Church News Week of August 28, 2016

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The Story

Bible-Best-SellerThe Bible is the best-selling book in history, but how many people in the City of Moncton are actually reading it?

We at First Nazarene are hoping to reverse this trend, starting with our own congregation. Beginning on Sunday, September 18 at 10:30 am, First Nazarene will be journeying together with “The Story” – from Genesis to Revelation. A unique program that involves all ages, from preschool to senior, we believe that “The Story” is the right tool to increase Biblical literacy, helping readers to understand better God’s story and see how their own stories intersect with God’s. Consisting of 31 chapters of carefully-selected scriptures sequenced in chronological order, “The Story” presents the Word of God in an engaging format, reading much like a novel.

On our Launch Sunday (Sept 18) we offer a free coffee or tea with a light snack at our NazCafé that begins at 9:45 am. Did anyone say, “cinnamon buns?” Following the morning worship service there will be a free spaghetti dinner with dessert in the gym (donation). We have invited Rebel Band as our guests who will lead us in worship. (You may want to ask your teens and young adults to come to hear this all-brothers band.) In that service I will be preaching from the first chapter of The Story, so you will want to bring along your copy of “The Story.”

Everyone who comes gets a free copy of The Story! Along with the hard cover copies for the adults, we have children’s copies of The Story and teen copies, too. Beginning on September 4 we will be handing out copies of The Story as well as the adult participant’s guides for small groups.

Another exciting feature of this new program is that we have several and varied small groups as well as Bible studies for all ages, starting or re-starting the week of September 18. Be sure to sign up early because there is limited space in the classes.

It is my hope and prayer that you will come and experience “The Story” with us. For more information, please call the church at 858-9308, send an email to monctonfirstnaz@gmail.com or visit www.monctonfirst.com.

Blessings,
Pastor Patti

Church News Week of August 21, 2016

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Ponderings

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I believe that in the busyness of life many of us take too little time to reflect, muse or ponder. We get caught up in the day to day struggle of just trying to get through the next 24 hours. There are deadlines to be met; appointments to be kept; kids to be dropped off at the sitters; what am I making for supper? Did I even get groceries this week? The car has to go in to the repair shop – again! (Actually, as I begin this reflection I’m waiting for my car to get finished.)

Life does at times become an insane balance of the things we need to do today and those we try to negotiate to put off until tomorrow. And in the process of it all we become jugglers and incessant doers. What is the response to our relentless schedules? How does God factor in to our hectic pace of living? Annie Dillard, that prolific American writer insightfully said, “How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.”

Ponder. What a great word to, well, ponder.

The hymn writer, Joachim Neander wrote in “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” Ponder anew what the Almighty can do…When I sing those words it makes me want to just stop and do exactly that.

Consider…

Contemplate…

When Mary, the mother of Jesus was visited by the shepherds after the birth of Jesus, Luke tells us, “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” The shepherds were busy telling everyone they met about the incredible events they had witnessed but Mary was pondering and treasuring the incredible knowledge that God was now up close and personal – the babe suckling at her breast – was Emmanuel – God with us.

Why not in the busy days ahead take time to ponder the wonder of God with us, with you? Ponder the beauty of His creation in the subtle changes we are just beginning to see as we transition into another season. Ponder the miracle of life in a newborn’s cry. Ponder the love of God who would move heaven and earth so that you could be in a relationship with Him.

Reflect…

Ruminate…

And as you ponder, may you get lost in the wonder of the mystery of God!

– Pastor Patti

Church News Week of August 14, 2016

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