September 14, 2014 – Holy struggle

Revelation 15:1-4 Then I saw another portent in heaven, great and amazing: seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is ended. And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb: “Great and amazing are your deeds, Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, King of the nations! Lord, who will not fear and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your judgments have been revealed.” Exodus 5:1-9, 15-23 Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, so that they may celebrate a festival to me in the wilderness.’“ But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should heed him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and I will not let Israel go.” Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has revealed himself to us; let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness to sacrifice to the Lord our God, or he will fall upon us with pestilence or sword.” But the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their work? Get to your labors!” Pharaoh continued, “Now they are more numerous than the people of the land and yet you want them to stop working!” That same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people, as well as their supervisors, “You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as before; let them go and gather straw for themselves. But you shall require of them the same quantity of bricks as they have made previously; do not diminish it, for they are lazy; that is why they cry, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifice to our God.’ Let heavier work be laid on them; then they will labor at it and pay no attention to deceptive words….” Then the Israelite supervisors came to Pharaoh and cried, “Why do you treat your servants like this? No straw is given to your servants, yet they say to us, ‘Make bricks!’ Look how your servants are beaten! You are unjust to your own people.” He said, “You are lazy, lazy; that is why you say, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’ Go now, and work; for no straw shall be given you, but you shall still deliver the same number of bricks.” The Israelite supervisors saw that they were in trouble when they were told, “You shall not lessen your daily number of bricks.” As they left Pharaoh, they came upon Moses and Aaron who were waiting to meet them. They said to them, “The Lord look upon you and judge! You have brought us into bad odor with Pharaoh and his officials, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.” Then Moses turned again to the Lord and said, “O...

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Week of September 14, 2014 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Sept. 14th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Monday, Sept. 15th: 10:00 AM UMW Executive Board Meeting 11:00 AM Aptuxcet Garden Club 6:00 PM Finance Committee 7:00 PM Church Council Sunday, Sept. 21st: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School PUMPKIN PATCH: A work day is coming up on September 27th from 12pm to 4pm, to work on assembling the pallets. Please let Marsha Burt know if you’d like to help out. The pumpkins will be arriving on September 28th after church, around 12:30. We will need lots of volunteers to help unload the truck and set up the patch. Please bring your own lunch. Desserts and beverages will be provided. The sign up sheet for shifts in the pumpkin patch will be available after church on Sundays as well. We are looking forward to another great year in the patch! LOOKING AHEAD: Our Charge Conference will be on Monday, November 17th, with a joint SPRC meeting at 5:30 and the conference to follow at 6:30pm. Mark your calendars! PRAYER LIST: If you would like to make a prayer request to be put into the bulletin for one month, please fill out a prayer request card in the pew and place it in the offering plate, or contact the church office. MAILING LIST: If you are not on our mailing list (email or hard copy) to receive newsletters, and other church news, please fill out a card in Crain Hall. Also, if your address has changed, please let us know.  ...

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