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Worship Service for 9/12/21 or the video click on the following (17) Facebook
WELCOME! It’s good to have you with us to worship the Lord together! ANNOUNCEMENTS: -Today we need people to sign-up for the meal dishes for Community Dinner on Wednesday. We need help to set up today after church, if you are able to stay for a while, If we can get it done today, we would need anyone Tuesday night. We definitely need help to carry food bags out to cars, and to serve food, as well as clean up after. There is extra meat in the small freezer in the food pantry room if you want to take any of that to fix for the meal. -Tuesday night we have an the Administrative Council meeting at 7:00. Everyone is welcome to attend if you would like to. Weds. night the choir is practicing at 6:00. Please bring a mask. No praise Team practice this week. –Our new women’s Bible Study will begin this Thursday , and you have a choice between 10:30am or 6:30pm. –I have the tickets for the RubberDucks game next Sunday at 2:05. If you still want to go, see me.
Let’s be in an attitude of prayer, as we light our Christ
candle, calling on Him to light our paths. “Light of Christ, shine on our path. Chase away all darkness. Illumine us. And Lead us to the heart of God.” Amen
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE: Be Careful What You Say! Do you remember the song “Oh Be Careful Little Eyes What You See?”… What are the rest of the words?… Oh be careful little ears what you hear. Oh be careful little mouth what you say. Oh be careful little mind what you think. Oh be careful little hands what you do. And Oh be careful little feet where you go. This song warns us to be careful what we look at, what we hear, what we say, what we think, what we do, and where we go. Today we are going to talk more about the verse that said, “Oh be careful little mouth what you say.” What kind of things do you think we shouldn’t we say?…(Things that hurt people’s feelings; bad words, Things when we are angry, yelling at people, things that upset others) What kind of things should we say instead?…(nice things, things that make people feel good, compliments, things that help people) It is so much nicer to say a kind word. I’m sure you would agree that having your feelings hurt is not the way you would want to be treated. You need to remember how you would feel if someone says something hurtful to you, so you don’t talk that way to other people. If we do say something that is hurtful to someone else, we should ask God to forgive us, and apologize to the person we hurt.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for our bodies that You created. Help us to use our bodies as you would want us to so that we glorify You. Help us to think before we speak and to not use our words to hurt others. Help us to use our tongues to encourage each other and to witness to others as children of God. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
As we come to the time in our service for the tithes and offerings, thank you to all of you who are faithfully giving, so that we are able to continue the ministries that we are called to. Today is the Pennies from Heaven collection for Steve Semler’s mission and other mission needs. Next Sunday is the Africa University Teach-Reach-Bless Fund emphasis to build the women’s dormitory. Any offering you wish to make can be sent in the same manner as offering, but please mark your envelopes with any special fund giving. Let’s pray, as we dedicate the tithes and offerings that have been received this past week to our Lord…Dear Generous Lord, thank You for Your provision that supplies our needs. Help us to follow Your leading, according to Your will, so that the ministry here can meet the needs around us. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen. Please stand as you’re able and praise our God for our many blessings, as we sing the Doxology; “Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heav’nly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen”
We have come to the time of Joys & Concerns: Does anyone have joys or praises that you want to share? Joys shared: -Pam Hartman shared that she got to go to the Kingwood Center in Mansfield with MOCA and saw beautiful flowers and butterflies. –Scott Turnbow shared that he is done with school and has moved home, and he and Kristi are engaged. -Brett Richards shared that they saw beautiful star constellations and planets at the observatory at Punderson State Park this weekend.
-AJ shared that he got his first major league baseball last night at the Indians game. –Lee Winchell shared that today was Betty’s birthday and we sang to her. -Herb Jones shared that granddaughter Megan’s gallbladder surgery went well, but she is having some trouble with pain and recovery. –Bruce Lindenmuth shared that his sister Lovell is home from the hospital and cousin Raedell’s leg injury is healing. –Lydia Stahl shared that we should remember the unity that developed 20 years ago on 9-12 after the terrorist attack. We should continue to draw closer to God together to be unified instead of divided. Concerns shared: –Remember those who were lost 20 years ago on 9-11, and their families and friends. –Continued prayers for Megan Birow for recovery. – Mary Winkler asked for prayers for the cousin of a cousin, Marilyn P., who is in Wooster hospital with COVID and has been on a ventilator for 3 weeks. -Also, prayers for Mary’s daughter Katie’s future father-in-law Donald H., who had a stroke and broke his pelvis. -Also, for Mary as she continues to struggle with the itchy skin rash that the doctors can’t figure out. –Prayers needed for Pastor Joyce Williams as she continues to fight cancer. Easton UMC was holding a prayer healing vigil for Joyce this morning. Joyce is an inspiration and continues to trust that her time here on earth is in God’s timing not in the prognosis that the doctors have given her. We are praying for quality of life for the time that remains here on earth for her and for a miracle of healing from cancer that she can continue to minister for the Lord. – Continues prayers for Sharon Chipps and her family in the loss of her sister-in-law. – Prayers for Anita Vohar as she continues to suffer from nerve damage in her leg from her heart surgery. –Continue praying for me, because my memory is still not back to normal yet. It comes and goes still, but it is better than it had been. – Continued prayers for our country and that we get past the division that exists and that there is a change of hearts. –Prayers for the Afghanistan situation. –Prayers for the Victims of disasters; Hurricanes, Wildfires, flooding. –Quite a few Unspoken prayerrequests. Let’s take all of this to the Lord in prayer…Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for answer prayers. We bring so much to You day after day after day, and I think about the movie that showed people praying to You that sounded like a bunch of babble to our ears, but to You everything was clear and plain. You hear each one of us individually. We thank You for the way that You answer our prayers even though sometimes they might not be the way we want them to be answered, and probably most of the time they aren’t the way we want them to be answered, but Lord, we know that they are answered according to Your will. And there are always reasons for the ways that they are answered. Lord, we thank You for the blessings that people have shared this morning; for Betty’s birthday, for Pam being able to travel with MOCA, being able to go to Kingwood Center and see the flowers and the butterflies, for Scott and Kristi’s news of their engagement, and we ask for a blessing on them as they prepare and that You open to them all that they need to know about each other in the says ahead. Lord, for Brett and family, we thank You that they have been able to experience Your wonderful nature, the skies and the lights there; the stars and the planets, such a vast display that we know can only come from You. Lord, we thank You that Lovell and Raedell are doing better, that Lovell was finally able to get home. We thank You that we’ve had the opportunity to remember the events of 20 years ago. Even though the memories of 9-11 are something that we really don’t want to remember, but we need to, and, Lord, You know the reasons why. Lord, we thank You for the sacrifices that were made that day to bring to this country’s attention that we need to pull together and rely and focus on You. Lord, we have so many concerns that we may once again be in similar circumstances and not knowing what’s ahead, but Lord, we ask that You bring us to a point to remember what happened on 9-12 20 years ago and how this country pulled together in unity, love, support, and freedom to thank You for all that You are and to call upon You for all that we needed. Lord, help us to continue to focus on You, or come back to focus on You. Lord we place this all into Your care. We ask for each one who has been mentioned today for their needs; for Megan, we thank You for her successful surgery, but we know that she is still in a lot of pain and we ask that You take that away from her. Give her the healing now that she needs, so that she is able to get back to caring for those little ones in the way that she wants to. We thank You for Dawn’s help there for her, and we ask that You continue to give them the strength that they need to get through these days ahead. Lord, we thank You for Joyce and her witness of You and Your Word, and for her inspiration that she brings to so many. We thank You for her smile, thank You for her grit and determination, and knowing that You are in control. And Lord, we ask that You give her much more time here with us, giving her healing that was never expected. Lord, we just ask for a miracle for her that she is able to continue to share Your Word and who You are in her life and bringing You the glory in all of this. Be with her family as they spend this time with her, and we ask for them that You give them the hope and the promises that You give for each one of them, Lord, and bring them closer to You. Lord, for these ones that Mary brought for us; for Marilyn who is fighting COVID there in Wooster, for Donald who is dealing with a stroke and broken pelvis, and for the family as they prepare for the upcoming wedding, as they are now dealing with the illness of a loved one. Lord we ask for healing for him, so that their wedding is blessed. Lord, we continue to pray for Mary with this rash that is so unknown, we ask for a healing for her, Lord, placing her in Your healing hands. If it takes the doctors, we ask that You give them the knowledge to know what it is, so that they can give her the medicine that she needs to make her comfortable again. Lord, we continue to pray for those who are dealing with the disaster that have come. Deal with each one as the need. Also, continue to deal with the Afghan situation that they are guided in the right ways. And all over this world, Lord, we ask for the leaders of the world to have an opening of minds and eyes and hearts that they do what You would like for this world to bring You the glory. Lord, for the unspoken requests that have been brought before us with the uplifted hands, we ask for Your touch for each need that is represented there. And we pray all of this in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as we also pray the prayer that He has taught us to pray; Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen.
Our SCRIPTURE LESSON is from Psalm 19:7-14 & James 3.
Psalm 19:7-14 7 The Lord’s Instruction is perfect, reviving one’s very being. The Lord’s laws are faithful, making naive people wise. 8 The Lord’s regulations are right, gladdening the heart. The Lord’s commands are pure, giving light to the eyes. 9 Honoring the Lord is correct, lasting forever. The Lord’s judgments are true. All of these are righteous! 10 They are more desirable than gold—than tons of pure gold! They are sweeter than honey—even dripping off the honeycomb! 11 No doubt about it: your servant is enlightened by them; there is great reward in keeping them. 12 But can anyone know what they’ve accidentally done wrong? Clear me of any unknown sin 13 and save your servant from willful sins. Don’t let them rule me. Then I’ll be completely blameless; I’ll be innocent of great wrongdoing. 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, Lord, my rock and my redeemer. In James 3, James, the brother of Jesus, said, My brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers, because we know that we teachers will be judged more strictly. 2 We all make mistakes often, but those who don’t make mistakes with their words have reached full maturity. Like a bridled horse, they can control themselves entirely. 3 When we bridle horses and put bits in their mouths to lead them wherever we want, we can control their whole bodies. 4 Consider ships: They are so large that strong winds are needed to drive them. But pilots direct their ships wherever they want with a little rudder. 5 In the same way, even though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts wildly. Think about this: A small flame can set a whole forest on fire. 6 The tongue is a small flame of fire, a world of evil at work in us. It contaminates our entire lives. Because of it, the circle of life is set on fire. The tongue itself is set on fire by the flames of hell. 7 People can tame and already have tamed every kind of animal, bird, reptile, and fish. 8 No one can tame the tongue, though. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we both bless the Lord and Father and curse human beings made in God’s likeness.
10 Blessing and cursing come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, it just shouldn’t be this way! 11 Both fresh water and salt water don’t come from the same spring, do they? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree produce olives? Can a grapevine produce figs? Of course not, and fresh water doesn’t flow from a saltwater spring either. 13 Are any of you wise and understanding? Show that your actions are good with a humble lifestyle that comes from wisdom. 14 However, if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, then stop bragging and living in ways that deny the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above. Instead, it is from the earth, natural and demonic.
16 Wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and everything that is evil. 17 What of the wisdom from above? First, it is pure, and then peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good actions, fair, and genuine. 18 Those who make peace sow the seeds of justice by their peaceful acts. The Word of God for the people of God. Praise be to God.
MESSAGE: James 3 continues with instruction through James, Jesus’ brother, from God; just as we’ve found through the last two chapters. In Psalm 19, we heard from David that the Lord’s instruction revives us, gladdens our hearts, makes us wise, gives light to our eyes, and this is because His instruction is perfect, right, and pure. When we follow His instructions we are correct, and last forever, because we honor Him. David also said that the Lord’s judgments are true and righteous, and we should desire them more than gold, and they are very sweet, because there is great reward in keeping His commandments. He then asked the Lord if we can know when we’ve accidently done wrong, and then asked to be cleared of any unknown sins. Then David asked God to keep him from willful sin and to not let his sins rule him. As James 3 was read, you were instructed to “Watch Your Mouth!” David wanted to be blameless and innocent of all wrongdoing, so that all that he said and all that he truly felt in his heart are pleasing to God. Even David called the Lord, his Rock and his Redeemer, and he wanted to be able to watch his mouth, making sure that all he said was pleasing to God. This is the way that we as Christians should all be feeling and requesting of the Lord. James is assuring people as the chapter started that not everyone is meant to become teachers in the church, so we shouldn’t worry if that’s not where we are being called, but, some are called to be teachers, and he is warning that those who do teach will be judged more strictly… Teachers must be careful to teach as The Word is written. Verse 2 talks about full maturity, that means perfection. The New Living Translation says it this way, “Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For is we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every way.” We should all be working toward that perfection, but unfortunately no one has reached perfection on this earth, except Jesus. James went on to use a horse to explain how our tongues can control us. “We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. That bit pushes on the horse’s tongue and when we maneuver the bit with the reigns we can get him or her to start, stop, or turn either way, moving their whole body with just their tongue. The same is true for a ship that is steered with a small piece called a rudder. James told us “Consider ships: They are so large that strong winds are needed to drive them. But pilots direct their ships wherever they want with a little rudder.” The ship is under the will of the pilot. And our lives are under our will, unless we choose to put it under God’s will and turn our lives over to Him. “In the same way, even though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts wildly.” Think about it: A small spark can set a whole forest on fire. James went on to say that “People can tame and already have tamed every kind of animal, bird, reptile, and fish. No one can tame the tongue, though. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” And James went on in this way of talk saying, “With it we both bless the Lord and Father and curse human beings made in God’s likeness. Blessing and cursing come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, it just shouldn’t be this way!” Because as James has said, “Both fresh water and salt water don’t come from the same spring, do they?” Our mouths aren’t meant to speak good and bad. We have to be careful what we say! In Verse 17, we find out about the wisdom from above. Another translation says that “the wisdom that comes from heaven is pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” Verse 18 is translated a few different ways and they each give a little different twist to the message. In the Common English Bible it says, “Those who make peace sow the seeds of justice by their peaceful acts.” The New Living Translation says it this was; “And those who are peacemakers will plant seed of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” As James warns in our scripture lesson today, “Be careful what you say!” Have you ever said something and then though or even said, “Me and my big mouth!” I know I have! We often fail to wait before speaking. We tend to just respond and then we can be really sorry for what we have said! This is really good advice for how to be careful what you say! Before you speak; Think about it; Is it true?…Is it helpful?…Is it inspiring?…Is it necessary?…Is it kind?… “Once something is said it can’t be unsaid. You can’t deny it, change it or say you didn’t mean it. Period.” “Be careful what you say to someone today. Tomorrow they might not be here, and you can’t ever take it back.” “Tomorrow you’ll have to live with the things you said.” Words mirror the heart, so be careful that you aren’t trying to hide a part of yourself from anyone. The Lord already knows what is in our hearts and our words reveal it to others.
Let’s Pray… Dear Lord, Thank You for messages that come through Your inspiration placed on your people, especially on James as he shared with us this instruction and the need for us to watch our mouths and to be careful what we say. Help us to put control of our tongue in Your control, so that we say only that which is pleasing to You. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Take the time to reflect on what you plan to say before you open your mouth and decide what shouldn’t be said. Ask God to help you with this, as you struggle.
May we be careful about what we say and do, so that we bring Him glory in all of it. Go in peace! Amen
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