Pray for each other so that you may be healed…. James 5:16 (NIV)
A haunted day, September 11, here in the States that are still United in the wild idea that interdependence is possible and glorious. A shivering day. It always will be.
I pray it never becomes a mere anniversary, an event only to remember murder and terror and fire and fear—or even worse, a day only to celebrate vengeance. No, I pray it becomes a day to remember courage and grace and love. I pray that will someday be the story of September 11.
Let us remember the roaring courage of the people who rushed to help, and the people who helped others out of the fire and ash, and the people who used their last minutes on earth to call their families and say “I love you. I love you. I will love you forever,” is to pray for them and us. Jesus said that we were to pray for our enemies – though there is nothing ideologically we agree with – we can pray that the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Blood of Jesus Christ and the Hope of Salvation can be shared with them and they will believe Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life.
Let us remember the firemen who ran up, knowing they would never come down, the passengers storming the cockpit, the sergeant who ran out of the Pentagon to catch women leaping from high windows – just might help us erase some bad vibes we might be thinking right now.
If we remember right, if we pray with our hearts in our mouths, maybe someday no one will remember the architect of ruin, but everyone will remember a day when the courage and mercy and glory of human beings rose to such a tide that no one will ever forget.
A week from this Sunday – will be a day of great opportunity for our church family.
1) There will be ONE Celebration service that weekend – 10:00 AM Sunday. The one service provides opportunity for those who attend Saturday to meet the believers who attend Sunday and vice-versa…..
2) Everyone is invited to participate in the chicken dinner.
3) The Church is providing and footing the tab for the meal
4) All we are asking of you is to bring a dessert
5) The men’s Wednesday AM D-Group and the Saturday eve D-Group will do all the organization and much of the grunt work to prepare for the event
6) It is essential that you sign up this weekend as we must give the cooks a week notice as to how many pieces of chicken to cook
7) Another blessing of this day will be our Sign-up & Kick-off for our fall & winter D-Group Ministry…..
8) This weekend and next weekend you will see several 30 second video’s during our worship service of our people who believe in and want you to become involved in D-Group this year.
As they say – “time waits for no one” and the older we get the more we believe that statement —- can you believe the twins – Samantha and Sabrina were one year old this week.. WOW…..our D-Group had a little party for them Monday night with cake & ice-cream… ……………Annie had her 3rd appointment with the hip-surgeon this week. The X-Ray was great – he turned her loose for 8 months — going back for one final check on the 1-year anniversary of the surgery. We praise God for this good news……………Tom Detore – what do we do with him…last Monday he ran the Heart of America marathon – and tomorrow he is driving to Shenandoah, Iowa to run the Shenandoah marathon Saturday….2 marathons in 5 days — After Men’s Group on Wednesday morning – his last words to me were these…”I’ll see you in church Sunday”… Tom and Eileen will celebrate their 1st wedding anniversary the day of our Church Picnic…………….In spite of the holiday weekend – we had a more than respectable crowd at the Saturday & Sunday morning service……I love the comment I saw on Facebook – THE MARK OF AN EFFECTIVE CHURCH IS NOT HOW MANY PEOPLE COME BUT HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE DIFFERENTLY AS A RESULT OF HAVING BEEN THERE………..
You might be wondering – “why would the church spend a few weeks studying the stories of Abraham who lived 4000 years ago.” There would be multiple answers but God’s Word says something very pertinent to our situation in Rom 15:4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.
This week we pick up the story of Abraham in Genesis 14…..
· How does a Christian deal with conflict?
· What if that conflict is within the family?
· Does the Bible say that we should give up our rights or should we demand our rights?
· How do we know if we are walking by SIGHT or walking by FAITH?
These and many other issues will be brought out in our message at our weekend celebration service. Please read Genesis 14 in advance of our time together.
2 Chron 7:14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
· Mary Noble – her niece died last weekend and the service was Monday in Northwest Missouri
· Kirsten Yoder – she is 2 weeks away from graduating from boot camp at Chicago Naval Station
· Patrick Fleenor with the Marines in San Diego, California
· Wisdom for our National Leaders as many decisions are being made
· The Church in America – will impact respective communities for righteousness – to say nothing of common sense
· Discovery that we will have impact on Northeast Columbia…… Eph 6:12 For we[a] are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
We are proud to announce that we have just hired Jackie Drage as our Children’s Director. The position is part-time and she will begin her duties the 1st weekend of October. Her duties will involve children from birth to 5th grade…..because we have 3 rooms – in time we will have teaching going on in each. The material we will be using was ordered yesterday from Group Publishing. If you are approached to help in any capacity to make our children’s ministry successful – please assist Jackie in any way possible.
Gen 14:17-24 After Abram returned from his victory over Kedorlaomer and all his allies, the king of Sodom went out to meet him in the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High,[a] brought Abram some bread and wine. 19 Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing: “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. 20 And blessed be God Most High, who has defeated your enemies for you.”
Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered.
21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give back my people who were captured. But you may keep for yourself all the goods you have recovered.” 22 Abram replied to the king of Sodom, “I solemnly swear to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, 23 that I will not take so much as a single thread or sandal thong from what belongs to you. Otherwise you might say, ‘I am the one who made Abram rich.’ 24 I will accept only what my young warriors have already eaten, and I request that you give a fair share of the goods to my allies—Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre.”