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September Devotional from D.S. Foster

September 2018 – Bite Your Tongue

Read Together:  “He who goes about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.”  Proverbs 11:13

The United States government has a branch called the Central Intelligence Agency, better known as the CIA.  This agency is responsible for conducting top secret missions of the United States. In order for anyone to become a CIA operative, they must undergo severe testing and training – everything from physical fitness and reaction time to IQ tests.  After four weeks of very intensive training, the applicants are unexpectedly tested.

These men and women are captured by those who they believe are the enemy.  They are interrogated intensely for days to see if they will reveal the secret of who they are. If they withstand this final test, they officially become a CIA operative.  If they reveal their secret, they will never have the opportunity to become an operative.  They have proven themselves to be untrustworthy – unable to keep a secret!

Proverbs tells us that a talebearer reveals secrets, but a trustworthy man conceals them.  A recruit’s grueling weeks of giving it everything he or she had to become a CIA operative are all in vain if that recruit is unable to keep a secret.  Just as a tiny spark can set an entire forest aflame, the book of James reminds, an untrustworthy tongue can spoil an entire friendship or bring intense hurt to a person we love.

Discussion Starters:  How do you feel when someone shares a secret with you?  Why is it difficult to trust someone who gossips?  Who are people you know you can trust?  Why?

Lifeline:  Ask God to help you think before you speak, to put a guard on your mouth.

Reflections

Blessings Always, (Numbers 6:24-26)

Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster, III.

Ahn and Bodge visit

July saw the return of two of our previous pastors.  Seongmoon Ahn and his family returned to celebrate his ordination with us, his first congregation.

0708181102-1-1Sien and Soyune have a new brother since living in Chilmark.  Hasty photo doesn’t do them justice.

Arlene Bodge joined us for worship another Sunday and the congregation was thrilled to see her well  there as well as at the sunset worship service in Oak Bluffs that was part of the youth camp meeting that weekend.

We’ve been blessed with these lovely leaders!

Last “Pizza Night”…

Tom Ruimerman did it again!  Huge amounts of Italian food . Absolutely delicious. Jane made a beautiful platter of vegetables.  Salads by Margaret and Joan and Emily..Chocolate Sauce and garlic bread by Pam.  Set up help from the Chilmark-housed Landbank  summer interns.0612181824_Burst01

Some Bananagrams after supper.  Great help breaking down too.  Thank you Julie for a great spring season.  See you all in September.

June 10 Thursday Strings Perform

The Thursday music jam produced a string group that played at worship Sunday, June 10, 2018… Thank you, Emily, Irene, Jeff, Heidi, Pam and Charlotte!

IMG_1176But it’s not all strings.  Rev. Charlotte played her Bb clarinet..IMG_1171It was a bit crowded in the back of the sanctuary..Emily couldn’t  draw her bow out for a long note. You can’t even see her behind the post!IMG_1170IMG_1168All are welcome to come Thursday mornings to try out new songs and learn from each other.