Bulletin 09.18.22

Reflections Before the Service

  • In 1644, Owen married Mary Rooke (d. 1675). The couple had 11 children, ten of whom
    died in infancy. One daughter survived to adulthood, married, and shortly thereafter died
    of consumption.

    -- Of the great English Nonconformist scholar and church leader, John
    Owen (1616-1683), article on Wikapedia.com

  • I want to go over some old ground here, repeating what seems – in our culture, anyway –
    to need frequent repeating: entering into a life of faith, living a Davidic life, following
    Jesus, centering our life in the worship of God doesn’t exempt us from suffering.
    Christians get cancer in the same proportion as non-Christians. Believers are involved in
    as many automobile accidents as nonbelievers. When you hit your thumb with a hammer,
    it hurts just as much after you’ve accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior as it did before.

     

    Eugene H. Peterson, Leap Over a Wall: Earthy Spirituality for
    Everyday Christians (p. 194; 1997; Harper San Francisco)

  • We think the absence of pain is the goal, but God is known for allowing acute pain in
    service of deeper healing. Like a broken bone that must be reset, the parts of us that
    have learned to get by without an ever-present awareness of God’s compassionate and
    knowing care need to be broken afresh in order for us to be made whole again…

    And when he does this, we need the old us, the one who is used to shouldering pain
    alone, to break down and dissolve, so that we can be healed and remade into someone
    who is ever expectant of and reliant upon our compassionate and faithful God.
    -- Laura Andrews, “Then Comes the Breaking”; blogpost
    on the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation
    (CCEF) website; September 8, 2022

The Call to Worship

  • Isaiah 40.28ff (NLT)
    Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting
    God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can
    measure the depths of His understanding. He gives power to the weak and
    strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young
    men will fall in exhaustion.

    But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on
    wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

  • In 1644, Owen married Mary Rooke (d. 1675). The couple had 11 children, ten of whom
    died in infancy. One daughter survived to adulthood, married, and shortly thereafter died
    of consumption.

    -- Of the great English Nonconformist scholar and church leader, John
    Owen (1616-1683), article on Wikapedia.com

  • I want to go over some old ground here, repeating what seems – in our culture, anyway –
    to need frequent repeating: entering into a life of faith, living a Davidic life, following
    Jesus, centering our life in the worship of God doesn’t exempt us from suffering.
    Christians get cancer in the same proportion as non-Christians. Believers are involved in
    as many automobile accidents as nonbelievers. When you hit your thumb with a hammer,
    it hurts just as much after you’ve accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior as it did before.

     

    Eugene H. Peterson, Leap Over a Wall: Earthy Spirituality for
    Everyday Christians (p. 194; 1997; Harper San Francisco)

  • We think the absence of pain is the goal, but God is known for allowing acute pain in
    service of deeper healing. Like a broken bone that must be reset, the parts of us that
    have learned to get by without an ever-present awareness of God’s compassionate and
    knowing care need to be broken afresh in order for us to be made whole again…

    And when he does this, we need the old us, the one who is used to shouldering pain
    alone, to break down and dissolve, so that we can be healed and remade into someone
    who is ever expectant of and reliant upon our compassionate and faithful God.
    -- Laura Andrews, “Then Comes the Breaking”; blogpost
    on the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation
    (CCEF) website; September 8, 2022

  • Isaiah 40.28ff (NLT)
    Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting
    God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can
    measure the depths of His understanding. He gives power to the weak and
    strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young
    men will fall in exhaustion.

    But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on
    wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

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Bulletin Date: 09/18/2022