Concord Chronicle

Church Family Newsletter | February 19, 2022

Major's Minute

This week, I went to the 5 nearest churches nearest ours to share our Women's Day Retreat flyer and to introduce myself to the pastor if they were around. I managed to find one pastor, and everyone else I was able to speak to - receptionist, deacon, or staff - was so pleased with the reasons for my visit. They are looking forward to partnering and fellowshipping with us in the future.


I was surprised by how much fun I had doing this, so I will be visiting a few more churches in the coming weeks.


I learned:

  1. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! Take action when the Holy Spirit is prompting you. One of the deacons I spoke to said that he was praying to be more connected in our community - and then I showed up. (Thank you, God.)
  2. Encourage fellow believers - even outside of our own church or denomination. Ministry of presence is powerful and that support goes a long way.


Find ways to engage with those around you. You never know what will become of those interactions. (Last Christmas, Cadet Cody was dropping off our Angel Tree information when he met someone that ended up donating over 400+ blankets for our Christmas program through her affiliation with Project Linus. That was totally God!)


AnnMarguerite Jones

Liturgy

On Tanna Island in the nation of Vanuatu in Melanesia, the worshippers of the cult of John Frum hold parades. They paint military insignia on their arms. They carve coconuts to resemble radios and headphones. They build life-size replicas of airplanes out of straw. They cut military-style landing strips out of the jungle. They build wooden control towers for them to sit in. They wave landing signals while standing on the runways. They light signal fires to light up runways and lighthouses. They fervently believe that if they can perform these rituals correctly then the airplanes will come again bringing valuable cargo which will enrich them all.


This is what is known as a “cargo cult” and stems from the islanders' experiences during World War II when, first the Japanese, and then the Americans dropped hitherto unimaginable riches from the sky and then came in airplanes sharing goods like manufactured clothing and chocolate bars and Coca Cola. This went on for four years and then “John from somewhere in America (“John Frum”)" vanished, leaving the islanders yearning for his return. So they go through the motions hoping to have riches parachute in again. If only they could get the right form of the magic spell…


This week in Phoenix, Arizona, a Roman Catholic priest resigned when it was discovered that for decades he had been baptizing incorrectly. Instead of intoning “I baptize you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…” he had been saying “we baptize you…”


According to his denomination, this form of the magic spell was invalid and so thousands of congregants who felt assured they were going to heaven had to be told that their baptisms, marriages, and last rites were useless and salvation was outside their grasp. The priest who really cared for his people was distraught over the eternal anguish he had unleashed.


750 years before the coming of Jesus, the people of Israel took great pride in being God’s chosen people. They faithfully went through all the liturgy and made sacrifices in all the prescribed manner paying minute attention to the pickiest of details. They lived like the heathens around them except in one detail. They knew that their lives could not be pleasing to God, but they went through motions hoping that God would parachute blessings down on them — if only they could get the magic spells right.


Amos the prophet burst that bubble for them. God gave him words to deliver:


“I hate, I despise your religious festivals;

your assemblies are a stench to me.

Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,

I will not accept them.

Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,

I will have no regard for them.

Away with the noise of your songs!

I will not listen to the music of your harps.

But let justice roll on like a river,

righteousness like a never-failing stream!”

Amos 5:21-24, NIV [emphasis mine]


The problem with all three examples I have cited is that we fall into the trap of substituting form for substance.


Worshipping God is not about saying the right words in the right order or adhering to a specific liturgy or order of service.


The prophet Hosea expresses God’s desire in our worship:


"For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,

and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings."

Hosea 6:6, NIV


Jesus lets us all breathe a sigh of relief when he tells the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector:


Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’


“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’


“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God.

For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Luke 18:10-14, NIV


God is not concerned with the format of our worship, He is concerned with the motivation of our worship.


God, be merciful to me, a sinner” from a sincere heart beats the most elaborate worship service format every time.


As Jesus explained to the Samaritan woman at the well in Sychar,


“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

John 4:24, NIV


Let’s not worry about getting the words and actions right, let us just worship with a grateful and thankful sincere heart, and that will lead to right words and actions!


Blessings on you and yours,

Jim Black

Love doesn’t discriminate.


It doesn’t pick and choose.


Love isn’t pro this or pro that

But proactive

And protective.


When there’s so much to fight against,

Love fights for.


When others flee,

Love runs toward.


And when darkness prevails,

Love remembers it’s strength.


For 156 years, The Salvation Army has loved all who feel lost.


We love beyond:

Hunger

Overdue bills

Homelessness

Crisis

Loneliness

Poverty

Loss

Destruction

Addiction


And with your help, we’ll never stop.


