May 5, 2019 – Headlines Week 2

May 5, 2019 – Headlines Week 2


and I never will forget you’ve never me don’t never is Oh worthy is the Lamb who was slain worthy
is the king that was ground is crowned with glory now save him now
too now now shines from three days you come and there you good morning rush Creek what a great
weekend yeah and what a great band we have I love listen to them every morning
just happens in the background but there are some gifted people appreciate having
Ryan back from college good to have Ryan as our guitarist appreciate his his
music and his heart as well would you stand with us we’re gonna sing that song
that they were just playing forever God is faithful and as you sing it see from the rising to the Setting Sun his
love endures grace of God we will care
it’s love see he’s worthy of every song let’s sing to
him this morning worthy of every song we could ever sing worthy of movies we could ever bring worthy of every breath we could ever
breathe we live for you Jesus the name above every other me Jesus the only one
ever save every breath we could ever breathe we
live for you you please Jesus the only see trust man you may be seated my name is Shea this is Laura we are
part of the missions treat the missions team this year going to Navajo Nation in
Arizona we leave July 5th and we return on July 14th Navajo Nation is a Native
American reservation in Arizona and we are partnering with the organization
leader treks and leader checks is an organization that helps with student
with student leader development I am very excited to go on this missions trip
this year because I am wanting to grow my walk with Christ I’m wanting to
become more bold and more expressive in my beliefs and by going on this mission
trip with these great supportive people I’ll be able to accomplish that my name
is Laura Varma and I’m also going on this mission trip so when I first heard
about it my mom brought it up to me and I knew I couldn’t miss it and I really
wanted to go because I had been praying about that God would just show me just
new ways in the future to grow big or small and I knew this was one of the
bigger ones so I was like can’t miss this so I didn’t really care at first
who was going or where we were going I knew I just wanted to go on a mission
trip because it’s on an awesome fun and a new opportunity and but thankfully I
have this awesome team and I’m super excited to share this experience with
them and then last week when Kim asked me to come up here some brave souls to
speak to you all I did not think it was going to be me but here we are and that
is just just new little ways just challenges that I can grow and just
being willing and trusting him and saying yes to those little things so I
can keep going my faith and that is how I hope to grow
through the mission ship and continue building my faith in him and just
holding nothing back and giving my all I am Bethany Timmer I am one of the four
leaders on this mission trip around on behalf of our Arizona team I would like
to thank you as parents grandparents family and friends for your sport that
you have given through prayer and finances are ready and as we get closer
to the trip we have a few more opportunities to help with the support
and one of those is our giving wall this will be on the back wall today during
the refreshment time and for the next couple weeks and this is basically it’s
a wall with a bunch of envelopes on it that have a specific amount of money and
some cool designs and so um what would happen I’m sorry the idea is that you
would grab an envelope with maybe it’s amount of money you want to choose or
maybe it’s a specific design that you feel called to UM some of them really
look really cool there’s some Michigan State ones some Seahawks fans for pastor
cam just different things that yep right there too
that you guys can choose if you feel led to and so that would there’s a giving
Shi inside of it and you would fill that out and then you would turn it back to
the church office when you’re done and so that goes towards all the different
projects kind of we have that need to be paid for it but also a little bit of
support for each of the members as well thank you again for your support and we
will continue to keep you involved in this throughout the rest of the time
before we leave for the trip thank you always terrified and say oh we don’t
want to do this we don’t want to do this but when they actually get up there they
feel like wow we’re doing it for the right thing so we can’t lose you put
that giving wall there it is right up there there they look like envelopes so
make sure you go out and get one and here’s your challenge what is the
spiritual meaning of the design on the envelope okay and I have one here and
it’s a girl in the in the field and the headdress and nice tree and I look at
that and I think what is the spiritual meaning and I think well this is a
missionary that’s heading off to Arizona so that’s what I look at and see and you
can create anything you want but this is your opportunity to do that so you have
your bulletins we got all kinds of announcements we’re not going over them
