Funky Bible Stories, Part 1

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This week we will talk about an odd little story about Joshua and the Children of Israel making a covenant with a tribe within the land of Canaan that they were supposed to wipe out–the Gibeonites. The Gibeonites dressed up in old clothes, worn out shoes and carried moldy bread with them and told Joshua that they were not from within Canaan but had travelled from a far away land. They looked at their bread and believed their story and made a pact with them, rather than asking the Lord if this was a good idea or not.
When they found out the truth they didn’t kill them, because of their agreement, but kept them alive and made them their servants – drawing water and chopping wood for them.

Come and see what this story has to do with our happiness and spiritual awareness.

Sunday 10:30 a.m.

 

So, You Want To Be REALLY Happy?

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“When you desire your neighbor’s good without thought of reward you have heaven within yourself. This brings happiness as great as that enjoyed by the angels, which is
indescribable.” Secrets of Heaven 8037, Emanuel Swedenborg

If we want to be really happy, indescribably happy, then we ought to work on wanting what is good and doing what is good for others without thinking of what we will get from it. Nice idea, but how are we going to arrive in that noble place? Well, it is a process. That process is described in a parable in the New Testament about the people that were hired at different times throughout the day to work in a vineyard, yet given the same wages regardless of how long they worked. This Sunday we will talk about the spiritual or inner meaning of this parable. Maybe it will nudge us all a little more in that direction of giving with no thought of reward.

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Freedom: Vital To Our Salvation

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We all want freedom for ourselves. Freedom is actually essential to our spiritual lives. Nothing can become truly part of our spiritual life unless it is chosen freely. And so God protects our freedom with great power.

Here is the challenge: do we value other people’s freedom in the same way recognizing how important it is to everyone else too?

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Happy Independence Day!

No Worship Services June 14th or June 21st.

There will be no services of worship on these two dates in June.

You are invited to come on the 14th and help out with beautifying the church.

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Come add your touch to making our church building and property more beautiful. This Sunday, June 14th from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. there will be donuts, coffee and opportunities to serve. There will be sandwich makings for lunch afterwards (feel free to bring a potluck type something as well).
You can cut tall grass, trim trees, weed, clean windows, beautify the teen space and all kinds of other fun things.
This project will take the place of the worship service on Sunday. Come use this dedicated church time for dedicated work time with your friends.
Please bring any tools that will help with the job you would like to do. Thank you!

Don’t Sell Out

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One of the things that temps us is the desire to modify or change what we know to be true  – our ideals or hopes for our life. Holding to our ideals can be difficult. But giving in and accepting a less than ideal way of being leads to further difficulty and unhappiness. This part of the Elijah story (Naboth’s Vineyard) challenges us to not sell out, to not give up or give in but to keep on fighting for our higher ideals. The positive results will show up and are illustrated in the conclusion of the Elijah story (June 7th).

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Listen For The Gentle Whisper of God’s Leading

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If we want to be led by God what should we listening or looking out for? We might be inclined to expect dramatic answers to our queries or flashy shows of the hand of God when we are in need. The truth is that the messages come in a more subtle and gentle way. Will we be alert to them?

This Sunday we will further explore the story of the prophet Elijah and see in his story how we are led and what signs to look for of God’s presence and leading.

Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. The Holy Supper (communion) will be offered this week.

When Life Gets Difficult…

Lose Faith‘Have you ever lost your faith? There are times when it seems like our faith is completely gone and there is nothing to hold on to. This Sunday we will dive into what to do when we are feeling lost and that our confidence in God has died.

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

On My Way From Misery To Happiness

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This Sunday we will look at the Bible story of Elijah being kept alive by the food that ravens brought to him when the rest of the land he was in was in severe famine. We will explore how this story shows us in its deeper meaning how we are led by God from states of apparent happiness to states of true and lasting happiness. It has a lot to do with our motives. This story shows us how we can start to move from motives that are mixed – partly selfish and partly noble – to ones that are more noble and good.

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.