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21 Coptic Martyrs Icon
April 25, 2015

When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. 'Sovereign Lord,' they said, 'you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 
You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: "Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?" . . . Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak to speak your word with great boldness."
Acts 4.24-25 & 29

Acts - the Church in the Power of the Spirit 2

     Images of the brutal crucifixion of Jesus were still all too fresh in their minds. The same Jewish council that had condemned Jesus was now threatening the apostles. The council wanted the apostles and the church to be quiet; they wanted them to go away. Anxiety was surely growing in that brand new Church in Jerusalem. In the passage we will read together this week, we witness the church's response to these threats and the church's anxiety: prayer.
     As brutal and bloody images of our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ make the front pages of our newspapers and the tops of webpages, this passage seems to have a renewed resonance with the universal Church in the first part of the 21st century.
     I encourage you to read and reflect on Acts 4.23-31 prior to our time together tomorrow morning.

     The artwork at the top of the email is a detail from an icon depicting the 21 Coptic Christians martyred in February. It was painted by Tony Rezk of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:


CHOW Needs:
     Our CHOW pantry is currently in need of the following items: boxed macaroni and cheese, instant potatoes, and jelly or jam.


Offering of Letters:
     Tomorrow (April 26), we will have an opportunity to write letters to our congressional representatives, asking for compassion and justice to guide their decisions in regards to food security for the most vulnerable in our country. The deacons will have tables, paper, pens, and sample letters set up prior to and following the service of worship. We encourage you to come early or stay late, grab a cup of coffee, and sit down for a few minutes to write a letter.

Council Meeting:
     Council will meet on Monday, April 27 at 7:15 p.m.

Summer Congregational Meeting:
     We will have a potluck lunch and our summer congregational meeting on June 7 directly after the service of worship. Please mark your calendars!

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

That we might better pray for one another:

     We pray for God's continued presence and peace to be with Barbie and Jim Aukema and the rest of Barbie's extended family as they mourn the death of Barbie's mother.
     We pray for healing for Holly Nelson as she continues to recover from a concussion.
     We continue to pray for healing and peace for Doris Pitcher following her knee replacement surgery and the loss of Jim.
     We pray for that those in the greater Binghamton area who would benefit from Faith & Finances would hear about the course and that God would guide the Faith & Finances advisory team as we prepare for a launch at a later time.
     We pray for God's world: for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world, and for those who are being called to witness to Jesus Christ with their blood; for restoration, renewal, and justice for the people of Haiti; 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  boldly there.
     We pray for friends and family: for Beth Cunningham's great-niece MacKenzie; for the DeYoung's niece/great-niece Kaylin following her surgery; for  Doug Aukema's nephew, Charlie, who is battling cancer; for Justin Byma's uncle Ed, who is battling cancer; for healing and encouragement for Adam Derzanovich; for Jenni DeYoung's co-worker's daughter who was born prematurely and with complications; we give thanks for healing for Jim Stocum's friend Jim and continue to pray for his friend Trish, who suffered a stroke during brain surgery; for the Conrads' friend Dick who is battling cancer; and for strength and energy for Alistair Krempel.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
April 26, 2015:

Ruth Giese

Charlie Huizinga and Herleen DeYoung

Intercessory Prayer:
Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader:
Al Vos

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

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