Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth

October 2019: Gather - Hi Church, Can I brag on our staff?!  We meet monthly to calendar and share in the excitement in our areas of ministry.  This helps us work together as a team and to support one another in ministry.  This month, I told them to wear their jeans because we were going to put our hands to work. We shared a meal and began our programming plans for Christmas and beyond (look for those else where in the newsletter).  After our meal, we cleaned out a classroom and two closets near the Fellowship Hall.  As we put our hands to work, we also took time to encourage one another and pose for a silly picture in some chili pepper hats that we found while cleaning.  Our… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison October 2019: Save the Date - Proyecto Abrigo New Year’s Mexico Mission Trip Trip Date: Dec. 30 – Jan. 3, 2020 Where: Proyecto Abrigo (proyectoabrigo.org), Juarez, MX Cost: $200/Adult or $150/Accompanied Minor Watch for more info coming soon!     In Christ, Ricky Harrison       Read More
September 2019: Lift Me Up! - Last Friday evening, Kelly and I spent some time with our daughters in Carrollton.  After the grandkids were finished swimming and splashing us, they retired to the house for a movie.  The movie in the player was not what they wanted to watch, so I was summoned to the TV room to assist with the selection of a new movie.  The movies were on a shelf out of reach of little girls.  Desiring to make her own selection, four-years-old Parker said, "Lift me up, Moku, lift me up!" There is an important message for all of us in her request.  The role of the body of Christ is to lift each other up.  Sometimes, we lift each other up by surrounding one another in prayer,… Read More
August 2019: Hello Church - Hi Church! Kelly and I have received such a warm welcome from each of you.  From the goodies waiting for us at the house on moving day, to the name tag effort so we can get to know your name, to the wonderful reception following our first Sunday, every detail has been attended to with such grace and care!  We are overwhelmed at the warmth of your spirit which has helped us feel right at home!  Thank you! In an effort to continue to get to know you better, the SPRC members have scheduled several small group meetings in which you can share your hopes and dreams with me.  I invite you to sign up for one of these 1.5 hour meetings.  We will provide… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison July 2019: Food is Sacred - There’s something intrinsically sacred about food, especially when shared with other people. After the Israelites are freed from slavery in Egypt, they complain to Moses about empty stomachs and parched throats, so God provides water, manna bread, and quail (what a feast!). Elijah, wandering through the same wilderness, meets a widow with a child literally starving to death. The widow invites Elijah into her home to share the very last bits of bread she has, and God shows up with enough bread to fill the stomach of the widow and her child for the rest of their long lives. Jesus, a wandering vagabond, always relied heavily on the radical hospitality of strangers. He would invite himself over to the homes of tax collectors like Levi… Read More
July 2019: Hello Church - Hello Church, I was excited to learn of my appointment as your Senior Pastor beginning in July 2019.  Ministry is a second career for me; one that I believe for which God has prepared me throughout my life.   Though I recognized a call to ministry at a young age, I chose to raise a family before pursuing full-time ordained ministry.   While I raised that family, I worked in the technology industry and grew in my love for God and neighbor by teaching and leading others in the local church. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Texas at Dallas and a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology, SMU.   Besides my lay leadership in the local church, I have also… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison July 2019: Food is Sacred - There’s something intrinsically sacred about food, especially when shared with other people. After the Israelites are freed from slavery in Egypt, they complain to Moses about empty stomachs and parched throats, so God provides water, manna bread, and quail (what a feast!). Elijah, wandering through the same wilderness, meets a widow with a child literally starving to death. The widow invites Elijah into her home to share the very last bits of bread she has, and God shows up with enough bread to fill the stomach of the widow and her child for the rest of their long lives. Jesus, a wandering vagabond, always relied heavily on the radical hospitality of strangers. He would invite himself over to the homes of tax collectors like Levi… Read More
Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth June 2019: Passing the Baton - As a boy growing up in a family with a career Air Force officer/parent, the cycle of moving to a new base was not only what was expected, but a regular reality for us. For me as a young person it just seemed like a normal rhythm of life. The news of a transfer meant goodbyes of course, but also the expectation of new friends, schools, and housing upon arrival at the new base. It didn’t seem to be a big deal to me as a kid, maybe because every military family was doing the same thing at some point, and so there were probably common or like-feelings and emotions for us because we all knew what it felt like to be told it was… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison June 2019: Summer Dinner Church - Throughout the summer, we will again be engaging in experiments with Dinner Church. One of the earliest traditions of the people who follow Jesus is to gather together around the table, sharing a meal and sharing our lives. At Dinner Church, informal worship takes place around the table with a delicious meal brought together by the entire community. Communion is made as we share food & share our lives in exploring scripture, singing, and praying together. Bring your faith. Bring your doubts. Bring your appetite for something bigger than yourself. Similar to our Maundy Thursday Dinner Church experience, this family-friendly worship environment is created to be hospitable to people of all ages and stages of life. Just like your family table at Thanksgiving, this is… Read More
Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth May 2019: Amazing Grace - My recent surgery and subsequent absence from the church reminded me of many things, but there are two of those many things that resonate strongly with me today. One of them is the experience of being a part of a church that cares deeply for its people and expresses those concerns in wonderful ways. Melissa and I have been so blessed by your prayers, thoughts, cards, visits, meals, texts, emails, words of encouragement, offers to drive, and even notes on windshields to name but a few of your expressions of love. You are an amazing church and it’s quite apparent how God’s love courses through your veins. We are humbled and thankful, as many others are or have been, to be on the receiving end… Read More