Posted by: Pauline | April 22, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday April 29

Galatians 6:6-10

Sometimes our distance from the life and times of the Bible makes it difficult to understand the illustrations that are used in Scripture, but sowing and reaping are images understandable even to people who don’t make their living by farming. Any child who has planted a seed in a paper cup full of dirt, then waited for it to grow, understands that it takes time. You take care of it, giving it sun and water, but the outcome still depends on God, whether you plant one seed in a cup or acres and acres of corn or beans.

Just a little experience with gardening is also enough to understand that you can’t plant carrot seeds and expect cucumbers to grow, or sow beans and reap tomatoes. So it is no surprise to find the same principle in our lives, that we can’t spend our time and resources on satisfying ourselves and expect to reap the fruits of righteousness.

1 Corinthians 13:9-13

Commentators differ on what Paul had in mind when he wrote “when the perfect comes” (or, depending on your translation, “when completeness comes”). Some consider it to have come already, when the writing of the Bible was completed. Other see it in the future, at the second coming of Christ. The differing views often correspond to one’s belief as to whether the spiritual gifts of tongues and prophesy ended with the apostles or continue today.

Whichever way it is interpreted, Paul clearly wants the Corinthian Christians to aspire more to loving one another than to the often more visible gifts of tongues or prophesy. If what we care about is other people seeing what good Christians we are, rather than on the good we can do for others – whether anyone sees it or not – we haven’t learned the lessons of love Paul is trying to teach us.

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Posted by: Pauline | April 22, 2018

Upcoming events: week of April 23

This Week

Tuesday, April 24

10:15 Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, April 25

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, April 26

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
6 p.m. Believe

Sunday, April 29

9:30 a.m. Youth Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
Graduation Luncheon following church service
6:30 p.m. Movie Night

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 1

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, May 2

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, May 3

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, May 5

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Saturday, May 12

10:30 a.m. Mother/Daughter/Ladies Brunch

Posted by: Pauline | April 16, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday April 22

Psalm 57

Unlike many psalms where we can only guess at what difficulties the author of the psalm was facing, here we know that David was fleeing from Saul and took refuge in a cave. It was likely the event narrated in 1 Samuel 24, when Saul entered the same cave, and David had the opportunity to kill him but refused to kill the Lord’s anointed king.

We don’t know whether David composed this psalm before or after the encounter with Saul. It is evident from the psalm that his trust in God is not dependent on his current circumstances. In the midst of difficulties, he still praises God and declares his confidence that God will deliver him.

Philippians 4:10-20

In our society today, we are bombarded daily by marketing messages designed to make us want what we do not already have. Paul’s attitude of being content with little or with plenty is foreign to many of us. We may choose not to buy something, whether because we lack the money or because we choose to use the money elsewhere, but wish we could have it and feel dissatisfied when we have to do without.

Paul’s speaks of having “learned” to be content, and he points us in the right direction for learning the same lesson. It is not from his own strength of character but from Christ who gives him the strength to do all things.

Posted by: Pauline | April 15, 2018

Upcoming events: week of April 16

This Week

Tuesday, April 17

No Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, April 18

10 a.m. Journey Kick-off Brunch
6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Thursday, April 19

6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, April 21

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, April 22

9:30 a.m. Youth Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
Congregational Forum following church service, lunch provided

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, April 24

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, April 25

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, April 26

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
6 p.m. Believe

 

Saturday, May 12

10:30 a.m. Mother/Daughter/Ladies Brunch

Posted by: Pauline | April 9, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday April 15

Job 1:1-22

To acknowledge that all that we have comes from God is common among religious people, and even to say that it all still belongs to Him, and is given in trust to us for a time, is not too hard when we still have it. But when disasters strike, we generally find ourselves feeling wronged that we have lost so much, because really we tend to think of it as ours.

Job must have felt great grief, and probably anger, but even in such a crisis he is able to remember that everything he had lost was not really his but God’s, to give or take away according to His sovereign will.

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

While most of our Bible translations use the words temptation and tempted in verse 13, they can also be translated using test/trial and tested/tried. Paul likely has both meanings in mind in this passage. Whether we think in terms of temptation or trial, we get into trouble if we think either that we are strong enough that it will be no problem for us, or if we think it is too strong for us and we give in quickly.

