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

 

Posted by: Pauline | August 26, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday August 31

Zechariah 9:9-12

Zechariah speaks to people who are probably discouraged. They have returned from exile, but they are still ruled by a foreign king, their city and their temple have little of the splendor they had in the days of the great kings like David and Solomon. The prophets have promised a Messiah, but they have been waiting a long time and the Messiah hasn’t come.

But Zechariah proclaims that the Messiah, the righteous king, will come, and that he will bring peace. There will be no more need for chariots or war horses. The king will have dominion “from sea to sea” – it’s not clear what geographic area this encompasses but it’s going to be a big kingdom, big enough that the people will be in no danger from those who have oppressed them in the past.

Matthew 11:25-30

Jesus offers rest to those who are weary. This rest is not being free of all obligations, but bearing a yoke that is “easy” and “light.” The word translated easy does not mean that little effort is required, but rather means good, kind, suitable, or better (than other yokes).

The image of a yoke might have evoked images of drudgery or slavery, but the word was also used to refer to a rabbi’s teaching, the way of life in obedience to God that he taught his disciples to follow. So when Jesus invites us to take his yoke and learn from him, he wants not just to impart knowledge to us but to guide us in living God’s way.

Posted by: Pauline | August 25, 2014

Upcoming events: week of August 25

This Week

Tuesday, August 26

No Bible Study

Wednesday, August 27

4 – 6:30 p.m. Clothes Depot
6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group craft night

Sunday, August 31

9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service for all ages, with guest speaker Larry Fletcher

Looking Ahead

Reminder: Bring in donated items for the rummage sale in September

Posted by: Pauline | August 17, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday August 24

Genesis 1

Scholars studying the creation myths of various cultures, particularly in the part of the world where the Bible was written, point out a number of parallels between those myths and the account of creation in Genesis 1. There are in fact several similarities, but there are also striking differences.

In other creation stories, there is a struggle between a god or gods and opposing forces. In Genesis, God is sovereign and His command is all that it takes for His will to be done. In other creation stories, gods themselves are created, and act a great deal like humans with all their faults. In Genesis, God simply exists, and He is good, and all that He does and makes is good – including humans, prior to their disobedience in Genesis 3.

Acts 17:22-31

The Greek philosophers who invited Paul to speak liked hearing and discussing ideas, and they especially liked hearing anything new and different. Their culture offered a wide variety of man-made gods to worship and philosophical teachings to choose among.

Paul took advantage of that openness to preach the Gospel — and to tell his listeners that there is really only one God, who created everything, and one way to God, through Jesus Christ.Their willingness to listen was good — but fruitless unless it led to repentance and faith in the one true God.

Psalm 89:11-15

When Scripture tells us that God is the Creator of all things, it is not just to provide information about our origins. It is to remind us that all things belong to God, to show us His great power, and to lead us to respond in trust and in joy.

Posted by: Pauline | August 17, 2014

Upcoming events: week of August 18

This Week

Tuesday, August 19

10 a.m. Bible Study
7 p.m. Handchime practice

Wednesday, August 20

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

Sunday, August 24

9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service for all ages, including kids sharing Camp Wyoming experiences

Looking Ahead

Reminder: Bring in donated items for the rummage sale in September

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