Isn't it wonderful to anticipate the fall. From some reports I have seen this fall it is perhaps destined to be long and mild, with cold weather not arriving until January. My hope is that this will be true and that it will allow us as a congregation to participate in weekly events without interruption. College football season has arrived and the colors of fall are ubiquitous in shops and in crowded places. At North Baptist we begin our weekly Bible study (we continue in the book of Luke) on Wednesday, September 14 at 11:00 a.m. In worship on Sundays we will spend a few more weeks in the book of Acts and then switch to the Common Lectionary again.
Here are the Lectionary readings for the month of September:
Sept. 4 - Jeremiah 18:1-11, Psalm 1, Philemon 1:1-21, Luke 14:25-33
Sept. 11 - Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; Psalm 51:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10
Sept. 18 - Jeremiah 8:18-19:1, Psalm 113, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 16:1-13
Sept. 25 - Jeremiah 32:1-3, 6-15; Psalm 146; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31!
We will continue in the Book of Acts over the rest of the summer. The sermon passages and message titles for the month are as follows:
September 4 - Acts 10:1-48 “God's Grand Game-Plan”
September 11 - Acts 11:1-18 “Getting With the Program”
September 18 - Acts 11:19-30 “Growing into Our Name”
September 25 - Luke 16:19-31 “Getting Real”
We begin promoting the World Mission Offering this month. The offering will be taken in October and we will have a day to highlight it on October 9th. We will show a short video, “Miracle in Jiguani” on Sunday, September 25th in the morning worship service. The WMO this year will focus on the country of Cuba and our American Baptist missionaries who are working toward an expansion of ministry to this tremendous island country just south of our United States. As many of you noticed, the first commercial flights to Cuba from the US in decades began this past week. The McCurdy’s, who recently served in Ohio, are finishing language school and hoping to begin work in both the Dominican Republic and in Cuba. ! Let's continue to pray and be faithful!