To God Alone Be The Glory
"Glory" is an odd word in our culture. We use the word rarely and we probably don't have a good sense of what it means. We are inclined to think people should not be "glory-grabbers" and when someone gets undue credit we ask, "Why do they get all the glory?" Most people also have a general sense that glory is something attributed to God. The word glory, in ancient culture, was initially used to indicate something or someone that had an aura of splendor and power, a capacity for sovereignty. The term in Hebrew (
kbd) means, "heavy". Scripture took over the use of this word to help us understand what God is like. (Walter Brueggeman)
God is heavy. He not only has the capacity for sovereignty, He is completely sovereign. Many of the events surrounding the people of Israel in the Old Testament are illustrating this reality. When Pharaoh drowns in the Red Sea it is clear to all that God is sovereign over any who would presume to compete with Him. When the Philistines steal the ark of God in battle, they store the ark in the temple of their "god" Dagon. In the morning they find Dagon (his statue) fallen to the ground before the ark of God. It was a very clear picture to the Philistines and the rest of the world that there is no competition for God. He is sovereign, heavy, and His presence outshines anything or anyone else. God is worthy of all the glory!
If God truly is glorious it follows that we are very small. So small, in fact, that we hang on the brink of insignificance, except for one thing: He loves us. His love gives us significance. Our purpose as creatures designed by a sovereign Creator is to give Him glory. We become most human when our desires, actions, thoughts and decisions are giving Him glory. That sounds wonderful, you say, but what does look like? Do God-glorifying people look different from other people?
These and other questions are what we will wrestle with this weekend as we gather to worship and give Him glory. I'll see you Sunday! - Pastor Kris
Progressive Dinner! - October 21
We meet this Saturday Evening at the Narine's - 5pm. Reply to this e-mail if you need their address.
Fall Festival: October 28 - 4 pm - 7 pm
We need volunteers to coordinate:
- Bounce Houses
Get to know God and good people better.
- Central Group - Each Monday Night at 7 pm (Fellowship Hall)
- North Group - Sundays @ 6 pm: October 22, November 5 and November 19. (Fellowship Hall)
- South Group - Sundays @ 6 pm: October 22, November 5 and November 19 (Homes)
- Men's Group - Thursday Nights - Kaiser Home
- Faith Alive - Women's Group: Tuesday @10 am and @7 pm (Fellowship Hall)
Sign up to be a part of any of these groups by responding to this e-mail!
FAITH ALIVE WOMEN'S GROUP:
Faith Alive will be meeting Tuesday evenings at 7 pm and on TUESDAY mornings at 10 am.
VHS: Next VHS will be Thursday, October 26.
Saturday, October 28, from 4-7pm. We need volunteers to coordinate: pumpkin patch, Trunk-or-Treat, bounce house, food, and games. We also need donations of wrapped candy. There are orange buckets in the Fellowship Hall waiting to be filled!
We are reading the "Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels" by Janet Solskice for November 12. We will be having our annual book exchange on December 3. We meet at 7pm at members' homes. Talk to Jean Bosman or Kim Vanderlaan for further information.
PASTOR TOM DYKSTRA,
former pastor here, is retiring as of November 11! The CRC church in Visalia, CA has asked for letters of memories to be sent for the celebration. They must be turned in to our church office by November 8. Pastor Tom and Julie's address is:
3839 W. Victor, Visalia CA 93277.