Posted by: Pauline | August 12, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday August 19

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14

Solomon began his reign with the awareness that he needed wisdom from God in order to be a good king. God was pleased with his desire for wisdom, and promised wisdom as well as riches and power. From the Biblical accounts of the rest of his life, we know that Solomon showed wisdom in some cases, but made terribly wrong choices in others. God gave him discernment to understand right and wrong, but Solomon still had to choose which to follow.

Ephesians 5:15-20

Christians in Ephesus are also exhorted to a life of wisdom. This means seeking God’s will rather than their own pleasures, and results in a life characterized by joyful fellowship and thanksgiving.

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Posted by: Pauline | August 12, 2018

Upcoming events: week of August 13

This Week

Tuesday, August 14

No Bible Study

Wednesday, August 15

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, August 18

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, August 19

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, August 21

No Bible Study

Wednesday, August 22

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, August 23

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

 

Posted by: Pauline | August 5, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday August 12

Psalm 130

Most if not all of us can think of times when our troubles have seemed overwhelming. We can imagine what the psalmist must have felt as he cried to God “out of the depths.” We beg God for help, and sometimes our hope begins to falter when He does not seem to come through for us in the time frame we think appropriate. The psalmist is addressing God, not us, but we can learn from his example to wait and hope.

John 6:41-58

Was Jesus trying to provoke a reaction among his listeners? Who could hear him speak of eating his flesh and drinking his blood and not have a strong reaction? Those who were committed to him would continue to follow him, trusting that he had a good reason for what he said, whether they understood it or not. But any who were merely curious, or hoping for a miracle that might benefit them personally, must have found a disturbing element in his teaching this time.

Jesus could have given a message that was easier for people to swallow. But his mission was not to win people over, it was to speak the truth to those who listened, especially to those who were drawn to him by the Father.

Posted by: Pauline | August 5, 2018

Upcoming events: week of August 6

This Week

Tuesday, August 7

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
1:30 p.m. Women’s Guild: Rummage Sale planning meeting

Wednesday, August 8

6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Session meeting

Thursday, August 9

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Sunday, August 12

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, August 14

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, August 15

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, August 18

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Posted by: Pauline | July 29, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday August 5

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a

Interpreters of this passage differ on whether they think David’s sin with Bathsheba was an open secret, perhaps as a result of palace gossip, and Nathan was the only person who dared confront the king, or if David had reason to think he had successfully covered up his adultery and subsequent murder of Uriah, and only divine revelation enabled Nathan to expose the sordid mess.

Either way, David realized there was no more hiding his sin. If Psalm 32 was written in connection with this incident, as some think it was, then David had been suffering physically and emotionally as well as spiritually because of his sin and attempt to cover it up. It would have been a relief, in some ways, to finally have that particular misery over with, even though God’s judgment would still bring devastating consequences to David and his family.

John 6:24-35

For those of us whose knowledge of Jesus has always included knowing his as “the bread of life,” it can be hard to understand how strange a concept that would have been to those who first heard Jesus say it. And for those of us whose refrigerators and cupboards are stocked with such a variety of food that some meals do not include bread in any form, it can be hard to grasp just what “bread” meant to people in Jesus’ time.

For them, to have bread was to have life. It was the staple of their diet (and provided better nutrition than the bread many of us eat today). The metaphor of Jesus as the bread of life has multiple layers of meaning, but at the minimum it tells us that Jesus is the source of our spiritual life.

Posted by: Pauline | July 29, 2018

Upcoming events: week of July 30

This Week

Tuesday, July 31

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, August 1

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, August 4

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, August 5

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, August 7

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
1:30 p.m. Women’s Guild: Rummage Sale planning meeting

Wednesday, August 8

6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Session meeting

Thursday, August 9

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Posted by: Pauline | July 22, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday July 29

Psalm 14

This psalm is often quoted as evidence of the foolishness of atheism, but the fool in this psalm is not one who denies the existence of God so much as one who considers it irrelevant. It is someone who does not expect there to be any judgment on human behavior by any authority higher than humans themselves.

While the psalmist says “there is none who does good,” there seems to still be in the psalm a sense that he is talking about “them,” as opposed to those called “the generation of the righteous.” But the apostle Paul quotes this in Romans to apply it to the entire human race, all of us needing a Savior.

Ephesians 3:14-21

We tend to think of needing strength to do some great work, or to endure something difficult. Paul prays for believers to have strength to know the love of God that is so great it is beyond knowing. Perhaps we need God’s power to know His love because we tend to have trouble believing something that sounds “too good to be true.” That God would love us, in spite of our sin, and not only forgive us but bless us with all the blessings Paul has been speaking of, certainly sounds to some people too good to be true. But Paul insists that it not only is true, but goes beyond what we are capable of even imagining.

Posted by: Pauline | July 22, 2018

Upcoming events: week of July 23

This Week

Tuesday, July 24

No Bible Study

Wednesday, July 25

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, July 26

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Sunday, July 29

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, July 31

No Bible Study

Wednesday, August 1

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, August 4

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Posted by: Pauline | July 15, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday July 22

Psalm 89:20-37

This middle portion of Psalm 89 recalls God’s promises to David and his descendants. Reading just this portion, one gets little sense of the significance of this to the psalmist. But immediately after this portion, the psalmist makes it clear that current circumstances make it appear that God has renounced the covenant with David.

God had promised that even if He had to punish Israel for disobedience, He would still keep his covenant with David. The psalmist believes in God’s faithfulness. But it is not easy to hold onto that confidence considering the death and destruction around him. He believes God will keep His promise, but how long will it take?

Ephesians 2:11-22

The Gentiles in Ephesus had never had promises like that from God – the pagan gods they worshiped were hardly known for their faithfulness. Historically they had always been outside the covenant that God made with Israel, and many Jews did not welcome the idea that God should now include them.

Only in Christ could the two groups be reconciled. He had taught by word and example to love one’s enemy, but it was by his death on the cross that he reconciled them both to God, and to one another.

Posted by: Pauline | July 15, 2018

Upcoming events: week of July 16

This Week

July 16-20

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

Tuesday, July 17

No Bible Study

Wednesday, July 18

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

Saturday, July 21

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, July 22

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, July 24

No Bible Study

Wednesday, July 25

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, July 26

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

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