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Monday, January 16, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (1/15/17)

Tuesday, Jan 17th - Session at 5:30 PM moderated by Laurie.

Saturday, Jan 28th - Session training and visioning 9:00 AM at the McMillan river place.

Scripture for Sunday
Luke 4:16-30 (ESV)
    And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.  [17] And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
    [18] "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
        because he has anointed me
            to proclaim good news to the poor.
    He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
        and recovering of sight to the blind,
            to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
    [19] to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
    [20] And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.  [21] And he began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."  [22] And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, "Is not this Joseph's son?"  [23] And he said to them, "Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, 'Physician, heal yourself.' What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well."  [24] And he said, "Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown.  [25] But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land,  [26] and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.  [27] And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian."  [28] When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath.  [29] And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff.  [30] But passing through their midst, he went away.

Questions for Reflection
What are some of the best things that happen when a person comes back home after being away at school or in the service?
What does the old saying mean, “You can never go home again”?
How did the audience respond to Jesus’ reading? (4:20)
What were the main points of Jesus’ words to the people in His hometown? (4:23-27)
Why were the people angry with what Jesus said? (4:23-29)
What did Jesus know firsthand about rejection?
To what extent will people go to avoid hearing the truth about themselves?
Why do we sometimes try to avoid facing the truth about ourselves?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Scripture & Question for Sunday (1/8/17)

Prayer Concerns:  Jean Blaylock is home recovering from her hip surgery but has developed shingles. Please keep her in your prayers.

Scripture for Sunday
Luke 3:1-22 (ESV)  
    In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, [2] during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness.  [3] And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  [4] As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
    "The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
    Prepare the way of the Lord,
        make his paths straight.
    [5] Every valley shall be filled,
         and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
    and the crooked shall become straight,
        and the rough places shall become level ways,
    [6] and all flesh shall see the salvation of God."
    [7] He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? [8] Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.  [9] Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."
    [10] And the crowds asked him, "What then shall we do?" [11] And he answered them, "Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise." [12] Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?" [13] And he said to them, "Collect no more than you are authorized to do." [14] Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages."
    [15] As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, [16] John answered them all, saying, "I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.  [17] His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
    [18] So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. [19] But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother's wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, [20] added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.
    [21] Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, [22] and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."

Questions for Reflection
1. What attitude did John warn the people not to have? Why? (3:8-9)
2. How did people react to John’s message? (3:10)
3. What advice did John give those in the crowd who wanted to respond to his message? (3:11)
4. What practical examples of repentance did John use to help people who asked for direction? (3:11-14)
5. What title were the people beginning to give John? (3:15)
6. What was John’s response to those who thought he might be the Messiah? (3:16)
7. How did John explain his phrase, “Produce fruit in keeping with righteousness”? (3:8, 11-14)
8. When we are confronted with a call to repent, why do we tend to accept or reject the invitation strongly?

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
Christ the Savior is born.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service Saturday December 24th 6:00 PM. 
Come early beginning at 5:00.  We will have refreshments and fellowship.

Christmas Morning
Come and Worship 11:00 AM

Prayer Concerns:
Jean Blaylock is recovering from surgery to repair a broken hip, she is in Knopp #1 in Fredericksburg.
Laurie's brother Tony Harveson lost his house to a fire Wednesday night, there were no injuries but please keep the family in your prayers.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Annual Christmas Play on Sunday (12/18/16)

(during the regular church service)
We will have breakfast during the Sunday School Hour. 
Please bring a breakfast dish to share.

Note to Parents:
Sunday, December 18, during the regular service, is the day of the play. That morning there will be a breakfast in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 9:30 AM. Let your child wear something comfortable that their costume will easily fit over (white, tan, black, brown - NOT neon orange). All costumes are provided and each child will get into their costume after breakfast. You are always welcome to help. You may take photos during the play.
Merry Christmas!   Teena, Marcia, Ann, & Molly

Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service 
Saturday, December 24th 6:00 PM 
Come early beginning at 5:00 we will have refreshments and fellowship.

