Church Family Newsletter | July 16, 2022
Well, it has been a week! After a very busy week at Music and Worship Arts Camp, we had one day of rest - sort of - before jumping back into preparation for our Musical Vacation Bible School. Honestly, my mind was emotionally tapped and my body was physically weak and tired. Nonetheless, with our teen reinforcements and other adult volunteers, all the preparation has been completed. I'm so grateful for everyone who helped. We literally couldn't do this without you.
There have been a lot of ups and downs with our registration and staffing for the VBS program, but I know that the people that will be with us this coming week will be there because it is part of God's plan. Please pray that the children will have fun, they will hear of Jesus' love and plan for them, and they will be encouraged to "make (positive) waves" when they go back to school and work.
We hope that you will join in on the fun and remember that next Sunday, July 24th, the VBS Celebration Sunday, is Slipper Sunday. (That's right! You can wear your flip-flops to church.) The kids will learn about a non-profit called Soles4Souls and will be asked to donate their old shoes for this cause. You can do the same. We will also have some water relays/games and an inflatable slide after church. We hope you stay and visit with the families and invite them to return.
Trusting God's current -
Major AnnMarguerite Jones
"O my many sins the Lord has cast behind his back,
Remembered now no more,
Remembered now no more.
O my many sins the Lord has cast behind his back,
Remembered now no more.
As the East is from the West so are they far from me,
They are far from me,
They are far from me.
As the East is from the West so are they far from me,
Remembered now no more.”
(Sunday school chorus from the 1950’s — best accompanied with actions!)
Language is a wonderful gift. Even the smallest of humans can understand and communicate once they have been exposed to native speakers for a few months. Language can elicit tears of grief and guffaws of laughter. We use it for signaling — if I say “help!”, or “go!”, or “fire!”, or “stop!” — everyone within earshot will react in a predictable way. I am using it right now to take thoughts that are in my mind and place them in yours. It’s a prolific means of communication.
It’s also one of the (many) ways God chooses to communicate his will to us. But we need to notice that God doesn’t use slang or sloppy language to convey his meaning.
His written word is very precise.
However, we all know that language changes over time.
Many of my readers will probably remember when a window was just a square hole in a room, an application was written on paper to get a job, a keyboard was only found on a piano or organ, a mouse was just a pesky rodent, and a hard drive was an uncomfortable road trip! Now all those words have taken on new meanings and concepts! So it is important for us always to find out the meanings of the words in the context in which they were communicated.
There is a family of verbs in English that begin with the prefix “for-“ (sometimes “fore-“), which all carry the sense of doing something in advance. So to “foreknow” is to know something before it is generally known, similarly with “forecast” and “foretell”. This brings me to the linguistic cousins of my title: “forgive” and “forget”.
Jesus made a big deal about “forgive”.
“This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Matthew 6:9-15, NIV
By my count (in English as well as the Greek original) that’s six references in the Lord’s prayer, he must have thought it important!
The verb “to give” means to transfer something from one to another. If you believe my explanations about the prefix “for-“ the verb “forgive” must mean making that transfer ahead of time. So to forgive in a Christian mindset means to replace something rightfully owed — debt, hurt, insult, etc. — with love, but in advance of the reckoning!
Similarly, to “get” means to receive from another, so to “forget” means to reckon that whatever was rightfully and legally owed has already been received!
I should also point out that “forget” is not the same as amnesia. Amnesia is an inability to recall events and experiences, “forget” is to choose not to enforce a legal obligation as if it had not occurred at all!
I know many Christians struggle with the concept of forgiving and forgetting because they still vividly remember the thing they are trying to forget! However, there need not be any struggle once we understand that it is perfectly possible to “forget” in the biblical sense whilst still bringing the incident or circumstance we are forgetting to mind! We “forget" in the sense that we don’t keep score!
As Paul wrote to the Corinthian church:
“ Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-5, NIV
So “forgive and forget” are two linguistic cousins in the language of God’s communication with us, right up there with “grace and mercy”.
“Grace” is when God gives us what we don’t deserve; “mercy” is when God withholds consequences we do deserve!
Let’s forgive and forget like God does, and Jesus demonstrated!
Blessings on you and yours,
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International Prayer Focus
Territorial leaders: Colonels Stephen and Wendy Morris
Please pray so that,
- The Salvation Army may provide a place for children and young adults to gather and meet their needs.
- The territory may respond to the spiritual hunger of young people and encourage their spiritual growth.
- There may be more candidates.
- The small number of officers that we have may be strengthened physically and spiritually to communicate the true word of God.
- The aging soldiers and officers’ health and welfare may be kept well.
Videos of Music & Worship Arts Programs
The children performed with their various Music Elective Groups which include timbrels, steel drums, hand chimes, dance, puppets, musical theater, and more!
The children performed with their Major Classes - band, percussion, dance, piano, and more - as well as the different choral groups. Awards were presented to top students.
This Week's Schedule
- 10:00 AM - Sunday School - Classroom 3
- 10:15 AM - Prayer Time - Prayer Room
- 11:00 AM - Worship Service & Music Camp Report - Chapel
- 12:15 PM - Fellowship Time
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
- 8:30 AM - Kids check in for Vacation Bible School
- 3:00 PM - Kids check out from Vacation Bible School
- NOTE: We still have spaces open.
- 6:00 PM - Men's Bible Study - Fireside Room
- Women's Bible Study, Band Rehearsals, and Songsters Rehearsals are on summer hiatus.
- 10:00 AM - CAMEO: NO MEETING this week
- 10:00 AM - Back to School Giveaway (first come, first served)
- 10:00 AM - Haircuts for students (appointments still available)
Free haircuts for students before going back to school in the fall.
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