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February 23, 2018
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"You are the salt of the earth . . .
You are the light of the world . . ."
~ Matthew 5.13a and 14a


     In the Beatitudes Jesus painted a picture of the citizens of the kingdom of heaven, a picture of a people rather upside-down and backwards according to the values of the kingdoms of this world. He painted a picture of people who are different (and who are often persecuted because of the ways their difference threatens the values of the kingdoms of this world).
     Jesus carries this concept of difference forward in the passage we will hear from this week. What are salt and light if not different and distinct from the food on which the salt is placed and the darkness into which the light shines? That's Jesus' point: the citizens of the kingdom of heaven will be different. They are new creations united to Christ Jesus who are shaped by the Holy Spirit according to the values and ways of God's kingdom; they can't but help being different by the grace of God!
     And the other important point is this: the citizens of God's kingdom will be distinct not in order to flee the world, but rather so that God might use them as they rub up against the world (maintaining their distinctiveness) for the sake of the world--that the world may see their difference and "glorify your Father in heaven."
     I encourage you to reflect on Matthew 5.13-16 as you read it in its context in Matthew 5.1-16 prior to our time together this Sunday.


Upcoming Events & Opportunities:
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Kid's Night Out:
     We will have our next Kids' Night Out a week from this Saturday (Saturday, March 3) from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you would like to help, please contact Janet Crawford.

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Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit:
     You are invited to attend the Global Leadership Summit in Cortland on Thursday and Friday, August 9 and 10. Just so you know: the Global Leadership Summit is not just for church leaders; it is for any and all leaders. In fact, I would go so far as to say that its contributions to developing leadership outside the church -- in businesses, schools, government, and in the home -- has now become as important as its contributions to developing leadership within the church, if not more important. Almost everyone plays the role of a leader in some setting, and the Summit gives everyone something to chew on and areas to grow in their own lives as leaders who are shaped and formed by the values of God's kingdom to be salt and light in the places where they lead. Just talk to some of the people who have gone in years past if you need anecdotal evidence that it will be worth your time! Don't hesitate to let me (Pastor Kurt), Terry Woodnorth, or Ron Crawford know if you are interested in attending this year. Again, it's Thursday and Friday, August 9 and 10. We will carpool together to the host site in Cortland.


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~ 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 for Claire, Jerry, and Cindy Krempel  and the rest of their family: we pray for Claire's transition into Elizabeth Church Manor, for peace, comfort, perseverance, and courage as her body weakens; for Jerry and Cindy during this time of transition and for peace, comfort, and perseverance for them and the rest of the family as well.
     We pray for courage and peace for Mike Corgan as he helps his mother navigate family issues, for safety for him and for his mother, and for repentance in his nephew.
     We continue to pray that Edele Thompson's family and friends experience the presence and peace of Christ as they mourn Edele's passing.
     We pray for ongoing healing and recovery for Emily DeYoung, Doug Aukema, 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 Jessica Zuiderveen (missionary to Haiti) who has returned to the United States due to complications in her pregnancy; we give thanks that she has experienced healing and that she and the baby are both safe and pray that God would continue to watch over her during the remainder of the pregnancy and watch over the family as Cody will be in Haiti while Jessica is in Michigan.

     We pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are persecuted for their faith in King Jesus, that they might bear faithful witness in their persecution. We pray for a mighty deed of God to break down the forces of darkness and resistance to the good news of Jesus in those who are persecuting our brothers and sisters in Christ.

     We pray for healing and peace for the survivors of the school shooting in Florida. We pray that the church might be an embodied witness to a different kind of communal and social life that does not result in the fractured, hopeless, meaningless existence that leads to this kind of violence. We pray that the citizens and leaders of this country would have the courage to look beneath the symptoms to the deeply rooted causes of this violence and start working toward the costly changes in individual and communal life necessary to combat this evil.

     We pray that God would defeat the forces of chaos and extremism on both ends of the political spectrum that silence the real conversations that so many people want to have regarding immigration in this country. We pray that the church would be an embodied witness to the fact that every human being bears the image of God; that the church would be an embodied witness to the importance of the integrity of the family to God's purposes in creation (especially in the conversations regarding the Dreamers); and that the church would be an embodied witness to the importance of honoring the laws of the land and seeking to reform those laws in orderly and legal ways.(You can see more about the current immigration issues involving Dreamers, and how to speak up about it, from the CRC's Office of Social Justice here).

     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 comfort for Terry and Lor's son-in-law and daughter-in-law who both lost grandparents in the past week; 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 25, 2018

Greeter: Cindy Krempel

Ushers: George de Jager and Herleen DeYoung

Intercessory Prayer: George de Jager

Scripture Reader (Matthew 5.13-16): Terry Woodnorth

Nursery: Jim & Sue Comfort
Church Telephone: 607.648.8224
Church email: valleychurchny@gmail.com.
Church website: valleychurchny.org



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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901
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