DEVOTION: Exodus 19:2-8 English Standard Version (ESV)
2 They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain, 3 while Moses went up to God. The Lord called to him out of the mountain, saying, "Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: 4 'You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel."
7 So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him. 8 All the people answered together and said, "All that the Lord has spoken we will do." And Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord.
What a wonderful scene this is, isn't it? God and the people are making their covenant with each other. God says, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples…." The people respond, "All that the Lord has spoken we will do." Sounds great, right?
It sounds great, but the only problem is the people lied. There was no way they were going to keep the covenant. First of all, they didn't know what the word "all" meant. Secondly, they weren't capable of it, because they were sinful human beings.
We should've learned the lesson by now, but we haven't. We still hear the law and say, "All that the Lord has commanded I will do." We think we have it all together enough to get the job done and keep the old covenant. We aren't and we can't.
That's why God made a new covenant with us, one that we couldn't break, because it all depends on him. It's his promise to us. All we do is receive the blessings of that promise. The promise off the Messiah, along with all of God's other promises, have been kept! God loved us so much that he didn't let us flounder under the old covenant. Instead, when the Israelites broke that promise, they were taken into captivity, but God didn't leave them there alone. He went with them, and he eventually brought them out of it.
He does the same for you. When you break God's law, you must suffer the earthly consequences, but God goes with you even in your tough circumstances, and he gets you out and brings you back into a right relationship with him. Rejoice in that today! Rejoice in God's kept promises to you!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for keeping your promises even when I don't, especially your promise to save me and give me eternal life. Amen.
Tues- Quilting 9-2pm; Trustees 7
Wed- ALL Youth (3-18 years old) Fun Night 5:30-7:30
Thurs- Karate 6:15-7:45; Grief Support 7pm
Fri- No Bible study at Hendershots
Sat- Men's breakfast 8am; Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11am
______________________________________________________________________WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS WEEK:
Acolyte- 8:30- Savannah Masters; 11- Dulci Rahn
Ushers- Charlie Figura, Jason Figura, Brett Nordwald, Erv Yoder
Altar- Set up- Jodi Baldwin; Clean Up- Terry McKenzie
Elders- Sat- Dave Winter; 8:30- Al Benton 11- ????
Greeters- 8:30- Bob and Marianne Linke; 11- Dan and Lisa Rausch
Lay Readers- Sat- John Hachtel; 8:30- Allan Dreyer; 11- Dawn Sherman
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Sat Pianist- Kathy Barrow
Projectionists: Sat- Fischer, 8:30- Schaumberg; 11- ???
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ :
What did Jehu do to Baal worship in Israel? (There are three people who answered this question. One all the way from the Czech Republic!)
Not unlike other such dishonest politicians he lied. He told the Baal worshippers that he was going to have a big celebration honoring Baal. But when he had them all together he ordered them killed by the gaurds and officers. He made sure it was only prophets of Baal inside. In this way he destroyed Baal worship in Israel. God was pleased with this and promised his line would continue for four generations. However, Jehu didn't follow God.
He had the Baal worshipers to gather in their temple and had them all killed and their temple destroyed. Don Nolte
The worshipping of Baal was brought to Israel by Kibbles and Bits – aka: Jezebel and Ahab the Arab. After Jehu was anointed king, he had all of the people who worshiped Baal put to death (2 Kings 10:18–26). After that, at Jehu's command, "they demolished the pillar of Baal, and demolished the house of Baal, and made it a latrine to this day. Thus Jehu wiped out Baal from Israel" (verses 27–28). God's goal of ridding the land of Baal worship had been accomplished.
Even so, he ignored the fact that people were still bowing down to golden calves. So, he was not a good guy.
Here's a quickie article about him, if you're interested:
All YOUTH NIGHT TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY)!! This is for all our kids 3-18 years old!!! You will get wet!
5:30- Supper (hotdogs, French fries, fruit)
6:30- Make cupcakes for the fire/EMT department, and get wet with water games outside
7:30- Go home
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP THURSDAY 7PM!!
We will have a MONTHLY grief support group starting this Thursday at 7pm! If you or someone you know is experiencing grief and would like help and support, please come to this meeting!
MEN'S BREAKFAST SATURDAY AT 8AM!!
French toast bake, scrambled eggs, potato casserole, and bacon!!
We will continue our video Bible study on "The Case for Christ"
Please RSVP especially if you haven't been there in a while or never been. We'd love to have all y'all!
STEPHEN MINISTRY: Throughout the month of June we will be highlighting our Stephen Ministry program.
Stephen Ministry is a caring ministry that is carried out by lay people. It has been a part of St. John's in various forms and levels since 2003. Many people have gone through the training and cared for others with their training. These people are called "care givers". Many more have benefitted from the help these people have provided. These people are called "care receivers". This is a tremendously beneficial ministry to both care giver and care receivers as both grow in faith and as many of them become friends if they weren't already.
It is also a great benefit to our congregation for many different reasons! Care givers learn how to be better Christian moms, dads, husbands, wives, friends, and church members. The congregation grows as our community finds out how caring and loving we are as a congregation through this ministry. It is a wonderful thing!
We are in need of some new Stephen ministers. It is a commitment, but the commitment is definitely worth it! You will be blessed beyond measure if you go through the training and become a Stephen Minister. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE NEED MEN TO BE STEPEHEN MINISTERS JUST AS MUCH AS WOMEN!!
Last Sunday at our 8:30 worship, Chrissy Groeber and Marcia Sevier were installed as our new Stephen Leaders!! They will be starting a new Stephen Ministry training as soon as everyone who is interested signs up and a start date and time can be established.
Please prayerfully consider this and then come to church this coming weekend and sign up or reply to this email and I will sign you up!
LITTLE LAMBS ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR IS OPEN!!!!
Student must be 3 for younger class or 4 for older class by August 1.
$45 nonrefundable registration fee required.
Registration packets can be picked up at Little Lambs during school hours and in the church office during non-school hours.
OPERATION BACKPACK ITEMS COLLECTED FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE IS CANNED VEGETABLES!!
AGAPE DONATIONS ALWAYS ACCEPTED!!
Any nonperishable food items, diapers, toiletries, etc.!!
Perishable food items can be taken directly to Agape at 713 Powell St. in Warrenton. Call 456-4645 to find out when they're open or for more info.
For CAL TAMELER, as he is dealing with severe pain in his legs due to poor circulation and blockage.
For MARIANNE LINKE, as she continues to recover from heart surgery.
For SUE RUHL, as she continues to recover from a broken hip at Parklane rehab in Wentzville.
For PAT MANNESS as she is recovering from hand and wrist surgery at home.
For LOIS BOEGER'S MOM, EVELYN TOEDEBUSCH, as she is nearing the end of her life on the earth and awaiting eagerly her eternal life with Jesus!
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