“Above all, love” (1 Peter 4:8).


Caring Magazine

Christin Thieme, Editor

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Watch the TYB & TYC Virtual Concert at 1:30 PM

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This Week's Schedule

SUNDAY:

  • 9:15 AM - Praise Team Practice - Chapel
  • 10:00 AM - Sunday School - Classroom
  • 10:15 AM - Prayer Meeting - Prayer Room (in the Courtyard)
  • 11:00 AM - In-Person Worship Service - Streaming on Concord Corps Family FB Page
  • 12:15 PM - Encore Solo Practice - Chapel
  • 1:30 PM - Territorial Youth Band & Territorial Youth Chorus Virtual Concert


MONDAY: Office Closed - Presidents' Day


TUESDAY:

  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Protecting the Mission Training for Volunteers - Fireside Room
  • 6:00 PM - Men's Bible Study - Fireside Room
  • 6:00 PM - Women's Bible Study - Hybrid, Zoom & In-Person
  • 8:00 PM - Senior Band Practice - Chapel (NO Songster Practice)


WEDNESDAY:

  • 10:00 AM - CAMEO: What is My Word? - In-Person (also on Zoom)


SATURDAY:

  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Del Oro Brass & Chorus Rehearsals - Kroc Center


NEXT SUNDAY:

  • 9:00 AM - Jr. Praise Team Rehearsal
  • 10:00 AM - Sunday School - Classroom
  • 10:00 AM - Corps Cadets - Library
  • 10:15 AM - Prayer Meeting - Prayer Room
  • 11:00 AM - In-Person Worship Service - Streaming on Concord Corps Family FB Page
  • 12:15 PM - Singing Company Practice - Chapel
  • 1:15 PM - Jr. Band Practice - Chapel
  • 5:00 PM - Virtual Baby Shower for Therese Bechard - Zoom


SPECIAL NOTE: The CAMEO ladies will be doing a service project called Blessing Jars in a couple of weeks. If you have any glass jars from spaghetti sauces or any other kind of mason jar type of glass container with a lid that you can spare, they would be gratefully received for this project. See Major Willdonna to answer any questions.

Adapting to change | The Salvation Army | Vanessa's Story

International Prayer Focus: February 21-27

UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND TERRITORY


Territorial leaders: Commissioners Anthony and Gill Cotterill


Prayer requests:

We ask our fellow Salvationists for your prayers as we engage in our mission:


  • To share the good news
  • To serve others without discrimination
  • To nurture disciples of Jesus
  • To care for creation
  • To seek justice and reconciliation


During 2021 we have listened to God and to each other in every setting. Now we ask for discernment as we go forward, praying that the local mission will flourish.


We pray for people to respond when God speaks - for everyone to explore what he is calling them to be and to do as we love God and love others.


We thank God for resources that enable mission and we pray for wisdom and good stewardship in meeting complex needs and demands of the territory.

Prayer Requests

Click here to share your requests. Requests will be prayed for in our Prayer Room and distributed through our Prayer Chain. Requests can be made anonymously.

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The Corps Cadets' Friendship Luncheon raised $1,200.

Scorpy at District Wrestling Competition

Territorial Youth Band & Territorial Youth Chorus

Corps Cadet Rally

Save the Dates

Women's Day Retreat

Theme: Fashioned by Grace (Titus 2:11-12)

"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say "no" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age." (Titus 2:11-12)


New Date: March 12, 2022


Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM


Location: Concord Corps


Cost: $10 per person and includes lunch (craft workshops may require a fee)


We are hosting our very own women's day retreat! Please feel free to invite your friend, a neighbor, and family. They don't have to attend our church or any church for that matter. The program includes an Over the Top Hat Fashion Show and a homemade Hat Contest. Prizes awarded!


Our guests include Colonel Donna Igleheart, Major Pam Brackenbury, Major Candi Frizzell, and Major Dianne Madsen.


There will also be an accessory and clothing exchange. Bring gently used and in good-condition items to swap with someone else's items. You can get 1 item for every item you bring in. Maximum of 10 items. After that, you can purchase additional items for $1 each.


RSVP with Major AnnMarguerite Jones by March 7th:

mailto:annmarguerite.jones@usw.salvationarmy.org

Del Oro Women's Retreat

Theme: Zest for Life


Dates: May 13-15, 2022


Location: William Jessup University



Cost: $75 which includes housing, food, materials, and a t-shirt


There will be workshops, fun activities, inspirational worship, and fellowship. They are even putting on a Prom! So start getting your outfit together!


Registration is due April 13th.

See Major AnnMarguerite Jones or Major Willdonna Rich if you would like to attend.

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"Joy" from Rend Collective (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)