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Full text of "1985 Year's Sermons by Rev. Ralph Charles Link (Ralph C. Link) of the United Church of Christ uploaded by Peter-John Parisis"

''Teach Us What We Yet May Be" 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor January 6, 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Kelly Mangel, Acolyte 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.H 
Prelude "Meditation" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Anno unc e m en. ts 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
•Processional Hymn No* 9 
•Ascription 
•Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) "Almighty Father, kings eame forth 
to bow the knee before an infant king; people knew 
Him to be something other than a baby; we know Him 
as Jesus the Saviour. Yet too often we do our own 
will; we do the things we know are wrong; we submit 
to the lures and enticements of the world. But we 
know also that we can have forgiveness.,, and this we 
Seek at this time, throught Jesus Christ. .,, .Amen* 
•Kyrie 

^Assurance of Pardon 

•Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Requiem Observance and Prayer 

Mrs .Jane Andrewg , Harvey Campbell, Mrs . Charlotte 
Christy, Mrs. Minnie Kelly, M/rr Winifred McGrody, 
Mrs. Howard Morrison, Mrs. Dorothy Hicholas, 
Mrs. Alvin Shakely, Jules Smith, Mrs. Anna Weitzel. 
Friends: Dorothy Davis, Hazel Grossman, Frank E. 
Meler f Clifford R. Stepp, Rhode Barhighti 
Arvillia J. Hockenberry t Mrs. Margaret Eck, 
Hymn No. &14 "For All the Saints" 
Offering 

Offertory "The Silent Prayer" 
•Ilaxology Ho. 382 

Anthem: "He Touched Ms" - Plan* Solo 
Scripture: Luke 15:4-7 

Sermon: "When It's Over It's Time To: Find the Lost" 
"I'luaing H.Yiiui No. 519 "Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name 
We Raise 11 
Benedicti 



Closing Chimes 

Postlude 

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Flowers are needed for the next few weeks, won't you 
take a minute and sign up now. Chart is in Narthex. 

Ushers for today are Art Carney, Dan Bosko, Marty 
Henry , and John Snow . 

Mr. Art Carney will greet the congregation this morning* 

Nursery will be provided today by Mrs, Sue Gamble. 

Dan Bosko, Art Carney, and Carl Vinroe will be visiting 
the hospital this week. 

Attendance last Sunday was 121 with 17 visitors. 
'■ Hospitalized: Ken Hoover, Becky Shearer fyAi />_ Tftb* 

Monday - Spang's Volleyball /rtf '^ /*,w/v*-/ 

Tuesday - Aerobics 
Thursday - Aerobics 

Chancel Choir at 7:00 P.M. 
Saturday - Basketball 

^REMIPIDER - today begins the nominations for Elders and 
Deacons* Place your nomination on a piece of paper 
and! drop it in the offering plate, or bring to the 
office. 

YEARBOOK INFORMATION - please notify the office of any 
change of address or phone number so we have the 
correct information for the new yearbook. If it is 
an unlisted number, it will not be published. Please 
give this as soon as possible. 

SPECIAL REQUEST - next Sunday January 13th the choir 
will again be singing the anthem we sang on Christmas 
Eve, 1, 0nce Upon a Christmas 1 .' 
" Daily Bread and Moody Monthly are in the Narthex. Pick 
them up at your convenience. 

SCOFIELD BIBLE COURSE - will be starting this Sunday 
evening at 7:00 P.M. 

AUDIT - the auditing of all treasurers books of the 
church will be January 21st at 7:00 P.M. Please 
have all of your books ready and you plan to be 
here also. 



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Prelude 

iTmounce"!entF/Greet'fll-=/ r Taver Seuu"^" 

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Ascription; 

Call to Worship: New Tear's 

THE OLD HAS PASSED AWAY, BEHOLD, THE NSW HAS COKE. 
ALL THIS IS FROM tlOB, WHO THS0BGH COTTKT RECONCILED !JS 
TO HIMSELF AND GAV5 BS THF KINISTRT OF RECONCILIATION. 
"Fym* 
Offering/Prayer 
•Doxologj 
Pastoral Prayer 
Hymn 

Scripture: Luke ISt't-? 

Seraoa: "Whea Tt*e Orer It 'a Tiae la: Find The Lost" 
St. Paul's, Hutlar 1/6/85 
•Hpni 

•Benediction 
•Post.lude 



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pture: Luke 15**-7 
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propas bin invit epk ros .ask tscrol Is 

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1st words wer-TS . . 

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?■ rpacb in hontwn & words red defin irinntry b 

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(Illua Howard Thurman wrote raraphras=Read this, 
nex suceed wks we R po 21k thea diraetivs as "flee in 
ninatr* Js & also as thez sub J fnfl thru out Q a ««;* 

teas ovr E misfit nresenta exchan- ,tree ^wn;orns 
r.i'.t ,•• no?hr yr ; childrn bak ekuljcoleg howl «M « 
I lif tak on usul unrlarrus ,un;joyf ul dimensins ,tnen, 

Rj^VS* -S2 t^ «" hav receiv w/thoz hav no 

herd ft no kno Joy wh can B had thru Js *P 
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con^idf outcaa Bcuz work 4 despis Romans but evri tho 
|enrl populao avoid, Js didnt & they knu fila as lwbo 

..reactilfpertin Jewe . wenevr paeib Jew ldra «ot 

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vs Sa-i;Stic,n say Mt lharsees/ch ldrs=but say= .tetmar 
cud includ way] within and His yoio 
'tin many fac or need ; includ auoienc sifflpl.ord 

vs "anyl cud underst simpl ouest evn tho direc specil 

Here r snep w/sheep f ieldjperhaps aatehif sheltr 4 F hee P 
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Which one of vou would not po and find it.... 
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I fenc ' ovr clif 

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& this wat Js talk bout VS S=RE.\B 

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vs 7=Js try pt out svr sheep import 

Icribe hid tendency Ik certin peon or class of 
peop as worthl»^ ay no worthies peop " '" Bite 

all men equal G ]uvs each one the a 
But in hvn b: G ther roor re.ioic ovr 1 lost aou] cum? 
salvatin than ovr 99 ftlredy aaf within fold 
duznt mak 1 betr othrs , ,1us los sheep need 2B sot out 
Sc trot b-jk Pfold 
2nd yr . T s ninstry Js sed as record Nt 15:3*. I nu not 
Bent hut unto the lost sheep of the house of I rael 
ther, plain languag was rrinin He declar His 
Ee sot brinn- los sheep in? fold.but wudnt acpt Him, 
or 1 ; ro part Hit- minstry fulfil 

2 "ients or the ■ ■. hnv 

nothin do with 
This always bin Bisin Xpian Ch,but "oft Pmany othr 
thinrs tnk precedence ovr tbi 
Wen it's ovr,(Xmas that is),It'a time to find the los 
But that task duznt wait 4end 'mas reason, w/us allyr 
Who B the lost??=lonlyserch souls who canot/havnot fnd 
peac So hspces this lif 

l*s who hav jump of bridgs/bldRS pas few 
or wks;they 1" rub ^oblivion Bcuz i : : ' 

h Id no mean/purr; they 'i peor we -hud" jrix raaol 
'v -lad nus 2 that ther purpos %. mean ?lif 

-•-i-ur souls 8 nestles until find ther nest 
:;ee 
No matr who individ oayB; regard lea BtatiE in lif if 
no find G,soul r< ' 

selvs ";h can priv pens purp they all need 
without G continu serch/ 
but lik los r^heep many no too, lost 

ivr herd ■'■- preach ihee p IK '■ 
wont, Bcuz it -her ■•■■ 
(Ilus See 1 -once 6 iumbody whiapr fcbfit luvs Fe) 

That wat tal , - to out Ik 4aheep;how many peop I' 

sp k 2-RM- be- 'old? How many neifhbrs 

we hav who no' . without ch 5 we nevr invit 

cub join ue in worship? Quests no intend puilt trip 
anyl.shud sno us tl no keep as worlds 

insted.we 2shar w/all thoz in need of s Saviour 

low time " '■ ehar thai 

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■en It's Over It's Time To: Find The Lost 
Scripture: Luke 15:4-7 

tas 9 typical Saturday morninp- in the little Galilean town, Everything 

was at a standstill because it was the Sabbath, The people had assembled in 
the Synagogue to worship Cod. The Shema had been recited and *fc a portion of 
the Jewish Law from Hoses had been read according to custom so that the en- 
tire law was read completely through once every three years. Now it was time 
for the reading frorr one of the prophets. A young man arHXH who had been 
invited to read and speak that morning arose and asked for the Fcroll of the 
prophet Isaiah. Re opened the scroll and began to read from chapter 61, vera 
1, (read Luke 4:18-19). "e rolled up the scroll and handed it to the syna- 
gogue attendant and sat down. Now it was time for this guest to preach. 
Everyone in attendance anxiously awaited to hear what he would say. Pis 
first words were, "This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears." 
The younr man of course was Jesus; the town was Nazareth and since He was a 
local boy whose fame had preceeded Him, He was invited to speak when He came 
back to His hometown. Tve words He read defined what His ministry was to be. 
xxnaxxnaKg&xx£wxx4x£ftHrmaxxnia±irexissxx±fcX7rcwHsxirrz&xxT !'ere was the basic out- 
line for Jesus' earthly ministry: to preach the Gospel to the poor; to heal 
the brokenhearted; to preach deliverance to the captives}, the recovering of 
Sight to the blind; to set at liberty those who are bruised; and to preach th 
acceptable year of the lord. 

A man named Howard Thurman perhaps writing alcn? these lines in a paralell 
manner writes : 

When the song of the anpels is silent 
/hen the star in the sky is crone 
Shen the kinps and the rrinces are home 

.en the shepherds are again tending their sheep 
When the manger is darkened and still 
The work of Christmas berins 

To find the lost 

To heal the broken 

To feed the hunprry 

To rebuild the nations 

To bring peace among people 

To befriend the lonely 

To release the prisoner 

To make music in the heart. 

In the next succeeding weeks we are going to look at these directives as they 
are reflected in the ministry of Jesus and. also as these subjects are found 
throughout God's 'lord. 

When Christmas is over and all of the misfittinr presents have been exchanged 
and the tree is down, the ornaments rut away for another year; the children 
are back in school; the college howl frames have been played and life takes 
on its usual un joyous and unglamourous dimensions, then, it is time to befrin 
the work of Christmas. It is time to re out and share that Good News which 



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we have received with those who have not heard it and do not know o r the 

joy which can be had through Jesus Christ. 

Vw Tn the last months of Jesus ' li r e He was teaching in Peres and this is where 

our Scripture for this morni':r took place. In the 1st verse of this 15th 

chapter we read, "Then drew near unto Him all the publicans and sinners for to 
hear Him." 

The publican" were the fexiHii much mistrusted and despised tax-collectors. 
They were considered as outcasts because of their working for the also de- 
spised ^omans . But even though the general populace avoided them, Jesus 
didn't and they knew Him as one who sought to love them. 
The reaction of a portion of the Jews ir described In the ?nd verse where we 

read, "And the T-harisees and scribes murmured, savin™, "This man receiveth 
sinners, and eateth with them." 

Whenever possible it was the Jewish leaders who sought to cast doubt on the 

ministry of Jesus. Put rather than meet them headon and cause a r-remature 

end to His earthly ministry, Jesus wisely sneaks to them in a manner which 

they could not assume as a direct attack upon them. We read in the 3rd verse 

"And He spake this parable to them, saying," 

A parable may or may not be a true story. But it contained elements which 

were recognizable by practically anyone and wax contained a message within 

that story. 

So Jesus began by saying, "What man of you," notice, that He didn't say, 

"If any of you "harisees," or, "Church leaders," or something along that line 

He states, "If any'man of you," and this could and would include all men who 

were within the sound of His voice. It was a situation which many of them 

faced or had faced. Included in His audience were simple ordinary shepherds, 

as well as all sorts of common people. !o the "hari^ees and the scribes 

couldn't take these remarks as a direct frontal attack upon them. 

Now Jesus adds the rest of the parable, "What man of you, havinr an hundred 
sheep, if he lose one o p them, doth r\c^ leave the ninety and nine in the 
wilderness, and ^-o after that which is lost, until he find it?" 

Anyone in His audience could understand thi: simple question even thou.-h it 
was probab] y directed specifically to the harisees and, the scribes. Here 
was a shepherd with his sheep out in the fields. Perhaps he has made a make- 
shift enclosure to keep his sheep in over night. And as they pass into the 
narrow opening and he counts them, he discovers that one of them is missing. 
And the question is, "vhich one of you would not go and find it?" A sheep 
was valuable to its owner. "nd even if the shepherd was working for someone 
else he was responsible for each sheep. He couldn't Just report to his boss, 
"one of the sheep is -one and I don't know where it is," He had to make an 
effort to go and find it and recover it if he could. Perhaps it would be 
attacked and eaten by a wild animal. Hut the shepherd had ^t^ to at least 



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try to reover the fleece of that sheer as r-rocf that it was killed by wild 

animals . 

But if the shepherd look- for that sheep many times he would find it and this 

Is what Jesus was stating as we read in the 5th verse, "And v/hen he hath 
found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing." 

ep aren't the brightest of animals. When they start srrazinp and eating 
prass they will keep their heads down and chew ^'•":- r , wandering all of the tiim 
If they happen to snot some green grass on the other side of a fence, they 
will find an openin" and go on the other side even if it means falling down 
a hillside. So in order to prevent the sheep from wandering away while re- 
turning it, the shepherd would put it on his shoulders and carry it back to 
the rest of the flock. 

Mai herds traveled in groups making it possible for shepherds to be able 
to spell each other and '"here the work. If a shepherd discovered one of his 
sheep missing and went after it, the other shepherds would herd his flock 
homeward for him in his absence. This is what Jeus is saying in the 6th 

verse. "And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neigh- 
bors, saying unto them, 'Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheer which 
was lost . ' " 

And then comparing this story to the salvation which God wants for all man- 
kind, Jesus says in the 7th verse, "I say unto you, that likewise joy shall 

be in heaven over one sin.ner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine 

just persons which need no repentence." 

Jesus was trying to point out that every sheep was ^Kxixsx important .ax The 

ees and the scribes had b tendency to look upon certain people or c 1 
es of people as being worthless and Jesus was saying bhat there are no worth- 
less individuals in Groat's sight. All men ^re enual and God loves each one 
the same. But in heaven before God, there is more rejoicing over one lost 
soul comintr to salvation than over the ninety and nine who are already safe 
within the fold. This doesn't make the one better than the ethers , it Is 
just that the lost rhe^p need to be sourht out and brought Pack to the fold. 
Jesus had said in the ?nd year of His ministry as recorded in Matthew 15:24, 
"I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel." .'here, in 
plain language was the mission T "e declared was his. r -e sought to brine; the 
lost -beep into the fold, but they wouldn't accept Him or listen to His mes- 
sage. kn& so -i part of Pis ministry was fulfilled to the Gentiles, or those 
publicans and sinners the pharisees and scribes would have nothing to - 3 o with 
This always has been the mission of the Christian church. But too often too 
many other things have taken precedence otfer that task. " ihen It's Over, 
jjChristmas that is), It's Time to Tind The Lost." Rut that task doesn't just 
wait for the end of the Christmas season, it is with us all year, Who are 
the lost? T>ey are all the lonely, searching souls who cannot and have not 
found peace and happiness in this life. -hey nre the ones who jumped off 



buildings or bridges the past few days or weeks; they are the ones who are 
drugged into oblivion because life seems to hold no meaning or purpose; they 
are people we should be tryinp- to reach and ffive the glad news to that there 
la ilSsxaBi* meaning and purpose to life. St. Migustine said, "Our soule are 
restless until they find their rest in Thee." No matter who the individual 
may be; regardless of hi" station in life; if he hasn't found God his soul 
is restless within him. ft.ll men seek a beinp or power beyond themselves 
which can rive them the sense and purpose they need. Without Tod, they con- 
tinue to search and seek. But like Tost and wanderj i he* m 
aren't even aware they are lost. Have you ever heard of Jesus preaching that 
the sheep come looking for the shepherd? No, you don't and you won't because 
it is the shepherd who must seek the sheep. 

(Illustration of "''omebody whispered that Jesus loves He) 

cott Lawrence as a young man became hopelessly involved with drurs and 
alcohol and actually became a skidrow bum. One night as he lay on the 
sidewalk in a drunken stupor, a Christian worker from that area came by. 
He tried to speak to "cott but received no response. Seeing that he was 

bing nowhere he bent ever "cott Lawrence and whispered directly into 
his ear, "Jesus who died on the cross loves you and wants to save you." 

fitb that reed planted in him, the Holy Spirit began to work and the next 
day when he came out of his drunken condition, those words were rinine:ing 
in his ears. Eventually he did accept Christ, turn his life around and 
became a preacher and a composer. One of his hymns states: 

One day in sin I was told of a love, Coning from One who is reigning abov 

Sladly T listened, 'twas music to me, To know, though a sinner, that I 

cou]d be free . 

Somebody whispered that Jesus loves me, Jesus who died upon Calvary's tre 

Paid He would save me, from sin set me free, 

Somebody whispered that Jesus loves me." 

t 'a wahat it takes, the shepherds going out and looking for the sheep. 

How many people did you speak to in 1 Q FA about God to bring them into His 
fold? How many neighbors do we have "-'ho are not Christians, or are without 
a church and we have never invited them to come and ,ioin us in worship? These 
questions isk are not intended to put a guilt trip on anyone, but they should 
show us that our ta3k as Christians is not to keep it as the world's best 
secret. But instead, to share it with all of those who are in need of a 
Saviour. The reiierious observance of Christmas is over, and now it is time 
to begin the task of sharing that by seeking out those who are not aware that 
this took rJace for them and their eternal salvation. This in essence is wha 
Jesus was doing and saying. He read from the prophecy of Isaiah and was pub- 
licly declaring that all of the preliminaries were over and now it was time 
to begin His work in the world. Christmas is over and now the real work of 
bein- members of the body of Christ begins for each of us. Let us each re- 
solve to berin that work by seeking "To "ind The Tost." 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 

Butler , Pennsylvania 

Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor January 13, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 

Mr, Roland Thompson t Saxophonist 

John Penrod, Acolyte 

Kelly Mangel , Acolyte 

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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 

Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 

Announcements: Elder Richard Mangel 

Congregational Greeting 

Joys 

•Processional Hymn No* 1£ "0 Day of Rest and Gladness" 

•Ascription 

•Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) " Almighty God, we know of your 

love by your £ift of love JeSUS. We know your love 

also by your tolerance of our misdeeds and sinful 

natures. Too often we have turned from you, and have 

sought the things of this world. Our lives have 

been centered around ourselves, and our own little 

worlds. Purify our hearts and our minds, and let us 

have your cleansing and forgiveness. These things 

we ask in the Savior's name...... Amen. 1,1 

-Kyne 

•Assurance of Pardon 

•Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - Blessed be His Glorious name forever, 

•Gloria Patri 

Hymn No. 5B1 "It Is No Secret" 

Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 

People — And with Thy Spirit 

Pastor - Let us Pray, 

Prayer 

Offering 

Offertory 

•Doxolcgy 

Anthem: "Once Upon a Christmas" 

Scripture: Luke 9:1-6 

Sermon: +1 "When It's Over, It h s Tiroa; To Heal" 

Closing Hymn No- 5€ h, God Will Take Care of You ,h 

Benediction 

Closing Chimes 

Postlud^ 

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The beautiful flowers on the alter have been placed by 

Mrs. Fern Minehart in memory of loved ones. 
Ushers for today are Karen Link, Nancy Dellen, Ginny 

Mangel, and Marie Henry. 
Mrs. Marty Henry will greet the congregation at the 

door this morning. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Davis, 
Mary Lou Davis, Sandy Sheppeck, and Deiores Herrit will be 

visiting the hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 114 with 8 visitors. 
Hospitalized: Becky Shearer, Mrs. Tresa Nicholas* and 
William Winters. 

Monday - Spang*. s Volleyball 
Tuesday - Aerobics 
Wednesday - Golden Circle 
Thursday — Mary Martha Circle 

— Aerobics 
Friday - Butler Food Buying Club 
Saturday - Basketball 

CHANCEL CHOIR - is looking for some more voices, see 
you Thursday at 7:00 P.M. for practice. 

REMINDER - place your nominations for Elders and Deacons 

on the slip of paper in the back of the pews and place 

in the offering plate. 
CONGREGATIONAL DINNER - January 27th at 5:30 P.M. in 

Rehoboth Hall. Meat, dessert and beverage will be 

provided- Bring a tureen for your family and come 

enjoy an evening with the "Fools for Christ". 
ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE - meeting Monday night at 7:00 P.M. 

and the Church* Bring ideas for 1935, 
YEARBOOK INFORMATION - any corrections of addresses or 

phone numbers may be turned in today for the 1985 

yearbook. 
Mrs. Mildred Wiles would like to thank the congregation 

and friends for the cards, prayers, and flowers during 

her hospitalization. 



Comity Bible Ciurck - Saraaore. Fa. - January 12. 199? 



Proluae 

Aanauaeeaents/Qreetiaits/PrBTer Requests 



Aaeriptios 

Call to Wsrahip: 

THE MERCT OF THE LOUD IK TROF EVERLASTING TO BVBfUSTING 
UPON THE" THAT FEAR HTM, ^^ 

ANP TO THOSE THAT FEPEHBER ITS CMWAOTWENTS TO DO THE*. 
BLESSEF ARE THEY THAT KEE» IIS TESTIMONIES, AND THAT 
SEEK HIK WT1 THE WHOLE HEART. 
•Nyaa 

Offeriaa/Fraver 
•DoxolorT 
Pastoral Frayer 



Scripture: Luke 9;1-^ - St, 
Serao*-. "Wnaa It'a Crer it'i 

•nym 

•Beaedictioit 

•Festlude 






Paul's, Butler 1/1 V^S 
Mae To: Heal" 



Wkea It'a Orer It's Tiae To; Heal 

Scripture: Lake 9:1-6 

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(Tlus Howard Thunnaa * Wea xaas Is Orrl 

law Ik wea.Tta Orr.Tin ?Fiad thA.ost-tkis wk.Tia 2»eal 

t ) Scrip C *fali Biastry Js 
VS LMisoia aiselpa 

HTAL=;«*t verd-HTr.TEHE tkei! ana iatrekarbly 

CtRE DISMBIS-gat werd.TFER.APT 
oaly 2placeo LK tke? wari usd l-keal tak plac «■« aeaas 

TB fi=2TFPASES JS KTNSTST ft HEAL STAN ABTJV OTHR 
exaaia.RXAT IVRT WIER 
ao s«t EVRT ONE - TV praaehr ft eik-lak faitk 
Js ao heal eTraae-aeithr eiseips - Duz G waafc aaak eik/ale? 
(EXPL Bria ft »«m sin.ft mat plaa *>»amk) 
Ja aea.IT IS NOT «. F'S WIL THAT ANT THE7. SHOD RERISIrfkeap 

tkat *kT Dr'B.BaalciasUpea ft bbIbIs 
(IIbb aaa ft Bttle - Tl/HtJLE BLIW FIRST) 
G kas plaa tkat. works en if aaa ansa* 
(lias cup ft kev It BeaB beautiful) 
our IIts skaoa by toile/sufriaes/prabs 11 1 
Bat kaw In a aoeBp Braces r!» be tkls buty? 
Gr vords.FSCHE - Or ap or aoul 
SOMA - pkys soar 
aed scieae fi«B if FSiCHE wel.boay e»aH wel 
TRUS-ir rt relatskip w/G eujay pays wel beia* 
ao .,» if aik m*mt relatskip.b.t rt relatsaip kelp keep wel 

tkia vat aiseips «i< "* I» e F **•* he » 1 », 

Ulua littl bay ft eye spratia - ft today bear as payaeat) 

C IT all, 
u l vat iiz He eipec la rotarn??? 
(Tlus aaa rialt.frirl ft battrd tattr. dell) 

IF I DIDN'T LOT HER.NOSODT WTO 

aelapeata.tattri aouls 
ft js take ea oae ft asks bntifnl ia O's site 

Mi: rskarlhat Sv v/.thra ft kHa, ?Sa T va» eaa «k vkol/.el 
WEN WE RAV CELBEATD TH/BIRTH THAT SAV.WEN XFAS IS OVR.ITS TIKE 
TO REAL 



*:ure ; 



luke 9:1-6 



wer unalb ?aufr ttou las wks Besag.let ne raca] 

aeries: n erthlv ml ?. proclaim ruin: 

l:l-?=Lk *:18-] 
• ,. , >nce nam 1 nf F test Ho preaefars ,phapa 

wi-c of fchis-REAB , 

from idea wen Imas ovr,tirae 2B bout work of I- series 
Pday Ik at»Xen its ovr ita time! 2Eeal 
Scrip 2day,C 2fold minatry Ja«of 5 parts 
vs 1-1* was phys & prob Bcuz; this wrot nor circles 
but. IV: - Mt also writ - 

aB vs la say,plua f .» "" d 
term»Cur iiaeas.fi word=Heal use intrchangly by Us 
Id if word- Utrrelat-1 >""•' 

word-HYGIE :,fr ■ ■ - . m 

Word-Cur diseaa En ? "W*-*****^ „ 

, , n»i fchez word-only ?plac I* wher 
the? . 4heal talc plac ord nediq] »"»* 

e hav ref mirae heal by Js & aisciw 
j^ e „ t] ■ 'urthr imtruc dres etc, but we 

in? this time 
vs 6»notiC wat hapn by discips •,.,„„. 

ph of Js ninstry stag out = Iealin E 
■v authrty discir" 'ty-VB SB=Read 

powr heal peop 
I'ndratan th r 'crip bus anlys mDr fuly 
Soar t£oz ?day olaln all | bav authrty heal 

ther thos claim hov ^Faith H«al«s 

stil othrs claim no Blievr shud evrB sik hav dlseas 
fl-Vamn Iman TV evr f-un hav herd preach this,! 

-horn ride, 3 no heal-Was lai faitt 
■ C f»at man perf envirn;n»n Jin 
bv disobed brot contannatin G's perfectin 

5/ain.dieobed M-r Bet f^/G both sp 8 phys-th aeth 
long w/detb car , ' time Pas om« erod 

lif span lessn.diseae, ill ' ~ed /,«_„„ 

»ent anyl-Blievrs lnolWl,eontrac ilnea/diseas 
Js ,G in ■ , e abl heal peop il/disea: 

th nanr let man realy C wat G wnnt tgpecil «eatin 
flid heal evrl evrwher went' 1 Of both ansej 
owr heal evrl nrrwher went? 

'ITS read poscri^ this ' erir Bay2T v ey war heal evrl 

evrwher went? 80! we only read«« healine evrwher 

So we C only selectiv heal tak plac thoz heals wer 

wrot bv G 2sho His powr so neop cud cur Bliev inHim 

nevr ment G cudnt heal evrl-nerly lettj 

slf by pelectiv healings 



icm as anlyts-jus wat G try tel ctp we tatiw" 5 / 

\interp the? v 
jperhap underst mua -evrl quests: 

nhilTrn Rik/diseas' 
Oosp ft wher rei oat F;heep,Js sed 

,t \6:14-HEAD 

■ as G desir *man ?E eel^o duE mar;all us want 
2 wel,nevr fevn hav cold '■ -^eek uae watevr nean- ?do 
! we evn wi aimla we] we C ?this 

»ule lrg pils,fi mule blew 1st) 
ho nana methods do alway suceed^b'jt n '?■ do 
' re-ardles wat phys probr hav in lif,G has lplan 4 
I evrl wh work evrtime S 1 il: ohlldrn story fr Qjgland-- 
|(Ili:s storv cup S how Boao Dutiful) 

I : cbildrn ?3 butiful & it not buty as 
by worl»it huty cup *th fr our liva by sufr *»i 
ftoils/proba lif,evn r>.y sufrs wh piay cuk our way 
!But how dua C- acorcn lish proces of giv us th buty?? 
it realv only sumthin wh medeal scierc now '-iiscovr, 
but wh known M-many yre -ire adv Ja Kt in" 1 worl 

ord.PTYCOaeKATIC=has ?do spirtul makup 

-■ 2 Gr word. ■ r spirit, or l ; r bouI 

;] body & alway bin kno dlvisin tween bi 
Bo^y i, oul.spirit-apark givspttitu] exintenc 

medicir. find out wen sou] /spirit wel,body itself wel 
•en persns soul rt relatehip w/G oersn canB phy wel 
no mean all ilnes Bcuz not rt relatehip w/G,But many 
peop not rt n J Bcuz it, body/soul R sik 

Tb - wat Js ' discips wer cur 6 brot 

2 rt relatahip w?9 S - ersn made wel 
(Tlus litl boy Midwest.eye or Ponton F Teddy Hear; 
1 \ litl boy' pav raos precius th had thin lif = m luv 
G aur. sare Ln persn ■ 

He rav all ?sho His cosnplet luv 4 souIf 01 
& now lfinal quest-Wat duz G expec in return"? 

T,an virit famly 8 -irl battr.tattr do! Iw) 
■ luv uc thru ." 
Js takn ea 1 of us t in site of G in- -innr ia raoa 
-d,tatered, dilapidated, beat up persn in world 
Thru Ja we made butiful o'e site 
duz S ask of us? 
Only that we shar that luv w/othrs ! bring them <?the 

it who can rrak them whol as well 
>n we hav celbrat birth that 'aviourjwer. <mas ia 
over, its tiae to H 



hen It's Over It's Time: To Heal" 

Scripture : luke °:l-6 

For those of you who were unable to suffer throup-h last weeks message, let 

me briefly recap where we are coming from in this "eries. 

Jesus beran His public ministry in Nazareth by proclai minp that He was the 

fulfillment of Isaih 61:1 and ?, (read Luke 4:18-19). A man named Howard 

Thurman perhaps writing c r this has penned the lines, (read this). From 

the idea that when Christmas is over it is time to be about the work of the 

Lord we are taking this current series. Last week we talked of ''Finding 

the Lost," Today we are looking at, "Wren It's Over It's Time: To Heal." 

In this ^cripture we can see two parts of the threefold ministry of Jesus 

Christ emphasized. We read in the first verse of this 9th chapter of Luke 

wCg g aftd , "Then He called r: i^ twelve disciples together, and. rave them power 
end. authority over all devils, and to cure diseases." 

The writer of this gospel was Luke the physician. It is perhaps not siprnifi&i 

cant perhaps that he wrote more about miracles than any of the other writers. 

tthew and Mark hoth include parallel passages about the sending out of 

the twelve disciples. The mission given to them by Jesus was as this verse 

tells us, to have "power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases," 

Then Urn the second verse we read, "And He sent them to preach the kingdom of 
Cod, and to heal the sick." 

The term "cure diseases" and the word "heal" are usedeinterchanpeably by 

Luke. They are two different words in "reek, but they are interrelated. 

The word for heal is "IASKO" is a derivative of the word "I" from which 

we get our English word Hygiene. And the word used for "cure diseases" is 

the Greek word "THERAPEUO" from which we ret our English word therapy. 

But the interesting thing about the use which luke makes of these two words, 

and the use by Matthew and luke as well, is that only in two places in Luke 

are these words used for the healing which takes place through ordinary 

medical means. All the other tk^sibekks times, the words have reference to 

miraculous healings by Jesus and His disciple-. 

Jesus rives further instructions to TTi^- disci-riles concerning their dress and 

what they should take with them and these are matters which we are not roing 

to go into at this time. 

Lee the closing of this portion of r ripture as found in the 6th verse. 
We read, "And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the Gospel 

and healing everywhere." 
In this ocripture we see tkMx*«af»M two of the emphases of Jesus' ministry, 
but one stands clearly above the others and that is the ministry of healing. 
We read of Jesus giving power and authority to His disciples to heal people 
of their illnesses and diseases. *nd the result of that authority is that 
they were, "Healing everywhere." They actually had the power to heal people 






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To read this and to understand it completely requires that we analyse this 
passage more fully. There are those today who claim that all cf us should be 
able to have that power and authority over Bickness and disease; then there 
are some who claim to have that power and claim to be "faith heelers "5 while 
still others claim no one should even be pick or ill. ? v ere is one man who 
preaches on TV etrery Sunday night and I have heard him claim over the radio 
that it is God's will that no one should ever be sick with anything, and if 
you are rick it is because you don't have enough faith to be healed. I would 
arree that it has alw een Sod's will that man should be completely whole. 
But I disagree about not heinr healed because of lack pf faith. The fLpsotle 
Paul is b >-ood example of this. Tf anyone possessed more faith than Paul, he 
needs to be pointed out. Yet, God permitted 'aul to p:o through his life with 
it he called, '"■ thorn in his flesh," meaning that he had a physical ailmeni 
which was not divinely healed. c o how do we understand the matter of "Heal- 
ing?" 

As always we oust go back to the beginnning and at that beprinninp- God created 
everything in a perfect environment. But man brought sin into that environ- 
ment by his disobedience and in so doing contaminated Sod's perfection, 
that sin and disobedience came separation from God both spiritually and physi 
oally and thlfe death. But along with death came also sickness and disease. 
is time passed and the universe became more contaminated it eroded the perfect 
environment into which man was placed and the lifespan lessened and disease 
and illness became widespread, It meant that anyone, can contract illness or 
disease and no man is immune to it. 

Jesus, God in the flesh came into our world and lived among us. He ble 
to heal peonle of their illnesses and diseases, gyt In this manner, He was 
able to let man see what "od really wanted for His special creation. But did 
He heal everyone everywhere He went? n he answer of course is "Wo." \nd did 
Jesus disciples with the power He gave t ] everyone everywhere thev 
went? And the answer is ar-ain "No." T )o you read a postscript to this pas- 

;e of Scripture that says, "And they iusxtifii were healing EXKx^wkisxK everyone 
everywhere' 1 " No, we only read, "And healing everywhere, " in that 5th verse. 
So we see from this that only selective healing took place and those healings 
were wrought by God so He could show His power ^o people would come and believ 
in Sim. It never meant that °od couldn't heal everyone. It merely shows that 
He chose to mlorify Himself by selective healings. 

Now as we analyse this, just what is Sod trying bo tell us? h'ow can we in- 
terpret and understand these verses? Perhaps in order to understand all of 
this we must ask several questions. r ^e first question would be, "hat does 
God want? Does He vanl His children r-ick and diseased! Of course not! 
In the Gospel of Matthew whene we read the account, of the lost 3] Lch 



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The word cones from two "reek words. Tv,e one is "PATCHES which means jour 
spirit, or your soul. The other word is from "SOMA" which means your physi- 
cal body. It has always been known that there is a division between your 
spirit, or your soul, that special spark which rives you a spritual existence 
and your body which is merely physical . Medicine is finding out more and 
more that when the "PSYCHE", or the soul, spirit is well, the body itself 
can be well. This is proved over find over arain that when a person's soul 
is in a right relationship with Cod, that person can en,1oy physical well- 
being. It doesn't mean that all illness is g wrong relationship with God. 
But a lot of people are not in that right relationship with God and because 
of it body and soul are sick. This is many times what Jesus and the disciple 
were curinr. They brought the person into a right relationship with God and 
that "erson was made well. 

(Illustration of little boy from Midwest and eye operation in Boston) 

ny years ago before medical science was what it is today, a little boy 
xxikxsxitKxx who was blind was diagnosed as being curable," but the operation 
needed could only be performed at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. 
T v e operation was expensive and the family had no money. But the people of 
the town pitched in and raised the money to send him and his mother there. 
The day the little boy left be tucked his old teddy bear under his arm to 
go. One ear of the bear was badly chewed, he was ripped at the seam and 
stuffing was coming out, and one eye was missing. His mother asked, "« ; hy 
take old Tedd^' to Boston? When we get there we 'can buy a new one." But' th 
little boy insisted on takin that bear. ",11 the while' he was in the hospit 
even during the operation that Teddy Bear wasxwith the littlef'^ucked under 
his arm. The operation was a success and the be overjoyed to see his 
mother and everything around him ^or the first time, finally, the time 
came for him to be released from the hospital. The noted eye surgeon came 
into the room to examine his eyes one last time, and to say' goodbye. 
'/hen the doctor was finished with hi r - examination, the boy' said, "Doctor 
I want to pay you for helping me," and he handed the beat" up old Teddy 
Bear to the doctor. T v e doctor fie-htinr back the tears accepted it. 
Tv,e doctor took that bear and placed it in a -lass case in the hallway of 
that hospital. There it sat, one ear chewed, the stuffing coming out of it 
with one eye missing and the doctor had one of his professional calling xx 
cards placed with it. Below his name he wrote, "This is the himhest fee I 
ever received frc my professional services." 

That little boy rave the most precious thinr he had in this life in love. 

God has done the same for mankind in the person of ,lesus Christ . Be rave His 

all to Bo-; B"is complete love for healing the soul- of khk men. And this 

then brings us to one final nuestion. " Loes God expect in return 9 " 

" :oes He expect war anything from us for what He has done?" 

(Illustration of man visiting family and little girl with battered, tattered 

doll, loved because no one else would) 

* man who acted as a godfather to a poor family of five children, stopped 
one day to visit them and do what he could for them, xmcxsksni: One of the 
little girls told him about a small collection of babydolls she had. Fie 
asked heirwhich one was her favorite. r he told him -he would get it for 
him if he promised not to laugh. T T e said, "I promise." She went into 
the next room and brought back a doll that was" the most dilapidated 
tattered , worn out doll he had ever seen. All of her hair was off 'the 
nose was broken, and one of the arms was cracked. He didn't lau^h'but' 






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we used ' ir 1 eek, T Ld, "It Is not your father's will 

that any otff tl ese should perish." It isn't a part of God's original plan for 

man to die or to be slkk. xs-xshEByjrihBiixwMirfexjoa-n &nd Just as Qod desires for 

man to be well, so does every man. All of us want to be well and never have 

anything wrong, not even a cold and so we peek to use whatever means are at 

our disposal to do this. We even do this for our livestock. 

(Illustration of man and mule) 

'" — ^er had a rule who wis very valuable to him because he was a rood 
! . One day the mule became sick and the farmer called the 
Vet. The Vet examined the mule and pave the firmer some very large pills. 

said, "Give the animal one of these pills three bioes a day and he'll 
be OK." "How do T get tfcBxsxxxKxp the mule to swallow those bir pills'?" 
the farmer asked. "Easy," -aid the Vet. "Find a piece of pipe big enoi 
to get the pills through. Put one end of the ripe into the rule's mouth, 
put a pill in the pipe, and then blow through the pipe. Before the mule 
knows what is happening he will Bwallow the pill." The farmer agreed to 
try it. But several hours later the farmer was in the vet's office looking 
very pick himself. "Yon look awful, what happened"?" the Vet asked. 
The farmer replied, "The mule blew first." 

's methods don't always succeed, but God's do. Regardless of what physi- 
cal problems we may have in life, God has one plan for everyone which works 
everytime. It's something like children's story which comes from Ingland, 

(Illustration of story of cup and how it became beautiful) 

I'm -ure all of us have read many children 1 ^ Btories, both as children, 
or have read them to children. W P probabl- never question why it is that 
animals and inanimate objects talk. e just accept it and go alon<r with 
the story, "^he-re is a story about a couple in ^u^sex, Cngland who were 
looking at china to buy a setting. The wife looked at a cup and said, "Oh 
look at; this cup how beautiful it is." But the cup red, "But you 
msn't always beautiful." Instead of questioning a talking cup, the 
couple began to talk to it and asked, "Why what a o you mean?" 
The teacup explains: "Once I was nothing but a soggy wet, ugly lump of clay 
Someone picked me and put me on a wheel and began to spin r^e round and 
round. I cried "stop," but they said, 'Not yet' and then finally they did 
stop. I was put into a hot furnace and T thought I couldn't rtand it any 
longer and cried 'Stop. ' But they said, 'Not yet' and finally they pulled 
r.e out. Then someone started to put paint on me and I thought I would 
faint from the fumes and cried, ' top#' rut they said'not yet' and when 
they stopped painting me they stuck me inanother oven. It rot so hot I 
thought I couldn't stand it and cried out 'Stop.' But they said, 'Not yet! 
But finally they pulled me out and let me cool off. Then they placed me on 
a shelf and I was able to see myself in a mirror. I remembered myself as 
beinr a wet, soggy, ugly, lump of clay, but now I was beautiful. "And then 
i knew that the pain T went through made me beautiful." 

God wants all of T, is children to be beautiful and it isn't beauty as measured 

by the world. It is the beauty which comes forth from our lives by suffering 

the toils and the problems of life, and even the jfaysiwal sufferings that may 

come our way. £xx 

But how does God accomplish this process of riving us this beauty? It's 1 

really only something that medical science is discovering but which has been 

known by many people for centuries since the advent of Jesus Christ into the 

world. Tftere is an English word used in medicine which is "PfYCOSOMATIC." 

It has to do with the physical and spiritual makeup of an individual. 



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would have liked to. Only because he had promised not to laugh, kept birr 
fror it. 

He said to her, ".'by do you love thin one the most? I urel" you have an- 
other doll which is better than this." "Why do you love her the besl 
The little girl answered, "Because she need? it most. If I didn't love 
her, nobody would." 

God has loved us through Jesus Christ. Jesus has taken each one of us .and in 

the sight of God any sinner is the most dllapadated, beat up and tattered 

person in the world. Through Jesus Christ we are made beautiful in God's 

ht. And what does God ask of us? Only that we share that love with othen 

and bring them to the p aviour who can make them whole as well. "'hen we have 

celebrated the birth of thai Saviour, When Christmas is Ofeer, it's Time to 

Heal. 



St, Paul's United Church of Christ 

Butler, Pennsylvania 

Ralph Link, Pastor January 20, 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 

Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 

Danny Mangel, Acolyte 

John Penrod, Acolyte 



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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "Rustle of Spring" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
"Processional Hymn No. 67 "Blessed Assurance, Jesus 

is Mine" 
•Ascription 
•Exhortation 

♦Confession (In Unison) "Lord God, Our Father, in your 
light do we have light, and in your love, do we 
find love. Show us the path anew, and lead our 
wayward feet thereon. Give to us purer hearts, 
and cleaner lives, and let us live as your Son 
taught us to live. For we pray in His name. Amen. 
•Kyrie 

•Assurance of Pardon 

•Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name forever. 
•Gloria Patri 

Hymn No. 4E8 "Take My Life, and Let It Be Consecrated" 
'. LI to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray, 

Prayer 

Offering 

Offertory "We Hear Thy Voice" 

Ooxology No . 382 

Presentation of Acolyte 

Installation of Elders and Deacons 

Anthem: "Share His Love" 

Scripture: John 21: 15-17 

Sermon: "When It's Over, It's Time: To Feed" 

Closing Hymn Ho. 456 "My Jesus, I Love Thee" 
•Benediction 

Closing Chimes 

Postludf- 

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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed 

by Ruth Davies in memory of Loved Ones. 
Ushers for today are Rob Vinroe, Bob Dellen, Randy 

Dellen, and Kevin Snyder. 
Mrs. Sandy Sheppeck will greet the congregation at the 

door this morning. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Gloria Walker. 
Robert Dellen and Harry Fry will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 107 with 9 Visitors. 
^^■Hospitalized: Mrs. Tresa Nicholas 

MONDAY - Spang 's Volleyball 

Fidelity Bible Class at 7:30 

Tuesday - Aerobics at 6-7 

Thursday - Aerobics 6-8 

Choir rehearsal at 7:00 P.M. We are now 
starting practice on an Easter Cantata 
entitled "Then Came The Morning" 

Saturday - Basketball 10-12 

REMINDER - make your nominations for Elders and Deacons 
Drop them in the offering plate. 

Dally Bread booklets and Moody monthly magazines are 
available for you. Pick them up in the Narthex, 
J> Audit for all Treasurers books of the Church is Monday 
night January 21st. Please plan to be there with 
your books at the scheduled time. Thank you. 
^CONGREGATIONAL DINNER - January 27th at 5:30 P.m. in 
Rehoboth Hall. Please plan to come and enjoy an 
evening with "The Fools for Christ 1 .' Meat, dessert, 
and beverage will be provided. You bring a tureen 
and your place settings. See yall there! 

Elder and Deacons to be Installed today are; 

Elder - Don Kennedy Deacon - Don Kingsley 
Mid Diefenderfer Bob Dellen 

^The adults of the church married or single are making 
plans for a "Sweetheart Dinner". If you would be 
interested In attending, please contaot the office. 
Plans are for February 15, 1935. More information 
about the menu, time, etc. are to com later. 



Kapaaiore - Community Bible Church February 2, 1992 

Prelude 

Announcements/Oree tings/prayer Requests 



Ascription 

Tall to Worship: 

Thus saith the hiirh and lofty One that Inhabiteth eternity, 
whose name Is Holy; "I dwell in the hiith and holy place, 
with him also that Is of a contrite and humble spirit, 
to reyiye the heart of the contrite ones. Ionian "57:15 
For I onow the thnuehta that I think toward you, saith the 
lord, thoughts of oeaee, and not of e»il, to *iye you an 
expected end. 

Then shall ye call upon Me, and I will hearken unto you. 
And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search 
for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 

*Hymn 

Offerinr/Prayer 
'Soxolopry 

Pastoral Prayer 

Hymn 

Scripture: John 21:15-1? 

Sermon: '"When It's Oyer It's Time: To Feed" 
' in 

•nenedlctlon 
* Pesticide 






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Diseins SEEN RISN L,s TOL GO BAL.CEPT MTN AS READ *KT 28 :1* 
JN tel it thusly « JN 21 :l-2 
rtua bin thsr eert numbr days, WATT, ft TIM HANG HVY, PETS-IMPETUS, 
SEC=VS ?A 
VS 3ft 

VS <*=MAN STAN BEACH ft CAL TO THE)* VS 5 
VS '-INSTRTJC ft RESBTTS 
¥S '1i REOOGNTE JS * PETR SWAM 2SH0P. 

-fHBS BROT SHIP .'LAND ft JS COOK BREAKFAST 
AFTR EAT JS ASK - VS 15 
W/ODT HESIT PETH ANSR=VS 15 ft JS RESPON VS 150 
VS 1S*N0TTC-N0 SAY NOP THAN THEZ LIK 1ST ASK 

NO PHUT WAT JS MENT WEN ASK IN DIP WAT, BUT SEVRL SPECLATTNS 
FIRST: PETR 1MV FISH ft JS CAL FR/THAT WORK -PETR 1ST LUV 

JS ASK.LUV HE MOB THAN THEE? - MENT FISH/EOATS/NETS/BUSNES??? 
OR MITE MENT PTHR KEN SHARD LIF WITH 
I BLIEV JS MENT DID PETR LHV JS MOR THAN WORDDT THINGS LIK THIS 
THEN JS ASK 3RD TIM & THIS PARLEL 3DENIAL BT PETR 
THIS GIV PETR CHANC AFTRM LUV k JS JTIMS-CHANC MAK AMENDS 
(ILIJS ROSE BOWL 1929) 

THIS WAT JS DID W/PETK -NO SCOLD, SHO WAT PAS 'tGOTTN/'tGIVN 
THIS JS DtiZ W/US-AALL BLUNDR.STTIP MISTAKE ,SIHS.I **GIV W/KT BLUB 

PETR TOUFEEE - LAMBS, THEN SHEEP TWIC 

DIF NOT 2SIGNIF,B'T MUS MENT TNG 5: GROWN .FEED ALL, 
KINSTH 2EVRONE WHO SERCH 4ANSRS 2LIF 
(ILDS FOLSOM PRISN ft INMATE SAT THER NO REHAB <kPRSINRS) 
WAT FEED S0NS1S OF?? 
FIRST ■ THER WAS Q'S WORD - JS SED/QUOT PROPHS-THUS SATS LOBD 

PETS OTHSS KNU THIS ft SCRIP ALL IMPOST 
BIBL HAS IMPAC ON WOHL EVN AMONG UNBLIEVRS 
(ILUV BIBL QUOTES IN EVHDAY LIF) 
WIT THIS HAFN? BCUZ BIBL LIV BUK,G'S BDK ft BCUZ BLIEVRS HAV USD 

ft.' JO WE USE IT? DO WE FEED ON IT? PART OUR LIVS? R WE SEEK 

FEED HIS SHEEP? 
SECOND - GOSPL JS XP 

(TNG KAN ORDAIND ASKD-WAT GOSPI JS XP? ANSR-STOPT JS XP) 

WAT wun u ANSR? 
JS SEO-TF any man wll cun aftr He LET HIM PENT HIMSELF ft TAK UP 
HIS CTROS ft FOLD ME. WHOSPEVR WIL SAV HIS LIF SHAL LOS IT, BUT WHO 
SOEVR SHAL LOS BIS LIF •►HT SAK ft TH/GOSPLS.TK/SAM SHAL AV IT. 
*WAT SHAL IT PROF A MAN IF HE GAIN TH/fflOL WORL ft LOS HOS OWN SOC 
(EXPL CONDEM HAN ft CART CROS-LIF WtTD SOON B OVB.ETC ft MEAN 2US) 
(ILWS TNG PREACHR IN COLEG TOWN) 
THIS TASK PETH ft OTHRS PREACH XP CRUCIFIED 

2F0LD TAKS ANT CONG SHAR WORD OF 0,ft MESAG JS XP AS ONLT HOPE 

kk LOST WOHL 
WIN XHAS IS OVS.IT'S TIM 2FEED 

FEED SELVS»FR/G'S WORD ft FEED CTHRS OUR DAJLT LIVS 

IT'S TIME 2FEED HIS SHEEP 



rip: John 31:15-17 

I dlscirs had seen risn I & tol n -f 2 Sal Pcert ntn 
I rob wait ther certin numbr dsy,fno 1 cert "how lonf) 
but mus bin lenfth time " sine time hune 1 hvy hands, 
Petr jimpestuous 1 sed = I po a fishinfr-vs 5 

'ill nip;ht=notbin,but hand kep busy;strunr nets, 

hi^st sail,iowr u !^inds off wat wait 4 
morn=:r,an beach cal ?them=tel fi:'h othr sid=nets full 

Petr swam 2shor ' discovr Ja male hreakfas 
aftr eat Js say=vs 15 
vs 16=2nd tirae,notlc=no say "«0H THAN ' 

bher no pruf wat J^ ment=but posibl; 
lst=Petr pro tir wait Js,he man actin,patiene shortr 

anyl ?r Ecu?, pat short , went bah wat knu best*? iahing 
Js eal from fish,' fish probl Petr 's 1st luv 

but luv 2B w/othr discips whom shar trys'trlbs as 

liv ft minster ^p-ethr with Js 
Js 1st nuest Kiay?=Fetr,do luv Me mor tbez=boats ,net 
& fish busnes? I • ■ '• men shar Id r ' 

I Bliev Js ment=Petr,do II luv Me mor than 1st luv=fis 
with adventur '•'; fite agin sea,elenett1 Petr,do U 

^ior thez othr men shar lif with 
•u depth emotin Petr put evrthiJi Sid " T p liev 
"ec Petr think bout luv 4thinr cud do 
which brot him rdis w/spirtu] thing, mor dif ?do 

then Js ask I etr 2nd,5rd time simply=luvest thou He? 
Js ask 3timee & probl ^cuz same letr 
who sed as stud Bsid Js=L,thc all men B. ofend Rcuz 
, Pbee,yet, will T nevr P o'ended 

He sed wil? dy u. js & Ja prom Petr deny 3 tines-did 
posibl Js bring i etr remem ^fcld den; '- let giv 3f old 

•■-tin his luv h Ja»chanc ?mak amends 
(Ilue ^o?e Bowl ?°="oy Pierels run wrong way,cOi 
wat Js did w/letrjno scold mak feel lik heel 

merlv ask sereh nuest ^times 21et Petr kno wat dun 

part ovr,4rotten 
This wat Js duz 4ea us=4all sturid blundra .mistake , 
^ins we oomit/wil corit He 8ay«it past 5 I ve f-givn 

□ thru o-iv of My blud 
I,ow Petr quest bout luv 4 Lord, wat mesap Ja imrart?? 
Feed l-y lambs lst=then ?wice=Feed My >-heep 

no real iif tween ?,jus Jf concern lamb 8 rrown sb.ep 
Tru mesar '+ Petr»2feed then-How evrfchin acnmrl acord 
"i'r -Ian, Its time to feed 

thru minstry,evrthin now ohang knu 

Js as Kesiah/ knu no go remain with !: 

okn -o 2 Pathr " if p I bogethr sun 

soon rone fron midst "■ Petr B rivn instruc concern 
wat he ~" c . 



seek 



..at exact die 'etr imo'i only daei rmns Knu cuaao-y 

lst= fisherman 5 knu fish busnes '■ cud alw-v fill baker 
' if neoesary 

-f,r ?thoz seroh 4ansers °iiiean of lif 

-.,-. had intaljg did,khu Ja no 
i mj -inrtry Ja taut ?B bout 
at feed consis of?=Tber Pthinr involv 
I : etr herd Js refr ?. - 

- etr knu fr train by 

Hast? " 1 souls men only fr G 'a ford 

T etr bad 2B man of buk 9 < cud only B b; upon 

kno it, no ; ,but hav curr fr hart 

Task Pet] , l,othra perf '"' ,T 'l- had far reach efec^ 
(Ilus Bible nuote^ evrflay lif) 

.-.■hy hav thez luot infiltrat lang worl'. Ible 

liv bukiC 1 - '.ore & faithfl rains miot v evn unblievr 
hear whtr awar or not 

it BcU2 r e tr/othrs used it. 
It surathin vitl our livs' How do we use It? Do we 
faed upon it.fr it? 
ooicand Ja no o: ] . ftr,S 

2 do that with G 's ord " 
2nd thing letr ?use *feed ' ah«ep=Go j 
(Ilus ynr nan ordnatir. quest» ~ f "o:t I 

this que^t? 
retr bin w/Js,herd say=anyl deny self tak oroa/folo 

■ svr :■ iv 1J ! b loevr ion lif i It 

wil sav it=wat prof man if 4Din who] worl,oa -oul- 
Js no mean mus do undestrbl task.hvy -oro by cros 
anvl can do that, but tak cros : plan on lJ 

Time's Ja,man eary cros ment execu/oonden;man 5U<3 r " 
w.z matr time wudB " : lif "^n ovr 
,i M-.-^rii 1 - thin? th wor] " liv it 

aind etr -iv Instruc by J8,knu par heap rent 

hem 
r,osrl worl,suir ,dy ?half sinrl isn so 

man hav 4pivnes rin "■ liv etern w/G«feed ! : etr 'do 
(Ilus ynr preachr Eoleg twn church ■ '" reach) 

othTB=.2preaob Sp ''■ Him cru< ; 
2fold r ' r '"■ saar m»e« 

the only hope ') a load worl 
rpaaK gj ■ . • ■ ; ?lern rr Ria fron 

then ''shar tb.8 ' I in our 

daily li' , . 

. u' lik etr hav words our Lord, that wen all prelima 
a ovr, Its Time To Fei I ; eep. 



len T -"'s Over It's Time: To Peed" 
Scripture: John 21:15-1? 

The disciples had ^=>en the risen Christ and He had told them to ^o to Halilee 
to a certain mountain as we read in Fatthew ?8:16. They probably waited ther 
for a certain number of day?. No one is certain how long they had been there 
But they must have waited for a length of time and since time hunr heavy on 
their hands, Peter as usual, the impetuous one said, "] go a fishing," as re- 
corded in the 3rd verse. They fished all night and caurht nothing. But at 
least they were doing something with their hands, keeping- busy. They strung 
the nets; they hoisted a d lowered the sails; they were busy doin^ something 
which took their minds off the waiting they were doine- for another appearance 
of Jesus . 

But when morning came a man stqndinr on the beach called out to them and askei 
if they had any fish. They replied in the negative and were instructed by 
the stranger to cast the net on the other side of the boat. They did this 
and discovered -the nets were so full they couldn't drap- them into the boat, 
John recognized the man as Jesus and Feter c wam to shore while the others 
brought themselves and the boat to land. Upon landing they discovered that 1 
was Jesus and He was cooking breakfast . 

After they had eaten Jesus turned to Peter and asked him, ""imon, son of 
Jonas, lovest thou He more than these?" 

Without hesitation "eter answers, "Yea, lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee." 
And Jesus replies, "Feed My lambs." 

T-r-n a second time Jesus asks, " c "imcn, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me?" But 
notice, He doesn't %x&&¥ add, "More than these." It is just, "Lovest thou 
He." Anything which might be said of the difference between the first nuest- 
ion and the other two is merely speculation. There is no proof of what Jesus 
meant when He asked the questions in a different manner. But there are sever 
al points we mip:ht consider to draw our own conclusions. 

First, consider that ~ J eter had probably grown tired of waiting for Jesus to 
appear to them again. Peter was always, the man of action; the one who want- 
ed things done now; the one whose patience was probably the shortest of any 
of the di 3C i p] ° c . lad prowir.r more impatient as the days passed, Feter turne' 
to the only other thing he knew best, gishing. Fishing was the work Jesus 
had called him from, and L1 was fishing which was probably Peter's first love, 
But Peter must have also loved beinr with hi^ fellow-disciples with whom he 
had shared the trials and tribulations of everyday life as they lived it to- 
gether with Jesus. So Jesus' first question may well have been, "Peter, do 
you love Me more than these," meaning the boats and nets, and the fishing 
business. Or, meaning the other men with whom he shared his life. I believe 

that Jesus meant, "Peter, do you love Me more than vour first love of fishing; 
with its adventure and fight against the sea and the elements? And Feter 
do you love Me more than the~e other men with whom we have shared our lives? 



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Jesus knew the depth of emotion which I eter put into everything he did and I 
believe that Jesus' first ^ue~tion was directing Peter to think about his lov 
for the thinr.s he could do which brourht him at odds with the spiritual thing 
which were more difficult to do. 

Then Jesus asked Feter a second and a third time if he loved Him. The seond 
and third nuestions Offittitted the term, "More than these*" It was simply, 
"Lovest thou Me?" Ind aeain there is speculation as to why Jesus asked Peter 
three Questions concerning his love. The probable answer is that this is the 

same t eter who stood bedside ^sus and said, "Herd, though all men shall be 
offended because of Thee, yet will I never be offended." 

Re said that he was willing- to die for Jesus and Jesus promised that ?e er 

would deny Him three times that night. Which he did. Ho it is possible that 

Jesus is bringing to Peter's recall that threefold denial by letting him rive 

a threefold affirmation of his love for Jesus. In other words, somewhat like 

a chance to make amends , 

(Illustration of Rose Bowl in 1929) 

ifhen California and '"eorp-ia Tech played i r the Rose Bowl in 1929 a very 
strange thinr took place. A boy named Roy Riegels on the California team 
recovered a fumble and began to run with the ball . The rnly problem was 
that he was running towards his own goal. The '"eor^ia Tech players pick- 
ing up on this bepran to run iKtsxwfKr interference for him because he was 
going to score a touchdown for them. His own players yelled at him to 
turn around and only a tackle by one of his own teammates stopped, him from 
scoring a touchdown for Georgia Tech. The boy was heartbroken when he 
eealized what he had done. "t half time the team filed into the locker 
room and Roy Riegels sat by himself with his head in his hands afraid cf 
what the coach was going to say. 

If you were that coach, what would you have said to that boy? How rould 
you have handled the situation? 

Years later, Roy Riegels told a nationwide audience what happened in that 
locker room at halftime. His coach never mentioned his dumb mistake. He 

layers the strategy he wanted them to use in the second half. 
And when it was time to mo out on the field, the players all filed out, 
leaving Roy Riegels seated on the bench with his head in his bands, and 
the coach, Phat coach walked over to Roy, rut his hand on his shoulders, 
and raid, "Soy, let's po out there and play this second half like vou 've 
never played the game before." And he did. He played the second half 
brilliantly, enabling hi^ team to win. 

This i9 what Jesus did with Peter, He didn*' 1 scold him and make him feel 
like a heel in front of the others. He merely asked him a searching question 
three times in order to let ^eter know that what he had done in the past was 
over and forgotten. This is what Jesus dees for each one of us. For all the 

^id mistakes and blunders we make; for all the sins we commit and will 
commit; T'e 3X''<, It's in the paat and I've forgiven you throurh the nrivinr of 
My very life 'e blood . 

But now that inter had been ouestioned about his love for the Lord what was 
the message that Jesus imparted to him? Jesus told him to first, "Teed My 
lambs," and then He told him twice to, "Feed My sheep." The difference be- 
tween the words is not too significant ±» other than to sav fcb»+- w„ 

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concerned with both the lambs and ^he grown . Pile true message for 

Peter was to feed them. Jesus was actually telling Peter, "Now that every- 
thing has been accomplished according to Hod's plan, It's time To Feed." 

en It's Over It's Time: To Peed." 
Peter had been with Jesus throughout ;j i" i T i itfjy. !v< — rthing was now c y .r 
and he knew that Jesus was the Messiah, the Christ. But he also knew that 
in all probability Jesus not going to remain with and among them. He had 

spoken of going tr i -:ther and if they were putting two and tow together 
they could easily surmise Jesus would soon be gone frc Ldst. 

at this point in time Peter is bein- given instructions by Jesus concern- 
ing what he is to do. ist exactly vha 4 - did eter know? There were 
two definite things 'eter knew end cr"'- : lo. He was first of all a fisherman 
He knew the fishing business and it was something he could always fall back 
on if necessary. Ind he knew how to minister to those who were searching for 
the answers to the meaning of life. o just what was Jesus telling him to 
do'. If eter had any intelligence, and he most certainly did, he knew that 
Jesus was not referring to fishing when fl e told him to "Peed ffis sheep." 

is instructions were to eonti-ue the ministry which Jesus had taught him 
to be about , 

•\nd what did the feedinr- consist o"' There were two things which were in- 
volved. The first was Hod's 'end. SjRxfixK Peter had heard Jesus refer 
again and amain to what God said in d, Jesus would quote one of the 

prophets and soy, "Thus says the Lord." 'eter knew from his training by the 

;er that the message tc feed the souls of men came only r ron God's lord. 

er had to be a man of the Book and he could only be this by reading it; 

by meditating upon it; by knowing it not so much by heart, hut having it come 

from the heart. The which T 'eter and Paul and the ot : ties <i±&x 

performed in the world h^s had far re^chin^ effects in our society toda: . 

Even amonr the unbelievers the Bible is quoted frequently even thought they 

be aware they ^tre quoting ^ro^ the Book. 

(Illustration of T, ible quotes in everyday life) 

Prom the maraziae, "Israel Ky Glory," this quote red: 

"If somebody mentions he wants to ret at the'root of the matter,' he is 

quoting from the book of Job. Living 'off the fat of the land '.., .comes 

■"rem Genesis. If a national hero is said to hove 'feet of clay', the 

description come from the book o r Daniel. 

Then the magazine lists the following commonly heard expressions, alonp- 

with the Bible reference on which they're based: "a rood old are" (Gen. 

25:8); "die before his time" (Ecel. 7:17); "fives up the ' (Jer. 

15:9); "set his house in order" (2 Kings 2011; "a man after my own heart" 




.v'hy have all of these quotations from God's ford infiltrated the lanmuame of 



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the world? It's because the Bible is a living book. It's God's book and 

faithful Christians have nuoted it grid shared it so that even the unbeliever 

hears it whether he Is aware of it or not. It is this way because 

Lt 1 F I 'heep of Jesus Christ. How do we use the nible in 

our lives? Do we feed from it and upon it? Ir it something which is a vital 

part of our lives? LYe commgnd of Jesus to not only leter, but all those who 

were to come after him was, "^eed By "heep." toe we seeking to do that with 

God 's Word? 

The record thing which r eter was to use for the feedini of the Lord's sheer 

was the Gospel of Jesus Christ. • young man waxxaskfi during hip- ordination 

examination was asked the auestior, "What is the Sospel of Jesus Christ?" 

He answered, "It is the story of Jesus Christ." ifhat would you answer if you 

were asked, "Wvat is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?" 

1 eter had been with Jesus throughout His ministry. He had Him say, 

"If a ) will come after Me let him deny himself and take up his cros 

follow Me." ' hosoever will save his life shall lose it, but whosoever shall 
lose his life for ~ke and el's, the same shall save it. Tor 
what shall if profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own poul? 

Now Jesus did not mean that a person had to assume some undesirable task, or 

sorrow. ixig person in the world can do that. But taking up the 

cross in the way in which Jesus said it is for the Christian on" 1 ". In I 
times of Jesus when s man was seen carrying a cross it meant he was a condemr 

an op his way to execution, '"''hat man was as rood as dead and it was Just 
a matter of time until that happened. But that - ! with the world, 

it would soon be behir^ him and life would be over. \.at Jesus was imparting 
tc His disciples was that the-' were to put the things of the world behind 
them, to die to the of all the pleasures and riches of the world. 
One who takes up fai C: cross to follow Jesus seeks to live for him and the 
thinrs of :"od. ?nd since Peter had been riven these instructions by Jesus, 
he knew that a part of the feeding of Jesus' sheep m eant sharing that Gospel 
with them. Che Gospel of Jesus Christ is that f J e came into the world and 
suffered and died on behalf of sinful man so that man can hove forgiveness 

i in and live eternally with God. This was the feed Peter was to rive to 
the Lord's sheep. 

(Illustration of young preacher in collere town church) 

A younp; preacher became the pastor of a cultured church in a college town. 

"ied because he thought he would have problems relatinr to this educated 
congregation he went to his father who was also a minister for advice. Be 
asked, "Father, if I say something about history, there is a Professor 
in the congregation who teaches it and could trio me up; if I prsxste cite 
eomethinr about aftmost any subject, there is someone in that p-roup who 
knows kii more about it than I ever will. "/hat shall I do?" 
His Dad answered, " r on, preach the Cospel! They probably know very little 
about it." 



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TMs was the task of Peter and the others; to rreach Christ and Him cruci- 
fied. The twofold task of any congregation la to share the Word of God and 
to share the mess are of Jesus Christ the only hope for a lost world. And the 
task of all members of the body of Christ is to knew of Pirn, to learn of Bio, 
from God's book about Him, and then to share that with others in our daily 
lives. 

Just like Peter, we have the words of our lord, that when all of the prelimi- 
naries are over, "It's Time To Feed," Pis sheep. 



St, Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor January 27 f 
Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson,, Saxophonist 
Kelly Mangel, ftcolyte 
John Penrod, Acolyte 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "Beneath the Cross of Jesus" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
♦Processional Hymn No. 603 



"Guide Me, 
Jehovah" 



Thou Great 



•Ascription 
♦Exhortation 

♦Confession (In Unison) "O Lord, our God, who didst 
bring the gentile Kings to seek and adore the 
Christ child, we pray thee to lead us as members 
of your Church to the dark places of our city and 
community , bearing the torch of Christ ' s light, 
so that others may know of the Light, and 
rejoice in it even as we do. Take our sins and 
transgressions from us, and lead us in the way 
of truth. These things we ask in His name. 

Amen, 
*Kyrie 

♦Assurance of Pardon 
""Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name 
forever. 
♦Gloria Patri 
Hymn No* 162 "Holy Ghost, With Light Divine" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "Hymn for Brotherhood" 
Doxclogy No. 382 

Anthen: "Joyfully We Praise Your Name" 
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 

Sermon: "When It's Over It's Time: To Rebuild" 
Closing Hymn No. 57d "Revive Us Again" 



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■"Benediction 
Closing Chimes 

Postlude "Processional for the New Year" 
+ + + + + *Congregation Standing + + + * - 

The beautiful flowers on the altar have beer, nlaee-d 

by Mrs. Margaret McClymonds in memory of loved ones. 
Ushers for today are Richard Mangel, Ed Walker, Don 

Kingsley ( and Dick Dally. 
Mr, £ Mrs* Harry Fry will greet the congregation at 

the door this winter morning. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Gamble* 
Dick Mangel and Paul Riemer will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 40 with 4 visitors. 
Hospitalized: Paul Rlfcfcer "-.-. qq 

MONDAY - Spang 's Volleyball 

TUESDAY - Aerobics 

THURSDAY - Aerobics 

Chancel Choir 7:00 We are now starting 
practice on an Easter Cantata, entitled 
"Then Came the Morning" by the Gaithers. 

SATURDAY - Basketball 10-12 



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EMINDER - today is the final Sunday for making nomin- 
ations for Elders and Deacons. Place yours in the 
offering plate . 

CONGREGATIONAL DINNER - Sunday January 27th at 5:30 P.M. 
in Rehoboth Hall. Please plan to come and enjoy an 
evening with "The Fools for Christ"* Meat, dessert, 
and beverage will be provided. You bring a tureen 
and place settings. See Yall there! P^Sau' ****** 

SWEETHEART DINNER - February 15, 1985 at the Holiday 
Inn. The adults of the church married or single 
are invited* If you are interested in attending, 
please contact the office now . We need to have a 
definite committment of those attending by February 
1st* A Sign-up sheet is in the office. Take some 
time and sign up now. The choice is Braised Steak 
or Stuffed Pork Chop. Price and other details are 
available in the office. 

SOUP & SALAD DAY - February 12th. Tickets ar-p 

on sale from Euie Kennedy or the Circle Chairmen. 

Betty Tressler needs eye catching items for the 
Bazaar table. Valentine & Easter item ; 11 sell. 



Community Bible Church - S»n«nore, PH. February 9, 1992 

prelude 

AnnouneementB/creetinits/Prayer RenuestB 



's Over I-"' 'line : ro neuuxo-u 



Ascription 

Call to Worship: 

WORSHIP THE LORE IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS: FEAR BEFORE HIM 
ALL THE EARTH. 

SAI AMONG THE HEATHEN THAT THE LOHD REICiNETH: THE WORLD ALSO 
SHALL BE ESTABLISHED THAT IT SHALL NOT BE MOVED: HE SHALL 
JUDGE THE PEOPLE HITHXlIBRTEBiaMMI RIGHTEOUSLY, 
LET THE HEAVENS REJOICE, AND LET THE EARTH BE GLAD: LET THE 
SEA ROAR, AND THE FULNESS THEREOF. 

LET The field be Joyful, and ALL THAT IS THEREIN: THEN SHALL 
ALL THE TREES OF THE WOOD REJOICE BEFORE THE LORD: FOR HE 
COMETH, FOR HE COMETH TO JUDGE THE EARTH: HE SHALL JUDGE THE 
WORLD WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND THE PEOPLE WITH BIS TRUTH. 
•Hymn 
Offerinff/Preyer 
•Doxology 
Pastoral Prayer 
Hyim 

Script re: 2 Corinthians "t:?-l8 

: J»n: "When It's Over It's Time: To Bebtiild" - Butler 1/27/85 
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" v :en It's Over It's Time 
Scripture: 2 Corinthians '(-:?-lP 



To Rebuild" 



't the close of Jesus' earthly ministry aa recorder! in the Gospel of Matthew, 

hold His disciples, "Gc ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing 
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and qf-the Holy Spirit: 
teachin~ tber to observe all thin a 'h ^io^v^t T have commanded you." 

In the Chrj + ian church we claim this as the "Great Commission. " It is callec 
this because it is the mission of its members . These are the marching orders 
as [riven to His disciples and ricked up by each of their in turn. 
The Apostle Paul had carried out this mission of evangelism. He had visited 
the Church in Corinth twice and wanted to make s third visit there, but in- 
stead he wrote to them first. The book of 2nd Corinthians is a stern letter 
in which he seeks to combat some of the attacks ap-airst himself, very similar 
to hip pjrpose in writin- the Galatian letter. 

Our Scripture for this ~ernir;<- is about several things but there is one 
issue I believe we need to see in it. Paul is srecif ically speaking of the 
livinp of the Christian life and pointinr to the life beyond in eternity. 

±-atxi He befins by statins: "But we have bhis treasure in earthen vessels, 
that the excellency of the power may he of k , and not of us." 

I ir xk± using an example to which they can all relate. The people of 

those . : used ordinary earthen pots to store anything of value. The pot 

itself may have been of no value, but what was inside, the contents may have 
been all of the treasure someone had in thi? world. I o Paul is using this 
analogy to point out that God takes common ore inary people, (common rots, if 
you will), and in tl '.e platfes His treasure. And what is that trea- 

sure'. Eaul had expressed it in the Sth verse. look back to that verse and 
see what it says: "For God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, 
hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the "lor— of 
God in the face of Jesus 3hrist." Tt is the Sospel of Jesus of Christ which 
constitutes the treasure in earthen vessels. l n have the knowledge of Jesus 
Christ and His purpose for the world; His life and minstry; Hi death and re- 
surrection and even though we may be ordinary common people, we have treasure 
in these earther. vessels the world does no' ■■■■-.. We are wealthy beyond 
rameasure when we have that. 

Then Paul lists the things of this world which beret every person in verses - 
8 and. 9, (read these). But with each af r liction, notice, there is no defeat 
and why? Because we have the I or--' Jesus Christ in our lives as he states in 

verses 10 and 11, (read these), ^o then Paul makes the statemenl "So then 
death worketh in us, but life in you." 

the Jews, many of whom Paul was writin- to, any form of pain, or suffering, 

or weakness was described as a sort Of death. "CK^J^^si^ Arfy^sn- pthatv^A 



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laul was saying that the suffering he and bhe other • | ostles were g( 

through was a sort cS deatt r or then, but by their suffering and affliction, 

it waa bringing life, "The life" to bhem. 'n 1 that life was the gift of 

salvation through tlesus Christ. 

Paul is .? bhe the "race of "od , the unmerited mercy and roodness of 

od was p;iven to more and mors people through au] 'a preaching of t 3pel. 

This is what he means by stating in verse 15, "^or si] bhings ire for your 
sakes, that the abundant rrace mi" rough the thanksgiving of many 
redound to the glory of f'od." 

Every affliction, every kind cf problem and suffering brings others to Christ 
and ends in praise and thanksgiving to 3od ■ 

Then Paul suns this up by stating, "^or which cause we faint not; but though 
the outward ran perish, yet the inward roan is renewed day by day." 

God c-ives sufficient kxhs-rx strength and heir- to endure through all of the 

lictions of life. \.n6 laul spells out the hope which belongs to the 

Christian in the face of all of this as we read., "Per our light affliction, 
which is but for a moment, worketb for u^ a far more exceeding and eternal 
weight of plory; while '-re look not at the thin-s which are seen, but; at the 
thincs which are not seen: for the fc] Lr ;s which are seen are temroral: but 
the things which are not seen are eternal." 

Paul is saying that anything which we may fro through in this life is merely 
a prelude to that which we will have Ineternity wit] •Zm&x the Ior<i Jesus 
Christ. Our sights are to be fixed upon the things which are not seen. 
Paul explains that the things seen are t< ] . Meaning of course that thess 
things will pass away. Instead, our eyes should be on the things which cannol 
be seen, and these are eternal end will live throurhout eternity. To Paul, 
anything suffered in this life whether it be illness, loss of health or wealtl 
any affliction, is only temporary. In his letter to the Romans aul said in 

the Rth chapter, " 1? or I reckon that the sufferings o" this present time are 

not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us." 

±£ Which is more imro^tant' , The things r.* i-his life, or the things of etern- 
ity" Is it better to have everythin-T we can possibly possess In this life? 
-nd have rothinr in eternity because we don't know the Lord? Or is it better 
to have the common ordinary afflictions of this life, knowing that beyond all 
of this ±k there awaits things we have never dreamed of because we are His? 

:1 is speaking here not only to people who believe these things, but to 
people who have become bogged down in their lives because of setbacks and 
afflictions. But he is proposin- that they pick up where they kxxex±Kft are 
and "Rebuild." He is suggesting that they revive and come alive. 
(Illusrtation of Charlie B^own and. wanting to be "outrageously happy ") 

In a "Peanuts" cartton Charlie Brown is talking to Linus. Fe asks him 

?? I2 U e Y er think about the fu ^ure linus?" Linus answers. "Oh sure ' 
all the time " Then Charlie asks, "Well, what do you want to'be when 
you prow up?" \nd Tinus answers, "Outrageously happy." 



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I think this is what Tod want? for us. But it isn't possible to have it and 

live for the world, tfe must come alive to T T im, and for Him. 

(Illustration of Dr. E. V. Hill and -ro;jr of incorrigible youths) 

IA\ Edward fJobson a Christian tells of being at the World Christian Mission. 
ary Center in California. A part of the program of this group is to take 
supposedly incorrigible youth, place them in a program which teaches them 
basic skills and prepares the™ to get a job and enter society. Dr. B.V. 
Hill was going to speak to a ('roup of them and. he asked Er . Dobson if he 
wanted to ~c fcith him. (^plain Dr. Hil] bein^ black and a uninue preacher 
They went into a buiUdinr- and up to the second floor into a room of HfcBufc 
30 young people. T>,ere were 3 "ispanics, ane white, and 26 blacks. These 
jjoun- people had been through city, state, and federal programs and were 
considered hopeless. They were drug addicts, prostitutes, gang leaders and 
ex cons. Pr. Hill began to explain the program and said, "If you can't 
take it, you aint gonna make it!" ",nd he had the ^0 young people repeat 
that statement over and over. 

Then he said, " : '..'e are going to put a lot of presurre on you for the next 
several weeks. tfe 're going to teach you how to talk, how to walk, how to 
dress, how to act, how to fill out a .iob application and if you can't take 
it, you ain't gonna make it! Every morning I want each of you to take 
stand in front of the mirror at the end of the hall and rate yourself on a 
scale of to 100. 100 beinr perfect and being less than perfect. 

-aid, "Allow me to illustrate." He looked at one of the girls and said, 
"Honey, you are about a fifteen. I'm sorry, that's unfair -you're really 
about a twelve. T, en he went around the room rating each of the young peo- 
ple on a scale of to 100. Most of the guys he rated about ixx^xx^ 
or 5. And he repeated, "If you can't take it, you air": gonna make it." 
And he added, "And if you don't make it, there ain't nobody whoc cares." 
The girl he had previously rated a twelve he then asked, "Honey, if you 
don't make it in this program and you ro back to the streets, name one 
person who carer." The locked up at hi- aid, "Reverend, if I don't 
make it, there ain't nobody who cares." He asked everyone the same questioi 
and they all said the same thing. Dr. Dobs or 'as a room full of 

fellow human beinrs for -,vhor Jesus gave His life and none of then could nam< 
one person in the world who cared whether they lived or died .xx&xfeK And he 
said as he walked, out of that buildir ° streets of fatts that he 
prayed, "OH §od , help me to care!" 

Beyond us is a world made up of about 5 billion people who need to hear the 
message of Jesus Christ. 'e must come rut of our little groups, our individ- 
ual congregations and >e. The first place to start is with our- 
selves indivudally. 'e must berin to Oevive ourselves; we must come alive 
so we can rebuild. ": n or 3od who commanded the light to shine out of darkness 

hath shined in our hearts, to rive the knowledge of the glory of Cod in the 

face of ,esus Christ." 2 Cor. 4:'", 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler , Pennsylvania 
Pev. Ralph Link, Pastor February 3, 1935 
Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Kelly Mangel, Acolyte 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A,M. 
Prelude "Communion Ode 11 
Chiming of the Hour 
Anno uncemen 1 5 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
•Processional Hymn No* 398 "Rise Up, Ken of God™ 
■•Ascription 
•Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) "Q God* you gave us a Light for 
our lives;, but too often we still are groping in the 
dark. Our lives should be a reflection of that 
Light, but instead we are casting shadows of doubt. 
Keep us from those things which tend to shake 
our faith. Help us to shine forth wherever we are 
to a world that badly needs The Light* Take from 
us all of our sin, cleanse us, and make us 

whole, through Christ our Lord Amen" 

•Kyrie 

♦Assurance of Pardon 

•Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name 
forever. 
•Gloria Patrl 
Hymn No. 685 "In Christ There Is No East or West" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Fray* 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "Is; There Anything Here?" 
Doxology No* 382 
Anthem: "My Tribute 11 
Scripture: Romans 8:1-6 

Sermon: "When It's Over It T s Time: To Bring Peace" 
Closing Hymn No. 662 M A Song of Peace" 
•Benediction 
Closing Chines 

Postlude "Behold, the Master Cometh 1 ' 
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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed 

by Mrs. Fern Minehart in nemory of loved ones. 
Ushers for today are Art Carney, Dan Bosko, Marty 

Henry and John Snow* 
Mr* 4 Mrs. Alvin Tait will greet the congregation 

at the door this morning. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Davis. 
Lloyd Link and Marty Henry will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 92 with 11 visitors* 
Hospitalized: Mrs. Grace Riddle and Jane Massart. 

MONDAY - Spang's Volleyball 

TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

WEDNESDAY - Church Council at 7:00 P.M. 

THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-8 

SATURDAY - Basketball 10-12 

"^Chancel Choir is looking for more people for the choir. 
If interested come on Thursday at 7:00 P.M. We are 
now practicing our Easter Cantata by the Gaithers* 

"tie need flowers for the altar for February 10th. Please 
sign the chart or call Ginny. 

SOUP & SALAD DAY - Tuesday February 12, Tickets are 

now on sale from the Circle Chairmen or Evie Kennedy. 
Your help is needed February 11th to prepare vegetables. 
Many cakes and salads are needed, so please say '-ih'.rr 
when asked* 

SWEETHEART DINKER - February 15th at the Holiday Inn 
at 6:30 P.M* The adults of the Church, married or 
single are invited. If you are interested in coming 
for an evening of fun and fellowship, contact the 
office now. We need to know TODAY if you are going. 
A sign-up sheet is in the office* Your choice is 
Braised Steak or Stuffed Pork Chop. Price and other 
details are available in the office. 

EASTER EGGS - it is time to place your order for our 

Homemade Easter eggs. See any member of the Activities 
Committee or if you are willing to try to sell some 
you can pick up an order form from Dick Mangel. The 
price remained at $4.25 each. 



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Prelude 

Anncuneeiniints/r.reetinire/FTayer Requests 



Ascription 

Call to Worship: 

HE THAT WELLETH IN THE SECRET PLACE OF THE HOST HIGH 
S'lATl ABIDE UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY. 
I WILL SAT OF THE LORD, HE IS MT FEFUGE AND MY FORTRESS: 
HT QOD: IN HIM WILL I TRUST 
•Hyum 

Offerinir/Prayer 
•DoxoIobt 
Fae torsi Prayer 
Hymn 

Seeirture: Romans 8:1-6 

Sermon: "When It*s Over It's Time: To Brine: Peace" - Hutler, 

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'Hymn 

•Henedietion 
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sumthin no canB sho or pruv w/tangbl,8cientif rruf 
that sumthin-yAITH that C intrven I rtev afaira o<~ 
w0 rl ~~iv us His Peac 
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= no worry afaira of Hf 
vs 6B=P>lievr 1st cum 2 God, w/prayr proba , concern ,worr; 
-hud involv suplicatin-ask,beseech, beg, request 
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our atitud 2B 1 of thankfl cur IVi G 4 help - wendo- 
v P-thia wat Kiv us ieace of G St it faith Js Ep as 

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(llur welthy men Chicago 1923 meet S end results) 
had farr,prestip,mony,powT-, Intel 8 educatin but al] 
lak 1 impor -All them refus ?"5liev 

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CIlus woman, brain damag 8mos child c: faith; 
How cud mothr.anyl fac this kind tragay without era*? 

only posib thru Peac of G whioS paa all underst 

no' posib any othr way 

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Romans 8 : 1 -£ 

(Tins woan on train fc window opn/shnt) 
Peae elusiv thin* 
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-t CALM, QUIET 

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IN FLESH OR LIV IT IN SPIRIT 
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FIRST: PEAC OF SOD 
PHIL 4:6 
NO JUS PRAYtASK.BESSECH, BEG, REQUEST 
AND SHUDB THANKSGIV IN MIDST THOS PRAYRS 
PHIL 4:7 
(Has moa wtlthy/powrfl nen 192? meet Chieag Edtrwatr Hotel) 

(Has woan/braiTi daaap child writ Dr. Jn KaeArthar) 
SECONDLY: PEACE WITH SOB 
EPH 2: 11-12 

2:13 wat WO FACTINS HAD IN COHON 

2:14«WAT BLUD OF XP DUZ <» EA BLIEVS 

(ILUS FHENDS TRT GET DED FRIEND BURT CATH CEKTRY) 

WEN DISCOTO HAV=PEACF OF OOD, 

* HAV.PEACE WITH GOD, OUR TASK ONLY BGUN 
NOW IT TTME>=2BRING PEACE 
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MEN ItNTO ME 

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AT CROS ALL MEN V MADE EQUAL 
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BANE 6 BLESIN, PAIN & PLEASUS, BY TH/CROS R SANCTIFTD: 

PEAC IS THER THAT KNOWS NO MEASUR, JOYS THAT THRU ALL TIME 

ABID 
LET US RES IN THAT PEAC, BUT LET US ALSO BRING PEACE 2EVHY 
VAERT THIRSTING SOUL WE MEET AS 2GETHR WE TRAVL THIS LITES ROAD 



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f Ilua ded soldier ,f re nds cemtary ,fenc v.ov') 

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fro* I itself 

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only Bnun 
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wil draw all men ur; 
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bring all mank 2 cro-- as wel 
it at cros all men R made equal 
ea 1 a sinr cues St receivs nu lif Js has ?ofr 
ea 1 find ther I e^ic which Js impart "evry weary 
fcart lif and soul 

Jn Bowring in hymn=In Th Cros of :p T Glory, las vs 
Eane and blei , pain and pleasure, 

by the cross are sanctified; 
" eace is there that knows no measure , 
Joy ~' through all time abide. 

Let US rest 2 ,but let us also Erinr- Peac 

2 ea 5 evry weary ,thirr?tin£ r soul we meet as 2gethr 
vl thif lif'" road 



"when It's Over It's Time; r "o Bring Peace" 
Scripture: Romans B:l-6 

(Illustration of twon women on train and nuarrel; conductor 's , man's "peace") 

Two women were riding in a day coach on a brain. Thej ' hsxesx 

IrsxxKssiEXEtkBx facing each other on the only two seats they could find. 

They bee-an arguing about the window and finally when the conductor came 

through the coach one of them summoned him. She said, "If this window 

i3 open, I shall catch a cold and die." 

"If the window Is shut," declared the other, "I shall suffocate." 

The two glared at each other, neither one giving in. The conductor didn't 

know what to say, or hew to handle it and finally a man seated across the 

aisle said, "First open the window, that will kill one. Then shut the 

window and that will kill the other, and then we'll have peace." 

ace is an elusive thing. Tt has been sourht by mankind since the beginning 

of time. But in order to understand what peace really is, perhaps we need 

to know what it is. febster defines resce as: "freedom from war cr civil 
strife . " 

This is the peace most people think of when we hear the word. Put there is 

another meaning and that is: xxxeektcx "An undisturbed state of mind- absence 

of mental conflict; calm, quiet." ' 

And isn't this ' s type of peace evevyorc- ] ■. actually seeking? You and I for 
the mort part cannot do much concerning wars, or conflicts which ra^e or take 
place between two nations. But we can control, or have a measure of control 
of conflicts in our own lives. This is sxxxxx what Paul was trying to impart 
tc the believers in the church at i?ome . Rut they didn't understand what true 
peace was either. And this is the problem because we live in human bodies 
and must deal with life in human ways and human terms. Since this is the case 
we arc fighting a battle between things of the flesh and things of the spirit, 
This is exactly what Paul is saying in this cripture. Thus having made the 

arison between living life in the flesh or livinp it in the spirit Paul 
concludes in the 6th verse by saying, "For to be carnally minded is death- 
but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." 

Now just what was Paul trying to xxxaxtx say'. The life he is speaking of is 

the new life which takes place when a person places their trust in Jesus 
Christ. It is tks life more abundantly here on earth because of Pis presence 
in our lives. But it is also life eternal beyond this life which is ours 
through His sacrifice on the cross. 

But jurt what is the peace Paul is speaking of here? This peace is twofold. 
First, it is the "] eace of God." vhat is the "Peace cf Sod?" It is something 
the world cannot understand because it calls for something that cannot be 
shown or proved with scientific, tangible proof. \nd that something is "Faith 
"Faith" that God has^intervened and stepped into the affairs of this world to 
Cive us Pis Peace. Paul writing about this at another time and to another 
place tells us in his letter to the church at Philippi, in the 4th chapter 
verse 6 says, "Be careful for nothing but in evervthinc k. 
Plication with thanksgiving let your renu^^i^r^^ ^X^ 



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i aul says, "ue careful for nothing," and by this he means the members of the 
church were not to be worried about the affairs of life. His reason for say- 
ing this is pointed out by his following words. "But in everything by prayer 
and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God, 

The believer is to first of ell come to God in prayer with every problem, 

every concern, every worry. In fact, that prayer should involve supplication 

and the word "supplication" means to "ask, beseech, renuest, to beg." The 

believer is told not to just pray, but to "ask, beg, request or bessech" 

fervently the things asked for. But coupled with the prayer and the earnest 

asking, should be "Thanksgiving" in the midst of those prayers and requests. 

This means that we are to crive thanks to God even before He answers. Cur at- 

itude is to be one of thankful coming before God for help. \nd when we do 

this Paul adds in the 7th verse: "And the peace of Cod, which passesth all 
understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." 

This is what pives us "the peace of Cod." It is faith in Jesus Christ as Lord 

and Paviour. 

(Illustration of most wealthy and powerful men in world in 1°^ meeting in 
Chicago's Efgewater Beach Hotel) 

In 1923 eirht of the world's most powerful men met at the Edgewater Beach 
Hotel in Chicago. Between them, they controlled more wealth at that time 
than the United Plates Treasury. They were considered succersful by all 
of the world'- standards. ^ery schoolboy at that time knew of them. 
One was president of the world's larpest steel company; another was presi- 
dent of the largest utility company; a great wheal speculator; the presi- 
dent of the New v ork_ -tock Exchange; a member of the cabinet of the presi- 
dent of the United itates; the -president of the Bank of International 
ettlements; the man who was known as the biggest traderon Wall treet; 
and a man who headed the world 's most powerful monopoly. Put as they'sat 
at that meeting all of them were at the crossroads of their lives, 
today their stories are complete and we can look q 4 - those lives and see 
what hapoened to them. 

Charles S c hwab, president of the steel company, lived "the last years of 
his life on borrowed money and died penniless, Arthur Cutten, ''-neatest of 
the wheat specuators, died aborad insolvent. Richard Whitney, (resident ci 
the New i"or Stock Exchange, served a + 'erm in Sing-^ing Benitentiary. 
Albert Paul, the cabinet member, was pardoned from prison r^o he could die 
at home. Jesse Iivermore, the "bear" of tfall "treet; Leon ^razer, oresi- 
dentof the Bank of International Settlements, and Ivar Breuger, head of 
the world's largest tonopoly, all committed suicide. 
They all had money, fame, power, prestige, intelligence and education. 
Hut they all lacked the one ingredient which rivea life purpose and mean- 
ing. All of them refused to believe. '.no because rouldn't believe, 
they lacked the "Peace of God" which would have made it possible to live 
life inxxptg more abundantly, in spite of the adversities and problems' 
of life. 

(Illustration of woman, brain damared 8 month baby writing to Br. MacArtfaur) 

! ow could a mother, or anyone for ths er face this kind of bragedy with- 
out crocking up? Only through the "^eace of 3 which passes all understand- 
ing." It isn't possible any other way. This is an extreme example to be sure 
and all of us would pray I'm sure that we may never have to face any problem 






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such as this. But in any circumstance of Life it is only possible to have 

strength "^o ~o on through "The peace of Hod." 

Eut secondly, the "Peace" we are talking of here, is "Peace with Sod." 

When Paul wrote his letter to the r°orle in Ephesus he stomiKtEBtxtrkKir. was 

directinr hip remarks at ct-p point to a problem which they were having betweez 

the believers who had formerly been Jews and between the "entiles who had 

co r 'e into the church, Co we read in the ^nd chapter of this letter beginning 

at verse 11, " he^efore remember, that ye be lime pant "entiles in the 
flesh, who are called Unc ire unci -ion by that which is called the Circumci- 
sion in the flesh made t i lsj that at that time ye were without Christ, 
beinr aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the coven- 
ants of promise, havinr no hope, and without r od in the world." 

And then points out what these two factions had in common, and we rend in the 

15th verse: "Put now in Christ Jesus ye who were sometimes farroff are made 
nigh by the blood of Christ." 

.'■.nd what d< 1 ood of Christ do for each and every believer? Pau] s : 
"For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle 
wall of partition between us. Jesus was both "Peace" and the "Peacemaker." 
lie brought about reconciliation between all mankind, between all people. 
This i: 1 meant by "Breaking down the middle -prortitisn wall of parti- 
tion between us." 

(Illustration of friends trying to get iead friend buried in Catholic cemetar; 
refusal by rriest, buried outside wall, and the] ] moved) 

>ing the war, in Prance, b m 2 r died La two friends wanted to see 
that he had a decent burial. In a nerby village t etary, xe 

tksxxxgMt It ' ■ Oman Catholic cemetary and their firend -■ - fc_ 

They found the priest of the church and asked : lertnission to bury 
their friend there, but the priest refused because the man was not -■ 

tholic. But when ho saw their disapooii them thev could 

bury their firend outside the fence. ! o they did this. The next day they 
came to the cemetary to lay flowers on the '-rave, bj' couldn't fj 
it. They walked all around the fence, but the '-rev wi one. '' o they 
went to the priest and asked him about it. He told f t he had gone 
to bed that ni ' * md couldn't sleep because of his refusal to permit 
them to bury their friend in the cemetary. !o he said wksin he rrot up 
en it was li. ht and moved the fence himself to include the dead soldier 
bo had t^iven his life for ^rance. 
This is what Cod did through Jesus . .e removed the fence separating all 
mankind from himself. ' T e permits us to have peace with Him through Jesus . 
But when we discover that we have the " eace of Cod," and fcka "Peace with 
God," our task has only bes-un. Row"it *s Time To Bring Peace" and we 

1 do thi. aring what we have with others. Jesus prophesied of Him- 
self, "And I, if I be lifted up fro-> the earth, will draw all men unto He." 
First, we must bring ourselves to that cross and after we have come, we must 
brir '" in d to the cross as well. It is at the cross that all men are 
made enual. ach one, a sinner comes and receives the new life Jesus has to 
offer and each one finds there the peace which Jesus imparts to every weary 
life and sou]. John Bowring wrote a iiyme familiar hymn, "In The Cross Of 
Christ I glory." The last verse af ( ^sSk^x^^^^±^^>mi n 



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ne and blessing, pai n and pleasure, by the cross ire sanctified; 
Teace is there that knows no rneasuro, Joys that through all time abide." 
Let us nest in that peace, but let us also "Bring T eace" to eich and every 
weary thirting soul we meet as together we travel t v i^ life's road. 



3t, Paul's United Church of Christ 

Butler, Pennsylvania 
Ralph Link, Pastor February 10, 
Mr* Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
David Andrews, Acolyte 



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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "On Wings of Morn" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
•Processional Hymn No. 322 "When Morning Gilds the Skies'* 
•Ascription 
•Exhortation 

♦Confession (in Unison) "Our Father, now that we have 
seen and known the manifestation of your Son and 
our Lord, we pray that it may become evident in our 
lives. Refute the prejudice that makes us hate 
others; upset the selfishness that blinds us to the 
debt we owe our fellow man; disturb the 
complacency that keeps us from your service; and 
cleanse us from all that would offend you. We 
pray all this in the name of our Lord and 

Saviour Jesus Chriat. ..Amen. 

*Kyrie 

•Assurance of Pardon 

•Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name 
forever. 
•Gloria Patri 
Hymn No. 466 "What a Friend We Have In Jesus" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray* 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "The Lord is My Shepherd" 
Doxology No. 382 

Anthers "God So Loved The World" 
Scripture: 2 Timothy 4: 9-21 
Sermon: "When It's Over It's Time: 
Closing Hymn Mo. 220 "I've Found 
a Friend" 1 
•Benediction 
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To Befriend" 
Friend, Such 



Closing Chimes 

Postlude "Tranquil Moment" 

++++++ •Congregation Standing + ++ + + + 

The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed 

by Mr. & Mrs* William Thompson to the Glory of God. 
Ushers for today are Jean Pflugh* Dutch Bowser, Jane 

Snyder t and Barb Andrews. 
Mr. * Mrs* George Pflugh will greet the congregation 

at the door this morning. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Gamble. 
Bill Thompson and Kevin Snyder will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 79 with 9 visitors. 
MONDAY - Preparation of Soup Day 
TUESDAY - Soup & Salad Day 
WEDNESDAY - Spang 's Volleyball 
THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-8 

Basketball 8-10 
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY 
Choir Practice 7:00 P.M. 
FRIDAY - Butler Food Buying Club 

SWEETHEART DINNER at the Holiday Inn 6:30 P*M* 
SATURDAY - Basketball 10-12 

>QL - P £ SALAD DAY - Tuesday February 12th. Tickets will be 
available at the door on Tuesday. Bring bazaar items 
candy or baked goods on Monday. Baked goads could be 
brought in on Tuesday w in time for noon time sales* 
Help is needed. Everyone is welcome. We also are in 
need of 28 oz. peanut butter jars or something similar. 
They are used for carry out orders. 
BUTLER AREA LAYMEN'S DINNER - Youth Night is hosted at 
Bethany D. C. C, 215 *. North St. February 21st at 
6:30 P.M. See Walter Harmon for tickets, $d.0G. 
We are looking for a leader for Vacation Bible School. 
If interested, there is a preview workshop being held 
at the Holiday Inn on February Zlst. Please contact 
"*Nv the office if interested. 

.^•The family of Grace Riddle would like to thank everyone 
for their cards and prayers in the loss of their 
mother. We also wish to thank those who contributed 

>or worked for the dinner. 
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE - Februay 20th In Rehoboth Hall 
at 7l3D P.M. Communion will be observed. The Rev. 
David Kodges From Jewish Evangelism Inc « will demon- 
strate how the Trinity and Christ's death and resurr- 
ection are seen in the Passover. 



Community Bible Church - Sagamore, Pa. - 2/25/92 

Prelude 

Announcenettts/Greetiiipa /prayer Reoueats 



Ascription 
•Call to Warship 

THE LORD REIGNETH: LET THE EARTH REJOICE: LET THE 
MULTITUDE OF BOt ISLES 9E OLAD THEREOF. 
CLOUDS AND DARKNESS ARE ROUND ABOUT BTH: RIGHTEOUSNESS 
AND JUDGEMENT ARE THE HABITATION OF HIS THRONE. 

PSALH 97:1-2 
•Hjran 

Bffering/Prayer 
■Do«ology 
Pastoral Prayer 
Hymn 

Serijture: 2 Timothy it:9-22 
Sermon: Wflen It's Orer It's Time: To Befriend" 

St. Paul's Butler 
2AO/85 
•Hymn 

"Benediction 
•Poatluae 



/ ■ ' •< friend*' 

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■ ■ ■ ' rrsn that wud 

sou] 
Dav had chosn men roun hira,yet fain Pdepth d.esi 

lB wel bin alcr., - iz ale in th- 

l col - Let under 1 ■ ou] 

■ 'm - ex] re ; no ] in,? undf e - ! wat ii 

pt. 

' in qs sat pri in ^" 1 lr I owe 
I trial Hi : ;;hort 

about , atr 

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P ref lee . ■ . , ■ ' ainc 

t Lthf Lan,but 

1 '!-■.■ ' ' irorl & dn 

bob offr liree him 

But watevr was, De ma 3 desrtin mus hav cut li> tmii 
P add=V= 10R=the7 inei ■■ , reach Pthr city 

Ss I -ad Mnes he experd 

vs 11-- , 

luv 
I ■ ■ cud h=iv ? 

rr>l nl^v ? 
• profc nura thru al] proba/ils 

Ironic- Jr , by 1 & 

Pone and hr 
Va llb=surpris fiouz '■ 1 -?,*• desrt ' here P 

acknowledp Mark now matur ■' profitM in min- 1 

■■■■•> anyi whe - ] 

cut in? busne so hate 

out ?refc I 
>n man touch wher liv,wat ne?>r dear ^har- 

'■ockt'b'ics thez reop but Bay altho fall ly 
acur , i-. 

vr 16«] sho no a - rer 1st stud ""- 

euthortys ,evrl desert, no r*iv 3uport,bi 
vs 17=0 w/him 

I ud '-''+ acuars , present }oapl Pthem £ his pre 
ants n bin 

this olines wh/made posit n -ipcl <r delivr lio 

He ment lie had tenprarly withstud Kero 
He brot 2 lion eaca] without harm >-■ 
F n knu 1 cf,thir :•-■ burn rone,blan Cpla 

ins pitch clothes & Bet rire '' lites 
of streets & roads 



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aaab sav escar lion mown & ment aeirc 
it h r0 r3tr wat did Pkysidy spiritruly 

T.hev cud not touch im 

; y lil: uvr] e] I ,but ■■- thus 

feared lion of death 5 giv aumatin va 1 r ' 
vs 1B-Evn the all men seen desrt P sti] stud firm in 
faith that C hadnt dun ^o,nor wud He 

vn w/stroni ith,3 sti] yern *frends=Tiin Mark 
■:i 'icre-itur comfa mad'; lif litl easier 
Cloak-circlar cat©, hole in centr cur; 2fcnees/gxound 
made of etiff -cats hair 6 rri"r damp, >lp 

Pnrcbmenta-Buk-papyrus roll .scroll osib 1 's 

own writ: 

nrob Jewish 

1 want read ftudy 

Ironic I no lose sens study, read I 
,.'ith all free time we hav how -^pend lelsur tire^ 

How much spent clo? eomuoion »/G thru His rord? 
va nl = shar 1 r irl reoues=CiMi B4 winter ■■ -sek 

eespit fr/lonlines merly ask Tim cum ouik b 
In this instanc we see need ? Befriend suml 

In midst lif,evn stronges Xpian needs 2B Befriended 
ft if tru of Xpians.how much dor than thoz no ipian. 
(Ilus B Graham i lettra fron teens) 
,; at i e hav Bourn so relf-centr ,worl revolv 

round .capita] the individ 

T -mjsl hapy no matr is at expens of evrl el?e 
(_ imn letr-unha; ,1 mua B ban.--] deserv -i j 

society say ?day=:!apine- Bumthin owed 2 ME as resul 
4 net ■"/ nec-lec ^eek Ik out 4thoz who need Ik out 4- 

I kno.hav welfsr.rel ief programs all that.but how^ 

much luv is dole out alon- w/relief mony.bag frocry. 
shi] concern fivn along w/materiai 

he 1 
Peopl no want jus oeny ,grocrys ,they want sunttbin ofus 

That sumthin-encouragment.a B«ll,a liatng ear 2thalr 

probs & hurts 

yng boy) 
«tr we lern i kno Chat ?1 3 Cpian is to Befriend all 
thoz we meet,arnt ther reopl 'day that P lonly,dia- 
tres.or q-sakn that we o^n ninstr 2'. 

\rnt ther rerri we if who need a comfort word 

a pat on bak.or an atentiv ear" 
(iaiU i^ sd u . u Kb U.3 Over T tn 'ire: o 

Js^ed-inasnraoh as ye hav dun it un< I of 

thez my brethtn.ye hav dun it untc 



When It'a orer It's Tine: To Befriend - 2 Tim k\t-2Z 

1. .rodnce - Time To Befriend 

BEAD Psalm llffii* - EXPLAin - K SAW, SOT KIL,DAV HIDE CM 
NO ONE UNDRSTUD WAT HIS LIT ALL BOTtT THIS TIM 

APOS P SAN STT0.PRTSN 2ND TIM IN POME:AWAIT TFIAI 
KNO LID WD END SOON:BODT ^5 ^ EMP NEHO HAT XIHANS 
SO JUS MATTH OF TIM 
*8 9-INVIT TIM LV EPF % COM SOON 

VS 10A=PART EVENTS TAK PLAC SINC LAST METHB 

DEMAS KBS BIN FAITBFL XPIAN.BDT NOW DESERT 
THESS PERHAPS LURE HIM AWAT 
VS 10B-DEHAS DESRTIN HAS HAV CUT LIK KNIF.SIIT THEZ 2 WENT OTHR 

CITTS PREACH, SPRED GOSFL -BOT ADD ? B'S LONLINES 
VS IIA-PRISNTIS IN ROME PERMIT HAV 2SLAVS W/THEH,!. LK MRS BIN 
CONTEN 2B DECLARD AS P'S SLAV - BUT P STIL LONLT 
IRONIC ,XPIAN HATH t. JEW.2GETHH W/GENTJI JEWS HATE 
VS IIP. MARK EXPL 
VSS I't-IS.METAL WORKR MAK IDOLS 
VS 16«EVR0NE DESHTD t P "tOIVS 
VS 17-LION « NERO t 1ST IHPHISNMENT 
EXPL NERO % TREATKEN XPIANS 
VS 18.P ESCAP LIONS MOUTH.DEATH 

BUT THRU XP P GO 2B W/LORD 
f TERN 'tFRENDS/FAMILIAR THINGS 

"?i5-0L0AK.CIRCirLR CAPE & HOLE KIDDLE .GOATS SKIN 
I BOOKS.2STBDT,READ G'S WORD & WRITE 
VS il.CHM QtJIKLY 

WE C ITS TIM 2BFRIEND 

(ILUS BILLT GRAHAM t, LETTRS TEENS) 

(ILHS LINCOLN |.TNG BOT 

r/r«r 

APTS LERN^- KN0,2B A XTIAN IS 2BFRIEND ALL MEET 
AHNT PEOPL WHO^LONfLT,DISTPESD,liSAKN WE CAN MINSTR TOT? 
ARNT THEP PECPL NEED COMF WORD, PAT BAK, ATENTIV EAR??? 
WEN ALL SED/DUN.WEN ITS OVR ITS TIM 2BFRIEND 

JS SED.INASKDCH AS TE HAV DUN IT UN? THAEAST OF THEZ HT BRTHRN, 
TE HAV DUN IT ITN? HE. 



■■ , ;.. ;i; .,„ It t s m in , e: To Befriend" 
icripture: 2 Timothy 4:9-22 

The Psalmist wxittxKxfxsic in a prayer written v/hen he was in the cave 

'"- hiding, relates in the 4th verse of the 14-2nd Psalm: "I looked on my right 
hand, and beheld, but there was so man that would know me; no man cared Cor 

my sou] . " 

David had his chosen men around him, yet he hod fallen to the depths of de- 

ir . he may aa well have been completely alone, because be was alone in 

the hkeh rroblems he had xn^xikK to face and in the fact that i ing Saul was 

seeking to kil] him. No one completely und« that and so David felt 

that there wan no one who cared for his soul. *!e was thus ex bhat 

no one was able to get bo the ^"th 1 - of his being to understand what his life 

was all about at that poinl . 

The Apostle Paul was in exactly the same situation as he sat in his prison 

cell in ''nme . re for his °econd imprisonment awaiting his trial, 

Paul knew that his life oing to end very shortly. " T e was about 55 years 

of age and the Emperor Efero hated Christians. So it w< i .' 

LI he ■- 1 - 1 , 

1 u] be i by inviting hi.: d?i n frierd rimothy to pay him a visit. i ; 

thy fiilirence to co'e shortly unto me." In other words, to 

hasten his departure from Ephesus to come to see ' aulj '■„ Paul reflects upon 

his situation he relates bo Timothy the events which have taken place since 

they were last together. 

■ him, " me, havir world 

and is departed unto essalonica . " 

Evidently, Bemas had been s faithful Christian hut the love for the things of 

thi ] drew the faith and 

it • city -' salonica had to offer with its c' laterial 

things that had lured Demas away. But whatever it was, Demas ' desertion n r 

Faul mi e cut like a knife. \nd reflecting upon this Paul adds, "Ores© 
cen^ to Salatia, Pitus unto Dalmatia." 

These men did not desert Paul, but went on rr°?chi' ^op-; to those cities 
T>,eir names are added here to lend supporl to the lonliness au] is 
rig . 
- "n aul adc i , : ' ly i ■ is witt me." I • he isn't alone, but even 
with the companionship o*" Luke Paul is feeling the isolation from those he 
dearly loved. - a prisoner was heinn- confined awaiting trial in :-Jome, he 
was permitted to have two of hii persona] slaves with ' im. Evidently, Luke 
was content to have hin gclared as Paul's slave in order to minister to 

his Leal needs while in prison. Luke h ch like Paul's personal 

:ian throughout his ministry. It was probably Luke who nursed him back 
to health after his beatings, , and other abuses which were heaped 
u P° r i- 1 ■ " ; " "^'^ ironic that here in prison was the Jew who hated Chris 






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at one time and a Gentile whom all Jews hated , an they "ere together 

bringin ; comfort and hope fee one anotr- ■ . 

Paul's advice to Timothy ia surprising because he next instructs, "Take, Park. 
and bring him with thee: for ho is x profitable to me for the ministry." 

Isn't it strange that the same Jo^n Hark who had deserted Paul on one of his 

missionary journeys, should now become one that Paul said was "Profitable to 

him in his ministry?" We can see fehat ' qui raw that Park had matured and was 

a valuable preacher now. "he discipline Pau] meted out to Kark had the deair 

ed effect and Mark was now of value for the Lord, 

lul tells Timothy in the 14th verse , "Alexander the coppersmith did me much 
evil: the lord reward v :im according to his •■■or>^ : Of whom do thou beware 
also; for he hath greatly withstood our words." 

It is not certain who this Alexander was. The word "coppersmith" was used in 

Greek for anyone who was a metal worker. It is probable that this Alexander 

was a metal worker xkBXTca.&KxrcgfcHX in Ephesus who made metal idol? and Paul 

had cut into his business, and thus he was out to ret Paul. .hen a man is 

touched where he lives, that is , what is near and dear to his heart, this 

affects his future reactions. Paul was hitting at the pocketbooks of those 

who trafficed in the ido] trade and it hurt their livlihood. Paul has been 

falsely accused by this man and Paul simply states that Sod will take care 

of that man in His own way. 

But even though Pau] is languishing in prison he is not angry or vindictive. 

»ee this as we read in the 16th verse. Re writes, "At my first answer no 
man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be 
laid to their char re." 

Pe says that when he first was brourht ±e before the authorities for a first 

hearinp- on the charges against him, no one stood with him and rave their 

support to him, they all deserted him. 'Put Paul says that he is praying that 

God will forgive them for this and not hold it against them. And then Paul 

states .just where he presently stands. He says: "Notwithstanding the Lord 
stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching mimht be fully 
known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and T was delivered out of the 
mouth of the lion." 

God was with him even though all other humans had deserted him is what he is 

saying. And as he atood before u is accusers he presented the Gospel to them 

and his £xhxx preachinr was r;iven to the Gentiles and in this Cod rtrenpthenei 

him. This move Paul a fcE&XT&w-sx boldness which made it possible for him to 

declare that he had been "delivered out of the lion's mouth." He meant that 

temporarily he had withstood the Smperor r ero. Pe had been brought to the 

lion and had escaped without harm at this point. Paul knew what Nero was 

capable of. Thi^- wa g the Smperor who had set fire to Rome and then blamed it 

on the Christians and so the Romans hated and persecuted them fiercely. 

Por Pero's own satisfaction and enjoyment he would dress Christians in cloth- 
ing cov^rrr- with pitch, fear, and then tie them to ro>s and set them afire 



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at night to light the streets and road? of Rome. But Paul was also sayii 

that he had escaped the lion'" mouth meaning death. Through Christ Paul knew 

that no matter what they did to him physically, spiritually they couldn' 

touch him. He would die like anyone else, hut he would go to be with the 

lord and thus he had escaped the feared lion of death. '.nd this exactly what 

hip summation is as found in the lfth verse: "And the Lord shall deliver me 
from every evil work, and will preserve re unto "i r - heavenly kingdom: to 
whom he "lory forever and ever, ^men." 

E^en thourh all men had seemed to dp^erh Paul, he still stood firm in the 

faith that Hod hadn't done so, nor would Re ■ 

But even though Paul had this rtronr and sustaining faith he 3till yearned fo] 

the friends he had such as Timothy and Jo] k, And he also yearned for 

the familiar creature comforts which made life just a little easier and more 

bearable. •.■'„ read this in the l*th verse: "Theccloak that T left at Troas 
with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, "km* 

The cloak Paul is fefelkinr about we are told was a circular cape made of 
stiff goats hair. It had a hole cut in the center for the head and care 
down to the knees or even touched the ground. The prison in Pome was proba - 
ly damp and cold and. Paul simply wanted a coat to help keep him w rm. 
he also requests, "And the books, hut especially the parchments." 
The books he was asking r or were a papyrus roll, or scroll. Possibly they 

were Paul's own writin The parchoants were made fro™' skins of sheep or 

foats an >bably I Scriptures hick -anted to read and 

study. Isn't it rather ironic, that Paul who would soon puffer death for his 
faith didn't lapse into a sriritu^l decline, but still sought to read and 
study aboui the things of 3od7 How unlike most people. ith all cf the free- 
do r and the time we have, how io we spend our leisure time" How much of it 

■ :^ent in close communion with Sod through r ir tordU 
Paul shared one final request of Pimothy and we read of this in the 21st verss 
, ' o thy diligence to come before winter." aul seeking some respite 
from his lonliness merely askr: Timothy to come as quickly as sible and to 

brinr his favorite articles. 

In this instance can he clearly seen the need to "Befriend" someone. In the 
midst of life even the strongest Christian reeds to be befriended. And if 
this is true of Christians who need to be befriended , how much more is it 
true of the -he who a re not Christians. 

(Illustration Billy Graham ^r- 1 letters from teens) 

""Illy Graham writes, Our world desperately craves love arc peace. I re- 
cently received a letter from a teen-ager who said, "I would r o anything 
in the world to know that I am loved by someone." Her cry could he echoed 
by countless thousands. nother been-ager wrote me, "I am like a car-ed 
animal Inside. Tore t 1 - fthin I want to know xeio true peace.'' 



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(Eilly Irnham continued:) 

are the best-housed, bast-clothed, bei - oated, and best-fed genera- 
tion in the history of the world. Seemingly we have everything, but our 
divorce courts are packed, our tanquilizer manufacturers are working over- 
time, and our alchol&sm rate 7o--r.~, ,...-■.--■ " 

?ong' e have tecr™= so self -centered that the world revolves aroura 
ME, capital ME the individual. I must be harry even if it is at bhe expense 
of everybody else, I recently received s note r ^or ■ younf lady who is un- 
happy in her marriage. Tn it she said, "T n^ed to be I and I'm not after 
X number of years of marriage. I deserve to be happy." ! wrtoe 
what society is saying today. "Happiness is something i owed to ME." 
As a result, we r or^et and neglect seeking to lc for those who need 
looked out for. I know, that we have welfare, and relief - nd all 
that. "But how much love is doled out with along with the relief money, or 
the bag of '-roceries" low much friendship and concern is riven alon- with 
the material help" 7 People don't 5u : : money raoceries. They want 

of us, of ourselves, ing i encouragement , a -rile, 

as a lirter : r to their problems and hurts. 

(Illustration of Lincoln and young v oy) 

bory appeared in the Gospel s -•bout • •■■ who came 

to see reaideai Lincoln. ' large number o ; ' in line to 

see him one day in lRGa- . Lcate-loi " i 15. 

resident, noticing bhat he was very rale and faint, Ij - >ded bhe 

Ltaries t in line, insoln 3aid to the boy, "Come here 

, and tel] me what -on want." Advancing slowly a-" 1 timidly, the young 

man said in a. >;e^'- voice, "Mr, ^~ ; :ient, ] er : ] - 1 regiment, 

but I bee Lck and have :e°n in the hospita] r '- weeks. rv,is is 

the first time I've t le bo ;e1 out, and : - you could do 

"or me," 1 incoln looked at : ndly and asked him '.-'here he 

lived, "1 have no home he •ed." " nere i r ' -our father'." ' died in 

the army." " here is -our mother' ' " y -other is also dead. I have no 
brothers, sisters, or friends." Beginning to sob, been-ager concluded, 

ibody cares for me!" Lincoln's eyes rilled vi • . sncil 

wrote s note to one of his officials ■■''"■a would act upon his request 
Immediately, and the note said, "Care for '.' 1 poor boy." fi-at boy never 
forgot that act of compassion. 

After we learn and know that to be a Christian is to "Befriend all of those 
we meet, aren't there rea~]p today that are lonely, distressed, or forsaken 
that we can minister to'. iTen't there ^eople we are ware of who need a com- 
forting word, a pat on the back, or ar bive earl then ail is ---aid and 
done, "When It's '.11 Over It's Time: TO ] j." Jesus said, "Inasmuch as 
ye have lone it unto bhe least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me', 1 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 

Butler, Pennsylvania 

Rev* Ralph Link, Pastor February 17, 1985 

Mr, Dale Rice, Minister of Music 

Mr* Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 

Sally Vensel, Acolyte 

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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A. M. 
Prelude "The Cross of Christ 1 " 
Chiming of the Hour 

Announcements: Elder Robert Dellen 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
•Processional Hymn No. 422 "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind" 
•Ascription 
•Exhortation 
•Confession {In Unison) "Eternal Father, thou hast 

commanded us to let our light shine out in the world; 
but we have failed to bear witness to Christ before 
men, and to seek those who are lost* We have placed ; 
our lights under the bushels of the concerns of this 
world, and we have looked at ourselves instead of to 
the needs around us » For all of our disobedience, 
carelessness , and lovelessness , we implore thy for- 
giveness. Cleanse us from .our sin and strengthen us to 
live as He has shown us by His example. We pray it 
in Jesus ' name .,.«♦.... Amen . 
•Kyrie 

♦Assurance of Pardon 
* Praise: Pastor — Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name 
forever* 
•Gloria Patri 
Hymn Mo. 425 "Cleanse Me™ 

Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory ''Triumphantly Risen" 
Doxology No. 382 

Anthem: "The Spirit of Jesus Is in This Place" /«?"/' 
Scripture: John 8; 1-11 

Sermon: "When It's Over It's Time: To Release" 
Closing Hymn No. 404 "0 Love That Will Not Let Me Go ,f 
•Benediction 



Closing Chimes 

Fostlude "Praise, Christ, To Thee! 

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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed :. 

by Mrs* Catherine Pflugh in memory of Roy. 
Ushers for today are Rob Vinroe, Bob Dellen, Randy 

Dellen, and Kevin Snyder. 
Mr. & Mrs. Clyde Wachsmuth will greet the congregation 

at the door this morning. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs* Nancy Dellen. 
Bob Dellen and Dan Bosko will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 126 with 17 visitors. 
MONDAY - Spang 's Volleyball 

Meeting of the Activities, Hospitality and 
Follow-up Committees at 7:00 P.M. in Undercroft. 
TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

WEDNESDAY - Ash Wednesday Service in Rehoboth Hall 7:30 
Choir Practice after the service 
No Golden Circle Meeting 
THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-8 

Basketball 8-10 

Mary Martha Circle meeting at the home of 
Shirley Thompson at 10:30 A.M. 

Butler Area Laymen's Dinner at 6:30 at Bethany 
U.C..C. see Walter Harmon for tickets. 
SATURDAY - Basketball 10-12 

EASTER EGGS - we are taking orders for our homemade 

Easter Eggs. They are 1# and sell for $4.25 each. See 
any member of the Activities Comm. or Dick Mangel. 

