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Here are my scriptures and sermon for Sunday, 25.
Scriptures are: Psalm 139: 7-18 and Isaiah 6: 1-9
Isaiah 6:1-9New International Version (NIV)
6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted,seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King,the Lord Almighty.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
9 He said, “Go and tell this people:
“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
Psalm 139:7-18New International Version (NIV)
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you. … See MoreSee Less
Newsletter for The First Christian Church and Friends September 11, 2016
Prayer was requested for the family of infant, Zeke Williams.
Prayer was also requested for JoAnn Mcqueary, Ken Cundiff, Jody Patten, and Rhonda Frye.
Joys were expressed that Heather Cundiff will be returning to the USA this week and Steve Code reported that Jacob has received his driver’s permit.
Congratulations to Amy (Roark) and Donnie Ambry on the birth of their daughter last night.
Lydia Coffey shared the children’s message reminding us that much like a fragile egg, we must be tender with the feelings of others.
Donny Sweeny presented the reading of The Psalm.
The choir presented “What a Wonderful World.”
Barbara Jeffries led Children’s Worship and Wonder lesson, “Good Shepherd and His Lost Sheep”. Jan Bryant was the greeter.
Bob Mallory’s message was "Hard Questions with no Easy Answers" was based upon multiple passages and a reflection on terrorism in our world.
Community Choir practice will begin Sunday, September 18 at 4:00. All who would enjoy singing are encouraged to attend. Regular choir practice will be Wednesday evening at 7:00.
Worship Committee will meet Wednesday, September 14, at 4:00.
The church board will meet September 19 at 7:00.
Heather Cundiff will share personal stories from her over two year Peace Corps service as a teacher in Ethiopia during a special Concert and Dessert on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM. The community is invited.
Tishana and Ken Cundiff
Kencundiff41@yahoo.com … See MoreSee Less
Here is my “Talk About Church” thoughts this week.
Sunday, September 11 is, of course, the anniversary of that horrible day that took place in New York when the planes flew into the
Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the plane crash in PA.
Since the anniversary falls on Sunday next, September 11, I will focus on the events that have revealed the evil around these events and others since.
Sermon: “Hard Questions and No Easy Answers.” I will be using selected scriptures that identify some of these questions and some answers.
Bob’s TAC (Talk About Church) Sept 7
I don’t have a green thumb on either hand. Earlier in the summer, Debbie planted some little “look like weed flowers” around our tree in the front yard. Now, being the gardener that I am, I thought these were just weeds beginning to sprout, so I took the hoe and got rid of those little rascals. I hardly know a chrysanthemum from crabgrass and I am as likely to weed a flower as I am to water it. There’s no shade of green on either of my thumbs.
How often we need a green thumb in the church. Robert Dale in his book, “Cultivating Perennial Churches: A Guide to Long Term Church Growth,” speaks of the church being a green thumb and how to help the church put into place healthy practices that will help sustain the church over a long period of time. Dale uses the metaphor of annuals and perennials as his guide to these churches. For instance, he talks about the churches that bloom one year and die (the annual), the one and done version. He compares those with the plants that live on (the perennials), producing season after season. He compares these two plants to churches who demand a quick fix, the fast food, short cut, microwave, fast winning streaks and overnight success type of churches, yes, churches who are too quick to cut the “religious flowers” and start over. Whereas, on the other hand, healthy churches, perennials, are successful and durable, rooted and identified, flourishing and reproducing year after year. These churches, says Dale, have modeled some characteristics of sustained growth and staying power year after year.
I believe that First Christian, Liberty, wants and will be one of these perennial with the long term in mind. It wants to plant the characteristics of a perennial church. What Dale, and many of you, would identify as those characteristics is what God is calling the church to be. Perennials reflect their planter’s purpose! Such churches have listened closely to where God is calling them to go.
Summer is winding down and the annuals are beginning to die! Your beloved minister of twenty seven years has retired and the church is planting the seeds for new leadership. Programs that were in place may be fading like a summer annual, consequently, this is the time to think perennial. It is a time for the church to show its “green thumb” and plant seeds of a Perennial Church. Will you “green thumbs” come forward and begin planting?
Blessings, … See MoreSee Less