Aug 24 2016

From Our Service 8/21/16

Aug 22 2016

Happening This Week 8/22-8/28

Monday 8/22
• Men’s meeting (Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea), 6:00 a.m.

Wednesday 8/24
• Choir rehearsal, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 8/25
Cottage Prayer Meeting at Tom & June Bell’s home, 6:30 p.m.
• Band rehearsal, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday 8/28
• Band rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
• Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.
• Worship service, 11:00 a.m.
• Women on Mission, 12:00 p.m.
• Youth movie night, 7:00 p.m.

Aug 19 2016

Bulletin 8/21/16


Click here for Sunday’s bulletin.

THIS WEEK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Back to Church Picnic
Please join us after the service this Sunday for our Back to Church/Back to School picnic sponsored by the Activities/Recreation Committee and the Brotherhood.

Community Prayer for Back Creek This Sunday
We will hold community prayer for Back Creek Elementary this Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the school.  Everyone is invited to come out and join us as we circle the school in prayer to start off the new school year.

Cottage Prayer Meeting
Our final Cottage Prayer Meeting for the summer will be Thursday, August 25 at 6:30 at Tom and June Bell’s home.  Come join us in praying for revival in our church and community, for growth of our faith, for evangelistic impact on our community, and that God would use the ministries of the church to bring people to us to share the Gospel with and to help grow in their faith.

Women on Mission
Women on Mission will meet Sunday, August 28 following the worship service.  All women of the church are invited to participate.

Fall Festival Update
We are now collecting donations for the fall festival.  We are in need of sugar, pint size jars, and rings/lids both large and small.  Please consider donating as this is our biggest fundraiser of the year!  We are also changing up the apple peeling and apple butter making.  We will peel on Friday, October 7 and make the apple butter on Saturday, October 8.  There will be a bulletin insert in the coming weeks with more information.  Thank you for your support! —Catey Robbins

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Wednesday Night Activities
Starting September 7

5:45      Family Night Dinner
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6:30      Children’s choir/TeamKid

6:30      Adult Bible study

6:40      Youth Bible study

7:30      Choir rehearsal

• For our first Wednesday night on September 7, we’ll have dinner at 5:45 followed by a church-wide prayer meeting at 6:30.
• Our adult study for the fall will be Lord, Change My Attitude by James McDonald.  See Pastor Mike if you would like to order the workbook.

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Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events.
• September 7: Wednesday night activities begin
• September 18-20: Fall Revival
• October 15: Fall Festival

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Aug 18 2016

Music for Sunday 8/21/16

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

God has made us alive!  This passage was our theme scripture for our Evening of Worship in July, and this week we come to it again in our study through Ephesians.  We’re going to start the service on Sunday with a song that celebrates the name that we can claim through the riches of God’s mercy: people of the Risen King.

Come, people of the Risen King, who delight to bring Him praise.
Come all, and tune your hearts to sing to the Morning Star of grace.
From the shifting shadows of the earth we will lift our eyes to Him,
Where steady arms of mercy reach to gather children in.

Come, young and old from every land, men and women of the faith.
Come, those with full or empty hands; find the riches of His grace.
Over all the world His people sing; shore to shore we hear them call
The truth that cries through every age: “Our God is all in all!”

Rejoice, rejoice!  Let every tongue rejoice!
One heart, one voice; O Church of Christ, rejoice!
–Come, People of the Risen King

We are His people–but only through His love and mercy and grace.  For by grace you have been saved through faith, Paul says, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  Our next two hymns look at this verse as we realize in our hands no price we bring.

I will not boast in anything: no gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ; His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart: His wounds have paid my ransom.
–How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Not the labors of my hands can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
These for sin could not atone; Thou must save, and Thou alone:
In my hand no price I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling.
–Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

Our final hymn is a “before-and-after” hymn, just as our passage is a before-and-after scripture: once we were dead in our trespasses; now God has made us alive.  At Calvary looks at the difference between our old lives and our new lives:

Years I spent in vanity and pride, caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned; then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary.

Now I’ve given to Jesus everything, now I gladly own Him as my King;
Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary.

Mercy there was great, and grace was free; pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.

It’s our honor and privilege to worship together as people of the Risen King–God’s children whom He made alive through His grace.  Let’s not take that lightly!  See you Sunday for our Back to Church worship service!

P.S. If you missed Made Alive, our Evening of Worship on July 30, be sure to check out the videos here!

Come, People of the Risen King: words by Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend.  Copyright 2001 Thankyou Music.  How Deep the Father’s Love for Us: words by Stuart Townend.  Copyright 1995 Thankyou Music.

 

Aug 18 2016

Rise Up and Live!

