Sunday 05.09.21

Order of Service


Sermon: Matt Farrand

Reflect and Respond

Dismissal & Sending



We have at-home lessons in this series for your kiddos too!
Early Childhood Lesson (Parent Guide)
Elementary Lesson (Parent Guide)
Preteen Lesson (Parent Guide)

Kids Ministry Volunteers Needed!
We are so excited to see kids ministry growing at such a rapid pace, but with that growth comes the need for more volunteers! If you’re looking for a place to serve that is FUN and SO rewarding, would you consider helping our team? We’re looking for classroom leaders, classroom helpers, and subs who are passionate about pouring into the next generation. Sign up HERE if you’re interested.

Lead a Common Interest Group
Deadline: May 12
Are there things you find yourself doing that you would like people to join you in? What are your hobbies? Interests? During the months of June and July we create space to build relationships with people from our city through common interests! When we create space to gather, we are creating space to be like Jesus and be hospitable. Whether it's hiking, a book club, tennis, crafts, songwriting, etc....there is a place for you! EMAIL NATALIE if you are interested in leading a group this summer.

Love FoCo Action Team: Cleaning at Alpha Center
Saturday, May 22 at 9am
Join the Love FoCo Action Team at Alpha Center (1212 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524) on Saturday, May 22. Bring your gloves and some elbow grease and we’ll serve Alpha Center by deep cleaning their entire building. All ages are welcome to join us! EMAIL TERI with any questions.

Monthly Madness: Hiking Horsetooth [YOUTH]
Sunday, May 23 at 12pm, Meet at VOTR
Join us for a hike up Horsetooth Mountain, then stick around for the Night of Worship. Come in comfortable clothes and shoes and bring $5 for lunch at Wendy's. Come and invite your friends! EMAIL CHAZ with any questions.

Night of Worship
Sunday, May 23 at 6:30pm
Join us for an evening of singing together, praying for one another, and experiencing God. Childcare available for 3rd grade and younger with an RSVP to Kim.

Young Adults: Pancake Breakfast and Hike
Saturday, May 29 at 8am, Meet in the Warehouse at VOTR
Join us for a pancake breakfast and a hike up Horsetooth Mountain. This is a great chance to meet other young adults in the church, invite a friend, and get out in nature. EMAIL CHAZ with any questions.

Alpha Sunday
Sunday, May 30 at 9am + 10:45am
Join us Sunday, May 30, when we will talk about how to tell others about life, faith and meaning. Let’s explore together VOTR’s new plans for telling others about the greatest adventure that they will ever discover!


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1213 Riverside

The building at 1213 Riverside Ave was DONATED to our church! 

We believe God is calling us to use this building to care for families & children by offering affordable childcare. It’s all part of our ongoing plan to LOVE FOCO as we continue our mission of JOINING GOD’S MISSION TRANSFORMING ALL THINGS.

Will you join us in prayer during the month of May for God’s direction, discernment, and wisdom? A ‘Kingdom moment’ like this requires godly stewardship and we want to move forward with wisdom and discernment about our next steps. We want to hear from God in order to impact as many families as possible in the deepest way possible.

When you sign up, we'll email weekly prayer requests and encourage your feedback based on how God might be speaking to you. Then on June 6, we will provide an open house ‘prayer walk’ opportunity after each service so you can pray in the new building.

Sermon Notes

Sabbath Rest in a Busy World
By: Matt Farrand

“We are not restful people who occasionally get restless… We are restless people who sometimes find rest.” –Henri Nouwen

Exodus 20:8-11 (NIV)
(8)“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. (9) Six days you shall labor and do all your work, (10) but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. (11) For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

  1. If we don’t remember, we’ll forget.
    • “Prosperity breeds amnesia.” –Walter Brueggeman
    • Exodus 20:8 (NIV) keeping it holy.
    • Genesis 2:3 (NIV)
      Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
    • “The past year has thrown each of us into a state of unremitting vigilance against an invisible virus capable of killing seemingly at random. The pandemic has been a driver of systemic exhaustion, and each meeting Zoomed, mask donned, and hand scrubbed has been a reminder of the constant threat.” –Psychology Today, June 2021

  2. The sabbath is for everyone.
    • Joining God’s Mission, Transforming All Things
    • Already and Not Yet
    • Exodus 20:11 (NIV)
      (11) For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

  3. Imago Dei
    • Total inactivity
    • Play 
    • Self-Awareness 
    • Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
      (28) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”



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