PRAYER MEETINGS - starting February 28th we are going to 
begin having Prayer meetings once a week. They will 
be held on Thursday evenings at 8:00 P.M. If you 
would be able, please plan to join in the prayers for 
your church, special needs in your life, etc. 

SPECIAL INVITATION - Our Ash Wednesday Service will be 
held in Rehoboth Hall. The Rev. David Hodges will 
be with us. Communion will be observed with the 
meaning of the Passover. 

March 31st we will be receiveing new members . If you 
know of anyone who would like to join our fellowship 
please contact the office or Pastor. 

Hospitalized: Hugh Pyle 









Community Bible Church - Sagamore, Pa. Nareh 1, 1992 

Prelude 

Announeenerts/lreetinirs/Frayer Requests 



Ascription 

Call to Worship: 

SING CNTC TffE LOSE A MEW SONG: SINS UC!TO THE LORD 
AM. THE EARTH. ' 

SING ONTO THE LOPD, *LESS HIS NAME: SHOW FORTH HIS 
SALTATION FROM BAY TC DAT. 

DECLARE HIS OLORY AMONG ALL NATIONS, HIS WONDERS 
AMONG ALL PEOPLE. 

FOP THE LORD IS GREAT, AND GREATLY TO BE PRAISED. 
* H,nrr «6 Skoirlund 

C f f eri ng/Pray e r 
•Doxolojry 
Pastoral Prayer 
Hyem 

Scripture: John 18:1-11 
Sermon: "when It's Over It's Time: To Release" 

St. Paul -s Butler, 
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•Hymn 

•Benediction 
Fostluoe 

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suspens mus hav Ecum unbearbl ?■-- read vs 7a»REAI) 
, They war anxius stik neck noose prep & almo^ hear- 

CUM OK, WAT AN51H:U ALrfAY HAV KOLUTTli WAT fllUDB DUN 
W/FILTEY,U-,FORAI PEHSH HE BROT H 
vs 7b= tet did He ay' filty 

> ) - - ■ . lj gllty & FhudB punish, ''execut her 
EUi,burdn upon acusrs;up Pthem punish her,execut her 
Conditin was=sin free thro etone=manv them rilty 
adultry themselve & Js knu.K- they knu it too 
To aftr sed thin read=V:3 fi=READ=Je ignor & made posib 
mak minds up- 
much bin sed wat wfcit on T?nd = uo impost /no bear episi 
He gav res pec Idrs chanc sav face,lv era cfuly= READ 
vs 9=merly tel oldes lv 1st but no say only Js /woman 

say-STAUD IK THF MIDST & peop stil ther Jr teach ? 
1st time Jr apk woman-READ vs 10 
va lla=woman anser 

vs llb=Js pratt *givneB,no say so but imrly by words 
tak ?witnes br chare S mak charp stik, but nun Ptay 
rnd mak chare stik, 
so wat hapn wen insufle eviflenc? ease thro out cort & 
this wat Js did 

Js confron 2choic here=lst eh oc had do wat avg persn 
wants 2do Z-. wil quit oftn do 

(Ilus welthy husb dy .tombston etc,lef 35,desir Chang) 
inciden sho 4givnes practic by many=.4riv ,no *get 
Hav evr herd or sed this? Js had choic 2do & cud re- 
mind her wvr-1 ther wud reraem=cud hav sed, but didnt 
He pav 4givnes we all want, but many time no practic 
put self shoes this woman jpictur Urrelf Kilty 3: kno 
n k peop suroun U & kno they kno Ur gilty 
& thenpictur her feel as stan Bit- man considr Judp 
Che may herd Js.mayE knu His luv 'compasin & mayE herd 
He Kesiah,pront 1 of rTod 
But abuv evrth els she knu her gilt 8 burn hart/lif 
as she face Him 
Fimilar situatin face man 'tmany yrs hip life: 
(Ilus man kil coleij boy & B ^p-ivn boys mothr latr yrs 
Sumday we may oportunty talk M /woman red bout ?day* 
8c if abl ask how felt wen Ik In? thoz eyes Js,I 
Eliev she wud say»I saw deep in His eyes the permis- 
sion 2B the kind of persn I mite hav bin.had I nevr 
livd the lif I livd up Stoat time 
Ea us hav bin givn same chanc thru Js;He made posibl 
21k Him S C selvs 4wat we canB Ince hav bin 4-iiivn 
thru Kim. Ince we kno all bout B Xpiail ther is 2kno , 
then it is Time: To P.ealese ,2-4fiv in return jJ'rele -is 
thoa feels our un^riv naturs;?ahar w/othrs that whict 
bi n Eiv 2us so freely, „e need ^RivAget & lik G casl 
sms=self/othr depth sea & hear t/s say=Vs 11B 



BILLT GRAHAM WRITES, 
•OUR WORLD DESPERATELY KEM» CRATES LOVE AND PEACE. T RECENTLY RECEIVED A LETTER 
FROM A TEENAGER WHO SAID, *I WOULD DC ANYTHING IN THE WORLD TO KNOW THAT I AM 
LOVED BY SOMEONE.' HER CRY COULD BE ECHOED BY COUNTLESS THOUSANDS. 
ANOTHER TEENAGER WROTE ME, ' I AM LIKE A CAGED ANIMAL INSIDE. MORE THAN ANYTHING 
I WANT TO KNOW TRUE PEACE „* 

WE ARE THE BEST CLOTHED, BEST EDUCATED, AND BEST FED GENERATION IN THE HISTORY 
OF THE WORLD. SEEMINGLY WE HAVE EVERYTHING, BUT OUR DIVCHWB DnBaBCmgUBBQ 
JtHEXHHHISIlXIXJttKX** COURTS ARE PACKED, OUR TRANQUILIZER MANUTACTERERS ARE 
WORKING OVERTIME, AND OUR ALCOHOLISM RATE SOARS. WHAT IS WRONG?" 



I DECEIVED A NOTE FROM A YOUNG LADY WHO WAS UNHAPPY IN HER MARRIAGE. 
IN IT SHE WROTE, "I NEED TO BE HAPPY AND I'M NOT AFTER X NUMBER OF YEARS 
OF MARRIAGE. T DESERVE TO BE HAPPY." 



"WDS*D It's uver ■L'O'g Lime: ro ~>eiease 
I icrip: John 8:1-11 

lllat wud □ say raos butifl word P.itle'' 
perhap=luv,salvatin,,1ustif icatin or others 
but I Bliev notbr word stan out as Ft mor butifl thar 
any othr & perhap wbil think folo inciden bringr mind 
( x s oheila O'Gahapan & Kicah 7:19, sin cast out=sea) 
Dl j kno now wat prob raos butifl word F-ible?='+f ivnes 

All othr word lik=luv,salvatiD etc brinr )iope,comf 
but no othr word -Jcrip br peac lik ^riivnes £■ w/out 
M-pivnes ther wudE no salv;w/out 4frivnes cud" no luv ; 
w/out 4^ivnes cudB no joy '4-1 if & so G in infinite 
wisdm S> mercy provid 4-pivnes thru Ja Ip 
Ccene PA us faoil 1 : Js cum in." 5 temp §c many peop cum 
?hear pr/teach 
Cat dwn &. was teach wen sudnly lesn interup & read=== 
vp3r*ordr set seen need 20 sum specif this event 
fact#Js Bit ft teach, I!e regard as ^abi=how Rabi'f tau 
Fact-peop swarm hear teach indie lik Kkwpl writr 
: ay.Be taut -as 1 w/authorty ft not as scribes 
in time Js wen dif prob/quest arcs bout law,Pabi was 
giv prob/quest 2rendr a polutin 
Tnus=Scribs/Tiars treat Js as authorty,as a Rabbi 
adultry was serius crime, 1 of 5moo rerius ft they 
ask Js rendr decisin this case 
time histry, adultry comon ft Bcuz this,lsw no longr 
enforc at-in it 

In OT law sed woman adultry irus drink holy watr with 
dust of flor of Tab mix w/it-guiTty»body swel}lao-00 
but this test cal=watrs of Jelousy no loner enforc 
ft husbans equl p-ilty so dare no br charp agin wiva 
e yiy days Jews thot adultry so ofensiv punish=deth & 
E p scene ret PA Js 

poor womncast midst peop ft she face Js & Jew aay== 
vf 5-6a=Jn add edtorl coiren & thi= purp thez peop 

it conspircy hav mak fals mov & entrap self 
fr stanpt law woman deserv deth penalty, but so was 
man ^ wher was he' 
he eithr escap(bin alow 2), or was plan fr Pp-in 
quit posib 3c/r'har neatlj nrang ^benefit get Ja trai 
1 way or othr 
If Js asre she pllty crime 3; deserv ?dy=a^in Homn au1 
then Jew ldrs cud confr iilat ft tel this man condem 
suml agin wat Tilat < Tome permit 
If j H i ,] Bhud dy wud los respec mas? peop had cum 
2kno T: irr ae luv/coneern bout ■-<■ ion ;■ can 
rf ,. . i ,. .:' L ■ id teach peep brk law of 

Hoses & wudB condon sin.^o wat did Js do???? 
vs 6b=Jr B3V them time 'stew m anser "■■ they wondr 
wat desisn wudE 
Theoreticl Js on horn - of lileBOia ' no mafctr wat 



John 8:1-11 

WAT WUD U SAT MOS BUTIFUI, WORD IN BIBL? - ExsLUV.SALV 
BUT THER NCTHR WORD ft PERHAP INCIBEN BRING 2MIND 
(IUIS IRISH dlFL ft CAST SIMS IN2SEA) 
MOS BL'TIFUL WORD.'tfllVNES 

. tH TEMPI VS 3 
HOW FABK TAUT - HE TAUT AS ONE W/AUTT ft NOT AS SCRTBfl 
SCBIBS ft FHARS SOT RABS 2ANSR DIF QUES 
AHILTBY VEHT COWN ft EAKP OID RITCL IF tfOKN SUSFEC OF ADULTBT 

VSbS -gn l-it-HASTK-RAB 
VS 5* 

re s=jn's ed coywiT 

VS 7» 

VS 8-SAK KESPONS PQUES 
VS 9-ELDEST - protocol e»n in thla 
VS lOnJS SPKS 2WOMN k FTHST TIM 
VS 11=HER ANSR 

JS ANSR IS-itGlVRES 
?witneas or thrown out of cort ft Js did this here 
JS FACE W/aCHOIC ft EA HAD ?D0 W/J+GITOES 

1ST TYP MJIVKES WH/CODPITINAL 
{IMS WOMN.HISB DT ft LV 2NCTHR WOW), ft T0KBSTOWE) 
UNWIL 2 - taET WAT HAPN 
•tGIV ft <tGET NEEDED 

THIS ADCLTRUS WCMN MAYS KNU OF JS OH HERD HE HESIAH 

SHE Jtfl¥ HER CULT ft BHHN HASTAlF PERHAPS FOR YRS 
(ILDS MAN KIL COLES STDDNT ft tfOIVN BOY'S MOTHH ft RESULTS THIS) 
EX.CHANC ASK WOMN BCCT THIS INCIDENT ft SHE SAY 
I M DEEP IN HIS ETES TH/PERMISIN ?B THAlND OF PEHSN I MITE 
JV BIN HAD I NEVH LIVD THAlF I LIVD OT2 THAT TIM 
JS MADE POSIB HAV SAME CHANC AS THAT WOMN "»EA ITS 
WE CAN C WAT ONCE WER ft WE BIN 1«3IVN THRU HIM 
ONC KNO ALL BOUT B XPIAN IT IS TIM TO RELEAS, 
TO FCRGIV IN RETUTRN 
-2RELEAS THOZ FEELINCS OF OUR UNFORGIVING NATURS 
2SHAR W/OTHRS THAT WH/VE HAV BIN GIVN SO FREEIY 
WE NCED 2-*GIV ft <taET JUS T,IK G ft CAST KINS OF REIVE ft CTHRS 
IN? TH/DEPTHS OF TH/SEA 

ft NEED 2HEAR TH/WORDS OF JS ft ALSO B WIL 2SAT POTHHS: 
NEITHH DO I CCNDEM THEE: GO A SIN NO MOH 



"When It's Over It's Time: To ie" 
'cripture: John 8:1-11 

(float would you say was bhe most beautiful word in all of the Bible? I erhaps 

you ray answer that word ia "love." Or you may say "salvation." ",nd I would 

have to agree with you those are two very beautiful words. But I believe 

there ia another word which stands out as being more beautiful than any other 

while you are thinking of that word thii little incident will bring 

it to yx mind . 

(Illustration of Irish girl and God casting all -ins into the sea) 

eils i 'Gahagan wins worked in a factory in Ireland'. Her healtfc gegan to 

sriorate and she wan advised to go to the seaside for a short period of 
time. "he did so, but as she sat day after day lookin ou1 at the vast 
ocean she became more -wire of her spiritual life than her physical illness 
One day as she sal by the sea with her Bible on her knee, she" was reading 
from the prophecy of I icah and care to the 7th chapter verse 1°* and read 

thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea." She looked 
at the waves breaking on the shore and looked out at the endless stretch of 
water and said, "My "ins are all cast into the of the sea." \ lev; 

months later Sheila died and on her desk were found the following lines 
written by her: 

I will cast ixLtextksi in the depths of the fathomless sea 

Ml thy sins :cn^, whatever they be; 

Though they mount up tc heaven, though the; a to hell, 

y shall sink in the depths, and above them shall swell 

All the wave- of My mercy, so mighty and n r=e: 

I will cast all thy sins in the ie] ths o r bhe ■ 

MaitExysnaxtkB«xkt Do you know now whi ! 1 bly the mo itiful word in 

all of the Bible? It's the word "Forgiveness". ill of the other words such 
as "love, salvation, justification" and so on, brinr hope and comfort, rut 
there is no other word in all of Scripture which cnn brin ucl peace and com- 
fon. as ord ' Lveness." out forgiveness there would be no salva- 

tion; without forgiveness there could be re love; and without forgivenei 
there is no u ioy for life. ",nd so God in "is infinite wisdom and mercy has 
provided forgiveness throug us Christ. 

The scene is a very familiar one. Jesus has come into the temple and r 
people o ] Lm to heir Rim teach. He sat down and was teaching them when 

sudd, nly ! . lessons were interrujted and we read in the Pad verse of b 

Fcripture:"And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto ■-mar taken in 

adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they say unto 
'faster, tl Ls worn i ltery, in the v ; /" 

In oder to set the scene we need to see some of the specifics of this event. 
The fact that Jesus was an indic;ation He 

was It pon as a Rabbi. T v is is how Rabbi's taught. \nd the fact that 

s_ the people swarmed tc hear His teachin I an ididication that like one of 

the Gospel writer- says, " T 'e taught * hem as me wi hority and not as 

scribes." o it was that in the time of Jesus whenever a difficult problem 
or question of the Law -rose, a Rabbi was ^i ven the problem or the auestion 
to render a solution. Thus, these scribes and Pharisees were treats 



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as an authority, abbi. Hdultery was a serious crime ar re ask- 

Jesus to render TI i^ decision in this ca?e. lis time in history, 

adultery was very common and because of this the law was no lonrer enforced 

against it, You nay recall that e part of bo lo with the ritual 

a woman had to go through if her husband suspected her rf adultery, 'he w< i 

brought bo bhe priest and the priest book holy water and mixed some of the 

of the floor of the tabernacle in it. This ; ven to the woman to 

drink, If she was guilty her body was si I to swell. But if she 

innocent nothing happened. But this enactment of the Law was no lonrer bein*r 

' "and the husbands were esually p-uiltv so thev dared not 
done bee idultery had. become so eommrn-oleceli In earlier days, adultery 
brinr charges against their wives. f y 

was considered so offensive by the Jews thai ' meat was death and so 

we see bhe cene is set for Jesus to render His decision. The poor woman 

cast into the midst of this throng o r people and she is facing Jesus, 

agin by saying to Him, "Now Mo?es in the Law commanded us, that 
such should he fa.Ou' " 

And John then adds his editorial comment in the 6th verse, "This they said, 
tempting Him, 'hey might have to accuse Him.' 1 

And this exactly what ixxxn they had in mind, < ipiracy to n^ve 

make a fal~e move and b: Lmself . "rem the standpoint of the Law this 
woman was liable for the death penalty. But so was the man and where was he? 
had either been allowed to escape or had been a plant from the v in- 
ning. It's quite possible that bhe scribes an harisees hsd twr% neatly ar- 
ranged all of "or the benefit of getting Jesus trapped one way or anothei 
if Jesus agreed that she war guilty of ^his crime and deserved to die, 
ras goin ; nst the Roman authroities. So the lenders could confront 
Pilate and tell him this man had condemned a person to death contrary to what 
Home permitted. But if He ruled she should die, He would lose the respect 5Jb 
lac4xip6±OTtxxrocxfeB cfcsg of the masses of people w ho had come to know Hj 
as loving and com . nd if T1 e . ' t she 

should be pardoned, He would be teac v ' -ale to break the Taw of 
-as condonin^ sin. o what did Jesus 3.0' 

The remainder of the th verse tells us, "But Jesus (tooped down and with His 
finger wrote on the ground, 3S thoumb T 7 e heard them not*." 

Jesus rave them time to "- ;ave an answer. T"ey were left wonder- 

ing what His decision would be. He was theoretical^ caught on the horns of 

a dilemma and no matter which answer :,: - gave , r; e was in wrong one. 

T_ e jnse mu I have become unbe r them because we read in the 7th 

verse, "Fo when they continued Him," They were anxious for Him to 

stick His neck in the noose they had so nicely prepared. You can almost hear 

them saying, "Come on now, what's Your answer'' You ilwaya have a solution foj 

• {hat 3hould be do ™ with this filthy, immoral person we brought 
here'. " 



_3- 

It is then we read, "He lifted Himself up, and said unto bhei , 'He that is 

without sin a r ou, let him first oaat 9 -tonp at her." 

What was T Hi" decision? 1 Did He wa not guilty' )id He si he should 

be stoned'. Be didn't say wither of these. B v T is answer Med that 

she Llty ad should be punished, 1 ' ! He put t] e burden uron her accuser) 

Tt was up to them to punish her, to execute her. But the condition was, that 

of them who were wit] Dut "in, could begin the execution. It's 8 -nod 

ility some cf these men accusing v -.er, were guilty of 1 ! tery themselvei 

and Jesus knew it. 

Po after He has said this we read, "An He 3tooped down, and wrote on 
the pround . " 

Jesus ignored them and made it possible for thei tke uj their minds as to 

what they would do. Much has teen made about what He wrote on the pround and 

people are a] • " hat question. But that ouestion is immaterial. le 

don't know what Me wrote, and it hod no actual bearing on this episode. He 

may have been playing some sort cf game like tic-tac-toe slf. All m 

of that is of no concern. 'hat is o^ concern is how He gave these respected 

leaders a chance to save face and get out of there gracefully and so we read, 

"And when they heard it, beinr- convicted by their own conscience, went out 
one by one, I Lng at the eldest, even unto the lost: and resus was left 
alone, and. the woman standing in the midst." 

Mow this merely tells us that those who brought the woman departed starting 

with the oldest. It doesn't tell us that Jesus and the woman were the oily 

two left on the spot. It tells us that Jesus was left alone by these people 

with ehe woman standing in the midst of the people who were still there for 

Jesus * nteaching , It was at this roint then that Jesus for the first time 

speaks to the woman. And we read: "hen Jesus had lifted up ! : imself, and saw 
none but the woman, He said unto her, 'Woman, where are those thine accusers! 
Hath no man condemned thee?' She said, 'Ho man, lord.' And Jesus said unto 
her, 'Meither do T cc thee: go and sin no more.'" 

It took two witnesses to brinr charges against someone and to make those 

charges stick. But none of the accusers stuck around to make the charge 

stick. ' o what happnes when there is insufficient evidence? m he case is 

thrown out of court. And this is what Jesus did. 

Now we can see that Jesus was confronted with two choices here. Each of those 

choices had to do with forgiveness. The first one would have been a type of 

forgiveness which was sort of conditional. 

(Illustration woaan, husband dying and. l^avine- everything to another woman) 
man died and his widow expected to receive all of his estate which was 
quite considerable. The gave him a nice funeral and bought an expensive 
headstone, Eut several days later after the funeral and the will was read, 
she discovered that he had left everything to his secretary and left 85 to 
xxexxxxex her. ihe was furious and went to the tombstone company, and 
talked to the chiseler. fhe told H,m ^hp wanted the inscription changed on 
the stone, "I can't do that Ma'am. You told me to inscirbe lr> est in I'eace 
on the stone and that's what I did. T can't change it now unless ^ou want 



-4- 

to buy a new stone." She thought about it for a cio^nt ,xM r be didn't want 
to spend anymore of her own money ?o she said, "Right after tka ,T7 eat In 
I-'eace ' I want you to chisel in the words — 'TUT \_ Meet '"Tin, 1 " 

From this incident we can see this woman was unwilling to ferret what had 
happened to her. tad isn't this fche kind o- 1 " forgiveness exacted by many 

Have you ever heard, or have ,r cu said it yourself^ "I can forrive, 
but I can't ^crret." Jesus had that choice at this point. The woman was 
accused of what was considered one of the three most serious crimes possible. 
He could have said to her in front of thorp people, 'You are guilty of this 
terrible sin, but I forgive you. " ant you to remember that you or - 

mitted it and all of tfeesTss these peoi ember it." He could 

have r 'aid that, but He didn't. Instead, Jesus gave her the kind of forgive- 
ness that He wants all of us to rr-.ctice and that is the forgiveness of for- 
getting that it ever happened. 

Put yourself in the shoes of the woman in this criptijre. iture yourself 

as beinr guilty of sin and knowing it. Look at the -norle surrounding you 
and know that th r • r r your guilt, tad then picture her feelings as she 

stood before this man who w lg considered as her judge. he ma 

heard of Jesus; maybe she knew of His love r 31 ssion; and maybe she hi 

heard He was the Messiah, the promised 6ne fro- Sod, But above everythj 
else, f-he knew her guilt and it burned in her i±tn heart and life as she 
faced Kim. A sin situation faced -1 man for many years. 

(Illustration of man, killing college student, bain." forgiven by boy's mother) 
an had been fired fro- J 1 3 job for several months cm: 1 , then was permitted 
to return to work, '• fellow worker remembered how inconsistent his nretr- 
ious work had been and remarked about it, "What happened to make this dif- 
ference in you?" tad the man bpr-^r to tell him. "When 1 was in college 
I was part of Craternity initiation team. : acnd the new members 

the middle of a long stretch of klFCkTra:^ a country road, late Lght. 

I was to drive my car as fast as possible straighl at them. c allenge 

was for them to stand firm unti] ;iven and then jump out of 

T had reached one hum red miles an hour in- saw the 1 oks of 
■ror in 1 . 3?he signal was riven as I neared them and every- 

one jumpe • — except one boy. T left college after that. I later" 

r - pried and we had two children. The look on t ; >y's face as ] —^ged 

over him at one hundred niles an hour stayed in my 

I became hopelessly i^corM. 4 -"'^, "^o^', and fim :er, 

■' wife had to work to brina in the Income we had. Ln was at 

home drinking by myself when the doorbell rang. I 3d the door to 

find a woman wl looked ' • amiliar, asked to cc 

down .': n our living roo^. told m° she was the mother of : oy T had 

killed years before, 'he said that she nd spent aginizin 

rehearsing revenge. But then she told me of the love and the 

forgiv ven to her when she [rave her heart fo Christ, 

aid, "1 have come to let yow kno I forgive ■-■ 

Ive me." I looked into her eyes orning and ] -■--•■ lee rithin her 

■ the permission to h" the kind of man T might hi 
Billed that boy, forgiveness changed my whole life." 

Fomeday we may have the tnity to talk to the woman re have read about 

in our Scripture this morning. ' " : we were able to ask her how she felt 






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wben nhe looked into tb< is I beli« 8 "ill say, "I raw ck 

in I is eyes the permission to bo the kind o^ person I might have been had I 
never lived the life T had lived up to that time.*' Each of us have been 
given that same chance througt Jesus. Ee has made it lible tec look bo Him 
and Fee ourselves for what we can be once we have I ©en forgiven bhrough Him. 
Once we know all about being a Christian tbere is to know, then it ±t is 
"Time: To Release," tc forgive in return, to release those feelings of our 
unforgivi ;ures; to share " all others thai have been fiven 

so freely. if nped to forgive and forget -'n^ ^ust 3Lke jo6 , c i of 

selves and others into the of the sea, \nd we • bhe 

rds c r J mas and also be able bo 3ay bhem to others, "Neither do I condemn 
thee s go s asj i no more." 



Clinton Presbyterian Church 

109 Otinda Street 

Freeport.PA 16229 

Clerk of Session: Mrs. Jean Woods 

(724) 295-3596 

Worship Service 9:15 a.m. 

Sunday School following 



Srader Grove Presbyterian Church 

108 Srader Grove Road 

Freeport.PA 16229 

Church Phone: (724) 295-9293 

Clerk of Session: Michelle Motasicky 

(724) 334-3826 

Worship Service 11:00 a.m. 

Sunday School during worship 



Student Pastor 

Robert Hindman 

Cell Phone: (724)664-1703 




Clinton Presbyterian Church 




Srader Grove Presbyterian Church 



Sunday, July 11, 2010 
15 th Sunday fn Ordinary Time 

This week's Lectionary Readings: Amos 7: 7-17; 
Ps. 82: Col. 1: 1-14; Luke 10: 2S-37 

* All who are abie, please stand. 



Prelude 

Announcements 



Affirmation of Faith Apostles' Creed 

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and 
earth. And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by 
the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, 
was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he 
rose again from the dead; he ascended Into heaven, and sitteth on the 
right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to 
judge the quick and the dead, I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy 
catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the 
resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen. 



Call to Worship 



Worship God In holy splendor. 

God's voice is powerful and thunders over the mighty waters. 

God is full of majesty and power, 

God gives us strength and offers us peace. 



Hymn of Praise 

C: Immortal, Invisible 

SG: Immortal, Invisible 



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Prayer of Confession 

Sovereign God, all we, ilke sheep, have gone astray. We have turned 
to the ways of death rather than of life. We have preferred security 
to sacrifice and gluttony to generosity. We have failed to care about 
or respond to the needs of our sisters and brothers, for we have b 
preoccupied with our own narrow concerns. Forgive us and turn us 
around so we may accept our rightful place in your eternal realm. 
Amen. 

Silent Confession 

Assurance of Pardon 

Gloria Patri 56: # 579 



Hymn of Devotion 

C: Blessed Assurance 

SG: Blessed Assurance 



#139 
#341 



The Worship of God in Giving 

* Doxology SG: #592 

* Prayer of Dedication 

Through our offerings, God, we would supply bread to 
those who hunger and the bread of life to feed all who need spiritual 
nourishment. We who have received good news seek to live by it and 
to share the gospel with others, May our gifts and our lives proclaim 
your rule among all people, beginning in our midst and extending 
through all your world. Amen. 

jPastoral Prayer and The Lord's Prayer 



Hymn of Dedication 

C: God Our Help in Ages Past 

SG: God Our Help in Ages Past 

Charge and Benediction 
Postlude 



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The Childrens' Time 
Prayer for Illumination 



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Sermon 



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■:esus had been teaching at the Feast of the Tabernacles for the past few days and word 

"3d spread through the crowds gathered for the feast. This then created another crowd 

around Jesus. People knew of the fame of Jesus and so naturally, they wanted to see Him 

and hear Him. 

'he last verse 53 of chapter 7 of Jon's Gospel inorms us, "AN p ete TC 

doesn't tell us the tirre hut it was probably late in the evening and the audience 
listening to Jesus went home for the night, No ore invited Jesus to spend the night at 

their and so we read in the 1st chapter of John, "DDT ' 

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This wasn't unusual because Jesue often went to the Mount i t the night 13 from 

everything and vej body. 

The new day dawns and John informs Ui . ' '. HE CAKE AGAIN " 

PEKPLE, INI ^ 

Wost Biblical scholars believe this was at the break of da->- when Jesus cane back to the 

pla in Jerusalem. The people must have made some kind of arrangements that when Jesus 
appeared the word was spread and they cane gain to hear Him speak. Notice in the Scrip- 
ture it says, "/ EOFLE CAME TO HIM." That rears His audience of the day before 
was a<-ain in front of Him to listen and learn. 

Jon tells us, " ." If Jesus were just an ordi- 

nary teacher :T e would have taught them while standing up. But by seating Kimeelf to 
shows that 3e had authority, or rank. jbf'a taught while seated. 

Rut while Jesus is teaching He is rudely interrupted. the -rd verse, ! 

' [OUGHT rC HIM, A WOMAN : ' :.". FT IN 
HAD SET [IM, 'TEAXHER, THIS ET IN ADCLT* 

"",'■' "erses 3-h, 

This woman did not cope willingly with these men, she was probably dratted there and when 

we read she was "SET IN THE MIDST," it probably means she was flung, or cast on the 

ground right in front of Jesus. Having done this thev inform Jesus, "' IN THE 
LAW, COI ■ [AT SUCH SHOD] " . ;; SAY? ' 

KING CF WHICH TC ACCUSE HIM." Verses 5 ~ 6A,' 
At first jrlance this episode seems like an ordinary case of pointing out sin and providing 
the punishment for it. Jesus knew that this episode was not the simple case it seemed 
to be. This was an obvious conspiracy and Jeeus was aware that He was in trouble no 

matter what He decided, So being confronted in this manner, John tells us, "BUS J8SUS 

STOOPED DOWN AND '■'BOTE " HER, A THOUGH FE DID NOT HEAR." Verse 6b. 

We don't know what Jesus wrote on the p-round, it's immaterial. But I believe that He 

3 thinkinr this situation through and this pause caused everyone to become anxious 

and want the situation resolved. 



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conspracy the Scribes and T% ariseee had hatched was a gbcd one. It placed Jesue in 
a dilemma that no natter what He pronounced as judgement, te would entrap Himself. 
The fact was that the woman had been os>u£ht in the act of adultery and being guilty i 
was liable for the death penalty as prescribed by Jewish Law. gut the Law also provide 
death penalty for the man involved as well. They wore both guilty and both could be stoned. 
But where was the nan? He had conveniently worked out this little scheme, was probably 
paid to do so and had now conveniently disappeared. 

: Lf Jesus said she had broekn the law and wan guilty and be stoned, He was going 
against what He had been preaching. The Pharisees could go to Pilate and have Him ar- 
rested for going against the Roman law. 

If He declare ; * uld be set free, He was condoning sin. And thus, the Pharisees 
believed they had Jesus in a bind. Everyone was now anxious that this situation be re- 
solved, and their impatience is showing because John writes: "SO WHEW THEY 2 
A" :. & CM, HE " . ' ■ . 

LE~ . "' Verse 7. 

Those words of Jesus silenced any and all who were denandinr- an answer, Jesus didn't 

condemn the woiran, but neither did He justify her sin, 

after Jesue had said this, we read, "A! THE 

HND." Terse 8, 

Jesus said what He had to say and now He was ^eerinsrlv ignoring thos who were clamoring 

for justice. And it arpea>-s that t>iose people rot * v e message for John tells us, "^HEN 
BEING TO cme BY. ONE, BEGINI ] 

■":" :< • : \ and jestjs was le^t iLoni -rm 

IN " ." reree 9. 

ThoEe who believed thay had Jesus tra. ped no matter what He did, he verv quickly taken 

notice that thay were the or.es who had failed and they slinked off one by one until only 

B and "he woman remained. 

So John tells us: ED HIMSELF T " : - [ I ; 

SAID TO HER, 'WOMAN, • ACCUSE?. \S't H&S.V ON ?"' 

Jesus didn't pronounce judgement on her, He rerely asked if any of those who had brought 

her here had condemned her. 

"SHE SAID, TIC ONE, LORD."' Verse 11A. Following her answer we read, "AN 
HEP, NEITHER PC I CONDEMN YGU;GC IORE," Verse 113. 

According to Jewish Law it took two witnesses to bring charges against someone and to 
rake those charges stick. In this instance all the accusers left and there was no c 

lould be brought against her. So what happens when there is insufficient evidence? 
Ihe ca^" is ^hrown out ar.d this woman is left alone in the presence of aJrasr Jesus. 
But Jesus said something to her which on other occasions had prompted scepticism con- 
cerning what He could snd could not do. Hese Ho tells her that ther sins are forgiven. 

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" CHANGED ON 1 E. "I CAN'T DO THAT MA'M. YOU TCLE HE 7C INSCRIBE ON THE STONB, 

IN PEACE, ' WHAT I DID. I CAN'T CHANGE IT UNLESS YCU W 

n -^." SHE " !. ""'F DIDN'T WANT TC SPEND A" ?MOHS CI' 

MONEY, "". E ~CLD I . "EIGHT AFTEF , 'REST IN PEACE, ' 

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from this incident that the woman was unwilling to forp-et what had been done 

to her. and isn8t this the forgiveness exacted by many pec?i / r . You have probably 

hea>-d it and maybe said it yourself, "J Can Forgive, but I can't forest," This woman was 

f""jnd guilty of one of the three post serious crimes possible. He could have told her 

in front of all thos peorle, "you are guilty of this terrible sin, and i torrive you. 

but "%. want you to rferber that you committed it, and ill of these people will remember 

it as well.fi But He didn't do that He demonstratedtne forgiveness we are all expected 

tc practice. That is forpivinp and forgets 

Put yourself in the shoes of this woman. icture yourself as uilty of sin and 

wing it. Look at the people around you knowing that they know of your guilt. And then 

picture her feelings as she stood before the man considered as her judge. She may heard 

of Jesus; maybe she knew of His love and compassion; Maybe she had heard He was the 

Messiah, the promised One fron Sod. Put above everything «lse she kne* herguilt and it 

burned in her heart and life as she faced Him. A nan faced a similar situation for years. 

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i_ r ' r irn and see ourselves for what we can be once we have been forgiven throurh 'Tin. 
leed to forpive and forret just as we have been forfiven and our sins fore-otten by 

God through Christ. The words Jesus spoke to that woman should resound in our lives, 



ST. PAUL'S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 
BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA 

FEBRUARY 20, 1985 



Wednesdaij 




V.ornn'Yat'MOKNj 1 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor February 20, 1985 
Rev. David Hodges, Guest Minister 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 

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ORDER OF WORSHIP 7:30 P,M. 

Prelude 
*Hymn "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" 

When I Survey the wondrous cross On Which the 

Prince of glory died. My richest gain I 

count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride. 

Forbid it Lord, that I should boast, Save in the 
death of Christ my God; All the vain things that 
charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood. 

See, from His head, His hands, His feet, Sorrow and 
love flow mingled down: Did e'er such love and 
sorrow meet, Or thorns compose so rich a crown? 

Were the whole realm of nature mine. That were a 

present far too small; Love so amazing, 

so divine , Demands my soul, my life , my all . 

Amen- 

•Call to Worship 

Pastor; "Come now, let us reason together, saith 

the Lord,' 1 is the invitation from God. 
People : "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall 

be white as snow: though they be red like 

crimson, they shall be as wool," is His 

promise. 
Pastor: Let us accept the invitation and claim 

the promise as we come to Him in confession. 

Let us pray ! 
*Prayer of Confession (In Unison) "Father, as we take our 
place at Your table, forgive us for wanting to be 
forgiven and forgetting that we are also to forgive. 
Grant us Your forgiveness for the anger, the hatred, 
the jealousy, the selfishness, and all of the other 
things which have caused us to be truly sorry and 
wish we could undo them. This we humbly ask in our 
Saviour's name, even Jesus Christ our Lord. . .Amen. 

Presentation of "Christ In The Passover" by the 
Rev, David L. Hodges 



Preparation for the Lord's Supper 
Consecration of The Elements 

Distribution of the Bread 

Distribution of the Cup 
Offering of Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Prayer 
Offertory "I Believe In Miracles 11 
Hymn "My Faith Looks Up to Thee*' 

My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary 
Saviour divine! Mow hear me while I pray, Take all my 
guilt away, let me from this day Be wholly Thine! 

May Thy rich grace impart Strength to my fainting 

heart, 

My zeal inspire; As Thou has died for me ( may my 

love to Thee Pure, warm, and changeless be, A living 

firet 

While life's dark maze I tread And griefs around 

me spread, 

Be Thou my guide; Bid darkness turn to day, Wipe 

sorrow's 

tears away, Nor let me ever stray From Thee aside. 

When end life's passing dream, When death's cold 

threatening stream 

Shall o'er me roll, Blest Saviour, then, in love. 

Fear and distrust remove; 

lift me safe above, A ransomed soul! Amen* 

*Eenediction 



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Easter Egg order forms are to be turned into Dick Mangel 

on Sunday. 
The Ushers will also be serving Communion tonight* 

We wish to extend a very warm welcome to our special guest 
tonight* The Rev* David L. Hodges. He is the 
director of Jewish Evangelism Inc. in Monroeville. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link* Pastor February 24, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
David Andrews, Acolyte 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "An Easter Carol" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Ar.JiQun.ceraen.tia- 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
•Processional Hymn No. 349 "O for a Thousand Tongues 

to Sing" 
•Ascription 
•Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) 1l God, you know how we are exposed 
to the world's temptations, but you also know that we 
would like to be righteous. Grant us the strength 
to follow our Master do'*T! the road of discipleship, 
even though we know we shall surely meet the cross 
at the end of that road. Forgive us for all sin 
that prevents us from following Him rightly, 
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. . . . Amen. 
*Kyrie 

•Assurance of Pardon 
•Praise e Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name 
forever , 
•Gloria Patri 
Hymn No. 476 "More Love to Thee, Christ" 
Call to Prayer; Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor — Let us Pray* 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "The Garden of Easter" 
•Doxology No. 382 
Anthem: "The Promise of the Rainbow" 
Scripture: Ephesians 5: 15-21 

Sermon: "When It's Over It's Time: To Make Mus£c Tl 
Closing Hymn No. 455 "I Am Thine, Lord" 
•Benediction 
Closing Chimes 

Postlude "Fanfare for a Festival" 
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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Ann Williams to the Glory of God. 
Ushers for today are Richard Mangel, Don Kingsley, 

Dick Dally and Ed Walker. 
Mr, 4 Mrs, Leroy Andrews Jr. will greet the congregation 

at the door this morning. 
Nursery will provided today by Mrs. Jane Snyder. 
Don Kennedy and Don Kingsley wi 1 1 be visit ing the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 125 with 12 visitors. 

MONDAY - Spang 'a Volleyball 
THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-S 

Basketball 8-10 
SATURDAY - Basketball 10-12 

Hall Rental 4:00 

* EASTER EGGS - Orders and order forms are to be turned 
in today. Please give them to Ginny Mangel or bring 
to the office. If you forgot your order, please call 
Ginny at home this afternoon. 

^PRAYER MEETINGS - starting February 23th we are having 
Prayer MeetiE:gs once a week. They will always be on 
Thursdays at 3:00 P.M, If you would like to become 
an active part, please plan to come. We will be 
joining in prayers for the church, needs in our lives 
and many others. See you then, 

-NEW MEMBERS - will be received into the church on March 
31st, Palm Sunday. If you know of anyone interested 
in becoming a member, please let the office know. 



_Z^L0VE LOAVES - are available to those who were not here 
on Wednesday evening. Please pick them up in the 
back of the Sanctuary. The offering from these goes 
to the needy in Africa. 
Daily Bread Booklets and Moody Monthly may be picked up 
in the Narthexi 
j^ There are some extra copies of the Jewish Evangelism 
booklets in the office. If you would like one you 
v may pick it up in the office or on the table in the 

. extend our Christian love and sympathy to the 

families or our two members who passed away this 
past week* I'm sure that all or us $o±n me in ex- 
pressing our sympathy to the Carney fa: Lily and to 
the family of Emeraon -ise. 



Community Bible Church - Sajraoore, Pa, March 8, 1992 

Prelude 

Announeenente/8rset logs/prayer Requests 



Ascription 

Call To Worship: 

COME, LET US SING INTO THE LORD: LET US MAKE A 
JOTTBL NOTSE TO THE HOCK OP OWN SALTATION. 

LET ¥S COME BEFORE HIS PRESENCE WITH THANKSGIVING 
AND MAKE A JCWCTL NOISE UNOT MM WITH PSALMS 



Offering/Prayer 
•Doxology 
Pastoral Prayer 
If yam 

Scripture: Epheslans "5:15-21 
Sermon: "When It's Oyer Ot'a 



•Hyrni 

'Benediction 
" Post lude 



Time: To Make MbbIc" 

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Bead Pres minatr - Howard Thorman-when Itia ryer 
»■ 15*CTHCMSPECTLT < EXACTLY, CAOTTfLT.ACIRATLT 

Lltrl interp.B CONSTNTLT TAKING HEED HOW ACffRTLT • F CONMCTTNG 
BRSELTS 
T \o wis Virms.lO foolish - Js xli - WATCH t, WAIT 
Vb . REDEEM la - 2BB7 HP THOZ FEEET HCMENS NEVR CUM AGIN 
fllna Kyle Saanel CrUeton - Life) 
Son* aeyrl yre »ro .Tint, DON'T RUN OBT ON ME 
Samone sed.ONE LIE TWIL SBNH PAS.CNLT THAT BfN k XP WIL LAST 
(Ilus Oneen Victoria ft G1t milins 4nothr inch or tint 
Vee 17-l8«Cp Diseips at Pent t, pen thot dmn.k 
Ell w/H Sp 

ros 19-?l»Resaits of I Sp fills' 
h Basic things: 

l.sinj Pa - wh/dun sum congs then t now 

thoz compos Xelan songs t, Basle, then ft now 
Da» wrot.Mak Joyfal Nois Into Th/Lord 
2. Lift harts t, spirits In sing 2 G, Wt dun ^Blleyr 

3.BlieTr ehadB oTrwhel u/complet lur of G thra Js Xp 

do hy-prayr/pablie w-rehlp/read-obey G'a Word 8, Xpian Serylf 

4.S«»«it 2ea othr 3*dvaneaeot I welB ea othr 
show lttr/eoneern *tea othr 

All this outgrowth frAaas 
(•"AD-Thurman - wen It'a Orer.ete) 

(Has woman I 11 1 In amaie) 

JS XP CWMS INTO LIYS EA TS AT XMAS 
WEN XMAS IS OVR t WE HAV LERND 2B FOLOWR OF HTM, 
I BLIEV WE 2CAN SAT 2HIM-THANK t LORD JS.TOB'VE HADE MT LIFE 

LET B5 1 BO»T WORK OF XMAS S, W/fcA THEZ THINGS WE LKD AT, LET US 
B DO THEM OFR DAILT LTVS 
t, LET THEZ LIVS WE LIT GIV *»TH TH/MAK Or MBSIC IN OIR HARTS 



",vhen It'.- Over It 'r Tine: To Hake Music" 

Scripture: KpheFians 5J15-21 
xieg Js minstry read=Lk 4 ll8-19=Naz syn etc. 
(Read Howard Thurman 'ihen Chiistmas ovr, etc, etc) 
Sine Xmas Ik thez issu 1 by 1,& now final=Hake Music 
£ph 5:15=Gr=circumspec2eaxetly, carf ly,acuratly=thus- 
be -onetan tsk heed how acuratly U H conduc eelvs 
P* advic 2Bllevr ""watch how liv, daily walk measur 2B 
Xplike,& avoid einfl act by clos scrutny aspects life 

Juml foolish no prep self Xpian liv £ shud act wise 
(Ilua 10 wise virgins, 10 foolish virgins )& Js say= 
Watch & Vait & P say exact bout day /day Xpian life 

vs 16=P say mak posib use time Bcuz time liv fill 
with trubl, tempts etc keep Bllevr liv Xpian life 
Redeem=buy up thoz fleet moraens nevr cum agin 
(Quote Kyle Samuel Critchton bout life) 
wat F mean= Redeem Time 
Hu song=Time Don't Run Out On Me=lv time stil do thing 

S. this wat hapn ea U3 whethr want or no=-we no stop 
As sit here mins lif tik way,ea tik shortn livs an- 
othr moment 
Wat R we do w/livs'j count 4 eternty? "'uml say=l lif, 

twil soonB pas,onljr wat dun 4 Xp wil last 
Wat R we do 4 Js Xp? 

(Ilus Sliz 1 I "wil riv milions 4 nothr inch lif) 
vss 17-18= Wil of G=H r P indwel us 2pt B fil w/things 

G as tho drunk 

(examp Acts/ entcost & discips thot SB drunk) 
F say shudB eoidenc Blievr lif; lif yield 2 Lord is 
sho by lif B liv str/powr from L "imself 
vss 19-21=thez vs sho resul B fp fil & sho 4 things 
lst=Rlievre shudB spk ?pethr=nean shar rs,hymn,sp son; 

I Dav Ps as sung Jews &. pass on 

Hj.nns=Xpian sons: compos 2elQg cones 

fp songs-song-s compos sp joy & rho 4-th song/sing 
P s„y Blievr shudB encourag lif hart/voic praia 5 

& wat say stil aply 2day s "crip=Dav say=Kak joyfl m 

nois un2 1 £ this ment sing/play instru in worsh G 
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of angls silent=(Pead v.'en Xmas Is Ovr apin) 
(Ilua woir,an,lif music Bcuz teachr hi skul) 
Js p cum in? livs ea yr Xmas ,but wen Xmas is ovr & 
;we tiav lern wat is 2B fol of Him, I Bliev we 2 can sav 
|2 Him, "Thank U lord Js, You've made my life" 

Let usB bout work of Xmas & w/ea things we shudB do 
as we liv daily livs, 
let thoz livs we liv giv 4th the Making of Music in 
our harts . 



When It's Over It's Tine: To Make M»slc" 



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Scripture: Ephesians 5: 15-20 

As we have said before, 

At the beginning of Jesus 1 ministry, Pie read a Scripture from Isaiah in the 

synagogue in Nazareth as we find recorded in Iuke 4:18-19, (readthis). 
Howard Thurman a Presbyterian -inister wrote the lines, (read this). 
Since Christmas we have been involved in a series in which we have looked at 
each one of these issues. Now we have come to the final issue which admon- 
ishes us that, "'A/ben It's Over It's Time: To Make Music." For our ,3„ripture 
we are looking at Paul's words to the church in Ephesus . 

In this 5th chapter he is advising, in the 15th verse, "See then that ye walk 
circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise." 

The Greek word used for "circumspectly" means, "exactly, carefully, accurate- 
ly." And the literal interpretation would read, "be constantly taking heed 
how accurately you are conducting yourselves." Paul's advice is to the be- 
liever to watch how he lives, how his daily walk is measured by seeking to 
live Christlike, and how he avoids sinful acts by keeping close scrutiny on 
every aspect of his life. Someone who i? foolish is not prepared or preparing 
themselves each moment of every day for Christian living and Paul 's continued 
advice is to act as a wise man and not as a foolish one. Remember the illus- 
tration that Jesus gave c ncerning the 10 wise virgins and the ten foolish 
ones? The 16 wise virgins had their lamps trimmed and oil to maintain them 
for extended use. The foolish ones ran out of oil and when they went to get 
some the bridegroom was ushered into the house, the door was shut, and they 
missed out on the toedding feast. And Jesus advice was to "watch and wait." 
This is exaafctly what Faul was saying about living the Christian life day by 
day. 

His further advice, completing the sentence in the 16th verse is, "Redeeming 
the time, because the days are evil." 

Paul was advising for believes ' «' make tie ;• t j :-l ; ' : . ui f thi Lr biraa 

because the times in which they lived were full of troubles and temptations 

and all of the other things which can and do keep a believer from living the 

Christian life. Paul was saying to "redeem" or to "buy up those fleeting mon- 

ents which will never come aprain, Kyle Samuel Crichton writes: Life's a 
precious and wonderful thing. You can't sit down and let it lap around you., 
...you have to plunge into it; you have to dive ixtfcBxii through it! And you 
can't save it, you can't store it up; you can't horde it in a vault. You've 
got to taste it, you've got to use it. The more you use the more you have... 
... that's^the miracle of it." 

This is what Paul measn by "Redeeming the time." There's a new song out 

Kk±aii which sings, "Time, don't run out on me." And that is what is happening 

in each of our lives whether we want it to happen or not. We can't stop it. 

As we sit here, the minutes of our life are ticking away. Each tick shortens 

our life by another m me nt. What are we doing with our lives that is counting 

for eternity? Someone has said, "One life, twill soon be past, only that done 



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Eiiaabeth I, 

flor Christ will last." What are we doing for Jesus Christ? Queen XlSSHKIS 

ruled an empire on which it was boasted the sun never set. That is because 

no matter where the sun was shining it was shining m some territory owned or 

operated by the British Kingdom. She had closets of clothes that she never 

could possibly completely wear; she had more food than anyone could ever eat; 

she possessed all and more that life had to offer anyone; and yet, when she 

lay on her deathbed she cried twx "I will give millions for another inch of 

time." She had enjoyed 70 years of life, but used them for the gathering of 

wealth and the pursuit of pleasures and ambitions. 

Then ^aul gives the advice, "Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding 
what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; 
bjrt be filled with the Spirit." 

The will of God is that His Holy Spirit indwells us to the point of our being 

so filled with Him, with God and the things of God that it is as though we 

were drunk. Remember in the book of Acts how spirit filled the disciples 

were and the people around them accused them of being drunk? This is what 

Paul is saying should be evidenced in the believers life. The yielded life 

to the Lord is shown by a life being lived in the strength and power from 

the Lord Himself. 

And then Paul continues his advice by telling the believers, "Speaking to 
yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melod; 
in your hearts^ to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and 
the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; submitting yourselves one 
to another in the fear of the Lord." 

In these verses Faul is setting forth the results of being Spirit-filled, 

In these verses we see four basic things. First, Faul says that believers 

should be, "speaking to yourselves" and by this he means that together they 

should be sharing together in Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Now there 

are those who try to differentiate between these types of musical composition 

Paul was merely saying to sing Psalms which were done in some congregations. 

These were the Psalms of David as sung by the Jews in their worship and were 

handed down to the Christian congregations. But there were those who were 

composing Christian hymns and spiritualj'directed songs and music for worship. 

Paul Is saying that believers whould be encouraged to lift up their hearts 

and voices in giving praise to God in this manner. And what he is saying is 

still biblical and Scriptural because we read several timep in the "''salms of 

David that he admonishes, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord." This meant to 

sing and to play musical instruments in the worship of God. 

The seoond thing in these verses is the "singing and making melody in your 
heart to the Lord." 

Once again, this is the lifting of hearts and spirits in singimr to God for 
what He has done for the believer. 

The thid thing is to "giva thanks always to God the Father," for all things. 
A believer should be overwhelmed by the complete love siven by God as shown 
through Jesus Christ. This nhould evoke a thankful heart and spirit in which 
each believer renders his thanks in many different ways in his life. It is 



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prayer that we do thi»; it ts by public worship; it is by reading and obeying 
God's Word; and it is by doing deeds of Christian ?ervace whenever and where- 
ever possible. 

And the fourth thing is for believers to submit to one another. This means 
that in the household of faith, in the congregation in which we serve and 
belong we seek to submit ourselves to the advancement and well-being of each 
other. It isn't a one man show, or an individualistic effort. Instead, it 
is a combined effort of showing forth our love and concern for one another. 
We help each other to grow in the faith and we do this by submitting our de- 
sire for personal gain or glory to sharing what we are and what we have to- 
gether. 

In each of the issues we have looked at each week, we have seen that all of 
them are an outgrowth of Christmas. Christmas brings into our hearts and 
lives the infant Jesus who grew to manhood and began His public ministry 
after the preliminaries of preparation for ministry. Christmas equips us 

with the preliminary to begin our Christian lives, but when the song of the 
angels is silent; when the star in the sky is gone; when the kings and the 
princew -ire home; when the shepherds are again tending their sheep; when the 
manger is darkened and still, the work of Christmas begins: 
to find the lost, 
to heal the broken, 
to feed the hungry, 
to rebuild the nations, 
to bring peace among the people, 
to befriend the lonely, 
to release the prisoner, 
to make music in the heart. 

(Illustration of woman and life in music 1 >f nu >ic 

K woman attended a meeting where she met her former high school music 
teacher whom she hadn't Peen for many years. She introduced 1 jrself 
and then explained how ±km much extra time and encouragement the teacher 
had given her. She said, "T was so inspired by y< '" ; J d ";ided to 
continue my music education in college and graduate school. Now I i 
a music pr C -.- and the head of the entire music department of a cert- 
ain college," which she named. Later as they said goodbye to each other, 
phe teacher said to her former pupil, "Thank you for saying those nice 
things about my teaching and encouragement. You have made my day." 
The woman replied, "Oh no, let me thank you. You've made my life." 

Jesus Christ comes into our lives each year at Christmas, but when Christmas 

is over and we have learned what it is to be a follower of Him, I bel:'eve we 

too can say to Him, Thank you lord "esus, You've made my life. Let us be 

about the work of Christmas and with each of the things we should be doing 

as we live our daily lives, let those lives we live give forth the making 

of music in our hearts. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler t Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor March 3, 1935 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Megan Hewis, Acolyte 
Kelly Mangel , Acolyte 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "There is a Green Hill Far Away" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
^Processional Hymn No* 240 "Fairest Lord Jesus" 
♦Ascription 
'Exhortation 

♦Confession tin Unison) "Again we confess, God, that 
we are not ready to bear our cross, getting involved 
in the life of the world as a Christian is just too 
much right now. We do not want to take the risk of 
being isolated from the crowd, even though the crowd 
is not on your side. But Father, we want to get in- 
volved with you, really we do. Our sin, indeed my_ 
gin, is that we are not willing to make any commit- 
ments to you or anyone else. Please forgive a Lord 
Jesus, for feeling this way. Grant your peace* Amen* 
*Kyrie 

♦Assurance of Pardon 
♦Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lqrd God 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious, name 
forever . 
*Gloria Patri 
Hymn No. 230 "His Name is Wonderful" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with you 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor — Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "Beneath The Cross" 
*Doxology No. 3&2 
Anthem: "Were You There?" 
Scripture: Matthew 26:14-16 
Sermon; "Seen in the Crowd: A Traitor" 
*Closing Hymn Wo. 224 "If That Isn't Love" 
♦Benediction 
"Closing Chimes 
•Poetlur ■ "HARKI Ten Thousand Harps and Voices" 



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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed 

by Mrs. Ellen Bauer in memory of loved ones. 

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Reiner will greet the congregation 

at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Art Carney, Ban Bosko, Martin 

Henry, and John Snow, 
Nursery will provided today by Mrs • Jane Snyder. 
Sandy Sheppeck and Mid Diefenderfer will be visiting 

the hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 141 with 17 visitors. 

ospitaliaed; BMH Betty Jaillet 
MONDAY - Women's Mary Prugh Circle 7:30 P.M. 

Bpang's Volleyball 6:30 - 9:30 
TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

Chancel Choir Practice 7:00 F,M. 
WEDNESDAY - Council Meeting 7:00 P.M. 
THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-8 

Basketball 8 - 10 
SATURDAY - Basketball 10 - 12 
EASTER EGGS - We will be starting to make them on 

March 11, you can still order if you wish, contact 

Dick Mangel, 
PRAYER MEETINGS - We will be having our second meeting 

this THURSDAY at 8:00 P.M., if you would like to 

become an active part, please plan to come. We will 

be having prayers for the church, needs in our live 

and many other concerns, 
NEW MEMBERS - Will be received into the church on 

March 31st, Palm Sunday, If you know of anyone 

interested in becoming a member, please let the 

office know. 

"SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: MONDAY MARCH 4, 7:00 P.M. 

A joint meeting of the Activities, Hospitality and 
Follow-up Committees in the Undercroft. 

EASTER LILIES - You can put your order in for Easter 
Lilies now. Cost will be $5.25 each. 

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IN MEMORY OF: 



r 3een In The C^owd : A Traitor" 
I .crip: Wt. 26:14—16 
L'ur minstry Js oft read-Crowd multudi. folo Him 

ironic ]il' laa lays also auroun by crowds but mixtur 
thoz luv,bin brot salvatin/thoz curious=thos hostil* 

As vu crowd we go PC few selec individs & analya the: 
to' ill ennyB.sum f rends, a few dif ,but any crowd iitt 
suruUn Js fchoz who luv 6 R of servlc/thos hate & dise: 

ft this includ Ch Js Xp;no matr how hard try keep pur 

Booties tUer " : fchos who i col '■ oo pli '' '" 
. v - ! ■■ \ ■". SUITOR" 

the man of'cors is Judas Isacriot=twn Kerloth 
]ocr. Judea S » bribe " de i, -\. : : . ' "" ^; ■ 1 

so seprat from rest very Bgin 
bin w/Js 5yrs;taut by nim.givn powr heal ft yet turn 

Pleas understjregardles wat sy this norn, Judas=Traitr 
betray Js,evn tho had op do othrwis,so as cum Scrip 
Jmo Judas lik othr discip3,prob respec by them 
Bcuz givn job treasur ,handl mony bag wh/their wealth 
from bag Judas ^av mony poor,bot food, etc. 
so Judae no outcast during yrs minstry Jr 
trior Scrip this morn Js, discips nous Simon Leper 
Kary=sistr Martha, Laz pour ferfum Js & discip no lik 
Gospl Jn=pt out Judas led protest cudB use 4 poor, 
ft Jn say Judas say Bcuz steal irony 
Kay welE Judas saw Js giv up set Kingdm wen excus 
waste expensiv oerfum as anoint self * burial, 
vf-e 14-16«Why Judas wil Btray Js 3o pc ; silver? 
this price com -t. slav=Vv'at drov ?it? ft why aftr B no 
mor disobed than othr discips eundnjy want sel Js . 
m«-» hav bin Eiddn motiv;join Js S. discips Eliev Js 
r« rKessiah;Js acpt, discips aopt & Judas may wel 
thot Js set up kingdm ft they rule with Him 
v,en Js hail as King, Ik Ilk set in motin.but wen re- 
turn Bethany ft Bgin spk burial, may spark Judas 2 
instirat mov fore hand Js aser'. -elf, est kingdm ertr 
No 1 kno loertin if this tru,hut hav scrips 2bakup 
Quest remain, why Js chos Judas? Did^kno betray Him.' 
ft if did, why pik sural turn agin Hior 
We dont kno whys, but Judas conduc self lik othrs 
It Petr cal Satan by Js wen contradic aftr Tran.-fig. 
ACtr Judas mak aran^men betray Js.ecen set Las ■ up 
vss 21-22=from respons wat Js sed,nol knu who ^trayr 

had known, wud hav pt finer 
v=^ ?=u24-=custmary host tak^eleinnts ft dip ft pass next 

seat arang U shap,tabl midl U reclin e«skia«; 
Jn sat 1st, then Js.then Judas Bcuz read Jn ask who 
Btray ft Js anser ffiv dip 2,6 giv 2 Judas 
probly Js no spk 4all 2hear, ft Jn say Js tol do quil 



Ko read othr discips ouert wher Judas go 2/ 

.. probly Bliev erand 4- Js 
tow seen arang arest Js 
| ves 4?-49=here kis Btrayl by The Traitor 

involv hidn mean wh/opn quest wat iTudas motivs wer 
arang Kis Js ft <1r=kis=PHILEIN, plain ordnary kiss 

, custmary discip kis Rabbi .favrit teachr,Bloved 
ni-uhin unusul bout this 
but wen cam up Js,Hail Mastr,ft kissed Him 

agrement 2kis only;insted pav greet Bloved teachr 
& word Cr=ki3sed=KATAraiLEIfJSm»an kiss repeatedly, 
par -nionately , fervently. 

NO JUr KISo,kiss of luv, repeatedly ,pasinonatly ,ferv 
How cud man bent Btray kis lik this? 

mos llklji wud only eiv peek cheek, but not Judas 
Insted,giv kis as 1 Bloved & 1 anser mayB,wen step 
bak,thot Js wud blast thez peopl ft Bgin asert reign 
ae Messiah ft Bgin establish kingdm 

But Js no do "■ shatr Judas corepletly 
Hex read 27:3-5 

Judas now awar horibl thing did;asham,disgus ,w/self 
plan prod Js in2 actin bakfir S complet dislusin/shal 
so went Tempi ft word use Temple no mean precin/corts 

it use 4 tempi itself , inner portin, sanctuary 
mean Judas pass thru oorts ft. ariv cort Israelites 

T&is cort sperat priests /peop from inner portin 

wher peop cud no go 
Ask priest? tak mony bak,but wud not,': with all mite 
thru mony at them & sound rine thru temple 
In despar no C any othr cors cept end it all 

Go Vally Kidron ft Hinnom meet, climb hill;tak off 

s"ash,ty tree,rnd nek ft step off edpre 
( ) prob sash brk,limb brk/both ft tfal hedlone dwn 
slop on rocks & body out ft brokn=Petr say Acts 1:18 

he Ik Traitr seen in C^owd wat is it we H seeing? 
(Ilu? Judas sold self not Xp) 
no mattr how Ik Judas C man refus acpt Js as ^was 

lie try mak Js wat he want Kim 2B;it is not Js who 

canF chang by us, it we who nmsB chan=; by Js 
(Ilu Daily Bred ft. pompous strut peachr ft Xpian) 
Can peop identfy us as. Xpians? Do they C Xp our livs 
Bcuz He has chane: us? 

or do they C Briaaij peop identfy w/Js but R try 

mak Js suit our livs/lif styles? 
Judas start out as devot folo»er,but sumwber along 
way deeid chang J? 2suit his needs; imapin wat wud 
hav hapn if he wud hav let Js chang him insted! 

Let ue- let Js chang us & C wat Be can do in our 

livs! 



"Seen In The Crowd: A Traitor" 

Scripture: Matthew 26:1^-16 

During the preaching of Jesus we often read in Scripture of the "crowds" 
or "multitudes" which followed Him. Thus it is ironic that in the last days 
of His life He was also surrounded by a crowd. But this crowd was a mixture. 
In that crowd were people who truly loved Him and had been brought to salva- 
tion by Him; and in that crowd were those whose curiousity was aroused and 
they were still unable to make up their minds whether they wanted to be fiollo- 
wers or not; and also in that crowd were those who were definitely hostile 
to Him and sought to have Him put to death. So as we view that crowd, we are 
going to look at a few select individuals and analyse them as much as we poss- 
ibly can. Those we will be looking: at are not all enemies of Jesus. A few 
of them are different from the others. But one thing- is certain, and that is 
in any crowd which surrounds Jesus Christ, there are those elements of love 
and service, or elements of unbelief and disservice. And this includes the 
very Church of Jesus Christ. We know that no matter how hard any and all 
within the Church of Jesus Christ seek to keep it pure and spotless, there ars 
still those who become members of the Church and are far from being committed 
to Jesus. Jo with this background let us look at those who were "Seen In The 
Crowd," and let us in particular look at "A Traitor." 

The man of course Is Judas Iscariot. He derives his name "Iscariot" because 
he was a man from the town of "ISH-KERDOTH, " which was located in Judea. 
So we are talking of a man commonly called, "Judas of Kerioth" and other than 
where he came from, we know nothing more about him. But since he was from 
Kerioth he was a Judean and probably from the tribe of Judah because we read 
in Joshua 15E25 that Kerioth was one of the cities given to the tribe of 
Judah in which they could live. All of the other di-ciples were Galileans 
and Judas was a Judean. So in this we see that he was separated from all of 
the rest from the very beginning. How as we try to analyse this man we know 
that he was with Jesus for 3 years. He had listened to Him; he had been 
taught by Him; he had been given the power to heal like the other disciples 
by Him; and yet there was something which made Judas turn against Jesus. Tow 
please understand, regardless of what we say here this morning, nothing can 
erase the fact that Judas was "A Traitor." He betrayed Jesus, even though he 
had opportunity to do otherwise. So as we come to this portion of Scripture, 
we know that Judas had been a disciple like the others and was probably re- 
spected by them, because Jesus gave him the job of handling the money bag 
which constituted all of their earthly wealth. It was from this bag that 
Judas dispatched money to be given to the poor and to purchase their food and 
what other necessities they might need. So we can grasp from this that Judas 
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Frior to what we are using for our Scripture for this morning there is an 
incident in which Jesus and His disciples were at the home of Simon the Leper, 
There was a woman there who has been identified as Mary the sister of Martha 
and Lazarus. She poured a perfumed ointment on the head of Jesus and the 
disciples saw this as a waste and spoke out against it. In the Gospel of 
John, Jidas is pointed out 5S the one who asks why this perfume was not sold 
and the money given to the poor. And John further states that Judas was not 
interested in the poor, but in repl^cine; the money he had stolen from the 
purse. Here is the prelude to the events which futher transpired for Judas. 
1$ may well he that all hopes Judas had for Jesus setting up His kingdom 
vanished when he saw Him excusing the waste of expensive perfume as an an- 
ointing of Himself for burial. 

So then we read, (read the scripture, verses 14-16). Mow we need to ask why 
Judas was willing to betray Jesus for the thirty pieces of silver, which was 
the price of a common slave? >/hat drove him to it? And why after being no 
more disobedient than any of the other disciples, did he suddenly find reason 
to sell his master? 

In order to answer these questions we must investigate what may have been his 
hidden motive. Judas may have joined the select group of disciples completelj 
believing that Jesus was the promised Messiah. He was accepted by Jesus and 
given responsibility like all the rest. He must have been accepted by the 
other disciples or they would not have terroitted him to handle the money bag. 
Judas may well have thought that Jesus was foing to set up His kingdom and 
each of the twelve disciples would have a part in the ruling of it. Ju&aa 
nay have envisioned himself as being the treasurer of tha 4 : kingdom. And aftei 
all, Jesus was always talking about the kingdom. Then along came the entry 
into Jerusalem aid Js w .s hailed as a King. Surely this would set the 
wheels in motion for Jesus bo overthrow ' iraans. But when Jesus returned 
to Bethany and spoke of dying, perhaps this sparked Judas to instigate a move 
to force the hand of Jesus to assert Himself and establish His kingdoir on 
earth. Ho one knows for certain if any or this is true, but we do have Scrip- 
ture to back up n_ supposition such as bhis. The question always remains, 
"Why did Jesus choose Judas? Did He know that Judas would betray Him? And 
if He did why pick someone who would burn against Kim?" V m don't know all 
of the answers, but we do knew that Judas conducted himself like all of the 
resi;. He wasn't called S&tan like Teter was one time. Peter had been privi- 
leged to see Jesus ' Transfiguration and to share that spiritual mountaintop 
experience. Yet when he came back down from that experience he made a declara 
tion that contradicted what Jesus had said about having to suffer and ±wx die. 
And at this point, Jesus said, "Get behind me Satan." 
SO after ** ,uaa 8 „aa „ a ,e t „e arran^ents an* Jesus » as sh „ illg the T ^ 



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to betray Jesus. And the scene is that of Jesus sharing the Last Supper with 
His disciples. So we read in the ?lst and 22nd verses of this chapter, (read 
these). Now from this response to what Jesus had said, it is evident that 
no one knew who the betrayer was. Had they known, they would not have quest- 
ioned, but would have pointed the finger. 

Then Jesus said in verses 23 and 24, (read these). It was customary for the 
host to take the elements of food at the Passover, and to psss dip them to- 
gether, and then to pass them on to the next person. As far as we know, the 
seating arrangement was that the pillows on which they reclined were placed 
in a U shape with the table inside of the U. On the first pillows on the 
left side of the table reclined John, the beloved disciple of Jesus. Then 
Jesus sat, and next to Him on His left was Judas. We read in John's Gospel 
that John asked who the traitor was , and Jesus gave the same answer as re- 
corded here and then gave the dipped food to Judas. But in all probability, 
Jesus didn't speak loudly so everyone could hear. And John also says that 
Jesus spoke to Judas and told him whatever he was going to od , to do quickly. 
And Judas departed. But we don't read of any of the other diciples question- 
ing where he was goinr or what he was soing to do. They probably believed 
he was on an errand for the Lord . 

Mow the scene is set for the arrest of Je?us as arranged by Judas. We begin 
reading at verse 47 and read through verse 4°, fread these). Here is the 
kiss of betrayal by the Traitor. But involved in this is the hidden meaning 
which opens the question of just what the motives of Judas really were. His 
arrangement to identify Jesus was a kiss which in Greek is the word "IHILEIN'i 
It was customary for a disciple or follower of a beloved Rabbi to greet him 
with a kiss. So there was nothing unusual about this. But when Judas c-,me 
up to Jesus we read that he greeted Hi m and said, "Hail, master; and kissed 
Him." Wow his agreement was to merely kiss Him. But instead, he gave Jesus 
the greeting given to a beloved teacher. And the word for kissed is "KATA- 
PHILEIK," which is an altogether different word than ;}ust "kiss." This Greek 
word means to "kiss repeatedly, passionately, fervently." Now how could a 
man bent on betrayal kiss the betrayed repeatedly, passionately, or fervently' 
It is most likely that had the only intent of Judas have been to deliver Jesus 
to the authorities, he would have given ^im a peck on the cheek to identify 
Him. Instead, he kissed Him as one beloved. One answer may well be that 
when Judas stepped back, he expected Jesus to begin to blast these people and 
to assert Himself as the Kessiah and begin to establish His kingdom. But 
Jesus didn't do this and this must have shatered Judas completely. 
The next we read of him is in the 27th chapter of Matthew beginning with the 
3rd verse. We read, (read verses 3 through 5). Judas was now aware of the 
fiorritle thing which he had done. He was ashamed, disgusted with himself and 



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may well have been his plan to prod Jesus into action had backfired and he 
was completely disillusioned and shattered. So he went to the temple and the 
interesting thing about it la that the word used for the tempfce is not that oj 
its precincts or outside courts, it ir the word for temple itself. This means 
that Judas passed through the outer courts and into the Court of the Israel- 
ites which was outside of the Court of the Priests and as far as he could go. 
He called rut to them to take their money back, but t ey wouldn't. And so he 
flung the money at them and went out and hung himself. In his despair Judas 
can see no other way than to end It all. So he went out to where the Kidron 
and the Hinnom valleys merged and he climbed the hill and at the summit stop- 
ped at one of the trees. He unwound thelong girdle that held his robe to- 
gether at the middle and tying it to the tree, put it around his neck and 
stepped off the edge. But either the girdle broke under his weight, or the 
limb broke or both, and he was thrown down on the rocks of the cliff and died 
as Peter said he did as recorded in Acts 1:18. 

As we look at "The Traitor"as xekbi "^een In The Crowd," Just what ±± is it 
we are seeing? Someone has written, "Still as of old, Kan by himself is 
priced, For thirty pieces Bixxi-imjr Judas sold Himself, not Christ." 
No matter how we look at Judas we see him as a man who refused to accept 
Jesus as He was. He tried to make Jesus what he wanted Him to be. It is not 
Jesus who can be changed by us, but we who must be changed by Jesus. 
You may have read the mausing little story recently in the Our Daily Bread 
booklet which told of a pompous, strutting Sunday School teacher who asked 
his class, "'.Vhy do people say I'm a Christian' 1 " Ona little boy raised his 

•■■ I, "Maybe It's because they don't know you." Can ;ople 
■ Lentify us as being Christians? Do they see Christ in our lives? because He 
has changed us? Or do they see people who identify with Christ, but are 
trying to make Jesus suit our lives and lifestyles? Judas started out as a 
devoted follower, but somewhere along the way he decided to change Jesus to 
suit his needs. Imagine what would have happened L£ he would have '^'■: Jetia 
sha ' - Laste .d! let us let Jesus change us and see what He can do in our 
lives ! 



St, Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Ralph Link, Pastor March 10, 

Mr- Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
John Penrodj Acolyte 



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ORDER OF WORSHIP ll;0O A,M, 

Prelude "In the Shadow of the Palms'" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregation Greeting 
Joys 
♦Processional Hymn No, 95 "At the Cross" 
♦Ascription 
♦Exhortation 
♦Confession (In Unison) Most merciful Father, we confess 

that we have sinned against you and against our fellow- 
men. We have followed too closely the pathway that was 
easy, and we have done whatever we desired. We have 
failed to praise you with our words and deeds, and we 
have Ignored the needs of others. Even though we have 
known your will for our lives, we have failed to follow 
It. Grant your mercy unto us, Father! as we express 
our regret for that which we have done. Receive us 
again into your fold, as we would endeavor to go forth 
serving you more faithfully, in the name of Christ* 

Amen. 
♦Kyrie 

♦Assurance of Pardon 
♦Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name 
forever. 
•Gloria Patri 
Hymn No* 229 1, How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with you 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor — Let us Pray 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "Low In The Grave He Lay" 
♦Daxology No* 382 
Anthem: Piano Solo 
Scripture: John 18: 12-14 

Sermon: "Seen in the Crowd: A Politician" 
♦Closing Hymn No. 114 "Wonderful Grace of Jesus" 
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♦Closing Chimes 

♦Postlude h 'Glory To Our Risen Lord" 
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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mr* & Mrs* Richard Mangel in memory of "Uncle Jimmy 

Stewart. 
Mr* if Mrs. Harry Fry will greet the congregation at 

the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Dutch Bolam, Alta Kradel, Helen 

Hiemer, and Marilyn Snyder. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Gloria Walker. 
Carl Vinroe and Art Carney will be visiting the 

hospital this week* 
Attendance last Sunday was 130 with 15 visitors. 
MONDAY - Spang's Volleyball 6:30 - 9:30 
TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 
THURSDAY - Aerobics 6 - B 

Basketball 8 - 10 
SATURDAY - Basketball 10 - 12 
"^ Daily Bread Booklets and March Moody Monthly may be 

picked up in the Narthex. 
>THURSDAY - 8:00 P.M. Let us come together in one body 

to Praise the Lord through prayer- 
^ NEW MEMBERS - will be received into the church on 

March 31st, Palm Sunday. If you know of anyone 

interested in becoming a member, please let the 

office know. 
EASTER EGGS - We will be making eggs tomorrow evening 

at 7:00. Come join in the fun. 
The Family of Emerson Wise would like to thank every- 
one for their cards and prayers in the loss of 

their loved one. We also wish to thank those who 

contributed or worked on the dinner. 
EASTER LILIES - You can put your order in for Easter 

Lilies now. Cost will be $5.25 each. 



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NAME: 



IN MEMORY OF: 



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"^eem mine u^uwu: 



rt I U J J.biVJi«II 



Jcrip: John 18:12-14 
|CHus 2 politcl candates & arcru=powrfl intrests 

control U=U Iv ray wife out of this) 
Ares/trial Ja sumwat sirolr 2this involv thoz who R 
"Jeen In The Crowd 

'*lo do U Bllev was mos sinstr persn imrol this deed? 
.n whos souldr wud I say res responsbilty 4this 
gros miseariag of Justic? 
Per hap U mayB tempt say crowd itself piltytthex peop 

yel selvs horse aak 4 Barabas insted J c ,& roar with 

cry=Crucfy Him.Crocfy Him & may think thers serius 

crime 
But they actul do bid of ottos taunt /push in? outcrys 

Perhap U mayB temp say=Pilat mos ainstr in plot dest 

roy Jb & he gud subjec 4 distinctin 
Eut filat was'not the man=Fo Jus who is he? 

Scrip pt 2 two men & ftp they control of 2 .which 

one is gilty of plot artin Js? 
vs 12= Js takn, 5 vs 13*a-here is anser-A'nas , 

ther Is gilty wan, hut who was he?, read vs 1?B.READ 
How we kno',but wat kno of Caiaphas?=vs 14-SEAD 

Wen Js rais Laz,read this 11th chap Jn 45th vs 
(mite want tuen 2it=Read vs 4J) 

As alway.ttier thoz who ho kno wat Bliev,8: in ordr •? 
keep status-quo went 2 so cal*Authoritys 
vf 46=convers sumthin lik tbis = This fuy la changing 

thing-s arcran. i : ayB sumthin shudB dun 2 stop Him. 

B4 we "kno it , all ol way worship, syn rula/rega wilB 

dun way with & no hav things lik always were 
In otto' word= they no lik this guy, : : didnt want Him 
making wavs with relig estab lik He was,1 so read== 
T . ^.yjts^ppecil council r a nhedrin,suprem cort Jews 

-jmpos 71 merobrs of wh/Chief priest or pres was hed 
read vss 49-5Q=from words '■ think it clear he think 

long lines of fiomns destroy natin Is. Pcuz treasn 

which Je bring bout , 

Ther had bin talk Him B Pino; & set up King aFln 3"i™ 
govt=but Ik wher his think came from=vs 51.READ 



rfhy didnt Caiaphas spk 4 self -.',110 giv directins 
nser=Af.NA^,fathr-in-law,he man Bhin scenes pul s 



Ans 



strii 



So now underst why Caiaphas had idea lmsn dy insted 

entir natin 
Sounds god duznt it? Haka sens sacr 1 & not evrl 

But why Annas propos Js 2B sacrifc? 
1st time red this proposl.Jn 11 , Js clens temp mony 
changrs ■>. sellrs 

2nd read as fnd Scrip this morn tuk plac aftr Js 

had dense temp 2nd time; He had hit 2clos ?hom lnce 

2oftn 
He had hit powrs wher hurt-pockets /pocketbuks 



Annas control this Bhin scenes , made him welthy 2/ 

He wat many politicins R,man Bhin scenr control, 
pul strings, hoi powr ,manip/manuvr 

he bilt powrfl machine Ss no want ?lose it 
He selc as Hi Pr 6AD 7 riil til 15AD,depos by Governor 

but able control situatin & replac sons, 5 of them, 
wen ran out of sons=son-in-law 
A^nas acomp by greas propr palms & g-et welthy crooked 
(sel animls=outsid declar unclean/blemjchang mony) 
so he had gud rackt &,hJs Bpin disturb/mak wa»a 

he no need mor many, 70 yrs old at time 8. at end life 

yet=want control, want porwr,& no want let go 
JA clash w/Jaiaphas & 4mer Hi pri y '"■■Ids 

(Examp no Bliev resur,reward aftr lif,soul dies with 
body,& this wat mak them Sad U See!) 
Js not only talk lif aftr deth,Byon this l,rais peopl 

It prob Annas made aranp: Judas Dlivr Js in'' hands 
notic in Scrip-Led 2 tanas lst^among temp polic,were 
^oman pards 2keep peace»prob pd by Anna's 
i,ow read vs 24= Aftr Annas satisfy this disturb harmle 

send son-in-law 4mockry setnee & apear B4 puppet 

governor Pi] at- 
2 all intent/purps lUmas had fceatn yet aaothr enemy 
treatn his little empire 

Can wel imajjin him setl dwn hie nous that nite chuck 

2self Ecuz suceed dispos upstart cal=^es^iah 
Did Annas realy win? Hay won "bat 1, but lost war 
Jn 19:11= Js sed this bout Annas, man Phin scene & he 

mor ainfl than Filat 
Js taut bout sow/reap='.-,'atsorvr U sow, that shal ye rea 

Annas sow seeds preed 4powr % mony ft reap eternl dam 
(Tllus roan smash oar & no lv name license -'tc) 
I ; felo get away w/deed? Pe thot so, but sumday, 
sumday, G wil repay 4deed Jus a repay all thoz think 
get away w/trifl with Him 

G is G of luv,but also G of justic 
l>i&y no hav welth othrs, things this worl but if hav 
salv thru 3v Xp we mor welthy any persn Bcua poses 
eternty 

It no mattr win, hav evrthin this lif, insted it wat 
Js sed=wat shal it porf man if gain who worl t los sc 
(Ilus misinary & not home yet) soul 

(read hymn by Gaither It Will He '.'.' n rth It all) 



"Seen In The Crowd: A Politician" 

Scripture: John 18:12-14 

(Illustration of poilitcal candidates arguing in debate) 
Two political candidates •-■' Involved Ln a heated debate. Finally one 
>f bben J. ped to his f . lied, It the other, "What about the 
powerful interests that control you?" 
And the other guy yelled back, "You leave my wife out of this." 

The arrest and trial of Jesus was somewhat similar to this involving those 
who are "Seen In The Crowd." Who do you believe was the sinister twssm persoi 
involved in this deed? On whose shoulders would you say rested the responsi- 
bility for this gross miscarriage of justice 9 Ferhaps we may be tempted to 
say that it was the crowd itself which was guilty. These people yelled them- 
selves hoarse asking that Barabbas be released instead of Jesus. They roared* 
out with the cry, "Crucify Him, crucify Him," and for this we may think theirs 
was the most serious crime. But they were actually doing the urging and bid- 
ding of others who taunted them and pushed them into these outcrys . 
Perhaps we may be tempted to say that it was Filate who was the most sinister 
in this plot to destroy Jesus. There are legitimate grounds for this. But 
regardless of what he did Pilate was not the man. So just who was this man? 
Our Scripture this morning points to two men and the group they controlled. 
But of the two men, which one is guilty of the plot against Jesus? We read 

in the 12th verse, "Then the banc? and the captain and officers of the Jews 
took Jesus and bound Tim." 

Following this, the answer is given in the 13th verse. We read: "And led Him 
away to Annas first." 

There is the guilty man! The man named Annas. And who was he? Reading fur- 
ther in the 13th verse we discover, "For he was the father of Caiaphas , which 
was the high priest that same year." 

And then what do we know of Caiaphas? Just what we read in the 14th verse, 
"Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient 
that one man should die for the people." 

When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead we read in JohnsGospel that many Jews 

came to believe on Him. This is recorded in the 11th chapter at the 45th 

verse. Since that's only a few chapters back from this one, you may want to 

turn to it and seecwhat John says. At the 45th verse we read, "Then many of 
the Jews who came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed 
on Him. " 

But as always, there are thore who don't know what they believe and in order 

to keep the statu? quo, went to the so called "authorities." So we read in 

the 46th verse, "But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told 
them what things Jesus had done . " 

In other words, their conversations were something like this: "This fellow is 

changing things I. Maybei something should be done to stop Him. Before 

we know it, all our old ways of worship and synagogue rules and regulations 

■away i ith and we won't have things like they've always been." 



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In other words, they didn't like or want this guy making waves with the re- 
ligious establishment like He was. So then because of the reports received 

about Him, it is no wonder we read in the 4?th and 48th verses t "Then gather- 
ed the chief priest? and the Pharisees b council, and said, ".•»*hat So we 7 

For this man doeth many miracles. If we let Him thus alone, all men will 
believe on Him; and the Tomans shall come tnd ' - both our place and 
nation. ' " 

The special council which was the Sanhedrin, the supreme court, or council of 

the Jews was called Into session^ Phe lanhedrin iras composed if 71 m mbe 

of which the chief priest was the president or head. t>o we read in the 49th 

and 50th verses, "And .re of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that 
same year, said unto them, 'Ye know nothing at all, nor consider that it is 
expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and that the whole 
nation perish not."' 

Prom his words and thinking it was clear that he was thinking along the lines 

of the Romans destroying the nation of Israel completely because of treason 

which this Jesus was supposedly bringing about. There had been talk of Him 
, was treason 

being a King and setting up a king was strictly forbidd-n and* against the 

Roman government. But look at where his thinking ame from. In the 51st hei 

yerse we read, "And this spoke he not of himself; but, beins; hiph priest that 
year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation." 

Now why didn't Caia;has speak for himself 9 Who was he getting his directions 
— from? T v e answer is, from Annas hi; father-in-law. Annas was the man behind 
the scenes palling the strings. So now we see where Caiaphas came up wit) th« 
idea of one man dying for the nation instead of the entire nation being de- 
stroyed. It sounds rood doesn't it? It makes sense to sacrifice one and not 
everyone. But Just why would Annas propose that Jesus be the one sacrificed? 
The first time we read of this proposal in John 11, Jesus had cleansed the 
temple of the moneychangers. And this second reading as found in our Scriptu 
ure this morning took place after Jesus had cleansed the temple for the sec- 
ond time. Jesus had struck too close to home once too often. He had hit the 
powers that were right where it hurt. That was in their pockets and their 
pocketbooks. Although Annas was technically not in power which the high 
priest controlled, nevertheless he was the man behind the scenes controlling 
and maneuvering and manipulating everything. Annas was what many politicians 
are and that is men behind the scenes who control votes and favors and things 
iaxHBtxs either get done, or don't get done on the say so of a political 
machine built usually by one powerful man. Annas was selected as the high 
priest in 6AD and he rule " until 15A.D. He was replaced by tint one of his 
sons by the Homan governor. But Annas was able to control the situation and 
saw to it that five of his sons became the high priest inn succession and when 
each in turn was to be deposed, it was Annas who pulled the strings in the 
background to be replaced by yet another son. But he ran out of son's and so 
he had to resort to his son-in-law as the next replacement. Now how did 






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Annas accomplish this? By greasing the proper palms. Annas was a very wb&s. 
wealthy man and he became wealthy by seiling^dmals for sacrifce in the femp 
le and exchanging fioreign money for the coin of the realm with which to pay 
the temple tax. But for the/b^imals and for the money exchange, he charged 
exorbitant sums of money and through his conniving and schemeing he made it 
virtually impossible to buy sacrificial ^tyUmals , or exchange money outside of 
the temple. area. Animals bought outsdie, mysteriously were designated as 
blemished and unclean; money exchanged outside of the temple was considered 
counterfeit. Go you see he ha<l a good racket goincr and Jesus was distcnbing 
it and making waves. But Annas didn't need anymore money, because at the time 
of this incident his life was eomins; to a close. He was 70 years old at this 
time. But what he wanted and needed was power and he couldn't let go of that 
desire. Jesus also clashed with Annas and his sons former high., priests, and 
the present ..high priest Caiaphas because these men were Sadducees. Those 
who belonged to this pect did not believe in life after death, and they deniec 
any rewards or punishments beyond this life and taught that the soul dies witl 
the body. And that is what made them "sad, you see." But here was Jesus not 
only talking about a life beyond this, but raising people from the dead and 
disproving the theories of these people. 

So lit was probably Annas who made the arrangements to buy off Judas to delivei 
Jesus into their hands . And notice in this Scripture that it says they "led 
Jesus away to Annas first." Along with the temple police were some Roman 
guards to capture Jesus, And guess who probably paid tfeHm the ^oman author- 
ities to supply the guards? 

Then we read in the ?4-th verse of this same chapter, "TTow Annas had sent Him 
bound unto Caiaphas the high priest." 

After Annas had been satisfied that this one who was causing him so much 

trouble was now renedered harmless, he sent him to his son-in-law for the 

mockery of sentencing to appear before the puppet governor ^ontius Pilate. 

To all intents and purposes, Amiss had beaten yet another enemy that had 

threatened his little empire. We can well imagine that he srttled down that 

night in his house, chuckling to himself how he had succeeded in disposing 

of this upstart so called Meppiah. 

But what of Annas? ^id he really win? He may have won another battle, but 

he eventually lost. the war. What did Jesup say about him? In John 19:11 

we read, "Jesus answered, 'Thou couldest have no power at all against Me, ex- 
cept it were given thee from above: therefore he bhab delivered Me unto thee 
hath the greater Bin,'" 

Jesus said that Annas, the man behind the scenes who was responsible for 

having Him brought before Pilate, was more sinful than Pilate in his role of 

Judge and jury. Jesus taught that the law of life was that of sowing and 

reaping. ^Whatsoever vp ~r>^ -t->io->- „v, -i i 

ever ye ., 0rf , that shall ye also reap." Annas sowed the seeds 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor March 17, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
David Andrews, Acolyte 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "Cleansing Fountain" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 

Joys 

Choral Introit "Hosanna" 
^Processional Hymn No* 338 "Jesus Shall Reign Where'er 

the Sun" 
•"Ascription 
•^Exhortation 

'Confession (In Unison) "Eternal God, in Jesus Christ you 
entered Jerusalem to die for our sins. We confess, we 
have not hailed you as King., or gone before you in the 
world with praise. From brief faith that fades, from 
enthusiasms that fizzle out, from hopes we parade but 
do not pursue, have mercy upon us , Forgive us God; and 
give us such trust in your power that, in every city, we 
may live for justice and tell of your loving kindness; 
for the sake of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Amen. 
*Kyrie 

•Assurance of Pardon 
*Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Elessed be His Glorious name 
forever , 
•Gloria Patri 
Hymn No. 227 (sing through twice) "There's Something 

About That Name" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
people — And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "Wondrous Love" 
Anthem: "Easter Glory" 
-Scripture: Matthew 27: 11-26 

Sermon: "Seen in the Crowd: An Obstinate Coward" 
•Closing Hymn No. 270 "I Believe in a Hill Called 

Mount Calvary" 
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♦Closing Chimes 

•Postlude "Day of Triumph" 

+ + + + + ^Congregation Standing + + + + + 

The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Harvey Campbell, children and grandchildren in 

laving memory of Harvey A, Campbell. 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stewart will greet the congregation at 

the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Rob Vinroe, Bob Dellen, Randy Dellen 

and Kevin Snyder* 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Davis. 
Mary Lou Davis and Delores Herrit will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 128 with 22 visitors. 
Hospitalized: BMH - Valjean Nicholas, Becky Shearer is 

in Central Medical Pavilion in Pittsburgh, and Mrs. 

Alma Rex is in St. Margaret's Hospital in Pittsburgh. 
MONDAY - Spang 's Volleyball 

Fidelity Bible Class 7:30 
TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 
WEDNESDAY - Golden Circle 7:30 
THURSDAY - Mary Martha Circle 10:30 
Aerobics 6-B 
Basketball 8-10 
SATURDAY - Basketball 10-12 

Easter Sunrise Breakfast & Service will be April 7th at 
6:30 a.m, in Rehoboth Hall. The men will be preparing 
the food, so if you are willing to help contact Dick 
Mangel. We need your reservations, so call on Helen 
Riemer or Dick Mangel. Any one wishing to bake rolls or 
coffee cakes, please contact Dick or Kelen. Thank you. 

PRAYER MEETINGS are still being held on Thursday evenings 
at 8:00 p.m. Please put forth your efforts and come 
pray for your church, personal needs, friends, etc, 

EASTER EGGS are in the making. If you wish to help or 
join in the fun and fellowship, we will be working an 
them again Monday, Wednesday and Friday each night at 

7:00 P.M. 

GOOD FRIDAY MEN'S FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST is April 5th at 
6:00 a.m. at the YMCA. Tickets are $3.00 and may be 
purchased through Ken Weitzel or Walter Harmon. 

EASTER LILLIES can be ordered now. They are $5.25 each. 

NAME 

IN MEMORY OF 

Deadline to order is March 24th. ) 



-ijeen in xne urowa : an uDstwate uowsra" 



I .'crip: Fit. 27:11-26 



"an. which 



scene opes w/hastly cal resump meet of 
end wee hrs morn 

Sow, J ldrs,all 71 asembl ft read vs 1, Kt 27- READ 
meet 2brint; charg agin Js wh/wudl result Flis deth 

I | Job 2convinc Pil, Rom covn of need 4executin 
ttb no elab how ariv decisin Just say=vs 2=READ 
Fil 6th Rom gov Judea;apt 85AD by Tiberius 

l=lst th did,mov army hedouart Caesaria 2 Jeru & Rom 

soldirs carry stndrds imag emp & Jew protest 
ordr by Tib, or did by self no kno, but bak dwn & peace 

No surpris Pil handl this case as did 
vs 1 read^Wen morn cun=5:0OAI*=inf orir pard ,who go Pilal 

Can U imanrin greet receiv from Filat? Prob nevr up 

this erly;no coffee-ey opnr 6s Ilk bear wak hibernatii 
3o hav arous hrs ahed time, ad insult injury thez Jews 
no present selvs B4- thron,stay outside 2B no unclean 

Filat cum outside 6 hav pictur man embark 1 thoz day; 
Jn t41 1'llat ask wat ehrg & anser=If no crimnl wud 
not hav brot 2U 

no way anser Roan Gov & no help Pil dispositin & he 

anser tak ■:• id=-e by own law=prob think Js gilty smal 

infract in of Jew law he detest 
anser=no alow 2execut anyl,only Romns cud do so 

I'll then kno Js acus treasn ft knu mus invest do Job 
vs ll=privat B4- Pil 2deterni if inocent 
vs llb=Js giv pruf Pil need declar gilty treasn Rome 

but Filat no do so 
vss 12-J4=interpatin & Pil mus hav try 2B hones man 

can say,Bcuz no condem Js this pt ,hafl evr reasn ?do 
V~ says=ril tol them no find fait this man 

t tol Pilat stir up pepp all way 3 '"-alilee & hear 

this giv Pil chanc get out mess & send ? Perod 
but ilerod only intres Js do miracl,He refus , march bak 

vs 15=chane Til wrigl off hook Sc crwd decid wat dun 
Ear man insurectin/mui-'lr & Pil prob cert peop no want 

iroacly Bar also nam Js»Je Bar, or Js son Bar, as opos 
Js of Naz,Js Xp mean Js the Anointed One 
hav made of r, ill go judnsen hal read vs 19»R1 " |J 

serv bring mesag fr/wif ;dream ment mueh Romns and 

they thot highly of them 
whil Pil insid,f*an. stir mob i. lern vs 20= READ 
Pil ask '.'3 PlAfthey anser=vs 21B, xxmrti contrary 2 
wat Bliev wud hap so now wat do? In desperstin ask= 
vs 22a & they anser=vs 32b unexpee 

Pil want salva<r situatin ask=vs 2Ja & anser-vs ??b 
Here quest all men wrestl w/sumtim livs^at 2do w/Js? 

quest no can eseap,no neutrl grnd;we dec Id 4 or agin 



Pil no Kno wat .. j ao;co»piet rati tnis time ?/ 

ys 2<4-=did Jew custm sho inocenc of gilt 

he knu riot clos hand & if hap put him bad lite 
so wash hand absolv gilt but peop cry oufc=vs 25 

"o 11 satisfy admin justie as peop want»read ■■' 26a 
ordr ' icu"-: rln rm!.' !. i-i ( read vs 26 B 

F'l say this actin=I no gilty His blud,do wat law 

V Jscrib^ocourf many men dy ;awful ,lacerat etc 
Aftr beat,soldrs pur crwn thron,purp robe & brin"- bak 

read Jn 19:5=alnjos as if say=U want Him sufft I tak 

care of. Isnt this enuf? 
I but mob no satsfy,they out nothin les than blud 

San instigat scene £ wel lmagin Annas Bhin scene 
READ Jn 19:12 if Pilat no pas deth sent no frnd Oaesa 
vs ?6b Wt=ril dun wat expedient; dec isn satsfy mob 

Rome wudE notfy Fil he no caus uproar ,truble 
Fictur rilat=Jus nothr Jewjdid my Job; had 2do it etc 

But wat say bout Filat? only thing can say, he knu Js 

was innocent 

No hard/faBt chrgs mandtory deth seht;he sot evry ave 
escap that deeisin;evn wif expres fear thru dream 

But r il was a coward ;he lak courag his convict ins 
stubborn man & nol go say no did duty evn if wrong 
■ Til cud hav releas Js , refus tak part inocen deth, 
j but Fil prid such,obstnatly let selfl «"i 

ill knu wat JHUD do, but chos exped think insted 

Fil wasnt any dif from us=£ow oft do we KNOW wat 
! ehud do, but insted do opos it? 
Js maks all us Ik situatins lif wh/face us 2mak deeis 

decisin has upon our strnvth ?do wai- we kno °B rt or 

wrong 
but wat motivat choic? Is it wat suml wil say if I 
g ^gin crowd & stan 4- riphteousnes? 

I afr 2B cal fanatic /kook Bcua I choos 2do rt? 
Isnt alway easier 2B Obstinat Coward than Pstan out 
all alone for the Lord? 

r . . "navia ft handle on it) 

we alway hav that choic 

Wat 3 we go 2do bout Js Kp? 
irfat decisins wil mak,set us apart from world? 

And wat about the Cross? 
Do we crucify Bin nnew by tirn from Him? 

Or do we stan afrin crowd i stan 4 'Him'' 
we hav choic of eithr ,Jl Xp or 4-world 

if choos worl,we choos deth, but if Xp, choos lif 
We can B a coward, or we can be a Christian 
Wat wil U do with Js? 



suml els cant anser.no grp peop=individ=Wat Wil U Do 
" ~U3? rfil D acpt I of Ur lif? Or wil pas off? 



with JrT 






"Seen In The Crowd: An Obstinate Coward" 

Scripture: Matthew 27:11-26 

The scene opens with a hastily called mesumption of a meeting of the Sanhedrii 
which had ended in the wee hours of the morning. Now these Jewish leaders, 
all 71 og them were assembled and we read in the 1st verse of this 27th chap- 
ter of Matthew, "Whea the morning: was come, all the chief priests and elders 
of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death." 

Their meeting was held to bring charges against Jesus which would result in 
His death. But their job was to convince Pilate, the Roman Governor of the 
need for His execution. So determining their strategy, Matthew doesn't elab- 
orate on what *faay conclusion they had arrived at, he simply statesxin verse 

2, "And when they had bound tfaaas Him, (Jesus), they led Him away, and deliv- 
ered Him to Fpntius Tilate the governor." 

Pontius Pilate was the 6th Roman procurator of Judea. He was appointed in 
A.D. 25 by the Emperor Tiberius. One of the first things he did as the new 
governor was to remove the army headquarters from Caesaria to Jerusalem. T^e 
Roman soldiers marched into Jerusalem carrying the standards on which was the 
image of the emperor. This caused an outcry by the Jews because it was in 
opposition to their comandment of not making or having graven images. They 
demanded from Pilate that those images be removed from Jerusalem. Pilate wax 
refused to do so amid the near rioting of the Jews. How whether he ordered 
the standards removed himself, or was ordered to do so by Tiberius, there is 
speculation. But he did order this to take place and a semblance of peace 
existed once again. But whether Tiberius was involved in the situation or 
not, Pilate was in all probability in ±im somewhat of a bad light in the em- 
peror's eyes, So it is not surprising that Pilate handled this case as he 
did. 

So the Sanhedrin marched Jesus from the palace of the high priest to the pal- 
ace of Pilate. Prom Scripture we read, "When the morning was come," and this 
meant about 6:00 A.M., because this was when the Jewish day befean. So they 
presented themselves before ilate around 6:00 A.M. In all probability the£ 
informed one of the soldiers standing guasd that they wanted an audience with 
the governor. Someone was dispatahed to get the governor. And can you imag- 
ine the greeting these members of the Sanhedrin must have received, from Pil- 
ate? At this hour of the morning he was probably never up and about. So 
having aroused him from his comfortable bed, hours ahead of time; he hadn't 
had time for a cup of coffee, or an eye-opener and was probably as mean as a 
bear awakened from hibernation. But to add insult to inuury, these Jewish 
leaders would not present themselves and their prisoner before his throne, 
because they would have defiled themselves by entering the palace of this 
"Gentile." So instead of them being ushered into his throneroom, he had to 
go outsdie to speak to them. So we have the picture of a man about to embark 



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on"one of those days." So as he faced these people he probably thought of as 
contemptable Jews, he began his proceedings with a question to the Jew? . 
John tells us that Pilate asked them what charges they had brought against 
this man. Instead of giving a specific answer to this nuestion they said, 
If He were not a Criminal we would not have brought Him to you." Now this 
was certainly no way to answer the Roman governor. T v iir reply didn't help 
Pilate's disposition we can be assured. With the answer they gave him, Pil- 
ate told them to take Jesus and to judge Him according to their own law. He 
was thinking in terms of Jesus being judged guilty of some small infraction 
of the Jewish code which he probably detested. But they answered him, that 
it was against Roman law to put someone to death. It was at this point then 
that Pilate recognized that they were accusing Jesus of treason. He knew 
that he had to investigate this more fully or he would be accused of not doin^ 
the duty entrusted to him by the Emperor. 
So he took Jesus privately into his palace to ouestion Him there. So we read 

in the 11th verse, "And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor 
asked Him saying, 'Art Thou the king of the Jews?" 

Pilate was determining' for himself what to do with thi^ man who he very evid- 
ently believed to be innocent. Jesus gave him a reply which should have 
sealed His fate, because He answered accroding to Hatthew, "Thou sayest." 
He didn't deny He was considered as the King of the Jews. Here was all the 
proof Pilate needed, and he was Justified in declaring Him guilty of treason 
against Rome and for this should receive the death penalty. 'Bub lis didn't 
do so. ,e read further of the interrogation taking place in verses 12 to 
14, (read these). So we can see that Pilate must have tried ho be an honest 
man. W^ must say that, because he didn't sonde! i he had 

every reason to. Luke tells us that Pilate to"'" fchem h found n< 6aul1 .' : 
tl is i • :■ i. But they inform Pilate that this man has stirred up the people 
all the way from Galilee. Hearing Salilee mentioned, gives Rilate a chance 
to get out of this mess after all. If this prisoner is a Galilean, then He 
falls under the jurisdiction of Herod, the man who* King of the Jews at that 
time. So the soldiers march Jesus off to Herod for an audiende. But Herod 
is only interested in Jesus doing some miracles and when He refuses to do so, 
Herod marches n im right back to Filate . 

So Pilate, wanting to wriggle off the hook decides upon a plan whereby the 
crowd will make the decision. So we read imrfchaxi^tiixxaxxH starting at the 

15th verse, "Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the peo- 
ple a prisoner whom they would. And they had a notable prisoner, called 
Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Filate said unto 
them, 'Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesup which is 
called Christ?' Foi he knew that for envy they had delivered Him." 



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Barabbas was a man who had stirred up insurrection against the Romans and was 
also a murderer. Tilate was probably relatively certain the Jews would not 
ask for hie release. Ironically, Barabbas name was also Jesus. Jesus Bar- 
abbas, or Jesus son of a man named Abbas, as opposed to Jesus of Nazareth, 
or Jesus ttoE Christ, Meaning Jesus the anointed One. 
Having thus made this offer, Filate went into the judgement hall and we read 

in verse 19, "When he was set down on the judgement seat, his wife sent unto 
him, saying, 'Have thou nothing to do with that kust man: for I have suffered 
many things this day in a dream because of Him, 1 "' 

A servant had been dispatched to Pilate from his wife with this message. 
Dreams meant much to the Romans and messages within them were highly thought 
of. But while Pilate is away from the ^anhedrin and the mob they have assem- 
bled, the high priest and others have spread the word to ask for the release 

of Barabbas, as we learn from the 20th verse. And Pilate asks them, "Whether 
of the twain will ye that I release unto you? 1 They said, 'Barabbas. "' vs 21 

This is completely contrary to what he must have believed would happen. Now 

what can he do? In utter futility and desperation he asks, ""What shall I do 
then with Jesus which is called Christ?" vs 22a. 

And unexpectedly they answer, "let Eim be crucified." vs 22b. 

W nting to salvage the situation and not make the dreaded pronouncement, "And 
the governor said, ' -Vhy, what evil hath He done?'" verse 25a. 

But the mob has been thoroughly stirred up and the ■ answer they give is, "Thej 
all say unto him, 'Let Him be crucified." verse 23b. 

SBXlMtkEix^HB|JE2:HtiHxxiitHtKXXSlcsxx*«k^ Pere is the question all men must 
wrestle with at sometime in their lives. The question of, "What to do with 
Jesus the Christ?" It is a question that we cannot e»cape. Tfeere is no neu- 
tralcground. We must decide for Him, or we must decide against Him. We can- 
not let the answer up to someone else, or a group of people. "What will you 
do with Jesus Christ?" Will you accept Him as Lord of your life? Or will yot 
pass Him off? 
Pilate didn't know what to do. He was completely rattled at this time, fo 

we read, "When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a 
tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, 
saying, 'I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.*" 

He took the opportunity to use a Jewish custom to show his innocence of any 

guilt in these proceedings , He knew that a riot was close to taking place 

and if this happened it would put him in a bad light. So he washes his hands, 

thus absolving himself from all guilt, or so it seems. 

And the people, being stirred to the point of wanting blood?, cried, out, "Eis 
blood be on us, and on our children." 

So Pilate, satisfied that he was administering justice as the people wanted it 

took the action promised. And we read in the 26th verse, "Then he released 
Barabbas unto them." 



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And in order to show that he had taken action against the prisoner, so that 

he couldn't be accused of doing; nothing, we read, "And when he had scourged 
Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified." 

Pilate was saying in tills action, 'I'm not guilty of His blood, and I'll do 

what the law prescribes." Scourging was a beating under which many men died. 

It was a brutal beating which tore aid lacerated the back of the victim. 

After this beating, the soldiers put a crown of thorns on hi? head and put a 

purple robe on Him and mocked Him. Tt,ey brought Him back to Pilate and we 

read in John 19:5 t "Then came forth Jesus wearing the crown of t: orns and the 
purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, 'Behold the man!'" It's aimosjr 

Bwt<this :didn't satisfy the <mstez<fsr 'they KhaMt«iix:ai3:xtfcEX±BH#Hr^x^£iHK±fyx2±i 
gEHEXX^xiltKXX" as if he is saying, "You wanted Him to suffer, and I have 
taken care of it. Isn't this enough?" But the mob is not satisfied. They 
are out for nothing less than His blood. The Sanhedrin were probably instiga- 
ting the mob behind the scenes. And we can well imagine that Annas was there 
as well to make sure that .justice was done. We alFO read in John 19:12 that 
the Jews cried out that if Pi"! ate didn't pass the death sentence he wasn't 
a friend of Caesar's because Jesus had set Himself, up as i king and whoever 
made himself a king was working against Caesar. And so we read raxikKxiJfcik 

XSXXS at the end of the 26th verse in Matthew 2?, "He delivered Him to be 
crucified . " 

Pilate had done that which was expedient. His decision satisfied the mob. 
Rome would not be ntoified that he afc was negligent in his duty. And after 
all, the man was only another hated Jew. We can picture Pilate Baking these 
rationalizations long after Jesus had been put to death. 

But just wha f can we say about Pilate? The only thing we can say is that he 
knew Jesus was innocent. There were no hard and fast charges which made it 
mandatory that the death sentence be imposed. Pilate sought every avenue of 
escape from that decision. His own wife had expressed fear through a dream 
that this man was innocent. But Pilate was a coward. "To lacked bhe courage 

■ ■ ' . . He was a stubborn man and no one was going to have the 
opportunity to say he didn't do his duty. Even, if that duty was 100# wrong. 
Pilate could have releas ' Testis and refused to have a part in the death of 
an innocent men. But Pilate's pride was such that obstinately he let himself 
be proven a coward, Filate knew what he FHOU1D do, but he chose to do the 
expedient thing. And lilate wasn't any different from any of us. How often 
do we know what we should do, but instead we do the opposite? Jesus makes 
all of us look at the situations of life which face us and then make a decis- 
ion. The decision is based upon our strength to do what we know to be right 
or wrong. But what motivates »x our choice? Is it what someone will say if 
I go against the crowd and stand for righteousness? Am I afraid to be called 



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a fanatic, or kook because I choose to do ris?ht? And isn't it always easier 

to be an "Obstinate Coward" than to stand out all alone for the lord? 

(Illustration of door of Scandinavian churcfc and door handle) 

On a heavy wooden door in an old Scandinavian ehurch there If a strange, 
very large handle, shaped in a circle and made of wrought iron. Inside the 
circle is a Kisras large cross. The Cross is cradled In a wrought iron hand 
To open and close the door, you grab hold of the Cross and when youdo the 
hand points directly at you. You are left with the impression that the 
art if t who designed the handle is saying to you as you take hole of the 
3aanst±E Cross, "What are you going to do about it?" 

We always have that choice. What are we going to do about Jesus Christ? 

What decisions will we make about Him that seta u^ apart from the world? 

And what about the dross? Do we crucify Him anew by turning from Him? Or 

do we stand against the crowd and stand for Him? We have the choice of being 

either for the world, or for Christ. If we choose the world we choose death, 

and if we choose Christ, we choose life. We" can be a coward, or we can be a 

Christian. What will you do with Jesus? 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler f Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor March 24, 19B5 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Megan Hewis , Acolyte 

1- + + + + + 4+ + + +t + + + + + + + + + + + ++ + + 

ORDEK OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "Easter* 1 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements: Elder Harry Fry 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Choral Introit "Hosanna" 
♦Hymn No. 244 "Jesus I What a Friend for Sinners" 
*Aacription 
•^Exhortation 

♦Confession (In Unison) "Our Father, in this season of 
self discipline, when we are giving thought to our 
discipleship, make us aware that being a disciple 
mean3 to follow Jesus Christ as He seeks to be a 
servant of all. Thus we would remember; all our 
sins that keep us apart from you- all of the things 
we have omitted to do in our lives; all of the chances 
we have missed to help others and to seek them for 
your kingdom. For all of these things as well as 
others that may separate us from your love, we ask 
forgiveness in His name*" Amen. 
*Kyrie 

♦Assurance of Pardon 
*Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name 
forever. 
♦Gloria Patri 
Hymn No. 226 "Jesus Loves He, This I Know" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "Joy in the Morning" 
Anthem; "Reach Out to Jesua" 
Scripture: Matthew 27: 27-36 

Sermon; "Seen in the Crowd: The Executioners" 
•Closing Hymn No. 260 "And Can It Be That I Should Gain?" 
•Benediction 
•Closing Chimes 



*Postlude "The Day is Coming" 

++++++ *Congregation Standing ++++++ 

The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Genevieve Nohach and daughter in memory of Nick. 
Mr.. Joseph Youngblood will greet the congregation at the 

door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Richard Mangel, Don Kingsley, Ed 

Walker, and Dick Dally. 
Nursery will be provided today by Beth Tait. 
Robert Dellen and Harry Fry will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was IBS with 33 visitors. 
Hospitalized: Ed Hampton in BMH and Mrs. Alma Hex is In 

St. Margaret's Hospital in Pittsburgh. 
MONDAY - Spang's Volleyball 6:30 - 9:30 
TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

THURSDAY - Aerobica 6-B 8:00 P.M. Prayer meeting 

Chancel Choir 7:00 
Basketball 8-10 
FRIDAY - HFEC 
SATURDAY - Basketball 10-12 

Easter Sunday - the chancel choir will be presenting the 
Cantata "Then Came the Morning 1 " written by the Gaithers. 
Please make plans to join the celebration of our risen 
Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

Chancel Choir practices: Saturday 9:00 a.m. March 30th, 

Thursday April 4th at 7:00 and Saturday April 6th t 9-OQ a. 

BAKE SALE - Friday March 29th and March 30th at the Butler 
Mall* Pies are the featured attraction. If you would 
like to donate pie filling instead of baking a pie, 
Contact Phyllis Tait or Sandy Sheppeck. Come to the mall 
and support your church. 

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE AND BREAKFAST is April 7th at 6; 30 
a.TTw in Rehoboth Hall. Men are preparing the food. If 
any men wishes to help, please contact Dick Mangel. Also 
we need coffee cakes or rolls. If you wish to donate any 
please contact Dick or Helen Riemer. If you plan to 
come, please turn in your reservation to Helen Riemer 
as soon as possible. 

EASTER EGCS are done. Those who turned in orders may pick 
them up after church in the kitchen. There are also 
extras * . You may pick them up also. They are $4*25 each. 

EASTER LILLIES can be ordered now. They are $5.25 each, 

Kane. 



In memory of 



Deadline to order is March 24th. Contact ■□;- -' 

) 



"aeen in Tne u^owd : 'me Oceeut loners" 
Scripture: Katthew ??:27-56, 45-49 

Bgin oorip many soldiers & end up with 4 

Aftr Js scour, Js takn qrtrs poldiers 2B prep 4executit 
vs 27=all sold in Baraks hav Ik C this man Jews wont 

kil,"c man who cal+Kinp of Jews 
"'ey want 2C wat kind man He was & so hav fun w/His 
t . His expens 
vss ?8-3Q=a king: need=Rob,crwn,scepter=lik reed P Tun 

ea bow B4,mak insult remark, hit bed w/palm fal hands 
of all humil Js tad tak,prob easiest Bcuz no kno betti 

grusum fun 2B sure, but involv grusom situatin 

oo hav dun this,cro? bin made fcedy,we read=Vs 11 
Glos ovr Simon Cyrene,wilB lk him nothr time 

Js brot 2r>lac of executin=lon>j;es rte, mtia 

&. mak exampl wat hapn crimnils 
4soldier asie-n ea condem man;Js had 4,8 othr 2-4each 

Wen ariv site.Je thro dwn,nail ?cros & cros stuctup 

Wen nail,Riv sour wine 2dull pain, senses 
vs 55=this auot Ts 22 wrot IK B4 Xp,yet predic crucfii 

cast lota 4clothes apin amus durinr horibl ordeal 
vs 36=had 2sit 8b wait 4-prisnr 2dy«brok le?s prop time 

ordr ?;eed deth,no push up 8c breath=dy sufocat 
extremely cruel way to execute 
ariv arnd 9 & aroun noon thik darknes ovr land 

Time pas slowly 4soldiers & startl hear cry at 1 
perhap sit, lost own tbots=think home,luv 1 r s 

all prob draft in2 servic & on foreign soil ?serv 
As herd outcry eomplet fot-eipn Bcuz Js no spk latin, 
prob mixtur Feb-Aramaic,prob knu that much 
vss 45-46=tel us of cry of Js 
vs 49=thot Xe cal ^ \lijah 
vj p=l of soldier try ?Riv relief ,?help, reach out 

who of othr 5? = vs 49=adopt wait & C atitud 
if wer ask 5why no do anything wild prob receiv Manser; 
lst=no do nothin Bcuz I not Elijah, that who cal 4 
2nd=it wasnt any of my busnes=it didnt concern me so 

mind my own busnes 
atitud so many U"28 ,=exairips peop kil whil othrs watch 
& do nothin£=this in vogue 2day.no p;et involv 
(llus fire want pret .ther ,but no piv loc^ti^ 1 ) 
here nan, fire lept I ■■- "- ,' 

If we vers walk pas hous C smdsk/fire wud try help? 
Or wud say=I se hous ' nrn»but not my busnes? 

At least 1 thez soldier hid that atitud,e,ae Fulfil 

job,Js soon ded,so why help? It not my busnes 
3rd=I want 2, but Bliev suml els do it, Bs ides, cal 4 

Elijah & I figur let Elijah help If that who want 
But He condem dy S wud hapn short tine, no need help 
But ther was lwho did help,l of the 4 who no listn 
to- Wait .'i: C whethr Elijah cum ■■■■ help 



no kno.but lik othrs w/out name deed ■*■ ^ etch in 
histry 4all time,4all 2B 

(llus poe0i=Wat's his name?) 

he may no hav nmae kno by us, but kno by God 
prob no swap do wat this man help exeeut had tut 

Js -ed wen minstr ne ?d suml if only drink watr.In as 
mu_, as I. did it un2 th least thez Kv brthrn.ve hav 
dun it un2 Ke 

««tn fen alway lk grt deed /acomplish, but wat duz G lk 

(llus Samuel & sons Jesse=Dav,redhed , short & 3 sed as 

lk Lliab=l Sam 16:7) 

this namles excutiner gav 2 Lord from hart £■ we canB 

certin 6 lk at his hart 

(llus Bonhoeffer go bak Germ, 6 kil by Nazis) 

Wen talk peop lik this no hit us wher we liv, perhaps 

lk nothr way can relat 2it 

V dont HAV TO pray 

U dont HAV TO CUm' to church 

L dont HAV TO giv Ur money 

U dont HAV TO try 2B honest 

D dont HAV TO seek 2do anythin which taut by Xp ?do 

But it wen chaos tsk actin then we 2 serv Xp 
Js sed^lie cum aftr me,tak up cros & folo He 
. wen cum 2actin, actin wh/help feloman we H do that 
Ea us executiners own rt 

eithr crucfy Js anew ea time refus 21iv/act as He 

has taut us 
or we crucfy selvs 2worl wen reach out 2needs othrs 
The 1 soldier cudhav remain seat w /othrs, 

insted,chos 2p:et involv 
io kno anythin else bout man, but I Eliev by his oIor- 

; t Js & Bcuz seek help Him, his lif was chene 

Perhap Iday wil C in R-lorv 6 hear G say J>him.tfel dun 

Wei dun 
"-■ may we hear Him say 2us,Bcusi we chooz Pserv Him, 
Wei dun FUd & faithfl servants! Vel dun! 



"Seen In The Crowd: The Executioners" 
Scripture: Matthew 2?i 27-36, 45-49 

We begin this Scripture with many soldiers and end it with just four. After 

Jesus had been scourged by the person who did that on the orders of Pilate, 

Jesus was taken into the quarters of the soldiers to be prepared for executioi 

We read, "Then the soldiers tBBkxtfesHS of the governor took Jesus into the 
common hall, and gathered unto Him the whole band of soldiers," 

In other words, all of the soldiers who were in the barracks came to see for 

Jew 
themselves this usa whom the hated Jews themselves wanted killed. They had 

said He proclaimed Himself as a king and they wanted to see just what sort of 

man He was. And since He didn't look any different from any other Jew, they 

started to have some fun at His expense in their own special way. So Matthew 

writes, "And they stripped Him, and put on Him a scarlet robe- And when th e y 
had platted a frown of thorns, they put It upon Hi? head, and a reed in Hit- 
right hand; and they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying, 
'Hail, King or the Jews!' "ml they spit upon Him, and took the reed and 
smote Him on the head." 

A king needed a royal robe and a crown. So in their desire to have some fun, 
they found a discarded officers cloak and put it on Him for a robe. A crown 
was fashioned out of thorns. And a king needed a scepter and so a reed, much 
like the reeds which we pass out on Palm Sunday was placed in His hands. And 
then probably they passed in front of Jesus and each one bowed before Him, 
and made Insulting re-mrks and lastly they took the reed which ha^l probably 
fallen out of His hands and hit Him on the head with It. Of all that Jesus 
had to endure, this humiliation was possibly the easiest to bear because *k 
these men didn't know any better. They were merely seeking to have some fun, 
warped fun at that, but nevertheless fun in what was a very gruesome and hor- 
rible situation. ., , . , ... ... . . , 

jas beinr!" prepared while this went on and had now 

So having done this, Jesus' cross faaiS been made ready, and He was ready to be 

marched off to the_ execution site. So we read in the 31s i; verse, "And after 
,.' had mocked Him, bhey ook he ro - f*f Ircrn Rim, and put His own rai- 
ment on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him." 

V e are going to gloss over Simon the Gyrene because we will be looking at him 
at another time in the near future. So Jesus was brought to the place of 
execution. On that journey, prisoners to be executed were baken by the long- 
est route as an example for everyone to see what happened to those who defied 
Rome, ifaxixg vK^xlve I radi riJ n -itrr, >n that journey, four soldiers were assign- 
ed to each prisoner to be executed. So Jesus had four soldiers walking with 
Him, and each of the two executed with Him also had four each. 
When they arrived at the sight, Jesus was thrown down on the ground and given 
a drink of sour wine to de .den bhe i '-. " ; ■ nail I ' the jroaa. and the 
cross was stood in an upright position. The four soldiers assigned to Him 
then took j >sse ion of the clothes which had been stripped from Jesus. In 
the 35th verse we read, "And they crucified Him and Parted His garments, 



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casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, 
'They parted My garments anions them, and -upon My vesture did they cast lots. 

This is a quotation from the 2?nd Psalm which the Psalmist wrote a thousand 

years before Christ, and yet it depicts accurately the crucifixion of Jesus. 

