Reverend Ashley’s sermon this week, September 22, 2019, is titled “Friends of Mammon” based on the Scripture Luke 16:1-13. It is the parable of the unjust steward. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has a wonderful sermon on this text. You cannot serve God and mammon.
We continue to serve our community by helping with the Bedford County Soup Kitchen. The Soup Kitchen has grown out of a ministry of the Bedford County Ministerial Association, and it is now a freestanding ministry located at First United Methodist Church on the town square. Every Tuesday evening there is a free meal available for all who come. It is prepared, served, and cleaned up by volunteers. We have the invitation to participate on the second Tuesday of each month through the end of this year. These dates are September 10th, October 8th, November 12th, and December 10th. Volunteers are asked to be at the church by 5:00 PM to help serve.
If your soul is hungry, one of the best ways to feed it is to volunteer to help in the Soup Kitchen.
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
New Hope Chapel is a House of Prayer.
Jesus quoted Isaiah 56:7 when he said, “It is written: My house shall be called a house of prayer.”
We invite you to join us in prayer on Tuesday nights at 7 o'clock. Several people join us in prayer from home. We have seen large crowds with signs and wonders. We have had quiet evenings with just a few people praying and believing.
In whatever way you can join us in prayer, you are welcome.
We’re getting great feedback on the 2019 Daily Bible Reading Calendar. We have found that it is already having a larger impact than anticipated. People have said, “Thank you so much for the Bible Reading program -- it has me back in the Word! I didn’t realize how much I was missing.” There is also a sense of unity and belonging when we are all reading the same Scriptures on the same day. There is the feeling of disappointment when we get behind in the reading. I just want to encourage people not to get discouraged. You do what you can at your pace.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
We have been donating breakfast items to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry here in Shelbyville for over two years now, and they appreciate your help tremendously. Items such as cereal, oatmeal, toaster pastries, granola bars, or anything else you would like to contribute are most welcome. We collect the donations on the second Sunday of each month, but any time you might feel like bringing something in is a good time. Thank you so much for all you do for those who are in need.
Dearly beloved, we rejoice that in the providence of God a door of usefulness has been opened to you in the Church of Christ. You are to give yourselves to the service of the Lord, going about doing good. You are to minister to the poor, visit the sick, pray for the dying, care for the orphaned, seek the wandering, comfort the sorrowing, and lead the sinning to their Savior. Such service lays upon you such solemn responsibility.
Do you believe that you are led of God to engage in this work and to assume the duties of this office?
O eternal God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, look upon these thy servants whom we consecrate this day. Grant that they may have strength of body, mind, and soul for the fulfillment of thy will. That they may worthily discharge the work committed to them to the blessing of mankind and the glory of Christ our Savior.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all the generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Are you persuaded that the Holy Scriptures contain sufficiently all truth required for eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ? And are you determined out of the same Holy Scriptures to instruct people committed to our charge that they may enter into eternal life?
Are you persuaded and determined, by God’s grace, to faithfully exercise yourself in the Holy Scriptures and call upon God through study and prayer for the true understanding of the same? Will you live soberly, righteously, and devoutly in this present world that you may show yourself an example of good works unto others to the honor and glory of God?
Almighty and most merciful Father, who of thine infinite goodness hast given thine only and dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ to be our Redeemer, and has made some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to the edifying and making perfect of thy Church: Grant, we beseech thee, to this thy servant such grace that he or she may evermore be ready to spread abroad thy Gospel, the glad tidings of reconciliation with thee, and to use the authority given him, not to destruction, but to salvation; not to hurt, but to help; so that as a wise and faithful servant, giving all their portion in due season, he may at last be received into everlasting joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.