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Sunday, August 14, 2016

First Presbyterian and Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church of Galeton, 8-14-16

First Presbyterian and Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church of Galeton, 8-14-16

by Martha Pennell,

A warm and hearty welcome to new members, Mark and Lisa Smith at Saint Paul’s Lutheran church, and Sam Lush at First Presbyterian church. 

Today’s ice cream social at Saint Paul’s Lutheran church was well attended and everyone had fun playing games, receiving prizes, and eating ice cream! 

Women’s Bible study is Wednesday, August 17th, at 3 pm at Saint Paul’s Lutheran church. 

Session of First Presbyterian church meets after worship August 21st. At 3 pm that day at Saint Paul’s Lutheran church, a meeting is planned for persons interested in starting a Sunday morning program for children. 

Today at First Presbyterian church Sarah Schloegel expanded her acolyte role to lay leader. It was a big job for a 6th grade enterer, but Sarah handled it perfectly! 

At the start of the 20th century Christianity was the most powerful movement in the world, but according to Pastor Roger Wagner, world domination would demand utilization of a force not understood or embraced. 

 In his sermon, “A Global Force for Good,” he told us only a melting of power and grace will make Christians of all nations. President Lincoln urged General Grant to use power and grace, or force for good; General Lee and all of his soldiers were set free. 

After an encounter with grace, (not easily defined but recognizable when encountered), Saul was transformed to Paul. The stoning of Stephen (Acts 7: 54-60) ushered in his conversion after Stephen asked God not to hold it against his slayers. 

Jesus accepted the agony and horrors of crucifixion, praying to his Father to forgive those behind it. 

 Someday soon, according to Pastor Roger, grace will be infused into this world and we will have a force for good!

1 comment :

Kathy said...

Thank you, Martha!