WEDNESDAY, JULY 31ST —
5:30 P.M. — SMALL GROUP MEETING – CASEY
Happy Birthday Peg Snyder!
SUNDAY, AUGUST 04, 2013
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
COMBINED WORSHIP IN ADAIR U.M.C.AMBASSADORS OF GRACE will lead worship.
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THE MESSAGE (MSG)
God speaks of God's tender affection for Israel
like a father teaching an infant child to walk, and
so how hard it is to see Israel continually
rejecting God's ways. God will not again destroy
Ephraim after the coming exile, but intends to
return them to their homes someday.
Hosea’s whole life and ministry have made one
point clear: the coming destruction of the
Northern Kingdom and the exile of some of its
peoples is inevitable. There will be no escape
from that, no matter what the nation does now.
ISRAEL PLAYED AT RELIGION WITH
I called out, 'My son!'—called him out of Egypt.
But when others called him,
he ran off and left me.
He worshiped the popular sex gods,
he played at religion with toy gods.
Still, I stuck with him. I led Ephraim.
I rescued him from human bondage,
But he never acknowledged my help,
never admitted that I was the one pulling his
That I lifted him, like a baby, to my cheek,
that I bent down to feed him.
Now he wants to go back to Egypt or go over to
anything but return to me!
That's why his cities are unsafe—the murder
and every plan to improve things falls to
My people are hell-bent on leaving me.
They pray to god Baal for help.
He doesn't lift a finger to help them.
But how can I give up on you, Ephraim?
How can I turn you loose, Israel?
devastated like luckless Zeboim?
I can't bear to even think such thoughts.
My insides churn in protest.
And so I'm not going to act on my anger.
I'm not going to destroy Ephraim.
And why? Because I am God and not a human.
I'm The Holy One and I'm here—in your very
10-12 "The people will end up following God.
I will roar like a lion—
Oh, how I'll roar!
My frightened children will come running from
Like frightened birds they'll come from Egypt,
from Assyria like scared doves.
I'll move them back into their homes."
Ephraim tells lies right and left.
Not a word of Israel can be trusted.
Judah, meanwhile, is no better,
addicted to cheap gods. ———————————————————————
PSALM 107:1-9, 43 (UMH 830)
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
A PSALM OF THANKSGIVING THAT ENDS
NEARLY LIKE A WISDOM PSALM —
Oh, thank God—he's so good! His love never
All of you set free by God, tell the world!
Tell how he freed you from oppression,
Then rounded you up from all over the place,
from the four winds, from the seven seas.
4-9 Some of you wandered for years in the
Half-starved and parched with thirst,
staggering and stumbling, on the brink of
out to God.
He got you out in the nick of time;
He put your feet on a wonderful road
that took you straight to a good place to live.
So thank God for his marvelous love,
for his miracle mercy to the children he loves.
He poured great draughts of water down
the starved and hungry got plenty to eat.
bad people are speechless, stopped in their
If you are really wise, you'll think this over—
it's time you appreciated God's deep love.
THE MESSAGE (MSG)
Before: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire,
and the desire for more and more (which Paul
equates with idolatry!), anger, wrath, malice,
slander, abusive speech, and lying.
After: seek the things that are above, where
Christ is seated at the right hand of God, clothe
yourself with the new self, a new self constantly
being renewed in the knowledge of God and part
of a new community where "earthly" divisions - -
European tribalists or "Eastern" militaristic
"hordes"/civilized natives, slave/free —
Paul provides the list of "positive practices" to
"put on" to correspond with the negative
practices to be stripped off and put to death.
Those practices include: compassion, kindness,
humility, meekness, patience, forebearance,
forgiveness, love, the peace of Christ,
thanksgiving, letting the word dwell in you richly,
teaching one another and watching over one
another in love, all in the name of Christ.
HE IS YOUR LIFE
1-2 So if you're serious about living this new
resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the
things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle
along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the
things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert
to what is going on around Christ—that's where
the action is. See things from his perspective.
3-4 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is
9-11 Don't lie to one another. You're done with that
your real life—even though invisible to spectators
—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When
Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again
on this earth, you'll show up, too—the real you,
the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with
obscurity, like Christ.
5-8 And that means killing off everything
connected with that way of death: sexual
promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you
feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing
whatever attracts your fancy. That's a life shaped
by things and feelings instead of by God. It's
because of this kind of thing that God is about to
explode in anger. It wasn't long ago that you were
doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But
you know better now, so make sure it's all gone for
good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity,
old life. It's like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes
you've stripped off and put in the fire. Now you're
dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your
new way of life is custom-made by the Creator,
with his label on it. All the old fashions are now
obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish,
religious and irreligious, insider and outsider,
uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean
nothing. From now on everyone is defined by
Christ, everyone is included in Christ.———————————————————————
THE MESSAGE (MSG)Jesus uses an inquirer's request to arbitrate an
inheritance dispute to warn against all forms of
greed — all desires to obtain more that what one
already has — and tells the story of a successful
grain farmer as an example.
THE STORY OF THE GREEDY FARMER
13 Someone out of the crowd said, "Teacher,
order my brother to give me a fair share of the
14 He replied, "Mister, what makes you think it's
any of my business to be a judge or mediator
15 Speaking to the people, he went on, "Take
care! Protect yourself against the least bit of
greed. Life is not defined by what you have,
even when you have a lot."
16-19 Then he told them this story: "The farm of
a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. He
talked to himself: 'What can I do? My barn isn't
big enough for this harvest.' Then he said,
build bigger ones. Then I'll gather in all my grain
and goods, and I'll say to myself, Self, you've
done well! You've got it made and can now retire.
