Bulletin for Sunday 11/02/2008
with Robert Prater
They say the safest way to keep people happy is, “Never talk about politics or religion.” I break half of these rules every week since my articles are always about matters of faith and religion. I am about to break the other half of the rule. Politics is one of the touchiest of subject for Christians. It has the potential to divide people who are otherwise united religiously.
The Bible does not give us a command or example that would urge us as Christians to be overly concerned about who is in power politically. Paul, in his letters, never says anything negative about the Roman government; instead, he teaches us that it is God who established the system of “government” and that we must submit to it. (Read Romans 13:1-7).
The apostle Paul also instructed Christians to do the following: “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4 NIV)
In the time of Paul the ability of Christians to participate in government was limited to just praying. This passage deals with our need to pray and we must pray. However, in our society, Christians can do more than pray. Christians, in a democratic republic, certainly have a right, unavailable in the first century, to speak up for what is morally upright, as salt and light for God. (Matt. 5:13-16) Therefore, as Christians we have the opportunity to vote for candidates whose values and proposals are most consistent with Biblical principles. Yet, we all hopefully realize that no candidate is perfect and you will not find one who agrees with you on every point,.
Now make no mistake about it, our leaders have a great affect on our ability, “to live peaceful and quite lives in all godliness.” Our unique privilege to choose our leaders gives us the right to pick leaders that would continue to assure our ability to live peaceful Christian lives. This passage even implies that the ability to do such affects our ability to teach Christ.
The Bible further teaches that, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34) If a nation is to be righteous, it must have righteous leaders and people. If a nation is to be righteous then the leaders and people must participate and act righteously. I believe voting can be a godly influence in society. By voting our Biblical values, we promote that “peaceful and quite” society, with all “godliness and dignity.’ Thus we contribute to a social environment that encourages people “to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Friends, as frustrating as our choices are sometimes, and regardless of our own personal political views, may God give us all wisdom in choosing leaders who are most capable, God-fearing, trustworthy, and promoters of righteousness who can best help our nation for good. Let’s all continue to keep our nation and those who lead us in our prayers that God’s will may be done.
MABLE BASSETT HOLIDAY GIFTS
For those wishing to participate in the holiday gift project for women at Mable Bassett Correctional Facility, there is a container and a list of acceptable items in the foyer. These will be picked up on November 6. If you have questions, see Ann Perry. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.
At the beginning of the week we knew of no Central member in the hospital.
Lorine Watson is staying at the home of her niece in Oklahoma City for a few days following her surgery last week.
Royce Peerson’s surgery went well last week, and he is back home in Holdenville.
Betty Garbe, sister-in-law of our late Carol Mahnke, is now under hospice care. Prayers are requested.
Continue to remember Juanita Combs, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, and Frances Taylor.
To my Christian family at Central, Thank you for all the love and support you have given Don and me throughout the years. Since Don is at the Norman Veteran Center, I have moved to the Highland Church of Christ Retirement Center at Tecumseh, and I will be worshiping my Lord here at Tecumseh. Thank you for your prayers. My new address is 600 Eula Brown Circle 8-B, Tecumseh, OK 74873.
In Christian love, Rosie Brightwell
We had a large number of extra kids Sunday night! Youth groups from Northridge, Highland and Newalla came to be with us for worship. Afterward we all went to Incredible Inflatables for a great time of fun and fellowship. Thank you to everyone for making these groups feel welcome. Thank you to Scott Perry for letting us use his facility. And, thank you to our kids who had the privilege of sticking around after everyone else left to help clean up. Lettie, Wade, Bryce and Keon were excellent hosts!
The youth group will be going to Frontier City on Saturday, Nov. 1. We will leave from the building at noon and should return by 11:00 or so. I ordered enough tickets for the kids that signed up plus a few more. If you want to go, see me so we can getcha’ signed up.
The youth group has an excellent opportunity to serve God in November. Our annual coat give away is November 15 and it would be awesome to have members of the youth group here to help out. Parents, encourage your kids to be a part of this chance to serve the Lord through serving the community. They’ll thank you for it later!
COMING YOUTH EVENTS
Oct. 31 –Friday – Halloween party with kids at the Canard’s
Nov. 1 – Saturday – Frightfest at Frontier City
October 31, Friday, Halloween party with fun games and candy for all children and their families at the Canard’s, 6400 Acme Rd. Church van will leave the building at 6:30 if you would like a ride. Children wear costumes. Donations of candy are needed. Leave in the kitchen. For further info see Kari Canard or Maggie Prater.
November 2, Standard Time resumes
November 2, Search: “Imitators of the Churches of Judea”
November 9, Search: “Jesus’ Parable of the Talents”
November 15, Central’s annual coat giveaway
November 16, Search: “Standing on the Promises”
November 23, Search: “Thanksgiving”
November 27, 28, Thanksgiving; church office closed
November 30, Search: “The Glory of God’s Church”
CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
IN NURSING HOMES
SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES
535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804
Betty Bernard, #85
Irene Coffman, #54
Emma Wilson, #82
GOLDEN RULE HOME
38801 Hardesty Rd., (P.O. Box 1853)
Shawnee, OK 74802
Millie Riley, #23
Nancy Simmons, #20
ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER
1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804
Fred Bowers, #214
Vesta Mays, #404B
SHAWNEE CARE CENTER
1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804
Harold Carothers, #512
201 W. Walnut (P. O. Box 630)
Tecumseh, OK 74873
Alice Rice, #55
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 125
Worship Service 170
Sunday Evening 200
Wednesday Evening 116
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Announcements: Bob Stephens
Opening Prayer: Steve Kelly
Song Director: Paul Harris
Scripture: Keon Lawrence
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Burl Vanlandingham
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Ron Dunavan Jim Pettyjohn
John Aylor Mitch Harmon
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
James Reeves Josh Lyons
Gene Norton Bill Lawerance
Foyer: Gene & Dorothy Norton
Elevator: Bill & Diane Lawerance
Molly Gettle & Cheryl Miller
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Ron Taffe
Song Director: Paul Harris
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Austin Beard
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Kenton McGalliard Tracy Gettle
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Austin Beard
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297