Friday February 8, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus our Lord,
This coming Lord’s Day we are going to take another look Colossians 3:22-4:1 and consider once more what the Apostle Paul has to say to “bondservants” and “masters.” And we remember that the “bondservants,” or slaves, were regarded as part of the typical Roman household of the first century.
In this passage, Paul is addressing the relationship between the “bondservants” and “masters” in the same way that he has previously spoken of the relationship between the husband and the wife, and the parents and the children.
Last Sunday we got familiar with the terrible reality first-century of slavery. We considered how slaves were regarded as non-persons with no rights, but how the Apostle Paul boldly set forth a most revolutionary and radical view of the relationship between slaves and slave owners—one totally changed by the reconciling power of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ!
This week our focus will be upon the specific things the Apostle says concerning the way that the Christian servants were to carry out their duties. It is at this point that the direct connection and relevance to us appears, even though the institution of slavery no longer exists for us.
As far as a hint as to what this relevance to us is, let me ask you to notice how often Paul speaks of our Lord in verses 22-25, and how he connects the work of the servant to the Savior:
v. 22—“fearing the Lord”
v. 23—“for the Lord”
v. 24—“from the Lord”
v. 24—“serving the Lord”
You might have already guessed that this inspired Word to servants is also a Word that speaks to anyone who works for or serves others. It addresses our jobs, careers, and our vocations. And it provides for us a divinely inspired a blue-print for the way that we are to carry out our duties in the world, but as citizens of heaven.
I hope you will study this passage carefully as you prepare for Lord’s Day worship.
Second Sunday Lunch is this week immediately after Worship. We look forward to a wonderful time of fellowship together, and great food as well!
Our 2019 Men’s Retreat is set for March 29 and 30 at the Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge. More details will follow, but please put this date on your calendar and plan to attend!
I love you all so much!!
February 10, 12 PM – Second Sunday Fellowship Lunch
February 10, 4 PM – Alleluia Choir at Church House
February 12, 9 AM – Mother’s Morning Bible Study
February 12, 6 PM – Women’s Evening Bible Study at the Church
February 13, 10 AM – Women’s Morning Bible Study at the Church
February 13, 6 PM – Deacons Meeting
February 16, 9 AM – PCA Disaster Response Training
February 17, 4:30 PM – Youth Group
February 19, 10 AM – Senior Fellow Bill Cowley Life Story/ Testimony
March 7, 11:30 AM – Women’s Monthly Lunch at Timbers Edge Clubhouse
March 10, 2 PM – New Members Class
March 17, 12 PM – Second Sunday Fellowship Lunch
Order of Worship:
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:
Holy, Holy, Holy – Hymn 100, all 4 verses
In Christ Alone
Fellowship Lunch: All members and guests are invited to lunch immediately after the service today in the Fellowship Hall.
Meals for Pat Galecki: Pat Galecki will be recovering from shoulder surgery and meals would be a blessing to her! Below is the link to sign up for meals. If you have any questions let Erica McNeese know! https://www.takethemameal.com/DAXF4320
Alleluia Choir: Alleluia Choir continues Sunday from 4:00-4:45 pm in the Church House. All second graders through age 12 are encouraged to join us. Practice will wrap up on February 24.
Youth Group: Youth Group for ages 13-18 meets February 17 at the church at 4:30 PM.
New Members Class: The Next New Member’s Class will be on Sunday March 10, from 2:00-6:00 PM at the Church, with supper provided. Please sign-up in the Narthex and indicate if you need childcare.
Senior Fellows: On Tuesday, February 19 at 10:00 AM Bill Cowley will give his Life Story and Testimony. We will meet at the Church House, and a chili lunch will be provided. Members and Visitors welcome.
PCA Disaster Response Training: On Saturday, February 16 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Mission to North America (MNA), Providence Presbytery, and Christ Presbyterian Church will host a disaster response team training session. Lunch will be provided. Topics include Initial Assessment of Disaster Sites and Church/Team Preparation. See Alan Cockrell for more information, and please sign up using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mna-disaster-response-teams-training-huntsville-al-2019-tickets-52232651266
Men’s Spring Retreat: I am excited to announce that we will be having our Spring Men’s Retreat at Guntersville State Park March 29-30, 2019. We will be spending Friday night at the lodge, having dinner Friday night and breakfast Saturday morning. We are planning four teaching sessions; topic to be announced soon. Expect dinner at 5:45 PM Friday and we will end at noon on Saturday. The rooms will be double occupancy so start planning on someone to share a room with. I will be sharing more information in the coming weeks. I am seeking some volunteers to plan possible activities for Friday prior to our dinner and/or Saturday after lunch. Ideas include golf, fishing, and hiking but you my have other ideas. If you are willing to take this on please let me know. Please plan on joining us. – Mark Cooper
Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Andy Trent, Bill Cowley, Larrabee Kirkland, Cynthia Dent, Katie Dyer, Robin Holloway, Chris Smotherman, Elizabeth Holton, Janet Chou, Ramona Edwards, and Nolan Osmer.
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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