all verbally that’s why they’re in your bulletin it’s a redesigned type of
bulletin to give you a brief update on different things of importance there’s
also a tariff and the tariff sheet today gives you an opportunity to just kind of
share a little bit about your your feelings your thoughts your viewing of
what’s happening at Rush Creek give you an opportunity to share and then on May
19th which is two weeks from today they’ll be kind of like a town-hall type
meeting they’ll be celebrating and looking at different things that are
happening for our future and different things that we’re looking forward to as
as we just make transition and I know at times it can be a little bit
intimidating but it’s not the Lord has given us so many things and the Lord
wants so many things to happen just last night I was talking to a really good
friend of mine who works at Hall in a hospital and she said she was in a
conversation with an employee at Holland Hospital who lives in Byron Center and
so she was talking about because they came here in a Sunday and this friend
was talking about Rush Creek and this lady who works with her at Holland
Hospital says oh I know about Rush Creek so do you do oh yeah they’re really
heavily involved in the community everybody knows about Rush Creek this is
somebody doesn’t even come here but this is the importance that we have and when
you give and when you’re invested financially as well as invested in
sending young people that’s where we are and community is more than just Byron
Center it’s where you live it’s where you work in the schools you are and
that’s our mission and I can’t tell you how my heart was just overjoyed hearing
that oh I know about Rush Creek everybody knows about Rush Creek and
that is a powerful testimony to all of you and the impact that you have in this
community so I hope that you take advantage of that meeting on May 19th
there’s also women’s our in our event that’s coming up the sign up is in the
back make sure you take care of that we also have some prints by Jody Velasco
that Corinne his wife has donated to the church and I would just encourage you to
go back and look at those prints and really what she wanted is people to just
be able to donate whatever you wanted to the children’s renewal project and if
you have nothing you can do she said just take one she wants you to
have them but they’re a phenomenal story behind those prints and so we want you
to take advantage of that if our Usher’s will come forward we’ll be able to share
in our morning gifts and offerings reminding you if you’re a guest or
visitor here this morning are offering us for you to just be here and feel free
to let the plate go by this is not payment this is not something you have
to do but it’s something out of the heart that we give and be invested into
who we are father God we thank you you’ve asked us
to give as cheerful givers joyful excited it’s hard to think like that in
a day and age and we look at money and we think about all the things that we
could do and all the safety and security and all the intimidation but Lord it’s
all yours and so we just thank you for this
privilege and this honor to give and to share to be invested in our youth group
programs like we heard shared about to be invested in parent night out on
Friday night with so many children and parents able to come here and just get
off with themselves and just be able to enjoy each other for a time we thank you
for that we thank you for the impact of this church in the community but we know
it’s for every single individual in this room that that’s why it’s so true we
thank you for that we give you the honor in the praise we look forward to you
continually to invest continually to move to continually expand who we are
and we just thank you for the privilege of giving toward that we ask father
whatever is given would be given for your honor for your glory we ask that in
Christ’s name Amen great is thy faithfulness O God my
father there is no shadow of turning with thee thou changest not
thy Compassion’s they fail not as the husband before springtime at harvest son burners
in there horses my life in your enforce in the peace presents to cheer too
stirring for two great is thy faithfulness great is thy
faithfulness morning by morning new mercies I see to me he-man he was faithful to us
through the cross would you stand and sing with us as we sing about the
victory we have because of Christ’s death for us you came for cream
and every Pharisee came for hypocrites you can’t mail into oh you’re oh you’re my
to me behold the lamb of God who takes away
our sin who takes away our sin the holy Lamb of God makes us alive again makes
us alive again who takes over Oh the cross meant to kill is my victory well good morning rush Creek Bible
Church I mean it’s good to be with you every single time well hey I I have a
really important question for you like really important all right how many of
you are dog people raise your hands how many of you are Doug like loved dogs
I can’t live without them okay I see some hands out there all right well good
I wish all the dog happiness in the world for you in fact you can even have
