Week of September 22, 2017
God, Are You Listening?
There are many things in the Bible that are confusing. This one is on the list. “For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened” (Luke 11:10).
Sounds easy! Also sounds like God will do whatever we ask, like a genie. Does it really mean that? Apparently not. Sometimes things don’t work out. You ask, but nothing happens, or the opposite happens. You knock, but the door stays closed.
How do Christians make sense of this? How do we explain this dimension of our faith to others? Is God active in the world? Does God hear and answer our prayers? Do we just blindly trod along, pretending God is making good on Luke 11:10?
The sermon this Sunday is “Living With a 1-to-4 Success Rate.” It’s based on the Parable of the Sower. How do we live in a world where three out of four soils produce nothing? I bet a lot of people would like to know the answer to that question!
Join us for worship this Sunday. 8:45am Open Door Contemporary Worship (new and improved!). 11:00am Sanctuary Worship. And check out the class opportunities at 9:45am. See you Sunday! Invite someone to join you.
Thanks for listening,
Please keep in your prayers:
Those with special concerns:
- Dorothy Kuffler
- Ernie Neer
- Joe Rudder
- Karen Sigel
- Drake Watson
- Joan Wilton
- Mr. & Mrs. William (Bill) Collier on the birth of their grandson, William (Will) Michael Collier, on September 13.
Beth Fike and family on the death of her father, Ray Fike, on September 15.
Christy Dalton and family on the death of her father, Alan Thompson, on September 16.
Members and family serving in the military:
- Edward Allen
- Jenny Sigel Burkett
- Matthew Horton
- Nathan Thomas Meade.
Please let us know if you have a joy or concern that we may lift up in prayer. Contact Mary Kay Collins, or any of our pastors. If you are in immediate need of pastoral care, please call the church office at 358-2383. During night and weekend hours, your call will be transferred to a pastor on call.
John Sims, IV
Mary Kendall Pennington
Hiter Harris, IV