Sunday, August 16, 2015


R E M I N D E R S —

Dorcas-Ruth Circle meets at 1:30 P.M.   
Esther Circle meets at 7 P.M.  
Casey Circle meets at 7 P.M.

Happy Birthday Jennifer Clarke!
Happy Birthday Paul Snyder!
Jesus continues to contrast those who
"chew on his flesh and live into eternity"
with those who "ate the manna in the
wilderness and died" while teaching in
the synagogue in Capernaum.

1 KINGS 8:1-11, 22-30, 41-43

In this prayer, Solomon calls promises
in the covenant with David to ask God
to sustain the dynasty and to hear the
prayers prayed in or toward the temple.

1 KINGS 8:1-11 
1-2 Bringing all this to a climax, King
Solomon called in the leaders of Israel,
all the heads of the tribes and the family
patriarchs, to bring up the Chest of the
Covenant of God from Zion, the City of
David. And they came, all Israel before
King Solomon in the month of Ethanim,
the seventh month, for the great autumn
3-5 With all Israel’s leaders present, the
priests took up the Chest of God and
carried up the Chest and the Tent of
Meeting and all the holy vessels that
went with the Tent. King Solomon and
the entire congregation of Israel were
there at the Chest worshiping and
sacrificing huge numbers of sheep and
cattle—so many that no one could keep
6-9 Then the priests brought the Chest
of the Covenant of God to its place in
the Inner Sanctuary, the Holy of Holies,
under the wings of the cherubim. The
outspread wings of the cherubim
stretched over the Chest and its poles.
The poles were so long that their ends
could be seen from the entrance to the
Inner Sanctuary, but were not noticeable
farther out. They’re still there today.
There was nothing in the Chest but the
two stone tablets that Moses had placed
in it at Horeb where God made a
covenant with Israel after bringing them
up from Egypt.

The Temple Finished, Dedicated, Filled.
10-11 When the priests left the Holy
Place, a cloud filled The Temple of God.
The priests couldn’t carry out their
priestly duties because of the cloud—
the glory of God filled The Temple of
1 KINGS 8:22-32
Before the entire congregation of
Israel, Solomon took a position before
the Altar, spread his hands out before
heaven, and prayed,

O God, God of Israel, there is no God
like you in the skies above or on the
earth below who unswervingly keeps
covenant with his servants and
relentlessly loves them as they sincerely
live in obedience to your way. You kept
your word to David my father, your
personal word. You did exactly what you
promised—every detail. The proof is
before us today!

Keep it up, God, O God of Israel!
Continue to keep the promises you made
to David my father when you said, “You’ll
always have a descendant to represent
my rule on Israel’s throne, on the
condition that your sons are as careful
to live obediently in my presence as you

26 O God of Israel, let this all happen;
    confirm and establish it!

27-32 Can it be that God will actually
move into our neighborhood? Why, the
cosmos itself isn’t large enough to give
you breathing room, let alone the Temple
I’ve built. Even so, I’m bold to ask: Pay
attention to these my prayers, both
intercessory and personal, O God, my
God. Listen to my prayers, energetic and
devout, that I’m setting before you right
now. Keep your eyes open to this Temple
night and day, this place of which you
said, “My Name will be honored there,”
and listen to the prayers that I pray at
this place.

Listen from your home in heaven and
when you hear, forgive.

When someone hurts a neighbor and
promises to make things right, and then
comes and repeats the promise before
your Altar in this Temple, listen from
heaven and act accordingly: Judge your
servants, making the offender pay for
his offense and setting the offended free
of any charges.
1 KINGS 8:41-43
And don’t forget the foreigner who
is not a member of your people Israel
but has come from a far country
because of your reputation. People are
going to be attracted here by your great
reputation, your wonder-working power,
who come to pray at this Temple.

Listen from your home in heaven.

Honor the prayers of the foreigner so
that people all over the world will know
who you are and what you’re like and
will live in reverent obedience before
you, just as your own people Israel do;
so they’ll know that you personally
make this Temple that I’ve built what it is.
PSALM 84  (UMH 804)
A psalm in praise of the beauty of the
temple and its worship.
What a beautiful home, God-of-
    I’ve always longed to live in a place
like this,
Always dreamed of a room in your
    where I could sing for joy to God-
3-4 Birds find nooks and crannies in
your house,
    sparrows and swallows make nests
They lay their eggs and raise their
    singing their songs in the place where
we worship.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies! King! God!
    How blessed they are to live and sing

5-7 And how blessed all those in whom
you live,
    whose lives become roads you travel;
They wind through lonesome valleys,
come upon brooks,
    discover cool springs and pools
brimming with rain!
God-traveled, these roads curve up the
mountain, and
    at the last turn—Zion! God in full view!
8-9 God-of-the-Angel-Armies, listen:
    O God of Jacob, open your ears—I’m
Look at our shields, glistening in the
    our faces, shining with your gracious

10-12 One day spent in your house, this
beautiful place of worship,
    beats thousands spent on Greek
island beaches.
I’d rather scrub floors in the house of
my God
    than be honored as a guest in the
palace of sin.
All sunshine and sovereign is God,
    generous in gifts and glory.
He doesn’t scrimp with his traveling
    It’s smooth sailing all the way with
Parting words from Paul: Put on the
whole armor of God as defense against
surrounding evil spiritual strongholds
and pray constantly for all sisters and
brothers in Christ.  

