Posted by: Pauline | July 15, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday July 22

Psalm 89:20-37

This middle portion of Psalm 89 recalls God’s promises to David and his descendants. Reading just this portion, one gets little sense of the significance of this to the psalmist. But immediately after this portion, the psalmist makes it clear that current circumstances make it appear that God has renounced the covenant with David.

God had promised that even if He had to punish Israel for disobedience, He would still keep his covenant with David. The psalmist believes in God’s faithfulness. But it is not easy to hold onto that confidence considering the death and destruction around him. He believes God will keep His promise, but how long will it take?

Ephesians 2:11-22

The Gentiles in Ephesus had never had promises like that from God – the pagan gods they worshiped were hardly known for their faithfulness. Historically they had always been outside the covenant that God made with Israel, and many Jews did not welcome the idea that God should now include them.

Only in Christ could the two groups be reconciled. He had taught by word and example to love one’s enemy, but it was by his death on the cross that he reconciled them both to God, and to one another.

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Posted by: Pauline | July 15, 2018

Upcoming events: week of July 16

This Week

July 16-20

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Vacation Bible School at United Methodist Church

Tuesday, July 17

No Bible Study

Wednesday, July 18

1:30 p.m. Journey
6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, July 21

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, July 22

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, July 24

No Bible Study

Wednesday, July 25

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, July 26

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Posted by: Pauline | July 8, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday July 15

Psalm 24

Our worship space looks very different from that of the ancient Israelites, and no one stands at the door to ask whether we meet the requirements for entry into God’s presence. Indeed, we pray a prayer of confession early in our worship time, acknowledging that we are not worthy, but confident that God welcomes and forgives those who come with repentant hearts.

Psalm 24 shows that the people of ancient Israel, like us today, desired to be in God’s presence. They recognized God as the King who created and rules the world, and they knew that God was a holy God who expected holiness in His people.

Ephesians 1:3-14

Sometimes we get so caught up in the details of our lives that we have to be reminded to take a larger view and put our daily concerns in perspective. In this passage in Ephesians, Paul puts everything in such a grand and eternal context that our usual preoccupations seem pretty insignificant.

Yet those things do concern us, and it may not be immediately obvious how to relate Paul’s eloquent statements about our blessings in Christ to the mundane details of our lives. The passage is so deep and deals with things so vast that it may take us a good long while of meditation on aspects of its truths to find how it speaks to what we are currently dealing with in our lives.

Posted by: Pauline | July 8, 2018

Upcoming events: week of July 9

This Week

Tuesday, July 10

No Bible Study

Wednesday, July 11

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, July 12

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Saturday, July 14

Walking Taco stand at Chief Wapello Days

Sunday, July 15

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

Looking Ahead

July 16-20

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Vacation Bible School at United Methodist Church

Tuesday, July 17

No Bible Study

Wednesday, July 18

1:30 p.m. Journey
6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, July 21

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Posted by: Pauline | July 1, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday July 8

Psalm 48

The modern-day reader of the psalm may have trouble identifying with the psalmist’s emphasis on Jerusalem as a city God had uniquely chosen as His dwelling place. The psalmist expresses great confidence that God will defend this city against its enemies, which are also His enemies. While such confidence was intended to be in God and not in the city itself, we know from history that later the people did put unwarranted trust in the idea that God would never let the city be destroyed – which we know it was, more than once.

But we can read the psalm as an expression of trust in God Himself. And one interpretation of the psalm identifies the context not as the past but the future, a prophecy of a time when God will indeed defeat all the enemies of His people, when He will finally bring His kingdom to earth, and His city will be in fact “the joy of the whole earth.”

2 Corinthians 12:3-10′

No one likes being weak, and our culture teaches us not to admit to weakness. It would appear that Paul was no more eager than any of us to embrace weakness, but God taught him that his own weakness was a way for him to experience God’s power. It must have been a painful lesson to learn, physically as well as emotionally and spiritually, but having learned it, Paul knew the reality of God’s grace in his life in a much deeper way.

Posted by: Pauline | July 1, 2018

Upcoming events: week of July 2

This Week

Tuesday, July 3

No Bible Study

Wednesday, July 4 Independence Day

No Bible Study

Saturday, July 7

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, July 8

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, July 10

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, July 11

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, July 12

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

July 16-20

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Vacation Bible School at United Methodist Church

Posted by: Pauline | June 24, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday July 1

Psalm 130

This psalm is all about waiting and hope, two ideas that are so closely linked that in some languages a single word means both to wait and to hope. It is not a general hope for things to get better, but a hope based on God’s mercy and forgiveness, rooted in the what God has revealed about His character in Scripture and in Israel’s history.

2 Corinthians 8:7-15

Paul is eager to have the Corinthian Christians join in the contribution being taken up for the poverty-stricken Christians in Jerusalem. This will not only ease the suffering of the church where the Gospel first began to spread to the world, but will also create stronger bonds between the Gentile Christians in Corinth and the Jewish Christians in Jerusalem, and contribute to the spiritual growth of the Corinthian Christians as they follow the example of their Savior in generous self-giving.

Posted by: Pauline | June 24, 2018

Upcoming events: week of June 25

This Week

Tuesday, June 26

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, June 27

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, June 28

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Sunday, July 1

9 a.m. Worship Service – Note the change in time for just this Sunday

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, July 3

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, July 4

No Bible Study

Saturday, July 7

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

July 16-20

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Vacation Bible School at United Methodist Church

Posted by: Pauline | June 17, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday June 24

1 Samuel 17:4-11, 32-49

The story of David and Goliath is so well-known that people with little or no knowledge of the Bible know what is meant by a David-vs-Goliath conflict. And the triumph of the apparent underdog is seen as evidence that people can and should stand up against bullies, against those who wield power to hurt others, and that they can hope to succeed.

What is far less commonly mentioned is the source of David’s confidence. Yes, he no doubt knew his own skill in using a sling as a weapon, and he would have had some advantage in agility to the heavily armored warrior. But David attributes both his confidence and his victory not to his own strength or ability, but to the power of God.

Mark 4:35-41

One could make a good argument that the storm in this passage was even more dangerous and deadly than a giant like Goliath. While a boy with a slingshot may have seemed like an unlikely warrior, Goliath was mortal, able to be killed by human weapons. But a storm is invulnerable to any kind of force that humans can bring against it. We might be able to survive it, but we cannot overpower it.

Little wonder that the disciples were filled with fear first by the storm itself, then by seeing their teacher vanquish the storm merely by speaking to it. They knew God had such power, but while they knew Jesus could heal, they clearly had not dreamed that he could wield the power of God in this way.

Posted by: Pauline | June 17, 2018

Upcoming events: week of June 18

This Week

Tuesday, June 19

No Bible Study

Wednesday, June 20

1:30 p.m. Journey
6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Sunday, June 24

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, June 26

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, June 27

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, June 28

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Sunday, July 1

9 a.m. Worship Service – Note the change in time for just this Sunday

July 16-20

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Vacation Bible School at United Methodist Church

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