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Behind the Scenes: The Context Associated With the Week 6 Verses (Printed Version of the Book) and the Week 4 Verses (Electronic Version of the Book)

Printed Version of the Book Week 6, Day 1 (Oct. 17): Matthew 6:9-13

Electronic Version of the Book Week 4, Day 1 (Oct. 3): Matthew 6:9-13

This version of what commonly is known as the Lord’s Prayer is not the only one that is recorded in the Bible. It was intended to offer a model to all disciples regarding the important considerations that should be included in community prayer. Biblical scholars note that it was not intended to be the model for private prayers, but its structure certainly is beneficial in those cases, too.
 

Printed Version of the Book Week 6, Day 2 (Oct. 18): Ephesians 3:14-19

Electronic Version of the Book Week 4, Day 2 (Oct. 4): Ephesians 3:14-19

This passage continues the prayer that Paul began earlier in this chapter. It describes petitions that would lead to believers being led to work in a way that realizes God’s full intentions for them. It is written to the Father and is positioned from a family perspective—in this case the church family that shares God’s life and nature.
 

Printed Version of the Book Week 6, Day 3 (Oct. 19): Colossians 1:9-12

Electronic Version of the Book Week 4, Day 3 (Oct. 5): Colossians 1:9-12

The earlier verses in this chapter are foundational, describing the need for Christians to gain knowledge that leads to obedience to the will of God. These verses move ahead to indicate how knowledge leads to service, which results in receiving the strength necessary to endure and be patient on this journey. The closing reminds us that all thanks for these opportunities and gifts belong to God.
 

Printed Version of the Book Week 6, Day 4 (Oct. 20): Ephesians 1:17-19

Electronic Version of the Book Week 4, Day 4 (Oct. 6): Ephesians 1:17-19

Paul prayed for the Ephesians to have increased faith in Christ and a supportive attitude toward other believers, acknowledging that they were already blessed with these things through the presence of the Holy Spirit in their hearts. He wanted a deeper understanding for them, however. Basically, he is saying that an intellectual understanding is insufficient; only an understanding that reaches out from our hearts, the very center of our beings, will lead us to riches of his glorious inheritance and the incomparably great power of believers.
 

Printed Version of the Book Week 6, Day 5 (Oct. 21): 1 Chronicles 4:10

Electronic Version of the Book Week 4, Day 5 (Oct. 7): 1 Chronicles 4:10

This chapter primarily provides pre-exile lists of families from certain areas, supplementing information from chapter 2. Verses 9 and 10 detour from that objective, however, sharing this prayer. It is interesting to note that Jabez’s name was similar to the word for pain (‘ōṣeb) and, therefore, was a source of ridicule. Most people thought that it generated unpleasant consequences for him and that only changing his name would solve the problem. Clearly, Jabez chose another course of action, and God blessed him for his prayers.


A Personal Invitation to Attend Our Evensong Service on Oct. 30

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by John G. West
 
The day was October 29 three years ago. Our family had just arrived in Cambridge, England after an all-night flight from Seattle to London, followed by a very long taxi ride. I was supposed to deliver a talk on C.S. Lewis in a couple of days for the annual Cambridge University Festival of Ideas. But at the moment, we were all exhausted and ready to crash.
 
Then I learned that King’s College in Cambridge would be holding a Choral Evensong service that very evening. So I convinced Sonja, Katherine, and Garrett to come along with me for the service. Despite our tiredness, it was a not-to-be-missed experience. The singing and scripture readings and prayers calmed my heart, focused my mind, and gave me a sense that I was somehow linked not only to Christians around the world, but to Christians past, present, and future.
 
I have loved the Anglican Evensong service ever since the first time I experienced it after my junior year in college, when I spent several weeks one summer traveling around the UK. Evensong is a formal service, but even if you don’t usually like formality, it can touch your heart, especially if you are experiencing anxiety or stress or are simply overloaded by everything that is going on in your life. In the quiet darkness of a soaring sanctuary filled with stained glass, the Holy Spirit works through the music and the readings and the prayers.
 
