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6/13/2013 6:00:00 PM
Eden Chapel United Methodist Church

Welcome to Eden Chapel United Methodist Church a very unique experience in worship. We do Sundays a little different at Eden Chapel and we believe you will enjoy it as much as we do. We begin every Sunday morning with a very personal Communion Experience in our Prayer Chapel. Then we prepare for our Sunday Morning Worship which leads us into our Gathering Time; after that we are off to Sunday School to share our lives and experiences with each other. We have children, youth, adult and inter-generational groups, so we just know that we have one for you. Our Sundays are as follows: Sunday 9:00am Weekly Communion in the Prayer Chapel, Sunday 9:30am Worship in the Sanctuary, Sunday 10:30am Gathering in the Fellowship Hall, Sunday 11:00am Sunday School and Special Bible Study Classes.

This is the 4th Sunday after Pentecost and Father's Day at Eden Chapel. Pastor John will be teaching from the Gospel according to Luke 7: 36 - 8:3 and the sermon title is "Great Love; but for Whom?"

"Sacred Pledge of Allegiance" The Welsh national anthem is a hymn of rare beauty. Here are the lyrics that are all but unknown in the United States but provide a rich vocabulary for contemplating what it means to give our lives to God and his kingdom: "I vow to thee my country, all earthly things above. Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love. The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test. That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best. The love that never falters, the love that pays the price. The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice. And there's another country, I've heard of long ago, most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know. We may not count her armies, we may not see her King, her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering. And soul by soul and silently, her shining bounds increase, and her ways are ways of gentleness and all her paths are peace." As we serve the Kingdom of God may we remember these words and they become actions in our lives.

May we show "Great Love" for the right reasons in our lives.

Please remember you are always welcome to come and experience a very unique way of learning more about God and church family. Again weekly Communion is at 9am; Worship Service starts at 9:30am; Gathering Time is 10:30am with classes at 11:00am. Eden Chapel United Methodist Church is located at the corner of 92nd Street and S. Fairgrounds Road. We are the little church under the Big Sign. Come see us, we think you will find a home with us!

Immanuel Baptist Church
By Claudia Andrews

"Jungle Jaunt" at Vacation Bible School June 24-28! VBS is from 6:30-9 p.m. for children Kindergarten thru grade 6; bring the children for a fun week of Bible stories, songs, and other activities!

The Falls Creek theme for the summer is "Thirst", John 4:13-14. Our Week at the Creek is July 8-13 and sign up now through June 23. A packet of information is available for those who have completed the 7th-12th grades; come by the church for more info!

We enjoyed another great week in our new-again sanctuary. Linda Riley played the organ offertory "Ancient Words" and Teresa Lowe sang "God on the Mountain" for those who came to celebrate Jesus as Lord on Sunday.

Guest preacher Brother Lonnie Lee's message "The Few and The Proud" text was from Judges 7:16-22 about how an army of 300 led by Gideon won a battle over a mighty army. The Marine motto is about the Few and the Proud and this little band of Israelites defeated a mighty army with only a "few" armed with a jar, a torch, and a horn as they follow God's battle plan!

The jar had to be broken, the torch shined the light, and the horns of 300 sounded like a vast army! Bro. Lonnie spoke from other verses, II Corinthians 4:7-11 and II Corinthians 4:6, sharing that as our lives become broken vessels toward God and we realize that we are not our own, then He can mold our lives and change our paths to follow Him completely. We then can let the light (torch) of Christ shine through us. When a "sold-out" Christian walks into a room, they reflect the light of the Son! The horn speaks of boldness to share God's message of love and forgiveness to a lost world in need of redemption. We should shout His praise for all He has done for us!

Bro. Lonnie Lee will be with us again next Sunday for Father's Day - something for each father! Bro. Lonnie will be serving as our Interim Pastor beginning the first week in July. We are beginning the process to seek the man we believe God has been preparing to become our pastor. We covet your prayers!

Come visit us at 2415 E 104, just a mile north of Perkins. Info: 547-1222 or www.immanuelbaptistperkins.org

The Church of Christ in Perkins
By Bob Penick

Kim Peek was noted for his marvelous memory and the fact that he memorized all of Shakespeare's plays word for word. Marvin Williams tells about a time during a performance of Twelfth Night when an actor skipped a word in one of his lines. Peek jumped to his feet and shouted, "STOP!" The play continued, but later the actor apologized to Peek saying that he didn't think anyone would mind. Peek countered, "Shakespeare would!"

