Friday, August 26, 2016

Anticipating Worship (August 28)

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Worship Focus:  The Christian life is one of humility.

Scripture Readings:
Proverbs 25:6,7
Psalm 119:1-8
Hebrews 13:1-8
Luke 14:1,7-14

Sermon Meditation:  Luke 14:1,7-14

Christian, Take a Seat
1.  For a helping of humility
2.  For a batch of blessing

Prayer of the Day:  O Lord Jesus Christ, preserve the congregation of believers with your never-failing mercy.  Help us to avoid whatever is wicked and harmful, and guide us in the way that leads to our salvation; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


Happy Pentecost!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Helen Van Allen Funeral

After a brief bout with lung cancer, the Lord called Helen home this past Monday morning.

Her Christian funeral will be Friday, August 26, at 11:00 AM.  There will be a visitation an hour before and a meal after.

We thank our God that he brought Helen to faith and built her up in that faith.  Her confirmation verse and funeral text is John 6:68:  "Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life."  Helen now enjoys the life that never ends.

Please keep the family in your prayers.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Anticipating Worship (August 21)

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Worship Focus:  The way to heaven for all is through Jesus.

Scripture Readings:
Isaiah 66:18-24
Psalm 72
Hebrews 12:18-24
Luke 13:22-30

Sermon Meditation:  Luke 13:22-30

Enter the Narrow Door
1.  Through Jesus
2.  To joy

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty and everlasting God, give us an increase of faith, hope, and love; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


Happy Pentecost!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Anticipating Worship (August 14)

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Worship Focus:  God wants us to be faithful to his Word always.

Scripture Readings:
Jeremiah 23:23-29
Psalm 139:1-12
Hebrews 12:1-13
Luke 12:49-53

Sermon Meditation:  Psalm 139:1-12

Worship Your Wonderful God
1.  Who is constantly aware
2.  Who is continually there

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift of grace that we come into your presence and offer true and faithful service.  Grant that our worship on earth may always be pleasing to you and in the life to come give us the fulfillment of what you have promised; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


Happy Pentecost!

Susannah Crider Funeral

Susannah's Christian funeral will be on Monday, August 15, at 11:00 AM.  There be a visitation an hour before and a meal after.

We rejoice in the comfort of the resurrection.  "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord"  (Revelation 14:13).  Because Jesus lives, so does Susannah.

Please continue to keep the Criders in your prayers.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Susannah Crider

Yesterday the Lord in his wisdom called Susannah Crider to her eternal home.  While this is sudden and unexpected, we look to the Lord and lean on his love.  He adopts children into his family through baptism and welcomes them to his side.  That is what he has done with Susannah.

There are many details that are still coming.  As soon as these become definite, we will pass them along.

In the meantime, please keep the Criders in your prayers.


Friday, August 5, 2016

Anticipating Worship (August 7)

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost


Worship Focus:  God’s children live by faith—constantly looking ahead to heaven.

Scripture Readings:
Genesis 15:1-6
Psalm 33
Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16
Luke 12:32-40

Sermon Meditation:  Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16

Live by Faith
1.  A faith that is confident
2.  A faith that is consistent

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve.  Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


Happy Pentecost!