This casting of lots for the clothing of the prisoner was another means the 

soldier.? employed to amuse themselves somewhat during the horrible ordeal 

taking place above them on thsoe crosses. And so we read in the 36th verse, 
"And sitting down they watched Him there." 

T^ey had to sit and literally wait for the prisoner to die, or to break their 
legs at the appropriate time so they could no longer push themselves upright 
to breathe properly, and thus they would die by suffocation. It was an ex- 
tr mely cruel way to execute criminals. 

They had arrived at this site around xiime 9:00 A.M. Around noon, a th'.ck 
darkness had settled over the land. ka time slowly parses the four soldiers 
are startled by a loud cry coming from the cross above them at about 3:00 P.N. 
Perhaps they were idly seated there, each one lost in his own personal thougjjrt 
lerhaps each one was thinking of home, wherever that may be. In all probabil- 
ity, they were each drafte* into the Roman army and now found themselves on 
foregin soil to serve here for a period of time. 

But as they hearl this outcry, it was completely fOEeign to them because Jesus 
was not speakiz : - in latin. The languas-e was either Hebrew, or a combination 
of Hebrew and Aramaic. That much they probably knew. But what He said meant 
nothing because of their lack of understanding. So we read in verses 4-5 and 

46, "Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the 
ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesu^ cried with a loud voice, saying, 
'Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani? ' That is to say, 'My God, My God, why hast 
Thou forsaken F,E? '" 

bo then we read in the 47th verse, "Some of them that stood there, when they 
heard that, said, 'This man calleth for Elijah,'" 

The only thing these soldiers understood was that it sounded like He was call- 
ing for the prophet Elijah. Being around these Jews for any length of time, 
they would have learned that Elijah was a prophet who held a high place in 
their religion. So therefore, when they heard this man calling out in His 
agony, the only intelligible thins; was what sounded like the name "Elijah," 

Mow what was the result of this? Well, we read in the 48th verse, "And wtrai- 
ghtway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and 
put it on a reed, and gave Him to drink." 

One of the soldiers, just one, reached out to help Him. What of the other 

three? 'What did they do? Verse 49 tells us, "The rest said, 'Let be, let us 
see whether Elijah will come to save Him,'" 

The other three soldiers adopted a wait-and-see attitude. Now if we were to 
ask these three why they didn't try to do anything we would have probably re- 
ceived several answers. One of them may have said, "I didn't do anything, 
because I'm not Elijah. That's who He was calling for. 



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Ferhaps one of them would have said, "It really isn't my business," and would 

have given the ape old excuse, "It didn't concern me, so I minded my own 

business." This attitude has now become vorue, especially in our United 

States of America. We have read of sitaation after situation in recent times 

of people who were actually murdered while others looked on and did nothing. 

And when questioned why, they answered, "It was none of my business." 

(Illustration of fire, wanting to get there, but not knowing where to go) 
In a small town the volunteer fire department 'a phone was answered by a 
policeman on duty who would sound the alarm for the fireoen to come to the 
firehouse. One day the phone rang, the policeman answered, "Fire department 
A voice on the other end said, "Send the fire truck!" and then the caller 
slammed the iphone down. The policeman sat stunned, not knowing what to do. 
He waited a few moments and then the phone rang again. He quickly picked 
it up and the same frantic voice said, "Gen the fire truck!" and just as 
quickly hung up again. 

Realizing that someone's house was pofsibly at stake, he rushed outside and 
sa&nned the horizen but couldn't detect smoke in any direction. As he 
tryed to figure out what to do, he formulated a plan as to how he could 
keep the caller from hanigng up so quickly if she called back. Sure enough 
the phone rang asrain and instead of answering "fire department," he asked, 
"'//here's the fire?" and the lady on the other end screamed, "In the kitchen! 
and hung up. 

Now there was a man and a fire department that wanted to get involved, but 
were prevented by a lack of co-operation. If we were walking past a house anc 
saw fire and smoke pouring out of it, would we try to be of help? Or "/Quid 
we say, "I saw the house burniriEr, but it really wasn't any of my business?" 
At least one of the soldiers must have had that attitude. He was fulfilling 
his job and the man wax would soon be dead, so why try to help. He would have 
said, "It really wasn't any of my business. 

If another of those three were asked, "Why didn't you do something to help?" 
he may have answered, "I wanted to but I believed that someone else was going 
to do it, so why should I bother?" He had asked for Elijah and I figured 
I would let Elijah bake care of ' Ls ne ds. 

And then there is the third soldier if he were asked why he didn't do anything 
perhaps he would answer, "I wanted to, but after all, His situation is hope- 
less you know. He was condemned to die, and in a short period f '. i - he was 
going to be dead & no one could stop that. To why bother?" 
But there was one amonp: that four who did render help even when the others 
said, ".v'iat and see if Elijah comes to help!" Who was this soldier? ■■•hat 

ki ! esu We don't know, but like so many others without a name, his 
deed is etched in history for all to see. Someone wrote a poeni about people 
such ,a fch Ls and bhis Ls how H ;oes : 
(Illustration of poem of "What's his name) 



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Common as the wayside grasses, 

Ordinary as the soil, 
By the score he daily passes, 
Going bo and fro from ' Ls toil; 
wealth o " nte , 
„ ' ~ ' •• :/rr, 

Hot tovm him the glittering glory 

•'-,■ for '■ ' n the plac 1 : gh f 
Week by week the same old story, 

Try and fail, and fail and try, 
A1TL his days dull and tame- 
Poor, old, plodding What 's-his-name . 

Though to someone :else the guerdon, 

Though but few his worth may know, 
On his shoulders rests the burden 

Of our progress won so slow; 
Red the road by which we came 
With the blood of what 's-his-name . 

He may not have a name known by us, but he was known by God. This man proba- 
bly was not aware that he was actu? lly doinpc ±kExw±±4 that which this man he 
was helping to execute had taught. Jesus had said when we minister to the 

needs of someone, if it is only giving a drink of water, "Insomuch as ye have 
done it unto the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me." 

Man always looks at great deeds and great accomplishments, but what does God 

look at? Remember the incident when Jesse paraded all of his sons before the 

priest Samuel? Each of these young men were tall and well-built ; physical 

specimens they all were. But God told Samuel He had not chosen any of these. 

Finally, he ask? Jesse if these are all the sons he has. And Jesse tells him 

he has one more, his youngest. So David is sent for and we read that he was 

ruddy, (which jaDckaxxtaox&BxjribfcjaxaxrKt means red, and probably that he was 

redheaded). And we also learn from Scripture that he wasn't very tall, but 

was probably short. So here was a redhaired , short young man and this is the 

one God chose to be Saul '3 successor who stood head and shoulders above all 

other men. Why? Because God told Samuel when he was looking at Eliab, look 
not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have re- 
fused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the out- 
ward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7 

This nameless executioner gave to the Lord from his heart, and we can be cert- 

ain God looked at his heart. 

(Illustration of Bonhoeffer going back to Germany and losing his life) 

During world War II, Dietrich Bonhoeffer a German Lutheran minister had 
come to the United Spates to live. He was offered a comfortable job teach- 
ing in one of our seminaries. But he refused it and returned to Germany 
to be with his people and to fight against the Nazis, who finally killed 
him. He didn't have to go, but he chose to go. 

When we talk about people like this it doesn't help us too much because 
it doesn't reach most of us where we live. But if we describe it another 
way, then we can relate to it. You don't h ave to pray each day- you don't 
have_to come to church; you don't have to give your money; you don'r h&ve 



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to try to be honest; you don't h ave t o seek to do any of the things which we 
are taught by Christ to do. But "It" "is when we choose to do things, to take 
action then we too are serving Christ. 

Jesus said, "He that will come after Me, must take up his cross and follow 
Mm he." And when we choose to take action, action which helps our fellow- 
man, we are doing just that. Each of us are executioners in our own right. 
We either crucify Jesus anew each time we refuse to live or act as He has 
taught us. Or we crucify ourselves to the world when we reach out to the 
needs of others. The one soldier could have si remained seated with the 
other three. Instead, he chose to get involved. And we don't know anything 
else about this man. But I believe that by his closeness to Jesus and be- 
cause of his seeking to help Him, his life was changed. Perhaps we will see 
him in frlory one day, and hear Jesus speak to him, "Well done, well done.! 
And may we hear Him say to us becuase b£ we choose to serve Him, "Well done 
good and faithful servants! Well done,! 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor March 31* 1935 

Mr. Dale Rice , Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
John Penrod, Acolyte 

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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "Open the Gates of the Temple" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announc ements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Choral Introit "Hosanna" 
*Hymn No, 394 "flejoice, ¥e Pure in Heart" 
"Ascription 
*Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) "Father, we recall that our Lord 
was led through a rejoicing throng and hailed as King, 
but many who hailed Him, helped to lead Him to a hill 
where He was slain. Keep us from our individual reject- 
ion of Him, and forgive us for the love of self which 
excludes Him, Lead us from our fruitless worship of 
power and might to Him who continues to come in 
meekness and humility, that we may be ruled by Him, 
and we may ever acclaim Him, "Blessed is He who cometh 
in the name of the Lord." Amen* 
*Kyrie 

^Assurance of Pardon 
'Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God! 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name 
forever. 
•Gloria Patri 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "Gentle Shepherd" 
Doxology 

The Rite of Confirmation - The Charge: The Vows 
*Apostles Creed - page 137 (Congregation and Confirmand) 
The Confirmation; The Confirmation Prayer 
The Reception of Adult Members 
Anthem: "The Festal Day is Here" 



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Scripture: Luke 19: 28-40 

Sermon: "Seen in the Crowd: An Heir" 
♦Closing Hymn No . 345 "Crown Him with Many Crowns" 
♦Benediction 
"Closing Chimes 

*Po3tlude "Thau Art the King" 
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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mr. & Mrs. William Snyder in memory of brothers & sisters. 
Mr. Don Kingsley will greet the congregation at the doer 

this morning. 
Ushers for today are Alvin Tait, Mike Nazaruk, Gottlob 

Kradel, and James McClymonda. 
Nursery will be provided today by Tracey Johnston. .. _ 
Attendance last Sunday was 129 with 14 visitors. _ - 
ospitaliied: George HacKinney BMH, Mrs. Alma Rex is 
in St. Margaret's Hospital ia Pittsburgh. 
MONDAY - Spangs Volleyball 
TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 
WEDNESDAY - Council 7:00 P.M. 
•THURSDAY - Maundy Thursday Service 7:30 P.M. Altar communion 

Chancel choir practice after the service 
Vti Lie-;*' Reception & Social Hour in Rehoboth Hall after 
' pjf. ^^ e service for new members & the congregation. 
RIDAY - Good Friday Service at 7:30 P.M. Pew Communion 
SATURDAY - Chancel Choir practice at 9:00 A.M. 

Basketball at 10-12 
Easter Sunday the chancel choir will be presenting the 
Cantata "Then Came the Morning" written by the Gaithers. 
Please plan to join the celebration of our risen Lord 
and Saviour with us. 
■~>EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE AND BREAKFAST is April 7th at 6:30 
in Rehoboth Hall. Men are preparing the food. If 
any one wishes to help, please contact Dick Mangel. 
Also we need coffee cakes or rolls. If you wish to help 
with the rollSi please contact Helen Riemer. Also 
please call Helen with your reservation. We need them 
by April 1st.-- T^ttrAT 
^RECEPTION ON MAUNDY THRUSDAY we are in need of cookies. 
If you can bring some, please inform Shirley Link so 
we can have enough for an enjoyable evening. 
EASTER EGGS are still available in the kitchen after 

the service. Helen Riemer will take care of you. 
NEWSLETTER ARTICLES may be brought into the office by 
Wednesday. The newsletter will go out on Thursday, 



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Scrip: Luke 19:28-40 

(Una Jack bfuroi £-. bottl,inher 6mil) 

Jack .fijiim Bean instan heir by chanc/perhap pur luk 

as mos peop wud say 

But how unlik Q this respec=He duznt lv anytbin 2 

sp cal=luk or chanc 
Al He duz ia plan,proi!:ram,orchestret acord Mastr PI 

Js bin preach 3yr 6 aclaim as many things 
1 title was that of Prophet & lik prophs B4, mesas? 
spok no herd or receiv 
Ja knu fulfil G 's inf in plan & part plaa 2B recogniz 
^who/what He was 

All bin fulfil proph of ilim w/excep He mus= uffr 

many thinp" as He tol discips 
3o thez las day .resolutly set face 2go 2Jeru 2*aixyi£ 
2hav final thing tak place 

Thus Js kno He not bin herd,listn 2, set stag 4-this 
vss 29-Jl«Beth vas hom=Kary,Marth ,XaK wher Js stay 

locat Ij£-2mi fr Jeru & wat re* I! instruc Js giv disc 
Discips wer giv pasword=vs 31b 

Js made aranp w/suml remain unknown 
fr this Js aranp own parad & in sens fore iasu of 
His arest/deth wfa wud tak plac Bcuz this parad 

But wriu"all thine nrnsB acomplish & that He in F's vi 

wil & so plan set in motin 
'' o read as discips go vilac,unty donky ask/anser 

cloths mak saddl <*■ Js Jride donky &. ride 2ward Jeru 
peop Egan spred cloths /palms in rd=cust ?day=Red Car^ 
vs 37« Js cum in2 Jeru fr (U Olivs & thispt recog as 

King cum in peac Bcuz ride donky=war=white horse 
Thez peop bin rnd Js saw heal sik;rais Lz? ft herd 
■ 'each things of G 
Th^J same peop crv out=vs 38 
Ht tel dif=21:9-HEAD 

duz aparant discrep storys mean 1/both wrong? 
lio duznt, Bcuz crowd shout both & ea writr tel herd 
Ther sum crowd saw or thot Js as B=3on of David & 
riteful 1 sit throne David 
othrs saw as Messiah, delivr peop Israel 
othrs saw Hita as Savior grant salvatin,but directly, 
indirectly all saw as sucesor sumway throne David 

Saw Him as King & riteful heir 2 the throne 
During feast Tabnacl peop cut palm br & waved & join* 
sing PS 118: 25-26= READ 

tford=HOrA£NA=Heb 4=3av now ?r acknowledg He Savior 

whom Ik 4 



2completly underst wat aclaim Js ment/siraifv 2/ 

need Ik ilus OT & 4-that mus turn 2 Ki 2 

■ this chap readElij 2B takn hvn bodly 

Tels this Elish who was 2B sueesor In prophetic line 
■ilij tel -lish mu.= "-o cros Jordn,he stay, but Elish 
go with, no lv him 
i Ov |2Jordn,Eli-j tak mantle=Cloak strik Jordn=part & 
j th_y cros 
' now read =vs9=this no requesElish 2B abl do twie as 

■ much as EliJ 

insted=it reques he mlteB recogniz heir Elij in 

prophetic line 
heir/& oldes son fanly was errant doubl portin of 
famly welth as inheritance 
' Deut '1:1? s?eci"y let born receiv dubl portin f's ir 

heritance 
: //at was Js?oHe 1st born of S & as such heir "'F's 
■ in^dom 

& if Js aclaim=3on of Dav that made Him a prince 
«/en born angl aclaim w/Feac on Erth & here Lk read 
peop aclaim=Peac in hvn 

'o if Js acknowlerlf= Trine of Psac ther 
of : .' 
It is G'a hvnly kingdom & the kingdom on earth 
He is 2inherit G F's thron &. thron David 

So lk Js in Growd not merely as lwho rode in pre- 
plan parad, but as An Heir 
But ihars,relig ldrs day no lik wat peop aclaim Js 

They no Bliev Js I'esiah & told Him tel discips shut 
Js anser if they shutup, stones cryout & proclaim as 
King, Mesiah, Savior 

He say, He all thez things aclaim Him 
& (uz all thoa claim Him as Sav & L are inhertors 
of wat He has, they R also sons of G 

As Bgan talk tol man name Jack Wurm,compar 2wat he 

inherit, 6mil, wat Ur inherit worth? 
Can U/do U try measur worldly guds? 

If trus Js as Ur 3av Ur inheritanc secur 
Thick bout wat U hav ! Think wat mean 100 yr fr now! 

Try 2imaE:in etern wh will Bf Ujeteral peac;eternl 

hapnesjeternl ^oy of G's presenc 
Dav writ ln^ B* ther was kno etern such as we kno 
thru Xp,E wrot Ps 118:16=READ 

Think of it! 6million dollars cannotB compar ?tha'; 

which is ours thru Him 
The parad is pasin 8= we R a part that Crowd partak 
of it 

Can we B soen in that Crowd & identfy as All HEIH7 



"Seen In The Crowd: An Heir" 

Scripture: Luke 19:28-4-0 

(Illustration of Jack Wurm heir to Singer fortune) 

A man named Jack Wurtt, (W-U-R-M), was walking alonsr axiiKHKkxxH the beach in 
San Francisco in 194-9. He was broke and out of work. He came upon a bot- 
tle with a note in it and he read, "To avoid confusion, I leave my entire 
estate to the lucky person who finds thin bottle and to my attorney, Barry 
Cohen, share and share alike." And it was signed Daisy Singer Alexander 
who was the heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune. The courts accepted 
the theory that the heiress wrote the note 12 years prior to this, threw it 
into the River Thames in London and it drifte* across the oceans to land at 
the feet of a penniless and .jobless man. Jack Wurm got over 6 million in 
cash and Finger stock. 

Jack Wurm became an instant heir by chance. Perhaps by pure luck as most peo- 
ple would say. But how very unlike God in this respect. He doesn't leave 
anything to so called "luck" or "chance." All that He does is planned and 
programmed and orchestrated according to His master plan. 
Jesus had been preaching for 3 years. He was acclaimed as many things, Among 
which was the title of "Prophet." And like all of the prophets before Him, 
the message He spoke was not heard or received. Jesus knew He was fuf Hilling 
God's infinite plan and a part of that plan was to be recognized for who and 
what He was. All had now been fulfilled prophesied of HIb, withvthe exception 
that He "must suffer many things," as He had told His disciples. So in these 
last days, He had resoultely set His face to go to Jerusalem and to have these 
final things take place. 

Thus , Jesus knowing that He had not been heard, or listened to, set the stage 
for His final days. So we read in verses 29-3}., (read these). P.ethany was 
the home of Mary, Martha : ' -i "^ lAzarus, where Jesus frequently stayed during 
His ministry. It was located about 1# or 2 miles from Jerusalem. What we 
have Just read are the instructions which Jesus ceve to His disciples to go 
to a nearby village and secure a donkey for Him to ride on. T>,e disciples 
were giving the password when they said, "The Lord hath need of him," Jesus 
had made these arrangements with someone who remains unknown. We see from 
this that Jesus had arranged His own parade. In a sense, He was forcing the 
issue of His arrest and death which would take place because of this parade. 
But He knew that "All things must be accomplished," and that He was in His 
Father's will. So the plan was set in motion. So we read that the disciples 
went into the village and as they were untying the donkey, the people or per- 
son who owned the animal questioned why- they were doing that. They gave the 
answer and were not stopped, and came back to Jesus vith the donkey. 
So clothes were placed on the donkey for tit* Jesus to sit on and as Jesus 
began riding the donkey toward Jerusalem, the people becan to spread their 
clothing in the road for the donkey to ride ss over. T^is custom is continued 
today for visiting dignitaries and we call it the "Red Carpet treatment." 



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Iuke tells us in verse 37, (read this verse). Jesus was coming into Jerusa- 
lem from the Mount of Olives . At this point He was recognized as a King com- 
ing in peace because He was v riding on a donkey. Had He been coming to make 
war, He would have been riding a white horse. These people had been around 
Jesus and had seen Him heal people; perhaps witnessed Lazarus coming forth 
from his tomb; and heard His preaching of the things of God. So these same 

people were crying out, "Elessed be the King that cometh in the name of the 
Lord: peace in heaven, and priory in the highest." verse 38. 

Katthew tells us that the people reacted a little differently. He writes in 

the 8th and 9th verses of the 21st chapter, "And a very great multitude 
spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees 
and strew them in the way. And the multitudes thatvwent bef*ore , and that 
followed, cried, saying, 'Hosanna to the Eon of Bavi&: Blessed is He that 
cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest." 

Wow does this apparent discrepancy in the two stories mean that one or the 

other, or both are wrong? T.o it doesn't. Because the crowds were shouting 

and saying both of these things. TTnere were some in the crowd who only saw, 

or thought of Jesus as being the Son of David, the rightful one to sit upon 

David's throne. There were those who saw Him as the Messiah, the deliverer 

of the people of Israel, And then there were those who saw Him as the Savioui 

the one who would grant them saltation. But directly, or indirectly, they 

all saw Him as the successor in someway tovthe throne of D«,vid. They saw Him 

as their King t and as such, He was the rightful heir to the throne. 

During the Feast of Tabernacles, the people cut palm branches and waved them 

during the feast and xxsar joined in the singing of Psalm 118. We read in 

this Fsalm in verses 25 and 26, "Save now, I beseech thee, Lord: Lord, 
I beseech Thee, send now prosperity. Blessed be He that cometh in the 
name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord." 

T>,e word "Hosanna" is Hebrew for "Save now t " and is the acknowledgement that 
He was their Saviour whom they had been looking for, 

Wow to completely understand what this acclamation of Jesus signified, we need 
to look at an illustration in the Old Testament, And for that, we must turn 
to the book of 2 Kin^s chapter 2. In this chapter we read that Elijah was 
to be taken to heaven bodily without dying. He tells this to Elijah who is 
to be his successor in the prophetic line. Elijah tells Elisha isix±eHXEXfa±jn 
that he must go across the Jordan and ±nx Elisha is to wait where they are. 
But Elisha tells Elijah that he will not leave him and so they travel togeth- 
er. T,,ey come to the Jordan, Elijah gathers his mantle, or his claak and 
strikes the Jordan with it; the waters part and they walk together to the 
other side. Here Elijah speaks to Eliaha and we read in the 9th verse, 
"Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee." 

"And Elisha said, 'I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon 
me . '" 






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This was not a request by Elisha to joaxs be able to do twice as much as Elijah 
or to have twice as nuch as Elijah. Instead, it is a reiuest that he might be 
the recognized heir of Elijalr in the prophetic line. The heir and oldest son 
in the family was granted a double portion of the family wealth as his inherit 
ance . Deuteronomy 21:17 specifies that the firstborn was to receive a double 
portion of his father's inheritance. 

What was Jesus? He was the Firstborn Son of God and as such, was the heir 
to His Father's kingdom, Now if Jesus was acclaimed as "The Son of David," 
that made Him a prince. When He was born the angels acclaimed Him ataxttoE 
with "Peace on Earth." kD6 heve in Puke we read the people proclaiming, 
"Peace in Heaven." Po if Jesus was acknowledged as the "PRince of Peace," 
there is His double \ motion of the inheritance. T t la (rod 'a teaveiily 1 Lngdom 
eni the 1 Lngdom on earth. He is to inherit God His Father's throne, and He 
is to inheirt David's throne. Fo we are looking at ±k±x Jesus in the crowd, 
not merely as One who rode in a pre-planned parade, but as "An Heir." As 
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But the relierious leaders of the day, the Pharisees didn't like what was 

going or because to them the acclamation of the people was not true. They 

didn't believe that Jesus was the Messiah and so we read that they told Him 

to shut His disciples up. And the answer Jesus gave was that if they were 

to remain silent, the stones would cry out and proclaim that He was the King, 

the Messiah, the Saviour as He was being acclaimed. He was all that was 

being Raid of Him. 

And because of Him, all those who claim Him as Saviour and Lord are inheritors 

of what He has because they also become Sons of God. Ae- we began we talked 

about a man named Jack Wurm. Compared to the & million which he inherited, 

what is your inheitance worth? «2Bx?fB5ax]CEaaHrExi±xixxKHx±ii^yxKBH^s* Can you 

or do you try to measure it in worldly goods? If you are trusting Christ as 

your Saviior, your inheritance is secure. Think about what you have. Think 

what it will mean 100 years from now! Try to imagine the eternity which will 

be before you, the eternal peace, the eternal happiness, the eternal joy of 

God's presence. David writing of this long before there was a known eternity 

such as we know through Christ, wrote in the 36th Psalm verse 16, "The lord 
knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be forever." 

Think of it! Six million earthly dollars cannot be compared to that which 

is ours through Him. The parade is passing and we are a part of that crowd 

partaking of it. Can we be seen in that Crowd and be identified as "An Heir?' 



St* Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 

April 4, 19B5 MAUNDY THURSDAY 

Rev. Ralph Linkj Pastor Dale Rice, Organist 

Kelly Mangel, Acolyte 
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0RD5H OF WORSHIP 7:30 P.M. 

Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 

Announcements 

Congregational Greeting 

Joys 

Choral Introit "Hosanna" 
"Hymn No. 254 „ "Near the Cross 11 
♦Ascription 

"Call to Communion and Confession (Communion Folder) 
*Prayer of Confession (Communion Folder} 
♦Assurance of Pardon 

Offering 

Offertory 
*Doxology 

Communion Hymn No, 251. "In the Cross of Christ I Glory" 
♦Invitation to Communion (Page 2 of Communion Folder) 
♦Seraphic Hymn (Communion Folder) 
"Institution and Consecration of the Elements 

Distribution of the Bread 

Distribution of the Cup 
"Prayer of Thanksgiving 

Scripture: Hark IS: 21 

Sermon: "Seen in the Crowd: An Unwitting Volunteer" 
♦Hymn No. 256 "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" 
♦Benediction 
"Closing Chimes 
♦Postlude 



Mr. A Mrs. Harry Davis will greet the congregation at 
the door this evening. 

Nursery will be provided tonight by Mrs. Bonnie Gannon. 

Ushers will also be serving the communion this evening. 

Hospitalized r Ralph Tait in BMK 

*" Easter Sunrise Service and Breakfast will be held 
April 7th beginning at 6:30 a.m. Please come 
and Join in the service of our risen Saviour. 

Easter Worship Service at 11:00 a.m. will be the 
Easter Cantata "Then Came the Morning" sung 
by the Chancel Choir. This cantata was written 
by the Gaithers. 

There are still Easter Eggs for sale. You may pick 
them up tonight after the service in Rehoboth Hall. 

Immediately after the service this evening, there is 
a reception in Rehoboth Hall for the new and! old 
members of the congregation * Please stop in to 
visit and welcome the new members. It is a time 
of fellowship with refreshments . 



Su^dtoy- ^.c^a-ct'ioN. . LoAoes & dedication 
ouringf the service . i lease do not drop them off 

up front before the service. 

■'ill all do that during the service* 

Invite all to partake of Lord 'a fupper tonight 

do not ask that you are members , ask that you 
profess belief in Jesus Christ as your saviour* 

fUshera will direct you which aislj? to walk up and 
Idown so you may partake without inconvenience. 
The Elements are in front of you as you kneel, 
will .ill partake of them at one time as you are 
at the altar rail. Please wait 
If you cannot kneel ,you may stand 

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1 a ■ statin intervl thruout kingdm,w/bor9viS reddy 2 
speed mesags 2thelr destinatin as nuik as posibl 

Thez men ■ v .horses , boats 

evn Den they met 

b lik nesen ■ cary import rre^ap. ,S inon 
t -es in2 servie 
quit posibl Simon cary import mesaf as we shel G 

This vs,3inion identfy as fatbr Alexander & ^ufus 
This unusul,Bcuz fathr no identfy by childrn ,revers 
Very likly Mk's Gospl writ 4 Ch Pome S; so we read 
Romans lGilV ^ufus son Simon Gyrene & 2 Faul speoil 

trend ^."Hothr, Simon wife, lik own mothr 
May wel mean Simon encountr w/Js raod ?Calvry, Simon 
acpt Js as ;iav &. he in turn lead famly 2 Xp 

But Imor impot thing pt out fnd in Luke Acts 1^: 1_ 
This vb read Simeon, nothr form r imon 

thir Simeon cal Niger & merly nean dark skin, swarthy 

i»o mean Blak lik sum try 2say 
Simeon nam ty 2 Lucius ,Cyrene & way vs writ apear 
both Simeon, Lucius from Cyrene 

How if same Simon oary ores Js,gud posibilty 4 this 

means this Simeon very inatru creat 1st mission 2 

Gentils in Antioch, 
& if this case=then gud posibilty we canE Xpians ?dav 
Bcuz ince long arc a man anser cal 2carry burdn Js Ep 

Now is that coine'd? Suirk fate? 
NO, it G 's plan in G'a plan ther no coincid, quirks 

If Simon no ther thai time/that plac,gud posibilty 

U & I no here this eve 
Bu* all did tak plao & G plan that way Bcuz that way 
Hi iperat 

Here was man 2celbrat asovr persnl meanful way 
Ins ted shar larb,had Larab shar w/him 

Bcuz Simon met Js on way Calvry his lif nevr sane 
fcame 4evr writ histry as Ali DBWIWIBS VOLUNTEER 
but 4 him it ment a new life 

He is only man who cud say literly piked ut> ,tp s 

cros i cary it 
ti 8 I a only ask by Js ?pik up our own er©e«e & cary 
them 4 Him, 



Scrip: [-ark 15:21 

Lik taks on apear wat many cal=conincid, ouirk fate 

4thoz outsid Xpianty ther R coincid^quirks fate, 

but 4 Xpian thoz ctrcums R acts of G,fi R Cod directet 
Js bin condem dy;bin up all niteB quest Sanhed ordr 
f yes chrg ?secur executin 
So uad gon w/out sleep & erly hrs morn takn ?Filat 

que3tin mokry trial ;takn Herod=mok-,then bak 2rilat 
scourp rip flesh ribbns ;releas whims soldiers ,abus , 
then enrout circuitous rte 2 Calvary ,Oolrotha 
At same time B led out pate Jeru,man mak way f recount: 
2Jeru 2celbrat feast Easovr 

short periud tine path^ vud ctos= fas coincid?=G's dii 
the man nam .'.imon & kno nothin excep came Africa ,Cyrei 
■v this mod day Tripoli 

this city grp Jews setl & rpob liflonp dream Simn 2 

cum 2Jeru f.. celbrat Feast Paaovr kus lnce liftime 
Irob scrimp, sav ?do so & Ik 4ward 2ernestly 

Irob stay sumwlafcr country abl aford lode- &. now go 2 

city Pcelbrat feast & 2C Jeru siter- 
Is aproach gate city, cant help hear nois/clamor crowd 

As his curosty aroun ,so othrs & crowds form 
He push thru & C Romn seldur front w/board & words 
Solo by man eery cr03beam,2solcture hesid,nothr Bhin 
then same grp w/nothr prisnr cary crosbeamjK' then not 

procesin 5men led Pexecut greet jeers , insult , curses 

Bcuz crowd knu dun sumthin worthy rleth 
Jus as las prisnr cum abrest Simon, fal dwn undr burdn 

Simon watch how othrs cary cros & notic tho weifh 

100 lb, cud cary,but las man no apear aase othrs 
'*lh-\ they Ik hardned,exhib calusnes this man Ik oorml 

. Amman fal,& Simon C all want ^>C,turn %. as duz.feel 

tuch cold ntetl shoiar,lk rnd & star Romn soldur ft 

spear on his sholdr 
YUU,pik up cros fe cary 

profcl dimon impos statur 8-. why chosn 4task 
Wen persn i mpres servie by Romnjinus do or dy 

Simon stoop dwn,pikup despis instr del' ; - "::ouch, 

much les cary was 2c5efil,2B cursed 
As heft ?sholdrs ,man ?B slain on it prob walk by side 
It no record, but pud posibilty Js tol how much aprec 
Simon tnk burdn 4 Him 

\r. mov Sward plao executin wat mus bin distastful 

task 4 Simon, may wel hav Bcum 1 in wh/lern who was 
Gac Js op 2reaeal self 2 a seeking Jew 
Simon may wel bin Ik '.,_ lis of Cs. ,:iesiah,ont "-\<\ 
Him on road 2 Calvary 






"Seen In The Crowd: An Unwitting Volunteer" 
Scripture: Mark 15:21 

Life takes on the appearance of what many call "coincidences." But are the 
events of our lives such For those who remain outside the fold of Christ- 
ianity circumstances may indeed be looked upon as "coincidence," or "quirks 
of fate." But for the Christian those circumstances which may be thought of 
as "coincidences" are looked upon as acts of God, and are God directed. 
Jesus had been condemned to die. He had been up most of the night being 
questioned by the Sanhedrin in order to press adequate charges against Him to 
secure His execution. So He had gone without sleep. In the early hours of 
the morning He had stood before Pilate and been trhough the mockery of a 
trial. Then He had been led to King Herod and mocked by Herod's soldiers 
and men of his court. Then marched back to p ilate, sentenced to scourging, 
which involved a brutal beating tearing His flesh to ribbons; then released 
to the whimR of the eb±±he:k soldiers who further abused Him; and then led 
through a long snd curcuitous route to the place of execution. Jesus was 
being led to the gate going out of Jerusalem to the hill called "Golgotha, " 
or "Calvary." But at the same time as He was bein^ led out of the gate in 
the company of the two other prisoners and the Roman soldiers escorting them, 
a man was making his way from the country into the city for the Feast of the 
Passover, In a short period of time their paths are goinc- to cross. Was it 
coincidence, or was it God's leading? 

The man is named Simon and we know nothing more of him at this point, other 
than the fact that he is from a city namedCyrene which was in North Africa. 
T v at place is the site of modern Tripoli. It was there that a group of Jews 
had settled, Simon probably came to Jerusalem to fulfill a lifelong dream of 
celebrating the Passover in Jerusalem ,iust once in his lifetime. He had prob- 
ably scrimped and saved in order to make this pilgrimage, and had looked for- 
ward to it very earnestly. He had probably stayed somewhere in the country 
where the prices would have made it possible for him to afford the lodging. 
Now he was on his way into the city for the feast. At long last he is going 
to see Jerusalem and he is probably absorbed in all that is going on around 
him. But as he is approaching the gate leading into the city, he can't help 
but hear the noise and clamor of a crowd up ahead. And just as his curiousitj 
is aroused, so is the curiosity of many others. So as the procession makes 
its tedious way down the road, fcisxKnsKdxjrKtfcEEs crowds of people gather on 
both sides of the road. Simon, pushing himself to the front of the crowd 
whefe he is at this time watches as a procession of people come toward him. 
lie first notices a Roman soldier carrying a board on which is printed some 
words which at this point he can't make out. Following the soldier is a 
man carrying a heavy crossbeam, which anyone *ould recognize as the second 



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part of a cross to which this prisoner will be nailed. He is flanked on 
either side by two soldiers and another soldier is bringing up the rear. 
The crowd is calling out to him and he in turn is answering their jibes with 
jibes of his own. Following the last soldier is another soldier also bear- 
ing a board, followed again by another man carrying a crossbeam, with the same 
amount of soldiers and ikgxssxia following them If yet another man carrying 
a crossbeam with the same amount of soldiers. This procession of three men 
is greeted by the crowds with insults and curses because it is known that the; 
had each done something worthy of death. 

Just as the last man comes abreast of rimon, Fe falls down under his burdens 
Simon had watched how the others had carried their crosses and had noticed 
that although they probably weighed around a hundred pounds, an ordinary man 
could carry them. But as he looks at this fellow he sees that this man does- 
n't have the same appearance of the other two. Where they look hardened and 
exhibit a callousness about them, this man had the look of a normal law abid- 
ing citizen. Seeing the man fall under his burden, and noting that He didn't 
look like a criminal, Simon probably turned away hafine- seen all that he carec 
to see. But as he turns and starts to push back through the crowd to contin- 
ue through the gate into Jerusalem, he feels the touch of a cold piece of 
metal on his shoulder. And turning round he is confronted by the spear of the 
last Roman soldier resting on his shoulder, and the menacing appearance of 
the man holding the spear. The soldier speaks and says, "You, pick up this 
cross and carry it." In all probability ^imon was of an imposing stature 
which is why he was chosen for the task. And when a person was impressed in- 
to service by the Romans, he had to obey or lose his life. So Simon stoops 
down and picks up this detected instrument of death. As a Jew it was not onlj 
despised, but was considered as a curse to have anything to do with it. 
We can well imagine his feelings not only toward the cross, but toward the mai 
who has caused him to be pressed into service . 

An he hefts the weigh o.f i o hia shoulder, bhe man to be slain on it waa 
probably walking by hia side. It isn't recorded, but it is a -ood bet that 
Jesus struck up a conversation with Simon. He may have told him how much He 
appreciated Simon taking His burden from Him, V they moved toward the place 
of execution, what may have been a very distateful task for Simon, may well 

r ' •; v;hioh n ie learaed - man was, and gave Jesus the op- 
portuntiy to reveal Himself to a seeking Jew, Simon nay well have been look- 
ing for the j ,mise of ' >1, ! ■■ .ah, and found Him on the road to Cal- 
vary . 

The Greek word for compel in this 21st verse comes from Persian origin. It 
was used of public messengers who were appointed by the king of Persia They 
were stationed at intervals throughout the kingdom, with horses ready to ' 



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speed messages to their destination as nuickly as possible. T v ey were the 
forerunners of our Pony Express. These men had the authority to press into 
services, horses, boats, and even men they met. So we can see that much like 
a messenger carrying an important message, Simon was pressed into service. 
And it is quite possible that Simon did carry an important message as we shall 
soon see. 

In this verse Simon is identified as the father of 3x Alexander and Rufus. 
This is out of the ordinary because usually the reverse is true. *3hxxxkxb±h 
kisxSExpKixtBixtkH It is very likely that Mark's Gospel was written for the 
church at Rome and so we read in Paul's letter- to the Romans , chapter 16, 
verse 13; "Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine." 
Most likely :his Rufus, is the son of Simon of Cyrene and to Paul he was a 
spceial friend and Paul considered his mother, Simon's wife like his own 
mother. This may well mean that because of Simon's encounter with Jesus on 
the way to Calvary, r imon accepted Christ as his Saviour and then he in turn 
led his sons Alexander and Rufus to the Lord as well. 

But there is one more thing we should point out in this incident. Luke writ- 
ing in his book called "The Acts of the Apostles," in chapter 13: verse 1, 
writes: ":Jow there were in the church that was at ^tioch certain prophets 

vlSLi^S5 er «4 t S ? arn ^as, and SymeAn, who was called Niger, jraSxiiraxxsxBxx 

xxxkkxkxxx and lucius of Cyrene. " 

In this verse we read, of a man named "Simeon," which is another form of Simon 
It is said that Simeon was called Niger, and this merely means he had a dark 
or swarthy skin. It doesn't mean he was black as some people try to say. 
And Simeon's name is tied together with lucius of Cyrene. The way the verse 
is written it appears that Simeon and lucius are both from Cyrene. Now if 
this is the same Simon who carried the cross of Jesus, and it is a rood possi- 
bility, it means that this Simon was very instrumental in creatine; the first 
mission to the Gentiles in Antoich. And if this is the case, then it is a 
good possibility that we can be Christians today because once long ago, a 
man answered the call to foarry the cross of Jesus Christ. 

How is that a "conincidence," or a"ouirfc of fate?" No, in Sod's plan there 
are many chance nestings. If -imon had not been at that place, at that time, 
it is a good possibility, you and I would not be here this evening. But all 
of it did take place and God planned it that way because this Is how He oper- 
ates. Here was amn who came to celebrate the Passover in pan a personal 
and meaningful way. Instead of isaxx** sharing in the lamb, he had the Lamb 
share with him. Because Simon met Jesus on the way to Calvary, his life was 
never the same. His name is forever written in history as "An Unwitting 
Volunteer," but for him it meant anew life. He is the only man who could say 



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Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 



GOOD FRIDAY 5ERVICE 
April 5 t 1985 



Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor 
Mr. Dale Rice, Organist 



ORDER OF WORSHIP 7:30 P.M. 

Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Armounc ements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Choral Introit "Hosanna" 
*Hymn No. 256 "The Old Rugged Cross" 
'Ascription 
♦Call to Worship 

Pastor: Christ j our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed. 
Let us therefore, celebrate the festival, with 
the unleavened bread of" sincerity and truth. 
People: Behold, the Lamb of God, who taketh away the 

sin of the world. 
Pastor: Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made 

heaven and earth. 
Peoples The Lord is nigh unto all than that call upon 

Him, to all that call upon Him in truth. 
Pastor: Seeing that we have a great high priest, that 
is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of 
God: let us therefore come boldly unto the 
throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, 
and find grace to help in time of need. 
*Prayer of Confession - (In Unison) 

Lord Jesus, who on this night long ago instituted 
the memorial of Your Body and Blood, grant us the 
eyes of faith to discern Your presence through the 
Communion Elements. In Your presence here, we come 
asking for Your mercy; for the sorrow^ which brought 
no softening of heart; far the rebukes of conscience 
which led to no amendment of life; for the counsels of 
Your Word we have known and not loved; for the Gospel 
of Your love we have believed and not obeyed, we 
humbly ask for Your forgiveness as we gather at this 
Table. >••■•••* Amen, 
•Assurance of Pardon 

Pastor: He was wounded for our transgressions, He 

was bruised for our iniquities; upon Him warn 



His stripes we are healed. 

Offering 

Offertory 
♦Doxology 

Communion Hymn No. 253 "Beneath the Cross of Jesus" 
* Invitation to Communion 
♦Institution and Consecration of The Elements 

Distribution of the Bread 

Distribution of the Cup 
♦Prayer of Thanksgiving 

Scripture: Luke 23: 39-43 

Sermon: "Seen in the Crowd; A Contrite Outlaw" 
♦Hymn No. 270 "I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary" 
♦Benediction 
♦Chasing Chimes 
♦Postlude 

++++++ *Congregation Standing ++++++ 

Mr. & Mrs. Howard Jaillet will greet the congregation at 
the door this evening. 

Ushers will be serving communion this evening. 

Nursery will be provided tonight by Mrs. Sue Davis* 

Moody monthly and Daily Bread Booklets are available in 
the Narthex . 

Easter Eggs are available in the kitchen. Help support 
your church with this "sweet" project. 

A Petition concerning the Butler City councils decision 
to drop the Fire Dept. Rescue Service is hanging in the 
Nartbex, If you are opposed to this decision, please 
take time to sign the petition* 

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE & BREAKFAST is Sunday April 7th. 
beginning at 6:30 a.m., followed by a delicious 
breakfast cooked by the men. Hope to see you there! 

EASTER WORSHIP SERVICE at 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning will 
be the cantata "Then Came the Morning" sung by the 
Chancel Choir. Please make plans to come and join 
in the celebration of our risen Saviour through songs. 

Vielcome and invite all to partake of C 



Good Friday 




SI. PAUL'S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 
APRIL S, 198S 



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2/ 
Luninu thing case Contrite Outlaw li th= 
understud Js bettr than closest frends 

All ran/bid Bcua they Eliev wen He ay,evrthin ovr./du 
Didnt 3] lev wud cum bale from prav,evn tho tola them 
aevrl times 

J vprov evn «■» whil dy on eros,He luv sinnrs 
Th-./man start out hurl inrults at Je life evrl else, 

hut sumthin hapn=he chanp^titud transform 
& this efecfc Js hav on peop ^day 

Ve eithr draw 2ward Hira.er we repel by Fim 
It all matr wat we Ik for 
Ithief want ret off cross ' gat b^k ?old ways 

He only saw i T s as means escap present rrediciment 
Othr thief saw Js as lredeem him & Pi^rsnt him releas 
from sordid lif he had led 

Has deth Js transform us? 
R we dif Bcuz we hav sum in? His presence 
& hav we receiv invitatin in? His butiful rardn 
Bcuz we hav acpt His invitatin 2cura to Fim? 
2day we celbrat in histry day He dy & it is a day 
which rhud brina- us lif Bcuz of His deth 
Hay thoz butiful words of Master fal upon ears &_ hav 
nu aeanin^ 4 ea of us=TOD^Y SHALT THOU BE KSI 



"Seen In The Crowd: A Contrite Outlaw" 

Scrip : Luke 25:59-4j 

Js bin nail 2 His cros & as othr f crips tel us, 2 
othrs nail with Him 

In fac, scrip this evp. shud start vs 'j^RKAD 
vs =53= Js plac Btween ?=malfact»s=erinmals 

V icno read wat dun,likly crim spin Rome=& deth 
Ht .-7: 38-44- READ 

Here C Js mok & evn thievs Join in, heap abus on Him 
Both thez men walk enforc march 2 site of ©xecutin, 

herd, seen Js remarks 2thoz oal out 2him 
Lk records vs 54= Js pray 4enemys 

Evn tho both crimnals had mok,l was mov by this 
Here was man B tortur,abus by thez peop Gc ask 4-4friv 

can wel imaptin impac this had on crimnal 
Lk 35-38=can also imapin superseriptin had efec man 

prob had? strain nek/sholdr PC wat sed,but mus sunk 
i his consciousnes man no ordnary crimnal 
vs 39-cthr crimnal only want sav nek, no intreft in a 

Savior who wud releas from sins 
He lk 4savior who sav nek so cud continu do wat did 
He was a lawbrkr and &. outlaw 

so this pt,C coang takn plac crimnal=only 1 
He no loner Join w /crowd 2abus Js,cal names p ' seek 4 
Him do sumthin miraculus 

insted,Bp;in stan up 4 Js 
vs 40— 41-V/at exclamtin who Js realy was 

He saw Him 4 tru Sav was; sumthin hap ?him "'chanr 

hart h mind bout this nuiet man who pray 4enmys 
insted cry out 4releas from deth which certin ?cum 
short periud time, reach out S Js ■ we read=VP 4?»REAI 

r~a hav ariv conclusin Js realy Kinp 
N iC=no say IF in prayr=it is WEN THOU COMEST 

he awar Js nearer deth than he,& reach out tak optur 

2B a part Uis klnpdo-i 
Lk Js anner-VS 43 

Js say=fol ther deths,that very day, not sum far eons 

but TODAY, thief wudB w/Kim in paradise 
Paradise=Persin oricin > ment wal irardn3 of Rings 

,/en kin^ want honor suml, invite walk gardn 
It was by invitatin only 

Paradise Js talk of plac wher Blievr go iuediatly 

in? presenc of G 
But stil plac nol can entr on own,mus acpt invitatin 
of Sing who is Js Stp 

That invitatin is I alway has bin extend mankind= 
Come Unto Me 

wen persn cum 3 SCp. s - acpt as L & Sav, wen persn Bcum 

Born a"-in,or regenerate, nersn acpt invitatin ? ,1oil 

Js in paradise upon deth 



"Seen In The C owd : A. Contrite Outlaw" 

Scripture: Luke 23:39-4-3 

Jesus has been nailed to His cross and as other Scriptures tell us, two crimi- 

nals were also crucified with Him. In fact, our Scripture for this evening 

actually begins with verse 52 of this chapter. There we read, "And there were 
also two other, malefactors, led with Him to be put to death." 

w» The following verse tells us, "And when they were come to the place, 
which is called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the malefactors, one 
on the right hand, and the other on the left." 

Jesus is placed in the middle of these two men named "Malefactors," and that 
identification merely means they were criminals, No where in Scripture do 
we read what they had done, but it is most likely they committed crimes again- 
st Rome which would warrant the death penalty. 

Matthew tells us in the 2?th chapter of his Gospel in verses 38 through 44, 
(read these). Here we see that Jesus is mocked and even the two thieves Join 
in the abuse heaped upon Him. Both of these men had walked the enforced 
march to this execution site and had seen and heard His few remarks to thdse 
who called out to Him. And Luke records that when they are on their crosses, 

Jesus prays, and we read in the 34th verse, "Then said Jesus, 'Father, forgive 
them; for they know not what they do. ' " 

Even though both of the criminals with Him had mocked Him, one of them was 

probably very moved by this. Here was a man being tortured and abused by 

these people, and He is asking for them to be forgiven. We can well imagine 

that this had a definite impact upon the one criminal. 

Then Luke records much what Matthew has but slightly different as we read in 

verses 35-38, (read these). ±Hi4x3teti±sx^i!i3Tfcxinmex^x±toxEr±Bri3a^xxKBi!i±X3DMEs 

iHxkEH^xxirHHRX-H^-Ei-HxiiwxHitxHzS tf e can also imagine what that superscription 

over the head of Jesus may have done to affect the attitude of this one man. 

He probably had to ptrain his head and shoulders to see what it said, but it 

must have begin to sink into his consciousness that this man was not ,just a 

common ordinary criminal. But the other fellow was only interested in having 

his life spared. Luke writes in verse 39, "And one of the malefactors which 
were hanged railed on Him, saying, 'If thou be Christ, save Thyself and us." 

His thoughts were not of Jeaws i>wic± being the promised Messiah. He wasn't 
interested in a Saviour, at least not a S a viour *um who would release him 
from his sins. He was interested in a Saviour who would save his neck so he 
could continue to be what he had been. And that was a lawbreaker and an out- 
law. 

So at this point we see a change has taken place in the one criminal. He is 
no lower joining in with the crowd to abuse Jesus by calling Him names and 
seeking to have Him do something miraculous to save him. Instead, he begins 

to stand up for Jesus and Luke tells us, "But the other answering rebuked him 
saying, 'Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 
And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but tM. 



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man hath done nothing amiss. 1 " 

What an exclamation of who Jesus was. He saw Him for the true Saviour He was, 

Something had happened to change his heart and mind about this quiet man who 

prayed for His enemies, 

4.nd instead of cry' I for el sase Fro i fthe leatn ' Lch is c jrtain to come 

in a short period of time, he reaches out to Jesus, and we read, "And he said 
unto Jesus, Lord, remember ne when Thou cotnest into Ti . lorn." 

t --. rriv 1 at the conclusion that Jesus really was a king, tiotice , 

he doesn't pray with an "If" in his prayer. It is not "If yon come 1 o y< vc 

• i'-ii." "" i " flu ?hou comest," He is aware that Jesus is nearer 
death than he is and he is reaching out to take the opportunity fms to be a 
part of His kingdom. 
And look at the answer Jesus gives him. He says, "Today shalt thou be with 

me in paradise . " 
The answer Jesus gives is that following their deaths, that very day, not 
some far off day eons from now; but, TODAY, that very day, the thief would be 
with Him in a place called paradise. Tve word "Paradise" is of Fersian orig- 
in. It was used of beautiful gardens which the Persian kings had, which were 
walled in and separated from all other real estate.' Into these gardens the 
kings would invite special friends to walk through them w:'th the king. It wai 
by invitation that one pot into the garden. The Paradise Jesus was talking 
about is a place where the believer goes immediately into the presence of God 
But it is still 8 rlace where no one can just enter on his own. He must ac- 
cept the invitation of the King who is Jesus Christ. That invitation is and 
always has been extended to all mankind, "Come unto Me." When a person comes 
to Christ and accepts Him as Lord and S"viour, when that person has become 
"Born again," or is regenerated, that person has accepted the invitation to 
join Jesus Christ in paradise upon death. 

The unioue thing in this case of the "Contrite Outlaw" is that a robber under 
stood Jesus better than His closest followers. They all ran and hid because 
they believed when He died everything was over and done. They didn't believe 
He would come back from the grave, even thouph He had told them several times 
But Jesus proved even while He was on the cross dying, that He loved sinners. 
This man started out hurling accusations at Jesus Just like everyone else. 
But then he changed. His attitude was transformed. And this is the effect 
Jesus has on people even today. We are either drawn toward Him, or we are 
repelled by Him. It is all a matter of what we are looking for. The one 
thief wanted to get off that cross to continue doinp all of the wrong things 
he had been doing. Therefore, he only saw Jesus as means of escape from his 
present predicament. The other thief saw Jesus as the one to redeem him and 
to grant him the release from the sordid life he had led. 



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Has the death of Jesus^- transformed us? Are we different because we have come 
into His presence? And have we received the invitation into His beautiful 
garden because we have accpeted His invitation to come to Him? Today, the 
day we celebrate in history as the day on which He died, is a day which 
should bring us life because of His death. 

May those beautiful words of the Master fall upon our ears and have new mean- 
ing for each of us, "Today shalt thou be with me in paradise." 



ST. PAUL'S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 
BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA 

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE 
April 7, -985 

Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor Mr. Dale Rice, Organist 

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ORDER OF WORSHIP 6:30 A.M. 

Prelude 
*Hymn "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" 

Christ the Lord is risen today 

Alleluia 

Sons of men and angels say 

Alleluia 

Raise you joys and triumphs high, 

Alleluia 

Sing ye heavens and earth reply 

Alleluia 

Lives again our glorious king, 

Alleluia 

Where death is now thy sting? 

Alleluia 

Dying once, He all doth save. 

Alleluia 

Where thy victory, grave? 

Alleluia 

Love's redeeming work is done 

Alleluia 

Fought the fight, the battle won, 

Alleluia 

Death in vain forbids Ham rise, 

Alleluia 

Christ has opened paradise, 

Alleluia 

Sing we to our God above 

Alleluia 

Praise eternal as His love, 

Alleluia 

Praise Him, all ye heavenly host, 

" lleluia 



Father, Son* and Holy Ghost* 
Alleluia. 



Amen. 



•Call to Worship 

Leader : God has altered the human outlook forever! 

He has confirmed the best in humanity by 

His Resurrection. He has defeated the enemie- 

of life. 
People : He has vindicated righteousness over evil, 

love over hate, and life over death* 
Leader; God had given assurance to all men in that 

He raised Jesus from the dead! 
People: We are no longer tossed to and fro. We know 

"whom we have believed." We rejoice with 

unutterably great joy. Hallelujah! 
•Invocation 



Hymn 



Easter 
Script 
Sermon 

Prayer 
*Hymn 



"He Lives" 

I serve a risen 3aviour, He's in the world today; 
I know that He is living, whatever men may say; 
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of chee.- 
And just the time I need His He's always near, 

In all the world around me I see his loving care. 
And though my heart grows weary I never will desps. 
I know that He is leading through all the stormy 

blast 
The day of His appearing will come at last. 

Rejoice, rejoice, Christian* lift up your voice 

and sing* 
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King! 
The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all who 

fi_nd. 
None other is so loving, so good and kind. 

He Lives, He Lives, Christ Jesus lives today! 
He walks with me and tlaks with me along life*s 

narrow way* 
He lives, He Lives, salvation to impart, 
Ydu ask me how I know He Lives? He lives within 

my heart. 

Prayer 

ure: Luke 24: 1-9 
"Lost?" 

Because He Lives" (printed on back) 



God sent His Son, they called Him Jesus, 

He came to love, heal and forgive; 

He lived and died to buy my pardon, 

An empty grave is thereto prove my Saviour lives. 

How sweet to hold a newborn baby, 

And feel the pride and joy He gives; 

But greater still the calm assurance, 

This child can face uncertain days because He lives. 

And then one day I'll cross the river, 
I'll fight life's final war with pain; 
And then as death gives way to victory 
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives. 

CHORUS; Because He lives, I can face tomorrow 
Because He lives all fear is gone, 
Because I know He holds the future , 
And live is worth the living just 
because He lives* 



""Benediction 



HAPPY EASTER! 




asiea 



■ '.crip: Ik ?4:1-Q 

I'Pday celbrat as Eastr 7un;' tboz w'in n ^h 

speeil sirnif ;2thoz outsid Ch.litl or no mean, but 2*i 
? all it a celbratin sum kind 

(Ilus girl & mean Eastr- Js fr 'tomb, hut C shade jj-o bak 
OS- .Scrip l.k te] meaninr of Eastr & Bgia w/three womn 
tt. / R-Maxy Magdalene , Joanna ,& Mary mothr James 

dipcovr hvy ston rol wsy entranc step in? tomb 
they met by 2 angls ;discovr body Bis ':- made fearfl 

■ then meet anrls ad ?fear ft Lk describ seen bv gay 
Bow faces ? prnd S angle ask nuestin vs 5E= 

I'd lik mak ootup this pt w/nothr Pcrip fnd OT 
If U hav Bibl turn 2 Kinps 2 

Las wk shar 1st part story * wil recap hhia mo 
Eli j" bout 2B_tak 2hvn bodly,no dy £ Elish 2suced Prop 

Elij ask Elish remain this side Jordn,no want to 
Elij strik watr cloke,part & crosjothr 3ide Eli J ask 

wat ii±sii eud do 4 Elish * Translate ? hvn 
llish ask dubl portin Elij spirit 

Ko mean abl do dt»bl,h">v dubl powrs=mean dnbl inherit 
Jew law 1st born, eld son receiv dubl inherit f r 'Eathr 

Elish, sucesor Elij lik 1st born, ft. merly ask dubl in. 

t out las wk Js 1st bDrn G,eld Son & He Heir Pdubl 

ortin inherit=K of C, in Hvn,Kin"-dum on Erth-P of Hav 

so now cum event folo Elij translatin in? hvn 
Elish part Jordn watr lik Elij 
vs 15=50nen saw Elij go up chariot of fire 

they awar Elish endo-r same 3p as Elij 
vs 16=made reoues ft. want permisin investgat disapear 

of Elij 
they saw go up, but refus Bliev 



V \SB=i:o giv permisin 



they no stop ther S insist ft, vs 17AREAB 
continul beer ft. Elish kno they wud noB satsfy untilgo 
vs 17B=results serch 

Ko matr wher lk,no fnd evidenc of hio=he pone 
They lk upon tranelatin Elij as LOST 
Comp tween this St empty tomb Js is persn Js • Elij 
u<-r ] r>3 t 

Fimlarity, ;days 
ther wasnt trao of eithr body & it mattr Bliev bodys 
iisapear & necestat serch 41ogicl solutin 

both instanc ther def anser 
angl gav anser vs 5B=READ 

& then anpls ad vs 6-READ 
«e find this record Lk 18:^1-53 
rs 34- givs resn tsercb by women at tomb 

Human logic tel us, seeing is Blieving ft. didnt 50 mi 

men C Elij transport chariot fire? 



isnt it logicl body Js laid tomb fri aft, 

& wud stil B ther fun AH? 
Logic tel us this how thez ilus shud. hav bin: 

But a duznt do thing this way,fortunatly ft this wat 
G Father Almighty 

H'~ ways not our ways 

C Js Daffodils in Fhialdel phia park lot) 
LO.'jT? ,,'as Js IOST? 

I no kno any U had exper lik me=los rlov, scarf etc 
mothr ask= >/her did U los it? ANYOrrE Else?"?? 

Tel me, if you've lost sumthin,how can it be lost if 

U kno wher II lost it? 
'.•/as Js LOST? 

(Ilus woman baby boy fly ,8 d otter ask if lost) 
i Jus as we kno thoz dy in Lord, wher they R, 

so do we kno wher Js was wen cudnt B fnd' in tomb 
He was Alive 
He is eoually Vliv ?day 
deth cudnt hold Him & it cant hold us eithr. 

Thru Iiim we hav victry ovr that rrav 
oh sure, sumday thez mortl remains of ea us wilB 
plant in grnd . 

But wen hapn,thoz who R in Xp wil go ?liv w/Him 4evi 
Is ther such a thine as B I03T w/thoz who R L'£ 

Thanks be 2 G.who piveth us victry thru L ft iav Js 
Xp 

Bcuz He livs ,we too shall liv 



"Lost" - Scripture: Luke 2^:1-9 

Easter - meaninf thoz w/in Ch - thoz outaid a eelbratin 

(Hue girl SS & Js Rose fr/graT ) 

BflT IF HE SEES HIS SHADC, HE HAS 2G0 BAK k SEVN WKS 

iel 3womn cum tomb let Eastr 
nARY MAG, JOANNA, MART MOTHR JAMES 
saw angle t afraid 
Va 5A- 

Va 5BsQtTESTIN 
«p Scrip w/OT 2 Kings 2nd chap 



Vs 6-7* aner 2quest-why seek 11t aaonp ded? 
Lk record ehap 18:31-33 
S- Vs 3 1 * giT reaen womn aerch *t Js at tomb 
men saw Elij transport in chariot of fire - log othr aid mtn 
saw Js put in tomb Frid,log He ther on Sunday 
G no operat that way - that why He Almighty 
(Hue Dafodils in Philly) 
LOGt? WAS IS LOST?? 

(Ilus my mothr ask*wher Did U Lose IT?) 
Strath lost, don't kno wher it is - was Js Lost?? 
(Hub woman ded baby ealled lost) 

MOMMY IS SUMTR LOST IF V KNO WHER IT IS? NO DEAR IT ISNT LOST 
MY BABY BROS W/JS,ISNT HE? YES HE IS DEAR 
THEN WHY DID ALL THOZ LADTS SAY THEY WER SORY U LOST HIM, WE 
KNO WHER HE IS 

^S_ KNO WHER THOZ R WHO DY IN THA,SO KNO WHER JS WAS WEN NOT IN 
5a ■*, HE WAS ALIV t HE ALIV 2DAY AS WEL. 
. _.J HIM WE HAV VICTRY OVR TVGRAV • WE WILB PLANTD.BHT 4TH0Z 
WHO F THA'S.THEY R NOT LOST 
THANKS B 2 G WHO GIVTH PS THAlCTRY THRET JS XP 
JS LTVS tc SO SHAL I.BCTZ OF TH/EMPTY TOMB 



ELIJAH »I 2Go 2HTO,nO dy^TRANLATED 
ELISHA 2suceed hi* 
ELIJ ask stay othr sid Jordn.no do 
ELIJ strik watrs w/cloak»part,eroa ott 
Eli i ask wat eud do 4him B* go hvn=DOTBL PORTTN ELIJ Spirit 
dubl portin inherit=lst born son.eldea receiT dubl portin aeord 
Bew+sh law - Eliah lik let born son fr ask dubl inherit 
i ;*s 1st born receiT G'e hrnly K,t inher thron Dav wil rule 
ert j k ae wel 

ts m- 

Ve 15-16* 

ts 17-Ellj 2them was LOST - JS was LOST - No body 
»,- ansr angel gaTe - Why seek ye the living among the dead? 



If/si/y^-Sto*,* 



"Lost?" // V /^ ~ ^ t ^"A*^ t f^ r 

Scripture: Iuke 24:1-9 

Today we celebrate as Easter Sunday. To those within the Christian Church 

it has a special significance; to those outside the Church it has little or 

no meaning; but to all, it is a celebration of some kind. 

(Illustration of girl in Sunday School class explaining Easter)_ 




t« 

up 

"That's wonderful, now does anyone knsw what next lunday Is?' And the 
same little girl held up her finger again and answered, "i.ext Sundaybis 
Easter." ".Vonderful , " the teacher exclaimed, "And now does anyone know 
what makes next Sunday Easter?" The same little girl held up her finger 
and answered, "Yes, next Sunday is Easter because Jesus rose from the 
p-rave." But before the teacher could congratulate her on her correct 
answers, the little girl kept on talking and said, "But if He sees His 
shadow .... He has to go back for seven weeks." 

In our Scripture this morning, Iuke is tellinf of three women coming; to the 
tomb of Jesus on that first Faster morning. The woemn were Mary Magdalene, 
Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. As they discovered the heavy stone 
had been rolled away from the entrance, and steered into the tomb, they met 
two angels. They discovered the body of Jesus was missing and that made them 
fearful, and then encountering the anp-els added to their fear and so Iuke 
describes the seene by saying that they bowed their faces to the earth. 
The angels encounter their fear with a ouestion, "Why seek ye the living 
among the dead?2 - verse 5b. 

Mow I'd like to make a compaBison at this point with another Scripture as it 
is found in the Old Testament. If you have your Bibles with you, you may 
want to turn to the book of 2 Kings, the 2nd chapter. Last week we shared 
the first part of this story and we will recap it this morning for those of 
you who were unable to be with us. Elijah was about to be taken to heaven 
bodily without having to die. Elisha was to succeed him in the prophetic 
line. Elijah had asked Elisha to remain on the other side of the Jordan 
while he crossed It. But Elisha insisted on going - with him and Elijah had 
struck the water with his mantle, his cloak and the waters parted and thej 
crossed, on dry land. On the other side, Elijah asked Elisha what he could 
do for him before he was translated to heaven and Elisha had answered that he 
derired a double portion of Elijah's spirit. Now we pointed out that this di 
not mean that he desired to be able to do double that which Elijah did, or to 
have twice as much power and authroity. Instead, it meant that he desired a 
double portion of his Inheritance. The first-born son, the eldest son was to 
receive a double portion of his father's inheritance accroding to the Jewish 
law. Elisha, as the successor to Elijah, much like his first-born son, merel 
asked for that double inheritance, tfe pointed out that Jesus was the Heir in 
this respect, because He received the double portion as well. 



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As Sod's first-born, Ills only Son, Jesus received that Inheritance, rhich Ls 

Go<3 ': ',' ' . And as the Ton of D^vid, He inherited his throne and 

will rule the earthly kingdom as well. 

So now we come to the events following Elijah's translation into heaven. 

Elisha crosses the Jordan by parting the waters with the use of Elijah's cl=io} 

thus indicating that he had received Elijah's prophetic office. Fq in the 151 

verse we read of the 50 men who had witnessed this event coining to Elisha, 

And we read: And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho 
saw him, they said, 'The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elishas And they 
came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him." 

They were aware that Elisha was endowed with the same spirit which Elijah had, 

And then they made their renuest of Elisha, as we learn from the 16th verse: 
"And they said unto him, 'Behold now, there be with they servants fifty 
strong- men; let them fro, we pray thee, and seek thy master: lest peradventurf 
the Spirit of the " ord hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, 
or into some valley." 

These men wanted permission to investigate the disappearance of Elijah. They 

had seen him being takne up bodily into heaven, but 1- ' ' V ; '■ 

:'t. But Elisha answers them and we read: "And he said, "Ye shall not send.'" 

Elisha refused to give his permission to make a pointless search for Elijah. 

But thsoe fifty men didn't stop there and the 17th verse tells us: "Andcwhen 
they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, 'Send.'" 

This means that their continual beggine to search for Elijah caused Elisha to 

know they would not be satisfied until they had made a search for him. So he 

tells them to go. 

And what were the results of that search? The remainder of the 17th verse 

tells us, "They sent therefore fifty men." 

The same fifty men who had seen with their own eyes Elijah being translated 

into "od's presence. And in their search we read, "And they sought three 
days, but found him not." 

No matter where they looked, they found no evidence of him. He was c-one, 

T a ey had looked upon the translation of Elijah as his being lost. And the 

comparison between this event and the event of the empty tomb in Jerusalem 

is that the person, x^xifeExfeHityxHrHxiHBkH^xiqpBxixxxxiEHXBKx^iE'Stxi! Elijah, 

and the person Jesus hie were "lost." And the body of Slijah and the body of 

Jesus was "Lost." There wasn't a trace and so it became a matter of believing 

that the bodies had disappeared and this necessitated a search, a questioning 

for a logical solution to the strange events. But in both instances there 

was a very definite answer. T v e angel gave that answer by asking the questioi 

"Why seek ye the livinc among the dead?" 

And then the navels give further evidence by adding, "He is not here but i= 
risen: remember hoe Fe * 
'The Son of man must be 
cified, and the third day 



spake unto you when He was yet in Galilee, sayine-, 

delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be cru- 
ay rise ap-ain. ' " 



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This is recorded in Luke 18:31-33, (read these). And the 34th verse Fives 
the reason for the search of these women for Jesus at the tomb, (read this). 
Human logic tells us that seeing ±f believing and didn't those fifty men see 
Elijah alive and be in,..: transported on what appeared to be a chariot of fire? 
Isn't it logical that he was on the other side of the mountain? And isn't 
it logical that when the body of Jesus was placed in a tomb on "Friday x± aft- 
ernoon, that it would still be there on Sunday morning? Logic tells us this 
is how these illustrations should have been. Bpt God fortunately doesn't do 
things which are logical and this is what makes Him GodE , the \lmisrhty. His 
ways are not our ways . 

(Illustration of bed of Dafodils in Philadelphia.) 

A church bought a house next door to their property in Philadelphia. The 
old house was abandoned and was to be torn down to make more parking avail- 
able for the church. A bed of daffodils had bloomed in jfcke a flower bed in 
front of that house each spring, A company was contracted to tear down the 
house and pave the lot with 8 inches of asphalt. This was done in the fall 
of the year. All winter long the church used that parking lot. As it the 
kEKXjaxiHx days began to move on toward spring it was noticed that the asph- 
was cracking. And then, just before Easter those dormant, buried Daffodils 
burst forth from under that bed of 8 inches of asphalt and bloomed to cele- 
brate the resurrection. 

"Lost?" rfa P Jesus LLost?" xExxgExwHSB.xtx*i«sirx*xxHHXMasxiiBi: 

I don't know if any of you ever had the experience I had many times as kid 

growing up. I'd lose a glove, or pome other article between frome and school. 

And when I'd report the loss to my mother she would ask, "Where did you lose 

it?" Did any of you ever have someone ask yon that? Wow tell me, if you've 

lost something how can it be lost if you know '-.'here you lost it? Was Jesus 

"Lost?" 

(Illustration of woman and her dead baby being called "lost") 

A woman tells of going to church the first time after the desth of her 

newborn son. Following the service many sympathetic friends surrounded 

her to comfort her 

later the 

where it 

The little girl asked, "My baby brother's with Jesus ian"t he?" 

ohe answered, "Yes, he is." 

"Then why did all those ladies say they were sorrv you lost him? .,'e know 

where he is . " 

And just as we know where those who die in Lord are, so do we know where Jesus 
was when T -fe couldn't be found in the tomb. He was alive. Vnd He is enually 
alive today. Death couldn't hold Him and it can't hold us either. Through 
Him we have the victory over that prave . Oh sure, Someday these mortal re- 
mains of each of us will be planted in the cround. But when that happens, 
those who are in Christ will go to live with Him forever. "Lost?", is there 
such a thing as being "Lost" with those who are the Lord's? Tvanls be to God, 
who giveth us the victory through our lord and rfviour Jesus Christ. Jesus 
lives and so shall I because of the empty tomb. 



■ wo, ruiiuwuiK tne service many sympathetic rnendr surrounded 
>mfort her. Standing beside her was her five-year-old daughter. 
it day at home she asked, "Mommy, is something lost if you know 
is?" She answered, "No dear, it isn't lost then." 



ST. PAUL'S UNITED CHUHCK OF CHRIST 
BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA 



April 7, 1985 



Easter Service 




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11:00 A.M. Worship Service 
Danny Mangel ACOLYTES Kelly Mangel 

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"THEN CAME THE MORNING" 

Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 

Announcements 

Congregational Greeting 

Joys 

Choral Introit "Hosanna* 1 

Call to Worship: 

Pastor: Why seek ye the living among the dead? 
He is risen! 

People: He is risen indeed! 

Pastor: Let us worship our risen Saviour! 

♦Hymn No. 2S9 "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" 

Introduction of the Cantata—/?/ 1 , /'•/ft./ - f-i^f 

Narrators : Rev. Ralph Link - Disciple 1 
Richard Mangel - Disciple 2 
Cantata: 

Overture 

Unshakable Kingdom 

Broken and Spilled Out - Soloist Evie Dellen 

Can I Trust You - Soloist Lloyd Link 

Father Dear 
Offering - All offerings are to brought forward 

Ushers will assist* 
Offertory 
*Doxology No. 382 
Prayer of Dedication 
Cantata: 

Then Came The Horning 

I've Just Seen Jesus - Soloist Nancy Dellen 

Resurrection 

We All Are Thomas 

I Believe, Help Thou My Unbelief - Soloist Nancy Dellen 

Resurrection Reprise (Finale) 
Benediction 
Choral Allelulia! 



Mrs* Marilyn Snyder and Kevin will greet the congreg- 
ation at the door this morning. 

Ushers for today are Art Carney, Dan Bosko, Marty Henry, 
and John Snow. 

Nursery will be provided today by Julee and Amy Vargo, 

Attendance last Sunday was 160 with 27 visitors. 
^Hospitalized: Ralph Tait in BMH* 

MONDAY - Spang 's Volleyball 

TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

WEDNESDAY - 

THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-8 

Basketball 8-10 

SATURDAY - 10-12 Basketball 

Clianeel Choir Practice is Thursday 7:00 P*M^ Anyone 
wishing to join please come. We welcome new voices* 

There are still Easter Eggs available in the kitchen 
after the service . 
jf There are envelopes in the office for your lilly. You - 
may pick them up before or after the service. 
For the offering, the Ushers will direct you up the 
outside aisles, and return to your seats up the 
center aisle. Please cooperate to avoid confusion. 

For those of you taking Easter Lillies, please let the 
the Ushers assist you so no flowers get broken. 

Moody Monthly books are available in the Narthex. 

Paul Ftiemer and Dick Mangel will be visiting the 
hospital this week. 



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St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link* Pastor April 14, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Doug Vfensel , Acolyte 
John Penrod, Acolyte 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "Behold a Host Arrayed in White" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
♦Processional Hymn No. £16 "Strong, Righteous Man 

of Galilee" 
""Ascription 
•Exhortation 

"Confession (In Unison) "Almighty God, who brought again 
from the dead our Lord. Jesus Christ* help us in the 
days of our flesh to minister like Him. Keep our 
tempers cool and our spirits calm; make us brave to 
fight for the right and to stand firm against those 
who would oppress the weak. Give us grace to know 
Him as our living Lord, and strength to follow in His 
footsteps; in His name we pray. Amen. 
•Kyrie 

•Assurance of Pardon 
*Pralse: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God! 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name 
forever. 
•Gloria Patri 
Hymn No. 213 "I Think, When I Read That Sweet Story" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray* 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "I Am Thine, Lord 11 
Doxology No. 382 

Anthem: "I Cannot Keep From Singing" 1 
Sermon: "That Reminds He of a Story" 
Closing Hymn No. 619 "I Love to Tell the Story" 
Benediction 
Closing Chimes 
Postlude "Trumpet Voluntary" 



The beautiful flowers an the altar have been placed by 
Mrs. Elmer Massey in memory of her mother Mrs. Girty 
Adamson. 
Mrs. Phyllis Tait will greet the congregation at the door 

this morning. 
Ushers for today are Sandy Sheppeck, Mary Lou Davis, 

Peg Nazaruk and Gloria Walker. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Nancy Dellen. 
Lloyd Link and Marty Henry will be visiting the hospital. 
. Attendance last Sunday was 161 with 32 visitors. 
^Hospitalized: Ralph Tait BMH 

MONDAY - Mortgage Burning Committee meeting 7:00 F.M, 
Spang's Volleyball €:30 - 9:30 
Fidelity Bible Class 7:30 
TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 
WEDNESDAY - Chancel Choir 7:00 P.M. 

Golden Circle 7:30 
THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-8 

_ Basketball 8-10 

~ ^ ^Prayer Meeting 3:00 

Mary Martha Circle 10:30 
SATURDAY - Basketball 10-12 

J>Easter Eggs are available in the kitchen after the service. 

Please help us to sell the extras. 
J>Elders and Deacons Training Classes will begin fchlfil 

Tuesday at 7:30 P.M. 
Property Committee meeting this Monday at 7:00 P.M. 
Memorabilia is needed for the Mortgage Burning Celebration. 

Any pictures, clippings, etc. are needed for the board. 

This can be of activities, or even stages of the church 

and building during construction. Please give this 

to Elowdy Bolam. 






St* Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev* Ralph Link, Pastor April 14, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice T Minister of Music 
Dcug Vtensel , Acolyte 
John Penradj Acolyte 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "Behold a Host Arrayed in White" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
•Processional Hymn No. 216 "Strong, Righteous Man 

of Galilee" 
•Ascription 
♦Exhortation 

•Confession {In Unison) "Almighty God, who brought again 
from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, help us in the 
days of our flesh to minister like Him. Keep our 
tempers COol and our spiri ts calm- make ug brave to 
fight for the right and to stand firm against those 
who would oppress the weak. Give us grace to know 
Him as our living Lord, and strength to follow in His 
footsteps; in His name we pray. Amen, 
*Kyrie 

•Assurance of Pardon 
•Praise: Pastor - Blessedbe the Lord God! 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name 
forever. 
•Gloria Patri 
Hymn No* 213 "I Think, When I Read That Sweet Story" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "I Am Thine, Lord" 
Doxology Ho* 382 

Anthem: "1 Cannot Keep From Singing" 
Sermon: "That Reminds Me of a Story" 
Closing Hymn Ho. 619 "I Love to Tell the Story" 
benediction 
Closing Chimes 
Postlude "Trumpet Voluntary" 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 
Mrs* Elmer Massey in memory of her mother Mrs. Girty 
Adamson, 
Mrs* Phyllis Talt will greet the congregation at the door 

this morning. 
Ushers for today are Sandy Sheppeck, Mary Lou Davis, 

Peg Nazaruk and Gloria Walker. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Nancy Dellen. 
Lloyd Link and Marty Henry will be visiting the hospital. 
, Attendance last Sunday was 161 with 32 visitors. 
^Hospitalised: Ralph Tsit BMH 

MONDAY - Mortgage Burning Committee meeting 7:00 P.M. 
Spang's Volleyball 6:30 - 9:J0 
Fidelity Bible Class 7:30 
TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 
WEDNESDAY - Chancel Choir 7:00 P.M. 

Golden Circle 7:30 
THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-8 
__^^^ Basketball a-10 
^7^-— ^"Prayer Meeting 8:00 

Mary Martha Circle 10:30 
SATURDAY - Basketball 10-12 

^>Easter Eggs are available in the kitchen after the service. 

Please help us to sell the extras. 
J>Elders and Deacons Training Classes will begin this 

Tuesday at 7:30 P.M. 
Property Committee meeting this Monday at 7:00 P.M. 
Memorabilia is needed for the Mortgage Burning Celebration. 

Any pictures, clippings, etc, are needed for the board. 

This can be of activities, or even stages of the church 

and building during construction. Please give this 

to Howdy Bolam. 









Community Bible Church - Sagamore, Pa. April 26, 1992 

Prelude 

Announcements/greetings/joya/Prayer Reoueeta 

Announce Bob nain here next week t 2%th Memorial Day 



Ascription 

Call to Worship: 

GOD HATH EXALTED HTM AND GIVEN CM A NAME WHICH IS 
ABOVE EVERY NAME: THAT AT THE NAME OF JESUS, 
EVERT KNEE SHOULD BOW, OF THINGS IN HEAVEN, 
AND THINGS IN EARTH, AND THINGS UNDER THE EARTH: 
AND THAT EVERT TONGUE SHOULD CONFESS THAT JESUS 
CHRIST IS LORD, TO THE GLORY OF GOD THE FATHER. 
*Hrmn 
Offerinfr/Prayer 

•tksxolnjrv 

Pastoral Prayer 

H-ran 

SeriDture: Matthew 13:1-JA, 5*-35 

'ermon- "That Reminds Me Of A Story"- St. Paul's Butler 

■Hymn 

•Benediction 

•Poetlode 



\*f*t F^w/i-Y 



"That Keminds he ur A :'tory" 
, Scrip: Matthew 1^:1-^"., W-35 
(Ilus unemploy bros,truk train Sc crash) 
Jus wat dus story hav "do w/mesap this morn? 

c nser obvius ,absolutly nothin & also obvius can find 
i] - %t ;t, hav no bear wat?oevr=j T . ,31en auote 

SOB -v ;■ think w/actins/atr.ds Js,no comparsin 
teek roak is wen invol situatin may say, Remind Mo 
of , jOtry & giv incidfr. no hav bear,".- how unlik Ja 
en spok, speech relevant ?ocasin, contain pert info 
Find selvs lnee tnor w/Js & discips by Sea Gal 
prob erly morn,& few wks 34 Feast laaovr, 
suround field p;iv signs barly harv soon 2cum, 
it sprinp & fresh smel typcl sprint day/worn in air 

Js S daicip cum out hous & crowd descend on them 
fo Je sat boat.dok edp: sea p . cud adres crowd fac 2fac 
vs ij 5A»ffEAT),S< then Ht list parabl sowr=nothr time 
vs 10=this folo parbl 
vs 11= Ja anser them j in tirce Js Mystry Relics flourish 

in Gr/.lome 
Genrl charactristic«lik passin plays=r;tory (jod/rodes 

liv,work,sufr ,dy ,rir;e agin Estate ble^ednen 
Thos B initiat givn instructins ;wen dun,takn C play 
ritape set=perfum,incens,sensus lites ° stir persn £Es 
2Bcum idenfv w/~od 

end cry out=I AW THOU, THOU ART I 
so Js compar kin; of G Praystry relig 2which only thoz 
insid kno mystry & vs 11 no mean everl hear Js no 
underst Him, but ttter wer sum & varius reasns 4-this 
vs 12= may snd harsh, cruel tak fr/lwho has littl ' glv 
2suml who has lots but Js no spk material guds 

spk Fp things £ 2underst mus Ik audienc suroun C 
lsu=thoz hungry 'i-anythin sp wh/raade nor ; v ens wat had 
they Ik 4=hope mid despair jlif mid deth,no hope Byor, 
joy mid darknes,r loom, doom 
fhez peop cud underst dimpl,meanf ul expres ,examps Js 
wernt try read in2 ilus all sorts things wernt ther 
2thez peop Js aed wudE pivn mor underst ,mor incite 
in2 thin;- sj iritul 
Js audienc made up relig elit of the Jews 
Thez wer sotibes/pharsees 
They tiot had all angers 2wat King of G was 
Thez wer peop Js sed=hath not 8 from shalP takn wat 
rfat litl tru faith mus poses ;wat litl had thinps 0; 
wat litl knowledR of G had ,knu,wudP takn from them 
Vss 13-17-quot Isa 6:10 "■■ proph Isa spk peop in name 
of lord 
but felt Erk T brik wal;ther no evidenc chanp livs 
act no dif ,talk no dif ;no reflec/obey • hear wat B 
say 2thet» 



f±sa exper was evi pr/ceacnr exper jr/time 'time -' 

defintly blase i ' ".. n thoz we see* Pwin, spite 

all efort draw away fr/truth furthr tha_ H draw "it 
lay favrit lines mod sons' few yrs apo spjc very thing 
inglicn miniatr in prep of serum 
"F-thr fiacl.enzie, writing the wores of a sermon fe] 

n one will hear." 
Io«. felt this £ sad-Vs 15 8 Je not only felt, but to a 

& repeat words las, but then add«=v^s 15-17 
T, oz whoR opn Sthinfr of ■" ,Z- certin grp war, 2 then is 
Civ underst king of G evn tbo Js spok hidn mean=parbl 

Par at 1 no nu 2peop,pivn in OT & taut by T^abbi W Js 
But Js brinr q-tfl nu way & did so 3cuz opositin Fhars 

no fraid them.but read r „rip=ITis time no cum yet 
Js no hastn day of ieth,imip fulfil pirn of G 
& 2comon,3impl peop mesaf reveal, but not lern Tien 

i;ex reasn Js taut parabi reveal 1 Cor 2:12-14=Explaii 

F say no mean anythin ^naturl man Bcuz no Porn ■'■■ "in, 

not sp understud 
.j 1 " II Tp can only reveal Pthoz who part His kinrdm 

Isa,Js both nay thoz who Ik ^things thru naturl eyes 

no C Ecus thez things spirituly discern/understud 
Js taut parabi "ouz mesac fr/G cud onlyB tol way whicl 
thoz seek/sereh cud understan 

(Ilus nurs chan -oldier who shud dy,didnt) 

-Vis wat Js didjup 2this pt relig instructins wer riv 
by thoz who wer selec few " iv 

But G ohansr tags " use persn t-all intent/purp wasnt 

qualf ied=acord Strain clergy fcf the day 
He preach/teach £ peop lern/underst F-cuz simpl mann 
taut 
St ♦•'at reminds me of a story=onee upon a time there 

v, a man named Jr of T'az 8 we read of "im=Ft 7:?6' , 9 
& so we R go Ik sum thez teaching? of Ja in parnbl 
form 

■_.- all us wil C w/eyes;wil hear w/ears/wll under 

w/harts that we may? converts ■ G nay heal us of 

watevr spiritul blindnes or ha nines of hart we may 

hav. 



That Reminds Me Cf A Story - Scripture: Mt. 13:1-JA, 34-35 
Scrip reminds me of story - Tlua Trnk driTra ft aeident 
Ex - minetr aeiftnar ft aee Ilus fit or not 
ft we oft do this ft say^That rminde ae of a etory 
\ no lik this - always reliant wat had 2aay 
Ja ft discipa by S Gal 
prob erly morn ft prob few wks B-t Feaa PasoTr 
surond fields tfri» aljm 3arly hair aun 2eum 
it spring ft fresh snel spr in air 

Js J, discipa cun out noue,C crowd, eo sit boat edg of sea 
ft a abl spk crowd face 2 face 
Vs 3A=No Head parol aowr 
Vs 10=ques why spk parbls?? 
Ve ll.Mystry religs 

all lik psssjn plays - god/godes li»d/workd/sufrd/dyd ft 
cum aak in state bleBdenes 
thoi B initiatd wer gl»n lnatrues ft wen couplet takn 
2C play 
atag set ineene/lites f seneuos music, all this 2mak persn 
deslr SB iden w/lif ,work,e«ffr,deth,resur th/eod 
end play worshpr erv*I AM THCtJ.K- THOU ART I 
Js cp K of 2thoi mystry relift wh/mystrrs kno bT ineidr only 
this no mean eyrone herd Js parbl no undrst,but ther aun ft 
Tariua reasns 4thia 
Vs 12=this 1st reasn 
this sp things ft need Ik audiene ouroun Js 
Thoi hungry V ap food 
Reli^ elite=Sor ft Pilars 
Vos 13-17. Js quot Isa 6:10 

^a exper wat eTr pr/teach exper 
^j.ua Beatle aons=FATFIB MCKENZIE WBITINQ TH/WORES OF SESMN 
THAT NO ONE WILL HEASO 

Vs 15 K Isa felt,Js felt ft repeat Iaa words ft add 

Vas l6-17Mthos undrat hid means - parbls 
ETcpl parbla* not new, bin taut of old 
lat»opos fr/Phars ft reasn=HIS TIMS HAD NOT YET CQME 
2nd.Faul expl - %_ Cor 2:12-l 1 i 
expl naturl ft sp minds 
Js taut parbls Bcme mesag of (1 cud only B tol way vh/thoz 
seek ft serch cud undrst 
(Hue nurse chang tag on soldier shud hav dyd) 
G changd ta^s,uae persn wasnt qualfyd teach/preach 
taut sinpl mannr ft peop lern of G Bcua thia 
AND THAT REMINDS ME OF A STORT- ONCE UPON A TIME, THER MAN NAWD 
JS OF NAZ !, read of Him, ft IT CAM 2PAS,WEN JS HAD ENDED THEZ 
SAYINGS ,TH/^E0 WES ASTONISHD AT HIS DOCTRIN:4HE TADT THEM AS 



ONE HAVING AuTHORTY.ft NOT AS TH/SCHIBES 
AS LK TEACH OF JS KAY EYES C.KARS HEAS , S S* 
OF SP BLIDNES OR HARDNES OF HART WE MAY HAV 



TS UNDRST ft HEAL ITS 



"That reminds Me Of A 3tory" 

Scripture: Matthew 13:1-3A, 34-35 

T-he Scripture this morning "Reminds Me Of A S'ory." 

(Illustration of unemployed brothers training ?or ; • ic : driving job, humor) 

Just what-does this story have to do with o\ir mossr.ge for this morning? lie 

- V; " '- "' : cl -■ - r i «3 that Is; it has absolutely nothing to do 

witht the message. And the reason is obvious from the stand oint, that quite 

often we can find something we want to use to illustrate a point we may be 

making and also quite often, it has no bearing on the case in p<int. ±xxs±± 

kEBXEX I heard a well known preacher make the statement in a seminar I .-.ttend- 

ed, "If you have an illustration use it regardless of where it fits in." 

When we compare this type of thinking with the actions and attitudes of Jesus 

we find there is no comparison. The point I am seeking to make is that when 

we are involved in a situation we may say, #S*a±x2;x "This situation reminds 

me of a story," and relate an incident which has no bearing upon the present 

at all. How unlike Jesus. ","hen Ee spoke, all of His >peech was relevant to 

the occasion and containe- pertinent information for His listeners. 

tf@ find ourselves once more with Jesus and His disciples by the Sea of Galilee 

It is probably early in the morning and is probably also a few weeks before 

the Feast of the Passover. T v e surroundinr fields are giving sirns of the 

barley harvest soon to come. It is spring and the fresh smell of a typical 

spring morning is in the air. Jesus and His disciples have come out of the 

&ouse and had seen a crowd of people descending on them. So He sat in a boat 

$hx± docked at the edge of the Zea. so Fe could speak to the crowd thus being 

able to address them face to face. 

So we read, "And He spake many things unto them in parables," f-!t . 13:3A. 

Then Matthew lists the famous parable of the sower, which we are not going to 

look at, at thir time, (but we will at another time). 

Now following this parable, the disciples Questioned Jesur about *kEx?s£EaiiiBx 

it. and so we read in the 10th verse, "Andthe disciples came, and said unto 
Him, ":Jhy speakest Thou ±hx unto them in parables? 1 " 

"And Jesus answered and said unto them, 'Because it is given unto you to know 
the mysteries of the. kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.'" 

In the time of Jesus what was known as "the mystery religions," was flourish- 
ing in Greece and Rome. ill of these religions had the same general charact- 
eristic. They were like passion plays in which a story was told of a god or 
goddess who lived and worked, and suffered and died and who had come back to 
life again in a state of blessedness. Those being initiated into one of these 
religions were given instructions. These instructions were geared to raise 
the feelings and the emotions of the initiate in preparation for the play it- 
self. ,tfhen the instructions had been completed and the Initiate was ready, 
he was taken to see the play performed before him. The stage was set with 
incense, effective lirhting, sensuous music which was intended to stir within 



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the person the desire to become identified in the life, the work, the suffer- 
ing, the death and the resurrection of the god. The cry of the worship r 
in the end was, "I am Thou, and IV ou art I." 

To Jesus is comparing the kingdom of God to tha.ee mystery religions of which 
the mysteries only were known to those who were on the inside. Now this does- 
n't mean that everyone who heard Jesus teach in parables didn't understand 
Him, but there were some and there were various reasons for this. 

T>,e first reason is found in the 12th verse where we read, "For whosoever hatl 
to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but fx»nixfc±Hi who- 
soever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath." 

Now at first this may sound rather harsh to take away from someone even the 
little he may have and give it to someone who has more already. But Jesus as 
not speaking of material goods. He is speaking of spiritual things. To 
understand this we need to look at the audience which surrounded Jesus. 
First, there were those who were hungry for anything spiritual which made morj 
sense than that which they already had. T^ey were looking for hope in the 
midst of despair; of life in the midst of just death and a deathwhich ha* no 
hope beyond; and of joy in the midst <f nothing but gloom, and darkness and 
doom. T^ese people could understand the simple, meaningful expressions and 
examples which Jesus used, Tv.ey weren't trying to read into His illustrations 
all sorts of things which weren't there. To these Jesus was spying would be 
given more understanding, more knowledre, more insight into the things spirit- 
ual. 
But Jesus ' audience was also made up of the religious elite of the xJxxxsii 

.3. "hese were the -scribes and the ] • -. . , 5y thought they had all oi 
the answers to what the kingdom of God was, T,_ese were the people that Jesus 
said, "Hath not," and "F„om him shall be taken even that he hath." rfhat litt: 
of the tru< _ they nay have possessed! what little they had of the things 
of God; and what little knowledge of the kinrdom of God they knew, all of 
this would be removed from them. 

To Jesus continues by saying, (read verses 13 through 17). He is quoting 
from Isaiah 6:10. The prophet Isaiah was speaking tc the 3 in iame 

C ,'i ■ Lord, iut he *elt s it xoxxsxixxxxxxxxixxxxxx he were speaking 
to a brick wall. Taere was no evidence of change in their lives; they acted 
no different; they didn't reflect hearing and obeying what God wanted from 
them. Isaiah was experiencing what every preacher or teacher experiences 
from time to time. There are definitely times when those we are seeking to 
win, seem, in spite of all our efforts to draw further away from the truth 
than be drawn toward it. One of my favorite lines from a modern song of a 
few years ago, speaks of this very thing. It tells of an Anglican minister 
in the preparation of a sermon. The song goes something like this, (without 



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my singing it of course), "Father Mackenzie, writing the words of a sermon 
that no one nrte± will hear." 

Isiah felt this an-" paid, (read verse 15)j and Jesus not only felt this way, 
hut knew it was so and He repeated the words of Isaiah. But He then added, 
(read verses 16 and 17). T~ose who are open tovthe things of God, which the 
disciples were, and a segment of these people were, to them is given the 
understanding of the x^s±bxxx:e:£xx-hS: kingdom of Sod even though Jesus spoke to 
them in hidden meanings which the parables contained. 

Parables were not new to the Jewish people. There are parables recorded in 
the Old Testament prophets and they had been taught by many Rabbi's before 
Jesus. But Jesus brought them forth in a new and fresh manner. He did so 
first of all because of the opposition which He faced from the Pharisees. 
The message got across to the lowly citizen but it bypassed the jjearded men 
who would have sought His immediate arrest and death had Jesus come right out 
and proclaimed the message in forthright words. This doesn't mean He feared 
these men, because such was not the case. But He used discretion because as 
we read several times in scripture, "His time had not yet come." This meant 
that He was in no hurry to hasten His death because He had a message to teach 
and preach. 

The secoi i reason why Jesus taught in parables is spoken of by Paul in his 
First letter to the church in Corinth, chapter 2, verses 12 through 14, 
(Read these). Paul is saying that the things of Tod mean nothing to the 
natural man, or an unsaved man, a man who is not born a^ain. To that natural 
man, the reading of God's Word doesn't have the true meaning for him because 
as Paul says, "They are foolishness to him," and he can't know them, "Because 
they are spiritually disceraed," In other words, God's Holy spirit only re- 
veals the truth of God and His kingdom to those who belong to that kingdom. 
l-hose outside the fold remain in darkness. And as Isaiah said, and Jesus 
repeated there are those who do not hear, do ot see, and do not understand 
because they are seeking spiritual thinre with natural minds and th-3 aatur .1 
in '.. net i ■ 

Jesus taught in parables because the message from Gcd could only be told in a 
way which those seeking and searching could understand. 

(Illustration of nurse changing tag on soldier who should have died) 

During tfExiai the war years a rolicy was adopted pertaininr to the handling 
of the wounded. It was ex±±bt£ done with color tags. One color meant hope- 
less — nothing we can do save them; another meant they'll make it whether 
we treat them or not; and the third meant a doubtful prognosis — a chance 
to live if medical assirtance ±s giiven. And since medical supplies were 
limited, the third group received priority. 

Ioji, was badlj? blown apart. One lea was severely wounded and the doctor 
who examined him made the decision that he was a hopeless case and tagped 
him as such, leaving him to die on his stretcher. But a nurse who saw that 
Lou was conscious began to talk to him. They discovered they were both 



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from Ohio. Setting to know him as a person and not Just as a statistic, 
the nurse couldn't just let Lou die. So she broke all the hospital rules 
and changed his color tap. "For ieioc Lou, there followed a two day trip by 
truck to the rear and months in a hospital after several operations. But 
Lou made it. He met a girl in the hospital who later became his wife. 
And even with only one leg, Iou led a full and happy life, and all because 
a nurse broke the rules and changed a tag. 

This is what Jesus did. Up to this point the religious instructions were 

piHXBK given out by those who were the select few to do such thine':. But 

xTsmflxxEasiEXsimns G-od changed the tags and used a person who for all intents 

and purposes wasn't qualified, (according to the trained clergy of the day), 

bo beach and preach. Eh Is (Sould understand and learn of Cod because oi 

the simple manner in which He taught. 

And "f hat Reminds Me Of A Story." Once upon a time, there was a man naned 

Jssus of Nazareth and we read of Rim, "And it came to pass, when Jesus had 
ended these sayings, the people were astonished at His doctrine: for He 
taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." 

And so we are going to look at some of these teachings of Jesus in parable 

form and I pray that all of us will see with our eyes, will hear with our 

ears, and will understand with our hearts that we may be converted and God 

may heal us of whatever spiritual blindness or hardness of heart we may have. 






St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor April 21, 1935 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Kelly Mangel, Acolyte 
Doug Vensel, Acolyte 
+ + + + + + + + + *■ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 

ORDER QF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
•Processional Hymn No. 325 "Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens 

Adore Him 11 
♦Ascription 
♦Exhortation 

*Confes s ion ( In Unison ) " We offer you Our thanks God , 
for the rising of our Lord. But we also know we 
must come to you in confession. We confess our 
unwillingness at times to follow our Lord. We 
confess as well our willingness to sin even when we 
know we shouldn't. Forgive us Lord, cleanse us, and 
renew us, for we pray in His name. Amen. 
•Kyrie 

^Assurance of Pardon 
♦Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God! 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name 
forever. 
♦Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No * 439 "Sweet Hour of Prayer" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
♦Doxology No. 382 



•Benediction 

•Closing Chimes 
•Postlude 



Anthem: Organ & Saxophone Medley 



"Precious Lord take 
My Hand" 
"He Touched Me" 
"Cleanse Me" 
"Amazing Grace" 



Scripture: Luke 14: 15-24 
Sermon: "Let's Party" 
*Closin Jmn No. 4^6 "For Tho^p Tears T Died" 



•Congregation Standing 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mr. & Mrs. George Pfiugh in memory of daughter Pamela Jean* 
Mr. & Mrs* Wally Feder will greet the congregation at 

the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Rob Vinroe, Bob Dellen. Randy Dellen, 

and Kevin Snyder. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Gamble. 
Bill Thompson and Kevin Snyder will be visiting the 

hospi t al this week ■ 
Attendance last Sunday was 127 with 11 visitors* 
^Hospitalized: BMH Ralph Tait, George MacKinney 
MONDAV - Spang's Volleyball 6:30 - 9:30 
TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 
THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-8 

Basketball 8-10 
Chancel Choir 7:00 
Prayer Meeting 8:00 
SATURDAY - Basketball 10-12 

^REMINDER for all to send or bring in your reservation for 
the Mortgage Burning Dinner. They are due by Hay 1st. 
Memorabilia is needed for the Mortgage Burning Celebration^ 
Any pictures, clippings, etc. are needed for the board. 
These can be of any activity within the church, or of any 
function outside of the church. If you have any please 
give them to Howdy Bolam or Don Kennedy. 



Let's Party - Luke lk-.13-2k 

Js invit horn of Pharisee 
IT LAS SAB JS MINSTRY WH/HAV ANY RECORD OF 
MEAL PREARANG fr SETUP C WAT JS WUD DO UNDR CIRCDMS FIND SELF 
MAN PRESEN HAD DROPSY & JS ASK IF LEGL HEAL ON SAB - VS 3 
Vf " =NO ANSR.HE HEAL 
Vb ?=FURTHR QUESTS ON SAB 
VS 6-NC ANSR AGIN 

VSS 7-11-PABBL PHOB TRU 2CCASIN THIS MEAL - EXPLAIN 
VS 12.ADVIC ON INVIT PEOPL 2DINNR 
VS 13-I^mWHO 2INVITE JS AMONG WEL 2D0 INVIT GEST 

KNU CURIUS BOUT HIM,*- SHO OFF QUES CHARACTH AT DINNR 
VS lWlONTINU KNU JEW BLIEV RESUR OF JUS TH/SETUP OF K OF G 

WUDB USRR IN W/GRT FESTIVL fc ALL MEMBRS THAT K PARTICIP 
VS 15«PROB SCRIB/PHAR OR SUM MEMBR RELIG ELITE 

HE THINK OF SELF *• OTHRS THER-JEWS,*- JEWS.ESPEC RELIG 
LDRS WEB ONLY ONES 2B PART THAT K 
VS lf.ATITUD THAT MAN,*- OTHRS LIK HIM, PROMPT JS 2SAY THIS 
UStTL PROCEDUI-SEND SERVS 2HOMS INVITO GESTS 
INVIT 2ATEN DINNR SUCH/SUCH DATE - but TIME ETC NO 
REVEAL HERE 
VS 17-WEN ALL REDY, SERVS GO BAK 2THOZ INVIT Sr INFORM PERSNLY 

EVRTH PREP & AWAIT 
VSS l8-20-INVIT,BUT BGIN MAK EXCUSES 

FROPRTY-SITE UNSEEN -FLCH t SEL SWAMPLAND 
OXEN-WUD U BUY USED CAR R- NO KNO IF RUN?? 
MARRY* JEW MALE fr WAR, BUT NO ASK GO WAR 

WAT WIF DUZNT LIK EAT OUT INSTED COOK? 
(ILUS MOD EXCUSES BY TONY TWI ST YOUTH MIXSTR XPIAN CH INDY ) 
gXCUSE TBEN/2DAY KEEP PEO FR/B PART K OF G 

X T TAK PRECED OVR PRIORTYS 2 G 
V£ , i=THEZ PEO WER SHUND BY RELIG ELIT=SCR/PHARS BCUZ NO WHOLE 
BODY & MIND - CUDNT SERV RELIG CAPACTY 
WAT JS PROPOS HERE CAUS SHOK/DISBLIEF 
VS 22-SERV DID & STIL ROOM 

VS 2J.THEZ PEO WER NON-JEWS-GENTILS ,THOZ OUTSID JEWRY-HATD DOGS 
SO HERECRIPPLS SOCIETY, W/GENTIL DOGS AT GRT SUPPR fr SPECIL 
JEW GESTS WER NOT 
MASTR.G, fr JEWS UNDRST THAT,& UNDRST 1ST TIM , INTITATIN 2DINNR 
INCLUD ALL PEO 
THIS GRT SUPPR INVIT IN FUTBR,BUT ALSO HERE fr NOW 
INVITE IS-LET'S PARTY fr WAT JS SAY HAD 2DO W/TIME 
(ILUS MAN, USED SUIT fr SHOE TICKET 15YR LATR) 

TIM IS COMODTY CANOT IGNOR - PASBY & OFT SAY-I WISH 
(ILUS 18YR OLD GIRL KIL PLANE CRASH) 

LOST CPORTUNTY BCUZ HAD FIELDS LUK AT, OXEN ?PRU¥,NEW WIF 
fa LK TIM ABUN, UNTIL DISCOVR IT RUNNING OUT fr LIK STORY 
(TTfT^ETIRD CPL fr MTOR HOME W/CRUISE CONTROL) 



JEW LK CENTURYS %MESIAH fr WEN CAM REJECT HIM 
IS LIKN 2BIG PARTY THEY WER INVIT TO 
HAD INVIT fr PROM TO ATEND -BUT WEN PARTY ARIV,MAK EXCUS NOT 2ATEND 

SAM APLY 2US AS WEL - WE BIN INVIT BCUZ CTHHS REFUS 2ATEND 
PJJT LIK JEWS WE MAK/GIV EXCUSES 

F7K JEWS, WE THINK THER WILB OTHR PAFTYS,OTHR DINNHS,OTHR INVITES 
TK - fr MANY BLIEVRS ON CRUSE CONTROL 
WE HAV CUM 2 TH/L.HE OUR SAV fr THAT AS FAR AS GOES 
NO FURTHR COMIT,FURTHR INVOLVMEN -I'LL SERV WEN GET OLDR, PLENTY 
TIME LEF 
BUT INVIT TMDEIATxVS 17B 

WEN MASTR CALLS IT IS A 50M0NS k TH/IMEDIAT 

WE MUS RESPON BY ASX*AM I IN TH/KINGDOM??? 
_^WAT IS MY EXCITE IF I'M NOT?? 

^"t& IT FIELD' OXEN, OR MARAG?? 



unity Bible Church - Sajtanorei; Pa. - May 10, 1992 



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'nneuncenents/Greetinfrs/joTs/PraTer Reaueste 



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Ascription 

Call T o Worship: 

MAKE A J YFUL NOISE (WTO GOD, ALL YE LANDS: 
SING FORTH THE HONOR OF TITS NAME: 
HAKE HIS PRAISE GLORIOUS. - Peala 66" 1 1-2. 
•Hyen 
Cfferinft/Prayer 
'Doxoloipy 
Paetoral Prayer 
Hymn 

Scripture: Luke 14a?-? 1 * 
Vernon; "Let's Party" - St. Paul's Butler April 21, 1985 

wn 
•Benediction 
'PoBtlude 



MODERN EXCUSES BT TONT TWIST TODTH MINISTER 

asks, "what is rooa favorite excuse?" 

WHEN YOU DON'T WANT TO DATE SOME TURKEY' 
"MOTHER WANTS HE TO STAY HOME WITH THE FAMILY" 

EN YOU DON'T WANT TO HELP A FRIEND IN NEEDY 
"I'VE GOT TO BE AT HOME WITH THE WIFE." 

WHEN TOP DON'T WANT TO TEACH A SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS? 
"WE'RE OUT OE TOWN VISITING A LOT." 

WHEN YOU DON'T WANT TO HELP WOTH VBST 
"WE WILL BE ON VACATION WITH OUR FAMILY." 

WHEN YOU WANT TO AVOID ANY COMMITMENT* 
"FAMILY." 



111 situ wej. iraag gnoK/aiscner statmen js receiv 2/ 
this absolut unherd of & 2sua:est went agin all 

/ Jews Blievd 

I vs 22= serv act mastrs coman & yet ther was room 
vs ?J=peop 2B brot in wer non-Jews ,Gentils 

they wer l's liv biways & Eyon hedge 
hi es stud edg Jew proprty sep lentils from them 

s - h ere cripls society , hated fientil dors B part fflrt 

suppr &. invit specil Jewish pests wer not 
vs 24=result of ther refusl 
Master of parbl=Ood 
Thea peop knu exact nat Js tel them in story 

understud 4 1st time invit includ all peop no ius Je 
invite is.LETS PARTY & includ evrl 2B part G 's crrt 
party talc plac hvnly kine-dm.bufc invit P externa here 
& now 

a part wat Js sed had ?do with time 

(Ilus man buy suit gudwil stor,shoe ticket in pocket; 
r "ine is comodty we can no ignor,has way pas us by 
& ther cuibp times wen can only say=I WD II 
(llus 18yr old ?irl kil plan crash, fathr no say I LOT 
He has los optunty=he had fields to luk at,oxn chekot 

time In sumthin we human.? sumtimes considr as B 

abundant , until discovr it run out & then thing negle 

put off,R sot aftr 

3umwat lik tru story mi retir opl & motor home 

(Ilus thez peop & cruise control) 

This examp wat Js try get cros this parabl 

Jews had Ik 4centrys 4Messiah G prom 
But wen came, they rejec & Js llkn ? Big Tarty ?which 
they tavite 

h"^ invit & prom ?atend ,but wen day party ariv,made 

(. ,us not 2 attend. 
same aply 2us as wel=we hav bin invit 2part simply 
Bcuz othrs hav refus 2 atend 

but lik them, many us mak excus not 2B in atendsnc 
atituds of Jews & many us=ther wil3 othr partys ; 
othr dinnrs & invites 

They wer on Cruise Control ,1us as many Blievrs R 
.'■ure, we've cum 2 the Lord; He's our Hav & we've acpted 
Him which mor than the Jews did 

But that as far as it goes 
Thers no furtfar com it; no fiirthr involv 
I'll serf Hiir wen I eet oldr Bcuz I've not plenty of 
time left-but invit imrasdiat ,it ls=C0HE;4ALL THINGS 
R HOW :?EUY=vs 17B 

wen faster 5ivs sunmons it 1 i aedJ its i that sum- 
mons is=LET'3 PARTY! & we mus respond by as k= -flier am 
I? Am I in the kingdom? And wat is my excuse if 
I'm not? 



"ljez-s i-arty!" 
■ Scrip: Luke 14:15-24 

This Scrip & tariax parbl has sevrl bak grnds & 
actul preceed vss H part of it 

It las fab J? pub minstry hav record of & He invit 

hous 1 of rulrs of Phars 

Zt~ i Vr r^ anE ,i lk llk Setup ?C wat Js Ao ' s *y °i"um 
whi^fl find self 

man ther w/dropsy & B4 Js do anyth ask leerl heal Sab 
■no anser=so heal man & then tel parbl seat self" lowr 
& if host want honor wud mov up 

i * £*°* ° J0ck y *Pt>sitin of rests, nerhap ?B near Him 

*s altho Js also gest,tak op 2 re prov actins othr gests 

also giv advic bout invite only thoz return favor & 

vs 13 is adfio Bcuz Js lk rnd & C onlv wel 2do gests 

Thez peop curios bout Him,* wat betr way 2C than eat 
vs 14= Js continu 2do this wud br rewar f'inl resur 
Jews Bliev resur of Just, setup kingd of G wud B ushr 
w/grt festivl which all membra kingd wud particpate 
vs 15=prob scrib/phar,sum membr relig elit & aeree 

w/Js £ think self /othrs ther wud mos cert B part of 
j Jews thot wer only l's 2B part that kingdom 
j this atitud &. atitud othrs prompt Js ?say-vs 16 
; usul procedur send servs 2invlt fests w/invit atend 
dinnr such, such date 
time meal no reveal Bcuz need get everthin 2p:ethr 
vs 17=wen evrthin redy, servs rro arin & tel o-ests 
vss lE-20=reeults that sumons 2cum 2dinnr 
here were peop who had sea wud cum & mak excuses ft 
thats Jus wat were=EXCUSES 
1st felo=Hav H evr herd suml buy prop site unseen? 

if\u do that? =Ex ppop buy PI prop lik this & stung 
2n relo-Wud U buy used car w/out kno run or not? 

his excus much lik 1st felo 
3rd felo=semi-truthf 1; Jew male no serv army lyr nuwed 

But nol ask go 2war=excus nonj"ustfybl-cud' tak wif 
l& wat wife duznt lik eat out rathr than cook? 

But excus same 2day by peop keep fr/eh & thinps Lord 
\(Ex excus made by people from Lawson) 
Uinstancs Scrip pt tak care busnes ,work;peranl poses; 
i& persnl pleasur 
! ea thez keep peop fromB part kingd of 8 

they no wrong own rt ,but wen tak preced ovr priorty 
2 G,need 2B eval 4wat R Z that is=excus steer clear 
things of G 
vs 21=aerv went out brot peop in & thez peop shun by 

scrib/phars & relig elite 
Th z no cokplet body '■■. limb cud no serv relig capactj 

2do so, Jew law state persn musB whol body /mind 
So thez peop wer outcas society & wer shunbv thoz 
who wer rel K id r3 



"let's Party!" 

•cripture: luke 14:15-?4- 

This Fcripture and parable has several backgrounds to it and actually all of 

the preceeding verses sxk rl a 7 a part in it, Jesus was invited to the house 

of one of the rulers of the Pharisees. It was the last oabbath in Jesus' 

public ministry of which we have any record. This meal was prearranged and 

was a setup to see what Jesus would do hA&ex the circumstances in which T 'e 

found himself. There was a man present at that meal who was suffering from 

dropsy. Before Jesus did anything, He asked them if it was legal to heal on 

the Sabbath day. He receiver" no answer and so He healed the man. Then He ±m 

told them a parable about seating oneself at the lower or lowest position 

and if the host wants you to have a place of honor, he will direct you to ist. 

Evidently what Jesus was witnessing at this meal was a jockeying for position 

for the honored seats, perhaps to be nearest Him, And surprisingly, Je^us 

although a srusst , doesn't hesitate to correct the actions of some of the 

other gupsts . 

He then gives advice about giving a dinner and only Lnviting p Dple who would 

ixDcfcHEB return the favor and ±ex±±s extend an invitation for dinner also. 

His instructions then follow in verse 13, "But when thou make at a feast, call 
the poor, bhe maimed, bhe 1 ame , the blind." 

Jesus had looked around and had seen all of the well-to-do invited guests. 

He knew these were just people whose curiosity about Himself had been aroused 

And what better way to show off this Questionable cha 'a<£ than Inner? 

And Jesus continued, "And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense 
thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just." 

He is saying that rewards for doing good will come in the final resurrection. 

The Jews believed that the resurrection of the just, the setting up of the 

kingdom of God would be ushered in with a rreat festival in which all the mem. 

hers of that kingdom would partake. °o it isn't surprising that we read in 

the 15th verse, "And when one of them that sat at meat with Him heard these 
things, he said unto Him, 'Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom 

of God." 

This was one of the very select Froup of guests at the meal. He was probably 

a scribe, or a Pbarisee, cr some other member of the religious elite. He 

was agreeing with Jesus and was thinkinr of himself and all the others there 

who would most certainly be a part of that kinrdom since they were the religS 

ious leaders of the Je rs. And the Jews were the only ones to be a part of 

that kingdom. 

His attitude, and the attitude of the others prompted Jesus to say, "A oertaii 
man made a great supper, and bade many." 

The usual procedure was to send out servantr to the homes of the invited p;ues1 

T>,ey received an invitation to attend a dinner on such and such a date. 



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But the time of the meal was not revealed. Circumstances concerning: cooking, 

preparations,i^XCTKXx£&±xxxK2x£X and getting everything in readiness caused 

the ommission of the time. 

So then we read in verse 1?, "And sent his servatns at supper time to sa# to 
them that were bidden, 'Come; for all things are now ready. 1 " 

When the supper was actually ready, the servants went back to those invited 

guests and informed them personally that everything was prepared and awaiting 

their arrival. 

Verses 18 through 20 tell us of the results of that summons to come to supper, 

(read these). Here were people who were invited and who had responded to the 

invitation by acceptinr it. But now they made excuses and that's just what 

they were. Look at the first fellow! Siexxbbxbxkz Have you ever heard of ssra 

someone buying a piece of property sight unseen? ,'ould you do that? A few 

years ago people with the craze to buy land in Plorida were hoodwinked througl 

a newspaper ad which made most of the major newspapers in the nation during 

a several week period. The land they bought sight unseen was nothing but 

undraine i swampland which proves the validity of seeing the product before 

buying it. 

The second feftlow made the same sort of excuse. He said that he wanted to 

"prove" his oxen. Would you buy a used car without knowing whether it runs anc 



how? 



And the third fellow had a semi-truthful excuse. His was that he was just 
married and needed to be with his wife. A Jewish male ■■'he got married was 
exempted from military duty for one year. But no one was asking him to go to 
war. His excuse wasn't justifiable because he could have taken his wife with 
him. And after all, what wife doesn't like to eat out instead cf doing the 
cooking? But you see, their excuses are the same as are used today by people 
to keep from Church end the things of the Lord. These three instances point 
to taking care of business and work, of personal posresssions , and of person- 
al pleasure. Each of these thing? keep people from being a part of the king- 
dom of God. Each of them are not wrong in their ownright . But when they take 
precedence over our priorities to God, then they need to be evaluated for 
what they are and that in excuses to steer clear of the thinp; c of the Lord, 

Verse 21 relates, "So the servant came, and shewed his lord these things. 
Then the master of the house said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the 
streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, 
and the halt , and the blind . " 

So the servant went out and brought these people in, Tv,ese people were shunne 
by the scribes and the rharisees and the religious elite. Those who were not 
complete in body and limb could not serve in any religious capacity. The Jew- 
ish law specified that to do so a person must be whole in body and mind. 
So these people were the outcasts of society and were shunned by those who 
were the religious leaders. 



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lou can well imagine the shock and disbelief this statement of Jesus must have 

received . This was absolutely unheard of. To even suggest it went against 

all the Jews believed. 

So the servant acted on his master's command and we read in the 22nd verse : 
"And the servant said, lord, it la done as thou hast commanded, and yet there 
is room." 

And since there was still room we read: "And the lord said unto the servant, 
"Go out into the highways and the hedges, and compel them to come in, that 
my house nny be full." 

The people who were to be brought in next were non-Jews , or Gentiles in other 

words. T v ey were the ones who lived out on the highways and who were beyond 

the hedges. Je Ldn't fence in thei V;"i hedges, T, e hedges 

stood at the very edge of Jewish property to keep out the Gentiles. Sc here 

were the cripples of society alon~ with the ±hxk hated Gentile dogs being a 

part of the Great Supper and the invited, special Jewish guests are not. 

And the master said in verse 24, 'Tor I say unto you, 'That rone of those men 
which were bidden shall taste of my supper." 

How naturally, the master extending the invitation is God and thene people 
knew exactly what Jesus was telling them in this story. They were understand- 
in- for the very first time that the invitation is to include all people and 
not Just Jews. T,_e invitation is "Let's Party," : r.d includes everyone to be 
a part of '"rod's Great party which will someday take place in the heavenly 
kingdom, but is also being extended in the here and now. A part of what Jesus 
was saying had to do with time. 

(Illustration of time as seen in story of man, a used suit, and shoes) 

.'. man bought a used suit at a Goodwill store and discovered in the poscket 
there was a ticket for a shoe repair job. But the ticket was fifteen 
years old. He checked and discovered the rhoe repair store was still in 
business. So he decided on a lark to try to redeem the ticket. /hen he 
gave the ticket to the proprieter, the man looked at it for a moment and 
then disappeared in the back room. A few moments later he reappeared 
and said very calmly, "They'll be ready next Tuesday." 

^2x Time is a commodity that we cannot ignore. It has a way of passing us by 

and there somes a time when we can only say, "I wish." 

(Illustration of 18 year old girl killed in plane crash and no "I love you.") 
In May of 1979 a plane crashed kb shortly after takefifif from O'hare Airport 
in Chicago. Killed in that crash was an 18 year old x?fexxsi±aja young lady 
xaSffi±x£arBixJfe*s±iig±itx whose father sobbed when informed of his daughter's 
death, "The thing that makes it so hard, is that I never told her I loved 
her. I was always so busy and always intended to but she grew up so fast 
there just never seemed to be time." 

He had lost his opportunity. He had fields to look at and oxen to check out. 

But time is something kaiuaE we humans look at as being abundant, until we 

discover it is running out and then the things neglected or put off are SOUghi 

after. It's somewhat relate;" to the true story of a^Kis&sxxjpcEsaqsiK newly 

retired couple who fulfilled a dream by using their savings to purchase an 
elegant motor home. 






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( Illustration of retired couple, motor home, and cruise control) 

When they purchased it, the wife was very visibly impressed with what the 
salesman said of the cruise control with which it was equipped. He extolled 
its virtues in XHKtocxxxxxxiiiaixxiix a very convincing manner. To they pur- 
chased the motor home and began to travel up the west coast. A»x±kEy .After 
they had traversed the winding stretches of highway, the husband told his 
wife he was goinjfc to the back to take a nap and she could drive on the 
straight stretches for a while. She took over and put the camper on cruise 
control. After about an hour of driving, she decided she had to go to the 
bathroom and so she got out of the seat and went to the xhhx bathroom in the 
rear. Several ninutes later the motor home went off the highway and crashed, 
The camper was totalled, but neither of the two people were injured. The 
wife explained to the Highway Patrolman that she thought the cruise control 
worked ±±&k the same as the automatic pilot on a plane. 

