The Weekly Epistle 5/29/24

Hi Living Hope,
“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day.” Do you know that feeling? Those words by Abraham Lincoln remind us of how often we feel over our heads. That may not feel pleasant, but it just may be the best place for us to be. 

It was Jehoshaphat that said the same thing when a vast army was about to wage war against the people of God. It says that he was alarmed which led him to cry out to God. As he stood before the people, he delivered a beautiful prayer. You can check it out in 2 Chronicles 20:5-12. At the end of that prayer, we find these words, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” Oh! I have felt that many times. 

Join with your church family this Thursday night from 6:30-7:00 downstairs of the church in the fellowship hall. “Prayer 30” is a time for us to take 30 minutes to come together to express our deepest dependence upon the Lord. I realize that you do pray for the church on your own and I hope you never underestimate its importance. But there is something special about praying together, even if you do not pray out loud. 

I often refer to our times of prayer as a fellowship of prayer because it unites us and strengthens us as a community of believers. We naturally think of coffee time, hanging out with believers, and chit chat on Sunday mornings as fellowship and it is indeed that. But praying together is also fellowship for we are seeking common ground in our prayers. It is a time of fellowship as we agree with one another in our asking of God to work among us as a church. There is rich fellowship in praying together. Hope to see you tomorrow night. 

One of our key times together as a church for fellowship is at our annual church picnic and baptism. Make sure to save Saturday, August 17, from 11:00-3:00 for laughter, eating together, sharing our lives together at Ellacoya State Park. There will be picnic games for the kids. Be looking to sign up soon. You will be asked to bring a side dish to share, but hamburgers, hotdogs, and the fixings will be provided. 

Speaking of fellowship, I love spending time with the men of this church over coffee and studying God’s word together. Our next study “Living Above Mediocrity” is from the book of Ecclesiastes. It is no secret that Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite books of the Bible. The study begins on Saturday morning, July 13 from 8-9. It will end on August 10. There is a one- week break because I have some big event on August 3rd (wedding???). Guys, if you haven’t signed up, do so as soon as possible, even if you can’t attend every session. This is for guys of all ages.

At the outset of this epistle, I mentioned Jehoshaphat. He will be one of the kings we will look at more closely this summer in the sermon series, “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.” As we look at a sample of the Old Testament kings, we will uncover several lessons on how to stay the course for a strong finish. I am super excited to jump into this series this Sunday. 

Can’t wait to see you this Sunday, if not sooner at the prayer 30. 

Looking to finish strong, Pastor Brian