October 11th, 2020 – 19th Sunday after Pentecost
WORSHIP & Bible Study
Worship is at 10AM, Lord’s Supper for those present.
This week’s service Bulletin/Worship Link Here
Zoom (NEW!): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6458485288?pwd=R2xGZkRNVi9TdzFPQzlaVnluNWo4QT09
Zoom Info Update: As of 9/27/20 Zoom made either passcodes or a waiting room mandatory. It defaulted to a waiting room. I have changed that to a passcode, so that when you join you will jump right in instead of waiting to be admitted. If you use the link above it has the passcode embedded in it. If you are logging in using the meeting ID or the old link, you will need the passcode. Meeting ID: 645 848 5288 Passcode: miracles
Bible Study after service or 11:15ish. I’ll keep the zoom line on. We are going to walk through the biblical stories on pestilence in Israel. Numbers 11, 16 (Korah’s Rebellion) and 2 Samuel 24 (David’s Census). Everyone is encouraged to stay or to jump in online. (I think I have even figured out a way to get online voices through the main church speakers.)
Devotion & Prayer Thought
One of the repeated words of the Genesis 1 creation story is “good.” God’s creation was created good. The fact of the fall complicates things. We now know both good and evil as the snake promised. I like the Apostle Paul’s description, “the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from bondage (Roman 8:20-21).” Instead of good and evil, which are moral words for beings that live morally weighted lives, the creation might be better understood as used for good or used for vanity or futility. (The word Paul uses there is the same word used in Ecclesiastes “vanity, vanity…”.) The goodness of creation still shines through. The providence of God maintains the seasons in order. We can turn it to meaninglessness. We can abuse the good creation. We can frustrate it by using it in poor ways. But we can also with the spirit use creation in ways that give glory to God.
I think that is what Paul is reminding the Philippians in this final chapter when he says, “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is true…if there is any excellence…think about these things…what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things.” The law of God, the things of creation, are universal. They apply to all. And we can find excellence in many places. Sometimes the pagans do things better than the saints. As Augustine would tell his congregations referencing the Exodus “plunder the Egyptians.” The creation was good and made for good. It is still possible to not use if futilely. “Even us who are evil can give good gifts to our children.” But Paul adds his next line – “learn, receive, heard and seen”. Our use of these things should be knowingly. We recognize where they come from – God. And we give thanks for His goodness. And because we know, we have learned, received, heard and seen the gospel of Jesus, we practice it. Not that we have attained it fully, but we try and use the good given to us not for our vanity, but for the glory of God.
May we learn to perceive the good and receive it with thanksgiving. And may practice lives of meaning, not those turned to futility.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: Oct 12th – Oct 19th
Tues. – Fri. ……….….… 8:00am Preschool
Monday: …….………….. 0:00pm NO Men’s Club Meeting
Thursday: ……………… 10:00am Bible Study
Sunday: …………………. 10:00am Worship
11:15am Bible Study
- Thurs 10am: We are reading the book of Ezekiel, at least parts of it. The strangest book in the bible, but also one that . Everyone welcome, including on zoom.
- Confirmation: Reviewing the Lord’s Prayer. Soon jumping into “how to have an intentional prayer life.”
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): is next meeting on Wednesdays, October 21st at 7 PM. We will be on the Zoom line.
- Sunday Morning: Study will be at 11:15ish, after worship, in the sanctuary. I’ll also have this on the zoom line. And I will have coffee.
- Catechism Moment: We have finished the Lord’s Prayer section. We will continue on into the Sacraments.
WOMEN’S GROUP will be meeting on Monday, October 19 … in person or virtual yet to be determined
RHAFT: Food collections for RHAFT are ongoing. If you would like to contribute to the Rush-Henrietta Food Pantry, a box is located under the round table in the narthex for non-perishable items.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD shoeboxes are now available for you take home and fill. If you would like someone to shop for your box, we will have a sign up on the bulletin board next week.
CONGREGATIONAL MTG: November 15th – Budget Presentation; Dec 6th – Final Vote
NOTE: We are sad to announce the passing of Allen Bauchle on Wednesday, October 7th.
Calling hours are on Saturday, October 10th from 2pm to 5pm at Miller’s Funeral Home on Jefferson Rd.
His Funeral will be held at St. Mark on Sunday, October 11th at 2pm. (Note: there are still attendance limits of 50% or roughly 50 people. The zoom link will be active.)