This is an example of what Jesus was trying to sret across in this parable. 
The Jews ha# been looking for centuries for the Messiah GoS had promised. 
But when He came, they rejected Him, And Jesus likened it to a big party to 
which they were invited, kH± They had the invitation and had promised to at- 
tend. But when the day of the party arrived, they made excuses not to attend, 
But the same applies to us as well. We have been invited to the party simply 
because others have refused to attend. But like them, many of us make ex- 
cuses not to be a in attendance. T""e attitude of the Jews and of many ofl us 
is that there will be other parties; bfcher dinners and invitations. They were 
on cruise control ,iust as many believers are. Sure we've come to the Lord; 
He's our Saviour and we've accepted Him which is more than the -Tews did. But 
that's as far as it <?oes . There's no further commitment; no further involve- 
ment. I'll serve Him when I get older because I've got plenty of time left. 
But ;he invitation is immediate. It is, "Come; for all things are now ready!' 
When the Master -ives a summons it is for the immediate. T^at summons is, 
"Let's Party!" And we musr respond by asking, "Where am I? Am I in the 
kingdom" fl.nd what is my • if I'm of'" 



St, Paul's United Church of Christ 

Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev* Ralph Link, Pastor April 28, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr, Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Kelly Mangel, Acolyte 
Doug Vensel, Acolyte 
+ + + + + + + + +-++ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 
ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements: Elder Paul Riemer 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
"Processional Hymn No. €86 "Christ for the World We Sing" 
♦Ascription 
"Exhortation 

♦Confession (In Unison) "0 Lord Jesus Christ, who art the 
Way, the Truth* and the Life, we pray thee suffer us 
not to stray from thee* who art the Way, not to 
distrust thee, who art the Truth, not to rest in any 
other thing than thee, who art the Life. Teach us by 
thy Holy Spirit what to believe, what to do, and 
wherein to take our rest. For thine own name's 
sake we ask it. Amen. 
"Kyrie 

♦Assurance of Pardon 
"Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God! 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name 
forever. 
"Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No. 685 "In Christ there is no East or West" 
Call to Prayer; Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
•Doxology - page 3B2 
Anthem: "The Saviour is Waiting 11 soloist Nancy Dellen 
Scripture: Luke 15: 11-32 
Sermon: "The Reason to Party" 
♦Closing Hymn No, 543 "The Family of God" 
"Benediction 
"Closing Chimes 
"Postlude 
+ +■ + t "Congregation Standing + + + + + 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Fanchon Hindman and Joy in memory of Lawson Hindman. 
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Campbell will greet the congregation at 

the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Dick Mangel, Ed Walker, Don Kingsley, 

and Dick Dally, 
Nursery will be provided today by Beth Tait. 
Bob D. Dellen and Dan Bosko will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 106 with 6 visitors. 
Hospitalized: Mrs. Tresa Nicholas in BMH, 
MONDAY - Spang' s Volleyball 
TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 
WEDNESDAY - Council meeting 7:00 P.M. 
THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-B 

Basketball 8-10 

Chancel Choir practice at 7:00 P.M. 
Prayer Meeting 8:00 P.M. 
SATURDAY - 10-12 Basketball 

VBS is fast approaching us. We are still in need of 

a director and teachers. If you are willing to help 

In any department, please inform the office. 
Laymen's Dinner will be served at our church on May 16th. 

Please come out and support this dinner and those 

serving with it. 
May 6th at 6:30 we will be starting a Family Night. It 

will begin with a tureen supper, followed by games and 

other activities. Please make plans to come and support 

this night and other future activities. 
COUNCIL MEETING TODAY AFTER CHURCH IN THE LOUNGE. 
Articles for the newsletter are due into the office by 

Wednesday, 
Reservation Cards for the Mortgage Burning Dinner are due 

in on May 1st. Please mail them or drop them in the 

offering plate. 
Mother & Daughter Banquet is coming upon us. This is 

open to all women of the church. May 8th. 



"The Bible will keep you from sin; or sin will keep you 
from the Bible, The Bible is old with age, but 
always fresh with the dew of heaven, rr 






"T, e Reason To Farty" 
Scrip': Li 15:11-32 
I (Ilus B Graham, Cleveland &. :lho Are Tou?) 
identy is sumthin sot by evrl;elliE°P seek 2B known 
4who & wat they R 

(Pus city oficial insance inat. & "I kno wher U R) 
W R U?=the anser U fiv depend on wat U Bliev 
Thoz who adop humnistic atitud wud anser lik ■««»»■ 
(Hub Carl Becker historian) 
Duz that snd lik G's mos uniau creatin worth anythin' 

perha can contras w/finds of Adam S tarehi4d,pres 
Minerva Consult Corr in 78 & fnd chems in body worht 
6 million. 
Who R U? Wet is Or lif worth? 

this very issu Ja was try deal with in aprbl las wk 
& in parbl this wk 

Actul,parbl this chap giv Jpicturs 
at end dinnr Ja eed=He hath ears let him hear 
Js tol parbl Grt 3uppr & fiv 2ilus terms discipship 

As membabl Sab draw clos Js suroun outoas socity 
vs l=this no meet aprovl relip elit & Lk say Vs 2+REi 
this pt read=vs 3 . . _ , 

Then folo incident lost sheep, 6 incident lost coin 
& finaly=Frodlgal inn „_ 

All thez R lparbl & form wat cal-Parbl Lost 1. Inga 
This morn lk-lrodipal Son & want share mod versin 
miteB call story in Key of F 
(Ilus mod parable in "T 1 ") 

i.ow that story liter vein, hut wud lik focus on cent- 
ral meaninr of parable . 
in all 3seg-s ther central theme. lost sheer, ?hep e° 
""■ 4sheep 
1. .t coin=ownr perch, swepp until find 
lost son-fathx seek him, Ik 'I him 

Read- .ion comin"- 2self=othr word.recop prob & he lost 
&. need ?oum home 

kno mus fac fathr p -. plan litl speech=vss 18-19 
set off on jorny & read re 20 
prob fathr watch son lv farm & my climb tales hil 
8= watch til out site;perhap evr day did same & Ik 
day folo day 8= dieapoint ,but lday C figur aproach 
recog- way walk & kno it son & B4 son cud cum 2him 
ran Phim' & welcom home 
i.o scold, cal stupid, dumb- instep hue/kiss 8= sho luv 
Vs ?1=& "at fathr 's reaetin? 

vs 2?= It was as tho son nevr sed word ask 4plv 
fathr Beuz deep, deep luv i"-nor son remark 
l.owehr Scrip read son 'a name, hut T EHiev it "TLL 
(Ilus Bill in new York acpt Js 8 ch^nr it made) 



hear story 11* thi8 S5y=lsnt wondrfuiv men ilk ?/ 

Cud nevr hapn Pus , 
. But it cud, if we let it 

JT, er H a lot of Bill's in worl 5 Fathr is IV *then 
?oi™ home 

B"t fathr no stop Ik 4childrn,lnsted send r.on out 2 
\ t k &. ?sav that which ii 1ob1 

MayB we hav cum home &. claim 4grivnes &. clensing 
But nayB things no dif Bcuz we unwil let pro 
Lif 4ea us can cum aliv,but we mus want it 
W„ mus- Cum 2ourselvs & realiz that T. far cuntry is 
not wher we Blong 
Our fathr want us 2B part of party 
& Reasn 2 Farty is Bcuz G is piv faast 2which He has 
invite evrl & His Son tela us,avs 10 
4es us who hav cum hom, or decid cum horn this day, 
G says,=vs ?2 
no mattr who U R,no mattr wat we hav dun, we canB dif 
Ur hopes can cum tru 
Reasn I sea Prods name was Bill is Bcuz ther lota jus 
plain Bills who hav acpt *p wat G hav offr thru Js 

Bill, the man we talk bout made statement, 
IHB CHURCH IS WHER ALL UR HOPES CUM TRU 
with Js this posibl 
with His help Ur hopes can cum tru 
U canB Chang, U can cum home 4 thats Reason To Tarty 



Community Bible Church - SaRamore, Pa, Kay 17, 1992 

Prelude 

Sreetings/Joys/AnnauneeiientB/Prayer Requests 

Bob Dain here next Sunday May Zk 
(j^LO otJ /Jt+V A*** r &6ft~ /fS-ET/t'c- 



Call To Worship: 

(1 BLESS OUR GOD, TE PEOPLE, AND HAKE THE VOICE OF HIS 

PRAISE TO BE REAHE: 

WHICH HOLDETH OTJH SOUL IN LIFE, AND SITTEJtETR NOT CUR 

FEET TO BE MOVED. 

FOR THOU, GOD, HAST PROVED OS: THOU HAST TRIED US, 

AS STIVER IS TRIED. PSALM fiS :8-10 



Of ferine/prayer 
• DoxolOffy 
Pastoral Prayer 
Hymn 

Scripture: Luke 15>ll-32 
Sermon: "The Reason To Party" 



April 28, 1985 St. Paul 'a 

Butler 



• idietion 
•Post lade 



/The Reason To Party - Luke 15:11-72 
{ILUS B ORAHAM-CLEV f, aak-WHO R UT 






JTJN 73) 



identy aot by eTrene - peo seek 2B kno *wat & who they R 
(Ilv- city officii t, mentl in»t) 

., ITT ANSH DEPEN ON WAT U BLIEV 
<1lJS HENRY BECKER fc HYMANISTIC PHILOSPIY ANSR) 
(ILUS ADAM STARCHILD-FSES MINERVA CONSULT GRP 1978 DISCCVB 

CHEMS HUMN BODY WORTH If MILION) 
WHO F Ut WAT UR LIF WORTH? JS DEAL PARBL LAS WK i THIS PARBL 
VS 35 END CHAP Ik 

had tol GST SDPPR ft rIt 2terms 4diselpahip 
VS l«Sab draw cloa Js euroun outeaa society 
VS 2*no aproyl fr/jew ralifr elite 

VS 3«thes 3ineidents R one parbl aa such ft eal prabl los th£n.ws 
(ILUS MOD PABIL PROD SON IN KET OF F) 

eentrl theme oarblaxlos sheep/lost eoinAoat son«SERCH 4LOST 
tbs l8-19=SFEECH PREP 

VS 20.FATTTR SAW SON OFF & WATCH/WAIT - Notie-hu*Ais ft no scold 
VS ?l^want 2mak amends 

VS 22.LIK SON NEVR SED WORD BOUT 4GIVNES 
Scrip no gi» son8s nam but posibl cudB BILL 
(ILUS BILL aept XP ft Chang) 
HEAR STORY, EXCLAIH-ISNT WONDRFUL? HOT NO CUD HAPN ?US-BUT CAN!! 
FATHR LK 4CHILFN,SEND SON 2SEEK/SAV THAT WAS LOST 
MATB HAV CUM HOM, CLAIM ^GIVNES/CLFNSING BUT THINGS NO DIF, 
BCUZ HNWIL BLET GO 
LIF "»EA US CAN CUM ALIV - BUT WE M03 WANT IT - WE MUS COM 2SELVS 
ft FAR CTTNTHT NO WHER WE BLONQ 

CUR FATHEH WANTS US 2B PART OF TH/PABTT ft TH/REASN 2PAHTT IS 
BCUZ IS GIV FEAST 2WHICH HE HAS INVIT EVRONE 
.' ?ED - VS 7A 
<n£A WHO CUM HOM/DECID CUM HOH 2DAT.G SEZ-VS 2» 
NO MATTR WHO WE R,WAT HAV DUN, WE CANB DIF-UR HOPES CAN CUM TRU 
REASN SED PROD SON NAM BILL BCU2 THER LOTS "JUS PLAIN BILLS" 
WHO HAV ACPT WAT G HAS 20FFR THRU JS XP 
BILL SED-THE CHURCH IS A PLACE WHER ALL UR HOPES CUM TRUE 
w/JS THIS POSIBL-W/HIS HELP UR HOPES CAN CUM TRU 
U CANB CHNGD.U CAM CUM HOME & THATS TH/REASN 2PARTY 



"The Reason To Party" 

Scripture: Luke 15:11-32 

(Illustration of Billy Graham in Cleveland and question: "WHo Are You?") 
On a beuatiful warm evening in July of 1972, Cleveland's Municipal Stadium 
was packed. People were even standing or seated on the field itself. 
Following the opening preliminaries, Hie Rev, Billy Graham stepped to the 
microphone and in th?t North Carolinian drawl, asked in a voice which rang 
throughout that stadium, "''too Are Tou? Who Are You?" F^om the right field 
bleachers a leather lunged youn^ man probably of college age shouted back 
in a voice heard throughout the stadium without amplification, "I'm Some- 
body," Everyone lauehed in eluding Mr. Graham. \ni he answered, "It's 
too bad that young man's theology isn't as good as k£s strong as his voice.' 

Identity is something that is sought by everyone. All people seek to be knowi 

for who and what they are. 

(Illustration of city official in mental institution and not recognized) 

{ prominent official of the city was in the mental institution on business; 
,/hen trying to leave he was stopped by • uaxd who tho ' n e was a patient 
"Do you know who I am?" he asked, indignantly. 
"No," replied the "Tjard. "But I know where you are." 

"Who Are You?" The answer you -ive depends or. what , ' ve« Those who 

have adopted the humanistic philosophy would answer much like a historian 

named Carl Becker : 

Man is but a foundling in the cosmos, abandoned by forces that created him. 
Unuarented, unassisted and undirected by omniscient or benevolent authority, 
he must fend for himself, and with the aid of his own limited intelligence 
find his way about in an indifferent universe." 

Does that sound like God 's most unioue creation is worth anything? Perhaps 

we can contrast that with the findings of Adam Starchild, president of the 

Minerva Consulting Group in 1978 who kh&e added up the chemicals which rake 

up the human body. In 1978 dollars the human body was determined as being xrx 

worth :-t6,000,000. 

Who Are You? What is your life worth? This is the very issue that Jesus was 

trying to deal with in the parable of last week and in the prable of this 

week. Actuallyij this parable ±x gives three pictures in this chapter. At 

the end of His speaking to these at the dinner to which He had been invited, 

Jesus said, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Jesus had told the 

parable of the great supper and had given two illustrations of the terms for 

discipleship. As this memorable Sabbath day drew toward a close Jesus was 

surrounded by the outcasts of society. The 1st verse of this 15th chapter 

tells us, "Then drew near to Him all the publicans and sinners for to hear Hii 

This didn't meet with the approval of the relisrious elite and Luke tells us 

in verse 2, "Andt the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, 'This man re- 
ceiveth sinners, and eateth with them." 

At this point then we read, ".And He spake this parable unto them, saying." 

Then is related the incident of the lost sheep, the incident of the lost coin 

and the incident of ±ks what is called, "The Prodie-al ^on." All of these 



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three incidents are one parable as such and are called "The parable of the 

lost Things." This morning we are going to look at the portion of the parabl< 

."hich deals with the so called, "Prodigal Son." 

This is probably the most familiar of Jesus' parables. Probably we all know 

most of the details of this parable, so the one thing I want to share with 

you is a modern version of the parable written in the key of P. 

(Illustration of Prodigal Ton using the letter "F") (1 

Feeling footloose and frisky, a featherbrained fellow forced his fond 
father to fork over the farthings and flew to foreign fields and frittered 
his fortune, feasting Babulously with faithless friends. Fleeced by his 
fellows in f looey, and facing famine, he found himself a feed-f linger in a 
filthy farmyard. Fairly famishing, he fain would have filled his frame 
with foraged ±-e&Asx. food from fodder fragments. 

"Fooey! My father's flunkies fare far finer," the frazzled fugitive for- 
lornly fumbled, frankly facing facts, frustrated by failure and filled 
with forboding, he fled forthwith to his family. Falling at his father's 
feet, he forlornly fumbled: ^Father, I've flunked and fruitlessly forfeited 
family favor ! ! " 

The farsighted father, forestalling further flinching, frantically flagged 
the flunkies to fetch a farling from the flock and fix a feast. The fugi- 
tives fault-finding brother frowned on fickle forgiveness of forner folder- 
ol. But the faithful father ficruted, "Filial fidelity is fine, but the 
fugitive is found! ''/hat forbids fervent festivity? let flaes be unfurled. 
Let fanfares flars','" And the father's forgiveness formed the foundation 
for the former fugitives future fortitude. 

Wow that is the story in a lighter vein, but I would like to focup on the 

central meaning of this parable. In all three segments of this parable there 

is a central theme. Th e incident of the lost sheep finds the shepherd poing 

out and looking for the lost sheep* In the incident of the lost coin the 

owner of the coin searched and swept the house until she found it. And in th« 

incident of the lost son, the father was seeking him as well. We read of the 

"son coming to himself," in other words he recognized what his problem was 

and that he was lost and so he determines to come home. He knows that he 

must face his father and so he plans his little speech which he will give to 

him. In the 18th and 19th verses that speech is, "I will arise and &o to my 
father, and will say unto him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven, and 
before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of 
thy servants . " 

And so he sets off on his journey homeward. And we read in the 20th verse, 
"But when he was a crest way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, 
and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." 

Probably HTTKijqnisx the father watched the son as he left the farm and went 

off on his own. He may have climbed to the bop of bae highest hill on 

property md ffatcaea' him unti] he couldn't >ee hiro anymore. And perhaps 

every day after that, every chance he got he was scanning ttte horizen for a 

sign of bae returning son, \n\ lay followed 'lay and he was disapppinted each 

day. But one day he looked and saw a figure loom on the horizen. He rubbed 

his eyes, wondering if perhaps he was seeing things. But as he anxiously 

watched and the yiKE^ man came closer, he recognized feka that this man was 



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his son. He could tell it by the way he walked. And before the son could 

get; to him, the father ran toward him to welcome him home. Kotice, that he 

hugged him and kissed him. He didn't --cold him, or call him stupid and iumb. 

Instead, he showed him that he loved him in spite of his failings. 

But the son wanting to make amends spoke to his father and verse c21 tells us, 
"And the »on said unto him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and in 
thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son." 

And what was the father's reaction? We read, "But the father sadd to his 
servants, 'Bbing 'or the b be, n . put it >n ' ; . --, md put rd g 

his hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring hither the fatted calf and kill 
it; and let us eat and be merry.*" 

It was as though the son hadn't said a word ■* c iking forgivene .-. Phe 

'ather because )f his ioep, plei V ignored the son's remarks. 

T v ere is no where in this scriptur ' ,t we if the > name. But I 

think it was Bill, and I'll tell you why. 

(Illustration of Bill in New York accepting Christ and the change) 

On a cold rainy Sunday evening a man named Bill who was the controller of 
a big New York city chain of hotels was walking back and forth on Fifth 
Avenue of that city. He happened to walk by the Marble Collegiate Church 
around 8:00 O'clock and heard singing coming from within. T>,e congregation 
was singing what a Friend we have in Jesus, He stepped into the church and 
took a seat in the balcony. He listened to the sermon and at the end Dr. 
Peale invited anyone who wa vted to skbx?!* surrender their lives to C v rist 
to fill out one of the cards found in the pwe rack. Bill took out a card 
looked at it ; and was going to sign it, but said to himself, "ho, I won't 
do this. This is evangelism and I am not in favor of it. He put the card 
in his pocket and went home to his hotel room. About 3:00 O'clock in the 
rnornin- he awoke and couldn't get the church, the service, and the chall-ng{ 
out of his mind. He got out of bed, got down on his knees and proved and 
then he signed the card. In his bathrobe and slippers he took that card 
out to the mail chute in the hallway and dropped it in. He said that when 
he did it was like having a load lifted off his shoulders. The next morning 
he called Dr. ieale and had him come to his office and talk to him. He tolc 
him what he had done and how he wanted to o-et involved in the work of the 
church. He began to tithe. At first it was ten-percent and this wasn't 
enough so he gave fifteen-percent, and then twenty, twenty-five, and fiaallj 
thirty-percent. He became involved in almost every Christian agency he 
discovered to do the work of Christ. He gave hours and hours of his time 
and of his ability. When he died, 3B±iixwHS Bill's funeral was held in Ihias 
delphia. Four *ix±o railroad cars of men went to Philadelphia for his funei 
When the funeral was over these men kept asking D r . Feale, " //hat did vou do 
to Bill?" And he answered, "I didn't do anything to Bill, but I'll tell 
you Who did all those wonderful things to Bill." T v ey answered, "You need 
not tell us, we know," 

W&en we hear a story like this we say, "Isn't that wonderful," much like it 
could never happen to us. But it can if we let it. A Father has been look- 
ing for HiF children to come home. But the Father iraaximfc did not stop at 
loteking for His children. Instead, He sent His Son out to seek and to save 
that which was lost. Maybe we have come home and claimed that forgiveness 
and cleansing. But maybe things haven't been that much different because 
we have been unwilling to let go. life for each of us can come alive, but 



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we must want it. We must "Come to ourselves" and realize that being sxf in a 

far country is not where we belong. Our Father wants us to be part of the 

Party. And the "Reason To Tarty" is because God is giving a feast to which 

He has invited everyone and His Son tells us, "Likewise I say unto you, there 
is Joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth." 

For each of us who have come home or decide to come home this day, God says, 
"For this my son was dead, and is alive arcain; he was lost, and is found." 
No matter who we are; no matter what we have done; we can be different. 
Your hopes can come true. Tve reason I said the prodigal's name was Bill, is 
because there are a lot of "Just plain Bills" who have accepted what God has 
to offer through Jesus. Bill, the man we talked about made the statement, 
"The church is iriaexH a place where all your hopes come true." With Jesus 
this is possible. With His help, your hopes can come true. You can be chang- 
ed; you can come home and that's "The Reason To Party." 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor May 5, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Kelly Mangel, Acolyte 

+ + + t + + + + + + ++ + i- + * + + + + + + + +4- + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude '"The Divine One" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Ann ouncemen ts 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
♦Processional Hymn No. 31S "Come, Thou Fount of Every 

Blessing' 1 
^Ascription 
-^Exhortation 

^Confession (in Unison) "Our heavenly Father, who by Thy 
love hast made us, and through Thy love last kept us, 
and in Thy love wouldst make us perfect, we humbly 
confess that we have not loved Thee with all our 
heart and soul, and mind, and strength., and that 
we have not loved one another as Christ hath loved 
us. Thy love is in us, but our selfishness hath 
hindered Thee. Forgive what we have been; help us to 
amend what we are; and in Thy Spirit direct what we 
shall be; that Thy Image may come into full glory 
in us and in all men, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

*Kyrie 

•Assurance of Pardon 

*Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God! 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name 
forever. 
* Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No. 470 "Are Ye Able", Said the Master" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lard be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let ua Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "The Angels in Heaven*' 
*Doxology - page 382 
Anthem: h "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" 
Scripture: Matthew 13; 3-9, 18-23 
Sermon: "'Spiritual Farming" 
•Closing Hymn No. 659 "We've a Story to Tell to the 
i Nations" 



*BenedIction 

•Closing Chimes 

*Po6tlude "Glory Be!" 

+ + + + + "Congregation Standing + + + ♦ + 

The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mr. & Mrs. Ed Weichey in memory of their parents. 
Mrs. Emogene Massey will greet the congregation at the 

door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Art Carney, Dan Bosko, Marty Henry. 
Nursery will be provided today by Janet Bowser, 
Don Kennedy and Don Klngsley will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 115 with 10 visitors. 
^>*iospi tallied; John Snow 

MONDAY - Women's Mary Prugh Circle 7:30 
TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 
WEDNESDAY - Chancel Choir 7:Q0 
THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

Basketball 8-10 
Prayer Meeting 8:00 
FRIDAY - BFBC 

SATURDAY - Basketball 10-12 
Mother & Daughter Banquet May 9th at 6:00. Bring tureen 

and table service. All women in the church and their 

guests are invited to attend. Entertainment will be 

the "Fools for Christ'.' 
Penn West Conference is June 7-9. If you would like to 

attend, please contact the office. 
GRADUATING SENIORS - We need your help in securing the 

names of those who are graduating this year, whether it 

be high school, college, etc. If you do not give us the 

names we cannot recognize them. Please help us out. 
The Memorabilia Committee for the Mortgage Burning is 

looking for articles,, pictures* clippings, etc. for their 

display. If you have any please give them to Howdy Sola?. 

or Don Kennedy. 
Laymen's Dinner is coming to our church on May 16th. Please 

make plans to attend. See J. Walter Harmon for tickets. 
VBS is coming on June 17-21. We still need teachers and 

helpers. Please pray about this and help us out. This 

is for the adults as well as the children. 



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mlnr" 
I .crip: t-'it. 13:3-9, 18-23 
'As sed B4,few wks apo w/intro Pstudy palsies Ja,wae 
time;Js Si discips walk out hous loeat Capenum 

tl'HVl 

h y br,lrg crowd ■ 'edly "'lear Spk 

oat, a at dwn & Bgan ?apk 
vs J=Parabl from 2 Gr word-PARA 8 F-'.T.I 0=?throw alOTiggi 

parbl mak comp tween kno truth, E- tinkno truth 
thez parhls cal mystry nimpl Bcuz no re r e>a] OT 5 only 
reveal by Js Pthtra wh truly seek Punderstan 

this 15th chap Mt record 7parbls & rower 1= loa 
vs 3B=incorec sns trans] * cuz orpnl ; "r=THE sower, 

def art insted indef art A & latr on wll C this 
suroun cnrtysid barly harv a] r 
■ 3f " ■■ - n 

familr method sow seed=scattr by hand S. by donky 
eithr method brot result Js spok vss 4-3= 
But discips no sur wat Js try teach & privat ask expl 
vs 18= Js Egin expl & notic it say THE rower ,not A sowr 
this parbl spk of seed, seed Is gud & Stan* tf of Q 
the E owr is Js Xp Himself & this why vs 3 shud read 
THE sowr went 4th 2 sow 
vs 19=ii tel parbl birds eat seed,& thez stan4 evil 
1, which fatan;ther alway thoz who hear mesap- but no 
underst,or who no complet responsiv 2it 
(Turn peop Bcum hardn of hart Beuz cert circum,exper 
of lif 8: ther harts 2hard 4Word pentrat or sink in 
G try pet in thf z harts, but no pentrat barier rais & 
finly tak p fr/them;He say=Ky 3p no alway striv w/raan 
v<?" ?0-21=Stony plac Js spk of no rocky pr,but pr covr 
". fs erth on top rok-Is & limstone 
if seed planjr here, pro fas Beuz pr warm nuik,but no 
room 4roots & dy 
Js talk bout peop atrac Xp Si v tin4;they want 2B 
wat 3 ofr thru Xp,but unwil pay rric involv 
thez peop in Ch 4awhil,but wen trial 'trib 'tempts cum, 
St frends persecut ,di»-'pear 2old livs=on roll, no co it 
vs 22=thir 3rd o-rp,soil no 2hard ,2 thin, jua seed fel 
horn ■ tborn strggr of 3 & c' ok aeed out 
this wat hapn in lif no hav rn 4 G Ppro 

Brd plant thez livs,acpt & devel,but as time go 
on, lif passes, gud things add^pap rais ,pronotin,hous , 
cars.mony in bank ther les ft les need of G & so persn 
faith Bgin pet crowd thin^p tbls lif 
(Ilus of traditin=Iibl,prayr,medtst & famly cat tyup) 
altho mayfi farfeteb Ilua how 3 canB crowd out by ritul 
replao actul comitment 2 Xp & ther lots thornF crowd 
out seed wh/G want 2pro/develop ?B His 
va 2J=thez thoz hear Word,& acpt Sc acptanc ^ r ViS, : j'tt' h 



| now fr/this las remark evrl in Ch mus tak hart ft 2/ 

.especil thoz seek work at ft bild cocp Bio ■ " 

, Luk at men who pav up a] 1 2f ol Js 

j thez humbl men thot He i'essiab;here wa^ wi=es,mos 
powrful man evr net 
. 6 cud do things no 1 had evr dun B4,but they ?aw the 
limited impac He had on society 
dors synpop wer closing 2nijn ; relif- Idrs wer severest 
critics \h sum nos powrful relicr ldrs out 2ret Him 
Tru,many peop arnd had realy bin chanr-, 
but here wer thez vas multituds folo Him.fi mob Him 
wherevr they went 
But ther no spectaculr complet turn 2 G amonp thez 
crowds, so they mus hav Bourn very discoura-- ft Ptop 
off, here Js say only 25?! wud actul cum 2 G as He 
desir them 2do 
ouest+Fow can suy therB any run frnrl 4<a«ed 'fal in2??' 
Anser=THE sowr ausB abl 2work that prnd 5 prep it 4 
rrovrth ?tak plac 
Js,T:IE sowr musB givn op work that hart /lif 4srud 
seed 2develop 
It mus mean mor than Ch atend, 1 !- fulfil memship reiuir 
MusB indwel H r p work in & thru lif Pchans- it 
^it duznt tak plac w/out sum efort 6 sum work 
T ruout parbl Js spk of ,VOHD % wat is VOID??? 
it exact as imply=Jn tel us Js is Word & also kno 
■\'or& is Bible 
it tak thez 2 2produc harves fr that wh/plant 
it musB work at 
(I] colep boy prom uBxfei car if read Bibl thru) 
How .„any us lik that boy? Sure, we inten p;et 2things 
of G,but we let- latr, or, ID read my -^ibl but I'M not 
pud redr,or no like 2read,or dont hav time 
Our comitment 2 Xp shudB mor than brokn proms 
d„t G made prom 2 His peop lon^ B4 Js came ?erth 
Iaa 55: 8-11= HEAD 
in othr wordf-,G's «iord,whethr from Eibl or spoKh thrv 
lof Fiir servants wil no p-o 4th frutlesly 
we may try tune out, or >=hut out, but S liitxmxit can 
Sc wil use it Pconvic anyl who may hear it or read it 

All that G want fr us is our comitment 2Him complet 1; 
THE sower has sown the seed ft no mattr wat we do w/it* 
ther wilE a harvest 
But wen that harves is ir^thr in, we wil eithr '•' in it 
or out of it 
it that inclusin or exclusin wiEB thru our own 
choic 



Community Bible Church - Sairaiwre, Pa. - June IV, I992 



prelude 

Gr*etinKs/.7oys/Announcemente/prayer Requests . J - *- £■ c*t ;■* 

.,oyd Smith - June 28 " ''' 

Bob Dsin - July 5 



Ascription 

Call To Worship: 

PRAISE YE THE LORD, 
PRAISE GOD IN THE SANCTUARY: PRAISE HIM IN THE FIRMAMENT 
OF HIS POWER, 

PRAI SE HIM FOP RIS MIGHTY ACTS: PRAISE HIM ACCORDING TO 
HIS gJ&XTKini EXCELEENT GREATNESS. 
LET EVERYTHING THAT HATH BREATH PRAISE THE LORD. 
PRAISE YE THE LORD. PSALM 15n : li2, (, 

•Hymn 
Of ferine/Prayer 
•floxolo^y 
Pastoral Prayer 
KJ 

Scripture: Matthew 13:3-9, 18-2J 

Sermon: "Spiritual Parmiflg" - St. Paul's, autler 5/5/85 
■*ymn 

•Benediction 
•Postlude 



Mt 13:3-9, 18:23 - "Spiritual Farming" 



PARABLE. GR - PAHA BALLO - TO THROW ALONGSIDE 
CP TV EN KNOWN TRUTH & AN UNKNOWN TRUTH 
MYSTERIES ,BC0Z REVEAL BY JS TO THOZ TRULY SEEK TO UNDEHST 
r/t 7 parbla this chap 
VS 3B.INC0RBC, fc SHUDB - THE SOtfER 
EXPL HOW SOW SEED 
DISC IPS ASK EXPL t, JS BGIN VS 18 

NDTH WRONG W^SEED.NOR SOWS - BOTH CUD 
VS lS^NTCIC -THE SOWER - THE - BCUZ JS 
VS 19-HARDND HARTS S NO GET IN 

GEN 6:3-G SEZ . MY SP SHAL NOT ALWAYS STHIV W/KAN 
VSS 20-21. ISRAEL t. LIMSTON UNDR SOIL 
PEO ATRAC 2 XP.WANT 2B PART WAT G OFFR THRU XP 
BUT UNWIL PAY PRIC TNVOLV • IN CH AWHIL.BUT TRIAL/TEMPTS CUM 
GO BAK OLD LIVS - NO COMITHSNT 
VS 22.AS LIF 00 S; THINGS AD 2LIF SUM BLIEVHS,LES t LES NEED OF 
THINGS OF G 
FAITH CROWD OUT BY CARES THIS I.1F ir XPIANTY ONLY PITUL 
( ILtJS TRADITIONS " TY CAT TO BEDPOST) 

FORM/tlTUL OFT TAF PLAC REAL COMIT * XP 

VS 23.FS SPK 2 THOZ FAITHFUL- IN HIS CHURCH 
ILUS BY LK DISCIFS t JS MINSTHY 
JS SAY ONLY 25* ACTULY CUM 2 G AS G DESIS3 FOR MAN TO DO 
PREP OF GKND 2KCEIV SEED t THIS H SP 

IN PASBL JS SPK CF WORD 

WORD IS - JS AS JN SAY, S- ALSO BIIL 

*LUS BOY PROM NEW CAR IF READ BIBL THRU) 
iXCUSES BOUT NO READ BIBLE - NO TIME, NOT GHD READER 

COMITHENT SHUDB MOR THAN BHOKN PROMISES 2HEAD/0BEY 

ISA 55ilO 

ALL G WANT FR/US IS CCMITMENT 2HIM COMPLETLT 
THE SOWS HAS SOWN SEED S- NO MATTR WftT DO W/IT WILB HAHV 
WEN HASV GATHR IN, WE WIL EITHH B IN IT, OR OUT OF IT 
THAT INCLUSIN.OR EXCLUSIN WILB THRU OtTH OWN CHOICE 



"Spiritual Farmi g n 
Scripture: Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23 

As we said before, a few weeks apo with the introduction to the study on the 
parables of Jesus, it was spring time. Jesus and Lis disciples walked out of 
the house located at Capernaum and traveled the few feet which took them to 
the seashore. Already, at this early hour, a very large crowd ha3 assembled 
to hear Him speak. Jesus got into one of the nearby boats, sat down, and be- 
gan to speak. 

The third verse of this chapter tells us, "And He spake many things unto them 
in parables." 

The word "parable" comes to us from two Greek word? "para" and "ballo" which 
together mean, "to throw alongside." A parable makes a comparison between jdb 
a known truth and an unknown truth. These parables were called mysteries 
simply because they were not revealed in the Old Testament and they were onibj 
revealed by Jesus to those who were truly seeking to understand. tffxsixxxtKK 
fsirax£^pB3:xHX±tBr53?:J£^feksxxl2xiiasxxnaxxxkBxxro 

-pxxakiKKXBtxfiesusji In this 13th chapter wBxfisd Matt! ■■• ■,:.->■ ] 7 j ibles 
of Jesus ot which the parable of the sower is the longest. 
Jesus begins this parable by stating, "Behold, a sower wen h to sow." 
Now actually, this is incorrect aos sla Lens, because in the original 
Greek it is "Behold, THE sower went forth to sow." It is the definite articl 
THE, instead of the indefinite article A. Now later on, we will see the im- 
portance between the two words. On the surrounding countryside, the barley 
was gust about ready to be harvested and the scene was conducive to speak to 
the people about something they understood, and that was farming. They were 
all familiar with the methods of sowing seed either having eown seed, or see- 
ing it sown by others. Two methods were employed in this part of the world 
at this time. One was to walk through the field scattering the seed by hand. 
The other was to tie a sack of seed on an animal such as a donkey, cut a smal 
hole in the sack and then walk the donkey back and forth across the field. 
The use of either method brought the results of which Jesus spoke as recorded 
in verses 4- through 8. 

Tut the disciples were not completely sure of what Jesus was trying to teach 
and so privately they ouestioned Him concerning the meaning of this parable. 

So Jesus then begins to explain the hidden truth. "Hear ye therefore the 
parable of the sower. 'Vhen anyone heareth the word of the kingdom, and 
understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catchethsway that 
which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the wayside 'J 

tf e need to understand that in the explanation of the parable there is nothing 
wrong with the seed. The seed is pood. In this parable, the seed stands for 
the Word of God. Nor is there anything wronf with the sower. If you look at 
the 18th verse you see there that Jesus says, "Hear ye therefore the parable 
of," whom? Not A sowe, but THE sower. T, e sower in this parable is Jesus 



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Christ Himself. That is why the translation should read in the 3rd verse, 
"Behold THE sower went forth to sow." Tn telling the parable Jesus had said 
that some seed fell by the way side and the birds of the air came and ate the 
seed. In His explanation He speaks of "the wicked one" takinr away that 
which was sown in a person's heart. There are always those who hear the mes- 
sage but do not understand it, or who are not completely responsive to it. 
Some people become hardened of heart because of certain experiences or cir- 
cumstances of life and their hearts are too hardened for the Word to pene- 
trate or sink in. God tries ri to get into those hearts but He cannot pene- 
trate the barriers raised there and finally He takes His spirit from them. 

In Genesis 6:3 we read where God says, "T-y spirit shall not always strive 
with man," Satan is waiting to t"ke God way from any believer. 

Then Jesus explains , "But he that received*! thep seed into stony places, the 
same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; yet hath 
he no root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or per- 
secution aiiseth because of the word, by and by he is offended." 20-21 

The stony places Jesus is talking about are not rocks, but ground which is 
covering stone underneath. In Israel, in many places limestone was and is 
several inches beneath the surfcae of the earth. If seed is planted on this 
ground, it grows rapidly because the ground warms up quickly there. But there 
is no chance for the roots to sink deep into good soil and so they wither and 
. the plant dies. Jesus is talking about people who are attracted to Christ 
and what He stand for. They are people who want to be a part of what God 
offers through Christ, but they are unwilling to pay the price involved. 
These are the people we see in church for a while, but when trials and tempt- 
ations come, and friends persecute them they disappear to their old lives. 
They may remain on the church rolls, but there is no real commitment. 

The third type of growth from seed Jesus pay? is, "He also that received seed 
among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, 
and the deceitf ulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful^ 

vs 22 
Jesus didn't say anything about the soil being too hard or too thin, but that 
these seeds fell anions thorns. m hey grew alon~ with the thorns, but the 
thorns were the stronger of the two and therefore choked the seeds out. 
T, is is what happens in a mind and in a life which doesn't have room for God 
to grow. What happens in ther-e lives is that the seed, God's Word is r landed 
in these lives. It is accepted and bee-ins to develop. But in many instances 
as the years go by and the things of thi? life and world are added to that 
person's life, there is less and less need of the things of God. And so 
that person's faith begins to get crowded out by the cares of this life. 

After a while, Christianity is nothing more than a ritual. 
(Illustration of traditions carried on which mean nothing) 



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k man who was a devout Christian spent several minutes each day reading 
his Bible, reading from % devotional " ook, and praying. Tie had a cat who 
liked to snuggle up against him as he sat in his bedroom. But the cat 
distracted him, so he ' tiwsbcfesx put a collar arounf her neck and tied her to 
the bedpost. The cat didn't seem to mind and all went well, 

! man's lau ;ht i ifciced how much tks her father's devotional time meant 
to him and so when she was married and out of the house decided to follow 
his example. "o she began by tying her cat to the bedpost, but the time 
ehe was able : i snd In p: \/ " le ading became greatly diminished 

and so it was less than her father had done . 

When her son grew up he wanted to preserve the family traditions which had 
meant so much to his mother and grandfather. But the pace of life had 
quickened so much that there wasn't time for meditation, Bible reading and 
prayer, but in order to carry on the religious tradition, each day while 
he was dressing he tied the family cat to the bedpost. 

Although this may be farfetched, it Illustrates that form and ritual can and 

often do, take the place of real commitment to Christ, There are lots of 

thorns which can crowd out the seed which Cod wants to grow and develop and 

be His. 

And thSn Jesus explained, "But he that received seed into the rood ground is 
he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, 
and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, rome thrity." 

Jesus says that there are those who not only hear the word, but they accent 

it and that acceptance brlnge forth abundant fruit. From this last remark of 

Jesus, all who are in the church must take heart. And especially thore who 

^ seek to work at and build the congregation in which they belong. I believe 

that Jesus was specifically speaking to the leaders of any congregation in 

this part of the parable. look at the men who had given up their businesses 

and their livelihoods to follow Jesus, Here were these humble men who had 

believed they were following the Messiah. Here was the wisest, most powerful 

man they had ever met. He could do things no one had ever done before. Hut 

they saw the limited puccess He had and the limited impact He had on society. 

The doors of the synagogues were closing to Him; the religious leaders were 

his severest critics; and some of the more powerful relipjous leaders were 

obviously out to destroy Him. True, many of the people around them had reall; 

been changed. But here were these vast multitudes following Him and mobbing 

Him wherever they went. But there was no spectacular complete turn to God 

among these crowds. Co they must have be<5ome very discouraged and to top it 

off, here was Jesus Himself tailing them that only about 25% would actually 

come to Cod as ±toK?r Cod desired for them to do. 

The ouestion then arises, "How can there be any good p-round for the seed to 

fall into?" And the answer is that TffR sower must be able to work that 

ground to prepare it for the growth that can take place. Jesus, The sower 

must be given the opportunity to work in that heart and life for good seed 

to develop. It must mean more than ,iust church attendance and fulfilling 

church requirements for membership. It must be the indwelling ofvthe Holy 

Spirit working in and through that life to change it. it doesn't take place 






without some effort and without ?orae work, iftc 

Throughout this parable Jesus speaks of the Word. What is the Word? It is 

exactly what it implies. John tells us Jesus is the Word, And we also know 

that the Word is the -"ible. It takes these two to produce a harvest from 

that which is planted. It must be worked at. 

(Illustration of boy promised a new car if he would read Bible through) 

How many of us are like that boy? Sure we intend to get to the things of 

God, but let, much later. "I'd read my Bible, but I'm not a good reader," 

Or, "I .don't have time." Our commitment to Christ should be more than just 

some broken promises. But God made promises to His people long before Jesus 

hx&x came to earth. In the prophecy of Isaiah God spoke of this very thing. 

In the 55th chapter starting at verse 10, we read, "For as the rain cometh 
down feEmxinraxKn and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but 
watereth the earth, and maketh it brinr forth BimaSaaacfciy and bud, that it 
may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: r o shall My iord be 
that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it 
shall accomplish that which T please, and it shall prosper in the thing 
whereto I sent it." 

In other words, God's Word whether from the Bible, or spoken through one of 
His servants, will not go ferth fruitlessly. We may try to tune it out, or 
shut it out, but God can and will use it to convict any and all who may hear 
it, or read it. All that God wants from us, is our commitment to Him com- 
pletely. THE sower has sown the seed and no matter what we do with it, there 
will be a harvest. ^txtfc^xfcSMB^xKiixxHXXiotr But *hen that harvest is 
gathered in, we will ±K±iE±±iEiyxfeHX2x?iHi*xH#xiJcx either be in it, or out of 
it. And that inclusion, or exclusion will be thorugh our own choice. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev, Ralph Link, Pastor May 12, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
John Penrod, Acolyte 
+ + +++ + + + + + + + + + -(-+ + + + + + + + + + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "Poem for Mothers Day" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements — Elder Don Kennedy 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
♦Processional Hymn No. 341 "Come, Thou Almighty King" 
♦Ascription 
*Exhortation 

♦Confession (In Unison) "Our Father, we come knowing 
that we have fallen and failed in so rr_any ways. 

Sometimes we have tried to hide from you, from 
one another, and even from ourselves. There have 
been times when we have drawn back from the right 
because it was a difficult, crucifying experience. 

Father we seek strength to overcome our weakness, 
our sin* and our doubt of your help. Forgive 
us, and make us whole, for we pray in Jesus 1 name. 

Amen. 
•Kyrie 

•Assurance of Pardon 
♦Praise: Pastor-Blessed be the Lord GodI 

People— And Blessed be His Glorious name forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No. 442 "0 Master, Let He Walk With Thee" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let Us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory '"Mother" - organ and saxophone duet 
*Doxolcgy - page 382 
Anthem: "There Were Ninety and Nine" 
Scripture: Matthew 13: 2d-30, 36-43 
Sermon: "Final Results to Follow 1 ' 
♦Closing Hymn No. 631 "I Know Whom I Have Believed" 
•Benediction 
•Closing Chimes 

♦Postlude "Fanfare & Trumpeting" 
+ + * + ■■ ^Congregation Standing + + + + + 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 
Women's Mary Prugh in memory cf deceased, members. 

The long stem red roses are in memory of Mrs. Grace 
Riddle, placed by her children* 

Mr. & Mrs, Harold Taylor will greet the congregation at 
the door this rr.orning. 

Ushers for today are Karen Link, Virginia Mangel, Nancy 
Dellen and Marie Henry. 

Nursery for today will he provided by Mrs • Bonnie Carman . 

Sandy Sheppeck and Mid Diefenderfer will be visiting the 
hospital this week. 

Attendance last Sunday was 108 with 7 visitors. 

TUESDAY - Aerobics G-7 

WEDNESDAY - Golden Circle 7:30 Choir practice at 7:00 

THURSDAY - Mary Martha Circle 10:30 

- Laymen's Dinner at 6:30 in Rehoboth Hall. Thi^_ 
is open, to all ladies and gentlemen. See J. 
Walter Harmon for tickets ■ 

SATURDAY - Basketball 10-12 

GRADUATING SENIORS - we need your help in securing names 
of those who are graduating from schools. Please sub* 
mit their names to the office. 

We wish to extend our congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. 

Andrew Zulick (Sue Hollefreund) en the birth of a baby 
daughter this week. 

David Vensel will be graduating from Carnegie Mellon 
University on May 13. He will be graduating with a 
, B.A. degree in Ketalurgival Engineering. 

MORTGAGE BURNING CELEBRATION will be next Sunday beginning 
with our 11:00 a.m. worship service. The Rev, Paul 
Westcoat will be our guest speaker. Make plans tc corRe 
and join in our festivities, 

VBS Dates for pre-registration festivities have been se*, 
Fre~regi3tration for children and adults will be held 
June 2nd at 7:00 in the sanctuary followed by refresh- 
ments in Rehoboth Hall. Plan now to attend and support 
this program* 




rrjotl^ep's da\; 



PRODIGAL SON IN THE KEY OF "F" 

FEELING FOOTLOOSE AND FRISKY, A FEATHER BRAINED FELLOW FORCED HIS FOND FATHER TO FOtw/ 
OVER THE FARTHINGS AND FLEW TO FOREIGN RXXRX3 FIELDS AND FRITTERED HIS FORTUNE, FEAST- 
ING FABULOUSLY WITH FAITHLESS FRIENDS. FLEECED BY HIS FELLOWS IN FLOOEY, AND FACING 
FAMINE, HE FOUND HIMSELF A FEED-FLINGER IN A FILTHY FARMYARD. FAIRLY FAMISHING, HE 
FAIN WOULD HAVE FILLED HIS FRAME WITH FORAGED FOOD FROM FODDER FRAGMENTS. 
"FCOEY! MY FATHER'S FLUNKIES FARE FAR FINER," THE FRAZZLED FUGITIVE FORLORNLY FUM- 
BLED, FRANKLY FACING FACTS. FRUSTRATED BY FAILURE AND FILLED WITH FOREBODING, HE FLED 
FORTHWITH TO HIS FAMILY. FALLING AT HIS FATHER'S FEET, HE FORLORNLY FUMBLED: "FATHER, 
I'VE FLUNKED AND FRUITLESSLY FORFEITED FAMILY FAVOR." 

THE FAR-SIGHTED FATHER, FORESTALLING FURTHER FLINCHING, FRANTICALLY FLAGGED THE 
FLUNKIES TO FETCH A FARLING FROM THE FLOCK AND FIX A FEAST. THE FUGITIVES' FAULT- 
FINDING BROTHER FROWNED ON FICKLE FORGIVENESS OF FORMER FOLDEROL. BUT THE FAITHFUL 
FATHER FIGURED, "FILIAL FIDELITY IS FINE, BUT THE FUGITIVE IS FOUND! WHAT FORBIDS 
FERVENT FESTIVITY? LET FLAGS BE UNFURLED. LET FANFARES 11M FLARE!" AND THE 
FATHER'S FORGIVENESS FORMED THE FOUNDATION FOR THE FORMER FUGITIVES' FUTURE FORTITUDE. 



VJher Js is lite of worl.ratan is aancnes sj 

l so spk seed B sow at nite=at nits hav \ darknes 
' ther4 , Satane seed alway pown darknes, Ecu* he 
darknes himself 
But seeds sown wen men slept 

1 p-T-bl duznt rrealy mean whil peop phys asleep, but 

* s peop wer lax in watchfulnes ovr field 
„s sed field is worl,S it ch which in worl 
so within ch in worl H thoz who asleep ?wat pro on 

if ch had bin aw k ?■ alert 2evil rnd it.wudnt hav 

widspred mes find selvs in 
hav=J's wifcnes,Kormns,Xpian icienc , Unity ft. othrs ?ro 
leaps/bnds & many thez prps H suport by Xpians who 
Bliev they hoi truth*=which they dont 

It not 3d if 2C wher Js sows tru Xpian, Satan cuius 

long & sows contrfeit 
Lets Ik Scrip 2C this=2 Cor ll:26=countrfeit Brians 

Bliev contrfeit r,ospl=Gal 1:6-9 

he encourap counterfeit r?htnes=Eoni 10:1-3 

he has countrfeit ch=Rev. 2s9 

at end of am wil produc countrfeit Ep-2 Thes 2:3-4 
(Ilus J.J. Ross auote from book=Mystery Kingdom) 
w/in ch itself ther thoz who R not tru Xpians & gro 
lonrsid thoz who tru Xpians 

that why impertiv striv propr doctrins/Bliefs in 

any cong 
jr wrot Gorinth ch=B not uneoualy yokd 2pethr with 
unBlievrs 

That shy it impertiv we no join w/ungodly prps, or 

unpodly practics,or unprodly Eliefs 
Js taut' in this parbl=vss 41-42-READ 

t'-a.t wip harv wher wheat/tares H seprat 
i jilB 4thoz who playd fun/panes w/Ch of Js Xp 

no mar excuses, no mor= Lord, Lord wen did we thee 

hungry , thirsty etc. 

Js final warning was-ve 43=READ 

the i'inal Results To Folo wil notB=picturs at 11, 

or a final wrap-up of days news, 
it wil3 exper by 1 & all in a harves which will 
seprat wheat/tares=tru Blievrs from mak Blievrs; 
wilB day of truth 4all;an exper ea us mus liv thri 
The cal from G is evr=Ghoos U this day whom ye wil 

serv,4 rnos asuredy, ther R-FIHAI RESBHCS TO FOIKW 



[ 



inal Resubts To Follow* 
13:24-30, 36-43 



,:rii : Mb. 
(Tins radio preachr,sipnof S eurpria by anouncr) 
i le hav Pcum acust hav radio/TV interupt=speeil bultin 
l folo brief synops,so cal=erth shatr news, which 
oft cud hav wait til rerlar schedul news 
lo synops always prom, or thret? , details folo 11, 

■' ■, ' tol w/conclu8in»»stay fcu»,iTiiil result fo 
this mayB way of mod media, but was preced 2M yr=Js 
Scrip this morn examp this=nothr parol sow seed 

dif tween 2,Js no expl this parbl publicly 
vs J6=Js conclud pub spk 21rp throng; step out boat, 
walk short diit 2hous by seas id Capern ft. lnce ins id, 
discips ask privat interp parbl jus taut 
J.OTIG wat ask=vs 36B=iiow did parbl jus deal tares? 
WO, tel wheat & tares, so indioat wat Js taut, had 
rais sum serius quests Minds discips 
vs 24=Wen Js tol parbl sowr,nevr sed anyth=K of hvn 
I Bjiev we need under st wat He try ? convey 
time ? time Mt use term=Kinpdm hvn, whil othrs use 
Kingdm of G & nevr kinpdm hvn 
Distinctin tween , «K of 6 nevr includ unsav peop 
wheras K of hvn includ both sav/masm 6 othrs who 
claim 2B Xpian,but R not 
This in essenc wat Js teach this parbl 
vs z 7=Js expl RE the sowr,but discvr parbl tak nothr 
j arpec wen fo bak vs 25-- 

How cud thisB posib ft nevr detect? 
: Amser=thez tares Ja talk bout ,resembl wheat evr respe 
' & impos detec until strain beard 1 alnos redy harves 
i 'i' P -ps = Bearded Darnel & lk exao lik wheat;but polsnous 
1 & jus harm if no seprat 

cant B dun ±±± whil darnel/wheat pro 2"-ethr,evn joqrje 
experts no can tel part 
pluk out wat mayB thot Darnel, miteB wheat, lv =ilone 
ftrwen can tel dif , if pluk cud pluk wheat Bcub roots 
intertwin,so real prob 
India 2day mos drLre thret=I'll sow weeds in Ur field 
& it is dun by unsavry char^ictrs 
This why discips ask expl reus knu of tares % knu nrus 
hav had deepr mean than jus mere story 
vss 3S-39=in this parll ther ?sowrs=] ord r Patan 
Xp sow pud seed in worl S-. this is, has bin dun by 
His provisn redemptin 4any & all who cum 2 Him 
But worl Blonp 2 Satan; it his kinpdm & has free rein 
sow seed & bis seed is evil 

Gan start 2C hiddn mean Js try impart 
rpks=Enray cum at nite«Satan alway has bin, always wilE 
enemy of wat is rite,~ud & tru 



Cor-muni^y Bible Church - "agamore, Fa, >'sv 51, loop 

Pre! uda 

Greetings /joys /Aonouncements/Praver Requests 

Congregational meeting after church 
Communion next Sundav - Pentecost 



Call to Worship: 

PRAISE YE THE LORD: FOP IT IS GOOD TO SING PRAISES 
UNTO OUR GODs TOR IT IS PLEASANT AND PRAISE IS COMELY. 
GREAT IS OUR LORD, AND OF QRSAT POWER; HIS UNDER- 
STANDING IS INFINITE. 
SING UNTO THE LORB WITH HTANlCSniVING . 
PSALM 1*7 :1» 5, 7A. 
"Hymn 

Offering/Prayer 
• Poxology 
Pastoral Prayer 
Hymn 

Scripture: Matthew 1J:2%-10, V^-M 

Sermon: "final Results To Follow" - St. Paul's Butler 

■5A2/8"5 

•Benediction 
'oetlude 



g/LL 



Scripture: Mt 1^:2"(--TO; 3f-H3 

(Ilus radio preachr 6 "Mil Cain kil Abel?) 

RADIO/TV INTRUPT W/SPEOIL BULTIN - DETAILS 2F0L0/FILM AT 11 
AFTR 11 NEWS » FIflAL RESULTS TO FOLLOW 
JS PRECED THIS SY 2M YRS t, SCRIP EXAMPL OF THIS 
DI^VEEN THIS PARBL % SOWR - JS NO EXPL THIS ONE PUBLICLY 
VS n.JS CONCLUD PUB SFK LHG THRONG - STEP FR/'BOAT 2H0US SEASIS 
CAPRNUM 
DISCIPS ABK JfiB S, WHY? JS RATS SEBIUS QUESTS 
VS 2%.DIF FHAAFSL SOWR BC8Z NEVR TALK BOUT K r HVN 
DIF TVEEN 2.MT USE TERM t, OTHR GOBFL USE K OF GOD 
K OF G NEVR INCLUD DNSAVD PEC fc K OF HVN BOTH SAVDA PHOFES 

VS J7-JS IS SOWR - BUT MUS GO BAK VS 25 

expl - BEARDED DARNEL IS TARE 
INPIA 2DAY MOS DIRE THRET GIV.I'CL PLANT WEEDS IN OR FIELD" 
VS *XX ^8-EXPL 2SCWERS -OUD SEED/BAD SEED - LIGBT/BARKNES 
WAN CH THOZ THAT R ASLEEP & MESS IT IS IN 
JEH WITNES:MORMONS:XPIAN SCIENTISTS7UNITY:NEW AGE ETC 
h MANY XPAINS SUPORT THEZ BCUZ THINK HAV TRDTH ALSO 
XP SOWS A TRU XFIAN-SATAN SOWS A CQSNTRFIT 
SCRIPS: ROM 10:1-?; ? Cor n-jfi. n,i 1:6-9; Pry 2:9* 2 Thee 

(Ilus Ross S: auot on "Kingdom Hystery) 2:3-* 

WAN CH THER UNTRU XPIANS GRO LONGSID TRU XPIANS 

IHPERTIV STSIV PROPP DOC/BLIEF ANY CCNG 
P WROT CH IN COR.B NOT UNEQLY YOKD 2GETHR WAfNBLIEVRS 

IMPERTIV NO JOIN W/UNGOD GRPS.PPACTICS.BLIEFS 
END PARBL JS TAUT-VSS MJ-42 
THAT WILB HARV WHER WHEATAARES SEP 
END TROZ PLAY FUN/GAMS IN CH JS XP 
NO MOR.L, L, WEN DIE WE C THEE HUNGRY , THIRSTY , ETC 
?* FINAL WPAN-VS k3 
-"RESULTS 2F0L0 NOT FILM AT 11, OR WRAP DP OF NEWS 
Muj'eXPEB BY ALL TH/SEP WHEAT -TARES :BLIEVRS FR/HAX BLIEVPS 
A DAY OF TRUTH <»ALL - AN EXPEH EA MUS LIV THRU 
TH/CAL FR/GCD IS EVER: 
CHOC'S YE THIS DAY WHOM YE WIL SEPV 
ItMOS ASURETiY THES F - FINAL RESULTS TO FOLLOW 



"Final Results To Follow" 

Scripture: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-4-3 

(Illustration of radio preacher on Cain and Abel, and announcer at end) 
A preacher on the radio had Just finished hip -Bible study from the book 
of Genesis on Adam and Eve. The program was being signed off by the 
announcer and the radio audience was astounded to hear, tWill Cain kill 
Abel? Be sure to tune in next week at this same time to find out." 

W e have become accustomed to having a radio or television program interrupted 

by "A special bulletin." ".'/hat follows then is a brief synopsis of the so 

called "earth shaking, or shattering news", (which most often could have 

waited until the regularly scheduled news). Following the synopsis there is 

always the prorrise, (or is it a threat?), that details will follow at 11:00. 

Or we are told, "film at 11:00." Then at the ]1:00 o'clock news the story is 

told with the conclusion, "stay tuned, final results to follow." 

Now this may be the way of our modern media, but it was preceeded by Jesus 

Christ by about 2000 years. Our Scripture for this morning is an example of 

this. T is Fcripture tells another parable of the sowing of seed. But the 

difference between this parable, and the parable of the Gower is that Jesus 

did not explain this parable publicly. 

So it is that we read in the 36th verse, "Then Jesus sent the multitude away, 
and went into the house: and His disciples came unto Him, saying, 'Declare 
unto us the parable of the tares of the field.'" 

Jesus had concluded his public speaking to this large throng of people. He 

stepped out of the boat and walked the short distance back to the house by the 

seaside in Capernaum and once inside the house the disciples asked Him for a 

private interpetation of the parable He had just taught. But notice what the^ 

asked, "Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field." Did this 

parable just deal with tares? Ho! It is the parable of the wheat and the 

tares. So it is evident that what Jesus had taught had raise* some serious 

questions in the minds of the disciples. 

Jesus began this parable by Ba±ny saying as we read in the 34-th verse: 
"The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed rood seed in his 
field." 

When Jesus told the parable of the Sower He never said anything about the 
kingdom of heaven. I believe we need to understand what He was trying to con- 
vey. From time to time Matthew used the term "vin^d om of heaven," while the 
other Gospel writers used "kingdom of God," and never kingdom of heaven. 
The distinction between the two is that the Kingdom of God never includes 
unsaved people. Whereas the term "kingdom of heaven" includes both saved and 
HBSHMmixjiHH^iKX others who profess to be Christians but are not. T>,is in 
essence is what Jesus is teaching in this parable. 

Jesus explained to His disciples that the sower in this par -ble was Himself, 
as we read in verse 37. But the parable takes on a different aspect as we 



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discover by going back to verse ?_5 , "But while men slept, his enemy came and 
sowed tares among the wheat and went his way." 

how how could this be possible and not be detected? The answr is that these 
tares which Jesus is talking about resembled wheat in every aspect, that it 
was impossible to detect them until the -rain had bearded and was almost 
ready for harvest. These tares are a weed known as "bearded darnel" and in 
every respect look like wheat. But the darnel plant is somewhat poisonous 
and can cause harm so it must be separated from the wheat. It can't be done 
while the "/heat and the darnel are growing together because it is impossible 
even for experts to tell them apart. So plucking out what may appear to be 
darnel, or tares, is likely to have wheat also plucked out. And when the 
prain has bearded and it is possible to tell the two apart, pulling up the 
tares will also pull up the wheat because the roots become infcettwinei . 
it becomes a reel problem. In India today, one of the most dire threats any- 
one can give to another if, "I'll plant weeds in your field," and it is done 
by some unsavory characters. This is why the disciples asked for an explana- 
tion of the "parable of the tares of the field." They knew of ; ;e3 

meaning 1 han Is brou 

c j-i~ t ^, . Starting at 

1.-0 then, Jesus tells what this story means. 3E» the 38th verse we read, "The 
field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the 
tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the 
devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the nagels." 

In this parable there are two sowers, not one. One is the lord and the other 
is Satan. Christ sows "good seed" in the world. This is and has been done 
by His provision of redemption for any and all who will come to Him. 
But the world belongs to Satan. It is his kingdom and he has free reign to 
also sow seed and his seed is evil. We can see in this parable the hidden 
meanings Jesus was trying to impart. He speaks of an"enemy" coming at night 
to sow the tares. Satan always ixi has been and always will be the "enemy" 
of what is right, and true, and prood. Compared to Jesus we see that he is 
the exact opposite. Where Jesus is the Tight of the World, S tan is darkness, 
To,speakinp of the seed beinp sown at night, it is at ni<?ht that we have dark- 
ness. Therefore, Satan's seeds are always sown in darkness, because he is 
darkness himself. But his seeds were sown "while men slept." The parable 
doesn't really mean while people were physically asleep, but that these peo- 
ple were being lax in their watchfulness over the field. Jrsus said the fielc 
is the world and it is the church which is in the world. Go within the churct 
in the world are those who asleep to what is goin^- on. If the church had beei 
awake and alert to the evil around it, we wouldn't have the widespread mess 
we find ourselves in. We have the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Mormons, Chpistiai 
Scientists, Unity, and all the others .rowing by leaps and bounds and many of 
ese groups are being supported by Christians believing- that they hold the 



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truth, which they don't. It isn't too difficult to see that where Christ 

sows a true Christian, ^atan cones along and sows a counterfeit. Lets' s 

just look at a few FCriptural examples of this. In 2 Corinthians 11:26 we 

see he has counterfeit Christians, who believe a counterfeit Gospel, (Gal. 

1:6-9) i he enocurages a counterfeit righteousness, (Rom. 10:1-3); he has a 

counterfeit church, (Rev. 2:9); and at the end of the are will produce a 

counterfeit Christ, (2 Thes. ?;3-4). 

J.J. Ross in a hook, "The Kingdom Mystery" writes: 

In the church in which John writes his letter, 1 John 3:10, there were two 
families - those born of God, and 'the children of the devil.' These two 
families were set forth at the very beginning of human histroy by Cain and 
Abel. Cain, the first-born, though religious was of the evil one, while 
Abel, the second-born, representing those born of the r pirit, was of God. 
The children of the devil are not out and out blasphemers and wicked per- 
sons generally; they are those who profess to be Christians, having been 
baptized, have their names enrolled upon the church register, and perhaps 
are even engaged in £iir±x±±xxDC3KXTir±BB some form of Christian service, but 
have never been born from above. Like Cain, they are religious without the 
blood, having their offerings rejected because they, themr elves have not 
been accepted. 

Within the church itself, there are those who are not true Christians, growing 
alongside of these who are true Christians. 2H±xi*EXocHrHxitB±xiBxfeKX3B±HKiEia: 
BMtxtoxxxuxxfcKiGHHa That is why it is imperative to strive for the proper doc- 
trines and beliefs in an- congregation, Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, 
"Be not unequally yoked witte together with unbelievers." That is why it is 
imperative that we do not .join ourselves with ungodly eroups, or ungodly 
practices, or ungodly beliefs. Jesus taught in this parable that at the end 

of the age, "The son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall fath- 
er out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 
and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and smash- 
ing of teeth. 

T-uat will be the harvest where the wheat and the tares are separated. It will 

be the end for those who played fun and games with the Church of Jesus Christ, 

i.o more excuses, no more, "lord, lord, when did we see Thee hungry, thirsty, 

and so on. Jesus' final warning" was, "Then shall the righteous shine forth 
as the son in the kingdom of their Father." 

The "Final Results To Follow" will not be "pictures at 11:00," or a final 

wrap-up of the days news. Tt will be experienced by one and all in a harvest 

which will xyaxxairK separate the wheat from the tares, the believers from th« 

make-believers; it will be a day of truth for all; an experience each of us 

must live through. The call from God is ever, "Choose ye this day whom ye 

will serve," for most assuredly there are: "Final Results To Follow." 



St- Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler* Pennsylvania 
Rev, Ralph Link, Pastor May 19, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Kelly Mangel, Acolyte 
Sally Vensel, Acolyte 
+ + ++ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +- + + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
♦Processional Hymn No. 557 "Christ is Made the Sure 

Foundation" 
♦Ascription - led by the Rev* Roy L. Frazier 
♦Call to Worship - Come, let us give thanks together, 
for our Cod is a generous Father; let us sing toget- 
her, for our God is a joyful Father; let us praise 
together, for our God is a majestic Father; let us 
pray and share together, for our God is a listening 
and understanding Father . 
♦Invocation {In Unison) "Accept our highest praise, as 
we worship You, King of all Kings, Lord of all 
Lords. How majestic is Your name in all the earthl 
Father of all mercies, we Your grateful children 
give You our humble and hearty thanks for all Your 
goodness and lovingkindness. We thank You for this 
occasion which brings us together . Let us Show 
forth Your praise, not only with our lips, but in 
our lives, by giving ourselves to the work and 
service of this Your church* Guide us that we may 
walk before You in holiness and righteousness all 
our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord.... Amen, 
♦Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No, 376 "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken" 
Litany of Appreciation - led by the Rev. Albert Robinson 
Leader - Eternal God, for this Church facility Which 

has served as a spiritual home for many years. 
People - We give our thanks 
Leader - For the services of worship, including 

baptism and the Lord f s supper, for joyous 
occasions of weddings, and sad occasions of 
funerals and memorial services* ■ • 
People - We express our gratitude 



Leader — For all the fond memories which this house 

holds for us in our growing awareness of Your 
presence* . . 
People - We give you Thanks 
All - Mow in appreciation for the useful functions of 

this congregation and for an enlarged opportunity 
of service in the tomorrows we dedicate ours^l Vfl 
anew to the establishment of Your kingdom. 
Leader - Let us Pray. 
Pastoral Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "Resurrection" 
♦Doxology - page 382 
Anthem: "Fully Alive" 
Scripture: Acts 1; 15-17 
Epistle: 1 John 4:, 11-16 
Gospel: John 17r 11-19 
Sermon: "Where God Dwells" 
*Closing Hymn No. 560 "Blest Be the Tie That Binds" 
♦Benediction - led by the Rev. Paul L, Westcoat 
♦Postlude 
++++++ "Congregation Standing +■ + + + + + 

The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by Mr. 

St Mrs* Paul Campbell in memory of Joan's parents Mr. & 

Mrs. James Christy. 
Mrs* Genevieve Nohach will greet the congregation at the 

door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Rob Vinroe, Bob Dellen, Randy Dellen 

and Kevin Snyder. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Debbie Christie. 
Art Carney and Carl Vinroe will be visiting the hospital 

this week* 
Attendance last Sunday was 155 with 13 visitors. 
We extend a warm welcome to Rev. Paul Westcoat, our Perm 

West Conference Minister for being our guest speaker this 

morning. 
We welcome our guests who are assisting with the service 

this morning, Rev. Roy Frazier and Rev* Albert Robinson, 
^Reminder - next Sunday we will be observing Pentecost Sunday ^ 

with the Lord's Supper. Communion is at the altar. 
VBS Pre-registration will be held on June 2 at 7:00 P.M. ^^ 

in the sanctuary. Plan now to come and register your 

children for VBS. 
TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

WEDNESDAY - Chancel choir practice at 7:00 
. THURSDAY - Prayer meeting at 6:00 P.M. 
j Aerobics 6-7 | 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler T Pennsyl vani a 

Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor May 26, 1985 

Mr* Dale Rice* Minister of Music 
John Penrod, Acolyte 
+ + + + + + +■ + + + + + + + + ■»- + + + + + + ++ + + 
ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 

Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 

Announcements 

Congregational Greeting 

Joys 
•Processional Hymn No. 306 "Lo! He Comes with Clouds 

Descending* 11 
* Ascription 

*Call to Communion and Confession (Communion Folder) 
*Prayer of Confession (Communion Folder) 
•Assurance of Pardon 

Offering 

Offertory 
•Doxology - page 382 

Communion Hymn No. 30 "Break Thou the Bread of Life" 
•Invitation to Communion (Page 2. of Communion Folder) 
•Seraphic Hymn (Communion Folder) 
•Institution and Consecration of the Elements 

Distribution, of the Bread 

Distribution of the Cup 
••Prayer of Thanksgiving 

Anthem: "Battle Hymn of the Republic" £ *t I 

(Congregation please join the choir on the 
singing of the fourth verse.) 

Scripture; Matthew 25: 1-13 

Sermon: "Plan Ahead" 
"Hymn No. 313 "The King is Coming" 
•Benediction 
•Closing Chimes 
•Postlude 

+ + + + + +■ "Congregation Standing ++++++ 

The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed in 
memory of Mrs. Grace Riddle by her children. 

Mr. £ Mrs. William Thompson will greet the congregation 
at the door this morning. 

Ushers for today are: Dick Mangel, Don Kingsley, Ed 
Walker, and Dick Dally. 



Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Davis. 
Mary Lou Davis and Marilyn Snyder will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 1Q9 with 30 visitors. 
TUESDAY - AerobicB 6-7 
THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

Notice - Chancel choir practice will not bs 
until June 12th at 7:00 P.M. 
> EARLY CHURCH begins next Sunday at 1Q;0G A.M. 

^SUNDAY SCHOOL beginning next Sunday will be held at 9:00 A.M. 
GRADUATING SENIORS - we need the names of those who are 
graduating from schools this year* Turn them into the 
v office or see Ginny. 

J^VBS Pre-registration will he held on June 2nd at 7;0G P.M. 
A program is being planned* along with refreshments. 
Please plan to come and enjoy an evening of fellowship 
and fun and also get the children pre-reglstered for a 
week of Vacation Bible School. 

>VBS dates are June 17 through the 21st. 
This week the pastor and 8 laymen from the congregation 
will be going to Moody Bible Conference. If you have any 
pastoral needs please call Ginny at the office or at home. 

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend! 




i! ..neaa" 
| :3crip: i-atthew ^5 : 1-13 s 
Kllus sirn on desk=ilan head" 

This wat Js try expl in this parbl story this Sorij 
seem stranr 2ua,Bcu« we no familiar with 

2peop tol,it complet understanbl 
I ■ s wen yng man/rirl want marry, entr anremen wh call 
bt othl or engagnen S period las aprox lyr & as bind 
i 

Kow we underst very wel ,but nex step hav dif with 
Involv cum of Erprum 4-his bi±de=cud cum am-tin Polaia 
as own so imperativ she reddy f wail; 

normly she had lOcloses f rends redy /avail Pescort 

her 2gFt)DS hous '+feast C- this in esenc wat Js talk 

bout custom etil prevail Pday 

Js spV of is futur & apropriat chap Dfin=TTTEN 

Js was say»tfe hav spoMti of end of age, so """'., or, 
pince we hav sed the Agoing "S Bgin tel story 

As pt out 2wk ago-E of Fvn of I't is dif=K of Sra God 
I' of God made aoly thoz who sav=Tru Blievrs , saved pec 
K of Hvn made thoz claim save, f < thoz truly H 

T v oz who olaim.no complet comit & in K of Hvn wil 

tak plac sepratin thea Pp-rps as pt=Parbl wheat/tares 
vs lB=Js say sepratin likn 2=10 virp-ins 
vs ?=dif tween two & reasn 4 wise 6 foolish=vs 3-4 

nothin mentin thir parbl bout Bride Bcuz Oh is bride 

Js=IIe is bridfrum 8t wil Rcum eviden end parbl 
misunderst of parbl in vsl=they no pro dwii rd meet BG 

They went Phous Brid Pawait EG w/Hride 
Gist of story is bridl attends wer 2B prep 4arivl BG 

Bcuz wen He ariv .escort Brid ft BG ?-f"rrums hous & 

this usul at nite 
Br 'eek surpris Brid 6 cum unexpec,K= Brid Ik 4ward 2 
da,, wen BG wud cum, seek B prep=it day fulfil 4both 

fine tuk plac nite, bridl party rnus hav lamps,'* enuf 

oil Clamps & thie sho dif 5wise/5f oolsih virgins 
vs J-Aglii as in wheat/tares this Gh & thoz Ch sleep, 

they no alert, lull in? fals securty 
But thousan yrs pas S no BG cum.Apostl wait«no cum; 
Ch mov thru aces & ntil no cum 

r.en H no alert 21k 4Him & F doze/nod off 
&. whil tak plac Js say=Vss 5-8 
Here 1st sad comen this parbl-va 8B= lamps s-on out 

Thoz 5cal foolish didnt hav enuf oil 2evn Bp/in Jorn; 

2escort Br & BG 2 prums hous 
Usui in Scrip«OIL stan 4 anoint ft in KT starrt- H T-p 

now if involv Bridl party,* that involv all Ch merabs 

they hav H fp &. mos likly mean G'e .Jord here 

Js sed=Iet Ur lite so shin B4 men, that they may C Ur 

pud works a plorify Ur Father which is in heaven 



jjite we nay i» lt-h ,*ora ?f 

Qlus of 1 Innne!-* i p-rlect ) 

( ff we wud put asid sum thinps tak prece(i..ice ovr read 
i& study Q'e Word £ use plan neplec we cud C vast chang 
■tak plac our livs 
This oil foolish vires needed 

trabl as continu wise virp refus sriv up oil ft this 
no Jlfish as sum want pt out, Bcuz if p;av up oil, all 
wud hav bin out of lite 

,vs 10=Here 2nd trapdy.And The Door Was Shut" 
I It was clos 2thoz who wud lik Pentr wen realiz wat 
was on othr side of door 
They awak fr/sleep 2discovr Plate ?mak necesary 
changes 2pet in Sc this sad comentary on life 
:sed B4 1 sades thinp-s in lif is 2hav Psay-I WISH 5 tk 
Ithen recal sumthin we wish we had dun 
In this parbl it is«If Only"=If Only I had made sure 
I was prepared for w 4t wud cum at the end 
|(Ilua Robt Heller 8: buk=Great Executive Dreams) 
;Thez men wer lik man in 1880's predic sts major cities 
jwud B pil 2ft hi w/hors manur by 1929 's 

:*ain lik this=(Ilus Twain S telephone) 
'•' is cry of so many, but unfortunatly wen cry wil 
be made at portl of hvn, wil B mos despairing 
G fivs ea us same amt hrs , minutes ,seconds ea day 
R we seek Ss knok whil stil time 2seek B- knok? 
Js clos parabl-vsa 11-13 
& here ^rd tragdy-I KKO" T08 
traprdy is that this sed Pthoz asembl rnd Rim who 
think they ehudB part this K of ' 
But remem wat eed»K of hvn wil hav thoz who truly 
rov,tru Blievrs,8 slso thoz claim 2B & sepratin 
'1 &. bus tak plac 
(J-L..4 fiimon Bolivar 8: freeing of Peru) 

-.' i 1 curr. time wen Js wil hav say Pcert peopl"! 
KNOW TOD . 

Bis admonitin Pall peo,n<~' mattr wat race, who R is 
vs 13»Hatch theref ore ,etc 
>'e n "B prep *Hla Bum at any time j He nay cun 4us at 
deth & remov fr/this worl 
He may cum in clouds ft Raptur ch out of worl 
But He is cun ■ we tol P- 'ATCH;ii lamp? trim 8: hav oi] 
catch unawar 
;uest is;Ti our lamps trim? Do we hav oil' 
Is T*3 .'ord port our lira H rrp aoir,BOtivat us? 
If can anser TKS,need no fear cum a He own, but 

if no can anser YES=need get livs In orrlr whil sti3 
,i- for -neb of us, we must Plan Ahead, and 



Plan Ahead - Mt 25:1-1? 

(Tlus desk sign - Plan Ahea 

This wat J« try expl this Scrip 
Strng 2us,but peo Je talk 2 kmt wat talk bout 

(T>"1 parbl aqueez tween diaeora enil age t, parbla talents/ah goat 
di ween K of G - all trn BUeTfa 

It of Bra - Tro Blierra-saTd.i thor elalu 2B eard 
Sgln Ta l«TrTEN - or sine hay Bed Vgolng 
Ye IB-Arid & 10 closes frende 

no mentin BRIBE - HIM lo Ch of JS IP & eTiden end parbl 
Va lB«Na Ik h flrgrtuti,went span tim w/Bride h await ariwl hie) 

Bridl party was 2B prepd *ari»l gruiti 
Va 5"this ilus of ch of Ja Xp 

Beue Je no cum as prom, sen lea alert watch ^Mlrti 
Vaa 6-8»No oil 2Bein jurny - 1st tradgy 
OIL atan '•anoint in Scrip f. NT atan k H SP 
if they part Bridl party, ft InTolT all Ch membra, Oil atns atan 
h G'S WORD 
JS SED-LET TO LITE SO SHIN .THAT MEN MAT C CR QUO WORKS Sr DLORTT 

UH FATHR tffl IS IN HVN 
TH/LIQHT WE KAV IS O'S WORD 
(Una Plannd Neglect) 
If we praetic plan Neglee, thing tak preeedenc-eud c Tast ehng liyi 

Thie oil foolish Yirgins needed 
(Expl no aelfiahnea part othr »irgina - wise) - VS 9 

Ve 10-DOCR WAS SHOT - 2nd tradgy 
Elate & aad eomntary lif"IWTSH 
thia parbl-TF ONLY 
(Ilus Robt Roller buk«Fxee Dream & nlaad oprtuntya) 

IF *T cry many 
R *e Vj \nok,seek whil can & otll time*?? 
G glr same minnta/hra in any day 
TSS 11-13« ?rd tradgy - T UNO n NOT 
(Tins Boliyar i fne elaye in Pern) 

Tim wen Je Bay eert peo-I mo U NOT 
We bus «VS 1? 
We t 2B prep kHis ettm-DeathAaptnr 
Rut He »ii ec1ll ^ we tol 2 WAT~n 

F LAMPS TFTMMT5? DP WE HAY LAMP OOP LIVS-rt'S WOPDT 
IfAV SUFLY OIL? H SP HOV OUR HAPTSAlVS 2LTV k IP? 
No auar TFB need put Uts in ordr whil tin 
ll FA ITS WD MUS-PLAN ASED, & WATCI 



Community Bible Chnreh - Sagamore, Pa. June 21, 1992 

Prelude 

TeetingB/joys/Announcements/prayei' Requests 

Boyd Smith - June 28 

fltt fltiB.r.-cOll' ' , 

- July 19, during SS hour 

taken in on July 19 



Call To Worships 

GIVE THANKS UNTO WE LORD: CALL UPON HIS NAME: 
MAM KNOWN HIS DEEDS AMONG THE PEOPLE. 
SING UNTO HIM, SING PSALMS OTTO HIH: 
TALK TE OF EKXlfBlimiBWSXWtHllcl HIS WONDROUS WORKS. 
GLORY YE IN HIS HOLY NAHE1 LET THE HEART OF THEM 
PEJOICE THAT SEEK THE LORD. PSALM 105:1-3 
•hymn 

Offering/Prayer 
*Doxologw 
Pastoral Prayer 
Hymn 

Scripture: Matthew 25:1-1J 

Sernoc: "Plan Ahead" - May 26, 19S5 - St. Paul's Butler 
* mn 

*_.fledietion 
•Postlnde 



"Plan Ahead" 

Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13 

' . < h r; '. seems very stange to us because 
it is something we are not familiar with. But to the people He told the stor; 
it was EOmpletelj understandable. In Israel, when a young man and a girl 
wanted to marry, they entered into an agreement which was called the betrothal 
or engagment. This period of time lasted for approximately one year and was 
as binding as the sttxxrxxjc subsequent marriage itself. We can understand the 
engagement period very readily, but the next step was one we would have diffi- 
culty accepting perhaps. This involved the coming of the bridgroom for his 
bride. He could come for her at any time to claim her as his own, so it was 
imperative that she be ready and waiting. And normally, the bride had at 
least ten of her closest friends ready and available to ^BDcw±±tociiKxx±B escort 
her to her groom's house for the feast. This in essence is what Jesus is 
talking about and this custom still prevails today. 

HHMxa±a?!tHEx2§xisxKHzn*5irxEXKii:x±nxfeBtwEEifl This parable is situated in chapter 
25 in between the discourse on the end of the age in 24, and the parables of 
the talents and the sheep and n-oats . '/hat Jesus is speaking of ±f the future 
Appropriately the chapter berins with the word "then." By starting this way, 
Jesus was saying, x"x±HEE"w"e have spoken of the end of the age , "#£&*» "o, 
"Then," or "since we have said the forgoing," and He begins with His story. 
And once again as we pointed out two weeks apro, the "Kingdom of heaven," 
which Matthew alone employs refers to a difference from the reference "Eingdoi 
of God." That difference is that the "Kingdom of God" is made up solely of 
those who are the"true believers, the saved people." But the "Kingdom of 
heaven"is made up of both the true believers, the saved, and those who may 
claim to belong to the Lord but are not because of a lack of a complete com- 
mitment to Him. In the "Kingdom of heaven" there will take place a separatioi 
of these two groups as we pointed out in the parable of the wheat and the 
tares . 

So Jesus is saying: that this separation will be likened to, "Ten virjrins whicl 
took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom." verse IB. 

fiow of those ten we can see there is a difference. The difference is, "And 
five of them were wise, and five BfxfcteKxi were foolish." verse 2. 

The reason five were wise and five were foolish is explained in the 3rd and 

4th verses: "They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with 
them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps." 

In this parable there is nothing mentioned about the Bride. It is understood 

that the Bride is the Church of Jesus Cv,rist. I say it is understood that 

this is so, because Jesus Himself is the Bridegroom and this will become 

evident at the very end of the parable. 

There has been some misunderstanding connected with this parable because o£ 



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the beginning in verse 1, where Jesus says the ten virgins took their 
lam s and "went forth to meet the bridegroom," They weren't going down 
the road looking for him, this merely means they went to spend their tim< 
with the bride and await his arrival. 
Now the real gist of the story is that the bridal attendants were to be pre- 
pared for the arrival of the groom. Because when he arrived, they escorted 
the bride and the groom to the groom's house and usually this was at night. 
The reason for this was because the bridetgroom sought to surprise his bride 
by coming unexpectedly. The bride was looking forward to the day when he 
would come and it was a day of fulfillment for both of them. And since thffis 
usually took place at night, to trs/fel with the bridal party required lamps 
and oil enough for the lamps., and thiq fives us the distinction between the 
wise and the unwise virgins , 

Go Jesus telling this story says, "While the bridegroom tarried, they all 
slumbered and slept." 

And once arain the illustration is the church. Jesus had promised that He 
would come again for His bride the church, but lo these thousands of years 
have passed and still He hasn't come. The Apostles waited expectantly, eager- 
ly, but He didn't come in their lifetime. And the church moved down through 
the apes and still He hasn't come. So the illustration about "sleep" is 
much like the illustration in the parable of the wheat and tares which said, 
Ww/hile men slept." It doesn't really mean sleep, or being asleep. It means 
that because the bridegroom hasn't appeared, men have become less alert to 
look for Him. The church has relaxed in the comforts of the world and has 
been lulled into dozing and nodding off. 

But then Jesus says, "And at midnight there was a cry made, 'Behold, the 
bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.'" "Then all those virgins arose, 
and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, 'Give us of 
your oil; for our lamps are gone out. '" 

Here is the first sad commentary on this parable. "Our lamps have pone out." 

Those five virgins whom Jesus called "Foolish" didn't have enough oil to even 

begin bhe journey to escort the bride and proom to the grooms house. Usually 

in Scripture "0i2 " stands for anointing and in the Hew Testament it stands 

for the Holy Spirit, Kow if they were a -part of the bridal party and that 

involves all church members they have the Holy Spirit and so most likely 

oil here represents God's tford. Jesus said, "Let your light po shine, that 
men may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven." 

The Light we have is God's V/ord. 

(Illustration of "Ilanned Ileglect") 

k noted young concert violinist was asked the secret of her success. 
"Ilanned neglect," she replied. Then she explained, "Years ago I discover- 
ed that there were many things demanding my time. After washing breakfast 
dishes' - nade th e bed, straightened my room, dusted the furniture and did 



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a host of other ±fc±Hgx chores. I then turned my attention to violin practice, 
That system, 1 'ever, "ailed to accomplish the desired results. So I~ realized 
I had to reverse things. I ieliberately set aside everything else until my 
practice period ended. That program of planned neglect accounts "or my 
success . " 

If we would put aside some of the things which take precedence over the re idij 

budy of Jed's Ford and use "Planned Reelect," we could see a vast change 

take place in our lives. This is the oil the five foolish virgins needed, 

n bhe ps 'able is i b cc : ' lue ', bhe rise r ir ;in " ■ i i be /. ■ up their oil 

for the others. This isn't selfishness as some people may want to point out. 

It is being wise because had they given up their supply of oil, all of them 

would have been without light. 

So then we read in the 10th verse, "And while they went to buy, the bridegroor 
came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the dooj 
was shut." 

Here is the second tragedy of this parable, "And the door was shut." It was 

closed to those who would have liked to enter when they realized what was on 

the other side of the door. They had awakened from their sleep to discover 

that it was too late to make the necessary changes to get in. This is a sad 

commentary on life. We '-be said before one of the saddest things in life is 

to have to say, "I wish" and then recall something we wish we had done. In 

this parable the sad commentary is, "If only." "If only, T had made sure I 

was prepared for what would come at 'he end. 

(Illustration of Robert Teller and book, "Great Executive Dream") 
Mr, Heller writes of those men like : 

the executive xkHx±mtxf of IBM who turned down the tJHIVAC computer 
the DuPont exec who pointed the inventor of xerography the door 
the Kodak man who turned up his nose at Polaroid 

These men are like the man in the 1880' s who predicted that the streets of oui 

major cities would be piled two feet high in horse manure by the 19?0's, 

Mark Twain was e man like this. A* 

(Illustration of Twain and telephone) 
Mark Twain snuandered a fortune on hairbrained schemed that all led to 
financial ruin. But a poor, but brilliant inventor asked him to invest 
only ,1500 in his invention in exchange for as large a share in the company 
as Twain wanted. Twain saw no future in the invention and so he sent 
Alexander Graham Bell on his way, and lost the incredible fortune he 
could have made , 

"If only" is the cry of so many, but unfortunately, when that cry will be 

made at the very portal of heaven, it will be the most despairing. God gives 

each of us the same amount of hours and minutes, and seconds in any ^iven 

day. Are we seeking and knocking while there is still time to seek and knock' 

Jesus closes this parable by saying, "Afterward came also the other virgins, 
saying, Lord, Lord, open to us." But He xzitofcaxtkax! answered and said, 
'Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neithei 
the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.'" 



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And here is the 3rd tragedy, "I know you not." The tragedy of this is that 
the lord will say this to those assembled around Fin who are thinking that 
they should he part of this Kingdon of God. But remember, that as we read 
at the geginnine? of this parable, Matthew stressed the "Kingdom of heaven," 
which we said included both save 1 I 36 who vhnu^ht they were saved. 

(Illustration of r inon Bolivar and bhe freeing of Peru) 

j n 1824 "ecu ■ o i its independence from Spain under the leadership of Simon 
Bolivar. General Bolivar^ sailed a convention to draft the eonstitution for 
the new nation. After that convention he was asked to become the first 
president, ȣ hut he declined saying he believed someone else deserved that 
honor more. But the people still I sd to do something to express their 
appreciation and so they offen " LC : - of one million pesos, which was 
a lara-e fortune in those days. Bolivar accepted the gift and then asked 
how many slaves there were in Peru. He was told there were 5500. " md how 
much does a slave iell for^f 3ked. About 350 peso3 for an able-bodied 
man was the answer, 
"Then, said Bolivar, I will add whatever in nee " ' million r 

He, and I will buy all the slaves in Peru and set them free, 
; makes no sense to f ' , less ell ii „ : ■ " ^m 

as well." 

And just as tras-ic is the fact that Jesus Christ paid the price ' ^ree all 
citizens of 'orld and yet her ; ill the jaaia : > onds 
I e - • i Lee has ' Ld, 
T~ere will come a time when Jesus will have to say to certain people, "I know 
you not." His admonition to all people no matter who; no matter what race; 

not matter where they are is, "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the hxrarx 

day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." verse 13. 
We are to be prepared for His coming at any time. He may come for us in deat 
by removing us from this world in this manner; or He may come in the clouds t 
Rapture Hie Church out of this world. B„t He is coming and we are told to 
"Watch," If our lamps are trimmed, and we have a supply of oil the Bride- 
groom can come at anytime and He will not catch us unawares. But the questio 
is, "Are our lamps trimmed? Or do we have the lamp in our lives, God's Word? 
Do we have a supply of oil? Or is the Holy Spirit moving and motivating us to 
live for Christ?" If we can anser YES to these questions, we need lot fear 
the cominp; of the Briderroom for His own. But if we cai not answer YDS to 
these questions we need to p-et our lives in order while there is still Time. 
But for each of us, we must "Plan Ahead," and "WATCH." 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev* Ralph Link, Pastor June 2, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Doug Vensel, Acolyte 

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ORDER OF WORSHIP 10:00 A.M. 
Prelude 
Chiming of the Hour 

AnnounC ements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
"Hymn No. 385 "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name" 
"Ascription 
"Exhortation 

"Confession (In Unison) "Most merciful Father, like the 
prodigal we come before thee to admit we have sinned, 
and to ask your forgiveness. Yet in our distant land, 
we hear thy Spirit saying, "Come home." By that 
same spirit make us clean that we may stand before 
thee once again, and to receive from thee the 
blessings of thy household; through Jesus Christ, who 
promised the abiding presence of thy Spirit, we pray. 

Amen. 
"Kyrie 

"Assurance of Pardon 
•Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God! 

People — And Blessed be His Glorious name 
forever, 
"Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No. 461 "Jesus, We Just Want to Thank You" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let U3 Pray, 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
•DoxoLogy 
Scripture: Matthew IS: 21-35 
Sermon: "What Does Your Life Depend On?" 
"Closing Hymn No. 114 "Wonderful Grace of Jesus" 
"Benediction 
"■Closing Chim.es 
"Postlude 
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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Ann Williams in memory of Woody. 
Mrs. Fern Minehart and Mrs- Peg McClymonds will greet 

the congregation at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Art Carney, Dan Bosko, Marty 

Henry and John Snow. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs, Nancy Dellen. 
Robert Dellen and Harry Fry will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 112 with 9 visitors. 
MONDAY - Women's Mary Prugh 7^30 P.M t 
TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

WEDNESDAY - Council meeting at 7:00 P.M. 
THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

Chancel Choir practice will be held June la at 7:00 P.M. 
B3 meeting of all teachers, helpers, and instructors will 

be held Monday evening June 3rd at 7:30 P»M* 

This is important, so please try tc attend* 
Articles for the newsletter are due in on or before 

Wednesday. 
June 10th at 7:00 P.M, the Benevolence & Welfare Committee 

will be meeting ■ 
CQNCF0DANCE REFERENCE BOOKS are available in the office. 

Anyone interested may purchase them for $2.00 each. 

They will come in handy in your study of the Bible, 
Next Sunday June 9th we will have a guest speaker to fill 

in for Rev. Link while he is attending the Penn West 

Conference with Mr. & Mrs, Richard Mangel* 
We wish to extend our best wishes to those Seniors who are 

graduating from schools this year. They are: 
Roger Fair from Slippery Rock University 
David V ens el from Carnegie Mellon University 
Beth Kocko from Butler High School -ffa - c | \ftfriSTK 
Beth Feder from Butler High School '" 
Sandy Snyder from Butler Community College 
Sara Ann Mehegan from Vermont College in Montpelier 
^=^. (daughter of Mr. Sr Mrs. George MacKinney) 
Easter Seal Society will be holding a free "Child Check" 

screening for children who may have problems. The dates 

are June 11 to 21st* For more information contact the 

office or call the Easter Seal Society at 283-1010. 
CHURCH PICNIC IN THE PARK is coming up. Circle June 23rd 

on your calendar, and cosne enjoy a day of fun and 

fellowship at Butler Memorial Park on Mercer St* 



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WHAT DOTS YOUB LIFE DEPEND ON? 

SCRIP: MT lB : 21-35 
(TLBS uscesfl marair <jOti>s t, reasn Mt) 

but she irot em 
(Hub iflf fleer hunt fr nhoot deer ^/saddl on it) 

b. ' IS IT MATTR OF GET EVN? MPS WE ALWAY WIN OUT REOAfiDLES COST! 

(TLBS SEAKSTRES KIL BY HBSB) WAT DUZ BR LIF DEPEN OUT 

WAT WTO U SAT WAS INGREG WE ALL HAV & NEVH GIV IT NOTHR THOT7 
2BAT SCRIP FRESEN W/OUT IDENT BY NAM, ONLY Bf TLI1S 
THIS SCRIP SPK kSIVHES.OF B *GIVN,i ATITBD FOLO %GIVNES 
VS 21.PETR t REASN ASK 7 
AMOS 1:3-THUS SAITH THAs* THREE TRANSGRES OF DAMASCUS,!, FOR k, 
1 nil not torn my th/l'UNISKMENT THEROF 
LIK BASBAL t, PETS EQUATION OF 7 - BAD THEOLOGT 
VS ffl. JS CORECTS - "»90 

VSS 2J-2*«SEVRL MIL/BIL - WORK OVRTIH & JtJGGL BUS 

VS 26-REOTES 2B kGTVW 
VS 27-REQUES GRANTD 
PARBL CHABACTiS: KING IS GOD" 

SERV ETR PERSN WALK THIS ERTH 

KUGE DEBT IS SIN OUR LIVS 
AFTR WIVNES WAT ATITTOE SERV?* VSS 28-30 
VS 31.K TOL OF THIS 

vss 32-33-ANaR of k bcbz acttns 

VS 34»HIS POTtlSHMEN 

VS 35-G'S ACTTN 2TH0Z NO *<5IV AS <>GIVN 
NO TORMEN BI G,OR LOSE SALV 

IT THOZ NO <KJIV OTTOS, LK DWN NOSES AT THEM t, ALL TIM WANT WAT 

G HAS W/OBT ACPT IT 
AT^D *GIVNES?T 2B %GIVN,BBT WONT WET - WE B "iGTV.BBT NO *GIV 

...«s 

THATS NOTHR STORY - 2WALK W/TH SAINTS ABUV, THAT WILB GLORT 
2LIV W/*m SAINTS WHIL HERE ON ERTI.WEL, 
THATS NOTHR STORY 
WAT DUZ US LIF DEPEND ON? - MBS LK KICAH Si 8 



2D0 JBSTLT - LIV IT, ACT IT 
MT 5:8-9 
CAN RAIS BP ROBOTS IF WANTS TO 
WANT US 2KN0 BIN MADE RITOR THRU SAC/DETH JS -THRU HIS BLUD 
THEN £H0 RITtlSNES THPtt ACTINS 

pr m/ MERCY 

f DHZtJR LIF DEPEND ONT FIGUR OUT YET?? 
IT IS MERCY 
MERCY IN THIS PARBL, HERCT WH/SAVS UStMERCY SUSTAINS US: 
MERCY KEEPS US IN HIS LUV:MERCT OURS THRU JS XP 
IT KNO THIS MSHBY WE DO JUSTLY fr WALK HUH LY W/OUR GOD Sr WILB 
BCBZ WE LOT TH/BEHCY G HAS OIVN US 
JS ASKED iSHOUDLBST NOT THOU ALSO HAVE HAD COMPASIN ON THY FELO- 

SEHVANT AS I HAD PITY ON THEE? - VS 33 
IT MERCY WE WANT.t MERCY WE NEEE.BDT R WE WIL 2GIV 20THRST 

DIF TWEEN GRACE/MERCY 
MERCY KEEPS US FR/GET WAT WE DESERV 
G PROIVD MANK W/HIS MERCY THRU GRACE, FREE SIFT SALV THRU JS XI 

CILUS SANDRA & ACT OF MERCY) 

OUR LIVS DEPEN ON MERCY 
G"S MERCY 
WES NO 4HTS LUV WTO GET WAT DESERV - HELFIR - SEP FR/HIM k 
■LL ETRNTY 

BUT REACH OUT IN MERCY 8- ENVELOP US IN LUV ARMS OF SAV 2 
BRING US IN2TH/F0LD 
DO U KNO WAT UR LIE DEPENDS ON? 
R U WIL 2SH0 MERCY 2OTHRS AS BIN SHOWN 2U?Y 



K had arest & put in prisn 

| ,n ! 

it ":3 or mb lose our salvatin 

Js tali 'bout thoa ;o thru lif "liev selva riteous & 

moral 8; nevr avail aelvs of 
ft thez same peop Ik dwn noses othrs & refus 4piv, 
t all whil seek wat 3 hae w/out tak advantap- of 
Lattr sect in parbl Riv -rud examp wat our atituds R 
concern 4-^ivnes 

we want 2B 'tprivn by G;we luv 2hav 4rrivnes & wen do 

hav it thru Js we ovrjoy 
But wat our atitud 2ward thoz ein/trespas ap-in us? 

Wei, now, that nothr story 
Kany peop say=I can nevr 4i?iv him/her; I 4-p-iv,no Ipet 
which same say=I nevr *giv Bouz PAp.iv is 2 4-pet lik G 

Hav U discovr word which imply but no sed this parab 
dat Duz Ur lif Depen On? 

4aaeer mus turn OT=Micah & Micah cub sftr indiden of 

fish swalo man & B4- man name I.ahain. 
Kic 6:8=8. 1st thinr Is K DO JUSTLY 

this mean we Pact riteous & word OT mean actin not 

atitude 
I aeys-TO DO, which mean liv it, no jur- think it or Blive 

U hav it & Js "elt w/this -Ht 3:8-9 
He say cud rais up robots tak n er plac,but G no want 

He want peop kno bin made riteous thru sac/deth Js 

:ip thru His shed Blul " then 5ho 4-th riteousne - 
It is in deeds/our act:! nd Pward othrs/our deals w/the: 
our ethics, our morals=everthin 

& then we TO n ■ fat Duz Ur lif D„pen On- Hav u 

or out yet?«It depends His Mercy 
i e- v wat bin read bout parbl ;G's mercy savs us;I'is nt 
me y sustain as i' 1 life;His mercy keeps us Hir luv 

S-. if kno rnercv as realty our livs wilb do Justly, 

wiH walk humbly w/G 6 this Bcuz we luv mercy : 'e Jiv 

Pus 
This wher ouest Js ask this parbl fit in=vs 33 

It merc^ we want, mercy we need , but unwil giv 2othM 
nrac=r, , s'unern,uEmerit luv 4-us 6 thir she free salvat 
thru Ji 

1 pre wat keep us get wat deserv 

<Kglii±ZB fire of hell 

3 interven St provifl nercy thru Srac»Salv in S» 

(Ilus fndra G- her act of mercy) 

Our livs depen G's nercv & wer not 11Tim,fis luv, we u 
St wat aeserv-Hellfixw-Sepratia fr/Kim thru eter 

He reach out envelop us luvin? arm? of Savior Pbrinp- 
in2 fold; Do U Kno tot Or lif Depends On? 6 R U 

willing to sho ffercy to othrs as bin shown 2 U? 



& evr human deserv 



" : crip: Mt. 18:21-55 
(Hup lnr marar* 6 suces of it £ wif/deei hunting) 
But is it matr of pet evn? ftafl we slway win out regar 
les of co'it? 

(Ilus seamatres Londn kil by bus 6 it-was-pur acident 
•a* duz Dr lif depen on? /at wud U say is Inraed we 
al 'hav & nevr riv It anothr thot? 

crip presen inrred w/out ident by name-Ilua 

crip spli=4givnes ; of B 4r:Ivn; : '-, atitud fol 4rrivnes 

In crip preced Js talk bout 4-Fiimes & fresh minds 
so Pat ask; he guy felt rt trak I bumbl solutin & ask 
vs 21=let T illev very renruB & expec Js say=Boy Pet U 

got rt idea,R- caut wat I try ?say 
:: bv evr wondr wher Pet c-ot fran idea 4-n-iv ? times? 

'"urn bk <lmos=tween Joel " Obadiah 
'■.mos 1:3" Here Bib prnds 4- - 4-pivnes :• lik battr baseB 

U ret 5strikes=Do lnce-G 4-.-iv;rto 'wice-f. 4p-iv;3time 

G 4r:ive;')-time-: : 'ap U had it 
That Ot way & ^abbi'.'i t.^ut ^timea *p-iv anyl 

Go let tak ?X3=S+l=7,very renrus 
Gud arithmetic rt?, but bad Theology '• or- corec vs 22 

Can U pictur let? Complet deflated; insted B abl hoi 

sunl actbl 7time 6 writ off=now mus Ipiv 490 tine 
That wud tak lif time 6 want 2B that tfriving? MO ONE 

& Js knu this so want "• ■■■ . othr Jew bretb 

,amonp them bout B 4-c-ivn ' thus folo parabl 
os tel cert k Ik at kind-dm Si discovr T 
sum mony=amt imaterlal=est sevrl mill 2 sevrl billior 

ho neces kno amt 8 nuest also ask=How serv cud owe? 
1-T0b handl buks 6 f-ujoci work ovrtime jugl tuks 

brot "4 ?' r shud hav sold him & all his Jrecovr 

w ihis, but nan be>- 2B 4-riven 
vs -7=K 4-gave 

stop R- ident- K of cors is G ' -erv is ea persn evr 

liv,wil liv S walk erth 
: "u^e Saht debt is sin our livs fi if wer ask mak pay? 
G 4sin,ther we cud pay it 

Ea us desir ?B 1-p-ivn ^ebt of sin '■' G our E h " compa 

on us ft provid t-givnes by p"'- r debt w/BIud Js Xp 
Hav now C wat 4-p;ivnes is 4 of B 4fivn, 

aftr 4frivnes tak plac, : at atitud serv folo '^ivnes? 
Head: went out Ik 4felo who owe lrg debt debt amt 
few penny comp ?wat he owe S 

So being warn,wondrfl "elo he was, put hand3 rnd thro 

in estur ■ " luv,chak violent % whil partil Btrangl 
■ ' ..' 
not pay, so thro in? prisn & roeanwhil othr servs 
no apreciate wat dun, tel K 



Community Bible Church - Sagamore, Pa. July 12, 1992 

Prelude 
'reetPngs/joye/Announcements/prayer Requests 

/u/r^ /f£*?4e*j cla^ - >fxz Sot* ~ J .J 

M?" turfite** /» <~Ih;*^ lAqT Jaf "2-4 



Call to Worship: 

BLESSED BE THE LORD GOD, WHO ONLY DOETH WONDDROTTS THINGS: 
AND BLESSED BE HIS MXMJ GLORIOUS NAME FOREVER: 
AND LET THE WHOLE EARTH BE FILLED WITH HIS GLORY: 
AMEN, AND AMEN. PSALM 78:18-19 
•Hymn 

f ferine/Prayer 
•Doxology 
Pastoral Prayer 
Hymn 

Scripture: Matthew l8:21f35 
Sermon: "On What Does Your Life Depend?" - St. Paul's Butler 

•Hymn 

•*■« Benediction 
)Stlude 



t/Jk. 



"What Does Your life Depend On?" 

Scripture: Matthew 18:51-35 

tlllustration of Ion- marriage and succes of it) 

couple ■-.■- c lei ijog their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Their happy 
marriage was the talk of the town. Everyone saw them as the ideal couple. 
Fo a newspaper reporter was sent to interview them. He asked, "What is the 
secret of your long and happy marriage?" "Well, it dates back to our honey- 
moon," the wife began. "We visited the Grand Canyon and taook a trip down 
into the Canyon by pafik mule. We hadn't gone too far when my husband's mule 
stumbled. He took him by the ears, shook him vigorously and said, 'That's 
once.* A little further on the mule stumbled again. And again my husband 
took him by the ears, shook him even more vigonously and said, 'That's twice 
About a half mile further down the trail the mule stumbled again and my hus- 
band took his pistol from the holster and shot the mule. I started to pro- 
test tfextxJ5RxxkBMit»3tt his harsh treatment of the mule and he walked over t 
me , grabbed me by theears, shook me vigorously and said, "That's once," 

But I think she got even. Because this man was considered to be a great hunt 
er and she begged him and coaxed him to take her deer hunt in"* with him. 
To finally one day he decided he would take her out just once and maybe she 
would get tired, or cold, or something and quit bes-ginp- to go deer hunting 
So they set out this one morning and climbed up to tfeE where the trees be^an 
on this mountain and where phe had a good view of anything coming up, or walk 
ing in the valley. \nd he told her he was goinf on the other side of the 
mountain. He reached a spot where he decided to stay and it wasn't too long 
when he heard a shot, followed by another, and then aaother. He didn't think 
it was his wife and yet the sound came from the direction where he had left 
her. To he started to go to where she was and soon he heard what sounded lik 
two people talking loudly. But as he approached he heard that it was a loud 
argument and hi?? wife 's voice was raised above the voice of a man. An she 
was shouting "It's my deed, it's my deer, I shot it." And when he got on top 
of them, he heard the man yell, "OK, OK, you can have your deer lady, but 
first let me take my saddle off him." 

Sfe±axmESB±Bg But is it a metter of "getting even?" Must we always "win out" 

regardless of the cost? 

(Illustration of seamstress in London slum, killed by drunken husband)' 
A seamstress lived with her husband in a slum district of London. One 
night he came home drunk and he got into an argument with her. kniraged, 
he picked up a kerosene lamp and threw it at her. The kerosene doused her 
clothing setting her on fire. Horribly burned she was rushed to the hos- 
pital where a policeman and other authroities told her she was near death 

and to tell them what happened. Phe only raid four words: "It - was 

pure accident . " 

"What Does Your Life Depend On?" x^±xxsrxxx3cyxx±£xxiaK:pQiaxo:n2^xWfex± 

What would you say is the ingredient we all have and never give it another 

thought? 

Today's Fcripture presents to us that ingredient without identifying it by 

name, but only by illustration. This Scripture speaks of Forgiveness, of 

Being Forgiven, and of the attitude Following Forgiveness. 

In the Scripture immediately preceeding this one, Jesus had been talking abou 

forgiveness and while it was fresh on their minds, Feter, the guy who always 

felt he was on the right track and bumbled into his solution asked Jesus abou 

forgiveness. Fo he asks Jesus the ouestion in verse 21, "Lord, how oft shall 
my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?" 



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How Peter believed that he was being very generous with what he gave as his 
answer. Probably he expected Jesus to say, "Boy Peter, you got the right idei 
and you have really caught on to what X have been saying." Have you ever 
wondered where Peter ^ot hi? n- ra nd idea of forgiving someone 7 times? Is it 
Scriptural? Can I find it in the Bible? You can't actually find what Peter 
was asking in Scripture, but you can find where it was he rot his idea. Turn 
to the Old Testament book of Amos. Now in Cfl5e you may have a bit of diffi- 
culty here, it is fight next : Le of Joel, 1 if ■ :■ come 
- ,-, ladiah, you ised '. J_ up, is, chaj • c , king ifc tl 

i ■ . We read, "Thus saith the Lord." Mow that's God and not Amos just in 
case the angry hearers of Amos were looking for something he was going to say 

in his own strength. "Thus saith the Lord; 'Tor three transgressions of Damas- 
cus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof." 

Here is the Biblical grounds for forgiveness. Like a batter in a baseball 

ball game, you get three strikes and then youfre out. Do it once, God forgivi 

do it twice, God forgives, do it three times, God fore-ivesj do it four times 

and Zap, you've had it. That's the Old Testament way of forgiveness. The 

Rabbi's taught to forgive anyone who does something to or against you "three 

times." So Peter is following what he had been taught. But he is being extr, 

generous. Twice times three is six, and for good measure he adds one more, 

making seven. Good arithmetic, right? Right, but bad theology, and Jesus 

corrects him by saying, "I say HxdtexxiBKK not unto thee, 'Until seven times:' 
but, 'Until seventy times seven,"' 

Can you picture Peter? He has been completely debated. Instead of being abli 
to hoW someone accountable seven times and then write him off, he was being 
asked to firgvie him 490 times. Why that would take a lifetime and who wants 
to be that forgiving? No one ! And Jesus knew this so He was now going to *k 
tell fir. Peter, the impetuous one, end the other --rood Jewish brethren among 
them about being forgiven. And thus follows the parable, 

Jesus tells the=m that a certain king looked at his kingdom and his servants 
and he discovered that one of his servants owed him a lar^-e amount of money. 
The ammunt is immaterial. Estimates have rann-e^ from the millions into 
several billion. But it is not necessary to know the amount. The question 
is also asked, "How could 9 man owe the king so much money?* And the answer 
is that he worked for the king and worked overtime juggling the books. So he 
was brought before the kin?- and the king should have sold him and all of his 
family to recover what was rightfully his. The man in fear begs to be for- 
given and we readi in the 2?th verse, "Then the lord of that servant was movec 
with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt." 

Mow at this point in the story perhaps we need to stop and identify the chara 
alters of the story. The king of course is God and the servant is each P er SO] 
who will ever walk this earth. The huge debt is the sin in our lives and if 






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we were asked to make payment to God for that sin, there is no way we could 
ever repay it. And so each of us desires to he forgiven of our debt of sin, 
and Hod, our Sovereign had compassion on us and provided for our forgiveness 
by pajring the debt with the blood of Jesus Christ. 

Wow we have seen what forgiveness is and of being forgiven. After the for- 
giveness has taken place, "What is the attitude of the servant following for- 
giveness?" Well, we read that he went out and he looked for a fellow who 
owed him a large debt. That debt amounted to a few pennies compared to what 
he had owed the king. So being the warm, wonderful fellow he was, he put his 
hands around hip neck in a gesture of love and shaking him violently, while 
partially strangling him, he demands payment immediately. Not being satisfied 
with all of this he had the fellow thrown into prison. Meanwhile, there are 
some of his fellow-servants who don't approve of his direct methods to get 
paid back and they tell the king. The king summons him and says to him in 

verse 32 and 33, "0 thou wicked servant, I forrave thee all that debt, be- 
cause thou desirest me: shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy 
f ellowservant , even as I had pity on thee?" 

5o the king had him arrested and put into prison until he could pay the king 

back. And Jesus concludes this parable with the words in verse 35, "So shall 
My heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not 
every one his brother their trespasses." 

We need to quickly add that God isn't ^oin~ to torment us or that we will lose 
our salvation. Jesus is talking about those who go through life believing 
themselves righteous and moral and never avail themselves of the forgiveness 
of sins which God offers to them through Jesus, And it is these same people 
who look down their noses at others and refuse to forgive them, yet all the 
while seeking what God has without taking x£fcafca*acjcB advantage of it. 
T is latter section of this parable gives up s ^ood example of what our atti- 
tudes are concerning forgiveness. - want to be forgiven by God; we love to 
have that f orgiveness; and when we do have it through Jesus we are overjoyed. 
But what is our attitude toward those who sin or trespass arainst us? 'ell 
now, that's another story. Many people say, "I can never forgive him or her.' 
Or, "I can forgive, but I'll never forget," whir" " Hy saying, "I'll 
neither forgive nor forget." To forgive, is to forget, to never remember it 
again. T^is is what God did and does for us with our sin, so why can't we 
try to do as God does? 

Have you discovered the word which is implied, but not said in this block of 
Scripture? "What Does Your Life Depend On?" For the answer we need to turn 
to another of the Old Testament men, a man named Micah. And Micah comes aftei 
the incident of the fish that swallowed a man and juet before a man named 

Nahum. In Micah 6:8 we read the classic verse, "He hath shewed thee, man, 
what is good; and what doth the Lord renuire of thee, but to do -Justly and 
to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thv God." 



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The first thing in that verse is "to do justly." That mean.^ we are to act 

righteous. The word in the Old Testament meant action, not attitude. It say£ 

"to do," which means to ] ive it, not just think it, or believe you have it. 

Jesus dealt with this all the time and in Matthew 5:8-9, (read these), He was 

telling them that God could raise up other robots if He wanted to, just like 

them. But this isn't what "od wants. He wants people who know they have beei 

made righteous through the sacrifice and death of Jesus Christ, through His 

shed blood; and then show forth that righteousness in action/ That is, in 

deeds, in our actions toward other", our dealings with them, our ethics, our 

morals, in everything. 

\nd then we are "To love mercy." OWhat Does Tour life Depend On?" Have you 

figured it out yet? It is dependent upon "MERCY." Mercy is what we have beei 

reading about in this parable. It is God's mercy which saves us; it is His 

mecry which sustains us; and it is Hir mercy which keeps us in His love. 

And if we know this mercy as a reality in our lives then we will be doing 

justly, we will be walking humbly with our God and it will all be because we 

love the mercy '"od has given to us . 

T, is is where the question Jesus asked in this parable fits in. "Fhc-uldest 
not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant as I had pity on thee"! 

It is mercy we want, «nd mercy we need, but we are mostly unwillin" to give 
it to others. 

Grace is God's unearned, unmerited love for us and this is shown in the free 
£ift of salvation through Jesus Christ. But mercy is what 7mxtXKSXxsx«wx.Am 
nDtx&ffKEXxK keeps us from getting what we deserve. Every one of us as humans 
are deserving of the fire of hell. But r TO d has intervened and provided man- 
kind with His mertSy through His Grace , His free gift of salvation through 
Christ. 

(Illustration of Sandra and her act of mercy) 

Sandra and Tom had been married for 8 years. It was a stormy marriage but 
they had never talked of divorce or going their separate ways. But one 
day, Sandra couldn't believe what she was hearing. Tom wanted out, he 
wanted a divorce. For 11 Ions- years ^'andra lived alone and those years 
were hard on her. Tom remarried and with his new wife he had 5 children. 
Then Tom took sick and hip illness was terminal and he died. Sometime 
later, ?andra learned that Tom's children were destitute and Tom's second 
wife was unable to care for them, oandra faced the hardest decision of her 
life. Could she - would she- for Tom's sake - ±kK for the children's sake 
- for Christ's sake? Bhe decided this is what she had to do and so she 
took all three of the children and raised them as her own. 

Our lives depend on Mercy. God's mercy! ''/ere it not for His love we would 
get what we deserve and that is hellf ire ! Separation from Him for all etern- 
ity. But He reached out in Mercy and enveloped us in the loving arms of a 
Savior to bring us into the fold. Do you know what your life depends on? 
And are you willing to show Mercy to others as it has been shown unto you? 



St, Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor June 16, 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Kelly Mangel, Acolyte 



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ORDER OF WORSHIP 10:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 

Announcements — Elder Richard Mangel 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
♦Hymn No, 595 "Lead On, King Eternal" 
^Ascription 
♦Exhortation 
♦Confession (In Unison) "Our Father, send thy Spirit 

with fire and zeal into our sinful lives. We confess 
our brokenness in thy Church; the dissension we have 
perhaps caused by unbelief, or disobedience to thy 
ward. Grant us a new spirit to live for thee and to 
overcome the temptations we so often fall victim to; 
cleanse us and forgive us again. Through Jesus 
Christ our Lord and Saviour. A- -:. . 
♦Kyrie 

•Assurance of Pardon 
*Praise; Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name 
forever* 
"Gloria Patri - age 142 
Hymn No, 611 "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
♦Doxology - page 382 
Dedication of Staff far Vacation Bible School 
Dedication of Gifts and Food for Tornado Relief 
Anthem: "This Little Child" 
Scripture: Matthew 16: 24-43 
Sermon: "Duplicating the Model" 
♦Closing Hymn Mo, 502 "I'll Go Where You Want Ke To Go" 
♦Benediction 
^Closing Chimes 
*Postlude 
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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Ruth Davies in loving memory of June Davies. 
Mrs. Ann Williams will greet the congregation at the 

door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Rob Vinroft, Bob Dellen, Randy 

Deilen and Kevin Snyder. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Cathy Sheppeck. 
Lloyd Link and Marty Henry will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 94 with 5 visitors. 
Hospitalized: Gottlob Kradel and Mrs, Elms Robinson in BMH 

Kevin Snyder in VA Hospital. 
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY - Vacation Bible School 7-9 P.M 
THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

NEXT SUNDAY 15 CHURCH IN THE PARK at 11:00 a.m. Please 
make plans to join in with us for a full day of fun 
and fellowship after the worship service. Bring a 
tureen, table service and a full picnic basket. The 
meat, beverage, and dessert are provided by the Lay, 
Life and Work Committee. See you there! 

REGISTER FOR VBS is still open. You may sign up in the 
office. 

COOKIES, COOKIES AND MORE COOKIES are needed for refresh- 
ments for VBS. Please take a minute and sign up In 
the Narthex or in the office. 

CONCORDANCES are still available in the office. The 

price is $2,00. You may get them after or before church. 



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Scripture: Matthew lfiP^-PB 

(Ilua Perfect Rappneaa/liiabandVwife} 

Questin bout wheaties - Brfst Chnpinfl???? 

(Ilua Lou Gehrig died June 2/%l - Pride of th/Yankeeo) 

f,, lua Steve Harvey - Hr. clean 7 few othrs) 

lus boy want liv Pgh Piwteo-get hi, cant beat anybody) 
Thai heroes our kids 2flny - Majric Johnson?* 
if auk who hero - ANSHS«Rap frpe/Wadonna 

%thoi seek purp/mean Mif - JESUS 
ONLY PESSN LIF INFLU REKN OF TIM - SC & AD *ANNO DOMINI -YF LOU 
HE TH/MCDEL WE SHOD DUPLICATE 

VS 2\- 3THING HEQUIS BT TH/L 8, ALT, INTB TWIN 

ENG/GSK S, PHOB TSANSL 
CUM AFTR ME - ENG -FOLLOW 

GRK .CUM BHIND/2 TH/HEAR/BAKWARDS 
2DO £0 PESSN LIF CONTORMTT W/JS,G0 THRU SAME HIM 
LIT SELFLES LIF.GIV 2NEEDS HANK 
VS ali.DENY SELT-*GET ME,ME,ME 
(Ilua *irl cosmetics 5- BCUZ I'M WORTH IT) 

ONSCHIP t, WORLDIY t, IMPLICSTIN -I'M SFECIL.D R BOT 
t> GAL 2:20 - SELF-DENIAL 

VS ?4*TAK ITP CROSS '-EXAMPL LAW !. CHOSS HER HUSH 
CROSS»MEANSLIF OF SERV WHES G WANTS IT 
WORL SHOTS PS TOPS IN BtTSNES/PROFESINS.ETC 
BUT JS TALK BOUT PLAIN EVFDAY PEO PLOD AL0150 S, SERV W/NO NOTOR- 
IETY, PPBLICTY - JUS SERV 

CROSS BEAR TALK BOUT PHIL f 3:7-10 
VS 2*. AND FOLLOW ME 
FOLO.DENOT ACTIN OF HAN ANSR CAL OF JS WHOS WHOL IF REDIBECTD 
OBED TO HIM 

MOST OFT OK - ClLUS I'LL 00 WHER WANT ME TO GO.ETC-UNK AUTHS) 
(ILS SIR JN BARBIROLLI.SYMPH S- CHURCH) 
JS ASK THIS TTP DISCIPLIN/DISCIPSHIP 

HE INVIT LIV LIF AS HE D1D/C0MIT ALL TO HIS CUASE t, DUPLICATE 

HIM AS OUR MODEL 

IN BOOK-OUT OF MY THESURE VOL III READ OF JS-(HEAD THIS) 
c OME LET US FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS t ! ! 



