Ministry News

New Series: Jesus in Genesis

Dear Mosaic Family,I'm really excited to announce that tomorrow, we're kicking off a new sermon series through the book of Genesis!! Since September 1st is Boston's New Year, it seems appropriate to begin the year by studying Genesis, the book of beginnings. The book of Genesis is a book of origins, providing answers to the biggest questions of life: Does God exist? What is He like? What does He want? Who am I? Where did I come from? Where did everything come from? Why is there something rather than nothing? What's the point? How do we find ultimate purpose? etc. Many are familiar with Genesis and it's epic themes of Creation & Fall, of Calling & Blessing, of Covenant & Promise. Many are familiar with the timeless stories of Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, Noah & the Ark, Babel & beyond. However, most Christians fail to understand Genesis as Jesus understood Genesis. Jesus interpreted Genesis as a book about Himself! In Luke 24, while traveling on the road to Emmaus with two disciples after His Resurrection, in order to bolster their faith in Himself, He took them to the Scriptures (instead of showing them his wounds and having them touch his resurrected body!).

In Luke 24:25-27, Jesus says “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself." Jesus revealed what the Old Testament had to say about Him, beginning with Genesis. What does Genesis say about Jesus? Well, you'll just have to come and find out!

In order to best prepare yourself for the sermon tomorrow, please read Genesis 1. Looking forward to worshiping with you!

Praying for you! Pastor Jan

Announcements:

Membership Class  Sunday, September 111-3pm. Lunch provided. If you would like to attend this membership class, please sign up by emailing admin@mosaicboston.com
College Lunch Sunday, September 18th, 1pm (after the 11:15am service). If you're a college student looking to connect with the other students who attend Mosaic, plan to join us for a free lunch. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know by emailing admin@mosaicboston.com 

Mosaic 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!

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.

 

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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How then should we live?

Dear Mosaic Family,A couple years ago, we went through a series at Mosaic, entitled "This Changes Everything." In this teaching series, we talked about how the person and work of Jesus Christ in the Gospel, doesn't just save our souls, but the Gospel also is meant to transform all the most practical areas of our life: work, money, sex, relationships, and the church. Many people view the Gospel as the way we enter the Kingdom of God, and then everything else is done through our sheer efforts. This is a wrongheaded approach to the Christian life. The Gospel isn't just an entry point to a life with God, it's also a force for growth in your walk with God. This is exactly the point the Apostle Paul wants to drive home, even in the way he structures the last part of his letter. After spending 11 chapters beautifully elucidating the Gospel, Paul then pivots and says "therefore," meaning now, based on everything I've just explained, this is how you shall live. He writes, "I appeal to you therefore, brother, by the mercies of God..." Then for the next 5 chapters he begins to, in practical detail, lay out his answer to the question: "Now that we are Christians, how then should we live?"

In order to best prepare yourself for the sermon tomorrow, please read Romans 12-16. Looking forward to worshiping with you!

Praying for you! Pastor Jan

Announcements:
Baptism Service Sunday, August 21st. If you would like to be baptized at Mosaic, the next baptism service is coming up. If interested in getting baptized, email admin@mosaicboston.com

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!

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.
Membership Class 

Sunday, September 111-3pm. Lunch provided. If you would like to attend this membership class, 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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Rich & Famous

Dear Mosaic Family,What does it mean, to make it in life? How do you know you've arrived? What is it exactly, that all of us are working so hard for? What's the goal? What is success? What is greatness? Our culture is infatuated with the rich and the famous. Celebrity is revered in our collective conscience. Social media allows us to keep up with our favorite celebrities or pundits, those with the "official status" blue checkmark next to their name. Deep down inside, we too want to be recognized. To be famous? Maybe. But at least a little recognition would be nice. We long to be admired, respected, maybe even revered. We want to impress. We long to justify our existence with our success. We too are worthy, right?

