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April 16th, 2018

Reading the Bible Out Loud Together

Throughout our discussion of 1 John we’ll be spending a lot of time reading large chunks of the Bible out loud together. This straightforward practice has long been a part of the Jewish and Christian tradition.

To understand what this tradition is, and why it can be so potent, check out this video from the Bible project.

If you want to know more about this practice and where it came from, you can listen to their three-part podcast “How to Read the Bible.” Here’s how they describe the episode:

Tim and Jon discuss the differences in ancient and modern ways of reading scripture, including why the Hebrew people would read scripture together as a group. The guys also talk about how challenging it can be to read the Bible by yourself.

If you haven’t already, be sure you watch the introductory video to 1 John.

 

Resources
April 16th, 2018

God is Like Jesus—1 John 2 (2018.04.15 Sermon)

Chris Morton continues our Easter series through 1 John.

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” A.W. Tozer

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April 12th, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Our Camping Trip

At Austin Mustard Seed, we prioritize building relationships with each other and God. Relationships take time, which is why we love camping together.
You can look forward to sitting around the campfire, long hikes and lots of laughs.

 

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What to Expect
The camping trip is meant to be an “extended Sabbath.” Come early, stay late and relax.
This is an informal camping trip. Everything is “BYO”. Bring your own food, water, tent, etc. But remember, it’s nice to share!Camping may not be your thing. That’s okay! Please consider coming out on Saturday to spend the day with our community.
The only scheduled time will be Saturday at 6pm when we’ll have dinner and Liturgy together. Dinner is provided.

This is an all ages and all species trip! Human and fur babies are welcome.
Palmetto State Park features fishing holes, paddle boats, places to swim and more, so have fun! Life is busy and we don’t always have time to dig into important things. This is a great time to hear someone’s life story, catch up on a book, or focus on praying with others.

Key Details

What to Pack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Food and water for yourself
  • Pop-up Tent
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit
  • Hammock
  • Fishing gear
  • Pocket Knife
  • Firewood
  • Flash Light
  • Lantern
  • Bible, journal, and books
  • Frisbee, football, soccer ball, lawn games and other games

Sharing is Caring

While individuals and families are responsible for taking care of yourself, that doesn’t mean you need to do it by yourself!
Partner with friends in your Community Group to share rides, gear and food.

How to Get to the Site

  • Palmetto State Park is only an hour away from Central Austin. Carpooling is encouraged because it’s more fun that way.
  • When you arrive, let the front desk know that you are with Austin Mustard Seed, and they’ll tell you where we’re located.
  • You will see “Austin Mustard Seed” signs approaching the camping area.
  • Still having trouble finding us? Contact Chris Morton at 512-461-9207
Still have questions? Contact camping guru Kevin Baker.
Events
April 9th, 2018

1 John 1 (2018.04.08 Sermon)

John Chandler begins our Easter season readings with 1 John 1.

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April 5th, 2018

Because Love: Easter Discussion Series from 1 John

We celebrate Easter with churches around the world. We’ll join them in reading 1 John together for the next six weeks in liturgy and community groups.

The beautiful message of 1 John might be difficult for some of us to read. Much of the language sounds ‘churchy’ and might remind us of how religious language has been used to divide and exclude people.

But it was originally written as an invitation to what resurrection life looks like in Jesus’ community of followers. We hope it can be an invitation for us as well.

Here are two ways we can prepare for our time in 1 John together:

1) Take a deep breath…take as many as you need. Ask God to open your mind and heart through the words of the early teaching on love in the resurrection community in the coming weeks.

2) Watch this video. It is a brief but thorough overview of what the message of 1 John is.

Reflections
April 3rd, 2018

Easter (2018.04.01 Sermon)

John Chandler guides our celebration of resurrection with a sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:1-11.
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March 30th, 2018

Easter Liturgy and Picnic Details

This Sunday, our church calendar reaches its climax with the celebration of the Resurrection.

Will you join us this Sunday to celebrate?

