mid - week update
MID-WEEK UPDATE August 10, 2022
Welcome to the Mid-Week Update. The message of our faith is that God invites us into a personal relationship with Him through faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection. Delving a bit further we see that this saving relationship actually includes the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Not only are we given power to repent, and the gift of our forgiveness leading to the promise of eternal life, we are also enriched by the hope of unity in a community of genuine believers. We experience a sense of belonging, and meaning, and value, and safety as we live out a relationship with God in community with believers. When that uninvited guest called Loneliness shows up, causing us to feel disconnected, anxious, alone, and sad, our faith is being tested.
We often associate loneliness with the loss of a loved one, and that is certainly a major concern for many of us. Loneliness can accompany mourning. It can be emotionally painful. God understands that. Jesus felt loneliness in the most extreme way when he cried out from the cross, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” With that expression of pain, we should also remember Jesus’ words, “28 I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father” (John 16:28). Jesus did not despair. He reminded himself of his eternal relationship with the Father. So, even in pain He had hope. He endured loneliness by focusing on the Father and their mutual relationship. Therefore, we can endure, and even eventually overcome loneliness through a daily routine of thanking God for the ones we’ve lost, and praising God for His love and purpose in our lives.
Let’s also remember to pray for the younger generation, as studies show that social media is a major contributing factor to loneliness. God willing, we will be able to point many lonely people to Christ, and to the most glorious relationship on earth and in heaven.
God bless all of you,
Call to Worship Worship Leader, Judy Hills
WL: Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.
P: They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.
WL: In all that they do, they prosper. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
P: Therefore, the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
ALL: for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. Amen.
(Adapted from Psalm 1)
Bible Reading: Judges 4:4-10
4 At that time Deborah, a prophet, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel. 5 She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites came up to her for judgment. 6 She sent and summoned Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you, ‘Position yourself at Mount Tabor, taking ten thousand from the tribe of Naphtali and the tribe of Zebulun. 7 I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the Wadi Kishon with his chariots and his troops, and I will give him into your hand.’ ” 8 Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” 9 And she said, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.” Then Deborah got up and went with Barak to Kedesh. 10 Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh, and ten thousand warriors went up behind him, and Deborah went up with him.
Greeters this week are: Al & Marilyn Denhoff
Coffee Servers this week are: Sharon Schlagel & Deb Dutton
Flowers Under the Cross this week are in honor of our
IT Committee, for all their hard work & improvements
Choir Practice, Wednesdays, August 10, 5:45 pm
Pastor's Book Study, Wednesday, August 10th, at 7:00 PM
Trustee Meeting, Thursday, August 11th, 6:30 pm
MMPG Meets on Saturday, August 13th, at 8:30 am
Saturday Service, Aug. 13th, 4 pm.
Noisy offering this Sunday going to the Back Pack Program
Ladies Bible Study, Monday, August 15th, at 11 am
Prayer Ministry, Tuesday, August 16th, at 5 pm
Education Meeting, Thursday, August 18th 4:30 pm
August 27 & 28 Ice Cream Social after worship. The Prayer Ministry team invites all to enjoy a time of fellowship with ice cream after worship on Saturday and Sunday.
Please Pray for:
Kevin & Susie O’Dell
Ken & Doris Tousley
8/11 Dan & Pam Gonder
8/12 Todd & Stephanie Davis
8/13 Mike & Nancy Kloska
8/16 Jack & Brenda Lich
8/11 Eva McArdle
8/11 Sally Nagy
8/12 Donna Buzzard
8/17 Jennifer Look
8/17 Ivy Vetter