Happy Independence Day, everyone! On this, our nation's 244th birthday, let us pause to reflect on the God-given freedoms which we enjoy because of the sacrifices made by the few to secure those freedoms for us all. In honor of this day of celebration, enjoy this patriotic medley played by Monte Maxwell, organist at the US Naval Academy Chapel on its massive 5-manual (keyboard), 268 rank Moeller organ, complete with on board percussion/traps. (Even if you don't enjoy organ music, I think you will appreciate the sights and sounds of this video).
TOMORROW as we gather for THE LORD’S DAY we will be observing the Lord's Supper. For this first time sharing the Lord's Table together after coming back to in-person services, the deacons have chosen to use self-contained, single use elements. The bread and the juice are together in the same unit, with the bread under peel-back cellophane on the top of the little cup, and the juice under peel-back foil in the cup. Once the elements are distributed, our deacons will be available to help those who may have difficulty peeling back the cellophane or foil. As you prepare for this service, please take time to read through these questions. Our desire is to focus as much as possible on Christ and not on ourselves during the worship service, but we are instructed in Scripture to engage in self-examination prior to partaking of this ordinance.
Take a few moments to read and reflect on the following Scriptures that we will be reading during the service tomorrow.
To read aloud will take about 6 minutes:
Fighter Verses: Psalm 34:4-5
Call to Worship: Psalm 145:8-14
Old Testament: Zechariah 9:9-12
New Testament: Matthew 11:25-30
Assurance of Pardon: Psalm 103:8-12
Sermon: 1 Corinthians 11:17-32
Benediction: Hebrews 13:20-21
THIS WEEK we will be conducting Small Group Bible Study on Monday at 7 pm and Midweek Service on Wednesday at 6:30 pm as we have been doing. The Monday meeting will be on ZOOM only, while Wednesday will be both "live" on campus and available on ZOOM. (We are working on a solution to make the ZOOM option more workable with multiple people meeting in person, so thank you for our patience with this).
COMING UP our church family will meet for our Member Meeting on Sunday evening, July 12, at 6 pm. All members are requested to attend as we hear about the ministry and take care of necessary business matters. All are welcome to attend who are interested in the work and ministry of the church.
Last Sunday’s Message "This is That" Acts 2:14-41
D. James Kennedy, who went to be with the Lord in 2007, was the founding pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Coral Gables, FL, from 1959 to his death. Perhaps no one did with greater effect what Kennedy did in presenting historical sketches of our founding fathers. This is a video from the late 1990s, entitled "George Washington the Christian." In our day, as the character of our founding fathers is being attacked regularly, messages like this one provide inspiration and moral strength for believers in Christ who still believe in "one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all."
Be safe as you celebrate the Fourth of July, and I will see you in church!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Greg Dixon