Here’s what you can look forward to:

Here’s how lunch works:

Here’s how the Easter Egg Hunt works:

As we approach the big day, take some time to prepare. One way would be to participate in Good Friday Liturgy tonight with our friends at Vox Veniae, tonight at 6pm.

Take a moment to think and pray about those you know who might want a place to celebrate the holiday—pray for them and invite them!

Finally, we still need a few volunteers to help with set up and egg hiding this Sunday. If you are available, you can email Chris Morton.

See you Sunday!

Gatherings
March 29th, 2018

Ten Parts of Our Sunday Liturgy

Call to Worship

A short song, followed by a moment of silence and a prayer. The Call to Worship reorients us to God’s presence already among us.

Singing

We sing together, expressing our hearts and our hopes. You can join by standing, singing along or contemplating.

Prayer of Confession

Confession is a moment to honestly reveal our shortcomings, frustrations, hopes and pains. The leader will read the prayer, and we reply in unison.

Announcements

Church is not just an event on Sunday, it’s a community. This time invites us to participate in the full life that we share throughout the week.

Passing of the Peace

An extended break to check in or get more acquainted with each other. And also drink coffee.

Sermon

A proclamation of the good news of Jesus and his kingdom, either from the church staff, others within the community or our friends beyond.

Prayers of the People

A brief opportunity to share our prayer request and thanksgivings with the community, enabling us to pray and check in all week long.

Eucharist

The center of our Liturgy, meaning “give thanks.” We give thanks for Jesus’s life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension and coming kingdom. All are welcome. The elements are gluten and alcohol free so that all may participate.

Offering

A reminder that nothing in this life is ours. Regular attenders are encouraged to give financially.

Benediction

A final prayer that sends us into the world to spread the peace of Jesus.

 

Liturgy
March 29th, 2018

Kids are Welcome in Liturgy

We encourage children of all ages to participate in our liturgy. Here are a few ideas to help your child connect with what’s happening during liturgy:

BEFORE LITURGY

Explain to kids that we are going to pray, sing, and worship God together. Build expectation that the time we spend in liturgy is special.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Even the youngest children can become aware of God’s presence. Invite them to take a deep breath, still themselves, and sense that God is with us.

SONGS

Encourage kids to sing along or respond to the music with their bodies by dancing.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Kids older than infants know what it means to say they’re sorry. Tell children the time of confession is when we all tell God we’re sorry for the things we’ve done to hurt God and other people.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Invite children to listen for events they might want to participate in.

SERMON AND PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

If your child is more comfortable staying with you, activity kits are available on the kids’ info table.

EUCHARIST

Throughout the prayers before and after Eucharist, explain to your children what the bread and wine symbolizes. Ask them to tell Jesus thank you for his sacrifice for us. Children are welcome to participate in Eucharist with their families.

OFFERING

Kids can help pass the baskets or even begin learning to give back to God by placing some money in.

BENEDICTION

Now is when kids can sense it’s almost time to go. We’re being sent into the world with the love of Jesus!

Classes for Kids

Kids are a valuable part of our community. They participate in some of our liturgy with us.

However, we know that they also benefit from time shaped for their levels of energy and attention…and parents hoping to participate in liturgy benefit from that too. After announcements, kids, teachers and parents are asked to meet at the Info Table in the lobby so they can walk to class together. Classes are available for three different age groups:

INFANTS/TODDLERS

Even the littlest ones are welcome here as soon as you are willing to share the cuddles with others.

3 & 4S

These kids share in some time of singing, stories, and lots of play.

K – 5TH GRADE

A time of activities, stories, and imagining together what it looks like to follow Jesus.

Some things that are helpful for parents to know:

March 26th, 2018

Don't Believe the Hype (2018.03.25 Sermon)

Our friend Mary Whitehurst took a Sunday away from David Chapel to get us started into Holy Week. She preached on the events of Palm Sunday with a sermon entitled Don’t Believe the Hype.
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