In Acts 17: 22-31, Paul faces the challenge of proclaiming the gospel to Greeks who know nothing of either Jewish or Christian tradition. He tells them that the “unknown god” whom they worship is the true Lord of heaven and earth who will judge the world with justice through Jesus, whom God has raised from the dead. Paul points out that all are the offspring of one God. As God’s family all are to care for one another, listen to one another, encourage one another, and support one another. One may disagree with each other from time to time, but the bottom line is that one wants the best for everyone.
Psalm 66: 8-20 instructs one to bless God by letting the sounds of that praise be heard. Though God has tested and laid heavy burdens upon one’s back, he brought them forth into a place or refreshment. One makes promises with their lips and speaks with their mouths when one is troubled. In truth God has heard and has attended to the sound of the prayers. In one’s prayers, one praises God and thanks him for being their refuge in the storms of life.
1 Peter 3: 13-22, Christians have a zeal for doing what is right in God’s eyes no matter what the circumstances. Life certainly presents one with challenges and choices. There are times when one does not agree with another about the decisions that need to be made. One hesitates for fear of offending the person with a different viewpoint. One might remain silent for fear of reprisal or criticism. However, one is called to speak out for those who cannot speak out for those who cannot speak out for themselves because of age, race, economics, gender or sexual identity. One is speaking God’s word when one takes a stand for justice even though one may suffer for it.
In the Gospel of John 14: 15-21, Jesus gives the final words to his disciples on the night of his arrest. Jesus encourages obedience to his commandments and speaks of the spirit who will be with them forever. God, the father, will send an advocate who will walk with them - they will feel God’s presence in the form of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit works through humans, one participates in acts of love and mercy for others and helps them feel God’s love.
Visitors are invited to attend the Sunday church service at 9:30 a.m. and during the summer months the Adult Sunday School will meet after the church service.