Service Times

Sunday Morning Class:
9:00 am

Sunday Morning Worship:
10:15 am

Sunday Evening Worship:
6:00 pm

Building Address

1701 West Main St

Medford, OR  97501

Phone Number

541 772 9640

Updated Website is available at

www. churchwestmain.org

Home Bulletins November 19, 2014

November 19, 2014

 

 

LIVE  HUMBLY

 

 

I am studying the Old Testament to prepare for an upcoming survey class for our teens on Sunday mornings. I recently finished Esther. It is such a beautiful book, and there is much to learn from this gem. We see God’s sovereignty over the entire universe. We see His providential care for His family. But the lesson that strikes me most is one of humility.

 

 

We live in a very selfish culture. Modern man does NOT like to be told what to do. We are quick to lose respect for others when difficulties arise. We also lose humility in situations that can cause stress. It always becomes about “ME.” But, the story of Esther teaches us a completely different way to live life. Her story is one of gentle strength and humility.

 

 

She proved to have a Godly spirit that showed great strength and willing obedience. Esther’s humility was completely different from everyone else around her, and this was noticed, even to the point of it causing her to be elevated into the position of Queen! She shows us that remaining respectful and humble, even in difficult, if not humanly impossible circumstances, can often miraculously become the very vessel of untold blessings for both ourselves and others!

 

 

We would do well to model her Godly attitudes in all areas of life, and especially in trials. Not once is there a complaint or bad attitude exposed in Esther. She must have grown tired, irritated and frustrated! Yet, she does not crumble or weaken. Many times we read she won the “favor” of those around her. This “favor” is what ultimately saved her people. You and I can be granted such favor when we accept unfair persecution and follow Esther’s example of maintaining a positive attitude, paired with humility and the determination to lean on God only.

 

 

Will we at West Main choose to live like Esther?

 

– Pannell

 

 

 

FEELING  THE  LORD  (PART  FIVE)

 

 

In my last few articles, I have been critiquing how First Corinthians chapter eleven is sometimes misused in Lord’s Supper meditations. In particular, I have taken issue with the meditation that seems to compel members to potentially feel guilty, if they do not keep their minds entirely focused on the sacrifice of Christ while partaking. “Remember,” this meditation seems to say, “If your thoughts wander during the Lord’s Supper, you are not discerning the body of Christ and may be subject to the Lord’s discipline of illness or death!” In other words, First Corinthians eleven is about the content of one’s thoughts while participating in the Lord’s Supper.

 

 

However, we have seen that the issue for the Corinthians was not what they were thinking while partaking of the Lord’s Supper, but how their treatment of one another contradicted what the Lord’s Supper represents. The Corinthians were guilty of making false distinctions amongst themselves by judging who was “more spiritual.” Paul charges them saying, “In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. When you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat” (1 Cor 11:18-20).

 

 

The “differences” the Corinthians were making when eating the Lord’s Supper dealt with their financial status in life. Some were going hungry while others ate to their hearts content (1 Cor 11:20-22). The sin of making class distinctions in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper was just a further extension of the Corinthians’ sin Paul mentions earlier in the letter:

 

 

“My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?” (1 Cor 1:11-13).

 

 

Clearly the Corinthians had a unity problem. Their disunity was made manifest in how they tried making prideful distinctions in judging who baptized them (Paul or Apollos), and in who had the means to eat well verses those who had nothing. The Lord’s Supper was supposed to be the Church’s humble proclamation of oneness in Jesus. As Paul says, “Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord’” (1 Cor 1:31). Everything the Corinthians are and have comes from Jesus: “For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” (1 Cor 4:7).

 

 

The Corinthians did not love one another as they ought (1 Cor 11:29-30). The Corinthian problem was not that they were not literally thinking of the body and blood of Jesus while partaking of the Lord’s Supper. Their problem was that their actions toward one another as the body of Christ (the Church) contradicted how the body of Christ (Jesus’ sacrificed body) was to make them one. By continuing their spiritual and class distinctions, the Corinthians were perverting the Lord’s Supper into a justification of their own sinful pride!

 

 

So in coming to the Lord’s Supper, you need to examine how you treat and regard your fellow brothers and sisters. Do your thoughts and actions reflect the love and oneness your participation in the Lord’s Supper is supposed to declare? How does such a thought make you feel?

 

To be continued . . .     – Terry

 

 

 

College Boxes --    We are starting to assemble the college boxes for our eight students. We need all items brought to the church by this Sunday, November 23rd. If you are unable to shop for items, we also need cash for mailing fees or to shop for the items. Please contact Denise Beeks for more information.

 

 

Tuesday Ladies Bible Class will not meet next Tuesday, November 25. We will resume on Tuesday, December 2. We will take our Christmas break on December 23 and 30. We will resume class in the New Year on January 6.

 

 

Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at the building on Thursday, November 27, at 2:00 p.m. Contact person is Laura Drew. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

 

RRMC Blanket Baskets  --  This year Hudson Thomas will be making Blanket Baskets for the Rogue Regional Medical Center Pediatrics Ward for his Senior Project.  The help of the congregation to complete these baskets will be needed and appreciated.

 

 

Baby Shower  -- There will be a baby shower honoring Alex and Makenna Cummings on Saturday, November 22, at

1:00 p.m. at Rogue Valley Christian Church at 1440 South Oakdale, Medford. All are welcome to attend.

 

 

Calling All Performers ! ! ! A Winter Wonderland is the title of our Talent Christmas Program. If you are interested in performing or helping in any way, the sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the courtyard.   This year’s program will take place on Saturday, December 20. Contact person is Meagan Delgado.



Audio-Visual Help Needed  -- If you would like to learn how to assist in the audio-visual department for our Sunday services, please contact Dan Beeks or Darren Dixon.

 

 

Coffee Servers are needed for the month of December. Please sign up on the sheet posted in the hallway by the stairs. Thank you for all of your help.

 

 

Nursery Help Needed  --  If you can help in the nursery for 2015, please contact Diane Liles this Sunday. She needs three months of calendar dates filled for 2015. Thank you for all your help.

 


We Will Not Publish a bulletin next Wednesday, November 26, due to the Thanksgiving Day Holiday. Please have any announcements for the Sunday Worship Bulletin turned in no later than 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 26. Thank you.


 


Prayer Requests . . . Bob Stapp asks prayers for his cousin’s daughter, Lauren. The hole in her heart is healing on its own and she is able to sit up and move around on her own now and best of all she was finally able to hold her baby...Jenny Way asks prayers to have a clear mind and be able to think things through and follow through to finish all that she starts...Eva Loy Knight asks prayers for her friend, Betty, who is in stage three cancer...Lane Augustson asks prayers for a job he is applying for with the Roseburg Fire Department...Peggy Woods asks prayers for her neighbor, Cherie, who is very ill and in the hospital...David Mayes asks continued prayers for Cora to influence her friends; Layla’s health; Mikey to accept Christ; and for himself to be more Christlike and walk in the light...For our President and all of our military men, women and families.

 

 

 

Calendar of Events

November 27:  Thanksgiving Dinner; 2:00 p.m.; Fireside Room

 

 

 

 

 

 
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