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Weekly Announcements 08.04.17

WHO IS "ISRAEL"?

August 6, 2017

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

One of the reasons the Bible can seem so confusing is because many words have multiple meanings. “Israel” can refer to the patriarch formerly known as Jacob, the Old Testament people of God, the modern secular state, or even God’s faithful people of all time. Today, we will explore the inclusive, not exclusive, meaning of “Israel,” to find our place in God’s family. Because of Christ’s death and resurrection, God has made us His children of promise.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our new schedule presents many new ways for you to serve in worship!

  • WD-40 — The contemporary services are in search of crew members (40 or so) to help set-up and tear-down the elements for worship in the gym. Men, women, and youth may serve. Time commitment: one Saturday from 4-5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:45-12:45 p.m. per month.
  • Sunday School Assistants— Aid the Sunday School teacher with the lessons for the week. Join them in building the foundation of faith in the lives of our young members.
  • Worship Assistant (contemporary services) — Aid the contemporary worship service in the following ways: recruit ushers (as necessary), read the Scripture passages during the service, and help with Communion distribution. Time commitment: 15 minutes prior to assigned worship service, flexibility regarding number of weeks per year.
  • Greeters—Provide a warm welcome to all who enter our doors for Sunday morning services. Time commitment: one Sunday every 3-4 weeks.
  • Usher (traditional or contemporary services) — Serve with a team of ushers at worship to greet worshipers, distribute bulletins, collect offerings, and dismiss rows for Communion. Men, women, or youth (min. 6th grade) may serve. Time commitment: one worship service every 3-4 weeks.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Marian Schafer, Herb Schortemeyer, Nancy Schuch, and Brenda Tierney. For all of our homebound members including Cheryl Barksdale. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, David Rieger Sr., Robert Ritter, and Shad Singer.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Confirmation Orientation, Aug. 6th, 6:00 p.m.

Israel Study, Aug. 16th, 7:15 p.m./Aug. 20th, 12:15 p.m.

BLAST Event, Aug. 19th, 3:30 p.m.

Church Picnic, Aug. 27th, 12:15 p.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

Isaiah 55:1–5

1 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.   Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.

Romans 9:1-8

1 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring.

 Matthew 14:13-21 

13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14  When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17  They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18  And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.