Announcements

Pray 'till you make it

Dear Mosaic Family,"That's word, we pray We got to pray Just to make it today I said we pray ah, yeah, pray We got to pray Just to make it today That's right, we pray"

As a five-year-old in 1990, MC Hammer’s “Pray” was lit! (I promise I’ll never use lit again, sorry about that) Those Hammer pants, that beat, You couldn’t top it... unless you were Mariah Carey of course. Because of Carey, Hammer topped out at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Should he have prayed a little harder? We’ll never know, but maybe he was on to something.

I don’t know if you’ve had one of those days recently, but there are some days where prayer is the only thing that gets you through. There is a real sense in which we should pray, to make it through the day. And that isn’t a bad thing at all. Prayer helping us through tough times is Biblical. We see that idea throughout the Psalms and from Jesus himself. Tomorrow I'll be preaching on prayer and how it helps us through the ups and downs of life.

If you’d like to read ahead check out Luke 18:1-8. Jesus tells a fascinating parable about an underdog getting the justice she deserved.

Join us tomorrow at 9:30AM, 11:15AM, or 5:00PM

Praying for you!

Ivey Rhodes Church Planting Resident

Announcements:

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!

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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Cascading Blessing

Dear Mosaic Family,

Below, you'll find a picture of the Meridian Hill Park Waterfall, in Washington DC. The thirteen tier cascade fountain is the longest cascading waterfall of its kind in North America. Starting from a basin at the top, the water flows from one basin down to the next. Each basin is continuously filled from the overflow of the basins on top, and shares this overflow with the basins below. In Genesis 12, God calls Abram (aka Abraham) and promises to bless him "so that you will be a blessing." This is how God's blessings work: when He blesses us, we are to receive those blessings with open hands, so his blessings don't just flow to us, but through us. We are not to be collectors of blessings, but dispensers of blessings. We are not to just be beneficiaries of blessings, but agents of blessings. We are not designed to be cisterns, but aqueducts. Does your life represent the cascading blessings of God?

Join us tomorrow as we look at the incredible text of Holy Scripture found in Genesis 11:27-12:9, as we wrap up our "Jesus in Genesis" series.

Praying for you! Pastor Jan

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Jesus is (still) Lord & Savior

Dear Mosaic Family,Our country has elected a new president and we have all been through a rollercoaster of emotion.  However you feel, as Christians, we mustn't forget that the most important news in the world has not changed: Jesus is still Lord and Savior, our citizenship is still in his kingdom, our confidence is still in his reign, our joy is still in his salvation, our hope is still in his coming, and we are still family. However we feel, we must not overlook the phenomenal opportunity before the church today. We have an opportunity to live out the love of Christ by standing in the gap for all those who feel vulnerable, fearful, and alienated. We have an opportunity to boldly stand against anything that threatens life. So we stand with and fight for the unborn, the minority, the immigrant, for all who are oppressed and abused. We will use whatever influence we have to see that everyone is protected and treated fairly and equally. We stand against all injustice, lawlessness, and discrimination, wherever we see even a hint of it.

We also have an opportunity to show the world the only power that can truly heal the deep division in our country: the Love of God. By demonstrating the love of God in our church (especially to those who voted unlike us), we show the world what truly unites us. We are family. No matter what the racial and political divisions in America, we can be a church that embodies the reconciliation of the kingdom of God. We are part of a Body, a body that is Asian, black, Hispanic and white, whose Head is an Aramaic-speaking Middle-Easterner. We are a true Mosaic, diverse but united by the cross of Christ. Through the power of God's love, we can be a family of democrats, republicans, independents, libertarians, and everyone who voted for Harambe.

Ultimately, we are not united by the United States. We are united by Jesus Christ, who died for tax collectors and publicans, and yes, for democrats and republicans.

Join us tomorrow as we look at the incredible text of Holy Scripture found in Genesis 10-11, which actually speaks a profound Word into our cultural moment.

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

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.

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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Wrestling for Blessing

Dear Mosaic Family,Do you want to live a blessed life? Who doesn't?!

In our study of Genesis, the theme of blessing and cursing emerges over and over, forming the metanarrative of the book. In Genesis chapters 1-11, the word "blessed" is used 6 times, to correspond with the word "cursed," which is also used 6 times. Holy Scripture teaches us that our God is a God who wants the absolute best for us. This is great news! This is what Scripture means when it talks about "blessing." To be blessed by God is to have God's favor upon your life because of a rightful relationship with Him. He extends that relationship and blessing freely, by grace. In Genesis 6-8, we see God's favor upon Noah and his family: he was blessed by grace. Once Noah and his family come out of the ark, God blesses them again (9:1).

One would think the story should have concluded with a happy ending. However, tragically, it doesn't. The second half of chapter 9 tells us that Noah sinned, and so did his son Ham. The sin leads to a curse, and a forfeiture of blessing. Why? Somewhere along the way, Noah stopped striving for God's blessings. Unlike Jacob in Genesis 32:26 who told God "I will not let you go unless you bless me," Noah had stopped wrestling for blessing. Have you?

Join us tomorrow as we look at the incredible text of Holy Scripture found in Genesis 9:18-29.

Praying for you! Pastor Jan

P.S. Remember to turn your clocks back an hour before you go to bed – Daylight Savings ends tonight (Saturday night). Or if you have a hard time making it to church on time, don't change anything.

