September 23, 2018
A balmy 40 degrees in Orrington, 34 at my home when I left. Please mark your calendars - November 17th will be our Ecumenical Thanksgiving service. Music and praise. Also the ladies retreat is being postponed.
Sept 23 9am Adult Bible Study; 9:45 Sunday School; 10 am Church service 12PM YOUTH Group meeting (apple picking at Johnston's Orchards)) 11:30 Deacons Meeting
Sept 25 2pm CRAFTERS MEETING
Sept 26 9am Prayer meeting 5pm Bible Study; 6 Pm Vespers 6:40 Choir Rehearsal
Sept 29 7am gathering 7:30 meeting Men's Group (ALL ARE WELCOME)
Sept 30 9am Adult Bible Study;10 am Church service; YOUTH Group at Soup Kitchen 11:30 Deacons Meeting
Oct 02 2pm CRAFTERS MEETING
Oct 03 9am Prayer meeting 5pm Bible Study; 6 Pm Vespers 6:40 Choir Rehearsal
Oct 04 11 am L.I.F.T. meeting ( all woman invited) come share in fellowship and conversation.
Oct 06 7am gathering 7:30 meeting Men's Group (ALL ARE WELCOME)
Oct 06 4:30 -5:30 HAM AND BEAN SUPPER
Oct 07 9am Adult Bible Study;10 am Church Communion service; Mission Board Meeting; Youth Group 12 pm
Oct 09 2pm CRAFTERS MEETING
Oct 13 OCC Packing Party
The last couple Sunday's I have mentioned the story of King David and his blindness to his own sins. As we read scripture are we blinded? Are we the ones who will say, at least I am not like that person! The other day during my prayer time I read more of David's story, a story of forgiveness or better put, a lack of forgiveness.
“And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and bowed himself, and thanked the king: and Joab said, Today thy servant knoweth that I have found grace in thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the king hath fulfilled the request of his servant. So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. And the king said, Let him turn to his own house, and let him not see my face. So Absalom returned to his own house, and saw not the king’s face.” 2 Samuel 14:22–24
I encourage you to read the greater story of David as it shows the affects of forgiveness and not forgiving. As you read, you find that when we do not forgive others completely, it does not just damage our relationship with the person but it puts up a wall in our relationship with God and often times God's people.
R.A. Torrey, a congregational minister in the late 1800's said, “That is the trouble with some of you. Someone has done you an injury, or you think he has, and you will not come [close to God] because you want to cherish this bitter grudge in your heart.” The truth is too many people are still in bondage to hurts of the past because they simply will not let things go. For many I believe it is a trust issue with God as I see this here at EOCC and in the world I serve. The truth is, we cannot be right with God or with others unless we are willing to forgive those who wrong us, just as God forgives us. That the Lord's prayer.
Let go and let God. I am always willing to sit, listen, pray and walk with any of you who are having this problem. I hope to see many here this morning as we continue our journey with Mark. If you are unable to come I hope you take time to view the service on our web-site. Pastor Carl.
Almighty God, may all honor and glory be yours as I come before you humbly. Father forgive me for my lack of faith. the times when think I can handle this on my own or for carrying an unnecessary amount of burden upon my shoulders. My I learn to trust you fully when you tell me to release it and walk forward in the freedom you give. Father thank you for the teachings your people bring into my life daily and thank you for the life I have. Lord I pray these things to you in the name of Jesus. Amen