That desire for recognition and acceptance is something Scripture called "glory." We are drawn to glory. The glory of leaders. The glory of celebrities. The glory of intellectuals. We want some of that glory. We also want others to glorify in us. The pat on the shoulder. The applause. However, even those of us who get it, soon realize, it's not all it's cracked up to be. Jim Carrey recently said, "I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer."

Holy Scripture says that God created us for his glory (Isaiah 43:7). We are most satisfied and blessed when we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God, when we are dazzled by Him. Join us tomorrow as we ponder these deep and incredibly relevant truths. In order to best prepare yourself for the sermon tomorrow, please read Romans chapter 4-5. Looking forward to worshiping with you tomorrow!

Praying for you! Pastor Jan

 

Announcements:

Baptism Service Sunday, August 21st. If you would like to be baptized at Mosaic, the next baptism service is coming up. If interested in getting baptized, email admin@mosaicboston.com
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!

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.
Membership Class 

Sunday, September 111-3pm. Lunch provided. If you would like to attend this membership class, 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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Who can make it stop?

Dear Mosaic Family,"Who can make it stop?" This was CNN's headline this morning. After living through another blood-soaked, tear-filled, gut-wrenching week, I think many of us are asking the same heavy question. It's a question that acknowledges our helplessness. It's a question that realizes we are faced with problems greater than even our collective resources can solve. It's a question that longs for someone powerful enough to intervene. 

Who can make the hate stop?

Who can make the racism stop?

Who can make the injustice stop?

Who can make it stop? Profound question. It's a question that erupts out of brokenness, anguish, and humility. I can't make it stop. You can't make it stop. Even we, can't make it stop.

Who can make it stop? Jesus Christ can make it stop. "I know that you have but little power," say Jesus to the church of Philadelphia in Revelation 3, and to us. But fret not, he says. "I am the one who holds the keys to all the doors. The doors I open, no one will shut, and the doors I shut, no one will open."

Join us tomorrow as we cry out to Jesus to make it stop. To close the doors of hate, racism, and injustice, and to open the doors of love, reconciliation, and justice.

Praying for you! Pastor Jan

Announcements:

Baptism Service Sunday, July 10th, at the 11:15 service. If you would like to be baptized, please let us know! Email admin@mosaicboston.com

Membership Class Sunday, July 24th1-3pm with lunch provided. If you would like to learn more about Mosaic’s history, identity, mission, and vision, join us for a membership class. Attending the class is also the first step to becoming a member of Mosaic Boston. To sign up, email admin@mosaicbosotn.com

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!

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.

Picnic in the Park  Saturday, July 23rd5-7pm. Waldstein Park, Dean Rd., Brookline. Everyone at Mosaic is welcome to come hang out, have fun, and meet some great people from Mosaic! The event is “B.Y.O.E” (bring your own everything).

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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Thou Shalt Not Disagree

Dear Mosaic Family,A.W. Tozer once said: "A new Decalogue has been adopted by the neo-christians of our day, 'Thou shalt not disagree,' and a new set of Beatitudes too, 'Blessed are they that tolerate everything for they shall not be made accountable.'"

These words seem to be truer than ever. Our culture appears to be putting more and more pressure on the Church to conform to the prevailing culture's values. To conform to the culture, the Church is pressured to compromise both theologically and morally. In a seemingly noble desire to accommodate the culture, the church begins to compromise the truth. Once the truth is compromised, morality follows suit. Idolatry and sexual immorality always go hand in hand--spiritual infidelity and sexual infidelity are bedmates. Eventually, compromise renders the witness of the Church null and void.

Though the pressure comes from outside the church, the decision to compromise always comes from within. One small compromise here and one small compromise there, and before you know it, a church is disseminating full-blown heresy and living in absolute apostasy. Unfortunately, this has been the sad story of many a church in Boston.

It's imperative that we learn from the early church in how to withstand the pressures to conform to this world, by continually being transformed by God's Word. Join us tomorrow as we look at Jesus' 3rd letter to the church in Pergamum, found in Revelation 2:12-17.

