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This Sunday at Mayfair | October 22nd 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we heard the Bible’s last words on prayer.

Our study in Revelation continues—this week, in chapters eight and nine.

According to the Barna research group, an overwhelming majority of Americans say they pray, but how, why, and to whom we pray can vary drastically. There are some consistencies though. For example, most Americans have an individualistic perspective on prayer.

When we pray, sometimes (and maybe even most times), we either pray on autopilot or let our circumstances control how we pray. We pray in the way that seems best to us. But what does God want us to learn about prayer in His last book?

Read Revelation 8:1-5 and you’ll find a few things there. First, prayer is valuable and important. So if you’ve been struggling with doubts about prayer or find you’ve been taking it for granted, take a look at these verses. Another important point is that there’s something sacrificial about prayer. It’s an offering, a submission of our will to His. Whatever your fears or hopes, sacrifice them to God in prayer.

And like Revelation tells us, He will hear, and He will act.

If you were at Mayfair this Sunday and want to share how God edified you today, leave a comment here or on the Facebook page and share your encouragement. If you’re a visitor or thinking about attending Mayfair, take a look at our website, contact our staff and members, and of course, come and join us!

PS: Trunk or Treat is October 29th. Bring your trunks, your costumes, your candy, and get ready to have a great time with the kids in the community!

This Sunday at Mayfair | June 11th 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we praised the God of Justice.

We were excited to welcome Randy back to the pulpit this week as he returned from the last class in his doctorate program. Lord willing, we will be hearing a message from Dr. Randy Johns around this time next year!

With Randy back, we returned to our study of Malachi. We picked back up with 2:17-3:5.

The Israelites had made a habit of questioning whether or not God truly was a God of justice. It’s a good thing to ask God for wisdom to understand how He is just when we are going through a period of doubt, but that isn’t what the Israelites were doing.

They asked questions not to get answers, but to challenge God.

The answer to their questions is coming, God said, but when it does, the Israelites will have to give answers of their own about how they handled justice.

God expects His people to be a people of justice. Will we leave the world wondering, or will we show them that our God truly cares about the rights and wrong in this world?

If you were at Mayfair this Sunday and want to share how God edified you today, leave a comment here or on the Facebook page and share your encouragement. If you’re a visitor or thinking about attending Mayfair, take a look at our website, contact our staff and members, and of course, come and join us!

This Sunday at Mayfair | June 4th 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we celebrated some members of our family moving on to new stages in life and read the radical story of the mustard seed.

We’re really excited as the summer brings some of our younger members into new stages of life. We recognized the soon to be married Kristen Hosch and Blaine Talmadge and the recently married Zach and Savannah Shaffer, and we also brought all our kids up on stage to recognize their accomplishments in completing another year of study at Mayfair.

Now, you may have not realized, but mustard seeds are pretty radical. At least to the Jews of Jesus’s day, they were—and not in a good way.

When Jesus says the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, it wasn’t what the Jews were expecting. It's not an elegant plant. The mustard plant grows wildly and can take over an entire garden—not at all like the hedged and ordered religion the Jews of Jesus’s day were living.

It’s much easier to get comfortable, but maybe we’ve been living like the Kingdom of God is like a row of carrots instead of a radical, change-inducing mustard seed?

If so, how will you change to be more like the Kingdom Jesus reveals in Matthew 13?

If you were at Mayfair this Sunday and want to share how God edified you today, leave a comment here or on the Facebook page and share your encouragement. If you’re a visitor or thinking about attending Mayfair, take a look at our website, contact our staff and members, and of course, come and join us!

This Sunday at Mayfair | May 21st 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we recommitted ourselves to our duties as priests.

To paraphrase CS Lewis, the greatest joy to be found in any relationship is found between those who, from the beginning, have taken each other seriously. A deeper respect yields deeper understanding, and it doesn’t take a genius to realize that the more two people understand each other, the more potential for joy and harmony in their relationship.

No, it doesn’t take genius, but it does take diligence.

We’re still studying Malachi and the Israelite’s question (many times, our question): "Is it futile to serve God?"

What’s God’s reply? “If it seems like this relationship isn’t going the way you want it to, it’s because you haven’t taken Me seriously.” Even the priests, the ones who have the responsibility of exemplifying and facilitating the Great Relationship between God and the people, were apathetic.

The message really hit home for us. We’re supposed to be God’s royal priesthood; it’s our duty to teach people about Him and His Truth. And it’s more than that. Our priesthood, our teaching, our relationship with God, our joy in that relationship—they’re all tied up in our love and respect for God.

If you’re a Christian, how will you make Malachi 2:5-7 true of you this week?

If you were at Mayfair this Sunday and want to share how God edified you today, leave a comment here or on our Facebook page and share your encouragement. If you’re a visitor or thinking about attending Mayfair, take a look at our website, contact our staff and members, and of course, come and join us!

This Sunday at Mayfair | May 14th 2017

This Sunday at Mayfair, we dove deeper into worship and our relationship with God.

Sometimes worship can feel like a burden. It’s the elephant in the room; there are days, weeks, months, maybe even longer periods of time, when coming to Church on Sunday feels more like a chore than worship. We don’t talk about it much, but we’ve all felt it at one time or another.

God called Malachi to prophecy to Israel because they had made complacency commonplace in their worship. Israel’s half-hearted sacrifices didn't please God. If they weren’t going to take Him seriously, how could they expect to have a relationship with Him?

In a culture that is so easily bored and satisfied with doing things halfway, we want to be different. We can’t earn God’s favor by giving Him our best—like He’s some kind of vending machine—but we can show God that we truly love Him as our Father, Master, Friend, and God. And the worship that grows out of that relationship won't be a burden; it will be the joy of those who know the other is fully committed to them, 100%.

If you were at Mayfair this Sunday and want to share how God edified you today, leave a comment here or on the Facebook page and share your encouragement. If you’re a visitor or thinking about attending Mayfair, take a look at our website, contact our staff and members, and of course, come and join us!

PS: Happy Mother’s Day!