Our Weekly Schedule




SUNDAY - Communion Day
 
10:00 AM     Worship & Teaching  - Pastor Bob Lawrenz
   
                      Message:  Ecclesiastes 7:1-29 - "Beginning or End?"
                
                                 Scripture Reading:       2 Thessalonians 13-17          

The author of the book of Ecclesiastes looked for the meaning of life in many vain pursuits. He describes the feeling of emptiness he felt: “Meaningless! Meaningless! . . . Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). King Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, had wealth beyond measure, wisdom beyond any man of his time or ours, hundreds of women, palaces and gardens that were the envy of kingdoms, the best food and wine, and every form of entertainment available. He said at one point that anything his heart wanted, he pursued (Ecclesiastes 2:10). Yet he summed up life “under the sun”—life lived as though all there is to life is what we can see with our eyes and experience with our senses—as meaningless. 

What explains this void? God created us for something beyond what we can experience in the here-and-now. Solomon said of God, “He has also set eternity in the hearts of men” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). In our hearts we are aware that the “here-and-now” is not all there is.

In Genesis we learn that we are specially made by God, and that gives us intrinsic value; nothing can give us greater value. We are made to reflect His image; we have a purpose: to gorify God. Nothing can give us greater satisfaction. We know that mankind fell, and the curse of sin came upon the earth, but we also know that God is concerned with restoring the meaning of life to us through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

According to the Bible, there are basically two kinds of people – the wise and the foolish. The closer we come to the Lord’s return the clearer we see this. In our humanistic culture, people easily lose sight of the meaning of life. Today’s culture blurs the line between what is wise and what is foolish and therefore, we end up with every lifestyle, perspective, ideology and practice which we must then tolerate, or worse, celebrate.  I
t seems at times that everything in the world is set up to make us turn away from God’s words, His work. But a wise man will follow the words of God because he trusts God.

All of man's efforts, all of man's righteousness, all of man's wisdom, all of man's wealth ALL are absolutely meaningless and empty apart from the life we have in Christ alone.  

Solomon reminds us that we can learn a lot about life by not just attending parties, but also funerals. For the Christian “the day you die is better than the day you are born”. Paul says the same thing in Philippians 1:21 that, “living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.”


TUESDAY
 
10:00 AM     Ladies Prayer & Bible Study - Resumes July 12th

                                                         
Ladies Prayer and Bible Study will be cancelled again this week.  Please pray for Norine's recovery.

Our Ladies Prayer and Bible Study meets at 10:00 A.M. each week, downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.

Study time is preceded by a time of worship to the glory of Jesus Christ, and an opportunity to pray for one another's needs, and concerns, as well as the needs of the Body of Christ. Prayer is on par with preaching and teaching as a priority in a healthy church. So we focus a great deal on our prayer time together.

We are currently studying 'A Life of Worship'. The apostle Paul described true worship perfectly in Romans 12:1-2: “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God which is your reasonable service (spiritual service of worship). And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable, or well pleasing and perfect.” True worship is not confined to what we do in church or open praise (although these things are both good, and we are told in the Bible to do them). True worship is the acknowledgment of God and all His power and glory in everything we do. The highest form of praise and worship is obedience to Him and His Word. To do this, we must know God; we cannot be ignorant of Him (Acts 17:23). Worship is to glorify and exalt God—to show our loyalty and admiration to our Father.

Come Join Us for a spiritually uplifting time of fellowship, worship, prayer, and Bible study.

                    

As a contemporary of Isaiah and Hosea, Micah prophesied during the momentous years surrounding the tragic fall of Israel to the Assyrian Empire (722 BC), an event he also predicted (Micah 1:6). Micah stated in his introduction to the book that he prophesied during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah in Judah, failing to mention the simultaneous string of dishonorable kings that closed out the northern kingdom of Israel.
During this period, while Israel was imploding from the effects of evil and unfaithful leadership, Judah seemed on a roller-coaster ride—ascending to the heights of its destiny in one generation, only to fall into the doldrums in another. In Judah at this time, good kings and evil kings alternated with each other, a pattern seen in the reigns of Jotham (good, 2 Kings 15:32–34); Ahaz (evil, 2 Kings 16:1–4); and Hezekiah (good, 2 Kings 18:1–7).
- See more at: http://www.insight.org/resources/bible/micah.html#sthash.i25F9AvV.dpuf
As a contemporary of Isaiah and Hosea, Micah prophesied during the momentous years surrounding the tragic fall of Israel to the Assyrian Empire (722 BC), an event he also predicted (Micah 1:6). Micah stated in his introduction to the book that he prophesied during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah in Judah, failing to mention the simultaneous string of dishonorable kings that closed out the northern kingdom of Israel.
During this period, while Israel was imploding from the effects of evil and unfaithful leadership, Judah seemed on a roller-coaster ride—ascending to the heights of its destiny in one generation, only to fall into the doldrums in another. In Judah at this time, good kings and evil kings alternated with each other, a pattern seen in the reigns of Jotham (good, 2 Kings 15:32–34); Ahaz (evil, 2 Kings 16:1–4); and Hezekiah (good, 2 Kings 18:1–7).
- See more at: http://www.insight.org/resources/bible/micah.html#sthash.i25F9AvV.dpuf
SATURDAY

  9:00 AM       Men's Prayer - All Are Welcome!                     

Men's Prayer is a time for men to come together in fellowship, and pray for those in need, though all are welcome. If you are in need of prayer and would like the men of this church to do as James 5:14 says, please do come!


"Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord."




10:00 AM       Church Work Day - All Are Welcome!      

Lend a Helping Hand!

Church workdays are scheduled on the FIRST and THIRD Saturdays of every month, from 10 AM through lunchtime. 

Our next Church Work Day is scheduled for Saturday, July 9th. Join us as we work around the building, both inside and outside! Every "skill level" welcome!

Please consider helping to keep the building up. Maintaining this 1856 building is a service to the Lord. It was built before the Civil War!





      

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