I'll go where You want me to ro, dear Lord; 

Real service is what 1 desire ; 
I'll say what You want me to say, dear lord - 

Put don't ask ne to sin- in the choir, 

"•X say what Yon want me to say, dear lord; 
like to see things come to pass; 
on't ask me to traoh boys and girls, deer Lord- 
I 'd rather stay in my class . 



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I'll do what You want me to do, dear lord; 

I yearn for Thy Kinrdoir to thrive; 
I'll five You my nickels and dimes, dear I 

But please don't ask me to tithe. 

I'll g-o where You want me to go, Dear lord; 

I'll say what You want me to say; 
I'm busy just now with myself, dear Lord - 

I'll help You some other day. 



He put on humanity that we mifht have divinity. 
He became the Eon of Kan that we night h<*come 
sons of God. 

In infancy, He startled a kinr; 

In boyhood, Be puzzled the doctors; 

In manhood, He Ruled the course of nature. 
He never wrote a book, yet all the libraries cannot 

hold the books written about F!im T ... 
ie never wrote a song;, yet He is the theme of more 

=onps than all other subjects combined.... 
He never practiced medicine , yet He healed more 

broken bodies 

broken hearts than all the doctors who ever liv« 
Great men have come and pone, but He lives on! 

Herod could not kill Him; 

Satan could not seduce Him; 

Death could not connuer Him; 

The wave could not hold Him. 
Truly He E ?he incomparable Christ. 

-Out Of Ivy Treasure, Vol III - 

' IS t-HF FOOTSTEPS OF JE "" 



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■■■nner many customs war mean z/ 

( Ex=wonian & husband is cross 

o Matre G -'+15313 choic 
cross Js talk bout ir lif ofi -orv no mattr 

& C evrthin gear ^success 

'. shown top Drs, executive, grt lawyrs, judges etc 
Bu* ther thoz all walks work day by day, plod long, & 
do job no fanfare=hundreds , thousands , millions work 
as shud Sc no recog,no notic in papr or TV 

Js no talk bout suprstar Xpians paracl TV nets 
He talk of all littl teachrs ,preachrs ,workrs vt all 
kiaix eldrs/deacs ,Ghe ovrlk peon about His busnes 

Cros bear cum from lif liv in Xp H P writ=Fhil 3:710 
Now aftr Js tel deny self,pifr up cros=now say 
FOLLOW ME: this nos dif part 

J'olo-denot actio man anser cal of Js whos whol lif Si: 
direc in obed 2 Him 

but how oft the case? 

(Ilu3 I'll po wher want me ^Vo, except) 
Cant we C truth here? 

(114s -.ir in. Parblrolli 5 pastr no fil hell lik him) 
Js ask 4this typ disclplin;4this kind diecipleship 

His invit is 21iv lif as Pe liv it; ?comit our all 

to His caus 

,-. ? ?Duplicate Film, our -lodel 
(,'ead out of Hy Treasui'e^He put on humanty ,etc,etc) 

JESUS. 



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, Tcrip: Mt . 16:24-?8 

Xllus perf hapnes a husband - or wife Fathrs i„ 

v??™?^ hTt WhB **S'?l N P* punchy, toasty.roasty nu" 
vitmins aded-I mean old Vheatys-pour milk on ■■ 1iiq 
lay in bowl Ik stupid ° 

p s boa baseball players? 
(IaOS my hero Lou e;ehrio-,d,Y Jun ?/41 ) 

!But all heroes dy soonr/la'tr 
Bsk then wer real hero Ik upP=Esanp r tev -,arw 
He is exceptin 2day,S mos lik storv'herd this wk 
Ulus boy custody want Firates-FTirh £ cant beat any 
& stranp-ly enuf thez hero ynp peop Ik up 3 _ p^av 

nor imoral, wired, stupid hairdo, dres ,mor luv worship 
sing indecent son S s ,do indecent fryratins ,hav low raorl 
!liv imoraly I p] ■■ ra7 notic „ ^^ L 

Jus wat is a hero? 'at deterw model 'B Ik to Si folo' 
In sec worl ansers wudB-Heatles , :rinz , Madonna 

uest of thoz seek mean/purp 41if anser- Jeans 
Js is only rersn walk erth % made impso He did 
Birth afec reckon of time-FA cane re^kon-BC 
AJtr deth tiire is AD or, Yr of our I r rd 
'- ts lk at wat made/makes Hia-Model we phud Duplies 
pernap bes statmen giv by Js Himself=vs ?& c 'crip 
Jthing requlr by I this statemen.but all intertwin 
in p»>rsn wtin made statement 
Js no apk nice of aiseipship.out issu chalenf which 
deman totl .undisputed comitment 
words soun so inofensiv & this Bcuz prob translatin 
I.o hav deep, rich mean in c lii hav in "*-eek 
closea Eng can cum Pthis 
- mean=wud say- to follow 8 that not hard 
, rear ,bakwsrds 
It no deal w/positin in lif it pt out, anvi.no natts 
nt folo -Ts inus ^-e<: 2i>ear,Bhin,curi "hin T 'iir 
I'olowrs lif musF in confer »i] ;0 thru same 

thin: Js did if needB 

elf .self -ltr,ambitins tself 
iv_of tiae/abil ■ se t 4th 

by say=If any man wil cum aftr Me 

persn mus O.ny ;elf=los site l's ambitins.self-intres 
one 's elf 6 Brin care I tea 

, ,l this wat worl teach us 

comercials lipstifc,eyma1crttp- '~ orth it] 

this unscrip,it worldly " raor oft ■■ - ,■ raBny 

^pians c?ut up in it 

It imply I'm specil & U ? not 
Inste 3al ?:?0=P 

Wfat 



Community Bible Church - Sagamore, Pa. July 19,1992 

Prelude 

Greetings/joys/Announcemente/prayer Requests 

New Members next week - July 26 
Picnic C : ' ' 



Call To Worship: 

KK1 GOD BE MERCIFUL TO US AND BLESS US: AND CAUSE 
HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON US: 
THAT THY WAY MAY BE KNOW UPON EARTH, 
THY SAVING HEALTH AMONG ALL NATIONS. 
LET THE PEOPLE PRAISE THEE, GOD: 
LET ALL THE PEOPLE PRAISE THEE. PSALM 67:1-? 
•Hymn 

Offering/Prayer 
*Doxology 
Pastoral Prayer 
Hymn 

Scripture: Matthew l6:2*»-28 

Sermon: "Duplicating The Model" St. Paul's Butler 

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" Duplicating The Model" 

Scripture: Matthew 16:24-28 

(Illustration of perfect happiness of a husband/wife) 

Do you know the definition of perfect hapjiimess for a husband? 
It is when he opens the refrigerator and sees his wife 's picture on the 
milk carton. 

You husbands whose wives are not here can share that with them and you 
wives whose husbands are not here can adapt that at home . "But I cannot 
be held responsible for the consequences, just tell anyone that Paul .nest- 
coat gave us that one, I just threw it in for Father's Day. 

How many of you remember Wheaties, the Breakfast of C, ampions? I don't mean 

the new roastier, toastier, vitamin packed cariety, I'm talking about the 

Wheaties of old,*tait the Wheaties you poured the milk on and didn't speak to 

you, or make noises, but just kind of laid there in the low! and looked stupi 

How many of you kind of grew up with them? Good! Then I'm sure you can thin 

back with me to the days of yesteryear when those boxes held the pictures of 

some of the heroes of baseball. 

(Illustration of Lou Gehrig as my boyhoos hero) 

I can remember the beginning of the summer of the year which saw the United 
c tates plunged into war. The date was June 3, 1941. I was home from 
school and sick in bei with the flu or 3C i< ' thing. The afternoon pape 
arrived and my mother broup-ht it to me and I immediately turned to the 
sports pages to sis read about my favorite sport baseball. On that sports 
page was spread the story and history of one of my heroes, because on the 
day before, June ?nd , he had died. T>,e man was called "^e Iron Horse" and 
death had finally released him from an incurable crippling nerve and muscle 
disease. He had played in ?,130 consecutive games before beinr- felled by 
the crippler; a record that will probably never be beaten. But as it cones 
to all men, death had taken the life of Lou Gehrig, the pride of the Yankee 

But heroes all die sooner or later, '"ome die through death, and others fade 

from sight. But in my generation men like Lou Gehrig were not the exception, 

they were mostly the rule. They were genuine heroes a boy or girl could look 

up to. Today, there is only a handful of baseball players that could ever fi 

this imare. One of them is sum a player named Steve Harvey whom the press ha 

named "Mr. Glean." He received this name because he doesn't drink, or smoke, 

and he will spend endless time sin-nin^ autographs for all his fans wherever 

.' "re, he is b option and most are somewhat like a story I heard: 
(Illustration of younr^ boy and parents getting divorce and custody hearing) 
you i boy's parents were getting a divorce and a custody hearing was 
being held in front of a local juage . The judge asked the boy if he wanted 
to live w3 : ' ther. k lid, ' honor, I don't want to live wit 
him, he will beat me." "Well, do you want to live with your mother?" he 
asked. "Ho your honor, my mother will beat me too." "Well, what are we 
going to do with you?" The boy answered, "Let me go live with the Pitts- 
burgh Pirates, They get high and can't beat anybody," 

And strangely enough, these are the heroes many of our young people look up 
to. The more immoral, or wierd, the more fans they have. Many people, not 
only young people are worshiping the freaks and monsters of our society who 
sing indecent songs, ymxr make obscene gyrations and motions, and do every- 
thing they can which is against all morals and principles, and they play to 
packed houses. £bx± For all of this they receive rave notices from the news 



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media and their myriad fans. 

But just what is a hero? What determines the model to be looked up to and to 
be followed? If we ask thi c question in the secular world, the answers would 
I robably vary from the Beetles, to Irinz or Madonna. But if you ask that 
question of those who are truly peeking meaning and urpo.se in thpir lives, Si 
the only answer that can be ^iven is "JESOSr" Jesus is the only person who 
ever walked this earth to make the las ing impact He did. He is the only one 
whose 3cx±±ii birth has influenced the reckoning of time. Before T "e came, the 
time was reckoned by B.C. or before Hia birth. After His birth, it becomes, 

,D«, or "In the year of our lord," There are other things which He did to 
make a lasting impact on the world, but let's just look at what made, or 
makes Him the Model we should duplicate. 

Perhaps the best statement to summarize His rifht to be a model for all man- 
kind is given by Jesus Himself as found in the 24-th verse of our Scripture. 

He said, "If any man will come after He, let him deny himself, and take up 
his cross and follow He." 

There are three things which are required by the Lord in this statement, but 

all of them are intertwined in the person who is making the statement. Jesus 

was not just sayinp- a nice sounding phrase concerning discioleshio . Instead, 
issuing , ft' ciu, 

He was stixxxii a challenge which If followed completely , as it should be, de- 
mands total and undisputed commitment. How the words sound so unoffensive 
and unbinding. But that is one of the problems of translation. In striving 
to taave the sa±$±7mir&Twwk. English version make sense the true and deep mean- 
ing of the words and phrases are often distorted. Please note the beginning 
of this 24th verse. The very closest the English can come to the Greek is, 
"If any man will," and it is the next words that are important, "If any man 
will COME AFTER ME." The very closest we can come to the original Greek is 
our English, "COME AFTER ME." i'Jow that may not seem so important, because if 
we asked what this means in anp-lish we would all say without hesitation, "It 
means to follow," and this is absolutely correct. But in the Greek the say- 
ing goes much, much deeper. v/hen Jesus says, "Come after me," He was actually 
saying that anyone who wanted to be a disciple, or a follower of Him, that 
person had "come behind" Him, or be "behind, to the rear, backwards." The 
phrase in English is hxkkz!*: an adverb in Greek jcaauEoqis; speaking of place. 
It'e not dealing with position or station in life. That has nothing to do 
with it. It is merely pointing out that MJTOHE, no matter who, if that per- 
son wants to follow Jesus, that person must get to the rear, must be behind, 
must come behind Him. i n order to do this, bhx- the follower's life must be 
in conformity with that of Jesus. The follower must be willing to go through 
the same things which Jesus did if need be. T u at is givinr up selfish am- 
bitions and surrendering tobthe complete will of Oodj living a selfless life- 



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giving of endless time and ability to and for the needs of mankind, Jesus 
sets forth here the Dnpfsieation of the xiBKii Model by setting forth the in- 
vitation, "If any man will come after Me." 

Then He rives three specifics in doing this. First, the person must "deny 
himself." This means to forcet one-'s self; to lose sight of one's ambitions 
or self-interests. It means to herin to live thinking 3nd caring for others 
and forgetting ME, ME, ME. But is this what the world teaches today? 
see it, and hear it, and read it that we are to look out for number One and 
that is me. W e only need to see the TV commercials to realize this. One of 
them which is prominent today has to do with a certain brand of cosmetics. 

advertise the latest gunk for the eyes or the mouth and then some girl 
says that she deserves this kind of junk for her face, "Because I'm worth it.' 
How that isn't Scriptural at all. T>at ia worldly! And unfortunately, the 
world!. 'ion 1b heard most often. T v ia is not denyinr anything. Instead, 
it is demanding what is rightfully mine because I'm someone special and the 
implication is that you are not. "o in order to deny ourselves we must know 

ourselves. I-aul states this in Galatains ?:20, "I am crucified with Christ: 
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the 
flesh I live by the faith of the Con of God, who loved me, -- ; : 1 v telf 
for me." 

It is a denial that I am of importance and the exaltation of the One i hi :' 
' i , ?ta i b . 

T^en Jesus said the Duplicator of the Model musftake up his cross." There 
are many distortions of just what this verse means. One lady wtos told me thai 
her cross to bear through life was her husband who was a real problem. But 
that is not true, we can choose situations like that simply by making a bad 
choice for a life partner and we dannot blame that on God. The cross Jesus 
is talking about is a life of service wkKExxExxieHxxs which entails continuing 
in that service even when it presents problems and difficulties, but you con- 
tinue because you know this is where God wants you. Once again when we look 
at things from the perspective of the world we see that everything is geared 
toward success. Do matter the job or the profession, we are always reminded 
of the people at the top who have truly succeeded. We are tsdbfxBfxtfex shown 
the great surgeons, the top lawyers, the best dentists, the top notch financ- 
ial wizards and so on. But in each profession there are those who are method- 
ically working along and plodding step by step, day by day, who never receive 
billing. And after all, who is more important? Is it the one person who 
is singled out for recognition? Or is it the hundreds, perhaps thousands, or 
even millions who are ouietly performing the necessary tasks who never re- 
ceive a line in a newspaper or magazine? .Tesus wasn't balking about super- 
star Christians paraded on all the TV networks ^s examples of cross-bearing. 
He was talking of xkK all the little teachers and preachers, all of the little 



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elders and deacons, all of the little teachers and helpers, all of the common, 

ordinary, often overlooked people who are about His business. The cross- 

_ bearing He is talking about comes from a life that is lived in Christ. Paul 

tells us this in his letter to the ryilippians 5:?-10, (read these verses). 

After Jesus has pointed out a person must deny himself, and then take up his 

cross, He adds, "and follow He." Tfcis ia the most difficult part. Th e word 

"follow" denotes the action of a man answering the call of Jesus whose whole 

life is redirected in obedience to Him. Hut how often is this the case? 

Isn't it more often like the lines penned by an unknown author? (read this). 
(Illustration of I'll r*o where you want me to pro," etc.) 
I'll go where you want me to go, dear Lord; 

Real service is what I desire; 
I'll say what you want me to say, dear Lord - 
But don't ask me to sing in the choir. 

I'll say what y"ou want me to say, dear Lord; 

I like to see things come to pass; 
But don't ask me to teach girls and boys, dear Lord - 

I'd rather stay in my class. 

I'll do what You want me to do dear Eord ; 

I yearn for Thy Kingdom to thrive; 
I'll give You my nickels and dimes dear Lord - 

But please don't ask me to tithe. 

I'll go where You want me to o-o, deer Lord; 

I'll say what you want me to say; 
I'm busy just now with myself, dear Loed - 

I'll Qelp You some other day. 

Can't we see the truth there? 

(Illustration of Sir John Barbirolli, symphony and clergyman asked about 
filling the same hall as he did) 

several years ago in "ngland Sir John Barbirolli was conducting a sym- 
phony orchestra to a standing- room only crowd in a uninue concert hall. 
During the week the hall was used for secular cultural events , but on 
Sunday it was used for religious services. The clergyman who was to 
preach there the next day was present at the concert. Some man who knew 
him xxKxkiicxHE^xttexjTSK was seated next to him. So he thought he would have 
a little fun at the man's expense. He leaned over and said, "Rev, when 
are you going to fill this hall on lunday the way T'ir John barbirolli has 
djDne tonight?" T^e minister in a clear voice, looking the man directly 
in the eye said, "I will fill this hall on Sunday morning when you will 
give me eighty-five disciplined men and women like -ir John has had this 
evening to work with him." 

Jesus is asking for this kind of discipline, for this kind of discipleship. 

His invitation is to live life as He lived it; to commit our all to His cause; 

and to Duplicate Him, our Model. In a book entitled, Out Of My Treasure 

Volume III, we read of Jesu 1 ? : 

He put on humanity that we might have divinity, 
e became the Son of Man that we mirht become" sons of God. 
In infancy, He startled a king; 
In boyhood, He puzzled the doctors; 
In manhood, He ruled the c< if nature. 



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He never v;rote a book, yet all the libraries cannot hold the books written 

about Him .... 
He never wrt>te a song, vet He is the theme of more son^p than all other 

subjects combined.... 
He never practiced medicine, yet He healed more broken bodies 

And broken hearts than all the doctors who ever lived. 
Great men have come and one, tut He lives on! 

Herod could not kill Him; 

!"atan could not seduce Him; 

Death could not conquer Him; 

The grave could not hold Him, 
ily He IS The incomparable Christ. 

COHE,..«let us follow in the footsteps of Jesus. 



"CHURCH IN THE PARK - June 23, 1935 

St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler , Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 
•Ascription 
*Hymn No. 363 "To God Be The Glory 11 

To God be the glory - great things He hath done! 
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, 
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin, 
And opened the lifegate that all may go in. 

Perfect redemption, the purchase of blood, 
To every believer the promise of God; 
The vilest offender who truly believes, 
That moment from Jesus, a pardon- receives. 

Great things He hath taught us, great things 

He hath done, 
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son; 
But purer, and higher, and greater will be 
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see* 
Chorus i 

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, 

Let the earth hear His voice! 

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, 

Let the people rejoice ! 

come to the Father thru Jesus the Son, 

And give Him the glory - great things He hath done. 



*Call to Worship: 



♦Invocation 

Announcements, 



Pastor - Praise ye the Lord! Praise 

ye servants of the Lord, praise the 

name of the Lord! 
People - Blessed be the Name of the 

Lord from this time forth and for 

evermore . 
All - From the rising of the gun unto the 

going down of the same, the Lord's 

Name is to be praised. 

Joys, and Prayer Requests 



Hymn No. 98 "Great is Thy Faithfulness" 



Great Is Thy faithfulness, God my Father, 
There is no shadow of turning with thee; 
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; 
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be. 

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, 
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above, 
Join with all nature in manifold witness 
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love. 

Pardon for sin and a. peace that endure th, 
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide, 
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow 
Blessing all mine, with ten thousand beside! 

Chorus: 

Great is Thy faithfulness, Great is Thy faithfulness, 

Morning by morning new mercies I see; 

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided - 

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto met Amen* 

Morning Prayers 

Offering 

Offertory 
*Doxolagy 

Scripture: Matthew 20: 1-16 

Sermon: "That's Not Fair, Or Is It?" 

Prayer 
*Hymn No. 92 " The Solid Rock" 

tfy hope is built on nothing less 
Than Jesus* blood and righteousness; 
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, 
But wholly lean on Jesus' nanu: . 

When darkness veils His lovely face, 
I rest on His unchanging grace; 
In every high and stormy gale, 
My anchor holds within the veil. 

His oath, His covenant, His blood, 
Support me in the whelming flood; 
When all around my soul gives way, 
He then is all my hope and stay. 

When He shall come with trumpet sound, 
may I then in Him be found; 
Dressed in His righteousness alone, 
Faultless to stand before the throne. 
Chorug : ^printed on the back) 



.(Ilus shoppine: -33 boy w'non 8 push, 1 - ins) c 

I this preuld 2 story Jack Nayhsll wife 
(llua Hayhall wife»slaets, grocery line) 
.. : ere eithr incidents f i 
Of corse not! 

t wat cIue : 2do situ lik thea? 

tent US remevteT'he las shalG 1st, Is 1 - las 
'i noz kind jeop may apear get away ther selfish, 
1 atitud, 
but actul dont 
.jumday in etern thoz who hav no » r~u, push, shov, stam- 
ped 4 1st plae will" ushr in2 G's presenc ahed of the 
hovra 
"mt ther 1 funtnr thing Js pt out which need remem 
That is las phras v 
Js sed«?or nany be called , but few chosen 
word=CHCSEB in Gr»actu] htadB interj 

• : 1 HCS 
That mean many peop may labor 1 • ■ , few R of 

■- , the duality which - c 
It matr litl whethr laoor long/hard L'i , the 

Jny cum latelys labor -fshort periud tine, 
watevr we do 4 Him.wilB reward in eternty with a- 

•i 8 faithfl serv, en.tr in^ 1 .ioy of lord 
choic serve, lnsted Ik 4wat 
is f^ir,or wat la cur Pps Boua I hsv serv 

this lif we bst end up lo , need reman 

prop! vr we fsel lik 

losrs , 

: 
•;D ,BUT FE 






..crip: Ht. 20il-l 
'(.Ilus 2childrn fuss ovr piece of cake) 
Iant I Lol of childrn? Khloh only goes 2prov 

only childrn' act lik this -Hi >ngl P kno/hear 

ai* -lts=shud tin me promot-I was is t, not him etc. 

i. jry old as creatin in fact, go bak Cain/'.bel 
It isnt fair G t U acpt Abel offr & not raine»bludy mesi 
U dont apreciat ne argumen rt/wronr;/fair=end murdr 

this bakjrr this parbl Js tol workrs in vinyard 
loes bak 2-19th chap which tel rich yng man cub 2 Js 
& ask bout etern lif & anser Js riv 2serv amnk nolik 

.ftr ron,j3 say Camel 8 neodl ey £ kingd of G 
pav aiscips sumth think boot Ss as usul,ietr hav 
Ci ;ut out 
vs 97=I'eter ask 
Vss 28-?9=Js anser " then notic wat say vs 

Here was His thot 4-day, sumth mak them think ' in 

ordr ilus pt tel them parabl 
: arabl conern rat fairnes in lif=wat fai*/wat not? 
Man own vinyard went maktplac hire labrers 8 mktplac 
loci unemploy ofic 

Thoz. no stedy employ cum w/tool ."■ wait 213 hire & go 

rate 4-days labr was penny F housholdr hir 4"o rate 
Examp grap"harves musB dun quikly Bcuz rain 

this why houshoadr hire others at 9,12,3," 5 
he got all labrers _■ ■ " ? at '"'it 1 

Custmary 6-2pay labrers 8b Jew law mandatory cud no 
hoi bak pay 

Chis kep eraployrs cheat^steal/mak interest 
Jo paymastr start thoz hire 5 "■■■ pay " disoips prob 
a sc" 2hear 1st hired richly reward Bcuz long day 
whil othrs only work partil day, 

but Js sez=vs 10 

ny stndrd this prosly unfair ' re-id=vs 11 
vs 12=they reasoned 5 it was tru 

vs 13=vinyrd ownr remind they had agree ?this w-?re 
vss 14-15-he say las hire also had famly 8 he pay 

going- wage 2evrl 
it simpl all had work acomp foal & ea pd Baffle 

i'-oE hire 1st contrac,thoz latr tol wud pay rt 
ownr viryrd had rt pay wat thot shud "■ say so=vs 15 

it do matr who did mos work, but wat ownr wil pay 
Bcuz this, thoz work lonrr nuest fairnes aranrment 
If parabl de^l stric secular worl.workr hav le it 

. Js talk erthly servic which wud3 reward by G 
in hvn/ wil Ik this in ooment 
But supos this wer seculr situitin,wud it B fair: 
I sur wud all arree it wudnt 



VS 8«BGIN WAAS HIRD 

VS 9-PECEIV PENNY 

VS 10=FIRST EXPEC MOE 

BY ANY STANDARD UNFAIR & GRUMBL - VS 11-12 -WORK 12HRS 

V. J.3-PRJCE AGREED ON 

VSS 1%-15»ALL PAID SAME REGARDLES HRS WORK - PRICE AGREED TO 
NOT MATTR MOS WORK DUN,& LNGR WORKRS QUESTIN FAIRNES 

THIS SECULR SITU S: LK AT THIS WAY IS IT FAIR?? 
(ILUS JERI MAYHALL WIF JACK MAYHALL DIR OF NAVIGATORS) 
EITHR INCIDENTS FAIR? 
WAT DUZ G WANT US TO REMEMBR? VS 16A 
SUMDAY IN ETHNTY THOZ MEEK USHR B% PUSHRS fc SHOVRS 

VS 16B-GR CHOSEN - CHOICE 
MANY LABOR k THA.BUT FEW R OF CHOIC VARIETY 
MATTR LITTL IF LABOR LNG.OR JOHNY CUM LATELY 
WATEVER DO FOR HIM WILB REWARD W/WEL DUN GUD FAITHFUL SERVANT 
ENTER INTO THE JOY OF THE LORD 
NEED 2B LK 2B CHOIC SERVS RATHR THAN LK WAT FAIR, OF GET WAT IS 
CUM TO ME BCUZ I HAV SEHVD 
THIS LIF MAY ENDUP LOSRS BUT NEED HEAR PROPH WORDS JS.VS 16 



THAT'S NOT FAIR, OR IS IT? 
SCRIP: MT 20:1-16 

(Hue 2 childrn pc of cak fc Jlmy's oldr & bigpr) 
AND HE ALWAYS WILB IF U KEEP DOING THIS 

C" DRN ONLY ACT LIK THIS - RITE?? WRONG 1 ! 
AraJLTS: I WORK HARDR THAN HIM;SHUD HAV GOT PROM: HE GOT WAT I SHI 
BAK TO CAIN/ABEL ARGUMEN RT/WHONG, FAIRLY/UNFAIRLY TREATD 
THIS BAKGRND THIS PARBL 
BAK TO CHAP 19 fc RICH YNG KAN t QUEST ETHRL LIF 
SEHV MANK,NOT ANSR WANT Sr GO WAY SAD 
VSS 23-24-CAMEL & NEEDLE EYE 

PETR SEEM HAV FIGUE CUT 

VS 27-EXPRES SELF 

VSS 28-?9*JS GIV ANSR 

VS 30-THOT FOR TH/DAY,i THEN BGIN TEL STORY 

THIS PARBL CONCERN MATTR FAIRNES : WAT FAIR IN LIF & WAT NOT 
MAN OWN OKI VINYRD WENT MRKPLAC HIRE LABRS 
MRKTPLAC LOCAL HNEMPLOY OFFIC 
GO RATE WAS ONE PENNY £ HIRE FIRST GRP AT GO RATE 
GRAP HARV MUSB HARV END SEPT BCUZ RAINY SEASN S- RUIN GRAPES 
TIM OF ESSENC 
OUT AT 9, 12, 3, t AGIN AT 5 
eustaarr 6 PAY FOR LABR *• JEW LAW DEMAN PAY END DAY 



Community Bible Church - Saramore, Pa. July 26, 1992 



Prelude 

Greetings/joys/Announceraents/Praver Requests 
New Members - greet/welcome 
picnic tonite 6 - invitation 



Call To Worship; 

LET THE NATIONS BE GLAD AND SING FOB JOY: 
FOR THOU SHALT JUDGE THE PEOPLE RIGHTEOUSLY 
AND GOVERN THE NATIONS UPON EARTH. 
LET THE PEOPLE PRAISE THEE, GOD: 
LET ALL THE PEOPLE PRAISE THEE. 
THEN SHALL THE EARTH YIELD HER INCREASE: 
AND GOD, EVEN OUR OWN GOD, SHALL BLESS US. 
GOD SHALL BLESS US: AND ALL THE ENDS OF THE 
EARTH SHALL FEAR HIM. PSALM 6?: 4-7 
•Hymn 

C f f eri ng/Prayer 
JtesBpiXDiKxiifxitffNxmmiltinTC 
•Doxology 

eeeption of new members 
'Pastoral Prayer 
Hymn 

Scripture: Matthew 20:1-16 

Sermon: "That's Not Fair, Or Is It?" St. Paul's, Butler 

6/2V8<5 
*Hymn 

•Benediction 
•Postlude 



"That's Not Pair, Or Is It?" 

Scripture : Matthew 20 ; 1-16 

(Illustration of two children fussing over the size of the cake) 
±}CKEiks:z:xyHiHxi[BrxJntBXKfci±ctKEEx A mother gave each of her two children a 
piece of cake. The little girl complained, "It's not fair Mommy, you gave 
Jimmy a bigger riece than you pave me." "Well, you must remember dear, 
Jimmy is older and bigger than you," the mother answered. "Well, at that 
rate he always will be." 

I? n't this typical of children? Which only goes to prove that only child- 
ren act like this. Right? Wrong} '„ know this and hear of it nuite often 
among adults. "I work harder than him, and yet he rot the promotion." 
"He got what I should have gotten," The story is as old as creation. In 
fact, it started way back when Gain and Abel brought their offerings to the 
Lord. "It isn't fair "od, how come y"ou look with favor upon the bloody 
sacrifice Abel brings, but You don't appreciate mine?" And the argument of 
eight and wrongness, of being fairly or unfairly treated began and ended 
with the murder of Abel by Gain, And this is the background of this parable 
Jesus told of the workers in the vineyard. It roes back to the 19th chapter 
which tells of 9 rich young man coming to Jesu c - and asking; what he had to do 
to inherit eternal life. The answer Jesus gave was to serve mankind and 
this was not the naswer he wanted to hear. So he went away sad and after he 
had gone Jesus remarked that it would be easier for a camel to go through 
the eye of a needle than for a wkx rich man to enter God's kingdom, '"his 
gave the disciples somethin- to think about and as a result Peter seemed to 
have it all figured out as usual. 

oo he expressed himself by saying, (read verse 2?), And Jesus rave him the 
answer, (read verses 28-29). And then notice his closing remark before 

begin? to tell them a story: He says, "But many that are first shall be last 
and the last shall be first." 

Here wsfe Ai thoug] t for the day. Something to make them think 2nd in odder 
to illustrate His point T Je tells them the parable. How the parable concerns 
the matter of fairness. [hat is fair in life and what is not'. 
T v e man who owned the vineyard went to the marketplace to hire laborers . 
The marketplace at that time was the local unemployment office. Those who 
were not steadily employed came to the marketplace with their tools ready to 
go and do a days work for whoever wanted to hire them. The ~oinr rate for 
a laborer was a penny .and so we see the householder hired bhe first batch at 
the going rate . 

But in this part of the world we are bold the gr kes place ax 

around the end of . eptember and time is of the essence. Because at this time 
the rainy S€ starts and if the harvest is not completed before the rains, 
the grape crop can be ruined. 3o it is essential that when the harvest be- 
gins, it is completed as quickly as possible. And this is exactly what this 



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househdilder was trying to do. That is why he went back to the m ice 

: .1 ., and at 1?:0C noon, and at 3:00, and again at 5:00. He ot 11 
of the laborers he could hire to get the grapes harvested that day. 
So as was customary when 6:00 o'cloek arrived the laborers were paid for 
their work. The Jewish law made it mandatory that anyone hired for a day's 
work, receive their wages when the day was over. T] those •■/ho hired 

he -on?- le ;ed for wages and -• rning interest 
on it, while the poor laborer didn't have enough to buy Food dt . 
Eo the paymaster started with the men who had been hired at 5:00 o'clock 
and he paid each of them the going rate for a day's work and that was a pen- 
ny. And you can imagine the disciples expecting to hearcthe story have the 
logical ending of the first laborers being richly rewarded because they had 
labored all day, while the others had only worked a partial day. But Jesus 

says, "But when the first came, they supposed that they should have refiertfed 
more; and they likewise received every man a penny." 

Now by any standard, this is grossly unfair and the laborers protested and 

they "murmured against the goodman cf the house," we are told. 

Then they reasoned, "These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast mad 
them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day." 

I, -• had been working for 1? hours while the others had worked a partial day 

x^E?cEXxraax:£KrxrgTC±Es£s8bc±k]£m Then the vineyard owner reminded them, ""Friend, 
I do thee nowrnn^ didst thou not a~ree with me for a pen:- 

They were paid the going rate, so the;.' weren't cheated. They had agreed to 

work for that wage . And he also reminded them, "Take that thiae is, an 
thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful 
for me to do what I vill with mine own?" 

lie was saying that the Inst men hired had families to feed also and even 
though they had only worked a partial day, they deserved the going rate as 
well. It asn't the amount of time they had put in, nor the amount of 
work they had done. It was simply that all of them had served and worked to 
accomplish the real and for that each of them was paid the same. Those who 
were hired first had contracted for the set amount and the others hired 
later had been told they would receive what was right, with no amount speci- 
fied. T,_e owner of the vineyard had the ri^ht to pay what he thought should 

be paid and this is what he expressed in the 15th verse: "Is it not lawful 
for me to do what I will with mine own? " 

It isn't a matter of who did the most work, but what the owner is willing to 
pay. And because of this those who worked the longer period were question- 
ing the fairness of the arrangement. Now if this parable was dealing strict 
ly with the secular world, the workers would have a legitimate gripe. But 
Jesus was talking of earthly service which would be rewarded by God in heave 
And we will look at this in a moment. But suppose this were a secular situ- 
ation, .vould it be fair? I think we would all agree that it wouldn't. 



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I can remember back when I was a kid my mother would take my brother and I 

with her to the large department stores in Pittsburgh when they had their 

super-dooper sales. Like the January white sales and so on. Many of you 

remember them I am sure. I can remember being dragged from one end of the 

counter to the other, because she insisted we stick close, (Child kidnap 

was taking place back then too), and the women were rooting and pulling at 

the clothes on the counter. But the stores have learned to handle this 

situation differently now. First they have bigper stores, and then they 

have many counters with the merchandise on them so there isn't a pushing and 

pulling contest usually, T v e reason I mention this is because I recently ekj 

read of a situation which happened to the wife of J ck Kay hall who is the 

Director of the navigators for the U.S. He tells it this way: 
(Illustration of his wife and a pair of slacks; and the grocery line) 
Several months ago in a large mall department store, my wife found a $23 
pair of slack? - just what she had been looking for for months - and on 
sale at just $12 t \s she stood examining the garment, a lady walked up 
and said, "Here, let me help you," taking the slacks ofit of her hands. 
Then the woman walked toward the dressing rooms, and she said, "If they 
don't fit me, you can have them." 

Jeri was stunned - she could hardly believe her eyes and ears ! Since the 
lady didn't return, Jeri concluded they had fit and that the woman had paid 
for them and taken them home. For two days Jeri battled depression ove the 
disappointment. IS we discussed the situation we both came to the conclus- 
ion that meekness is perhaps one of the most difficult of Christlike traits 
to develop. 

.everal month? later Jeri had another opportunity. This time she was stand- 
ing in a supermarket checkout line with only a couple items in her hands. 
A middle-aged lady with a grocery cart pulled mp-not behind her-but aloiv - 
side her. after a couple minutes Jeri felt a tap on her shoulder and 
turned to hear the lady ask in a gruff tone, "'.re you in line?" Then Jeri 
answered in the affirmative, the woman angrily replied, "Well, I'm ahead 
of you!" 'A e re was a tremednous urre for Jeri to ar~ue with an, 
and " >r place." -ut ^11 of a sudden rememberinr the principle, 

Jeri said, "OK, if it is that , go ahead." At which the 

woman said, "It is!" and pulled ahead without flinching." 

Were either of those incidents "Fair?" Of course not! But what does God 

want us to do in situations like these? He wants us to remember, "The last 

shall be first, and the first last." Those kinds of people may appear to 

get away with their selfish, "Me first" attitudes. But actually they don't. 

Gomeday in eternity, those who have not argued and pushed and stampeded for 

first place, will be ushered into Hod's presence ahead of those pushers and 

shovers . 

But there is one further thinr Jesus points cut which we need to remember, 

and that is the very last phrase of the 16th verse. Jesus said, "For many 

be called, but few chosen," The word "chosen" in Greek actually means, and 

should be interpreted "Choice." I any be called, but few are "Choice." 

That means -hat many ^eople may labor Per the lord, but few of them are 

Of the Choice variety, the quality which the Lord seeks. It matters little 



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whether we labor ion."- and hard in the Lord's vineyard and the "Johnny come 

lately "s" labor for a short period of time. "hatever we do for Him, will be 

rewarded by Him in eternity with a "Well done, ~ood and faithful servant, 
wnter into the joy of the Lord." 

./e need to be looking to be His Choice servants, instead of looking- for 

what is "fair" or what is conin; to me, because I have served. In this life 

we may end up like losers but we neeri to remember the prophetic words of 

Jesus to cheer us whenever we feel like losers, "So the last shall be first, 

and the first last: for many be called, but few "Choice." 



St* Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor June 30, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
John PefkT'od, Acolyte 
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 10:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
*Hymn No. 335 "Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens Adore Him" 
*Ascription 
*Exhortation 

"Confession (In Unison) "We offer to thee, Father, 
praise for the gift of thy Spirit. We are made 
aware that your love is given to us in many ways. 
When we are lonely, when we are filled with doubt, 
when we show unbelief, it is your Spirit that fills 
us with your truth. And when we burn with hatred, o 
anger, or selfishness, or greed* it is your Spirit 
which speaks to us with your love. Forgive us, and 
may your Spirit live, guide, and direct us in all 
ways. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.. 
*Kyrie 

♦Assurance of Pardon 
•Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name 
forever. 
•Gloria Patri - age 142 
Hymn No. 467 "Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
*Doxology - page 332 
Scripture: Matthew 21 i 33—46 
Sermon: "Who Will Win?" 
♦Closing Hymn No. 497 "Like a River Glorious" 
♦Benediction 
•Closing Chimes 
*Postlude 

♦ * * f *Congregation Standing + + + + +■ 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Charlie Penar in loving memory of Lula. 
Mr. & Mrs, Robert Dellen will greet the congregation 

at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Alvin Tait, Mike Nazaruk, Gottlob 

Kradel, and James McClymonds. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs ♦ Cheryl Metrick. 
Bob Dellen and Dan Bosko will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
Attendance last Sunday at the Church Picnic in the Park 

was 86 with 2 visitors* 
Hospitalized; BMH Mrs. Alice Beatty 
WEDNESDAY - COUNCIL MEETING AT 7:00 P.M. 

THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

Concordances - only 3 left in the office. They are $2.00 
each, and a handy reference for Bible Study. 

Questions have been raised as to how to get in touch with 
the Janitor. You nay contact Emogene Massey at 
283-5604. Her number is also posted on the telephones 
in the church and hall. 



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There are negative words that are harmful, 
There are positive words that are good, 
There are false words that we shouldn't utter, 
And helpful words that we should 

For a costly gem, or a lovely bouquet, 
Perhaps we cannot pay, 

But we can express a beautiful thought^ 
To the heart of a friend today. 



Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!!!" 



> 






IX rxns te±,ds no yet ^o turn or esi triaj./e->rec/otln2/ 

Dbut 4tel u the* vin- 

ortara,relig ldra of Isr 
vs 40=ask que E b 
vs 41= a riser 

rly ?this is nuot farnij 1] knu Bcuz 

Halel in Tempi wor I 
>ortin this Fa ahout by *»va 9 

Js quot vaa ' ' -' ■ o 
Here proph of rejectin Inp 34- evr ape this 

rejeetin tak plac then in Isr,Js -.o&=\' 
"r word 4natiu»ErHHB=fron wh ret word* ffthnic 

it canB use both 'J-natin 5 Ax of a peopl 
Jews use derop-torly 8x "'refer nentilea 
.iat Js 3s-- in of G pron 5: reserv 4n-?tin Isr, 

but Bcuz ther cepartur from cov relatsr. ip,nothr nati 

n peopl wud receiv prom 
As histry has unfold sinc,canC Ch • Ompoa mostly 

Gentils has reoeiv that blessing 
no mean G thru deal w/Isr,4 He is not;,1us mean ther 
fulfil no tak plac as ori^ prom, hut nrue wait until 
they cun bnk 2 Him 
3h brin - 4th fruts as Ja sed.by bring nan" peop in? 
fold of all races 
V8 44-= Js riv proph of felf & wat say-any 1 hear m 
salvatin' thru Js :{p & aopt as L & ?av,that persn has 
fal on stop Si Eoum brokn, 
l.ro..n '(-that persn H bonds=s in ,dath; thlnga serrnt fr 8 

that rersn now has aces ?thron Irac ' cnt ■■' 's Son 
C r ,nversly=anyl hear mena- salvatin thru Js Kp S redec 
refus 2acpt Xp,that persn has ston fal on bin v.'il 
2powdr=means=rersn wilB seprat fr G 4eternty 
s^im no t-givnea sins, no eternl lif w/r. & wilT5 as 
powdr,as nothing in cite of G 

man pardn ' no acpt it) 
Isnt this wav tween G & man' In His grt luv 4-U I e 
offrs U pardn, Orac.wholnes of lif=I r e riv U fruts of 
cros but quest is= vil we acpt it? 

oli ldl oudnt acpt,2t: - 'comon, 

2ordnary "3 prom' Messiah & thus read=vss 45-4-6 

wud bide time until conven ?hav Him put 2deth 
but meantime wud tolerat r - wud do wat cud ^discredit 
in efee-aay Efo 2 3 & wat ofr in this Eron 1 of Isr, 
ry arron r entiles 
Jews.manv othr re^eo;our pro' ",iec,in7te 

orr 
It tak nor than jus say Yes as I S lav, tak 
in all areas of our liva : all of us & not JIM 

reiec by nc let Him : bed of cornr 

or cornrston our livs 



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. 

nn sed=2 the victrp In;,. !;'- spoils 
: . her bin oo tl rags Bine G plac 

rebel agi] 

viljof rt/wrong; tween supren 3 auprei 
-Who Will Win* obv anser ■« wi] 
P_jv victr 

do all within powr tear dwn 
so battl cotV 
: truthf ly if Ik rnd watvtak plac presen worl " 
can C fore evi' Ln mi strngth evr 

■ uot of ' olomon eel 9:11-Eac no "sv;if,nor batl Pstronf 
obeerv no sheer numercl stren . 

'r -.n-it 2 Jerubabal.lst :ov 
Not by mite, nor by powr, but by p,salth the lord 

'.: v;il nltin evn tho tide aeeo 

I 

isst/eldrs in Terrrl 
niturly othrs ~" 

■n wud returi 
2scene Hia crome of day 

JS UP"' .: .,-, 

': m lil: all otbx self-procl tiesiahs which cum4th 

ouz had Lt" folio 

"0 Bus baktrak 21st chap 2& wat Jew Idrs rjuestin ^bout 

b 25»want determ .ius wat authorty was ?do & adt aadid 

ler by stat wud riv anser if they .-^'' 

■?.=cuestin Si pondr=vss?5b-26 

T3 2?a=anser they rav 6 likwis Js piv indef ansor 27b 

" •' 
»notic ask=Aiat think Ye? 
rsa Sb-31a=prob in para^itl form 

Bpan parbl w/quest & end w/quest=wh of 2 did wil of F 
aftr giv corec anser=31b Js relat outcas society 
wer acpt G's kincdn abed relir ldrs = : 51C 
rs 32=Js giv reason,comon peop herd J's mesag & B^iev 
him 2B G's mesencr^runnr of T'es, but fcrlb/lhars S 
relip ldrr didnt S- comon peop wudtE ahed of them Kingdl 
3o Js estab Jn authorty, now about estab own ?c use a 
perabl thez relig ldrs had 2griv Him an anser 
Jen Ja spok vinyrdr peop knu bout subj 3cuz lrg portii 
v/ork perform by many them 

1 also ilu - quit frea; by prophs 
iiow this p 3hldr»G jvinyrd-natin Israel; 

r usbndmen= proph 2 G sent 2natin lar;' on houshldr- Js/Dei 
story .. " - ■ p nt vinyro receiv wat rtfuly 

, chr ' -" tu - ■■ out thoz mesa 
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luks that way duznt it' 
But 

of corse 

But that victi".- -ii ovr whol worl,ovr who] ere 
trui- 

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vs aw&n est jn's AnraiioTT t no* bgin est his 
js spok vinyrds i so did psopis 

T V OT VINYRDS DETER 2ISRAEL - PROPRTT Or Q 
SIS PARBL VINTJD NATIN ISRAEL 
HOUSHOLDR-GOD 

HOSBNB1AN.SCR/PHARS/HI PR/ELDRS 
SERVANTS.PSOPHS G SENT 2TSRAEL 
SON HOUSHOLDR.JS, THE MESSIAH 

vfEJf A^UEsT ' ^ ' ^ WT ™ * « ™* SO, 
VS 41.THEY ANSR 

^'sho^s'I ?*?Sk ™ IS «™ ™* ™pl worsh -sung 

THIS PROPH BOUT JS LWG BVAPSAP ON SCENE 
VI ! ^-NATION-GRK-ETiraE-DERIV ENG ETHNIC 
JEWS USE WORD DEROGTORLT OF GENTILES 

crura man sefus pari* fr/pres Andrew jicS 

ISNT THIS TH/VAY TWFEN G & MAN"? 
IN HIS CRT LITV kO OFFRS.PArWgRAC/VHOLNES OF LIF 
OIVS FRUITS OF TH/OROSS J. QUEST IS - WrL WF trJr rm.. 
SELIG LDRS CUDNT ACPT IT ^ * CPT IT " 

v^lt «m kmok/mibiuiy ?b th/mesiah 

VSS *5-*6-C0KCLnSIN THIS parbl 
THEY WAIT 2BIDE TIM UNTIL CONV PUT HIH TO DETT 
MET SAT "NO" 2WAT G OFTR AS PROM!S ONE^cf ISRAEL 
THUS JS HAD MINSTST 2GENTILES 
JEWS & OTHSS REJBC HIH 

Tw^tsT 2? iT" A£ SAV * rT m ALL «"=* s °™ an 
™ aSSSE mfT ^ PABT • cowra ST0N "W"/"" 

GOD'S PLAN MADE A HOPEFUL MX5INNINO 
BUT NAN SPOILED IT BT HIS SINNING 
THET SAI THAT THE STOUT WILL END IN OOD'S GLORY 

«». Lif r^/ifr- *■ "»" --™" 

BUT WHO WILL WINTT OF CORSE CTENTULT 
TH/QD1ST MjS IS.WHO WIL WIN US COKPLETLT1" 
WHO WIL WIN US BODY % SOULTT 
MAT WE FAL UPON TH/STON WHAS JS XP t, B BROOT 
RATOF THAN HAV TH/STON FAL ON US * QUITO uTipCWDER 



Community Bible Church - Kafranoj'*, Pa. Aupist 2, 1992 

prelude 

nreetinRs/joys/Announcsments/Prayer Reouests 



Call To Worship: 

TH? LOST) IS RIGHTEOUS IN ALL HIS WATS, AND HOLT IN ALL HIS 
WORKS . 
THE LORD IS NIGH UNTO ALL THEM THAT CALL UPON HIM, TO ALL 
THAT CALL UPON HIM IN TRUTH. 
HE WILL FULFILL THE DESIRE OF THEM THAT FEAR HIMs HE ALSO 
WILL HEAR THEIR CRY AND SAVE THEM. 
•Hymn 
Offering/Prayer 

* POXOlOft? 

Pastoral Prayer 

Hymn 

Scripture: Matthew 21:33-46 

Sermon; "Who Will Win?" St, Paul>e Butler, 6/30/85 
*" "nn 

j„ (Sedlctlon 
•Pootlude 



"Who Will Win?" - Scripture; Mt. 21:33-46 

PSES ANDREW JACKSON SED: 2 TH/VICTORS BLONG TH/SPOLIS 
CONTINUL BATL WAG SINC PLAC MAN EDEN 
~T BATL GTID/EVIL.SUPRMCT OF G/SUPREMCY SATAN 
»„0 WILL WIN??* 
It SOL WSOT ECCL 9:ll-TH/feAC IS NOT 2 TH/SWIF.NOH TH/BATL 2 THE 

STRONG 
ZECH PROPH INSPIR 2WRIT EZERUBABAL 1st GOV JERTI ArTR ETIL: 
NOT BT MITE, NOR BY PWR.BUT BT HT SP SAITH TH/L OF HOSTS 

JS SPK SCR/PHARK/CH FR/ELSDRS IN TEMP 
TT DAT FOLO CLENS TEMPL - ONLY FOOL/MADMAN RETURN SCEN GRIM 
JS TTPSET/ANGR AUTH.TKEY INTEN PPUV CHARLATAN , NOT KESIAH 

SO BAKTRAK THIS 21ST CHAP t, READ VS 23 
VS 2Ws ANSR QUEST W/QUEST 
VS 25-THEY REASN AMONG SELVS - VS 26 
YS2?A«INDEF ANSR 
VS 27B»JS ANSR LIKWTS 
VS28A-BEGIN BY ASK QUEST 
VSS 281-31A.RELAT PROB IN PARBL 
BGIN W/OTJEST.END W/qUEST 






" ft in? " 
Scripture: Matthew 21:53- 

] resident Andrew Jackson said, "To the victors belon- ^he spoils." There 
is a continual battle EHixxxwsrcHjixEXEfe which has been jce±x3cxhh raging since 
God placed man in the garden of Eden and he rebelled against Bod. It is the 
battle of rood and evil; the battle of right gnd wrong; the battle between th 
supremacy of God and the supremacy of r atan. I v e question is always asked, 
] 1 xx\. " The obvious answer is that God will prove the victor ! But 
there are the e wh( slie and they are doing all within their 

er to tear down any semblance of belief in God and so the battle continues 
And quite truthfully, if you look around you at what is taking place in our 
present world you can see the forces of evil seem to have the rapperhand and 
are gaining new strength everyday. King ' olomon in the strength of hi? wis- 
dom wrote in the book of "eclesiastes 9:11, "The race is not to the swift, 
nor the battle to the strong." 

He observed that it wasn't sheer numerical strength, nor through the fastest 

armies that the battle is won. "echariah the prophet was inspired by God to 

prophesy to Aerubaebal the first governor of Jerusalem after the exile, "Not 
by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the lord of hosts." 

God will ultimately win even though the tide seems to be flowing strongly 
against that possibility. 

Jesus was speaking to the scribes and Pharisees, the chief priests and the 
elders in the temple. Naturally there were many other people who had gather- 
ed to hear Him as well. It was the day followin t _ the cleansing of the temple 
Only a fool or a madman would have returned to the scene of his crime of the 
day before. Jesus had upset and angered the authorities and so they were in- 
tent hxezl on showing the people that He was a charlatan like all of the other 
self-proclaimed Messiah's which had come forth. But they had to do this in a 
manner which didn't upset the people because Jesus had a large following. 
Go if we backtrack in this Gist chapter we see that these Jewish leaders came 
to Him to question Him about His authority. In the ?3rd verse we read, (read 
this). They wanted to determine just what His authority was to do and act as 
He did. And Jesus answered them by stating that He would give them an answer 
if they answered a -mention of His, vs 24, (read). Thar question was, vs 25a. 
They pondered this among themselves, vss 25b-26. '.nd they answer they gave 
was vs. 2?a. ?na likewise Jesus ~ave them an indefinite answer, vs 27b. 
But He gave them an opportunity to show where they stood in relation to who 
was truly serving ' - giving them a problem to solve. Notice, He asks 
them in the 28th verse, "What think ye? \nd then He relates the problem in 
parable form, vss 28b-31a. He began the parable with a ouestion and He ends 
it with the question, "Ahether of the twain did the will of his father?" 



-2- 
\fter they have riven Jesus the correct answer, vs 31b, then Jesus relates 
them that the outcasts of society were accepted in iod's kingdom ahead of 
these religious leaders, vs 31c. '.nf: then Jesus fives the reason in vs 32. 
Tv,e common ordinary people heard John and believed him to be God's messenga 
or the forerunner of the : e-rsiah, but the cribes, Pharisees and religious 
leaders didn't, and this is why the common people would be ahead of them in 
Cod' : - kingdom. 

thus, havin established John's authority, Jesus is now about to establi 
and to do so He uses another parable in which these religious leaders hi 
to jive Him an answer. 

n Jesus spoke of vineyards and anything about them, the people knew all 

about the subject because it was a large portion of the work many performed 

but it was also something ks illustratec 3 quite frequently in the mess'ges oj 

the prophets. Identified in this parable are the following: the household* 

who owned the vineyard is A.lmi hty 3d; the vineyard, is the nation of IsJ 

the husbandmen are the Scribes, Pharisees, Priests, High Triests, and elder! 

the servants are the prophets whom "od sent to the nation of Israel; and thi 

son of the householder is Jesus Himself, or the Messiah, "he story is self. 

explanatory ■' owi - n it be the vineyard to receive what was rj 

fully His, but tbore in charge of the vineyard beat up and cast out those 

engers. Last of all the householder, Sod, sent His ion to them thinkin] 

they would receive Him as the promised One, but they threw Him out and kill 

How at the time of the telling of this parable Jesus had not yet ^one 

throu h the ordeal of " id execution, bi 

eventually take place at the hands of these Vineyard workers, the religioui 

leaders of Israel. 

So then, Jesus asks the question, "/hen the lord therefore of bhe vineyard 
cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?" vs 4C 

! " '-red, vs 41 - .is. 

us ' reply to tl Ls to .11 

knew because it was a part of the Plallel sung in temple worship. In fact, 

a portion of this Psalm was shouted as an acclamation for Jesus when He cam 

riding hto Jerusalem the day before. They had shouted, vs 9, (read this). 

Jesus was quoting verses 22 and 23 from thin Psalm when He said, vs 42, reai 

Here is a prophecy of the re, lection of Jesus lonr, lonT before He ever appe 

ed on the scene. And because of thin re, lection which was now taking place ; 

the nation of Israel, Jesus said, vs 43, (read). The word for nation in 

Greek is, "Hthne" from which we derive our English word "Ethnic." The word 

here can be used of both a nation and of a people. f~e Jews used this word 

derogatorily to refer to the Gentiles. hat Jesus is actually saying is th 

the kingdom of 3od was promised and re-erf ed for the nation of Israel, but 1 

e of their departure fro™ the covenant relationship another nation on 



group cf people would receive that premise. \s history has unf older! since 

we can see that the Church of Jesus Christ composed mostly of 

-entiles has received that blessin^. Ihis doesn't mean thai Sod is through 

de lin with Israel, for He is not. It just means that their fulfillment ' 

not take place as originally promised but must wait until they come back to 

Him, The Church is bringing forth fruits as Jesus has said by bringing many, 

many people of all races into its fold. 

Then Jesus rives a prophecy concerning Himself in the 4Ath verse. "And who- 
soever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it wxiti 
all fall, it will grind him to powder." 

What Jesus is saying is simply this: Anyone who hears the message of salvatio 
through Jesus Christ and accepts Him as his Lord and S e viour, that person 
has fallen on the stone, and that person becomes broken. Hroken for that per 
son are the bonds of sin and death; brokenr for that person are the things 
that separate anyone from Godj that person now has access to the throne of 
Grace and is counted as one of '"od's sons. 

But conversely, anyone who hears the messare of salvation through Christ and 
rejects it, refuse? to accept Christ, that person has had the stone fall on 
him and he will be -round to powder. T^is means that person will be separate 
from God for all eternity. For him there is no forgiveness of sins, no etern 
al life with Cod and he will be as powder , a? nothing in the sight of Cod. 
(Illustration of man pardoned and wouldn't acdept it) 

hen Andrew Jackson was president he granted a presidential pardon to a 
man who had been imprisoned for a serious crime. The man had a deep sense 
of guilt. He felt that he should remain in prison for the crime he had 
committed and so he refused the pardon. I any lawyers engaged in a famous 
debate to try to determine whether a pardon that had been refused was 
really a pardon. They finally decided that until it was accepted it is 
not 3 pardon. 

Isn't this the way it is between God ^ni man? In His great love for you, 
He offers you the pardon, the Grace, the wholeness of life. He gives 
you the fruits of the cross! But the question is, "Will we accept it?" 

The religious leaders of Jesus' time couldn't accept it. To them, Jesus was 

too common; too ordinary to be the promised Messiah. And so It is we read 

the conclusion to this parable with the words, "And when the chief priests am 
isees had heard His parables, thev perceived He 3pake of them, 
they sought to lay hands on Him, they f eare : the multitude, because they 
took Him for a prophet." V3s 45-4-6 

T, ey would bide their time until it was convenient to have Him put to death. 
But in the meantime they would MSKxtkBii tolerate Him and do what they could 
to discredit Sim. hey rere in effect: sa yj o" to what God was offer:, 
them in this "Iromised One of Israel." And so He was able to have a ministry 
:he lentiles. Jews and - others rejected im. ur problem may 
not be that :e rejected T "im. Instead, our problem may be that we have 
not said "Yes" to Jesus Christ in everything. It takes more than just accept. 
im as lord -" lour, it takes es" to Him in all areas of 



our lives. Jesus wants all of us and [ust a part. .'^ too can reject 

Jesus by not le : tirr- Him be the iKXXxKrstEBH "; T ead of the corner," or the 

"cornerstone "in our lives. 

-^orceone penned the lines: 

Sod 'a plan made a hopeful berinninr 

oiled it all by his sinning 
that the story 
.ill e nd in God * a g 1 ory 
But at the present, the other side's winning . 

It looks that way doesn ,J - it? Bat "Who rill 'in?" God of course! ut : ;"-iat 
victory will be over the whole world, over all of creation. The truly im- 
portant question in our live , ho 'ill 'in B«r:rKaTiiriart« us completely?" 
//ho will win us, body and soul? May we *al] ~ he ?tone which i ; ' Dhrist 
and , - ' ■ bhe : Fall o rind us to powder. 



St* Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor July 7, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
John Pem-od, Acolyte 
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + +- + + + + + + + + + + + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 10:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
*Hymn No. 360 M You Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim" 
♦Ascription 
*Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) "0 God, who hast brought us into 
this fellowship with one another through thy Son 
Jesus Christ: let ua be one in thought and mind and 
spirit. Help us to strive not to be individuals but 
to be a group of fellow believers, Forgive us in our 
weakness of turning from thee. Give us strength as 
we need it in our times of turmoil, and frustration. 
Help us to live in the world, but not to be completely 
wrapped up in all of it. Make our wills obedient to 
thine, for we ask it all in Jesus' name. Amen* 

*Kirrie 

•Assurance of Pardon 
*Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And blessed be His Glorious name 
forever. 
♦Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No. 45S "Take My Life, and Let It 3e Consecrated' 1 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray, 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
♦Doxology - page 385 
Scripture: Matthew 25s 14-30 

Sermon: "How Does The Expected Square With The Actual?" 
-Closing Frmr* 'Jo. 502 lh I 1 ll Go Where You Want Me To ■ 
*Ber.edi^fl|.--r i 
^Closing ^Chimes 
tlufda 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Genevieve Nohach in memory of loved ones. 
Mr. Rob Vinroe will greet the congregation at the door 

this morning. 
Ushers for today are Art Carney, Dan Bosko, Martin Henry, 

and John Snow. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Joyce McCandless. 
Don Kingsley and Don Kennedy will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 119 with 6 visitors. 

THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

We still have 2 Concordances left in the office. They 
are $2.00 each, and are a handy reference for Bible 
Study. 

^Recently we have heard from Rob and Cindi Sybert. They 
* have asked us to publish their address and asked that 
we take some time and drop them a line* They have not 
heard from many within the congregation and have express-- 
how much they have missed the church. If you have a 
little spare time, write to them. I'm sure they would 
enjoy hearing from you. 

Robert K. Sybert 

c/o SP 4 R. K. Sybert 

Grefrath Radio Site Hdqts. 

50?th USA - AD 

AP0 New York 09103 






■Congregation Standing 



Commnity Bible Church - Safmmore, Pa. - August 9, 1992 



"Ha* Does The Expected Sauare With The Actual? 
Scripture; Mt. 25:l*-30 



Prelude 

JreetinKs/joya/AnnaunceBenta/Prayer Requests 



Call To Worship: 

GIVE UNTO THE LORD THE GLORT DUE UNTO HIS NAME: 
WORSHIP THE LORD IK THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS. 
THE LORD SITTETH UPON THE rLOOD: TEA, THE LORD 
SITTETH KING TOR EVER. 
THE LORD WIIX GIVE STRENGTH UNTO HIS PEOPLE: 
THE LORD WILL BLESS HIS PEOPLE WITH PEASE. 

PSALM29:2, 10-11 

Offerinjr/Prayer 
• Doxology 
Pastoral Prayer 

Scripture: Matthew 25:lk-30 

Sermon: "Row Does The Expected Square With The Actual?" 
St. Paul's Butler - 7/7/85 

nyetn 
•Benediction 
•Poatlude 



7*7? 
•7. ii ■>-"'/<-'/ 



(Hub Ton Klrkpatrick ssoinr, as niasionarj) 
Gud exampl parol Js taut 
» ■jBL KENT alSRAEL 
l^iciPS MUS HAV TROT MENT WTHEM 
BUT PARBL MENT %EVRCNE COLETTIVLT/INDIVIDULT 
TEL OF TWO THINOS-ONE IS WAT Q EXPECTS 

2ND IS WAT IS ACTUL RESUL THAT EXFECTATTN 
TALENTS: SILVER/GOLD • ABILTTD 

o expecs a retttrn on his investment - accountability 

PS 121i2«HHOL,TH/ETES OF SERVS Lit IJN2 TH/HAND OF THER HASTRS , 
«■ AS TH/ETS OF A MAIDN UN2 TH/tCAN OF HER HISTRES: 
SO OCR ETS WAIT UPON TH/l OUR G UNTIL HE HAV MERCT 
UPON US 
CHAP tklk&M - READ 

EXPL DO W/fcAT HAV TO WORK WITH 
fllus Martha Berry Dine H Ford pay her) 
LK AT PAR BL t, HUS ASRV'WAT HAS G REALTZD FR/KIS INVES IN US?»7 
HAS THER EVR BIN ANT RETURN? 
EXPL ONE TALENT MAN VSS 2* -27 - (hanks-eichn^rs) 
SO HOW DUZ TH/EXPECTD SSUAR W/THE ACTULt?* 
HERE.TH/ACTUL IS EXCUSES ft NO RETURN 
(Hub Lincoln choice of Gratn 2 Lead Union Forces) 
RESULTS IS WAT G WANTS FR/SERVS 
VSS 21-2?«THIS WAT G DUZ FOR FAITHFL SERVS 
3 GIVS REWARDS 2TH02 SHO ACNTBILTT W/ABILTTS 
(ILUS NAPLOEAN HILL ft BUT.) 
JS CAL THIS GO SECNE MILE 
WE R 2TAK JOBS G BIVS !JS & BIV BAK RETURN ON INVESTMNT 
iHE WIL REfRD US ACORDINGLT 
SLrfiNE HAS SED: U DONT GET MUCH FR/VORK k OOD IN THIS LIF, 

BUT TH/fcETIRMENT BENFITS R OUT OF THIS WORLD 
G EXPECS A RETURN ON HIS INVESMENT HE ENTURST TO US 
WAT IS HE ACTflXT GETTING?? 



OF- ~n-/*-4 



How uoes The isxpecti 
rip: Mt. 25: 14 -JO 

orn I.irpatrick; 






-:ampl of part] 
Ik thia parti car. always pik out particpanta ,or 
-j) it was inter) 

Jay bin spk 2natin Is or peopl who foil mil 
en 
".seips wer prob think Ja refr 2them concern wat 

o sine alway pt out their duties 
t wei t we mus 4get natin lB,4get bout 

oi r : -"i lif " TU3 kno riiev 

atory is 4 us 
t 4us colectivly/i • fcel 2thi: s 

Wat "od expects 

ctul result of fcb.s ' 

3 servants 



-ntrus run of affairs 2 



Ik parbl we C= i 
str liken ' 
G no bodlj on seen 
thoz employ by "Tim 
Js te] is, , -id,giv ?three employs talents 

adl 

it messur of money 
valu vary Bcuz depen whthr Jew, Greek, Roman 
refr 2dif bi] its i -v >oaes 

it 2 - ^talents: 7,1 3 had 1 

er nuthin abnorml bout ilus Ecuz evrl no poses 
,me abiltys in same amt 

'her tiioa cando many dif jobs & do we 1; ther thoz 
mly do few jobs * do wel;ther thoz ljob 8 do wel 
T t no ref lectin ther specif abiltys, but with ea 
Is talents/abiltys,ther shudB acctbilty 
E very blunt bout it=G expec return on Kia invests 
Rol serv in ".crip alway bin describ 1 of actbilty 
?3 123:2=REJU3 

Ps say serv Iks 2mastr 4wat he receiv food.lodsr etc 
3ut serv mus 1st do wat roastr requir of him B4 can 
:eceiv mercy of raastr 

t. 24:4S= r ?E'D G expec His sens 2B faithfl £ in so 
do return prof on investment so 2 spefck 
at Js say this parbl=evn w/ltalent ,labilty that 
ersn worth sumthin Pmastr 

Baly mattr is if ltalent persn do wat can 
Naturly ^talent expec do mor, 5 shud do mor 
Byt wat of littl guyl 1 /with limit abiltys? 
Is he ad litl can do 2that ea one hav same abiJ 
I so, ther nuthin 4=ltalent peran 2B asha:ied of 

Ilus dime Fen--- ^.ve her) 



iiamr as itaient muitpiy many t: 

& so as Ik thi:- L, ' difcomf ortin 

J . at flvs ; 

G realiz fron His investment i: : 
our anaers brinr us Pt'ie actul which shown 4th 
p™s frequently 

ilo in parbl no tad man, he jus no do as shud hav 
va 27= Js pt out very least cud hav dun 
wen Js talk exchangrs ,refr 2banks 8 ther were ^uch 
they tak money lik 2day, riv intrest on it 
If ltalent man no want 2<5o as othrs,cud hav tak 2 
bank i receiv intres 2giv 2mastr as return 
But wat did B&atr got •■.'en nuestin man=- 
Insted return on inves,he f;iv mastr excuses 
r,o=How Duz Th TJxpected ""unare ;ith The Ictul?"' 
It duznt 
The Expected is a pud return on th investment 
But the \ctual is excuses and no return 
(Ilus of electin '.thens S ?nen) 
G wants results, not excuses 

(Ilus Lincoln's choic of Grant as General, & atitude) 
He had no time to waste , he had a war to win 
Reaulta la tl e name of the game & this is wat G 
wants from His servants . 
Vss 21 & 23=thez pt out wat G duz 4 faithfl servs 

lie rivr. awards 2thoz who sho actbilty w/abiltys 
(Ilus Hapolean i'.ill ... jok on boss=work hard, etc) 
This wat Js cal=Go 2nd mile 
,e R 2tak job- G p-.ivs us ?.-, sriv Him bak a return 
on His invests rv 
" need 2remem He wil giv awards 4wat we do 4 Him 
{nl has eed=Tl dont ret much 4workinr: 4 God ±B 
njre on erth,but the retirment benefits R out of 
this world. 
And so they are ! 
G expects a return on the investment He has entrust 
ed 2 us, 

is He actually getting? 



"How Does The Expected Tauare With the Actual?" 
Scripture: Matthew 25:14—30 

(Illustration of Tom Kirkpatrick gains; to work as a missionary) 

Tom Kirkpatrick had worked for the Allison plant of G-enral Motors for over 
20 years. In 1965 he decided that he and his wife were called of God to be 
missionaries to Ethiopia. They were just common people. He was an elder in 
their local church and she was one of the leaders of the women's work. 
Tom was not theolopically educated, not a public speaker, no real abilities 
to be a missionary. His wife was equally unqualified. They were of very 
modest means and grandparents. But they volunteered for this missionary 
duty which was unrroven and untried. In their jobs in Ethiopia they did all 
sorts of unglsmorous chores to keep the missionaries serving there on the job 
full time by takin- away from them the menial tasks which would have delayed 
their work. In 1977 the communists overran Ethiopia and they had to leave the 
country. Tom and his wife had to return to the United r tates where they, 
could have settled down for a deserved vacation. But they were determined to 
go to another field of work and so they went to Tenya, Africa. While there, 
Tom contracted a rare disease which was incurable. He stayed there and worked 
as long as he possibly could qnd then returned home to die. Tome died in 
1982, but when he did, he was mourned on two continents. 

Here was a iran of limited abilities, wh oleft a secure position with General 
i otors who heeded the call of Christ. 

Surely the lord would say of someone like him, "'.'ell done, thou ~cod and faitl 
Jul servant: thou hast been faithful over a few thinrs, I will make thee 
ruler over many things : enter thou into the joy of thy lord." 

Tom Kirkpatrick is a vivid example of the parable given by Jesus in this 25th 
chvpter of Matthew. ds we look at this parable we can always pick out the 
participants, or the people it was intended for. Jesus may have been speak- 
ing of the people or the nation of Israel who had failed miserably in taking 
care of the thin~s "od had entrusted to them, ^he disciples were probably 
thinkin" that Jesus was marine - reference to them conecrning what they should 
be doing since He always pointed out their duties. ^ u t when we read or hear 
this parable we must forget about the nation of Israel, about the disciples 
and their problems of livin^ the Christian life and we must know and believe 
the story is for us. It ±* for us collectively and individually. It tells 
us two things!" One is what Sod expectes , and the other is what is the Actual 
result hxx of that expectation. 

As we look at this parable we see a Master and three of his servants. The 
Master can be likened unto God. God is not ±m bodily on the seene in and so 
He must entrust the running of His business to those employed by Him. So 
Jesus tells that the Master, God, gives to three employees the talents they 
are capable of handling. :\'e should also point out that a talent as Jesus was 
t' Iking about it was a measure of money. The actual value is unknown because 
it varied first if it was silver or p-old and then vdiether it was Jewish, Homai 
or Greek valuation. Jesus is really referring to different abilities which 
each servant possessed. One had abilities which amounted to five talents, 

one had abilities which amounted to three talents, and one had abilties which 
amounted to one talent. > 



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There is nothing- abnormal about this illustration because not everyone poss- 
esses the same abilities in the same amount. There are those who can do many 
different jobs and do them well} then there are some who can only do a few 
jobs, or one job and do it well. It is not a reflection on their specific 
abilities. But with each one's talents, or abilities, there should be 
accountability. To be very blunt about it, Sod expects a return on His in- 
vestment. §EixxK±Kx:h2arexHi5fa^xkBKiix^B±iritEnixBB±x±3!ix^EE±?!SMZ]Rxas The role of 
servants in .'eripture has always been descibed as iJEsax one of accountability. 

In Isalm 123:2, we read: "Behold, the eyese of servants look unto the hahd of 
their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so 
our eyes wait upon the lord our God until that He have mercy upon us." 

The Psalmist is saying that the servant looks to his master for what he is to 

receive in the way of food, lodging, etc. But the servant must first do what 

is required of him before he can receive the mercy of his master. nd in the 

4Sth verse of the 2* chapter preceedinr this one, chapter ?A , we read: ho 
then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his 
his household, to five themm meat indue season? "'lessee' is that servant 
whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing." 

God expects His servants to be faithful and in so doin~ they return a nrofit 

on His investment so to speak. 

hat Jesus was saying in this parable is that even the one talent, or the one 

"- ability person is worth something to the master. it really matters in all 

of this is if the one talented person is doinr- what he can. Naturally, the 

five talent man has that much more to work with and more is expected of him. 

But how about the little guy? The one with only limited abilties? T s he 

adding the little bit he can do and rive to that of each one who only has the 

me abilties? If so there is nothing forvthe one talent person to be ashamed 

of. 

(Illustration of Martha Berry and the clime Henry ?ord gave her) 

Martha Berry had 9 rescue mission p or boy I -iris ind she needed money. 

she approached Henry Bord and asked for ''1,000,000 for her work. He re- 
fused and instead, gave her a dime. But Martha Berry was not insulted and 
she put the dime to work. She ksmitk'tx&xftaKXBixTDHaEiaiK had. ^iven up her home 
in [Jeorgia to take in every possible boy and girl who needed help. She needed 
more room, but there were no funds. r o she tool: the dime and bought a bag of 
peanuts and she put the boys to work pLanting then. The f irs ~ crop 

1, .0 she ordered that every nut was to be planted. The next crop was big 
enough to divide, half to sell, and half to replant, "he half to be' sold w 
placed in bags and sold at a nearby crossroad. T v us began her peanut business 
and each year she mad an accounting of all sales until at last she could 
• /rite to , ember that dime you rr ave me? f s ll, sir, I invested 

it in peanuts and it has finally earned enough ^0 buy a piano for our music 
students. Hov 's that for iividends?" Hen: td he invite 

her to Detroit, ■■■ ; '"inner, and r-ave her the million dollars she 

had asked for years earlier. And in following ir further 

millions . 



-•- . ?r one talent nd i 3 ■ ' 

And 30 as we look at this parable we must axki ask the discomforting question 
of ourselves, "What has God realized from His investment in us?" Has there 
been any return at all? Will there ever be? 

Our answers bring us to the actual which is shown forth most frequently. 
The fellow in the parable was not a bad man, but be just didn't do as he 
should have. The answer Jesus gives which the Master gave in verse 27 points 
out the very least he con ted hase done. When Jesus sx±x talked about the ex- 
changers, He was referring to banks. T,,ere were such institutions then and 
they paid interest on money loaned to them. If the one talent man felt he 
didn't want to work to give his master a return, he could have at least put 
it in a bank and it would have gained interest for the master. But do you 
see what the master got when he questioned the servant? Verses 24 and 25 
relate this, (read them). Instead of a return on the investment he rave his 
master excuses. c 'o " t "o t ,-. t Toe: . - pected Square With The .ctual?" , it 
doesn't. TKe expected is a good return m the investment, but the actual is 
excuses and no return. 

(Illustration of an election in Athens "reece) 

In Athenian style each man had to ppeak before an assembly to tell of his 
qualifications before he could be elected. Two. men sought a public job, One 
was a gifted speaker but the other was not. I, e "if ted one told in eloquent 
terms of his qualifications and then what he felt he would do for them and re- 
lated how pnoud all of them would be with the finished results. The other mar 
^ust stood up and said, "All that Mr. blank has said, I will do." And he 
was elected. The people wanted results and not flowery words . 

God wants results, not excuses. 

(Illustration of Jincoln's ch ice of Grant to lead Union forces) 

Ibraham Lincoln led a fruitless earch for a man to lead the Union A"nry who 
could win the war. Finally he came across a man who had been winning battles 
of the western front. He summoned him to Washington and made General G r ant 
that man. But Grant was not liked by the press because he refused to give 
them Rood copy. His success is summed up in what he said to someone who told 
him he should give the press what it wanted. They wanted him to tell how he 
was going to maneuver around Vicksburg. Grant crumbled, "T-uis life is too 
brief to be frittered away with explanations." 

He had no time to waste. He had a war to win. Results is the name of the 

game and this is what God wants from His servants. 

What God does for faithful servants is pointed out in the 21st and 23rd 

verses, (read there). He "Ives rewards to those who show accountibility with 

their abilities. 

(Illustration of Uapolean Hill and book, "How To Sell Your Way Through Tife) 
Mr. Hill says to play a good joke on your boss. He challenges them to ret 
io work earlier, and work later than expected. They should handle the iiaxs 
bosses tools as if they were their own; work at bei^"" hind to fellow -em- 
ployees; volunteer for extra work that needs to be done. Then he says, 
they shouldn't be surprised "'hen they ?re offered the job of foreman or a 
partnership in the business. "This is the best part of the joke," he says. 



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This is what Jesus would call "going the pencil mile,") 

e to take the t jobs Cod gives us -?nd give "im back a return on T Ii§ in- 
vestment - And v;e need to remember that He will r 'ive us rewards for what we 
do for Him. Someone has said, "You don't get much for working for God in 
this world, but the retirement benefits are out of this owrld." Ind so they 
are. "od expects a return on the investment He has Entrusted to us. /hat 
is He actually netting?" 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor July 14, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Kelly Mangel , Acolyte 
+ ++ + ++++ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + ++ + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 10:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
*Hymn No. 336 "0 Worship the King" 
•Ascription 
•Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) "Dear Lord and Father of mankind, 
forgive our foolish ways. We have sinned against you 
and are not worthy to be called your children* We have 
forsaken your way and sought our own. We have strayed 
from the paths of righteousness and have sought the 
easy road. Qur lives are in turmoil because of our 
sin. But in our weakness we find our strength in you. 
In our despair we find peace in your love. Help us 
rather, and forgive us once again. In the name of 
your Son. Amen. 
•Kyrie 

•Assurance of Pardon 
•Praise: Pastor - BlesBed be the Lord God 

People - And blessed be His Glorious name 
forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No. 443 "I Need Thee Every Hour" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray, 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
•Doxology - page 382 
Anthem: There's Something About That Name" [organ/sax) 
Scripture: Matthew 25: 31-46 
Sermon: "The Surprise of Separation" 
•Closing Hymn No. 462 "Living for Jesus" 
•Benediction 
•Closing Chimes 
"Postlude 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

the Women's Fellowship in memory of loved ones, 
Mr. & Mrs, Dick Dally will greet the congregation at the 

door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Dutch Bolam, Alta Kradel, Lais 

Stokes, and Marilyn Snyder. 
Nursery for today will be provided by Nrs. Sue Gamble. 
Sandy Sheppeck and Mid Diefenderfer will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 96 with 7 visitors. 

THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

Special Council meeting will be held on July 22 at 7:00 P.M. 
Finance Committee meeting is coming up July 23 at 7:00 P.M. 
We have one damaged Concordance left in the office. If you 
missed out on getting one and would like one, we can order 
more. Please respond in the office, 

^HOSPITALIZED: ^Raym ond Mi Her ^ Helen Crouse, Carol Noel 
all are lTT BMH . 

We are in need of people to sign up for the flowers for 
the remaining empty weeks of July and August. Please 
take some time and sign up now. 

' •' I r am ] lay ii : oo ul . froa 

l.illex 

v 1 at ion tomorrow -A 



j 'Congregation Standing 



Cmnunity Bible Ohureh - SafMmore, Pa. - A"*™* 17, «** 

Or«tl*|w/JcryaAim<ranc«ientB/Pr»Ter Bequeata 



Call to Worship: 

SING UNTO THE LORD, TE SAINTS OF HIS, 
AND GIVE THANKS AT THE REMEMBRANCE OF HIS HOLINESS 
FOR HIS ANGER ENDURETH BUT A MOMENT: 
IN HIS FAVOR IS LIFE: „„„™ 

WEEPING MAT ENDURE FOR A NIGHT, BUT JOT COMETH 
IN THE MOWING, FSALH JO;k-5 
■Hymn 

Offering/Prayer 
*Dojralo(ry 
Pastoral Prayer 
Hyain ., 

Scripture; Matthe* 85t»^6 
Sermon: "The Surprise of Separation" 



St. Paul' 



Sutler 



•Hyim 

•Benediction 

•Fostlude 






Scripture: Matthe* 25:^l- l, 6 

Sermon: "The Surprise of Separation" 

(Tins Eddy 8- *<rlimes of his mothrj 
CH WAIT k ■ASOOSIa/rAPTURE OF TH/CH 

/ 2>i ;5-V«Ja prow 
chaps 2*-25 eirpl end times 
our SCRIP TEL US JS EXPL 2nd CUM 2BRTH 
»S 31»TIMTABL OF G 

WE LIV CH/AGE, AGE GENTILS 
TIHTABL: P SE7 TRUMP END S- BOWS RISE FB/GRAVS "SET JS IHAI 
TRI3 OF 7TR/AFTR JS CUM 
tPRES UNRES.TERISM.FIRES.FLUDS.ERTHQUAKS.VARS -LEAD 2nd 

CUM OF JS) 
AFTR 7TR JS RETURN t, BATTL ARHGEDON % THIS VS 31B 
HERE JS TALK BOUT SELF 
VSS J2-5T. NATINS/GENTILS THOZ LIV THHU/BIN IN MIB t, EITHR 
ACCPT/REJEC HIM DURING THIS PERIOD 
SHETP R SAVE, GOATS R UNSAVD 
¥SS Ji,-36. CRITERION 'tSEPRATIN 
VSS }7-39» MMXMK QUESTTO OF BLIEVHS 
VSS %0« J* ANSR 
VSS tt-*S« KOTUXBRTMIM 
VSVi»OTHRS ASK 
VSS 45-Jto. JS ANSRS 
WAT WAS REACTIN OF BOTH GRPS'!?? 
(ILUE CHINESS WORKR t, SPLISE) 

THIS NO TIM 2DAYDREAH V WISH FOR THAT DAT TO CUM 

WAT DUK Q WANT US 2DO WHIL WAIT FOR DAT???"! 
(ILUS MARTIN OF TOURS > 
THIS WAT G WANT/RXPEC FR/FOLLOWRS 

WAT CAUS TOO MAN PRAT: 
GOD I PRAT THEE, LITE THEZ IDL STIKS OF HI LIF t, MAT I BURN 

CONSUM HT LIF.MT GOD.4IT IS THIN. I SEEK NOT A LNO LIF, BUT 
A FUL ONE.LTK U LORD JS - JIM ELLIOTT 1W aenoir coleg 
at 29 fcil hedhuntrs Equador n/K othrB 

HE WAS CALLED OF G ft SO SHUD EVRONE WHO NAM NAM OF JS 
1ST+LIF MOR THAN EAT/SLEEP/HAV JOB 

LK TH07, NO KNO XP ft ENDLES SERCH FOR MEANING 
2ND.TH0Z REALT CALLD.PREACHRS/OTHRS 

CP-WOMN MINSTRT » CAROL IN SEM.NOW NUN 
3RD-LIK JER *& 20:9 
(ILUS THER CAM A MAN - JN WESLEY) 
THIS WAT JS SAT IN PHABL 
NO MATTR WHER LIV, WHO WE R, TITER PEO NEED FEH/CL0THS,2B LUVD 
^ WE IX) THEZ NAM OF JS.BCUZ WE CALLD 



e "I'"'tinn" 
'crip: K t. 25:?1^46 
' ^Illu^ I "nes of his nothr) 

!:uoh 1 ' , 4return o 

:Ouon c?l 
r jprom wud return, out mor import epl Misc who 93k 
Kt e?4:3-4*Discips ask "bout end times 

rtarbls wis/fool V3r~/talents 
part of this expl 

- pictur ?nd cum of Xp,so now we read 
words of >rn cum bak 2erth '4— 2nd t 

1 in lsens,hut parbl in nothr 
tel ir story form 

va 51«] er£ ! as fnd 

at time Q kno Ja apear cloud !j wil :' , out 

all liv Blievr which makup 6 

T liv wat eal-Ch a-e,or ace Gentila 

W 'translatin all T-'lievr: 
hvn 23 w/Lord 
I tel=trump wil snc 1 L] n in vi 

air 2 l-ii liv saints wilB tranlt 

bodly fro' ivn 

Colo this acord wrip Grt 'rib wil tak plae 

il Tyr period turmoil ,strif such as nevr C B4 
11 present unrest .terisra, fire- , floods ,erthmjaks , 
wars, etc H lead up2 time -il tak !Tis own fron 

vtii B4 teribl time riv 
after 7yr Xp wil return 2erth at which tine Battl of 

1 1 & thoz in avi 

w/Him wil fite & win that battl 
T-^en Js wil set up His kingdm on erth & this wat 
mean by "Sit on thron His Glory" 
This isnt S talk bout, it Js Himself 
vss 32-53= All natins wilB thoz Gentils who bin left 
on erth during Trib & hav surviv 
Separatin wilB thez acpt Him as I Si Bav durin perdt 
& thoz rejec TH™=. r jheep='."aved;Cjoats^uiisaved 
Criteria 4sepratin fnd in vss 34-36 

But statment by Js wilB met w/surpris Sc say=37-39 
& Jb wil anaer-vs 40 
&. alonr w/surpris wil? othrs Si ther sep-vss 41-43 
They wil ask=vs 44 
Js wil answer=vss 45^46 & perhaps cud lik»n to-« 
(Ilus of coal mine owner & 7hinep Ban* 
Wat Js tel this incident wilE 'epaatin of urr 
I thin;-, rrt 2B atl read/lern wat S wil do in futur 
But lead us 2daydream & wish 44a- 2c»i 

Inate^.I Biiev ' want us awak/alert 2own ' T 

cur of Jeai . lik 
2use it 2pt nothr directin 



win oats-with G or sp, rate flrom 

I we eithx ■ unsaved ,hav acpt or reject 

crip "• word in 32nd vacations 
" wid lik 

•• in wh/we liv 
o.jus wat impllcatin of pasag 4us : 
.at duz lord expect of us? 
(Ilus Kartin of "ours) 

wat I expec fr folors rerard who R.wher u, 
whomevr nitee minister ,,„„,, 

But is this teyp actin in keep chaxactr 4anyl. 
& wat wud caus a man 2aay- ( Ilns Jim Eliot prayer) 
yn- man,, . ,ior colep *? pray prsyr 6 at are 

29 kil Dv saTOfs Ecuador he & 4othrs try lead 
J/at ud"caus man ?*iv lif 4such caus=He cal by G 
spk cal of -..think preachrs o.ly.expec of t hem 
But evry Tpian.no matter who he/she KOffiTB cal of G 

tfBTZ 3cuz fear deth.keep busy - no think bout I 
li bS bultin lunch time-Alfred KruTjP.no kno P ■ -, 

o hav millins.no cope w/thot detb=^n 1 *tta> 
no fear deth.Bcua wen cum.nex face seen wilB JB 
P n it m^tivatin ?liv 4 G constut cal=burdn 2do 4 Hl« 

» = intens desir=U hav 2do it,h hav 2serv 
• fe preacSrs^o cal by V=- =i« ^ b e tc ; examp 

» in ^ ^ a s-l li£°no woman is cal Spreaci 

- 'P^acnr^v^l^-nen shudB in Job not ^ pay 
best or rranrfathr did, or mos benefits-but n.cuz we 
got ,'do that dob Bcuz it dun 4 lod & in th.t job 

?S i^hafthlr is absolute nothin . 
^h Jo e^ccep 1ob U H do now lik Jer proph-20:9= 
inroslb fje? do anvthin els hut spk name of lord 

we' ' i' ;ri W 

(Ilus Ther care a m»n-. Joan sla .O . 

the lif 6 testmony of 1 man ^ad chan^ ^ t no 

mattr wher liv; who we 8,U 

. -loth. need !B weli — .. 



ther peop need 2B fed, cloth, comf ,welcum, need 2B luv 
& we do thez things in name Js Xp Bcuz we call by 
Mm to do so 



he r 'urprise Of "epsn^inn" 

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46 

(Illustration of Eddie and his forgiveness of his mother) 

Eddie was six years old and his mother who was a very confused young woman, 
left him at an orphanage. He stood on the steps of the building and watched 
as his mother tearfully cod -bye through the rear window of the taxi. 
Suddenly sensing the rejection and with anger swellinr up within him, he 
wrestled free from the grasp of the woman holding him by the arm, and he ran 
after the cab shouting a 4 : the top of his lungs, "Mommy, I hate you, and I'll 
never forgive you. 

Eddie didn't see his mother asrain for years. But Sddie was one of those few 
rkable people who could ro through life overcomin " the obstacles in his 
, like waltzing over and arounl stumbling blocks en the dancefloor of life, 
he became a professional ice skater at an early e e . later he became a. 
and had his own business. But after several years he '"el 4 - in inner compulsion 
to do something in life to really help other-. e fe] 11 to the mini 

nd went to . it before he was ordained he did so ich 
feliov iel 1 Lr rreatest lesson in the preparation for 

ministry. One afternoon he p icked up the telephone and called his mother 

: . hen his mother inswered he said, "bom, thir is Eddie, and I 
called to say that I love you, and I forgive you." After a Ion,-' sob' : 
telephone discussion between them, the Ion-; chase was ended. Bor fc jars 

lie had been chasinr that taxi in his mind. Put now it was over, the lo 
wait-. inded. 

The Church has been waiting for almosl -ears for the return of Christ, 

for what is called, "The Farousia" as it is interpreted from Scripture, or 

Tesus promised ch 

return, but more importantly He had explained this to His disciples after *x 

they had asked Him about it. In the 24th chapter verses 3 and 4 tell us, 

(read these), "~o then Jesus explained this to them in the 24th chapter and 

in the 25th chapter as well. tf fi shared together the parable of the wise and 

foolish virgins and the parable of the giving of talents. These both p-ive 

us pictures of the 3econd Coming of Jesus. 3o now we are reading the words 

of Jesus concerning His coming back to earth for the '"-'econd time. 

xJaxnaxfeEidiiax Tbis is not an actual parable in the sense of relating something 

which is wrapped up in story form. But it is a parable in the sense that it 

tells of Christ's second coming in sort of story form. 

Jesus begins by sayin , :r "hen the : 'on of man shall come in His glory, and all 
the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His lor-." 

25:31. 

Perhaps we should relate the timetable of God as found in Scripture, up to 
this point. At a time which only God knwws , Jesus will appear in the clouds 
and will rapture, or take out of this world all living believers t^hich make 
up nis Church. You and I are living in what is called "The 0, urch ' .;;.e , " or 
the "Age of the "Entiles," \.is "^-e" will come to an enrl with the transla- 
tion of all believer" to heaven to be with the Lord, \t that time faul tells 
us, the trumpet of Cod will sound and those '-'ho were believers and who have 
died, their bodies will miraculously be raised out of the ^raves and will 
be taken in the air to be Joined with their souls in heaven and then the 



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living saints will be translated bodily from earth to heaven. Following this 
according to "cripture , the 'hreat Tribulation will take place, "his will be 
■•w. a period of 7 years of turmdol and strife on earth such as there has never 
been before. Ml of the present unrest, the terrorism, fires, floods, earth- 
quakes, wars and so on are leadinp- us to that tine when Christ will take His 
own from this earth before that Terrifele time arrives. After the 7 years, 
Christ will return to earth at which time the Battle of tanageddon will be 
fought and Jesus Christ wiijt with all of His angels and those in heaven with 
Him will fight and win that battle. Then Jesus will set up His kingdom upon 
earth. T, is is what He means by His sitting on the "throne of "i< -lory." 
This isn't Sod He is talking about, but Himself. 

Then He says, " ind before Mm shall be gathered all nations: and He sha.l 
separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from his 
goats." 2fxS "And He shall set the sheet* on His right hand, but the goats 
on His left." 25:32-33. 

The "All nations" before Him, will be those KkExkaxu Gentiles who have been 

living . . , . 

saiEifc^xcHKBxtBx^tosizt , during the tribulation period* 3n & have survived it. 

The separation will be to Mace those who have accepted Him as lord and Savioi 

during this period, from those who have rejected Him. The sheep are the 

saved, and the goat* are the unsaved. 

The criteria for separation is given in verses 34-36, (read these). But this 

statement by Jesus will be met with "surprise" and they will say, (verses 37 

through 39, read these). And Jesus will answer, (verse 40, read this). 

alon^ with this surprise will be the others and their separation as we 

read in verses 41-43, (read these . ,.e- in turn will ask, verse 44, (read). 

And He shall answer, verses 45-46, (read these). Perhaps we could liken the 

acceptance of what Jesuf will do with the incident which took Mace after - 

man took over the ownership of a coal mine: 

man bought a -mall coal mine txxTD and hired three men to work it for 
He told one man to dig the coal, another man to put it in a wheelbarrow and 
wheel it outside, and the third man who was Chinese he put in charge of 
supplies. then he left. ometime later he came 3d found the one man 
shoveling coal into the wheelbarrow, and ±tes± the other man wheeling it ou - 

. in £ as ked 

re he was and the men informer' him that he went down into the i 
returned. b aeemed odd to him so he went in search of the Chinaman. 
He went a ways into the mine and. came to a turn and as he turned the corner, 
the Chinaman jumped out and yelled, "~pplize." 

fell, what Jesus was tellir is incident was bhat when the separation 

took place between the believe- unbelievers it would be a separation of 

"i urprise . " 

it 1 Le to reac! 

do sometime in the future. But the problem with this is that it may tend to 

lead us to while away our time in daydreaming and wishing for that day to 

come. But instead, I believe God wants us awake and alert to our own time 



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our own age. Now although, we must understand that this Scripture is speaking 

about the Second Cominc- of Christ, I would like to use it to point us in a 

certain direction. As we said once before, the word "Nations" as found in the 

32nd verse applies to a people collectively. The Greek word is "Ethne " xnvt 

and is used of Gentiles , or non-Jews. But it can also be used for individual 

Gentiles, individual people. I ould like us to use it tss in reference to 

the present day and age in which we live. Tow if we do so, just what ±a the 

implications in this passage for us? What does our : ord expect of us? 

(Illustration of Martin of Tours) 

an rho is called the patron saint of Trance, r t. Martin of ours was a 
Roman soldier before he beca' e a monk and b bishop, while a soldier he 
became a Christian. One cold winter cay he was stopped by a be gar askj 
for alms. Martin saw that the beggar was shivering and freez. E ^m the 
cold. "~e didn't have any money, r o he took of his soldier's cloak, "ore it 
in two ave the beggar one naif, rhat night he had a dream. In that 
dre ~ he saw heaven, and the anrels and Jesus among them; and Jesus was wear- 
in half of a Roman soldier's cloak. One of the angels asked, "-■■aster, why 
are you wearing that battered old cloak?" Sn ~esus answered, "My servant 
Martin rave it to me." 

This is what the Laid expects from His followers, regardless of who they are, 

where they are, and to whomever they must minister. But is this type of 

action in keeping with the character of anyone? 2KX±±xnEXffixlx:fBzx;8XLXE:EKx:fcnx 

What would cause a man to say, "God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of 
my life and may I burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. 
I seek not a long life but a full one, ] ike You, Lord Jesus." ?' 

young man named Jim Elliott prayed that in 194-9 as a ~enicr in college and 

in just a few years at the aye of 29 was killed by the savages in Ecudor he 

and four others were seeking to lead to Christ. -hat would cause a man to 

give his life for such a cause? Re was called of r od. Now when we speak of 

a person being called we almost always think of pastors or preachers. This is 

Christian , ,, . . 

expected of them. But every jssxsai, no matter who he or she is should be, 

must be called of Cod in order to live for God. r 'o what constitutes ahat 
call? It is three very definite things. 

First, it is the realization that this life is more than just eating and sleej 
ing and holding down a job in order to retire. It is the realization that be- 
yond this life there is an eternity awaiting us. \nd in that eternity we wil] 
either live with God, or live separated from God, ' nd our acceptance of 
CTrist plaves us in the croup who will spend eternity with God. But until 
God xh±±bh calls us from this life, there must be so^e "e wants us to do. 
T v at realization is the motive that constitutes the call from God. It is what 
gives life meaning and purpose. "u^ look at the lives of those who do not 
know Christ. These people are caught up in an endless pursuit of gainj 
things nad possessions, and endless round of fun and games, and why? Because 
they fear death and want to forpet that it wil] one day come. tead the back 
of your bulletin at lunch today for s vivid example of this. It tells of a 



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man who had millions, hut couldn't cope with the thought of death, JHY? 
Because he didn't know Christ. Inyone who knows Christ doesn'* fear death 
because when he dies, the next person he will meet will be Jesus and that 
takes the fear out of de d - . Jut it is the motivation to live for 
Kim which constitutes the call of Tod and it is the desire to do something foi 
God. That's the first part of r od's call. It is a burden, like t 
^KEsnoitx heavy stone around. & burden to do something: to show love for Cod. 
second, it is the intense desire th I -e to do it, ^o-u have to serve. 

said that preachers are expec lied" of ^od. Put the truth of 

the matter is that there mdreds, orha-ps thousands of pulpits in 
our nation being manned by minister are not c^llel of Cod. P v ey are in 
the Job because it appealed to them as a y to earn a living or some 
other reason. Cany of these pulpits are bein^ filled by women who should be 
doin something else, last year, one third of the students r ster, 
one of our seminaries, were women. T v ey are there because of en's ri 

lib, i\ re3m But they 

are not there because of the call of God. When I was in seminary, there were 
several women in my class. One of them, a girl named Carol was sent out on 
preaching assignments each week. Each week the seminary would receive a call 
telling them to never send her back. Che was caught up in the activist move- 
ment and this is what she was preaching- and the congregations wanted to hear 
the Jord of God. Che was a fery mixed up youn^ lady and the ministry was the 
means she saw as being fulfilled in life. rh e has since become a Roman Cath- 
olic nun and whether she has found her niche is known only to Cod. But every 
preacher, every layman, should be in the position where they are because Cod 
has called them there. \f shouldn't be in our jobs because it pays the most 
money, or has the most benefits, or our grandfather and fa her worked there. 
Instead, we be in that job because we've go1 to io I i jot, \nd in 
yhs re -e the opportunity to show others Jesus Christ. 

_hird, the call of '-od is that there is absolutely nothing else you can do 
except that job you are doinr. Jeremiah the prophet said that he wanted to 

keep quiet about God, but he couldn't. He said, "Then I said, I will not make 
mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name. ore '-/as in xx mine 

heart aw a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forebearinj 
I could not stay." Ter . 20:9 

It was impossible for Jeremaih to do anything else but speak in the name of 
the lord. Martin Luther stood before the members of the Diet of ..'orms and 
declared, "I can do no else, so help me God." This is the call that each of 
should have that wherever we are, wherever we work, wherever we live, we can- 
not do anythin- else but live for Cod =>.s He directs. Our lives should be an 
influence and make a difference because we have lived and labored in a certaii 
place . 



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(I] lustration of "T, ere came a man ", John .Vesley) 

n Jnrlishman named Augustine Eirrell tells of traveleing through what was 
a wild, and wooly part of -n~land. The people there had a reputation for 
being hard drinking, hard living, bellirerant individuals, But when he 
visited that area he found them to be very subdued, kind, hospitable. 
In a conversation with a local miner he asked how this chanre had taken 
place. The miner tipping his hat very solemnly as a token of respect said, 
"TT,ere came a man amongst us once, and his name was John V. ; esley." 

The life and tesitmony of one man bed changed an entire community. This is 

exactly what Jesus was saying in this parable, Tie was pointing out that no 

matter where we live; no matter who we ^re; if we belon~ to the Lord, there 

are people that need fed and clothed, need to be welcomed, need to be loved. 

And we do these things in the name of Jesus Christ because we are "Called" 

by Him to do so. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Litik, Pastor July 21, 19B5 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Megan Hewis, Acolyte 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 10:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 

Announcements - Deacon Kevin Snyder 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
•Hymn No. 317 "Let's Juat Praise the Lard" 
■•Ascription 
•Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) " Our Father, we come knowing that 
we have fallen and failed in so many ways. Sometimes 
we have tried to hide from you, from one another, and 
even from ourselves. There have been times when we 
have drawn back from the right because it was a 
difficult, crucifying experience. Father we seek 
strength to overcome our weakness, our sin, and our 
doubt of your help. Forgive us, and make us whole, for 
we pray in Jesus' name. Amen. 
•Kyrie 

•■Assurance of Pardon 
•Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And blessed be His Glorious name 
forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No. 457 "Take Time to Be Holy" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray . 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
•Doxology - page 332 
Scripture; Luke 12: 13-21 
Sermon: "Soul Food" 
•Closing Hymn No. 127 "Beyond the Sunset" 
•Benediction 
•Closing Chimes 
•Postlude 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Phyllis Tait * Beth in loving memory of Bob Tait. 
Mr. t Mrs. Coyle Fowler will greet the congregation at the 

door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Rob Vinroe, Robert Dellen, Randy 

Dellen, and Kevin Snyder, 
Nursery for today will be provided by Mrs. Sue Gamble. 
Carl Vinroe and Art Carney will be visiting the Hospital 

this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 83 with 10 visitors. 
MONDAY - Special council meeting at 7:00 P.M. 
TUESDAY - Finance Committee meeting at 7:00 P.M. 
THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

life are still in need of flowers for July 28, some weeks in 
August and into September. If you have a loved one you 
would like to remember, this is a great way of doing it. 
Take some time and sign up now in the Narthex or call 
Ginny. 

HOSPITALIZED: Lloyd French and Carol Noel - BMH. 



•Congregation Standing 



Community Bible church - Sagamore, pa. - Aujrust 23, 199? 

Prelude 

rsreetinps/joys/Announce-ents/Prayer Feqyeeta 



K)R THE LOUD 



Call to Worship: 

love the lord, all ye his saints: 
preserve™ the faithful, 
and plentifully 1eqhdeth the proud doer. 

be of good courage, and he shull strengthen tour heart, 

all te that hope in toe lord. 

PSALM 31:23-2* 

"Hymn 
Offering/Prayer 

• Doxolojry 
Pstoral Prayer 
Hyim 

Scripture: Luke 12: 13-81 

Sermon: *«■*« Soul Pood" St. Paul's Butler 7/21/85 

* Hymn 

•Benediction 
•Postlude 



Sermon: "Soul Food" Scripture: Lk 12:13-21 

JS CUM FR/DINHR V/PHAH ft SPK LRQ CROWD WH/BGAN FCL WEN LET HODS 
LK TEL CROWD SO CRT BGAN TRAMPL ONE NOTHR 
HIS TEACH WAS 2BISCIPS,BUT CTHRS NO EXCLtJD FR/TEACH 
VS 13-NO UNUSUL PEO ASK RABBI'S QUEST ALL TIM 
ft "*-JS NO WANT PART OF THIS 

iT.T KNO MAN SEEK.CUDB LEGIT, CUD HAV COVET BCUZ JS SAT.VS 15A 
'iTOM-FLURL t, KNO JS SPK THIS MAN,DI£CIPS,«- MOB RND HIM 
VS 15B-JS TEL FAHIL PARBL OF FARMR 
VS3 16-19-EXPL PARBL 

(ILUS JN HEED & DRUNK DRIV.ICIL BABY) 

JN REED HAD SOT 2HAV AIL LIF HAD 20FFR,ALL THINGS OF WORL 
BUT IN SO DO DISCOVR COST HIS VEST SOUL 2DO t, BUT THTH 
VIVID HUB PARBL JE TOL 
APOCRYPHA BUK ECCLESIASTICUS WRIT JS BEN SIRACH-ll:l8-19 
A MAN GROWS RICH BT HIS SHAR.PNES % GRABING.t HERE IS TF/SEWARD 
H* - RECEIVE *IT:HE SATS, 'I HAV FND RES,!, NOW I CAN ENJOY NY GUDS 
BOT HE DUZ NCT KNO HOW LNG THIS WIL LASjHE WIL HAV 2LV HIS GUDS 
*OTHHS & DT. 

THIS WAT JS THY IMPAR i, 2GET DEEPR HUS LK WORDING HERE 
I HANS SOUL-PSUCHE OP PSYCHE - THIS ONLY ONE PAST HAKUP OF HAN 
I P SPKS.SOMA-BCDY: PSCCHE.SOUL: PNEUNA-SPIRIT 

PSUCHE-HIND,ENG WORD PSYCHIATRY-STUDY CF TH/KIND 
MAN IN STORY.FAHMR.SPK OF USE MIND ESUL hia llf 
saw V/MTNDS ET THAT WH/GUD 5- DESIR IT „ _ _ ,„„„ .__ , ™, CT , 
WE C THlf ALWAT BIN CASE SINC EVE-SAW THAT WH/GUD *FUD I DESIR 
WE C wJGuF ET,*EY TELGRAP 2MIND & ACT ON IKAG 5: WE SIN 

1 SINiEP FR/O ,., 

VS 15-2WOSD %LTF IN GRK - BIOS-ENG BIOLGTiSOA-simpl word lit, 

^irsw"s™TILOF LIF -ZOA-NOT WAT CANB BCT/FED W/MATERTL (SUDS 
HAN INSTED HAV LIF, VERY SOUL TAKN FR/HIM 

VS 21-THEN JS ADD, BUT DUZNT NEED B THIS WAT BCUZ G ALWAY AT WORK 

TRY BRING PEO 2SELF 
(ILUS END SESUI. JN REED'S IIP) ^^ 

JS IN BUSSES OF HEAL ALL KINDS LIYS t, NOTHR EXAMPL HEAL POWR 
EVN LIF DRKES MOHEN CAN BRING IMT-CSIBL AWUT 
(ILUS UKIV STUD ASK KIDS BOUT JS) 

JS DUE UNEXFEC IT LET HIM.HE DUZNT WANT US LIV JUS 4THIS LIT 
KNO WE HAV NEEDS & KNO WAT DO BOUT THEM 
HE WANT US 1GIN LIV ".HIH & WIL TAK WORTS, CARES.t CHNG IN2 
PROBS ALL SOLVD BCUZ WANTS TO LUV US 
WANTS US 2KNO-VS 15A.READ 
t LIF SHUD CONSIS IN B RICH TWARD GOD 



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Lk 12:15-21 
Js cum dinr w/ err'-'" folo sftr It tiou 

30 ] , 

Je actul teach discips lif nattr.but othr no exclud 
'.o 1 thoz I ' ' n=va 13 

no unusul 

vh 14 
r incid,oi ] ■ I r fr 

itil man covet "ouz wat '" 15 

=plurl ' rent 2nen,discips , " all othrr 
Is r ' ,etc 

Then lie tel familr psxbl of farnser 
raan ] fil fr/las ~r 

. 
ed=ve 19 
(Ilus Jn Reed arest.b-by dyjlc nds etc) 

Jn Ret' 

' T ' ! t 
but In do so,discovr cost ve:;- soul 2buy " own them 

ivid ilus parll - 1 

be bk of Apocrypba-Eccle 11:1 -3 

en irach '' vs 

This wot Ja try impsj ■ ite mus lk word 

,en Jb , 

P spk Dody=rOKA:soul=^SUCHE;& spirit-FHEttMA 

the PSDCHE Sb mind,& perhaps grasp word-Psychiatry n 

get fr it=st-udy of human m nd 
man in story use mind 2rul lif=saw w/roind ey that 
wh was gud & desir it 
T(-'^ alway bin case fr Bpin time as evidenc Eve gardrt 
S.. saw tree was pud 4fud,s;ud 2eat,& she deBir it 

we C w/eyes , telegraph ?mind 8c we act & oft sin 
But wen Js spok=I.IFE no use phyaicl word 4it 
I.k vs 15B=A man's lif a word ther is=ZOS-(zoa) 

this import Ecus in Or Pword <Hif:BIOS fr wh=Eiolo<?y 

& this refr hiirhr forms of lif 
ZOE=simpl word 4lif=lif butrf ly,animl,anc-l,lif man, 
lif of G ... 

spk zoology & it study animl lif, very esenc of lif 
Js no refr body, alon=sp alon, soul/mind alon,He spk 
esentil of lif wh all thez combin 

Wen read fcrit>=etrn lif-this word used 
Js sav very esenc of wat mak man, that "LIFE in him 
cannot E hot w/material ^uds 5 Bcuz men in parbl set 
■■- of lif.insted of ]iv lif ?fu lest, his verj 

soul was takn fr him 
He sot food 4 body ■ "■ rv| ' ' ; ou] ?,■ Js ?sk que it 

vs 2 OB 



but duznt need 23 this way Beuz G alway try 2brinr 

peop 2 Himself 

(Ilus end result Jn Reed lif) 

|js is in busnes of heal all ki this jus nothi 

examp His heal powr 



in mid lifs drkes noser He can bring bout wat 



i., ^osibl any othr 
(Ilus univ stud ask childrn tout Js ) 
Js duz thing; that R unexpec if we let 
liV ^us K this lif 
:nos we hav needs St He knos wat 2do bout them 
But He no want us ''liv *+posesins,or mor B mor of fun 
- pleasur 

v thez needs & He wil bias them 
But He wants us 2Bpin liv 4- Bim,How,2day & He wil 
tak our worries, our cares, our concerns, p - He wil 
chan> them in2 prohs solv Bout He wants ?luv us 

He wants us 2kno=Read vs 15B & adapt 
A man's lif, his ZOE,hia esentil Being, wat maks him 
realy tik,consisteth not In the abundanc of fcne 
things which he possesseth, 
His lif consisteth not in fud 4- the body, but in 
foul : 'ood , 
in bein-r rich toward Ood . 



" .oul Food" 
Scripture: Luke 12:13f2J 

Jesus had come from dinner with a Pharisee and was speaking to a large err 
V which began to folic -fter He left bhe Pharisee's house. Luke tells us 

so re " oeople began to trample one another. His teaching 

was actually to Ris disciples about different matters, hut the other people 
were not exclude^ fr siching, \nd so it was that one of those listen- 

ers said to Him as we read in the 13th verse, "faster, speak to my brother, 
that he divide the inheritance with -^e . " 

It was not ar est, because people came to Rabbis all the tine 

asking thei to settle di-outes such as this. But Jesus didn't want to have 

any part in this and so He answers, "'"an, who made Me a judge or divider 
over you?" 

n have no elaboration on the circumstances of this incident, only that one 

man lat may have been coming to him fr r r ' : te. 

fvere is the possibility that "Vis man was coveting, or desiri' not 

rightfully his because of the next remai . ;h Jesus made. In the 15th verse 

we read, "And 'e said unto ther . " ince the word "them" is plural we know tfcs 

that Jesus was speaking to the man : ed the question, to the disciples 

He had been teaching, and to the mob which wan surround inc Him. i- message 

was for all of them and He 3aid, eware of covetousness : for 

a man's life consisteth not in the - assess- 

.'■ 

- " - i ■> rarae . had every- 

thing that he needed for himself. His barns were probably bursting from the 
last year's crops and the crops of this year were even goinc- to be greater. 
So he decided to make room for these crops by building bigger and better barns 

This he did and when he had accomplished all of this Jesus said of him, "And '. 
I will say of my soul, ''oul, thou hast much ?oods laid up for many years; 
take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry." 

(Illustration of John Reed, drunk driving killing a baby, and his life after) 
John Reed awakened dn Sunday "eptember 20, 1981 to discover he was in Kail 
in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. He vaguely remembered hitting two adults on 
bikes and a baby on the back of one bike, with his car. Then he heard two 
EEExis±k±Era;xi2rBicxtks voices comin~ from the office outside the cells. "That 
no rood, blankety, blank, Reed is really ^oin~ to get it for this," one said. 
The other replied, "They'll throw the book at him and he deserves it." 
K\He asked for a r unday paper and one of the other prisoners shoved a paper to 
XWhim from the next cell. He opened it to the front page and there it was: the 
Vy sto ry of a drunken driver who had hit two adults xmrifc£x±3tK±KX and a baby, on 
\ /toaE#*E4BS bicycles, The car had dragged the one bike with the baby still 
§>,( strapped in the child carrier 2300 feet. The father was in serious condition. 
v and the mother and baby were cri tical^ John had a 30,000 dollar a year job 
as a sales-account manager" with '.'/eyerhaue-er Company. He had a lovely home, 
a fife, a two-year old u iter, everything anyone could want. He ended up 
serving two years in $8t±i3c?nEK±BXJEK prison, losing his job and losing almost 
all of hi--- friends and aquaintances . 

Obhn Reed had sought to have all that life had to offer; to sample all of the 






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things ifeK of the world. Eut in doin^ so he discovered it had cost him his 
very soul to do them and buy them. This is a vivid illustration of the para- 
ble Jesus told. It is also interesting to note that in a book which is not 
included in the original canon o£ Scripture and is part of tks what is walled 
the Apocrypha, we find a writing similar to what Jesus said. The book is 
called "Ecclesiasticus" and was written by Jesus Ben ''irach, and is also 
known as the Wisdom of Jesus Ben irach. In this book, chapter 11:19-1? we 

read: "A man prows rich by his sharpness and grabbing, and here is the reward 
he receives for it: he says, 'I have found rest, and now I can enjoy my 
goods'; but he xtjbtxsnai: does not know how long this will last; he will have 
to leave his roods for others and die," 

This is what Jesus was trying to Impart and to ret a deeper insight into this 

we must look at some of the wording used here. hen Jesus talks of the man's 

soul Jesus uses the word "3 : or "FSYCEE." This is only one part of the 

three which makeup a human being, Paul speaks of body, " ana," soul) "Bsuche" 

and spirit "Pneuma," The Psuehe , or Psyche is the mind and perhpas you have 

grasped t jjlish word from it sychiatry, or the study of the mind. The 

man in the story, the farmer, sneaks of his tutwA "Isuche," or mind. He was 

Bind to rule his life. He saw with his mind's eye that which was 

good and he desired it. This has always been the case as we can see by look* 

ing at the illustration of Eve In the Garden, he " : aw" the fruit of the tree 

that it was good for food, or rood to eat an "red it. fe see with oui 

eye and our eye telegraphs that to the mind and we act upon that ima^e and we 

sins. And the sin separ: . " ~m God, 

But esus spoke of "life" he didn't use the physical word for it. He 

said, if we look at the latter verse, "A man's life," and the 

word there for life is "ZOE" = ( i-o-a), Ind this is important. In Creek, 

the two words for life. One is "BIOS" from which we get Biolc ich 

refer- aer form of life. The other ia "ZOE" and it is the simple 

word for life, any life. The life of a butterfl , an animal, angels, the 

life of man, the life of God, 'e speak d" Zoology which ia a 3tudy of animal 

life. It is bhe very essence of that life. Jesus was not referrinr to body 

alone, or of spirit alone, or of soul, or mind alone, He was speakinj of the 

essential of life which is all of these combined. hen we read in 'cripture 

of "eternal life" this is the word that is used. Jesus was saying that the 

very essence of what makes a man, that "life" in him cannot be Tad or 

rith material goods. And because the man in the parable sought only the 

"Things" of life, instead of living life to its fullest, his very soul 

I him, _.nA " ska the nuestion, "..hose shall tho-3e things be 
which thou hast provided?" 

It is left behind for others to have and to take and use. Jesus said, "So is 
he that layeth up treasure fo: slf, " is not rich - " J . " 



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But it doesn't need to be this way because God is always at work trying to 

brinp; all people to Himself. 

(Illustration of end result of John Redd's life) 

John Reed went to prison a broken and defeated man because of the harm he 
had done to himself, his family, and the certainly the family of the beby he 
killed. While in prison he came to Christ. This didn't dissolve his prob- 
lems, but it let him cope with them. He was released from prison he still 
faced a 36 million civil suit. He got a ,job as a car salesman. One night 
his wife picked him up after work and said they had to go to the local grocer; 
store where they shopped to get a prescription, John didn't care for this be- 
cause he wasn't in the mood ^o go up and down aisles shopping, -o he informet 
his wife he would see to it that they only went to the drug section and then 
left the store. It meant turning right when they en-ered the store and walk*: 
in-; right up to the drug counter. When they entered the store, he turned lef- 
instead of right and what he had done was to take them directly away the 

prescription counter. His wife was trailing behind and he heard her pay, 
Oh, John, look at this imraixxfczkyx beautiful baby!" id they 

were both admiring a beautiful little baby being carried papoose s ] by its 
mother. Then he heard both women ^asr- and he looked at the mother for the 
first time. It was the mother of the baby he had killed. Had he seen her 
before this, he would have ducked up one of the aisles to get away from her, 
but he couldn't do that how. But this woman reached out and took his hand 
and said, "Jphn, the lord has been working in my life. I've needed to see 
you and tell you that I've forgiven you." And there they were, all three of 
them holding an to each other and hugging and crying in the produce section of 
that store. John learned in a few days after that that the father had forgiv< 
hij, also. The civil suit came to trial, but was settled out of court before 
it ever got started . 

Jesus is in the business of healing all kinds of lives and this is just anothi 

example of His healing power. Even in the midst of life's darkest moments, 

He can bring about what is impossible in any other way. 

(Illustration of university student asking kids about Jesus) 

A universoty student was asking children about Jesus. Susan aged six said 
"" don't know if there is a Jesus, but I believe in Him anyway." "John, aged 
nine said, "There had to be a Jesus or it wouldn't make sense to have ..",'. 
and i..D." Rory, aged eight answered, "If I asked Jesus if He loved me, He 
probably wouldn't answer me. "e probably would just send me another kid to 
play with. He does things like that." 

Jesus does things that are unexpected if we let Him. T :e doesn't want us to 

live just for this life. He knows we have needs and" r -e knows what to do abou 

them. But "e doesn't want us to live fo] :■ s or possessions, or more and 

more of fun and pleasure. He knows we have those needs and He will bless 

them. But He wants us to be^in living for Him, now, today, and He will take 

our worries, our cares, our concerns and ~"e will change them into problems 

all solved because He wants to love us. 

He wants us to know, "A man's life, (his Zoe), his eseential bei t makes 

really tick, consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he 
possesseth, " 

but his life should consist in being rich toward God. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor July 28, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice» Minister of Music 
Doug Vensel, Acolyte 

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ORDER OF WORSHIP 10:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
•Hymn No- 337 "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty" 
♦Ascription 
"Exhortation 

♦Confession [In. Unison) "Father, too often we have been 
involved in a meaningless round of activities. All 
of this has kept us busy but has brought no satis=* 
faction. Forgive us for being self-centered, and 
grant ub new strength through a renewed return to 
your will for our lives. In Jesus' name we pray. 

Amen, .. , . 
*Kyrie 

"Assurance of Pardon. 
"Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People — And Blessed be His Glorious name 
forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No. 440 "The Lord's Prayer" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor — Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
•Doxology - page 382 
Scripture: Luke 18: 1-14 
Sermon: "Persistence Pays" 
♦Closing Hymn No. 623 "The Longer I Serve Him" 
•Benediction 
"Closing Chimes 
•Postlude 
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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mr. 4 Mrs. William Snyder and family in memory of loved 

ones. 
Mr. Don Kingsley will greet the congregation at the door 

this morning. 
Ushers for today are Richard Mangel* Don Kingaley, Ed 

Walker and Dick Dally. 
Nursery for today will be provided by Mrs. Gloria Walker- 
Mary Lou Davis and Marilyn Snyder will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 104 with 19 visitors. 
HOSPITALIZED: BMH - Carol Noel, Lloyd French, and George 

Mac Kinney. 

THURSDAY - Aerobics G-7 

FRIDAY - Butler Food Buying Club 

Marie Henry wishes to extend her thanks for the many 

cards and letters and prayers she received while she was 

hospitalized. 

\ /^ 

^> August ^J^thru September 1 we will be having guest speakers 

with us while the pastor is on vacation. If you have 
special prayer requests please write them down and give 
.them to the llturgist or the guest speaker to avoid 

> confusion on his part. 
Gtivities Committee is meeting August 4th right after 
church to finalize their plans for Ethnic Days. Hark 
your calendar and hope to see you then. 

