A Father’s Day Prayer

When asked by His disciples how they should pray, Jesus, their Master, shared with them what we have come to know as the Lord’s Prayer. In so many ways I wonder if it should not be called the Father’s Prayer?

Though certainly not the shortest prayer recorded in Scripture, this petite prayer conveys both the devotion and dependence we share in a loving relationship with our heavenly Father.

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen

Only the Lord Jesus would be able to summarize our daily relationship with “Abba, Father” in this way. Its brevity is truly astonishing! With so much literature available today regarding our “sonship” (and daughtership) in the faith, Jesus uses the succinctness of this prayer to draw us into the depths of a daily relationship with our faithful Father.

We moved from “hallowing” the greatness of our Father’s name to anticipating the greatness of the Father’s coming Kingdom. The inner petitions bookmarked by these tremendous truths reveal the daily dependence we have for both food and forgiveness – not withstanding our need for protection from the evil one! Could it be that the reason this prayer resonates so readily with our souls is that it was a prayer that readily emanated from the heart of the one who gave it? To this we must say, “Yes!” This brief prayer is truly the LORD’S Prayer. Every petition, every plea, guides the life and ministry of Christ on earth under the watchful eye of His Father.

I would encourage all of us to look carefully at this prayer – not concerned so much with its length but its depth. In this prayer there is something for all of us – today! Have the problems of our world overwhelmed you? Honor and Hallow the Name of our Father. Is it hard for you to see the Father’s hand in directing your life? Pray for His will to be done in your life and on earth as it is already in heaven. Are you burdened by the insecurity of employment or finances? Pray for the contentment and provision of daily bread. Are you struggling with guile of temptation or the guilt of personal sin? Seek the grace of your Father in forgiveness. Are you ready for a world where sin and all its effects are removed from life? Place the promise of the coming Kingdom in the course of your daily activities. And in the end, don’t forget to pronounce the “Amen” on all the above – “so be it!”





Title: “Dads of Grit and Grace” Text: Luke 15:11-32

Pastor Bob Clark



CONGRATULATIONS to both the Owens and the Deckards 

as we celebrate the marriages of their children!

Haley Owens Bascom & Garrett Bascom 

Emily Swartzwelder Deckard & Adam Deckard

SUNDAY SCHOOL – we will be taking a summer break from Sunday School classes and will resume in the Fall

TABLE TALK MAGAZINE – If you are a paid subscriber to Table Talk Magazine, your July issue is available at the Welcome Counter.

SUMMER LADIES BIBLE STUDY – Join us for a Ladies DVD Bible Study this summer on 1 Peter - the teacher is Jen Wilkin. We will meet in the Church Lobby on Tuesdays at 12:00 pm. The study will meet at noon in with the hope that those who are working during the day can still come. The study book is available online for about $13. If you are interested, you can contact Gwinn Gibbs at ggibbs@rcs.k12.in.us

YOUNG MARRIED LIFE GROUP meets Thursdays from 6-7:30pm at the Schrage’s home for a study on the book of Acts. For more information see Jeff and Shannon Schrage

THURSDAY NIGHT BOOK GROUP – “The Thursday night group is starting a new study on Thursday, June 22nd, at the church office from 6:30-7:30 p.m. It is a DVD series by R. C. Sproul entitled "Angel and Demons." If you are interested in attending, please contact Maureen Bradley (935-5806 or bradley.maureen@gmail.com) for the study guide."

LIFEMATES LIFE GROUP EVENT – Lifemates' event (for all married couples) Our 2nd event is June 24th from 7-9pm at the Kehlenbrink's home (1546 Idlewild Dr.) To celebrate our marriages, we will play a game called "Ain't That Sweet" and then enjoy some Sweet Treats. The cost is $5 per couple. See Jodi McKinney to sign up.

EXPEDITION NORWAY VBS – Expedition Norway VBS will be July 10th–14th from 9am –noon. Please sign up at the Welcome Counter. You may also register your children on line https://vbspro.events/p/events/cpc-vbs2017 This link is available on the CPC website http://www.christpca- richmondin.net as well as our Facebook page http://www.christpca-richmondin.net . See Jeff Schrage or Emily Fredrick if you have any questions.


Summer Ladies Bible Study Join us for a Ladies DVD Bible Study this summer on 1 Peter - the teacher is Jen Wilkin. We will meet in the Church Lobby on Tuesdays at 12:00 pm. The study will meet at noon in with the hope that those who are working during the day can still come. The study book is available online for about $13. If you are interested, you can contact Gwinn Gibbs at ggibbs@rcs.k12.in.us


China: Bible Smugglers Arrested

In May, several men split into three small groups to cross into mainland China. With bags stuffed with Bibles, they timed their entries 20 minutes apart to increase their odds of getting copies of God’s Word into the communist country.

The final group and a member of the second group, however, were stopped by customs officials in Shenzhen, one of China’s largest cities, while on their way to Guangzhou. The men were detained for 10 hours and, after being questioned by 50 officials, were banned from the country for three years.

The men, plus another Bible smuggler not tied to their organization who happened to be crossing into China at the same time, were interrogated for six hours. Officials confiscated everyone’s Bibles and other Christian materials.

“These books are forbidden in China,” one official said, pointing to the Bibles. “They are foreign-published.”

Since opening in 1987, China’s only government-approved Bible printer, Amity Printing Company, has printed more than 115 million Bibles. However, the majority of these Bibles are for export. The relative few that remain in country are sold by China’s official Three-Self Patriotic Movement churches. Even so, Amity alone cannot meet the Chinese citizens’ demand for the Bible, as Bibles wear out and as new people become believers.

During the men’s detainment, most of the 50 officers looked through the materials and flipped through the Bibles. Many officers wore body cameras and recorded everything. At least two officers remained with each worker and monitored their every move — even while they were in the restroom.

The smugglers had to sign a paper admitting they broke laws regarding Bible smuggling and each paid a small fine. They were then transported in police vehicles to the district police office, where they were held for another four hours while officials processed their passports. Once finished, they were forced to sign deportation papers and were told they are not allowed back into China for three years. Armed police officers and undercover agents then drove them to the border and made sure they bordered a bus back to Hong Kong.

One smuggler said he only felt love and forgiveness for the officials involved during the ordeal.

“I felt bad for them because they didn’t realize they were barring the one thing from their country that would bring good news and hope and truth to them,” the man said. “The love that I experienced for these officials was the same love that sent Jesus to the cross, and the same love that caused him to cry out: “Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Sources: VOM Sources Posted: June 13, 2017©2017 The Voice of the Martyrs. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy and State Disclosure Statements Powered by NCOLInternet




1  Dan Staifer

2  Madeline Steinfort

12  Deb Gentry

13  Susan Cougill

13 Sophia Pfeil

16 Annabella Pfeil

16 Connie Wooldridge 

22 Isaac Cook

25 Eliana (Ellie) Moore 

27 Jacob Kehlenbrink



7 Jim & Kathy Roszell

10 Hartmut & Janice Scheffler 

13 Ed and Raymona Gallo

22 Roger & Anna Golden

22 Jim & Jodi McKinney

25 Andrew & Casey Zimmer 

30 Tim & Rebekah Robbins

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