Whenever we gather for worship we are mindful of the turmoil that exists in many, many parts of our country and our world. Worship is not that time nor is it that activity that attempts to claim that we are in control of things that we are not. What it is for us is that time and that activity that focuses our hearts and our minds on the God who is with us in the midst of life; all in life that is going our way and all that is not what we expected or hoped it would be.
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I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we gather together in the truth of God’s love for each one of us!
Grace & Peace,
This week's worship information:
Sermon Series: Once Upon a Time…
Sunday's Message: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Scripture [Passages are printed at the end of this email]:
Proverbs [selected verses]
Questions for reflection:
How does your faith inform the way you view & understand the events in the world? [Our political process/election season, criminal acts, devastation from natural disasters, etc.]
Agree or disagree: sometimes it is best to not tell the truth. [reflect on why you agree or disagree with this statement]
In the Matthew passage Jesus says, “Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’.” What do you think that means? How does that speak to/relate to our country & cultures current disagreements with respect to what is true and what is fake?
How do you see and experience our church and its ministry impacting your life? How do you see it impacting our community?
‘Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.” But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No”; anything more than this comes from the evil one.
Proverbs [selected verses]
Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,
but a false witness speaks deceitfully. -Proverbs 12:17
A faithful witness does not lie,
but a false witness breathes out lies. – Proverbs 14:5
A false witness will not go unpunished,
and a liar will not escape. – Proverbs 19:5
A worthless witness mocks at justice,
and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity. – Proverbs 19:28
Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause,
and do not deceive with your lips. – Proverbs 24:28
Like a war club, a sword, or a sharp arrow
is one who lies against a neighbor. – Proverbs 25:18