my dog happiness just take it go for it love yeah I kind of view dogs
a little bit like boats I would love to just be friends with somebody who has
one right I don’t need one I don’t need a boat I don’t need a dog I just as long
as I’m friends with somebody and I got a lot of friends out here who have dogs
also raised need to have a boat if you could nobody all right
Oh a couple thank you your friendship means the world to me thank you for all
the rest you that have boats and didn’t raise your hand
that hurt very deeply cut me real deep cats well there’s a reason I did not
mention cats okay yeah oh so many cat jokes I could tell but I
shouldn’t mm-hmm oh goodness anyways I say all this because recently
my wife and I had the opportunity to dog-sit
for my wife’s sister Katie and her husband Andy and so for the last like
actually was two different times over the course of the last month and so we
got to host this dog and this dog may have changed my mind just a little I
still don’t want to own one the man this dog is cute and this this right here is
Winston my dog nephew oh I’m telling ya I mean just oh I’m not even a dog lover
but just precious precious right dog Neffe I don’t even know if that’s a term
but I don’t carry so cute I just made it up I’ll own it I’m a dog uncle okay
alright I will own it because I think we can admit that that’s a pretty cute dog
but here’s the thing even more than just that my kids love this dog Winston or
Winnie as we call him and they just ate up the time with him and loved that
opportunity but I’ll tell you one thing I noticed about having a dog because
here’s the thing all of you dog lovers out there I can tell you something right
now you don’t love dogs because they bark a lot you don’t love
dogs because they sometimes stink a lot you don’t love dogs because they shed
everywhere you don’t love dogs because sometimes they poop everywhere and you
might step in and you don’t love dogs because they’re expensive to buy to feed
to care for and show affection for none of those reasons are the reasons that
you love dogs correct mostly yes I realize that is not a dog oh and I’m a
bit out of my element here but I’m assuming that you would agree with me no
the reason you love dogs is because there I say there are a few things in
this life if not few people in your lives that are as faithful and constant
in your life and in their love for you as your dog correct
yeah and I got just a small glimpse of that in the week and a half that we were
able to host my dog nephew Winston or Winnie as we call him and I tell you
what every single night Lindsay and I would sit down on a couch just exhausted
and within 10 seconds Winston would be on the couch next to me just laying his
head on my lap and in the morning when we wake up if our kids that let him out
of the cage already he would come right then jump on our bed and just curl up
next to us and just be a presence right and he faithfully chased after my
children and when I would poke my head out the door or the back door and call
from he would come right away and I don’t fraught you dog lovers I’m
speaking your language because this is what you love about dogs that faithful
and constant presence and companionship and there are a few things for those of
you who are dog lovers that match that even most of the people in your lives
have not reached that level of consistency and constancy and
faithfulness true it’s why we literally call them man’s best friend correct
because of that understanding of how they love and care for us in us in
return and so today I bring that up because I want to talk about this idea
of faithfulness we often talk about faithfulness God’s faithfulness but
sometimes I don’t think we actually really think through what we mean when
we say that the word faithfulness often times we connect it to the idea of God’s
promises and his ability to keep those promises no matter what God’s
truthfulness and if he says he’s gonna do something he does it but I want to
focus this morning on something that’s maybe a little bit tangental to those
ideas of faithfulness because I think there’s a sense of faithfulness that we
miss out on if those are the only things that we focus on and primarily this
morning I want to focus on the idea the understanding of God as a constant in
our lives right that he never fails us the reality that he is reliable that he
is there for us that he is present with us because that is part of his
faithfulness is it not I love thinking through
the ideas of God’s presence with us so often we get caught up and how do we go
and be with God but God says something so very different in so many spots
throughout scripture yes don’t get me wrong when we die we will go to heaven
to be with him true but God’s ultimate plan throughout all
of created history was not us to go and be with him but that he could come and
live and dwell amongst his creation that’s how it was in the garden correct
when there was perfection God said hey don’t don’t escape your
earthly bodies come to me I want to come walk amongst you I created you said I
