SATURDAY, JULY 4TH — INDEPENDENCE DAYThe office will be closed July 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th.
Have a wonderful 4TH!
SUNDAY, JULY 5TH
5TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTICOST.
HOLY COMMUNION TODAY.
Our Scripture Readings for today are:
2 SAMUEL 5:1-5, 9-10
King David seals the terms of his rule over the
tribes of all Israel in a covenant ceremony at
Hebron, conquers the Jebusites at Jerusalem
(verses 6-8), and locates his throne there seven
years into his reign. David has been anointed
king in Judah and begins ruling in Hebron.
Saul's son Ishbaal was crowned king over
Israel (the ten northern tribes), with the support
of his general, Abner, and each king waged war
against the other with their armies to establish
the rightful claimant to the throne of the entire
nation (chapter 2). Feeling disrespected by
Ishbaal, Abner defected to work for David, but
was shortly killed by David's general, Joab
(chapter 3). Meanwhile, other assassins killed
Ishbaal (chapter 4). Joab was publicly rebuked
for killing Abner.
The assassins of Ishbaal, no doubt hoping for a
prominent place in David's court for their deed,
were publicly executed and dismembered for
all to see (4:12).
That's the background of the coronation over
Israel, reuniting the twelve tribes under one
leader at Hebron, we read today. The elders of
Israel did recognize his military leadership on
their behalf during Saul's reign (5:2-3). This
happened only after the two most powerful
people in Israel (Abner and Ishbaal) were dead
and David had clearly distanced himself from
those deaths. It was David's righteousness, not
his "might," his respect for other established
leaders, demonstrated in his view of assassins
of Abner and Ishbaal, that caused this.
2 SAMUEL 5:1-5; 2 SAMUEL 5:9-10
NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
2 SAMUEL 5:1-5DAVID BECOMES KING OVER ISRAEL
1 All the tribes of Israel came to David at
Hebron and said, "We are your own flesh
2 In the past, while Saul was king over us,
you were the one who led Israel on their
military campaigns. And the LORD said to
you, 'You will shepherd my people Israel,
and you will become their ruler.' "
3 When all the elders of Israel had come to
King David at Hebron, the king made a
compact with them at Hebron before the
LORD, and they anointed David king over
4 David was thirty years old when he became
king, and he reigned forty years.5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years
and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned
over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.
2 SAMUEL 5:9-10
9 David then took up residence in the fortress
and called it the City of David. He built up the
area around it, from the supporting terraces
10 And he became more and more powerful,
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PSALM 48 (UMH 782)
A song in praise of Jerusalem as a sign of God's
power to defend the people of Israel.
PSALM 48 (New Living Translation)
1 How great is the Lord,
how deserving of praise,
in the city of our God,
which sits on his holy mountain!
2 It is high and magnificent;
the whole earth rejoices to see it!
Mount Zion, the holy mountain,
is the city of the great King!
3 God himself is in Jerusalem’s towers,
revealing himself as its defender.
4 The kings of the earth joined forces
and advanced against the city.
5 But when they saw it, they were stunned;
they were terrified and ran away.
6 They were gripped with terror
and writhed in pain like a woman in labor.
7 You destroyed them like the mighty ships of
Tarshish shattered by a powerful east wind.
8 We had heard of the city’s glory,
but now we have seen it ourselves —
the city of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
It is the city of our God;
he will make it safe forever.
9 O God, we meditate on your unfailing love
as we worship in your Temple.
10 As your name deserves, O God,
you will be praised to the ends of the earth.
Your strong right hand is filled with victory.
11 Let the people on Mount Zion rejoice.
Let all the towns of Judah be glad
because of your justice.12 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem.
Walk around and count the many towers.
13 Take note of the fortified walls,
and tour all the citadels,
that you may describe them
to future generations.
14 For that is what God is like.
He is our God forever and ever,
and he will guide us until we die.
2 CORINTHIANS 12:2-10
Paul rejects boasting of spiritual experiences
as a way to establish an "upper hand" in his
on going disputes with the church he helped
to found. He says, God has given him a
"thorn in the flesh" to remind him of the
sufficiency of God's grace and to enable him
to boast in weakness so he can feel the
sufferings of Christ.NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
2 CORINTHIANS 12:2-10
2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago
was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was
in the body or out of the body I do not know—
3 And I know that this man—whether in the body
or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows
4 was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible
things, things that man is not permitted to tell.
5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not
boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.
6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be
a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But
I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is
warranted by what I do or say.
7 To keep me from becoming conceited because
of these surpassingly great revelations, there was
given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan,
to torment me.
8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it
away from me.
9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about
my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on
10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in
weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecution,
in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
NEW LIVING TRANSLATION (NLT)
Jesus encounters resistance to his ministry in
his hometown synagogue. People say "How can
this man I have known all my life be anything
special?" Familiarity breeds contempt.
(This is a very common problem in business,
in marriage and in friendships.)
Jesus then sends his disciples in pairs on an
"advance mission" to get the word and signs
of the power of the coming kingdom out to as
many villages in the area as possible.
JESUS REJECTED IN NAZARETH1Jesus left that part of the country and returned
with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown.
2 The next Sabbath he began teaching in the
synagogue, and many who heard him were
amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this
wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?”
3 Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the
son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph,
Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here
among us.” They were deeply offended and
refused to believe in him.
4 Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored
everywhere except in his own hometown and
among his relatives and his own family.”
5 And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do
any miracles among them except to place his
hands on a few sick people and heal them.
6 And he was amazed at their unbelief.JESUS SENDS OUT TWELVE DISCIPLES
Then Jesus went from village to village, teaching
7 And he called his twelve disciples together and
began sending them out two by two, giving them
authority to cast out evil spirits.
8 He told them to take nothing for their journey
except a walking stick—no food, no traveler’s bag,
9 He allowed them to wear sandals but not to take
a change of clothes.
10 “Wherever you go,” he said, “stay in the same
house until you leave town.
11 But if any place refuses to welcome you or listen
to you, shake off its dust from your feet as you leave
to show that you have abandoned those people to
12 So the disciples went out, telling everyone they
met to repent of their sins and turn to God.
13 And they cast out many demons and healed
many sick people, anointing them with olive oil.
Josh Reed goes to Raccoon River Bible Camp
today. Have a great week, Josh.
MONDAY, JULY 6TH —
ADAIR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL BEGINS.
BIBLE SCHOOL CLASSES WILL BE DIVIDED
BETWEEN ADAIR UMC & GOOD SHEPHERD
CLASSES BEGIN AT 9 A.M. AND END AT 2 P.M.
CLASSES WILL BE HELD JULY 6, 7, 8, 9TH
WITH A FINAL DAY CAMP TO BE HELD
THURSDAY AT 6:30 P.M.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8TH —
Prayer Breakfast at Happy Chef - 7 A.M.
THURSDAY, JULY 9TH —
Final day of Bible School - Day Camp at 6:30 P.M.
SATURDAY, JULY 11TH — CASEY FUN DAYS!Lunch will be served at the church immediately
after the parade. We are serving Sloppy Joes,
Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, Pies, Bars and Drinks.
Pay for "No-Bake" Bake Sale items in the church.
FUTURE FOCUS —
JULY 19TH — Naomi leaves for Turkey Hill Ranch
Bible Camp in Missouri. (IT IS TWO WEEKS AND
I'VE HEARD THAT IS NOT A RESTFUL GIG.)
JULY 20TH THRU JULY 23RD —
CASEY UMC HOSTS —
EVENING VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
This from the New York Times concerning the
situation in Iraq as our troops begin to pull out:
"Right now we are balanced on a knife’s edge. We
do not like the Americans, but we thank God when
we see them with the Iraqi Army, because we know
we can trust them more than our own government
- HAMID MAJEED, a Sunni Muslim in Baghdad.
The compliment makes me cross eyed, but I'll take it.
I think it's nice when our enemies thank God for us.
Thank you for your superior expenditure of time and
effort this week. Have a great holiday weekend.
God Bless and Keep You,