EXCITING VIDEO SERIES PLANNED FOR OCTOBER-NOVEMBER
PRAYER: Does It Make Any Difference?
By Philip Yancey
Starting October 15, for six consecutive Sunday evenings 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Polls reveal that 90 percent of people pray. Yet prayer, which should be the most nourishing and uplifting time of the believer’s day, can also be frustrating and confusing and leave us filled with questions. In a six-part DVD series Philip Yancey probes such questions as: Is God listening? Why should God care about me? If God knows everything, what’s the point of prayer? Why do answers to prayer seem so inconsistent? Why does God sometimes seem close and sometimes seem so far away? Yancey tackles tough questions and in the process comes up with a fresh new approach to this timeless topic. “I have learned to pray as a privilege, not a duty,” he says.
Please come and join us on this all-important journey. Contact Vinoy Laughner (firstname.lastname@example.org or 547-2215) with any questions.
“THE LIES WE BELIEVE”
a 12-Week Interactive Small Group for Finding Emotional & Spiritual Freedom Starting Wednesday, October 18, 7:00-8:30 PM at the Ministry Center.
We believe so many lies about ourselves. We believe we’re hopeless; that we can never change; that things will never change; that nothing we do matters; that we don’t deserve love or goodness or justice or dignity or a million other things. We are trapped by the lies we tell ourselves and the lies that others tell us. This 12-week small group will help us face the lies we believe and offer us the truth which can set us free.
The cost for the required workbook is $15.00 and $15.00 for the option textbook. Presently space is limited to two additional participants. If you have any questions or to sign up, contact Reverend Dan (email@example.com or 547-3626).
DO YOU WANT TO SING WITH OUR WORSHIP TEAM?
We are looking for singers to help fill out our Praise & Worship Team. If you would like to join in leading congregational singing at the opening of worship, just be here for rehearsal at 9:30 A.M. That’s it! No long term commitment or extra rehearsal during the week. For more information, contact Tim Pool at 547-6858 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM … is excited about the many possibilities with the new electronic giving option for making regular contributions to the ministries of GCC. Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account or processed using your credit or debit card.
Please see Alan Easton for more information about this great new means of supporting our church’s ministries. (email@example.com or 831-0246).
SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15
While Moses is on the mountain with God, the people, struggling with how long he has been gone, ask Aaron to make them gods. He agrees, takes their gold jewelry and makes a golden calf which the people then worship, even though he tries to remind them that their celebration is “to the Lord”.
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23:
A psalm of confession, remembering how God’s people turned away, and traded God for an image of a calf, forgetting God’s saving acts for them. Also, a recognition that God seemed intent on destroying the people, but for Moses pleading on their behalf.
Paul encourages the Church to stand firm, to agree with one another, to live as those who await Christ’s appearance, and to meditate on those things that are good, true and beautiful.
Jesus tells a story about a king who prepares a wedding feast for his son, but the none of the originally invited guests want to go. So he sends his soldiers to destroy those guests, and then he invites others from the streets to come in; but when someone is found without wedding clothes, that person is thrown out. Jesus finishes with the well-known saying that many are invited but few are chosen.