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Thursday Worship: 5:30 PM
Worship Sundays: 8:45 am and 10:55 am  
Sunday School: 10 am

This week's Sermon Notes for Thursday,September 1 and Sunday, September 4, 2016  

 

The “SEED and the SOIL” was the theme from last week’s sermon. The main Scripture came from “Parable of the Sower” found in (Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:4-15). Jesus told us that the seed is the Word of God. In the parable Jesus described four types of soil (ground) and compared them to the soil found in the human heart. How is the soil of your heart? Do you plant the seed of God’s Word in your heart?

The sermon this week will continue with the imagery of planting the SEED of God’s Word into the heart of the human soil.

“If You Plant Okra Seeds – You will Get Okra”

As you read the Scripture below --- read it slowly. Read it a second time and when you come across the word, “WORD” and as you come across the personal pronouns “He”, and “His” substitute the name “Jesus” in their place. (Example – “In the beginning was “Jesus”.      

John 1:1-5; 10-14 (NKJV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Holy Spirit tells us here in the Gospel of John, that Jesus is the creative Word of God, that he is actually responsible for all that we see around us. The Word who becomes flesh --- and lives amongst us --- comes from before the beginning.

          I’m looking forward to seeing you at church this week. Reminder – We will be sharing together in Holy Communion. “The Word became flesh” – The Body and Blood of Christ given for you.

Pastor Harvey

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Journey Groups

· 12 Relevant Voices of Truth -This Bible study beginning in August on Wednesday’s will come from the 12 “Minor Prophets” (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi). The message of the “Minor Prophets” is not minor at all. Though their messages were shorter, they were no less powerful nor no less needed. The truth they reveal is very relevant for our world in 2016.                          Room 208                          Led by Pastor Harvey

 In Before Amen, Max Lucado, a self-professed "recovering prayer wimp," reveals his personal struggles with prayer. He will show you how he discovered that prayer is not a privilege for the pious nor the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. Let the conversation begin.                            Room 112                              Led by Harriet Murray


Wednesday Morning Bible Study with Harvey Beck  10:30 PM
"12 Relevant Voices of Truth"  Room 108


Wonderful Wednesday August 31
 Church Dinner  5 PM

6 PM Adult Journey Groups
"Twelve Relevant Voices of Truth"  Room 208
"Before the Amen"   Room 112

6 PM Youth Groups
6 PM Children’s Journey Groups, Games & Choir
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Worship
Thursday Worship: 5:30 PM

Sundays:
 8:45 AM, Celebration, Gym
10:00 AM Sunday Shhool
10:55 AM--Traditions, Sanctuary

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