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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Sansom Street Fall Festival

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Sansom Street Fall Festival

After the service on October 14, we will be hosting our annual block party, the Sansom Street Fall Festival! The Fall Festival is one of our biggest events and a great opportunity to invite our surrounding community to see what Liberti is all about. Come ready for pumpkin painting, donut decorating, music, food, and fun. As we prepare, we will need a group of Liberti volunteers to help make the event run smoothly. To volunteer, please email Vito at vito@liberti.org

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Summer Conversations

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Summer Conversations

Join us this summer for a series of conversations on the topics of Love and Friendship — from an Augustinian perspective with Ian Clausen and The History of Poverty in Philadelphia with Amy Baker. We hope to see you there!


Love and Friendship - from and Augustinian Perspective with Ian Clausen:
Tuesday, August 14th from 7pm-9pm
Liberti Church building (17TH & SANSOM)

Wednesday, August 15th, from 7pm-9pm
Rosemont College - Room 112

The History of Poverty in Philadelphia with Amy Baker:
Tuesday, August 28th from 7pm-9pm
Liberti Church building (17TH + SANSOM)

Wednesday, August 29th from 7pm-9pm
Rosemont College - Science Room (S215)

 

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Welcome Ryan Hall

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This month, we welcome Ryan Hall to Liberti Church! Ryan is serving as an intern at our Center City campus over the next month, and comes to us via the partnership and generosity of our friends at Pillar Church and Western Theological Seminary, where he's currently a divinity student.


Ryan, welcome to Philly and welcome to Liberti! What's your first week in the city been like?

My first week in the city has been a bit like drinking from a fire hydrant, but I feel incredibly welcome here. I was not sure what to expect upon my arrival to Philly, but have been pleasantly surprised by the city's personality and the culture here. This week alone, I have had the opportunity to make popcorn for a movie night at Hawthorne, clean up spilled cucumbers at Emmanuel, celebrate Memorial Day on a rooftop and play pickup hoops at Marian Anderson Park.

Tell us a bit about your own spiritual journey...

I did not grow up in the church. Christ entered my life between my sophomore and junior years of college at the University of Michigan. I became involved with Young Life College while in Ann Arbor, and felt the call to ministry soon after. My plan was to plant a church directly after college, but wiser, cooler heads prevailed and I was advised to go to seminary. So, I began seminary, in conjunction with "planting" a new area for Young Life in metro Detroit, and loved what was entailed in starting a new ministry from scratch.  Currently, I’m at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI, to pursue seminary education full-time. There, I was connected with some incredible people like Chuck DeGroat and Jon Brown, and began an internship at Pillar Church, which is a church in downtown Holland that strives to engage with and be for its community, in a similar manner as Liberti. I’m grateful that God has opened such doors, and I am inspired by the Gospel-centered passion that Liberti has for serving its community through the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

What are you looking forward to about your time with Liberti?

I am looking forward to being a sponge while I am here, striving to absorb the culture of Philly, the nature of Liberti, and the Holy Spirit at work. I hope to serve Liberti in any and every opportunity that I am afforded, and I am thrilled at the prospect of aiding in preaching and proclaiming the Gospel. I love engaging with the energy and people that so prominently exist in this city.

Tell us a bit about what you're studying right now, and how being at Liberti fits in with that...

Right now, at Western Theological Seminary, I have survived Greek and am learning to hone my preaching skills, while also learning about what it looks like to lead generously, both financially and spiritually. God has given me great desire to plant a church in a center city context, in a way similar to the Gospel-centered ministry of Liberti. Engaging with and caring for the city, as prompted by God, through the act of church-planting is my aspiration, and there is no greater place to learn how this is done than at Liberti.

You've got big things coming up after your time here, too. What's next for you?

When I depart from the City of Brotherly Love, I do so to scramble back to Michigan to get married to the beautiful love-of-my-life, Claire. July 7 is the big day, and we have been engaged for almost 18 months (way too long). No better way to distract from the pre-ceremony butterflies than to move to a new city for a month and hang out with the Liberti team!

We're grateful to have you with us! Liberti, welcome Ryan!


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