Posted by: Pauline | September 16, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday September 23

Isaiah 40:1-8

The opening message of Isaiah 40 is about comfort. For a lot of people, this sounds like being made comfortable. But the kind of comfort presented here is rather different. It proclaims forgiveness of sins but does not downplay the reality of judgment for sin. It announces the coming of the Lord in glory, and that this coming means some preparation needs to be done first. It reminds us of the permanence of God and His word, and that we, on the other hand, are no more permanent than grass. The comfort is not in finding out that life will be as we want it to be, but in that God cares about us and will make life as He intends it to be.

Mark 1:2-8

Today, when the president visits a city, there is a lot of preparation first to be sure the route he passes through will be safe. This includes metal detectors, screening of those who will be allowed hear him, lots of Secret Service agents, and roads blocked to ordinary traffic.

In Jesus’ day, preparations also had to be made when a king was going to be traveling through the area. A herald was sent ahead to let people know the king was coming, and the roads had to be prepared for the king and his retinue, clearing obstacles and filling in holes in the road. In Mark 1, John was the herald sent ahead of Jesus, announcing that the king was coming and that people needed to repent in order to prepare for the king’s coming.

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Posted by: Pauline | September 16, 2018

Upcoming events: week of September 17

This Week

Tuesday, September 18

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, September 19

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

Sunday, September 23

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, September 25

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, September 26

No Bible Study

Thursday, September 27

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Sunday, September 30

9:30 Breakfast at Odessa Grille
10:45 Joint worship service with Morning Sun church at Lake Odessa

Posted by: Pauline | September 9, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday September 16

Mark 1:1

Conditioned as we are to keeping religion and politics separate, the first verse of Mark sounds to us like a statement about religious matters, not politics. But Mark used a title, “son of God,” that was applied to the Roman emperor. The word translated “good news” or “gospel” was often used in a political context, such as about a victory in battle. Even the word “Messiah” or “Christ,” which meant “anointed one,” had been used in the past for the king of Israel.

Mark wasn’t calling for any kind of political rebellion. But the good news he proclaimed was about a victory by a power far greater than the emperor’s, a life-changing message that asserted Christ’s sovereignty over not only religion and politics but every sphere of life.

1 Cor. 15:1-7

The good news of Jesus’ victory over sin and death was so central to the Christian faith that before long, the word “gospel” became synonymous with that good news. But at the same time, some people were beginning to circulate variations on this message that differed in crucial ways from the gospel Paul had received and passed on, and he wants to be make sure people know and understand the true gospel.

Posted by: Pauline | September 9, 2018

Upcoming events: week of September 10

This Week

Tuesday, September 11

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, September 12

6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Session

Thursday, September 13

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Saturday, September 15

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, September 16

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

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, September 19

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

Sunday, September 30

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Joint worship service with Morning Sun church at Lake Odessa, followed by brunch

Posted by: Pauline | September 3, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday September 9

James 1:17-27

In popular culture, and even sometimes among churchgoing people, being religious is generally associated with various religious rituals.  People who go to church regularly, pray a lot, and read the Bible and devotional literature are considered “religious” – a designation that many people shy away from. Those activities are good, but James paints a different picture of true religion, which has at least as much to do with everyday behavior as what one does on Sundays or other specifically religious contexts.

Taking care of the needy, such as widows and orphans, requires being among them, first to see them and their needs, and then to meet those needs. In the process there will be temptations to act and react in ways that serve self rather than God, and that require careful attention to what we have been taught by God, to do what He desires instead of what may come more naturally to us.

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

The Pharisees had a great many rules they followed, believing this made them more acceptable to God. It must have been challenging, keeping all those rules. Then again, aren’t there days when it seems like it might be easier to keep oneself “pure” by ritual washings and only eating certain foods prepared a certain way, than to be kind to rude people and patient with slow people and forgiving to mean people and not wish for what we don’t have, such as an easier life?

