VOLUME 47 the week of January 12, 2020 NUMBER 2
From Your Minister: Once again in the New Year, I’m trying to develop my prayer life. I’m often thinking of and singing familiar songs of prayer. The 1902 words of Adelaide Potter beautifully describe my prayerful desire. “Have Thine own way Lord. Have Thine own way. Thou art the potter I am the clay. Mold me and make me after Thy will, while I am waiting yielded and still.” If my greatest desire is for personal intimacy with God, the words of this song place me humbly in His hands yielding to His will. After all, “I am mine no more.”
Quotes for the Week: Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
We are either in the process of resisting God's truth or in the process of being shaped and molded by his truth. ~Charles Stanley
We let ourselves be molded and transformed by Christ and continually pass from the side of one who destroys to that of the one who saves. Pope Benedict XVI
I have learned to be molded by God into the person He wants. I want to help and encourage others to be the best they can be. ~Kim Alexis
Bible Gem for the Week: Genesis 4:6-7 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
Family News: We need individuals and families to plan fellowship activities for this year! Please see Allison right away.
We thank Kathy Fosnaugh for her work with our youngest kids. She has moved in a new room to accommodate the numbers!
Welcome home to Jim and Teresa Renfree. We missed them! Please see their needs in Prayer Time.
Some of Ansley Griffin’s photography is in the Capital City Arts Initiative exhibit at the Brick on East Proctor St. Congratulations!
We need these for the Domestic Violence Shelter: Fuzzy socks, Toothbrushes, Tooth paste, Combs and Brushes. Thank you!
In the Hands of the Potter" — Written by Tom Norvell
Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand
I remember hearing those words when I was a child sitting in a church pew. I envisioned a man sitting at his pottery wheel, shaping something from a glob of clay. It took me decades to understand what these words really meant.
God is the potter. He created us, taking us from an idea to what He imagined we could be, then shaping us into something beautiful.
We are the clay. We aren't in control of how we are "shaped" or how long it will take for God to complete His creation. We are at His mercy, but His mercies are beautiful.
We are all the work of His hand, and we are all in his hands. Even when the work He does is painful and lasts longer than we want, the end result is always beautiful.
Some days I recognize that He is still shaping me, even in my sixth decade, and I wonder why? What else needs to be changed?
On those days, I have to remind myself that I won't always understand what He is doing or why. But what I do know is this: He is the potter, shaping me into the image of His Son.
And that is a beautiful thing.
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Prayer Time: "To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing." - Martin Luther Betty Fo was in the hospital last week with diabetes problems and pneumonia. Please keep her in prayer. We extend our love, sympathy, and prayers for the Van Grimbergens and their family upon the passing of brother in law, John McCloy of Moses Lake, WA. Our prayers are requested on behalf of Ken Haskins of First Christian Church upon the passing of his mother last week. Let us be praying for our brothers and sisters in the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas after the recent fatal shooting. Please be praying now for decisions being made on behalf of Teresa Renfree’s mother, Helen Taylor. Teresa will be staying at Helen’s house during the process. Let us be praying for: Aulika and Mickey, June Cantwell, Gary Crowder and his mother Joan, Norma Feletar (recovery from surgery), Ansley Griffin, Daryl and Valerie Griffin (our Venezuela missionaries), George Harper, Marjorie Hendersen, Jo Ella Jones, Gail Kimbro, Stan and Millie McGarry, Mike and Judith McKay, Cheryl Miller, Grecia Ramirez, Anna Rigsby, Al and Susan Sheehan, the Shriker family in No. Carolina, and Jon and Allison and Megan Van Grimbergen. Luke 6:12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.
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