out coffee, giving a smile, and using your skills and gifts to help, encourage, and support the people around you.
Serving is about volunteering your time and talents to fill a need. If you are an extrovert you can do this in a visible way like being a greeter, working in the nursery, or leading a group or class. If you prefer to work “behind the scenes” you can volunteer in the office, use your skills for the creative team or in the office, or by working in other non-public ways. You can volunteer for Impact Projects or help with ministries…there is always a need to fill using the gifts God gave you.
Beyond knowing that there is a need, why volunteer for the church?
- God has Gifted You
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace. (1 Peter 4:10 ESV)
You were created by God on purpose, for a special purpose. You are where you need to be, you are who you need to be. God has designed work for you to do so you can be his hands, his feet, his love, to a hurting and needy world. Whatever it is that you know how to do is exactly what your community needs you to share with them.
- Service Demonstrates your Faith
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:17 NIV)
Taking action by choosing to share your gifts to encourage and help others demonstrates that you have been changed by Jesus. Before we realize God’s love, we are self-centered and self-serving. But Jesus isn’t like that. Jesus cared for and served others—even as he died on the cross. If we have truly been touched by the love of Jesus, we will also want to be like him in service to others.
- Serving Blesses - Both You and the Recipient
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. (2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT)
Encouragement and healing go hand in hand. As we encourage others they find healing, and we see God working so we are encouraged. This is why people who go on mission trips say they came home feeling like they went to be a blessing and came home blessed beyond measure.
- Serving Helps us Share the Love of Jesus
Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. (Isaiah 58:10 NIV)
We are called to share the love of Jesus with the world around us. But the fact is, it’s hard to reach a heart when someone has a physical or emotional need. You can’t cure physical thirst with only a testimony of Jesus’ love. If someone is thirsty, it’s better to give them a cup of water to quench their thirst first. Then they will be able to hear the message of God’s love. This is serving which leads to sharing the love of Jesus.
- Serving is Good for You
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38)
Volunteering is so good for the mind and body that it can ease symptoms of stress and depression. It gets you out of your own head and doing something to better the world around you. Tapping into your gifts and passions builds self-confidence, energy, and strength. Serving others can also be the best distraction from our own worries.
There are so many places where you can use your gifts at Severn Run!
If you aren’t serving, maybe it’s time to start. Volunteer an hour, a day, a week. Help out a need. Do a project. You can even volunteer from home!
Here’s how to find a place to serve at Severn Run:
- Pray and ask God how he wants you to serve
- Go to severnrun.com/serve
--Read through the serving opportunities and choose one that fits your skill set
--Or click the Categories arrow and choose a place to serve by ministry
- Click the blue title of the serving opportunity
- Learn more about the need
- Sign up by filling out the form at the bottom of the page