We are in need for someone to sign up for flowers for the 
remaining weeks of September and some weeks in the rest 
of the year. Take some time and sign up now. 



'"•ersistenee Pays" - Scripture: T.uice 16:1-1% 

(Hub Pappy Reveal P, - Where's The Other NinetyT) 

world - Co-incidence 
Faith - it was Gall 

(Hub philips Brooks auote on prayer) 
Tarbla Js teach bout prayr 
ill Ik at 2nd parbl let, I 1st parol 2nd 
this Scrip fulfil of 1st wilB last,!, last let 
ts 9-try undrst motive Js this pt,mus start w/this vs 

THOS THUS IN SELVS.RFLIG LDRS -PHARS 
VS 10.2EXTREHS "PHAR-SU ED JEW BY LAS; PUB-EXCOM JCT 

EXPL GIF TWEEN TWO 
VSS 11-12.JS PT MAN NO PRAT 2 G.BITT TO SELF 
EXPL WHY: FASTS -JEW LAW ONLY ONE -DAY ATONE 
RELIG LDRS SET TOCE W!C - HON i TfflffiS - WHY? BCTIZ MKT DATS 
(WHITN FACES, DISHEVELED CLOTHS -"LK.THAT PHRA IS BASTING) 
(ILUS RABBI h HtS RIGHTEOUSNESS) 

VS 1J-PUB 1 PRATR, 

VS H-ATITTO OF PHAYH NEEDS B HUMILTT 

JS GIV EXAHPL THIS WEN SAY EXCSP BCtIM AS LITTL CHILDRN 
SIMPLICTY IN CHILDRN - SIMPL TRUST 
(ILUS PRAYHS OF CHILDRN) 

DDNT tl THINK G HUS SMIL/LAFF 2HAV SUCH HONESTY IN PRATHT 
THEY HAK G'S DAY.BCU?. SI HPL/DWRETENTUS - WANTS HUMILTT 

VS 1.GUD EIAMPL OF PHATR FOLOWS 

VSS 2- ! >-WAT ACTUL SAT-LEST SHE 01 V ME BLAK ETE-A THRET 2HIM 

VS 7-EXMPL OF MAN GIV HELP.WONT G DO LIKWI5T? 
YJB.TES HP WIL -BUT 3 NO WANT US BEG, BEG -JUS WANT US 2 AS It 
JS SED-UF. HVNI.Y F KNOWETH WAT U HAV NEED OF B«t ASK 

,CSET IN VS l.MEN OUGHT ALWAYS SPRAT Sr FAINT NOT 
OUGHT IS C0HF3SIN - HUS DO.ABUV ALL ELS 

FAINT KEANS.GTV UP 8- PEO DO BCUK THINK G OT2NT HEAR, OR LISTN 
(ILUS MR. CRIMP BEING PR ATP. FOR) 
ANOTHR COINCIDENCE?? U R WELCUM 2BLIEV SO IF U LIK, 

BUT I BLIEV TH/PEO AT GIDEON HKJRTRS WER PERSISTENT IN PRATR 

t> PERSISTENCE PATS 



Community Bible Church - Sagamore, Pa, August ?0, 1992 

TT^lude 

Greefcinfrs/jove/Announcements 
Anniversary Service Sept. 27 
Communion 1st Sunday of October - %t v 
Annual Business Meeting - last Sunday October - 25th 
Bob Dain - nejtt Sunday, 
' Boyd Smith Sept 1% % 20th in my absence 



Call To Worship: 

Rejoice in the Lord, for praise is comely for the upright - 
Sinfc unto Him a new son*. Tor the word of the Lord is rijrht 
"Hvftcd all of His works are done in truth - Pe ^?:1A,JA,* 

Offering/Prater 
•Doxolopy 

Pastoral Prayer 

Hymn 

Scripture: Luke l8:l-lk 

Sermon: "Persistence Pays" - St. Paul's Butler'7/28/85 



•Rrmn 

•Benediction 

•Postlude 



_ 



"lersisrence 
,- crip: Ik 18:1-14 
'(Ilus Pappy "teveal & 5100 dollars) 

haps such as f;his=coin,but 2thoa of faith 
sho lnce agio ' i "ius provid 'Si 

(Phil Brooke sed«<Ilus prayr) 
in 'parbls Scrip Js teach bout prayr 
: hink need Ik 2nd parbl lst,& 1st parbl 2nd, in thi 
way can C 1st propr atitud prayr, & examp persistence 
2underst motivs Js this pt need Ik 9th vo=HEAD 
Who wer thoz trust in themselvs? 
Jew relig ldrs comonly kno as Pharsees 
2 pt this 6ut,Js giv ilus bout 1 them»vs 10-READ 
Here 2 exferems=Fhar was supr Jew, as far law concern 
Pub was prob ex-comuncat Jew Bcuz tax-collect=explai 
Js had now ident the 2 prayr?; in tempi fi now tel 
how pray=vss 11-12" 
Js pt out Ihr no pray 2 Tod, but pray ?^elf 

He giv testmonial m r,od 
1st say no lik othr men ' pt fingr Pah as tho gilty 
then renin twic week Je* Law set ath only 

1 obligatory fact=Day of \tonement 
But SB seen by men ' 2B thot holy/relig - T ews set 4-t 
othr fasts 
■wic ■■•:' ' msxkt day Jeru fill 

But peop end no tel who fast fe who didnt,so whiten 
face 6 wear dishevelled clothes & peo] --=lk, 

that fellc 

imeon Ben Joel 

ray, went 2tel Sod hov; ^uA he ¥33 

its 14- Js tel of man B justify atitud PBayr need 2B 

7 f huroil 
Jo jed=l-Xcep ye Boui aa lit] ohildrn no entr T of Q 
And wher else aimplicty but in childm? 
; Idrns prayrs) 

' ,] at this? I do ! 3 Bllev child 
rtuit oft mak G's day Bcuz uninhib ,unpretenti';r 
I how wondrful we ' , I 
kno all bout us 

Be wants is '-utility as we mak our desirs known 
av ox-amp prayr ih as Lk say=vs WR] 

folo parhl»vBs - ■ ID - 
jud^ this instanc not 
here judg who neithr relip.nor humentarlan 
He ius seek ?do job 
widow won sunw y fceepa cum 2hs 
judr act no Bcuz widow insistenc.but Bona ha -i'"raid 
not < "raid=enc' vs 5=mean=p , iv him blak eve 



l '-"raid physcal harm 
■ ■■/! is not ■■ -and 

'e G here ° ^contrasts: 
lst=man in ^uthorty who act Bcuz of nsr?istenc 

"man who ask e in - 1 ;in +o nav c~ <■-• settl 
Js say=vs 7»f ' 

Jhr word=if humn judr,worly men finaly riv help 
±en,ues of worly woman, wont G rlo likwise ; i ''i~ child 
anser=Yes of corse He wil 
But G no want us ?bef,be!-,nar ,nag 
Js says=Ur hvnly V knoweth wat ye hav need of W U 
ask 
But G stil wants us 2ask & wil giv u*" gud things c 
out of His rud pieasur 
real secret Js try impart is fnd 1st vs «'" 
hEN OUC PRAY AND NOT PAINT 

word- Ought is word of compulsin,of desir 2do 
to faint mean 2<riv up,2stop Bcuz as sum erroneously 
believ G duz not hearmor is not listening 
But G aiway listn 

(Ilus !r. Crimp '■ lane crash Ss he saved from it) 
anothr coincidence: 
You're welcua 2think so if U lik, 
But T B]iev peop Clid hdnrtrs,peop within orp R 
held up 2 G in prayr ea day 

& thes peop R persistent & Persistence Pays 






"Persistence Pays" 

Luke 18:1-14 

(Illustration of Fappy Reveal, and "Where's The Other Ninety?") 

XH^qay A man named Fappy Reveal was the director of the Svansville Indiana 
Rescue Kission. He was crippled from an accident and had braces on his leps 
and canes in his hands. He was a man committed to deep, sincere prayer. 
One day the rewcue mission was in debt for ^100 dollars- with no money in 
si^ht to pay the bill. So Fappy called the staff together for prayer. Since 
he could not kneel he stood, while the rest of the staff knelt. As he prayed 
he rocked to and fro with his hands behind his back. And while he was praying 
his fingers were opening and closing. A friend passing the open door of the 
mission looked in and saw the prayer group with Pappy leading the prayers, 
with his back to the door. Thinking he would have a little fun, the friend 
tiptoed in and slipped a crisp ten dollar bill between Fappy 's fingers. 
Without pausing, Fappy brought the bill to the front and looked with his eyes 
and said, "Thank fou, Lord, now where 's the other ninety?" The teasing 
friend felt a compulsion to join them in prayer whicjyhe did. Very shortly 
they were done prsyin^ and the mailman arrived, with a stack of letters. In 
one of those letters was a check for ninety dollars?. 

In the eyes of the world happenings such as this are a coincidence. But to 
those of faith it shows once again God *s mysterious providence for those who 
persistently dome to Him for everything. Phillips "'rooks said, "A prayer in 
its simplest famo definition, is merely a wish turned heavenward," Ih the 
two parables of our '" cripture Jesus is teaching about prayer. I think we 
need to look at the second parable first and the first parable second. In 
this way we can see first the proper attitude of prayer and then see an ex- 
ample of persistence. 
To understand the motives of Jesus at this point we need to look at the 

verse, Luke rets the scene by saying, "And r e spake this parable unto certaii 
which trusted, in themselves that they were righteous and despised others." 

were those xjse "Certain who trusted in themseelves?" ©hey were ufxifes 

the Jewish religious leaders commonly known as Pharisees. And to point this 

out Jesus ifcEJbtx gives an illustration about one of them, Fe read in the 10th 

verse, "Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the 
other a publican." 

Here are the two extremes. harisee was a super Jew as far as the Law was 

concerned. /hile the Publican was in all probability an excommunicated Jew. 

These Dews wea Lred b; ■ ns : o jllect taxes and in almost all cases 

they cheated an& swindled to collect whatever the traffic would bear. Now 

that Jesus has identified the two prayers in the temple He begins to tell 

how and what they prayed, "The Pharisee booo' vl prayed! thus with himself, 
'God, I thank Thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, 
adulterers, or even as this Tublican. I fast twic in the week, I give 
tithes of all that I possess." 

Jesus points out that this man didn't pray to God, he prayed instead, bo ] ha- 
lf, his Pharisee was actually giving himself a testimonial before God, 
Forst, he says that he isn't like other men, and he names their faults and 
sins and points his finger at the Publican as though he was guilty of all of 



'•' isa fins. Then the Pharisee reminds God that he fasts twice a week which 

on the surface is commendable . Hie Jewish law set forth only one obligatory 

fast, and that was on the Day of Atonement. But in order to be seen by men 

and to be thought of as holy many of the religious leaders set forth 

ti Lee week. '"'■ ■ ;e fasts were Mondays and Thursdays. Now we should point 

out that these two days happened to be market days when Jerusalem was filled 

with people. Now these people didn't just fast but they whitened their faces 

and appeared in public with the white faces and dishevelled clothes so that 

any and all who saw them could say, "Look, that Fharisee is fasting." There 

is a recorded prayer by Rabbi fimeon Ben Jochai which says, "If there are 
only two righteous men in the world, I and my son are these two; if there is 
only one, I am he ! " 

So we can see that the Pharisee didn't really go to pray, he went to tell God 

how good he was. 

Then Jesus said, "The publican standing afar o6f, would not lift up so much 
as his eyes unto heave:*., but smote upon his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful 
to me a s inner , ' " 

And then Jesus says of him, "I tell you, this m?r_ went down to his house just- 
Led rather than the other: for everyone that exalteth himself shall be 
abased; and he that humbleth himself shall v e exalted." 

Jesus is sayinr that our attitude about prayer needs to be one of humility, 

e must come to God in simple trust, \nd in one place of Scripture Jesus 

sai except we become as littl children we cannot enter the n of 

heaven." «re else d o we see simplicity, but in little children? 

Here are some prayes of children - (Illustrations of these) 

Don't you think that Gpd must smile and even lau ' s little to have such 

honesty in prayer^ I do! I believe that children must quite often make God's 

day because they are uninhibited, and unpretentious. 'e don't need to tell Goc 

how wonderful we are because He already knows all about us. A'hat He wants 

instead, is humility from us as we make our desires known to Him. 

Then we have a good example of prayer and Jesus bepins this example with the 

words, £Es Luke tells us, "And 1T e spake a parbale unto them to this end, that 
men ought always to pray, and faint not." 

Then follows the parable, "There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, 
neither regarded manP and there was a widow in that city; and she came unto 
thK him, saying, 'Avenge me of ^ine adversary. 1 And he would not for a whili 
but afterward he said within himself, 'Th n ue-h T fear not God, nor regard 
man; yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her 
continual coming she weary me." 

? e must understand that the jud^e in this instance is not an exam-nle of God, 

Here is a judge who is not religious, neither is he a humanitarian. He just 

seekr to do his job. The wiodw was wronged in someway and so she keeps 

coming to 'he jude-e tovhave her case settled. The judge acts not because of 

the insistence of the widow actually, but because he is afraid not to act. 



-3- 

The Judge is afraid, as he says, "Test by her contiual coming she weary me." 

'hat is literally being said is, "lest "he give me a black eye." The judge if 

afraid of the woman doin- him physical violence. Therefore, the widow is not 

an example of how we should come to God and demand of Him. hat we are seeing 

is a set of contrasts. First, there i c a man in authority who acts because 

of the persistence of someone who finally scares him. Second, there is a 

woman who asks a^ain and again to the point where she appears as a threat to 

the jud^e. r o Jesus ends the example with the words, hall not God 
a enf-e His own elect, which cry nicht and day unto Him, though He bear Ion- 
with them?" 

In other words, if a human judge, a worldly man at that will finally p:ive the 

help requested from a wBr&xjc worldly woman, won't God do likewise for His 

children? And the answer is, "Yes, of course TT e will." God doesn't want us 

to beg- and bee:, or nag Him about what we want. Jesus says, "Your heavenly 

Father knoweth what ^<^~~ have need of before you ask." But 3od ^oe" want us 

to -^sk and then He will five us the good things out o F is own good oleasure. 

rea] secret of what Jesus was trying to impart to these people is found ii 

the 1st verse of this 'cripture. He said, "That men ought always to nray, 
and not faint." 

The word "oug;ht" means a compulsion, s desire to do this above all else. 
"T faint," means tc give up, to stop praying because as some erroneously "be- 
lieve, God does not hear or is not listening. But God is always listening. 
Clllusl . Gri^p being prayed for and saved from plane crash.) 

nother coincidence? You're welcome to think so if you like, but I believe 
that the people at the Gideon headquarters, people within the organisation 
are held uj d Ln lay. These people are persistent and 

"Tersistence Fays." 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler , Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor August 4, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Kelly Mangel, Acolyte 



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ORDER OF WORSHIP 10:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joya 
*Hymn No. 454 "Trust and Obey" 
•Ascription 
*"Exbortation 

"Confession (In Unison) n Q God, our Father, you know that 
we all face the temptations of life. You know that 
many times we are turned on by the world and turned 
off by religion and the Church. You know that we do 
not want to discipline ourselves to a love that 
demands obedience. But you also know that since we 
are human, we can only resolve our problems and our 
difficulties through you. Help us in our weakness to 
become strong, and in the midst of our sins to find 
f'Oi- ^iveness. Hear us now, and let us hear your 
wmlsperwd "Go and sin no more." Through Jesus Christ 
our Lord, Amen. 
*Kyrie 

•Assurance of Pardon 
•Praise;. Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His glorious name 
forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No. 465 f, Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee" 
Call to Prayer- Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
*Doxology - page 382 
Scripture: Luke 16: 19-31 
Sermon: "And Justice For All" 
"Closing. Hymn No. 2 "How Great Thou Art*' 
^Benediction 
♦Closing Chimes 
*Postlude 
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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mr. & Mrs. Gottlob Kradel in memory of their sisters. 
Mr. Dick Mangel and Danny will greet the congregation at 

the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Art Carney, Dan Bosko, Martin Henry, 

and John Snow, 
Nursery will be provided today by 
Robert Dellen and Harry Fry will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 97 with 7 visitors. 
Jp» HOSPITALIZED: BMH Carol Noel 

. ' August 11 through September 1 we will be having guest 

speakers with us while the pastor is on vacation. If 
you have special prayer requests please write them 
down and give them to the liturgist or the guest 
speaker to avoid confusion on his part. 

Today immediately following the service the Activities 
Committee will have a brief meeting to plan for 
Ethnic Days* 

We are in need of people to sign up for flowers for 
September, and the rest of the year. Please take a 
minute and sign up now. 

Monday August 5th, the Mary Prugh Circle Picnic will be 
held at the home of Betty Tressler. Each one is to 
bring a tureen and a white elephant gift. 



Community Eible Church - Saeanorc, Pa. October 11, 199? 



Prelude 

nreetinps/Joys/Annonneeinenta/Frayer Bequests 



Ascription 

Call To Worship! 

BLESSES IS EVERYONE THAT FEARETH THE LORD: 
MAT WALKETH TN MIS WATS. 
FOR THOI SHALT SAT THE LABOR OF THINE HANDS: 
HAPPY SFTALT THOU BE, AND IT SHALL BE WELL WITH THEE. 
•Hymn 
Cfferinjr/Prayer 
"Doxoloey 
Paetors.1 Prayer 
Hymn 

Scripture: Luke 1^:19-^1 

Sermon: "And Justice For All" - St. Paul's Butler 8/V85 
•"im 

fldiction 
•Poetlude 



Scripture: Luke 1^: 19-^1 - "\nA Justice For All" 

(Tlue Chas Bray t, it OESTKY A BPK 2FW) 
Mr" < JnvBLIEV EHtm HAV WAT HAV .BUT STOP HAV HOB BSIWS 

uns plem alleg-w/libwy k justic *• alt, 
it a wish, but unfoftnatly wil evr remain wishfl think 

WE TALK S- TKINF BOUT JTTSTIC AS METE OUT BY KAN 
(ILUS PANDIT KHASAK SINGH ANSR 2JUKTIC DETH OF XP) 
SUHONE ONCE SEP -THE JUS AINT NO J!" 
SXAMFLSiTHOZ MOP MONT/HAT GUDS % TWO LIFTIHS-THOZ BARLY ENUF 

JS AURE THIS PARBL AS SCRIP 
TWO QRPE-ra PHASE t SADDS -LIF BTOT GRAV-NO BLIEV 5- SAD-U-SEE 
VS 19-PUSPLAlNEN MATERIALS KINGS ROYLTY WOR 
VS 20-TKIS PARBL JS NAM A CHARCTR - NEVF DID THIS OTHRS 

BCUZ THIS BIB SCHLRS BLIEV ACTUL INCIDEN LAZ MEANS. HELPS 
SUM HAV NAM RICH MAN-DIVES - LATIN W RICH 
VS 21-NO KNIVS/FORKS S- RICH PEO ABUNDANC BRED t, BSE OF IT 



VS 22.ABE BCSCM - PARADIS: EXPL FRE-HESUS JS PLAC OF DED WAS 
SHEOL-HEB, HADES-QRK Sr CONTAIN 2PLACES 
THOZ BLPNQ 2L0RTJ,S- THOZ BIN WICKD IN LIF 
VS 23-C THIS-LAX IN PARDI2:RICH MAN IN HELL OR HADES 

' T BTON GRAV & PLAC SEPOF THOZ TH/LORE'S j. TH0 Z WHO R NOT 
-HEO 3LIEF JS ASCEND S. TUK PLAC CAL PARDI7. 1 MADE JHD HVN 
VH/P SPK OF SEE IN HIS VISIN - THIS NOT FINAL HVN WHAlLB 
HADES/HELL NOT FINAL WH/VlLB 
VSS ?3-Zk-DlT TWEEN 2PLACES -SIIXXSXBtOXBKK COMF/TCHMENT 
VSS 25-26-TWO FLACES SEPRAT 4 NO CROSS CVR -HERE ROLES FEVERS 
VSS 27-31-EXPL THEZ VSS 

AT ONE TIM WILB JUSTIC k ALL 6 ALL INJUSTICES LIF SET APITE 
THOZ RUN RUFSHOD W/VELTH,PCWH,FOSITIN WIL TAK BAKSEATS 
LAST WILB FIRST AS JS SED 
SAD COHENTAP.Y-RICH MAN KNU 3ETTH - BCUZ HECCGNIZ.KNU ABE 
(FNTJ OF PANDIT KHAPAK SINGH OTOTE) 

G NOT CONTENT ANYONE SHTJD PERISH - THUS JS XP S- DETH *MANK 
(S LIV WIL ALWAYS B INJC5TIC 2US S, ALL PEOP 
BUT ONLY TEMP AFLICT7NS WTLB OVRCUH ETRNTY 
APOS P VROT 2 COS *:K-10 
THEN STAJ] FIRMLY W/CONVICTtN- VSS 17-18 
p; has Iut us »/EVRLASTING LTJV S- ONE DAY «IL GRANT.JUSTIG k ALL 
SIPPRTF ETHNTY '-'TLB EITHR LIVF W/OOD OR SEP FR/HIK 



i; crip: : '■ i :19-31 

L C ' " 7" 'eserv a h 

(Ilus Ches Bray)«othr words hnv cup °plac wher mos 
Bliev "■ hav DOT i' 

i j.ne pled al< ~ ; ':< : ' * all 

wish ,' ■ 
talk Just ae met? out by nen ? , rak inrh 

-- bout justice ) 
as pondr word -uch tb.es, cum realiz as sws3 luce red 
Ther Just dint Ho jutice 
all rnd us C iniua evr mermen soeity 
ther thoz nor mony, mater II ruds than cud posib use 
in .? lif times ,vhil man" barly keep body/soul 3gethr 
xarbl Ik this morn deal w/thls condition 
bin pt out 2groups peo 7 " ?«hor: Js relet incident 

s made 'l-this by preced vss 
sine deal li f T!yon cTav,cud bin Sads>& why sad 
I Bliev Js relet any " all who had ears to hear 
va 19-manp cloth,dreas liv lik roylty»B.Igh positin 
vs 20=dn C dif tween othr parbls?=r* T ame Lazarus 
alway sed=.eertin man, widow, etc 6 Bcuz riv name mos 
Bib scholia Bliev realy happn 
Lazrus mean*Ood helps,?-, sho he bles abuv rich man 

Dives name giv»I«tin for rich, but here kno as=H man 
Js te" 1 rot eat crumbs & dors Ilk sores 

(expl no utensils, use bred ft I.az litrl fite docs 4bre 
va llaaAb bosom ment paxad is {until reaur/aecensin Js 
plac ded=' heol,Heb;HadeS,Gr;both ?rethr but sep 
-?3=examp of dlvisin par ,hell 

..,-,- scend fcik paradia now ^rd hvn 

;his in vision 

-■ - , I , fia3 "".en 

wher unBU 
_ ■-■•■" lac unBllev ded- torment 

laces sepratec 
pt o"*^ roles now revera«=lnci ! own 

" ' , ' " * 

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rieti ilfish lif 1' ros 

cum Vak= " this 

Fjpob Ls,lert Sher wll 

'irn=r- U Rustic bhey wil enjoy 

H tine all inj 3 rite 

at ,thoz lord o< 

-*- he recor-ni7 

God,' i 

Lusin ,an : :lc« „ 

i au a perish in hell 






Man no riepil cure Met itle Of G thar 

it is 
I 

i -. bear ,prei en/teach 

&s liv nil alway meet imjustic e-ithr 2selvs, 

or luvd on« 

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rnty 

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' luv u^ w/everlast Iot Iday 
Por 111 

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"And Justice ^or ''11" 

i 

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31 

One of the more popular slogans of today has become, "You deserve a break 

today." Tharles Bray writing about this in note magazine in January of 1981 

saiil bhis: "' "e have come to iioe a tine where we aay, 'You deserve a break 
today. 1 Too many of us believe that. If we're poor, we deserve welfare; 
if we're rich, we deserve a tax break; if we are wrokers, we deserve better 
fringe benefits; if we own Chrysler, we deserve s bail-out; if we are a 
acial interest, we deserve a special hearing." 

In other words, we have cone to the place where most of us believe we should 

not only have what we have, but we should have more besides. The closing 

line of our pledge of allegiance to the American flap; states, "With liberty 

and justice foB all." It is a wish, but unfortunately, it will ever remain 

wishful thinking. /„ talk and think about .justice as meted out by man. 

landit Kharak "ingh an old man in India was asked about the death of Christ 

for man and the Justice involved 1 in that deed. He answered: 

"Our ideas of the Justice of God, or of Justice for all, are very crude and 
and imperfect. For example: a man steals 20 rupees and s\end it. He Is 
caught and punished as 8 thief. But the stolen money is not restored to 
the man from whom it was stolen- Justice i.~; not done fa hii ; he thief 
suffers for his crime. This is man's Justice - loss and pain. 
Or suppose a man kills three children. He should be hanged three times 
that strict Justice may be done. The children are not restored to life- 
Justice is not done to them. Neither are they restored to their parents 
or to the community. The man who killed them is put to death, and thus 
man's Justice again is resolved into loss and pain!" 

As we ponder words such as these we come to the realization that as someone 
once said, "There Just ain't no Justice." All around us we see injustices 
EHxaxxxs in every segment of society. There are those who have more money 
and material goods than they could possibly use in two lifetimes, while many 
others barely have enough to keep body and soul together from one day to the 
next. 

The parable we are looking at this morning deal? with Just this condition. 
It has been pointed out that there are two groups o^ people to whom Jesus was 
relatin" this incident. First, there '-err- the Pharisees and it isn't hard to 
build the case that Jesus was : - directly to them and all we need do is 
look at the preceeding verses, 3o it is a ver T7 good probability that T: e was 
speaking directly to the Pharisees. But, since the sxeKx incident dea] 
life beyond the grave, it is possible that Jesus was directing His remarks to 
the Padtfucees who didn't believe in a life heyo- one. In fact, they 
didn't believe in angels, or spirits, or anything beyond this life and that 
was what made then "sad", you see. 

But I believe Jesus was relating thi incident to any and all who had ears to 
hear. Jesus begins by stating, "There was a certain rich man, which was 
clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day." 

vs 19 



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It ir evident by the description of this man's clothing that he was very wea- 
lthy, furple and fine linen were the materials kin^s and royalty wore. So 
this man mu-t have been in a high position. 

Then Jesus adds, "And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was lai 
at his gate, full of sores." 

Do you see what makes this parable different from all the rest that Jesus 
toldt? If you haven't spotter! it vet, the certain beggar is given a name. 
Now first of all, in all the other parables Jesus never named any of the peo- 
ple in the parables. It was always, "A certain man, or a certain widow," and 
so on. But in this parable, Jesus gives the bep:rar a name. And because of 
this, most Biblical scholars believe that this is not just a story, but an 
actual incident which Jesus is relating. The name Lazarus means, "God helps.' 

Ls is also an indication that this man Tazarus was considered above the 
rich man. The rich man may have had wealth and power and influence, but he 
was not named by Jesus. You may have heard the rich man given the names of 
Dives, and that name comes from the latin word for rich. But in this incideni 
he doesn't have an identity other than, "\ certain rich man." 
Then Jesus tells how Lazarus yms sought to eat the crumbs which fell from the 
rich man'setable, and the dorr hun^ around bin and licked hi^ sores. People 
who were wealthy could afford the luxury of having an abundance of bread. 

rust remember there were no knives and forks and food was eaten with the 
hands. In the course of the meal the h^n^ would become sticky or creasy 
and bread war broekn by the rich on which the;" - wiped their hands. This bread 

a then thrown to the do^s who were in abundance in the streets. r o it was 

that lazaru^ had to literally fight the -r thi^ 1 bread. 

Then Jesus says, "And it cane to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried 
by the angels into Abraham 1 - bosom." vs 11a. 

The tem, " braham's bosom," meant paradise. Until the resurrection and as- 
cension of < T esus, the place of the dead was called, " c heol ir in Hebrew, and 
"Hades" in Creek. It contained two places. One was ' ce where these wh< 
belonred to the Lord went to, and the other was the place where these who had 
been wicked in life went to when the-- died. Ind we can pee the example of 
th- e finish the 22ja.h verse and read the fjjife verse as well, ?EA I 3?H 

place to which Lazarus went aradise, and the place where the rich 
man went was TTell or Hades. we see first or all that there is a life be- 
yond the jrave, and there is a place of separation of those who are Lord '4 
and those who are not. The theological belief is J en Jesus ascended 
•-_ He took the place called paradise and made it "hat is now called the third 
heaven which I'aul spoke of -pein^ in hi- vision. kod Hades, or Hell is not 
the final Hell which will be a+ the final judgement, It i<^ merely wh^re the 
unbelievin- flea^ ~o to amit i;hp days of the Lord. 4nd similarlv para^H^e 
or the third heaver i not the final heaven which will be,but the place of thJ 



-3- 

believj lead. 

Then we see the difference between the two places ss .Jesus explained, read 
verses 23 and 24-. The place of the unbelieving dead is 3 oiace of torment. 

Jesus then explain?, read verses °5 and 26. T he two places are separated and 
people in one cannol -~ a r to the other. iut Ibraham points out thai 
the roles are now reversed. ?e once the rich ray 

' could overlook people like Lazarus, now fee Lazaru^ was in the position of 
being a select person. 

Then ' ,r e read, re - es 27 through "1, ""ere we see there is a sense of 
remembering life on earth. n he rich "an could now see his selfish life and 
aware that his brother- -'pre livin- the exact ^nrn lives. But Abraham 
.Is him that they wouldn't believe even if someone c 'rom the rrave , 
Jesus was livj of that statement. The Jewish leaders didn't believe 

im rhile He was ministering . -'hen He came hack from the 

grave, they still didn't believe it. 

Now from all of : learn that there will at one tire he "Justice For 
All." But for many ■p.eo^l^ it will not be a .iustice they will enjoy. This 
will be a time when all of the injustices of this life are set aright. All 
of those who ran roi od over their fellowman will find themselves taki - 
a -lace in the house of torment; all of ' i ; ove others by 

wealth, or fame and fortune, will be taking backseats to the ones they lord- 
ed it over. But the sad commentary of all of this incident is the fact that 
the rich man knew better. By his very recognition of Abraham as seen from 
his place in Hades, tells us that this man knew about God. But he chose to 
ignore all of that. 

The Indian we quoted speaking about justice concluded his remarks by saying: 
But God's justice i" : different. It results in gain and joy! Lost souls 
are found, losses are made cood, happiness takes the place of misery, and 
all because the Son of God pave Himself a willing sacrifice to save men and 
restore them to God," 

God isn't content that anyone should perish in hell and so He gave man the 

oprortunit;' to live eternally with Him through Jesus Christ, fan need not 

come to death and meet the .justice of God there. He can be ju°tified before 

long before he depart" this life. That ir the message of Jesus Christ; 

tha 4 : is the Gospel we s! and partake of, is we live this life we 

will always set injustices either to ourselves or our loved ones. Bu"t 

. "ioer the^ are smporary afflicltc and will be overcome in 

eternity, ^eelin^ this way, t^s :^~tle Paul could '-'rite in 2 C r. 4:^—10, 

read these. ] could state firmly and '-nth conviction, vss 17-18, 

(read these). tod -as love." us with an everlastj ] ove and nne da; ill 

nt "Justice For All." To some the surprise of all eternity to be separatee 
from -od, and to others, the joy of living eternally with Him. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler , Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor September S, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Megan Hewis, Acolyte 
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + -I- + + + + + + + + + + + + 
ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 

PROMOTION SUNDAY 

Worship Service by "Light" 

+ + + +++ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 

Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour p r' £t* - ll 

Announcements QAf*l#*4A ' A *»AJ> / 

Congregational Greeting 

Joys 

Introduction of "Light" -^^ 

Songs of Worship 
Offering 
Offertory 
*Doxology - page 382 
Promotion of Sunday School Children 4 Confirmation 

"Light" (continued) 

I Am A Promise (sung to the children - we will ask 
all of the children to please come 
forward at this time) 

Songs of Praise 
Benediction Song - Turn It Over to Jesus 
Closing Prayer 
Closing Chimes 

Postlude 

+ + + + + Congregation Standing + + + + + 



^Pki 






QNDAY - Movie Preview at 2:00 P.M. at Plaza Theater* 

If you have tickets to attend, or would like to attend 
see Ginny for extra tickets. This movie is made by 
the Billy Graham organization, titled "Cry From 
the Mountain," 

THURSDAY - Choir practice will resume at 7:00 P.M, If you 
would like to give of your singing talent to the worship 
and service of the Lord, please plan to join us. We 
would welcome you to the choir. See you there. 

FRIDAY - BFBC in Rthoboth Hall 

APPLE BUTTER is in the works. Due to hail damage to the 
apple crop we are going to make apple butter on Sept. 
27th and 28th. Matte plans to come in and help us cook 
sauce on the 27th and cook outside on the 2Bth. We 
are asking that you bring in any quart jara that you 
may not be using. If you would like to help us out 
please tell one of the Activities Committee. 

Wd neajsome people to sign up for flowers in the month of 
October. Take a minute and sign up now. 

Soup & Salad Day is fast appraoching and the vegetables 
are still needed, especially tomatoes. If you have any 
please contact Ann Williams. Also they are always 
looking for new articles for the Bazaar table. You 
still have time to make something unique. 



QFf£*.r«4- Ctf**cft p. £>w^ 






/7:* 









The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Ethel Edwards in memory of loved ones. 
Mr. & Mrs. William Thompson will greet the congregation 

at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are t Karen Link, Virginia Mangel, Nancy 

Dellen and Marie Henry- 
Nursery will be provided today be Mrs. Sue Gamble. 
Don Kingsley and Don Kennedy will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was S6 with 9 visitors. 
HOSPITALISED: Mrs. Elsie Kornrumpf 9MH 






St. Paul's United Church of Christ 

Butler, Pennsylvania 

Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor September 15, 1985 

Mr, Dale Rice, Minister af Music 

Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 

David Andrews, Acolyte 

+ + ++++++ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A*M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements - Elder Paul Riemer 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
*Hymn No- 376 "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken' 1 
♦Ascription 
♦Exhortation 

■"Confession (In Unison) 1l Lord, Our Father, we come to 
you as a people who are a part of the community of 
believers. We seek your guidance for we know that 
the Church cannot exist without it. Forgive each member 
of your Church for their individual and corporate sins. 
Keep us true to the commitment of upbuilding the 
Church throughout the world. Keep us from the divisions 
that separate us from others. And always keep us stead- 
fast in your love* in Jesus name. Amen* 
*Kyrie 

♦Assurance of Pardon 
■•Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His glorious name forever. 
♦Gloria Patri - page 142 
Kymn No- 32 "How Firm a Foundation" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit.. 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 

Doxology - page 3G2 
Baptism 

Scripture: I Timothy 3:16 - 4:16 
Sermon: "Sound Is Mere Than Noise" 
^Closing Hymn No, 557 "Christ is Made the sure Foundation" 
•Benediction 
^Closing Chimes 
*Postlude 
■*■ + +++ Congregation Standing +■ + + + * 



The be auti f ul flowers on the al t ar have been pi aced by 

Mrs. Sara Cubbison. 
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Fry will greet the congregation at the 

door this morning. 
Ushers for .today are: Rob Vinroe, Bob Dellen, Randy 

Dellen and Kevin Snyder. 
Nursery will be provided today by Beth Taiti 
Sandy Sheppeck and Hid Diefenderfer will be visiting the 

hospital this week* 
Attendance last Sunday was 110. 
Hospitalized: BMH Mrs. Elsie Kornrumpf, Mrs. Dorothy 

Kennedy, and Mrs* Anna Zubik. 

MONDAY - Fidelity Bible Class will hold a tureen supper 
at 5:30. Bring a tureen* table service, and something 
for a silent auction* 
TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

Confirmation Class 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. 
WEDNESDAY - Golden Circle at 7:30 
THURSDAY - Mary Martha Circle at 10:30 
Choir practice at 7:00 P.M. 
Aerobics 6-8 

APPLE BUTTER - the Activities Committee project for this 
fall will be made on September 27th and 2Sth. A correctior 
on the price; the price will be $2.50 per quart and 
$1,25 per pint* This is the same as last year. If you 
can help, please let someone on the committee know. We 
would appreciate your help and cooperation. 

In the near future we will be taking in new members* If 
you know of anyone wishing to join, please make contact 
with the office. 

October lfi-24 the movie "Cry From the Mountain" will be 
showing in Butler at the Plaza Theatre* We will be 
getting tickets through the office. If you are interested 
in going, let the office know and we will hold the 
tickets. The advance ticket price will be S3. 00, or at 
the door they will be $3.75. 



COMMUNITY BIBLE CiHJBT.lt - KAGAHOHE, PA. - OCTOBER ?7, 1996 

PRELUDE 

OREOTINGS/JOY.VANNWTWEMENT.VPHAYFR REQUESTS 

ANNUAL COMB METTING NEXT WEEK NOV T, AFTER CHURCH 



•HYMN 

PRAYER/OFFERING 
•BOXOLCGY 

" MI. PRAYED 
HYMN 

SCRIPTURE: 1 TIMOTHY Ja6-*t.l6 
SERMON: "SOUND IS MORE THAN NCISE" 

ST. PAUL'S, BUTLER - 9/1 V&5 

BENEDICTION 

-! o itxon? 



3ilfi-4:16j SEHMs "SOUND IS WORE THAN N0I6*!" 

. hfachjj i no XtlSt. B O CtWH m ir Biwaar) 

LET HE UHO n A GOD FXAMPJ, OF DOCTRDt BEING BIVISIV WITHTN « 

denowutin bcoz lapg majorty of penom dont kno Sw t™Sl£ev 
j 1 of mna ■uotaiuM * mat she sed b* sen synod of ws) 

TV .J CAW EXAMPL OF DOCTH7N BETNG EIVISIV BCU7, WAT SEE IS NOT 
TRUE DOCTRINK - IT IS HER THINKING ON THIS - TB/FEM VIWMNT 
HEAR LOT BOUT POUITIN, HATEH/ATP/nwIBONHENTAL, ETC BtIT THFH 

MANY PEOP DONT KNO WAT WE R TALK ABOUT IE hS wSS "DOCTRINE" 
( ™ *»*» * DOCTRINE ft ANSWER AW) UT F0H £™ J^f™™ 
"DOCTRINE" IS TH/BASIO FUNDAMENTAL THINGS WE BLIFV OR MM Kl TV 
BUT IF WE DONT KNO WAT WF BLIEV - THEN WE HAV ^I^INF 

(ilils j fI MMwam & pro^,, om TO ^ wit rokans com 

Ka™"^ ^ " ™ ™° B ™ ffi CON^/Lrf IN MANY, 
SS F°pS 0SS,mST C0WCN ™ "" ^ ™» — 

T^T^V^ -"' CREP ™ » "• ™» AT ROOT, OF 

™rm\^UAiT, A ™ ALWATS * IT r ™ v L1 ™ ™ «"" 

\ "TM MOV ON & ONE AQS BOCHSE ANOTHF, P AVAR BASIC TDrTPTH.; 
t BUFFS m THINGS WFA.1TDR UNDRMTND OX3TRTNS 

THAT IS WHY P WROT TO TIMOTHY ft WE READ IN TfJ <rtfc CKAPTEH 1-1 
READ CHAPTER d;l-i 



Name: Ralph Charles Link 

Born: April 9, 1929, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Harried: December 15, 1951 

Wife: Shirley Margaret Weill 

Born: December 6, 1930, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Children: Ralph Dale Link, born May 11, 1955 
Lloyd Alan Link, bom May 28, 1958 
Nancy Lynn Link, born March 15, 1961 

Schooling: Graduated Perry High School, Pittsburgh, June ' 

Lay Ministry School, Penn West Conference of Ui 
Christ September 1965 to May 1969 
Commissioned Lay Minister June 19&9 

Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Fa. 
to December 197? 

Graduated Lancaster Theological Seminary May V 
Ordained to Christian Ministry March 10, 1974 

Pastorates: As Lay Minister: short term, 1 month or less i 
1965 to 1967 

Emlenton Lamartine Charge of United Church of 
1967 to 1969 
Short term various churches 1970 until Semini 

July 1970 to December 1975 Student Pastor New 
Duncannon, Pa. Charge Penn Central Conference 

December 1973 to present, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 
Butler, Pa., Penn West Conference United Church of Christ 

Work Experience: Shipping and Receiving clerk bookstore Pittsburgh 1947 
to 1951 

Service U. S. Army 1951 to 1953- Served Korea, attained 
rank of Staff Sergeant 

Ceramic Tile Contracting with brother, 1953 to 1955 

Clerk Supermarket chain, 1955 to 1957 

Stationary Engineer and maintenance Oliver Building, 
Pittsburgh, Pa. 1957 to 1965 

Self-employed Tile Contractor, 1965 to 1969 

Salesman 1969 to Seminary entrance 1970 

Miscellaneous: Billy Graham School of Evangelism, Cleveland, Ohio 
Crusade, July 1972 

Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Port Lauderdale, Florida, 
Evangelism Explosion Training May 1974 

Billy Graham School of Evangelism, Norfolk, Virginia 
Crusade, November 1976 

Director Counsellor Training and Follow-up, Leighton Ford 
Butler, Pa. Crusade October 1979 

Weekly Radio program, "The Joyful Word" Sunday morning 
WBUT, Butler 8:30 to 8:45 September 1980 to present. 



THEZ LEGALISTS WER TEACH ON ISSELETANCXS S. INCONSEQTTENTIL ISSUES 
BY DO THIS WER nrVEHT ATEOTIN OF C.H PR/MAJOR TTIN^S ft CAUS IT 
JDWEL ON MINORITIES 
TOSTEE OF ARGU AHOT'T jho SHtfD or shuitnot MARRY, OR VAT a xpian 

EOT IS P TELS TIMOTHY — -- 

VS r t =NO DOOTRTN ON EATING, JUS EAT ft ENJOY WAT G HAS GIVN 
VS hfM *TI.B OTE HHSTH IF TKACH/PRKACH BASICS OF FAITH 8, GIV 

THEN cun doctrine 

HE IS TO ENLIGHTN THEM TO THARUTH 

( TT.ITS TOW, RRP INSURANT: POLTOY ft UNDERSTANDING POLICY) 

TO UNDRSTAN WAT WF BLIEV, WE MUS KNO WAT WE BLTW 

IT HUSB CLEAR ft THIS WAT P TEL TIH IN VS fiB 
VS 6B=WAT TIM HAS RECEIV HE TO PASS ON TO OTHRS 
V8 If-TITIS IS REITFHATIN OF WAT HL SET! B4 

TH/HESAG MllSB CLEAR ft CONCISE 
WAT WE BLIEV MUSB SPELLS OUT IN SIKPL LANGUAG SO WE CAN ALL 
UNDRSTAN 
(EXAMPL HOW WE CANB DECETVD llffim FROM 1965) 
WE CAN C BY THIS THAT WE MUS WAR UP TO WAT WE BLIEV 

INSTFD SING THIS HUMANISTIC .UNGODLY SONG THAORLD SHUDB SING: 
AMAZING GRACE HOW SHEET TO/SOHMB THAT SAVD A WRETCH LIK ME 

WE NEED TO BGIN LKING FOR TH/HIDDN MEANINGS WH/SOCIETY IS 

SECRETLY IMPOSING ON IK 

(lias nUCinnrmT eye^long nosed, short legged dog) 

" PECEIV ft WE MAY NOT ALWAYS C TH/REAL PTCTUS 
WE MUS PIG NEATH TH/SPHFAC TO GET AT TH/TRHTH 
NOW IS P TRY TO SPEL OUT DOCTRIN HERE? YES HE IS ft J:lf) GIVS 
VS l^AsVAT IS TH/MYSTERY?? ANSWER - VS l6n 

va i6b=p say g was seen in flesh - -now? 

IN TH/PERSON OF JK XP 
VS 1*C*H SP WAS EVIDENT TN HIS LIF 8, SP SEP OF HIM - THIS TS MY 
I) BELOVED SON TN WHOM I AM VJFL PLEASED 

VS i^IfcANOELS PPOCLATMn HIS birth, they witnessd him to mankind 

VS IAf^KESAO WAS KENT FOP JEWS, RUT HEJKC ft HE GIV TO GENTILES 
VS J.6F-TH05! WHO CAM ft HE CUM UNDH TH/CONVIOTIN OF TH/H SF RECEIV 

TH/SALVATIN HF BUOT FP/GOD 
VS KkteHE ASCENDED INTO HVN 

NOW HERE TN A NIITSHFL IS TH DOCTRTN O* .TS XP 
IT SHOWS US "GrP WITH BS" - "GOD INCARNATE" - "GOB IN TH/FIFSI 
Ria SOilND I.IK WAT THAEWALF THEOLOGIAN BEO AHOUT JSm 
OF CORSE NOT ft THIS IS EXAMFL OF HOW WE MPS SERCH G'S WORD FOR 
,,TH/TRUTH HE HA:'. FOR US THEH _ „„„„ 

Iffi k:6=V USE WORD "flOOP" OTHH SEREINS USE WORD "SOUND" 
SIMPLY KEAN=RASTC .WHOLESOME, FUNDAMENTAL 

atmv ro*-««".wt!Lr> mean morf taw just noise - it shut, remind 

US OF WAT WE BLIEV ft WHY 

EBB LIKTNTC TK/ADVIC P GIVE TIMOTHY K TAK IT FOR OUHKKLVS 
VS lft.REAl) T^TIj 



Maine: tealph Charles Link 

Born: April 9, 19?9, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Married: December 15, 1951 

Wife: Shirley Margaret Neill 

Born: December 8, 1950, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Children: Ralph Dale Link, born May 11, 1955 

Lloyd Alan Link, born May 28, 1958 

Nancy Lynn Link, born March 15,1961 

Schooling: Graduated Perry High School, Pittsburgh, June 19^7 

Lay ministry School, Penn West Conference of United Church of 
Christ, September 1965 to May 1969 
Commissioned Lay Minister June 1969 

Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Pennsylvania September 

1970 to December 1973 

Graduated Lancaster Theological Seminary, May 197^ 

Ordained to Christian Ministry, March 10, 1974- 



short terms 1 month or less various churches 

1967 



Pastorates : As Lay Minister 
1965 to 1967 
Emlenton/Lamartine Charge of United Church of Christ 

to 1969 

Short term various churches November 1969 to June 1970 

July 1970 to December 1973, Student Pastor New Bloomfield/ 

Duncannon, Pa. Charge Penn Central Conference United Church 

of Christ 

December 1973 to present, Pastor St. Paul's United Church of 



•■sound ±r. nore 'i^an noise" 
I -crip: 1 Tim 3:1-^-4:16 

kllus femnist Theo Eliz P. Fiorenza & Gen Syn 

Here gud exam wat tak plac aoety 2day;hear bout poiiut 
air,polut envir,rolut watr etc, but no hear rin^ 1 - 

bak j lac ] nf ortunpt ,many BTie\ 

Doctrin intelectul, Lol 2stiF/forml ?B talk/ 

fpeop no ! ootrin is / 

oues*- ' '^reir. ' ur 

Doctrin bcnic ,fund:nentl t! , / 

(Ilus ■' trine) I 

rin I 

'j near end lif,' : vtroi 

p.v prob t ' converts m 

liter] . ioraoa -en & lead indiviJ 

con;..- ' ' , uidanc ,helr 

clear re?d lettr«chap 1 - 
redly octr eren ir>. tear rorVrg fo 

bin laid 
P knu Ch ■ ] hav frv 

as time £o on,l gen folo not! . etr; 

£ Blie ■ ■ i I to] Tim-4 :l-3 

Inez leplists wer teach irelevancys , inconsequent ill 
They divert atentin majors, Of 'el minors 

Insteri ai - propr • 

diet ±s F tel "Ic^vs;; h—5,& then advis="- 

DBtr if renind reop basics fait! ; f" e 
of faith as wel as octrin 

Othr words«he Penliten them ?truth,9'" rat 
(Ilus Tom & no sign insurance= Nobody euro as clear aa 
In ordr underst wat we Tniev,mus kno wat we Rliev,muV 
is I tel Tim-vs 6 
liffl receiv,he is ?r>as on i 1 emph vs 16-( r ' 
met / clear/concis=mijs r ' underst (rt) oak innertiv no 
conch 'I'heo jarpn ";h mak ipposib Punderst 
Gud examp bow canB deceiv isximxiimw by aumth snrl T uc 
is nu sonrfsVe H The V.'orld 

r.ho wrote=i'icbael Jackson & who he? Jehovah withnes 
".Tit oal Valeriana evrl in worl i be no pledg aler 
Pflag- country made him milionaire 
part 1st vs=Ther cume time,v/en we heed a certin call 
wen worl mus cum 2gethr as 1 
Bibl tel us in las day wud cum 4th grt movment Pwarc 
lworl,lworl eovt ( lworl ldr«AntJ 
We R all part "'r> :: ' fan] , truth U kno,luv ia 
all .-e n^ed=Is it tirv evrl in worl in family of^C? ( 
i^o lent ' truth if unles 1 born ap in? famly j by 
acpt Js Kp as I. •■ '.3v that persn no Child of G 
no nean no creat by God, but outbid no ' cu2 3 w 

but Bcuz nan made this tak 



.£* „.„ v,™ ,., lr yx=i"emmst 1'neo Eliz Fior«n*,- 

fH J m her childri] she U proven ri 

ar iy f< ' : - wiados la justified 

wi / bni=nr=.' : "orhia=fen! name 
. 

+'h! r" ' ' a of 3od , 

the God of , J ?. is niV 

anded 

^■' ck! •-■] jfrot Bbout by the Romans. 



1 ' : " r " "i^ in surance- rn noDY -exti, ■ - ■ ., 

author Mchael Jackson 
-—1 ltnes ft no ale^iai-cflan- entry r - ?lre 



^e wen we heed a certin call 
'orld mus - « as on= 

tel lattr daya=l worl,lR-ovt ,l worl iflr 



"''■ of G's trrt bi^ fasily 
the truth D kno, luv i 11 \ .-eea 

it tru? evrl in farly of 

ihem Ur hart so they '11 kno fc] 1 can 

ther livs wi] E 

ne into hred, 
'o ve all mus ipy.. halpin band 



jr: ».of whom? 



- 
(Ilus pet ' - , ort-tail, ort-legf] 



ound Is Fore Than Noise" 

Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:16 - 4:16 

On the evening of the second day of the General ' ynod of the United Church of 

Christ in June of this year, a feminist theologian Elizabeth . "iorenza appke 

to the the delegates and this is a portion of >■■' e said : 

The earliest Jesus traditions perceived the "Tod of gracious roodness in a 
woman's form as divine wisdom." 

This '"cd, recognizes all Israelites as her children and she is proven right 
by all of the 

arrived at the femininev viewpoint by lc uke T:" 7 ^ which says, 

'■:~ti r ied kxxxxi: of all her children." fod the word for wisdon 

in Greek 3 la, which is a woman'- ne^e. But she not on]-' wants to claim 

God as female, she wants to claim the death of the atonement 

Cod intended for mankind. The say 

'The Jesus movement's understanding and experience of God... T iod cf Jesus 
is not • - temands atonement, ""he death of Jesus was not a sacrifice 
and was not demanded by God bul about by the Tomans . " 

sre is a good example of what is taking place in our society today. We hear 
a xx-KX^jgxBHXXHiCE'Kx&xEX great deal said about pollution ii nc- 

iety, such as Air-pollution, environmental-pollution, water- ' Lon, 

■ ; . which Is silently eatir our society 
is mind-pollution. One way in which this Is taking place is in the matter of 
Doctrine. And unfortunate!^, because too many people thin 1 " )octirne must be 
s_ completely intellectual or philosophica] arguments, it is too stiff and form- 
al to be talked about. In fact, - - > do not even 

talking about when we mention the word "Doctrine." I don't ' ;rue it 
is, but supposedly the que roup of people, "What is 

Doctine." Lnd the answer one man gave was, "Isn't he a famous forepin doctor' 
"Doctrine" is the basic, fundamental things we believe, or should believe. 
But if we don't know what we believe, then we have no Tocrine. 

.'■'. \, of •" " vT as a preacher who preaod ss . r ?ry 

doctrinally, was asked by a book company to prepare ! 

Testament book of Romans. T e only stipulation was, "We prefer the commentarj 
not be doctrinal." He refused. And rightly so. How could anyone possibly 
write on the book of Romans and not write doctrinally? The entire book 4s 
filled with doctrine. 

The Apostle Paul probably nearing the end of his life, wrote to his very good 
young friend and companion Timothy at Ephesus. Ttee. Paul had 1wkx&w& intro- 
duced Christianity to that wity and now there were probably thousands of con- 
verts there meeting in many, many homes. There were literally hundreds of 
^_ pastors, most of them common ordinary men and they were leading these little 
individual congregations scattered throughout the city. It becomes very clear 
in reading this first letter to Timothy that problems had arisen ±xl within 
the congregations In Ephesus. Took at c v a~ter 1, reading from verse 2, throuf 
verse 7, (read these). 



_-_ 

q can readily see that false teaching had crept in and was tearing at the 
very roots of the foundation which had been laid. 

■1 tat the church always he undei '- and therefore it was 
imperative that the leaders had a strong foundation in the faith. ks time 
moved on and one age succeeded another, Paul wa that the Etoanoek 

basic Doctrines, or beliefs were the things which woi a undermined, 
T v is is why he told Timothy as wo res^ in chapter '-;l-3, (read these). These 
alists were teaching on irrelevanfcies, and incnnsenuential issues. By 
Lng this they were diverting the attention from ma^ior things and caudin 
church to dwell on minors. Instead of arguing about who should or shoiild not 
marry, ov what the proper Christian diet is, Paul tells Timothy, verses 4—5 
(KMD), and then he advises verse 6, '. Timothy will be a ^ood minister 
if he reminds the people of the basics of the faith; feeds them the words of 
faith, as well as giving them ftOOD DOCTRIKE. In other words, he is to en- 
lighten them to the truth. This is somewhat like a man named Tom who worked 
in a certain company which was In the process of switching over to a new 
group insurance policy. But every employee had to sign up for it, or the 
insurance company would not issue the policy. Tome refused to sign. The 
foreman bested with him, but it was no use. "^he general manager and the 
plant superintendent beared him, but Tern would not sign. Finally, the 
owner of the company summoned Tom to his office, TT e said, "Took, you idiot 
unless you sign up I'll fire you. All your fellow workers want this in- 
surance and you either aign up now, or you're out in the street," 
T n m n-rabbed the pen and signed Immediately. "Kow, rr said the owner, " ihy 
didn't you sign this thing before when the other men asked you?" "because/ 
replied Tom, "Nobody explained it as clearly as you did." 

In order for us to understand what we believe, we must know what we believe. 

It must be clear to us and this is what Paul is telling Timothy in this jth 

verse. "Of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast atained." The same teachings 

that timothy has received, he is to pass them on to others. Paul emphasizes 

this further in the 18th verse by saying, "Take heed unto thyself, and into 
the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thy- 
self, and them that hear thee." 

T>,e message is to be clean and concise. It must be understood rhich makes it 
imperative that what we teach ia not couched in Theolo ;ical j ■■ ■ •- i which makes 
i ; ; impos sible .f i&ersl rood example of how we can be de- 

ceived by so> - which seems good is a new song which is supposedly to be 
sung by all of the world to make the world what it should be. The song is 
entitled, " e 'v orld . " To berin with, we must ask, "who is the aut 

of Uhi the answer is, lichael Jackson, Ind who is Tichaai. Jack- 

son? Ee is a de Jehova] "ness. This man writing a son,'- which 
calls for all of our allegiances to everyone in the world, is dedicated to 
not pl< allegiance to the flag of the country that has made him a mill- 
ionaire. Pact o^ the first ver~e says: ""herp comes a time when we heed 
certain call, 

bhe world must come together as one." 



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The Title tells us that in the latter days there will come fori move- 

ment to r_e world; one world ~r^9rv> world leader, the tafcl- 

Christ. 

'.nether portion of the ■■ are all a nart of God's great big familj 

and the truth, you know, love is all we need.* 

7^ that true, that everyone in the world is - ; irt of L '"- 7 - family of God? 

No it isn't! The trttth is, bhat "nl^r one is born spiritually into the fami- 

>f God by accept in -*■ Jesus Christ as ^ ~ and viour, that person is not 

a child of God. 3S,at doesn't mean he ±KE±t wasn't created by r -od. It just 

means that until that r« ] : ■■'-• , Lde of bh Lly. 

-nt it that way, but that is how man has changed what God wanted. 

is "Hove all that we need" to change the world': ho, it will take the love 

of God shed into every heart, hearing the Gospel and accepting the salvation 

God ro freely offers to change the world and nothing short of that will do it 

The sonr also : Vend them your heart so they'll know that someone cares 

and their lives will be stronger and free. 

: od has shown us by turninr stone into bre< i , 
■■ ill must lend a hslpi \ , " 

"ere is the humanistic philosophy that each day we will set better and better 

: sre human efforts. \nd did God turn stone to bread? No! The devil 

told Jesus to ;urn the bo bread 3 ing ''!•; t imptation. Had Jesus done 

that, He would have been acknowledging Satan as God and He would have been 

worshiping him instead of God. 

"We are the world," identifies them as being of the world and not of God. 

Jesus said we were either for Him or against Him, we can't be both. It's 

either the world, or God, 

"We are the children," that may be true, but children of whom? Of God? Or 

of Satan? 

"We are saving our own lives." Can we save ourselves? No! There is no 

salvation in any other name than Jesus Christ . 

"W m make better days." Can we make anything? Jesus said, "without Me ye can 

do nothing." 

I think we can see by this that we must wake up to what it is we believe. If 

we are singing this song, < e need to stop and inst<= in singing "'mazing 

Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me." e need to wake up 

and begin looking for the hidden meanings that our humanistic, ungodly society 

is nuietly and secretly imposing on us. 

(Illustration of the yellow, bead , ort legged do ' 

little boy and his f^-i]-- moved "rnr g small southern town to a I 

city in the north. The - with the move, but he was able 

to take hi 'ith him, an sne brig] spot 1; ' is life, 

ifter they had moved, the boy and ' went for a walk to looi fc] eir 

new neighborhood, \s they walked across a school yard they were suddenly 

confronted with a local gan , he m leader look* u he boy and said, 



,: o you're the new kid in town. 'ell if you plan to live here yc ta join 

a gang - and it better be nine." The boy said, " 'her- I come from we don"*t 

a and it wouldn't he right for me to join," "listen," the bully re- 
spondi . pou don't have much choice. Either you Join msxaBii or ne and the 

boys are going to make a habit of beating you to a pulp." Then fir the first 
time he noticed the boy'^ pet and began to laugh, "look at that ugly dor. 
That's the ugliest dog: I've ever seen, '.hat kind is it? look at that yellow 
beady eyed, long nosed, Bhort-legged ugly dog. I'll tell you what I'm going 
to do. If you don't join ray ran^ by tomorrow night, I'm going to have my 
Killer rip up that us;ly ±wk yellow, beady eyed, lon<? nosed, short-legged - 
short-tailed dog of yours. You be here tomorrow night or else." The bov 
answered, "I'll be here, but I don't think I can join your pang. It just 
isn't right." The next night the boy and his pet were at the school yard. 
Here came the ganr down the street and it looked like all of them were hold- 
ing the chain on a huge perman shepherd dos;. Killer was pulling them along 
and they stopped him as they were near the"boy and his pet. The leader asked, 
"Are you croin"- to Join my rrang or do I turn Killer loose on your uply dop;?" 
The boy answered, "I can't join your ran-, it isn't right." The gann: leader 
released the chain on Killer and said, "Go get him Kilier." Killer circled 
around a couple times and then he jumped in on the boy's pet. In the middle 
of Killer's leap the boy's pet opened the larre^t mouth filled with teeth 
the ranp- had ever seen and in one bite killed Killer. ang waxxxkHKiffit 

and their gang leader was shocked, horrified, they were speechless. 
Finally, the gang leader turned to the hoy and said, "What kind of dor is that 
ugly yellow, beady-eyed, short-tailed, long-nosed, ahort-lei — ed thing anyway?' 
" ell," the boy replied, "before we cut off his tail and painted him yellow, 
he was an alligator." 

I think this is the truth we need to see in real life! Looks many times are 
. deceiving. W* 1 may not always see the true picture, '^erefore we must di^- 
beneath the surface to get at the truth. ' -ood example of this is to be 
found in the 16th verse of the *rd ©Hap*»s of this letter. Paul spells it 
out in this way: "And without controversy great is the mystery of God." hat 
is that mystery? " Q manifest in the flesh." Paul is saying that God 

was seen in the flesh. How? Iii the person of Jesus Christ J He was, "Justi- 
fied in the r 'ririt." The Holy pirit was evident in His life and the Spirit 
of God said, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. TI e 
of angels." The angels proclaimed Hia birth, 1 itnessed of Him to man- 

kind, was "Preached unto the S e ntil»s." The mesas e that was meant for 

the Jews, God's chosen people, was proclaimed by Jesus Christ Himself to the 
outsiders, the "entiles. He was, "Believed on in the world." Those wl * c 
under the conviction of God's Soly "pirit believed on Him and received the 

lvation He brought from >od, od He was, "deceived up into rlory." He as- 
cended into \ . "re in • ell is the doctrine of Jesus Ohris 
God "with us" God "Incarnate," in the Flesh. 

ow all of that isn't too hard to understand - houlc make us see that we 

should know what it is we believe. It s] c i] " teach us that we must look and 
searc - 1 's ford for the Truth that He " -re for us, lying just beneath 

the surface. we can find th" 4 : Truth and know octrine. But not only 

Doctrine as such, but sound doctrine. T, e word " ound ul uses it in 



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letter to Timothy in referrir." to Doctrine simply means, "" ' 
Wholesome, fundamental. And so the word "found" for us should mean more that 
just Noise. It should remind us of what we believe and why. We should lister 
to the advice of Paul to Timothy and take it for ourselves, ""Take heed unto 
thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in dtoinr this thou shait 
aaxa both save thyself, and them that hear thee." 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 

Butler , Pennsylvania 

Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor September 22, 1985 

Mr* Dale Rice t Minister of Music 

Mr* Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 

Kelly Mangel, Acolyte 

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QEHKR OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "Sanctuary Echoes' 1 ' 1 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements. 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
*Hymn No* 71 "Faith is the Victory" 
•Ascription 
•Exhortation 

♦Confession (In Unison) "Loving Father, who gives completely 
of His love to us T forgive our selfishness. We aren't 
intentionally indifferent to others. It's just that we 
are so caught up in our own lives, our jobs, our 
families, we look at the world around us from down deep 
in our own little worlds, we do care, but we don't 
take the time or the trouble to respond in love to the 
needs around us* Strengthen us to assume the burden 
of caring. Enrich our lives so we can know the joy of 
others. Forgive us our short-sightednesa so we can try 
again. In Jesus* name." Amen. 
*Kyrie 

♦Assurance of Pardon 
♦Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No. 91 "Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offer tory " Chanson" 
•Doxology - page 382 
Scripture; 2 Chronicles 20: 1-13 
Sermon: "What's It All About?" 
•Closing Hymn No. 96 "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" 
♦Eenedietion 

-ng Chimes 
•Postluoe 



•Congregation standing 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Genevieve Nohach in memory of loved ones. 
Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Link will greet the congregation at the 

door this morning • 
Ushers for today are Dick Mangel, Don Kingsley, Ed Walker, 

and Dick Dally. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Gamble* 
Carl Vinroe and Art Carney will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 127 with 13 visitors. 

TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-8 Choir Practice at 7:00 P.M. 
X Basketball 3-10 

-~*FftIDAY - making apple sauce 9:00 a.m. bring a sack lunch 

>and plan to stay and help. 
ATURDAY - cooking apple butter outside, beginning at 

6:30 a*m* We need firemen, stirrers, and ail 
kind of helpers. We will have lunch, but those 
coming and helping may bring something to add 
to our dinner. See you there. 
SOUP & SALAD 1b fast approaching. Tickets are now on sale 

>by contacting the circle chairmen or Evie Kennedy. 
CONGREGATIONAL DINNER will be held next Sunday evening at 
5j30* We encourage your attendance because of the short 
business that will be taken care of. Also the enter- 
tainment for the evening will be Dan Sehall* Bring a 
tureen, table service, and a friend. Dessert, meat and 
- beverage will be provided. 

_J>> In the near future we will be taking in new members. If 
ycu know of anyone wishing to join, please make Contact 
with the office. 
The Butler Memorial Hospital would like to notify all 
senior citizens of their program for flu shots. If you 
are interested, take time to read the poster in the 
Narthex. The schedules are listed. 
October 19-24 the movie hh Cry From the Mountain" will be 
showing in Butler at the Plaza Theatre. We will be 
getting tickets through the office. If you are interest- 
ed in getting advanced sale tickets at $3.00 each please 
^ let the office know. Tickets at the door will be $3*75. 
_-*-*! he family of Mr. & Mrs. Hoy Frazier are honoring their 

parents with a 50th anniversary Celebration. The family 
is asking for memories or experiences that were shared 
with them. If you have any of this please write it dorfT. 
and forward it to Mrs, Robert Shimek Box 107 Sarver, Pa. 
I . - it) i. This is for the making of Yemory 



I ''crip: 2 Chron. 20:1-13 

liJevrl . it: all abi k sercl 

questin lp] te : . out life 

4-ea us tiler many auests bout lif,part 
la tier mean/purp 4-thez liv" 

ldoua : uxley , English author) 
short eBay can C basichhindranc Pnanv peor hav 
any t- that is«may inter fer w/watevr fredurc 

thay H f olo 

tap much tl > xpres story 2women 

aufr 4 liefs=size 5 shoe try fit 7 foot) 
A miatakn ■'-lief of oorse= Id things we del 

4thoz no sp Blie#a lif Bay wel" 
thoz peop go thru motins of liv 

■?vn 4thoz do hav sp fn&atin sum sort, lif atil 
hold nany quests 

This why pt out las wk mus b 'an on/wat Bliei 

All this cum undr head-Doctr- nctrii 

as time f;o on 5c trus wil hav underst wat Doctrin is 
2day 11; v octrii '"" i t is- ats 

•rer". need our ] 
Anser ly !'• crir t-tbis morn: 
Jehosh on thron Judah:suceed fathr lsa,bo1 

tak plac aprox=8% BC:Jea08l -' ■ 18t1 yr of 25 
yr reign:Very relig, godly kin| ;i tin public 

gtvn re lis; instrucjpr/levite- re-lar circuit!? thruoul 
■ 2teach peop=Bk of Law; 
' lrg stand army-chap 1" say»lMil,260 thousand 
Moab , , 

1st thin, iid=seek lord 
no read absolutly unafraid,insted=he fear, but w/feaj 
t 2only '-ores cud help at this time 
B had wel ovr mil men,ica--in wat they had 
vs 4=notic wat hapnstbis tel Jehosh dun frud job as K 
not only was ldr seek G 's directin,but peop wer folt 
his ldr ship 
had taut ritely Sfc wel the:- do wat need tak pre- 
cedenc ovr all els=^ seel; G at thir time of need 
vss 6-7=E & peop in Tenip,Jehos pray=recal wat G dun 

in past iv His peop 
vse E-9=recal bild magnif structur in wh ^worship G 

& how wen need, cur here s^e*: "■ 'a help 
ve 10>E 'n past hiatry "- how G no per 

mit Isites 2destry thess same peop wen cum fr 
vss 11-12-urgent reoues of K H- G 'a help 

at >:: its read secret wil riv victry=»Eys uponS 

evn mid dire cireu '3 on G 

;'■ i ' ist- 

& pruf fnd vs 13=READ 



Hot jut. sum them/or part them/or f»w then f£LL them c ' 

r f*,ey dua wel hav stud rnd Si shrug shold , as k» 'vats 
All About? Wat duz all this mean? 
Insted,no trus army, own 3tr;they trust in GOD 

& wat do we cal this basic trust? FAITH 
In Ecrip wat we cal Dootrin is cal=The Faith 
Jo very 1st thing mus hav is FAITH 

ordr 2do so mus analyst faith § 34o so wil reiuii we 
Ik 6 things wh makup faith 
2day wil Ik 3,6 nex wk Ik 3 
Faith urns 1st B Docttinl Faith 

.sk many times/complain dont hav enuf ffaith & 
wud lik hav mor 
fact, many peop pray-GIv me mor faith, but no set 
that way 
list way 2hav faith is 2hav Hoctrir.1 " i ' hO« 
ED nicely om 10:17+ 
if want faith, or nor faith BUS ord of G 

-' os dislik hear this cuz no want tak 
1 ord;or sun use excua no !;no 

read ; d.but truth is=±± Rod provid us 

ord ^r mak efort read daily/' wil bles thoz 
e forts by increas knowledg of II im " ^iv mor Faith as 
read 

loctrin use intrchanrbly; en Faith has 
artiel preoeed= the Faith.it means=T'ae statment of 

2hav corec faith mus hav acurot statmen of wat lie-s 
Cllus lady w/littl faith in a ?rrt God) 
, can onl. 3 by undpi--'' T: ir ord ° 

fr Ilia ord wil hav statmen of f,or jus wat actul Blit 

'aith 
can hav all sorts of -faiths bout lot of tfcii l . 
but sen tali '" ' ,cai onl ' -v provi 

£pfr 2:8=G provid His "rac/fres rift wh wat Grac mean, 
thru deth Js on cros 

, t deth bot 4anyl who acpts it- Salvation 
But Ik wat j add»2:8B«We oanot sav selvs only thru Xp 
mus read vs 9=dusnt mean can work 4salv^tin;.ii^t time 
spent oong ushr,sinr- choir, serv bords/oomits hav 
nothin do tf/salvatin 
Only thru acptanc Js as r avior receiv salvatin 5 that 
cum bj' faith alone 

,'e cum 2plac wher say=I Bliev in Ja £p S '-hat--, av 
3rd thin- bout F it is a Justifyinr ?aith 
Here wber ? actul cum in2 play Bcua too we hav sin 
! 
That mean theris not 1 persn who cum in2 worl.otnr 
than Jb Xp, who entr worl w/out sin 

re-.tl 3trugl w/this as we may , we P. born slnr 
wil dy unjustly sinrs unles cum " 



wen flo cum 2 >'p can say=I am Justify, or, I am made 
rite w/<".od 

ritusnes,or thisB made Just w/God onl 
1 cub Js paid price 4-our sins 
-lao tel this Sal 2:2 

at snd vs sum up«He ayed <U1 .He dyed *evrl 
1 just or jjuetifyed who 

(Ilus H(>v, .ioberston, train, priest " of 
Miie in esenc 13 wat 
3 ] bout? 
Faith wh/we can only lern thru ' r this 

- ith 
it is Faith wh/we can thru salvatin hot 

ivn thru , a La is Saving "filth 

& it is faith wh/make u= rt w/Goa,OfU* being Just or 
Justified "- thiF curas thru Js saorific or our 



IN NT.FAITK/DOCmN USD OTTERCHSOBLT 
?HAV GOREC FAm.KDS HAV ACuHA? KT4TKEN CF WAT WE BLTEV 
(ILUS WOMN COMPLIMENT ON HEP GRT FAITH 
GET KNC G THW HIS WORD B- FR/VCRD VIL ERO WAT WF. BLIEV 

SAVING FAITH-WEN TALK BOUT FAITH IN G.CAN ONLTB BAV FAITH AS 

PROVID BY KIH 
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EXPL WAT THIS VS MEAN 

BCDH THIS MPS READ NEX VS AS WELL .READ VS 9 
(^XPL MO WORK IN CH, CHOIR, FSHH .PREACH ETC) 

«rs cm spue wheh gan sat.i bliev in js xp -that sav faith 

JUSTIFYING FAITH.EXPL ALL HINNRS CUM INTO WORL 

BORN Simms.WIL DY SIHNH8 DNI.ES CUM TO XP 

„ ™, * "^ "^ SD '"^ CAR SAT W " JDSTIFTD OR MADF RTTf tt/nnn 
P TEL HE GALAATIANS Z-20 ' A HITE W ' 00I) 



Community Bible Church - Sagamore, r a . _ October 18, iqq? 

Prelude 

JoyB/GreetinesAnnouncements/Prever Reauests 



ascription 

Call to Wo* ship: 

PFAIfiE YE THE LORD. PRAISE YE THE NAME OF THE LORD: 
PRAISE HIM, YE SERVANTS OF Tff 1 LORD. 
TE THAT STAND IN THE HOUSE CF THE LORD, IN THE CODRTS 
OF THE HOUSE OF CUB GOD, 
PRAISE THE LOUD: FOR IXXIS THE LORD IS GOOD: 
SING PRAISES UNTO EKXXKKK HIS NAME: 
,„ TOR IT IS PLEASANT. PSALM 135:1-? 

C f f eri nfi/Prayer 
■Doxolngy 
Pastoral Prayer 
Hymn 
Scripture: mrttaxItxXiJhOtkiiKlilC 

2 ChBoniclee 2Q»1-1J 
Sermon: "What's It All About?" St. Paul's Butler 9/22/85 

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TH/WORD -FOR END VS SUMS IT ALL UP 

J f ^ " F ° R " KE " HE DIED " F0R " TOD - HE DIED "FOR" EVRONF 
& THAT MAKS ANYONE JUST OR JUSTFYD Bk GOD WHO CUM 2 mf 

(IMS DR. ROBERTSON i PRIEST ON TRAIN S, WORD CF GOD) 

IS IN ESENC WAT FAITH XXIXMEKIX IS 
*ATS IT ALL ABOUT??? 
IT IS FAITH WH/CAN ONLY LERN THRU GOD'S WORD 
THIS IS WHER WE IZJOf FORM DOCTPIN OF FAITH 

thrJ S S m WS CAK ° NLY HAV THBU Th/sal ^ bot & GIVM 
on T ly S oSs IT ?hrTJsT US BITE ° P JtJSTFTD * G0D * rs 



Scrip: 2 Chron 20:1-13: - "What's It All About?" 

POP SONG SVRL TRS AGO - WAT'S IT ALL ABOUT" ALPHIE-" 
QUESTS OF LIF S: THEP MEAN 
* EA US ,KANY QUESTS BOUT LIF S, WAT WE BLIEV -IS THEP Mean *. 
"URP <* THEZ LIVS WE LIV??? * MEAN * 

( 'S ALDOUS HUXLY K 9U0TE F3/Bmr) 

r™i H0RT ESAY CAK C BASTC HTNDRANC MANY PEO HAV w/ANY TYP nm 
* ™f J S IT KTTO INTERFERE W/VATEVH FREDUM THEY R FOLO 
MIS FREDUM MAYB EXPRES IN STORY 2W0MN CONVERSE ILUS SUE t Tatt 
MISTAKN BLIEF OF CORSE l LIF MADUP THING VE 3LIOT " 

WE MUS KNO WAT STAN ON & WAT BLIEV g. THIS CAL DOCTRTN 
DOCTRINE - WATS IT ALL ABOUT??? DOCTRIN 

JEHOSH SUCEED FATHR-ASA * GUD KING LIK FATHR 

^SlP T / K ?LAC l8TH YR JEHOSH REIGN OF P 5 YRS f, YR 896 BC APROX 
H L^ LIB f CDLY KIN( 3:INSTITUT SYSTM PUBLIC GIVN RELIG INsSuST 
SENT PR/LEVITES THRUCUT K TEACH PEO -BUK OF TH/LAW INS ™ UCS 
LRG STAN ARMY 1MIL, 260THOUS 
VS 1-ARMYS LINBffP AGIN JUDAH 
VS 2.ADVIS LRG FORC AGIN THEM 
VS 3. 1ST THING JEHOSH DID-SEEK LORD 

HE FEAR BUT w/FEAR WENT ONLY SORCE CUD HELP THIS TIM 
VS V.NOT ONLY WAS K SEEK LORD, BUT PEC AS WEL 

HE HAD TAUT THEM WEL 
VSS 5-7-K K PEO STUD TEMPL & RECAL PAS DEEDS OF GOD 
VSS #-9wRECAL BILD THIS MAGNIF STRUCTtJR 
VS 10-PAST HTSTRY FCLO G'S INSTRUCS 
VSS 11-12-UHEGENT REQUES OF K FOR G'S HELP 
VS 12-AT END VS LERN SECRET WIL GIV VTCTRT 
t PRUF THIS FND VS 13-ALL JUDAH 
WA 1 " CALL THIS TYP TRUST?? IT CALLED « FAITH 

IN - p CRIP WAT CAL DOCTRINE IS CALLED -THE FAITH 

i LK AT THREE THING THIS WK,MAKUP FAITH 
DOCTRINAL FAITH* pray not hav enuf faith, I need aore.riv me 
ROMANS 10:17-MUS READ,GET INTO WORD OF G 



Scripture: 2 Chronicles 20:1-15 

Jeveral years ago there was a popular song entitle : ' , "hat's It All About?" 
It asked this searching question of a person named "Alphie." 4hd the first 
line was, '".hat's It All About, Alphie?" It spoke of the auestions of life 
and their meaning. For each of us there are many nuestions about life and in 
particular, questions about what we believe. Is there meaning and purpose foi 
these lives we are living? 

(Illustration of Aldous Huxley, English author) 

Huxley was almost blind but yet wrote many novels, Tn his book, "Ends And 

Means," he says somethinr that every agnostic will find worth contemplating. 

Re writes: I had motives for not wanting the world to have a meaning; con- 
aently assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to 
find satisfying reasons for this assumtion. Most ignorance is vincible.... 
will that decides how and upon what subjects we shall use our intelligence. 
Those who detect no meaning in the world generally do so because, for one 
reason ox iotl ■', '". 1 tl L took ti b the voy-X" meaningless 

.... We objects to the morality because it interfered with our sexual free- 
dom. 

In this short essay we can see the basic hindrance to many people having any 
type of belief, and that is, it may interfere with whatever freedom they are 
following. Perhaps much of this freedom is somewhat expressed in the story 
of two women involved in a conversation. The one said to the other, "Sue has 
suffered much for her belief." The other girl asked, "Is tjrat so? What is 
her belief?" And the first girl replied, "That she is able to wear a size 
five shoe on a number seven foot." 

A mistaken belief of course! ''nd life is made up of things we believe. "For 
those who have no spiritual beliefs life may well be a complete mystery and 
those people HZEkaixx go through the motions of living. But even for those 
who do have Q spiritual foundation of some ort , life still holds many quest- 
ions. This is why as we pointed out last week we must know what it is we 
st?nd on and just what it is we believe. All of this copies under the headi 
of "Doctrine" as we also said. 'e will be looking at these doctrines as ti 
goes on and I trust that we will have an understanding about doctrine. 
Today, we are lookinr at the very beginning of "Doctrine" and that is, just 

at it it all about? What is the first ineredient we need in our lives? 
T, e answer lies within our cripture for this mornj 

Jehoshaphat was on the throne of Judah. He had succeeded his father Asa as 
king. Asa before hira was a rood king and so was Jehoshaphat. Our "cripture 
takes place in approximately the year 696 B.C. \t this time Jehoshaphat was 
in the 18th year of his 25 year reign in Judah. Jehoshaphat was a very re- 
ligious and podly kins-. He had instituted a system whereby the public was 

SSMT 
given religious instruction, He^priests and levites on regular circuits 

throughout the kingdom to teach the people the "book of the Law." 






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Now in -cripture, what we call "Doctrine" is called, "The Faith, 1 ' o the 
very first thing we ra -is "Faith." And in order to do so we must ana- 
lyse faith t and to do so will require that we look at the six things which 
make up faith. Today we will look at three of them and next week we will look 
at the other three. 

The first thing about faith is that it must be "Doctrinal Faith." People ask 
many times, or complain that they don't have enough faith and they would like 
to have more. In fact, many people pray to God, "Give me more faith." But 
we don't ret faith that way. The first way to have faith is to have "Doctrin- 
al Faith." And how do we ret that? Paul sums this up rather nicely in his 

letter to the Romans. In the 10th chapter, verse 17 we read, " '>o then faith 
cometh by hearin~, and hearing by the .ord of God." 

If we want faith, or more faith than we already have, we must get into the 

or-"' of Sod. " -• I know there are those who dislike hearin- this because 

they don't want to t ke time to read Cod'- 'ord; or sone people use the excuse 

of not having time, or not bein<? able to rear 1 , or not likin r " to read. But the 

truth of the matter is , that '"od has provided us with His Word and if we make 

the effort to read it re^ulaily, 3od will bless those efforts by increasi 

our knowledge of T ~im, and by giving us more faith as we read. In the New 

Testament Faith and Doctrine are used interchangeably. -hen faith has ±3bm 

an article proceeding it as in "tjie faith," it means, "the statement of faith. 

To have correct faith we must have an accurate statement of what we believe. 

(Illustration of lady complimented on her rreat faith) 

lady of strong fatih was complimented about her "great" faith. 'he re- 
sponded by saying, l,T " have a little faith in a great ^od." 

;.'e can only ret to know this Great God by understanding His ,'ord and it is 

from His Word that we will have a statement of faith, or just what it is we 

actually believe. 

The second thin'- about faith is it must be a "laving Faith." W fl can have all 

sorts of faiths about a lot of things. But when we are talking about faith 

in God it ca:n only be a" "saving faith" as provided by Him. In "^phesians 2:8 

1 aul writes, "For by Grace are ye saved through faith." God provided His 

Grace, or His free gift which If what Grace means, through Jesus' death on 

the cross. That death bought for anyone who accepts it, Salvation. But look 

what Paul adds to this: " 'nd that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." 

We cannot save ourselves. :e can only be saved throurh Jesus Christ. And we 

must read the next verse as well to completely understand this. "Hot of works 

lest any man should boast." That means it doesn't come about by working for 

it. The amount of time s] /end in a congregation serving the Lord in 

ushering, singing in the choir, serving on boards or committeess has notb.ii 

'<o with salvation. It is merely theourht the acceptance of Christ that 
we receive salvation and that comes about by faith alone. j m co-.: to the 



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place where ] , "I believe in -asus Christ," and that is "Saving !?aith." 

The third thing about faith is it is a "Justifying Faith," Now here is where 
our faith actual 1- comes into lay because we 'new that all " Inned and 

come short of the '-lory of Sod. t means there is not one person who ever 

came into this world, (other than Jesus Christ), who entered this world with- 
out sin. restle, and struggle with this as we may, we are born sinners 
we will die unjustified sinners unless we come to Christ. n when we do cone 
to salvation through Christ we can say, "I am .justified," or, "I am made r: 

Lth God." And this righteousness 1 or this beinc made "Just" with God only 
is possible because Jesus paid the price for sur sins. ncl once again aul 
tells this in Galatians 2:20, (read this), rhe word "~'or" at the end of the 
verse sums it all up. Jesus died "?or" me; He died "For" T ^ou; ~ T e died "For" 
everyone, and that makes anyone "Just" or "Justified" MhsunxJik gy before r -od 
who come to I im. 
(Illustration of Dp, obertson and priest on train and ' ore" of jod") 

his in essence is what "faitb ,: is. " 'list's It 11 Lbout?" It is 'ai- 
which we c y learn of through Sod's ord; AJuuta ind j where we 

form our "Doctrine" of faith; it is faith which we can only have through the 
salvation bought and given through Jesus Christ; and this is "Caving Faith"; 
and it is : nakes us right before God, our beinp Just, or Justified 

and this comes through Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf. 






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He had a large standing army which is numbered in the 17th chapter of this 

book and relates that array as isKxinc consisting of 1j million, 260 thousand 

men. But the I vl oabites, the Ammonites, and the Somites came to do battle 

against Judah. Jehoshaphat was adviser 3 that these foreign armies were coming 

against them and we read in the 3rd verse, "And Jehoshaphat feared, and set 
himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah." 

The very first thing that Jehoshaphat did was to seek the lord. f don't 

read that he was absolutely unafraid. Instead, we read 2He feared," but 

along with that fear he went to the only source which cculd help him at this 

time. If he had exh well over a million troops, you can well imagine that 

Moab, 'rrnon, and Edom had as large b force, or even larger/ 

But notice also as we read in verse 4- what happens, "And Judah gathered them- 
selves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of 
Judah ^hey came to seek the lord." 

This tells us that Jehoshaphat had done his Job well as -heir king. Tot only 

was he the leader seeking God's direction, but his people were iollowing his 

leading. He had taught them rightly and well and they were doing the thinr 

ich reeded to take precedence over all else, and th j, to seek God at 

i time. 

The king and the people are assembled in the Temple and we read, xeeshs that 

JeAoshaphat prayed, verses 5 A 7 } (read these). He is recalling the past 

deeds which God had performed for His people. 

en we read in verses 8 A. 9 that he recalls the building of this magnificent 

structure in which to worship "^d and how when they had a need they were to 

come here and seek God's help/ 

In verse 10 the king speaks to "od concerning the past history in which God 

did not permit the Israelites to destroy these people when they passed their 

land on the way out of Egypt . 

'.nd in the 11th ' 12th verses we XEKX*teB read the urgent request of the king 

for God '.-■ help. 

ut at the very end of the 12th verse we read of the secret which will ^ive 
them the victory. Jehoshaphat pr- out eyes are upon The", 1 ' " ven in 

the midst of these dire circumstance?, Judah had their eyes upo- ' hty Sod, 

It wasn't in their own strength or might the- were trusting. It was in God. 

nd the proof of bhis Ls found in the 13th verse, 'nd AIL Judah stood before 

the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children." It was 

not Just some of them; or part of them; or s few of them; it was 'XI of them. 

^ The king and the people may well have stood around shrugging their shoulders 

and asking each other, "What's It '11 .bout?" "That does all of this mean?" 

Instead, they didn't tru t in their army; they didn't trust in their own 

strength* they trusted in God. *.nd what do we cell this type of trust? 
It is called "FAITH." 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor September 29, 1985 

Mrs. Kitty Feder, Organist 
Mr, Roland Thompson,, Saxophonist 
Kelly Mangel, Acolyte 
Robin Kaiser, Acolyte 
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +++ + + ++ + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
*Hymn No. 98 "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" 
■"Ascription 
•Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) "Gracious God, Creator and Father, 
we come before you a rebellious people. We have 
preferred our way to Christ's way; we have disobeyed 
your commandments; and we have worshipped ourselves and 
the things we have made. Forgive us, restore in us the 
knowledge of who we are* and make us alive to serve you 
in faith, obedience, and joy, through Jesus Christ our 
Lord. Amen. 
*Kyrie 

■"♦Assurance of Pardon 
♦Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name forever. 
•Gloria Patri - age 142 
Hymn No, 77 "Be Still My Soul" 
Call to Prayer; Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 

.__ Offertory "Tn The Garden^ 

♦Doxology - page 3S2 < f&i* /ffff/J^/U 
'^Scripture: Romans 12: 1-8 

Sermon: "More On Faith 11 
•■Closing Hymn No. S4 "My Faith Looks Up to Thee' h 
*Benediction 
•Closing Chimes 
1 p _ide 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mr. & Mrs. Earl Kennedy in memory of Robert Tait. 
Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Meier will greet the congregation at the 

door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Alvin Tait, Mike Nazaruk, Got t lob 

Kradel, and James McClymond3, 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Gamble. 
Mary Lou Davis and Marilyn Snyder will be visiting the 

hospital t his week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 116 with 7 visitors. 
^^Hospitalized: Frank Crawford at the VA Hospital. 

Mrs* Alma Rex - St* Margaret's in Pittsburgh 

MONDAY - Volleyball 6:30 - 9:30 
TUESDAY -Aerobics 6-7 

WEDNESDAY - Council meeting at 7:00 P.M. 

THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-8 Choir Practice at 7:00 P.M. 
Basketball 3-10 

BENEVOLENCE COMMITTEE meeting September 3G at 7:00 P.M. 

^CONGREGATIONAL DINNER will be held tonight at 5:30 P.M. 

We encourage your attendance for the short business meet- 
ing regarding the roof of the church. Bring a tureen, 
table service, and a friend. Meat dessert* and beverage 
will be provided. Dan Schall will be the entertainment. 
Also immediately following the service we need some help 
in the hall to set up tables and chairs. 

^>Tickets are now on sale for the Soup and Salad Day. You may 
purchase them from Evie Kennedy or any of the Circle chr;:. 

We need flowers for the month of October. Take a minute and 
sign up now or call Ginny in the office. 

All articles for the newsletter are due into the office by 
Wednesday. 

Today we are welcoming the following as new members into 
the congregation. Take time to welcome them. 
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Crawford 
Mrs. Esther Fair 
Mrs. Sharon Gonzalez 
Lisa Penrod 

^'ReFiirider: Next Sunday is World Vide Communion (pew) 



♦Congregation Standing 



Community Bible Church - Safcamore, Fa. - October 25, 1992 

Prelude 

jojs/Greetin?a/Announcements/prayer Requests 

Eongregotional dieetin* & dinner after church on Sunday 
iVovember 15, 



Ascription 

Call to Worship: 

CHEAT IS THE LORD, AND GREATLY TO BE PRAISED: 
AND HIS GREATNESS IS UNSEARCHABLE. 
THE LORD IS GRACIOUS, AND FULL OF COMPASSION: 
SLOW TO ANQER, AND OF GREAT MERCY. 



THE LORE IS GOOD TO ALL: 
ARE OVER ALL HIS WORKS. 



•Hymn 

Of ferine /Prayer 
*Doxolo^y 

Pastoral Prayer 

Hymn 

Seritpure: Romans 12:1-8 

Sermon: "More On Faith" 

•Benediction 
•Postlude 



AND HIS TENDER MERCIES 
PSALM l*5l3, 8-9 



St. Paul's Sutler, 9/29/8") 






"MORE ON FATTH" - Scrip: Romans 12:1-0 

AuthrKEB.CHAF 11:1 "NOW FAITH IS TH/SUBSTANC OF THINGS HOPED *, 
TH/EVIDENC OF THINGS NOT SEEN. 

HE SAY FAITH IS BLIEV SUMTH CAN HAPN.OR B DUN WEN TH/EVIDENC 
CONTRADICTS THAT BLIEF 
" JUKI SAYS "I 3LIEV CAN DO TH/IMPOSIBL" 
T.„(TI.'BLIEVING ASK. DO D REALT BLIEV G CAN WORK MIRACLS? 
2DAY WE R LOOKING AT - WORK ON FAITH 
THIS ACTUM CUDB PLAY ON WORDS AS LK AT BY WORLD 
TH/UNBLIEVRS PF TH/VORL WUD TEL US 2BLIEV G CAN DO THINGS WH/WE 
CANC1T EXPL.OH WH/LAK DEE PRLT IS 2PSACTIC -MORON FAITH 
TH/FATTK OF A BLIEVH IS LUK ON AS SUMONE WHO IS MENTALY DEFICISN' 
BUT THIS MORN WE R GOING TO LUK AT ' MORE ON FAITH 
LAS WK LK AT FAITH AS B.DOCTRINAL FAITH, SAV FAITH t. JUSTIFY FAITH 

THIS WK LK jTOTHF ELMENTS OF FAITH 

FIPST: INDWELLING FAITH 
MK llll2-lWj CURS FTGTREE 

2Q-22.IIT TRANS-HAV TH/FAITH GF GOD - secret OF SP POWS, 
NOT DBS FATTH, BUT 3'S FAITH N/lN" B8 
SAME LITE HAB RECORD 2:4 TH/JUST SHAL LIV BY HIS FATTH 

WHOS FAITH? NOT MAN'S, BUT G'S - INDWELLING FAITH 
P WRIT GAL 2;l£«TH/FAITH OF JS XP MUSE PLANTD OUR HARTS.INDWEL T 
JS SEE-APART FE/HIM CAN DO NI'TH Jffl REED HIS INDWEL 2SXESCTS F 

SECOND: DAILY FAITH 
WE SEE MUS READ/USE G'S WORD -BIBLE, MUS SEEK 3 
MUS ASK.AK I LET G INDWEL ME? IS JS IN CONTROL KY LIF? 
THIS WAT DAILY FAITH ALL BCL'T 
THIS WAT P S*Y VS 1 OUR SCRIP - READ THIS 
OUR "HEASNBL SEHVIC IS DAILT LIV t, EXERCIZ DAILY FAITH 

TV E : TH/GIFT OF FAITH 

VS -FROFH USED FOR PREACHING 

BUT GRACE IS GIFT t THCZ CUM 2 XP HAV FAITH rS/THEN ON 
BUT SUM HOfi.SSV LXS FAITH I, DIE IS MATTR OF DEVELOP FAITK AS LIV 
[ILIffl ^HUS HUGHES % FATHR t JFERY FALWELL) 

OUT OF CRD? OF CORE, BUT FAITH ALL CAN HAV IF TRULY SEEK 2HAV 
(TI1IR LADY TRADE SMAL CAR S. GOT BIGGR 5- THEN PARK) 
THIS JS SED 2TCMA5 
FAITH SUMTH WE EXRCIZ BKUK F.NO G CAN S- WTL DC WAT SAYS 

MUS TAK AT HIS WORD 
[IMS LITTL BCY I LOST HIS FAITH IN GOD) 

ALL HAV ELEMENTS OF FAITH OUR LIVE, BUT MT1S SEEK DEVELOP THAT F 
VS 1.KUF HEED ADVIC fF P 

THEN FAITH CAN GRO/DEVELCF BCUZ WE WILB INDWELT BY ONLY ONE 

CAN GIV PURPCS I MEANING TO LIF 
THAT SUMONE IS JESUS CHRIST 



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= JOCtrinl F,' avin^ ? , Justif y : 
■Ik 1st 'aith 

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othr wopd,Js tel disc dps this typ result posi 1 - with 
anyl had G indwel them 

aayl who in clo- oomun ' t within them 

ecret of sp powr not our F,but G 's F within us 

: ■ = r ! ust shal liv by : 'ic F ' this F refr 
' - not men ' 
Indwel F is iual alse 's F at v/o^k 4us 

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Law 1 i i '" . T " £p 

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Js s< j fr Hia ca'i do I 

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»d in ordr exercise Faith 
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very vitl,but lour with read/kno r,'s '.,'ord ther mur3 
seeking of God 
Hot 2nany peo involv truly seek J, as shud 8c prob fex 
hav stem fr install society wh liv 
instan fuds,instan meals, TV by stlite etc 

we Bcum lazy 8s want info fed without efort 
Ther thoz tret all knowl bou* G th r u semnar aft semnar 
i hear Dr sumbody interp G'a 'ord;tlioz listn progr 
aftr procr Bib preachr say bout G & nevr seek li rn 
wat 3 say 2them in person 

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absorb othrs thots/thini ' »o seek i them^elvs 
but seek i slso mean sell-serch livs nuest if all 
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bius lay our sins ther 



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''ut unles real erae; 8 oft no bothr use F in 

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Then v/e quest or marvl 3uinl els hav mor F than we do 

e need heed advic I as read vs 1-BEAB 
If we wil 2do this then F wil ~ro 'devel cuz we wil 
2B indwelt by only One who can p-iv purpos /meaninc 

2 life 6 that' is Js Xp 



cri^ture: smans l 9 :l-8 

Tile author of Hebrews writes in the 11th chapter versel, "Now faith is the 

substance of t ing hoped for, the evidence of things nr J -peri. 1 ' 

' uite simply he is saying that faith is believing that something can happen, 

or be done when the evidence contradicts that belief. "he believer says, "I 

believe that "od can do the impossible." The unbelieving ask, "Do you really 

believe God can work miracles'':" ".nd in the eyes of the world , our Sermon tit] 

this morning is a play on words. The xrcr±± unbelievers of the world would 

tell us that to believe God can do things which we cannot explain or which 

lack definite proof is to exercise "MORON Faith." T, e faith of a believer 

is looked upon as having the mentality of someone who is mentally deficient. 

But this morning we are not going to look upon the faith of those who are 

mentally deficient. "J3ut we are going to look at 'Tore On Faith, " 

Last week we had looked at three of the elements of faith which were, 

"Doctrinal Faith, avir 'aith, and Justifying 'aith." 

This week we are goin to look at three other elements of faith. ind the 

first of these is what is called, "Indwelling Faith" Mark records that Jesus 

was on : L- w y to the Temple and He passed a fig tree and <;ince it didn't have 

figs on it, He spoke a curse to it and they went or. Eajrer, the next morning 

thi to the tree and it had withered and died. "he disciples didn't 

understand xkxx the power of God, and Peter asked Jesus how this wis possible, 

This is recorded in the 11th chapter of Mark, and in the 22nd verse we rend: 
nd Jesus answering saith unto them, 'Have faith in Sod,'" 

in is a ver' t has lost something in its translation. Although 

this is the literal translation from Greek, because of its context and. what 

Jesus was trying to tench, it could be translated, "Have the faith of (Sod." 

In other words, Jesus was trying to tell T 'l- followers that this type of 

result was possible with an-one who had "o-" 1 indwell hem. nyone who 
is 

in close communion with "ed had God 's faith within them/ x± The secret 



of spiritual power is not our faith, but Jatd ' faith within us. In the Cld 

one of the foundational truths wMch Habakkuk among others points 

out is, "the just ] live by his faith." This faith is feferrin- to God's 

faith, not men's faith. Indwelling faith is someone else's faith at work for 

us. Paul says in Galatians 2:16, "Knowing that a man is not justified by the 
works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ.' 1 

The faith of Jesus Thrist must be planted in our hearts and this is Indwelling 

hat apart from Him we can do nothing and so He is telld 

us that we must have His indwelling in order to accomplish anything. This is 

the "Indwelling Faith" which we need in or&er to exercise faith. 

Another element of faith is what we might call a "Daily '-ith." ..'e had said 

last week that one of the manor ways to have faith as we should is by reading 



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the ford of God. This is very vital but along with reading and knowing the 
,,'ord of "od there must be a seeking of the lord. Hot too many people are 
involved in trult seeking the Lord as ;hey should. The problem we have is 
that the a^e in which we live does so many things Cor ua Instantly. fe have 
all 3orta of i i '■-" : . • can >oo a ueal in m sven zx and in a matter 

of minutes KExx±±±xfcB it is ready to eat; we push a button and we can be 
transported to a foreign country vi 

All of MSxkHKxsi this has made us lazy to the extent that we want all of our 
information fed to us without any effort. There are those who get all of 
their knowledge of God through attending seminar after seminar and hearing 
what Dr. somebody or other has to say about God; there are those who listen 
or watch program after program of Biblical preachers and hear what they have 
to say about the Bible and God. These actions? are not wrong in ■ hemselves 
but they have a tendency to make people spiritually lazy. It is much easier 
to absorb what someone else think- or tells us ahout a certain subject. But 
the real value is to e-lean that information for ourselves by seeking Sod's 
answers direct from Him, 

But seeking r o& also involves a self-searchir- of ^ur lives questioning if 
we have laid everyt] I altar. In the ] estament the priest 

lair ifice on the altar for the people. But in the Mew testament, 

the cross of Jesus became the altar upon which we must lay our sins. It isn'1 
someone doin- this for us. Instead, it is each of us individually bar: 
our very souls to God through the blood of Christ. Gave I done this, or am 
I doing this and letting God take over in my heart to indwell me with His 
ith? Is Jesus Christ in control of my life and living in me': T % is is 
lat "ffiaily Faith is all about, find this is what Paul was writing about in 
x±i±i:<3nBkhsx^jgxBmsxxxEXxxHitkx±KXKkakxxffXE^H3^ 

the 1st verse of our ' cripture this rorni- . aad this). Our reasonable 

■/ice is our daily living and our exercisinp of "Daily Faith." 

Still another element of faith is what we could call, "The gift of faith." 

e don't often think of faith as bein" a gift. Each person who comes to 

Christ does so in an act of faith, '"his is not a gift in itself. Christ 

Himself is the gift ^-od sives to us and we can only appropriate Him as our 

viour by faith. So then, what is Paul trying to tell us in this :"' cripture 

for this morning? In the 6th verse we read, "Having then gifts differing 
according to the grace that is piven to us, whether prophecy, let us pro- 
phesy according to the proportion of faith." 

The word "prophecy" here is used for preaching. It is from this verse that 

some say that faith is like the other gifts from God and is just that - a 

gift and can only be received that way. I happen to believe that each person 

who comes to the Lord has faith from that point on. But some have more 



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faith and some have less. So why the difference if we all have faith? It is 

simply a matter of developing that faith as we live our lives. 

(Illustration of Charles Hughes , his father and Jerry Falwell) 

very promising student at liberty Baptist College was ±ess±xs±x±ji a young 
m n named Charles Hughes. On the weekends he would hold meetings wherever 
he was invited in seeking to become an efeangelist. He was traveling to his 
home In 1-ennsylvania and was involved in a head-on crash which severely 
'ijred him. For several days he hung between life and death. Because 
there was so much brain age, the doctors said he would never be more 
than a vegetable for the rest of his life. Be had to go thrc eries 
of emer ency surgies and finally one day the doctors - bis father 

and to" that he was clinically dead and sought permission to use his 
organs as transplants. lis father said, "Ho. God gave me Charles and he 
is t icfa the Gospel ... I will not rive him up." He believed that God 
to spare I - ; he left the doctors to pray in the hospital 

chapel. ''' ■■ in Thomas Hoad Baptist Church, Jerry Falwell announced 

to the coi ion,*tait "Next year Charles Hughes will preach the 
tion sermc fcfeg liberty Baptist j," is was an extraordinary 
tement since seminary students do not usually deliver ?on sen 
much less one who was not expected to live. But in May of 1979, Charles 
es stood before a packed auditorium and delivered a powerful sermon. 

of the ordinary? Of course it i : . ut it shows that there are some peo- 

le whose faith is seemingly much stronger than others. o where does that 

leave us? uld we ^±ve up? Ho! Perhaps we need to become more like the 

elderly lady who traded In her compact car and got a lar ?1. 
lustration of this lady) 
._ he drove it downtown to do some shoppin- but the onlv parkin- space 

coul? find was a parallel place on the main street. The space looked a 
little small, but she decided to try to park the new car. She started to 

nto the space and saw in her rearview mirror two policemen watch? 
her. Undaunted, she continued to back up and to her own surprise j 
the car perfectly. She got out walked uo to the meter to put the in 
and there was one of the policemen. He put a coin it lot and as he 

Heed away he said, "I lost." n bo ralk said, 

"Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed," 

Phis is what Jesus said to The iple if you remember following His 

resurrection. " need not look upon faith as a gift. Instead, it is some- 
thing we exercise because r that God can 11 do what He says. e 
mu in at His ord and live our faith. 

(Illustration of little boy losir ' faith in God) 

Tittle boy went to ] for the first time. While there he 

heard the lesson and like all the children was given a picture card wit?' 
the -t of the mroning's lesson, "Have faith in Sod." He 

down the street and waited for the streetcar and when it came along 
he got on. But as r moved down the street, the little boy who had 
been he? ' 6 car near the window, lost his grasp on it and it flew out 
the . ;id, "I've lo£ H.ith in ''od, 'top the car! ? lease 
stop the car!" i b motorman good naturedly stopped the car and 
to retrieve the little boy's picture card. "\.e passengers all smiled and 
one of them said, Wouldn't life for al] Ler if we were 

wise enough to cell a. ht re find our rushing ahead and leav- 

ing; behind our faith in led?" 



And isn't thir the bru ? 11 of us have the els .,, fop our l 



ives , 






But unless its a real ' ancy so often we don't bother usin our faith in 

God's help ■ i olve our problems without Him, then 

we question, or marvel that someone else has more faith re do. .e need 

leed the advice : u] re - verse, (Head 

If we are willing to do this then our faith will grow and develop because 
: e will be Ind 'elt r - the only One who can give 3 and meaning to life 

Christ. 



St* Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
v. Ralph Link. Pastor October 6, 

Kr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr- Roland Thompson* Saxophonist 
Acolytes t Becky Hilliard and Kelly Mangel 



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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 

Prelude "Prelude on an Early American Tune" 

Chiming of the Hour 

Announcements 

Congregational Greeting 

Joys 
*Kymn Wo. 451 " Jesusi Thou Joy of Loving Hearts" 
*Ascription 

*Call to Commur.ion and Confession (Communion folder) 
*Prayer of Confession (Communion folder) 
♦Assurance cf Pardon 
*Fraise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name forever. 
♦Gloria Patri - page 142 

Offering 

Offertory "Autumn Zephyrs" 
•Doxology - page 382 

Dedication of Altar and Chancel Paraments 

Communion Hymn No. 30 "Break Thou the Bread of Life" 1 
*Service of Holy Communion (page 2 of communion folder) 

The Lord's Supper 

Distribution of the Bread 
Distribution of the Cup 
*Prayer of Thanksgiving 

Anthem: "Morning Has Broken" 

Scripture : Luke 5 : 17-26 

Sermon: "Definition of a Friend" 
♦Closing Hymn No. 223 "I Stand Amazed" 
♦Benediction 
♦Closing Chimes 
♦Postlude "March" 

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Eldersand Deacons will be serving communicn and ushering 

for the service this morning* 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Gamble. 
Melissa Kaiser will greet the congregation at the door 

this morning. 
Robert Dellen and Harry Fry will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 131 with 7 visitors. 
^Hospitalized: Robert Wickenhagen BMH 

MONDAY - Preparation for Soup & Salad Day 
TUE5DAY - Soup & Salad Day 
THURSDAY - Choir Practice 7:00 P.M. 

Aerobics 6—7 

Basketball a-10 
FRIDAY - BFBC 

Mary Frugh Circle will cancel the meeting on October 7th 
because of Soup & Salad. It has been rescheduled for 
October 14th. 

^^^oup Sc Salad tickets will be available for sale today 
after church* You may see the ladies in the Narthex 

or at the Brugh Avenue door. Price is $2*50, 

Blood Drive will be held in our congregation in conjunctic 
with the Butler Hospital. We are looking for a person 
to take charge of this and work with the hospital. If 
you would like to take on a new challenge please let 
the office know as soon as possible. 

Enclosed In the bulletin today Is the commitment card for 
you to have your friend sign. These are to be brought 
back to church and displayed on the board on October ZOtl 
Let's all do our part and be a part of Friend Day. 

Plea3e let Communion Bulletins on seats or la the 
pew bjmn racks* 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 
Mtq* Anna Zubik in memory of her husband. 

The floral arrangement on fchfl organ waa placed by Mrs. 
Horace! Cooper, Alvin Shftkely* and Mrs. Arlene Johnson 
in memory of Gerald Sha& Ly, 



"Definition Of A Friend" 
Scrip: Luke 5:17-26 

4 Sundys Oct wilB Ik dif aspec=Frends ,FrendRhip culmi; 
Frend Day Oct 27 & this morn Ik at=Def Of a Frend 

cud ask=Wat is a frend? & ther all sorts ansers givn 
(Examples of definitions of Friends) 
(7* is Herb Hoovr 8t honor givn K & Q of Belgium) 
Ji.- wat is a F r end? I Bliev S c ip giv us def & exampl 

Famil Scrip & no talk Faith, healing=insted Ik difway 
Js v/as in Oapernin hous & cudB hous of Peter 

plac pak & 4men bring man on stretchr/bed no get in 
tol man had jritxay palsy, cud no walk 
no get in, so go up outsid stair & remov roof tile & 
let dwn in front of Js 
Wat is a Frend?«=A Frend is 1 who knows U 

Thez men knu all bout frend=He no get bettr,need hel; 
prob herd of Js,how heal, may B saw Him in person 
&. sine hen wat frend need had plan get it 4him 

they no sot anyth 4-selvp:,sot it 4 ther frend 
W,t is a Frend?=A Frend is one who loves U 

«6 no kno how long/how far had carry frend ,but watev: 

time or distanc, they did it 
2opn roof let dwn frend is display of luv 
E^d ha© visit home,spok 2, kept compny,but sot to hav 
him heal 

They want best 4him wh cudB givn 
(Ilus Jehu & Jehonodab as frends=2 Ki 10:15a) 
A frend is lwho luvs U thru thik/thin,thru gud/bad & 
that frendshir> isnt depend upon evrthin run smoothly 
(Ilus 3am Davis & no betray frend) 

Js sed=Grtr luv hath no man than this, that arman lay 
dwn his lif 4 his frends=5; Js eho luv by giv lif4all 

5 Frend is interest in Ur Sp wel-being 

if thez men knu anth bout Js ,knu He no jus minstr to 
phys needs, but ^p needs as wel 

Thez men concern bout Sp welB of frend & sot 4him 
(Ilus Georg & frend ful self-impotance) 
A fren no depend on 1 or othr B of grt importance 

Lk men suroun Js dur lift ine; all them comon ordnary 

men & yet names remem 2000 yrs aftr ther livs on ert 
This Bcuz Js sot 23 frend by Kno them, Luv them,& lk 
out 4 Sp wel-Being 

As tak inventry of Def of Frend, or Wat Is Frend? 

we mus ask quests : : ;/at comon intrest do I shar w/fr? 
Wud my frend 3 ofend if knu wat sed Bhin bak las wk, 
few days ago? 

Do I 1 istn wen fren cums 2me w/problem? 
,'fn was las time pray 1-4 my frend needs? 
Am I cert my fren knov/s L as Sav? Am I concern bout? 

Wud my fren say I kno him, luv him, concern bout Sp wel 



Wat is Frend? 
Do I kno Ecuz I am one? 



"Definition Of A Friend" 
Scripture: Luke 5=17-26 

For the Sundays of this month we will he looking at the different aspects 
of "Friends" and "Friendship" culminating in our "Friend Day" on October 27th, 
This morning we are looking at a "Definition Of A FRiend." We could ask, 
"What is a Friend?" There are all sorts of answers which have been given. 
Soma of them are humorous but mostly they speak volumes about friendship. 
Here are some I have gleaned from several sources: 

"A friend is one who dislikes the same people that you diplike" 

- Anonymous - 

"God save me from mv friends, I can protect myself from my enemies." 

- Marshal De Villars - 

"There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money." 

- Franklin - 

Then there are those which speak seriously about friends: 

"The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in th e wrong. 
Nearly anybody will side with you when you are right." 

"He is willing to share his heart with you, when others have taken your's out; 
he puts a warm arm around your shoulder after others have given you the cold 
shoulder; he puts you back on your toes when you're down at the heelA; he 
still says hello to you after all others have said goodbye; he is the one 
who is never quite able to get to you when you were on top, but manages to 
get to you when you are down. HE is your FEIEHD." 

"A friend is someone who knows all about and loves you anyway." 

(Ilustration of Kins: and Queen of Belgium honoring President Hoover) 

At the end of the~first World War, the King and Queen of Belgium wanted to 
honor President Herbert Hoover for the aid they had received during the war 
from the United States. After considering what honors could be bestowed, 
the King offered Hoover his choice of three decorations. He rejected them 
all stating: 

"You have stood at the gateway of civilization and held back the tide of 
a egression, while we have only shared with you what we had to give. 
For 'that one does not ask for honors." 
The King and Queen responded: 

"He is our very great friend." 
And desiring to adequately express their appreciation for his efforts, 
they created a new order to which Herbert Hoover belonged, "Friend of the 
Belgian people ." 

Just what is a Friend? I believe our Scripture this morning gives us not- 
only the definition but a good example as well. iSss-asxKsxxt-Ex&xipwiinwKK T. is 
incident is recorded in aix Matthew and Mark's Gospels as well. It's a very 
often repeated illustration of the healing power of Jesus and the faith of 
some men. You may have heard this passage preached on on different occasions, 
But this morning we are not going to look at the passage concerning the heal- 
ing of the man; nor are we going to look at the faith involved. Instead, we 
are going to focus on another aspect of this incident. 

Jesus was in Capernaum and was in a house there. The house *ay well have beei 
the residence of Peter. The house was packed and there were many of the re- 
ligious leaders present at this time. Four men brought a man who we a^e told 



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palsy. Whatever tie may have had ±'- uncertrain, but what is known is that he 
could not walk. The four men carried him on a bed and when they arrived at 
the house , there were so many people gathered, they could not enter the house, 
So they went up the outside staircase of the house to the flat roof, removed 
the tiling of the roof and when they had a large enough opening, they let the 
man down into the midst of the people and in the presence of Jesus. To the 
question, "What Is A Friend?? we see in this incident first of all the true 
"Definition of a Friend" is, A Friend is one who knows .you. These men knew 
their friend was bedfast. They knew he wasn't going to get pny better. But 
they had probably heard of Jesus; or perhaps they had even seen Him when He 
passed that way on another occasion. And since they knew their friend and 
knew what his needs were, they oarae up with a plan to get the only help for 
him they believed would help hin. It wasn't a question of these men seeking 
anything for themselves. They knew wkHixife*±rx£exK»i their friend and they 
sought to get the help he needed. 

Then a Friend is one who loves you. W a don't know how long nor how far these 
men had to carry their friend. But whatever the time or distance they did it. 
And then to carry him to the roof and work to open that roof to lower him in- 
to the presence of Jesus was an outward display of love. They could have 
visited him at his house and talked to him and kept him company daily and 
frequently. And perhaps they did thi? until they hit upon the idea of taking 
him to Jesus to be healed. But the whole episode speaks of their desire of 
wanting the very mort for their friend which could be had. 

(Illustration of Jehu and Behonadab as friends) 

There is an illustration found in the Old Testament of two friends. King 
Jehu was going to war against all of the remaining members of Ahab&s family, 
On the way he saw Jehonadab a firend of his coming toward him. So we read" 
in 2 Kings 10:15a. Then we read that,fc*xas&S!± "he saluted him and said to 
him, 'Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart?' And Jehonadab 
answered, 'It is." As proof of that friendship Jehu said, "If it be, give 
me thine hand.' And he :ave him his hand; and he took him u"D to him into 
the chariot." 

A friend is one who loves you through thick and thin, through good and bad 
and that friendship isn't dependent upon everything always running smoothly. 
(Illustration of Sam Davis Confederate spy) 

Sam Davis was a confederate spy who was captured by the Union Army. When he 
was captured he had in hi? possession some important papers and immediately 
the Union officers knew that someone had supplied him with this information. 
He was working with an accomplice, a friend. He was ordered to be executed. 
So he^was led out to face the f iring^squad. He was blindfolded. And then 
the officer in charge said to him, "If you will give us the name of the 
man who furnished you with this information, you can go free. Without any 
hesitation at all, 3am Davis replied, "If I had a thousand lives, I would 
gladly give them all before I would betray a friend." 

Jesus said, "Greater love hath no man than this, that ■-■ isan la; down his life 
for his friends." And Jesus showed His love in just this way, by giving His 
life for mankind. 



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A friend is one who is interested in your spiritual well-being. I? these 

men knew anything about J-.: us they were aware that He not only minister*! to 

the hhysical needs of people, but also ~K±ix±stwTs± to their spiritual needs. 

It wasn't just a matter of healing the body, but also healing the soul. 

These men were that concerned for the spiritual well-being of their friend 

that they §ave of themselves to ?<=e that he received physical and spiritual 

help from Jesus. A friend wants the vary best for his friend and that 

involves ±k* meeting the needs of the friend whatever those needs may be. 

(Illustration of George and friend with inflated opinion of self) 

Seorge had s friend who an inflated opinion of himself and his importance. 

eorge he 3 ■' '■ ■ 1 " i ; friend 1( ' it auirk. in a conversa- 

tion one day he mentioned that he knew Johnny Carson. His friend said, 
"Oh yeah, prove it." In a short period of time they were in front of a 
large house near the beach, leorge knocked on the door and Johnny Carson 
opened the door and said, "Come on in George, and bring your friend." On 
the way home the friend said, "OK so you know Johnny Carson," and obviously 
this wasn't enough, so George said, "Yes, he and I and the president are 
good friends." The friend looked in the air and said, "This is too much, 
I'll pay the costs, let's go to D.C. and see." At the White House George 
gave his name to the guard and in a short time the president came out and 
said, "Come on in George, and bring your friend." The friend now looked 
at George and said sheepishly, "I guess I have to admit you do know the 
president." But George sensed that his friend wasn't actually being con- 
vinced that George was just as important as him so he said, "The president 
doesn't have as nice an office as the Pope." His friend said, "What? You 
know the Fope? I'll bet you 10,000 dollars you can't even get in to see 
him." So in a few days they were in Rome knocking on a door at the Vatican 
A cardinal came out and Mi^xfe shaking hands with George said, "You can 
come in George, but your firend will have to stay outside." About an hour 
went by and then the Pope stepped out on the balcony with his arm around 
George. Later, George came out of the building and looked around for his 
friend. T,,ere he was lying on the pavement out cold. George rushed over 
and helped his friend tp and apologized for shocking him so. His firend 
shook his head and mumbled, "It's not that you knew the Fope . It was the 
crowd. They kept asking, "Who's the guy with George?" 

A friend is not dependent on one or the other being of great importance. 

Look at the men who surrounded Jesus. All of them were common ordinary guys 

and yet, their names are still spoken 2000 years after ±iwy their lives on 

this earth. This is because Jesus sought to be their friend by knowing them, 

by loving them, and by looking out for their spiritual well-being. As we 

think of the "Definition Of A Friend" we need to take inventory, and ask: 

What common interests do I share with my f±±end? 

Would my friend be offended if he knew what I said behind his back last week 
or a few days ago? 

Do I listen to my friend when he comes to me with a problem? 

When was the last time T prayed for my friend's needs? 

Am I certain my fdiend knows the Lord as his Savior? Am I concerned about 
that? 

Would my friend say that I know him, that I love him, and that I am concenne< 
about his spiritual well-being? 

What is a Friend? Do I know, because I am one? 



St* Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler* Pennsylvania 
Rev* Ralph Link* Pastor Gctobsr 13, 1985 

for. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
John Penrod and David Andrews, Acolytes 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "At The Mercy Seat" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
•Processional Hymn No. 377 "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" 
"Ascription 
*Exhcrtation 

•Confession (In Unison) "Our Heavenly Father, who by Thy 
lave hast made us, and through Thy love hast kept us, 
and in Thy love wouldst make us perfect, we humbly confess 
that we have not loved Thee with all our heart and soul, 
and mind and strength, and that we have not loved one 
another as Christ hath loved us. Thy love is in us, 
but our selfishness hath hindered Thee. Forgive what 
we have been; help us to amend what we are; and in Thy 
spirit direct what we shall be; that Thy image may cope 
into full glory in us and in all men, through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 
*Kyrie 

•Assurance of Pardon 
*Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His Glorious name forever. 
*Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No. 466 "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor — Let ug Pray. 
Friend Day and Pastoral Prayer 
Offering 
fid -i> Offertory "A Quiet Reverie" 



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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mr. St Mrs. Paul Riemer in memory of Mr. & Mrs. William 

Hiemer anc Mr, Gale Leighton. 
Ushers for today are: Rob Vinroe, Bob Dellen, Randy 

Dellen, and Kevin Snyder. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs, Sue Gamble. 
Mrs, Alma Klllean will greet the congregation at the 

door this morning. 
Dick Mangel and Paul Riemer will be visiting the Hospital 

this week . 
Attendance last Sunday was 173 with 13 visitors* 

MONDAY - Women's Mary Prugh Circle meets at 7:30. 

TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

WEDNESDAY - Golden Circle meets at 7:30 

THURSDAY - Mary Martha Circle meets at 10:30 a,m* 

Choir Practice at 7:00 p.m. 

Aerobics — 6—7 

^*LL USHERS men and women are asked to be present at a 
meeting on Wednesday October 16th at 7:30 p.m. 

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BLOOD DRIVE will be held here at St. Paul's on November 
20th from 3-8 p,m. This is being held in conjunction 
with the Butler hospital and only for the congregation. 
If there are any questions please contact Marge Smiley 
who is in charge of this project. We hope that you 
will make every effort to participate, i 

We would appreciate when you return any unused Improvement 
Fund envelopes that you deposit them In the box in the 
Narthex and not in the back of the pews* 

^-Friendly Contracts are available in the Narthex if you 

need extras* Please pick them up and remember to have 

them signed and bring to church next Sunday. Let's 

all help to make Friend Day a special day at St* Paul's. 

his is the last Sunday to purchase tickets for the movie 
H Cry From the Mountain". They are S3. 00 each. The 
movie begins October 18th and runs through the 24th at 
the Plaza Theatre, 



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VDcxology - page 382 
Scripture: I Samuel 19 1 
Sermon: "How To Be One 11 

"■Closing Hymn No, 220 "I 1 

* Benediction 
•Closing Chimes 

* Pos 1 1 ude " Rigaudon" 



1-7 



ve Found a Friend, Such a Friend" 



"Mow to a-, una- 
loript 1 Fan 19; 1-7 
lus Rhino ft Buffalo Birds) 
ds wat go 2 Ik at 2day 

.aa wk discus -Wat Is A Frond" & this wk=How 2B 1" 
ml ask ne=How 2E 1 wat? ft Ttil cudB play on words 
!-•*- plainly it is*How To Be A Frend St gud exanp in 
! h. is story: David & Jonathan 

;kgr both men mak frendsbip very unlikly- Jon,roylty 
lavid, shepherd, comon ft yet tru/strontr frendship 
iv kil Goliath St endear self 2 Taul.takn in? court 
le acpt ft liiv by evrl & Bcuz poplarty ,Eaul ;felus 8= 
)gin try 2 kil him 
;rip pt Paul inetruc Jon ft servs wer 2 kil Dav 

2a»Deti be-very close frends 
S 2B-32Jon 2 interoed 4 Dav 
s 4-5-oonvers tween Jon 8= Fathr King Paul 
Jon act as peacmakr .... „ 

sed=31esed B peacmakrs 4they shalB eal childrn b 
writ wat G did ft record Eph 2: 12-1 7- BEAU & EXFL 
re 15=Enmlty=Hatred,Is ovrcum & replo w/Peace 
Lnl result Peace=vs 18 

Is peacmakr twwn G ft nan,Satn/(i;tween sm/ritnes; 
;ween hatred/luv 

jn cud stud by r .- let Fathr do wat want Bcuz he king 
But tuk extra courag 2B gud f rend, interced, seek Feac 
Ilus Chas Kayo ft shoes shined-kept peace) 
s chos 2B peacmakr ft 2do so requir humilty 
3w 2B l=Taks jus that & thip examp G friv lif/persnJs 
He G on erth.G in flesh & no Bneath di^nty Psettl 
acets tween G ft man by sacrlf deth on cros, 

that act of TTu Irend 
a plot by K Paul arid self of Dav no cess evn tho 
-rj.p sbo he cermit bak K 's presenc ft S awor no kil 
n 19th chap read S's desir 2kil Dav agin 
3o Dav cum 2e-ud frend Jon ft tol of S's desir 2kil 
S: this in 20:1-9 
on no Bliev but agre protec Dav til chrg cudB prov 

thlf in vs 13=.READ 
s 51=here is pruf 4- Jon that 3 want 2kil Dav 
s J2=Jon anser his fathr 
a 35=Sho anger of B & wat he cspabl of 
s 34= Jon 'f respons 
ft now Jon had made plan erlier w/Dav 

Dav 2hide self whil Jon do target practie ftyng boy 

fetch srowa _^ , . . . 

icret word identfy situatin tween Dav ft «sul is rna 
Jon's words 2 boy 
Fay arows olos by, Dav safe 

If say Byon boy, unsafe ft Dav 2 flee 



va «-S=Dav cam out of hiding '4 3ho Jon had helped 2/ 

his frend in only way cud 
(Ilus 1st grade Kirl in school ft guidanc counsler, 

Krs. Edwards jus like her dop-) 
Ferhap this no nuite Ilk J~rend shudB, but pt wel takn 
wen realiz pet dog aroun ft wil ?B frend in all eircum 

£ *-ru human frend lik that 2 
Pi ■ 18:24-The frend who stiks olosr than bros is L 
ft Sav whom G provid 2B w/ua ft 50 w/us throut lif 

oha 23 record end frendslili' tween Dav/Jon 

at leas la3 record time ?gethr as frend P. frend 
vs 16»phras-Strngthn hand In Q mean-Jon encourag him 
& this 3rd thin of +How 23 One 

evrl no matr who they R need encourap 
(Ilus Bart Ctarr ft son? eneourafiuent) 
thats kind encourag all our frends need 
A litl boost along way 2smooth ovr ruf plac wen 
lif may seem 2B talt toll on suml v;e luv 
(Ilus Rufus Jones measur up to sons expectatin) 
Rufus Jones Beam grt man of G Sem partly Bcuz son 
Ik up ? him 
Thats way a frend can touch our livs lik no othr 
persn 
Kow 2B One involve get involv othr persns lif 
it mean 23 ther thru thik ft thin, 
2B ther, jus B ther 1 showing U care 
it means offr help ft encourag 211ft that frend up 
wen dwn or things R go badly 
Vi'en I think of frends I nua ask self, DO I KNO HOW 
TO BE OHE??????? 



"How To E2 One" 

Scripture: 1 Samuel 19:1-7 

(Illustration of Rhinocerus and Buffalo Bird) 

In East Africa some of the world's most fascinating animals live. One of 
them is the Rhinocerus. This animal has two horns, is very large, but has 
tremendous speed, great agility, and If feared by all the other animals 
around it. The Rhinocerus is one of the most dangerous animals in the 
world. Now if you were to observe this animal In Its natural habitat you 
would notice that birds perch on his back and stay there for extended 
periods of time. In fact, you would frequently see these biris pecking 
into his back and sides much like a woodpecker on a tree. flfckKrxfcrists 
Tou would also observe other birds flying about his head, and still others 
lighting on his ears and pecking away. But the surprising thing is, the 
Rhino dosen't attack these birds or try to get them off his back. Why? 
These birds are called "Buffalo Birds" and they are on the Rhino pecking 
away at a parasite which he cannot control. These parasites are on his 
body like barnacles grow on the underside of a ship. These birds are 
given this opportunity to be of help to the Rhino because they are friends » 
The Rhino ix has very poor eyesight from birth. So while these birds are 
perched on the Rhino, if there is any danger in the area, they let out a 
shrill call warning hin of what he cannot see. To In return for this 
service they are protected from their predators by the Rhino. In a sense, 
these two totally different creatures en^oy a mutual friendship. 

T v is is what we are going to look at today, last week we discussed "What Is 

A Friend." This week we are looking at, " v o-.-; p, o Be Cne," ' omeone asked me 

"Ho./ To Be One What?* I'm sure this particular title could be a play on 

words in many respects. But quite plainly and simply it is, "Hoe To Be A 

Friend." A very good example is the friendship as set forth in the Biblical 

account of David and Jonathon. This friendship was one of the most unlikely 

perhaps because of the backgrounds of the two men. Jonathon was the son of 

the king. He was of royal blood and like all royalty, he had access to mote 

of the things of life than commoners do. Yet, his very best friend was one 

of those commoners, nothing more than a lowly Shepherd, 

David had killed the giant Goliath and because of this had endeared himeelf 

to King Gaul. Saul had taken David into his court end he was accepted and 

loved by everyone. Because of his popularity, Saul soon became jealous of 

David and tried to kill him. Our Scnaptrue this morning points out that 

Saul had instructed Jonathon and all the servants that they were to kill 

David. 9b Jonathon knowing thir takes steps to first of all prevent this 

and we read in the ?nd verse, "But Jonathon Saul's pon delighted himself 
much in David." 

This means they were very close friends. "And Jonathon told David, saying, 
'Saill my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed 
to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself: 
And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where thou art, 
and I will commune with my father of thee; and what I see, that I will tell 
thee." 

Jonathon was going to intercede for David. And so we read in the 4th and Sth 

verses the conversation Jonathon had with his father the king. 



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"And Jonathon spake good of DawLd unto Paul his father, and said unto Mrs, 
'Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath 
not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very- 
good: for he did put hi3 life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the 
Lord wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst 
rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David 
without a cause?'" 

At this point Jonathon is acting as a peacemaker. Jesus said, "Blessed are 
the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God." 

Paul writing of what jod did tells us in Ephesians 2:12-1?, (read these verses 

and explain). In the 15th verse Paul points out Jesus overcame the "enmity" 

and this is hatred and He replaced it with His "Peace." And the final result 

of this ! 'Feace" is, "Fir through Him we both have access by one Soirit unto 
the Pather." vs 18. 

Jesus was the peacemaker between Satan and God, between sin and righteousness 

between hatred and love. Jonathon could have stood by and let his father 

do what he desired. But it took extra courage to be a good friend and to 

intercede on hi? behalf. 

(Illustration of Dr. Charles Mayo polishing shoes) 

D^. 0, arles Mayo along with hir father ?nd brother, rounded the wor Id -fam- 
ous Mayo-Clinic. A group of Puropean medical experts were visiting the 
clinic and were staying at the home of Charles Mayo. Tv,ey had all retired 
for the night and later when Dr. Mayo went to his room he noticed that these 
aen had placed their shoes outsdie of their doors. In Europe it was the 
custom to do this and a servant would polish them. Fince it was very late 
and all of the Mayo servants were in bed, Charles Mayo picked up the shoes 
and with a sigh, took them to the kitchen and spent half the night polishini 
their shoes. He could have summoned his servants to do this. Or he could 
have neglected the chore and gone to bed which would have created an em- 
barrassment the next day. And he couifed have informed the men that it was. 
not only not our custom to do in this country, but was beneath his dignity 
and created ill-will. 

But Dr. Mayo chose to be a "peace-maker" in this situation. To do so takes 

humility and "How To Be One," how to be a friend, takes just that. This is 

the example God givea us in the life and person of Jesus Christ. Although 

He was jod in the flesh here on earth, it wasn't beneath His dignity to 

settle accounts between God and man by His sacrificial death on the cross. 

That was the act of a true friend. 

T u e pilot by Kinp; 3aul to ri<5 hirmelf of David didn't cease even though in our 

Scripture bhis morning David w Bitted back into the king's presence and 

faul swore that he would not kill David. In another portion of this 19th 

Chapter we read of Saul's desire to kill David once again. So David came to 

his good friend and son of the king Jonathan and told him of Saul's de3ire 

to kill him. V/e read of this in chapter 20:1-9. Jonathan didn't believe 

David, but he agreed to protect David until the charge could be proven and 

jtiixsxxaxtH we read this in the 13th verse. "The Lord do so and much more to 
Jonathan: but if it olease my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it 
thee, and send thee away, that thou mayest go in peace: and the Lord be 
with thee, as He hath been with my father." 






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jO then we read in this chapter Saul talking to Jonathan and he said, "For 
aa long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, thou shalt not be ■ est- 
ablished, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now, send and fetch him unto me, for 
he shall surely die." vs 51. 

And Jonathan answered his fathe - read vs 32. 

Then we see the results of Saul 's anger in vs 33 - read this?. 

And Jonathan's response in vs 3* - read. this, 

Mdaade a earlier 

xex-'S plan with David jgifcdb&riifefedE4fti4'« He is to hide himsffilf 

fhile Jonathan does sone practice 3hooting with his bow, & you ' If to 

fetch the arrows if e Jo athan ■■' oo1 - them. The 3ecret words to identify 

the situation between D^vid T 'aul 1 d o do with Jonathan's conversation 

with the bey when he ire it 'or I : tows. If ] - aid he arrows were cloBe 

, , ?-vi'l ■' Id - - could return ] . If he said the - r - 

; , David would know that there was still danger for his life. 

So David came out of hiding and in the 42nd v^rse --re read, (read this), 

Jonathan had helped his friend in the only way he could. 

(Illustration of little girl in school and her jfcuidance counselor Mrs. Edward; 
Cheri was a first grader a Mrs. Edwards told about. This little girl was 
having problems in the first grade r-ir Mrs. Edwards "- r i"; v . her ; i a 

guidance counselor thought she might be able to be] her, so she called 
Cheri into her office, said to her, "Cheri, I want to be our Fr_±e 

I will nev« - owe laomajy, or your daddy, or your teacher ything we 

talk about if you don't want me to. I want you to know that you can always 
trust me." With tearful eyes, she looked up and said, "Gee, Mrs, Edwards, 
you're just like my dog." 

! . e li perhaps that isn't quite like a friend 3hould be, >ut he ioint is well 

a when re realize that a pet like a dog is around and willing to be a 

friend in all circumstances. A true human friend is like that also. In 

Proverbs we read, "A man that hath friends?must c hew himself friendly: and 
there is a friend that rticketh closer than a brother." Erofoerba 18:24 

T>,e Friend who sticks closer than a brother : J.n?( and raviour whom ■ od 
provided to be with us and go with us throughout all of life, 
The end of the friendship between David and Jonathan is bold in the "'Ird chap- 
ter, le - ;his is fch ] i - reco: - were togetl " :o 

"i }. nd. In - ! ;i verse - i \d, "And Jo il ' . •■ , _r ,remt 

'• ' ■ ' Lnto he wc " , nd sti ; .v thene 1 " . " 

, "' ne 3 his ' . I d" -■ _ ■ ■' • J 

' '- " - ' ' he ] ■" "How To 3<a One.'' Everyone, 

no aa .-. s ? who bh iy aeed icou lent, 

1 - ;ion of " nd his on's encou at) 

;he 196p football Jason, - i c b ' had a 

little game going with his oldest son Bart, Jr. For every perfect paper 
he brought home from school he was promised a dime. After a particulalry 
rough game against St. Louis in which he thought he performed very poorly 
he returned home weary and battered after a long plane ride. He went into 
the bedroom and there taped on his pillow was a note. The note paid, 
"Dear Dad. I thought you played a rasBixyasai great game, Lofce, Bart," And 
taped to the note were two dimes/ 



T v at*s the kinri of encouragement that .all of our friends need. A little 

boost slonp the way to smooth over the rough places when life may seem to 

be taking its toll on someone we love. 

(Illustration of Rufus Jones measuring up to his sons thinking of him) 
The late Rufus Jones told of overhearing his son and some of his friends 
talking about what they wanted to be when they grew up. When it became 
Lowell's turn he said, iJfttEEXJbqacraeiaap "I want to grow up and be am a man 
like my daddy," Lowell died at the age of 11. But Rufus Jones never 
forgot those words of his son and it is said that he spent kaifxEf his 
lifetime measuring up to what his son thought of him. He said, "Pew things 
in my life have ever touched me as those words did, or have given me a 
greater impulse to dedication. What kind of man was I going to be, if I 
was to be the pattern for my boy!" 

A friend can touch our lives like no other person can. ±xtx±xjA " How To Be 

One" involves getting Involved in the life of the other person. It means 

being there through thick and thin} ±txwSEXsxst±sx±mwpdDMi^xWB±xMissjmx7 ^& J uxxi&. Tf. 

it means just being there and showing that you care; and it means offering he] 

and encouragement to lif# that friend up when he is down or things are going 

badly. When I think of Friends, I must ask myself, "Do I know How To Be One?' 






St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor October 20, 1935 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
John Penrod, Acolyte 

+■+ + + + ++ + + + + + + + + + + + +■ + + + + + + + + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "Ivory Palaces" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
■■Processional Hymn No* 313 "Come, Thou Fount of Every 

Blessing" 
•Ascription 
♦Exhortation 

♦Confession (In Unison) "0 God, we confess to you our 
grevious sins as members of your church. We have not 
led a life worthy of the calling; we have been over- 
protective of ourselves, and not enough concerned for 
others. We have used your Word of truth to accomplish 
our own ends, and not to fulfill your Will. We have 
been noisy when we should have been silent. We have 
not obeyed your Word read and preached to us, 
Father, Head of the Church, cleanse us and keep ua 
accountable to you. Through Jesus Christ of Lord, Amen. 
♦Kyrie 

♦Assurance of Pardon 
♦Praise; Pastor . - Blessed he the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His glorious name forever. 
♦Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No* 399 "Jesus Calls Us o'ver the Tumult" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray* 
Friend Day and Pastoral Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory - Piano Solo 
♦Doxology - page 3S2 
Anthem: "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" 
Scripture: Acts 15: 36-39 
Sermon: "Bringing Out The Best" 
•Closing, Hymn No, 244 "Jesus 1 What a Friend for Sinners 11 
•Benediction 
♦Closing Chimes 
"Postlude "When You Pray" 
*■ + * * Congregation Standing + + + + + 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Howard McLaren to the glory of God* 
Ushers for today are Rob Vinroe, Bob Dellen, Randy Dellen, 

and Kevin Snyder* 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs, Cathy Sheppeck. 
Dan Bosko will greet the congregation at the door this 

morning. 
Lloyd Link and Marty Henry will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 129 with 10 visitors. 
"■"^.Hospitalized: Phyllis Draxinger BMH 

MONDAY - Volleyball 6:30 - 9:30 

Fidelity Bible Class 7:30 

TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-7 Choir Practice 7:00 P.M. 

SATURDAY NIGHT remember to set your clocks back one hour 
so you will be in time for Sunday School and Church on 
Friend Day, Also give your friend a call and remind 
them about Sunday morning, and to set their clocks* 

THANK YOU cards for sending to your friends were mailed 
to you this past week. Please keep them so you can 
send them to your friend after the Friend Day service. 
If you need more they are in the Narthex. 

^5*Cry from the Mountain will be showing this week at the 

Plaza Theatre through the 24th, Check the local news- 
paper for times. 



I Scrip: Acta lS:J6-?9 



"Bringing Out The Beat" 



.■U*>_ li-L" Ul"1^:: UJUC !■ 



Ullus Jny Cash & the sheriff) 
Tha:'.ks 2unkno frend ,"herif /jifccCaxi very bes abl 2B 
brot out lif Ja Cash 
That 3rd th frend is wh wil Ik this morn 

t read man nam 3arn chap 4 Acts 
-nruoot bk & all we kno of Barn Ident=frend of Churc 
real name Joseph or as Scrip aay-Joses 
Apostls nam-Barn &. thiir no acident Bcuz nam mean=son 
of consolatin, or son of encouraffinen 
very erly rpian serv recop by apostls as sorce of 
encourag 3: name stuk 2him res of lif 
Evr Xpian has G giim responsbilty SB sorce encourag 
2 thoz aroun theai 
Barn 1st sho knak encaur aftr convert of 3 of Tarsus 
S 30t deth thoz folo wat kno as The Way 
Thez peop folowrs Js Xp &. avow enmy of S 
But wen met Xp on Damas Rd his lif 4evr turn aroun 

Kow HE folowr of The tfay,but who wud Bliev him? 
chap 9:26=READ=Nobody trus Bcuz pas ree perscut Xiian 
vs 27-Nobody that is,cept man nam Barn 
(Ilus boy restaurant &, she thinks I'm reiil) 
We sed las wk lthing: bout how 2B frend was 2B encoura 
&. this aply in Bring out Bes in frend 
that persn need 2kno he 4 real 
Js stres this ovr 6 ovr in erthly minstry, 
valu thoz considr dre^s of society wat He emphasiz 
Thoz considr sinrs wat He rub elbows with 
The pubs , harlots ,drun>s ,s±k St diseas,all the* reoeiv 
His encourag that they wer 4 real 
"■ this examp wat Barn display his i.lif 
«Te need encourag our frends &. let kno we think th« 
they 4real as wel & bring out best in them 
Do U recal 1st tine evr driv oar? cook meal? Or 1st 
tine U evr did sumthin II nevr did 34? 
I sur thoz 1st eforts wer awkwar '•■ mayB evn hilarous 
lerhap can Ik bak & laf now, but that time serius 
inxaxSkxtetK Practic oak perf & this how Barn & P 
work develop 
ll:25-26=read Barn went 2 Tarsu3 2get S & they in 

Antioeh 4 a ji 
11: 29-30= S went w/Barn 2 Jeru with an offring 
13:1=S continu in minstry w^Barn & lern chap 13 they 
form 1st misnry jurny 2frethr 

■■ilatship devel Bcum apanant wen ? cum bak Jeru 
4 Jeru conI,he 1 of key ldrs St spkr & rscogniz Idr 
of Xpian Church 
Also Bcum aparant Barn sort of fade in? bskgr 

Lesn is this= pupil shud excel teschr 



pupil mor efectiv than teachr 

C in this that 2 bring out bes in frond reouir let 
frend excel whil we diai::" 

(Ilus Sir Salter Scott &, Eobt. Burns enoourajment) 
i.'en Jn Bap preach/baptia B4 Js cam 2plac wher knu he 
on" mesengr prep way 4 Lord 8- so cud say as read in 
Jn ^;30=He mus increas,but I mus decreas 
A3 gro our Xpian livs.Js mus increas & our persnl 
selvs mus Bcum les & les & mor in tune w/let Him 
tak precedent in our live 
.'.a eek 2B frends we mus let our frends gro & Incrot 
in ther Tp live & only posib wen wil 2Iet then do 
this by seek 2 bring out best in them 
Barn also considr as encourapr suml considr no use 
Nephew Jn Mark go w/P & Barn 1st misnry .jurny.but 4 
sum reaaii quit £ went home 2 Jeru=H l'AD /expl SCRIP 
He eonsidr failur by P,but Barn Bliev lad need nottu 
chanc & so hav fal out w/P 
E refus reconsidr tak Mark & he •■■ silas go & Hark B 
Barn went own way 

(But 1 use this 2 hav 2 misinry ,-iurnys same tirne,wh 
sho pud can cum fr bad & L directs) 
But this siding w/Mark cost Barn dearly in eys of Oh 
St Barn los promlnenc in the Ch 
Not only that, but his nam nevr mentin aerin in bk of 
Acts folo read of Scrip this morn 
iltho Barn considr minor charactr NT, 2 of Trends xrc 
wrot mos of NT & w/posibl exceptin Luk evr author 
of HT was frend of his at 1 time 
By accp Hk -■- deaons'terst Mark hav valu P cum 2pt wher 
I hin 
'. also wrot Ooepl ISc wh may no bin dun had not 
Barn work at Bring Ou 

(Ilus Fparky,Chaa schultz - >anuts cartoon; 
this v ip] of Bring out Pest ". how nay ly hid 

& nevr develop 
Deeu within ea values that if -Dermit 

I ■ .. ■ ■ "• ,;--, "■ no 1 worthleB regardlee of 

alud^eM Is wil P V ^7 prlc'Ph^lT a "frend & sumtim 

that pric cos a prt deal 
pric was pd 4us Bcuz G thot we had valu & that coat 
was very grt & as seek bring out beat in othrs mus 
Ik byon selvs 2 sore 4 bring out lrest=J 

(Ilus poem by Brenton T. Bradley) 

need 21k 2 Sav & C complet surendr wh made our Bhalf 

kesxX ft if wasnt suprem demon Br out bes, then no othr 

demon cud pruv it elthr 

As Mr. Bradley pt out poem, dare we sho hands/feet 



2 God? 
Wat has sacfific of Js 4us,cdun 2 bring out the best 
in us? 

& in return, R we c triv 2bring out best in frends? 
Do we encourage? 
So we mak peopl feftl they Re aft? 
Can we C valus in evrl regardles who they R or wat 
ther circurastancs of lif R? 
G wants us 2 bring out beet in othrs & also in 
ourselvs 4- him 






"Bringing Out The Best" 

Scripture : Acts 15:36-39 

(Illustration of Johnny Cash and the sheriff) 

During the mid-fifties, a young man was ±mxtxxn& a country and western 
singin ; sensation. TT s was featured at the C- r and Old Opry' and was fast 
making a name for himself. But what the public didn't know was that this 
young man though outwardly appearing successful and on the way up, was 
hooked on drugs and on his way down. One night after a concert he went 
berserk and began smashing the stage lights. Following this he was told 
that he would never sing at the CJpry again . His use of drugs not only 
affected his career, but his voice, hi' wife, his .jab, and his sense of 
dignity, -For seven years it continued resulting in seven arrests *or 
traffic accidents, alcohol and drugs. One night he was arrested and 3pent 
it night in jail. The next morning he ;he 'iff >ived ;he jail and 

it 3 he cell of thi >u 1 1 n to rel< 1 •- him, " iioc 

1 do r "explained that he was a fan of his. He told him that lock- 
ing him up had broken his heart. And as he opened the cell to release him 
he said, "Do with your life what you want. Just remember, you've got the 
free-will either to kill yourself or change your life, 

-hat was all this young man needed to hear, luring the next month he T snt 
bo 9 cabin with :-oas close friend's to dry out ind b . ■hich 

was lestroying his life; After that tenth ■ - • up] said, "I lid Lt . hum- 
bling myself ing I couldn 1 h ndle ' Li v ad h I I 
needed ay friends, my loved ones, nd od. \ man 1 ro] rh, 

, ank ' an unknown friend, the sheriff, the very best 'as able to be brought 

out in the life of Johnny Gash. That's the third thing a friend is which we 

will be looking at this morning. We first read of a man named Barnabas in 

the 4-th chapter of the book of Acts. Throughout this book and all we know of 

Barnatoas , is that he was a friend of the church. Hie real name was Jasepl 

w * 

or as .- rinture records it, "Hoses." But f' named hin tbasv" 

This was not accidental bees ; m means, ' ' ■, ._ ion, "or, 

"Son of enc . " -Ly in hi - / n 

by the A lurce of e acour nent and thi . ■ z 

1 his life . Svery 3hri l- >nsibility to b< 

of i him, 

Barnabas first showed his knack of encouragement after the conversion of Faul 

of Tarsus, fix Saul had sought the death of all those who followed in what was 

known as 2the Way." These people who were followers of Jesus Christ were 

avowed enemies of Saul. But then he met Christ on the road to Damascus and 

his life was forever turned around. Now HE was a follower of "the Way," 

But who would believe him? 'A/ho would trust him? We read in the 9th chapter 

of Acts, verse 26, "And when Saul was come to fferusalem, he assayed to join 
himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not 
that he was a disciple." 

Nobody trusted him because of his past record of persecuting the Christians. 

Nobody that is, except a man named Barnabas. To we readi in the 27th verse* 

"But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto 

tt-em how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that He had spoken to him. 

and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus " 



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(Illustration of boy in restaurant and "Phe thinks I'm real!) 
A family went into a restaurant to eat. TV,e mtoher and father sat „t a table 
with their young son and one of those waitresses who are few and far between, 
an exceptional person at the job was taking down their order. She took the 
order of the mother and father and then turned to the boy. Somewhat hesitat- 
ing because he knew what the inevitable would be, said, "I want a hot dog." 
But before he could say another word, both parents said, "No hot dog." And 
the mother went on, 'Vring him the roast beef with mashed potatoes and the 
two vegetables." But the waitress 1 wasn't even listening. When the mother had 

finiihed giving her instructions the waitress said to the boy, "What do you 
want on your hot dog?" He flashed and amazed smile and said, "Ketchup, lots 
of ketchup, and - and bring a glass of milk please." "Coming right up," 
she said as she tunred from the table, leaving behind her the stunned 
silence of dumfounded parents. The boy watched her go and then he turned 
to h±p parents and happily said, "YOU KNOW WHAT? She thinks I'm real I She 
thinks I'm real," 

We said last week one thing about How To Be A Friend was to be an encourager, 
and this apllies in bringing out the best in our friend. T^at person needs 
to know that he is for real, Jesus stressed this over and over in His earthl3 
ministry. T^e value of those who were considered the dregs of society was 
what He emphasized. It was these considered as sinners that He rubbed elbows, 
It was the publicans, those hated tax-collectors, the harlots, the drunks, 
the sick and diseased. All of these received His encouragement that they 
were "Real." And this example is what Barnabas displayed in his life. We 
need to encourage our friend? to let them know we think they are "For Real" 
as well, to bring out the best in them. 

Do you recall the first time you ever trie! to drive a car? Or the first 
time you cooked a meal? Or the first time you ever did something you never 
did before? I'm sure those first efforts were awkward and maybe even hilar- 
ious now that you can look back and laugh at them. But at that time they 
were the most serious things you were doing. We read in the book of Acts 
of the ministry F*ul had with Barnabas. In 11: 25-26 ■■ we read that 3arnabas 
went to Tarsus to get Saul and they were in Antioch for a year;: then Paul 
went with Barnabas to Jerusalem with an offering, 11:29-30; Saul continued in 
the ministry with Barnabas as pointed out in 13:1; and then in this 13th chap- 
ter we read that they formed the first missionary journey together. As this 
relationship developed, it becomes apparent that when Paul came back to Jeru- 
salem for the Jerasalem conference, he was one of the key speakers and a re- 
cognized leader of the C,_hristian Church. And it also becomes apparent that 
Barnabas sort of fade;«s into the background. The lesson in this is that the 
pupil should excell the teacher. What the teacher teaches, must be grasped 
by the pupil and make the pupil more effective than the teacher. In this 
sense we sec that bringing out the best in tsm friend requires that we let 
that friend excel while we diminish. 
(Illustration of Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns words of encouragement) 



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When Sir Walter Scott was a boy in school he was considered a dunce. Juite 
frequently hi? place in the classroom was sitting in the corner with the 
dunce cap on his head. When he was about 12 or 14 he was in a house where 
some lieerary guests were being entertained. Robert Burns the Scottish 
poet was looking at a picture under which some lines of poetry were written 
He asked if anyone knew who the author was and no one knew. No one that 
is except 3±r young Walter Scott. Timidly he crept up to the poet's side, 
named the author and then rectied the rest of the ooem. Burns was delight- 
ed and surprised. Re put his hand on Scott's head and said, "Young boy, 
you will be a great man in Scotland some day. From that day on Walter Scot- 
was a changed boy. One word of encouragement pet him on his leterary 
career which made him world famous. 

When John the Baptist was preaching and baptizing before Jesus, he came to 

the place where he knew that he was merely the mesaenrer preparing the way of 

the Lord. And so he coul* say as we read in John 5:30, "He must increase, but 
I must decrease . " 

A„ we grow in our lives, Jesus must increase and our personal selves must be- 
come less and less and more in tune with letting Hin ioaxs take precedence in 
our lives, And as we seek to be friends we must let our friends grow and in- 
crease in their spiritual lives and this is only possible when we are willing 
to let them increase bj Bringing Out The Best in them, 

Eut Barnabas was also an encourager of ^oraeone who was considered of no use. 
His nephew John Mark nia±± accompanied Paul and Barnabas on the first mi - 
__ journey but for some reason he qui- and vreni to Jerusalem, He was con— 

- failure. But Barnabas believe 1 the jeedei another chance and 

because of this he had a falling out with Paul. Psail refused to reconsider 
taking Mark with him and so he and Silas went cut, while Mark and Barnabas 
went their own way. T v is siding with Mark cost Barnabas dearly in the eyes 
of the church and Barnabas lost his prominence in the church. Not only that 
but his name is never again mentioned in the book af Acts following the read- 
ing of our 3 ripture from this morning, (read and explain verses 36-39 as 
you go through the atoove). 

Now although Barnaba3 is considered a minor character of the New Testament, 
two of his friends wrote much of the New Testament and withvthe possible ex- 
ception of Luke every author of a New Testament book was a friend of his at 
one time. By his accpetance of Mark and demonstrating to Haul that Mark did 
have value, Paul came to the point where he renewed his friendship with him. 
And Mark elso wrote the Sospel of Mark which may not have been done had! not 
Barnabas worked at "Bringing Out The Best" in him. 

(Illustration of "Sparky" and his value later as creator of Charley Brown) 
rfhen he was a little boy the other children called him "Sparky," after a 
comic strip character named Sparkplug. And he never did shake that nick- 
el S ar -* 7 w l 3 t fa i lui>e in ^hool. Tie failed every subject in the Sth 
grade. He received a flat zero for the course and distinguished himself 
as the worst physics student in his school's history. He flunked Latin 
Algebra and ^nglish. Everything! He even flunked srorts although he was 
*«b on me golx team. ut he lost the oil:- important match ;1 year ia 



well as the consolation match. lie was not much of a mixer and moE- b of the 
other children ignored" him outside of school. He wasn\ much at dating either 
because he was tco afraid to speak to s girl. In general, Sparky was a loser, 

Bat there was one f ing Sfcpnricywhich was in iortant to : pa •] 
drawing. He Loved bo i ■•■■ •/ >u or his . no one ipprecia^ 

it. Ii school he subnitt editors of he year 

book, b almo iictgbl; bbe 1 |ec i very one ■ Ise 

believed that he had no talent, he decided to become a professional" artist . 
After he graduated from high school he wrote to Walt Disney studios telling 
them of his desire to become a cartoonist for them/ He received an asnwer 
asking for sorae samples of his artwork. It was suggested that he show a Dis- 
ney character repairing 3 clock by shoveling springs and gears back inside. 
He drew the picture and sent It off and then waited anxiously for a reply. 
Finally he received a letter and his work was rejected. He was loser and he 
accepted that fact. But do you know what E -arky did? He began to write his 
autobiography in cartoons. lie described his childhood, the little boy loser, 
the chronic underachieve! and he did it in a cartoon form everybody now knows, 
-.' e boy who failed the 8th grade, the young artist turned d own" by Disney, 
the one w v .&:-h work wasn't good enough F i the class yearbook ' >ther 

than - -' nroe Schultz the creator 1 "" au - '' nd bhe little 1 harlej 

Brown whose kite would never fly. 

This is a vivid example of "Bringing Out The Best." Deep within each person 

there is and are values that If permitted to come forth can be a blessing to 

mankind. No one is worthless regardless of the circumstances of their lives. 

Sod has placed in each person qualities which need to be brought for "-. . 

i id Friend i- : willing to pay ;he price to help 9 friend. o.^ bime : that 

prisre costs - »a1 Leal. T] price t said for f us becuase 

- - p such vali very, very costly. '■.- to bra 

bhe best in others and ' 'ail, < ,.- rom 

& we feel thif fai] • , aeed to 

rce f c 

-'."'.' ' 3 It h us : 

Lord, when I'm weary with toiling 
And burdensome seem Thy commands , 
- F ray load should le d to complaining, 
. 03 d . ho ■■ ae Thy hand - , 
Thy nail pierced hands, 
hy crc 1 ] 

>ur ! ( how ns T] y I 

Lst ! if m; ootst 

II red fi 

If desert and thorn c^v: 3 - Lng, 
Lord I how re T] y F< et , 

Thy bleed " " >t , 

' '] y nail- feet . 

r ":-■■} ir : ' Feet . 

r God j ' , ' -.- 

We need to look to the Saviour and we see the complete surrender which 7 T e 
i- d on our behalf. If that wasn't the supreme ±m^±xwf. demonstration of 
"Brining Out The Best" then no other demonstration would prove it either. 
As Hp. Bradley points out in his poerc, dare we ' r va ' Ms and feet to 



j-od? What lias the sacrifice of 'nrr foi us Eona to "Bring Ou The B 
in us? And in turn how are -- ;riving ;o H„ing Out he Best in aur friend^? 
Jt <re icourage? Do we make them feel that they are real? Can we see val- 
ues in everyone regardless of who they are or what their circumstances cf life 
are? Sod wants ua to ^:n±zx be Bring 9u Jest in others, and in our 

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St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor October 27, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Mr. Norman Gour, Trombonist 

Robin Kaiser and John Penrod, Acolytes 
+ + + + + + +■+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +■ 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "I've Found a Friend, Such a Friend" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
* Ascription 
*Call to Warship: 

Pastor - The Lord is in His holy temple: 

Let all the earth keep silence before Hira. 
People — Surely the Lord is in this place , 

This is none other than the house Of God t 
and this is the gate of heaven. 
Pastor - God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him 
must worship Him in spirit and in truth. 
Come, let us worship Himt 
*Kymn No. 430 "Reach Out to Jesus' 1 
■"Invocation - Hymnal page 103 
Responsive Reading - Hymnal page 438 
Hymn No. 465 "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee" 
Pastoral Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "Abide With Me" (Organ, Sax, and Trombone Trio) 
♦Doxology - page 382 
Anthem: "Touch a Hand, Make A Friend" 
Scripture: I John 4: 7-10 
Sermon: "The One Who Counts 1 ' 
•Invitational Hymn Mo. 417 "Just As I Am, Without One Plea" 
•Benediction 

++++++ # Cangregation Standing ++++++ 



Hospitalized: Mildred Wiles - Community Hosp. Grove City 
Attendance last Sunday was 130 with 12 visitors 

MONDAY - Volleyball 
TUESDAY - Aerobics 6-7 
THURSDAY - Aerobics 6-7 

Basketball 7:30-9:30 

November is our month to push wheelchair patients at the 
VA Hospital. If you would volunteer to help now it 
will sure help out. Contact Art Snyder if you can help. 
We need approximately a people each Sunday. , 

The movie Cry From the Mountain has been held over for 

another week. See the local paper for times and showings. 

The adoption of the budget for 1986 and the Election of 
Elders and Deacons for 1986 will be held on November 10. 
This will be held immediately following the worship servic 
in Rehoboth Hall. Those running for election will be 
posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex. 

3 ' 

service m Hehobotb Hall. 

'I'hifi is a chance Tor- some fellowship to^-ethei- 
_ a nd we i nvite each of y o U to be a pLt Sr that. 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 
Mr. it Mrs. Edi Walker in memory of loved ones. 

Ushers for today are Dick Mangel, Dick Dally, Don Kingsley, 
and Ed Walker. 

Nursery will be provided today by Michelle Henry and 

Mrs. Bonnie Gannon. 
Bill Thompson and Kevin Snyder will be visiting the 

hosp: 1 this week * 



"Tt,e one vmo uounts" 
■ Scrip: 1 Jn 4:7-10 
tllus Arthur & Timmy) 

A frend is 1 who can say-I luv II & mean it 
If U had chanc 2Bcum frends w/suoil worl perhap natin] 
import, intrnatinl who wud U ehooz? Fres US? Movy stai 
tfp* infl persn wud U pik 2B frend? 
1 U chooz 2B frend of G? 
In Bit man mentin 3 time do ;jus that- Abe»Frend of G 
Eut 2B frend of G,work both way & lern fr Bib G desii 
2B frend ea persn Individ 
This wat Jn say Scrip-va 7-READ 
2 requirmen of B frend of <3=lst is 2 luv 

in society hav distort vu luv- (boy ft luv if no rain, 
Mow there luv in actin £ this lsnt wat Jn writ bout 
His Btipulatin-vs 7B 
rs 8-add defnitin of luv ft 1st Bib vs lern* Jn J: 16 

1st step 2B frend of is 2 kno Him 
(Ilua Mk Twain & dottr say kno evrl eept God) 
lsad comtarys lif 2kno many peop & yet no kno 1 who Ci 
va 9-G desir 2E frend evr li*ivid evr walk erth ft did 
thru r on Ja Xp 
Js liv same lif II & I liv & read Pcrip no sin 
same tempts ,des irs , all things lur fr/G ft no sin 
He sho cud faav felship w/G,a nu felship wh restor 
relat^hiu B ori=r want 4mank wen plac nan Gardn Edn 
man sin.turn fr/G & thlr brok eternl relatship wh 
G want 2shar w/man 

entir OT testmony G'a eforts reator relatphip:sent- 
iudfes ,Friesta t propha, kings all 2no avail 
man simply no return 2him=do so 4awhil,then pin agin 
only way' G cud ovrcum was 2entr worl way wh man cud 
ierst 
He cud no cum suprhuroan Bcuz man wud kno he cud nevr 
atain that statur 
So G chos cum as nothr humn B, sural man cud relat 2 

So cam as Js Xp 5 this wat Jn expl vs 9B 
Js sed=I cim 2piv II lif & giv mor abundantly 

ft wat abundant lif? Lif hav snsers wh worl no caiiRii 
It lif liv in 5- thru G Himself 
vs 10-fancy word mean atonement- (expl Hay Of ,t , ) 

Jn sav.blud animls no 4giv,tuk blud Ja Xp 2do that 
vs 14.bo U p-et ful meaning? v'nd II rathr B frend nothr 
mere mortl,or wud U lik ?B frend of Th 1 '■'ha Count? 
CHus revivl in Denver Jan ?0, 1905) 
This revivl, but notic describ Q as-King of Univera . 
Cud mer erthly monarch atain ?uch statur? _ 
MO a thousan times NO-G the Omnipotent reiwieth. 



in u» -vp; 



| nut wny aici u cum trena m pei 
. l"t=man cud hav 4frivnes,lk vs 15 
' a relatship estab £ dun t;ji) faith 

That wat Jn mean conf ea=2conf es sumthir. Is 2say I 
Bliev it 5-. 2 Bliev it is 2 hav faith 
£o if a paern say=I Bliev Ja Xp cam in_2 worl ?^sv 
"triors Jc pav lif" 1 sinnrs,then I hav 4e:ivnes thru H 
I Gospl Jn chap 1:12. HEAD 
Do II get that? Thoz receiv Kim as Sav & L,thoz peop 
Beum oona of Z 
I That mean thev lltrly torn in" 1 Easily of God 

They Bcusi heirs of all G has eternty ^mank & the 
brokn relatship is mended 
Kan agin hav aces 2 G 2sfaar His riches in Glory 

He heir of G ft jnt heir w/Xp 
"emem'cr Arthur prisonr ppok af?«(H*st of 3tory; 

This Gospl mesag of Js Xp 
"erhaps hav had tranf ormatin in lif ft kno wat I say 
MayB U nevr surendr lif 2 Js Xp 4 acpt ^giv He frel; 
offr 2any & all who wil cum 
This morn.G's H Sp mayB deal w/Ur hart that U need 
2acpt wat G fpely'wish 2giv U thru Js Xp 
I'm go ask U 2t»ak comit B4 let nothr day pass 
U may get nothr op, but may not ,11 no kno 
Lets stan & bow heds : 
U mav not B sur U hav 9'a salvatin,4pivnes thru Xp 
U may made comit but bakslid & need reded.recomit 
Vat evr ciroumstane.if G spk 2Ur hart, if G'a 3p,H ^p 
spk,I go ask 2cum 4ward 

D nt let anyl,anjthin keep V fr cum 
Ur wifAusban can no do 41), only U can setl wher U 
wil spend eternty 

,thr wilB w/G or seprate fr Him 
this mos import dec lain D wil evr mak in Ur lif 
1 Lets pray 6 then wil sing dor hymn, during wh time 
I urg U 2respon if G spk 2U 



"The One '//ho Counts" 
Scripture i 1 John 4:7-10 

(Illustration of Arthur and little Timmy) 

To anyone seeing a man named Arthur stepping off the bus in Kingston 
Ontario, he looked like any other man in his suit and topcoat. He 
could have passed for a salesman or pimply a grandfather coming home 
to visit hi? grandchildren. He was 53 years old and the incredible 
thing about that age was that he had spent 42 of those years behind 
bars . 

His prison career began at the apce of 11. No prison seemed capable of 
holding him; and no prison system seemed capable of breaking his 
spirit or reforming his behaviour. He servei 24 of those years in 
solitary confinement. For 17 months he sat on death row. He took part 
in prison riots; broke a guard's arm; antoher's collar bone, and brough.1 
about the death of a sherriff , In a orison in Indiana he stole 40 p 
pounds of cyanide with the idea of poisoning the entire prison staff. 
He spent 31 months on Devil's Inland in a 5 x 7 cell, chained by his 
neck. Society had no hope for him, they Just tried to confine him. 
But something happened in Arthur's life in Leavenworth, Hans as that 

imatically changed his life. A minister and his son visited the 
prison one day. A3 lit- year -old Timmy followed hip Dad down the row of 
cells, for some reason he paused at Arthur's cell, and smiled and winkec 
T n at did it. Arthur responded by callinsr Timmy back to his cell and 
he began to verbally abuse him. He called him every name he could, and 
cursed and swore at him. The boy stood there taking what Arthur dished 
out and broke down in tears, "fihen Arthur had finished his tirade, Timnr 
said to Arthur, "I love you." all of 

Arthur ^aid later, "That's the first time in.mv life anyone ever told 
ne that , " A 

i ^riend is one who can say "I love you" and mean it. If you had the chance 

to become friends with someone in this world who perhapr was of national 

fame or reputation, or known world-vide , who would you choose" 7ouId it be 

the President of the United Spates? A nove star? Or a TV personality? 

;Iho would be the rao~t influential person you could pick to be your friend;'! 

lid you perhe choose to be a friend of God? In the Bible a man named 

Abraham is mentioned three time being: just that, "A friend of God." 

But to be a friend of "od it works both ways and we learn from the ^ible 

that God desires to be a friend of each person individually. This is what 

John is sayiner in our portion of Scripture this morning. In the 7th verse 

he writes, "Beloved," and that word means "Dear friends'." lear friends 
let us love one another: for love is of C-od; and every on ] is 

■n of God, and knoweth God," 

ire the n Lrem i if t ing 9 friend of r ;nc , The first one is to 

love. In our society we have a somewhat distorted view of love. We speak 

of love ssxfenzxag very loosely and hive many misconceptions of it. 

(Illustration of boy writing note to girlfriend) 

m tan wrote a not girl friend and said, "I love you so much 

Id swim the •. • - you . X » d climt t] hj - ,. . ; • 

. d crosi the-bu: j , z . ■ ., . ;- n > 

■ ----=, Love Tm P.P. . -. 

Now there's real love in action. And this isn't «w t u 

na mis isn t what John was writing about 



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His stipulation about love is that, "Every one that loveth is born of God, 
and knoweth God," 

But he adds in verse 8^ "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for Gos is love 

There is the true definition of love and one of the first Bible verses almosl 

anyone learns is, "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Bon, 
that whosoever believeth on Him, will not perish but have everlasting life. 

John 3 : 16 . 
The first step to being a friend of God is to "Know Him, n 

(Illustration of Hark Twain in Europe and daughter's remark) 
Mark Twain was visiting in Europe and he received an invitation from the 
Emperor of Germany to dine with him and the royal family. His little 
daughter when he told her of this said. "Daddy, you know most everybody in 
the whoie world don't you? Except God!" 

One of the sad commentaries of life is to know many people of all walks of 

life and yet not to know "The One Wao Counts," 

John goes on further to explain, "In this was manifested the love of God 
toward us, because that God sent His only Son into the world, that we 
might iaxEx±i*B live through Him." 

God desired to be a friend of each and every individual to ever walk the 
face of the earth and He did it throurh His r on Jesus Christ. Jesus lived 
the same life that you and I live and yet we read ±± in Scripture that He 
did it without sinning. He had all the same temptations, all the same de- 
sires, all of the things which seek to lure us from God, and yet He was able 
to overcome all of that and not sin. He was showing us that we could have 
fellowship with God. A new fellowship which retored us to the relationship 
God originally wanted for mankind when He placed man in the Garden of Eden. 
Kan sinned and turned from God and this broke the eternal relationship which 
God wanted to share with man. The entire Old Testament is a testimony of 
God's efforts to restore that relationship. He sent judges; then He sent 
priests and prophets; then He sent Kings and all to no avail. Man simply 
would not return to Him. He would come to- the realization that he was a 
sinner, repent, be restored and then p;o off on another tangent of deeper 
and worse sin. The only way God could overcome this was to enter this world 
in a way in which man could ixxsxfcix understand. He couldn't come into the 
world in the form of a super-human because man would know that he himself 
could never attain that stature. So God chose to come into the world in the 
form of another human being, someone man could relate to; someone man could 
identify with. And so He came in the person of Jeaus Christ. This ia what 
John is explaining when he says, "That we might live through Him." Jesus 

showed the way, he lived the life. He said, "I come to give you life more 
ahunadantly." 

And what is the "Abundant life?" It ie a life which has answers which the 
world cannot give. It is a life that is lived in and through God Himself. 



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John tells us further, "Herein is love, not that we loved God, hut that He 
loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." 

That fancy word simply means "the atonement," for our -ins. The Jewa in 

the Old Testament days celebrated a day on which their sins were supposedly 

forgiven in the temple and that day was called, "The Day of Atonement." 

On that day the high priest sprinkled the blood on the mercy seat and this 

was to forgive men of their sins. That day is still celebrated today by 

Orthodox Jews around the world. But John tells us that the blood of bulls 

and goats could not give man the atonement and it took the blood of Jesus 

Christ to do that. That sacrifice of Jesus was the "atonement" for our pins, 

John goes on to tell us in the 14th verse, "And we have feen and tesitfy 
that the Father sent the Con bo be the Saviour of '■ world," 

Do you get the full meaning of what John is saying? Would you rather be a 

friend of another mere mortal, or would you like to be a friend of "The One 

,vho Counts?" 

(Illustration of revival in Denver, F r iday January 20, 1905) 

For two hours at midday all Denver was held in a spell... The marts of 
trade were deserted between noon and two-o'clock thia afternoon and all 
worldly affairs were forgotten, and the entire city was given over to 
meditation of higher things. The Spirit of the Almighty pervaded every 
nook. Going to and coming from the great meetings, the thousands of men 
and women radiated this r pirit which filled them, and the clear Colorado 
sunshine was made brighter by the reflected glow of the light of God 
shining from happy faces, ^ledom has such a remarkable sight been wit- 
nessed-an entire E±iy great city, in the middle of a busy week day, 
bowing before the throne of heaven and asking and receiving the blessing 
of the King of the Universe." 

T^is was revival, but did you notice how it describes God? "King of the 

Universe ',' Could a mere earthly monarch ever attain such stature? No a 

thousand times NO, God the Omnipotent reigneth! 

But why did God come to earth in the person of Jesus Christ? First, that 

aan could have forgiveness. Look at what John says in the 15th verse, "Who- 
soever shall confess that Jesus is the r"on of God, God dwelleth in him and 
he in God," 

A relationship is established and it if done through faith. T, at ia what 

John means by confess. To confess something is to say I believe it and to 

believe is to have faith. So if a person says I believe that Jesus Christ 

came into the world to save sinners and He ±±A gave His life for sinners, 

then I have forgiveness through Him. And back in the Gospel of thif same 

John in the l?t chapter the 12th verse John says, "But as many as received 
Him, to them gave H e power to become the sons of God, even to them that 
Relieve on His name." 

Do you get that?, To those who receive Him as Saviour and Lord, thore people 

become Tons of God. T n at means they are born into the family of God, They 

become the heirs of all that God has in eternity for mankind and the broken 

relationship is mended. Man can again have access to God to rhare in His 






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riches in Glory. He is an heir of God and a Joint-heir with Christ. 

Do you remember Arthur the prisoner we mentioned at the beginning'' T,.ere is 

more to his story, 

(End of story of Timmy and Arthur) 
Timmy began to write letters to Arthur. He would write to him and share his 
concern. Timmy prayed for him. For seven years those letters kept coming, 
and correspondence was exchanged between them; until Arthur finally broke 
down and he said, "Every letter was stained with his tears. I couldn't 
take it anymore. I got on ray knees and came to the lord." 
But God did two miracles in Arthur's life. The first was to transform a 
hate-filled, max violent man into a man of love and with the ability to 
care for others. Then God saw fit to have him released from prsion in 
spite of his background and record. Theug he had cancer, he set about 
telling others about Jesus Christ with the years he had left. 

This is the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Perhaps you have had this 

transformation take place in your life and you know what I'm talking about. 

But maybe you have never surrendered your life to Jesus Christ and accepted 

the forgiveness He so readily offers to any and all who will come. This 

morning, God's Holy Spirit may be dealing with your heart that you need to 

accept what Cod has so freely given through Jesus Christ, I'm going to ask 

you to make that commitment this morning before you let another day pass 

without doing it. You may get another opportunity, but again you may not. 

You don't know that, 

let's stand please and bow our heads. You may not be sure that you have 

God's salvation, His forgiveness through Christ, You may have made a commit 

ment sometime ago, but you need to re-dedicate, or re-commit your life to 

Him. '' - circumstances, if God is - your ' e rt, if the 

Holy Spirit, God's Holy Spirit is speaking to your heart, I'm going to ask 

you to come forward. Don't let anyone or anything keep ypu from coming. 

Your wife or your husband can't make this commitment for you. Only you can 

settle where you will spend eternity. It will either be with God, or it 

will be separate from God. This is the most important decision you will 

ever make in your life. Let's pray and then we will sing our closing hymn 

during which time I urge you to respond if God is speaking to your heart. 









St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler* Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor November 3, 1985 

Mr, Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr, Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Becky Milliard and Megan Hewis 
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + ++ + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude : Autumn Leaves 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
•Processional Hymn Mo. 32 "How Firm a Foundation" 
♦Ascription 
•Exhortation 

"Confession (In Unison) "0 Thou, whose tender mercies are 
over all thy works, humbly and sorrowfully we pray for 
thy forgiveness. For every weakening and defiling 
thought to which our minds have given harbor; for every 
word spoken hastily or in dark passion; for every 
failure in self-control; for every opportunity we 
have lost to do good; and for loitering feet and 
procrastinating wills, grant that as the days go by, 
thy Spirit may more and more rule in our hearts 
giving us victory over these and all other sinful ways* 
This we ask in Jesus 's name. Amen, 
♦Kyrie 

♦Assurance of Pardon 
•Praises Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His glorious name forever. 
"Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No. 607 "Where Ha Leads Me fl 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray, 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "The Solemn Prayer" 
♦Doxology - page 382 
Anthem: "He'll Take The Hurt Away" 
Scripture: Deuteronomy 11: 18-21 
Sermon: "The Word Is: Revelation" 
♦Closing Hymn No. 606 "He Leadeth Me, Blessed Thought" 
♦Benediction 



♦Closing Chimes 
Postlude 



♦Congregation Standing 



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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 
Mrs* Ellen Schildroth in memory of loved o^es.. 

Ushers for today are: Dan Bosko, Karty Henry,' John Snow 

Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Jane Snyder. 

Mr. & Mrs. Marty Henry will greet the congregation at the 
door this morning. 

Bob Dellen and Dan Bosko will be visiting the hospital 
this week. 

Attendance last Sunday was 200+ with 41 visitors. 

MONDAY - Volleyball 6:30 - 9:30 

Women "s Mary Prugh - 7:30 
TUESDAY - Election Day 

WEDNESDAY - Council meeting at 7.: 00 P.M. 
THURSDAY - Basketball 7-9 

FRIDAY - BFBC 

LECTION DAY AT ST. PAUL'S is November 10th. This will 
be held immediately after the service in Rehoboth Hall. 
At this time we will have the election of Elders and 
Deacons as well as the adoption of the 1986 budget. 
Nominees for election of Elder - none 
Nominees for election of Deacon - Ray Isherwood 
Rick Vinroe Herb Shearer 

Bill Pflugh Ben Vensel 

Marie Henry 

The beautiful green ferns on the chancel have been given 
by Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fleeger to the glory of God. 
ovember is the month for our church to push wheelchair 
patients at the VA Hospital. If you can help for the 
next few Sundays, please contact Art Snyder, 



'REMINDER: Did you send a thank you to your friend who 
attended with you last Sunday? If not please take 
a minute and do so. ^'X} fi 'i £ t- 7 A */^*T /l a*. TfyiT. if _ 
J> , *p /tar £Ma\t4>*t * #**» 

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COTOTOHIW BIBLE CHURCH - SAGAMORE, PA, - NCVFKHFR *, lqgfi 

PRELUDE 

nRFmrr.K/.lOYfi/AimTt'T'CEI^NTSARaYER REQUESTS 

MEETING H FELIO HER WTER CHURCH 



•mow 

PRAYER/OFFERING 
'D0X0LO3Y 

PASTORAL PEAYER 

HYMN 

SCMPTUHE: DEUTERONOMY 11:1^-21 

SERMON: "THE WORD IS: REVELAT! N " 

ST. PAUL'S, Rl'TLFR - ll/5/ft5 
•HYMN 
•BBfEDCmON 
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: DT ll;l8-21; SEEM: "TH/WORD ISl REVELATION" 
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ECTD 
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'•WAT TT IS 
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IS FTljjST OF Af r T. "BEV^l.r- ! 

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WAS SPK 2TSRELTTES TN THIS SCRIP 

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THIS THEN IS TH/WOHD OF GOD — — 

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PLACE W/IN SMAL LEATHB ROXi WEAR ON ARM d, ON TH/FOi 
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TH/PUSPOSl!=TC_KE?:F -N FRONT CF THEM 

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Vr. 1Q.HYTP ONLY IMPORT HAV G'S WORf! EVID IN UP LIF.BUT PTEACH UP 

CHILDREN 
THATS WEN U SIT IN UR HOME 
?TFACH t, TALK BOUT IT WEN U S AT UR DAILY CHORES 
2THTNK BOUT G'S WORD TK/LAET THING B^ UCLOS UH EYES IN SLEEP 

2THINK BOUT G'S WORD TH/EIRST THING WEN S WAK UP 
IF G'S WORT) TAKR ON THAT IMPORT IN PERMS t.IF, G JTL CERTTNLY 
HAV PRE-EHINENC OVH ALL TH/WORLDLY THING WH/NORMI.Y CREEP IN2 
I OUR LIVS 



VE. P. NOT ONLY 2KM ' • ,;j',;T IMPERTIV WE TE ACH ODD CfflXPRH* * 

"II OJ2JEES. 

VSS 20-?l =MOSES SAW THIS IN:'.THUCTTN AS GO BYONPj TALK/TEACH 
TT WAS 2B SEEN IN ALL ASPECTS OF THER LIVS 



AN OT 3EKNARY PROF TAUT 



TH/FIRST <tHUKS OF THJ( 



T ' D TTK 2SHAR W/YOU A REEUTATIN OF WAT 
W" I WAS THER 

. THINKING WAS TEAT MOSES DIDNT WIT 
OLD TESTAMENT 

•■=HEjajULJllIJ)(BIT 

whzt; bcj no evidenc of librarys p«rin« ins time 

onjhel 
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t'kttnct cultos ft gpp of people known as the sdmebia] 
t hez pso livd jus b'-> th/ttme of abraham 
the r was an extensh [jbrary wh/they had a archaeology pruvs i 
ther" is sc of egypttn lth . paisd as an 

HSYEHAU 

THEN THER IS TH/EVTWNC FR/THE BIBLE, ROD'S i/OHD 
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Exom s ;4:P7-g 8^iF ggsxs citdnt writ >;ir wun god tel him jorsr i 

' ALSO UR7 WIID MOSES TEL TH/PEO 2WRIT ON THER DOORPOST.';, IF HE 
DIDNT KNO HOW TO WRIT ft THER WER NO WRITING MATERIALS ARNT THFN 
WAT HOSES IS SHAR IS TH/REVELATIN OF r, THRU HIS WORD 

Ann he i- to. oe Td/iY.KTktr, i 

VS gJaJHIS IS G'S DESIR Fl .'.TIN 

r.'TF) TO GIV MANKIND A HE1.ATJNSHIP vJ/HIH 1 TTTS WAT HE SAY 
V£_21B=HFAVEN UPON EARTH 
PHAV HVN DION RRTII WODB 2HAV TH/ACTUL PRESEHC OF G IN MUST OF 
".IHD 

THEN MOSES WHOT NOTHR TIME AS END IN DEBT ?£:29aREAD THIS 
-th/tkings HEVEALD RLONG TO US ft OUR CHILIiRN <*ever 

ehh words g wants ds ?hav his bevlattn & that hevt.atin can 
only gum fr/his word 

fnttr purp of g's word is 2reveal htm completly ft fully 
it in his word ft nowher els we lern of his plan 4thi saiv of 
th/worlu 
he has rfveald this thru js xp 

HOW PIP OOP, PEVEAI, ffTMSEL |77 SAB >:.<■. 
N I KBDM floj 

THER R 3EVRL ANSRS BUT A GUD CONCRET DFFINIT ANSR WH/CUMS FR/GOD 
^ Hi:- WORD IS TH/BFS? 

GUP. EXAHPi, IS BIHTB OF JS XP 
MATTTPEV 7:1-7 WE FIND A Gilt) EXAKPL 



KT 2:1-? ^ 

THFZ MEN WER AST! JLOORS/STABGAiiEHS 

I MADE THLB LIV BY STUDY STABS ft WAT HOVHENTS KENT 

StJMEOW THEY KND THAT AI EAEANC OF SPECIL/UNKNOWN NEVR B* SEEN 

STAR MENT BIRTH OF SPJSCIL PFWSON 
T" 1 ASCERTAIN IT MEN? TH/BIP^H OF ROYALTY 
^ WEN SAW STAR IN EAR", THEY BGAN T^ER QUEST <tTH/ANSR 

THE;' LERNED MEN WEB DIPECTD TO JERUSALEM ft THER TOEY LERNB 

VSS 3-fi= SO AFTR HEARTH'- THIS SPBCII REVELATIN WE READ 

VSS ,2-11-.™ HK,rH K AD THER FULEST REVELATIN ft 1»ALL TIME IT RECORD 

BABY BORN THER WAS TH/KAVIOR OF TH/VOBLD 
FRAHTS WE LERN G USES WATEVH MEANS R AVAIEBL 2MAK HIMSELF KNOWN 

'/'■■■■■ 'OS OF REVELATIN 
ON"-' :v ■:- ■-•,;' ^rfad ?vpc« rr ■■:•: km 2SOON DISCOVS v,; ,! [5 A 
SINHP IN NFED OF SALVATIN 
FROM TH/BEGIN MAN SINND ft TURND FR/GOD 
SO THEN PURPOS OF RF"EMTTN CIR4S 'tTH BOH/. Q REVEAL! 
TH! 0HI.T Off' WHO CAN SAV MANKIND FR/ETRNL DAMNATIN 
THIS THEN GIVS US TH/REVEI.ATIN OF ETERNAL LIF & TH/VICTRY 
WH/CANP OCRS OVR SIN J. DFTII.TITRD JS XAP 
ft THIS IS REVFAI.D THRU G'S HOLY WORD 
(ILCS.OF JOHANN S TRINDBERO ft HIS CONVFRSI M ) 

(ILirOFHJ '• Ttf GUIDE) 

r. nn'qjiO Bn - - TJE. WORD — Tft PEgf| rJTTnM 
"GOD BEVE1LEP HIMSELF TO US COMPLETELY T i! RCUGH JESUS CHRIST 

APE V7E READING ft LERNING ABOUT HIM BY USING GOD'S WORD ON * 

REGULAR BASIS 11 

.;'/ TIME "4EI/RTHING ELS TNSTEDT'. V'.' 
OOP GRANT WE P LEHNING FR/HTS WORD 



"The Word Is: Revelation" 
I Scripture: Deut. 11:18-21 

Unex sevrl wks R go 2 Ik Doct fr stanpt Bibl 
w/Bibl all Doc actul start & apart fr/Bibl hav no 
basis 4 Blief ,Bcuz fr/Bibl lern, kno all ther is 2 
kno of & about G 
Tr -ft, we C 1st of All the Bibl-G's Word if 1st or all 
K./elatin - "The Ward Is: Revelation." 
(Ilus Johan A. STrindberg & regard of Bibl) 
(Ilus of Sir Salter Scott & The Book) 
Here contras C in all of lif-eithr Bibl has purp S. 
meaninr 4indivld,or has nothin 2offr. 
So if Bibl 2hav mean/purp 4anyl lif musB 6 ftwat is & 
1st thing we C is it -REVELATION 
& in ordr 2underst this ,mus underst import of Revel 
2do so mus go bak 2 OT 6 Ik wat tug plac lif Isites 
in tine of Moses 

He giv instruc 4ther livs as red in rcrip 5= say— 
vs 18a-MY WORDS«R ftgo things spok 2thera of Lord 
they his words fr/stanpt he spok them but in actul f 
fact they words of Sod 
vs iSb-custom tak specif Scrip writ parch, out strip 
S.plac within lethr boz & wear arrowhead 
Phars suposed wor all time, but oomon peop prsyrtime 
purp was 2keep G'a Word in ther site 2remin wat G 
want & desir of them 
vs l^-Moa tel import not only hav G'a Word , but teach 
cbildrn-sit.teach/talk wen do daily work, think of G 
B4 clos eyes Asleep, think G's '.'ord wen open 
If G'« 'ord tak on that import persns lif G wil 
certnly hav pre-em ovr all worly things creep livs 
we not only 2kno G'a word , but impertiv teach othrs 
& .specil our childrn.faralys 
But go Byon teach, Moses say-vss 20-21 
(Tak "time refut wat taut 3emnary bout KoSes no write , 
<fat Mos shar is revlatin G thru His -ford, but its 
import is wat pt out 
S alway wanted ralatship w/nan & wen Mos say Q want 
giv them- as days hvn upon erth-he stat wat G s desir 
is ft His creatin 
2hav hvn upon erth wudU 2hav actul presenc of Ci in 
midst mank 
fcblf Ik chac 29,vs ^9 C Hos Add 2 wat .-ay here 
"things wh reveal "Ion:" 2us Sour enildrn 4evr,m 
othr words-G want us 2hav His revelatin that 
revelotin can only oun fr His Wart 
"ntir purr ' 'a '-,ri ia 2revaal Bin conpletly/ruliy 

in Hia .;ord & nowher els we lern His plan salv 

of worl 

-eveel thet thru Js Kp 



, u u u vc w 



l'r C's Bard no only lern import oi 

means of Rev , 

How did G actul reveal F„lf is guest man ask 

Tow can I honesly kno G? 

Ther H sevrl answers of corse, out nothin ansers iik 
a def eonoret anaer & gud examp fnd in birth Js in tft 

I' :l-2.Thaa men wer astrologers ,r.targazers S tney 

made livhud of study star & wat movments meat 
fumhow they kno speoil apear of unkno star ment 
birth suml specil ., ,,,. 

ascertain ment birth of roylty ao wen saw specil st« 

east, , , r 

-...,, Stem -- ther they l«n=vs 3-6 

5o afi • id -evlatln rei '-n 

In Beth had ther fules revlatin & 4-all time it reoon 
Baby born in Beth was nun othr than 3av of *orl 
ihia »e ^ : uae watevr main waiibl 2uw c 

_■ ,rd of 1,G cor ' al 9el* 

j His Word :n s«V?2 8 

revlatin of " Himself ,wh bring us 2 third pt & that is: 

The Purpose of Revelatin 

1 duznt hav 2read 2much of G's Word 2soon discovr 1 
of main purps of Revlatin is 2sho man is sin^ 
Fr Bgin he sin & turn fr G &. then purp of rev cum 4th 
Bcu/g reveal Js as only 1 who can sav mank fr etrnl 

d Th?fthen giv us Revlatin of Eternl lif & victry wh 
can B ours ovr sin & deth _ 
(Ilus Johan rtrindbera- & conversing 
G's revelatin came 2him thru Hi? "«ord 
(r id poem- Amazing Grace by J. Danson BaiSBJ 

Vr^lli-SnS'S^tl, in Js Xp I thru Him we 
do indeed hav Amazing Grace 



"The Word Is: Revelation" 
Scripture: Deuteronomy 11:18-21 

7or the next several weeks we are going "bo be looking a": Doctrine from the 

i of T '- is with th s Bible it a . ' .. illy 

Jtarbsr. Apart from ;he *ible we i isis for belie", :n:au>3 i; 

is from tbe Bible that we learn all there is to know cf and about 3od. 

3b.<:&S£ Therefore, we see that the Bible, God's Word, is first of all "Revela 

tion." "The V/ord Is: Revelation." 

(Illustration of Johann A. Strindberg and his regard to the Bible) 

Johann A, Strindberg was a brilliant edj aov< who - burn in ' "" 9 

] 912 1 "T im apar ■ ] : ' 1 q 

a very gifted writer, Is his regard for the Bible. He absolutely hated it. 
He attacked it for years in a most ruthless and visious manner. This man 
received many of the world's honors, and the fringe benefits that go with 
them but like Isaiah prophesied, " here is no p< ic , 3aith my <od t< the 

-'." Isaiah 57:21. He had three troubled and stormy marriages and 
his life was filled with frustration and problems. But in spite ^of his 
hatred and hostility to the Bible he had never read and studied the Pcrip- 
ture to find out what it eaid, 

(Illustration of Sir Walter Spott and "The Book") 

Sir Walter S^ott was another brilliant writer in Scotland. Just before 
his death he was taken into his library and seated by a large window where 
he could look at the scenerj. As he sat there, he called to his son-in- 
law to s*txk±n "Get the Book" and readr-to him. During his lifetime he had 
accumulated one of the largest libraries in the world and so his son-in- 
law asked, "Prom what book shall I read?" Scott replied, "There is but 
One." He son-in-law read from the 14-th chapter of John and Scott listened' 
devotedly and then said, "This is a great comfort. I have followed you 
distinctly, and I feel as if I was to be myself again." 

Here's the contrast as seen in all of life. Either the Bible has purpose 
and meaning for an individual, or it has nothing to offer. So if the Bible 
is to have any meaning or purpose for anyone's life, it must be seen for 
what it is. And the very first thing that we see that "The Word Id," is 
that it is "Revelation." So in order to understand this we must understand 
first of all the "Importance of Revelation." 

To understand this we need to go back to the Old Testament and look at what 
had taken place in the life of the Israelites during the time of Moses. 
Hosesi is speaking to the Israelites as we read in our Scripture this morning 
He is giving them instructions for their lives and he tells them, "Therefore 

shall ye lay up these wraax my words in your heart and in your soul." 
The words he calls "My words," are the foregoing things he has spoken to then 
of the Lord. They are his words from the standpoint that he has spoken them, 
but in actual fact they are the words of the Lord. 

S L h ^°S i 2 Ue ;: , / And bind them for a si P n "P° n ?°v* ha ndm that they may be 
as frontlets between your eyes," * y y Le 

'What Moses is talking about *as the custom of taking four specific niece, of 

."Cr 1 "* """ " * striP " ParohMnt M then *"*-«- 

small leather box and wearing them on the arm and on the 



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forehead. The Pharisees supposedly wore them all the time, but the common 
people only worecthem at prayertime. But the purpose was to keep God's 
Word, literally in front of v them. To remind them of what God wanted and de- 
sired from them. But more than this, Moses points out, "And ye shall teach 
them your children, speaking of them when thou 3ittest in thine house 1 , and 
when thou walkest by the way;p when thou liest down, and when thou risest up 

What Moses is saying is that it is important to not only have God's Word in 
evidence in your life, but to teach your children when you are sitting at iuc 
home; to teach it and talk of it when you are out about your daily chores; 
to think about God 's Word the last thing before you close your eyes to go to 
sleep; and to think about God's Word the first thin?: when you wake up. 
If God's Word takes on that importance in a person's life, God will certain- 
ly have pre-eminence over all the worldly things which normally creep into 
our lives. W 6 are not only supposed to know God's Word, but it is imperative 
that we teach it to our children and others. 

But Moses saw this as going beyond Just talking and beaching because he adds: 
"And thou shalt write them upon the doorposts of thine house, and upon thy 
g^tes: That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, 
in the land which the Lord aware unto your fathers to p;ive them, as the 
days of heaven upon earth." 

First I'd like to point out a sidelight on these verses and that is to pub- 
licly refute that which I was taught in seminary about ancient writing. My 
Old Testament professor taught that Moses did not know how to write because 
there kexk is no evidence of libraries during his time on earth. But if he 
didn't know how to write or there -'/ere no written materials around during his 
lifetime, fcnw why would he tell anyone to write something Mnixiiwax on the 
doorposts of their houses? What Moses is sharing here is the revelation o£ 
God through "is ,'ord. But he is telling of the importance of it. Sed always 
wanted a relationship with man and so when Moses says that God wanted to give 
them, "As the days of heaven upon the earth," he is actually stating what 
God's desire for His creation is. To have heaven upon earth would be to have 
the actual presence of God in the midst of mankind. Moses added to what he 
was saying here in the 29th chaster, verse 29, where we rpad: "The secret 
* " ■" ?lon ^ unt ° * h -^ kori our God: but those things which are revealed 
belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of 
"C n is xslw * 

The "Things which are revealed belong into us and to our children forever." 
In other words, God wants us to have His revelation and that revelation can 
only come from Mis Word, rhe entire purpose of God's Word is to reveal Him 
completely and fully. And it is in His ,/ord and no where else that we learn 
of His plan for the salvation of the world. He revealed that through Jesus 
Christ. 

3 it is from Sod's Word that we not only 1-rn tho i m „,t 

wttij i-rn tne importance of revelation 
ut we see the Means of Revelation. How did God actuallv reveal ^imslgf is 



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the question man repeatedly asks. "How can I honestly know God?" There are 

several answers of course, but nothing answers like a definite concrete ajtzxs 

answer. God answers the searching- heart and a good example is found in the 

birth of Jesus. In the G spel of Katthew chapter ?, verses 1 and 2, we read: 
"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the day.3 of Herod the kins 
behold, there ;o-i wise men from the east to Jerusalem, say ini > "Khere is 
He that is born King of the Jews' "^r we bane .-^ e n His star in the east 
and are come to worship Him." 

These ™ e n were astrologers and stargazers, ?. ey made it a livlihood of 

studying the stars and what their movement? meant. Somehow they knew that 

the appearance of a special unknown or jsnEixKKXustzx before unseen star meant 

the birth of -one special per:fn. They -i^certainec 1 that it ne 

of " oyalty. So when they iw " : special in the i " 1 

their quest for the answer. 2»±xz2uca3S»xxxara*xxaxHiBXiafiifccg±ica3i-rt3iiEXHxxxHr^x 
ShExxiHaxHHcbctliai These learned men were directed bo Jerusalem. There they, 
learned, (read verses 3 through 5). fo -after hearing this special revelatio] 

read;, (read verses a through 11). In Bethlehem they had their fulls 
revelation and for all time it was recc 'ded ■'.■„ torn in 

.* i ; none other ;han bhe 'iour of the world. Prom this we see that God 
uses iksxi8BX3flzX£Sx3i*2Z±az±an:::c-:x-<,::-c.: ■: • -- vailable bo ma] 

Himself known. And even though we have the written Word of Sod, God con- 
tinually reveals Himself to mankind in many ways to point man to His Word 
so he can receive the revelation of Himself, Which bring us to the third 
point and that is "The Purpose of Revelation," One doesn't have to read too 
much of God's Word to soon discover that one of the main purposes of its 
Revelation is that man is a sinner. Prom the beginning he sinned and turned 
from God, And then the purpose of revelation comes forth because God re- 
vealed Jesus as the only One who can save mankind from eternal damnation. 
This then gives us the Revelation of Eternal life and the victory which can 
be ours over sin, and death. 

(Illustration of Johann A. Strmndberffc and his conversion) 

In the later years of Johann rtrindberg 's life, especially during his fatal 
illness God's Holy Spirit continued His work in this man's life. He finally 
picked up the Bible and began to carefully read and study its pages. On the 

day before -;his death he called his family to his bedside and taking the 3ibl< 
in his hand from the nighstand, he said, "Every personal grudge is now gone. 
I have settled with life, my accounts are closed, the Bible is the only ''true 
guide." Then he requested that they place on his breast in the casket the 
book that he had fought for so long, kt his funeral which was attended by 
thousands, they pang one of the hymns he had learned to love after his late 
conversion, "Nearer My God To T"ee." 

J. Danson Smith wrote: 

Amazing Grace - that in the past 

Back in eternities so vast - 
The Father God His Son should slay - 

The sin of unborn man to pay - 
1 wonder much - how could it be? 



-A- 

Amazing Grace - that He the Son, 

The Biassed and Eternal One, 
Should leave at lengfeh the hallowed bliss 

Of Heaven's -unsullied righteousness 
And come to earth and take the place 

Of every man of Adam's race. 

.'eil might angelie hosts have '.vert 

•/hen Christ to God His promise kept; 
And heavenly choirs had ceased to sing 

At sight of Christ's darv suffering. 
Tis all, indeed, too deep to trace; 

We can but say - "Amazing Grace." 

"The WorcE Is: Revelation." God rev laelf completely in Jesus Christ 

and through TJ im we do indeed have Amazin- 5race. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler , Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor November 10, 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr* Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Megan Hewis and Becky Hilliard 



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ORDEH OF WORSHIP 11:00 A,M, 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
•Processional Hymn No. 608 "Guide Me, Thou Great Jehovah" 
•Ascription 
•Exhortation 

♦Confession (In Unison) "Almighty God, we thank you for 
the Church. But we know that as members of this body 
we have not always been as we should be. We have 
accepted your Word and it has not moved us. We have 
heard your message preached, and it was always meant 
for another person, and not me. We have partaken of 
the Lord's Supper and have not really wanted to give 
up some of our petty little sins. We have asked for 
forgiveness, but have been unwilling to give it to 
others. O God, come to us anew today. Cover us with 
your love and forgive our wayward acts of sin and 
disobedience. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 
*Kyrle 

•Assurance of Pardon 
■"Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His glorious name forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No. 601 "Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
•Doxology - page 382 
Anthem: (medley) 'Tor Those Tears I Died/Something Beautiful 
Scripture: 2 Timothy 3: 15-17 
Sermon: "The Word Is: Ir.Fpiration 11 
•Closing Hymn No. 595 "Lead On, King Eternal" 
"■Benediction 
•Closing imes 



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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Grace Gillen in memory of loved ones. 
Ushers for today are: Dutch Bolam, Alta Kradel, Lois 

Stokes and Marilyn Snyder. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs, Sue Gamble. 
Mr. & Mrs. James Gannon will greet the congregation at 

the door this morning, 
Don Kennedy and Don Kingsley will be visiting the 

hospital this week* 
Attendance last Sunday was 122 with 11 visitors. 

MONDAY - Volleyball 6:30 - 9:30 
THURSDAY - Basketball 7-9 

Choir Practice 7:00 

J^Ncvember is the month for our church to push wheelchair 
S patients at the VA Hospital. If you can help for the 

next few Sundays, please contact Art Snyder. 

"■-BLOOD DRIVE is being held on November 20th. There are 

sign up sheets hanging in the Narthex and ^ the bulletin 
board off Brugh Avenue. Take a minute and sign up bo 
we can make this project a success. Contact Marge 
Smiley for more information. 
•IMPORTANT MEETING TODAY will be held immediately after the 
service in Rehobcth Hall. This will be the election of 
Elders and Deacons, and the adoption of the 1986 budget. 
Please do your part in the operation of your Church by 
being present. 

THANKOFFERING SUNDAY will be observed on November 24th. 
Our guest speaker will be Rev. Robert Dain assisted by 
Rev. Link. This is also the day we will be having our 
food drive collection. for needy families. We hope you 
will support this project. 

. -PLEDGE CARDS AND TALENT SHEETS are due into the office 

on November 17th. Take time and fill it out now. This 
will help us as we appoint new committees for 1986 on 
December 9th. We request the presence of all committee 

chairmen and all council members at this meeting. 

POINSETTIA time is fast approaching. The price for the 
Christmas flowers are $6,00 each. If you would like 
to purchase one to grace the chancel for Christmas let 
Ginny know, or drop a note in the offering plate. 



community bible: cmmcH - , pa. - November 10, 

PRELUDE 

QBEETI NG S/JOYS/ANNOUNC EMEN T?,/l"HAYER REQUESTS 

ANf.'UAL MEETING NOTES; 

SIGMQP SHEET FOH CHRISTMAS - HOLIDAY CHOIR 
HAS BEEN POSTED, NO TAKERS 
KATHY MOROAM WILL DIRECT 
CAROL BAILEY WILL PLAY 

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NEEnToUTH DIHBCTOR - PLEASE VOLirflTEER 
HESE KELP IN SS, PLEASE RESPOND 

SUP JOANN FAIRMAN, ASST. SDPT HABEL LOHENM), THEY 
NEED ALL TH/ltELP WE CAN GIVE THEM. 
IF YOU ARE ASKED TO SERVE PLEASE DON'T DECLINE. WE 
NEED YOU 
WE ARE (WING TO HAVE A PICTORIAL DIRECTORY - THIS IS 
PRESENTLY BFJW3 WORKED ON 
YOU WILL 3E CONTACTED TO RAVE YCT'R FTCTUHE TAKEN 
NO OBLIGA TION - WILL GIVE fTATLS US AVAILABLE ' 

t#»»£*\j sine J7**y /t£ /A/ 



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•HYMN 

PRAYER/OFEERTNC. 
"DOXCLOGY 

'ASTORAL PRAYER 

HYMN 

SCKPTURF.!? TIMOTHY J:^17 

.'SERMON: "THE WORE IS J INSPIRATION" 

ST. PAUL'S, BITTLEH 11A0/8S 
•HYMN 

•BENEDICTION 
•PCSTLUDE 

Ar-r 



iitii-nur=meai]5 ,eonvxcT;in ,reDUK,a.iSCipj.in & t;ne* words?/ 
hav 2do w/propr conduc Ch menibr,as a Bl*-vr 
we 2B convic our harts wen sin/err in privat & 
ch llvs & G 's ,'ord wil do this 
Moody sed=Eithr Bibl wil keep fr/sin.or sin wil keep 

U fr/Bihl 
S. if think of that,realiz wen read/medtat B'S > r ord H 
co 1c wat may do that wrong*; & R led 2 corec it 
But; if no kno wat in S T \'ord tel bout liv Xpian lif 
nayB involv all sort worldly th & think nothin boutit 
If mak comptween wat did M cum 2 Xp,ft aftr C dif 
CORRECTIN-mean-resotr improv Sb mean is Pplac Elievr on 
rt path & intrest 2note°;Repruf ,corectin only use here 
in all of HI & shud sho import piac upon propr knowle' 
of Behaviour of Elievr shudB 
F wrap up=Instruc in Ritnes & mean-Eduestin thru Disci 
underly root word- Instructing in 1st part worddltl in. 
boy or child 
So P say=Inspir G's '.'ord 2act lik teaohr 4Blievr,giv 
necesary disciplin 41if ,much lik smal hoy ?B taut 
& ap*in reasa is Strain Bjievr in riteness 
Aftr cum 2Xp then Bpin baffle train in how, wat , why, Of 
being a Xpian 
..> striv Sward riteusnes I-cuz Js Beam our ritnes & we 
R made ritus B4 G thru Him 
E all this P soy-vs 17="& mus pt out-Perf no mean this 
lif sinles,but seek aftr Godlines ,ritusnes ■'■ thez mak 
perf G 's site 
im 13 23- B perf a3 J in hvn is perfeJs sed "erm/Mt 

& all this furnish us 4 lif of Blievr 
(Ilus preaehr/wonan no Bliev) 

U C this is the pt-if we no Eliev Bit 1, we cal G liar 
liev Bibl revelatin, 1 : Inspired "'ord of G,or 3 
liar " we may as welB atheistr 

= Jn 17:17«3anctify them thru thy trutr : m hy "r.i- J 
■nth 
How if Js ,th 1 we profes 2B our "sv pray that C wud 

ictfy.OT set apart thos cm , hru His ''ord, 

" gdd &*a ''"ord is truth, then anyl oal G's "ord wrong 
is nothing but a liar 
3 no kno ^11 ins/ . =:<•] - " 1] rhy *■ 

iow use peo : ord, : 

^If we wil Pread G's ord, Ik 4 His enlitment.He wil opn 
His Inapir Word 2us Sc faith wil3 expand, & wil gro in 
our Xpian walk. But musB wil 2eubmit ?disciolin of 
Read G's ,'iDDd,lk 2 author & finisher of our faith 2 
opn our harts R- minds, & eyes 2 Him 
THE u'ORD 13: INSPIRATION 



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Is : Inspiration" 
crip: 2 Timrthy 3:15-17 ) 

Las wk Ik G's V as B Revlatilljthis wk fco 2 Ik r ' 
BS-Insplratln-or.The "ord Is: Inspiration" 
( uot fcjoo&rxxisliSKxSuxtKr:* Chair 6 'theist Bibl) 
(~ur>t by J. Tidlow Baxter) 

Do pf Insp of S c rip bin oaus divisin moBg !"-■ ' 
rwx Wk an issu bin sores controversy evn tnorao 
7her4, Bourn very critlol wat Bllevr audi I ! at 

ment by term=The Word Is: Ibspiration" 
'.Veil say - inspiration, wat do we mean? 

Lets Ik wat I say in "„rip 4this morn 
L writ 2yng frend in faith-Tim jthot so hily of him he 
treat lik own son,& If bakup vs M-,read-R5AI) 
Tin! son Gr fath r ,Jew Kothr,no kno if F vpian.eut Pi 
was=Eunice,& Gr Mothr Lois , both kno 4 Xpianfaith 
T n ey taut thir 2 Tim fr boyhud on & P mentin in 
1st chap v« 5 
Wat Tim was taut was 1 of G as all Jew boys wer taut 
from litl on xp . 

aiKB ur<- Blov frend continu liv faith as taut 
but also-vs 143-kno of whom thou hast lerned them 
He ?renem he lern fr 2 sorces-lst=f amly upbring 
2nd.fr F himself .but thoz instrues cum fr inspired*/ 
Katrulv,™ no complet thir time, but Blievrs erly CI 
had witnes OT wh tol of G'S inapir ''lords concern 
luv £ futur rederap wud provia 4 raank 
•■ thoz Llievr also had witnes Apostla w/Js minstrj 
vs 15-Ther is entir purp of Q send 4th .v'ord 
Ml tied up in Salvatin He offr thru Js Xp 
So hav sed preceed remark,? go on 2elabrat meaning 
p IHSPUt AT 10 N 
V b J5A-ALL wen use w/out articLAll Kg ■ cr ip mean 
EVERT.& this mak mor def=Evry r_ip,no excepting, AIL 
Eow wer they givn?-vs 16B=Inspiratin of Q 
Inspiratin-Gr 2words-THFOT^3TOS=Theo=G,TheolOFy 

PHEUSrOS-to breathe-Ineumatio.expl-Ereath of b 
ALL or EV1Y Scrip is G Ereathed 8 this set apart as 
sumthin simply inspir lik burst of speed-racer ,suml 
Get fired up uiooentarly=Bsseball .football 
Deepr TheoloR-icl mean is.G Breathe in2 all crip 
wat He fant There 
Acts,ientcost»lik rush of mitey wind-G'-' Breath- 

Go hav pean of In3pratin,lets Ik at purpos of it 
vs 162we hav 4benefit,or thin?--; wh Inap profitbl 
rrofitbl-mean aJvantar , Jnspi : na ?Bli( 

- liter l»teaching,& wat shudB taut Blievra? 



It is ■■ 



it is wau wo lev, i j 

wh giv us our stand aeih world 



B3 lav i r , Boctrin 



iui inoi'j^JilH" 



f ITiW. OK KAREN UNDERL I NING G'S NAME IN HER BOOK ) 

lis wk LeatB t? S*s wesa &s b - revelatin 

THIS WK LOOKG'S WORD AS - I NSFIRATI N % 

OR SIMPLY PUT - TH/WORE IS: INSHRATICM . 

(<3"y by J. riiiin-i BAXTsgJ g 

■ iTN OF INSPIR OF SCRIP HAS & DHZ CAUS DIVISTN AMONG BLIEVRS. 



IT THEPA BCUMS TORY CRITICAL THAT WE AC BLIEVRS UNDRKT JUS 

wat in hent by bj/inspiratin of scrip 

P WAS WRIT PTIW WHO LIK SON TO HIM 

NO KNO IF FATHH WAS XTTAN 

DO KNO MOTTO EUNICE. j^JJEEiafflggL-LCIS R KNOWN FOR SINCERE 
FAITH HAD TAUT TIM FR/BOYHUD ON 
I HgfWH THIJ CHAP 1. VS -i - (RKAll THTS l 
IVHY P CAN SAY - US 1!»=BEAD AGAIN 

UN "AS 2RFMEM HB FKCEIVE THEi< INSTRI1CS FR/TTO SOURCES 
FJR5T: FB/FAMLY tTPBRTNO - «6B» «l GBNMCTHR 

EECCTTOj FR/PA1H HIMSELF - P LED TIM 2CHRISJ % NOW TIM MINSTR 

V5_1S=NT NOT CCHPIOT WIS ^IHE S, SO OT SCRIPS WER TR/BOSKS 
TTM LFPN FROM 
BLOTKS ERI.Y CHtmCH HAD OT BfXIBKS AK WITNES ?WAT G WDD DO 
IN FUTUR 

■■0 MEN LIK PAUL CUD IMPART WAT HAD HERlVSKE N/KNCT OF MINSTRY OF 

J " - p SS -HIJTCoT THPg TTIgpiRp 6T books 



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VS M=(BEAD AfiATN) 

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IS TH/ENTIR PURPOS OF (1 SESTJ HIS WORD 
IT ALL TIED UP TN TH/SALV GO!) OI'TRK THHD JS XP 
VJ_ --'^NOW P ELAHOFATES ABOUT SCRIPTURE 
Th. XRST THING HE SAYS T» — - VS 16a - BMP 
WEN WORn "ALL" IS USED LIK THTS W/OUT TH/ARTICL T-H-E, IT 
MEANS "E-V-E-K-Y" 



THIS THEN MAKK IT VERY DEFTNIT fc TH/MEANING IS 2/ 

" EVERY" SCR IP, NOT JUS SUM - BUT "EVERY" SCRIP GIV BY SINSPIR 

OF GOD 
NO BCCEPTIKS - THEY R ALL/COMPLETLY GIVN BY G*S. INSPIRATIN 
WORD INSPIRATIN IS- TWO GRK WORDS - THROP NEUSTOS 
THEO=GOD - THE OLOGY-STUDY. OF G_CD 
P"E USTOS*ME ANS TO BREATHE - FR/tHIS WORD CUMS E NG-PNEUMATIC 

3 bniz pneumatic ait; - t ools. tibes. etc 
rut ' p spk of "breath of god" 
deepr mean of word "inspiratin" is m hat all scrip is gjjreathd 

wind h sp - g breth) 

V5 - BENEFITS OF INSPfRAT] RE PROFITABL 

PROFITABLB=MEANS APAVANTAQ .SO INSPIRATIN IS ADVANTAGUS 2BLIEVR 
J=DOCTRIN T WAT WE BLIEV & WHY - TE ACHING 
TT IS DOCTRTN FR/WHICH WE TAK OUR STAND IN CH AGIN WCRLAORLDL 1 
RFPROCF-CONVICTIN^KBTJK , DISCI ' 

'THE?; HAV 2D0 W/PROPR CONDUCES A BLIEVR & CH MEMBR 
(ILU S D. L. MOODY & SIN h BIBL) 

■V/BIBL WE R CONVICTD WHTHR WAT WE DO TS WRONG OR RITE 

TF LOT WAT DID B't CUM 2XP X- WAT WE DO AFTP,WE C BIG DIF -RITE?? 
CCBRECTIN-2REST0R & IMPROV - INSPIRATIN ADV FOR THIS 
BASIC MEANING IS 2PLAC BLIEVR ON RITE PATH 

REPRO OF fe CORECTIN ONLY FND NT BEEE fc SHOWS IMPORT OF PPOPR 

K'iC'WLEDG & BHAVIOR ^BLIEVR' 
IK Tir^rTTT5NKS -FjyCAJTO_gfflUJ)ISCTPI \ 

:nftT*goo¥ word fojTinstrhctin is=ch ild/littl boy 

P SAY INSP OF G'S WORD IS LIK TSACHR *t BLIEVR MUCH LI K SMAL BOY 
IS TAUT 
"THTS~THEN WEN CUM ?XP WE BGIN BASIC TRAINING IN BEING XFIAN 

THRU XP WE .HAV RITUSNES & STRIV BCDM MCR R-ITPS 2EMUJLAT HIM 
VS 1?=THIS POTPOS OF ALL OF fl 

•DLAIN PERFECT=NOT PEPF THIS LIF,BUT STRIV FOR IT 
"^ PERFECT AS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS PERFECT" 
THIS FURNISHES US 2LIV TK/LIE OF TH/BLIEVR 

(ILUS WO MAN WHO NO BLIEV WAT PREACHR PREAC H ABOUT) 
Tilts' IS TH/POINT 

IF WE DON'T BLIEV TH/BIBL WE R CAL GOD A LIAR 
WE EITHR BLIP/ TIl/BIBI, I.' TH/REV OF GOD, 8, INSPIRD WORD OF GOD , 

JS PRAYDJN 17;17=3ANCTIFY THEM THRT' THY T RUTH, TH1 i_TRin 

IF JF TH/ONE WE PROFES AS -AVIOR.PRAYQJLWJICJANCTIFY/SET 
APART THOZ WHO BLIEV FR/THE WOR LDLY LIF THRU HIS WORD, 
It' THEN ADD G^S" WORD IS TRUTH ^ TffiW ANYONE WHO CALS G'S WORD 

WR ONG ' T~S~~N0TH7N BUT A I T AR 
WE DQNtTnO ALL INs7cT1T. r ' C ,c - TNST- T PATTN K- ALL HIS PLANS 

BU m THIS WE DO KNOW=IF W E R WILL 3READ ff'S WORD.LK FO T - 

FNLITNMENT.HE WIL CPfl HIS - TNSP WORD T O TTS.OUlTFfll TH u tl,R 

EXPAND fr WE WTL ORO TN OUR. XMAN WALK 
BUT MUSB WTL 2SEEK & SERCH - HI6 WORD, G'S WORD IS INSPIRATIN 



"The Word IS: -inspiration" 

Scripture: 2 Timothy 5:15-17 

Last week we looked at God's Word as being "Revelation." This week we are 

going to look at God's Word as "Inspiration," Or putting it in another 

way, "$he Word Is: Inspiration." 

(Quote by J,Sidlow Baxter) 
"The biggest division between Christians is no lone-er between one denomi- 
nation and another, but between those who accept the Bible as the inspir- 
ed Word of God and those who do not." 

The Doctrine of the Inspiration of Fcripture has been the cause of division 
among believers, and the third doctrine we will be looking at next week has 
caused even more controversy and division. Therefore, it becomes very criti- 
cal that those who are believers understand what is meant by the term, "The 
.Vord Is: Inspiration." When we speak of "INSPIRATION", just what do we 
mean. Let's look at what Paul says here, in our Scripture this morning. 
Paul was writing to his young friend in the Faith, a man named Timothy. 
Paul thought so highly of him he treated him as he would his own son. 

If we back up to the 14th verse we read, "But continue thou in the things 
which thou hast learned and hast been assured of." 

Timothy was the son of a Greek father and a Jewish mother. We don't know 

if his father was a Christian or not. But we do know that his mother Eunice 

and his grandmother Lois were known for their sincere faith which they had 

tau~ht to Timothy from boyhood on. Paul mention; this in the 1st chapter of 

this letter, the 5th verse. What Timothy had been taught was the Word of 

God as all Jewish boys were taught from little up. So Paul is uraring his 

beloved friend to continue living the faith as he had it taught to him, but 

he was also to remember, "Knowing of whom thou hast learned them." 

Timothy was to remember that he receive- these instructions f urces < 

First, they came from his family upbringing. His training and teaching in 

the faith as riven by his godly mother and grandmother. But he also received 

these instruction- iu the faith from Paul hims --If. But those instructions 

came from ana were rooted in the "Inspired" Words of Sod. Now naturally 

the :- • 'estament was not com . But the believers in the 

early Church h 3 a \ of the Old Testament which told them of God's 

Inspired Words concerning His love *nd future redemption BxxihEH He would 

provide for mankind. And those believers had the witness of the A.postles 

who had been with Jesus during Eis earthly ministry . 

And then Paul pointr, out bo Tj icthy, "And that from a chiiSE thou hast known 
the Holy Scriptures - ire able to make thee 'vise unto salvation ] -oi - 1 
faith which is in Christ Jesus. 

There is the entire purpose of God sending forth His Word. It is all tied 
up in the salvation He offers through Je U3 Sbrist, 

So having said these preceeding remark., Paul now ^oes on tta to the elabora- 
tion of the meaning of "INSPIRATION. " 



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In the 15th ver.se he begins: "All Scripture is given." 

Now the word. for"all" when used without the article, or in other words when 
"all" stand by itself 13 in this '_ tnce md loesn 1 ; say "All the Ecriptur#J 
but dimply says, "All Scripture," then it actually means "Every.." This then 
makes it more definite, "Ev y " ure" nakea ; . . ;hat absolutely each SSk 
Scripture, all of them, with no exceptions "are given." But hew were they 
given? ; I''. pe "Given by Inspiration of Sod," Now what does the word 
"INS1IRAT0I0N" mean? It is made up of two Greek words, £»gx£±ixixxs[rdx±s 
The word is: "THEOPNEUSrOS* . The first word is "THEO." You may recognize 
it as being the first part of our English -/ord "THEOLOGY." "THEO" means 
"God." T, e second word is: "PNEUSTOS" which mean? "To breathe." You may 
recognize from the word "Pneustos" our English derivation of "Pneumatic" 
wkiEh and we have pneumatic tools, pneumatic tires, and that simply "means 
air is used in those products. But the air Paul is speaking of is actually 
the "Breath of God." Into each and every 3 ripture , ALL, or EVERY Scrip- 
ture is God Breathed. This sets them apart as simply being something in- 
spired cr written by a iden burst of inspiration such as may motivate a 
jongwriter, o ■ q ;hlete '.hen he is ■ i-'iJi and gets fired up for the 
moment. The deeper theological meaning of this word "Inspiration" is that 
God's Holy Spirit breathed into all of the Bible what God wanted there." 
You may recall from the book of Acts at Fentecost the disciples were all 
assembled in the Upper Room and there came like the "Rush of a mighty wind 
tongues as of fire." There we have the same word for wind, that is, "Pneumai 
That was God's wind, God's- breath, God's Holy Ppirit revealed for the start 
of the early Cvurch. 

So now that we have the meaning of "Inspiration" we need to look at the 
purpose of "Inspiration." As we continue in the 16th verse we see that 

Paul tells us, "All Scripture, (or, every Scripture), is given by God, smd 
is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in 
righteousness . " 

Now here we have four benefits or four things which the "Inspiration" by 

God x±±± is profitable for the believer, Th e word "profitable" interpreted 

correctly means "advantage". So Paul is saying that "Inspiration is advant- 

agous" to the believer and he then gives the rixffs four different ways. 

First, ijr is advantageous for "doctrine." "Doctrine" is literally teaching. 

And what is it that should be taught in the church for believers? It is 

what we believe and why we believe it. It is doctrine that we take our 

stand in the church against the things of the world. 

Then Paul states that "Inspiration" is advantageous for "reproof ,S The word 

for "reproof" here is one that suggests "conviction, rebuke, and discipline." 

Tuvzt a11 hav vv° " ith : h ^ r*~ st 1 t 8 a cbwh -"*«. « « 

^wj-iever. .e are to be convicted in our hearts when we sin and err in 



-2- 

In the 16th verse he begins: "All Scripture is given." 

Now the word for"alI" when used without the article, or in other words when 
"all" ^tani by itself as in this i tnce and loesn't 3ay "All the "cripture", 
but dimply says, "AH Scripture, 11 then it actually means "Every.." This then 
makes it more lefinite, "Sv ■- "crip ure" nakes : . \ absolutely each Ste 
Scripture, all of them, with no exceptions "are given." But hew were they 
given? T>,ey were "Given by Inspiration of jod," Now what does the word 
"INSPIRATOION" mean? It is made up of two Greek words. i?MKxxxxxixxGw±xi3 
The word is: "THEOPNEUSTGS* . The first word is "THEO." You may recognize 
it as being the first part of our English word "THEOLOGY." "THEO" means 
"God." T,"e second word is: "PNEUST08" which mean? "To breathe." You may 
recognize from the word "Pneustos" our English derivation of "Pi i Lo" 
ukisk and we have pneumatic tools, pneumatic tires, and that simply "means 
air is used in those products. But the air Paul is speaking of is actually 
the "Breath of God." Into each and every 3 ripture , AIL, or Scrip- 
ture is God Breathed. This sets them apart as simply being something in- 
spired cr - ' burst of inspiration such as may motivate a 
igwriter, or an athlete vhen he is competing, and gets fired up for the 
moment. The deeper theological meaning of this word "Inspiration" is that 
God's Holy Spirit breathed into all of the Bible what God wanted there." 
You may recall from the book of Acts at Pentecost the disciples were all 
assembled in the Upper Room and there came like the "Rush of a mighty wind 
tongues as of fire." There we have the same word for wind, that is, "Pneumal 
T>,at was God's wind, God 's- breath, God's Holy Spirit revealed for the start 
of the early Cvurch. 

So now that we have the meaning of "Inspiration" we need to look at the 
purpose of "Inspiration." As we continue in the 16th verse we see that 

Paul tells us, "All Scripture, (or, every Scripture), is given by God, and 
is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in 
righteousness . " 

Now here we have four benefits or four thinr? which the "Inspiration" by 
God s±±± is profitable for the believer. Th e word "profitable" interpreted 
correctly means "advantage". So Paul is saying that "Inspiration is advant- 
agous" to the believer and he then gives the rixf£a four different ways. 
First, ijr is advantageous for "doctrine." "Doctrine" is literally teaching. 
And what is it that should be taught in the church for believers? It is 
what we believe and why we believe it. It is doctrine that we take our 
stand in the church against the things of the world. 

Then Paul states that "Inspiration" is advantareous for "reproof. S The word 
for "reproof" here is one that suggests "conviction, rebuke, and discipline." 
These words all have to do with the proper conduct as a church member, or as 
c ieve r. .e are to be convicted in our hearts when we 3in and err in 






-3- 

our private lives and in our church live-. Sod'a .'ord will do this. Dwi^ht 

L. Moody said, "Zither "telle Bible -.-/ill keep you froa sin, or sin will keen 

you from the Bible, And if we think rf about that we realize that when we 

read and meditate on Sod's Word we are convicted of what we may do that is 

wrong and we are led to correct it. But if we con't know • od's Word 

tells us -bout living the christian life we involved ix all sorts of 

Idly things and think nothing of it. And if we make the comparison of 

what we -lid sjss± before we came to know the Lord, and what we io after ±xz 

we come to Him, (providing we ire ' :ing a rowin in he " ith), we can 

tig iifference, sran'l 

-■a "°aul says that "Inspiratic ' 'antageo i '. "correction." This 

word means, "To restore and improve." ""he raeani. o place the believer 

on the right path, it is also interesting to i ] he e « ■ - 

"reproof and correction" are only found here in this text; in 'Pie '-,- tta- 

ment. This should speak to us ±kH of the importance that is placed i on 

proper knowledge of behaviour for the believer. And then Paul wraps* this 

up with the word?, "For instruction in ^i-Thteousness, " What that means 13, 

"Education through discipline." T v e underlying root of the word "instructior 

in the first part of bhe word is, "child," or "little boy." 3o what Paul is 

saying is bhat the Inspiration of 3od *8 '.'ord is fco act like 3. ;eacher Cor 1 

believer, giving him for his life, much like a small 

boy i3 to be taught . And again, the reason ~or it is to train a believer in 

ri hteousae ,3 , After we come to Christ, then we berin basic training in the 

how, why, and what of being, -i Christian Is. !aT strive toward dghteousness 

be aU3e ' ^ our ■— "■ 3usn ■ " "hrougl "' ■ --■ iade righteous 

before G"od. 

And all of this Paul says as we read in verse 1? is, "Thai; bhe nan of od 

may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto good works." 

V.' n must point out arain that the word "perfect" does not mean without sin in 
this life, but it mes-ns that if we seek after godliness uil righteousnet 
we src made perfect in r od ' igh , because we are living and following our 
Saviour. Always, our aim is to "Be perfect, even as our Heavenly P a th#r is 

perfect," as Jesus has said we should be and do in the ^rann on the liount. 
All of this furnishes us for the life of a believer. 

(Illustration of woman who didn't believe what a preacher preached about) 
A preacher was in leattle, Washington and after he had preached on night 
■ ; ' ~ : '" bo 1 Lm, I'm a oe ' 1 irn "- 1 said, "That's 

it.* "But," she said, "I don't a^ree with somethi said. You" 

don't believe in the women's liberation movement, do you' 7 "" Tr e aaid "I 
certainly do not." -he said, "You even sound like you believe the m 
husband is the heed of the wife, and ,h e is to submit to him." He said 
Yes, God and I do." T,, en she 3 aid, " dc c find that " Lnd he 'n- 

, "lat Le in Paul's letter tc ! . : , ? ter 5," and 

,uoted the verges. \nl ] ld , "And further, my wife wouldn't have it 



any other way, and most Christian wives woul&n 1 b have it any I ■• ■ ." 
She said, "Ell, I can't accept that." He said, "I thought you said you 
were a Christian?' 1 Vhe said, "I an." He asked, ''"ell, |jeow d id you 
saved?" And she answered, "I heard someone preaching the Bible and I 
>■■■'. b d Christ." "How did you know what he was preaching ■' - 7 " 

"Well, it came from the Bible." "How do you know the Bible is true? 
if How do you know the part you heard is true? If God would lie about the 
Christian home, why wouldn't He lie about r alvation?" 

And you see, this is the point! If we don't believe the Bible we are call- 
ing God a liar. V_ either believe the Bible is the Revelation of God, and 
it is the Inspired Word of God, or then God is a liar and we may as well be 

atheists. Jesus said in John 17:1?,, "Sanctify them through Thy truth; Thy 
,;ord is truth," 

Now if Jesus Christ the 6ne »e profess to be our Saviour prayed that God 
would sanctify those who come to Him, or in other words set them apart from 
the worldly life through His Word, Cod's Word, and then add that God's Word 
is truth, then xtaexix what is anyone who calls God's Word wrong, anything 
but a liar? 

V, o don't know all of the ins and outs of God's Inspiration with explanations 
of how and why He used certain people. But this we do know: If we are will- 
ing to read God's Word, looking for His enlightenment, He will open His in- 
spired tford to us and wkxwxxx our faith will be expanded and we will ;row 
in our Christian walk. But we must be willing to submit to the discipline 
of reading God's Word, looking to the author and finisher of our faith to 
open our minds, our hearts, and our eyes to Him. x^XKBXWBXiBHXxsxxxEEXXXK 

X|dXgdxfeSEBXXBXWBXJCXl£VX^gX±HX$±XXt±SZrX±BX±Z]xi£±^^ 

"The .v'ard Is: Inspiration." 






St* Paul's United Church of Christ 
Sutler , Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor November 17, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 

Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Robin Kaiser and John Pen rod 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 

Prelude "Hymn Of Thanksgiving" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
•Processional Hymn No- 29 "Wonderful Words of Life" 
♦Ascription 
♦Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) "Father Almighty, we come to you 
asking for help. Our lives reflect the lack of light 
in them by the very gloom around us. We are filled 
with anxiety, pessimism and doubt . We look to other 
humans for hope and fulfillment. We sefck joy in all 
manner of things, but find no joy. We are filled with 
a sense of need and yet, are not ready to seek help 
from beyond ourselves. Kelp us to know that we are 
each sinful, and our need is always you* Forgive us, 
and grant your love now and always. Amen. 
•Kyrie 

♦Assurance of Pardon 
♦Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His glorious name forever. 
♦Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No* 611 ^Precious Lord, Take My Hand" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor — The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor — Let us Pr ay * 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
♦Doxology - page 382 
Anthem: "You've Got To Tell It Everywhere" 
Scripture: Matthew 5: 17-19; 22: 23-33 
Sermon: "The Word Is: Inerranfc 1 " 
•Closing Hymn Ko. 2 "How Great Thou Art" 
^Benediction 
•Closing Chimes 

•Postlud- flighty is the Lord of Hosts" 



_ _ *Congregation Standing — - 

The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Lois Pennington in memory of loved ones. 
Mrs* Zethina Thompson will greet the congregation at 

the doer this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Rob Vinroe, Randy Dellen, Bob 

Dellen and Kevin Snyder. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Davis, 
Sandy Sheppeck will be visiting the hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 122 with 5 visitors. 
MONDAY - Volleyball 

Fidelity Bible Class meets 7:30 
WEDNESDAY - Golden Circle meets at 7:30 

Blood Drive from 3-8 P.M. 
THURSDAY - Mary Martha Circle meets at 10; 30 
Basketball 7-9 
Choir Practice at 7:00 P.M. 

X"HELP is still needed to push wheelchairs at the VA on 

November 24th and 26th. If you can help with either or 
both services please contact Art Snyder. 

^>BLGGD DRIVE for the Butler Hospital Blood Bank is being 
held on Wedn esday from 3 to 8 P.M. We hope you will 
all put forth a special effort to help make this 
project a success. There are sign up charts in the 
Narthex and on Brugh Avenue door. Take a minute and 
sign up now* Marge Smiley is in charge of this project. 

N.THANKOFFERING SUNDAY is being observed next Sunday the 24th. 
We will be having our food drive for the needy families 
as well. Wa hope you will support this project by bring— 
food stuffs* Boxes will be provided sc you may bring 
your food forward to put in. They will be at the chancel 
rail . Also if you know of needy families , please contact 
the office. This will help In the distribution of food. 

BUTLER AREA LAYMEN'S DINNER will be held November 21st at 
6:30^ P.M. at St. John's Reformed Church in Meridian. 

See Jake Harmon about tickets* 

We are looking for a few more people ta add to the Prayer 
Chain. If you would like to be a part of it please 
contact the office. 

POINSETTIAs may be ordered for the holiday now* If you 
would like to order see Ginny or put a note in the 
offering plate. The price Is $6.00 each. They will 
grace our chancel and altar on December 22. Order 
i deadline Is December 8th. 



COMMUNITY RinLH CHirRCH - SAGAMORE, PA. - NOVEPBO) 1?, I996 

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PASTORAL PRAYER 
HYMN 

I rcRiPTiiRT: Matthew r ,:l7-20 

1PM0N: "TFTF, WORT) rSi INFIRRANT" 

ST. PAUL'S, SUTim - 11/17/B^ 
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prov ther lif Byon grav "■■ eSrnty ?B Lin w/G 

He plac teach in presen tens & thez men 3 liv & wer 

liv w/G i'f- ( hi ? . 

Ja ~pk of reliabilty of G's W B: it was w/out eror 

Iv if Js Eliev G's '. ; 2B oonplet aoorat/fcru shudntwe 
aut sine liv in soientif age, eaptioa wil 10 tak 3*a 
tee 'ilu & G has pruv vain of Js words wen >ei: 
73 sfaal fio ,kaok p ~ : halB open un? " 
Lets Ik at thez lattr day pruf 5 : 
Job i aanry no Bliev real nan=othr Bks Bbil tel of 
chap 2&:7-thia 2B laff at by many jancient auth untru 

Egtptins Bliev rest on pillars;Grks on oak Atlas 
But Job say=suspend in space, but how did lie kno? 
G reveal 2him £ theory pruv by many scientists 
since then 
Wat keeps all from bump? It cudnot jus hapn,S did it 
& He gav His .ord 2 Job liv in unscientif age,3B prov 
by othrs many yrs latr 

T v en mus Ik at prophetic S. historic acuracy of Scrip 
Ezek 26 had predic fil of Tyre 5t w/in few yr cum pass 

But certin part no cum tru & Bliev Ezek wrong 
26:12«Thls no cum 2pass;but 334 BC Alex Grt ordr solds 

p-athr ruins old coastlnd city Tyre & dump in2 watr 
men evn scrape grnd dwn bare rok- (vs 4) 
U3e materile bild oausway smal ofshor lslnd 2which 
inhabs t led2 St Grka march ovr causway & oaptur thoz 
who liv ther- Ezek proph cum tru, fulfil exactly 

Ther R ovr 300 prophs bout Ja eithr cum tru complete 

or in part S> itill 2cum tru 
W, H odds of this tak plac? Astronomicl 

L_- this snd lik G's W is Inerrant? Any truly think 

persn shud cum 2this eonclusin that it is 
A final pruf that G' r W was protec in its tranalatin 
fr 1 genratin 2 anothr is way it was dun: 
Jew scribs transcrib Scrips B4 Xp wer very exacting 
1st wud cnt evr word St letr in ea portin copy^S- copy 

Aftr dun wud cnt agin St it totls no taly,destroy com 

plete & start ovr agin 
certin kind ink use; on specil prep skin* animls-parch 

ea word pronunc aloud by aorib & then writ dwn 
evr time G writ, pen wip comp dry, fresh ink use 

B4 record name Jehovah=l do copy wash entir bod watr 
Aftr trans compl,if 1 aiatak entir manu,it destroyed 

Dua that aoun lik 3'a •' csrlesly handl? Of corse not 
But regarles wat we Bliev bout Bibl,ell means nothin 
if Pirn - ; 3 not d 
Bibl shud n ? -idly 



'7 i3 rera is : inerrant" 
,. Scrip: m. 5:17-19; 22:23-33 
'(Uua Sir fta !amsey,& !haa iv;''-.niO 
Hav talk bout G's W as B-Hev,& lss wk= Inspired 
2day Ik 3'b V as B Iir=:r>RANT=& mean w/out error 

If U Bliev, U in smal minorty,in fac.lrs; najor": 
*i . "Xpiaa a;. , rorkr ,no acpt this Blief 

many wil conced S giv rev thru Bibl, 3: part3 C 'a W 
S inopir,bu* 2 31iev G 's W as givn orig nanus w/ou1 
error is sumthin only an idiot wud Sliev 
So if U 31iev as I do that Bibl ia INEHHANT, let me 
adres U as "Fellow Idiots." 

("■uot by Rich W. J" 'nan & James Montgorary 3oica) 
'low ■jat'both thez men stat bin btot horn 2me in min. 
circls of UCC 
Kajorty TJCC ninstrs hav had oontac wit 
who Blievs Bibl Iner W of 3 is an idiot 
a T've Bin called acifew of taoz naraea 
But if we B 2atan 'iaxgt upon anyth. it DUa : " '■ 
& 2atan on G's W we mu3 Bliev it Hia-Rev, Inspired 
'j. very def ,His Inerrant Word 

2Eliev lat 2,8fc deny 3rd is 2«eny them all 
(Short histry 3ib <Jriticism-late 1800-1=130 & worse) 
rum gad exampa R.Abe, Daniel, Jericho ! arch prov tru 
3o U C,Eibl prov self ovr ft ovr 6 thos rp f ns Bliev 
Bibl iner end up w/egg on face 
But lets Ik at 3ibl 2day 6c try 2prov *selvs 

In G,»rip thia Tnorn Js had auHrtain 2say bout this 
va 17-Hie task no 2do away w/G'b W had thus givn, 

lnated , Jb was 2Bring Ppas wat G prom 
vs 18-Kere was G in hums form tel Blank not 1 litl 
r"nct mark wud disapear fr/G 'e 'tf 

jale-i Heb word=YOD, "-. ''othr letrs simian '. only 
distinc=snjal line at bottom of then 
Je wayevn smales part letr wud not3 chang or altered 
If Slbl bin writn Tine Js wud hav 3 el- Hot 1 lot ovr 
an "I" or the cros of "T" wil pas fr/law tilB fulfi: 
V3 19= Ja atres import of comandments 
? Js Lt fa ■•' : - >ersn Bliev had 

was not 2E tanprd with 
lerhap mor viv Ilus is wat rsad chap ' , 2 Mt. 
Thisportin read rr? eal«Sads,8 cu.-n 3 Js 'v/trik quel 
but bakfir & Js taut lesn bout G & Word 

Ther H sevrl lessn here, but 1 Ilk pt out^vss 32 & 35 
Now wat impao hav on peop? «ve T A pr cut 

'■/fit was it "e taut -;o revolufeinary? 
lst-taut bout G'i W,this wat spogn ?them 
had not only oral, but writn traditin of G talk & 
work thru Koses & this writn dwn,haad dwn 
Ja rafr 5time G apok 2 Moses from burning bush 



L'-lbl W J. i ACCl V 



sj.ii, vj- a lii vi XI. 



keep U fr the Bible 

.'.'at do we Bliev bout Bibl? 
How is it affecting our lives? 
Mabatma jhandi was man who seriusly considr convert 
2 Xpianty. 