If you have never experienced Choral Evensong, I have good news for you: You don’t need to fly to Cambridge, England to experience it! You can come to the FPC Sanctuary at 6:00 pm on Sunday night, October 30. The service will be under an hour, so it won’t take a lot of your time. But if you want to experience a peaceful oasis of reflection and renewal and restoration, please come join us!
 
Many thanks to Daniel Perrin, Jesús Gomez, Annie Lockwood, and our chamber singers for making this special event possible.


40-Day Prayer Challenge Week 8 Begins on October 31—Printed and Electronic Versions of the Book

The associated topics and Bible passages for Week 8 for the printed and electronic versions of the book are shown below:
 
Oct. 31: Prayer Releases God’s Power (James 5:16)
 
Nov. 1: The Key to Great Works (John 14:12-14)
 
Nov. 2: The Strength to Stand (Ephesians 6:18)
 
Nov. 3: Prayer Defeats Satan (Luke 22:31-32)
 
Nov. 4: Prayer Shapes History (Revelation 8:3-5)
 
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Differing Perspectives of Week 8’s Verses—Printed and Electronic Versions of the Book

Here are the links for Week 8’s verses (for the printed and electronic versions of the book) as presented in six alternate versions of the Bible. Hopefully, these reference sources will enhance your understanding of each devotion’s scriptural foundation.
 
Date Oct. 31 Nov. 1 Nov. 2 Nov. 3 Nov. 4
Passage James 5:16 John 14:12-14 Ephesians 6:18 Luke 22:31-32 Revelation 8:3-5
English Standard (ESV) Link Link Link Link Link
New International (NIV) Link Link Link Link Link
King James (KJV) Link Link Link Link Link
Contemporary English (CEV) Link Link Link Link Link
The Message (MSG) Link Link Link Link Link
New Revised Standard (NRSV) Link Link Link Link Link

 



Reformation Sunday Resources

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This Sunday (October 30) is Reformation Sunday, which commemorates the day (Oct. 31) when Martin Luther nailed his 99 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Church, helping initiate the Protestant Reformation and its focus on the Bible’s message that we are saved by Christ’s death on the cross for us, not by our own good works. If you want to learn more about the Reformation, FPC’s Library in Fellowship Hall has a high-quality dramatic film on the life of Luther starring Joseph Fiennes and Academy Award-winner Peter Ustinov. We also have a biography of Luther, Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World by historian Paul Maier, formerly a professor at Western Michigan University. And for kids, we have Spy for the Night Riders, a work of historical fiction that can introduce your kids to what Luther did. Finally, if you want to explore some of the later impacts of the Reformation on society, you can learn about the life of British anti-slavery reformer William Wilberforce in the book William Wilberforce by Lon Fendall and the film Amazing Grace about Wilberforce’s efforts to end slavery in the British Empire.


New Doorbell/Camera Security System Installed

For added security we have installed a new security system on the back door of the south building. Now you just  press the button with the red light and whoever is working at the reception desk during office hours will be able to see your face and buzz you in! Key cards will still be in use.
 

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November Is Stewardship Month

Beginning Sunday, October 30th and continuing each Sunday through November, we will be highlighting specific ministries and will be asking you to bring your donations forward during the service as an offering. For a complete list of donation needs, see insert for details.
 

October 30th – Thanksgiving Food Baskets

November 6th – CareNet: Bring in disposable diapers and wipes.

November 13th – Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

November 20th – Love Inc Personal Care Pantry



Operation Christmas Child

Send a message of hope and love by gifting a shoebox with new toys, school supplies and hygiene items to a child in need! Operation Christmas Child shares the Good News of Jesus Christ with every child who receives a shoebox. Be a part of God’s mission and pack a box! More information is available in Fellowship Hall.
 

Collection dates are: Nov 6th, 13th and 20th.



2016 FPC Kids Christmas Pageant Practice

Welcoming all children ages 4 years-5th grade. Join us for practices each Sunday beginning
 

November 6th – December 11th from 9:15am-10:15am in Middleton Parlor.

 Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:00pm.

Performance on Sunday, December 11th at 10:30am

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National Speaker Series Rev. Earl Palmer Explains Paul

National Speaker Series 

REVEREND EARL PALMER EXPLAINS PAUL:

The Fulfillment of an Old Promise: St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Class Begins This Sunday 10/30 at 9:15am in South Chapel/South Building

 




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