could come dwell in your midst and we screwed that up but he’s moving he’s
moving in the direction of making that possible
again for eternity and so I love think about this idea of God’s faithfulness as
relates to his presence with us his constancy in our lives because here’s
the thing when we think about his faithfulness only in the areas of
promises and protection right sometimes we take promises that weren’t
necessarily intended for us and try and latch onto those and we end up hurt or
let down or feeling that God wasn’t faithful because this promise that I
read in his word well maybe that one was for me and he didn’t fulfill it well
sometimes the promises in here aren’t always intended for us in fact many of
the Old Testament promises promises are intended for Israel and he will fulfill
of things I’m not saying he doesn’t ever I’m not saying he ever breaks a promise
but not all promises in there are specifically directed to us and that’s
okay because there are some that are directly for us and we’ll look at those
later but the other side of it is protection
and I think that sometimes we think of God’s faithfulness as this shield maybe
that surrounds us right then when God is faithful that shield is at full strength
and nothing gets through it it doesn’t matter how many arrows the enemy might
fling our way if God is really faithful than that shield of protection is around
us and and yes God protects us please don’t misunderstand me but God’s
faithfulness does not mean that we never experience hardship and if we base our
understanding of his faithfulness upon how many hardships we’ve experienced
we’ve got a real issue there’s God waver in his faithfulness ever no does it ever
dip lower than it could ever possibly be no God’s faithfulness is always and
forever from eternity past to Eternity future at the utmost and fullest extent
that it could ever be and if that’s the case and we view his faithfulness in
light of our reality in what we go through in the hardships of this life
then there’s there’s a misunderstanding between those two things and so what we
take from that is not that his faithfulness protects us from all things
and that the level of his faithfulness is indicative of the level of hardships
or peaks and valleys that we go through but his faithfulness is indicative of
where God is the entire time and where God is the entire time is with us if we
know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior then he’s sitting on the throne of our
heart then his Spirit indwells us gives us strength and courage when when we
would ultimately stumble and fall and fail entirely and so it does not mean
that he he is there in the sense that everything we go through will be perfect
that’s not this life sin is in this world and we are reaping the
consequences of our introduction of sin into this world but still God is
faithful and his faithfulness can be seen in his constancy in our lives his
presence and so as we think about that I want to turn back and see couple spots
where where we see this played out and I would love to have you turn with me to X
to this chapter 12 Exodus chapter 12 you see through a series of events
surrounding a young boy named Joseph the nation of Israel is brought to Egypt and
it’s a good relationship that ultimately saves Israel through seven years of
plenty and seven years of famine but it’s time goes on and Joseph eventually
passes away the relationship between Egypt and Israel as Israel continues to
just grow and flourish in Egypt the relationship starts to wane it becomes
very strained in fact at the beginning of Exodus chapter one you don’t have to
turn there but just listen it says this there arose a new king over Egypt who
did not know Joseph and he said to his people behold the people of Israel are
too many and too mighty for us come let us deal shrewdly with them lest they
multiply and if war breaks out they join our enemies and fight against us an
escape from the land therefore they set taskmasters over them
to afflict them with heavy burdens they built for pharaoh store cities Pithom
and Rameses but the more the Israelites were oppressed the more they multiplied
the more they spread abroad and the Egyptians were in dread of the people of
Israel so they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves and they
made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in all
kinds of work in the field in all their work they ruthlessly made them work as
slaves we know the story Israel cries out to God for deliverance
correct and God raises up an awesome man Moses to lead his people out of Egypt
and into the Promised Land but there’s a problem because despite all of Moses’s
efforts Pharaoh’s heart is hardened and so God as we know through the beginning
of Exodus inflicts the land of Egypt with multiple plagues ten of them to be
exact he strikes the Nile with blood there’s frogs there’s gnats
why’s the death of livestock boils hail locusts and darkness over all the land
but he saves he saves the harshest one for last the death of every firstborn
child but before God unleashes this plague on all the land we see an
incredible showing of God’s faithfulness to his people
