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Senior Pastor Elizabeth Coppedge-Henley

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." John 3:16 NRSV
"He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8 NRSV

John 3: 16 is Christianity 101 for me. Faith is God reaching out to us in love so that we might be in relationship with him. I love that this verse is one of the most well-known texts in the Bible. Micah 6: 8 is the follow up. Jesus, the living word, modeled what faith looks like. It’s active: doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with God. Christians are called to live as he did. So together, these texts tell us how much God loves us and has done for us; AND they tell us how we can respond in love and live for God.

Pastor Kyle McCain

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God--- what good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2 NRSV

Saint Paul’s words in Chapter 12 of his letter to the Romans serve as encouragement to me for how to live a life of faith, rooted in the teachings of Jesus. I find permission to live differently than the culture around me and to say no to cultural influences that create tension and conflict. I think Paul’s reference to “this world” points to the physical world that operates under political, social and economic systems that create competition and division. Instead, he offers up a transformative alternative by the “renewing of your minds”, that is the mind of Christ. This renewal is the process by which we discern the will of God for our lives, testing it at every step to be sure we are following where God is calling, leading and sending us. God spoke so clearly to me through this passage at a time when I was questioning what I had been pursuing for so long. After 20 years of chasing success by the worlds standards, I was encouraged to take a different path. The daily study of scripture and weekly group meetings with others became the instrument of God’s renewing effort. Over time the thing I was wearing myself out to gain diminished in value and the pursuit of God’s will for my life became my new center. It was then that God revealed His call to pastoral ministry and I am so pleased to have heard and responded. I am blessed use the gifts God has given me to do the work He has called me to.

Sherri DeMeuse: Administrative Assistant

"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God." Hebrews 13:16 NRSV

This bible verse reminds me to make sure I don't take those gifts God has given me for granted, but to share those gifts with others. My God given gifts will benefit many through my service to God.

Anita King: Director of Program Ministries

"So we, who are many, are one body in Christ." Romans 12:5(a) NRSV

It reminds me that we all have a role to play in the Body of Christ, part of which is our local church. I am passionate about helping our congregation find their sweet spot where they can use their gifts and talents to serve others.

Tamron Little: Communications Coordinator

"The Lord will open for you his rich storehouse,the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all your undertaking.You will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow." Deuteronomy 28:12 NRSV

This scripture reminds me daily that one of God's promises to me is to bless each and everything my hand touches. And that what every I have set out to do its already blessed. It reassures me that he knows just when to send the rain for my harvest, and that he has granted me favor and made be blessed to be a blessing!

Charles Morrow: Director of Music & Worship Arts

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announce peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns" Isaiah 52:7 NRSV

When I think of this passage I think of one of my favorite choral anthems of Felix Mendelssohn "How Lovely are the Messengers". In this piece we hear each section of the choir overlapping each other finishing with the statement - "how lovely are the messengers who preach us the gospel of peace." What good news!

Kelly Regueira: Director of Children's Ministry

"But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs." Matthew 19:14 NRSV

Jesus wants a relationship with everybody, no matter how small! This verse drives our ministry with children here at Harrison. Every child should feel welcomed and loved here, when they are worshiping with their parents, attending Children’s Worship or Sunday School, or attending a special event. We strive to help children understand that they are a special and important part of the church family. Children are never too young to begin learning about Jesus and his love for them!

Jason Robbins:Director of Youth Ministry

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about everything,but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7 NRSV

This verse reminds me that, in any circumstance, I must rejoice, pray and enjoy the peace of Christ.

Tyris Washington: Contemporary & Children's Worship Leader

"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1 (NRSV)

Faith is a key essential in my walk with Christ and should be for anyone who professes Jesus as their savior. Faith reassures me that even if I don't see it at the point in time, doesn't mean that it won't come to past. Faith gives me hope, it gives me reassurance that God will keep his word.

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