Posted by: Pauline | April 9, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday April 15

Job 1:1-22

To acknowledge that all that we have comes from God is common among religious people, and even to say that it all still belongs to Him, and is given in trust to us for a time, is not too hard when we still have it. But when disasters strike, we generally find ourselves feeling wronged that we have lost so much, because really we tend to think of it as ours.

Job must have felt great grief, and probably anger, but even in such a crisis he is able to remember that everything he had lost was not really his but God’s, to give or take away according to His sovereign will.

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

While most of our Bible translations use the words temptation and tempted in verse 13, they can also be translated using test/trial and tested/tried. Paul likely has both meanings in mind in this passage. Whether we think in terms of temptation or trial, we get into trouble if we think either that we are strong enough that it will be no problem for us, or if we think it is too strong for us and we give in quickly.

Paul tells us that temptations/trials come to everyone, so we should expect them and be ready. And he reminds us that God gives us what we need to stand against them, not in our strength but in His.

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Posted by: Pauline | April 8, 2018

Upcoming events: week of April 9

This Week

Tuesday, April 10

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

Wednesday, April 11

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

Thursday, April 12

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
6 p.m. Believe

Sunday, April 15

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, April 17

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

Wednesday, April 18

10 a.m. Journey Kick-off Brunch
6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Thursday, April 19

6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, April 21

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Saturday, May 12

10:30 a.m. Mother/Daughter Brunch

Posted by: Pauline | April 1, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday April 8

Psalm 10

The narrative sections of the Bible often portray God acting to deliver His people from their oppressors. Sometimes it seems like God is doing miracles left and right. We wonder how people could have failed to recognize God’s power and trust in and obey Him.

But psalms like this one show us that God very often seemed absent from people’s lives. He allowed oppressors to go on committing violence, theft, and other injustices, openly scoffing at the idea of God’s judgment, and apparently doing quite well for themselves. This tested the faith of those who did remain faithful – why was God allowing this to go on?

But those faithful ones also knew that God had delivered His people in the past, and trusted that He would again. It was not just wishful thinking, but based on what they knew of God’s righteous character. And that gave them confidence for the future, despite their continued suffering in the present.

Hebrews 12:1-17

The writer of Hebrews has just finished giving a lengthy catalog of those we might call “heroes of the faith” (although a few may not strike us as particularly heroic). In chapter 11 we see people who, by faith, endure many things – uncertainty, loss of power or privilege, suffering, death. Now we are called upon to endure also, as even Jesus himself did.

While we may not feel comfortable grouping ourselves with those men and women of faith, or with our Savior, all of us face a variety of troubles in life. We might sometimes think it is because God doesn’t care or has forgotten, but we are reminded that it is in fact the opposite, that God requires us to go through these trials because He loves us, in order to develop us into mature people of faith.

Posted by: Pauline | April 1, 2018

Upcoming events: week of April 2

This Week

Tuesday, April 3

No Bible Study
1:30 p.m. Women’s Guild
6 p.m. Believe

Thursday, April 5

6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, April 7

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, April 8

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service, with guest speaker Pauline Evans

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, April 10

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

Wednesday, April 11

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

Thursday, April 12

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
6 p.m. Believe

 

Posted by: Pauline | March 25, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday April 1

Mark 16:1-8

The women who came to the tomb were expecting to find a dead body. That was why they were there, to finish preparing the body for burial, as there had not been time on Friday when the body was placed in the tomb. They were definitely not expecting the life-changing announcement of the resurrection.

Those of us who go to church on Easter are expecting a message about the resurrection. That is why we are there. But if we have attended church for years, it may no longer seem so life-changing.

Part of the good news of the gospel is that it doesn’t depend on what we do or don’t expect. God breaks into our lives in surprising ways, sometimes dramatic but more often not. Yet it is always life-changing when we respond to the gospel, turning from sin and death to new life in Christ.

Acts 10:34-44

When we hear the story of Cornelius, the focus is often on the inclusion of the Gentiles in the people of God. For the earliest Christians, all of them Jews, this was not just life-changing but society-changing.