his constancy in the midst of their oppression one that becomes a staple of
the people’s lives for hundreds of years to come and we call it the Passover we
called the Passover and so in Exodus chapter 12 read with me beginning in
verse 1 and I’m reading from the ESV if you are on a digital device the Lord
said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt this month shall be for you the
beginning of months shall be the first month of the year for you
so tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month
every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers houses a lamb for a
household and if the household is too small for a lamb and he and his nearest
neighbor shall take according to the number of persons according to what each
can eat you shall make your count for the lamb interesting here verse 5 it
says your lamb shall be without blemish a male a year old and you may take it
from the Sheep or from the goats and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day
of this month when the whole Assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill
their lambs at Twilight but here’s where it really gets good because it says then
they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two-door post in the
lintel of the houses in which they eat it they shall eat the flesh that night
roasted on the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it
do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water but roasted its head with its legs
and its inner parts and you shall let none of it remain until the morning
anything that remains you shall burn in this manner you shall eat
with your belt fastened your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand
and you shall eat it in haste it is the Lord’s Passover and this is why they do
it this is why they’re following all of these instructions right here
verse 12 for I will pass through the land of Egypt that night and I will
strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt both man and beast and on all the
gods of Egypt I will execute judgments I am the Lord the blood shall be a sign
for you on the houses where you are and when I see the Blood I will pass over
you and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of
Egypt this day shall for you be a Memorial Day and you shall keep it as a
feast to the Lord throughout your generations as a statute forever you
shall keep it as a feast so this is amazing
because sure enough God does exactly as he says he’s going to do he passes
through the land of Egypt he strikes down the firstborn of every family even
the livestock and especially even so Pharaoh’s own son perishes but for the
people of Israel God has left special instructions take a lamb
not just any lamb but a perfect lamb an unblemished lamb is perfect as you can
find sacrifice it slaughter it and put its blood on the doorposts and on the
lintel and you will see that this blood this blood shall be a sign for you on
the houses where you are that I will pass over it
and so sure enough it comes to pass just as the Lord says and God literally
passes over the land of Egypt and passes over
those houses that have done as he instructed and as a result for years and
years to come the celebration of this constant sea of God’s protective
delivering presence in Israel’s life is celebrated in the Feast of the Passover but it’s not just like the Passover
because there’s also connective tissue the points to who Jesus just look at all
the parallels that we see between the Passover and Jesus as a perfect lamb as
only Jesus Christ could be perfect the blood was spilled as Jesus’s blood would
be spilled the blood was smeared on on wooden door post and lintels as Christ’s
blood was smeared on the cross itself they execute these lambs publicly as
Jesus is publicly executed on the cross Jesus himself dies on the cross during
Passover many many years after the actual Passover I mean this is not just
coincidence this is in every way pointing to Jesus in every way
confirming maybe not for the Israelites obviously that we’re experiencing the
first Passover but for the ones that were with Jesus and could have seen oh
my goodness look at all these parallels how did we not see this but that was
part of God’s constancy and presence was was showing them not just how he’s going
to save but how he’s going to continue to save into the future I will be with
you as I have been as I am now and as I will be for all eternity so speaking of Jesus and the Passover
let’s turn there now because that Jesus’s last Passover that we see the
institution of something new and so turn with me to mark 14 mark chapter 14 mark
chapter 14 verse 12 mark chapter 14 verse 12 and we read this and on the
first day of unleavened bread when the sacrifice the Passover lamb his
disciples said to him where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat
the Passover and he sent two of his disciples instead of them going to the
city and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you
follow him and wherever he enters say to the master of the house the teacher says
where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples and he
