Weekly Bulletin - May 14th

Cornerstone Church,

1 John 5:1-2 CSB 1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of him. 2This is how we know that we love God’s children: when we love God and obey his commands.”

Just as a child benefits from the work her mother accomplishes, just as an employee is known by the reputation of his employer, so also are Christians to be known by the One they follow.

John 17 allows us a brief, yet intimate, look into the heart of our Savior as He pours it out to the Father. In this incredible event of prayer and petition from the Son to the Father, we see Jesus pray for three things.

  1. He prays to receive the glory that is due Him, so that He can further glorify the Father. Showing the unification of the Trinity, that is to be modeled by the Body of Christ. 
  2. Then Jesus prays for His disciples who He has spent the last three years living alongside, training, and preparing for His imminent departure. It’s a beautiful petition for protection and preparation for those who Jesus loves so dearly.
  3. Finally, Jesus prays for all those who will come to believe in Him as a result of the disciples He has trained. Once again, this is a powerful glimpse into the heart of a Savior who loves ALL of His creation.

When I was studying for my degree in college I had to read through the New Testament. This was something I had done several times before, as someone who grew up in the church and had partaken in his fair share of “Sword Drills” in Children’s Church. This time was different however, as the Spirit saw fit to minister to my heart in a new way.

As I read John 17:20, I had a realization that had never occurred to me before: Jesus Christ prayed for ME. I was sitting on a worn out sofa in the middle of the common area in my dorm building, sleep deprived, and cramming for the next day’s test, and I broke. Sobbing all alone in the middle of the room I realized that this Savior, who I had read about a thousand times before, truly loved me and desired that I would not only love Him, but also love all those who knew Him as Savior.

This moment was so tender and kind, and it changed the way I looked at not only my Savior, but also the way I looked at His Bride. Christ says in John 17:23 CSB, “I am in them and you are in me, so that they may be made completely one, that the world may know you have sent me and have loved them as you have loved me.”

We are to be known by our love for one another, so the world may know the love of Christ which saved us on the cross, and redeemed us to be new creations.

This week, this month, this year, this life, let us love one another so the world may know. 1 John 4:16 CSB says , “And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.”

- Eli Tucker

Songs We Sang On Sunday

Continue to enjoy the songs we sang on Sunday as you spend time with the Lord throughout the week.

God So Loved - We The Kingdom

Jesus You Alone - Highlands Worship

Oh How I Love Jesus - Carrie Underwood

Blessed Assurance - CAIN 

101 Announcements

What's New?

Small Group Pre-Summer Break

This week many of our small groups will go on a brief, two week break between semesters; but don't despair, there are still several small groups meeting through summer semester which will start up again the week of Sunday, May 28th. The most current list of small groups for the summer semester can be found online at this link: https://cornerstone.place/smallgroups 

I want to encourage you all to stay connected with folks through these summer months and to always be longing for the word of God!

If you have questions about any of the small groups that will be meeting or about group life in general, email me at tim@cornerstone.place.

In Christ,

Pastor Tim

Coming Soon

Youth Glow Night - Wednesday, May 17th @ 6:30pm

Hey students! As the school year comes to an end, we are gearing up to welcome all the new students who are graduating from AWANA and will be joining our group. This means that it is once again time for our favorite end of year event - Glow Night!
We'll be welcoming our incoming sixth graders with a night of awesome glow in the dark games, glow in the dark snacks, drinks, and music from our very own DJ Saint! You don't want to miss this, so be sure to come out on May 17th wearing clothes that will glow under the blacklight!

Community Nights - Saturday, May 20th @ 6pm

We will be meeting at Grace Church in Winter Garden for a Young Adult Community Night. This event is a great way for those 18-30 years old who are looking to build strong, Biblical community with others in their age group and connect with not only our Church’s young adult group, but also those of several other participating Churches. It’s going to be a great night of worship, fun trivia, and fellowship. We hope to see you there!

Connections Dinner - Tuesday, May 23rd @ 6:30pm

This is the perfect event for newcomers to meet our staff, hear what we believe, and enjoy some dinner with other new attenders.
If you're new to Cornerstone Church and interested in attending, please use the link below to register. We hope to see you there!
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