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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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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Lives of Consequence

Dear Mosaic Family,I think we all have times, when in the midst of the daily grind of school or work or family-life, in the middle of the hustle-and-bustle, we pause, and ask ourselves: does any of this matter? I'm not talking about having some massive existential crisis, but rather those fleeting moments when we wonder if what we're doing with our lives means much in the grand scheme of things. Deep down inside, every single one us wants to (or has wanted to) live lives of consequence. We want our work to matter. We want our lives to matter. We want to matter. We all yearn for glory. Unfortunately, many of us don't understand one of the greatest paradoxes of the universe: if you live for your own glory, your life won't matter that much, but if you live for God's glory, you will live of life of great meaning, satisfaction, and blessing.

As we continue our study through the book of Genesis tomorrow, we'll continue to look at the life of Noah. One of the most astounding facets of the narrative is how little we know about the guy. We don't get any details about his looks, his hair, grooming, wardrobe, education, wealth, house. We don't even learn his last name. Noah what? The narrator intentionally leaves him as a "flat" character. Why? Because the story isn't really about him. His life wasn't about him, which is actually why his life mattered.

Join us tomorrow as we look at most interesting narrative found in Genesis 6:13-7:24.

Praying for you! Pastor Jan

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.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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God's Grieving Heart

Dear Mosaic Family,When most people think of God, they don't think of a God who feels.

If you ask the typical Bostonian how they would describe God (assuming they believe in His existence), some would describe God as an indifferent creator, who sets everything in motion and stands aside in cool apathy. Others might view God as a vengeful judge who metes out punishment to the worst offenders. Still others might view God as a "Santa Clause" figure who brings presents to those who are good, and lumps of coal to those who are naughty. In all these scenarios, God is aloof, uncommitted, uncaring. However, the God of Holy Scripture is radically different. Scripture tells us God is love, and one cannot love from afar. God is intimately involved and wholly committed to us. One cannot become this involved in any relationship without becoming vulnerable. To love is to open up your heart, either to acceptance or rejection, to bliss or to grief.

Genesis 6 gives us a glimpse into God's grieving heart. Join us tomorrow as we look at Genesis 6:1-12, a text which gives us a striking view of God's love.

Praying for you! Pastor Jan

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.com

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!

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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Meet the staff: Ivey Rhodes, Church Planting Resident

From its conception, Mosaic Boston Church has had a vision to be a body of believers on mission – a mission to love Jesus, and to plant churches around the city – ”a church plant with a vision to church plant,” as Pastor Jan says.To do that, we need manpower! God has provided us with our first church planting resident. Ivey and Allie Rhodes and their four children – Maggie, Quentin, Levi and Olan – arrived on Sept. 2 to partner with Mosaic while actively cultivating relationships in the area.

The Rhodes family is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. Ivey recently completed his Master of Divinity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Raleigh, North Carolina, and he and his wife have significant church planting experience. While they plan to plant a church here in Boston in the future, Ivey will partner with Mosaic in a yearlong residency program in order to learn the ropes of church planting and acclimate to city life. His salary will be covered by the North American Mission Board, Mosaic’s fundraising partnerships, and personal fundraising efforts.

While at Mosaic, Ivey will serve through preaching, teaching, leading community groups and other pastoral roles.

As Pastor Jan has said, Mosaic Boston is gearing up to plant its next church. Planting a successful, sustainable, multiplying church plant takes a core group of 50 or more committed members. For us to send that many committed members without irreparably stifling our own momentum, we need to have at least 500 people in attendance on a given Sunday.

And we are almost there! This summer, we averaged more than 360 people in worship on Sundays, which is a whopping 50% more than this time last year. This fall, we could reach more than 500. Best of all, we've already had more baptisms this year, than all of last year combined!

We ask that you warmly welcome Ivey Rhodes, pray for his ministry and consider partnering with him and with us in the work of church planting – and continue to intercede for the planting of another church body in Boston.

God's plan for our work, rest, sexuality, gender, singleness and marriage

Dear Mosaic Family,One of my absolute favorite things about Holy Scripture is how consistently relevant it is to modern life. The Word of God is truly always timely because it has always been timeless.

As we look at Genesis chapter 2 tomorrow, I'm blown away about how much it has to say to Bostonians today. Genesis chapter 1 describes God's general purpose in creation. Genesis chapter 2 explains his more specific purposes for our lives. God reveals to us his plan for our work, rest, gender, sexuality, singleness, and marriage. Are we going to cover all those hot-button issues tomorrow? Yup. And you don't want to miss it! 

In order to best prepare yourself for the sermon tomorrow, please read Genesis 2. Looking forward to worshiping with you!

Praying for you! Pastor Jan

P.S. Tomorrow, we'll be introducing our church planting resident, Ivey Rhodes, at all three services. To learn more about Ivey, his beautiful family, and God's call on their life to plant a church in the Boston area, click here.

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.comCollege 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.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!

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.
Mini-Mosaic Volunteer Training Mini Mosaic will hold its quarterly all-volunteer/teacher meeting on Sunday, September 11 during the 11:15 service. Mini Mo volunteers are encouraged to attend for a brief time of announcements and discussion.
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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