Posted by: Pauline | January 31, 2015

No church February 1

Due to expected bad weather, church will not be held Sunday February 1.

The service planned for February 1 will be moved instead to February 8, including the Scriptures, sermon topic, and celebration of Communion.

We will also collect the cans of soup on February 8 that would have been brought in February 1 for Souper Bowl Sunday.

So stay home, keep safe and warm, then join us next weekend on February 8.

Posted by: Pauline | January 29, 2015

Scripture for Sunday February 1

Isaiah 29:13-15

Churches differ widely in the outward forms of worship. But this passage makes it clear that, whatever the form, it is meaningless if it is only a matter of form and not of the heart. This is not about one’s emotional response to God primarily, but the whole of our being in our attitudes and actions as well as our words.

Colossians 3:12-17

In the previous verses, Paul has been listing sinful behaviors that Christians need to turn away from. But it is never enough to turn from bad behavior without putting good behavior in its place. In these verses, Paul lists the kind of godly attitudes and actions that are to characterize the life of a follower of Christ.

Hebrews 12:25-13:3

The writer of Hebrews punctuates his teaching with solemn warnings about those who refuse to listen to God’s word and obey it. Like the other warnings, this one both points out the peril of disobedience and encourages believers to continue in the path of faithfulness.

Posted by: Pauline | January 25, 2015

Upcoming events: week of January 26

Note: We will have Movie night Sunday, January 25 as planned despite snow earlier today

This Week

Tuesday, January 27

No Bible Study

Wednesday, January 28

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Sunday, January 25

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service including Communion for all ages

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, February 18

7 p.m. Ash Wednesday service

Posted by: Pauline | January 19, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday January 25

Psalm 1:1-6

This psalm paints a picture of contrasts, between the person who follows God and His teachings, and the one who scorns God and His ways. The one who follows God deliberately turns away from the paths followed by those who have no concern for God.

Following God involves giving close attention to God’s teachings, both to understand and to obey them. It will take time, but ultimately this results in a life of fruitfulness and fellowship with God.

Psalm 119:105-112

Psalm 119 is one of the acrostic psalms, organized by the beginning letter of each line. In verses 105 through 112, all the verses start with the Hebrew letter nun, which corresponds to our letter N. In English, that pattern is pretty much hidden except by the section headings, but it explains why the verses of each section may not seem to have much to do with each other.

What all 176 verses of this psalm have in common is that they say something about God’s teachings, which using the word law, instruction, commandments, precepts, etc. They remind us of the importance of knowing and following God’s commands, and of the blessings that come from doing so.

2 Timothy 3:14-17

Earlier in this chapter, Paul talked about those who go astray and lead others astray in various kinds of sin. Living in such an environment will be difficult, but those who want to live a godly life will continue in the teachings of Scripture. These lead to salvation through Jesus Christ and guide the believer in understanding and living out God’s will.

Posted by: Pauline | January 18, 2015

Upcoming events: week of January 19

This Week

Tuesday, January 20

10 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, January 21

6:30 p.m. Bible Study
7 p.m. Session meeting

Sunday, January 25

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service and Youth Sunday School
Congregational Meeting following the worship service
6:30 p.m. Movie Night: When the Game Stands Tall

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, January 28

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

 

Posted by: Pauline | January 11, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday January 18

Joel 2:11-17

God calls on His people to return to Him, with sorrow for their sins which have brought God’s judgment on them. They are to have a change of heart, not just an outward show of sorrow. But this is not primarily a call to individuals to experience an inward change; it is a call to the community as a whole to gather in worship. Believing in God’s grace, they will all come together – even nursing infants and even the newly married – and ask for God to have mercy on them.

Psalm 100

This psalm is a joyful call to worship. We are glad to come into God’s presence, filled with thanksgiving for all His goodness. We remember that we belong to God, that we need Him as our Shepherd and that He does care for us as His sheep.

Hebrews 10:19-25

In the Old Testament, the holy places in the Temple were restricted to priests offering sacrifices. Under the new covenant, however, all believers may come into God’s presence by the blood of Christ, which cleanses us from sins in a way that the animal sacrifices never could.

