Feb 16 2018

Come, Let Us Sing for Joy!

The Lord is a great God
And a great King above all gods,
 
In whose hand are the depths of the earth,
The peaks of the mountains are His also.
 
The sea is His, for it was He who made it,
And His hands formed the dry land.

This is God.  The one who made us, the one who saves us, the one we worship.  Not just the God, but our God.  We are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
 
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

This Sunday we’ll continue Mike’s sermon series on what it looks like to be a disciple.  We’ve covered believing, following, giving, serving, and telling, and this week we come to worshiping.

We’re changing up our normal service to put a special emphasis on many ways we can express our worship to God: through song, through words of praise, through reading scripture aloud together, through corporate prayer, and through giving–giving offerings, and giving our lives.

Hear, O Lord, and answer me;
guard my life, for I am devoted to You.
You are my God; save your servant who trusts in You.You are kind and forgiving, O Lord,
abounding in love to all who call to You.
Hear my prayer, O Lord;
in the day of my trouble I will call to You,
for You will answer me.

There’s a progression to the service.  During our time together, we’ll go from realizing the might and power of God, to praising His faithfulness, to offering ourselves to Him, and finally looking forward to eternity with Him.

We’ll start the service with a call to worship:

O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord,
Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.

and sing How Great Thou Art.  Then we’ll praise Him for who He is:

Ascribe strength to God;
His majesty is over Israel
And His strength is in the skies.
 
O God, You are awesome in Your sanctuary.
The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to His people.

and sing Great Is Thy Faithfulness.  Then, in the middle part of the service, we’ll focus on worshiping with our lives: seeking God’s guidance, following His ways, giving ourselves to Him.

Teach me Your way, O Lord,
and I will walk in Your truth;
Give me an undivided heart
that I may fear Your name.
I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify Your name forever,
For great is Your love toward me.

Our hymn here is Be Thou My Vision.  During this part of the service we’ll also pray as Jesus taught us with the Lord’s Prayer, and express our worship through tithes and offerings.

And then we look forward.  We go from the past (creation, and God’s provision and faithfulness down through all generations) to the present (our lives right now) to our future with God for eternity.  John records in Revelation the words that are sung day and night around God’s throne, so we can actually join the song of heaven:

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.

This is not our ordinary service!  We use all these expressions of worship at various times in our services, but this week we want a special emphasis on them.  We don’t want to talk about worship–we want to worship our God.

Come, let us worship and bow down,
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture
And the sheep of His hand.

Come join us!  Let’s gather as God’s people to worship and bow down.  See you Sunday! 

Feb 16 2018

Bulletin 2/18/18


Click here for Sunday’s bulletin.

THIS WEEK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Service Sunday
February 25–Worship Service at 9:30 a.m.

After the worship service, groups will go out to serve in the community. Check with your Sunday School class or contact Pastor Mike if you’re looking for a place to get involved.   Come early for a pancake breakfast hosted by the youth!

Mondays with Mike
Join Pastor Mike each Monday night during Lent for a time of discussion, encouragement, and fellowship.  Mondays with Mike will be at 6:30 p.m. at Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea on Starkey Road.

Long-Range Planning Committee
The Long-Range Planning Committee will meet this Tuesday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Movie Night
Join us in the fellowship hall for pizza and a movie! We’ll be watching the movie War Room on Saturday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m.

VBS Meeting
Our next VBS planning meeting will be Sunday, March 4 following the worship service.  VBS will be June 24-28.

Wednesday Nights
Our Wednesday activities are back to the regular schedule this week.   Come spend time in Bible study and fellowship with your church family!

6:30 p.m. Children’s choir/ TeamKid
6:30 p.m. Adult Bible study
7:30 p.m. Choir rehearsal

Youth Bible study is on Sunday nights at 6:00.

PowerPoint
We’re looking for another person to help run PowerPoint on Sunday mornings. If you’re wondering what’s involved, we’d be glad for you to sit in on a service and observe.  See Anna Ruth or Steve Smith if you’re interested.

ONGOING:

Amazon Smile
Do you buy from Amazon? Use Amazon Smile! Each time you make a purchase through Amazon Smile, the church will receive a donation. Amazon says: Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.—–

Back Creek Outreach
Don’t forget to save your Box Tops for Education labels for Back Creek. These labels are on many grocery items such as General Mills cereal, Betty Crocker baking mixes, Bisquick mixes, Green Giant vegetables, Progresso soups, Nature Valley bars, Pillsbury biscuits, Lysol cleaners, and Ziploc, Kleenex, and Hefty products. You can put your labels in the cardboard church outside the office.

Snack Buddies
We also collect snacks for Snack Buddies at Back Creek. Suggested snacks are animal crackers, Goldfish, and Cheez-its (no peanut products). We emphasize Snack Buddies on the first Sunday of each month, but you can drop off snacks in the church office any time.