will show you a large upper room furnished and ready there prepare for us
the disciples set out and they went to the city and they found it just as he
had told them and they prepared the Passover and when it was evening he came
with the twelve and as they were reclining at the table and eating Jesus
said truly I say to you one of you will betray me one who is eating with me and
they began to be sorrowful and they said to him one after another is it I he said
to them it is one of the twelve one who was dipping bread into the dish with me
for the Son of man goes as it is written of him but woe to that man by whom the
Son of Man is betrayed it would not have been better or it would have been better
for that man if he had not been born so it sets the stage for this new
institution called the Lord’s Supper we read in verse 22 and as they were eating
he took bread and after blessing it he broke it and he gave it to them and he
said take this is my body and he took a cup and when he had given thanks he gave
it to them and they all drank of it and he said then this is my blood of the
Covenant which is poured out for many truly I say to you I will not drink
again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in
the kingdom of God and so we see the parallels not just between Jesus and the
lamb but between the Lord’s Supper and Passover communion this understanding of
what we celebrate when we take communion together we’re celebrating God’s
faithfulness we’re celebrating his constant presence in our lives were
celebrating his ability to deliver us at the Passover they celebrated Israel’s
deliverance from Egypt but here at the Lord’s Supper we take it even bigger
because now it’s it’s Jesus saying no we are celebrating you are celebrating
humanity’s deliverance from sin I am the only way I am the truth I am the life do
this in remembrance of me humanity is free I have made that sacrifice so do it
in remembrance of me Christ in essence is saying I am truth I
am life I am present I am constant I am the beginning in the end lean on me put your faith put your trust
in me I’m the only one who will not fail you you can look around you every person
in your life at some point in time yes even probably your beloved four-legged
friends will fail you at some point in time Christ will not Christ will never he is faithful and so what that means
for us is that it doesn’t matter what we’re going through it doesn’t matter
what peak or valley we find ourselves on or in it doesn’t matter if we’re in the
calm or in the storms it doesn’t matter if we’re in the light or in the darkness
it doesn’t matter if we’re in the peaceful or in the turbulent it doesn’t
matter if as a church we think we know what our future holds or we are looking
for it it doesn’t matter when we haven’t lead pastor or we don’t it doesn’t
matter when we can feel he’s leading and guiding or we feel like we’re lost
entirely because we know that he has not left us he has not left us ever it may
not feel like it but we know it to be true and sometimes we get kind of I love
I’ll never forget the way pastor Johnson was some time sometimes we feel like
God’s responses to our requests the length in which it takes for us to get
that response back is indicative of how close he is to us it’s not it’s not because he’s right here he’s in
a heart his spirit indwells us I don’t have an explanation for why sometimes
our requests our needs take longer than we feel they should God’s ways are
higher than ours that’s all I can say but we trust and obey because he is
faithful he is present he is constant he is reliable he’s never
failed us yet next year in 2020 we celebrate a hundred years of being a
church a hundred years nineteen twenty did you know that for the first seven
years of this church all of the morning services were in Dutch for those of you
who hate change I’m just saying you wouldn’t be here if
we didn’t hundred years as a church and I’m in all of God’s faithfulness I mean
all of God’s desire to walk alongside a bunch of broken people coming together
to do our best to serve and worship him but still compounding our mistakes with
others and when you put a bunch of people together personalities don’t
always work out and feelings get hurt and disagreements happen and yet God did
not abandon us many of you have been here for many years you’ve seen the
aftermath of church splits you’ve seen the aftermath of theological and
doctrinal arguments you’ve seen the results of bickering and infighting
amongst board among staff amongst Congregation for those of you that this
may be your first Sunday you’ve seen none of that but as with every church
it’s a part of our brokenness so what I love about our mission statement is is
not that it’s something that we claim oh yeah we accomplished that yeah we we
took care of it it’s it’s a done deal no authentic relationships genuine
community in reflecting Christ is all about what we are striving for it’s all
about what we are aiming towards it’s the trajectory that we are on as a
church it’s what we pray that in his constancy in our lives and in this life
