Posted by: Pauline | June 17, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday June 24

1 Samuel 17:4-11, 32-49

The story of David and Goliath is so well-known that people with little or no knowledge of the Bible know what is meant by a David-vs-Goliath conflict. And the triumph of the apparent underdog is seen as evidence that people can and should stand up against bullies, against those who wield power to hurt others, and that they can hope to succeed.

What is far less commonly mentioned is the source of David’s confidence. Yes, he no doubt knew his own skill in using a sling as a weapon, and he would have had some advantage in agility to the heavily armored warrior. But David attributes both his confidence and his victory not to his own strength or ability, but to the power of God.

Mark 4:35-41

One could make a good argument that the storm in this passage was even more dangerous and deadly than a giant like Goliath. While a boy with a slingshot may have seemed like an unlikely warrior, Goliath was mortal, able to be killed by human weapons. But a storm is invulnerable to any kind of force that humans can bring against it. We might be able to survive it, but we cannot overpower it.

Little wonder that the disciples were filled with fear first by the storm itself, then by seeing their teacher vanquish the storm merely by speaking to it. They knew God had such power, but while they knew Jesus could heal, they clearly had not dreamed that he could wield the power of God in this way.

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Posted by: Pauline | June 17, 2018

Upcoming events: week of June 18

This Week

Tuesday, June 19

No Bible Study

Wednesday, June 20

1:30 p.m. Journey
6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Sunday, June 24

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, June 26

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, June 27

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, June 28

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Sunday, July 1

9 a.m. Worship Service – Note the change in time for just this Sunday

July 16-20

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Vacation Bible School at United Methodist Church

Posted by: Pauline | June 11, 2018

Upcoming events: week of June 11

This Week

Tuesday, June 12

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, June 13

No Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Session

Thursday, June 14

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Saturday, June 16

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, June 17

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, June 19

No Bible Study

Wednesday, June 20

1:30 p.m. Journey
6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Sunday, July 1

9 a.m. Worship Service – Note the change in time for just this Sunday

Posted by: Pauline | June 10, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday June 17

Psalm 20

This psalm is thought to have been a prayer for the king as he prepared to lead his men into battle. It reminded everyone that success in battle came not from military power but from God, and with this psalm they joined together in trusting God for His blessing as they went to war.

In Jewish tradition, this psalm also became associated with labor and childbirth, and it was prayed by and for women about to give birth. They recognized that, like men going into battle, they faced a difficult struggle, and the desired outcome ultimately depended on God, not their own efforts.

2 Corinthians 5:6-17

People have always tended to evaluate each other based on appearances, whether physical traits, clothing, or habits of speech and manner. But those who know themselves to have been given new birth by God know that it is that new creation that matters, not the outward appearance. Even as Christians we often fall into the old habits of judging by appearances. But Paul reminds us that Christ has changed us, so that we can live differently, live for Him instead of for ourselves, and live like Him.

Posted by: Pauline | June 3, 2018

Upcoming events: week of June 4

This Week

Tuesday, June 5

No Bible Study
Noon – Women’s Guild Salad Fest at Linda Gipple’s

Wednesday, June 6

No Bible Study

Sunday, June 10

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service with guest speaker Aimee Goldmeyer

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, June 12

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, June 13

6:30 p.m. Session

Thursday, June 14

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Saturday, June 16

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, July 1

9 a.m. Worship Service – Note the change in time for just this Sunday

Posted by: Pauline | May 27, 2018

Upcoming events: week of May 28

This Week

Tuesday, May 29

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, May 30

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, June 2

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, June 3

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, June 5

No Bible Study
Noon – Women’s Guild Salad Fest at Linda Gipple’s

Wednesday, June 6

No Bible Study

Posted by: Pauline | May 13, 2018

Upcoming events: week of May 14

This Week

Tuesday, May 15

No Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, May 16

1:30 p.m. Journey
No Bible Study

Thursday, May 17

6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, May 19

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, May 20 Pentecost Sunday – wear RED

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 22

10:15 Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, May 23

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, May 24

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

Posted by: Pauline | May 6, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday May 13

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Christian parents want to pass on their faith to their children and grandchildren, but sometimes aren’t sure how to go about it, especially if they’re not sure they can answer difficult questions about their faith. This passage in Deuteronomy provides guidance for them.

First, parents need to themselves love and obey God. Then they need to be diligent in teaching God’s Word to their children, taking opportunities in all their daily activities to talk about Him and His Word. While we don’t follow the practice of some Jews in literally tying boxes containing verses of Scripture on our hands and foreheads, we want knowledge of God’s Word just as present to our thoughts and actions. And when consistently live by God’s Word, our children will learn to follow our example.

John 2:1-12

The brief conversation between Jesus and his mother in this passage is one of those places where it would be nice to have more than just the words they said. So much of what we say to each other is conveyed by tone of voice, facial expressions, and gestures.

But Scripture only gives us those words, so what we have must be enough to understand the significance of the passage. Jesus did a sign, which manifested his glory, and his disciples believed in him. There is much we might wish to know about Jesus’ life, especially before the beginning of his public ministry. But what we have is enough so that, like the disciples, we put our trust in him.

Posted by: Pauline | May 6, 2018

Upcoming events: week of May 7

This Week

Tuesday, May 8

10:15 Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, May 9

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, May 10

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

 

Saturday, May 12

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

Sunday, May 13

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 15

6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, May 16

1:30 p.m. Journey
6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, May 17

6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, May 19

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, May 20 Pentecost Sunday – wear RED

 

Posted by: Pauline | April 29, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday May 6

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 3:16-19

While we don’t know anything about the prophet Habakkuk except what can be inferred from his words in this book, we can identify the time frame as shortly before the Babylonian army invaded and conquered, carrying off the Jews into exile. We know from the history recorded in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles, as well as from the prophets who were contemporaries of Habakkuk, that the religious reform attempted by King Josiah had died with him, and that corruption, immorality, and violence were rampant. Habakkuk cries out to God to do something about it.

In the rest of the book that is not part of this reading, we learn that God’s response to the evil in the kingdom of Judah will be to bring punishment by another evil nation, the Babylonians – who, in turn, will also be punished for their evil. So it looks like things will probably get a lot worse before they get better. Yet Habakkuk ends on a note of hope. He knows God’s power and God’s goodness, and no matter how bleak his circumstances, he will find strength in God and rejoice in Him.

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