Posted by: Pauline | June 25, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday July 2

Psalm 13

Many of the psalms are known as “psalms of lament.” These psalms teach us how to cry out to God in the midst of pain and sorrow. The psalmist does not hesitate to pour out his complaint to God. But his cry for deliverance also reflects his understanding of God as sovereign Lord over all things, and this psalm, like most psalms of lament, finishes with an expression of trust and praise.

Matthew 10:40-42

In the preceding verses, Jesus emphasized the cost of discipleship. Following Jesus is not like taking up a new hobby, as though we were just adding one more activity to our lives that will make it more fulfilling. Discipleship means giving our highest allegiance to Christ, which may anger those people who thought our first priority should be family, or country, or some cause or ideology.

In this context of rejection by others, Jesus now talks about welcoming him and his followers. Those who have been expelled from their family, which was the basis for nearly all relationships in that society, need to find a welcome in the new social group made up of those who follow Jesus. Of course, by welcoming these rejected ones, they show where their loyalties lie and face the same kind of rejection themselves. Yet as little an act of welcome as giving something cold to drink (much appreciated in that hot, dusty climate) will in the end be rewarded by God.

Posted by: Pauline | June 25, 2017

Upcoming events: week of June 26

This Week

Tuesday, June 27

10:15 Bible Study

Wednesday, June 28

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

Thursday, June 29

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Saturday, July 1

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, July 2

9 a.m. Worship Service – Note earlier service time this week!

Looking Ahead

July 17-21

Vacation Bible School at the Methodist Church

Posted by: Pauline | June 18, 2017

Upcoming events: week of June 19

This Week

Tuesday, June 20

No Bible Study

Wednesday, June 21

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

Sunday, June 25

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service led by the musical group SELAH

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, June 27

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, June 28

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

Thursday, June 29

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

 

Sunday, July 2

9 a.m. Worship Service – Note earlier service time this week!

July 17-21

Vacation Bible School at the Methodist Church

Posted by: Pauline | June 11, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday June 18

Jeremiah 3:19-22a

While the idea of God as Father was not unknown in the Old Testament, as a name for God it appears only a small number of times. Two of these are in Jeremiah 3. Speaking through Jeremiah, God uses the metaphors both of the relation of a father to his children and a husband to his wife to describe His relationship with Israel, and their faithlessness to the one they should be devoted to. God does not give them up, however, but calls on the faithless ones to return to Him.

Luke 11:9-13

People in our modern society may be puzzled by Jesus’ comments about whether a father might give his son a snake instead of a fish, or a scorpion instead of an egg. But there were in that culture snakes that did have at least a superficial resemblance to fish, and a white scorpion that, when rolled up, did resemble an egg. A child trying to get food for himself might make such mistakes; a father giving food to his children would not.

Posted by: Pauline | June 11, 2017

Upcoming events: week of June 12

This Week

Tuesday, June 13

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, June 14

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

Saturday, June 17

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, June 18

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, June 20

No Bible Study

Wednesday, June 21

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

Sunday, June 25

Worship led by the musical group SELAH

Thursday, June 29

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Sunday, July 2

9 a.m. Worship Service – Note earlier service time this week!

July 17-21

Vacation Bible School at the Methodist Church

Posted by: Pauline | June 7, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday June 11

Genesis 18:1-15

One may wonder why the text goes into such detail regarding the preparation of the food provided to Abraham’s three visitors. It appears that the writer wants to be sure people recognize Abraham’s generosity and hospitality to the visitors. Some people think Abraham recognized the special nature of his visitors immediately, which would of course account for the extravagant nature of the meal he offered. Others think he realized this only gradually, and that the occasion shows his generosity to anyone who might come to visit. (It is interesting that this example of Abraham’s hospitality comes only one chapter before the destruction of Sodom, which along with its sexual sins was guilty of a lack of generosity to the needy, according to Ezekiel 16.)

Some see, in the placing of this account of Abraham’s hospitality right before the promise that Sarah will have a son, some idea of divine reward. Abraham gave the best he had to his visitors, and was rewarded by the great gift of a long-promised son. But Abraham would probably have recognized that all that he had was a gift from God to begin with, and whether or not he knew exactly who he was serving food to, he was sharing out of the abundance he had received.

2 Corinthians 13:11-14

Bible studies on the letters of Paul do not generally focus on the final greetings at the end of his letters. Some readers may slide over these last verses quickly, and find little of practical or theological importance. But Paul’s exhortations, however brief, provide a path to renewed fellowship and blessing in a church torn by conflict. And his closing doxology, often used today at the close of worship services, reminds us that our faith is in a Triune God.

Posted by: Pauline | June 4, 2017

Upcoming events: week of June 5

This Week

Tuesday, June 6

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
11:30 a.m. Women’s Guild

Wednesday, June 7

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, June 8

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Sunday, June 11

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, June 13

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, June 14

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

Saturday, June 17

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

July 17-21

Vacation Bible School at the Methodist Church

Posted by: Pauline | May 28, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday June 4

Acts 2:1-21

People often find it difficult to trust those who do not speak the same way they do. Even just speaking with a different accent can mark someone out as different, and perhaps not trustworthy, and so much the more so when people speak different languages. Even if they have learned to speak each other’s language, there is always the fear of misunderstanding.

The Jews visiting Jerusalem would have spoken probably at least two or three languages, and were prepared to use the local language as they joined in the celebration of God’s goodness in providing for His people. But hearing people speaking of God’s mighty works in their own native languages – that had an impact that made the words all that much more meaningful.

Isaiah 49:5-7

Long before the time of Jesus, God had made it clear through the prophets that He wanted to bring all nations to know and worship Him, not just the Jews. If they concluded that God being exalted among the nations also meant that the nation of Israel would be exalted among the nations, because He had chosen them first, it is because such is human nature, to see ourselves as central to everything that is going on.

But God never let human self-centeredness frustrate His plan. His servant would be despised even by his own people, but in the end God would use his servant to proclaim salvation throughout the world.

Posted by: Pauline | May 28, 2017

Upcoming events: week of May 29

This Week

Tuesday, May 30

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, May 31

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, June 3

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Pentecost Sunday, June 4 – WEAR RED

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service including Communion for all ages

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, June 6

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
11:30 a.m. Women’s Guild

Wednesday, June 7

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, June 8

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

July 17-21

Vacation Bible School at the Methodist Church

Posted by: Pauline | May 22, 2017

Scripture for Sunday May 28

Jonah 4:1-11

Nineveh was one of the greatest cities in ancient times. It was considered one of the most beautiful cities, as well as being the capital of a very powerful empire. The people of Nineveh no doubt felt proud of their city and its dominant place in the world.

Even after they repented in response to Jonah’s preaching, they probably still would not have appreciated having their great city compared, in Jonah 4, to a plant that grew overnight, then died just as suddenly. But God could raise up or destroy a city as easily as a plant, and God made it clear that He ruled not only in sovereign power but also in compassion for those He had created.

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