Posted by: Pauline | March 19, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday March 29

James 3:1-12

Some interpreters think that the warnings about the tongue in this passage are addressed primarily to teachers, who by their position of influence multiply the effect of their words on others either for good or evil. But all of us influence those around us by the things we say, and experience as well as Scripture tells us how hurtful words can tear down far more quickly than encouraging words can build up.

Ephesians 4:25-5:2

While only two of these ten verses refer explicitly to talking, several of the other exhortations involve communication in one way or another. Our anger is very often expressed in what we say (and how we say it). Likewise, kindness, forgiveness, and love are often expressed with words as well as actions. Actions may speak louder than words, but that never excuses thoughtless or abusive speech.

Posted by: Pauline | March 19, 2017

Upcoming events: week of March 20

This Week

Tuesday, March 21

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Guided Learning Club

Wednesday, March 22

6:30 p.m. Session meeting
No Midweek Bible Study during Lent

Thursday, March 23

9 a.m. Journey Stitchers

Sunday, March 26

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
6:30 p.m. Movie Night

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, March 28

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Guided Learning Club

Wednesday, March 29

6:30 p.m. Youth Group
No Midweek Bible Study during Lent

Saturday, April 1

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Posted by: Pauline | March 12, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday March 19

2 Timothy 3:14-17

This passage is addressed to an individual, Timothy, encouraging him to remain steadfast in living out his faith in Christ, which is based on the teaching of Scripture, and these verses are often used to exhort Christians in their personal Bible reading and study. Such reading and study are important, but this passage also shows us that Timothy did not come to his knowledge of Scripture on his own, but he was taught by others.

The book of 2 Timothy is about passing on the faith to others. Timothy has received from others his knowledge of the Scriptures, and the faith traditions already developing in the early church. His responsibility is to teach others, who will likewise pass on what they have learned.

Psalm 119:33-36

Reading and hearing Scripture is central to our growth in faith, but just knowing the words is not enough. With the psalmist, we need to ask God to give us understanding, to guide us in living out His ways, and to turn our hearts to what He wants rather than our selfish desires.

Posted by: Pauline | March 12, 2017

Upcoming events: week of March 13

This Week

Tuesday, March 14

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Guided Learning Club

Wednesday, March 15

6:30 p.m. Youth Group
No Midweek Bible Study during Lent

Saturday, March 18

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, March 19

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, March 21

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Guided Learning Club

Wednesday, March 22

6:30 p.m. Session meeting
No Midweek Bible Study during Lent

Thursday, March 23

9 a.m. Journey Stitchers

Sunday, March 26

6:30 p.m. Movie Night
Posted by: Pauline | March 5, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday March 12

Ephesians 4:11-16

We all know what growing up looks like, as children develop into adults, and we have a pretty good idea what it takes for a child to grow into a healthy adult, and what healthy adulthood looks like. But what does it look like for a church to grow into the maturity God wants, and what does that maturity look like?

Paul describes what a healthy, mature church is like – knowing the truth, loving one another, working together in the ministry, living in unity with one another. And he tells how the church grows to that maturity, by means of those God has given the church to proclaim God’s word, to guide and to teach, while all the members love one another and build one another up.

1 Thessalonians 5:5b-22

In our society, religion is often seen as something that is just between the individual and God. But when Paul gives instructions to the church, most of his exhortations have to do with how people treat one another. Encourage, esteem, be at peace, admonish, help, be patient, do good … These all have to do with how we treat one another, and doing these will create a loving community that glorifies God and attracts others to join with us.

Posted by: Pauline | March 5, 2017

Upcoming events: week of March 6

This Week

Tuesday, March 7

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
1:30 p.m. Women’s Guild
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Guided Learning Club

Wednesday, March 8

No Midweek Bible Study during Lent

Thursday, March 9

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
7 p.m. Choir practice

Sunday, March 12

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
Youth Luncheon following the worship service

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, March 14

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Guided Learning Club

Wednesday, March 15

6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Saturday, March 18

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Posted by: Pauline | February 26, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday March 5

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

One of the most common metaphors for the church is that of a body. We may be so used to the church being called the “body of Christ” as well as to other references to groups of people referred to as bodies that the metaphor can be lost on us.

But Paul spells it out clearly. We are each, in relation to the whole church, like a part of the body in relation to the whole. One may be a foot, another an eye or an ear. Sometimes we may feel as insignificant as an eyelash, or wish we had a role as important as the hands or the mouth. But Paul reminds us that everyone is important and needed, and no one can do without all the others.

Ephesians 2:19-22

Another metaphor for the church is that of a building, of which Jesus is the cornerstone. This metaphor reminds us that we are built on those who have come before us in the faith, that God is the builder, and that together we become something we could not be by ourselves.

In this passage, Paul specifies that the building is a temple, a dwelling place for God. Elsewhere Paul speaks of the individual Christian being a temple where the Holy Spirit dwells, but here he clearly refers to the temple which is the whole community of faith. And it is a building that is continually under construction, as the Spirit adds to the church and shapes us for His service.

Posted by: Pauline | February 26, 2017

Upcoming events: week of February 27

This Week

Tuesday, February 28

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Guided Learning Club

Wednesday, March 1

7 p.m. Ecumenical Ash Wednesday service at United Methodist Church

Sunday, March 5

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service including Communion for all ages

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, March 7

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Guided Learning Club

Wednesday, March 8

No Midweek Bible Study during Lent

Posted by: Pauline | February 19, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday February 26

Luke 9:28-45

When reading this passage, we tend to focus on the Transfiguration of Jesus. After all, it has such theological significance. As for the healing that follows, the Gospel has lots of stories of healing. Besides, when we read the others we don’t have to think about whether we are like the disciples who were asked to heal the boy and could not.

Unlike Matthew and Mark, Luke does not address the issue of why the disciples had failed in their attempt. But he does sandwich the stories of the Transfiguration and this healing between two times when Jesus foretold his death, then talked about God’s reversal of the typical values of the world (gaining things of the world, being great).

The events on the mount of transfiguration confirmed Jesus in his journey toward suffering and death, so that he might bring life to the world. But the disciples still tended to think in terms of worldly values. Only after his death and resurrection were they transformed and began to share that new life with others.

Psalm 36:5-10

These verses from Psalm 36 stand in stark contrast to those at the beginning of the psalm. Interpreters have pondered the reason for the abrupt change at verse 5. Earlier, the psalmist reflects on the attitude of the person who does not fear God, who has abandoned wisdom and chosen evil over good. Then the psalmist switches to praising God for His righteousness and steadfast love, before ending with a prayer against evil and evildoers.

It has been suggested that these contrasting verses help us remember that praising God and focusing on His goodness is a good way to keep us turned toward Him and away from evil. Or it is a reminder that no matter how bad the world seems sometimes, the steadfast love of God is just as true as ever, and we can take shelter in Him. In any case, the verses of praise, while they certainly could stand alone, here serve to focus our minds on God in the midst of a world that is so often opposed to Him.

Posted by: Pauline | February 19, 2017

Upcoming events: week of February 20

This Week

Tuesday, February 21

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Guided Learning Club

Wednesday, February 22

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, February 23

7 p.m. Handchimes practice

Sunday, February 26

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
Shrove Tuesday soup luncheon after the worship service
6:30 p.m. Movie Night: Woodlawn

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, March 1

7 p.m. Ecumenical Ash Wednesday service at United Methodist Church

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