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January 27, 2018

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."
~ Matthew 5.6

     We all know what it's like to be hungry and thirsty. That's part of the brilliance of Jesus' teachings; he rarely goes esoteric, but rather anchors his teachings in normal human experience. Usually, though, there's a twist. As we continue looking at the picture of the Christian person given in the beatitudes, we come to this beatitude about hungering and thirsting for righteousness, and part of the twist is that there appears, at first glance, to be no twist. This beatitude seems like something the Jewish disciples sitting around him on the hill would have completely understood. While they might have known they hungered and thirsted after lots of other things instead, they would have at least expected Jesus to say something like this. The twist comes in Jesus' implicit redefinition of righteousness. While most of us probably have a negative image of the Pharisees, they were a popular lot in Jesus' own day, and most people sitting on that hill would have assumed that righteousness looked like what the Pharisees were preaching. But it wasn't, and it isn't. Rather, righteousness looks like Jesus himself.
     I encourage you to read and reflect, once again, on all of the beatitudes in Matthew 5.1-12, paying special attention to verse six.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Congregational Meeting and Potluck Lunch:
     Our winter congregational meeting will be tomorrow (Sunday, January 28) following the service of worship. Following the meeting we will gather for a potluck lunch upstairs.

An Opportunity to Support Claire Stocum:
     We have an opportunity to support Claire Stocum on a mission trip through Cru to help continued relief efforts in Houston following Hurrican Harvey. Here's a note from Claire:

     Hi everyone!
     My involvement with Cru at Syracuse has brought so many amazing opportunities to grow in my faith, and we have an exciting trip coming up over Spring Break. Some students from our campus are joining Cru students from around the country in Houston, TX to help with Hurricane Harvey relief. The city is still struggling to recover from this natural disaster, and I’m excited to use my Spring Break to serve the Lord and help these people. While we’re there, we’ll be spending most of our days rebuilding homes, clearing debris, and praying for those effected. There will also be time for conference events, including speakers and small groups. Including travel, this mission trip costs $600, and I’d like to ask that you would prayerfully consider supporting me. Whether that is financially or prayerfully, I’d really appreciate your help! Please don’t hesitate to email or call me, or ask my parents if you have any questions!
     Thank you!


~ 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 give thanks for God's work in the life of Valley Church, and we ask for God's wisdom and guidance during the congregational meeting tomorrow.
     We pray for Harry and Marilyn Myers as they move into their new home and new neighborhood in Michigan.
     We pray for ongoing healing and recovery for Emily DeYoung, Claire Krempel, Peter DeYoung, and Beth Blake.
     We pray that God would help Valley Church and his universal Church become forces of reconciliation and hope in a nation and world in many ways enslaved to forces of deep division -- racial, economic, ideological, political, and otherwise.

     We pray for the ongoing needs of friends and family of Valley members: we give thanks for the report Jim Stocum's mother, Esther, received telling her that she is cancer-free; we pray for healing for Leslie Vermaat's father who is battling infections; for healing for Terry Woodnorth's brother, recently diagnosed with prostate cancer; for continued healing for Lor Recker-Woodnorth's mom, who recently underwent surgery to fix her pacemaker, giving thanks for her healing and good spirits; for continued healing for David Derzanovich's brother-in-law Tim, who is recovering from a heart attack; for healing for Ryan Simmons, recently diagnosed with cancer and who underwent surgery earlier this week; for continued healing for Pat Aukema's brother, Bill; 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; for Mike Corgan's nephew who is battling heroin addiction.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
January 28, 2018

Greeter: Cindy Krempel

Ushers: David Derzanovich and Charlie Huizinga

Intercessory Prayer: Florence Doller

Scripture Reader (Matthew 5.1-12): Luci Huizinga

Nursery: Melanie Nelson
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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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