And that about wraps it up. God is
strong, and he wants you strong. So
take everything the Master has set out
for you, well-made weapons of the best
materials. And put them to use so you
will be able to stand up to everything the
Devil throws your way. This is no
afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk
away from and forget about in a couple
of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death
fight to the finish against the Devil and
all his angels.
13-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far
more than you can handle on your own.
Take all the help you can get, every
weapon God has issued, so that when
it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still
be on your feet. Truth, righteousness,
peace, faith, and salvation are more
than words. Learn how to apply them.
You’ll need them throughout your life.
God’s Word is an indispensable
weapon. In the same way, prayer is
essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray
hard and long. Pray for your brothers
and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep
each other’s spirits up so that no one
falls behind or drops out.
19-20 And don’t forget to pray for me.
Pray that I’ll know what to say and have
the courage to say it at the right time,
telling the mystery to one and all, the
Message that I, jailbird preacher that I
am, am responsible for getting out.
JOHN 6:56-69
The point is so clear and offensive that
many of his followers abandon him.
Peter and an unspecified number of
others, including the Twelve, remain.
They are convinced Jesus is the Holy
One of God who has the words of life.

53-58 But Jesus didn’t give an inch.
“Only insofar as you eat and drink flesh
and blood, the flesh and blood of the
Son of Man, do you have life within you.
The one who brings a hearty appetite to
this eating and drinking has eternal life
and will be fit and ready for the Final
Day. My flesh is real food and my blood
is real drink. By eating my flesh and
drinking my blood you enter into me
and I into you. In the same way that the
fully alive Father sent me here and I live
because of him, so the one who makes
a meal of me lives because of me. This
is the Bread from heaven. Your
ancestors ate bread and later died.
Whoever eats this Bread will live always.”
59 He said these things while teaching in
the meeting place in Capernaum.

Many among his disciples heard this
and said, “This is tough teaching, too
tough to swallow.”
61-65 Jesus sensed that his disciples
were having a hard time with this and
said, “Does this throw you completely?
What would happen if you saw the Son
of Man ascending to where he came
from? The Spirit can make life. Sheer
muscle and willpower don’t make
anything happen. Every word I’ve
spoken to you is a Spirit-word, and so it
is life-making. But some of you are
resisting, refusing to have any part in
this.” (Jesus knew from the start that
some weren’t going to risk themselves
with him. He knew also who would
betray him.) He went on to say, “This is
why I told you earlier that no one is
capable of coming to me on his own.
You get to me only as a gift from the
66-67 After this a lot of his disciples left.
They no longer wanted to be associated
with him. Then Jesus gave the Twelve
their chance: “Do you also want to
68-69 Peter replied, “Master, to whom
would we go? You have the words of
real life, eternal life. We’ve already
committed ourselves, confident that
you are the Holy One of God.”
• 1838 - The first class graduated from
Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in
South Hadley, Massachusetts. It was
one of the first colleges for women.
• 1839 - Hong Kong was taken by the
British in a war with China. 
• 1902 - Fannie Farmer opened her
cooking school, Fannie Farmer’s School
of Cookery, in Boston, Massachusetts.
• 1939 - Nazi Germany and the Soviet
Union signed a non-aggression treaty.
• 1947 - Margaret Truman, U.S. President
Truman's daughter, gave her first public
performance as a singer. The event was
at the Hollywood Bowl and had an
audience of 15,000.
• 1979 - Soviet dancer Alexander
Godunov defected while the Bolshoi
Ballet was on tour in New York City.
• 1998 - Boris Yeltsin dismissed the
entire Russian government again.   
Happy Birthday Amber McClain!

IN CASEY U.M.C. AT 10:30 A.M.
• 0079 - Mount Vesuvius erupted killing
approximately 20,000 people. The cities
of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum
were buried for years in volcanic ash.
• 0410 - The Visigoths overran Rome.
This event symbolized the fall of the
Western Roman Empire.
• 1456 - The printing of the Gutenberg
and Capitol.Bible was completed.
• 1814 - Washington, DC, was invaded
by British forces that set fire to the
White House.
• 1932 - Amelia Earhart became the first
woman to fly across the U.S. non-stop.
The trip from Los Angeles, CA to
Newark, NJ, took about 19 hours.
• 1954 - The Communist Party is virtually
outlawed in the U.S. as the Communist
Control Act went into effect.
• 1985 - 27 anti-apartheid leaders were
arrested in South Africa as racial
violence rocked the country.
• 1991 - Russian President Mikhail
Gorbachev resigned as the head of the
Communist Party.
• 1998 - A donation of 24 beads was
made, from three parties, to the Indian
Museum of North America at the Crazy
Horse Memorial. The beads are said to
be those that were used in 1626 to buy
Manhattan from the Indians.
• 2005 - Planet Pluto was reclassified as
a "dwarf planet" by the International
Astronomical Union (IAU). Pluto's status
was changed due to the IAU's new rules
for an object qualifying as a planet.
Pluto met two of the three rules
because it orbits the sun and is large
enough to assume a nearly round shape.
However, since Pluto has an oblong
orbit that overlaps the orbit of Neptune,
it disqualified Pluto as a planet.        
• 1718 - Hundreds of colonists from
France arrived in Louisiana. Part of
them settled in what is now New
• 1814 - The U.S. Library of Congress
was destroyed by British forces.
• 1875 - Captain Matthew Webb swam
from Dover, England, to Calais, France
making him the first person to swim the
English Channel. The feat took about 22
• 1916 - The National Park Service was
established as part of the U.S.
Department of the Interior. 
• 1941 - President Franklin Roosevelt
signed the bill appropriating funds for
construction of the Pentagon Building.
• 1944 - Paris, France, was liberated by
Allied forces ending four years of
German occupation.
• 1998 - A survey released said that 1/3
of Americans use the Internet.  
• 55 B.C. - England was invaded by
Rome forces under Julius Caesar.
• 1498 - Michelangelo is commissioned
to make the "Pieta" statue.
• 1842 - The first fiscal year was
established by the U.S. Congress to
start on July 1st.
• 1873 - The school board of St. Louis,
Missouri, authorized the first U.S. public
• 1920 - The 19th amendment to the U.S.
Constitution went into effect. This
amendment prohibited discrimination
on the basis of sex in the voting booth.
• 1945 - The Japanese were given
surrender instructions today on the U.S.
battleship Missouri at the end of World
War II.
• 1973 - A U.S. Presidential Proclamation
was declared that made August 26th
Women's Equality Day.
• 1991 - Soviet President Mikhail S.
Gorbachev promised that national
elections would soon be held.      
Happy Birthday Margaret Sullins!
Happy Birthday Sharon Aupperle!
• 1789 - The Declaration of the Rights of
Man was adopted by French National
• 1859 - The first oil well is successfully
drilled in the United States by Colonel
Edwin L. Drake near Titusville,
• 1892 - The original Metropolitan Opera
House in New York City was seriously
damaged by fire.
• 1921 - The owner of the Acme Packing
Company bought a pro football team for
Green Bay, Wisconsin. J.E. Clair paid
tribute to those who worked in his plant
by naming the team the Green Bay
Packers. (NFL)
• 1938 - Robert Frost, in a fit of jealousy,
set fire to some papers to disrupt a
poetry reading by another poet, who was
Archibald MacLeish.
• 2001 - Work began on the future site of
a World War II memorial on the U.S.
capital's historic National Mall. The site
is between the Washington Monument
and the Lincoln Memorial.    
Happy Birthday Gage Noland!
• 1609 - Delaware Bay was discovered
by Henry Hudson.
• 1774 - The first American-born saint
was born in New York City. Mother
Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in
• 1833 - Slavery was banned by the
British Parliament throughout the British
• 1907 -"American Messenger Company"
was started by two teenagers, Jim Casey
and Claude Ryan. The company's name
was later changed to "United Parcel
• 1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave
his "I Have a Dream" speech at a civil
rights rally in Washington, DC. Over
200,000 people attended.
• 1972 - Mark Spitz captured the first of
his seven gold medals at the Summer
Olympics in Munich, Germany. He set a
world record when he completed the
200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes and
7/10ths of a second.
• 1990 - Iraq declared Kuwait to be its
19th province and renamed Kuwait City
• 2014 - Google announced its Project
Wing. The project is aimed at delivering
products across a city using unmanned
flying vehicles.    
Happy Birthday Jim Rogers!
• 1833 - The "Factory Act" was passed in
England to determine child labor laws.
• 1842 - The Treaty of Nanking was
signed by the British and the Chinese.
The treaty ended the first Opium War
and gave the island of Hong Kong to
• 1944 - During a continuing celebration
of the liberation of France from Nazis,
15,000 American troops marched down
the Champs Elysees in Paris.
• 1957 - Senator Strom Thurmond of
South Carolina set a filibuster record in
the U.S. when he spoke for 24 hours and
18 minutes.
• 1983 - The anchor of the USS Monitor,
from the U.S. Civil War, was retrieved by
divers.  It was an iron-hulled steamship,
built during the American Civil War, and
she was the first ironclad warship to be
commissioned by the Union Navy.
• 1991 - The Communist Party in the
Soviet Union had its bank accounts
frozen and activities suspended because
of the Party's failed coup attempt
against Mikhail Gorbachev.   
Thank you for all you have done this
week.    You are definitely devotion in 


God Bless and Keep You,

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