Oct 24 2016

From Our Service 10/23/16

Oct 24 2016

Happening This Week 10/24-10/30

Monday 10/24
• Men’s meeting (Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea), 6:00 a.m.

Tuesday 10/25
• Roanoke Valley Baptist Association fall meeting at North Roanoke Baptist

Wednesday 10/26
• Children’s choir/TeamKid, 6:30 p.m.
• Adult Bible study, 6:30 p.m.
• Youth Bible study, 6:40 p.m.
• Choir rehearsal, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 10/27
• Handbell choir, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday 10/30
• Band rehearsal, 8:45 a.m.
• Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.
• Worship service, 11:00 a.m.
• Women’s Bible study (Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea), 6:30 p.m.


Oct 21 2016

Bulletin 10/23/16

Click here for Sunday’s bulletin.


Women on Mission
WOM will meet Sunday following the worship service. We will be folding and filling Operation Christmas Child boxes at this meeting.October 23, 2016

Happy Coats-Giving!
Women on Mission are collecting gently-used coats for the Roanoke Rescue Mission. Your re-purposed coats will go directly to the men, women, and children who seek shelter at the Mission, as well as hundreds of others in the Roanoke Valley who are in need.  In 2015, the Rescue Mission gave away more than 1,500 free coats!  If you have coats to spare, please bring them to the church by Sunday, October 30.

See Mark or one of the youth for your 2017 God’s Creation calendars.   This year we have wall calendars ($8) and pocket calendars ($5). All proceeds go to the youth.

OCC Boxes
The deadline for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes is Sunday, November 6. See the October newsletter for more information on packing your box.  Don’t forget to include a check (made out to Haran Baptist Church) for $7 for each box to cover shipping.  Thank you for your help in transforming the lives of children and their families through the good news of Jesus Christ!

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

2017 Budget Requests
Budget request forms for each committee or department are available on the counter in the office.  If you are a committee or department leader, please complete your form and return it to the folder by November 12.

Trunk or Treat
Monday, October 31, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Sign up on the bulletin board to decorate your trunk and pass out treats!  Come help us provide a safe, family-friendly alternative to trick-or-treating for the community.




Oct 20 2016

Music for Sunday 10/23/16

Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb.

The theme of laying aside our old selves is one we’ve seen again and again in our study of Ephesians.  We’ve seen that we were dead in our trespasses and sins, but God, rich in mercy, made us alive (chapter 2).  In chapter 4 Paul implores the church to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called (4:1).   He writes that we are to walk no longer as the Gentiles walk (4:17), but be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth (4:23-24).  We read last week that we are to lay away falsehood, bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander, and malice.

Therefore, Paul says at the beginning of chapter 5.  Therefore…since we have been made alive, since we have put on our new selves in the likeness of God, since we have laid away our old ways of life…therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us.

Our music this Sunday will follow this progression from Ephesians.  We’ll start the service by telling the wondrous story: we were dead in our transgressions and sins, but we have been made alive in Christ.

I will sing of my Redeemer and His wondrous love to me;
On the cruel cross He suffered from the curse to set me free.

I will tell the wondrous story, how my lost estate to save;
In His boundless love and mercy, He the ransom freely gave.

Sing, oh, sing of my Redeemer, with His blood He purchased me;
On the cross He sealed my pardon, paid the debt and made me free.
–I Will Sing of My Redeemer

Are You Washed in the Blood calls us to respond to this wondrous story–to lay aside our old selves and be cleansed.

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
O be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

And once we have been made alive, once we have laid aside our old ways, then we must continually strive to become more and more like Jesus, following in His example and walking in His ways.

Jesus, draw me ever nearer as I labor through the storm.
You have called me to this passage, and I’ll follow though I’m worn.

May the treasures of the trial form within me as I go;
At the end of this long passage, let me leave them at Your throne.

May this journey bring a blessing, may I rise on wings of faith;
And at the end of my heart’s testing, with Your likeness let me wake.
–Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer

And that brings us to chapter 5: Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us.  And so we’ll end the service with these words: I will give my life, my all to love and follow Him.

My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him who bore my pain;
Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace and gave me life again;
Who crushed my curse of sinfulness and clothed me in His light,
And wrote His law of righteousness with power upon my heart.

My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him who reigns above;
Whose wisdom is my perfect peace, whose every thought is love;
For every day I have on earth is given by the King.
So I will give my life, my all to love and follow Him.
–My Heart Is Filled with Thankfulness

The choir’s anthem, A Living Sacrifice, is taken from other writings of Paul’s, in Romans 6 and Romans 12, on our new identities in Christ.

Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
–Romans 6:4-7; 12-14

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
–Romans 12:1-2

Lord, we come to You with hearts of gratitude;
You’ve shown us how to love and how to live completely.
Help us to forgive and love as You have loved us.
Help us to be a living sacrifice,
Sharing the love and grace of Jesus Christ;
To show the love of God to all the world.
Lord, let us be a living sacrifice.

