Sovereign Grace Fellowship
“a family church rejoicing in the grace of God”
9:25 Announcements and Prayer
(Please enter the sanctuary quietly during prayer time.)
9:40 Believer’s Worship
Scripture Reading and Message – Mike Foss
Mark 15:37-47 and Ezra 6:1-22
“When All Hope Seemed Lost . . . The Lost Seemed to Find Hope”
Following our Sunday School time we’ll enjoy a potluck meal together. Please join us!
11:00 Fellowship Time
11:15 Sunday School
~12:15 Fellowship Lunch
This Week’s Events:
Nursery: Christine Foss
Please notify the nursery worker, when dropping off your child, if he/she has any food allergies.
Wednesday: Bible Study and Youth Groups 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: Annual Church Business Meeting 9:00 a.m.
Saturday: Soup Kitchen 4:30 p.m.
Snowblowing 1/14-20: Mike Foss
Church Cleaning for 1/20: volunteer needed
Next Week’s Nursery: Laura Damiani
Thank you for the donations collected for Spaulding Youth Center. Tracy Ventura delivered the items on Christmas eve. They were very grateful for these very necessary and practical gifts. Thank you to everyone who contributed! Your generosity was very much appreciated!
The Spring/Summer Communion, Preaching, Music and Nursery Schedule is now posted on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.
Today’s Adult Sunday School continues in Hebrews with Kevin Foss entitled “Four Reasons Why God Became Man-Part 2” from Hebrews 2:5-18.
Please join us on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. for Bible Study and Youth Groups (ages 9 and up).
Our annual church business meeting will be held on January 19th, @ 9 am. All members are encouraged to attend. An email containing the agenda and budget proposal were sent. Proxy vote papers are available on the back table.
The next Soup Kitchen will be Saturday, January 19 at 4:30 p.m. Kevin Foss will be speaking.
We continue to collect protein items (canned tuna, salmon or chicken, peanut butter, hash, hearty meat-based soup, chili) for the Boscawen Food Pantry. Please place items donated in the basket in the hall.
“Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber”
Solomon’s ships had returned in safety, but Jehoshaphat’s vessels never reached the land of gold. Providence prospers one, and frustrates the desires of another, in the same business and at the same spot, yet the Great Ruler is as good and wise at one time as another. May we have grace today, in the remembrance of this text, to bless the Lord for ships broken at Ezion-geber, as well as for vessels freighted with temporal blessings; let us not envy the more successful, nor murmur at our losses as though we were singularly and specially tried. Like Jehoshaphat, we may be precious in the Lord’s sight, although our schemes end in disappointment.
The secret cause of Jehoshaphat’s loss is well worthy of notice, for it is the root of very much of the suffering of the Lord’s people; it was his alliance with a sinful family, his fellowship with sinners. In 2 Ch. 20:37, we are told that the Lord sent a prophet to declare, “Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the Lord hath broken thy works.” This was a fatherly chastisement, which appears to have been blest to him; for in the verse which succeeds our morning’s text we find him refusing to allow his servants to sail in the same vessels with those of the wicked king. Would to God that Jehoshaphat’s experience might be a warning to the rest of the Lord’s people, to avoid being unequally yoked together with unbelievers! A life of misery is usually the lot of those who are united in marriage, or in any other way of their own choosing, with the men of the world. O for such love to Jesus that, like him, we may be holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners; for if it be not so with us, we may expect to hear it often said, “The Lord hath broken thy works.”