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

Posted by: Pauline | August 10, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday August 17

Psalm 139:7-12

There is nowhere to run away from God. As high as one can ascend into the heavens, or as low into the grave itself, God is already there. As far east as the “wings or the morning” or as far west as one can go across the ocean, there is no escaping God’s presence.

There is nowhere to hide from God. Darkness may hide us from human eyes but never from God, because He does not need light to see.

Jeremiah 23:23-24

People who do not want to have their sins known and judged by God – like those Jeremiah was preaching against – prefer to think of God as limited in His knowledge and power. But God is not limited. He fills the entire universe, and knows all the things that people think they have hidden.

Posted by: Pauline | August 10, 2014

Upcoming events: week of August 11

This Week

Tuesday, August 12

10 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, August 13

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot open
No Bible Study

Thursday, August 14

9 a.m. – noon Journey Stitchers

Saturday, August 16

10 a.m. – noon Clothes Depot open

Sunday, August 17

9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service for all ages, including Blessing of the Backpacks

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, August 20

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

Sunday, August 24

Kids share Camp Wyoming experiences during the worship service

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

Posted by: Pauline | August 3, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday August 10

Psalm 139:1-6

Sometimes it is a great comfort to know that someone else understands exactly how you feel. There are times when our closest friends don’t understand, but God always does, because He knows us so completely.

Other times, we would rather no one know our secret thoughts, because we are ashamed of them. But no matter how much we try to hide them, they are never hidden from God.

Whether we find it comforting or disturbing, the fact is that God knows us intimately.

Acts 5:1-11

One of the characteristics of the early church was Christians’ radical generosity. In the chapter preceding this passage, we learn that believers with wealth in the form of real estate would sell it and bring the proceeds to the apostles to distribute to those in need. Barnabas is mentioned as an example of this practice.

Perhaps Ananias and Sapphira were initially moved by such a spirit of generosity to sell a piece of property. Before they took the proceeds to the apostles, however, they decided to keep some of the money for themselves. No doubt they enjoyed the comfort and security that wealth provided.

But they still wanted to be known as Christians who were as generous as Barnabas. So they took part of the money to the apostles, claiming that it was all the proceeds of the sale. No doubt they thought no one would know the difference. But God did, and God judged them severely.

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

There is a kind of wisdom that is very different from what often passes for wisdom among people who are wealthy and prosperous. This is a hidden wisdom that is only known to God, and to those to whom God makes it known.

Posted by: Pauline | August 3, 2014

Upcoming events: week of August 4

This Week

Tuesday, August 5

10 a.m. Bible Study
1:30 p.m. Planning session for annual Rummage Sale

Wednesday, August 6

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, August 7

7 p.m. Choir practice

Sunday, August 10

9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service for all ages
Worship Committee meeting following the worship service

Looking Ahead

Bring in donated items for the rummage sale in September

Posted by: Pauline | July 27, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday August 3

Jeremiah 32:16-20a

Jeremiah has just bought a plot of land, at God’s direction, even though he knows the besieged city of Jerusalem is about to fall to the enemy. Buying property when you know that you’re about to be taken into captivity in a foreign land seems pretty pointless. Or an act of great faith, that God will someday bring him or his descendents back to the land to reclaim that property.

So Jeremiah prays, reminding himself of God’s greatness, that no matter how powerful the enemy seems and how weak God’s people are, God really is in control. Humanly speaking, it would make more sense to either expect that a powerful God would prevent the enemy of God’s people from defeating them, or else to think that such defeat means that God really isn’t that powerful after all. But Jeremiah recalls the evidence of God’s power as displayed in the history of Israel, and not only in the distant past but up to the current day.

Matthew 19:16-26

When we look for evidence of God’s power in human affairs, we often think of God protecting His people against external enemies, such as Egypt in the days of Moses or Babylon in the days of Jeremiah. But Jesus points to the power of God to do what might seem even harder – to turn a self-centered sinner into one who loves God and does His will.

Posted by: Pauline | July 27, 2014

Upcoming events: week of July 28

This Week

Tuesday, July 29

10 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, July 30

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Sunday, August 3

9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service and Communion for all ages

Looking Ahead

Beginning in August, bring in donated items for the rummage sale in September

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