November 8th Showing God’s Love

Written By: Rev. Shana Dry

The wolf will live with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat; the calf and the young lion will feed together and a little child will lead them. —Isaiah 11:6

I try to do most of my shopping in Tahlequah. I like to shop locally and being the Director of the NSU Wesley Foundation I find myself at the store A LOT. On several different occasions I see these two children who always run up to me and hug me and squeeze me so tight and always want to engage in conversation. It is a brother and sister and the mom is always standing back and smiling. It never fails when I see them I get a great big hug.

Our Trunk or Treat was a great success. We had over 700 children come through and I was blessed to hand out 400 cards to adults and invite them to our church. Towards the end of the evening it was getting dark and hard to see and as I was visiting with a parent I felt someone come running up behind me and hug me as tight as they could. I turned around and YES it was those two wonderful children. After I hugged both generously the mother came up to me and said “We see you everywhere and my children love to run to you and hug you. We came to your VBS this summer, we were one of your Help in Crisis families that you helped. We are better now and safer and I want to thank you for showing so much love to my kids. They love seeing you and I am grateful for you and your church’s love. Thank you for this information I want to bring them to this church where they already know that love lives here.”

As they walked away I thought WOW! That’s it, that’s why we do it. For this reason alone. Showing God’s love to those that need it the most. And yes I believe whole heartedly a child will lead them.

PRAYER:  Thank you loving God for leading us with a child. Open our hearts to know that what we do is because you first loved us. Guide us to know that we should love first and leave the rest to you. In Jesus name we pray, AMEN.’

November 7th Thanksliving  

Written By: Ashley Franks

How can we in life slow things down enough to see God?  Our society encourages us to go and do more and to obtain more.  How in this mentality can we see God in our lives, in our day?  It is easy to get caught up in a schedule of busyness.  It easy to let the constant movement and constant requirements of life overshadow where our focus should truly be.  How can we find joy when all we see is the not enough of life?

Thanksliving: living a life of thankfulness.  When you stop looking at the stress off the day, the stress of what’s left still to do, the stress of what went wrong, and instead look for the small blessings in your life and then THANK GOD for them transformation will occur.  Gratitude leads to joy.  The joy that can only come from God.  While this may sound simple, it really isn’t.  If it were more of us would be doing it.  Then how do we live a life of “thanksliving”? How do we let this become our daily focus?

I always say, start small.  Start with coming up with three things you are thankful for from your day.  When I was a young teenager at camp, our cabin counselors required us to tell three things we were thankful for at the end of every day of camp.  I remember thinking at the time that this seemed so hard and I even had trouble coming up with three things.  Then my fellow campers, dear friends of mine, taught me something that week.  They showed me how to be grateful for even the small things in the day.  They were thankful for the sunshine, for laughter, for rain, for fun.  I started to look at the day differently with this thought.  I had always taken these things for granted and never thought to thank God for them.  Once I started to look for the little moments in my day, I started to see things completely different.  Not only could I come up with things to say thanks for, but my attitude changed as well.  I started to look for these little moment all day long.  When you focus on the blessing in your day, and yes they are there, the negativism seems to flow away.  You begin to experience joy and you start to see God in your day.

This week try coming up with three things you are thankful for at the end of each day.  Then take each item and say a prayer of thanks to God for them.  It will have an impact on you.

November 6th: Raise a Joyful Song Written 

November 6th  Read: Raise a Joyful Song Written     By: Linda Cheatham

Members of the Celebration Ringers say they love being part of the hand bell choir because they are able to directly participate in the church service. Music has long been one way to glorify the Lord.

Whether it be bells or voices, music gives glory and depth to the service of the Lord. The bell ringers work together as a team, sharing fellowship each week as they prepare for the time they will share their hard work with the congregation and honor the Lord.

Psalms 95, vs 1-2 says Come! Let us raise a joyful song to the Lord, a shout of triumph to the Rock of our salvation, Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving, and sing him psalms of triumph.


 

Thanksliving An Introduction

A thanksliving life is a life where we live out of the gifts God has given us to help build God’s kingdom here and now. When we give and live out a life of thanks to God we will be transformed into the person whom God has created into being.

Our Stewardship focus this year is living a life out, the abundance that God has given us. Thanksliving is the term that comes to mind when I think about this. We give because God first gave to us.

How To Use This Devotional

Read, Reflect and Respond. These are three words that I use when I am doing a devotional book or a prayer practice.  First read the devotional, then take a deep breath and jot down your reflection: what spoke to you, where did God speak to you in the devotional and last what is God calling you to do? And then I pray a simple prayer… “Lord help me respond to your calling. Amen.

This book as a devotional a day. Sunday is Sabbath day so come and join us in worship and you don’t have the work of a devotion. My prayer is that you use this as a tool to help you grow closer to God. May God be with you as you use this devotional.

You can follow each day on this site we will post everyday or you can download it here.

Here is this weeks Sermon Video.

Listening Post Questions

Listening Post 2017

As we prepare for our Listening Post meetings please fill out this form to help the leadership of the Church to consider who we are and what we do as a church as we strive to have open hearts, open minds and open doors,  as we gather to worship the loving Christ, to grow on our journeys of faith and to serve the world. If you are having trouble viewing this form click here.