Every day we run for the office of Christian. And every day our peers judge us for how we look for the part.
Consider Eliab. He looked like a future king. Even his name, which means ‘God is my father’, bode well for being chosen by God to be the next king of Israel.
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed stands before the him.” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at that which mortals look at. Mortals look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”1 Samuel 16:6-7
The good news is that although God:
- Knows our failures to trust God alone.
- Knows our failures to act as God servant in the world.
- Knows our failures to see God at work in all things.
None-the-less, God has elected us for the Kingdom of Heaven.
I will have more to say about 1 Samuel 16:1-13 below for Sunday, March 22nd.
Robert Shaw, Pastor
A Tip for Parents
The Gospel of Matthew tells how Jesus’ disciples quarreled over who Jesus’ liked best. But he told them:
“… whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wished to be first among you must be your slave.”Matthew 20:26-27
This Sunday, please offer a ribbon to children who wish to make their lives an offering to God by seeking to serve others. Cub Scouts learn this as: “Do a good turn daily.”
Normally we worship at 8:15 AM and at 10:00 AM. Recognizing that you may need to worship at different time, this week’s worship service is available below anytime!
Normally we would sing three hymns and several responses. Next week I hope to have a hymn or two ideally embedded within the video. How might you add to our worship together while we are physically apart? Do you have a photo or video for passing the peace? An announcement? If I sent you the invitation to worship, would your family read the leader and people parts?
Now finish worship by singing the postlude with Kavan, below.
As disciples of Jesus Christ we give so that we may dedicate the whole of our lives by sharing a portion of what we earn with others.
Although COVID-19 has forced us to curtail all groups, meetings, classes, …, even office hours, we continue other ministries. For example: Wednesday Bible Study and meets via video-teleconference.
Giving to the church on a regular basis has never been easier. Use on-line giving through your bank or click the button and set up a recurring “e‑tithe” to make an automatic offering every week, month or year, in whatever amount you choose. We continue to check our mailbox regularly so you may mail your check to us.
Closing Hymn[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzSMy9PE5co[/embedyt]
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee.
Thou changest not; thy compassions they fail not.
As thou hast been thou forever wilt be.
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning, new mercies I see.