Ministry News

Christmas, ultimate proof of God's love

Dear Mosaic Family,

A few years ago, before I went into full-time ministry, a co-worker found out that I was a Christian and decided to get me a gift for Christmas. The gift turned out to be a t-shirt with a picture of Ben Franklin, with a big smile on his face, holding a massive beer stein, with the quote: "Beer is proof that God loves you and wants you to be happy." Ben Franklin may or may not have said this, but my friend thought it was hilarious.

There are many things in this world that show us that God loves us. However, Christmas is the greatest, most ultimate, proof of God's love for us. The God of the universe subjected himself to becoming human, with everything this entails: fertilization, gestation, birth, infancy, childhood, puberty (!), adolescence, sickness, pain, suffering, heartache, and death. This is truly staggering!

Moreover, Jesus Christ was born in an obscure village, to an obscure family, and for the most part, lived an obscure life. He never had a family or owned a home. He never traveled more than two hundred miles from the place of his birth. He never went to college, wrote a book, or held public office. While still a young man, the fickle tide of popular opinion turned again him. His friends deserted him. His enemies mocked, beat, sourced and crucified him. While he was dying, his executioners gambled for the only piece of property he owned, his coat. He died, was taken down, and was laid in a borrowed grave... and 19 centuries later, he is still the central figure of human history, so much so, that each one of us measures our birthday in relation to his birthday, on that first Christmas. How did this happen?

Join us tomorrow as we study 1 John 4:7-21, and meditate on God's love for us!

Praying for you! Pastor Jan

Announcements:

Membership Class. Sunday, February 5th1-3pm. Lunch provided. The membership class if the first step to becoming a member of Mosaic Boston. To register, please email admin@mosaicboston.com

Members' Meeting. Sunday, February 26th1-3pm. If you're a member, please plan on attending our first quarterly members' meeting and potluck. 

Mosaic Youth Group. Every Sunday, Mosaic holds a youth group gathering during the 9:30service. If you know anyone looking for a youth group, let them know!

 

Mosaic Boston App. Did you know Mosaic has an app? You can download it here.

Christmas and New Years. On both Christmas Day, December 25th and New Year's Day, January 1st (which are Sundays), we'll have one service at 11:15am. Come worship Jesus with your Mosaic family! 

Pre-service Prayer. Join us in the upper hallway of the Temple Ohabei Shalom for a time of pre-service prayer on Sundays at 8:45AM and 4:30PM. It's an opportunity for us to pray for the church, the city, and the world.

Love Mosaic?  Let people know! We would love it if you could take a minute to like/rate us on some social media sites, which makes it easier for others to find us when they are searching for a church in Boston!

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Hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul

Dear Mosaic Family,

Tomorrow, we begin celebrating the Advent season at Mosaic. If you aren't familiar with Advent, it's like Lent, but before Christmas. The word "Advent" comes from the Latin word "Adventus," meaning "coming" or "arrival. It begins the 4th Sunday before Christmas and ends on Christmas Day. Advent is a celebration of the first coming of Jesus and the anticipation of his second coming.

Celebrating Advent helps us cut through the infinite distractions, of life in general, and the Christmas season in particular, and refocus our attention on what's most important in life. The four themes of Advent are "Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace." Tomorrow, we'll turn to the Holy Scriptures to remind ourselves of the certain hope we have in Christ.

Scripture describes the hope we have in Christ as an anchor of the soul. Hebrews 6:19 says, "We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope..." I think it's fascinating that hope is described as an "anchor of the soul." An anchor is usually used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the boat from drifting due to wind or current. Meaning, without an anchor, a boat is prone to drift, out of position or off course. So to describe our hope as an "anchor of the soul" assumes that apart from hope, our souls drift, often imperceptibly and incrementally. Unless our souls are anchored in the hope of Christ, after a while, we have no idea who we are, where we are, and how we got there.

Join us tomorrow as we study Colossians 1:1-8, and meditate on the certain hope laid up for us in heaven.

Praying for you! Pastor Jan

P.S. If you're a member (or becoming a member), please plan to join us for our 4th quarterly members' meeting and potluck, tomorrow 1-3pm. We have lots of encouraging things to talk about and we'll be welcoming 12 new members! What are you bringing for the potluck? Sign up here.

Announcements:

Membership Class. Sunday, February 5th1-3pm. Lunch provided. The membership class if the first step to becoming a member of Mosaic Boston. To register, please email admin@mosaicboston.com

Members' Meeting. Sunday, February 26th1-3pm. If you're a member, please plan on attending our first quarterly members' meeting and potluck. 

