Offering Prayer with Joy

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: September 17, 2017

Newsletter: September 2017

Scriptures: Isaiah 55:1-3,6-12Philippians 1:1-11

Songs:

Rev. John Nelson

The book of Philippians is often referred to as a letter of joy. “This is a personal letter to the Philippians and was not intended for general distribution to all the churches. In Philippians chapter one we read about the Joy in Suffering. This is ironic, in that Paul was writing from prison.” Could you write about joy if you were in imprisoned? Yet Joy is the dominant theme in this letter.

In the first few verses of Philippians chapter 1, Paul expresses his thanks to the believers who had helped him when he was in need. Paul is attempting to explain how he could be filled with joy, despite being imprisoned and his pending trial. Paul goes on to talk about humility and unity and also warns them about potential challenges ahead.

In verse 4 we discover the first of many times that Paul mentions joy in his letter. Why did Paul always remember the Philippians with both joy and thanksgiving when he prayed? Could it have been because of service that the Philippians reflected when used of God, no matter the task or challenge? “When others think of about you, what comes to their minds? Are you remembered with joy by them? Do your acts of kindness lift up others?”

The Philippians were often referred to as partners in the gospel because of their many contributions in spreading God’s message. We sometimes forget that “as we help our ministers, missionaries, and evangelists through prayer, hospitality, financial donations, we become partners with them.”

How would you describe your spiritual journey right now? Are there times when you feel as though you are not moving forward? Can you believe that God loves you, is shaping you, and will not give up on you? Take to heart this quotation, “When God starts a project, he completes it!” Therefore how should each of us live each day of our lives? “We should live each day as though God could return any moment. “The first eleven verses of Philippians will help each of us discover real joy, no matter the challenges we face on our life journey.

Putting Others First

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: September 10, 2017

Newsletter: September 2017

Scriptures: Isaiah 53:2-6,11Psalm 78:1-7Matthew 16:24-28Philippians 2:1-11

Songs

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

What is it that makes a church worth staying in? Good friends are certainly one reason. But church isn’t a club where people become friends because of similar interests, goals or personalities.

fbcsermon_Philippians-IThankGodJesus is the one who brings church friends together. Jesus is alive and active in their community as a friend himself but he is also much more than that. In Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, God made it clear that Jesus is the highest authority. Or as Christians have long put it: Jesus is Lord.

Although Jesus has authority, he uses power to serve the ones he loves. Establishing the church cost Jesus his life.

This kickoff Sunday we begin a study of Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. It is Paul’s warmest letter, full of joy and thanks. Paul was writing to friends who supported him and cared for him. Chapter two of this letter reflect on Jesus’ authority and the way he put others first. Paul and his colleagues put church friendships ahead of their own comfort, even health and safety. They were imitating Jesus their Lord.

What can we do for one another, imitating the friendships of Philippi?

In God We Trust

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Worship Service: 10:00 am
Note: Starting September 10
: Learning for Life: 9:30 am; Worship: 11:00 am.

Bulletin: September 3, 2017

Newsletter: September 2017

ScripturesJeremiah 17:7-8Psalm 56Philippians 4:4-9

Songs:

Rev. Zabiak Cung

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Turn Anger Over to God

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Worship Service: 10:00 am

Bulletin: August 27, 2017

Newsletter: Summer 2017

Scriptures: Jeremiah 9:11,20-22; Psalm 137; Romans 5:1-11, 1 Peter 2; Matthew 6:6-15

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

“While we were still enemies”, wrote Paul the Apostle, “Christ died for us.”

Jesus died to save the very people who rejected and killed him. The longer we follow Jesus, the more likely it is we too will be asked by God to forgive someone who has hurt us and wronged us, and maybe won’t even apologize for it.

fbcsermon_psalm137aBut what are we to do with any anger we have? We know that bottling up anger isn’t wise. Nor is simply saying that something wrong is “no big deal”. We need to name sin as sin.

In the psalms, we come across some lines that we often skip over or leave out of public reading. Vicious, angry, and violent words calling for God to inflict pain or death on an enemy. The suffering these people had experienced was intense and extensive and was matched by a equally intense longing for revenge.

We might prefer to pretend that we don’t feel anger. These psalm-prayers model a courageous honesty before God. Even more, they model trusting God with that anger. Our anger is safer in God’s hands. God is just, but God is also loving and merciful.

Sleep Is a Gift From God

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Worship Service: 10:00 am

Bulletin: August 20, 2017

Newsletter: Summer 2017

ScripturesAmos 8:4-6Psalm 127Colossians 3:22-4:1Matthew 4:1-11

Songs:

Joel Russell-MacLean

fbcsermon_Psalm127-2There can be many reasons we lose sleep due to work. Maybe we hope to make more money. Maybe we feel we have no choice if we are to keep up with the demands of life or our employer. Maybe we hope to ensure we accomplish something meaningful to be remembered by. Maybe we feel it is all up to us: our culture is even (wrongly!) convinced that “God helps those who help themselves” is a bible verse.

One of Solomon’s songs goes, “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest – God gives sleep to his beloved.”

Now, maybe we want to reply, “Easy for a king to say!” But I find it amazing that even 3000 years ago, agrarian people were working overtime trying to beat the economy.

Any economic system that pushes people not to rest is out to steal and destroy God’s good gifts. The band Metric sings this great line, “Buy this car to drive to work, drive to work to pay for this car!” “Meaningless!” wrote Solomon.

Jesus came to model a new economy. In that economy, we work for God and our work is a prayer. The goal is our union with Jesus. In that economy, God is the one who ensures that our work endures. God is the one who ensures that our work provides enough.

Rest and sleep after completing the work God sets before us are spiritual practices that draw us closer to God and to God’s purposes.

All creatures and all creation are designed to rest – so get some sleep!

 
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