Let us love, let us live in harmony.
Let us go, let us serve in the power of Jesus’ name;
To show the love of God to all the world.
Lord, let us be a living sacrifice.

Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer: words by Keith Getty and Margaret Becker.  Copyright 2002 Modern M. Music/Kingsway’s Thankyou Music.  My Heart Is Filled with Thankfulness: words by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.  Copyright 2006 Thankyou Music.  A Living Sacrifice: words by Mary McDonald.  Copyright 2012 Lorenz Publishing Company.

Oct 20 2016

Whom Do You Imitate?

As a young man I looked up to my dad and often followed his example and imitated the things I saw him do. As I grew older I began to do the same thing with my older siblings. When I entered different professions, along the way I would watch and mimic those who seemed to do that particular job well whatever it may have been. And early in my role as a Pastor I attempted to be like other Pastors and preachers I have seen and known. But what Paul tells is our passage of scripture this week, Ephesians 5.1-6, is that the ONE we should imitate is God.

As we continue to work through this great letter to the church, we continue to see Paul chipping away at our worldly fleshly body and encouraging us to put on Christ in all aspects of who we are and what we do. Certainly that is a great challenge, but one that is attainable especially if we imitate the original and not some other copy. God is the most perfect one for us to follow and mimic in our lives. Join us this Sunday as we consider how we can imitate God and walk in love in the way we think, act and love those around us.

Oct 17 2016

From Our Service 10/16/16

Oct 17 2016

Happening This Week 10/17-10/23

Monday 10/17
• Men’s meeting (Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea), 6:00 a.m.
• Noble Warriors meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday 10/19
• Children’s choir/TeamKid, 6:30 p.m.
• Adult Bible study, 6:30 p.m.
• Youth Bible study, 6:40 p.m.
• Choir rehearsal, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 10/20
• Handbell choir, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday 10/23
• 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.
• Women’s Bible study (Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea), 6:30 p.m.

Oct 14 2016

Fall Festival


Saturday, October 15
10 am-2 pm

Join us this Saturday, rain or shine, for our annual Fall Festival featuring live music from the Fergusons and the Haran Baptist Praise Band, a silent auction, vendors, a bake sale, a chili cook-off, games and activities for kids, and our own apple butter made the old-fashioned way!  Bring your whole family!

Oct 13 2016

Music for Sunday 10/16/16

From our scripture for Sunday: Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

The choir’s anthem this week, Above All Else by Joel Raney, is taken from a parallel passage of Paul’s in Colossians 3: So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.  But above these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

Lord, You have called us chosen and beloved,
And You have held us close, and made us Your own, Your very own.
Fill our hearts with kindness, teach us forgiveness and compassion.

Filled with a gentle, quiet understanding
May we forever strive for justice and peace, God’s perfect peace.
Humble and willing, loving, accepting one another.

Grateful hearts we bring, matchless grace we sing,
As we have been forgiven, we forgive.

Above all else, Lord, above all else, Lord,
Above all else, Lord, bind us in love.

The theme of forgiving as we have been forgiven runs throughout our music this week, in Above All Else, in Let It Be Said of Us, and in Oh, How Good It Is:

Oh, how good it is to embrace His command
To prefer one another, forgive as He forgives.
When we live as one, we all share in the love
Of the Son with the Father and the Spirit.

We have no greater example for how to treat others than in Jesus Himself.  Think of what we have been forgiven–and what that forgiveness cost!  Jesus willingly paid that price for us, His enemies.  And as we strive to put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, the world will be able to see Him through us.

So with one voice we’ll sing to the Lord,
And with one heart we’ll live out His Word
Till the whole earth sees the Redeemer has come
For He dwells in the presence of His people.

Above All Else: words by Joel Raney.  Copyright 2016 Hope Publishing Company.  Oh, How Good It Is: words by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Ross Holmes, and Stuart Townend.  Copyright 2012 Gettymusic/ Parakeet Boots Music/ Thank You Music.

Oct 13 2016

Truth and Grace

This week during our worship time we will continue our journey through Ephesians. Over the last several weeks we have been studying Paul’s instructions to the church on how to live as a believer in the body of Christ. Last week in particular we considered how we can live in the world but not live like all the rest of the people. “All the rest” being non-believers who live just as they please, darkened in their understanding of life and God.

This week we will consider further how we can engage one another in the body and be an example to those who are not believers by the way we live and speak with one another. Our focal passage will be Ephesians 4.25-32 in which Paul essentially says we are to speak one to another with truth and grace. Yes, he says much more than that and we will consider that but his overall theme is that the power that lies in the tongue must used properly especially within the body of Christ. Take some time leading up to worship to read this section in context of the larger theme of Paul’s letter and ask God to prepare your heart for worship. As we gather, we gather to worship God, His Son our Savior and to praise His holy name. But we also gather to gain strength for the week ahead and to grow closer to Him day by day and week by week. As we do so we put off more and more of the world and gain more and more of Him. To God be the glory, great things He has done and continues to do!

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