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Coupla’ things

Nancy and I are burying a 200 lb. pig in our backyard for an all-night Memorial Day Roast (don’t tell the landlord!), so let me make a few points about today before I grab a shovel:

+ I hope that our time together today will help to improve your regular celebration of the Lord’s Table.  The Westminster Catechism, Question 168, answers the question of its import to us:

The Lord’s supper is a sacrament of the New Testament, wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine according to the appointment of Jesus Christ, his death is showed forth; and they that worthily communicate feed upon his body and blood, to their spiritual nourishment and growth in grace; have their union and communion with him confirmed; testify and renew their thankfulness, and engagement to God, and their mutual love and fellowship each with the other, as members of the same mystical body.

+ To get more information about serving as a BCC Disability Ministry Team Buddy, write ServeBCC@gmail.com

+ Find the Elders’ Paper on In Vitro Fertilization here:

http://www.bearcreekchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Thinking-About-IVF.pdf

+ See a list of Bloody Mary’s victims, and more, here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Protestant_martyrs_of_the_English_Reformation

+ Thanks to Jessica and Penny for helping me with the difference between similes and metaphors, and to Sylvia for knowing her state capitols.

+ Let the record show that on this historic date: May 29, 2016, every bulletin was taken.  Keep up the good work, Pastor Brian.  It is not for nothing!

+ What a wonderful surprise to have Darryl and Becky Jordan with us today, all the way from the Philippines where they serve with New Tribes Mission: https://usa.ntm.org/missionaries/darryl-and-becky-jordan

+ The Mail-Tribune has a list of local Memorial Day services here:

http://www.mailtribune.com/news/20160528/rogue-valley-communities-host-memorial-day-events

+ I was really blessed by attendance today: I figured with the long weekend that attendance would be off, but no.  I hope that holds true during the long, hot summer, and especially with the 7 Letters of Revelation series coming.  I’m looking forward to that.

+ Thanks to everyone who pitched in today, from our worship leaders who led us in great songs, to PJ and Bill for their excellent prayers on our behalf, to the folks who arrived so early to set up or stayed so late to put everything away (with the time change, Ted remarked, “Look: we’re done and it’s only 12:37!).

Grateful to God for my role in our Church Family,

Pastor Dale



Thinking About IVF

The subject of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is unclear in most people’s minds. Some think of the first test tube baby in the 70’s without realizing that IVF is now a commonly used method to help those struggling with infertility. Many also don’t realize the serious moral issues associated with IVF, and so they are not equipped to give godly counsel to loved ones who may be considering it…

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A Mother’s Day Prayer from Pastor Jim

Father, we are reminded this Mother’s Day morning to thank you for adopting us into your family through Your ruling grace, and for calling us to be brothers and sisters to each other. We thank you for our mothers, who cared for us when we were helpless, comforted us when we were hurt, whose love and care we often took for granted.

Lord, we have also been confronted this past week and will face, in the days ahead, many challenges, yet you are our light and our salvation. And as a result, clarity and hope is settled and in You. There is nothing that we will be unnerved or panicked by. You are the fortification of our life. There is nothing to dismay or terrify us.

Cause us to quickly turn to you? And to recognize that you are gracious to us and will answer us? For you have said, “Seek my face.” And we gladly reply , “Your face we will seek.” Although we deserve nothing, we know that even if all may desert us, You have firmly and undeniably stated, “I will take you in.”

So, with confidence and assurance from You, we will be strong and our hearts will take courage; we will wait and we will boldly declare, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do and speak and love and bless.” You are both the Giver and the Gift. And apart from You we understand we can do nothing.

Help us to be the first to return after any encounter with gratefulness to You and You alone. Humbly we present this prayer in the name of the Gift, Your Son and our Savior, in Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen