WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29TH —
Lenten Services in Adair U.M.C. - at 7 P.M.≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈
FRIDAY, MARCH 2ND —
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈
SUNDAY, MARCH 4TH —
SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT
SCRIPTURE READINGS —
GENESIS 17:1-7, 15-16
El Shaddai (God of the Mountains/God of
Compassion) calls Abram to be exclusively loyal
and offers to covenant with him to make him the
father and Sarai the mother of many nations.
God calls Abram to enter into a covenant when
Abram and Sarai are very old and still without a
proper heir. Abram is to be renamed Abraham
and Sarai is to be renamed Sarah.
1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, God
showed up and said to him, "I am The Strong God,
live entirely before me, live to the hilt!
2 I'll make a covenant between us and I'll give you
a huge family."
3 Overwhelmed, Abram fell flat on his face.
4 "This is my covenant with you: You'll be the father
of many nations.
5 Your name will no longer be Abram, but Abraham,
meaning that 'I'm making you father of many nations.'
6 I'll make you a father of fathers - I'll make nations
from you, kings will issue from you.7 I'm establishing my covenant between me and you,
a covenant that includes your descendants, a
covenant that goes on and on and on, a covenant
that commits me to be your God and the
God of your descendants.
GENESIS 17:15-1615 God continued speaking to Abraham, "And Sarai
your wife: Don't call her Sarai any longer;
call her Sarah.
16 I'll bless her - yes! I'll give you a son by her! Oh,
how I'll bless her! Nations will come from her; kings
of nations will come from her."
PSALM 22:23-31 (UMH 752) (The Message)
The Lord's acts of deliverance for one people in
one age will lead to generations of praise to the
23 Shout Hallelujah, you God-worshipers; give glory,
you sons of Jacob; adore him,
you daughters of Israel.
24 He has never let you down, never looked the
other way when you were being kicked around. He
has never wandered off to do his own thing; he has
been right there, listening.
25 Here in this great gathering for worship I have
discovered this praise-life. And I'll do what I
promised right here in front of the God-worshipers.
26 Down-and-outers sit at God's table and eat their
fill. Everyone on the hunt for God is here, praising
him. "Live it up, from head to toe. Don't ever quit!"
27 From the four corners of the earth people are
coming to their senses, are running back to God.
Long-lost families are falling on their faces
28 God has taken charge; from now on he has the
29 All the power-mongers are before him -
worshiping! All the poor and powerless, too -
worshiping! Along with those who never got it
together - worshiping!
30 Our children and their children will get in on this
As the word is passed along from parent to child.
31 Babies not yet conceived will hear the good news
- that God does what he says.
Paul reminds the Jewish-Christian congregations
in Rome that the founding stories of Judaism
point to a God who graciously offers to include
people in covenant on the basis of faith, not
perfect obedience to the law. The heart of Paul's
argument in this week's reading is that God has
always operated toward humankind graciously
and on the basis of faith, starting with Abram.
13 That famous promise God gave Abraham - that
he and his children would possess the earth - was
not given because of something Abraham did or
would do. It was based on God's decision to put
everything together for him, which Abraham then
entered when he believed.
14 If those who get what God gives them only get
it by doing everything they are told to do and filling
out all the right forms properly signed, that
eliminates personal trust completely and turns the
promise into an ironclad contract! That's not a holy
promise; that's a business deal.
15 A contract drawn up by a hard-nosed lawyer and
with plenty of fine print only makes sure that you
will never be able to collect. But if there is no
contract in the first place, simply a promise - and
God's promise at that - you can't break it.
16 This is why the fulfillment of God's promise
depends entirely on trusting God and his way,
and then simply embracing him and what he
does. God's promise arrives as pure gift. That's
the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it,
those who keep the religious traditions and those
who have never heard of them.For Abraham is
father of us all. He is not our racial father - that's
reading the story backwards. He is our faith father.
17 We call Abraham "father" not because he got
God's attention by living like a saint, but because
God made something out of Abraham when he
was a nobody. Isn't that what we've always read
in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, "I set you
up as father of many peoples"? Abraham was first
named "father" and then became a father because
he dared to trust God to do what only God could
do: raise the dead to life, with a word make
something out of nothing.
18 When everything was hopeless, Abraham
believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis
of what he saw he couldn't do but on what God
said he would do. And so he was made father of
a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him,
"You're going to have a big family, Abraham!"
19 Abraham didn't focus on his own impotence and
say, "It's hopeless. This hundred-year-old body
could never father a child." Nor did he survey
Sarah's decades of infertility and give up.
20 He didn't tiptoe around God's promise asking
cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into
the promise and came up strong, ready for God,
21 sure that God would make good on what he
had said.22 That's why it is said, "Abraham was declared
fit before God by trusting God to set him right."
23 But it's not just Abraham;
24 it's also us! The same thing gets said about
us when we embrace and believe the One who
brought Jesus to life when the conditions were
25 The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set
us right with God.
SUNDAY SCHOOL IN ADAIR U.M.C.———————————————————————
BAKED POTATO BAR —— IN CASEY U.M.C.AFTER SERVICE, IN EDUCATIONAL WING
MONDAY, MARCH 5TH —
This is Pastor Bob's and Naomi's day off.
Office is closed today.≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈
FUTURE FOCUS —
MARCH 18TH —
ADAIR & CASEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCHES
ANNUAL SPRING CHICKEN DINNERCOMBINED WORSHIP SERVICES WILL BE
SATURDAY EVENING, MARCH 17TH, IN THE
— ADAIR COMMUNITY CENTER - AT 6 P.M. —
AND CHICKEN DINNER WILL BE SUNDAY
There will be an Easter Sunrise Service
in Adair's City Park at 6 A.M.
on Easter Sunday, April 8th.≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈
—— PRAYERS FOR PEACE ——
"Like the bee gathering honey from the different flowers,
the wise person accepts the essence of the different
scriptures and sees only the good in all religions."
— Mahatma Gandhi
Baha'i Prayer for Peace
Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.
Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech.
Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness, and a
home to the stranger.
Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet
of the erring.
Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew
to the soil of the human heart, and a fruit upon the
tree of humility.
CHRISTIAN PRAYER FOR PEACE
for they shall be known as the Children of God.
But I say to you that hear, love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who abuse you.
To those who strike you on the cheek,
offer the other also,
and from those who take away your cloak,
do not withhold your coat as well.
Give to everyone who begs from you,
and of those who take away your goods,
do not ask for them again.
And as you wish that others would do to you,
do so to them.
There is a heavy burden this year on our
World Day of Prayer. Many human conflicts in
many countries world wide. African civil wars and
drought bring ensuing starvation and homelessness.
Civil conflicts in the middle east that seemingly
stem from a simple lack of tolerance, acceptance,
and understanding— and a blinding insistence on
self gratification, and greed among a very few self
The days of autocrats and governments hiding the
truth from the people they serve have vanished.
Many governments still work tirelessly to keep the
internet beyond their borders. In spite of force
and control, people find a way to gain access.
There is something very appealing and irresistible
about freedom. Pray for the oppressed.
Pray for the world.
God Bless and Keep You,