Posted by: Pauline | April 24, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday April 30

Ephesians 5:6-21

Paul draws a sharp contrast in this passage between two ways of life, represented by light and darkness. As stark as the contrast is, however, he does not suggest that it is always easy for us to know the right thing to do. He warns against being deceived, and urges us to use discernment and be careful in our walk.

He also makes it clear that this is not a solitary walk we take alone. He is addressing us as members of a church, and we have a responsibility not only for our own walk but to allow God to speak to others through us, as well as hearing Him speak to us through them.

Matthew 18:15-20

Jesus provides practical steps for dealing with the kind of moral issues that can severely damage our lives and our testimony as believers. But churches today make little use of his instructions, whether out of fear of being overly harsh, an aversion to conflict, or simply because in so many churches, people really don’t know each other all that well. And because in our modern, mobile society, it may seem easier to find a new church – or no church at all – than to go through the messy, sometimes painful process of resolving problems the right way.

Posted by: Pauline | April 24, 2017

Upcoming events: week of April 24

This Week

Tuesday, April 25

No Bible Study
1 – 5 p.m. Presbytery meeting

Wednesday, April 26

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group
6:30 p.m. Session Meeting

Thursday, April 27

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

Sunday, April 30

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
Youth Group walk dogs at Burlington Humane Society after church
6:30 p.m. Movie Night, showing “Second Hand Lions”

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 2

10:15 Bible Study
1:30 p.m. Women’s Guild

Wednesday, May 3

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, May 6

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Posted by: Pauline | April 16, 2017

Upcoming events: week of April 17

This Week

Tuesday, April 18

No Bible Study

Wednesday, April 19

10 a.m. Journey
No Bible Study

Sunday, April 23

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, April 25

10:15 Bible Study
1 – 5 p.m. Presbytery meeting

Wednesday, April 26

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group
6:30 p.m. Session Meeting

Thursday, April 27

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

Sunday, April 30

Youth Group walk dogs at Burlington Humane Society after church
6:30 p.m. Movie Night

Posted by: Pauline | April 9, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday April 16

Matthew 28:1-10

This passage is about the resurrection is marked by fear and joy. The guards at the tomb were overwhelmed by fear when the angel appeared. The women were afraid also, but to them the angel gave a message of joy and hope.

The women were still afraid when they left to spread the news to the disciples. The strangeness of the event, the obvious supernatural forces at work, the unknown future in which the rules of life and death had been changed – all of that left them feeling more than a little uneasy. But even greater than their fear was their joy that Jesus was alive, and they could go share this wonderful news.

Colossians 3:1-4

Most people like the idea of new life associated with Easter, whether they believe in the Resurrection or not. But Paul makes it clear that the promise of new life is not just so we can feel better about life because there is hope for the future. New life in Christ means our behavior and attitudes are different, because now we see things from a very different perspective.

Posted by: Pauline | April 9, 2017

Upcoming events: week of April 9

This Week

Tuesday, April 11

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

Wednesday, April 12

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
No Midweek Bible Study during Lent

Thursday, April 13

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, April 14

7 p.m. Ecumenical Good Friday Service at UMC

Easter Sunday, April 16

6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service, followed by breakfast
9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, April 18

No Bible Study

Wednesday, April 19

1:30 p.m. Journey

Sunday, April 23

10:45 a.m. Chalk Artist

Tuesday, April 25

1 – 5 p.m. Presbytery meeting

Thursday, April 27

7 p.m. Handchimes practice

Posted by: Pauline | April 2, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday April 9

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

Psalm 118 is the last of a group of six psalms known as the Egyptian Hallel. Hallel means praise, and the Jews praised God for having freed them from slavery in Egypt. This group of psalms was sung during Passover (as well as during the Feast of Tabernacles), and it is likely that Psalm 118 was the song sung by Jesus and his disciples after the Last Supper.

The Jews came with joy to Jerusalem each year to celebrate the Passover, and the verses that refer to “opening the gates of righteousness” may have been used as the people entered the gates of Jerusalem, thanking God for His salvation. Certainly the words of this psalm were on their lips as they cried “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” as Jesus entered the city, riding on a donkey.

Matthew 21:1-11

When the crowd of pilgrims from Galilee arrived at Jerusalem, they were already excited. It was probably easy to get caught up in the celebration that surrounded Jesus, as he entered the city amid shouts of “Hosanna!” and people’s hopes for him to rule as Messiah and deliver them from Roman oppression.

Most of them probably had little idea of what rule by Jesus really meant, and none of them except Jesus understood what he had to do in order to bring salvation, or that the salvation would be so much bigger than the political independence they longed for. But they praised God, and we join in praising God, even as we realize how little we often understand of His bigger purposes in our lives.

Posted by: Pauline | April 2, 2017

Upcoming events: week of April 3

This Week

Tuesday, April 4

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

Wednesday, April 5

No Midweek Bible Study during Lent

Palm Sunday, April 9

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
6:30 Youth Group meet for “egging”

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, April 11

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

Wednesday, April 12

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
No Midweek Bible Study during Lent

Thursday, April 13

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, April 14

7 p.m. Ecumenical Good Friday Service at UMC

Easter Sunday, April 16

6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service

Tuesday, April 25

1 – 5 p.m. Presbytery meeting

Posted by: Pauline | March 26, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday April 2

James 2:1-13

It is human nature to want to be around people who are like us, or who represent what we aspire to be (wealthy, successful, etc.) But God has put people together in the church without regard for those preferences of ours. What we have in common – Jesus Christ – is far more important than what is different among us, and God expects us to treat each other as members of the same family.

We don’t generally think of treating some people better than others as a sin, and certainly not in the same class as those other sins James mentions. But James is using God’s standard, not ours, which is to “love your neighbor as yourself.” And everyone in church is our neighbor as well as brother and sister.

1 Corinthians 11:17-34

This passage is most familiar to us from the Communion liturgy. But in its original context, Paul was giving instructions to the church in Corinth on how to treat one another. Rather than sharing their food and wine when they gathered for the Lord’s Supper, some people were eating and drinking all they had brought and even getting drunk, while others went hungry. By their behavior it was clear that they had respect neither for the Lord’s sacrifice they commemorated nor for their fellow believers.

Paul does point out one positive aspect to divisions among the church. While the man-made divisions are displeasing to God, there is also a division between those whose faith is genuine and who demonstrate it by the way they treat one another, and those who claim the name of Christ but whose actions say otherwise.

Posted by: Pauline | March 26, 2017

Upcoming events: week of March 27

This Week

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

Sunday, April 2

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, April 4

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

Wednesday, April 5

No Midweek Bible Study during Lent

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.

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