of this church he will continue to move us in that direction so that we can be a
witness to this church to this community and to Grand Rapids into the world of
what it looks like when a perfect God steps into an imperfect community and
continues to lift and mold and shape it more and more into the image of Jesus
Christ we are his body are we not and he is working each and every day to make us
look more and more like him God is faithful he is constant he has not left
us nor abandoned us and even though all the hardships that we might experience
individually corporately he’s there and he knows and he weeps when we weep and
he rejoices when we rejoice because he’s walked this earth and he’s seen it he’s
felt it He shed the tears he shared the laughter he’s experienced the joy and
the sorrow of a broken world and through all of the hardships he has
been faithful and even now even in the unknown that awaits Rush Creek Bible
Church in the searching and the praying in the uncertainty and in the
nervousness of what our future holds when Pastor John retires the Lord says
do not fear I am with you do not fear I am with you and I am faithful I was
faithful then I’m faithful now and I will be faithful always we have an
opportunity this morning to reflect on this faithfulness even more and even
respond to it through communion and so I wanna invite the elders and the Deacons
forward at this point in time if I could come and join me up in front as we take communion this morning I want
you to reflect find a piece of paper maybe it’s the bulletin maybe it’s the
notes section maybe it’s the tear off and I want you
to write down where you’ve seen God’s faithfulness in your life maybe it’s
been through a health issue maybe he just consistently brought people in your
lives to say I’m here with you you got this I know it feels overwhelming I’ve
not left you I’m not abandon you maybe it’s a family
issue maybe it’s strained relationships within a family God’s there he knows it
maybe it’s financial maybe it’s just hard to make ends meet right now you’re
not sure where that next paycheck is gonna come from or how you’re gonna pay
that next bill I don’t know all the answers are the questions that may be
running through your mind but what I do know is that God is there he is constant
he is faithful he has not left you he will not drop you that doesn’t mean it
won’t be hard that doesn’t mean it’s a shield that protects us from every hurt
every pain it means that it walks he walks alongside us through it all that’s
what it means so as we move into communion reflect on what has God
brought you through how has he been faithful in your life and reflect on
that this morning nopal Apostle Paul tells us in 1st
Corinthians 4 I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you that the
Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed he took bread and when he had
given thanks he broke it and said this is my body which is for you do this in
remembrance of me the bread represents the body it’s the
blood that represents life and it’s through his shed blood just like the
shed blood of the Lambs during Passover then we have life without Christ’s
sacrifice we have nothing without his resurrection we have nothing our
righteousness is as filthy rags but with it we have everything as we pass out the
juice I want to invite you this time to reflect on maybe how you’ve seen God’s
faithfulness to us as a church body to Rush Creek Bible Church yes he’s been
faithful to us as individuals but he has been faithful to this church how have
you seen that where have you seen God’s faithfulness in and through rush creep
I’m a church write that down pray about it think about it reflect on
it because without him we have nothing someone 19 says this forever Oh Lord
your word is firmly fixed in the heavens your faithfulness endures to all
generations you have established the earth and it stands fast by your
appointment they stand this day for all things are your servants in the same way
also he took the cup after supper saying this cup is the New Covenant in my blood
do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me Heavenly Father we thank you we thank
you for your faithfulness there is nothing in this life as constant as you
as present as you as reliable as trustworthy as truthful only you God we
pray that we can image that same kind of faithfulness to those around us into
even you yourself Lord and yet even in your faithfulness you forgive us when we
fall short because we are broken and yet you have said from the very beginning to
the very end our lives are in your hands and there is no place we would rather be
we offer this up to you for yours it’s the phrase and the glory
forever and ever amen any to end my life in your great is thy faithfulness great is thy
faithfulness my new mercies I see needed we’re so blessed that you were able to
come and join us this morning for worship we invite you to stay afterwards
for our final Sunday of second hour and we do have our final class in our
foundations class thank you for being here go and God’s peace you are
dismissed you

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