August 23, 2020 – 12th Sunday after Pentecost
Everything remains on our current schedule. 10AM, Lord’s Supper for those present.
Bulletin/Worship Link Here – August 23, 2020
Zoom (same as before): https://zoom.us/j/6458485288
Flowers next to the Altar were placed by Karen & Nathan Groff and family in honor of Dee Dee and Wayne Warriner’s 50th Wedding Anniversary
Devotion & Prayer Thought
Whether it is in sports or in life we are so used to everything having a measurement. Scoreboard is the taunt. Look at the bottom line. And these things are typically put up in bright bold letters. Every week our contributions (and usually attendance, when we were all together, sigh). Permanently on the screen, the score stood four to two that day with but an inning left to play. And even more than in Casey’s day as we have the strikes, balls and MPHs shown. Coaching little league gives you a different view. Yes, we keep score, but the score isn’t usually known. The scorekeeper is the only person who knows. And yes, the umpire can often forget the count himself. I’ve had players strike out on two strikes and walk on 6 balls. I’m sure I’ve had the 3 ball walk, I just don’t remember those. The kids will occasionally ask “what’s the score”, but less than you might think. And I don’t always tell them exactly. Sometimes I just say “close, let’s get a 1-2-3 inning”, or “we need some runs.” The score is important, but the score, even in a little league game is already determined by how you and your teammates are going to play. Concentrating on the score won’t change it. Hitting this next pitch might. Go try.
The Christian life is more like that little league experience than the adult world of constant measurement. The final outcome is known. Christ has won. Satan is defeated. The Saints shout triumphantly. “My salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.” But how we play the game is still important. “Look to the Rock from which you were hewn.” “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” We are engaged in a struggle, a contest. And we are engaged against an enemy that is desperate and seeking to score as much as he can. And if all you look at as the game is this world, he might even win. Our Lord himself was crucified. But this world is only the first and second inning. He is risen, and we too shall rise to victory.
So go try. “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them. If prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving…”. The joy, the worship, is in the use, is in the playing. May we find that joy.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: Aug 24th – August 30th
Thursday: …………….. 10:00am Bible Study
Sunday: …………………. 9:00am Bible Study and Sunday School
- Thurs 10am: Recap and finish Malachi this week – we mean it this time. The start time is 10, but we probably talk 15 mins or so first. Everyone is invited!
- Confirmation: Will return in the fall – September, I’ll be in touch personally to sort out.
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): Start up on Wednesdays, starting September 9th at 7 PM. We will be on the Zoom line.
- Sunday Morning: I’m looking at something a little different. I ask for your patience here.
- Catechism Moment: Our reading of the Lord’s Prayer continues. If you aren’t getting these in your email box, it is because I don’t have your email. Or you have me going to spam. Easy to take care of
It is still mowing season and with all of the rain we have been getting of late the grass is growing fast! Please remember to do your part. 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.
PRESCHOOL UPDATE … Preschool begins on Thursday, September 3rd.
BEEF ON WECK DRIVE-THRU … Save the date … Saturday, October 3rd
The volunteer sign-up will soon be posted. We have made some adjustments to the plan we used for the Spring Drive-Thru in hopes of making it even more streamline. (Recap … we sold 300 meals in ONE hour!) Realizing that we will probably sell out in an hour means that we need to have more help BEFORE the first meal is sold. Of course, we again be working wearing gloves and masks and doing our best to social distance. However, there are several jobs that can be done separate from other people if you would like to volunteer some time but are hesitant to step outside your Covid Bubble. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mindy if you have any questions.
This is a first-come, first serve meal. We will NOT be selling tickets in advance. However, posting a flyer around town and sharing our Facebook ad is appreciated.
LEADERSHIP BOARDS SUMMER BREAK
Elders are taking off July & August from formal meeting.
Do you know of a Free Little Library? If so, we have books available for you to take and donate to one or more of your favorites. The books are in the coat closet on the table next to the full-length mirror. Please help us get the books out to the community