Week of September 28th
Haiti Shoe Boxes
PW will provide lunch and then the fun begins - packing the shoe boxes. If you have items for the boxes, be sure to bring them Sunday.
Weekly Devotional - Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus
Scripture: Philippians 2:1-13
“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus” This is no easy command. But the writer of Philippians understood that it is a high standard. The command is prefaced by talk of being encouraged in Christ. Then, there is reflection on how we are to cling to love of Christ, share in His Spirit and strive for His compassion and sympathy. Of all the things in the world that demand our attention, our time, even our resources, only Christ gives us the foundation that we can depend upon as we strive to live joyful and faithful lives. The writer of Philippians challenges us to reflect on who Christ really is and why we should place our focus on Him. We are reminded of what Christ does for us. While we always know this - we wear cross jewelry, we speak of Christ’s life, death and resurrection every Sunday in the Apostles’ Creed - do we really think about who Christ is and what he did for us? He humbled himself and became obedient, even to the point of death, even death on a cross. We are humbled and overwhelmed when we recognize what all he did for our sakes. In Him, then, we can find the strength, the love, the fortitude to live as God wishes us to live.
Song: Overwhelmed, Big Daddy Weave:
Prayer: Gracious God, help me each and every day to have the same mind that was in Christ Jesus. Help me to cling to His love, share in His Spirit, and strive for His compassion and sympathy. Remind me every moment of my life of all that my Savior does for me, that I may joyfully, faithfully, and humbly follow Him. Amen.
In our lives: Several weeks ago in worship, our organist and guest pianist were playing and we were singing, “Come Christians Join to Sing,” (and we concluded our service with “Victory in Jesus”) and it was incredibly beautiful and moving. At that moment we were all with one voice praising God. Then, we leave worship and go out into the world and praising God with one voice becomes more challenging. But, we remember what it is like, knowing that Christ was with us then, and is with us every moment. If we trust in Him he will lead us all, so that in this broken and fearful world, we may do our best to work for his kingdom. We follow Him so that one day at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Coming this Sunday: The Way of Righteousness
What is the way of righteousness?
Jesus teaching his disciples about the way.
Image from text week.com, used with permission
Coming this Sunday: The Way of Righteousness - Matthew 21:23-32
WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
Joint Service at Conyers Presbyterian Church
October 5, 2014
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free – and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. (1 Cor. 12:12-13)
This year to celebrate the one body of Christ and how each congregation is interconnected with one another, we will be having a joint worship service on October 5, 2014 at 11:00 am at Conyers Presbyterian Church. This is a joyful opportunity to affirm how we are connected in Christ, how we work together to serve Him, how we support one another within those holy bonds, and how, together, we are powerful witnesses for His love.
During our joint World Communion worship we will be receiving the Peacemaking Offering. In the midst of challenge and violence, we’re called to help by giving hope, locally and abroad, through our Peacemaking Offering. All cash offerings will go to peacekeeping. Checks can be made out to either congregation and notated as peacekeeping and will be given through that congregation's donation to peacekeeping.
WE WISH A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:
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