Worship Service will resume this coming Sunday December 6th at 9:30 am. Sunday School and Wednesday night Bible Study will not meet until further notice. Thank you
December 2020 Devotions:
A Child Is Born
“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder and His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace .”
(Isaiah 9:6 NKJV)
Quote that verse as you go through the Christmas Season. There are many things that take your mind off the reason for the season, but do they really need to distract you?
As you go shopping, decorate, bake, visit friends and enjoy all the activities for the holidays, just ask Christ to keep His birthday at the center of all these things. As you enjoy your family, children or even grandchildren, remind them of how much you love them and how much the baby born in a stable loves them. Jesus protects them every day and He arose from the grave and promises to be in our hearts if we ask him. Do you know folks who are miserable? Well, life may not be fantastic all the time, but with Jesus it is worth it for we can know our eternal destiny.
Have a joyful, peaceful “Christ”mas.
We care so if you need a place to celebrate Jesus’ birth, visit us this December.
cms / St. Petrie
A thought from your Pastor!
If you have ever stepped barefooted on your child’s LEGO® brick in the middle of the night, you have the Hyatt brothers and Ole Kirk Kristiansen to thank. In 1872, the Hyatts, American inventors created the first injection molding process whereby raw material, like plastic, is squeezed into a mold and hardened. Molding: making malleable materials conform to a desired shape. This is the story of Legos.
It can happen not only with physical material like plastic but with spiritual material like us!
1 John 2:15 (ESV) 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Romans 12:2 (ESV) Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
It’s why when British Bible translator J. B. Phillips translated Romans 12:2, he put it this way: “Do not let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold.” The defense against being molded into the world’s image’? The renewing of the mind.
Again, J. B. Phillips: “But let God re-mold your minds from within.” The result of being “re-molded”? Discovering the “good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Before coming to Christ, our minds are molded to the shape of this world. The renewing of our mind into a Christ-like mind is the doorway to knowing God’s will for a lifetime.
The secret of being molded properly is:
God’s Blessings, Pastor and Carolyn
Thanksgiving:—2020 may be a celebrated a little differently this year because of all of the concerns and all that is going on.
We still need to take time to especially thank our Lord and Savior for what He has done for us.
A thought from your Pastor!
Psalm 95:1-2 (NIV) 1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
In America, this Thursday will be Thanksgiving Day. Its roots go back to 1621 when the Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in the New World. But it was not until 1863 that it became an official U.S. observance at the initiation of President Abraham Lincoln.
In the most general terms, the way to give thanks was expanded from the Old Testament to the New Testament. In the Old Testament, God was normally thanked “for” things-His works, His attributes, and His blessings Psalm 106:1 Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. While that focus is maintained in the New Testament, it is expanded to giving thanks “in” all things 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
That is, in all circumstances. We can do that because we know God causes “all things” to work together for our good Romans 8:28 (NIV) we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
So why not do both today? Give thanks to God for His blessings and give thanks for whatever circumstances you are experiencing. Fill this day with thanksgiving to God.
Psalm 100:1-5 1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the LORD is God. It is
He who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Thanksgiving refocuses our attention: Life is filled with distractions that can make it harder to notice all that God has done for us. Instead of living with the weight of the world on our shoulders, it’s good to try refocusing on the Lord by thanking Him for His faithfulness.
Thanksgiving refocuses our relationship: Gratitude keeps us from thinking that the Christian walk is about us and our needs. Our fellowship with God is enhanced when we focus on Him.
When we’re overwhelmed, thanking God is probably not on your radar. But I’ve learned from experience that acknowledging all the Lord had done is a sure way to change attitudes and re-energize
In the Book of Common Prayer (1549 forms of service for daily worship & Sunday worship in England) we read; “Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we, thy unworthy servants, do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving kindness to us, and to all men.”
Even if our gatherings have to be small and maybe only immediate family, be sure to invite your Heavenly Father and Jesus. They should be your most honored guests.
Always be on your guard, because satan wants to fool you into thinking that God doesn’t care for you or He is upset with you. Always remember Jesus loves you and wants the best for you.
Don’t’ be like this turkey and let Satan fool you.
God’s Blessings, Pastor and Carolyn
It’s raising its ugly head again!
As most of you know the “Covid Numbers” are getting dangerously high in Illinois again. We need to wear our masks and social distance. We also need to stay home as much as possible. The church will be also closed until at least December. Please keep praying for God’s guidance.
A thought from your Pastor!
With all this going on I am not fearful. My God and His Son Jesus are still in control. I don’t know why He is allowing all this to happen: but I do know that 2 Timothy 1:7 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Scripture also tells us that Romans 8:28 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
The one thing that bothers me most about the different churches shutting down is the lack of interest about Jesus and the Word. Since people don’t go to church regularly and are not feeding on the Word, it seems to me the interest in Jesus is put on the shelf with a lot of Bibles.
I believe now is especially an important period to spend time in the Bible, listen or watch good TV ministries, sing some old Gospel songs at home, take time to pray and praise our Heavenly Father.
Call a friend and tell them what Jesus has done for you. Send a note to a loved one to encourage and strengthen them. Copy these verses:
2 Timothy 1:7 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Romans 8:28 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. And put them on your frig or send them to someone you know.
The church may be closed but Jesus is still alive and well. Take this time to grow in your faith. Don’t let it become stagnate. God has given us a tremendous blessing in:
1 Peter 2:9-10 (ESV) 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy..
When too many people are cooling off during this time, let us stand up and be that light to those that we can touch with cards, letters, notes and phone calls. Satan is still a defeated enemy. Let’s stand firm in the Word and proclaim it (maybe not on the house tops but there are many other ways God has given us).
Make a point of praying for each other in our church family to have good health. Let’s stand together in victory.
Keep smiling and rejoicing; God is still in control!
If you need anything please call.
Blessing to all,
Pastor and Carolyn Steele
Due to the new Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines that came out today we are canceling wed night bible study and church services for the next three weeks. Wednesday night Bible Study will resume on Dec. 2
Sunday morning Church service will resume on Dec. 6th.