The Life and Times- February-2014

February, 2014

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord!

 —Psalm 150:6 (ESV)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As a congregation we have four identified values around which our Session organizes its ministry and work.  These values are Discipleship, Evangelism, Fellowship and Worship.  As I considered the coming year, I was led to the idea that I should concentrate in these letters to you on the value of Worship.  Thus, over the next few months my remarks here will reflect on our worship in our life together as a church.

Worship can mean a great many things.  It certainly refers to our gatherings on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. and Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m.  Yet, our worship services are not the sum total of our worship.  Worship is a lifestyle more than it is an activity.  It is a lifestyle that leads us in every moment of every hour of every day to praise the Lord.  Indeed, our Westminster Shorter Catechism even goes so far as to list glorifying God and enjoying him forever as the chief purpose of man.

Worship is any act that gives glory to God and leads us to find our joy in him.  Our worship services are to be a microcosm of the greater act of worship for every believer every day.  Thus, our worship services should be a teaching tool of the Holy Spirit to lead us into a lifestyle of worship throughout our week.  We should learn in worship how to live out a life that glorifies God and finds our deepest joy in Him.

Our service of worship on the Lord’s Day contains five major movements.  We first are gathered in the Word for worship.  Second, in light of standing before a holy God according to the Word, we are led to confess our sins and receive an assurance of pardon. Third, we listen to God’s Word read and proclaimed.  Fourth, we respond to the Word of God by giving of ourselves in praise and service.  Finally, we are dismissed in the Word of God to go forth and continue our praise and service to God.

Over the coming months we will investigate each of these movements of our worship service as we seek to develop our value of Worship.  Throughout it all I hope you come to hear God speak in worship and to respond to His gracious Word by giving Him glory and finding your deepest joy in Him. 

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Pastor Bill

News You Can Use:

The church staff is working on a “key check out “system, if you have a key to the church please contact Becky (509) 826-1290. We do not want your key; please just make us aware you have one.

The March potluck will be on Sunday, March 9th after worship. Even if you don’t bring a dish you are welcome to come, but please, if able, bring something to share.  We will be having Irish Stew and A-K bring a salad    L-Z bring a dessert.

Thank you to Linda Swanson for demonstrating how to make her orange rolls and Carolyn Meagher for the devotion at February’s Second Saturday. Ladies please join us next month March 8th from 8:30-10:30 for breakfast, fellowship and devotion time. We will be discussing how prayer affects our lives and making our own prayer boxes.

A weekly brown-bag Men’s Bible Study is ongoing in the church library. It will begin shortly after noon on Mondays and end at 12:45 pm.

Committee Meetings: The Fellowship committee meets the first Wednesday of every month at 1:30. The Evangelism Committee meets the first Tuesday of every month at noon.  The worship committee will be meeting the first Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m.

The annual Session retreat will be on Saturday March 8th at Hidden Hills Ranch. Please pray for guidance and fellowship for our Elders.

“Full Hearts, Empty Arms” This free ministry pairs mature women (aka “Old Ladies Brigade”) and young mothers who would enjoy and appreciate having a chance to go out to dinner and maybe a movie with their spouse. If you would like to find out more, please call Carol Miller (480) 307-2229 or Rosemary Price 429-2864.

Session Highlights

At the February 11th Meeting:

·        Becky Werner was elected unanimously to serve as Clerk of Session.

·        Elders Dave Jorgensen and Dave Bishop were commissioned to General Assembly.

·        New Corporate officers were selected.  The president of the corporation is now Elder Joe Meagher and the corporate secretary is Becky Werner.

·        Januarys giving was $ 14,880.

The annual review of the rolls was postponed to the April meeting.