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January 17, 2015

"By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth."
~ Psalm 33.6

Word and Sacrament

     Tomorrow we continue our exploration of the gracious gift of God's Word. We will again encounter the power and authority of God's Word, and think together about how we might best come to the Word to read and hear it. I encourage you to read and reflect on Psalm 33 prior to our time together.

2607487918_a2dd527ab8_z.jpg?zz=1Bible Reading Guide:

     If any of you are looking for a little bit of guidance as you read through the Bible, I've got the first reading guide. I'm going to publish the guides through a blog which you can find at If you want the guides when they get published just click the "follow" button at the bottom right of the blog. I won't have the time or ability to give a passage-by-passage commentary, but I might be able to give some broad guidance. If you ever have questions over specific passages, please do not hesitate to ask me. If I don't know the answer, I'll love looking into it with you.
     If you're able, I highly recommend that you forego my reading guide and instead read How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour (by renowned biblical scholars Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart). It is a very manageable reading guide built on solid scholarship.

Sunday Mornings:
Coffee: 9:15 a.m.
Worship Service:
10:00 a.m.

That we might better pray for one another:

     We pray for our college students as they return for classes at various times over the next few weeks. We pray for safety and that God would open their eyes to his kingdom reign over all that they are learning.
     We pray for healing for Holly Nelson as she recovers from a concussion.
     We pray for Becky Stocum and Susie Spitzer as they travel to Long Island for the funeral of their sister-in-law Diane's father, and we pray for the entire family as they grieve this loss.
     We pray for those in our church body and our neighborhoods who are battling the flu and other wintertime sicknesses.
e pray for continued healing and strength for both Jerry Krempel and Jim Pitcher.
     We pray for healing and for energy and strength for Barb Hover during her chemotherapy treatments.
     We pray for the leaders and volunteers of Kids' Night Out and for the advisory team for Faith & Finances, that God would lead, energize, and empower these ministries.
     We continue to pray for God's world: for the people of France and the rest of Europe as they grieve the loss of loved ones and work for peace;  for the people of western Africa as they continue to battle Ebola; for God's miraculous intervention in the Middle East, that the hearts and minds of the people living there, and that whole cultures, would begin to bend toward peace, and that God's church would continue to proclaim and embody the good news of God's reign there.
     We pray for friends and family: for Terry and Lor's daughter Kara, her family, her small group, and her church, as they continue to mourn the tragic loss of her good friend; for Beth Cunningham-Blake's great-niece MacKenzie who continues to struggle with health issues, and for wisdom and clarity for her doctors; for healing for Ann DeJager's sister, Toni; for healing and encouragement for Adam Derzanovich as he continues his recovery following surgery; for David Derzanovich's two brothers-in-law, Tim and Bill who are still battling health issues.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
January 18, 2015:

Frank & Barb Lockwood

David Derzanovich and George DeJager

Intercessory Prayer:
Doug Aukema

Scripture Reader:
Claire Stocum

Jim & Marsha Conrad
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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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