ANNOUNCEMENTS

TODAY Sun. June 25

5:30pm Centennial Kick Off Potluck Dinner at Zett Theater, meat furnished,  bring salads, vegetables, desserts

7 pm     Centennial Kick Off Church Service –Big Top

NEXT Sun. July 2          10:30am  Centennial Legacy Church Service-Big Top

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sun. July 9

10 am   Sunday School

11 am   Worship, potluck after

Sun. July 23                  Bishop Mike Girlinghouse will be our guest.  We will be serving a planned German meal after worship.  Check with Norma Miller about what is needed.

Sun. Aug. 6                   4 pm     Service  at Twin Oaks

NOT A PART, NOT APART

(Matthew 10:24-39)                 Pastor Carol Weist

None of us are a part of everything.   Not all of us went to the same school.  Not all of us are part of the same extended family networks.

All believers are a part of the church universal.  The church is a group that does not depend upon what school or schools you attended for how many years or what your family connections happen to be.  The church depends on Christ. The identity of the church comes from Christ, not what grade school you attended or who your grandparents or in-laws are.

Jesus Christ is our Savior and that includes being our teacher.  When no other teacher will take us on, Jesus takes us on as his students.  Jesus is the only teacher who can take on an unlimited number of students who are called disciples.   There have been many teachers who have been blessings in our lives.   Thank God for them.  Jesus is the greatest blessing of all. Continue reading

PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS

(Matthew 10:7)                 Pastor Carol Weist

“As you go, proclaim the good news,  ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’” (Matthew 10:7)

We just finished a week of Vacation Bible School, a week of proclaiming the good news.  Now we are going into another week, it is time to reflect on the good news, the good news that the kingdom of heaven has come near.

In Jesus heaven comes near to earth.  In Jesus the kingdom of heaven comes near to us. What does that mean?

Last Monday we focused on the gospel truth that God made you, God made you and me.  God lovingly creates people.  God made us the same in many ways, but also different.

God made us complex.  At times we may throw up our hands in frustration over how complex and hard another person is to understand. At other times we marvel at the complexity of a person, the wonder of a new-born child.

The bible verse for last Monday was “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex.”  (Psalm 139:14) That is a good thank you for every day and not just thanking God for who I am, but also how wonderfully complex other people are.  Those complexities and differences make it more challenging to work together and learn how to get along, but the team work can be marvelous when we do.  The kingdom of heaven has come near. Continue reading

FUN LOVING

(Genesis 1:1-2:4a)                 Pastor Carol Weist

Is it possible that God created the world for the fun of it?  Did God create the world to enjoy and delight in?  Not just for God to enjoy and delight in, but also for us to enjoy and delight in?  Is God fun-loving?  Are we created to be fun-loving?

Genesis 1 describes all the delightful things God created.  Psalm 104:25-26 speaks of God creating the Leviathan, some sort of large sea creature, for the sport of it: So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable,  both small and great beasts.  There go the ships: there is that leviathan,  whom thou hast made to play therein.

Fun-loving.  Being fun-loving is often frowned upon even though we often delight in the fun-loving spirit of a young child.  There is a fun-loving aspect to God and to being made in the image of God. Not all fun-loving reflects the goodness of God.  That does not mean fun-loving should be totally erased from our lives. God wants us to enjoy and delight in creation.

Not all the ways people find to have fun are good. Temptations abound to participate in fun that is not good.  Just because temptation is out there does not mean we have to fall for it.  Just because temptation has weaseled its way in does not mean we need to let it take root.

God promises us a way out of temptation in 1 Corinthians 10:13: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:  but God is faithful,  who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;  but will with the temptation also make a way to escape,  that ye may be able to bear it. Continue reading

CALL ON THE NAME

(Acts 2:1-21)                 Pastor Carol Weist

“Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  (Acts 2:21)

When is then?  Then is when all sorts of terrifying things happen:  blood, fire, smoky mist, the sun turning dark, the moon turning to blood. (Acts 2:19-20a)  Even if we have not personally experienced the terror of fire, we know people who have.  We have the promise: “Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord  shall be saved.”  (Acts 2:21)

Then is “the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.”  (Acts 2:20b) Even before the coming of the Lord on that great and glorious day there are those who have called upon the name of the Lord who have seen the Lord.

Stephen was an early Christian who served as a deacon.  He was arrested and called before the high priest and the council for sharing about Jesus.  His explanation infuriated his listeners: When they heard these things,  they became enraged and ground their teeth at Stephen.   But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven  and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.  “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened  and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” (Acts 7:54-56)

Stephen saw the Lord just before he was dragged out of the city to be stoned to death.  His dying words, “cried out in a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’” (Acts 7:60) 

Stephen calls on the Lord on behalf of his persecutors, persecutors who shortened his life on this earth.  His persecutors were unwilling to call on Jesus as Lord.  Stephen cried out to the Lord to give them more time even as his time on this earth was being cut short. Continue reading

HUMBLE CARE

(1 Peter 5:6-11)                 Pastor Carol Weist

1 Peter 5:6  urges us:  “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God,  so that he may exalt you in due time.”

“Clothe yourselves in humility in your dealings with one another,”  as 1 Peter 5:5, the verse leading into this verse says.

It is OK to outfit ourselves with humility, even though false pride may still sneak in once in a while.  There is such a thing as false humility, which is a hypocritical act, a lie, using a false front for selfish, wicked ends.  There is also a genuine, heartfelt desire to follow through on Jesus’ example of humility.

There is genuine learning to be humble following Jesus’ example. Listen as Paul describes this in Philippians 2: 1If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love,  any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy,  2make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love,  being in full accord and of one mind.  3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit,  but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.  4Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,  6who, though he was in the form of God,  did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,  7but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,  8he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—  even death on a cross.

9Therefore God also highly exalted him  and gave him the name that is above every name,  10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend,  in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  11and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,  to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus humbled himself to humbly care for us. In the process he did not deny his self worth.  He did not give up speaking out.

When we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God we do not deny our self worth, rather God gives us self worth.

We still may end up speaking out, but not from the perspective of having more knowledge than God. Humility acknowledges the worth that other people have according to God.

Humility prepares us, humility frees us, to cast all our anxieties, worries, concerns and troubles on God.  Continue reading

FREE TO WORK

(John 14:12-31)                 Pastor Carol Weist

We are free to be God’s people powered by God for daily gospel service.  What is daily gospel service?  The gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news of what Jesus has done and continues to do for us. Our daily gospel service is how that shows through our daily activities.

When we wake up in the morning and go about our morning routine, what difference does the gospel make?  Is there ever a thank the Lord as you brush your teeth?  You may or may not be looking forward to the day’s activities or lack thereof.  How about asking the Lord for help? Don’t wait to ask the Lord for help.  Ask the Lord for help to stay on track.

In Christ we are free to work.  We are free for daily gospel service.

In John 14:12, Jesus says, “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and in fact will do greater works than these.” What are these greater works that we are free in Christ to do? What works are greater than Jesus’ miracles?

Jesus tells a few of his earliest disciples, “I will do whatever you ask in my name so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

How do we know that what we are asking in Jesus’ name, that what we are doing, glorifies the Father in the Son?  Thanking the Lord glorifies the Father in the Son.  Asking the Lord to help us and to help us stay on track glorifies the Father in the Son.

What about our more specific prayer requests and actions?  Continue reading