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Lower United Methodist Church
Wednesday Message
August 10, 2022

 

Proverbs 21:3, “The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.”

There is a phrase, “Sunday Christian.” According to the Urban Dictionary, it means people who behave like Christians on Sunday but not on weekdays. This pattern tends to appear in those who are content with religious practices without a personal relationship with God.

Our religious practices are important. God is pleased with worshiping on Sunday, praying each day, reading and meditating on the Bible, donating money, or fasting. Through such acts, we can take “a form of godliness” and have the opportunity to meet God (2 Timothy 3:5).

But for us, the obedience offered in our lives is just as important as our religious rituals and actions. God doesn't just want a part of our lives. He wants to receive our entire life. Religious rituals and practices are only a part of it. Everything we do in our lives according to God's Word pleases God. He expects a life of kindness, patience, generosity, listening, helping, encouraging, yielding and forgiving toward neighbors and friends. Also, caring for and helping the poor, sick, and lonely is an act that pleases God.

Are you living your life giving all of your life to God? Or are you offering it to God only on Sundays? Are your Sunday and weekday lives different? What areas of your life are not being dedicated to God?

Pastor Yosub Namgung

Reading for this week: August One Year Bible Readings - One Year Bible Online
 

 
 
Please pray for:


Betty Yates - stroke

Richard Bankert - eye appointment Friday

George

Ed Ruark - traveling to Texas for report on cancer treatments

Debbie Williams - breast cancer

Family of Mike Ailsworth who passed away

Kentucky, West Virginia and southern Virginia - floods and devastation

Don Fisher - pray he gets to go home after third heart surgery

Jim & Sheila Snider's son, Greg - surgery for cancer

Joe Coberly (Shirley's husband) - in hospice

Sallie Belle Benedetti - heart surgery 8/9

Annette Greenwood - car accident on 8/1

Carolyn Wake and family on the passing of her husband John on 8/3

Bill Gibson, ex-husband of Lisa Estes - pneumonia

Linda and Grant - Covid and trying to get home with Covid

Family of Warren Milby who passed away

Family of Mike Ailsworth who passed away

Amber Holland - asthma and in the hospital from mole

Glenda Brooks - Covid, in ICU at Walter Reed
 


Wear picnic clothes and come for a light breakfast before church! Gather in the social hall at 9:30 for a light breakfast beginning at 9:45.  Remain in the social hall for worship at the regular time of 10:30 - prayer, praise, singing, and worship!


The Missions Committee is responding to a request from the Middlesex Elementary Parent Teacher Organization to take part in their collection of school supplies for the upcoming school year. If you'd like to participate in this collection, please contribute any of the following items:

Crayola Crayons (24 pack)
#2 Pencils (sharpened)
Glue Sticks
Kids Scissors
Composition Notebooks
Black Dry Erase Markers (both large and fine tip)
Highlighters
Ear Buds/headphones
Plastic Crayon Box
3-prong Pocket Folders
Kleenex Tissue Boxes

The collection box is in the office hallway, next to the doors to the sanctuary.


Join us in sending our children and teachers off to a grand new school year. Our service will be led by the youth of Lower. If you have children or grandchildren, bring them and their backpacks for a special blessing.


Benjamin Garner is returning for an afternoon hymn sing.  We so enjoyed his concert earlier this summer, but we would love more piano, and more singing, and so would he!  Come enjoy his wonderful talents, and sing your heart out too!
Last Week

Attendance:  58                     

Offering:     $1,647.00
E-giving:     $1,816.38
Total:           $3,463.38
 
Needed for weekly goal:
                      $3,923.00
  
Our offerings to date:
                    $126,878.58

Our 2022 YTD Goal:
                    $125,536.00
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Lower United Methodist Church
120 Lower Church Road
Our mailing address is:
PO Box 98
Hartfield, VA 23071-0098

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