Hospitality Resources

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Hospitality Resources

Let mutual love continue.  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

—Hebrews 13:1-2

God has welcomed us into his household, despite – in fact, because of – our weaknesses and needs, and he invites us even in our not-yet-perfected condition to extend that same welcome to others, promising that as we do so, we will welcome God himself.

—Margaret Kim Peterson, from Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life


Thanks to Jesus, God clears us a place at his table! The Good news of Jesus, that we see at the Cross and taste at the Communion Table, is that God welcomes us, even though we’re strangers to him. Here’s a couple of wise guides who’ll help you practice that Gospel welcome at your own kitchen table, on our own calendar, in your own neighborhood. 

—Jared Ayers


HOSPITALITY RESOURCES

Robert Farrar Capon- There’s no other single writer who’s shaped how I think about and practice welcoming others to my table like Robert Farrar Capon. The late Father Capon was an Anglican priest, a writer, a theologian- and, a New York Times food critic. The two books below are a seamless blending of memoir and advice, recipes and reflection, and you should get them both:

The Art of Neighboring- Jay Pathak & Dave Runyon.
Several of Liberti’s groups are reading their way through this book together this winter; it’s an exceedingly practical guide to help you move from a stranger to a neighbor with the people nearest you. 

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Communion Resources

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Communion Resources

Now Christ is the only food of our soul, and therefore our heavenly Father invites us to Christ, that, refreshed by partaking of him, we may repeatedly gather strength until we shall have reached… immortality… just as bread and wine sustain physical life, so are souls fed by Christ.

—John Calvin

Our meals tell our stories; they mark our sacred moments. And it’s no different for the Christian family. At the Communion table, we eat and drink the good news of God’s grace in Christ! Here are a few resources to help deepen your engagement with the practice of Communion. It’s my hope these will help you arrive at the Table this Sunday hungry for God and thirsty for grace. See you there!

—Jared 


COMMUNION RESOURCES

The Meal Jesus Gave Us- NT Wright.
This slender book by renowned biblical scholar and writer NT Wright is a succinct exploration of the biblical themes behind the practice of Communion, and it also wisely engages many of the practical questions we have about how to engage in it.

Have We Misunderstood the Lord’s Supper? podcast interview- Todd Billings.
Todd is a theologian and a friend of mine; this is an interview he did recently based on his recent book on the Lord’s Supper. 

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Worship Resources

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Worship Resources

Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
—Robert Robinson, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

You and I are worshippers, inescapably- and the grace of Jesus “tunes our heart” to worship God, instead of gods. Here are some resources- books, apps, music- to tune your heart to the Gospel of Christ.

—Jared Ayers


WORSHIP RESOURCES

You are What You Love- James K.A. Smith 
James K.A. Smith is a leading philosopher, and his book You are What You Love is an accessible orientation to the profound role that practices play in our lives, and of the way that Christian worship forms us to love the kingdom of God. 

Cardiphonia-
This is a collective of church musicians and artists who’ve re-arranged, re-sung, and re-imagined the riches of Christian hymnody for the 21st century. Check out this site for recommendations on an array of albums of rich, vibrant worship music.

The Daily Office from Mission St. Clare-
This website and app organizes the tradition of praying Psalms and Scripture for worship in the morning and evening in an easy-to-use format.



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Baptism Resources

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Baptism Resources

Water cleanses, purifies, refreshes, sustains;
and Jesus Christ is Living Water.
—from the “Order for Baptism”, Reformed Church in America

You can’t tell the story without water. The water of baptism tells the story of God’s cleansing grace to us in Christ. Below here is a selection of articles to help you engage the practice of baptism- and, my favorite film depiction of baptism, just for fun. 

—Jared Ayers


BAPTISM RESOURCES

Baptism Primer- this is a brief orientation to the Scriptural meanings of the sacrament of baptism.

A Primer on Infant Baptism- this is a brief piece we put together to help you explain the Scriptural, historical, and spiritual logic of why the Church baptizes her children.

A Letter to Young Parents- James K.A. Smith- This fictitious letter to two new parents by philosopher James K.A. Smith vividly depicts the Gospel promises of baptism offered to children baptized in the church community.


