July 19, 2020 – 7th Sunday after Pentecost
Everything remains on our current schedule. 10AM, Lord’s Supper for those present.
Zoom (same as before): https://zoom.us/j/6458485288
Devotion & Prayer Thought
I’ve got a social media friend who runs a mildly popular joke account – “Atheist Memes but Unironically”. He follows a bunch of hyper-atheist type accounts who are always posting memes which they think are witty and show the complete failure of the faith. Showing that the cross is still a scandal, it usually takes center stage. They find the goriest crucifix or painting – think Grunewald – and slap on a line like “imagine thinking this is God.” My friend retweets it out under “Atheism Memes but Unironically” whose avatar is the three headed “Yes”.
The hornet’s nest it stirs up is funny. It is like the bat-signal to atheists to dogpile all the while he says nothing.
The cross is the most popular, but the second most common derives from it. They usually get some sappy picture of Jesus talking to a little girl. It is rarely little boys for some strange reason. And the line is usually something about “You’ll see eventually that the [accident that killed your parents/dread disease/other seemingly non-sensical suffering] was for your good.” Hyper-Atheists really don’t like suffering of any type, be it the cross or something more common. Just the fact of it is the proof of God’s ridiculousness.
Yet the apostle Paul – no stranger to suffering – writes, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us…for the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope, that creation itself will be set free from its bonding to decay…”. Paul and the atheists agree that suffering is non-sensical. We were not made for this. But where the atheists blame God, yes they blame the person they hold does not exist, the apostle first blames ourselves. Our sin has brought us and all creation to this point. The God we should be afraid of is the one who didn’t care, who just let his creation burn. But the God we have redeemed even the suffering. He took even the suffering into God. God suffered, and thereby gave us hope. We suffer a little while, but we hope, “we wait for it with patience”, “all creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.” We have been joined to Christ in baptism. We share the cross, so that we will also share the crown. And the apostle says the two aren’t comparable. May our hope rest on this rock, I know of no other.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: July 20th – July 26th
Mon., Wed., Fri.: ……… 8:00am Summer Camp (Preschool)
Monday: ……………….. 6:00pm Women’s Group Mtg at St. Mark/Zoom
6:00pm Men’s Club Mtg at Gardner Residence
Thursday: …………….. 10:00am Bible Study
9:00am Bible Study and Sunday School
- Thurs 10am: : We are reading the book of Zechariah, the OT Revelation and the most quoted from book in the passion accounts in the NT. We are up to Chapter 10, both live in person and on zoom. Same link as the service. The start time is 10, but we probably talk 15 mins or so first. Everyone is invited!
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): Keep a look out here and in your email for future plans for LAF.
- Confirmation: Will return in the fall – September
- Sunday Morning: We’ve taken a little break, which I’ve needed to make sure things are set up prior to service. This will return, but it might be September as well. Pending the pandemic course, there are some things with our Sunday schedule that we might have to address.
- Catechism Moment: Sorry I missed a week. I took a day off this past week and this fell out of the schedule. Lord’s Prayer stating next Wednesday.
SAVERS DELIVERY … July 31st
Savers delivery is scheduled for Friday, July 31st at 10am in Webster. Please contact Mindy or Ellen if you have a large vehicle and are available to drive a load of stuff to Webster. (Of course, afterwards you are free to ‘Second-hand shop.”) We are also still accepting donations of clothes (accessories and shoes) and household fabrics.
WOMEN’S GROUP MEETING … July 20th
Several women have expressed an interest in having an in-person meeting, so, with this in mind we will be having a meeting at church on Monday, July 20th for those wishing to join us in person. Supper will be served at 6pm with social distancing being practiced. The meeting will commence at 6:30 on Zoom for those who prefer to not to attend in person. Please contact Mindy if you plan to attend the dinner so we can plan accordingly.
MEN’S CLUB MEETING … July 20th
Jerry Gardner is hosting the Men’s Club at his home on Monday, July 20th at the usual time of 6pm. The sign-up is posted on the bulletin board or you may call Jerry if you would like to attend.
It is mowing season again (it beats shoveling season!) and at St. Mark we ask the men of the congregation to donate a few hours to cut the grass. The good news is that we have a riding lawn mower for the majority of the work. This summer’s mowing calendar is now posted on the bulletin board (across from the Conference Room windows); please take a moment to look at it and enter your assigned date on your personal calendar. Friday or Saturday mowing is the preferred timeframe. We ask that you make arrangements with someone else on the schedule if you have a previous commitment on the date you are assigned. There is a white tin in the News Nest that contains a key for the church and the padlock combination as well as Jerry’s cell number for an emergency. If you have any questions please contact Jerry Gardner.
Leadership Boards Summer Break
Elders are taking off July & August from formal meeting. Council will be taking off July.