Take it easy and have the time of your life!'
20 Just then God showed up and said, 'Fool!
Tonight you die. And your barn full of goods —
who gets it?'
21 "That's what happens when you fill your barn
with Self and not with God."
Naomi returns from vacation today.
Hope you had a great time, Naomi!
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
• 1735 - Freedom of the press was established by
an acquittal of John Peter Zenger. The writer of
the New York Weekly Journal had been charged
with seditious libel by the Royal Governor of New
York. The jury said that "truth is not libelous."
• 1790 - The Revenue Cutter Service was formed.
This U.S. naval task force was the beginning of
the U.S. Coast Guard.
• 1914 - Britain declared war on Germany in
World War I. The U.S. proclaimed its neutrality.
• 1922 - The death of Alexander Graham Bell, two
days earlier, was recognized by AT&T and the
Bell Systems by shutting down all of its switch-
boards and switching stations. The shutdown
affected 13 million phones.
• 1944 - Nazi police raided a house in Amsterdam
arresting eight people. Anne Frank was one of
the people arrested. Her diary would be
published after her death.
• 1972 - Arthur Bremer was found guilty of
shooting George Wallace, governor of Alabama.
Bremer was sentenced to 63 years in prison.
• 1977 - U.S. President Carter signed the measure
that established the Department of Energy.
MONDAY, AUGUST 5TH —
• • Office is closed today • •
ADAIR-CASEY SCHOOL REGISTRATION TODAY.
1 P.M. TO 7 P.M.
• 1833 - The village of Chicago was incorporated.
The population was approximately 250.
• 1861 - The U.S. federal government levied its
first income tax. The tax was 3% of all incomes
over $800.The wartime measure was rescinded
• 1884 - On Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor,
the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid.
• 1914 - Electric traffic lights were installed in
• 1944 - Polish insurgents liberated a German
labor camp in Warsaw. 348 Jewish prisoners
• 1969 - The Mariner 7, a U.S. space probe,
passed by Mars. Photographs and scientific data
were sent back to Earth.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 6TH —
ADAIR-CASEY SCHOOL REGISTRATION TODAY
ALSO. 9 A.M. TO 12 NOON AND 1 P.M. TO 3 P.M.
• 1787 - The Constitutional Convention in
Philadelphia began. The first articles of the U.S.
Constitution draft were debated.
• 1806 - The Holy Roman Empire went out of
existence as Emperor Francis II abdicated.
• 1965 - The Voting Rights Act was signed by
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Act
prohibits states and local governments from
imposing any "voting qualification or any
prerequisite, to deny or abridge the right of any
citizen of the United States to vote on account of
race or color.
• 1985 - The 40th anniversary of the Hiroshima
atomic bombing brought out tens of thousands
of Japanese to Hiroshima.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7TH —
Adair U.M.W. meets at Adair church at 8:30 so -
Adair U.M.W. can all gather in Lake Anita State
Park at 9 A.M.
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• SPRC MEETING IN CASEY U.M.C. AT 7 P.M.
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• 1782 - George Washington created the Order of
the Purple Heart.
• 1789 - The United States War Department was
established by the U.S. Congress.
• 1934 - The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a lower
court ruling striking down the government's
attempt to ban the controversial James Joyce
• 1947 - The balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki, which had
carried a six-man crew 4,300 miles across the
Pacific Ocean, crashed on a reef in a Polynesian
archipelago. The main body of the boat was
made of nine balsa tree trunks up to 45 ft long,
and 2 ft in diameter, lashed together with 1¼ inch
• 1960 - The Cuban Catholic Church condemned
the rise of communism in Cuba. Fidel Castro then
banned all religious TV and radio broadcasts.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8TH —
• 1899 - The refrigerator was patented by A.T.
• 1911 - The number of representatives in the U.S.
House of Representatives is established at 435.
There was one member of Congress for every
• 1940 - The German Luftwaffe began a series of
daylight air raids on Great Britain.
• 1966 - Michael DeBakey became the first
surgeon to install an artificial heart pump in a
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9TH —
• 1678 - American Indians sold the Bronx to
Jonas Bronck for 400 beads.
• 1790 - The Columbia returned to Boston Harbor
after a three-year voyage. It was the first ship to
carry the American flag around the world.
• 1910 - A.J. Fisher received a patent for the
electric washing machine.
• 1936 - Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal
at the Berlin Olympics. He was the first American
to win four medals in one Olympics.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH
PASTOR MELODEE WILL BE OUT OF TOWN
TODAY AND TOMORROW.
• 1821 - Missouri was the 24th state to join the
• 1846 - The Smithsonian Institution was
chartered by the U.S. Congress. What was to be
known as the "Nation's Attic" was made possible
by $500,000 given by scientist Joseph Smithson.
• 1921 - Franklin D. Roosevelt stricken with polio.
• 1945 - The day after the atomic bombing of
Nagasaki, Japan announced they surrender. The
only condition was that the status of Emperor
Hirohito would remain unchanged.
• 1988 - U.S. President Reagan signed a measure
that provided $20,000 payments to Japanese-
Americans who were interned by the U.S.
government during World War II.
This is vacation time and many of our flock are
out of town. If you have some issue that needs
to be publicized presently, let me know and I
will add it.
Summer is flying - - - it's almost August. Soon
the schools will be opening to bright, shining
faces once again.
Enjoy the rest of summertime!
God Bless and Keep You,