July 26, 2020 – 8th 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
Deuteronomy 7:9 is one of the great revelations of the Bible. “Know that Yahweh (the revealed name of the entity encountered in the fire-y and cloudy pillar and the signs and wonders of the Exodus) your God is THE God.” There is no other and you have encountered Him. But just who or what is this entity? I’m a Sci-Fi fan, and in this weird spring and summer the comedy relief has been the trickle of news about UFO’s. My guess is that I could offend more people by stating an opinion about aliens than preaching heresy. But my joke about the UFO’s is that the mere existence of aliens doesn’t really matter. What matters is what kind of aliens they are. Are they Independence Day destroyers of worlds? Goa’uld parasite enslavers? Or Asgardian protectors? It is nice knowing you have met THE God, but what kind of God is He?
“The God, the reliable one.” What is he reliable about? “The one who keeps the covenant”. This God is reliable about the covenant. What covenant is this? “The one of steadfast love to his loved ones”. This is the basis of the covenant. God loved them. God loved us. He sought us out. He is a God who chooses. And He has chosen this people as his treasured possession. Not for anything worthy in us, but because of who He is and his promise. The only rock in all creation. And he has chosen you. “And to the ones who keep His commands to a thousand generations.” It is tacked on there. It is not a quid pro quo or anything like that. It is more the rules of the house. The steadfast love of the covenant has come to you. You have been redeemed from the house of slavery. Do you want to live like a prince, or go back to slavery? This is how the house of the King, your house, operates.
That is what I mean about a great revelation. Ancient Israel had to take that on faith. God took them out of Egypt, but would he stick with them? He said he would – to a thousand generations. We live on the far side of that. In the story of Israel we can see that Yahweh is a God of steadfast love. He is the reliable one. Whatever we need, ask. Ask and it will be given. His steadfast love rests on you in Christ. Ask Him.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: July 27th – August 2nd
Mon., Wed., Fri.: ……… 8:00am Summer Camp (Preschool)
Thursday: …………….. 10:00am Bible Study
Friday: ……………….. 10:00am delivery to Savers in Webster
9:00am Bible Study and Sunday School
To Wayne Warriner who heroically tackled the thistle grove that was threatening to take over the ivy patch on the hill next to our back steps. Your efforts are appreciated!
- 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 12, 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 for missing a couple of weeks. I took some days off to install some flooring (thanks Abel!).
SAVERS DELIVERY … July 31st
LAST CHANCE to bring in your donations of clothes (accessories and shoes) and household fabrics.
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.