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Bulletin for Sunday, August 14
21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials. 22 But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. 23 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it to get it back on the road.
24 Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path through the vineyards, with walls on both sides. 25 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat the donkey again.
26 Then the angel of the Lord moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left. 27 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff. 28 Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”
29 Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.”
30 The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?”
“No,” he said.
31 Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.
32 The angel of the Lord asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. 33 The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared it.”
34 Balaam said to the angel of the Lord, “I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back.”
35 The angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but speak only what I tell you.” So Balaam went with Balak’s officials.
Leader: The Word of the Lord
Ekklesia: Thanks be to God
This week’s worship.
All the details for our upcoming Back-2-School Block Party and Cooking-Matters classes can be found on our recently redesigned community website, loveathens.org.
Ekklesia Kids Volunteer Lunch
Mark your calendars for an Ekklesia Kids volunteer lunch after service on August 28th! We will be providing food and childcare. On the agenda are:
- meet & greet with Beth 🙂
- kids ministry volunteer training
- current volunteer needs
- feedback from you!
Back-2-School Block Party Sign-up (8/26)
Each year, we put on a Back-to-School Block Party, where we put up bounce houses, make free food for the community, and give away hundreds of bags of school supplies. It is one of the most fun things we do all year. BUT, it can’t happen without lots of volunteers. And so, on Friday, August 26, we will need all hands on deck!
Please sign up for a spot and help make sure it is an amazing day!
Tropical Party! (9/17)
Join us on Saturday, September 17th, for a family-friendly Tropical-themed party hosted by the Bazer’s (3809 Sparrow Pond Lane, Raleigh). All beverages (alcoholic and non) and meat dishes provided by the hosts. Everyone is encouraged to bring their best grass-skirt and a side dish or dessert to share.