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Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 20:46

Speaker

Dwight K. Nelson

Since 1983, Dwight Nelson has served as lead pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He preaches on the “New Perceptions” telecast, teaches at the theological seminary and has written some books, including The Chosen. He and his wife, Karen, are blessed with two married children and 2 granddaughters.

"The Implausible Prayer" begins with the latest astronomy headline and ends with a knock at your door. See how this one implausible prayer can help you be more like Jesus.
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“How To Be More Like Jesus: The Implausible Prayer”

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  • □  The Prayer
    •   Ephesians 3:14-19
    •   The Creator and King, who rules over a galaxies and a stars

      across billion light years (and has all the stars—Psalm 147:4), wants

      to in .

    •   The implausible prayer: “That Christ may in your by faith.”
    •   “May your become His .”

       John 14:23

       Jesus: “We [the Father and I] will come to you and make Our with you.”

    •   Desire of Ages: “The contemplation of the of God will stir the heart and arouse the

      powers of the soul as nothing else can.” (478)

  • □  The Product
    •   Frederick Buechner: “In my books, and sometimes even in real life, I have it in me at my best to

      be a saint to other people, and by saint I mean life-giver, someone who is able to bear to others something of the Holy Spirit. . . . Sometimes, by the grace of God, I have it in me to be to other people. And so, of course, have we all—the life-giving, life-saving, and healing power to be saints, to be , maybe at rare moments even to ourselves.” (The Longing for Home 28)

      •   When Christ dwells within us, He spreads Himself us.
      •   Stuart Devenish: “Every Christian generation has produced two kinds of Christians: the

        common, ordinary garden variety, and those who have discovered the deeper life. . . . [a life that] reflects a deep experience of Christ-likeness” (quoted in Beyond Well-Being: Spirituality and Human Flourishing 58).

      •   The grand goal of the everlasting gospel!
      •   “Be like Jesus, this my song, in the home and in the throng . . .”
    •   NB: This is a collective invitation.
      •   “That Christ may dwell in your hearts [plural] by faith.”
      •   The GROW Group experience: “. . . together with all the Lord’s holy people” (v 18)
      •   F. F. Bruce: “. . . it is Paul who gives distinctive expression to the idea of all believers,

        whatever their race or social status, united in a life as fellow-members of the body. . . . [T]he prime function of the indwelling Spirit in the believing community, as in the individual believer, is for Paul the reproduction of the Christ-likeness in his people, until the whole body corporate attains ‘the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ’ (Ephesians 4:13).” (Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free 210, 211)

      •   Join a GROW Group now @ http://www.pmchurch.org/article/563/grow-groups/signup
    •   John Gilbert—“If Jesus Came to Your House”

      I want to be more like Jesus
      I’m following in His ways

      I’m trying to love as He did
      In all that I do and say

      At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice
      But I try to listen as the still small voice whispers:

      REFRAIN
      “Love one another as Jesus loves you

      Try to show kindness in all that you do Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought

      For these are the things Jesus taught.”

I’m trying to love my neighbor
I’m learning to serve my friends

I watch for the day of gladness When Jesus will come again

I try to remember the lessons He taught
Then the Holy Spirit enters into my thoughts saying:

—adapted from Janice Kapp Perry 

Pathfinder Fun Day

Pathfinders love to have fun and Pioneer's Evergreen Pathfinders are no different. They recently celebrated a successful year of learning with a "Pathfinder Fun Day". Here's a recap:

Will This Be the Last Pandemic Communion Celebration?

Please mark your calendar for Sabbath, June 26, when we will gather both services—in person or online—to celebrate the gift of our Savior in summertime fashion. 

Will this be the last time we commemorate the cross with at-home foot washing and prepackaged emblems of bread and wine? It could very well be. But no matter—it will be a high day in worship for us all. If you wish to celebrate communion at home, please stop by the church office this next week (Monday thru Friday noon) to pick your packaged emblems. For on-site worship, you may receive the emblems as you arrive that Sabbath morning. 

But how will we celebrate foot washing? We're inviting families and friends to experience Jesus' example in John 13 by washing each other's feet Friday evening where you live. Why not make this foot washing a part of your Friday evening worship as we gather across this community to welcome the Lord of the Sabbath into our homes at sundown?

Then Sabbath morning through music, prayer, the reading, and reflections from the Word (“For the Love of an Animal: Baaa”) let's throw wide our hearts to the Christ we love to worship. "Do this in remembrance of Me" (Luke 22:19).

