Did You Know About Our Youth Service on May 31st?

 

ELMER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH – news wk 05/18/15:

Rev. Yousef’s sermon for Pentecost Sunday, May 24th is “Too Deep for Words!” based on Scripture readings Joel 2:28-32 and Acts 2:1-8. All are invited to attend our service at 10:00 am.

Sunday, May 31st is Youth Sunday. The children and youth of the church will conduct the entire service, from Scripture readings and prayers to offering the message. Please plan on joining us for this wonderful recognition and celebration of our young people!!

Sunday school follows worship from 11:30 am–12 noon for children ages 4th through 8th grades.

The Community Bible study, led by Rev. Yousef, meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am. If you’d like to learn more about the Word of God this is a great opportunity to join others in lively and informed discussions of the Bible.

The Men’s Bible study meets on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.

The Way youth group meets weekly on Wednesday in the Church, with Bible themed study, activities and games. Junior youth in 4th through 7th grades meet from 6:30-8:00 pm, while senior youth 8th grade and up meet from 6:30-8:30 pm. All youth in the area are invited to participate in the activities.

Our Clothes Closet will next be open Tuesday, June 16th, from 6-7 pm, offering serviceable used clothing for children and adults to those in need at no cost. However, if you need assistance before then, please call the church.

 

Rev. Mouris Yousef’s sermon last Sunday was the second part of “Come and See…Go and Tell!” based on Scripture readings Psalm 34:8 and John 1:43-51. Last week we saw people coming to see the Lord, and as they discover the greatness of Jesus, they go and tell others. This summarizes the Christian message in its simplicity and depth. We come into the presence of God and get to see what God has done. And then go into the world and tell others. “Come and see” said Philip to Nathanael. But Nathanael doubted. “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. The Bible makes it clear that those who have met Jesus are expected to go out and find other people who don’t yet know Him. Why on earth do we find this such a difficult task to do? Why aren’t we continually seeking out other people who don’t know Jesus, telling them about who He is, and then inviting them to a place where they can meet Him? According to surveys, “82% of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if invited”. The message is clear that the unchurched are open to conversations about church” writes Philip Nation, LifeWay Research. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” asked Nathanael. It’s the same question we may have to face today: Can anything good come out of Elmer? Or, more specifically: Can anything good come out of the Elmer Presbyterian Church? Those may be the kind of questions in the minds of the people we meet and talk to.

Now let’s see how Philip handled it. He pleasantly persists. He doesn’t get into an argument with Nathanael over the merits of Nazareth. Philip simply invites Nathanael and says, “Come and see. Come and check Jesus out.” Philip doesn’t get sidetracked into another discussion. Instead, he focuses on getting his friend to come with him and meet the Lord. “Come and see,” he says. What we do have-and this is something no one can take away from us, by God’s grace, is Jesus. We have the gospel. This is where Jesus is forgiving sinners, giving life, giving direction and power for Christian living, calling disciples to follow Him, granting eternal life to all those who believe in Him. All this Jesus is doing here in this little town and this little church. “Can anything good come out of Elmer?” your neighbors are wondering. And, like Philip, you can tell them, “Come and see.” I want to remind you again of The Come and See Initiative. Maybe this is scary territory, or maybe you just don’t know what to do and say. There are two steps we can take today to overcome the things that hold us back from introducing people to Jesus: Ask God for an open door to share the gospel with people, and invite them to church. What’s the worst that could happen? They might say no. But in God’s sight, we did our part. Let’s see what happens when we put our faith into action!

The Elmer Presbyterian Church is located at 107 Chestnut Street (Rt. 40) in Elmer, at the intersection of Rt. 40 and Front Street. The church is handicap accessible, with parking available behind the church. If you would like information about any of our worship services or programs, or need transportation, please call 856-358-8888.

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