Sunday, July 12, 2020, 10:30 AM
Sixth SUNDAY IN PENTECOST
Via the Internet
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.
- We have a target date to be back in the Park- sometime in August. 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.
- We have not made a decision about 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
- We thank you for going to the church website to take care of your tithe, gifts 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 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 119:105-112 (The Message)
By your words I can see where I’m going;
they throw a beam of light on my dark path.
I’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn back
from living by your righteous order.
Everything’s falling apart on me, God;
put me together again with your Word.
Festoon me with your finest sayings, God;
teach me your holy rules.
My life is as close as my own hands,
but I don’t forget what you have revealed.
The wicked do their best to throw me off track,
but I don’t swerve an inch from your course.
I inherited your book on living; it’s mine forever—
what a gift! And how happy it makes me!
I concentrate on doing exactly what you say—
I always have and always will.
SECOND SCRIPTURE LESSON: Romans 8:1-11(The Message)
With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.
God went for the jugular when God sent God’s own Son. The Creator didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In the Son, Jesus, God personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that.
The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us.
Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what God is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.
But if God has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of God. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome God, in whom Jesus dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, God will do the same thing in you that God did in Jesus, bringing you alive to God? When God lives and breathes in you (and God does, as surely as God did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With this Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!
TODAY’S MESSAGE: “Decisions, Decisions, Decisions or “I know You hear Me but are you Listening” Pastor Paul Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
VS.9 “Are you listening to this? Really listening?”
Sacrament of Holy Communion:
“OWN YOUR FAITH, DON’T RENT IT!