WEDNESDAY, JULY 13TH —
PRAYER BREAKFAST AT HAPPY CHEF @ 7 A.M.
• • OFFICE WILL BE OPEN 9 TO NOON
• • OFFICE CLOSED IN THE AFTERNOON.
6 P.M. •CASEY U.M.C. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
THURSDAY, JULY 14TH —
LAST EVENING OF CASEY U.M.C.((((((( PANDAMANIA )))))))
SATURDAY, JULY 16TH —
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• BAKED BEANS• CHIPS
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SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2011
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
“BRING A FRIEND TO CHURCH DAY”
• The Gospel readings today have no
intended relationship to each other.
SCRIPTURE READINGS ARE:
Jacob has fulfilled his name, "Grabber," by
"grabbing" the birthright from his brother,
and his father's blessing by conspiring with
his mother. Jacob won these battles, but it
cost him dearly. It was no longer safe to be
at home. Rebekah sent him to her homeland
(Turkey) and to her family for protection.
Rebekah convinces Isaac to bless Jacob
because he's off to find a non-Canaanite wife
from among Rebekah's kin. Esau had
disappointed the family by taking a Canaanite
wife. Jacob encounters God in a dream while
"on the lam," going to Haran (now Turkey) to
find a wife.
10 Jacob left Beersheba and went to Haran.
11 He came to a certain place and camped for
the night since the sun had set. He took one of
the stones there, set it under his head and lay
down to sleep.
12 And he dreamed: A stairway was set on the
ground and it reached all the way to the sky;angels of God were going up and going down on it.
13 Then God was right before him, saying, "I am
God, the God of Abraham your father and the
God of Isaac. I'm giving the ground on which you
are sleeping to you and to your descendants.
14 Your descendants will be as the dust of the
Earth; they'll stretch from west to east and from
north to south. All the families of the Earth will
bless themselves in you and your descendants.
15 Yes. I'll stay with you, I'll protect you wherever
you go, and I'll bring you back to this very ground.
I'll stick with you until I've done everything
I promised you."
16 Jacob woke up from his sleep. He said, "God
is in this place - truly. And I didn't even know it!"
17 He was terrified. He whispered in awe,
"Incredible! Wonderful! Holy! This is God's House.
This is the Gate of Heaven."
18 Jacob was up first thing in the morning. He
took the stone he had used for his pillow and
stood it up as a memorial pillar and poured oil
19 He christened the place Bethel (God's House).The name of the town had been Luz until then.
PSALM 139:1–12, 23–24 (UMH 854)
1 God, investigate my life; get all the facts
2 I'm an open book to you; even from a distance,
you know what I'm thinking.
3 You know when I leave and when I get back; I'm
never out of your sight.
4 You know everything I'm going to say before I
start the first sentence.
5 I look behind me and you're there, then up ahead
and you're there, too - your reassuring presence,
coming and going.
6 This is too much, too wonderful -
I can't take it all in!
7 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?
to be out of your sight?
8 If I climb to the sky, you're there!
If I go underground, you're there!
9 If I flew on morning's wings to the far western
horizon,10 You'd find me in a minute - you're already
11 Then I said to myself, "Oh, he even sees me
in the dark! At night I'm immersed in the light!"12 It's a fact: darkness isn't dark to you; night and
day, darkness and light, they're all the same to you.
23 Investigate my life, O God, find out everything
about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a
clear picture of what I'm about;
24 See for yourself whether I've done anything
wrong - then guide me on the road to eternal life.
Paul reminds Christians in Rome of the
Spirit's witness that we are the adopted
children of God and heirs with Christ —
provided that we suffer with him.
12 So don't you see that we don't owe this old
do-it-yourself life one red cent. 13 There's nothing in it for us, nothing at all.
The best thing to do is give it a decent burial
and get on with your new life.
14 God's Spirit beckons. There are things to
do and places to go!
15 This resurrection life you received from God
is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously
expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's
16 God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms
who we really are. We know who he is, and we
know who we are: Father and children.
17 And we know we are going to get what's
coming to us - an unbelievable inheritance! We
go through exactly what Christ goes through. If
we go through the hard times with him, then
we're certainly going to go through the good
times with him!
18 That's why I don't think there's any
comparison between the present hard times
and the coming good times.
19 The created world itself can hardly wait
for what's coming next.
20 Everything in creation is being more or
less held back. God reins it in
21 until both creation and all the creatures are
ready and can be released at the same moment
into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the
joyful anticipation deepens.
22 All around us we observe a pregnant creation.
The difficult times of pain throughout the world
are simply birth pangs. But it's not only around
us; it's within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us
within. We're also feeling the birth pangs.
23 These sterile and barren bodies of ours are
yearning for full deliverance.
24 That is why waiting does not diminish us,
any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant
mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We,
of course, don't see what is enlarging us.
25 But the longer we wait, the larger we become,
and the more joyful our expectancy.
MATTHEW 13:24–30, 36–43
Jesus tells the parable of the weeds sown
in the field and interprets the parable to the
24 He told another story. "God's kingdom is like
a farmer who planted good seed in his field.
25 That night, while his hired men were asleep,
his enemy sowed thistles all through the wheat
and slipped away before dawn.
26 When the first green shoots appeared and
the grain began to form, thistles showed up, too.
27 "The farmhands came to the farmer and said,
'Master, that was clean seed you planted, wasn't
it? Where did these thistles come from?'
28 "He answered, 'Some enemy did this.' "The
'Should we weed out the thistles?'
29 "He said, 'No, if you weed the thistles, you'll
pull up the wheat, too.
30 Let them grow together until harvest time.
Then I'll instruct the harvesters to pull up the
thistles and tie them in bundles for the fire,
36 Jesus dismissed the congregation and went
into the house. His disciples came in and said,
"Explain to us that story of the thistles in the field."
37 So he explained. "The farmer who sows the
pure seed is the Son of Man.
38 The field is the world, the pure seeds are
subjects of the kingdom, the thistles are subjects
of the Devil,
39 and the enemy who sows them is the Devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, the curtain of
history. The harvest hands are angels.
40 "The picture of thistles pulled up and burned
is a scene from the final act.
41 The Son of Man will send his angels, weed out
the thistles from his kingdom,
42 pitch them in the trash, and be done with them.
They are going to complain to high heaven, but
nobody is going to listen.
43 At the same time, ripe, holy lives will mature
and adorn the kingdom of their Father.
Are you listening to this? Really listening?"
MONDAY, JULY 18TH –
This is Pastor Bob's and Naomi's day off.
Office is closed today.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20TH —
ABC AD COUNCIL MEETING AT CASEY - 7 P.M.
FUTURE FOCUS —
Sunday, July 24th Naomi leaves for camp.
Adair's Vacation Bible School is scheduled for
Thank you for your participation in Pandamania this
week. The children are having a wonderful time. It
could not happen without you.
All contributions, monetary or muscle, are treasured.
God Bless and Keep You,