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Jonah - Daniella Doller - with text
May 27, 2016

"From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. He said: . . .
'Salvation comes from the LORD.' "
~ Jonah 2.1, 9b

     It has to be one of the most unique places of prayer in the long history of prayer. Who else has prayed from the belly of a fish? Jonah has made his long descent away from God, thinking that he has finally managed to get away from him. But he suddenly finds himself with life and breath enough to cry out to Yahweh, even if he cries out in a place most unique and, presumably, most unpleasant. But at least he has breath to cry out. And for that - for the breath he has, for the life he has - he finally turns to face his God, and gives thanks and praise to the God who hears us and saves us in our distress. I encourage you to read and reflect on Jonah's prayer in Jonah 1.17 - 2.10 prior to our time together on Sunday.

     The painting above was painted by Daniella Doller! The original (without words) will be on display in the foyer during this sermon series.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Garden Work Party!:
     Weather permitting, this Saturday, May 28th at 9:00 a.m. the garden team is going to have a work party. We will set posts, hang gates, and possibly start planting. Everyone is welcome!

Summer Congregational Meeting:
     Our summer congregational meeting will be on Sunday, June 5. Following the service of worship will we head upstairs to continue our fellowship and worship with a potluck lunch and celebration of the Lord's Supper, and then we will have our summer congregational meeting.

Sunday School Brunch:
     We will celebrate another wonderful year of Sunday School with our annual Sunday School brunch on Sunday, June 12.

Graduation Sunday:
     We will honor graduates (high school and college) on Sunday, June 12 during the service. If you or a family member are graduating this year, please let Pastor Kurt know.

pray for synod 2A Request from the Synod Prayer Committee:
     While every synod is important and every synod provides ample opportunity for contentious debate and disunity, this year's synod is confronted with particularly weighty issues that are divisive both in the broader culture and within the church (the most contentious being a report on the pastoral care of same-sex attracted individuals). The massive page count of the agenda alone gives me sympathy for the delegates and advisors to this year's synod; they have a lot of hard work awaiting them! As such, I wholeheartedly pass on this plea from the Synod Prayer Committee encouraging us to pray for this year's delegates and advisors to synod (one of whom is our very own Terry Woodnorth):
     This year, Synod delegates and advisers will have many weighty issues to discuss and to make decisions about. These decisions impact the Church and body of Christ. On behalf of the Christian Reformed Church, we strongly encourage you to pray for the many delegates and advisers preparing for Synod, and we encourage you to pray during Synod (June 10-17).
     (The agenda for synod can be viewed here, and once synod is in session news and updates, including streaming video, can be seen here.)


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

This Sunday:
Worship Service:
10:00 a.m.
No Sunday School this Sunday

That we might better pray for one another:

     We pray for healing and peace for Jerry Krempel following surgery yesterday, and for peace and patience for him and the rest of the family.
     We give thanks for the healing Herriot Dimidio has experienced following surgery on Monday and for her return to her home yesterday. We pray for continued healing for her.
     We pray for continued guidance and energy for the various teams planning and implementing the community garden, and that God would guide our neighbors to join us as we seek to honor and steward his reign over all things as we garden together.

     We pray for the shalom of the greater Binghamton area, and for guidance as to specific ways we as individuals and as a church might partner with God as stewards of his reign to cultivate that shalom in the city of our exile.
     We pray for God's world: for ongoing restoration, renewal, and justice for the people of Haiti; for refugees fleeing violence around the world; for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world; for God's miraculous intervention in the Middle East; for the people of the United States during this election season; for organizations fighting to protect religious liberty in our changing world.

     We pray for friends and family: for Daniella Doller's classmates who are grieving the loss of a mother and a grandmother; for healing for Adam Derzanovich; for Mike Corgan's nephew who is battling heroin addiction; for healing and rehabilitation for Marcus Doller's mother; for energy and strength for Alistair Krempel; we pray for those battling cancer: for Deb Harmon's brother, for Jim Canary's father, for Jim and Marsha Conrad's friend Judy, for Marcus Doller's friend Scott, for the DeYoungs' niece/cousin Terri and her husband Jerry; for the Petersons' friends Pat and Amy.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
May 29, 2016

Greeter: Frank & Barb Lockwood

Ushers: Doug Aukema and George de Jager

Intercessory Prayer: Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader: Terry Woodnorth

Nursery: Herleen DeYoung & Elizabeth Bennett

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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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