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February 15, 2018

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
~ Matthew 5.10-12

     In addition to being the feast day of Saint Valentine, yesterday was also Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the first day of the season of Lent, which is the 40 day journey (plus Sundays) of preparation that leads to Jesus' cross and resurrection, the climax of the gospel. As we prepare for Good Friday and Easter Sunday we are encouraged to reflect on our own lives, examine our loves and allegiances, and to repent of those things keeping us from faithfully following our King and renew our devotion to our God.
     While Lent has the broad purpose of extending the invitation and reminder to live fully into our union with our crucified and risen Lord, it does lead directly to Good Friday and so reminds us palpably of the cost of God's love for us and the cost of our love for him ("Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and the gospel will save it"). This Sunday, as we look at again at Jesus' picture of the citizen of the kingdom of heaven, we are reminded palpably of the cost of following Jesus ("Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven"). But we are also reminded of the cost of not following Jesus, for it is in this persecution-prone life that the blessing of God exists, and only in this persecution-prone life is one a citizen of the kingdom of heaven.
     We will look specifically at the verses above this Sunday, but I encourage you, once again, to read and reflect on (and memorize if you haven't already done so) Matthew 5.1-12 prior to our time together on Sunday morning.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Lent Devotionals Available:
     The church is providing devotionals published by the folks at Christianity Today (with devotionals authored by Mark Galli, Fleming Rutledge, Ruth Padilla Deborst and others) for personal and/or family use for this season of Lent. If you didn't have a chance to pick up a copy last Sunday, please pick one up in the foyer this Sunday!


~ Valley Church ~
Gathered as God's family, we are sent into the world as agents of God's mission of renewal.

This Sunday:

Prayer gathering upstairs at 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service
at 10:00 a.m. (preschool through 4th grade children will go to children's church part way through the service).

That we might better pray for one another and God's world:

     We pray that Edele Thompson's family and friends experience the presence and peace of Christ as the mourn Edele's passing.
     We pray for ongoing healing and recovery for Emily DeYoung, Doug Aukema, Claire Krempel, Peter DeYoung, and Beth Blake.
     We pray for healing and strength for all those who are sick with the flu, especially the elderly and those already weakened by other conditions, and for health and energy for those who give care to the sick.
     We pray for those graduating from high school and college this spring as they experience the various anxieties that accompany those transitions.
     We pray for Etienne during his time in Haiti and for safety in travels.

     We pray for the ongoing needs of friends and family of Valley members: for healing for Ryan Simmons, peace for his family, and wisdom for his doctors; for healing for Leslie Vermaat's father; for healing for Garry Wickham's father who re-broke his vertebrae, and for his mother who is caring for his father on her own; for healing for Terry Woodnorth's brother, recently diagnosed with prostate cancer; for continued healing for David Derzanovich's brother-in-law Tim; for peace for the Monroes' extended family in Colorado; for Becky's friend Joe who is battling colon cancer; for Adam Derzanovich; for Lynda Huizinga's niece Alexis; for Alistair Krempel.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
February 18, 2018

Greeter: Terry Woodnorth

Ushers: David Derzanovich and Charlie Huizinga

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader (Matthew 5.1-12): Leslie Vermaat

Nursery: Florence Doller
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Binghamton, New York 13901

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