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Resources for the Exodus Journey

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Resources for the Exodus Journey

RESOURCES FOR THE EXODUS JOURNEY

This January and February, we’re reflecting on the practices of Christian faith through the lends of the Exodus story in Scripture. Whether you’re someone who’s just beginning to explore Christianity, or you want to grow and develop your life with God, I hope this series, and this season at Liberti, is a rich and helpful one for you. To that end, each week I’ll be posting some recommended resources- books, a video or podcast, an app- to help you press the practice we’re exploring on Sunday into your Monday-through-Saturday life. Enjoy, and join us on this journey!

—Jared Ayers

EXODUS AND THE CHRISTIAN JOURNEY

The Journey- Alister McGrath.
Alister McGrath is a leading theologian at Oxford University, and this book is a warm and wise invitation to the Christian journey using the Exodus story, as well as the stories of famous Christians through history, as a map and guide. 

Leaving Egypt: Finding God in Wilderness Places- Chuck DeGroat. 
Chuck DeGroat is a professor, writer, therapist, and good friend to Liberti Church. In this book, he weaves together the story of the Exodus with his insights on how people grow into a life of union with God in Christ. Chuck’s also written a whole series of blogs based on his book, which you can check out here.

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Cookies & Carols

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Cookies & Carols

Mark your calendars for the night of Sunday, December 23rd! Invite a friend, and bake or bring a batch of cookies for an evening of Cookies & Carols! We’ll gather here at Liberti Church at 6 PM to connect, share a holiday treat, and sing a few Christmas carols outdoors by candlelight. Don’t miss it! 

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Small Fry Toy Drive

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Small Fry Toy Drive

Small Fry, one of our mercy partners, is collecting Christmas gifts to give to the children that they serve. Come to coffee hour on December 2nd to pick up one of their wish lists, help fulfill the list, and then bring your wrapped gifts to church by December 16th! For more information or questions, please email Alissa. alissa@small-fry.org.

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Christmas Eve at Liberti!

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Christmas Eve at Liberti!


Whether you’re skeptical of faith, or a seasoned follower of Jesus, we’d love to have you join us for Christmas Eve. Our brief, family friendly service will be both joyful and reverent, and will feature Christmas carols, Communion, candle lighting, and hors d’oeuvres to follow. We’d love to see you there! (Main Line service, 2PM. Center City service, 5PM).

For directions to our services click here

Main Line Campus - 2:00 PM
Rosemont College - Rotwitt Theater
1400 Montgomery Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Center City - 5:00 PM
Liberti Church Church Building

123 S. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Ladies Supper Club - Christmas Party

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Ladies Supper Club - Christmas Party

All women are invited to a Christmas Party to wrap up the fall Ladies Supper Clubs. Join us on Sunday, December 9, at 7 pm at church for a time of appetizers, cookies and fellowship. Please contact Jess Weaver jesstweaver@gmail.com to RSVP. Bring a friend and a Christmas cookie or dessert to share and exchange.

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Philadelphia Marathon 2018

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Philadelphia Marathon 2018

As a reminder, this Sunday, November 18, is the annual Philadelphia Marathon.  If you are attending our Center City campus this Sunday, we’d encourage you to allow yourself a few extra minutes to get to worship, and to walk, bike, or take the subway if you can.  If you need to drive to church, note the race route and our directions below.

Our Service will still be held at the regular time: 9:30 AM

Driving directions to parking garage: Get on Rt. 76, exit at the Market St. exit, and drive east on Market St.  Turn right on 17th St., and turn left halfway down the block into the parking garage at the Westin Hotel.

 The map below highlights the race route around the First Baptist Building. For the full map, check out the Philadelphia Marathon's website.  

Good luck to all of our members, friends, neighbors, and pastors running this weekend!

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Mission Taco

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Mission Taco

Come join us on Sunday, November 11th right after service as we support one of our neighbors and build community at Mission Tacqueria 1516 Sansom St., 2nd Floor. This is a great way to invite a friend to church and go out to lunch after. A free drink will be provided with every meal. 

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