mid - week update
Mid-Week Update January 13, 2021
Welcome to the Mid-Week Update. This week we’re looking at the church through biblical lenses. The goal is to have a biblical idea of the church come to mind whenever we think about the church. Common thoughts about church might include: old buildings, stone buildings, a place of prayer, baptisms, weddings, a place where people come together in peace, and a place where parents make their children go when they’re young. Those actual responses to the question are partially truthful, but how about your thoughts when you hear the word "church"? 1 Peter 2:9 describes the church with four key metaphors. A chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and God’s own people.
A biblical understanding recognizes a chosen race as God’s method of bringing salvation to humankind through an historical line of people He chose for that purpose (Seth-Noah-Abraham-Isaac-Jacob-David-Jesus-the church). It includes each one of us who are born- again. A royal priesthood is a people who tell others the gospel of Christ’s kingdom. No distinction between laity and clergy here! Are you ready to proclaim His word! A holy nation simply means that God has called out people from all parts of the earth, setting them apart as a new nation for the purpose of worship, fellowship, and gospel mission. The church is called God’s own people to recognize that believers do not belong to themselves. The Bible says we have been bought with a price, the precious blood of Jesus. Therefore since we belong to God, we do what he wants us to do, bringing glory to Him.
That’s the church, just briefly. Every metaphor in 1 Peter 2:9 requires a supernatural act of God, transforming people into the image of Jesus Christ. Does that describe our church? It’s my hope and prayer that we will be known beyond our walls, as a church of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and God's own people.
This week’s Scripture: 1 Peter 2:4-10
Call to Worship 2021.01.17
WL: Rejoice to worship the Lord! God has given us many reasons
to worship Him. Once we were not a people.
P: Now God has made us a new race of people
WL: Once we had not received mercy
P: Now we live under God’s mercy.
WL: Let us together declare the things the Lord does.
ALL: We are God’s people for that purpose.
We are Back! In-Person worship resumes this Sunday, January 17.
MMPG (Men’s Morning Prayer Group) Saturdays at 8:30 AM
Saturday Evening Bible Study January 23, 5:00 PM at Greg and Sheila Malewska’s home.
Women’s Bible Study January 18 at 11:00 AM, online.
Pastor’s Book Study January 20 at 7:00 PM, at church
Finance Meeting, Monday, January 18th, 6 pm at the church
Red Cross Blood Drive, Wednesday, January 20th, 11 am – 5:45 pm you must make an appointment to donate. Call 1-800-733-2767.
The Salvation Army sent the church a letter thanking all who rang the bell and those who donated to the Red Kettle Campaign this year. Our church collected $616 at Neiman’s Family Market on December 4th. The letter will be posted on the bulletin board in the hallway if you would like to read it.
Layette Ministry is in need of Flannel Receiving blankets and some baby wash cloths. There is a tote in the Gathering Area for your donations. Sharon Schlagel is in charge of this ministry.
Please Pray For
Elite & Nancy Shellenbarger
All the lonely seniors in nursing homes
For our Country and its Leaders
An end to the virus and healing the sick
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
1/20 Stephanie Davis
Tawas United Methodist Church
20 E. M55
Tawas City, MI 48763