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Bulletin for Sunday, June 23, 2019
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1 Corinthians 15:1-28
1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried,that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man,the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.
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Leader: The word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God.
This week’s worship.
5th Sunday Worship: Special Guest – Chalice Overy
Every time a month has five Sundays, we dedicate the fifth Sunday specifically toward the topic of race. We believe the church is to be “a sacrament of the world’s possibility, a sign of what the world can be.” When it comes to racial diversity, integration and healing, we as a church still have much room for growth!! We are very excited to have Reverend Chalice Overy (graduate from Duke Divinity School) join us on Sunday, June 30th, to share her heart with us.
Family Month is COMING!
For the record, when we say “family” month, we are referring to the whole church family! These fun post-church lunches and activities are not just for families-with-kids. They are for everyone, even 47-year-old single empty-nesters like me!
For each Sunday in July, childcare will be available for kids 3-and-under. And just like previous years, we’ll be doing another series called Illustrated Compassion which includes fun coloring pages for everyone, including the adults!! Each Sunday after worship, the fun will continue with lunch and a family-friendly community wide event. The tentative schedule is:
- July 7 — JumpStreet Indoor Trampoline Park (Cary)
- July 14 — Bowling (AMF South Hills Lanes)
- July 21 — Lion King Matinee at Mission Valley Cinema
- July 28 — Lake Johnson Pool Party
Summer Financial Update
Earlier this month, one of our board members provided a financial update as part of the worship service. While giving in 2019 has been relatively consistent, we are beginning to see the usual effects of summer travel.
If you’ve never considered regular / automated giving before, now is the perfect time! You can do so easily through paypal, or through your own online banking, or by submitting a recurring giving form into the offering box on Sunday morning.
Last Week’s Newsletter
In cased you missed it, here’s a link to last week’s newsletter … complete with all the latest news and updates. [Read now]