PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
January 11, 2018
Last Sunday we began a series focusing on the book of Hosea. The story of Hosea is a love story. It is a story of God’s love for you and me!! The setting for the story of Hosea takes place in the city of Samaria, the capital city of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Hosea, who was a young preacher, is led by God to meet and win the heart of a young woman by the name of Gomer.
Hosea and his family were to be for signs in Israel. So, Hosea marries Gomer, a prostitute, which signified the shameful condition of unfaithful Israel, who nevertheless remained the object of God’s amazing love . . . in spite of their sin and idolatry. What an incredible picture of God’s grace – not only to the undeserving, but to those who had in actuality deserved the very opposite. It is important to remember that grace is not merely unmerited favor, but it is favor in spite of deserved judgment.
As we study this book, I pray that we will be drawn to carefully consider what it is that we worship? What is the object of our attention, our focus and our adoration? What is that we cling to? My prayer is that we will not be a people simply going through religious calisthenics but will be people earnestly desiring to worship and serve the living God . . . who continues to pursue us even in the midst of our unfaithfulness.
CRU at West Virginia University-
Ramsey & Heather Persing
Ramsey writes, "We're in full swing getting things going this semester. As it seems to happen each semester we've already run into a few difficult and serious situations in the ministry so we'd love some prayer. There was a broken engagement, some personal conflict, and a mental health issue (3 different situations) just to start.
In good news some things came through to host The MAZE as an major outreach event this semester so I'll be spending a decent amount of time planning for that. It's an Illusionist show and the main guy has an incredibly powerful story with how God changed his life. You can see their website below. Thanks for the prayers!"
THIS SUNDAY - Pastor Glen will continue the sermon series, on Hosea, the story of God’s amazing love! His sermon this Sunday is: “Effects of Unfaithfulness,” based upon Hosea 2:1-13. Join us for worship at 9:30am and Sunday School for all ages at 10:45am!
Annual Congregational Meeting - Please plan to attend our annual meeting on January 21st, immediately after worship.
HOME GROUPS – if you are not currently in a small home group and are interested in being in one, please contact Pastor Glen or Lynn Scott, our Small Group Coordinator. Please see other information about groups already meeting.
PRAYER CONCERNS & PRAISE REPORTS
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” - Colossians 4:2
Joan Hughes- Please keep Joan in prayer for quick healing from shingles.
Wink Brown- Please pray that necessary tests will be scheduled quickly with positive results so that her gallbladder can be removed. Also may God grant her peace as she waits for test results.
Bill Hamilton –Thank you to the congregation of Hope Community Church for prayers and support during this time of Bill's cochlear implant; especially to Ron and Pat Layne for their encouragement and support. We look forward to the activation and the joy that will bring. Blessings, Bill & Gerry Hamilton
Paul Childers– Please keep Paul in your prayers. Thankfully, his hip surgery has been scheduled for February 21.
Rose Parler – Rose would like prayer for her autoimmune disease to be in remission or in control so she can have a needed surgery on her hip. Please also pray for quick healing for Rose as she has shingles.
Shirley and Massie Wright-Please continue to keep Shirley and Massie in your prayers as Massie is under hospice care.
Linda Ritchie - Please keep Linda and her family in your prayers for the recent loss of her mother, Elizabeth "Libby" Wingfield. Her memorial service will be on Saturday, January 20th at 2:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church with a reception following.
Dillard Laughlin (brother of Beth Laughlin)-Praising God for relief of pain in his back following a cortisone shot. Please pray for a favorable employment opportunity and encouragement for his spirit.
Jason & Marcella Bennett (son and daughter in-law of John & Judy Bennett) - Please cover them in prayer regarding health concerns.
Don Acker (brother of Debby Ray) – Please continue to pray for Don. He is scheduled for the transplant on Jan. 22. He will go in on Jan 16 to prepare. Pray that the transplant goes well and that his month in the hospital after and his 100 days at home after will be peaceful and without any problems.
Walter Sass (Marge’s son)– Pray for Walter with various personal challenges.
Jay & Dede Hamilton – Jay is much more engaged and able to communicate more successfully with the recent adjustment made to his hearing aids. They have decided to move forward with the plans for Jay to have a cochlear implant but to postpone the surgery until March 16. This will give time to determine Jay's quality of life with the hearing aids.
PEOPLE WHO ARE UNCHURCHED in our community; there are people all around us who need the Lord! Pray that we will truly be salt and light in Waynesboro and beyond!
HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH – Please pray for God’s guidance as we discern the possible next location for our church family. Keep Larry Roberts in your ongoing prayers as he completes his training in becoming an Elder in our church. His term will begin this month.
US Military - Please pray for protection for our soldiers and our country, as well as discernment for our country's leaders.
Ruth Graham – Please continue to pray for persecuted Christians around the world. Pray also for Ruth in working to raise awareness in the Valley of our persecuted sisters and brothers.
The Rev. Dr. Andrew Brunson – EPC teaching elder Andrew Brunson continues to be imprisoned in Turkey. Ruth Graham shared an update from his wife, urging everyone to continue to pray fervently for his release in the midst of this difficult time!
Other Prayer Requests:
Parker Staples (son of Cindy Robert's friend)- Parker is a 7 year old boy who has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Please pray for Parker and his parents, Jessica and Jamie.
Jay Dee Clark- Pray for strength and wellness from a stubborn case of pneumonia.
Peter Albert (friend of Beth Laughlin)-Praising God that pancreatic tumor was able to be removed the latter part of November and the healing that is occurring. Prayers of thanksgiving for his Christian witness to those he encounters.
Corrie Green (friend of Kelly King) – Please pray for Corrie who was diagnosed with breast cancer recently. She is in the midst of several months worth of chemo and radiation treatments. Pray also for strength and encouragement for her 8 year old daughter, Marlo and husband, Chris.
Dan Conyers (friend of Blake & Marty Porter) – Please continue to keep Dan in your prayers. He has been moved to a nursing rehabilitation facility.
Joan Bundy-She sends her thanks for our prayers as she has undergone radiation treatments for breast cancer. Dan Woodworth reported that she is improving in her recovery.
If you would like to add someone to the prayer list or would like to update a prayer concern, please contact Beth Laughlin at 943-0971 or Wink Brown at 540-241-5531.