Posted by: Pauline | February 18, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday February 25

Psalm 6

We don’t know the circumstances behind this psalm, but the psalmist clearing was experiencing anguish both of body and spirit. We may not be experiencing such anguish at this time, but probably all of us have had times when we wanted to ask God, “How long will this go on?”

In the early church, this psalm was sung on Ash Wednesday, as believers humbled themselves before God and confessed their sins. Whether the troubles we are facing are a result of wrong choices we have made, or just life in a broken world, we can follow the psalmist’s example of turning to God in our confusion and pain.

Psalm 137

The conquered and exiled Israelites cried out to God in grief over the loss of their holy city and Temple, and in anger at what their oppressors had done to them. They clung to the memory of their homeland, where God had been present with them and blessed them. The psalm does not address questions of why God allowed their suffering, but calls on Him to bring justice by punishing those who caused such suffering, not only the Babylonians but also the Edomites who apparently had joined with them in the destruction of Jerusalem.

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Posted by: Pauline | February 18, 2018

Upcoming events: week of February 19

Note: there will be no Midweek Bible Study until after Easter

This Week

Tuesday, February 20

No Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, February 21

6:30 p.m. Session meeting

Thursday, February 22

6 p.m. Believe

Sunday, February 25

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, February 27

10:15 Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Thursday, March 1

6 p.m. Believe

Posted by: Pauline | February 11, 2018

Upcoming events: week of February 12

This Week

Tuesday, February 13

No Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, February 14

No Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group
7 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service at UMC

Thursday, February 15

6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, February 17

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, February 18

9:30 a.m. Youth Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service with guest speaker Larry Fletcher
6 p.m. Presentation by Jeanne Mott on mission trips

Looking Ahead

Note: there will be no Midweek Bible Study until after Easter

Tuesday, February 20

No Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, February 21

6:30 p.m. Youth Group
6:30 p.m. Session meeting

Thursday, February 22

6 p.m. Believe

 

Sunday, February 25

6:30 p.m. Movie Night

Posted by: Pauline | February 5, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday February 11

Exodus 24:9-18

Considering the passages of Scripture that say one may not see God and live, it may surprise us to find it said of over seventy men of Israel that they “saw the God of Israel.” All that is described of what they saw is something like a clear pavement under God’s feet, which suggests that their vision included God’s feet. This could indicate either that they were on their faces bowing before God and saw only His feet, or that they were somehow beneath the clear pavement, looking up and seeing only His feet. In any case, it must have inspired both awe and fear in these men.

Mark 9:2-10

By this point in Jesus’ ministry, his disciples had seen him do a number of very surprising things, demonstrating a power that could only come from God. None of that, however, seems to have prepared them for the vision of his glory that they witnessed in what we call the Transfiguration. Perhaps nothing could have. Even that brief glimpse of divine glory was about all they could bear.

Posted by: Pauline | February 4, 2018

Upcoming events: week of February 5

This Week

Tuesday, February 6

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
1:30 p.m. Women’s Guild
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, February 7

No Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Thursday, February 8

6 p.m. Believe
7 p.m. Choir practice

Sunday, February 11

9:30 a.m. Youth Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
Soup Luncheon following worship service

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, February 13

No Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, February 14

6:30 p.m. Youth Group
7 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service at UMC

Thursday, February 15

6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, February 17

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, February 25

6:30 p.m. Movie Night

Posted by: Pauline | January 28, 2018

Souper Bowl Sunday

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Help us feed the hungry by bringing cans of soup (or money to buy food), on February 4, Souper Bowl Sunday.

Posted by: Pauline | January 28, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday February 4

Matthew 28:18-20

These verses are often referred to as the Great Commission, and are frequently associated with world missions. In our English translations, the focus seems to be on the command to “go,” so we often hear this command as telling us to go do ministry somewhere other than where we are now. But in Greek, the only command is to “make disciples,” which involves baptism (entering into a new way of life) and learning to live according to the teachings of Jesus.

While people often think of missionary activity as making converts, doing what Jesus taught involves every aspect of our lives. This scene takes place on a mountain, and the mention of Jesus’ “teaching” may well refer back to the another scene on a mountain, the well-known Sermon on the Mount. Becoming a disciple starts with conversion and baptism, but learning to live out Jesus’ teachings from that sermon is a lifelong path of growth in obedience and trust.

Ephesians 4:17-23

There are places in Scripture where sin committed due to lack of knowledge is treated as less deserving of punishment than deliberate sin. But in this passage Paul links ignorance with hardness of heart, suggesting that willful sin degrades one’s ability to know the truth. Repeated sin creates insensitivity, leading to greater sin.

So those who profess Christ as Savior yet think they can afford to allow some small sins in their lives because, after all, they can confess it and be forgiven, may become increasingly unable to think with moral clarity. No wonder that Paul speaks in such strong terms of the need for discarding that way of life and learning a new way of thinking and living, guided by the Spirit rather than our own desires.

Posted by: Pauline | January 28, 2018

Upcoming events: week of January 29

This Week

Tuesday, January 30

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, January 31

6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Thursday, February 1

6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, February 3

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, February 4

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, February 6

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, February 7

6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Thursday, February 8

6 p.m. Believe
7 p.m. Choir practice

Posted by: Pauline | January 21, 2018

Scripture for Sunday January 28

Matthew 25:31-46

Interpreters of this passage differ on who the “nations” are (everyone? only unbelievers? communities rather than individuals?), as well as who the “least of these” are (poor and oppressed Christian believers? Christian missionaries? all needy people?). And many struggle with understanding how this teaching about which people inherit the kingdom fits with passages that emphasize salvation by grace through faith.

But some things are clear. As we see throughout Scripture, God cares about the needy and expects His followers to care about them also, and express that care in practical ways. There are ways to serve God that may not seem particularly “religious.” And there will be people who think they meet with God’s approval but will be surprised at how far they fall short.

Posted by: Pauline | January 21, 2018

Upcoming events: week of January 22

This Week

Tuesday, January 23

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, January 24

6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Thursday, January 25

6 p.m. Believe

Sunday, January 28

9:30 a.m. Youth Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
Congregational Meeting following the Worship Service
Luncheon following the Congregational Meeting
6 p.m. Movie night with snacks (movie begins at 6:30 p.m.)

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, January 30

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, January 31

6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Thursday, February 1

6 p.m. Believe

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