Posted by: Pauline | July 17, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday July 24

Psalm 33:1-5

Those who know God rejoice in His goodness, and they express their praise in song and shout for joy. We experience God’s goodness in the wonders of creation, and in the good gifts He has given us. But joy in God is not just for the “good times” in life.

If we look at the rest of the psalm, we see that experiencing God’s goodness includes going through times of danger, seeing God deliver His people from situations that would have been hopeless without Him. Even while going through trouble, those who know God have faith that He will bring them through, as He has for His people so many times before.

Psalm 146

Often God works in our lives through other people. When God takes care of the widows and orphans and people who are strangers in the place they are living, as this psalm assures us He does, it is usually through other people who provide for their physical and emotional needs. But the psalm also warns us against putting our ultimate trust in people. They will always let us down at some point. But God never will.

Posted by: Pauline | July 17, 2016

Upcoming events: week of July 18

This Week

Tuesday, July 19

NO Bible Study

Wednesday, July 20

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Sunday, July 24

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

Looking Ahead

No Tuesday morning Bible study during July

Wednesday, July 27

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Tuesday, August 2

1:30 p.m. Women’s Guild

Saturday, August 6

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Wednesday, August 10

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Wednesday, August 17

7 p.m. Session Meeting

Posted by: Pauline | July 10, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday July 17

Psalm 91

This promise of protection in this psalm has comforted many people, and some who routinely face danger carry a copy of it. There are those who see it as a talisman, and tell stories of how it has averted danger. These people seem to put their faith as much in the presence of the talisman as in the presence of God.

Other people find its promise empty, as people of faith are clearly not spared disease or death. In our society, where technology and medicine keep so many dangers from us, people often take health and safety for granted, and have trouble seeing why a good and powerful God would allow any suffering.

However the psalm may be misread or misused by some, it is a powerful reminder of God’s sovereignty in our lives. He does not keep us from all dangers or fears, but He is present with us in them all, and often shields us from harm we had not even known was there.

James 1:12-18

Our natural human impulse is to shrink from tests and trials, but to be drawn to that which tempts us. Both show what kind of people we are by how we respond to them. James reminds us that faithfulness under testing will bring rewards. Giving in to temptation, however – especially if we try to blame God for it – leads to a downward spiral, further and further from God and His blessing.

Romans 5:1-5

When we read in James about being blessed when we endure through trials, the image in our mind may be of stoic endurance, knowing we will be blessed someday but not feeling particularly blessed right now. Paul, however, goes further and makes it clear that we are to actually rejoice in the midst of sufferings. Not because there is anything pleasant about the suffering, but because of the character and hope it develops in us, as we grow in the knowledge of God’s great love for us.

Posted by: Pauline | July 10, 2016

Upcoming events: week of July 11

This Week

Tuesday, July 12

NO Bible Study

Wednesday, July 13

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

Saturday, July 16

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, July 17

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

Looking Ahead

No Tuesday morning Bible study during July

Wednesday, July 27

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Saturday, August 6

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Wednesday, August 10

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Posted by: Pauline | July 3, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday July 10

Matthew 18:21-35

Ten thousand talents was a staggering amount of money. It was way more than the average person would earn in a lifetime, or even in a hundred lifetimes. Some scholars have suggested that the servant with such a huge debt might have been a tax administrator responsible for collecting taxes for a large area, who then mishandled the money and had nothing to turn over to his master. Others say Jesus was exaggerating for effect. Either way, it was a debt impossible to repay, and reminds us how great is our debt to God, and how great His mercy in forgiving us.

Posted by: Pauline | July 3, 2016

Upcoming events: week of July 4

This Week

Tuesday, July 5

NO Bible Study

Wednesday, July 6

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, July 7

7 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, July 10

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

Looking Ahead

No Tuesday morning Bible study during July

Wednesday, July 13

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Saturday, July 16

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Wednesday, July 27

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Saturday, August 6

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot
Posted by: Pauline | June 26, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday July 3

Exodus 16:1-7

The manna in the wilderness met an immediate, practical need, feeding a huge crowd of hungry people in a place where food was very scarce. But it also became a powerful symbol of God’s provision for His people. Moses reminded the people later that it had been not only to feed them, but to humble them, and to test them, and to teach them that “man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”

Matthew 4:1-4

Like the Israelites in the wilderness, Jesus was very hungry after his long fast. And he certainly had the power to turn stones into bread to satisfy his hunger. But remembering the Scriptures he had learned as a boy, he focused not on his physical hunger but his need to know and do the will of his Father.

Posted by: Pauline | June 26, 2016

Upcoming events: week of June 27

This Week

Tuesday, June 28

10:45 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, June 29

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, July 2

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, July 3

9 a.m. Worship Service (note the change in time just this week) including Communion

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, July 13

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Saturday, July 16

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Wednesday, July 27

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Posted by: Pauline | June 19, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday June 26

Luke 11:2-4

The form of the Lord’s Prayer found in Luke is somewhat shorter than the form we are more familiar with, from Matthew. But overall, Luke’s Gospel has a good deal more teaching about prayer than the other three. Some have suggested that Luke was writing to people less familiar with prayer than the decidedly Jewish audience that Matthew wrote to.

We may be familiar with prayer, especially the Lord’s Prayer, if we have gone to church for many years. But we all need to learn from Jesus how to pray.

Psalm 99:1-5

Because of the way this psalm switches between talking about God and talking to God, it is thought that it may be been used responsively in worship. Some lines were spoken by the worship leader, others by the people. But it is not always clear who is speaking, or who is being addressed.

What is clear is that it is a psalm of praise to God as King, focused on his holiness. Both the earth itself and all peoples of the earth tremble before a powerful and holy God. He is praised not just for his power, however, but also for his justice. Those who worship God know that, unlike the pagan gods, the God of Israel has true power, and always uses that power to do what is right.

Isaiah 6:1-8

As in Psalm 99, here is this passage also there is an emphasis on the holiness of God, and there is trembling before Him. The ground is trembling, causing the doorposts to shake, and Isaiah seems to be trembling also at his realization of his sinfulness before a holy God.

God’s holiness and justice lead to fear of judgment, but here God offers forgiveness. In response, Isaiah jumps at the chance to serve God by carrying his message – though reading the passage in context shows that Isaiah’s message will go largely unheard.

Posted by: Pauline | June 19, 2016

Upcoming events: week of June 20

This Week

Tuesday, June 21

10:45 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, June 22

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

Sunday, June 26

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

Looking Ahead

Saturday, July 2

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, July 3

9 a.m. Worship Service (note the change in time just this week) including Communion

Wednesday, July 13

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Saturday, July 16

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

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