AU Chess Group

Do you like chess, or want to learn how to play? You can make new friends and build new skills like critical thinking, strategizing, and self-control while playing this classic game. Join us on Sunday afternoons, 3-5 p.m. in the Commons. Register today: churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=MThGZzJLQ0FnSnc9

Offering for June 19, 2021

Local Church Budget

Naaman was the commander of the Syrian army, a great and honorable man in his nation. But he was a leper. During one of the conquests against Israel, Naaman captured a young girl and gave her to his wife as a maid. The Bible never gives the name of this precious child, but her influence in the house of Naaman was great. She spoke of the God of Israel who could heal the husband of her mistress.

The wife told her husband about the hope of a cure. Naaman asked the king of Syria to write a letter to the king of Israel requesting healing. After several delays, Naaman arrived at the home of the prophet Elisha. Rather than meeting Naaman himself, Elisha sent his servant with a simple
message: “Go and wash in Jordan seven times.” 2 Kings 5:10

Angry that the prophet did not come out and make a grand display of healing him, and instead, commanded him to wash in a dirty river, Naaman headed home. But his servants urged him to follow the command of the prophet and wash 7 times in the Jordan. When he did, God healed him of leprosy. 

A little girl shared with her mistress. The woman shared with her husband. Her husband shared with the king of Syria. Today, we can do the same. When we give to the local budget, the funds are used to help share the gospel with others. Your name may never be known, but by sharing—like the little maid—lives will be changed just as Naaman was.

—North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Caring Hearts

The estimated number of widowed persons worldwide in 2020 was approximately 350 million, with the large majority, approximately 80 percent, being widowed women. But, the actual number is likely to be much higher and to grow further as the coronavirus and its related effects on health continue to rage around the world. Here are some tips to help those grieving:

Bible verses of comfort to share in a card:

  • "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:39)
  • "Don't be afraid, for I am with you." (Isaiah 41:10)
  • "The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble." (Psalm 9:9-10)
  • "Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock." (Isaiah 26:3-4)

What is appropriate to say to a grieving widow/widower:

  • "I'd love to make you dinner and drop it off tomorrow night if that's okay with you."
  • "I am here for you and care about you."
  • "Know that I am here to support you."
  • "I am here anytime you'd like to talk."
  • Don't push for details. Let the bereaved talk about their loved one. Be a good listener. Elderly spouses, in particular, will likely want to talk and tell stories about the spouse. Don't bring up other people's losses. Let the spouse focus on his/her loss.

What is appropriate to do for a grieving widow/widower:

  • Soon after the death, show up at their door and say, "I'm here to clean your house, or polish your shoes, or take out the trash, or shovel snow. People are numb after such a loss and will need help with simple things. One friend stayed overnight with a new widow until her sister arrived. She also met people at the door, wrote down names of visitors, and put food in the fridge.
  • Sit with them in church. It’s difficult for many to return and sit alone.
  • Call them from time to time or send occasional cards.
  • Invite them to be part of a small group.
  • If they have young children, offer to babysit one day so they can have time to do something without worrying about the kids.
  • Ask them to help you in an outreach activity.
  • Include them in holiday plans. This is a particularly wrenching time for the bereaved.

Above all, continue your friendship. Don’t stop including them in your social activities just because they are no longer part of a couple.

–General Conference Ministries

Michigan Camp Meeting Live Stream

Michigan Camp Meeting will be available for live streaming June 18–26 at www.misda.org/livestream2021. The theme this year is "How Much More".

Financial Peace University

It's time to stop worrying about money! In Financial Peace University, you'll learn the biblical truths to help you keep a budget, beat debt, and build wealth! Class begins Tuesday, June 8, 2021 (6:30—7:30 PM).

Register Online

A.U. Eats

A.U. Eats is back! Offering chef made vegetarian/vegan meals delivered to your door. Go to GET.CBORD.com to place your order or for more information call 269-471-3161.

Timeless Tours

Join Timeless Tours next March 16-27, 2022 for an unforgettable tour to ancient Egypt. Two experienced biblical archaeologists will be your guides. For more information contact Timeless Tours through Stefanie Elkins at selkins@andrews.edu. You can also learn more about the tour, find application forms, payments, itineraries and more via our website; www.digtheadventure.com.

Mommy and Me has a New Name!

Mommy and Me is now Preschool Pray & Play! Our goal is for our new name to reflect the way we welcome ALL caregivers--moms, dads, nannies, grandparents, babysitters, etc.—as well as our faith-based approach to friendship and play.

Pray and Play is a great group for caregivers and children ages 0-5 to meet new people, make friends, sing, pray, and play together. This year, we'll be meeting through the summer months, and we'd love you to join us! Text PLAYINFO to 269-281-2345 to be notified about upcoming meetings/events, or join online

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