November 2nd, 2017                                                               The eNewsletter of Sligo Church

I read the other day of an old pre-perestroika Russian story of an exhibition at a world's fair that was given the name, "World Peace." It featured a cage in which a lamb and a wolf were living together peacefully. This was to serve as a living witness to the prophet Isaiah's vision where the wolf and the lamb are able to live together in the earth made new. One day while viewing the exhibition with great curiosity, a man who found this to be extremely intriguing asked the curator of the exhibit, "How in the world do you do this?" To which the curator replied, "Oh, it's really very simple: we replace the lamb every morning."

Now if you're like me, I'm quite confident you find this story to be extremely repulsive. It kind of makes you wonder why anyone would allow something as innocent and defenseless as a lamb to be exposed to such harsh cruelty. But wait a minute. When was the last time you read Jesus' words concerning the fate of those who had made the commitment to follow him?

Jesus said, 16 "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. 

Now if this doesn't seem like a turn off, I don't know what does. How could anyone hear this and still desire to remain faithful to the call?  It doesn't sound very much like the religious appeals that are made by many of the mega church pastors that we see on television each week. To hear them tell it, accepting the invitation to become a disciple of Jesus is the sure-fire way of having every problem in your life solved, literally over night. But the call to discipleship has never been an invitation to having all of our needs met. Instead, the call that Jesus extends to us is one that demands that we be willing not to receive all, but instead a willingness to relinquish all.

And herein is where I believe much of the conflict lies. You see, Jesus never called his followers to become successful; as is the idea for many believers today, especially in much of the western world. Instead, Jesus' call is one of determined faithfulness, even if that faithfulness causes you to lose your own life (Revelation 2:10). And the call to faithfulness is one that is expected not just when we are placed in a protective environment where we are shielded from the evil forces of this age, but rather, God expects our faithfulness to be lived out in our lives even when we are surrounded by wolves. And trust me when I say, we are! But the counsel that Jesus gives is not for us to be fearful of them, but to be on the lookout for them and to be cognizant of the potential damage that they can and will cause to those who have made the decision to "dance with wolves."
C. A. Tapp
News and Blogs
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Events and Info
An amazing conference and resource will be coming to Sligo Church from Nov 1st - Nov 4th. Consumed Worship Conference will bring some of the best and brightest in Worship to Sligo Church for education and application. Each evening attendees will get a chance to apply what they've learned in special worship services and IT'S FREE TO THE PUBLIC Go to the website to get all the details on registration and everything else Consumed has to offer. Don't forget Aaron Shust in concert, on Saturday November 4th at 6:30pm. 


Get your tickets now for Aaron Shust this Saturday night @ 6pm. Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door. Click here to get your tickets now! This will be the culmination of the Consumed worship conference. Don't miss a chance to worship and praise with one of the great voices in Christian music today!

We want each and every member to be a part of a new community building and communications tool. 

Sligo Connect will offer each person a chance to be more connected to their ministries, have a place to know that their information in the church is current and available to leadership, and offer a resource to track and print their giving and volunteering on a secure and easily learned method. Register today and make sure you and your family's information is correct. You can even update your own photo to make sure your face is among the beautiful sea of faces Sligo's diverse membership has. 

  •   THIS WEEK!
    • Who: Attention all young adults (ages 18 - 35)
    • What: Come join us on for the young adult worship service. 
    • When: GLOW Worship starts at 11:15 a.m. in the Youth Room on November 4th.
    • Speaker: Chaplain Mark Sigue will sharing a powerful message on the topic, "Turning Rejection To A Redirection" 
    • But wait, there's more: At 2:00 p.m. GLOW Outreach will feed the Homeless in D.C., we will be meeting in the Discipleship Room at Sligo Church to prepare meals.
Children's Church is NEXT WEEK!
Power Up Children's Church will be next Sabbath, Nov 11th. It will be held in the Memorial Chapel at 11am until 12:30pm. 

This event is for children ages 1-12. 

The theme for the day is "The Lord's Prayer". We will have Music, Games, Crafts, Bible Lessons and lots of fun! Come join us and don't miss out! Invite your friends, neighbors and family! 

ALSO: Don't miss members of the WAU's 2017 Acrofest joining us to share some of their talents!

This Sabbath
Our Speaker:

" Consumed, but Not Burned"

Senior Pastor Charles A. Tapp

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