June 20th, 2021 – 4th Sunday after Pentecost – Happy Father’s Day
WORSHIP & Bible Study
Worship is at 10AM, Bible Study after service or 11:15ish
This week’s service Bulletin/Worship Link Here
Zoom Meeting ID: 645 848 5288 Passcode: miracles
You have probably noticed that we have been concluding special pandemic worship accommodations. The last of these, our “Zooming” of worship services, will be discontinued as of July 11th. In the Spirit of Hebrews 10:25 we wish to encourage all to “not neglect to meet together but gather to encourage one another.”
Devotion & Prayer Thought
The Corinthian Church was Paul’s “tough” one. If you the two letters we have closely, you realize there was at last one, maybe two, which we don’t have. One is described as “a letter of tears (2 Cor 2:4).” As a congregation I think Paul would say they were always being blown this way and that by every wind of doctrine (Eps 4:14), and every visiting “apostle” could get their ear (2 Cor 11:5). Yet it was the gospel, the ministry of reconciliation, that Paul emphasized. His apostolic appeal was not to lose what had been given chasing what does not save. “We appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain…now is the day of salvation.” It is an echo of Moses, “Today I have put before you life an death, choose life (Deut 30:15).”
Paul’s apostleship was always the ministry of Christ, and it bore the marks of Jesus words to Ananias when he is told to go to Paul after the Damascus Road – “I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name (Acts 9:16).” As Paul often does he says, “look at my life as proof of what I preach.” He has endured hardships with endurance, from beatings and jail to hunger and sleepless nights, never afraid of the hard work. Such endurance is possible because Paul’s ministry has been blessed by the Spirit through: “purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, genuine love, truthful speech, the power of God.” His Apostleship is one that has used “weapons of righteousness for both left and right hand.” Paul would preach Christ through “honor and dishonor”, “through slander and praise”. Whatever the circumstances of its reception and his, Paul’s message was consistent. Because even if the world thought Him and imposter, “he was true.” If the world punished, “it could not kill.” If the world made him poor, “He made many rich.” Paul worked through these, often at the hands of the Corinthians themselves, because that was the Apostleship. Paul sums up his entire work as “We have spoken freely, our heart is wide open.”
So the question back to the Corinthians is why does that gospel not seem like enough? The problem is not the apostleship of Paul. “You are not restricted by us.” The problem is “your own affections…widen your hearts.” We so often settle for status or niceness or ease when the Spirit wants to give us the power of God or truth and kindness or purity and love. We choose acceptance of the way things are, instead of hope. Our loves are misdirected or lacking in appropriate ardor. God wants to give us himself, and we are not willing to make room. Our affections are elsewhere, and the way is too hard. The problem is not the gospel. Christ died for you. The problem is our hearts. Will we receive that grace…and live it? Do we live free people in the gospel, or prefer the faint affections which bind us? Renew a right spirit within me. Amen.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: June 21st – June 27th
Mon. – Fri. ……….….… 9:00amPreschool
Monday………………… 6:00pm Women’s Group
Wednesday…………….. 11:00am Preschool Picnic
Thursday: ……………… 10:00amBible Study
Sunday: …………………. 10:00am Worship
11:00am Bible Study
- Thurs 10am: 2 Thessalonians, Paul has to expand what he wrote the first time on The End.
- Confirmation: Returns in September
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): Returns in September
- Sunday Morning: Study will be at 11:15ish, after worship, Walking through the Gospel of Mark
- Catechism Moment: In your email, send me yours if you are not getting it. On Lord’s Prayer
WEEKLY NEWS BULLETIN/CALENDAR
The deadline for inclusion in this weekly bulletin is Thursday evening. It gets compiled and goes to print on Friday morning. If you have items for the bulletin, or if you have calendar items that should be in the church calendar, for right now please send them to pastor. Compiling it would also be a job that could be picked up!