September 7th, 2017                                                                The eNewsletter of Sligo Church

On last Sabbath at Sligo we completed a six part sermon series on the Lord's Prayer, which was titled Teach us to Pray. But for many, including myself, it was more than just another series of messages. Rather, in many ways it served as a call for us as disciples of Jesus Christ to begin a journey with the Master as he leads us to gain greater insights into the essence of what prayer is really all about, as well as the place that it should have in all of our lives as believers.
 The title of the series, Teach us to Pray, was derived from Luke's Gospel, chapter 11. Here Jesus is confronted by his disciples with the request to teach them how to pray as John (the Baptist) taught his disciples to pray (Luke 11:1). This particular verse was also the motivation for my creating a course some fourteen years ago on prayer, which I currently teach at Washington Adventist University. And as you can imagine, although the Lord's Prayer is a part of the curriculum for this course, I must admit that I had never come to an understanding of this amazing prayer to the depths that I now have as a result of sharing this series with our Sligo family.
What also made the series on the Lord's Prayer special in many ways was that the experience did not end on Sabbath after the service had concluded.  Because we used the series as a springboard to further our discussion on the topic each Wednesday evening at Prayer Gathering, it allowed those in attendance to be part of a discussion at a more intimate level that could never have taken place in a Sabbath worship service. But even more than that, God has used this time spent together as a way to develop in my heart, as well as in the hearts of others, a desire to be a part of an authentic prayer movement that I believe has the potential to take us deeper in our daily walk with God as a community of believers.
Recently we have been witnessing news of severe devastation due to natural disasters, the likes of which many of us have never seen before. If there ever was a time for the church to deepen its experience with God through corporate prayer it is now. And in teaching us how to pray, isn't God really teaching us how to trust in him more. I love how the 18th century theologian Jonathan Edwards put it when he said that prayer is nothing more than the believer voicing his or her faith in God.  And if that is true then we need to voice our faith in God as never before. So, my prayer as we move forward as a community of faith in these challenging times of earth's history is that God will truly "teach us to pray" as never before, and I pray that it is your prayer as well.

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. 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. 


Q&A to follow with Dr. Jim Loomis of  Barnard Medical Center

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 7:00 PM

Join us for a free screening of "Eating You Alive", a feature-length documentary that reveals the truth about why Americans are sick and what we can do about it.

Half of all adults in the U.S. struggle with chronic health conditions including cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, Alzheimer's, and arthritis.

Despite countless dollars spent on medical research, new drugs and innovative technology to improve our health, more Americans are disabled and dying from chronic diseases than ever before.

Featuring leading medical experts and researchers, Eating You Alive takes a scientific look at the reasons we're so sick, who's responsible for feeding us the wrong information and how we can use whole-food, plant-based nutrition to take control of our health-one bite at a time.

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 your 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. 

Children's Church is THIS WEEK!
Power Up Children's Church will be this Sabbath, Sept 9th. 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!

Registration is open for all children ages 3.5-9 years of age for this year's Adventurer Club! You can register online by clicking here.
All children are invited to join whether or not they are from Sligo Church. For more information, please contact Gabby Barrington @ 


The Sligo music ministry is inviting all men with a passion for singing and a heart for worship to take part in our new Men's Chorale. For more information, contact our Choral Conductor, Paul Byssainthe, Jr. at, or at 301.270.6777, ext. 124
We're now enrolling Ages 2.5 - 4 year olds. There is very limited space available, so get your child enrolled now! Please call and make an appointment, Monday - Friday between 9am and 5pm, to see and hear the what Great Kids has to offer. We offer a STEM/STEAM based Christian Preschool Program. Growing great kids is what we do!

This Sabbath
Our Speaker:

"Under the Influence"

"Y U Trippin'?"

WAU Chaplain Mark Sigue

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