But the focus of Peter’s preaching, as always, is on Jesus Christ. He proclaims the resurrection, and that Jesus is not only alive but is appointed by God as the judge of all people. To those who believe, he gives forgiveness. While left unstated, the inference is that those who do not believe stand condemned.

Posted by: Pauline | March 25, 2018

Upcoming events: week of March 26

This Week

Tuesday, March  27

10:15 Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, March 28

6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Thursday, March 22

6 p.m. Believe
7 p.m. Maundy Thursday service

Friday, March 30

7 p.m. Good Friday service at Nazarene Church

Saturday, March 31

10 a.m. Visitation and funeral for Marie Bartenhagen, reception with lunch to follow

Sunday, April 1

6:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service at UMC, followed by breakfast
9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, April 3

1:30 p.m. Women’s Guild
6 p.m. Believe

 

Thursday, April 5

6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, April 7

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Posted by: Pauline | March 20, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday March 25

Psalm 31:9-19

The writer of this psalm is in great distress, both physically and emotionally. But even worse is the rejection by his neighbors, who perhaps fear that they will end up like him if they don’t keep their distance. He compares himself to a broken shard of pottery, a worthless and forgotten bit of rubbish that no one cares about or even notices.

While verse 5 is not part of the selected passage from this psalm, it is one that Jesus quotes while on the cross, and he may well have identified with much of the psalmist’s distress and sense of being rejected. But he also, like the psalmist, still trusts in God and His steadfast love and goodness.

Mark 14:1-11

Jesus provoked strong reactions in people. The chief priests and scribes schemed to kill him, and Judas Iscariot chose to side with them. But an unnamed woman felt such a strong desire to honor Jesus that she used what may have been her most valuable possession, costing around a year’s wages, in an extravagant gesture of devotion.

We know that other people may have simply gone along with the crowd, whether to honor Jesus as King or to call for his death. But in the end, Jesus had taught, everyone chooses to be either with him or against him.

Posted by: Pauline | March 18, 2018

Upcoming events: week of March 19

This Week

Tuesday, March  20

10:15 Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, March 21

6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Thursday, March 22

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
6 p.m. Believe

 

Sunday, March 25

9:30 a.m. Youth Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
Luncheon following worship service
6 p.m. Movie Night (movie starts at 6:30 p.m.)

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, March 27

10:15 Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, March 28

6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Thursday, March 29

6 p.m. Believe
7 p.m. Maundy Thursday service

Friday, March 30

7 p.m. Good Friday service at Nazarene Church

Sunday, April 1

6:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service at UMC, followed by breakfast
10:45 a.m. Worship Service

Posted by: Pauline | March 11, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday March 18

1 Peter 1:3-9

The recipients of Peter’s letter lived in a culture that was hostile to their Christian faith. If they were faithful to Christ, they could expect to suffer for Him. The theme of suffering runs throughout the letter, but the focus is not on the suffering, but on the hope that will sustain them through it. No matter what happens to them, they have the promise of future joy and blessing, and the assurance of being sustained by God through the current trials.

Psalm 27

Psalm 27 can be described as either a psalm of trust or a psalm of lament – or both. The psalmist begins and ends by expressing trust in God, but in the middle contains verses where the psalmist begs God not to turn away from him or forsake him. He has expressed confidence that, because of God, he need not fear other people. But he does seem to fear that God Himself may withdraw His blessing.

We often live our lives in a mixture of trust and fear. We know that God can take care of us, that there is nothing to difficult for God to handle. Yet we’re not always sure God will come through for us, because, after all, we don’t really deserve it. But with the psalmist we can trust that God will not forsake us, and seek His guidance through all the difficult circumstances of our lives.

Posted by: Pauline | March 11, 2018

Upcoming events: week of March 12

This Week

Tuesday, March  13

10:15 Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, March 14

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

Thursday, March 15

6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, March 17

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, March 18

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, March 20

10:15 Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, March 21

6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Thursday, March 22

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
6 p.m. Believe

 

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