Has the change of seasons got you down?
Is the turmoil and chaos of our current political environment left you hopeless?
Do you wonder where God is in these uncertain times?
Have you lost your spiritual groove and would you like to get it back?
Join retreat leader Steve Garnaas-Holmes on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 9:30am-3:30pm for this truly special Day Apart Retreat.
Come and be set free to discover hope and encounter the Beloved.
Our donations to Church World Service (Blanket mission) are at work in preparation for the hurricane in N.C.
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.
Blessings Always, (Numbers 6:24-26)
Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster, III.
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.
Sien 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!
We’ll be studying the lectionary for the following Sunday. Please click on “Calendar” on the home page and see readings on Lectionary sub page. You can click on the passage to read it on line.
Click on link above to read D.S. Foster’s daily devotionals.
First images in of the celebration are from one of the work shops. To come later: the preaching, the beach worship, bands, dancers and more.
Claire Ganz led a workshop on Flowers as prayer.
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