Posted by: Pauline | September 28, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday October 5

Psalm 33

This psalm begins with joy and ends with hope, and in between gives us numerous reasons for praising God and trusting in Him. He created the universe and everything that lives. He continues to rule over the earth, and He rules in righteousness and justice. Without God, all the supposed wisdom and strength of nations comes to nothing. With God, there is hope no matter how dire the present situation.

John 15:9-17

Jesus is giving commands to his disciples, but he is giving them as to friends, not servants. He gives commands so that they will live the way he has taught them and that he has modeled for them, a life of love and joy.

Posted by: Pauline | September 28, 2014

Upcoming events: week of September 29

This Week

Tuesday, September 30

No Bible Study

Wednesday, October 1

No Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group Craft Night

Saturday, October 4

10 a.m. – noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, October 5

9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service – Larry Fletcher will be guest speaker

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, October 7

1:30 p.m. Women’s Guild

Sunday, November 2

Noon – 2 p.m. Fall Festival, including lunch from noon – 1 p.m.

Posted by: Pauline | September 26, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday September 28

Philippians 2:1-13

Paul’s exhortations in the first few verses may seem daunting. Be in full accord with one another? Do nothing from selfish ambition? Couldn’t he have settled for asking us to get along most of the time and do little from selfish ambition?

Sure, we can look on the interests of others as well as our own. But consider others more important than ourselves?

We may feel that this is beyond us. But Paul reminds us that this is exactly how Jesus lived. He had every right to think of himself as important, being the Son of God, but he lived and died in humility.

And if we feel unequal to following his example, Paul also reminds us that it’s not just us “working out our salvation,” but God who is at work in us to do what pleases Him.

Posted by: Pauline | September 22, 2014

Upcoming events: week of September 22

This Week

Tuesday, September 23

10 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, September 24

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group Craft Night

Sunday, September 28

9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service – SELAH will lead worship
Youth Group will host luncheon after worship service (free will donation)

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, October 7

1:30 p.m. Women’s Guild

Sunday, November 2

Noon – 2 p.m. Fall Festival, including lunch from noon – 1 p.m.

Posted by: Pauline | September 15, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday September 21

Psalm 145:8-16

This is one of the acrostic psalms, where each line or verse begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Since this cannot be reflected in the English translation, the structure of these psalms is less apparent to us.

What gives focus to the psalm is that every line is about God’s greatness and giving praise to him. The psalm is full of superlatives – notice how many times the word “all” is used in these verses. All of these statements about God remind us of his goodness and greatness, and help us continue to put our trust in him.

James 1:12-18

When we have given in to the temptation to sin, we may also be tempted to blame God for the circumstances that we see as having led to the sin. But James asserts that the source of temptation is our own desires, not God. God is wholly good, and can neither tempt us to sin nor be tempted by sin.

We are very changeable, sometimes doing good and other times doing what is wrong. But God is unchanging, always good in His character and in all that He does in our lives.

Posted by: Pauline | September 14, 2014

Upcoming events: week of September 15

This Week

Tuesday, September 16

10 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, September 17

1:30 p.m. JOURNEY
6:30 p.m. Bible Study
7 p.m. Session meeting

Saturday, September 20

10 a.m. – noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, September 21

9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service for all ages and Sunday School for children/youth

Looking Ahead

Sunday, September 28

SELAH will lead worship service

Sunday, November 2

Fall Festival following the worship service

Posted by: Pauline | September 10, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday September 14

Deuteronomy 7:7-11

Knowing they were the chosen people of God, the Israelites may sometimes have thought it was because they were somehow better than other people. But Moses reminds the people that God chose them because He was keeping a promise He had made to Abraham, to bless his descendents and make them a great nation. Because God was faithful to them, they are exhorted to be faithful to Him.

Psalm 89:1-9

This psalm is a joyous song of praise for God’s faithfulness. The word “faithfulness” is repeated over and over – eight times in the entire psalm, and four times just in these nine verses. In addition, it speaks of God’s steadfast love again and again, and emphasizes that it lasts forever.

Hebrews 10:19-25

People who worry about whether they are good enough to please God will always feel a sense of hesitation to approach God, an anxiety about whether they have done enough. But the writer of Hebrews assures us that on the basis of the completed work of Christ we can approach God with confidence and assurance of forgiveness. This is no reason to be complacent, however. Instead, we are exhorted to be faithful, as God is, and to encourage each other to do good works.

Posted by: Pauline | September 7, 2014

Upcoming events: week of September 8

This Week

Tuesday, September 9

10 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, September 10

4:30 p.m. Mission Committee Meeting
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Clothes Depot
6 p.m. Choir practice
6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, September 11

9 a.m. – noon Journey Stitchers

Saturday, September 13

5:30 p.m. 1’s & 2’s at the Southend Park, hosted by the Howell’s

Sunday, September 14

9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service for all ages [Note new starting time]
Worship Committee meeting following worship service

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, September 17

1:30 p.m. JOURNEY
7 p.m. Session meeting

Sunday, September 21

Back to Sunday School Sunday

Sunday, September 28

SELAH will lead worship service

Sunday, November 2

Fall Festival following the worship service

Posted by: Pauline | August 31, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday September 7

Psalm 65:9-13

This psalm is a song of thanksgiving, probably used to celebrate a good harvest. We are reminded that it is not the earth itself that provides abundantly for us, but God who blesses the earth and causes it to be fruitful.

The psalmist uses wonderfully poetic images to describe God’s bountiful blessing. The meadows and valleys are said to clothe themselves – the meadows with flocks, and the valleys with grain.

Matthew 7:7-11

These verses assure us that God wants to give us good gifts in response to our requests. Experience tells us that we do not always get what we ask for from God, but experience also tells us that, in hindsight, we often realize that what God did give us is better than what we thought we wanted.

Luke 12:22-32

Logic tells us that, as Jesus points out, we cannot change anything by worrying, but we find it oddly difficult to give up, even so. But Jesus assures us that God knows what we need and will provide for us, even more than He provides for the short-lived birds and flowers.

Posted by: Pauline | August 31, 2014

Upcoming events: week of September 1

This Week

Tuesday, September 2

8 a.m. Set-up for Rummage Sale
No Bible Study

Wednesday, September 3

No Bible Study

Friday, September 5

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rummage Sale

Saturday, September 6

8 – 11 a.m. Rummage Sales
10 a.m. –  noon Clothes Depot open

Sunday, September 7

9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service for all ages [Note new starting time]

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, September 10

4:30 p.m. Mission Committee Meeting

Saturday, September 13

5:30 p.m. 1’s & 2’s at the Southend Park, hosted by the Howell’s

Wednesday, September 17

1:30 p.m. JOURNEY
7 p.m. Session meeting

 

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