Mosaic Youth Group. Every Sunday, Mosaic holds a youth group gathering during the 9:30service. If you know anyone looking for a youth group, let them know!

Mosaic Boston App. Did you know Mosaic has an app? You can download it here.

Christmas and New Years: On both Christmas Day, December 25th and New Year's Day, January 1st (which are Sundays), we'll have one service at 11:15am. Come worship Jesus with your Mosaic family! 

Pre-service Prayer Join us in the upper hallway of the Temple Ohabei Shalom for a time of pre-service prayer on Sundays at 8:45AM and 4:30PM. It's an opportunity for us to pray for the church, the city, and the world.

Love Mosaic? Let people know! We would love it if you could take a minute to like/rate us on some social media sites, which makes it easier for others to find us when they are searching for a church in Boston!

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Chasing Rainbows

Dear Mosaic Family,What do you feel when you see a rainbow?

As we continue our journey through the book of Genesis, and the story of Noah in particular, we see the very first rainbow in all of human history. After over a year in the ark, with his kids, lots of animals, and certainly not enough ventilation, Noah leaves the ark for dry ground and fresh air. Can you even begin to imagine the feeling of getting out of that boat? Over a year in a boat, in some less than ideal accommodations. I get stir-crazy on any flight over 3 hours! Noah comes out and his first reaction is utter bliss! His heart is overjoyed, humbled, and full of thanksgiving, so he responds by worshipping God through sacrifice. God, in turn, makes a covenant with Noah, as symbolized by a rainbow. The first rainbow was a sign of hope. The first rainbow was a symbol of God's love for us and his provision of grace. Rainbows exist where the darkness and light come together and the light overcomes the darkness. Rainbows always appear after storms and their radiating beauty embodies divine hope against the background of human gloom. God is for us and he will make a way.

Join us tomorrow as we look at the incredible text of Holy Scripture found in Genesis 8:1-9:17.

Praying for you! Pastor Jan

Announcements:
Membership Class Sunday, November 20th1-3pm, with lunch provided. If you would like to learn about membership at Mosaic, please plan on attending this class. To register, email: admin@mosaicboston.com

 

The Gospel Coalition Conference November 11-12 TGC is coming to Boston. This will be a great opportunity to learn from world-class teachers and worship with brothers and sisters from all over the region. For more info, go here. 

Mosaic Boston App Did you know Mosaic has an app? You can download it here.

Pre-service Prayer 

Join us in the upper hallway of the Temple Ohabei Shalom for a time of pre-service prayer on Sundays at 8:45AM and 4:30PM. It's an opportunity for us to pray for the church, the city, and the world.

Mosaic Youth Group 

Every Sunday, Mosaic holds a youth group gathering during the 9:30service. If you know anyone looking for a youth group, let them know!

Parenting Seminar Saturday, Nov. 19th, 3p.m. How do we raise our children to love and follow Jesus? Chap Bettis, author of “The Disciple-Making Parent” will discuss during a special seminar for parents and parents-to-be. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Email admin@mosaicboston.com to register.

 

Baptism Service November 13th, 11:15 service. If you would like to get baptized, let us know! Please email admin@mosaicboston.com

Apologetics Seminars Do you struggle with making intellectual sense of Christianity? Would you like to help your non-Christian friends see the veracity of the Christian claims? Join us for an 8-week seminar tackling the biggest objections to the Christain worldview and faith. The class will take place during the 11:15am worship service in the balcony upstairs, October 2nd to November 20th. Please sign up by emailing admin@mosaicboston.com

Love Mosaic?  Let people know! We would love it if you could take a minute to like/rate us on some social media sites, which makes it easier for others to find us when they are searching for a church in Boston!

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City of God

Dear Mosaic Family,As we continue our journey through the book of Genesis, we learn about the first city ever built. The city was built by Cain. Although God created everyone to find their deepest satisfaction in Him, by fully glorifying him, Cain seeks to build a life and city apart from God. In Genesis 4:16, we are told, "Cain went away from the presence of the Lord and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden." The first city ever built was an attempt to flee the presence of God. Moreover, in his city, the progeny of Cain begin to create culture and civilization, apart from God. We learn that the culture is godless and humanity continues to degenerate deeper into sin, violence, and perversion.

Thankfully, God doesn't give up on humanity, and gives us a ray of hope at the end of chapter 4. The text tells us, that finally, people "began to call upon the name of the Lord." We learn that God plans to build a city within the city. Within the godless city of man--a burdgeoning city of God. Join us tomorrow as we talk about how the church is called to be the city of God within the city of Boston. The difference between the city of God and the city of man is perfectly summarized by Augustine in his seminal work entitled "The City of God": "the earthly city glorifies in itself, the Heavenly City glorifies in the Lord."

