Posts by Brent Clark (Page 2)

Posts by Brent Clark (Page 2)

Essence of Christmas

Preparing for Christmas Day 10

Listen to the song “Peace Has Come” by Hillsong Worship. Reflect on the lyrics and reflect on an area of your life where you need the peace of Christ to come.
Ashworth Church West Des Moines IOwa

Elder Nominations

One of the exciting changes this year at Ashworth is the addition of Elders to our leadership structure. This change allows us to empower our Deacons to care for the families in the church while the Elders tend to the mission, vision, and oversight of the church. After prayer and discussion, the following individuals are nominated to serve as Elders at Ashworth Church: Jude Ashwanth Don Peck Elizabeth Carman Suki Joseph Jerry Chapman All five individuals are either currently serving…
Essence of Christmas

Preparing for Christmas Day 9

Take a look at this picture and reflect on the following:  The Annunciation was painted by the Italian Renaissance painter Fra Filippo Lippi in the mid-fifteenth century. It pictures two kneeling figures opposite one another. Mary, on the right, is holding a book, symbolizing the Word of God becoming flesh. Gabriel is holding a lily symbolizing purity. Take in the painting. Notice the structure, placement of people and objects, the use of light and shadow.  What catches your attention? What thoughts…
Essence of Christmas

Preparing for Christmas Day 8

“The incarnation means that for whatever reason God chose to let us fall . . . to suffer, to be subject to sorrows and death—he has nonetheless had the honesty and the courage to take his own medicine. . . . He can exact nothing from man that he has not exacted from himself. He himself has gone through the whole of human experience—from the trivial irritations of family life and the cramping restrictions of hard work and lack of money to the worst horrors of…
Essence of Christmas

Preparing for Christmas Day 5

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.2 See, darkness covers the earth    and thick darkness is over the peoples,but the Lord rises upon you    and his glory appears over you.3 Nations will come to your light,    and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” Isaiah 60:1-3 Pray for those who will come to see the lights at Celebration of Lights Sunday evening at 5 PM that they will encounter the Light of the World. 
Essence of Christmas

Preparing for Christmas Day 4

How’s your soul this week? Do you feel a bit frantic? Hurried? Many things in our lives, like technology, entertainment, or activities can be great tools to be used and enjoyed. But they can quickly become tyrannical masters of our lives if we aren’t careful. What is exerting control over your life right now creating anxiety or hurriedness? If possible, find 5 minutes today to sit in silence, reflect on the birth of Christ, and BREATHE. As you sit in…
Essence of Christmas

Preparing for Christmas Day 2

Take a look at this picture and reflect on the following: The Nativity was painted by the seventeenth-century French painter Georges de La Tour. It pictures the Christ child, Mary and Mary’s mother. Take in the painting. Notice the structure, placement of people and objects, the use of light and shadow. What catches your attention? What thoughts and emotions does this image invoke within you? How does this image relate to the passage we read yesterday in Isaiah 9:2? Copied…
Essence of Christmas

Preparing for Christmas Day 1

Advent is a season of waiting, expecting, and hoping. It is from the Latin word “coming.” The season of waiting gives us the opportunity to prepare our hearts for Christ. Today, read Isaiah 9:2. How has the light of Jesus impacted your life personally and your circle of influence? What areas of your life do you need the light to shine in now? Isaiah 9:2       2 The people walking in darkness          have seen a great…

Welcome, Jordan!

As a part of our 2020 Ministry Plan and Budget presented in June, we shared our desire to add a new staff position in the area of worship to the church this ministry year. I am excited to announce that we have hired Jordan McDonald as our Worship Director. Jordan and his family have been a part of the Ashworth family and worship team since moving to Des Moines in August. Jordan comes to us with several years of experience…
future change

What to Expect

As you come to church week in and week out, you may notice minor changes here and there. Artwork in the coffee area gets changed depending on the season or special emphasis. The stage is modified now and then. A sign appears telling guests where to park. The kids’ check-in station is changed. While most of the time, we try to keep the changes to a minimum, in the coming weeks and months, more noticeable changes will be coming in…

When You’re Finished Changing

Benjamin Franklin once said, “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” In January of this year, I wrote on this blog that 2019 would be a year of change for Ashworth Church. And it has. This year, we made changes to the leadership structure of the church and we changed denominations. These two changes were not small but will have a significant impact on our church in the future. As much as I would like to believe that we never have…