Jul 15, 2018

Psalm 24
Responsive Reading Hymn 118 "Our riches in Christ"
Hymn 86 "The love of God"; Hymn 51 "Come Thou fount"; 
    Hymn 66 "Thou art worthy"

Sermon - Pastor George Fry
2 Samuel 6:1-5; 12-19; "Why?"
Audio not available this week.
   At this time David has become king and won several battles. He decided it
was time to bring the Ark of the Covenant to the City of David. 
   When Eli, the prophet, was at the end of his life, the Ark of the Covenant was
captured by the Philistines. The Philistines suffered greatly for capturing the
Ark. The Philistines put the Ark on a cart pulled by an ox. The Ark ended up at
Abinadab's house where it stayed for 70 years. Abinadab and his family was 
blessed by God. The worship of God had not been taken seriously in Israel for
many years. David said the Israelites needed to bring the Ark back to Israel.
David did not ask God how to move the Ark. David did exactly what the 
Philistines did to remove the Ark from their country. They treated the Ark of 
the Covenant just like another idol. The Israelites forgot how holy the Ark was
and what God had told them about the Ark of the Covenant.
   For seventy years, no one cared about the Ark. Forgot the holiness of the Ark.
The people forgot the call to be a royal priesthood to the world. When Uzzah
was killed because he touched the Ark, David became afraid to move the Ark 
any further. God got their attention. God called them to obedience. David had
worshiped God and God had helped David. David knew God but now he has a
holy fear of God. After hearing that Obed-edom's house was blessed for three
months, David decided to move the Ark again to get God's blessings for him-
self and Israel. 
   First, David researched how to move the Ark of the Covenant. He realized 
that he did not treat God with the holiness and respect God deserved.Second, 
the Ark was placed on poles and carried on the shoulders of the Levites. Third,
after 6 steps David sacrificed animals to God. Fourth, David danced with joy
and glorified God. David acted like a priest. Saul's daughter, Michal, saw David
and despised him. Michal was very much like Saul. Michal was bitter at David
and probably more resentful and bitter of God because of the way David 
worshiped and honored God.
   For seventy years, the Israelites ignored and forgot about God. Do we
neglect God? Are we like the Israelites who decided God was so old-fashioned
and behind the times? Are we making God too familiar and forgetting His
holiness so we can change how to worship God or forget about God? Do we 
treat God with the honor and glory He deserves? Have we become like the 
Israelites where God is a piece of furniture in our home? Do not let your life
become where God is ordinary and common. We need to worship God as we
are called to. God is holy. He is the almighty God and worthy of our praise and
worship. God is worthy of our sacrifices for Him.  
   Everyday we need to be in awe of God and His creation. We cannot close 
our eyes to who God is. Daily renew your awe in God. Do not treat God as
common or neglect His worship. As believers, we are part of God's royal
priesthood. God is all we need. We need to come daily to God with forever
in our hearts.

Jul 8, 2018

Psalm 48
Responsive Reading 8 "The Apostles' Creed"
Hymn 328 "Are you washed?"; Hymn 352 "Victory in Christ";
   Hymn 283 "What a day that will be"