Paul tells us that temptations/trials come to everyone, so we should expect them and be ready. And he reminds us that God gives us what we need to stand against them, not in our strength but in His.

Posted by: Pauline | April 8, 2018

Upcoming events: week of April 9

This Week

Tuesday, April 10

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, April 11

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

Thursday, April 12

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
6 p.m. Believe

Sunday, April 15

9:30 a.m. Youth Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, April 17

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, April 18

10 a.m. Journey Kick-off Brunch
6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Thursday, April 19

6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, April 21

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Saturday, May 12

10:30 a.m. Mother/Daughter Brunch

Posted by: Pauline | April 1, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday April 8

Psalm 10

The narrative sections of the Bible often portray God acting to deliver His people from their oppressors. Sometimes it seems like God is doing miracles left and right. We wonder how people could have failed to recognize God’s power and trust in and obey Him.

But psalms like this one show us that God very often seemed absent from people’s lives. He allowed oppressors to go on committing violence, theft, and other injustices, openly scoffing at the idea of God’s judgment, and apparently doing quite well for themselves. This tested the faith of those who did remain faithful – why was God allowing this to go on?

But those faithful ones also knew that God had delivered His people in the past, and trusted that He would again. It was not just wishful thinking, but based on what they knew of God’s righteous character. And that gave them confidence for the future, despite their continued suffering in the present.

Hebrews 12:1-17

The writer of Hebrews has just finished giving a lengthy catalog of those we might call “heroes of the faith” (although a few may not strike us as particularly heroic). In chapter 11 we see people who, by faith, endure many things – uncertainty, loss of power or privilege, suffering, death. Now we are called upon to endure also, as even Jesus himself did.

While we may not feel comfortable grouping ourselves with those men and women of faith, or with our Savior, all of us face a variety of troubles in life. We might sometimes think it is because God doesn’t care or has forgotten, but we are reminded that it is in fact the opposite, that God requires us to go through these trials because He loves us, in order to develop us into mature people of faith.

Posted by: Pauline | April 1, 2018

Upcoming events: week of April 2

This Week

Tuesday, April 3

No Bible Study
1:30 p.m. Women’s Guild
6 p.m. Believe

Thursday, April 5

6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, April 7

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, April 8

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service, with guest speaker Pauline Evans

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, April 10

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, April 11

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

Thursday, April 12

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
6 p.m. Believe

 

Posted by: Pauline | March 25, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday April 1

Mark 16:1-8

The women who came to the tomb were expecting to find a dead body. That was why they were there, to finish preparing the body for burial, as there had not been time on Friday when the body was placed in the tomb. They were definitely not expecting the life-changing announcement of the resurrection.

Those of us who go to church on Easter are expecting a message about the resurrection. That is why we are there. But if we have attended church for years, it may no longer seem so life-changing.

Part of the good news of the gospel is that it doesn’t depend on what we do or don’t expect. God breaks into our lives in surprising ways, sometimes dramatic but more often not. Yet it is always life-changing when we respond to the gospel, turning from sin and death to new life in Christ.

Acts 10:34-44

When we hear the story of Cornelius, the focus is often on the inclusion of the Gentiles in the people of God. For the earliest Christians, all of them Jews, this was not just life-changing but society-changing.

But the focus of Peter’s preaching, as always, is on Jesus Christ. He proclaims the resurrection, and that Jesus is not only alive but is appointed by God as the judge of all people. To those who believe, he gives forgiveness. While left unstated, the inference is that those who do not believe stand condemned.

Posted by: Pauline | March 25, 2018

Upcoming events: week of March 26

This Week

Tuesday, March  27

10:15 Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, March 28

6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Thursday, March 22

6 p.m. Believe
7 p.m. Maundy Thursday service

Friday, March 30

7 p.m. Good Friday service at Nazarene Church

Saturday, March 31

10 a.m. Visitation and funeral for Marie Bartenhagen, reception with lunch to follow

Sunday, April 1

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, April 3

1:30 p.m. Women’s Guild
6 p.m. Believe

 

Thursday, April 5

6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, April 7

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

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