mid - week update
Mid-Week Update january 12, 2022
Welcome to the Mid-Week Update. In a day when physical health has been elevated to the pinnacle of social concern and explodes as a topic of public safety, the apostle Paul has words that may bring comfort and encouragement to us. He wrote the following:
1 Thessalonians 5:23
23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Notice Paul’s message about entire sanctification. He says, “May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely.” Some may be unfamiliar with this teaching. Historically it is the teaching that distinguished Methodists as a mighty movement of God. In a few words it’s a teaching about the change God brings about in a person who is filled with the Holy Spirit and devoted to the Bible. This spiritual transformation has something to do with the spirit, soul, and body of a believer. As we are filled with God’s Spirit we reorient our lives according to His wisdom. The result is a life of sound body and blamelessness before God, as long as God intends for us to live.
So, we shouldn’t panic about the various options we have regarding what to do to avoid COVID. Rather, we should commit all things to prayer and obedience to God’s word. Take precautions that suit your situation and always try to think of how your actions will affect others.
Many are wondering about Bishop Bard’s letter dated January 6, wherein he made some recommendations for local churches in regard to the current rise in COVID – omicron variant. His recommendations are well taken and our church council will discuss this topic at our meeting on January 17. Our current policy will stay in effect until further notice. The current policy is that masks are optional in our church building. The exception to this is a requirement to wear masks in one designated section of the Well area in our sanctuary.
Let’s always make our spiritual relationship with God our greatest priority. Then, come what may, we will be secure in our God.
God bless you,
This week’s Scripture: Revelation 15:1-8
Call to Worship Worship Leader, Nancy Shellenbarger
WL: The mighty one, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
P: Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
WL: Our God comes and does not keep silence, before him is a
devouring fire, and a mighty tempest all around him.
P: He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may
judge his people:
WL: Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by
P: The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge.
ALL: Let us worship the Lord!
Pastor’s Book Study this evening at 7 pm
MMPG (Men’s Morning Prayer Group), Saturday 8:30 am
Casual Worship, Saturday, 4:00 PM
Adult & Children Sunday school Class 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Women’s Bible Study, Monday January 17, 11:00 AM
Tuesday Prayer Ministry, 5:00 PM
Bell Practice, Tuesday, Jan 18th 6:15 pm
1/15 Lynnette Bielby
1/15 Ralph Boudreau
1/17 Charlotte Vetter
1/18 Jean Kriebel
1/18 Cathy Menning
1/19 Dennis Durant
1/19 Gwendolyn Phillips