"... learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners."

When I have been inviting people to the new service, one of the first things they ask is "why 9:13 am?" It started out as a not-so-spiritual issue of just finding a time that would not conflict with our other worship service. We felt the service would run about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes, and we needed to be finished by 10:30 am. I sent out an email to a number of friends to pray for a "guiding" scripture as a start time, and I gave them the 9:10 to 9:20 am parameters. A few different ones came back, but there was moment with a couple of us, and we knew the passage from Matthew 9:13 was the one.

Matthew chapter 9 begins with Jesus healing a paralytic. He has forgiven the man his sins and some scribes have accused him of blasphemy. He asks them which would be harder, forgiving the man's sins or healing him. Making his authority clear, he does both, and the crowd is amazed and glorifies God.

He walks past Matthew, the tax collector, and calls Matthew to follow him. He does. Matthew holds a large banquet at his home, and Jesus and his disciples attend. The pharisees look on and ask why Jesus eats with tax-collectors and other sinners. Matthew 9:12-13 reads, "12 But when he heard this, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners."

At 9:13 am every Sunday, we come to learn what Jesus meant. We are called to humble ourselves, to not see ourselves as more than what we are - sinners, saved by God's grace and mercy. We come together ordered and organized with doctrine and dogma, wrapped in tradition and trappings, but knowing they will not save us. We come together because of the promise "For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them."

Only Christ can save. He is the object of all of our longings. Living out his mercy, we go into this hurting world crying out for justice, and we offer Him.

We want you to join us on the way.

"Open the Eyes of My Heart"

"Surely the Presence"



Welcome • Call to Worship • Songs of Praise • Prayers • Holy Scriptures • Music of Preparation • Proclamation • Sacrament of Holy Communion • Benediction • Response


Upcoming Events

Sun Feb 25 @09:13 -
Sun Feb 25 @09:30 - 10:00AM
Sunday School
Sun Feb 25 @10:50 - 12:00PM
Traditional Worship
Mon Feb 26 @09:00 -
Mon Feb 26 @09:30 - 11:00AM
Food Pantry
Mon Feb 26 @10:00 - 12:00PM
Community Art Room
Mon Feb 26 @11:00 - 11:45AM
Table Talk Bible Study
Mon Feb 26 @12:00 - 01:00PM
Table Talk - Free Fellowship Meal
Tue Feb 27 @18:00 - 08:00PM
First Works
Wed Feb 28 @18:00 - 07:00PM
Choir Practice