October 11th, 2020
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FAITH that Works
The Promise of Wisdom
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:2-12 ESV
Wisdom _____________________ for living.
When we are not sure what to do during a trial…
#1 Ask God. (v. 5)
- God is waiting ____________________
- God gives
#2 Ask __________________ (vs. 6-8)
- God is waiting for you to ______________ his wisdom and not ______________________.
- The choice is yours: Trust both and expect _____________. Trust God and receive the generous gift of wisdom.
The trials of our lives make it possible for us to grow wiser!
Use the following game plan with your family, LifeGroup, or personal study this week. Allow this game plan to stimulate conversations with each other and with God.
Game Plan This Week:
- Review the sermon
o What were the main points?
o What points were most meaningful to you?
- Study/discuss the text
o What are some ways that painful circumstances and unanswered questions
can actually strengthen our faith?
o Look up Job 28:12-28. What can we learn from this text about wisdom? How
could Job’s story help us with our story?
o What makes relying completely and solely on God’s wisdom over our own so
- Break into smaller groups and discuss these questions and pray for each other:
o Are there times that it is ok to defer to our own wisdom over God’s wisdom?
o Agree or disagree? Most Christians live in a way described by trusting in
personal wisdom and God’s wisdom at the same time. Why do you feel that
- Share with your group how you would have them pray for you.
o Do you need wisdom right now?
o Share other needs in your life right now (employment, finances,
relationships, family, health, etc.)
- This week make a commitment to sit down often with God and discuss the
strength of your faith.
o Ask God to provide wisdom over…
o Talk to God about 3 people in your network of relationships that are far from
God. Pray for their salvation and how God might use you to introduce them
Communion: We will observe the Lord's supper on Oct 18th.
Friday Morning Women's Bible Study:
- Fridays beginning Oct 2nd until Dec 18th, 2020 (11-week study)
- Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM via Zoom online
Title: A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23
- Author: Phillip Keller
- Description: Experience Psalm 23 in a new way. As a shepherd, Phillip Keller knew what it was to protect a vulnerable flock on a daily basis. He leads the reader to remarkable places: to the greenest pastures of discovery and the coolest waters of fulfillment hidden in Psalm 23, the "Shepherd Psalm."
- Cost of Book: $5.00. You can make payment to COG with a note for the Women's Ministry Bible Study
- Led by Carol Olsen
Contact Judy Cale for more information
Elder Nomination Time:
The elders are requesting nominations from the congregation for new elders. Please read Titus 1:5-9 and 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and pray over these passages. If there is a man at COG that the Lord lays on your heart to nominate as an elder at COG, please take the following steps:
- Contact that person and ask if they would be okay with you nominating them to be an elder.
If agreed, then email their name to Steve Veteto. You can also put their information on the Elder Nomination Form located in the sanctuary.
Please have nomination turned in by October 11, 2020. If you have any questions, you can reach out to any of the elders at COG.
Blankets for the Homeless: We are collecting donations to pay for new blankets to give to the homeless in Aurora and Denver. One blanket is $6 and we have ordered 72 blankets this year. Please give your donations directly to Carol Bryan or make a check to Community of Grace and put "blankets" on the "for" line. Donations will be accepted through October 18. If you would like to help hand out blankets please contact Carol Bryan in person or at 303-522-2293 for date and time.
Titus 2 Ministry: Scarves for the Homeless. We will be meeting in the North Building foyer on Saturday, October 24th, 2020 from 9:00am-10:00am to make scarves for the homeless. Please wear a mask for this activity. We will have tables spread out through the room for social distancing. Families are welcome to join in the fun.
New Members Class: October 25th, 2020, 1:00pm in North Building. If you have been with us for a while and would like to become a member of our church, please email email@example.com to R.S.V.P.
Trunk or Treat: October 31st, 2020, 5:00pm-6:00pm.
Here some guidelines for us to follow to help make sure the event is enjoyable for everyone:
- If you are decorating a vehicle, be on site by 4:45 pm on Oct 31. You can come as early as you need to decorate and setup your vehicle. If you want to hand out treats without decorating a vehicle, we welcome the extra treats for the kids and ask you to also be on site by 4:45 pm.
- We are recommending face masks be worn by everyone attending.
- We are asking you to keep decorations and costumes in good taste and kid friendly.
- Treats must be store purchased/sealed. No homemade treats.
- Those who are handing out treats and cannot maintain 6' social distancing are required to wear a face mask and gloves to help protect themselves and our guests. COG has face masks and gloves if needed.
If you would like to be creative with handing out candy to maintain social distancing, use something like this "candy chute".
- If you are not decorating a vehicle and are coming for the event, please park on Flanders Street. The parking lot will be closed off to traffic at 4:45 pm for the safety of everyone.
- We will have prizes for the best decorated vehicles as well as the best carved pumpkins. Bring your pumpkins already carved and displayed for our judges.
- Have fun! Be welcoming and inviting to those we interact with during the event.
Let's make this a great opportunity to get to know our community. If you have any questions, email Pastor Chris.
Sunday Prayer Time: The COG prayer team is gathering outside, in the parking lot, weather permitting, at COG each Sunday at 9:15 am - 9:45 am to pray before worship service. Please bring your own chair. You can email Kathleen Chandler if you have any questions.
Last Week: $14,954.75
Year To Date Giving: $384,192.05
Year To Date Budget: $404,857.60
Steve Veteto: 303-517-9833
Bob Cale: 303-378-1903
Kyle Kane: 719-338-3378
Andrew Reeves: 720-355-6385
Roger Chandler: 719-964-9088
Joel Bundick: 720-231-1838
Tom Wager: 605-769-0255
Tom King: 303-506-5551
Kevin Fisher: 316-218-2583
Jerry Glass: 720-490-5909
Bob Cale: Sunday, 1:00 pm
William Fabrizio: Sunday, 5:00 pm
Matt Comar: Monday, 6:30 pm
Joel Bundick: Tuesday, 7 pm
Steve Veteto: Tuesday, 6:30 pm
Jim Bryan: Tuesday, 6:00 pm
Tom King: Tuesday, 6:30 pm
Roger Chandler: Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Chris Hart: Thursday, 7:00 pm
John Tejada: Friday, 7:00 pm