Posted by: Pauline | October 22, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday October 28

Mark 1:21-34

The scribes of Jesus’ day were the experts in understanding and interpreting Scripture. They did not speak on their own authority, however, but rather quoted the interpretations given by various rabbis.

Jesus did not quote other rabbis. He spoke on his own authority. This astonished the people, who were accustomed to the teaching of the scribes. They were further amazed when Jesus demonstrated his authority by requiring an unclean spirit to obey him.

No doubt some of his listeners welcomed this amazing new rabbi. But others, finding comfort in tradition, would have been upset at such change and the power that clearly accompanied it.

Advertisements
Posted by: Pauline | October 22, 2018

Upcoming events: week of October 22

This Week

Wednesday, October 24

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, October 25

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Saturday, October 27

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fall Festival, including luncheon from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 28

9:45 Adult Sunday School
10:45 Worship service
12:30 Congregational Meeting

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, October 30

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, October 31

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, November 3

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Posted by: Pauline | October 14, 2018

Upcoming events: week of October 15

This Week

Tuesday, October 16

No Bible Study

Wednesday, October 17

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

Saturday, October 20

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, October 21

9:45 Adult Sunday School
10:45 Worship service with guest speaker Richard Hoisington

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, October 23

No Bible Study

Wednesday, October 24

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, October 25

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Saturday, October 27

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fall Festival, including luncheon from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 28

Congregational Meeting following worship service

Posted by: Pauline | October 7, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday October 14

Isaiah 43:1-7

This passage shows repeatedly how precious God’s people are to Him. He calls them by name, and they are called by His name. He will go to great lengths to bring them back, no matter how far away they may be. But this does not mean that He will remove all troubles from their lives. They may find themselves overwhelmed as though by raging waters or raging fire. The promise, however, is that He will be there with them, and protect them through it.

Mark 1:14-20

Jesus’ message was not identical to that of John the Baptist, but similar enough that there is a sense of Jesus picking up where John left off when he was arrested. We know from the Gospel of John that some of Jesus’ first disciples had been followers of John the Baptist. Knowing that John had been arrested, they must have realized that following Jesus now could be a risky move. Yet when Jesus called them, there is no hesitation. They have heard and accepted his message, they turn from their former way of life, and trusting, follow him.

Posted by: Pauline | October 7, 2018

Upcoming events: week of October 8

This Week

Tuesday, October 9

No Bible Study

Wednesday, October 10

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

Thursday, October 11

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Sunday, October 14

9:45 Adult Sunday School
10:45 Worship service

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, October 16

No Bible Study

Wednesday, October 17

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

Saturday, October 20

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, October 21

Guest speaker Richard Hoisington

Posted by: Pauline | September 30, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday October 7

1 Kings 19:1-8

We aren’t told in this passage why Elijah is at such a low point that he wants to die. Physical and emotional exhaustion probably had a lot to do with it. Perhaps also he is discouraged because, despite the dramatic victory of God over Baal on Mount Carmel, and the slaughter of the priests of Baal, nothing really seems to have changed. Ahab and Jezebel are still ruling the country, and Jezebel’s threat to have him killed would surely have been carried out if he had not run, literally, for his life.

God’s initial response is neither to rebuke nor to encourage Elijah, but to provide him with food, and by that provision, evidence that God is still there and God still cares for him. The food is not merely to comfort him and bring back his strength, but to prepare him for what comes next, because God is not done with Elijah.

Mark 1:12-13

In our society, the word wilderness is often associated with adventure, travel (often in an RV), and the opportunity to conquer it – or at least a little piece of it. People head out into the wilderness to enjoy its beauty, to escape into an environment considered “pure” because it is untouched by humans, or to prove their ability to survive and be self-sufficient.

People in Bible times did not generally head into the wilderness voluntarily, unless it was to escape even greater danger. Much of our “wilderness” is forested land, but the wilderness in their land was largely barren, uninhabited because it offered very little that would support life. Many people in the Bible had wilderness experiences, and emerged from them stronger, but this was not because they had proved their self-sufficiency, but because they found themselves in a place where they were not sufficient at all, and found that in their desperate need, God provided for them.

Posted by: Pauline | September 30, 2018

Upcoming events: week of October 1

This Week

Tuesday, October 2

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

Wednesday, October 3

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, October 6

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, October 7

9:45 Adult Sunday School
10:45 Worship service including Communion

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, October 9

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, October 10

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

Thursday, October 11

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

 

Posted by: Pauline | September 23, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday September 30

Ezekiel 36:23-29a

When we think about being faithful – or unfaithful – to God, we often focus on the consequences for ourselves. In this passage, God points out the effect on other people, especially those who do not know God. His people had “profaned His name” among the nations by their unfaithfulness. Now God will act so that the nations will know that He is Lord and that He is holy, because He will change His people’s hearts so that they will turn from sin and be faithful to Him.

Mark 1:9-11

When we think about Jesus being baptized, we tend to focus on the question of why Jesus would choose to be baptized. Mark does not even address why Jesus went down into the waters of baptism, but focuses on what happened as Jesus came up out of the water. The heavens were “torn open,” and many scholars connect this event at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry with one at the end of his life, when Mark uses the same word for “torn open” regarding the curtain of the temple torn from top to bottom. Both events point to God breaking into our earthly lives. enabling us to come to know Him.

Posted by: Pauline | September 23, 2018

Upcoming events: week of September 24

This Week

Tuesday, September 25

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, September 26

No Bible Study

Thursday, September 27

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Sunday, September 30

9:30 Breakfast at Odessa Grille
10:45 Joint worship service with Morning Sun church at Lake Odessa

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, October 2

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

Wednesday, October 3

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, October 6

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Posted by: Pauline | September 16, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday September 23

Isaiah 40:1-8

The opening message of Isaiah 40 is about comfort. For a lot of people, this sounds like being made comfortable. But the kind of comfort presented here is rather different. It proclaims forgiveness of sins but does not downplay the reality of judgment for sin. It announces the coming of the Lord in glory, and that this coming means some preparation needs to be done first. It reminds us of the permanence of God and His word, and that we, on the other hand, are no more permanent than grass. The comfort is not in finding out that life will be as we want it to be, but in that God cares about us and will make life as He intends it to be.

Mark 1:2-8

Today, when the president visits a city, there is a lot of preparation first to be sure the route he passes through will be safe. This includes metal detectors, screening of those who will be allowed hear him, lots of Secret Service agents, and roads blocked to ordinary traffic.

In Jesus’ day, preparations also had to be made when a king was going to be traveling through the area. A herald was sent ahead to let people know the king was coming, and the roads had to be prepared for the king and his retinue, clearing obstacles and filling in holes in the road. In Mark 1, John was the herald sent ahead of Jesus, announcing that the king was coming and that people needed to repent in order to prepare for the king’s coming.

Older Posts »

Categories