PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
June 26, 2019
When was the last time you made plans and they didn’t work out? I made plans to weed eat my yard; but then the weed eater wouldn’t start! It can be frustrating when our most thought-out plans just don’t come to fruition!
Robert Burns, the great Scottish poet and lyricist of the 18th Century, wrote, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” It doesn’t matter how careful we are in planning a project, something may still not work out.
When you have gone through those frustrating, hard times on your journey through life, have you ever wondered: “Wouldn’t life be different if I were somewhere else, or with someone else – if I were in a different job, a different school, had a different spouse – or just a spouse, a different house or car?
Psalm 121 is referred to as a song of ascent – or a pilgrim psalm. The pilgrim is contemplating a journey to Jerusalem through the hills, and he asks the question, “from where does my help come?”
When we are on a pilgrimage we are not just looking for a place where the grass is greener, but we realize there is a destination that is actually beyond life that God is calling us to and part of pilgrimage means that God is our companion along the way, even when things are just not working out as planned.
We all need protection and help in life, especially when life is hard and disappointing – when we are struggling with job pressures, or marriage stress, or disease, or a great plan that has not worked out, or the loss of a loved one, or relationship problems – and the list goes on.
This psalm explores the issue of providence. This idea of providence is that God has created and controls the world; therefore, God is involved in everyday life to provide and to protect. God is the one who protects and provides for us in creation – even when we cannot understand life or our particular challenge.
The psalmist discovered the answer to his question in affirming his faith – that the Lord, who created the heavens and the earth, including those hills as he looked to Zion, was his only Source of help. In verses 3-4, the person speaking assures the pilgrim that he would have divine protection. God, who watches over His own, will not slumber or sleep. That is, He will not be indifferent to us; he will not disregard us. The Lord will be alert in protecting His own. It may not seem like it from our perspective sometimes, but God is protecting us. God is helping us to come into his presence.
When we are going through trials and hardships, when our plans are not working out in this life, we will discover that the only answer to our problems is the Source of all help.
So, as we approach any plan or circumstance in our lives that is not working out. When we feel frustrated and disappointed, may we be reminded that the same God who created the heavens and the earth is our source of help. He is the One protecting us and watching over us in all of life’s frustrations and challenges!
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THIS SUNDAY - Join us for worship at 9:30am! WE WILL MEET UPSTAIRS IN THE SANCTUARY OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH THIS WEEK. Pastor Glen’s message will be, “When Plans Don’t Work,” based upon Exodus 5:1-6:30. Please read the text prior to the service. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided on the Chapel floor during the 9:30am worship service.
Adult Sunday School class - You are invited to come join our adult Bible study class immediately following worship in the chapel on the second floor. We are studying the book of Nehemiah using the book “Nehemiah,” by Dr. Stephen Davey, to help us explore this beautiful story of God providing leadership for His people, especially in rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, and calling them back into relationship with Him. Come join us, we have extra books available.
“Exploring Hope” Class - The class will be held on two successive Sundays, July 14th and July 21st. In this class, we explore topics such as: why we exist as a church, spiritual growth, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, how to become a member, and the privileges and responsibilities of church membership.
Salt Shakers - It is time again to sign up to participate in Salt Shakers! Salt Shakers is on opportunity for you to get to know others at Hope Community Church in an informal setting. About 3-4 times over a 6-month period, groups of about 6-10 will gather usually in homes for a meal just to fellowship with each other. Currently, there are about 50 people involved. Come join the fun! Current group organizers, please contact your group members to confirm they still want to participate. If you are not currently in a group, sign up by July 15thto be included in the next group. Next groups will be August 2019 – January 2020.
Baby Shower - Boy, oh boy!! Come as we celebrate with Julie Woosley who is due later this summer. She is registered at Target, and Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/baby-reg/rob-woosley-august-2019-waynesboro/2YV7ZJKDG77NM
Hosted by: Jennifer Lucas, Cheryl Reynolds, Kim Holman, & Kristen Holman
Date: Thursday, July 18th, 7:00 PM
Location: 152 Boyington Blvd
Security Team - We will have a new security team as we move to Kate Collins Middle School in August. Training will begin soon. If you are interested in being a part of the team, please contact Larry Roberts, as soon as possible: (540) 649-0648.
Saturate Augusta - Saturate is a nonprofit organization committed to seeing a Gospel Saturation movement happen in North America and beyond. On September 7, we will participate in this mission to our community. You can find info at: saturatetheworld.com. More details to come!
We’re Hiring - Hope Community Church is seeking to fill a part-time, paid position:Youth Ministries Intern. Those interested should contact the church at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to submit a resume.