It really does seem as though each week our country and community is faced with another disaster to process and address. The fires that are burning out of control in the north bay have affected many people in our community…and many families in our own church. We continue to pray for responders, aid workers and families who have lost everything as well as those at risk of losing everything. Our church will be responding by sending financial support to provide aid to those affected. If you would like to make an additional contribution of money to go towards the relief effort related to the fires you can do so by bringing a check to worship this Sunday or mailing/dropping a check off at the church office. Simply write “Wild Fire Relief” in the memo.
This Sunday we will be lifting up with gratitude the many, many volunteers [you all!] who support and enable our wonderful ministry to happen! Our church is so very blessed to have such wonderful people serving.
See you Sunday as we continue to open our lives up to the ways in which God is at work among us!
Grace & Peace,
P.S. Here is the link to the Stewardship Devotional that was handed out last Sunday. Enjoy.
This week's worship information:
Sermon Series: GRAVITY
Sunday's Message: Out of Chaos – Hope!
Scripture [first text is the focus of the sermon]:
Questions for Reflection:
Spend some time reflecting on your relationship with God. Are there things in which you are currently involved/doing that are helping you deepen your faith?
What would you say are the characteristics of godly leadership? How have you seen excellent leadership move an organization or group forward?
In our passage from Acts, the community of faith creates structure [establishing the role of deacon] in order to more effectively serve. How do you think structure/organization help ministry?
Who are the people/volunteers in our church for whom you are thankful? You might want to consider communicating your appreciation to that person with a thank you note or phone call :-)
Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. And the twelve called together the whole community of the disciples and said, ‘It is not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait at tables.Therefore, friends, select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task, while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word.’ What they said pleased the whole community, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. They had these men stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
The word of God continued to spread; the number of the disciples increased greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.
Happy are those who make
the Lord their trust,
who do not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after false gods.
You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts towards us;
none can compare with you.
Were I to proclaim and tell of them,
they would be more than can be counted.
Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,
but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt-offering and sin-offering
you have not required.
Then I said, ‘Here I am;
in the scroll of the book it is written of me.
I delight to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart.’