Books for BookNet
BookNet is a Roanoke Valley Baptist Association program to obtain books for southwest Virginia (Appalachia area), Standing Rock Indian reservation in South Dakota, and local mission projects. We are collecting new and gently-used books for preschool through 7th grade. You will find baskets at each door of the church for your donated books. If you have any questions, Bette Yeatts will be glad to help you.

Maintenance Requests
In order to keep up with repairs in and around the church building and grounds, we would like to enlist everyone’s help identifying things that need to be addressed. We have maintenance request forms in the Property Committee mailbox in the church office so you can alert the committee of items that need attention.

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Feb 12 2018

From Our Service 2/11/18

Feb 12 2018

Pastoral Challenge for Lent

I am challenging you to join me this Lent season with a three-fold effort to intentionally seek God and be evangelistic at the same time. Usually we observe Lent by “fasting” or giving something up as a reminder of what Jesus gave up for us. This year I would like to suggest (and encourage) that you observe Lent not by what you are giving up but rather by what you are going to do. Please consider joining me in the following!

  1. Reading through the New Testament during Lent
    1. This online guide and tracker will allow you to read through the New Testament in the 40 days (excluding Sundays) preceding Easter.
    2. We also have copies of the reading plan available on the counter in the church office.
  2. Praying daily for our church and witness
    1. Please be in prayer daily for our church and our witness…I’ve created an acronym using Haran as a reminder of what to pray for
      1. H-pray for Haran Baptist-our leadership, our unity, our witness, our growth, etc
      2. A-pray for those around the church…neighbors, neighborhoods, the school, fire department, etc
      3. R-pray for your relationships, that they would be Gospel-centered (family, friends, co-workers, etc)
      4. A-pray for access to those seeking Jesus, and the ability to witness to them
      5. N-pray that God will bring new believers to our church that we can help them grow and mature in their faith as we model our faith
  1. Inviting people to join us for worship on Easter (and the corresponding services) and again on April 29 for our first 5th Sunday potluck.

To mark the start of Lent we will have a special service of prayer, scripture reading and song on Wednesday, February 14 at 6:30, “Speak O Lord: A Service for Lent.”  There will be no children’s activities that evening and the children are welcome to join us for worship. Yes, I know that is Valentine’s Day, but it is also the first day of Lent. Besides I am sure you all will have already celebrated Valentine’s Day at our youth-sponsored dinner on Saturday the 10th. Please consider making the commitment to journey with me during Lent through the New Testament and in prayer seeking to hear from God and drawing closer to Him as well as intentionally being evangelistic.

Grace and Peace!

Pastor Mike

Feb 12 2018

Happening This Week 2/12-2/18

Wednesday 2/14
Speak, O Lord: A Service for Lent, 6:30 p.m.
• Choir rehearsal, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 2/15
• Youth devotions, 7:30 a.m. (Bojangles)
• Handbell choir, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday 2/17
• Youth hockey game

Sunday 2/18
• Band rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
• Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.
• Worship service, 11:00 a.m.
• Youth Bible study, 6:00 p.m

Feb 08 2018

Being a Disciple Means…I Tell

This Sunday our worship experience will be special to say the least!  As we continue to consider what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, this week we consider that we ALL need to be telling about our faith.  That being said our entire service will be about telling!  We will start with a baptism service as a couple stand before the congregation to tell everyone there they believe in Jesus and have trusted in Him for salvation!  Then throughout the service we will hear from various people about how God is opening doors for them to have Gospel-centered conversations. And then we will conclude the service with Lord’s Supper as we commemorate the work that Jesus did that we might have something to tell!

I am excited about gathering with you for worship and truly hope you will make the effort to be there!

Feb 05 2018

Amazon Smile

When you shop through smile.amazon.com (instead of amazon.com), you can designate Haran as the organization of your choice to receive a donation from your purchase.  Click here to get started!

Feb 05 2018

Sweetheart Dinner

SWEETHEART DINNER
Saturday, February 10

Bring your sweetheart (or anyone!) and let the youth serve you a delicious meal at your own private table.  See Mark Mitchell for your reservation!

Reservations are available at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30 and need to be made by Thursday, February 8.

Dinner is $30/couple and all proceeds go to the youth.

 

 

Feb 05 2018

Happening This Week 2/5-2/11

Wednesday 2/7
• Children’s choir/TeamKid, 6:30 p.m.
• Adult Bible study, 6:30 p.m.
• Choir rehearsal, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 2/8
• Youth devotions, 7:30 a.m. (Bojangles)
• Handbell choir, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday 2/10
Sweetheart Dinner

Sunday 2/11
• Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.
• Worship service with baptism, 11:00 a.m.
• Youth Bible study, 6:00 p.m

Feb 04 2018

Services Cancelled

Services are cancelled for today, February 4 due to the winter weather.  Please join us Wednesday night and next Sunday!

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