Look What We’re Doing!

ELMER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH – news wk 05/11/15:

Rev. Mouris Yousef’s sermon last Sunday was the first part of “Come and See…Go and Tell!” based on Scripture readings Psalm 34:1-8 and John 1:43-51. Jesus was so passionate about inviting people. “Come, follow me,” Jesus says to Simon Peter and his brother Andrew “and I will make you fishers of men.” That doesn’t mean it’s an easy decision. Christianity is more than a system of beliefs; a faith that will be responsive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and will to walk wherever He wants us to walk. The Christian message is this: Come into the presence of God. See what God has done. And then go into the world and tell others. You come and see. Then you go and tell.

You and I need to come closer to Christ and the real challenge is to keep coming. Come with your imperfections, your sins, your questions, your doubts, but come, so that you can experience it for yourself. Come as you are. But come also for what you can-and by God’s grace actually will-become through the very act of following Him. There is a pattern in the gospel narratives that goes like this: “Come and see. Go and tell.” Andrew meets Jesus and sees in Him the long-expected Messiah. After spending time with Jesus, Andrew said to himself, I have to share Jesus with family and friends. So Andrew looked for his brother Simon and brought him to Jesus. When Simon got there, Jesus told him “You are Simon. You name will now be Cephas-a rock for you will stand boldly for the gospel.” What we see here is evangelizing, reaching out to people, by asking them to just come and see. The next day, Andrew was thinking of going back home to Bethsaida, then decided to share the good news with someone from his hometown. He found Philip and told him the good news and asked him to come and see and he will not be the same again. Philip came to check out Jesus and the Word took a hold of Philip so that when Jesus commanded him saying “follow me,” he immediately did so. The found people find people. Philip, who has been introduced to Jesus by his friend Andrew, now tries to introduce his friend, Nathanael, to Jesus. But Nathanael doubted. Some of the people you invite will doubt but don’t give up. Philip didn’t give up. He insisted, “Nathanael, just come and see for yourself, check him out and you will not be the same again.”

According to the gospel narratives, this is how the first disciples were made. They were invited to come and see, either by Jesus Himself or by one of their friends, and they did and their lives were forever changed. This week we begin a new way to reach out with the Good News of Jesus Christ to our community, neighbors, friends, family members, co-workers, called the “Come and See Initiative” based on John 1:46, where Philip extends an invitation to his friend Nathanael to “Come and See the Messiah.” Over the next couple Sundays we’ll collect the names of beloved ones who are away from the Lord or have become lukewarm, and place them at the foot of the chancel cross. No one but you and the Lord will know these names. We will pray for those people over the next few weeks and your responsibility is to go and extend the invitation – “come and see.” Let’s see what happens when the church does it part. Let’s see what happens when we take our faith seriously!

 

Rev. Yousef’s sermon for next Sunday, May 17th is part two of “Come and See…Go and Tell!” based on Scripture readings Psalm 34:1-8 and John 1:43-51. All are invited to attend our service at 10:00 am. 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.

 

Our Clothes Closet will be open Tuesday, May 19th, 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.

 

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.

 

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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