Friday, July 31, 2020

Journey Through John up to Chapter 18

Journey Through John

Below are links to scripture and messages from our Journey Through John through chapter 18.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Worship for 12 July 2020

  Burns Flat Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Worshiping Together
12 July 2020

Tom Spence, Pastor                                                        (580) 515 2995                 
Rick Reeves, Liturgist                                   Church Phone: 562-4706
Kendra Walker, Choir Director             
First Light                                                                            9:00 a. m.
Christian Education                                                           10:00 a.m.
Morning Worship                                                               11:00 a.m.
F4  (Resumes 9 September)                                         6:00 – 7:30 p.m.



Worship Warm ups



Worship in Song

*Here I Am To Worship                                             19 (Blue Folders)

*He Has Made Me Glad                                                              657

*Friend of God                                                        38 (Blue Folders)   

A Time for Children (Children come forward)
Martha Offering
Children’s Songs
Children’s Message

Proclamation of the Good News (Unison)             John 3:16-17
Memory Verse

As iron sharpens iron,
    so one person sharpens another.


Memory Verse Maintenance – Proverbs 3:5-6

Prayers of the People

Hymn                          I Love You Lord                                          85

Scripture Reading                                                 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Collection of Tithes and Offerings         Give Thanks                   359

*Doxology                                                                                       34

*Prayer of Thanksgiving

Scripture Readings      
                                                 Psalm 69:1-4
         Matthew 5:10-12

Message                          Hated because of Jesus

*Hymn of Invitation**    I Have Decided to Follow Jesus             344



*Hymn                              Step by Step                                       494

*Passing of the Peace     


*Please stand according to your comfort and needs.
**Please come forward to profess your faith or have the elders pray with you.


Proclaim the Good News & Connect the Disconnected!
Ask an elder about the Youth Center Planning Committee.
Contact Amanda Rush to serve in the nursery.
The prayer list is online.  Hard copies in the back of the sanctuary.
The session meets today at 6 pm.

Important Dates:

Dates to Remember:  2020
22 July—Blood Drive?
27-31 Jul—Church Camp
 1 Aug—Town Celebration (Walk A Block for Jesus)?
8 Aug—Elder Retreat
 9 Aug—Elders are Liturgists
 9 Aug—The Lord’s Supper (Both services)
30 Aug—Jr/Sr Youth are Liturgists

6 Sep – Gideon Sunday
 9 Sep –F4 Begins
 4 Oct – Pulpit Supply
  1 Nov—DST begins (Fall back 1 hour)
18 Nov---F4
29 Nov—Fellowship Meal - 5th Sunday (Team 2)
  2 Dec—One Pot Meal + Activities
13 Dec—Evening Worship (singing) + Christmas Meal
16 Dec—One Pot Meal + Activities
24 Dec—Christmas Eve Communion


This Sunday                                         Next Sunday
                             No Nursery                                      Amber & Kenzie

First Light:  John 15

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

7 July 2020 Update

It’s Tuesday, 7 July 2020 in Burns Flat, America and we have had a COVID-19 case with an undetermined exposure to others in the community.  

The town and whatever health agencies will do their parts.  I don’t know if that’s just a single quarantine or if contact tracing will identify others who might be infected.  As I said, that’s in the hands of our local officials and perhaps other agencies.

That said, we have taken immediate action to prepare for the worst-case scenario while the facts become known.

That’s an official-sounding statement right there.  What does it mean?

This is not in chronological order, but VBS is cancelled.  It was scheduled too close to the recent COVID event to wait and see what happened.  There are a lot of logistics in a VBS.

Next, we will only have the 11 am worship service this Sunday.  There will be no First Light, no Sunday school, and no nursery at the 11 am service.

The doors will be open, but caution is advised.  If you are sick or think you may have been exposed, this would be a fantastic Sunday to participate in worship via Facebook Live.

If you are in one or more of the vulnerable groups, Facebook Live may be the best option for you, at least at this time.

We are not in full retreat.  We are not acting in fear.  We have taken immediate action and will assess what develops.  The session meets Sunday evening and will plan a way forward.  We could be back to encouraging all to come the following Sunday or we may be on a more deliberate track as to opening.

Don’t panic but be proactive in protecting yourself and your families.
The session will base its decisions on the information available to us by this weekend.  Using the sound mind that God gave us will surely get us on the right track.

This is our first contact with the contagion.  Expect your session to do some basic OODA loop procedures.  Observation, Orientation, Decision, Action—Repeat.

We will do our best to learn quickly what works and what doesn’t, and adjust accordingly.

To reiterate, what we have done is essentially an immediate action drill. 

We will have only the 11 am service and no nursery.  If you are sick, stay home.  If you think you may have been in contact with someone that has the contagion, stay home.  If you are in a vulnerable group, you might just want to stay home.

But if none of those conditions apply, I’ll see you at the 11 am service.

For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.

We are still in the sound mind business.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

7 I Am statements in the Gospel of John

We are reading Chapter 14 of John’s Gospel this week.  You will come across I Am statement (metaphor) number six.  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)  Six down.  One to go.  Hang in there and read your chapter every day.

Below is a list of Jesus’ seven “I Am” statements in the book of John.
  1. “I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35, 41, 48, 51) As bread sustains physical life, so Christ offers and sustains spiritual life.
  2.  “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12) To a world lost in darkness, Christ offers Himself as a guide.
  3. “I am the door of the sheep.” (John 10:7,9) Jesus protects His followers as shepherds protect their flocks from predators.
  4. “I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11, 14) Jesus is committed to caring and watching over those who are His.
  5. “I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25) Death is not the final word for those in Christ.
  6. “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) Jesus is the source of all truth and knowledge about God.
  7. “I am the true vine.” (John 15:1, 5) By attached ourselves to Christ, we enable His life to flow in and through us. Then we cannot help but bear fruit that will honor the Father.