Bulletin for April 14, 2019
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2 Corinthians 11:16-30
16 I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then tolerate me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting. 17 In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool. 18 Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast.19 You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise! 20 In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or puts on airs or slaps you in the face. 21 To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that!
Whatever anyone else dares to boast about—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast about. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, without my intense concern?
30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
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Leader: The word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God.
This week’s worship.
A few community needs have come to our attention in recent days. Stephanie and Bradley Capps host a small group that has been supporting a Syrian refugee family nearby. This family is in need of Size 4 diapers, and wipes. If you can help, please reach out to Stephanie (919-817-2151).
Beyond this, Crystal Price works with several underserved families and children with high-risk mental health issues. Among these families, at least 2 children are without beds, and 3 families are without other basic furnishings (couch, table, chairs). If you have furniture you could donate, contact Crystal (919-946-8648)
We are working toward a baptism worship service on Easter Sunday (4/21). To those who have already been baptized, we also hope to offer a reaffirmation-of-baptism-vows. If you or a family member is interested either in baptism or a reaffirmation, please contact Curtis.
This summer we are sending a team to serve with our Global Ministries partner Lemonade International in Guatemala City — a ministry we support monthly. This year, our annual trip will be August 4-10. It is ALWAYS a powerful and transformative experience, and we would love for you to go! Learn more online, or chat with Pastor Curtis or Colby Freeman (this year’s team leader).
If you’ve missed our series of Lent blog posts, catch up here. They are so good!
- Week One – Fasting Food by Katie Anderson “It feels fitting to begin this Lent … [read more]
- Week Two – Fasting Clothing by Laura Jasmine “”We tend to envision … [read more]
- Week Three – Fasting Waste by Mick Schulte “I was so excited when Curtis & CJ … [read more]
- Week Four – Fasting Media by Lindsay Stevenson “As we journey through Lent together … [read more]
- Week Five – Fasting Possessions by Stephanie Capps “Growing up, there were paths through my house … [read more]