"You Will Not Abandon My Soul" (A Miktam[a] of David.)
16 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, "You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you."
3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight.[b]
4 The sorrows of those who run after[c] another god shall multiply;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names on my lips.
5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.[d]
8 I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
There is no more feeling of dread and terror for a little kid than being lost in a crowded place, or feeling. It happened to me once at the grocery store. I was horrified. When a baby is left with a babysitter for the first time, there are often blood curdling screams that go with it. We can't know what is going through that baby's mind, but it must be a feeling of abandonment. And nothing will calm it more than the return of the mom and dad.
At times we may feel abandoned by God, especially when our whole life as we know it begins to crumble. Maybe it is the infidelity of a once faithful spouse. Maybe it's the child who has let you down or who has gotten into some terrible with the wrong crowd. Maybe it's a diagnosis of cancer or some other dreaded disease that has sent your life into a tailspin. The only thing that is gonna make it all better is if Jesus returns and takes all the pain away.
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
This one fact shows us that God has not abandoned us. He has a plan for us. That plan was begun at Easter and will be fulfilled on the day off judgment when, as Job says, "He will stand upon the earth, and after my skin has been destroyed, yet, in my flesh I will see God."
My mom had not abandoned when I got lost in the grocery store. She wasn't going to leave without me. She loves me too much. the same is true for us and our relationship with Almighty God. Although Jesus ascended into heaven bodily, he sent His Spirit to us and promised that he will never leave us or forsake us. He isn't going to leave without us. He isn't going to leave us here on the earth by ourselves! He is going to take us to paradise with Him!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for blessing me with your eternal presence and for never abandoning me. Help me to rest in your presence today. Amen.
Mon- CONFIRMATION 5-6:15
Tues- Quilting 9-2; Bible Study 11:30-12:15
Wed- Choir practice 7pm????
Fri- Jr. Hi Youth Leave at 4pm for Camp Windermere
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- Sunrise Worship 6:30am; Breakfast 7:30; Egg Hunt 9; Worship 10
Acolyte- 8:30- Jacob Cluver 11- Cara Klaustermeier
Ushers- Charlie Figura, Jason Figura, Conner Figura, Erv Yoder
Altar- Set up- Don Hance
Elders- Thurs- ALL ELDERS SHOULD BE THERE; Sun- 6:30- Jason Cluver, 10- Jim Rahn
Greeters- 6:30- Rich and Peggy Talbert; 10- Marv and Molly Hendershot
Lay Readers- 6:30- Tim Linke; 10- Jim Rahn
Organist- All Week- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Thurs- Jacob Winn Fri- Terry McKenzie 6:30- Terry McKenzie 10- Jacob Cluver
YESTERDAY'S BIBLE QUIZ: What is a Nazirite?
(Answer from Pat King) (Thanks also to Don Nolte for answering the question.)
- Abstain from wine, wine vinegar, grapes, raisins, intoxicating liquors, vinegar made from such substances, and eating or drinking any substance that contains any trace of grapes.
- Refrain from cutting the hair on one's head; but to allow the locks of the head's hair to grow.
- Not to become ritually impure by contact with corpses or graves, even those of family members.
The nazirite is described as being "holy unto YHWH" (Numbers 6:8), yet at the same time must bring a sin offering. This has led to divergent approaches to the nazirite in the Talmud, and later authorities, with some viewing the nazirite as an ideal, and others viewing him as a sinner.
In Modern Hebrew the word "nazir" is commonly used for monks, both Christian and Buddhist - this meaning having largely displaced the original Biblical meaning.
Join us as a vendor inside, have a tag sale on the parking lot, or craft items for sale. Outside spaces are available for $10 for a double parking spot.
Vendor spots are being held for: Tupperware, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, 18" doll clothes by PJ'S Patterns, Perfectly Posh, Paparazzi, Damsel in Distress, It Works Global, Mary Kay, Norwex, Tastefully Simple, Pink Zebra, Lilla Rose, Usborne Books & More, Cindy Rust handmade Jewelry, Avon, Park Lane, scroll saw art, Young Living Essential oils, Amy Flores Handmade Jewelry and custom / personalized key chains. More to come...