Jesus made it clear that eating the wrong things does not defile us, because it is what comes out of our heart that defiles us. But that also means that eating the right things, or following any number of other rules, can’t make our hearts pure, because it is still what comes out of our heart that defiles us. This passage doesn’t give us the answer to our “heart trouble,” but we know from other passages that Jesus himself is the answer.

Posted by: Pauline | September 3, 2018

Upcoming events: week of September 3

This Week

Tuesday, September 4

8 a.m. Rummage Sale set-up
No Bible Study

Wednesday, September 5

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Friday, September 7

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rummage Sale

Saturday, September 8

8-11 a.m. Rummage Bag Sale

Sunday, September 9

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service: Camp Wyoming Sunday and Blessing of the Backpacks

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, September 11

10:15 Bible Study

Wednesday, September 12

6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Session

Thursday, September 13

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Saturday, September 15

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, September 30

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Joint worship service with Morning Sun church at Lake Odessa, followed by brunch

Posted by: Pauline | August 26, 2018

Upcoming events: week of August 27

This Week

Tuesday, August 28

10:15 Bible Study

Wednesday, August 29

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, September 1

No Clothes Depot due to holiday weekend

Sunday, September 2

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service with guest speaker Richard Hoisington

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, September 4

8 a.m. Rummage Sale set-up
No Bible Study

Wednesday, September 5

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Friday, September 7

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rummage Sale

Saturday, September 8

8-11 a.m. Rummage Bag Sale

Sunday, September 9

Camp Wyoming Sunday and Blessing of the Backpacks

Sunday, September 30

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Joint worship service with Morning Sun church at Lake Odessa, followed by brunch

Posted by: Pauline | August 19, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday August 26

Psalm 84

While the translations we commonly use refer to God’s dwelling place as “lovely,” the Hebrew word is generally translated “beloved.” There is certainly beauty in the place of worship, but it is lovely to the worshiper primarily because of the presence of the God who is worshiped and loved. Over and over the psalmist shows intense love for God and for God’s dwelling place. It is the place longed for when on the journey, and that gives delight to the one who has entered to worship. Even to wait in the doorway is far better than to live elsewhere in luxury.

Ephesians 6:10-20

Many people today are uncomfortable with the martial imagery in this passage, remembering how over the centuries people have committed violence while claiming the name of Christ. Some have reacted to those wrongs of the past by making faith a purely private matter, just between an individual and God. But Paul reminds us that there is a cosmic struggle between good and evil, and while we may be confident of God’s ultimate victory, we do not get to sit back as spectators but are in the thick of the battle.

Lest we fall back into thinking we fight against those who believe differently, Paul reminds us that our enemies are not other people. Our armor is no threat to them unless they are enemies of truth, righteousness, faith, and peace. And since we still might try to fight the wrong enemy or in the wrong way, he also reminds us to keep praying all the time.

Posted by: Pauline | August 19, 2018

Upcoming events: week of August 20

This Week

Tuesday, August 21

2:30 – 4 p.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, August 22

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, August 23

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Sunday, August 26

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, August 28

No Bible Study

Wednesday, August 29

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, September 1

No Clothes Depot due to holiday weekend

Sunday, September 2

Guest speaker Richard Hoisington

Tuesday, September 4

8 a.m. Rummage Sale set-up

Friday, September 7

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rummage Sale

Saturday, September 8

8-11 a.m. Rummage Bag Sale

Posted by: Pauline | August 12, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday August 19

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14

Solomon began his reign with the awareness that he needed wisdom from God in order to be a good king. God was pleased with his desire for wisdom, and promised wisdom as well as riches and power. From the Biblical accounts of the rest of his life, we know that Solomon showed wisdom in some cases, but made terribly wrong choices in others. God gave him discernment to understand right and wrong, but Solomon still had to choose which to follow.

Ephesians 5:15-20

Christians in Ephesus are also exhorted to a life of wisdom. This means seeking God’s will rather than their own pleasures, and results in a life characterized by joyful fellowship and thanksgiving.

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