January 28, 2008

Looking Forward to February 3, 2008 -- 4th Sunday After Epiphany, Annual Meeting Sunday

This Sunday we will have our Annual Congregational Meeting. Following our worship service we will have a soup & sandwich lunch and the meeting will follow lunch.

The Scripture readings this Sunday are:

  • From the Jewish Scriptures: Micah 6:1-8
  • Psalm 15 (VU p. 736)
  • From the Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12

The Hymns for the service are:

  • 401 Worship the Lord
  • MV 1 Let Us Build A House *NEW* (see insert)
  • 579 The Church Is Wherever God’s People
  • 649 Walk With Me

THe Sermon Title is We HAve this Ministry

Early THoughts: What do we have to celebrate? What has the last year brought us? This Sunday we prepare for our Annual meeting by celebrating and reflecting on the ministry we share.

JIm Strathdee writes:

We have this ministry and we are not discouraged;
it is by God’s own power that we may live and serve…
BUt is that true? SOmetimes it seems so easy to get discouraged. SOme times it can seem like we fight and fight merely to stay in one place.

WHat is the cure for discouragement? To take time to celebrate our successes. Talk about the things that go well. Celebrate the things that have happened over the last year, the ways people have shared in the ministry of this congregation. THat reminds us of why we are here. That can give us the incentive to "keep on keeping on".

At the top of the sidebar of this blog is the Mission Statement of this congregation. As a part of our service on Sunday we will share that statemtn to gether. We will take time to name how we lived it out in 2007. WE will also take a chance to name those things that can lead us to feel discouraged. Only by facing our reality can we deal with it.

COme help us celebrate this ministry we have.

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