Christmas Morning
Come and Worship 11:00 AM

Friday, December 9, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (12/11/16)

Sunday Morning there will be a dress rehearsal for the Christmas play. Please have your children there by 9:30 AM.

Luke 1:46-55 (ESV)  
    And Mary said,
    "My soul magnifies the Lord,
        [47] and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
    [48] for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
        For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
    [49] for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
        and holy is his name.
    [50] And his mercy is for those who fear him
        from generation to generation.
    [51] He has shown strength with his arm;
         he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
    [52] he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
         and exalted those of humble estate;
    [53] he has filled the hungry with good things,
        and the rich he has sent empty away.
    [54] He has helped his servant Israel,
         in remembrance of his mercy,
    [55] as he spoke to our fathers,
         to Abraham and to his offspring forever."

Questions for Reflection
1. Which church hymns are your favorites? Why?
2. If you had the skill and opportunity, how would you tell the world about a life-changing experience: write a poem, sing a song, publish a novel, or make a movie? Why?
3. What attributes of God are extolled in the first part of Mary’s song? (1:46-49)
4. What different titles for God did Mary mention in her song? (1:46-47, 49)
5. According to Mary’s song, what kinds of people are given special treatment by God? (1:50-55)
6. What words best describe Mary’s attitude?
7. What reasons can we give for calling Mary a woman blessed by God?
8. What evidence do we have today that God is still keeping His promises?

Friday, December 2, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (12/4/16)

  • Men's Breakfast Saturday morning 8 AM. Coffee will be on at 6:30 so come early to visit and bring a friend.
  • Kimble County Youth Show is Saturday, Dec 3.
  • Sunday Morning there will be a dress rehearsal for the Christmas play. Please have your children there by 9:30 AM. 

Isaiah 11:1-10 (ESV)  
    There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
        and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
    [2] And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
        the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
        the Spirit of counsel and might,
        the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
    [3] And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
    He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
        or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
    [4] but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
        and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
    and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
        and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
    [5] Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
        and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
    [6] The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
        and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
    and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
        and a little child shall lead them.
    [7] The cow and the bear shall graze;
        their young shall lie down together;
        and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
    [8] The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
        and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.
    [9] They shall not hurt or destroy
        in all my holy mountain;
    for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
        as the waters cover the sea.
     [10] In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.

Questions for Reflection
1. What visual image do you associate with the concept of peace?
2. Using the image of a tree cut down to a stump, what did Isaiah predict for Judah? (11:1)
3. What qualities did Isaiah ascribe to the Branch of Jesse? (11:2-5)
4. What things would characterize the unique One? (11:3-4)
5. What unlikely scenarios from nature were used by Isaiah to illustrate God’s peace? (11:6-8)
6. What image is used to describe the earth? When? (11:9)
7. What honors did Isaiah bestow upon the Root of Jesse? (11:10)
8. In what ways do you think Isaiah’s description of Messiah impressed the people to whom he was speaking?
9. What do you think it would be like to live in a world where even the animal kingdom was free of conflict?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (11/20/16)

Psalm 100:1-5 (ESV)
    A Psalm for giving thanks.
    Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
        [2]  Serve the Lord with gladness!
         Come into his presence with singing!
    [3] Know that the Lord, he is God!
        It is he who made us, and we are his;
        we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
    [4] Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
        and his courts with praise!
        Give thanks to him; bless his name!
    [5] For the Lord is good;
        his steadfast love endures forever,
        and his faithfulness to all generations.

Questions for Reflection

  1. When do you feel like shouting for joy or singing?
  2. When (in what situations or for what acts) do you expect a thank you or acknowledgment of a favor you’ve done?
  3. How does the psalm writer describe the relationship God has with His followers? (100:3)
  4. How should a person enter God’s house? (100:4)
  5. How does God demonstrate His goodness to the world? (100:5)
  6. What message comes through most clearly to you in this psalm?