Summer Sermon Series: Drinking Deeply in Dark Days

The Psalms often teach us that when souls grope, we must keep singing till there’s hope. The Psalms are a collection of 150 ancient songs of worship. They include prayers for forgiveness, petitions for redemption, and cries of deep anguish for hope and healing. Every emotion finds its place in the book of Psalms. Every fear is present. It’s the place where weary hearts must go to drink deeply.

As such, we would like you to join us this summer for a 3 month pilgrimage through the Psalms.

Together as a church we will read all 150 psalms. See summer reading guide here: Summer 2012 Reading Plan

Together we will hear and meditate on one psalm per week in the Sunday morning service.

Together we will ask God to speak to the deepest recesses of our souls.

Check out the recent sermons on the Psalms here: http://cornerstone-marion.org/category/current-sermon-series/

April 29, 2012: Genesis 27 “The Need for Blessing”

Big Idea:  Because we have the blessing of God, we can be a blessing.

Pastor Post: April 26, 2012

The Pastor Post is a bi-monthly update from Pastor Matt with a brief meditation as well as information on upcoming events in the life of Cornerstone Church.



April 26, 2012

Dear Church Family,

By God’s grace, we are the bride of Christ. God loves us with a fierce and holy love. He looks on all our sin, evil, and brokenness and chooses to lavish on us grace, mercy, tenderness, and daily presence. No one is too broken for God’s healing. No one is too evil for His redemption. God forgives the ungodly and justifies the sinner. Ephesians 1:5-6 tells us, “God predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will–to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves (NIV). God intentionally brought us into his family. It was his will and good pleasure to do so. Our response is simply lifelong praise of His glorious grace. We stand in awe of God’s glory. We stand in awe of His sovereign grace. He gets the glory; we get the grace. Receive God’s grace today and then return to Him in worship.

Lots of Church and Community Announcements:

Ladies Craft Night May 3rd 7:00 p.m. at Rebecca Roush’s 2614 Bever Ave SE Cedar Rapids

Church Family Meal and Congregational Meeting, Sunday May 6: Please plan to join us for a fellowship meal right before our business meeting at New Life Community Church. Cups, plasticware, napkins, and plates will be furnished as well as water and coffee to drink. Please bring a main dish and either a salad, vegetable, or dessert to share. The church meeting will follow after the meal.

Service Opportunity: Ladies, would you like to be part of honoring our “new” moms by helping with baby showers? It’s our goal to shower them with love when they have their first baby after coming to Cornerstone. If you’d like to be part of the fun, please fill out the card that’s on the welcome table and give it to Sue Frederick, or leave it with the greeters.

Voices Of Hope – 2012: The partner ministries in the Serve The City coalition are hosting the 11th annual Voices Of Hope concert. The singers in the 100 plus voice choir are from local churches throughout the area. This is a God-Honoring Patriotic Evening that has increased in attendance every single year with 2,339 joining us in 2011. Do you like to sing in a choir? Will you sing with us this year? Sign up with Pastor Matt today! He will submit the list of singers to Serve the City before Thursday May 10th.

The 61st Annual Observance of The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 3rd. You are invited to join us at Greene Square Park in downtown Cedar Rapids from 12 noon to 1 PM. (The park is bordered by 3rd Ave, 4th Ave, and 5th St. SE) This years theme is One Nation Under God based upon Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Dr. David Jeremiah has written the National Prayer this year. This time of prayer is co-sponsored by the Linn County Association of Evangelicals and Serve The City. Updates can be located locally at www.servethecity.org or nationally at http://nationaldayofprayer.org

RAGBRAI: On Thursday July 26 20,000 bike riders will converge on the CR Metro area. The Visitors Bureau is looking for folks willing to be hosts to riders on that evening. If you are interested in opening your home to RAGBRAI riders, please sign up at www.cedarrapidsragbrai.com/housing


A forgiven sinner,

Pastor Matt

April 22, 2012: Genesis 25 “God Chooses the Weak”

Big Idea:  God chooses the weak to shame the strong to highlight sovereign grace and human dependence.

April 15, 2012: Genesis 24 “Stay with the Plan”

Big Idea:  Stay with God’s plan because God works out all that He can.