He report lnce 2hav sed.I wud B a Xpian if it wer 

not for Xpiana . 
Wot he failed to see was the grt principles of the 
Bibl being lived out in the lives of Xpiana 

We ahud Bliev God's 'v'ord is+Revelation, 
that it is- Inspired 
and that it is= Inerrant 
But w/thez Bliefa about the Bibl it shud aho In our 
daily livs Bcuz G is using It to transform us ln2 
His image 



) 



r HXXBXXY LRO MAJOPTY SO CAL "XP IAN LDRS ? MIN STRS" NO BLIEV INERANC 
MANY COHCED G'S WORD, PARTE OF IT R IN3PIRD, 
BUT 2BUEV G'S WORD IS W/GSUT ERROR IS SUMTH ONLY IDIOT WUD 

RLIEV 
SO IF TJ BLIEV AS I DC TH /BIBL IS G'S INERRANT WO RD THEN U ft I 
R FELOW IDIOT S. & I SAY THAT PROUD LY"" 

(quotes m ra haan r roii:k on inerrancy) 

WAf THEZ MEN R SAYING BROT HOM 2ME TH/CCNTACS HAV HAD W/DENOM 
MTNSTKS 
FIND OUT SOON ENUF WAT OTHRS THINK OF U IF STAT BLIEF INERANT 
WORD OF GOD 
BUT IF WE 2STAN ON ANYTH IT MUSB G' S WORD 
AND PSTAN ON G'S WORD WE MUS BL IEV Vir. WORD IS REVELATIN, 
IT IS HIS TNSPIRD WCRD, 8r THAT WORD IS EKXX INERRANT, 
w/OUT ERROR" 
LATE 1800*8," erly 1900* s SCHORLY APPROACH 2SCRIP 
IT CUM FP/GERMAN THEOLOGINS 8, WAS CALLD "BIBLICAL CRITICISM" 
IT ATAK SCRIP FR/5TANP0INT WAT BIN LERN TH 
BEXAMPLS - ABRAHAM, JERICHO, DANIEL ) 

SO WE C BIBL PSUVS ITSELF OVR 8r OVR AGIN & IT THOZ WHO REFUS 
2BLIEV IT IS INERANT END UP W/EGG ON FACE 

LETS LK WAT JS SED IN THIS PORTTN SERM ON MT 
VS 17= J S MADE KNOW HE NO COM ?PO AWAY W /WAT § HAD THUS EAR GjyN 

IWSTFD,HE 2BRING 2PAS WAT G HAD PROMI 
VS l8=HERE G IN H DMN FORM TEL MANK MOT ONE LTTL PUNCTUATIN MARK 
WUD DISAPFA" ^/C 

TH/SMALEST LETTR OF HER ALPH IS = Y-O-D 
20THR LETTERS SIMLAR TO IT K ONLY DISTINCTTN WEEN THEM IS 
SMAL LTN ^ BOTTOM 
WAT JS WAS SAY WAS EVN "MALE ? LITTL ^ART_OJJiJ£TTR WUDNT 
CHANG OR B ALTffET) rtm „_ ^^ „.,„ , N 

- <T BLE ' BIN WRITTN IN ENGL JS WUD HAV SED "N OT ONE DOT OVR AN 
rr t" OT TH/CROS OF A "T" WIL PAS m/fa/WH B't ITS FULFILLD 



TO JS IT IMPEATTV TH/IMPORTANC OF SCRIP UPHELD 

HE SED -K 19 

"FT WAS IMPORTANT THAT A PERSON BLIEV WAT G HAD WRITTN & IT 

WAS NOT ?B TAMPERED WITH 
A MORE VIVID ILLTJS IS WAT WE READ IN P PND CHAP THI S_5QSPEIu 

HERE A GRP OF PEO CALLD=SADDUCEES WANTD TO TRIK JS WITH A 

TRTK QUESTIN 
BUT THER OUESTTN BAKFTRD ON THEM Rr JS TAUT THEM A LESSON 
ABOUT GOD Re HIS WORD 
THra? R SEVRL LESSNS WAN THIS PORTTN OF SCRIP, BUT C5NE I WUD LI! 
TO POTW OUT IS END IN THE 2|*« & T&& VSS 



JS SED - (READ VSS 31 & 52) 
WAT IMFAC DID THIS HAV ON TH/PEOPL???? 
VS 50 TELLS US - (REA D T' HTS ys) 
NOW WAT WAS SO REVOLUTIONARY BOUT HIS TEACHING??? 
HE TAUT THEM ABOUT SCRIPTUR - VS 29 - (READ) 
HE LET THEM KNO THEY DIDNT UNDR5TAND IT 
2UNDRSTAN G WE MUS TRY TO UNDRSTfiN HIS WORD 
THEZ PEO HAD TH/ORAL OP SPOKN WORD BY PRIESTS & HAD WRITTN WORD 
WH/TOLD OF G'S TALKING f. WORKING THRU MOSES AS RECORD IN LAW 
'•'AT JS WAS REFERING TO WAS FND IN THAT LAW, OR TORAH 
(ILUS JSSUS AND HIS TEACHING ABOUT TH/BURMING BUSH) 

,S "SPEAKING OF TH/RELIABILTY OF G'S WORD & IT WAS W/OUT 
ERROR 
NOV/ IF JS HIMSELF BLIEVD G'S WORD 2B COMPLETLY ACURAT ft TRU, 
SHUDNT WE??? 
BUT WE LIV SCIENTTF AGE ft THER R SCEPTICS WHO WTL NOT TAK EVN 
WORDS OF JS AT FACE VALU 

2THEH fi'HAR PRUVP VALU OF "SEEK 8- YE SHAL FIND,KNOK & WILB OPN 
LE T'S LK AT T'fKZ LATTR DAY PR UFS :_ 
( HITS JOB 26:7, S E7. EKIEL ?&aW 
THER rm 50 PROPHS CONCERN JS WH/HAV CUM 2PAS EIT HR COWLETLY 

WAT R TH/ODDS OF '"■IT. 1 : TAK Pl,A^ JBEXXJJSTBGHQMICAl 

ANY THINKING PERSON SH1JP CUV Tf ™/OONCl 

CNF poSfBE PRW tTO 5T§ i?c"RD was protectd in its translattn 

TO ASSUR ACCURACY IS IN TH/FACT HOW JEWISH SCHOLARS DID SO 

(TLUS OF THER FRECTSIN ft CONCERN '" ACT) 

B0T REGARDLE RTBL,IT all HEABS nuthtn 

T^T ! W.V§ 

'BIBL THUD MAX A CHANG IN US INPIVTDULY 
~?AT" l DTP3r' gL1TV B0 lTT ~^^m«JKW "l5IT AFFECTIN G COT LIVS?? 

(ILUS HAHATMA QHANDI & HIS DESIR TO BE XPIAN BUT DIDNT ) 

WE SHUD BLIEV G'S 
T1TAT TT I S IN SPIRED. 
"AND THAT IT IS INERBAN T 
BUT W/THE'Z 7: ^ I? SHUD £gD. 23 HOW WE LIV OUR 

DAILY LIVS BCU7 G IE USING Hli rfORE TO TRANSFORM US INTO HIS 

TTyf A PTT" 

~ BUTTHAT CANNOT HAPPN.I F WE PONT R EAD IT,&_ TRY_TO MAK IT A 
PART OF OUR EVRYDAY LIVS 



SCRIP: MT 5:17-20; SERM: "TH/WORD IS: INERRANT" 

(ILUS SIR WM RAMSEY & CHARLES WHITSHOLT) 

THEZ TOO EXAMPLS SHO OS TH/TRUTH WAT SED LAS TOO WKS 
Y SHO FIRST - BEVELATIW OF IT S TRUTH 

:; rr - r l'-:s.P THfe^ffi!H "f<Ji JWRIT CIRCUMS, EVENTS fc SO N, 
6. fr/that TJrsnrjJATIW, 2TNBPTR otttrs LIK Pa'KPEY o, i HTTCHOLT 

THUS.HAVIN SPOKN BOUT REVELATIN ft IHSPIRATIH OF TH/WORD, 
2DAY WE WIL LK AT TH/WORD AS BETNG - I-n-E-R*R-A-N-T 
THAT WORD "TNEPPANT" STMFLY M~,V 
AND IF U BLIEV TH/WORD, G'S WORD IS TNFRRANT, OR WITHOUT ERROF 
U R IN A SMAL MTNORTY 
IW ...FACT, IF U BLIEV THIS, U R FAITH IS GRTR THAN THAT OF THE 
POPE 
(IUTS HIS STATEMENT_ABOUT MAN ft MONKEYS, & CCNCLUSIN ?B DPAWN) 



"The Word la: Inerrant" 

Scripture: Matthew 5:17-19; 22:23-53 

(Illustrations of Sir William Ramsey and Charles Whitsholt) 
Sir William Ramsey was one of the intellectuals of his day who believed the 
Bible was absolutely unreliable. He set out to prove it. But as he began 
to gather evidence to prove his point by dipping in the ancient ruins, he 
doon discovered that the New Testament was accurate down to its smallest 
detail. Because of this he not only embraced Christianity, but entered the 
ministry. Ke went on to become one of the most important contributors to 
Biblical Archaeology. 

Standard Oil Company wanted to discover oil in the Kiddle East. But they 
hae. no knowledge that oil was ; re i at in the l. One of the d-rectors 
of the company who was a Christian was reading the Bible one day. He was 
reading from Exodus and one verse in particular stood, out. He was reading 
from Exodus ?, and the 3rd verse struck a responsive chord. He read, " 
when she could not longer hide 1 im, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, 
and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therin; and she 
laid it in the flags by the river's brink." Beinfc an oil man, his mind 
perked up at the word "pitch." He knew that pitch was bypr luct of oil, 
and if a slave could find pitch in Egypt, there must be oil somewhere near- 
by. .Ind so on the basis of one word in one verse, Charles Whitsholt was 
sent to Bgypt by Standard Oil to find oil. And he did. 

We have talked about God's "'orri a s being Revelation, and last week of it 
being- Inspired. Today, we are jroins to look at God's Word as being "In- 
errant." The word "Inerrant" means simply, "without error." And if you 
believe this, you are in a small minority. In fact, the largest majority 
of so called "Chrlatian ministers ind workers" do not kxx accept this be- 
lief. Many of them will condede that God has givenn His revelation through 
the Bible, and many of them will concede that par: : sf &•' : >rd is in- 
spired. But to believe that God's Word is without error as it was given in 
the original manuscripts is something nib: an idiot would believe. So if 
you this morning believe the Bible i3 Inerrant, then let me address you as 
"Fellow Idiots." 

(~uote by Richard- ..'. Deliaan teacher of the Radio Bible Class) 

Some people think of me as a relic from the ancient past because I be- 
lieve the Bible was riven as the inspired, inerrant Word of " Living 
God, One man, for example told me he could hardly believe his ears when 
he heard our pre gram. He then went on to xxx accuse me of be ins- a nean- 
derthal, and a hopeless simpleton to accept as fact the "tall tales" (as 
he put) it recorded in ^exxxiars the "_riptures. 

(Quote by Br, James ;omery Boice) 

Triting in ": T pd i ;e , public Cou oil en Biblical 

Inerrancy, James Montgoemery Boice shared some advice he gives -when 
speaking to students, especially to seminarians. He says to them: 
If you want to have a reputation for being very wise today and iro wall- 
ing to risk looking like a fool 20 years from now, point out the "errors" 
in the Bible. But if like Charles TTaddon Spurgeon, you are willing to 
be thought = fool now, knowing that in 20 or 30 years your position will 
be vindicated, than take your stand on the inerra icy of this Book. 

Now what both of these men are stating has been brought home to me in the 
ministerial circles of the United Church of Christ. The majority of the 
U.C.O. ministers that I have had contact with think anyone who believe .." 






Bible ia the Inerrant Word of God is an idiot. And I've been called a few 
of those names. But If we are to stand .iron anything, it raua God's 

Word. And to stand on God's Word we must believe that it is His Revelation. 
that it is " r ia Inspired Word, and very definitely it is Sis Inerrant Word. 
To believe the first two and deny the third is to deny them all. 
In the late 1800's and >ly L900'i new scholarly approaches began to be 
used to .study the Bible. Tv,is scholarly approach came to U8 from Germany 

ly. It was called "Biblical Criticism." What it did was to attack Scril 
ture from the stnadpoint o J what has been learned through science and hmstorj 
in particular. A:qcrafeKxajn?i±B-cofcctli±sriwaH that>:*iKxiiBM*xsy»JcHnxBf :c±nxthK 
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Some good examples of these beliefs concern Abraham, Jericho, and Daniel. 
The Biblical scholar- wf xtwexxfrattHir those "^orm Criticism" echolars said 
that Abraham was noTa real man, he never existed. Then archaeology dug up 
some evidence that Abraham was not only a real man, but every town and city 
spoken of about him did indeed exist. T^e theory was advanced^that the walls 
surrounding Jericho never fell flat after the Israelites xxiks marahed aroune 
it seven times. Archaeology proved that the walls all around the ancient 
town were flattened as though an explosion had suddenly occurred. They said 
there never was a man named Daniel, and discoveries after that proclamation 
not only prove! there was such a man, but that he was everything written 
about him in ancient Babylon. So you see, the Bible proves itself over and 
over and it i? those who refuse to believe it is Inerrant who end up with 
on their faces . 

But let 'ee look at the Bible today and try to prove this for ourselves. 
First, what did Jesus say about God'a Word. In our "cripture this morning 
we read first: from His Sermon on the Mount. He told His disciple3 and list- 
eners, "T"ink not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets! I am 
not come to destroy, but to fulfill." 

Jesus made it known that His task was not tc do away with what God had thus 

far given. Instead, Jesus was to bring to pass what God had promised. 

Then He added, "For verily I say unto you, '"ill heaven and earth pass, nne 
jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass fror- the law, ti]1 all be ful- 
filled. 1 " 

Here was xkx G~>d in human form telling mankind that not one little punctua- 
tion mark would disappear from God's 'Word. T"e smallest letter of the Heb- 
rew alphabet is the letter "Yod." There are two other letters which are 
similar to it and the only distinction is a small line at the bottom on them, 
What Jesus was saying was that even the smallest little nart of a leter 

pw per c fasrf: a*. -Hj,ft*, g* Ai-7E*jO 



-3- 

If the Bible had originally been written in English Jesi 1 --■ been 

saying, "Not one dot over an "I" or the crossing of a "T" will pass from the 

law before it is fulfilled. And then Jesus goes on to stress the importance 

of the commandments by saying, ""'.hosoever therefore shall break one of these 
least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called" the lea3t 
in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same 
-:hall be called ?re the ] ::■!: Ion of heaven." 

To Jesus it was imperative that a person believe whal G " d ittea and it 

was not to be tempered with. 

Perhaps a more vivid illustration is wl ■ d he ?2ad ol lapter of 

this same Gospel. T,_ere we read of a group of people called Sadducees who 

wanted to trick Jesus with a trick question. bheir ouestion backfired 

on them end Jeans taught them a lesson about God and His Word, There are 

several lessons within this portion of Scripture, but the one 1 would like 

oint out is found in the 3f &* and 3%$t& verses. Jesus said, "But as 
touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read which was 
spoken unto you by God, saying, 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of 
Isaac, and the Cod of Jacob 1 : ' God is not the God of the dead, but of the 
living." 

Now what impact did that have on the people? In the 34-th verse we read, 
"And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at His doctrine." 

Now what was it He taught that was so revolutionary? First He taught them 
about God 1 - tford. This was wh t w oken to them by God. They had not 
only the oral, but the written tradition of God talking and working through 
Moses. Jesus was referring to the time when God spoke to -£k Moses from the 
burning bush. Notice what God said, "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and 
Jasrob. He didn'B say, "I was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; now, I 
will be the God of A.raham, Isaac, and Jacob; and the strange thing about 
this is that these men were long since dead. Now how could God be their 
God if they were dead? Jesus was proving that there is life beyond the 
grave, that there is an eternity to be lived with God. Se placed His teach- 
ing in the present tense, these men were alive and living with God when God 
aaid that to Hoses. Jesus was speaking of the reliability of God's Word , 
and that it was xxt without error. Now if Jesus Himself believed God's Word 
to be completely accurate and true, shouldn't we? 

But since we live in a scientific age, there are sceptics who will not take 
even the words of Jesus at face value. To them God has proved the value of 

Jesus' words when He said, "SEek and ye shall find, knoark and it shall be 
opened unto you." 

Let's look at these latter day proofs. Job said as we read in chapter 26:7: 
He stretcheth out the north over the empty place and hangeth the earth 
upon nothing, " 

A statement like this was laughed at by ancient authorities. The Egyptians 
believed that the earth rested on pillars, and the Greeks believed it rested 
on the back of A* las. But Job said the earth was suspended in space. How 



«. 



did he know? God revealed it to him and this theory has been proved by 

many scientists since. '.i',.at keeps all of the universe from bumping into 

one another as each star, or planet, or sun, or earth keeps its appointed 

orbit. It couldn't have Just happened. God pave His Word to Job living in 

an unscientific are to prove what would only be discovered centuries later 

by people on scientific nuests. 

T en we can see the prophetic and hostoric accuracy of ^ripture . In Ezek- 

iel chapter 26, azekiel had predicted the downfall of tyre and within a few 

years it had corn tc p -, . But there was e part of the prophecy which did 

not come true and therefore, Ezekiel was thought ;o be tig. Ee wrote in 

the 12th verse of that chapter, "And they shall make a spoil of thy riches, 
and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy" walls, 
and destroy thy pleasant xxjcem houses: and" they shall lay thy stones and 
thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the wa jr." 

This did not come to pass. But in 334- B.C. Alexander the Great ordered hia 
soldiers to gather the ruins of the old coastland city of Tyre and dump them 
into the water. His men even scraped the texxExxask ground down bo the bare 
rock. They used these materials to build a causeway to a small offshore is- 
land which was one of tho inlands the former inhabi it of Pyre had fled to, 
The Greeks then marched over onto the island u' ; . ' these 

who had fled there. Ezekiel's prophecy '. fulfilled exact] -. 
There are over 300 prophecies concerning J nich have come to pass eithei 
completely or in part. ioawxtsxit^pcssiHle-that Jdtfcts asms What are the odds 
of this taking place? They are astronomical, Now does this sound like God's 
Word is Inerrant 7 rtaxmm &ny truly thinking person should come to the con- 
clusion that it is. 
One further proof that God's Word was protected In its translation from one 
generation to the other is in the -"act how Jewish scholars did so. 
The Jwwish scribes in transcribing the "kx± "criptures before Christ were 
very exacting. First, they would count every word, and every lettervin each 
portion they were copying. After the work was completed, every word 
letter were counte nd \± the totals did not tally, the entire trans- 
cript whs destroyed, and the work started all over again. A certain kind 
of ink was used and the wril Lng Lone on - ji illy prep : ns of 
mala called "parchment." Each word was pronounced aloud by the -scribe and 
then written lown. Every time the term "God" was written, the pen was wiped 
completely dry and fresh ink was used. Before recording the name Jehovah, 
the one doing the copying would wash his entire body with water. After the 
translation was completer! , $f one mistake was found the entire manuscript was 
destroyed. Joes that sound like Gcd's Word was carelessly handled i Of course 
not . 



But regardless of what we may believe about the Bible, all of it means 
nothing if the Bible is not demonstrated in our lives. TJie Bible should 
make a change in each of us individually. Moody said, "Bither the Bible 
will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you £h?on the Bible. What do we 
believe about the Bible? How is it affecting our lives? Mahatma Ghandi 
was a man who had seriously eonsidr-r^c" converting to 3,.rlstianity, He is 
reported to have once said, "I would be a Christian, if it were not for 
Christians.." What he failed to see was the great principles of the Bible 
being lived oit in the lives of Christians , W^ should believe that God's v/orc 
is "Revelation;" that it is "Inspired;" and that it Is "Inerrant." But 
with ttie.~s beliefs ■about fe^e Bible it should show in how we live in our 
daily lives because God is using it to transform us intc I image. 






St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor November 24, 1995 

Rev. Robert Dain, Guest Minister 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: John Penrod and Robin Kaiser 

ORDER OF WORSHIP He 00 A.M. 
Prelude "Thanksgiving Prayer" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
♦Processional Hymn No. 389 "Let All Things Now Living" 
^Ascription 
*The Call to Worship 

Pastor - Lord, how manifold are Thy works* In 

wisdom Thou hast made them all; the earth is 
full of Thy creatures. 
People - Bless the Lord, my soul, and forget not 

all His benefits . 
Pastor — I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence 
of all His people, in the courts of the house 
of the Lord . 
People - I will offer to Thee the sacrifice of thanks- 
giving and call on the name of the Lord. 
•The Invocation: (In Unison) Almighty God, our Heavenly 
Father, the fountain of all goodness, who satisfies 
the needs of every living thing; we give Thee thanks 
that thy kind mercy has brought us through the circuit 
of another year, and that the provision of seedtime 
and harvest has been experienced once again. We praise 
Thee that the year has been crowned with mercy and that 
Thou has bestowed upon us the abundance of the fruits 
of earth* Grant us grace that we may receive them 
gratefully and use them worthily for our own needs, for 
the relief of the less fortunate, and for Thy glory. 
Teach us to remember that it is net by bread alone man 
lives; and lead us to feed upon the true bread of life* 
according to Thy Holy Word. Amen. 
Hymn Ho. 370 "0 God, Our Help in Ages Past" 
Thanksgiving Prayer 

Offering - (All offerings, envelopes, loose change, food 
stuff, are to be brought forward at this time 
and placed in the collection plates and contain- 
ers provided for this. The Ushers will assist 
you at the chancel rail.) 



Offertory - Piano Solo 
*Doxoiogy - page 382 

•Thanksgiving Prayer of Dedication {In Unison page 391} 
Anthem "There Is A Bain, in Giliad 1 ' 
Scripture: Luke 17: 11-19 
Sermon: "Are We Really Thankful? 
♦Closing Hymn No. 3S7 '''We Gather Together" 
*Benediction 
"Closing Chimes 
*Postlude "Alleluia" 

- "Congregation Standing 

The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Ann Williams in memory of Loved Ones. 
Mr. h Mrs. Donald Kennedy will greet the congregation 

at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are; Dick Mangel, Dick Dally, Ed Walker 

and Don Kingsley, 
Nursery will be provided today by Michelle Henry. 
Howard Jaillet and Carl Vinroe will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 125 with 7 visitors. 
MONDAY - Volleyball 

THURSDAY - HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY! I ! 

ELECTION RESULTS - November 10th was .election day here at 
St. Paul's, Those elected as Deacons were Herb Shearer, 
Marie Henry, Rick Vinroe, and Bill Pflugh. 

BLOOD DRIVE for the hospital was held this past week. We 
need to thank those who did make an effort to support 
this community service ■ 



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IMPROVEMENT FUND ENVELOPES are coming in without a name or 
an envelope number. This would help us out so you get 
credit on your quaterly statements for your contribution 
to this fund. Please put your name en the envelope. 

We extend a warm welcome to Rev. Robert Dain for being 
with us today as part of our Thanksgiving service. 

. Hospitalized^ Mrs. Jane Massart t'H^-- F---^u f if"/-/*' / 

POINSETTIA time is here. If you wish to purchase one far 
the Christmas holidays, please fill out the bottom of 
the bulletin and drop in the offering plate. The price 
is $6.00 each. 

Name 

In Memory of ^_^ 

Order deadline is ' ■ ■ ■ 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler t Pennsylvania 
Rev. Relph Link, Pastor December 1, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Doug Vensel and David Andrews 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "Nativity Scene" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Lighting of the Advent Wreath and Nativity Scene 
•Processional Hymn No. 168 "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus" 
•Ascription 
•Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) "Our Heavenly Father, our spirits 
turn at this season not only to the coming of thy Son 
into history in the form of a babe, but also to thy 
coming in thy spirit. We beseech thee, Lord, to pour 
thy spirit upon all who walk in darkness. Grant thy 
power to the weak; thy love to those who hate; and thy 
peace to those who know only the ugliness of strife, 
struggle, and turmoil. If it be thy will, make us 
instruments of thy power and love and peace for those 
who know thee not. Hear us as we pray, in Jesus' 
name * Amen * 
*Kyrie 

•Assurance of Pardon 
•Praise: Pastor- Blessed he the Lord God 

People- And Blessed be His glorious name forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No. 192 "Angels We Have Heard on High" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "The Peace Within" 
•Doxology - page 3&2 
Anthem: "Carol of the Children" 
Scripture: Luke 1: 5-25 
Sermon: "Fear Not t Zacharias" 
•Closing Hymn No. 169 "0 Come, Come, Emmanuel" 
•Benediction 
•Closin jhimes 



•Postlude "Trumpet Tune in F" 
""Congregation Standing 

The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Riemer in memory of Mr. 4 Mrs. William 

Rieuter and Mr. Gale Leighton. 
Mr- & Mrs, Coyle Fowler will greet the congregation at 

the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Marty Henry, Dan Bosko, John Snow 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs* Sue Gamble. 
Mary Lou Davis and Marilyn Snyder will be visiting the 

hospital this week,. 
Attendance last Sunday was 135 with 8 visitors. 
MONDAY - Somen's Mary Prugh Christmas Dinner in the hall. 
WEDNESDAY - Council at 7:00 P.M. 
THURSDAY - Basketball 7-9 

Choir practice at 7:00 
FRIDAY - BFBC 

December 9th is Committee Appointment night. We will meet 
at 7:00 P.M. All council members and committee chairmen 
are to attend* 

> December 15th is the Family Christmas Program at the church. 
It will be held at 7:00 P.M. in Rehobcth Hall. We urge 
all of you to attend, and bring a friend. All of the 
Sunday School classes have been asked to participate in 
the program. We hope you will see that the children 
are present for this fun occasion. 

December 22nd we will observing the Lord's Supper. 

December 22nd we will also be taking in new members. If 
you know anyone wishing to join the church please let 
the office know. 



/"^ £«*<'•.* '^HA:.. _ u £*r F#* 



Poinsettias may be ordered. Please fill in this slip and 
deposit it in the offering plate or drop it in the office, 

NAME 



In Memory of 

Price is $6,00 each. Order deadline is December 8th. 



first sundat or advent - i99f 



GREEN : 



ADVENT IN THE CHURCH IS A TIME OF SEPARATION AND ANTICI- 
PATION . 
'■IF. PREKRRF OUR SELVES FOP THE COMING INTO TFIE WORLD OF 
m SAVIOR JESCS CUT- T. 

WE ANTICIPATE THAT ONCE AGAIN THE BIRTH OF JESUS WILL 
IK TO OUR 'USAHTS ANEW. 

WE AWAIT THE MESSAGE EVER OLD HOT ALWAYS NEW THAT, 
"UNTO US IS BORN THIS DAT IN THE HITY OF DAVID A SAVIOR, 
WHICH IS CHRIST THE LORD." 
THIS YEAR INSTEAD OF THE INDIVIDUAL CAUDLES SYMBOLIZING 
A DIFFEf f HS'S MINISTRY np LIFE, EACH CANDLE 

WILL SYMBOLIZE THE PERSONS INVOLVED IN THE EVENTS PPIOR TO 
HIS BIRTH AND AT HIS BIRTH. 

THE FIRST CANDLE WE LIGHT, ON TUT: FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT IS 
THE CANDLE OF GREEN. 
THIS CANDLE WILL SYMBOLIZE FOR US EACH WEEK THE PRIEST 
1ACHARIAS AND HI; WOT ELI ZABETH AS KM WILL NOTE IN OUR 
HORNING MESSAGE, 
GREEN IS THE COLOR THAT COMES FORTH FROM PLANTING. 
SEEDS ABE POINTED AND IF ALL GOES WELL THEY GERMINATE AND 
IN A HATTER OF TIKE WE SEE GREEN SHOOTS SPRINGING FORTH. 
' LASTED IN THE LIVES OF MCHARIAS AND HIS WIFE 
FLI7ABETH FROM WHICH A SON NAMED JOHN THE BAPTIST CAME FORTH. 
THAT SON IN TURN PLANTED SEEDS IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WHICH 
POINTED THEM TO THE ONE HE CALLED, "THE LAMB OF GOD WHO 
TAKETH AWAY THE SINS OF THE: WORLD." 
TO THOSE WITH OPEN HEARTS, THE GOOD SOIL, THOSE SEEDS 
SPRUNG FORTH ENABLING TltEK TO BEOME CHILDREN OF GOD AND 
HAVE TH!: SALVATION WHICH GOD PROVIDED THROUGH JESUS 
CHRIST. 
MAY THE COLOR GREEN REMIND US THIS YEAP OF HOW GOD'S PLAN 
BEGAN IN THE LTVES OF TWO COMMON ORDINARY PEOPLE LIKE 
CHABIAS AND ELIZABETH. 

PRAYER; 

FATHER, WE ARE MINDFUL OF THE F/IHTS WHICH TOOK PLACE 
AS YOU HAD PLANNED, WHICH UNFOLD FOR It:' THE WONPITRFUL 

SALVATION THROUGH THE CHRISTCHTLD. WE THANK 
YOU THAT "WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HTM SHALL NOT PERISH 
TNG LITE." ' . 



SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT - l n 9f - YELLOW CANDLE 
ON THIS SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT WE WILL LIGHT THE SECOND 
1 RELIGHT THE FIRST CANDLE 

SO WE PELIGHT TH r FIR. r T CANDLE OF GREEN WHICH WE SAID SYMBOLIZ* 
■ THE PRIEST ZACHARIAS FRO" WHOM CAME THE SEED OF JOHN THE 
BmiTIST WHO TN TO1 SEEDS OF RELIEF IN THE 

MESSIAH JESUS CHRIST. 

IHT THE: SECOND HANDLE OF YELLOW WHICH WILL SYMK 
TROTH MARY. 

I VFT.L-BEING 
THIS IS WHAT MAI I tN HER LIFE AFTER SHE LEARNED SHE 

ORLD 
V? SLOW IN HFR LIFE IN HER WORDS AS THE 
. IKE WRO^F THEM - READ CHAP 1;46-B5 

PERHAPS WHEN WE THINK OF THE COLOR YFT.LOW, OH A YELLOW CANDLE 

' : THINK OF Tl I SSANT GIRL KAKY , WO 

WAS THE INSTUBMENT SOD CHOSE TO BFAR OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. 



FATHER, WE THAN K YOU THAT YOU CHO E PEOPLE CF THE 

WORLD TO REVEAL YOUR PT.AN OF SALVATION. WE THANK YOU THAT IN 
ALL 0!>- THE; JOYS OF THIS SEASON '.IE CAN ONCE AGAIN AWAIT YOUR 
COMING INTO OUR LIVES IN ALL OF OUR FESTIVITIES. 
FAY ALL WE DO ANP SAY BE TO YOUR HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN. 



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NT - ligf - Blue Candle 

ON THIS THIRD SUNDAY r^ IDVENT H] "; 

' :GHT THF FIRST CAJTOLI1 OF GREEN WTTCl ! SYMBOLIC 

T PLANTING AND GROWING, 

-. ■ OF JOHN TIF, BAPTIST -If 

TN TirRN PLANTED THE SEED Of JESUS AG THE MESSIAH. 

j'-'TT rH v sHjofH CAKDLE of YK.LOW WHICH HE USE AG SYMBOLIC 
[HE GLOW OF THE VIRGIN MARY. 
SHE GLOWED WITH THE JOY OF BEING CHOSEH AS GOD'S SERVANT FROM 
WHCM THE SAVIOR JESUS CHI1IST WOULD COME FORTH. 
OH THIS TURTD SUNDAY OP ADVENT WE LIGHT THF THIRD CANDLE OF 
BUTE AS SYMBOLIC OF JOSEPH THF EARTHLY FATHER 01' JESUS . 
FROM EARLIER TIKES W HAVE AN EXPRESSION IKS OF THAT 

WHICH IS TRUE A3 OPPOSED TO THAT WHICH IS FALSE. T 
SATING IS "TKUF BLUE." "TRUF, BLUE," SIGNIFIED A '-' I 
OR COLOR WHICH IF IT WAS THE SEAL THTHG DID HO™ FADE & REHAINEI 
vrKHEJV THE "TRUE" COLOR IT START 
JOSEPH WAS "TRUE BLUE," WHICH HAS ALSO COME TO MEAN A T I 
WHO REMAINS THF SAME AND DOESN'T DEVIATE FROM BEING LOYAL, 
OP STANCH. 

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DURING THE ENGAGEMENT OF JOSEPH TO HIS FIANCEE MAHY, IT WAS 
DISCOVERED THA™ MARY WAS GOING TO HAVE A CHILD. 
JOSEPH WASTED TO BREAK THEIR ENGAGEMENT, BHT HE WANTED TO DO 
THE RIGHT THINGS 
AND ONE NIGHT IN A DREAM AN XBXKK ANGEL SPOKE TO HIM AND TOLD 
HIM THIS WAS FROM GOD. 
FROM THAT POTNT ON, JOSEPH NEVER DOUBTED AND SCRIPTURE TELLS 
US, "then JOSEPH BEIN RAISED FROM SLEEP DID AS THE ANC^T, OF 
THF L< RD HAD HIDDEN HIM AND TOOK UNTO HIM HIS WIFE." 
JOSEPH WAS AND REMAINED "TRITE BLUE," TO HIS WIFE, TO HIS 
NTED OF HTM. 

PRAYER : 
FATHER, HE THANK YOU THAT YOUR PLAN FOH OUR SALVATION CAME 
FORTH TN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE JUST LIKl US - THOSE OF NO NOTE 
OH FAME, WIT AND BECAUSE OF THIS WF CAN DRAW NEAR TO TOD 
FIND THAT THROUGH A BABY BORN IN AN ANIMAL STALL WE CAN HAVE 

. , AND ETERNAL LIFE WITH YCU. 
THANK YCU FATHER, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST CUM LORD. AMEN. 



SUNDAY OF HDVENT 199^ - Jed Candle 

ON HHIE FOURTH SUNDAY OK ADVENT WE: 

RELIGHT THE FIRST CAHDLE OF GREEN SYMBOLIC OK GROWTH 1TROM 
F'tNTING IN THE LIFE OF ZACHARIAS, 

LIGHT THE SECOND CANDLE OF YELLOW WHICH WE USE AS SYMBOLIC 

of the oi.r f*gik mary, 

RELIGHT THE THIRD CANDLE 0J HLUEESTMBCLIC OF JOSEPH THE 
EAR-IILY STEP-FATHER OF JESUS 
AND WE NO'.) LIGHT THE CANDLE OF RET AS TYMBOLIC OF THE SHEPHERDS 
RDS E'ERE ON DUTY DOING THEIR V'ORK OF CARING FOB THE 
SHEEP ENTRUSTED TO THEK. 
rfRTLE THD . IK ANGEL APPEARED TO THEM ANT* WE RFAD: 

"THE GLOPY O v TB ' HE ROUND ABOUT THE I WERE 

ROBE AFRAID. AND TFE ANGEL SATD IWTO THEH 'FEAR NOT: FOR 

: I ■:, T BRING YOtl GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY, WHICH SHALL 
R v • -:-. ptjj ,i f :m job j goSH THIS MT TN THE GIT 

OF DAVID A SAVIOirR, WHTCH IS CHRIST THE LORD." 
THIS ANWOTJNCEHENT WAS THE MESSAGE OF SALVATION TO COME PHROUGH 
IILD, 

TAKE PLACE THROUGH HIS -'WTFTCF. AND DEATH. 
RED IS THE COLOR OF BLOOD AND THIS WAS THE PURPOSE OF THE 
COMTNG OF THIS CHILD. 

NCR THAT HESSAOl tfA IPHERDS, RED MAY WELL 

symbolize for be hat was tci.d to thesi 

humble caretakers these antmals , 

father, once again we must thank yob for the completion of 
your flah through jesus, but all of it was revealed not to 
"hose of weans, but to the ordinary people in ordinary walks 
) life. thank you that tn all of this we know the complete 
stoby and ' ialvatios through jesus christ our lord. 

AM N . 



LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS WREATH CHRISTMAS EVE 199f 

m mis emintiyie ivs we light oirp Christmas wreath 

ADVENT ENDS TONIGHT AND WE CELEBRATE THE WHTH OF OTO SAVIOR 
OS CHRIST. 

RELIGHT THE CANDLE OF GREEN SYMBOLIC OF GROWTH FROM 
! t .JmilG IN THE LIFE OF 7ACHARTAS 
WE RELIGHT THE CANDLE OF YELLOW SYMBOLIC OF THE GLOW FROM THE 
LIFE OF THE. VrRGIN MARY 
WE RELIGHT THE CANDLE OF BLDF SYMBOLIC OF JOSEPH THE STEP- 
FATH!K OF JESDS BEING "TRUE BLUE" THROUGH ALL OF THIS 
WE RELIGHT THE GAMBLE 0] REE SYMBOLIC OF THE SHEPHERDS TO 
WHOM THE NEKS Qf SALVATION THROUGH CHRIST WAS POSSIBLE. 
WE NOW LIGHT THE CANDLE OF WHITE SYMBOLIC C v THE LORD J 
CHRIST. 
WHITE STANDS FOR PURITY WHICH IS WHAT HE WAS .AND IS 

THE PEOPLE THAT WALKED IN DARKNESS HAVE SEES A GREAT LIGHT- 

HAT WELL IN THE LAND OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM 
HATH THE LIGHT "PITHED. 

FOP UNTO UP A CHILD IS BORN, UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN- AND m 'U 
GOVERNMENT SHALL BE II PON HIS SHOULDER: ANT HIS NAME .'.HALT BE 
CALr ° WONDER, . prTY GOP, THE EVERLASTING F 

FATHER, ■'■ OF PEACE. 

THIS IS THE FULFILLMENT WHICH TOOK PLACE ON THAT FIRST CHRTST- 
V MIGHT WHICH THE ANGEL TOLD SB 

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"HE LORD. 

COME, LET ID APOR^ HIM, CHRIST THE LORD. 

, WE THANK YCU FOR COMING INTO OUR WORLD TO MAKE IT 
IBLE "HAT WE CAN HAVE LIGHT ANP LIEF THROUGH OUR DAVIOR 
CHR ST. AH N. 



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HAL j^5-*" R'lAl? tkez verses 

from tht: tike or th/pfoph of halachi until titescbiptokb we are 

READING TH^RF: WAS A SPAH OF WO YEARS. 

TKE2 YEAUS WERE CALLED TO/SILENT YEARS BECAUSE THERE WAS NO 
JTHER WORD FROM GOD. 

NO THAT MIGHTY SILENCE HAS BEEN HSOKEN f AND GOD IS SAYING HE I£ 
IS GOING TO TNTFRVENE IN TRAlF OF ONE OF HIS SERVANTS 

THAT /ACHARIAS HAE FIERI") THT;: HERAG HE (JDESTINS TH/ANGEL 
t, SO WE READ IN VS l&rTURN TO LI!KE ft HEAD THIS) 



ITCFTTNf: OF THE ADVENT VREATH 
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PRAYER/OFFER I US __ 
■ DCTtOLOGY J *- C/4 . 

PASTORAL PRAYER 

SCRIPTORE: LUKE ls5-*5 

": "FEAP NOT, SACHARIAS" 
ST. PAUL'.';, Bl'TLKP 
•HYMN 

•BENEDICTION 
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FEAR NOT ZACHAHIAS: 

IT STIL PITCH BLAK ERLY MORN OF DAY IN 1ST WK OCT, YR 7^8, ft W/IN TH/TEMPL, TH/SUPRINTEND PR 
MADE SUR ALL WAS PRE] <ORN WORSHIP 

ABOUT 50 PRS ON DUTY ft WER BIVID IN2 2GRPS - THEY WENT THRUOUT TEMPL BY TORCHLITE INSPEC TEH 
WEN HAD GOMPLET TASK TH/TWO GRPS MET AT CERT PLAC ft MARCH 2TH/HAL OF HEWN POLISHD STCN 2 
R ECIV A S INMENTS 4TH/DAY 
TWIC B4 ft TWIC AFTR TH/TEMPL GATES WER OPND 'tTH/DAY TH/LOT OR TH/SACRD DICE WER USD 2 
DESIG NAT WHO WUD SSRV WHE R 
TH/FIRST LOT WAS CAST ft THOZ PRTS WENT BOUT TEMPL MAK TH ,PffEPS WORKIN IN TH/DRKNES W/ONLY THE 
FITFUL GLO OF TH/FLAK WH/STIL GLOWD ON TH/ALTR OF BURNT OFFRS 
JUS B4 DAYLI'TE TH/LOT 2ND TIME 2DESIGNAT THOZ WHO WER 2TRIM TH/GOLDN CANDLSTIK ft 

PPEP TH/ALTR OF INCFNS './IN TH/HOLY FLAC 
A PR STATIOND IN TH/HIEST PINACL OF TH/TEMPL CALLS OUT THAT TH/DAWN HAD JUS BROKN & TH/HUGE 
TEMPL GATES WER NOT SWING OPN ON THER HINGES, WHIL A 3F0LD BLASTS FR/THE SILVR PRUMPTS WAS 
3LPWN BY ST IL , OTHR P RTS 
IT NOV,' TIML 4TH/M0RN SACRIF 2B PREPARD. TH/LAM WAS BROT **TH ft TYD ON TH/ALTR AS TBADITIN 
HAD SED ISAAC WAS BND,ft THAT WAS ON TH/NORTH SIDE W/THE HED FACING WEST 
WHIL TH/SACRIF 'CAS B PREPPD TU/PRSTS WHO/' LOT IT WAS HAD PREPPD TH/HOLY FLAC <+TH/M0S SOLEM 
PART OF TH/SERVIC ft THAT WAS TH/OFIT? OF TH/INCENS 
ALL TH/PRSTS WER GATHRD 2GETHR WH] ST IN CHRG SPRINKLD TH/BLUD FR A GO: DN BOV/L ON ALTR 

NOW A 3RD LPT ' ■'. THIS DETERM WHO WUDB TH/CH07N ONE TO CFFR TH/INCENS 

™. E gpN"R >^L TO A PRS m ONLY CNC?: IN HIS. TJFTTKF. ft NEVP AGIN 
ONE OF THUZ ppg^ WAS MAN Mm 7iACHARIAS & gg WAfi ^ ^ 

HIS WIFE "W ERE NOW WELL STRICKN IN YEARS." ft THIS MEN T 60 OR OLDR. 



7ACHARIAS WAS DIF FR/OTHR PRSTS BCUZ DIDNT RESID IN JERU OR JERICHO WHER OTHR PRSTS LIVD WEN 
NOT ON DUTY. INSTED HE LTV SMAL TrfN SOUTH OF JERU. HE WAS CONSIDRD 2B AN IDIOT BY TH/LERND 
PRS TSJ3C UZ HE WAS UN LERND 
TH/TERM'sUGGSTD SUMONE WHO WAS ILITERAT/IGNORANT/ OR VER COMON ft ALL THIS SUPOSDLY MARRD 
TH/FRSTLY. FIFNCTIN 
SO I T WAS 27.ACHARIAS TH/HONOR OF OFFRINC "ELL 

HE HAD 2CH0C3 2SPECIL FRENffiT OR RELTIVS 2ASIST~HTM IN HIS DtJTYS 
ONE WUD REMOV TH/REMAINS FR/THE ALTR FR/THE SERVIC OF TH/NITE B'+ £ then retir movin back- 

: :! >S AWAY FR/THE ALTR 
"TH/SECOND ONE WUD TAK TH/COALS FR/THF ALTR OF TH/BURNT OFFRIN ft SPRET) THOZ COALS ON THE 
A I ,T R OF TNCENS, ft THEN RETIR MOVIN BAKWARD S 
THEN TH/ORGAN SOUNDED ft THIS WAS TH/SIGNAL 'fTHAORSHIPRS 2B0W PRDSTRAT B*t TH/LORD ft OFFR THER 
S ILENT WORSHIP 
AT A SPECIL SIGNAL TH/PRST SELECTD TO OFFR TH/INCENS THEN APROACHD TH/ALTR OF TNCENS IN THE 
HOLY PLACE 2SPRED TH/INC ENS ON TH/ ALTR 
THIS WAS TH/MOST SOLEM PART OF TH/WoRS HIP 
TH/INCENS REPRESENTD ISRAEL'S ACCEPTD PRAYRS 
THOZ PRAYRS WER IN A SENS ASCENDIN TO GOD IN TH/SMCK FROM TH/INCENS 
ZACHARIAS WAS 2WAIT UNTIL TH/lNCENS WAS KINDLD ft THEN HT SHUD HAV MOVD BAKWARDS OUT OF 
THE HOLY PLACE . 
ANE SO WE READ: "AND THERE APPEA R ED UNTO HIM AN ANGEL. OF THE LORD STANDING CM TH E RIGHT SIDE 
OF THE ALTAR 0F~ INCENSE." V ERSE 11, 



THIS YF WIL LK kVSJ EVENTS WH/STJRODH G'S PLAN ^BIRTH OF SAVIOB 

U WIL NOTE TITO I;: COUCH TOO WOR]) PHFAS INVOLV EA THRZ I NCIDENTS 
? -V.Y LK AT ^ACl!AHIAS,/ELIZ; TO HI LK AT MARY AS SORTP nfWTTKr IJ(I 
I ! : T CHA P LK: THEN WIL LK AT JOSEPH JR / SCRIP MT J,, ft FT M-Y 
" W K AT SHEPK FR/SCRIP OF LK a. 

!> U READ TX.F.7. EVENTS AHED OF TIME LK FOR THAT 

{RELATE TH/INCIDENTS OF KARHARIAS ft OTHR FHTFSgS SEWTNPl 

VS 11» LIK ANTOHE WHO WTO ENCOIPITR AN ANGL WE REAP 

VS12=BUT ZACHARIAS Finn NI'THTN TO FEAR & WE READ 

TS"T^THBBK IT IS -- TH/ONGOING PHRASE IN AT.L AOOUNTJS 
" FEAR NOT" - HERE IT IS "FRAP, HOT, 7ACHARIAS" 
■ </ELl7, HAD f'RAYD OVH "ft OVR 1*A CHILD BCD7 IT WAS SUIT!! A 
PRIEST WAS TO HAV 
THER WEB PRSTS WHO DIVORCD THER V.TVS BCUZ WIVS NO BFAR SONS 
R1TT ZACHALIZ RFMAINP MARRYD I PROB RESOLVE SPEKD LIVS METfffi 
CHILPLFS 

BUT NOW ZACH TOL THIS WHO WIDHT B AFRAID?" ':? 

V SS 1**-15= AKGL NOW ADD THIS *- THTr BOY WAS ?B LIK SAMSON WHO 
WAS A NASARTTE - I ft?. './AS ?B FTLLD W/H SP KVN B<1 HE WAS BORN 
VSS 16-17.HA LACHI EN!) HIS PROPH W/THEZ WORDS CHAPJ^3-6=READ 

VS_1 ; ,',T,EL 

VSS 19-gO .BY QUEST HOW THIS CIIDB.XACH IS SHOWING DOUBT 
NOW ALTHO HE NO ASK FOH A SIGN OF THIS POSIBILTY IT 5IMLAR TO 
THAT REQUEST 
SO TH/ANGL GAV RBI A SIQM & THIS 'ION WAS HIS INABILTY TO 
SPK UNTIL HIS SON IS BORN 

SO NOW W E HEAD — VS gl= ",ACH IN H PLAC A LNG TIME 

PEWL WEfl WAIT "*HIM TO CUM OPT ft PRONCPNC BENDICTIN 
1 DELAY MKNT SOKTH HAPPN 2HTM 
?P=U E APEAR & UNABL ^SPK SHO WAT THBI HAD THOT 



HE PPCNOtTNC BENDTOTTN W/ttAND MOTTNS R TH/PEO WER CONVTNC HE 

HAD SEEN A VTSIN 
VS g-V TOim OF DUTY IN T^MPT. OVR & VENT BAK HOME TO HIS WIFE 
./:-- ?'4 ^fTT^ CCHOETV IN HER OT r AGF 8- BOTH IN SFCIJTHIN 

E LI? BAYS - VS P4b-?^ 
T?VHEPROAi':H VAS THAT SHE WAS CHTLDLES ,BUT MORSO BCD:' i 

tha'if of a ! ■ ■ ey were suposd to hav chtldrn 

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HE STIL WANTr Ct'R SESVIC BYQW OUR RETIRM ENT YR*. 

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"I'K TOO OLD, I'VE »ERVT1 HY TIME, I'M RETIRED, LET TliAOUNOR 

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( T-- : • 90YR OLD MAN i.'/KNEE PROBLEM) 

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G WANTS TO nsE ALL OP BS REGAPDLES OP AGE 

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T-M rlrC WW v l iilBLV i l SAKT T iV ' WmUT ffl wAS T WVW.TO IN 
BUT DON'T YOU THINK *ACH COMPI-AIND MANY TIME:; BCUI THEY DIDNT 
HAV CHIUJRH LIK EVROOT' ELSE?? 
T HLIFV KACH WAS EXACTLY I IK ANY ( 

HAD TH/SAMF DESIRS FEELINGS LIK US & TH/SAME THINGS THAT 
UP'.FT BS DPSTT HIM AS WELL. 
AND FACE IT, DONT WE ALL GET IMPATIENT HKHXTKIKBX w/LIFf: WEN IT 
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T HIS EXAC T LY WAT i Ht ITfflWAP T AS 

HE WAS A LITTL MAN IB TH/SITP OF HIS FELLOV,' WORKERS 
HE WAS A NOBODY, CONSIDERED AN ILLITERATE. 
HOT CCr; TOOK T"A" NOBODY b BROT TH/FOHHUNNR OF TH/MESSIAH 
FROM HIM 
TH/VOfiLD LKS DP TO TH/SOWBODYS H IGNORES TH/NOBODYS 

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"■TH//F.RY STONE Wll/THE B ILOBS REJECTS HAS NOW BCITM TH/HED OF THE 

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fti! Bt IJ tT I l T V5 , -' ■" ■" 

? a WIL TAK EA OF US f. USE UK FOH HIS PURPOSES WATEVR THEY 
MAYB ft. USE OS FOR HIS GLORY 
BUT WE KUSB WIL 8. ABL TO IET HI1. HE WANTS 

WF MDS WANT TO SERV HIM HCU7 WF I.UV HIM fc WE SHUD LUV HIM FOR 
ALL HP DDZ FOR US & GIVS US 
TH/MFSAn I:', FTTI. TH/SAME TODAY - FFAP NOT -- — WATKVER UR NAME 

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Workshop Leaders - Page 2 






Mr. John Kohlenberger 

"How to Develop a Pastor's Library" 


44-51 




Mrs. Arloa Sutter 

"The Church in Urban Ministry" 


52-53 




Mrs. Joni Eareckson Tada 

"Accidents, Injuries and Bad Medical Reports: 
What's A Pastor to Do?" 


54-56 




Dr. William Thrasher 

"The Discipline and Dynamics of Prayer" 


57-58 




Dr. Warren Wiersbe 

"Expository Preaching - Hints, Helps and Hazards" 


59-60 


1 


Dr. Bruce Wilkinson 
"CoMission 


61-62 




2 2ND ANNUM. PASTORS' CONFERENCE 






GENERAL SESSION SPEAKERS 


PAGE 




Rev. James Cymbal a 


1 


- 


Dr. Joseph St owe 11 


2 




Dr. Bruce Wilkinson 


3 




Dr. Warren Wiersbe 


4 




Rev. Tom Mahairas 


5 




Mrs. Joni Eareckson Tada 


6 




Dr. Richard Farmer 


7 




Rev. Phillip Davis 


8 




1 

Dr. Warren Wiersbe 


9 




Dr. Harold Foos 


10 




Dr. Ravi Zacharias 


11 




Dr. George Sweeting 


12 




Dr. Kent Hughes 


13 



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Scrips Lk 1:5-25 

it waa pitch blak erly irorn of day 1st wk 9ct=748 

rl-esid pr insid tempi made sur all prep 4morn worship 
bout 50pr on duty divid 2grps-by torcblite inspec,cum 
ba J c;ethr, march 8 Hall Hewn Polish stone 4 asirns 
twj.c b4 tempi gates opn.twic aftr lot cast 4 duties 
1st lot cast & pr 's went bout duties , work by fitful 
lite flame glo altar "burnt off 
jus B4 daylite 2nd lot & thoz trim goldn candlstik & 
prep altr incense w/in Holy Flace 
pr statin hi pinicl tempi cal out daws Jus brok, 
Jblast silvr trunps % |arg eates swing, opn on nines 
Kow it time 4temp sac 2B prep; lamb brot,bnd lik Isaac 
on N side with hed face W 
.■.'nil temp sac B prep,pr's whos lot was 2prep Holy PI 
did so 2B redy 4mos solem part srv*Offr of Incens 
ip in chg sprinkl blud on altr from goldn bowl 
3rd lot cast I defcerm who wudB chosn 2offr incens 
honor fel 2 pr only lnce in liftime & nevr - 
1 of pr's at leas SOyr ol'l.nam Zacharias 
50 ape wen start aredness Bgin,or so thot 
Zach dif othr pr.rio llv Jeru,Jercho as they did 
liv litl twn S of Jeru 
He considr idiot by lerned pr;meati-ilitrat ,ienorant , 
very common this roar priestly f" notion 
ich this honor now fell 
had 2 choos 2frend^/reltivs Pasist In duties 
l=remov remain fr altr nite W serv,mov bakward fr/alt 
2nd tak coal altr burnt off J; plac altr incense 
or", bakward, get out 

:nd,thi3 sifrnl worshiprs bow prostrat B4 L 5: 
offr silent wors : 
Nothr ,spacil sirnl pr 'burn incens aproach altr 
spred incens 
Incens rep Jews, Israels accptoc 
Thoz prayr wer in sens ascend ? S in snok fr/incens 
Zaeh 2wait til incens kindl then esov 
vs ll=he visit by an^l 
vssl2"WOrry/trouol Ilk anyl 
vs 13-Zach/Eliz prcb pray ovr 

sum pr divorc wif ?cuz no babT,Zach/Eliz itik out 
vss 11— 15-boy 23 lik r amson-a Nazrite "■. '3 'ill 

fr raothr womb 
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now brokn 
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2giv Bendictln 
™ 'iz delay,kmi sumth hapn 2him & wen cum out, no cud 
v.jt & this pruv saw visin 
He pro Eendictin by sign? watevr 

Tour duty ovr, wif Bcum preg,seclusin 5mos 
Gevrl things this £tory: 
1-G thru Zach/Eliz pruv a^e no barler 
We lik 2think ao =I'm 2old. I'm retir.etc mak excus 
Lk wat Zaeh did. Same as evrl els=M- wif 1 I H 2old 
2hav childrn 
It nayB certnty G tak way ehildbear certin are, but He 
stil want our serf no raatr wat ape 
Our atitud shudB lik man in 90 's "went 2doctor 
(Ilus man nineties & doctor!} 

Age only barler if want 2B that=G want use us regardl 
Kothr lessn story teach, our aproech 2watevr situ may? 
I sur Zach visibl shakn event involv in 
But dont U think many, many time as lif went on & no 
kids , -rip, complain Pcuz things not rt 4them,no kids';'' 
I wud Bliev Zach no dif fr/any us w/same desir,same 
feelings , same things upset us 
&. face it, dont we all pet impatient w/lif wen no giv 
us desir efect we want? 
(Ilus boy Icecream, waitress) 

This wat G did w/Zach=he litl man in site of othr pr'i 
he considr nobody, ilit 

But G tuk that nobody & brot 4runnr of Mess fr/him 
:ic Iks ud 2 surabodyr '■ ignors nobodys ,did same Js 
Js . ed=VERY STON WH/BILDRS REJEC HOW BOTH HED CCHNH 
We may think we 2old,or hav nothin offr 2Z7Dd w/our 
feebl littl livs 
But G wil tak ea us & use us 4 His purps watevr they 
mayB & use us 4 His glory 

But we musB wil & abl 21et Him do that w/us 
That raesaf was ? Zach-Fear not,wh nent Dont B sfraitf 
wat G wants Pdo thru U 

stil same 2day fr/1od=7e?r not , what B' 
, wil let Him, 



"Pear Not, Zacharias 11 

Jcripture: Luke l:5-?5 

It was still pitch black early in the morning of a day in the first week of 
October in the year 748 and within the temple the superintending priest 
made sure that all was prepared for the morning worship. About 50 priests 
were on duty and were divided Into two groups. They went throughout the 
temple by torchlight inspecting the temple. When they had completed this 
task, the two groups met at a certain place and marched to the Hall of Hewn 
Polished Ft ones to receive their assignments for the day. Twice before 
and twice after the temple gates were opened for the day, the lot was used 
to designate who would serve where. 

The first lot was cast and those priests went about the temple making the 
preparations working in the darkness with only the fitful glow of the flame 
which still glowed on the altar of burnt offering. Just before daybreak 
the lot was cast a second time to designate those who were to trim the gold- 
en candlestick and prepare the altar of incense within the Holy Place. 
A priest stationed on the highest pinnacle of the temple called out that the 
dawn had just broken and the huge temple gates were now swune open on their 
hinges, while a threefold blast from the silver trumpets was blown by still 
other priests. 

It was now time for the morning sacrifice to be prepared. The lamb was broug 
forth and tied on the altar as tradition had said Isaac was bound and that 
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While the sacrifice was being prepared the priests whore lot it was had 
-repared the Holy Ilace for the most solemn part of the service and bhat - 
the offering of the incense. All the priests were g thered to gether while 
the priest in charge sprinkled the blood from a golden bowl on the altar. 
Now a third lot was cast and this determined who would be the chosen one to 
offer the incense, ^his honor fell to a priest only once in his lifetime, 
and never again. One of those priests was man named Zacharias. He was at 
least 60 years old because si age 50 was considered the start of agedness. 
Zacharias was different from the other priests because he didn't 'esid in 
Jerusalem or Jericho where the other priests lived when not on duty. Instead 
he lived in a smal] town south of Jerusalem. He was considered an idiot bv 
the learned priests because he was unlearned. T^e term suggested one who was 
illiterate, ignorant, or very common, and all this marred the priestly func- 
tion, supposedly. And SO it was to Tacharias thi-: \— . 0: - now r-ll. He had to 
choose two special friends or relatives to assist him in his dutil* n 
would remove the remains ^^ " dUt — *■ 

bhe altar fr ^ ^e 3ervice of the night 






before, and then retire movinr backwards away From the altar. T_ e second 
one was to x^Kx^EKtocxfesr^sBxia^iacj-ciziKx from the altar of the burnt offer- 
ing and to spread those coal-: on the altar of incense, and then retire moving 
b a ok wards . 

Then the organ .sounded and this was the signal for the worsl ipera to 
prostrate before the Lord and offer their silent worship. At a special sig- 
nal, the priest selected to offer the incense then approached bhe altar of 
i icense in the Holy Place to spread the incense on the altar. This was the 
most solemn part of the worship. The incense represented Israel's accepted 
prayers. Those prayers were in a sense ascending to God in the smoke from 
the incense, uacharias was to ^ra±±k wait until the incense was kindled, and 

then he should have ir.ovecl backwards out of the Holy Place. So we read, 
"And there appeared unto him an annel Of the '.. ord standing; on the right 
side of the altar of incense." vs 11. 

And like anyone who would encounter an angel we read, "And when Zacharias 
saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him." 

But Zacharias had nothing to "ear and we read, "But the angel said unto him, 
"Fear not, Zacharias: for h; >rayer is heard; id ;hy ife Elizabeth .shall 
bear thee a son, and thou ahalt call his name John." 

Zachari i and Eli had probably prayer/ over and over for a child. JX 

was something that priests were to have. There were priests who divorced 

their wives and married others because their wives didn't bear rona to them. 

But Zacharias and Elizabeth remained married and had probably resolved to 

spend their days together childless* But now Zacharias was told this. Who 

wouldn't be afraid I 

The angel added, "And thou shalt have joy an! jladness; and many shall re- 
joice at _ his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and 
shall drink neither x±xxmxx!fe±xx wine nor stro^-' bink; and he shall be 
filled wit ihost, even from his mo to ■'. . " --is 

This boy was to be like "amson who was a Nazarite. And he was to be filled 

with the Holy Spirit even before he was born. 

A ? d _^ h r\ ar }?°} added," ny of the children of Israel shall he turn to the 

i- 
nt 

Malachi ended hia :-:r-\~z;? with the words found in the 4th chapter, verses 
5 and 6, (read these). Now the angle was not saying that John would be 
the prophet Elijah, be wa£ merely Baying that he would have the spirit and 
power of Elijah. The silence of over 400 years was now being broken with 
the message that Sod wag going to intervene in the life of one of his serv- 
ants . 

Now that Zacharias has heard this he questions the angel and we read in verse 
L ?i "l? d m ^ Ch ^^ a l_ sa ^ untc^the angel, '.thereby shall I know this"? for I am 




an old man, and my wife well stricken in years." 

aid, unto hira, I am Gabriel, that stand in the 



"And the ang^l answf 



-3- 

presence cf God; and am sent to Bpeak unto then, an". these glad 

tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb and not able to speak, until the 

day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my 
words, which shall be fulfilled in their season*" 

By Zacharias questioning how this could happen he was showing doubt. And 

although he didn't ask for a sign of this possibility, it i$ similar to that 

request. So because of this, tha angel cave him a sign and that sign was 

his inability to speak until the child would be born. 

But Zacharias had been inside the Holy n lacR for a long period of time and 

the people were waiting for him to come out and pronounce the benediction. 

His delay meant that something had happened to him. And when he did come out 

the evidence was that he could no 4- speak. He pronounced the benediction 

with motions and the people were convinced that he had seen a vision. 

Then we are told that when his tour of duty in the temple was over he went 

back home to his wife who had conceived and now they were both in seclusion. 

There are several things we can see in this event. One of the glaring truths 

concerns age. '.'hat God did through Zacharias and Elizabeth proves that age 

is no barrier with Cod. tf e like to think that we can say, "I 'is too old to 

do that. I'm retired," etc, and we make excuses. Look at what Zacharias 

did. Exactly the same as anyone would. "My wife and I are too old to have 

children. Now it may be a certainty that God does take away childbearing at 

a certain age, but He still wants our service far beyond our retirement ye.rs 

Our attitude should be like the 90 year old man who went to the doctor. 

(Illustration of 90 year-old man and doctor's advice), 

A man in his nineties went to the doctor with kneew trouble. The doctor 

said, "At your age, what do you expect?" "I expect you to fix my knee," 

was the reply; "my other knee's the same ape and it works fine." 

An-e is only a barrier if we are willing to let it be that, "od wants to use 
all of us regardless of are. 

I think another lesson this story teaches us involves our approach to what- 
ever the situation may be. I'm sure that Zacharias was visibly jhaken by 
the event he was involved in. But don't you think that many, many times as 
life went on and there was no evidence that they would ever be parents that 
he griped and complained that things weren't just as they could be, or ought 
to be? I would believe that Zacharias was no different than any of us with 
the same desires, the same feelings and the same things that upset us. And 
face it, don't we all get impatient with life when It doesn't give us the 
desired effects we want? 

(Illustration of boy, ice cream, and waitress) 

• small boy about ten years old or so, came into the restaurant and sat at 
the counter. The waitress came over, put a rlass of water h front of him, 
and asked what he wanted. "How much is an ice cream sundae," He as>ei. 
"Fifty cent," replied the waitress. The little fellow pulled his hand out 
of his pocket and studied a number of coin- ] had clutched in it. 



"How much is a dish of plain ice cream?" he asked. There were a lot of 
people at the counter and the waitress was retting inpatient. "Thirty 
five cent," she said brusnuely. Again, he counted the coins while the 
waitress stood drumming on the counter. "I'll have the plain ice cream 
please," he said. T>,e waitress took the money, brought the ice cream and 
w ilked away. When she came back in a few minutes the boy was rone and 
theempty dish sat on the counter. She stared \ that empty dish and zhnn 
swallowed hard at what 3 . re, placed neatly beside the dish 
were two nickels and five pennies - her tip. The boy had the fifty cents 
for the sundae, but she wouldn't have rotten a tip. 
He had sacrificed on himself to reward her n or her service. 
That waitress kept those coins as a reminder that the little person is 
just as important as the bif one. 

This is what God did with Zacharias . He was a little man in the sight of the 

other i-riests; a nobody; considered an il] Iterate. 3ut Cod took that nobody 

and brought the forerunner to the M . from him, T^e world looks up to 

the MEfcaist somebodys and ignores:cthe nobodys. T, ey did the 3ame with Jesu:j. 

3ut He told them, "the very stone which the builders rejected has now become 

the head of the corner." 

'.*.'„ may think we 're too old, or have nothing to offer to "od with our feeble 

little lives. But Sod will take each of us and u'--:e us for His purpoa 

■ they may be and use us for His glory, ~3ut we must be willing and able 

to let : T in do that with us. That message ±x was to iacharias , "Fear Not," 

which meant, " Don ' lid of 'ha od it 3 ough you.W 

That message i? still the same today to us from God. "Pear Not," whatever 

your name is, God wants to do a work through you if you will let Him. 



St. Paul's United Church of Chri3t 
Butler t Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor December 8> 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: David Andrews and Doug Vensel 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11^00 A.M. 
Prelude "Song of Christmas" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements - Elder Paul Ri enter 
Congregational Greeting . 
Joys 

Lighting of the Advent Wreath 
♦Processional Hymn No. 166 "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" 
* Ascription 
■"Exhortation 

"Confession (In Unison) "Our Father, ve are aware that at 
this time of the year our lives seem at times to be so 
void of meaning. We know the joy that should be ours, 
but it is difficult to separate ourselves from our sins 
which so easily beset us . Take from us the thoughts of 
anger and hatred we may feel, and replace them with 
love and concern for all of mankind. Let our peace 
flow into our hearts and lives,, and let us have that 
Light, even Jesus Christ our Lord* . ..** .Amen. 
♦Kyrie 

♦Assurance of Pardon 
*Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His glorious name forever. 
♦Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No, ISO "What Child Is This, Who, Laid to Rest?" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor — Let us Pray . 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "Mary 1 s Child" 
*DoKology - page 382 
Anthem: "Once Upon a Christmas" 
Scripture: Luke 1; 26-38 
Sermon i ,1 Fear Mot, Mary" 
♦Closing Hymn No. 193 "0 Come, AH Ye Faithful" 
♦Benediction 
•Closing Chimes 
♦Postlude -The King is Coming" 



I 



♦Congregation Standing 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mr. 4 Mrs* Alvin Tait and Pam in memory of Ralph Tait 

and Mr. & Mrs. John Sweeney. 
Mrs* Betty Tressler will greet the congregation at the 

door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Sandy Sheppeck, Mary Lou Davis, 

Peg Nazaruk and Gloria Walker. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Gamble. 
Robert Dellen and Harry Fry will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 133 with 11 visitors. 
Hospitalized: Eleanor Sandbach in West Penn Hosp* in 

Pittsburgh and Marcia Forsberg in BMH, 
MONDAY - Volleyball 

Committee appointment meeting at 7:00 P.M. 
(All Council members and committee chairmen) 
WEDNESDAY - Special Olympics in the hall 7-9 
THURSDAY - Choir practice 7:00 
Basketball 7-9 

December 15th is our Family Christmas Program in Rehoboth 
Hall at 7:00 P,M* We will be decorating the tree and 
having entertainment from the Sunday School classes. 
Please bring the kids out and enjoy an evening of fun 
and fellowship. We will have refreshments and a visit 
from the Jolly Santa. 

Cookies are needed for the Family Christmas Program. If 
you would like to donate cookies for this evening, 
bring them to church or with you when you come for the 
program. You may sign up in the office. 

December 20th is the night we go caroling from the church. 
We will meet at the church at 6; 30 and proceed to the 
Butler Arbors apartments. Afterwards we have been in- 
vited to the Mangel's for refreshments. Come along and 
join in the fun and fellowship. 

Today is the last day to 'order your Poinsettia for the 
holidays* Drop a note in the offering plate or see 
Ginny in the office. The price is $6.00 each. 

December 22nd we will be taking in new members. If you 
know of anyone interested in joining the church please 
contact the office* If you are a visitor and would 
like to join, please contact the office or pastor* 

The new Yearbook will be published in January. If you 
or any family members have any changes in a phone 
number or address, please notify the office as soon as 
possible. 



COMMUNITY Bit ... - '• , 1'ior 

PRELUDE 

GRF.ETIN S/JOYS/ANNOHNCEMENTS/PRAYI 

CHRISTMAS CAROLING DECEMBER /Vj /? ' %> ~ /-'/ ' P n 
, LORD'S SUPPER - CHRISTMAS COMMUNION DECEFR; 

/ CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE DECEMBER 2<4, 7:00 P.M. 



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PRAYER/OFFERING 
•DOXOLOGY 

(DISMISSAL FOR JBNICS CBURCB - HOES klndergmrten thru 11) 

PASTORAL PRAYER 

HYMN 
; SCRIPTURE: LHKF 1:26-38 

SERMON: "FEAR NOT, MARY" 

ST. PAUL'S, BUTLER - lZ/S/S^, 
"HYMN 

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f TH MONTH = KARCH MARY CONFR. BY AI1GL GABRIE L 

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HERE WAS MESEIWH OF MOST HIGH GOD PAY VISIT 2MERE MORTAL 
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(THIS WHY JEHfi NO BLIEV J! MR3IAH.30D NO. STOOP ?B H ITHAM FOPMl 
(VH Y ~UE GHUfi RLIEV TN VIRGIN 3IHT H-JF WUI] HAV BIB .ORp.NQRML _CHI1 



G 'S MTEACLFS=F,LT"/:VtCH TW OLD AGE. HAPY BY H EP. 
;T¥" BLlFV TH/ONv-FLIr/ZAOH, SHtlDNT HAV TRUBL BIJEV OTHR 

5E U0ND: WD ALL THIS USIWO CERTIN C^AJS OF PEOPLE 
ClLUS WOMAN SPEN"XMAr TAW FBAN.fr TRAVEL ON XMAB DA Y) 

G TUK THAOWLIEST fc GAV TfAlORLD ITS 1 ST XMAS PRESE NT 
'T HA T r HRSWf CAW 1?! W/ J - ' UHH I ' I- AN I H'J JAN ' l ' ll BaW T " 
-■ r* gll'lf.B VJls WNs'IpTO JLEOTTIHA T 
THAT CHIL D "AS RPRW TN A PIRTY S^ABL f. CHANGE TH/-' 

PAUL INSPIRED TO UPTTF, 1 COR 1 ;P7-?S - [HEAD ' 

W AT I" MO;< t'rri.T'; T"^ ^l.Tffll^ TN H'RACI.'a?? ? 

wat is pen wfak thin a RAW-T r? 

BTTT GOT) CHOSE THE/ WANS TO BRING .IS TWTO TH/JP BLD 
WEH WE STAWP IN TW/PWFSENC OF -,11CH MAJESTY CAN WE DO ANYTHIN G 
BUT FEAR???? 



^"TV""i BEACHES OOT Q fH/ffl piJl ft SE - 'TEAR HOT" 

HE SSZ "FEAR N< JAWTS HAV persnt RET.ATSHTI '.'/EACH 

OF E f. Of TLT roSTBLTHgil BABV 8CUM XP CAM ' 

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:ieeai ync ieio/. . . - , 

i ; ; & 3ur enuf 4-yrs latr had bab boy. 
Po lets count aoord °?crip:Eliz Dot & hid 

5mos = that March;f!ary visit 6th mo, April to Deo,& now 
do U C poslblty Js born late Dec? De c ?5 no far fete] 
It duznt mak any dif,but nic Ptbink hav rt day/mo 
Vr*- Mary pivn info read = Vs 3 8= READ 
1. 4 spin as las wk, Scrip pt ^things wh/G did 
lst=He did imposibljwen compar ^incident C ^liz/Zach 
marry many yre & childles:G made poaibl Fliz cud con 
ceiv old are & ahe did 
But Marys case G tuk ynp; pirl only enrap 6 she Beam 
prep thru H Sp 
Import-Ja no conceiv,born thru actins man 
in eyes comunty Hary pilty of B immoral, hav lie pit 
Son 
This reasn many Jew then/now no acpt Js as Messiah 
Can no Bliev ilepit child cudB Saviour 
Thez peop no Bliev H Sp can do this 
It import whethr we Bliev or not 
much late3 Bib scholrship pt 2not tru & prob no acpt 
as Doctrin is that Js then no dif fr/anyl of us 
If Ja conceiv/born norml wat mak Him dif/specil in 
all of mank? 
'•i!hj cant 1 of U men here E Js Xp? 
If evrth bout Js same as cthr men, He cudnt posibly 
B saviour of worl 
G used a miracl 2produc Jn Ba-=4runnr 
6 use specil miracl 4Messiah 23 born 
No easier SBliev bout Eliz/Zach,than I'ary /Js 

No Bliev l,no Eliev othr 
2nd-This part of story similar to Eliz/Zach 
(I ^ faal; 'mas Day,reatraunt|ljT old £ bum) 

G njk lowliest & pav worl 1st Xma^ gift 
That rift c-;re form unwant baby,considr ilepit child 
born dirty stable S He ohanp who! worl 
r writ-l Cor 1:27-£S-BE4D 
Wat mor foftlish than Bliev miracls? 
Wat mor weak than baby? 
But G chos thez means .?brinp Js into worl 
'..'en stan presenc msjesty can we do anyth but fear? 
Tet,G reach out ?worl 8 says=Fear Kot,Ecuz He wants 
2hav perenl relat^hip w/ea us 
That only posibl thru miracl of baby B born St Bcum 
Xp the Lord . 
He came 4 U St Me, "FEAR HOT." 



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"Fear Not, Mary" 
Fcripture: Lute ls26-38 

(Expl royl vistors & rub elbows oomon peop & need, of 
TV expl how adres & greet=Frinc Pb.il/Trinces Tiiane) 

many peop stan bak in aw of them, how much mor of G? 
(ITus prof & no spank child, luv him & cement=I do Iut 
h. in the abstract , but not in the concrete) 
Sumhow we pictur G this way, think Him luv us abstract 

Sura myttic th/can no expl, but real 8e can acpt it 
But 2Bliev G actul luvs us real/tangibl way dif 2tak 

That why I Bliev thred run thru Gospls direc fr/G 

wh/ther 2sho G cums 2comf/help mank 8s no 23 fear 
Duznt mean treat G lik?Big Buddy "or "Old Pal" 

G sot thruout histry 2draw closr 2mank evn tho man 



ouit oft sot 2withdraw fr/G 
'Thus,G's interventin in2 lii 



Livs Bib peop is seen in 
words=Fear Not. 
Thir theme use this Adv khhhb series 
Las wk Ik angl Gab cum 2 Zach &. tel=;Fear Not Zacharit 

This wk Ik Virg-n Mary & mesag is =Eear Not, Mary 
Scrip B ? in Lk 1:26= READ 
Now wat duz mean? If remem vs 21 underst,lets bakup 
& read 
31 iz was cusin of Mary 8e 6th month pregnancy 
las wk sed ?remem 5nionths vs 24- 
Evidenc suport 1st wk Oct as time Zach serv morn sen 
& confr by Gabriel 
Lets count=(on f infers & this brine; ? March) 
Elia hid until March of nex yr,so 6th month- April 
Gabriel sent=vs 2?-(READ) 
vs 28=Angl spok 2her 

- ictin same as pr Zach=vs 12-READ 
v^29="She troubled"=same feel, same fear & who wudnt 

Here mesengr mos Hi G pay visit 2raere mortl 
vss 30-55=Altho Mary had sam reactin as Zach, no ask 
4 sign this wudB so 
Rathr,ask practicl nuest-vs 34=READ 
Mary only'engag 2 Jos & wud ret marry near futur 
vss 55-57«Angl expl & need pt out 5= stres=With G 
nothin shalB imposibl 
G is always=The G of the inpossibl 
Tuk ord pr lik Zach 5e made Fathr of 4runnr=Jn Bap 
Sed las wk Zach considr lik= Idiot Bcuz unlern,un- 
lettred,as comon as dirt 
But G saw fit no only use , but 2bles wif w/chil old 
Now, was 2tak comon girl St letB mothr of Messiah 
Mus ^o back vs 3S 8e read ." : ;i=re3d end vs 

3ud plac 2sok of birth of Js 
Expl celbrat" pagan festivl 25 Dec, etc but lets play 
game used wen ynp; coupl sret marry in hurry 



"Fear Not, Nary" 
Scripture: Luke 1:26-58 

Recently we had two visitors in our country who caused quite a stir. They 
were going to be traveling among us and rubbing elbows with the most com- 
mon Americans which caused a few controversies. T^is type of visit by them 
prompted TV stations to devote special time to advise Americans how to add- 
ress them if they happened to meet them on the street or in a store. The 
couple of course were rrince Phillip and Princess Diane of Great Eritain. 
Americans are not accustomed to meeting royalty and so their visit was some- 
thing which made many people stand back in awe of them. Hnw much more then 
do we stand in awe of God? 

(Illustration of professor of r tychology and children.) 

A professor of psycholory had no cildren of his own, but when he saw one 
cf the neighbors scolding or punishing s cl ild he would say, "You should 
love your child not punish him." One hot summer day the proffessor was 
working on his driveway. He had fresh concrete poured in a certain area 
and had it smoothed and troweled just right. He decided to go into the 
house to take a break. He walked toward^ the house and just as he was 
ready to go in the door, out of the corner of his eye he saw a neighbor 
boy run up the driveway and step into the fresh cement. Ke yelled at the 
boy and pulled him out of the cement and turned him over his knee to pad- 
dle him. A neighbor was trimming his hedges and when he saw this he said 
to the professor, "v: Q tch it, professor! Don't you remember? You must 
love the child, not punish him." At this the professor yelled back anrri- 
ly, "I do love him in the abstract, but not in the concrete." 

Somehow we picture God in this manner. W. think of Kim loving us abstracted- 
ly. It is some sort of mystical something we cannot explain, but it is real 
and we can aEcept it. But to believe that God actually loves us in a real hi 
and tangible way is difficult to take, or explain. That is why I believe 
there is a thread running through the Gospels directly from God which is 
there to show that God comes to comfort and help mankind and is not to be 
feared, "his doesn't mean that we treat God as a "Big Buddy" or "Old Pal." 
God sought throughout all of history to drs w closer to mankind even though 
man auite often sought to withdraw from God. Thus God's intervention Into 
the lives of Biblical people is seen in the words, "Pear Hot." This is the 
theme we are using in our Advent series. Lat week we looked the angel Gab- 
riel coming to Zacharias and telling him, "Pear Not, %acharias." This week 
we are looking at the Virgin Nary and the message is, "Pear not, Kary." 
Our Scripture for this morning begins with the 26th verse of Luke 1. There 

we read, "And in the sixth month the anerel Gabriel was sent from God unto a 
city of Galilee, named Nazareth." 

Now what does that mean? 7/»ll, if we remember the preceeding events ending 

in the 24th verse, we understand the meaning. Backing up to that verse we 

read, "And after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived and hid herself 
five months." 

Elizabeth was a cousin of Mary and in the sixth month of her pregnancy, Nary 
was visited by this same angel Gabriel. Last week we had said to remember 



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what this 24th verse said about "five months." we had also said that there 

is much evidence that the time of the rcornine: service in which Zacharias was 

confronted by Gabpiel was probably in the 1st week of October. Mow if we 

count from October, (on hand, count five f infers, and this brings us to 

March.) Elizabeth hid herself until March of the following year. !bkx±e± 

So, in the sixth month, April, Mary is ±xtincjtm£x±}ix±xxtoMxix confronted by the 

same angel Gabriel and we read he was sent, read verse 27. Then the anrrel 

spoke to her, read verse 28. 

The reaction of Mary was exactly the same as that of the priest Zacharias. 

— achar las 
fe read in versel2, "And when ke saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell 

upon him." When saw him, "She was troubled." The same feeling, the same 

fear. And who wouldn't have fear? Here was a messenger of the Most Hj ] 

God paying a visit to a mere mortal. Tv,en we read, "And the angel said unto 
her, "Fear Not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, 
thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His 
name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall 'be called the Son of the Highest: 
and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of Hia Father Bavid: "And 
He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there 
shall be no end." verses 30-33, 

But although Mary had the same feeling as Zacharias she did not ask for a 

sign that this would be so. Rather, she asked a practical Question. In 

verse 34 we read, "Then said Mary unto the angel, 'How shall this be . Being 
I know not a man: " ' 

M-'T was only engage Josep] nd they would be Lng m rri 

near future. So the angel explains to her, verses 35-37. The main thing 

which is pointed out here and which should be stressed is that, "With God 
nothing shall be impossible." 

God is always, the God of the impossible. He took an ordinary priest like 
lacharias and made him the father of John the Baptist the forerunner of the 
Messiah. As we said last week, Zacharias was considered as an "idiot" be- 
cause he was unlearned, unlettered, and as common as dirt. But God saw fit 
not only to use this common person, but to bless he and his wife with a child 
in their old age. 
Now, He was going to take a common youne- girl and let her be the mother of 

the Messiah. tf« need to go back to the end of the 35th verse and read again, 
"And this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren." 

Here is a good place to speak about the date concerning the birth of Jesus. 

I 'm sure that most of you have read and heard that the date of December 25th 

couldn't possibly be the date of Jesus' birth. There is the story that the 

25th of December was a pascan festival which actually started around the 22nd 

of December celebrating the lengthening of the days leading toward the end 

of winter. This festival was chosen as the birth of Jesus to placate the 

pagan^heathens who had been taken into the early Christian church and gave them 

and Christians a reason to celebrate. Well, that may be, but we have a 






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little game many people play when a young couple ret married. Especially , 
if they ret married in a hurry. I recall a young fellow coming home on leave 
from the army for a short period of time and he and his e-irlfriend getting 
married right away. Many people knew for certain the girl was pregnant and 
they ha* to get married. And sure enough, 4 years later she gave birth to 
a baby boy. Well using that manner of counting as we do for some couples 
getting married, let's count concerning this Scripture. Elizabeth xxxx±B±£ 
became pregnant in October and hidfor 5 months, then the angel came to Mary 
in Elizabeth's six month to announce she was to become pregnant. So that's, 
(count on fingers, October, November, December, Fanuary, February, March, 
April). So Axrxxxwxx between March and April Mary became pregnant and then 
it is, May, June, July, August September, October, November, December. Do 
you see the possibility that it may well have been in late December that xoc 
Jesus was born? It doesn't really make any difference, but it's nice to 
think that we are so very close to the actuall time of Jesus' birth in late 
December. 

So after Mary is given the information about this event by Gabriel we read, 
"And Mary said, "'Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according 
to thy word,' And the angel departed from her." 

Once again frfttr frirrf as last week, this Fcripture roints out two things 
^_ which God did. The first is that He did the impossible. When we compare 
the two incidents we see that Zacharias and Elizabeth were married for many 
years and were childless. God made it possible that Elizabeth could con- 
ceivecin her old age and this she did. But in Mary's case, God took a young 
girl who was only engaged, and she became pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 
This is important from the standpoint that the i)±x± conception and birth of 
Jesus were not the result of anything done by man. In the eyes of the com- 
munity Mary was guilty of being immoral and guilty of having an illegitimate 
child. This is one reason the Jews could not then, nor up to this time ac- 
cept Jesus as the Messiah. He was considered to be illegitimate and no 
amount of reasoning wixixsuxxxxiKE could or can convince certain Jews that 
God's Holy Spirit was responsible for Mary's conception. 
The importance of this point is that it makes a great deal of difference 
whether we believe that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary. Much of the 
latest Biblical scholarship deals with disproving this doctrine. fcnd the 

oroblem with not accepting this as the doctrine we should have is that Jeans 

* r conceived 

becomes no different than any one of us. _o if Jesus was fanxx in a normal 

manner, and born in a normal manner, why is He 30 special among all mankind? 

■Ahy can't one of you men here this morning claim to be Jesus Christ 9 If 

everything about Jesus ad ; . 'Xactly the use iny ether man, .hen 

He couldn't possibly b< ;he ' r/iour }o& ~ent into the world. God used a 



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miracle to have the forerunner of the Messiah come to earth and He used a 

special miracle for the Messiah to be conceived and born. It is not easier 

to accept that Elizabeth could have a child after the childbearlng ape, than 

it is to accept the Virgin Birth of Jesus. If you believe the one, you steEMi 

shouldn't have trouble believing the other. 

The second thine- that God did In this incident is much like the miracle He 

performed in the ±±±v lives of Elizabeth and ^acharias. 

(Illustration of woman spending Christmas In San ?ran & traveling on Christ- 
mas Day, (Sunday), in order to be back to work on Monday) 

^bSm^na^n-e^efd^im? J^nk and bu ™ i£. re ^ ur ? n * \, ** ic h ? ld out self 

?Take care of this baby lady" bum said. ARound 

lump in throat said, "I will." Bum pry Eric loose, but Eric hang on. 

"T u ank you and God bless you Ma'am. You've £iven me my Christmas gift." 

God took the lowliest and gave the world its first Christmas present. That 
present came in the fcrm of an unwanted baby, considered -an illegitimate 
child, born in a dirty stable and He changed the whole world. 
Paul was inspired to write, 1 Cor. 1:27-28, (read there). V/hat is more 
forlish than believing in miracles? '.tfhat is more weak than a baby? But God 
chose these means to brinr Jesus into the world. .'.', en we stand in the pre- 
sence of such majesty can we do anything el~e but fear? Yet, Cod reaches 
out to the world and says, "Fear Not," because lie wants to have a personal 
relationship with each one of us. And that is only possible through the 
miracle of a baby being born and becoming "Christ the Lord. He came for 
you and me. "Fear not!" 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor December 15, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson* Saxophonist 
Acolytes: David Andrews and Doug Vensel 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 

Prelude "0 Holy Night" 

Chiming of the Hour 

Anno uncements 

Congregational Greeting 

Joys 

Lighting of the Advent Wreath 
♦Processional Hymn No. 178 "0 Little Town of Bethlehem" 
•Ascription 
•Exhortation 

•Confession ( In Unison) "Father , forgive our excesses at 
this beautiful and expectant time of the year. We are 
too loud, too selfish, too concerned about what we 
want, and little concerned with those about us. Tear 
away our guilt. Open our hearts to the joy of your 
promise. Give us the happiness which the birth of 
Thy Son would bring, and help us to sustain it for the 
future. We ask thest things in His name. ... .Amen. 
*Kyrie 

♦Assurance of Pardon 
*Praise; Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People — And Blessed be His glorious name foever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No. 177 "Good Christian Hen, Rejoice" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray* 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory ''Christmas Medley" 
•Doxology - page 382 
Infant Baptism 
Anthem; "Christmas" 
Scripture: Matthew 1: 18-25 
Sermon: "Fear Not, Joseph" 
"•Closing Hymn No* 190 "Angels from the Realms of Glory" 
•Benediction 
*Cl *ing Chimes 
•Postlud* 



♦Congregation Standing 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mr* & Mrs. Charles Fleeger in memory of loved ones. 
Mrs. Florence MacKinney will greet the congregation at 

the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Rob Vinroe, Handy Dellen, Bob 

Dellen, and Kevin Snyder* 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Jane Snyder. 
Richard Mangel and Paul Riemer will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 132 with 10 visitors. 
The beautiful Christmas greens on the front doors have 
been place by the Women's Fellowship of St. Paul's. 
^^Hospitalized: Velma Collins, Marcia Forsberg BMH 
MONDAY - Volleyball 
WEDNESDAY - Golden Circle 7:30 

Special Olympics in Rehoboth Hall 7-9 
THURSDAY - Choir Practice 7:O0 P.M, 
Basketball 7-9 

Mary Martha Circle 10:30 sum. 
FRIDAY - Christmas Caroling - meet at the church at 6:30 
followed by refreshments at the Mangel's. Come 
one and all for some fun and fellowship* The 
little singers can come too. See you here!! 
^^FAMILY CHRISTMAS PROGRAM tonight at 7:00 P,M* Come and 
join in the fun of the evening. Refreshments served, 
along with a visit from Santa, All of the Sunday School 
will hopefully be participating. Come and bring a friend, 
COOKIES are needed for tonights program in the hall. You 
can sign up in the office or let Shirley Link know. 
^December 22nd we will be taking in new members. If you 
or someone you know is interested please inform the 
office or the pastor. Ar* f L " c *■?+■/(. w*s, 
The new Yearbook will be published in January * If you 
or any family member have any changes in a phone number 
or address, please notify the office as soon as possible, 
Mrs. Beryl Cook is now residing in Hillside Boarding Home 
R*D.#3 Schiebel Road Butler, Pa. I'm sure she would 
enjoy some cards and notes from the congregation at this 
holiday season. 
JANUARY COUNCIL MEETING WILL BE HELD January 8th beacuse 
^^^ of the new year. 
7^ The Poinsettias will grace our chancel next Sunday. We 
would like to have them remain for our Christmas Eve 
Service. However if you must take them do so after the 
Sunday Service* 






COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH - SAGAMORE, PA. - DECEMBER 1.., L99I 



PRELUDE 

GHKETINOS/jOYS/ANNOUNCEMENTS/PtAYFR REQUESTS 

this week, v*vwmc s'. mast 7-q, Christmas caroling 

NEXT SUNDAY: THE LOSS'S SUPPER - CRRISTMA" CCWfUNTON 

TMAS FELLOWSHIP DINNER AFTER CHURCH 






LIGHTING OF ADVENT WREATH - THIRD SUNDAY OF Al 
■HYMN 

PRAYER/OFFERING 
•DOXOLOGY - DISMISS CHILDREN KINBEBGARDEN THRU 11 

KXtOI PASTORAL PRAYER 

HYMN 

FCHI1TURE: MATTHEW 1:18-25 

SERMON: "FEAR NCT JOSEPH" 

ST. PAUL'S, BUTLER - 12/15/8^ 
'HTOR 

•BENEDICTION 
•POETLUDI 






, m iiiu-ri; or.Kn: 'TEftH NOT, JOSEPH" 
| fILU: HAKOR GFNEOLOGY OF JS.T RU JOS '. THR U MARY) 

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I K ANGL VIS SA CH. ^N MARY & SAY.FEA P M PT. ft NOW WII. CUM 2JCH 
•Y GIVN HEP NEWS, GO VISIT COUSIN ELI;:, WOE CU" H0» TEl"j5s 

la_UB-E5 rai5-EJWAGB *expl seriosnes this iyr period ' ' 

VS jBCsBlt LEGIT HUSB/W1F ft HAV THAT RFLATSHTd ' 
VS_lS]>P!?OH NO TEI, JOS HOT TKT'J CAME ABOUT ft SO JO! 



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V| W^NO WANT K4RY STOND,GIV UIVORC PHIVATL Y=ENCAGMFNT LI K 

,.u?m S ° T AnTt V tr " M «? THY Win -EWGAG CCNSIDR BIHDI(fi~ 
DURING THIS PERIOD JOE BLD OH PREP' Ufmlfe.MfflBiJ BC 

01 TIME ^YNG COUPL.NOW 5POILD BY HER HAV BABY ' 

^-|OS|EXPL TO JOS PKNO THIS WAS OF SOD ft NOT MARY'S TNDI5CRETIN 
Vq PUFUL FXPI. THAT PLAIN, STMPL MARY ?B I N/TliUMR.T OF GOD 
VSS2P-2>MT WRIT PJEWS GIV ED COMENT WFROPti FH/tsA"7o7j YRS B<* 
MTft LK BOTH STBES J?' VTRfiTN HJCTH ft KAK POfIS~G CAK IMP MIDST 
THIS WAT "EMANUEL" MEANS- G W/IJS | WE CAN ft SHOD BLIFV THIS 
'■.'U P MESIAH CUM LIK THIS?? JEWS NO BI.TKV SO 

fihst.fr/mary :T:gi t: second, she comon pe asant.* sn he 

MESIAH ?B KING .CONCU R El 
_VS_2't=HERE IMPORT OF DREAMS 2PE0 OF ISR SHOWN 
tlLUS ALFRED EP FHSHEIM ft IMPORT OF DREAMS PEOPLE OF ISRAEL) 

^iNas ' MA^ 'l J Har K * C PU' S F AVOR : ' 

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G'S PLAN 
JOS & MARY CUD NOT HAV TRAVLD 2BETH <!CENSUS IF UNMARRIED 

SO WE C GOP TDK CARE DETAILS ONE M ONE 
VS 25="KWEtf HER NOT" - KNEW IN QH K HAS SEXIfl, CONOTATTN 

l'-^ly mM"mm HA V 1 sEXm belATT TI s ' EA Jfl w A .* b m-n 

i HONOSBL HAN.WIL TAK SHAM/HUMIL ft MARRY HARY,& DO WAT GOD 

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(IL1TS COUGH .""UDFfr PAUL ft NEW CAR FROM RFC" | 
OLDR BROS NO THTNK O r SELF, RUT MAK BROS RAFFT 

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CUD HAV WALK AWAY FR/STTU ANSI, OP NO ANGL ft SEP - NOT ME. FIND 
SftMOOTJ ELSE, I DPNT iJANT TH/PFSroNSBILfY 

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Tj/THHEPENT UPON III" ACTINS 

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ear not;, joseprr 
■■ ; .. . L: 3-25 

iv ;un"< lowna depth 6 man rein 01. thron as K 
of Is was not riteful monarch 
Sum mannr subtrfup;,famly Herod Claire thron 4-selvs 
ft ther ancestrs 
f record propr line sucesin chap 1-vs 6-REAB 

on it reads thru histry til Kt record vs 16=R2AD 
Riteful K of Is relesat rol vilae carpentr 
«e Ik anounc 2 Eliz/Zach wud hav child old ape ft he 
2E Jn Bap as 4runnr of Hos.= iah,delivr Is 
Then Ik anounc 7 Pfery 2B mothr of Messiah 
In ea instanc they tol*F«ar Kot 
Mary went 2visit cousin Eliz 6 read Lk l,aaty Jmos 
If figur as las wk:Eliz hide 5mos ,P'"ary_visit 6mos 
then Mary visit 4 three mos.it time 1 j=,liz hav baby 
B* tak plac Mary cum home P. fez & prob tol Jes bout 
baby ?B born 2 her 
dont kno whethr tol bin baby of H 3p,but do kno bit 
of news mus hav troubl him deeply ft Ptt explain: 
vs 18=In Is,marae takn seriuslyjnot only work keep 

marap sacred, but time 3* wed Just as import 2 them 
Koa marap. arenir by fomly;this no rul out lov 
But famlys try 2mak bes mate 4 son/dottr 
,.'3t»vr aranjr made by Mary/ Jos famlys nokno 
But do kno involv enpape period ft Mary return horn Er 
period B espous/enraFe=lyr ft aftr lyr,Br r >r tuk her 
home 2his houa as bride 
Jos prob Ik 4ward 2 marap 2 Hary-mak f urn, etc. 
U can »el irapin how felt wen Mary, whom luv very mud 
Ik upon aa claen, decent ,sudnly turn up rpepnsnt 
vs 18=ihras=34 cum 2gethr=mear_ no sexual contact 

t wait period as bind as narar itself, but no sex 
vs 19a-How cudB hus? oonsidr hus/wif ft, serius as rea. 
vs 19-lst G Jos just nan ft mean acord J In keep it 
means he honorabl Si do wat rite ft no want mak examp 
of Mary, perhaps she wudB stone 4- adultry 
decid' 2divorc ft this only way brk enpat-ement 
Jos mus hav thot lonr/hard & Mt tel us-vs 20-REAE 
Altho tol only dream, mus bin mor real than othrs 
Angl gav Jos same mesae- B-av»z.ach,Mary-FEAB NOT 
Kbtlc anil refr ?him as-Thou 3 of Dav 6 mean in roy 
line ft in line of sucesin 
He had rite 2thron,but sine line pervert cud lay no 
claim 2it,but an*l remin wat ritefuly his 
The dream alway was riteful sucesor wud cum ft asert 
rite 2sit on thron £ rul 4evr ft that persn "'B Messia 
ft all rud Jews knu that 
So 2 Jos this miteB that son of his was 2B that kinr 
But can underst Jos confusin wen, realiz son of Mary 
wudB llecit ft no acpt a s JJJPT J of Ts,Sr not Mess a h 



'Aftr angi remm Jos or ancestri lineage ne tol not 2/~ 
2B afraid 2marry Mary Bcuz baby of H Sp 

He 2 legitimiz birth of this child 
vs 21=nothr rev 2 Jos,& all Jew find hard swalow 

T'esiah acord traditin was not 2hav as main role 
A]tho redemptin/atonment spokn by G thru ~crip,Messia 
wa 2B more politicl;asum rol as K & ovrthro enmys 

E nJ G tel them of Mesiah p - redenrotin fr/sin=Jer 31+5' 
Jer 31:34=Here G expl nu cov w/Is=&. wil 4eiv,etc 
vss 22-25= Ft add edtorial coment spokn by Isa 700yr 

fulfil this proph mak Js birth unioue & Kt/Xk stres 

this import doctrin 4us 5 reasn»Js birth set Him apa 

apart & miracl Js Birth G cam in2 midst man & liv 
Emanuel=means G with us 
vs 24=Here C import dreams in livs peop of Is 

in sum writs tol if persn sleep ?day & no dream=wick 
(Ilua Alfred Edersheim from Eook=Lif /Time Js th Kess ) 
3things marks of G's favr=rud king,frutfl yr,gud drea 

T~ic sho signif of dreams & thus Jos ros fr/sleep 6 

did as anpl tol in dream 
Joe so convinc complet fr/G imed tuk Mary as wife 
this brok all customs of day Bcuz lyr wait no ovr 

but Jos wil sufr shame alonff w/Kary that she go °hav 

baby conceiv B4 marry 
Also by marry Mary, Jos set stae: 4- travl 2Beth latr 
as husb & wife 
all thez futur event wer of cors unknown 2 tfary/Joa 
vs 25=here final pt &. in word=KNEV/=SGINOSKO 

this mean no sexual rrelations tween Mary/Jos 
Jos honrbl man chosn by G 2B 1 claim as erthly F of Js 

he wil ?tak sham/humil thro his way that had 2get 

marry Bcuz fiancee preg B4- legl marry 

i marry Mary in spite probs knu wud cum ther way 
•—Bcuz he want do want G want from him 

£"o trus G all way Jos name son Js as angl tel 
Incident in lif Jos giv import insite of life 

(Ilus coleg stud Paul 5 nu car, little boy/bros) 
oldr bros no think self , but of mak bros happy 

his we If ar, his concern & this exac wat Jos did 4Mary 
cud easly hav walk away St sed,Not me, find °uml else 

But no did & provid 4woman he luv,endur shame heap 

upon them 
this in smal measur ilus wat G did in lrg measur tnri 

Js=tol Scrip=He endur shame of cross 2redeem mank 

Here was G go thru humiliation & shame of dying in 

mannr repulsiv 2 His own chosen reopl Is 
thez -eery peop Js cam 2sav 
& me sar cum fr/sac of Js-?ear Kct;anrl sed 2Jos=vs 
vs 20B-G say ?mank thru Js=? P ar Not anyl/S: evrl,2tak 
un2 thee thy Sav=G reach dwn in2 worl,pik mank out oJ 

f a^i^ | me^a,g is=Fear Not ,4- I hav luv thee w/evrlas 



"Fear Not, Joseph" 
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25 

The House of David had sunk to its lowest depths and the man who reigned on 
the throne as Kin?: of Israel was not the rightful monarch, In some manner of 
subterfuge the family of Herod's claimed the throne for themselves and their 
ancestors. Matthew records for us the proper line of succession in the first 

chapter of his Gospel, If we look at the Sth verse we read, "And Jesse he- 
pat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been 
the wife of Urias; and Solomon begat H*hoboam; and Rehoboam begat Abia; 
and Abia begat Asa;" 

And on it reads down through history until Matthew records in the 16th verse, 
"And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is 
called Christ." 

Tfie rightful king of Israel was relegated to the role of being a simple 
ExxginaiKX village carpenter in Nazareth. W e don't know how old Joseph was 
only that he must have been older than Mary. ±txtiw W# first looked at the 
announcement to Zacharias that he and his wife would be able to have a child 
in their old age and that child was to be John the Baptist, the one who 
would go before, or preceed the Messiah. John was to prepare the way fibr 
the deliverer of Israel. Then we looked at the announcement to Mary that 
she was being honored by God with the privilege of bearing the Messiah. 
In each of these instances Zacharias and Mary were told to "Fear Not." 
Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth and we read in the 1st chapter of 
Luke that she stayed with her for 3 months. Now if we figure again as we did 
last week we come to the conclusion; Elizabeth became pregnant and went into 
hiding for 5 months; then Mary was visited by the ang-el in the 6th month of 
Elizabeth's pregnancy; and then Mary went ot visit her and stayed with her 
for 3months. Added together that makes nine months and time for Elizabeth 
to give birth to her son. So before this took place, Mary left to go home 
to Nazareth. Arriving back home she probably told Joseph the events which 

king place in her life. Whether she confided to Joseph that the baby 
she was going to have was the result of Sod's H n ly Spirit or not, we do not 
know. But we do know that this bit of news from Mary must have troubled him 
deeply. Matthew tries to explain it in thi» way, "N w the birth of Jesus 
Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary i ■. pou ted bo Joseph be-J 
"ore they came tog ] , ] found with child of the H ly pirit." : 

In Israel, marriage was taken very seriously. T*ey not only worked at keep- 
ing the marriage sacred, but the time before the wedding was just as importan 
to them. Most marriages were arranged by the families. This didn't rule out 
a fellow and girl falling in love and seeking to get married. But it was a 
means for the families to get the best possible mate for their sons or dau- 
ghters. Whatever arrangements had been made by Mary's family and Joseph's 
we do not know. But we do know they were involved in an engagement period 
when Mary suddenly returned home, very obviously pregnant. The period of 



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being espoused, or engaged as the word meant was for one year. After the one 
year waiting period the bridegroom appeared at the family residence of his 
bride to be and they were married and he took her to the home he had prepared 
for them. Fo Joseph was looking forward to claiming his bride. In all proba 
bility he had prepared a humble house for them to live in. He was perhaps 
spending that year making furniture and eouipping that house with everything 
he possibly could provide to make his bride happy. Each thing that he did 
was not work,, or a chore, but was done with love and devotion. So you can 
well ira^-ine what he must have felt when he learned that the girl he loved 
so very much, the girl he had looked u-oon as pure and clean and decent, sud- 
denly turned up pregnant, ""he phrase that Matthew uses in this 18th verse, 
"Before they came together," simply means that there was no physical relatior 
ship between Mary and Joseph. The one year waiting period was as binding as 
the subsequent marriare itpelf , yet, it involve no physical relationship 
during that time. 

So Matthew then explains, "Then Jospeh her husband," Now how could he be 
considered her husband? The engagement period was so binding that the en- 
gaged couple were called husband and wife even before ±kact their marriage was 
actually soleminxed. \nd we see the seriousness of this as we read on in 

this 19th verse. "T v en Joseph herhjsband, being a ^ust man, and not willing 
to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privately." 

First we learn that Joseph was a "Just man." That means that according to 
to the Jewish law he observed it as any ^oodt Jew should. It means that Jo- 
seph was an honorable man and he wanted to do what was right. He didn't 
want to declare Mary publicly as being an immoral woman and perhaps see her 
stoned for committing adultery, and so he decided that he would quietly di- 
vorce her. That meant he would draw up a divorce paper and before two wit- 
nesses he would declare he was divorcing her and then she could hatfe her 
illegitimate child and ruffer the disgrace and embarrassment involved in 
this situation. When we consider that even though he was only engaged to 
Mary that it required a divorce to sever the relationship, we can see the 
serious intent the Jews place 1 on the engagement. It was as binding as the 
marr iage it s e If . 
Joseph must have thought long and hard nbout this situation and Matthew tells 

us, "But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the lord ap- 
peared unto him in a dream, saying, 'Joseph, thou son of D„vid, fear not to 
take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the 
Holy Spirit.'" verse 20. 

Although Matthew tells that this is a dream, it must have been more real thar 
any dream that Joseph ever had. Th e ano:el mast e-ave Joreph the eery same 
message he had given to Z„charias and Mary. T,_at message was, "Fear Wot." 
But notice that the ancel refers to him as "Thou son of David." T v at meant 
that Joseph was the successor to the throne of D'Virl H 



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He had a right to that throne, but since it had been perverted through the 
years and the wrong people were on that throne, Joseph could lav no claim to 
it. But here the angel was reminding him of what was rightfully his. Th e 
dream always was that the rightful successor would come alonfr and assert his 

"TtfAT 

right to sit orMthrone and to rule forever, Tv,at person was to be the Mess- 
iah and all good Jews vnew that . r o for Joseph this just m ight be that a 
son of his was to be that king, Bffe we can understnad Joseph's confusion 
when he knew that if Mary were to have a son it would be illegitimate and 
not be ikKxHEBpKtet accepted as the proper King of Israel, much less 
he 1 ;1 Me isia] , 

So now the ane-el has reminded him of his ancestral lineage and he says, 

"Fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in 
her is of the Holy Ghost." 

Joseph is being told to marry Mary and legitimize the birth of her child. 

He is also beinp; told that =.11 of this is from God. T,„en the angel goes on, 
"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call "his name, JESUSj for 
he shall save his people from their sins," 

Now there is another revelation that Joseph and. all Jews for that matter 
would find hard to swallow. The Messiah according fcovtheir expectations 
was not to have this role. Although this redemption, or atonement v, 

en of by Jod ;hroughout '"' revelati ' le, the principle 
role of the Messiah was conceived as being more political. The Messiah was 
going to come as a conouerinr hero. He would assume the role of their king 
much like David, who would overthrow their enemies. But God had told the if 
over and over that the Messiah would "save them from their sins." One ex- 
ample of this is to be found in Jeremiah 31=34, (read this). Here God is 
explaining in this chapter His new covenant with Israel and as the verse 

points out, He will "forgive their iniouity, and will remember their sin no 
more . " 

Then Matthew adds his editorial comment which is typical for him throughout 

his Gospel by saying, "Kow all this was done, that it might be fulfilled 
which was spoken of the lord by the prophet, saying, 'Behold, a virgin shall 
bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being inter- 
preted is, God with us.'" 

The prophet Isaiah had given the prophecy over §*00 years before that God 
would come to earth and be born through a virgin. The fulfillment of this 
prophecy in this manner is what makes the birth of Jesus so unique, Matt- 
hew and Luke both stress this important doctrine for us and the reason was 
that in this manner God sets the birth of Jesus apart from all mankind. Th e 
miracle of Jesus' virgin birth makes it possible to believe that God actual- 
ly came into our midst and lived among us. T^at is what Emmanuel means, 
"God with us , " 

And so because of this dream, Matthew adds, "Then Joseph be ins raised from 
sleep did as the gnfrel of the lord had bidden hmm, and took unto him his 
wif%." 



Here we see the importance of dreams in the lives of the people of Israel. 

In some of their writings it is rointed out that if a person sleeps for 7 

days and does not dream he was to be called wicked. Alfred Edersheim in his 

book, "The Life And Times Bf Jesus The Messiah," states: "A eood dream was 
one of three things popularly regarded as marks of God's favor; and so gen- 
eral was the belief in their significance, as to have passed into thi» pop- 
ular saying: 'If any one sleeps reven days without dreaming ( or rather, 
remembering his dream for interpretation), call him wicked ( as being un- 
remembered by God)." 

T>,e three things which were marks of God'S favor were: A good king, a fruitSi 
ful year, and a rood dream." To we can see the significance placed upon 
dreams. Thus Joseph arose fron his sleep and did as the angel had told him 
in this dream. Joseph was so convinced thir was Eompletely of God that he 
immediately took Mary as his wife. Thip broke all of the customs of the day 
since the one year waiting period had not elapsed. But Joseph was willing 
to suffer the shame along with Nary that she was going to have a baby which 
was conceived before she was married. By marry ing Mary, Joseph also set the 
st age for their future departure to Beth lehem to observe the census, at 
which time Je3U3 was born. All of these future events were of course un- 
known to Joseph and Mary. *Sirtx±±>citar3rxka*x*ss]tE2sSxwith:cJKiHapii:<:witkeM*xk^x3l| 
Bgr rlgabxtBxfclB Mary and Joseph could not have traveled together to Bethle- 
hem without being married. So we see tha t God t ook care of all of the details 
o ne by" one"7 
Then there is one final point that Matthew gives us in this Scripture and we 

read in the 25th verse : "And knew her not till she had brought forth her 
first-born son: and he called his name JESUS . " 

The Greek word here for "knew" is EBIHOSKD which has a sexual connotation. 
It literally means that Hoseph did not have sexual relations with Mary 
until after Jesus was born. Joseph was an honorable man chosen by God to 
be the one claimed as the earthly father of Jesus. He was willing to take 
the shame and humiliation thrown his way that he had to get married because 
his fiancee was going to have a baby before they were legally married. Jo- 
seph married Mary in spite of the problems he knew would come their way be- 
cause he wanted to do what God mantel from him. So trusting God all the way, 
Joseph named this son of Mary's, JESUS as the angel had instructed. 
This incident in the life of Joseph gives^ us an important insight ±e±» of 
life. 

(Illustration of college student Paul, his new car given by his brother) 
It was Christmas Eve and Paul a college student came out" of the house in 
which he was living at the time. As he stepped out the door he saw a 
street urchin walking around his shiny new car end admiring it. " Is this 
your car mister? " he asked. Paul nodded, " My brother ^\ve ~H; bo me "or " 
"yjaiisimajpT" THe boy looked astonished. " You niean your brother Rave i~ t to 

you and _it didn't cost you nothin? Boy. I wish . ...." He hesitated and 

Paul knew what Tie was goins to wish. ~T fl .,.„. ,. , . , , , , 

ne rfas going to wish he had a 



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lv other like that. But what the boy wished startled Paul completely. 
"I wish ," the boy went on, " Tvat I could be a brother like tha t." Paul 
fooTced at the boy in aptonishiint and "then asiced, " Would you like to g o 
for a ride in my new car? " " Oh, I'd love that ," the boy said. 
After a short ride the boy asked, "Mister, would you mind driving in fro nt 
of my house ?" Paul smiled because he thought he knew that the boy wanted 
%o show off to the nieghbors that he was riding in a new car. But Paul 
was wrong again. "W ill you stop right wher e those_t wo steps are, and sta y 
t there til I come back out ^ "~heasked. He ran into the house. In a little 
while Paul heard him coming back, but he wasn't coming fast. He was carry- 
ing his little polio-crippled brother. He sat him down on the bottom 
step, squeezed up against him and pointed to the car. " There she is bud - 
4Xj^_just . like I s aid. His brother__g ave it to him for Christ mas and it 
d_id n't cost him a cenTT And someday, I'm gonna give you one~~jfi]atTj jfe_jit , 
Tfren you can se e ior yourseIf~aTl the pretty Chr istmas windows _that I Lve 

been telling yo1£ ^abo-ut . " jjg« y ■ ~ 

Paul got out and lifted: the little^to the front seat of the car. Ike xkisa 
shiney eyed older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them 
began a memorable holiday ride. That Christmas Eve Paul learned what Jesus 
meant when Hg said, ' It i? more blessed to give, than to receive ." 1 

Tv,e older 'grother was thinking not of himself, but of making his brother 
happy. Hip welfare was his concern. This is exactly what Joseph did in 
looking after Mary's needs. He could easily have walked away from this situ- 
ation, angel or no angel visitation, and said, "N A t me I Hind someone else. 
I don't want the responsibility." But he didn't and so he provided for the 
needs of the woman he loved endurine: the shame which was inherent upon his 
actions. This in small measure is illustrative of what God did through 
Jesus for mankind. W$ are told in r cripture that He endured the shame of 
the cross in order to redeem mankind. Here was God going through the humil- 
iation and shame of dying in a manner that was repulsive to His chosen peo- 
ple. Israel. The very people Jesus came to save. And the message coming 
from the sacrifice of Jesus was "Fear Not," The angel said to Joseph, "Fear 
not Joseph, to take unto thee Mary thy wife." Sod is saying to mankind 
through Jesus, "Fear not anyone and everyone, to take unto thee Jesus thy 
Saviour." God reached down into the world' pick mankind out of the Aepths 
and His message is, "Fear Not, for I have loved thee with an everlasting 
love . Fear not ! " 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler , Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor December 22, 1985 

Mr* Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Kelly Mangel and Megan Hewis 

Prelude "Silent Night 11 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Lighting of the Advent Wreath 
♦Processional Hymn No. 175 "While Shepherds Watched 

Their Flocks by Night" 
■•Ascription 
•Call to Worship: 

Pastor: The voice of him that crieth in the wild- 
erness, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord, 
make straight in the desert a highway for 
our God." 
People: Every valley shall be exalted, and every 
mountain and hill shall be made low: and 
the crooked shall be made straight, and 
the rough places plain. 
All: And the glory of the Lord shall be reveal- 
ed, and all flesh shall see it together: for 
the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. 
Pastor: Let us Pray! 
•Prayer of Confession (In Unison) f ' Almighty and Merciful 
Father, the fountain of all goodness, who knowest the 
thoughts of our hearts, we confess to You that we 
have sinned against You, and have done evil in Your 
sight. Wash us, we beseech You, from the stains of 
our past sins, and give us grace and power to put 
away all hurtful things; so that, being delivered 
from the bondage of sin, we may bring forth worthy 
fruits of repentence . Remove from us the shadows 
that we might stand in the radiance of Him who is 
the Light of the world, our Saviour, Redeemer and 

Lord, Jesus Christ Ame. 

•Assurance of Pardon 
Offering 

Offertory "Away in the Hanger" 
*Doxology - page 142 
Reception of New Members 
Communis lymn No. 202 "As With Gladness Men of Old" 



"The Institution and Consecration of the Elements 
Distribtion of the Bread 
Distribution of the Cup 
*The Prayer of Thanksgiving 
Anthem: "Gentle Mary Laid Her Child' 1 
Scripture: Luke 2: 8-20 
Sermon: "Fear Not, Shepherds" 
"Closing Hymn No. 184 "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" 
* Benediction 

*Postlude "Joy to the World' 1 

----- *Congregation Standing - - - - - 
Mrs. Sandy Sheppeck will greet the congregation at the 

door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Dick Mangel, Don Kingsley, Ed Walker 

and Dick Dally, 
Nursery will be provided today by Janet Bowser. 
Lloyd Link and Marty Henry will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 139 with 19 visitors. 
^Hospitalized: Velma Collins and Marcia Forsberg in BMH. 
■?>TUfc;3DAY - 11:00 P.M. Christmas Eve Service of Carols, 
Communion and Candlelight. 
NEW MEMBERS that we are taking into our "Family" today are 
Mrs. Frances Atwell ^. 

Ben and Isabel Hockenberry A-Otf /, ■ ^> l 

Jeffery L. and Shelley Hockenberry 

Elma Clay '"*" 

The New Yearbook will be published in January* If you or 
any family member have any changes in a phone number or 
address, please notify the office as soon as possible, 
Mrs. Beryl Cook is now residing in Hillside Boarding Home 
R,D t #3 Sehiebel Road Butler. Take some time during this 
holiday season to drop her a card. 
Mrs* Eleanor Sandbach is now in the Sugar Creek Nursing 

Home. We hope this is a temporary visit only, 
JANUARY COUNCIL MEETING WILL BE HELD JANUARY 8th at 7:00 P.M. 
We are asking that the Poinsettias be left to beautify our 
chancel for the Christmas Eve Service, However, if you 
must take it today you may do so, the Ushers will assist 
you after the service. 
We are still seeking new volunteers to add to the Prayer 
Chain for 1936. If you would like added please contact 
Ginny ♦ 
^■Communion cards in the backs of the Pews. Please sign 
them. If you are a visitor and would like this record 
forwarded to your church please put the name or? the back 
J of the card* 

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ta/ukld looks at great acohplrshhehts.o 1n5s. hojcs, 

etc . 

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ion look;; at th/comon ok dinary » sb?, I caw uf.fi tho: '. TuiNnr. to 
tv romjPE M Uff EBB EBEB 

■ MANKIND IN STTHH A SIMPL WAT It HIS KESAO IS 
BCU7 OF BE XP "FEAT) NOT* 1 



"Fear wot, 
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'-crip: 
1 (Ex. of Xmas play Sc actrs sumwher elf>ej 
fortunat 4us-lst sheps wer not hocky practic or othr 
form entrtain 6 wer at jobs & G abl use them 
"his morn lk individs who wer las ?hear fr/angl bout 
] birth 
vs 8-Lk expl grp shepfe same area near Beth £ they do 
work which was theirs 
Job no 8-5 & end w/whistl blow=rnd clok Job 
mor import thez shens prob ^ery spec 11 peop 4 Jews 
that Mesiah 2B born Beth kno fan thru proph Micah, 
also Bliev He 2B reveal fr/wat Jew cal=Towr of Flok^ 
This was no 2B Jus ordnary watchtowr 4ord floks rnd 
Beth, but 2B fr/floks lay clos 2 town/no outskirts 
Thez floks tend speoil sheps Bcuz sheep 2B use t- temp 
sacrifics, p sheen r - nheps had 2B specil 
olnc aheps wer specil had specil privs exempt from 
legl ''■ strio observ of Jew 

\ P sheps wer bout task tend sheep wh/cudB use temp 
worsb,at very plae wher Mes ?E born.read-vs 9 
1 prob vs is main part vs dwnplay/ovrlk 
study Zach.Kary , Jos , r no read wat fnd vs 9 
Lk carfly-It say=Glory of L shon rnd bout then 
nowher else read this-Here Lite of S talk bout 
thruout histry Jews G'a Lite play Import rol live 
lillr of Fire/Cloud ;apear 'Tab shin Mercy seatjGlory 
fil tempi in Jeru 8= all instanc we talk-?T'EKINAH GLOR 

This G's suprnatrl presenc apear as LIT] 
Isnt ironic G shud anounc w/own Lite, lite of '/or id. 
™ vl] s C why sheps wer=3„re ■,fraid,knu in presenc of Q 

10- Ma sag same as othrs=Za c h, Mary, Jos-FEAE &0T 
-r.-i ,-iob ?alay all fear, convey G's neaag Sc meaaf was 
vs ll=city Dav-Beth S* anounc gsv asuranc wat bin 
proph bout Kes now cum 2pas,aftr yrs of wait Fe cum 
vs 12-here clu wher 21k=nanpx not in homes, naro 2 

atables .places wher eattl H hous 
vs 13«B* cud so serch,All G's domain Join in Joy Mes 

cum 2erth '•■ hvna raj* w/song of prals 
vs 15- Jus as luik visit by hvnly host, fnd *elva alone 
now their turn ?do sun-thin bout wat herd/seen 
Song ovr.Lite B<m,& rras Bgin serch t^ Js in Beth 
Eo kno how fnd Him, but I Bliev angls guld them Pexac 
spot wher He ?B fnd 
but our acientlf mindset no want 2Bllev thez things 
(Ilus B. Graham & Korean incident of angel) 
.fas he an angl G sent Pdelivr fr/enmys? Who fenws"? 
I'm sur evrl hav opinion, but I persnly Bliev G duz 
indeed send sngls many times during out llvs 2direct 
Also Bliev pt of deth G send engl escort Blievr home 



"Aftr sheps cam 2stabl lern=vss 15-17 2/~ 

Wat was saying: tol them concern th/chilr 5 " 
It was mesag angl gav=vs 11 
Mesiah had cum, no longr 2B Ik 4,anticipat ,it no lonj 
"Sumday He wil cum" "Sumday 1 wll apear"=it was moment 
in histry & sheps wer ovrcum by lit 
B' lern=vsl8=This news ?much 4avg persn comprehend 
Tzt&y amaz,they marvl,they wondr wat tol them 
It 2 gud 2B tru 8e Lk tel us-vd 19 
Mary knu wat bin tol by angl & how she 2B entrust by 
G w/specil task 8 now thot bout futur days 2rais this 
child 4 God 

She tuk her nufnd rol of mothr seriusly 
Lk add=vs 20=thez men privileg 2C & hear hvnly Jrhings 
& 4this prais & glorify G 
No read in Scrip but auite prob thez men ask same 
cuest ask by Zach, Mary ,Jos- How this posibl? Why Me? 
(Ilus shepherd in Montana & riv him en "A") 
this exac wat G did=He provid ansr 4evr lonly hart 
w /birth of Js Xp 
only thing many peop had was Hope Of Sav ?cum 
21only sheps G gav them 1 things wh/need,He tun 
ther livs 2Himself by send lonr await, long lk 4 
delivrer 
It waa 2comon,ordnary G gav mesag Ss why G do this? 
(Ilus Camden, Maine paper & 2p ic ture s , wrong captions) 
Evn tho that was mis-. k,ther mor truth ~V ';han posib 
if had bin intentinal 
Isnt evr persn this worl lik sheep in need of shep? 
Arnt all peop lost without Tav? 
And U C,this precisly wat G saw in mank 

PMs was need He was fulfil in Js Xp 
I ^iev thir why all cam bout/thru comon men,comn 
means 

Had hapn any othr way wud no Bin acptbl 
P sum up in lettr 2 Cor l:" 3 ? 
G has visit mank in such sirrral way & mesas' is=Bcuz 
of this, FEAR NOT" 






"Fear Not, Shepherds" 

Scripture: Luke ?:ffi-20 

(Illustration of Christmas play and actors elsewhere) 

A man tells that his daughter was selected to portray :iary in a Christmas 
pageant. On the morning cf the first rehearsal they overslept and he got 
his daughter there late. The director listened to their apologies and 
then wearily said, "It doesn't matter. Joseph went ice-fishing and the 
shepherds have hockey practice." 

Well fortunately for us the first shepherds weren't »f±xBx at hockey prac- 
tice or some other jarsuit of entertainment. T v ey were at their jobs and 
God was able to use. them. This morning we are ] oo : :' ■ _ * last individ- 
uals to hear from the Angel about the birth of Jesus, 
Our 3cripture begins with the 8th verse of the 2nd chapter of Luke. It is 

there that we read, "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in 
the field, keeping watch over their flock by night." 

Luke explains that a eroup of shepherds were in the same area near Bethlehem 
which is what he means by being"in the same country." These shepherds were 
doine: the work which was theirs. Their job didn't end with the five-o'clock 
whistle. