Sunday, September 27, 2020, 10:30 AM
SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN PENTECOST
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WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
- While the office remains closed, you can reach the pastor by calling the office. Appointments are being made via phone, facetime, FB messenger and e-mail. Continue to expect to hear from the pastor via one of those afore mentioned ways of communication.
- When we get back to the Park, we need your input as to how you think this should work in terms of making sure we are safe. Please respond on the comments section of our Facebook Group or send an email to Pastor Paul’s church e-mail. Some things to consider: Bring your own chair, should we continue with our potluck breakfast/lunch? We will have masks at service and hand sanitizer and our feeling is that folks should wear them and make use of the sanitizer. Vicar Alyce and I are checking this week concerning city codes for restaurants for safe practices…only because they seem closest to what we do on Sunday’s. This is all contingent upon the CDC continuing to say we are a low risk meeting and there is not a huge spike in COVID-19 and things are not being shut done. Also, we are not going to do anything that puts people in harm’s way. Your lives and health mean more to GSCC then being in the park. So if we make errors it will be on the side of an abundance of caution.
- No face to face meeting with the Pastor, for now the office remains closed.
- Hygiene Kit Sunday provided the afore mention all goes according to plan will take place 2 weeks after we return to the park for the making and distributing Kit’s starting at 9AM
- Bible Study every Monday. The study will last 30 to 45 minutes. Our start time will be 7:30pm Vicar Alyce will be leading the study We will meeting via zoom so watch for an e-mail invitation to join with us.
- Pastor Paul office time Monday-Wednesday 10:00 AM till 3:00 PM The Pastor will be off on Thursday’s. Friday’s will be a study day and Saturdays the Pastor will be available as needed or by appointment.. For now Dana’s office time or church time will remain the same.
- We thank you for going to the church website to take care of your tithe, gifts, donations and offering. Just go to gentlespirit.org and click on the donate button and follow the instructions. Or if you are more comfortable with the US mail then send your tithe, gifts, donations and offerings via a check or money order to GSCC 601 West Ponce de Leon Decatur, GA 30030
Prayer, Praise and Offering: Any Prayer requests or Praises can be made now in the comment section of the live stream.
FIRST SCRIPTURE LESSON: Psalm 25:1-9 (The Message)
My head is high, God, held high;
I’m looking to you, God;
No hangdog skulking for me.
I’ve thrown in my lot with you;
You won’t embarrass me, will you?
Or let my enemies get the best of me?
Don’t embarrass any of us
Who went out on a limb for you.
It’s the traitors who should be humiliated.
Show me how you work, God;
School me in your ways.
Take me by the hand;
Lead me down the path of truth.
You are my Savior, aren’t you?
Mark the milestones of your mercy and love, God;
Rebuild the ancient landmarks!
Forget that I sowed wild oats;
Mark me with your sign of love.
Plan only the best for me, God!
God is fair and just;
The Creator corrects the misdirected,
Sends them in the right direction.
God gives the rejects his hand,
And leads them step-by-step.
SECOND SCRIPTURE LESSON: Philippians 2:1-13
If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.
What I’m getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you’ve done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I’m separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.
TODAY’S MESSAGE: “To Be or Not to Be” Vicar Alyce Keener Matthew 21:23-32
VS> 31-32 “Jesus said, “Yes, and I tell you that crooks and whores are going to precede you into God’s kingdom. John came to you showing you the right road. You turned up your noses at him, but the crooks and whores believed him. Even when you saw their changed lives, you didn’t care enough to change and believe him.”
Then he was back in the Temple, teaching. The high priests and leaders of the people came up and demanded, “Show us your credentials. Who authorized you to teach here?”
Jesus responded, “First let me ask you a question. You answer my question and I’ll answer yours. About the baptism of John—who authorized it: heaven or humans?”
They were on the spot and knew it. They pulled back into a huddle and whispered, “If we say ‘heaven,’ he’ll ask us why we didn’t believe him; if we say ‘humans,’ we’re up against it with the people because they all hold John up as a prophet.” They decided to concede that round to Jesus. “We don’t know,” they answered.
Jesus said, “Then neither will I answer your question.
“Tell me what you think of this story: A man had two sons. He went up to the first and said, ‘Son, go out for the day and work in the vineyard.’
“The son answered, ‘I don’t want to.’ Later on he thought better of it and went.
“The father gave the same command to the second son. He answered, ‘Sure, glad to.’ But he never went.
“Which of the two sons did what the father asked?”
They said, “The first.”
Jesus said, “Yes, and I tell you that crooks and whores are going to precede you into God’s kingdom. John came to you showing you the right road. You turned up your noses at him, but the crooks and whores believed him. Even when you saw their changed lives, you didn’t care enough to change and believe him.
Sacrament of Holy Communion: