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 December 10, 2014

December 10, 2014

 

 

WHAT  IS  YOUR  CONFESSION?

 

 

The need for confession is one result from the original Fall into sin. Remember, God declared to Adam and Eve, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17). We are all too familiar on how this story ends. Adam and Eve disobey God resulting in God’s decree, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever” (Genesis 3:22).

 

 

What we perhaps do not often acknowledge about the fall concerns God’s words, “now…knowing good,” as well as knowing evil. There is often a tendency to think the Fall concerns just the power of evil entering our lives. However, just as destructible to us is the knowledge of the good. The issue is not what is deemed good in-and-of itself, but the issue is our discerning what is to be deemed good, and when and how to live out the good.

 

 

What God teaches in part in the Garden of Eden is that only in relationship to God in obedience can humanity know good and evil. Obedience is not to be reduced to simplistic notions of “Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there” (Isaiah 28:10). More fully, obedience to God teaches us the structure in which our relationship to God, others, and our own selves can thrive and reach the fullest potential. In other words, obedience is about love. As we read in First John, “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome” (1 John 5:2). In obedience to God’s commands we come to experience and know what is “good” about God, others, our own selves, and life!

 

 

By partaking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Adam and Eve ushered into humanity independent choice. No longer were our choices made in obedient relation to God that fosters the love and life of all. Now with sin in the world, we can independently choose what we believe to be good and evil.   How are we doing so far with that independent choice? The depth of pain and misery that is the human race makes God’s banishing us from the tree of life appear as an act of mercy. If we create so much destruction in the world in the few days we are given to live on this planet, then just imagine the destruction we could inflict living forever.

 

 

The need for confession arises due to this arrogance of our independent choices. Out of step with our relationship to God, we do not promote the good that fosters love in this world. We need to confess our sin in not obeying God that results in the evil we inflict on each other and our own selves. Without confession our relationships to God on down would remain in a broken condition. Confession is the “healing balm of Gilead” that begins to repair the damage we have done.

 

 

Brothers and Sisters of West Main, will you confess your sins so as to be healed, or will you persist with independent choice bringing harm to yourselves, others, and God? What is your confession?

 

– Terry

 

 

 

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, please come this Sunday, December 14, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Please come prepared with your music. The program will take place on Saturday, December 20, at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Contact person is Meagan Delgado. There will be a finger food fellowship following the program, so bring lots of your favorite holiday treats.

 

 

Wrapping Party . . . Calling ALL TEENS and any Adults who would like to help us wrap presents and make the food boxes for our Christmas Baskets. We will be assembling the boxes this Sunday, December 14, at 6:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room. We will be delivering the boxes on December 17. All items for the boxes need to be at church this Sunday, December 14!

 

 

Service Schedule Changes . . . 

There will be NO Evening Service at the building on December 14 and 21.

No Wednesday Night Service on December 24.


 

Tuesday Ladies Bible Class --  We will take our Christmas break on December 23 and 30. We will resume class in the New Year on January 6.

 


Widows Lunch  -- All Widows are invited to a Christmas Lunch to be held at Applebee’s Restaurant on Thursday, December 18, at 11:00 a.m. For more information contact Bill or Barb Viera.

 

 

Sacred Renewal -- We are nearing the time in January that is being set aside for a time of renewal. This renewal is regarded as a sacred time. The purpose of this time in January is to step out of our ordinary daily routines and schedules to focus in a concentrated way on our relationship to God and one another.

 

There are several special congregational worship services and times of praise, confession, and repentance we desire all to experience. The elders’ desire is that everyone make an effort to be present on Sunday morning, January 11. The next time we will gather as a congregation will be Wednesday night, January 14, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. We will have individuals outside the congregation to provide child care - we do not want any of our members to miss out on these important meetings!

 

We are calling upon our entire congregation to be a part of this Sacred Renewal.

 

 

Our Annual Business Meeting is scheduled for January 4, 2015, after morning services in the Fireside Room. We encourage all members to attend.

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Prayer Requests . . . Leilla Sparks is not feeling well - no visits, but cards would be appreciated...Continued prayers for Evelyn Bates who is not feeling well...Praise that the aunt of Diane Liles, Darla, was baptized last Saturday...Continued prayers for friends of the Liles family - Bill and Emy Park - for Emy’s healing from cancer...For Terrie Becker - surgery is scheduled in about three weeks for a tumor on her nerve root in her neck - please pray that it is benign...Prayers for Nora Sutherlin, sister-in-law of Doris Sutherlin, - that she has a successful surgery...For our President and all of our military men, women and families.

 

 

 
Our Sympathy, Love and Prayers are extended to the family of former member, Betty Hood, who passed away on December 4. If you would like to send a card to Bob, call the church office for the address.

 

 

Calendar of Events 

December 14: Christmas Boxes Wrapping Party; FSR; 6:00 p.m.

FSR Life Group Cancelled for Tonight

Christmas Play Rehearsal, Auditorium; 5:00-6:30 p.m.

December 18: Widows Lunch at Applebee’s; 11:00 a.m.

December 20: Christmas Play; Auditorium; 6:00 p.m.

December 21: No Evening Worship Services

December 24: No Wednesday Evening Service

 
 
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