Archives for May 2017
On Sunday morning we took a trip to Mount Moriah, the place where Abraham took his son, Isaac, to offer a sacrifice to God. We saw Israel learn that child sacrifice was not something that Yahweh, the God of Israel, required or desired. Further, we saw that Moriah became known as a place “where God provides.”
If you were in worship you heard me make a request. If you weren’t able to join us in worship, I want to make the same request to you. I asked those present to make a list of your “Moriah moments,” that is, times in your life when God has provided what you needed in that moment. If you didn’t do it on Sunday afternoon, take a moment right now to make a list of those times and places when and where God has provided for you. You can probably write a book about God’s provision for you. I know my blessings far outnumber the challenges I have faced.
This Sunday we will return to the mountains. This time we will go mountain climbing with Moses. I promise you it will be a memorable trip!
Special thanks are in order to all our musicians who joined the choirs of the other Church Circle churches in a memorable joint service on Sunday night. It was terrific. Also, thanks to Spencer Miller who led in 8:40 A. M. worship on Sunday. Great job Spencer!
I look forward to climbing a mountain with you on Sunday!
This Sunday we will begin a summer-long sermon series entitled “Mountain Climbing.” If you read the scriptures closely you are aware of the connection between mountains and the presence of God. In fact, even today we speak of having a “mountain-top” experience with God when we feel the presence of God in a powerful way.We begin on a mountain where the unthinkable seems to be about to happen. Abraham and Sarah have a son after decades, yes, decades, of waiting. The child has a tremendous name, Isaac, which means laughter. When the elderly Sarah hears that she will have a baby she laughs and God hears her. The great news is that even God is in on the laughter.All that laughter seems to be about to evaporate into tears as Abraham climbs a mountain with Isaac. On Sunday we will see what happens when Abraham becomes a mountain climber!As school ends for the year some will begin vacation trips.I hope you will make every effort to be in worship when you are in town. God’s work does not slow down in the summer. We need you and your service on His behalf. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday!Marvin Cameron
Our AmazinGrace is always one of the highlights of the year for me. The thrill of seeing so many people walking and running through our church campus for a wonderful cause is a spectacular sight every year. None of this would be possible without the incredible work of a host of volunteers who work for months leading up to our race day. There are too many to list but I hope everyone of you knows the appreciation of our church family and the Providence Medical Clinic family. Thanks for a job very well-done!
On Sunday morning we celebrated with yet another outstanding group of high school seniors. I have been blessed to watch many of these youngsters grow up from the nursery to the days when they will soon be in college. I know you are proud of them. Thanks to each of you who has rocked them in the nursery, taught them in any dimension of our church life and prayed for them throughout their lives. I know you will continue to pray for them as they follow the joyous paths ahead of them.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Over the last few years Mother’s Day has become a very special day of worship for us. Many of you bring family from out of town to worship with you. Let me ask all of our church family to make a special effort to speak to folks you may not know. I guarantee it will make a difference in the people to whom you speak and it will make a difference in the life of our church.
Sunday morning we will look to the life of a mother who had a dreadful decision to make. Her son would grow to become one of the great people in biblical history. But before that happened, she had to learn to “let him go.” I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we think about how challenging that must have been.
Two words dominate my thinking in the warm afterglow of our Dedication Sunday activities. Those words are “thank you.” Here is a partial list of those I wish to say “thank you” to today:
1) Our Dedication Sunday team of volunteers led by Brenda Hitch. They worked faithfully to provide a warm and inviting environment for our special time of worship and celebration. Great job by all!
2) David Hitch and Norris Sneed for their encouraging and helpful words as they found just the right words for this special moment in the life of our fellowship;
3) All of our musicians for a splendid Sunday morning and Sunday evening of worship. They all did a wonderful job, didn’t they!
4) Our children who helped Cookie Greer and I make it through an experimental Sunday morning worship experience. They were all superb in every way;
5) Our custodial staff who performed incredibly well in a week in which they were short-handed and over-committed. Great job guys!
6) Every person who joined together for this day we have waited for throughout a decade. David gave you a thumbnail sketch beginning with our Visioning Team and coming through the many committees and teams which helped us get to this point.
7) All the people involved with our technical and technological areas who made this Sunday so splendid;
8) All of you who have prayed, planned, given and worked faithfully to make this vision a tremendous reality. Everyone of you has your fingerprints on this building;
9) To our loving creator God without whom none of this would have been possible. Bach and Handel used to close every composition with this phrase:
Soli Deo Gloria – “to God alone be the glory!” May that be our word today!
On Sunday we gather again to celebrate with a fine group of high school seniors. I hope you will be here when we think of what we can do with our lives. Sunday afternoon brings our AmazinGrace. It should be quite a day!