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CPC THIS WEEK

THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

November 17, 2017

 

 

Giving Thanks – Don’t Miss Your Opportunity!

           

As I was doing some research today for a “Thanksgiving” article I stumbled upon the feeding of the 5,000.  Now that was a thanks-giving meal!  And in all of the details supplied through the various gospel accounts, each takes time to record a very important feature – giving thanks for an underwhelming supply of bread and fish. 

 

Here’s a brief epilogue to John’s account found in chapter six:

 

22 On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea

saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 

23 Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten

 the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats

and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.

 

While there is much that could bring comment from the actual feast, I found this little addendum very interesting.  Here’s why.  With all the detailed description supplied John includes a very interesting statement –

 

“where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.”

 

While transporting us to the next scene John wants to be sure we don’t miss – perhaps better, forget something about the loaves and fish.  What is it?  It’s the fact that Jesus took time to give thanks.  And while it may not seem to reach the same magnitude of distributing food among thousands  – it’s very much a part of the miracle.  In this simple act by Jesus we learn so much.

 

Though He, himself, is the Lord of Glory, the King of Creation, Jesus understands His unique relationship to the Father in this provision.  In that which was naturally supplied and in that which would be supernaturally served – until all were full.  And He’s thankful.

 

We also witness the valuable lesson He taught His disciples at that moment – the indispensible role of thankfulness and its importance when ministering to others.  This situation with so many empty stomachs didn’t just happen!  Jesus was in control from beginning to end.  This was one of those proverbial “teachable moments” that the disciples needed.  Feeding about 5,000 men with two loaves and five fish was an incredible feat.  I’m sure there was plenty of interesting discussion about the event.  The search for Jesus, and possibly other miracles, would carry over into the next day!  And yet, with all that could be said, John intentionally inserts that which many may have overlooked.  Jesus stopped to give thanks – for what He had.  As a result – there was abundance!

 

As we approach this Thanksgiving holiday there is much for which we can give thanks – let’s be sure to take the time and do exactly that.

 

Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,

for His steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 106:1

 

Thank–full,

 

PB

 

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

 

SUNDAY'S SERMON

Title:  “Father, Anywhere But There”  

Text:   Matthew 6:13

Pastor             Bob Clark

   

CIRLE U – We have food pantry at Circle U on Saturday, November 18th from 1:40-4pm.  Mark your calendar.   Bring some friends and come and help!  Contact Lori Fowler if you can make it or need more information.

CPC YOUTH EVENT Circle U and the Justice League MOVIE NIGHT
– Sat, November 18th We will serve the community at Circle U from 1:30-4pm followed by a bite to eat ($5-10) and then head to the theater to see The Justice League at 5:00PM but it is 3D, so tickets will be $8.99. It releases the night before, so be patient and DON'T GO SEE IT ON FRIDAY :) The running time is one minute short of two hours, so pick up will be a little after 7pm at AMC.

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES (Pre-K through Adult): There will be no Sunday School today. Classes will resume next week.

THANKSGIVING EVENING SERVICE Join us tonight at 6 pm for a Thanksgiving Evening Service with communion

ROSZELL LIFE GROUP – Roszell Life Group will meet today following the morning Worship service for lunch and to continue our study on "Is Jesus the only way?" by John Piper.

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSEDthe CPC Office will be closed on Thursday & Friday this week in observance of Thanksgiving. The office will reopen the following Monday

HOPE HOUSE FUNDRAISER – “The Real Meaning of Christmas” Friday, December 8th at 5:30pm & 7:30pm. Hosted by CPC. Tickets are available now by calling or stopping by the church office and are $10 each

ROCK SOLID THANKSGIVING BASKET DONATIONS ­– Today is the final day to join us in making contributions to the Rock Solid Thanksgiving Basket Give Away.  All donations may be placed in the box in the church foyer. If you would like to help the day of the event please be at Rock Solid on Monday, November 20th at 9am and /or 1pm

ANNUAL LADIES ADVENT TEA – This year’s Ladies’ Advent Tea, “Unwrapping The Wonder” Wednesday evening December 6th. Last week to purchase tickets for $7.00 each See Jodi McKinney for more information.

SAVE THE DATE

 

CPC FAMILY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Sunday Evening, December 17th at 6pm, a time of fellowship, food and a musical drama for the entire family. More information coming soon.


SONG OF THE MONTH

 

The new song we will be singing in worship at CPC this month is called "O Lord My Rock and My Redeemer".  This is a song on a new album to be released on November 17th by Sovereign Grace Music. If you go to Sovereign Grace Music online you will see this album featured. 

If you want to listen to the song...well, right now it's so new that the only recording on YouTube is the one made at the Sing! Worship Conference held in Nashville TN in September - a live congregation learning it!  Below is the link and the lyrics!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwkgUKtmpXc

 

“O Lord My Rock And My Redeemer”

O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer
Greatest treasure of my longing soul
My God, like You there is no other
True delight is found in You alone
Your grace, a well too deep to fathom
Your love, exceeds the heavens' reach
Your truth, a fount of perfect wisdom
My highest good and my unending need

O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer
Strong defender of my weary heart
My sword to fight the cruel deceiver
And my shield against his hateful darts
My song, when enemies surround me
My hope, when tides of sorrow rise
My joy, when trials are abounding
Your faithfulness, my refuge in the night

O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer
Gracious Savior of my ruined life
My guilt and cross laid on Your shoulders
In my place, You suffered bled and died
You rose, the grave and death are conquered
You broke my bonds of sin and shame

You rose, the grave and death are conquered
You broke my bonds of sin and shame
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer
May all my days, bring glory to Your Name
May all my days, bring glory to Your Name

 

 THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD 

 

Update and Prayer from our Supported Missionaries, Eric & Karen Brauer

 “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me?  Up to seven times? 

Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’”  Matt. 18:21-22

 Dear Prayer Warriors,

 Again!?  Peter thought he was being generous.  The rule of the day?  The Pharisees taught that one should forgive the offender 3 times.  Peter doubled that and added one for good measure.  Jesus turns his math on its head:  out of love, forgive open handed without counting.

 Yet the pain from what he did or what she said lingers, doesn’t it?  Without effort, the conversation replays in our minds… over and over again.  How could they?  The door to bitterness is ajar.  Do we want to close it?  One application of Jesus’ seventy-seven times is our need to forgive the same hurt repeatedly, every time it comes to mind.  In faith we choose to pay down the debt for the hurt ourselves.  That’s what forgiveness is.  We refuse to relate on the basis of the offense.  Rather in faith, we move forward because of God’s complete forgiveness of us.  Paul wrote it this way,

 “Be kind and compassionate to one another,

forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32.

 Peter could have been speaking for any one of us.  Lately, I’ve been involved in this process with those I supervise.  Yes, conflict happens on Serge teams.  Missionaries especially need the gospel.  After 37 years of marriage-friendship, Karen & I still have opportunities to forgive each other.  Truth is we never outgrow our need for the gospel in our relationships.  Forgiveness is an ongoing, faith application of the gospel in our lives.  Pray for us in this regard, and for the people in our lives whom we influence.  Here are a few more specifics to fuel your prayers in the weeks ahead:

 *We have two final sessions with Simon & Dani, the German pastoral couple we’re mentoring through Sonship.  They’ve specifically asked for prayer for this gospel dynamic in their lives.  Knowing the forgiveness of God that they would freely forgive, and not succumb to bitterness.  Ephesians 4:32.

 *Karen & I have completed the first week in our next 4-week intensive German course (A2.2).  Please pray with us for perseverance and understanding in learning a new language.  Das ist Pilates für meinen Verstand!  Hebrews 13:20-21.

 *23-26 Nov., Karen has four of our Irish neighbor friends coming for a 3-day visit.  Pray for this time for the 5 women to catch up, have fun and for opportunities for Karen to share the hope she has within.  I Peter 3:15.

 *While these friends are here with Karen, I will be in Brno (23-26 Nov.) for a 3-day personal Retreat of Silence with the Lord.  Pray for me during this extended time of solitude, unplugged and quiet before the Lord.  Psalm 46:10 and I Samuel 3:10.

  *The Czech university ministry called Integrity Life is hosting Sonship week in Brno, Czech (30Jan.-4Feb.) for all their full-time staff and key student leaders.  Eric has recruited a team of Serge workers and volunteers, to teach and mentor cross-culturally and through translation.  Please pray for our preparation, the logistical details being worked out and for God to prepare all those who will attend to hear from him.  Titus 3:3-8.

 *30 November is my next Serge leadership conference call with the Executive Leadership Team and Area Directors.  We are making final preparations for a week of training team leaders in January, followed by our semi-annual planning days.  Pray for both weeks, that Jesus would be honored in what is taught, discussed and decided for the benefit of the whole mission.  Proverbs 3:5-6 and Philippians 1:6.

 Thanks for your faithful prayers.

His together,

Eric

 

WOMEN’S MINISTRY

 

Tuesday Morning Ladies’ Bible Study, Old Testament overview, led by Pastor Bob Clark, meets 8:30-10:00 a.m. in the church fireplace area.

Annual Ladies Advent Tea Join us on Wednesday evening December 6th for our Annual Ladies Advent Tea, “Unwrapping the Wonder”! Ladies, mark your calendars! Tickets will be $7.00 and will be available beginning Sunday November 12th through the 19th. See Jodi McKinney for more information.

Inspire – The Next INSPIRE meeting will be held

 on January 11th from 6:45pm -8:45pm in the CPC foyer (350 Henley Rd. Richmond, IN) Dessert & 2 speakers: 1 sharing a Practical focus & 1 sharing part of "Her Story" a testimony of God's faithfulness in her life. Fellowship, Connect, Discuss, Pray.

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!


 

BIRTHDAYS!

 

November

 

1                        Daniel Golden

6                        Adam Deckard

11                        Ryan Davis

13                        Rebecca McClain

15                        Chris Moore

15                         Sarah Moore

16                        Sami Geiling

21                        Jane Hunt

24                        Michele Luker

26                        Rebecca Adcock

27                        Owen Todd

 

 

 

ANNIVERSARIES!

 

November

 

25            Les & Jane Hunt                           

 

 

 Christ Presbyterian Church  -  (765).966.4017  -  350 Henley Rd. Richmond, IN 47374  -  Office@KnowingChrist.net