Some might be tempted to think that, having been thus cleanses, they need not concern themselves about their relationship with God. But the author of Hebrews reminds us that we need to come together and encourage one another to serve God by love and good works.

Posted by: Pauline | January 11, 2015

Upcoming events: week of January 12

This Week

Tuesday, January 13

10 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, January 14

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
6:30 p.m. Bible Study ladies going out for supper

Friday, January 16

6 – 8:30 p.m. Elder Training

Saturday, January 17

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Worship Workshop, including soup & sandwich lunch
2 p.m. Lay Liturgist training continues (begins during worship workshop)

Sunday, January 18

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service and Youth Sunday School
Dedication of the new building, following the worship service
Lunch served by the Youth Group, following the dedication

Looking Ahead

Sunday, January 25

Congregational Meeting following the worship service

Posted by: Pauline | January 4, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday January 11

1 Chronicles 16:23-31

If you heard these verses and did not know what book they came from, you would most likely guess Psalms. And as a matter of fact, these verses are almost identical to Psalm 96:1-13. Perhaps over time David reworked some of the songs he wrote, adding to them or combining part of one song with another.

In the book of Psalms each psalm stands alone, and only in a few cases do we have an indication how they were intended to be used. But in 1 Chronicles, we have the context, and see how David used this song of thanksgiving as part of worship in the tent David had set up for the ark of God.

Psalm 29

While much of David’s song of thanksgiving in 1 Chronicles praises God for His faithfulness to His covenant people, in this psalm David praises God for His greatness as seen in nature. The image seems to be of a great thunderstorm, which breaks down mighty trees and leaves other trees stripped bare.

We may be more comfortable praising God for His goodness to us and those we love, but David’s words remind us to praise God not only for what He has done for us but also for who He is, the Sovereign Lord of the universe.

Acts 2:41-47

We know only a few details about how the early church was organized or how they conducted their worship services, but from this passage we know the elements of church life that were important to them. These were learning the apostles’ teaching, fellowship with one another, celebrating the Lord’s Supper, and prayer. They were also very generous to one another and full of praise to God for His goodness to them.

Posted by: Pauline | January 4, 2015

Upcoming events: week of January 5

This Week

Tuesday, January 6

10 a.m. Bible Study @ Carole Cole’s home

Wednesday, January 7

No Bible Study

Thursday, January 8

7 p.m. Choir practice

Saturday, January 10

“Spring Cleaning” at the church

Sunday, January 11

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service and Youth Sunday School

Looking Ahead

Saturday, January 17

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Worship Workshop II, including soup & sandwich lunch
2 p.m. Lay Liturgist training

Sunday, January 18

Dedication of the new building, following the worship service
Lunch served by the Youth Group, following the dedication

Sunday, January 25

Congregational Meeting following the worship service

Posted by: Pauline | December 29, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday January 4

Isaiah 60:1-6

For people who have lived in the darkness of suffering, the words of the prophet carry a bright promise. In the future, the darkness will be elsewhere, and they will have the light of God’s glorious presence. To this light will come not only the people of Israel who have been scattered among the nations, but also kings of those nations, bringing with them both wealth and praise to God.

Ephesians 3:1-12

The prophets of the Old Testament had some glimmerings of God extending His blessings to the Gentiles. But Paul writes that the fulness of God’s purpose had remained a mystery until it was revealed to him. God’s plan had always been for the Gentiles to be co-inheritors with the Jews.

Paul does not allow the revelation he has received to make him proud. Rather, he is humbled by it, knowing that he does not deserve to be the one through whom God’s revelation comes, and that it is only by God’s grace that he has this privilege.

Matthew 2:1-12

Over the centuries there has been much speculation about who these wise men were, where they came from, what was the star they followed, and the significance of the gifts they gave to Jesus. Since Matthew doesn’t elaborate on any of these points, however, it would seem that the answers to such questions, however interesting, are not all that important.

What Matthew does tell us is that God’s revelation of the Savior reached far beyond the borders of Israel; that the coming of Jesus produced fear and conflict as well as joy; and that ultimately the outcome was not in the hands of rich wise men or powerful Herod but our sovereign God.

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