Praying for you! Pastor Jan

Announcements:

Baptism Service Sunday, July 10th, at the 11:15 service. If you would like to be baptized, please let us know! Email admin@mosaicboston.com 

Membership Class Sunday, July 24th1-3pm with lunch provided. If you would like to learn more about Mosaic's history, identity, mission, and vision, join us for a membership class. Attending the class is also the first step to becoming a member of Mosaic Boston. To sign up, email admin@mosaicbosotn.com

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!

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.

 

Picnic in the Park 

Saturday, July 23rd5-7pm. Waldstein Park, Dean Rd., Brookline. Everyone at Mosaic is welcome to come hang out, have fun, and meet some great people from Mosaic! The event is "B.Y.O.E" (bring your own everything).

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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What is the Unforgivable Sin?

Dear Mosaic Family ,As we continue our series through the "Hard Sayings of Jesus," we'll look at one of the most mystifying texts in all of Scripture: Jesus' teaching on the "Unforgivable Sin." Many Christians over the centuries have worried that perhaps they, unwittingly,  at some point, have committed this sin. Just to calm the troubled soul of the Christian burdened by this worry: No Christian can commit this sin. If you are worried about having committed this sin, you cannot possibly have committed it. However, this doesn't mean we can just write off this text as irrelevant. I believe it has lots to teach us, including the realization of how glorious it is, that the Holy God of the Universe would forgive any of our sins, at all!! We must never get over the staggering fact, that our blasphemies and sins can be forgiven, though at such a great cost to the Lord. We also need the reminder that we can never take God's grace and forgiveness for granted. Forgiveness is not owed to us, it is gifted to us. Finally, we need to take the warning seriously, and warn those who are hardening their hearts against the Lord.

What does Jesus mean when he says, "Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come"? What is this one, unpardonable sin? How can I be sure to never commit it? What if I'm worried about having had already committed it?

Join us this tomorrow as we look at Matthew 12:22-37 and learn about the "Unforgivable Sin."

God Bless, Pastor Jan

 

Announcements:

Members' Meeting & Potluck Sunday March 13th, after the 11:15service. If you are a member, or have completed the requirements for membership, please plan to attend (and bring a favorite dish to share).

Good Friday Service Friday, 3/25, 7pm. Join us for a solemn evening, remembering the suffering of our Lord on our behalf.

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 11:15service. 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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The College Ministry Kickoff Prayer Walk!

On September 1st of this year, I had the opportunity to witness firsthand the "Big move".  The Boston streets, flooded with moving trucks carrying everything from soon-to-be-broken IKEA furniture to cherished mementos transported an estimated 350,000 students into the city to go to its many institutions of higher learning. 

It's inspiring to think that more people than the entire population of my hometown (Pittsburgh, PA #represent!) are here pursuing their aspirations and experiencing life outside the comfort of home and family. That's 350,000 different viewpoints, backgrounds, religious ideations etc...

The College Ministry spearheaded by Drew Dolan officially began in June. It was started as an answer to the call to minister to the city within our city - the students. Drew himself was one of those new students in 2012 when he attended Northeastern University. Since then he has been involved in many campus ministries and outreaches including CRU.

This year proved to be transformative for him. He graduated with an Engineering degree in May, married his High School sweetheart, Amanda, just two weeks later, and pursued his true passion of ministering at Boston's campuses.

The verse that he looks to as his inspiration for the College Ministry is Hosea 1:10:

Someday it will be impossible to count the people of Israel, because there will be as many of them as there are grains of sand along the seashore. They are now called “Not My People,” but in the future they will be called “Children of the Living God.”

It is his hope to provide a space for Mosaic's college students to connect with one another in a way that encourages them and empowers them to be missional on their campus. He also hopes to connect students with the Church body so that they are exposed to a lasting body of believers with whom they can turn to for advice and as mentors in their age-related issues.