In order to best prepare yourself for the sermon tomorrow, please read and meditate on Genesis 4-5. Looking forward to worshiping with you!

Praying for you! Pastor Jan

P.S. Tomorrow, Mosaic Boston will be celebrating our 5th Birthday! Happy Birthday Mosaic!! Join us as we celebrate God's grace on our church!

P.P.S. TomorrowOctober 2nd, our evening service will start at 4pm, instead of 5pm, due to an event Temple Ohabei is holding.

Announcements:
Membership Class Sunday, October 23rd1-3pm, with lunch provided. If you would like to learn about membership at Mosaic, please plan on attending this class. To register, email: admin@mosaicboston.comMosaic Boston App Did you know Mosaic has an app? You can download it here.

Pre-service Prayer 

Join us in the upper hallway of the Temple Ohabei Shalom for a time of pre-service prayer on Sundays at 8:45AM and 4:30PM. It's an opportunity for us to pray for the church, the city, and the world.

Mosaic Youth Group 

Every Sunday, Mosaic holds a youth group gathering during the 9:30service. If you know anyone looking for a youth group, let them know!

Apologetics Seminars Do you struggle with making intellectual sense of Christianity? Would you like to help your non-Christian friends see the veracity of the Christian claims? Join us for an 8 week seminar going through Tim Keller's "The Reason for God." The class will take place during the 11:15am worship service in the balcony upstairs, October 2nd to November 20th. Please sign up by emailing admin@mosaicboston.com

Love Mosaic?  Let people know! We would love it if you could take a minute to like/rate us on some social media sites, which makes it easier for others to find us when they are searching for a church in Boston!

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The Genetics of your Soul

Dear Mosaic Family,God is a masterful story teller and he has crafted the book of Genesis to teach us about Himself, our world, and ourselves. The word "Genesis" and the words "gene" and "genetic" have the same etymology. To understand ourselves physically, we need to understand our genes or genetics. To understand ourselves spiritually, we need to understand our spiritual genetics. The book of Genesis is given to us by God to understand the genetic code of our soul.

In Genesis chapter 4, through the story of Cain and Abel, God reveals some profound truths about the nature of our hearts and about the subtlety of sin. In one of the most famous phrases in Holy Scripture, God says to Cain (prior to his murdering of Abel), "sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it." This pithy statement is chock-full of truth about ourselves and holds the keys to living lives of victory over sin. Join us tomorrow as we meditate on these great truths!

In order to best prepare yourself for the sermon tomorrow, please read and meditate on Genesis 4:1-16. Looking forward to worshiping with you!

Praying for you! Pastor Jan

P.S. Next Sunday, October 2nd, Mosaic Boston will be celebrating our 5th Birthday! Happy Birthday Mosaic!! Join us as we celebrate God's grace on our church!

P.P.S. Next Sunday, October 2nd, our evening service will start at 4pm, instead of 5pm, due to an event Temple Ohabei is holding.

Announcements:
Baptism Next Sunday If you would like to get baptized, please let us know by emailing admin@mosaicboston.comMosaic Boston App Did you know Mosaic has an app? You can download it here.

3rd Quarterly Members' Meeting & Potluck Sunday, September 25th1-3pm. If you're a member of Mosaic Boston, plan on attending this important in-house family meeting, and bring a favorite dish to share! Sign up for the potluck here. Also, if you've been cleared to volunteer at Mini-Mosaic and can help with childcare for part of the members' meeting, please sign up here.

Pre-service Prayer 
Join us in the upper hallway of the Temple Ohabei Shalom for a time of pre-service prayer on Sundays at 8:45AM and 4:30PM. It's an opportunity for us to pray for the church, the city, and the world.
Apologetics Seminars Do you struggle with making intellectual sense of Christianity? Would you like to help your non-Christian friends see the veracity of the Christian claims? Join us for an 8 week seminar going through Tim Keller's "The Reason for God." The class will take place during the 11:15am worship service in the balcony upstairs, October 2nd to November 20th. Please sign up by emailing admin@mosaicboston.com

 

Mosaic Youth Group Every Sunday, Mosaic holds a youth group gathering during the 9:30service. If you know anyone looking for a youth group, let them know!

Love Mosaic?  Let people know! We would love it if you could take a minute to like/rate us on some social media sites, which makes it easier for others to find us when they are searching for a church in Boston!

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