My dear old Dad was a mechanic and only went to about the 4th grade in school, but he knew the Bible about as well as anyone I've ever known. If you started a sentence from it just about anywhere, he could probably go on from there and finish the rest of the thought word for word. I wish I could do that.

In Deuteronomy 4:2 Moses said, "You shall not add to the word which I commanded you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God." In II Timothy 3: 16-17 Paul says, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

George Luker has been preaching for us pretty regularly lately, and he reminds us often that Acts 17: 10-11 tells us that those in Berea were more noble than those in Thessalonica because they searched the scriptures daily to see if what they were hearing was true. He always urges us to follow their example.

If we really want to be disciples of Jesus, we need to study the scriptures for ourselves and not rely on church leaders or anyone else to tell us what they say. We welcome you to join us on Lover's Lane because that's what we do on a regular basis.

The Christian Church of Perkins
By David Pock

Positive Christ-like living - God's Promises to you.

I would like for us all to realize the promises God has for us. Did you know that there are over 1500 promises that God makes to you personally in His Word?

Jesus, himself, gives fifteen prophesies that are promises personally to you! In Revelation Chapters 2 and 3 He makes promises that are waiting to be fulfilled personally in you! These promises are called prophecies because they have not yet been fulfilled. They are waiting to be fulfilled in you!

Here they are as spoken by Jesus, directly to you:

1. You will have the right to eat from the tree of live that is in the paradise of God!

2. He will give you a crown of life!

3. You will not be hurt at all by the second death!

4. He will give you some of the hidden Manna!

5. He will give you a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to you!

6. He will give you authority over the nations.

7. He will give you the morning star!

8. You will walk with Him dressed in white!

9. He will never blot out your name from the book of Life!

10. He will acknowledge you name before the Father and his angles!

11. He will keep you from the hour of trial (tribulation) that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth!

12. He will make you a pillar in the temple of God!

13. He will write on you the name of his God and the name of the city of his God, the new Jerusalem!

14. He will write on you His new name!

15. He will give you the right to sit with Him on his throne!

What do you have to do besides be a Christian to receive these exciting promises? Just continue to live in Jesus! The Apostle Paul said...we (you and I) are more than conquerors....We are victorious!.... now we know what Paul meant!

Now go and live life to the full with your PCA! (Positive Christ-like Attitude) Galatians 2:20

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
By Fr. Ken Harder

I enjoy getting back to the Ordinary Time cycle of our liturgy. The seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter are worthy celebrations. These seasons celebrate specific aspects of the mystery of our faith and quite often, the Sundays of these seasons have specific themes which should be addressed in the homily. By the way, a homily is a reflection on the scripture; a sermon is some sort of moral exhortation that doesn't necessarily follow scripture. The Church calls for homilies, not sermons, in Mass. Back to the point, in Ordinary Time, there's a bit more freedom in preaching on the gospel for Sundays since there is no specific theme that must be addressed. In today's gospel, several things of interest are going on. First, as Jesus comes into the town of Nain, he encounters a widow woman whose only son has died. As a widow, she will have no one to care for her. This is about the only place in the gospel where Jesus does a miracle without being asked. When Jesus performed a miracle, it was always because someone asked; this is different. Jesus is not seeking faith per se, he is acting as one of us. He sees the situation and has compassion on the woman. He feels her suffering, shares in it and wants to help her. He does what he can, by exercise of the divine power proper to him, he restores life to the man and returns him to his mother. The effect of this miracle is the same as others, an increase in faith. The reason for it is different, it is done out of pure compassion. My friends, this gospel shows Jesus is one of us and as one of us, he shows how compassion should be shown. We can't always fix people's problems, we certainly can't exercise divine power as Jesus did and do miracles, but we can be present to others and offer help in whatever ways we can. In doing so, we like that Jesus, the compassionate one, can bring about consolation and the presence of Christ the consoler to the world around us. The gospel shows this very important point; in the showing of compassion, the faith grows. Look around, there are many opportunities to show compassion, do so and you will make present Christ Himself to a hurting world around you.

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