Greetings, everyone! Our Fighter Verse this week is Colossians 4:6, wise words for the Christian's speech: "Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person." This is actually very appropriate to our current teaching series on church discipline since so much of its implementation depends on our speaking graciously, wisely, and with Christlike compassion to each situation.
TODAY we once again have members serving as Disaster Relief volunteers in St. Joe, helping with the aftermath of the flash flooding one month ago. If you desire to help tomorrow, report to the DR Command Post at Journey Baptist Church, 5708 King Hill Ave., St. Joseph, at 1 pm for a four-hour shift. Wear work clothes, and bring gloves, boots, and protective eyewear to be ready to work in various situations (cleanup, mudout, powerwash, hang sheet rock, insulation, lay subfloor, etc).
Later today, our Bible Quiz team will travel to Midland Camp north of Polo for their end of the season fellowship with other teams from the region. Our church's team finished 6th (I believe) out of the 27 competing, and one of our team members, Olivia Wright, earned Rookie-of-the-Year. Congratulations to all who participated!
TOMORROW is THE LORD’S DAY! We will rejoice and be glad in it! On the First Day of the week, we remember and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus from the dead just as the first disciples did. Christ is risen! This is why we gather each week for worship, fellowship, study, and accountability. I hope you will be able to be with us. Take a few moments to read, meditate on, and reflect on the following passages which will serve to frame our corporate worship service tomorrow:
Call to Worship: Psalm 138
Old Testament: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
New Testament: Romans 11:33-36; 12:1-8
Assurance of Pardon: Isaiah 43:25
Sermon: 1 Corinthians 5
Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26
PRAYER WALK AT THE SCHOOL: Sunday at 6 pm, we plan to meet with other believers at the Maysville school to pray for students, teachers, staff, and administration as the school year begins. If we ever needed God's hand of providential care, it is now. We usually gather at the flagpole for a time of corporate prayer, then spread out over the campus to pray in smaller groups. Plan now to join us if you can. NOTE the time change from last week's announcement.
Worship in the Park, our annual church picnic at Bartlett Park in Maysville, will be Sunday, Aug. 30, beginning about 4:30 pm with children's games, cookout at 6 pm, and culminating in a brief worship service at 7 pm. We will provide burgers, dogs, buns, drinks, and table service, you provide the sides. If you would prefer to bring your own picnic supper, you are welcome to do so. All are welcome to attend, and please feel free to bring guests. This represents our Fifth Sunday Fellowship as well. NOTE: In case of rain, we will meet at the church.
Back to Sunday School Sunday, September 13, 9:30 am
A few of our Sunday School classes have been meeting already, but on September 13 (three weeks from now), all of our Bible study groups will meet for all ages, nursery through senior adults. We will provide hand sanitizer and masks for those desiring them. If you are immuno-compromised, we ask that you take appropriate precautions. If you have knowingly been exposed to COVID-19, we ask that you take appropriate actions to safeguard the health of others. We have seen an uptick in local positive tests in Maysville (3), but none as yet among our currently attending members.
ICYMI: Last Sunday’s Message Church Discipline and Restoration Galatians 6:1-6
For all you cycling enthusiasts out there, here is a short segment from the August 21 podcast of The World and Everything In It entitled Kicker - A 9-mile daily habit about Bicycle Bob, a Santa Monica resident who bikes daily around his city, rain or shine. Oh, by the way, Bob is 96! Here is the transcript. (A little over 1 minute)
And for those who care about history, here is a segment from the August 20 episode of the same podcast entitled Highlighting the need for historical accuracy, pointing to the inaccuracies of the much touted 1619 Project, a piece published last year by the New York Times, and offering more accurate alternatives. Here is the transcript. (Almost 9 minutes)
The World and Everything In It is a half-hour newsmagazine podcast from a Christian worldview.
See you in church!
Grace and peace,
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Pastor Greg Dixon