For the week of September 6th
Devotion - Follow the leader!
Scripture John 6:60-68
One day, as Jesus was teaching a large crowd about what it means to follow Him and live as a servant, some of those gathered decided that Jesus’ teaching was too hard. “Who can follow this?” they asked. Jesus’ response might be surprising. He was quite blunt. “Does this offend you?” he responded, challenging all who heard to really consider what it means to follow Jesus. Sometimes following Jesus means doing things the hard way. In the NIV translation of this passage, it says, “From this time, many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.” There will be times in our lives when it would be easier to turn back and no longer follow Christ, but that’s not what God intends for us and that’s not the path to a fulfilling life. Just as Jesus called to those fishermen one day, he calls to us, saying, “Come and follow me.”
Song: I Will Follow, Chris Tomlin
In our lives: Have you ever played the children’s game “Follow the leader?” One person leads those who follow, doing fun things like walking along a certain path, doing jumping jacks or spinning in circles. Sometimes, following the leader is a little hard. I would struggle to spin in circles. But, it is fun when you play the game. Discipleship is no children’s game, but it is an incredible journey. There will be times when following our leader is not easy. But it is the most fulfilling and joyful task we can ever undertake in our lives. Where Christ goes, we will go. Where he stays, we will stay. We will follow. (Thanks to my friend, Anita Surrett, who used this Scripture, song, and example in a devotion that inspired me).
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Marilyn Gladue, recovering from a fall
Brenda Slade, radiation
Carleen Corry, recovering from surgery
Margaret Lambert, recovering from surgery
Bob Riser, at Newton Medical with pneumonia
Jean Ghee, under hospice care
Tracy Mask, friend of Carrell Kalland, radiation for a brain tumor
Badertscher family, friends of Carrell Kalland, multiple health concerns in the family
Ted Derloshon and his family, friend of Chris Jones
Kelly Stewart, friend of Wallace's, ovarian cancer, going into hospice
Ronald Richardson, son-in-law of Phillip and Betty Williams, health concerns
Stan Stokes, friend of Mike Sager, recovering from bladder cancer
Lillie Curry, aunt of Brenda Gales, diagnosed with colon cancer
Sandra Hancoch, friend of Margaret Lambert, chemo for breast cancer
Elise Hunt, friend of the Corry's in rehab recovering from broken hip
Florine Wade, Linda Moon’s mother, rehab due to a fall
Karen Smith, friend of Margaret Lambert, fighting cancer
Jay Pruehs, former member, diagnosed with sarcoma
Gail Walker, friend of Wallaces, chronic migraines
Sonya, niece of Kenneth Jenkins, fighting breast cancer
Doug Switzer’s daughter, friend of Mike Sager, diagnosed with melanoma
Debra Reeves, friend of Mike Sager, diagnosed with breast cancer
Bob Long, Mary Wallace's brother, recovering from appendectomy, remains on dialysis
Dot, Faye Kitchens’ sister-in-law, recovering from a stroke
Jay Morgan, nephew of Dan Morgan, Stage 4 cancer
Rev. Penny Hill, cancer treatment
Mollye, relative of Mary Scheaffer, stopping medical intervention
Mya, student of Courtni Mitchell, undergoing chemotherapy
Our neighbors in need who have received food from PCR’S Food Pantry
Shut Ins: Freeman Barber, Gloria Blankenship, Iris Cleland, Louise Hanekamp, Doris Kirby, Jane McMillian, Ray Morgan, Emelyn Sexton, Evelyn Spivey, Hope Woodruff
Sunday School- 9:45 a.m.
Worship- 11:00 a.m.
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