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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, June 23 and Sunday, June 26

1 Kings 19: 4-14; 18 (NKJV) 4 But he himself (Elijah) went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” 5 Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel[a]touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” 6 Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. 7 And the angel[b] of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” 8 So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God. 9 And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 So he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.” 11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 And he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”

18 (Gad then said) Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

 

“Lesson from a Cave”

          This week our VBS theme is – (“CAVE QUEST – Following Jesus the Light of the World”.) As we follow and walk in the light of Jesus, He gives us; HOPE, COURGAE, DIRECTION, LOVE and POWER. These are the lessons that the children have been learning. (Our VBS leaders, teachers and helpers have been spot on!) I have played the part of “Clark Cavern” in the VBS skit (Yes! My last name is CAVERN.) As I read the script and looked over the lessons, I have been reminded and convicted that these lessons are for all of us “big kids” as well. We find ourselves spiritual wondering around in a cave and must continually follow the LIGHT.

          This story about the great prophet Elijah is about his need for - HOPE, COURGAE, DIRECTION, LOVE and POWER. The wind, and earthquake, and fire, did not make him cover his face, but the still voice did. (Mathew Henry said “Gracious souls are more affected by the tender mercies of the Lord than by his terrors.) Are you in a cave?

Go to the entrance where the LIGHT is and listen.

 

 

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Children will sing songs from VBS on this Sunday, June 26 in both worship services.
 


Welcome Tyler Woodam and his wife, Madeline beginning this Sunday.
 Tyler will be our new associate pastor.

A reception is being planned for Sunday, July 10.

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Thursday Worship: 5:30 PM

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


Wonderful Wednesdays
will resume on August 17.

Special summer activities and programs are now going on
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