Bulletin for Sunday 09/16/2012
With Robert Prater
Do you ever feel like you are having to “go it alone” in life? Many people go through life trying to “pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.” We soon learn that we can’t do it all by ourselves - our weaknesses and limited resources cause us to fall short of the mark. All the while God is waiting and wanting to help us - just a prayer away. Our all-powerful, always-present, all-knowing God of perfect love wants to offset our weaknesses, inadequacy, and lack of wisdom.
In some ways we may be like the mouse riding on the back of an elephant. After they had crossed and visibly shaken a bridge, the mouse boasted, “Look what we did.” Whatever good we are able to accomplish in life, whatever storms we are able to weather, the Lord deserves the glory and praise. He is the real “power behind the throne.” As the apostle Paul reminds us, God’s grace is sufficient for us - His power compensates for our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). Our power source is not us but our Maker (2 Cor. 4:7). He alone can make us adequate to meet the trials and troubles of life and triumph over them spiritually. (2 Cor. 3:5)
A plaque on a monastery wall in Snowmass, Colorado, directs us to rely on God’s help, but also to do so one day at a time:
I was regretting the past and fearing the future. Suddenly God was speaking:
“MY NAME IS ‘I AM.’”
I waited. God continued.
“When you live in the past with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there.
MY NAME IS NOT, ‘I WAS.’”
When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard. I am not there.
MY NAME IS NOT ‘I WILL BE.’”
When you live in this moment, it is not hard. I am here.
MY NAME IS ‘I AM.’”
Someone has written, “Life by the yard is hard, but life by the inch is a cinch.” Living life one day at a time, depending on the Lord’s grace and providential care, is life as God designed it. As Jesus said, “Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Mt. 6:34).
Trying to “go it alone” through life will leave us frustrated and despondent. The abundant life Jesus promised (John 10:10) comes when we live one day at a time with God. (cf. Phil. 4:13)
Sermons for Sunday
AM A Beautiful Story in Small Things (Acts 9:36-43)
PM Peter’s Sermon at Pentecost (Acts 2)
We extend our loving sympathy to Anita Jacques and the rest of the family of Steve Lawler who passed away Monday morning. Funeral services were pending at publication time of The Gospel Guide.
Congratulations to Chuck & Nona Carter on the birth of their first great, great granddaughter born on Friday, September 7. Lily Ann Williams weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and was 21 inches long. Parents are Jessica & Chris Williams and the great grandparents are Debbie & Rick Oerman.
Dorothy Norton continues to progress well at Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital in Integris Baptist Medical Center. She is in room 369.
Dave Emery was transferred to Rose Manor from St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital for rehabilitation. He is in room 212.
Jo Sneed is scheduled for neck surgery on Tuesday, September 18 at Oklahoma Heart Hospital South. Your prayers are requested.
Chuck & Nona Carter’s son-in-law, Rick Oerman, is home and doing well following back surgery at Mercy Hospital last week.
Lonnie McDonald, elder at Northridge, was able to return home on Monday after several weeks of hospitalization and rehabilitation in Oklahoma City.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
Bob Allen, Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Gary Brown (elder at Highland), Betty Caldwell (sister of Linda Carpenter) Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Harold Decker, Norma Edgmon, Thelma Franklin, Fredith Hanifan, Norma Holt, (sister-in-law to Carl Holt), Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, John Johnston, Joe & Nadine Magee, Lonnie McDonald (elder at Northridge), Aubrey McNutt, Thearlene Morris, Gene & Dorothy Norton, Rachel O’Neal, Andy Peerson (brother to Royce Peerson), Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Rhetta Smith, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, John Sullivan, Emma White, and Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose). All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your interest and prayers.
The Tipton Home truck will be here October 9 – 11. Here is a listing of their needed supplies: green beans, cereal, soup, apple juice, ibuprofen, powdered sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, apricot preserves, paper towels, toilet bowl cleaner, HE laundry detergent, fabric softener sheets, toilet tissue.
Sept. 16, AWTG @ S. Yukon
Sept. 30 – Youth girls help serve at Ladies Day Luncheon
September 16, Search: “Repentance”
September 18 & 25, Free “Living Well with Diabetes” Seminar at Central presented by Ken Ellis from Noble Church of Christ, from 7 – 8:30 pm. Outsmart Diabetes, Stay Motivated!
Sept. 21, Friday, Ladies Night at Little. Salad supper 5:30-6:30, program begins at 7 p.m., Karen Kinsey speaking
September 30, Annual Ladies Appreciation Luncheon hosted by The Sonshine Sisters
November 10, Saturday; Coat Give Away
WE ARE IN NEED OF
COATS – COATS – COATS – COATS
YOUTH 8 THRU ADULT XXXXL
CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
IN NURSING HOMES
GOLDEN RULE HOME
38801 Hardesty Rd, Shawnee, OK 74801
Nadine Magee, #31
SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES
535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804
Ruth Autry, #81
Harold Decker, #110
ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER
1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804
Dave Emery, #212
SHAWNEE CARE CENTER
1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804
Harold Carothers, #511
Sue Riedel, #602
201 W. Walnut (P. O. Box 630)
Tecumseh, OK 74873
Rachel O’Neal, #13
Alice Rice, #55
Rhetta Smith, #44
Dessie Weeks, #54
Prayer is a direction of life, a focusing of one’s most personal and deepest attention Godward. The purpose is to love God and learn to know him so well that our wills, our actions, will be more and more aligned with his, until even our subconscious reactions and purposes will have the mark of his love, his life, about them. Prayer is no longer an “activity.” It [becomes], the continuing language of that relationship God designed to fulfill a human life.
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 124
Worship Service 186
Sunday Evening 115
Wednesday Evening 100
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
September 16, 2012
Announcements: Bob Seikel
Opening Prayer: Burl Vanlandingham
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Scripture: Jaxon Canard
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Bill Lawerance
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Jon Merritt Dennis Brodersen
Jim Carpenter Keith Lawrence
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Richard Yahola Cary Leonard
Robert Perry Ron Dunavan
Foyer: Robert & Ann Perry
Elevator: Ron & Evelyn Dunavan
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Bob Perry
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Paul Harris
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Richard Albright Jim Cross
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Craig McKnight
Devotional: Richard Albright
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297