It’s kickoff event is the Campus Prayer walk this Saturday, September 26th. The specifics are as follows:

When: 10am-noon on Sat, 9/26 Where: Starting- 369 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115 (the Au Bon Pain at Northeastern), ending - somewhere near Mosaic's evening location (25 Monmouth St, Brookline). What: We will be making our way to several different schools- praying for the ministries going on at them and whatever else our students guide us to pray for. We hope this is a time for volunteers and students to experience God's heart for the campuses in Boston. If you're a student and want to share a brief update about how we can pray for your campus please email Drew

To learn more about Drew and his mission in Boston you can follow this link.

If you would like to get ministry updates subscribe to his Ministry Newsletter.

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The Homeless Ministry of Reconciliation

The Homeless Ministry of Reconciliation

18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.   ~ 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

It’s another Wednesday night. I look around where I am standing in Copley Square. The first thing I notice is how many different types of people pass by from all walks of life. There are business men and women walking to their high rise apartments in the city after work, students carrying book bags of unfinished assignments, runners decked out in hip workout clothes, and groups of friends passing by laughing together. There are skateboarders who gather in the empty fountain bed to skate. There are musicians boldly sharing their talents, and tourists looking up at the John Hancock building. There are myriads of people taking pictures of Trinity church, the statue of John Singleton Copley, or the Boston Public Library.

In the midst of these buildings memorializing Boston’s greatest successes, is where many of its most broken and needy denizens gather. Mosaic’s Copley Street Ministry has unassumingly, yet effectively been providing practical services to those who call the streets their home since September 12, 2012. In fact, our outreach just celebrated its 3 year anniversary! Every Wednesday night since (besides the two weeks the square was closed after the Boston Marathon bombings) we have met around the fountain to share our food, warm clothes, friendship, and most importantly our faith in Christ.

Praying together before heading out to Copley Square

Around 6:30pm we meet in the Boston Public Library and share what happened during our week. We begin a Bible study and pray for each other and our night ahead from 7:00 until 7:30. At 7:30 we set up our things outside by the fountain in the square. We then split up into groups of 2-4 people. Some of us serve the food and drinks, others organize and hand out clothing, while others take short walks to find people and let them know about what we have to offer. Then around 8:20, we gather the group into a circle and begin our time of worship. The worship time is structured like a condensed Sunday morning service. We pray, sing, and then listen to a short sermonette given by one of our volunteers. Our time there is ended with listening to the prayer requests of our new and old friends as we pray together hand in hand over the upcoming week.

We are incredibly grateful to partner with those who are, have been, or will be involved in this ministry. They are our fellow ministers of reconciliation.

Those who are able to come out and join us on Wednesday nights witness firsthand a taste of the mercy that Jesus imparts to our own lives. By building relationships, we hope to replace a once skewed portrait of Jesus through the poor eyesight of the wayward with a picture of His grace. We ourselves come to realize our own need for Him and so serve with humble hearts as brothers, sisters, and friends.

It is our hope that Wednesday nights have changed the previous trajectory of those we encounter for the better. We have witnessed God time and again multiplying our efforts and have the hope that he will stretch their benefits far into an intertwined eternity that began with our acceptance of Him.

If you would like to help with the Copley Outreach by donating your time, prayers, or resources you can contact

Drew Dolan at: drew@mosaicboston.com

Or

Rebecca Stouff at: rebecca.stouff@gmail.com

Our ongoing needs are:

  • Prayer! Drew sends out a list of specific prayer requests. We appreciate being covered in prayer as we encounter a lot of brokeness, strongholds, and addictions.
  • Socks for women and men
  • T-shirts size Large and above,
  • Toiletries/ toiletry kits,
  • Cooking food for Wednesday nights (for approximately 30-45 people),
  • Anything else you feel inclined to donate

To add your name to our email list to keep updated with specific prayer requests you can contact

Drew Dolan at: drew@mosaicboston.com