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 and 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

Posted by: Pauline | July 20, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday July 27

Job 38:1-11

Contemplating the marvels of creation is always a good corrective for human pride. However impressive the works made by people, they are as nothing compared to what God made. And the things we make have little lasting power, compared to the mountains and oceans which are just as impressive today as when God first created them.

Psalm 147

The psalmist reminds us of many reasons to praise God. Creation not only shows us God’s power but also His provision for us and for all living things. Moreover, He is concerned with how we live, giving us good laws to live by, and blessing those who live by His laws.

Isaiah 40:12-31

The message of this chapter is for a people who have suffered greatly, and have wondered where God is, and whether He cares about their suffering. The response is, in part, similar to that given Job when he asked such questions.

In addition, the people are reminded of the power of God compared to that of the lifeless idols, and to the men of power on the earth, whose life and power are so very brief. They need to wait, and God will give them strength.

Posted by: Pauline | July 20, 2014

Upcoming events: week of July 21

This Week

Tuesday, July 22

10 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, July 23

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, July 26

6 p.m. 1′s & 2′s at Betty Brown’s

Sunday, July 27

9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service for all ages, including music by VBS Kids

Looking Ahead

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

Posted by: Pauline | July 13, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday July 20

Genesis 28:10-19a

Commentators on this passage disagree about a number of the details, such as the geographic location of Bethel, and whether it was a ladder or a staircase that Jacob saw in his dream. There is also considerable difference of opinion as to what Jacob’s response indicated about his spiritual state.

But what is very clear from this passage is that God made His presence known to Jacob in a very dramatic fashion. Jacob was far from home, fleeing from his brother’s rage at being cheated out of the blessing Isaac intended for Esau, and on the way to a distant destination where he cannot be sure of being welcomed. But God assures Jacob not only of His presence here but of His promise to be with Jacob and protect him wherever he goes.

Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24

Just as Jacob was in awe of being in God’s presence, the psalmist is in awe of how completely God knows him. God not only knows what we have done but what we think. There is no detail too small for His notice, no thought so hidden that He does not know it.

Moreover, being known in this way by God does not depend on being in a particular place where God is known to be present. There is no place so remote or so hidden that it is beyond God’s reach. Not even death will separate David from God (Sheol is the place of the dead).

David speaks of the impossibility for getting away from God, but it is not because he wants to. On the contrary, this understanding of God causes him to praise God, and to desire that God use His knowledge of David’s inmost thoughts to show him how to live more fully in accordance with God’s will.

Posted by: Pauline | July 13, 2014

Upcoming events: week of July 14

This Week

Tuesday, July 15

10 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, July 16

No Bible Study (so we can attend “Music on a Mission” in Winfield)

Saturday, July 19

We will serve walking tacos during Chief Wapello Days. Proceeds will go to purchase items needed for our new building.
There will also be a Youth Fundraiser bake sale.

Sunday, July 20

No Adult Sunday School
9:30 a.m. Chief Wapello Days ecumenical worship service at Methodist church

Looking Ahead

Saturday, July 26

6 p.m. 1’s & 2’s at Betty Brown’s

Posted by: Pauline | July 6, 2014

Scripture for Sunday July 13

Jeremiah 23:23-24

The people of the nations surrounding Israel believed in localized gods, whose concern and power were limited to that area. No doubts the Israelites sometimes found themselves thinking of the God of Israel that way also.

Jeremiah reminds them that God is both near to them, and at the same time filling the whole earth. There is no place where He does not see what people are doing, and no limit to His power to act in their lives. For those who follow God faithfully this is a comfort. But to those who behave as though God were absent, it is a reminder of judgment to come.

Isaiah 55:6-13

This passage is a generous invitation from God, for people to turn from sin to God, to be pardoned and receive God’s abundant blessings. For those who might be skeptical about whether such an invitation is for real, God reminds the people how different their way of thinking is from His. Just as the rain and snow accomplish His purposes in making the fields yield bountiful crops, so whatever He says will truly come to pass.

There is, however, also an implied warning in the passage. Seek the Lord “while he may be found … while he is near.” There will come a time when this generous invitation will no longer be offered.

Matthew 1:18-25

This passage is familiar to us mostly from hearing at every year at Christmas. It is one of two Gospel accounts of the birth of Jesus. But it is also a succinct account of one of the central miracles of Christianity, that the God who fills heaven and earth somehow entered our world as a human baby.

Two names are applied to this baby, Jesus and Immanuel. The name he went by and by which we still know him today is Jesus, which means “God is salvation.” But we also remember that he was, and is, Immanuel, God-with-us.

Posted by: Pauline | July 6, 2014

Upcoming events: week of July 7

This Week

Tuesday, July 8

10 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, July 9

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

Thursday, July 10

7 p.m. Choir practice

Sunday, July 13

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

Looking Ahead

Saturday, July 19

We will serve walking tacos during Chief Wapello Days. Proceeds will go to purchase items needed for our new building.

Sunday, July 20

9:30 a.m. Chief Wapello Days ecumenical worship service at Methodist church

Posted by: Pauline | July 3, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday July 6

Psalm 90:1-4

The contrast between the shortness of human life and God’s eternal being is a frequent theme in Scripture. Psalm 90 is one of the most eloquent expressions of this, and helps us to put our lives in the right perspective.

1 Timothy 1:12-17

This passage, which ends with a doxology (ascribing praise to God), offers us a number of reasons to praise God. Through Jesus Christ, we receive love, mercy, grace, salvation, strength, and opportunities to serve God. Moreover, even apart from what God has done for us, who God is is worthy of our greatest praise – He is far beyond the limitations of time and space that characterize our existence as humans, and there is no other like Him.

Posted by: Pauline | June 29, 2014

Upcoming events: week of June 30

This Week

Tuesday, July 1

10 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, July 2

4:30 Mission Committee
6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, July 5

10 a.m. – noon   Clothes Depot open

Sunday, July 6

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

Looking Ahead

Sunday, July 20

9:30 a.m. Chief Wapello Days ecumenical worship service at Methodist church

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