Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On Sunday we will continue on our walk through Paul’s letter to the Colossians. And this week our sermon text will be taken from Colossians 1:24 where the Apostle declares: “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of His body, that is, the church.”
As you can readily observe, this is a perplexing verse of inspired Scripture, and it raises some obvious questions that we must answer. For example, is Paul suggesting that our Lord’s sufferings upon the cross for our sins were insufficient, and that there is the need to add to them since they are “lacking”? Is he saying that our sufferings somehow complete those of Jesus, and contribute in some way to our eternal salvation? And if these two are not viable interpretive options (and I will argue that they are not, and that our Lord’s sufferings were and are fully sufficient in themselves), then what does Paul mean?
As you prayerfully ponder this verse, let me suggest that you also consider the words of the Apostle Peter, which provide a commentary on this intriguing verse from Colossians:
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you”—1 Peter 4:12-14 (ESV).
I look forward to probing the rich depths of God’s blessed Word with you this Lord’s Day!
Meet Our Missionaries Fellowship
Don’t forget that Seth and Jessica Lewis, our missionaries to Ireland, will be with us this Sunday. We will have a special time of fellowship with them at 9:15 AM at the Church.
VBS Begins This Coming Monday, July 16
VBS 2018 beings on Monday morning at 9:00 AM. Please be in prayer for Ashley Turnbull and her staff of teachers and workers who will lead our children in a week of study in God’s Word. And, you are all invited to our Family Night dinner on Thursday, July 19th at 6 pm. The children will sing a few of their songs for us, and we will hear more of what they learned throughout the week. After the short program, we will eat together in the fellowship hall. Please RSVP at the link below so that we have an accurate headcount.
I love you all and pray for you always!
July 15, 9:15 AM – Meeting with Seth and Jessica Lewis (Missionaries to Ireland) at church
July 16-19 – Vacation Bible School
July 18, 6 PM – Diaconate meeting
July 19, 6 PM – VBS Family Night Dinner
July 21, 6 AM – Men’s Whitewater Rafting Trip
July 22, 3 PM – Baby Shower for Meghan Elliott
July 24, 8 PM – Senior Fellows visit to the Von Braun Planetarium
August 2, 11:30 AM – Women’s Monthly Lunch
August 5, 2 PM – Kristy Hill Wedding Shower
You can access this week’s Order of Worship by clicking here
If you’d like to sing the songs with your family beforehand, the songs for this week are:
By Thy Mercy
What Wondrous Love is This – Hymn 261, all 3 verses
I Need Thee Every Hour – Hymn 674, 1-3, 5
Be Unto Your Name
Summer Schedule: Christ Presbyterian is on Summer Schedule. There will be no Sunday School, and regularly scheduled bible studies for men, women, and youth are on hiatus. Fellowship will be each Sunday at 10 AM, with worship beginning at 10:30 AM. Check this space for information regarding when the normal schedule will resume, including dates and times for specific studies and activities.
VBS: It starts tomorrow! Please be in prayer for the children and the volunteers. Also, all those who attended or helped with VBS, as well as our church family, are invited to come hear what the kids learned throughout the week and eat together afterwards. Please RSVP HERE so that we will have an accurate headcount for food. We also still need snacks for the volunteers. Sign up HERE, or see Betsy Morgan to help.
Baby Shower for Elliotts: Sunday, July 22nd at 3 pm at the church. Please join us as we celebrate the arrival of their baby girl. The Evite is HERE (please RSVP). She’s registered at Amazon and Target.
Music: Attention instrumentalists and vocalists! We are currently in the process of putting together a list of people of high school age and older in our congregation who would like to share their musical gifts in occasional special musical events at the church. Please indicate your interest by sending an email to Rich Bagdazian at email@example.com and include the word “music” in the subject line. Indicate what instrument you play or if you are a vocalist, what part you sing. We will contact you within a few weeks with additional information after everyone has had an opportunity to respond.
Senior Fellows: On Tuesday, July 24, the Senior Fellows will visit the Wernher von Braun Planetarium located within Monte Sano State Park. Visitors are welcome. Plan to arrive at 8:00 PM and finish about 10:00 PM. For directions or more information send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Plan to bring the whole family. Joe Fikes, our guide, says kids will love this adventure. Atmospheric conditions may dictate a change of the date/day of the event.
Women’s Monthly Lunch: The next Women’s Monthly Lunch is August 2 at 11:30 AM.
Missionary Meeting: You’re invited to fellowship with Seth and Jessica Lewis, missionaries to Ireland, on Sunday morning July 15 at 9:15 AM at the Church
Men’s Whitewater Rafting Trip: After surveying the congregation, it looks like July 21 is the Saturday that accommodates the most people. Adam Turnbull will be in touch shortly with those expressing interest. Please contact him if you have any questions.
Psummer Psalms: It’s not too late to sign up for memorizing a Psalm this summer. If interested, email email@example.com for weekly encouragement and accountability.
Baby Nursery Volunteers: Moms of babies/toddlers, please sign up to work in our baby nursery at least once this summer. I also encourage all ladies of the church to sign-up. Please consider serving our families in this way! We need help July 15, July 29, and August 26. Click HERE to sign up.
Member Services Survey: Annually we issue a list of church members who offer skills or services to other members. These may be professional services or just shared skills. This list is sent only to members by email and is not posted on any web site. Of particular interest may be services offered by our youth. Attached is last year’s list dated March 2017. If you would like to add an entry to this list or modify/delete your prior entry, please send your information in the format shown to Jack Loose, firstname.lastname@example.org, by August 1, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Jack Loose by email or 256-881-8953.
Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Bruce Hughes, Debbie Hill, Suzanne Nimon, Robin Holloway, Chris Smotherman, Elizabeth Holton, Janet Chou, Ramona Edwards, and Nolan Osmer.
Expecting: Please pray for the Elliott family, expecting in September, and the Ely family, expecting in November.
Ministries: Please pray for the following missionaries and ministries: Seth and Jessica Lewis (Ireland); Steve and Rita Williams (New Zealand); Vinnie and Molly Athey (RUF at UAH); RUF at Alabama A&M; Ken and Angie Burnett (FCA); Franky Garcia (seminary student).
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