November 22, 2020
Please remember to practice mask-wearing and social distancing throughout the time at church. There is no nursery attendant or Fellowship Luncheon until further notice. At the end of the services today, consider assisting with disinfecting the building.
9:30 Prayer Time
If you have a prayer request that you would like the church to cooperatively pray for publicly during this time, please write your request on the available form and place it in the prayer request box.
9:45 Religious Education Teaching
10:45 Believer’s Worship
Scripture Reading and Message: Genesis 3:1-21, “Thanksgiving Celebrating Jesus ” Moe Bergeron
This Week’s Events:
No Events this week. Bible Study will resume next week.
This week’s Religious Teaching Education for Adults with Kevin Foss is entitled “The Battle that Rages Within” from Romans 7:13-25.
The Red Cross is asking SGF to sponsor a Blood Drive at the Boscawen Town Hall, Monday, November 30th from noon to 5 PM. Let Doreen Kronholm know if you would like to help.
There is a need for volunteers to assemble Gift/food baskets in December for Boscawen residents in need. The Boscawen Newsvine states to volunteer for the distribution or fill the 150+ boxes of Holiday Food Baskets, call (603) 753-9188 ext. 301 or contact Sgerlack@townofboscawen.org. Masks & gloves are required to volunteer, as well as some lifting, standing for a long period of time.
The next Soup Kitchen will be Saturday, December 19th at 4:30 p.m. This will be a drive-up event.
On December 13th, at 4:00 the church will be having our annual Christmas evening service. Because of COVID, this will be the only service this day. No morning service will take place. Henry Turgeon will be planning as normal. If anyone would like to participate by bringing forth a special music, please let Henry know. It is unclear if there will be an ornament exchange and gathering after at this time. More details to follow due to COVID restrictions.
The SGF annual business meeting will be held virtually this year on Saturday, January 16th at 9:30 a.m. It will be on the normal SGF online link. If you need access to the meeting room, let Moe Bergeron know.
We continue to collect protein items (canned tuna, salmon or chicken, peanut butter, hash, hearty meat-based soup, chili) for the Boscawen Food Pantry.
“Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.”
Jacob, while expostulating with Laban, thus describes his own toil, “This twenty years have I been with thee. That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee: I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night. Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.” Even more toilsome than this was the life of our Saviour here below. He watched over all his sheep till he gave in as his last account, “Of all those whom thou hast given me I have lost none.” His hair was wet with dew, and his locks with the drops of the night. Sleep departed from his eyes, for all night he was in prayer wrestling for his people. One night Peter must be pleaded for; anon, another claims his tearful intercession. No shepherd sitting beneath the cold skies, looking up to the stars, could ever utter such complaints because of the hardness of his toil as Jesus Christ might have brought, if he had chosen to do so, because of the sternness of his service in order to procure his spouse–
“Cold mountains and the midnight air,
Witnessed the fervour of his prayer;
The desert his temptations knew,
His conflict and his victory too.”
It is sweet to dwell upon the spiritual parallel of Laban having required all the sheep at Jacob’s hand. If they were torn of beasts, Jacob must make it good; if any of them died, he must stand as surety for the whole. Was not the toil of Jesus for his Church the toil of one who was under suretiship obligations to bring every believing one safe to the hand of him who had committed them to his charge? Look upon toiling Jacob, and you see a representation of him of whom we read, “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd.”