Posted by: Pauline | August 21, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday August 28

Psalm 46

Many people like to quote verse 10 of this psalm, “Be still and know that I am God.” But often people think that being “still” has to do with stopping activity and being quiet. There are certainly times to stop other activities and be quiet in order to focus on God, but that is not what this psalm is talking about.

The context of this psalm is war, and probably came out of one of the many times that God supernaturally delivered His people from their enemies. The exhortation is not to escape the noise and upheaval that often characterize our life, but to stop trying to win the battle on our own, and let God show His power to deliver us in the midst of all the noise and upheaval.

2 Kings 19:8-20, 32-36

From the point of view of the historian, this chapter is about a political/military conflict between two kingdoms, Judah and Assyria. But to us as believers, it is all about what God or gods we follow. Who truly has power, and deserves to be exalted over all others? And what happens to those who defy and disparage the one true God?

Posted by: Pauline | August 21, 2016

Upcoming events: week of August 22

This Week

Tuesday, August 23

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, August 24

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
No Bible Study
7 p.m. Session Meeting

Thursday, August 25

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Sunday, August 28

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

Looking Ahead

Friday, September 9

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rummage Sale

Saturday, September 10

8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Rummage Sale

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
Posted by: Pauline | August 14, 2016

Scripture for Sunday August 21

Matthew 6:25-34

Generally speaking, we worry over things we don’t have control over. Worrying gives us the illusion we are doing something about it. Sometimes people actually think that by worrying, they are preventing bad things from happening. Logically it doesn’t make sense, but emotionally it can be a powerful controlling factor.

Jesus gives two reasons not to worry. God takes good care of even the birds and the flowers, so He’ll certainly take care of us. And worrying doesn’t accomplish anything positive anyway.

 

Posted by: Pauline | August 14, 2016

Upcoming events: week of August 15

This Week

Tuesday, August 16

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, August 17

No Bible Study

Saturday, August 20

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, August 21

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service, including Blessing of the Backpacks

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, August 24

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
7 p.m. Session Meeting

Sunday, August 28

Guest speaker Pauline Evans

Saturday, September 3

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Friday, September 9

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rummage Sale

Saturday, September 10

8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Rummage Sale

Wednesday, September 14

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Posted by: Pauline | August 7, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday August 14

Malachi 3:8-12

Scholars disagree as to who these verses in Malachi are addressed to, and what which of various offerings are referred to, that were not being given as they were supposed to be. Regardless of these details, however, it is clear that people in a covenant relationship with God were not being faithful to promises they had made, because they failed to give the amount that was required according to the terms of the covenant.

The people may have felt they did not have enough to be able to give more than they already did. But their failure to give more meant that other people had even less, because the offerings were used to support the priests and Levites who performed the sacrifices for the people, as well as supporting widows and orphans who had no one to provide for them.

If they did give more, God says, they would not find themselves in need, because He would make their harvests abundant. But they first have to give before they begin to experience that blessing.

Luke 21:1-4

This passage is often cited to encourage generosity in giving by those who do not think they have a lot to give. But read in context of the verses at the end of the preceding chapter, it also serves as a judgment on those whose religiosity is for show rather than genuine love toward God. Jesus had just been condemning those who – among other offenses – were benefiting at the expense of widows, rather than giving to these poor women who were so needy.

Posted by: Pauline | August 7, 2016

Upcoming events: week of August 8

This Week

Tuesday, August 9

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, August 10

11 a.m. Memorial service for Dr. Lori DeVeau
4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Sunday, August 14

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service, including children’s report on Camp Wyoming

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, August 17

7 p.m. Session Meeting

Saturday, August 20

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, August 21

Blessing of the Backpacks during worship service

Wednesday, August 24

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Sunday, August 28

Guest speaker Pauline Evans

Saturday, September 3

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Friday, September 9

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rummage Sale

Posted by: Pauline | August 7, 2016

Link to article mentioned in today’s sermon

Here is the article Pastor Jon mentioned in today’s sermon:

The Casserole-Toting Church Ladies Hold the Secret To Happiness

Posted by: Pauline | July 31, 2016

Scripture for Sunday August 7

Matthew 25:14-29

We may find it easy to criticize the servant who received the one talent for burying it in the ground. It seems a very foolish way to treat money entrusted to us; naturally our first thought would be to put any large sum of money in the bank where it would not only be safe but earn interest.

But burying money was a normal method of keeping it safe, back in that day. And while “one talent” doesn’t sound like very much money, especially when the other servants were entrusted with two or five talents, a single talent was worth about twenty years’ wages for an ordinary laborer. Why risk losing that much money if it could be kept safe underground?

Because clearly the master did not want it merely kept safe. Since he had given to each servant according to his ability, clearly he believed this servant capable of investing one talent wisely and well. But fear of failure kept the servant from even trying to fulfill his master’s expectations.

Posted by: Pauline | July 31, 2016

Upcoming events: week of August 1

This Week

Tuesday, August 2

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
1:30 p.m. Planning meeting for Rummage Sale

Wednesday, August 3

11 a.m. Homework Helpers planning meeting
6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, August 6

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, August 7

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

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, August 10

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Wednesday, August 17

7 p.m. Session Meeting

Saturday, August 20

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Wednesday, August 24

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Friday, September 9

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rummage Sale

Posted by: Pauline | July 24, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday July 31

Psalm 103:19-22

It is often not apparent in our world that God is ruling over it, but this psalm – like all of Scripture – asserts that God does rule over all. The angels serve Him faithfully and praise Him, and creation itself fulfills His will and glorifies Him. Unlike them, we sometimes wander from His will, but the earlier verses of the psalm remind us that God is gracious and forgiving.

Isaiah 46:5-10

Isaiah scoffs at those who worship an object of their own making, rather than the God who made them. It is easy for people in our society to assume we are better than those pagans, because we do not worship idols made of stone or metal. But any god that we have imagined for ourselves, rather than accepting the truth about God revealed in Scripture, is just as much an idol as those derided by Isaiah.

Romans 8:28-31

Knowing that God is sovereign over everything in our lives is a comfort when things just don’t go right. When we are what doesn’t go right, however, we may be tempted to think that God’s promises are for those who get it right more than we do. But He has also promised that those He has called, He will indeed fulfill His plan for, so that one day we will be without sin and rejoicing in His presence.

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