Posted by: Pauline | September 26, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday October 2

Exodus 12:1-13; 13:1-8

For over three thousand years, Jews have celebrated their liberation from slavery with the feast of Passover. As initially designed by God, the festival centered on the sacrifice of a lamb by each family grouping (what we would probably call the extended family). This reminded them of God’s power and grace in delivering them from the plague that killed the firstborn of the Egyptians as well as from oppression in Egypt. For those who celebrated the first Passover, this had the added significance that the lamb was sacred to the Egyptians, representing one of their gods, and by killing it, the Israelites rejected the religion of their oppressors and celebrated the feast as free men and women.

Luke 22:14-20

Jesus and his disciples, as faithful Jews, celebrated the Passover each year. But at this last supper, it gained a new significance, as Jesus identified himself as the sacrifice, and instructed his followers in a new meal of remembrance. In the words of an ancient hymn, “Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast.”

Posted by: Pauline | September 25, 2016

Upcoming events: week of September 26

This Week

Monday, September 26

Tuesday, September 27

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

Wednesday, September 28

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group – bake cookies

Saturday, October 1

9 a.m. Youth Group – bake cookies

Sunday, October 2

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

Looking Ahead

Saturday, October 9

Guest Speaker at worship service

Posted by: Pauline | September 18, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday September 25

Genesis 37:3-8; 17b-22; 26-34; 50:15-21

The story of Joseph and his brothers makes for imaginative retellings. Some people see him as a dreamer with his head in the clouds, not really aware of the intense hatred his brothers feel toward him. Others make him out to be a bratty teenager, rubbing his brothers’ faces in his own status as favored son. Still others see the fault only in his father and brothers, while Joseph follows God faithfully through the surprising ups and downs of his life.

But Scriptures is not concerned with explaining his personality and motivations, but rather with showing God at work in the lives of His chosen people. The brothers do not come across well in the story, but they each became heads of the tribes of Israel. God had a plan, with each person and circumstance a small piece of working out His great purposes.

Posted by: Pauline | September 18, 2016

Upcoming events: week of September 19

This Week

Tuesday, September 20

No Bible Study

Wednesday, September 21

12:30 p.m. Journey
6:30 p.m. Bible Study
7 p.m. Session Meeting

Thursday, September 22

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

Sunday, September 25

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service and Youth Sunday School
Directory Photo Sessions

Looking Ahead

Monday, September 26

Posted by: Pauline | September 11, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday September 18

Genesis 15:1-6

In our modern society, when some couples remain childless by choice, it may be hard for us to grasp just how difficult is was for Abram and Sarai to have no children. Custom allowed for the servant Eliezer to inherit, which would include providing for the couple in their old age. But God had previously promised offspring to Abraham, and so far the promise remained unfulfilled.

There is still no evidence it will be fulfilled, except for God’s word of promise and the visual reminder of the myriad stars in the night sky (for more visible in that place and time than we are accustomed to). Yet that was enough for Abram, for he considered God trustworthy in all that He said and did.

Luke 3:1-9

By the time of Jesus, Abraham’s descendants were indeed numerous, though in terms of worldly power they were not all that significant. And those who did wield power in their land did not have the kind of faith in God that Abraham did.

Many of them seemed to have thought that their identity as descendants of Abraham was all that was needed to have a right relationship with God. But John insisted that God expected repentance, together with the right living that accompanies true repentance.

Posted by: Pauline | September 11, 2016

Upcoming events: week of September 12

This Week

Tuesday, September 13

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, September 14

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, September 17

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, September 18

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

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, September 21

12:30 p.m. Journey
7 p.m. Session Meeting

Thursday, September 22

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Sunday, September 25 and Monday, September 26

Directory Photo Sessions
Posted by: Pauline | September 4, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday September 11

Genesis 3:8-21

This familiar story helps us understand why we live in a world where it often seems so much easier to do wrong than to do right, where things and lives and relationships are broken, and where we try to hide our faults rather than own up to them.

But it also offers a glimmer of hope. Sometimes called the Protoevangelium, Genesis 3:15 contains the promise of redemption. The serpent will bruise the heel of the woman’s offspring, but that same offspring will bruise (or crush, depending on the translation) the serpent’s head. Christians see the fulfillment of that promise in Christ’s suffering and death, followed by his resurrection, which defeated death.

Romans 5:12-19

The Protoevangelium of Genesis just hints at the promise of redemption, but Romans 5 spells it out clearly. The actions of both Adam and Jesus had consequences for all of humanity. One resulted in sin and death, but in Christ we have righteousness and new life.

Posted by: Pauline | September 4, 2016

Upcoming events: week of September 5

This Week

Tuesday, September 6

No Bible Study

Wednesday, September 7

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, September 8

7 p.m. Choir practice

Friday, September 9

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rummage Sale

Saturday, September 10

8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Rummage Sale

Sunday, September 11

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

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, September 14

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Saturday, September 17

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Wednesday, September 21

7 p.m. Session Meeting

Sunday, September 25 and Monday, September 26

Directory Photo Sessions
Posted by: Pauline | September 2, 2016

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Posted by: Pauline | August 28, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday September 4

2 Chronicles 7:11-20

Solomon had just finished the temple and dedicated it to God, asking God to hear the prayers made in that place. God answers that He has chosen this place and will be attentive to prayers made there.

It is no magic formula, however, that prayers made in this place will automatically bring God’s blessing. If God’s people are humble and pray and turn away from sin, He will hear and will answer. But if they turn away from God, disobeying Him and worshiping other gods, they will be judged severely.

Jude 1-4, 17-25

Just as the physical temple built by Solomon did not guarantee God’s blessing on His people, so being part of a local church now is no guarantee of a right relationship with God. There are those who try to pervert the teaching of grace, and those who are faithful to God must be faithful in standing for the truth.

There is a tendency, often, to stand for truth by being antagonistic to those who disagree, but Jude exhorts Christians to show mercy to those who go astray.

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