There are so many things going on in life and in church that it is often easy to get overwhelmed. When that happens we can lose our focus and sometimes even our purpose. God’s desires for you and me are that we would live for Him and walk in the work He has prepared for us. That sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? We love God, He has saved us and then we just live our lives for Him! If only it were that easy…there are so many things in the world that can and do distract us. Some of those are good things and some of those things not so much. How can we learn to walk in what God has prepared us? Join us this Sunday as we talk about these things.

Our sermon will come from Ephesians 2:1-10. In this passage Paul describes what our lives look like before we become believers and what  they should look like afterwards. We will consider these things along with the encouragement and instruction for us to rise up and live! Take some time this week to read this passage of scripture and pray through so you will be prepared for an encounter with God when worship happens this Sunday.

Also please plan on joining us for our luncheon after church Sunday. The church will provide chicken and drinks, please bring a couple of side dishes or a side dish and dessert to share with others.

Aug 15 2016

From Our Service 8/14/16

Aug 15 2016

Happening This Week 8/15-8/21

Monday 8/15
• Men’s meeting (Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea), 6:00 a.m.

Tuesday 816
• Back Creek teacher breakfast, 7:45 a.m.
• Sunday School teacher training, Memorial Baptist, Staunton

Wednesday 8/17
• Choir rehearsal, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday 8/20
• Youth hike

Sunday 8/21
• Band rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
• Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.
• Worship service, 11:00 a.m.
• Back to Church picnic, 12:00 p.m.
• Community prayer at Back Creek Elementary, 5:30 p.m.

 

Aug 11 2016

Music for Sunday 8/14/16

There sure is a lot going on in the first chapter of Ephesians!  When I’m confronted with a big dense chunk of text like this week’s passage, I find it hard to process.  This is where online Bibles and the ability to cut and paste come in handy.  I find it much easier to read and follow when it’s broken up by verse, like this:

For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints,

do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers;

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might

which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,

far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,

which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

So Paul is praying for wisdom and revelation for the church, and he wants the church to see three things:

  1. the hope of God’s calling
  2. the riches of the glory of His inheritance
  3. the surpassing greatness of His power

Hope, riches, and great power!  Then Paul goes on to describe the greatness of God as shown through Christ, in His resurrection and rule over the church and the earth.  This is where our music starts this week, with the hymn At the Name of Jesus:

At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow,
Every tongue confess Him King of glory now;
‘Tis the Father’s pleasure we should call Him Lord,
Who from the beginning was the mighty Word.

The choir will sing Across the Lands, based on the end of this passage:

With a shout You rose victorious, wresting victory from the grave,
And ascended into heaven leading captives in Your wake.
Now You stand before the Father interceding for Your own.
From each tribe and tongue and nation You are leading sinners home.

You’re the Author of creation, You’re the Lord of every man;
And Your cry of love rings out across the lands.

When it comes to asking God for wisdom and understanding, I don’t know of a better hymn than Speak, O Lord.  As we sing this hymn, we’re asking God to speak to us, plant His truth in us, make us like Him, and “help us grasp the heights of His plans for us.”  Just as Paul prays in this chapter of Ephesians, we’ll sing Cause our eyes to see Your majestic love and authority.   All three of Paul’s points are in this hymn: the hope of God’s calling, the riches of His inheritance, and His surpassing greatness.

Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory.

Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility.
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of power that can never fail;
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.

Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us.
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time,
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises;
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, ’til your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.

Across the Lands: words by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.  Copyright 2002 Thankyou Music.  Speak, O Lord: words by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.  Copyright 2006 Thankyou Music.

Aug 11 2016

Praying for Wisdom and Understanding

Last week in worship we started a new sermon series, ‘One Lord, One Faith, One Church.’ This series will take us through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. As we started last week we considered who we are in Christ made holy and blameless by His shed blood. If you weren’t able to attend I would encourage you to watch the sermon on our website. Each week we will take a section of scripture and try to get a better understanding of our faith and who we are as adopted sons and daughters of God. I would encourage you to take some time and read through Ephesians in its entirety and then read and pray through each section for the upcoming week’s sermon. This will help you understand better what Paul’s message is to the church and it will prepare you better to hear from God in worship on Sundays.

This week our message will come from Ephesians 1.15-23 as we consider Paul’s prayer for our wisdom and understanding. Specifically he says that he prays ‘the eyes of our heart would be enlightened.’ What a powerful prayer and what a powerful hope that we have, that God might open the eyes of our heart to the things of His word and promise for us. Oh my! The glory and untold riches that would include is beyond our grasp. However when the eyes our heart are opened we then can see clearly what we only hoped for in the dark. What a gracious God we serve and love, may His love abound in your hearts this week and may your eyes be opened to that love. Join us this Sunday as we consider these passages.

Aug 10 2016

From Our Service 8/7/16

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