Sermon - Pastor George Fry
2 Corinthians 12:2-10; "In weakness, strength"  
   The Corinthians were gentiles, hard headed, full of themselves, wealthy,
well spoken, full of knowledge, and attractive looking. Paul shows up with
all of his physical problems and humble appearance. The Corinthians did not
think much of Paul. It was difficult for the Corinthians to change their habit of
worshiping multiple gods to just the one true God. The Corinthians bragged 
about themselves. Paul refused to brag about himself. 
   Paul and some other Jews believed in three heavens. The first heaven was 
the atmosphere, the second heaven contains the stars, sun, and moon, and 
the third heaven is where God dwells and is peace and paradise. Paul came 
back from heaven and could not tell anyone about what he saw or if God told
Paul not to say anything. Paul instead chooses to boast about his weakness. 
He tells about the constant pain that he lives with which keeps him humble.
No one knows what caused this pain. Paul prayed to God three times about 
this pain to remove it. Instead, God told Paul that God's grace and power will
be made perfect in Paul's weakness. Paul will continue to walk with God.
Paul's walk will show others how to rest in God. God will use this pain to work
through Paul to bring Paul to be more perfect in God. 
   You will be in pain. Call on God in your pain. In this weakness, you will call 
on God and God will use you to spread God's words to others through God's 
power not your own. You need to be weak and humble. God's grace is always
there every day. God's grace sustains us and stays with us through every 
trouble, hurt, pain, or problem in our lives. Paul boasts about his weakness 
and how he depends on Jesus Christ and God to do his work and to live his
life. Paul could have told God he did not want to keep going and serve God.
Paul keeps going and knows that Jesus Christ surrounds him in spite of his
hardships, persecutions, and physical weakness.
   Where do we fit into God's story? Do we have the understanding and
knowledge to talk with others about God, Jesus Christ, and their everlasting
love? Will we lean on and depend on God to give us the words and knowledge  
to reach out to others? Or will we come up with excuses or reasons to say 
why we cannot do what God wants? On our own, it is impossible but with God 
all things are possible. God made Paul strong. God's grace will always be 
there for you. What is God calling you to do? God knows you cannot do it on 
your own. With God's grace, you can do anything!

Jul 1, 2018

Psalm 130
Responsive Reading Hymn 545 "Courage"
Hymn 26 "This is the day"; Hymn 2 "Holy, holy, holy"; Hymn 269 "He is Lord";
   Hymn 437 "Trust and obey"

Sermon - Pastor George Fry
Judges 5:15-18; "Deborah sings"
Audio available below.
   Deborah's song came about because the judge, Deborah, went into 
battle because the man she directed would not go to war without her there.
Then, Deborah said that a woman would win the battle and get the honor
instead of the man.
   This scripture is a bit confusing especially since it is in poetry form. Several
tribes of Israel go into battle and eventually win with God's help. Not all the 
tribes of Israel came to help in this battle. The Tribe of Reuben did not come
even though they had enough soldiers, good farms, and lands. The Tribe of
Reuben decided they did not need to fight or take any risks. When the Tribe
of Reuben decided not to go, several other tribes of Israel, Dan and Asher
decided to not go to help either. These tribes were not obedient to what God 
called them to do. The tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali joined the battle with
the Tribe of Issachar deciding to be obedient to God. The tribes Zebulun and
Naphtali were not well know for being fighters. God then blessed these tribes 
in the future. They lived in the area of Galilee from where Jesus and eleven 
of the his disciples came. Judas Iscariot came from another area of Israel.
   Could this history be relevant to today's church? We can see how the 
church responds to God's call and how we individually answer God. When 
God calls and asks you to do some thing for Him, what do you do? Will you
talk to someone about God, will you participate in a church event, will you
willing serve in a different area? Do we say "Yes" or do we make excuses 
and reason this work is not for us to do? Are we too busy? Telling God we 
do not have any free time to serve Him? Will we be obedient to God? Will 
we say "Yes God, what would you have me do?"
   If God calls our church to do something, what will our response be? Will
we say we have already done enough, or are we really busy with our
current programs, or will we give up everything to do what God wants? 
These attitudes are the same collectively but need to also be individually.
Will you give up everything to say "Yes" to God? What is your response
going to be? Will we respond like the Tribes of Issachar, Zebulun, and 
Naphtali? Will you respond "Yes Lord, what ever it takes?"   

Jun 24, 2018

Psalm 9:9-20
Responsive Reading 451 "Faith"
Hymn 446 "Faith is the victory"; Hymn 560 "Tis so sweet";
   Hymn 90 "Seek Ye first"

Sermon - Pastor George Fry
1 Samuel 17:1-11; "Life without Faith"
Audio available below.
No notes available.

Rejoice in the Lord always:
and again I say, Rejoice.
Philippians 4:4

May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we 
please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.
Peter Marshall

Pastor George Fry7/7/2018
In weakness, strength

Pastor George Fry7/1/2018
Deborah sings

Pastor George Fry6/24/2018
Life without faith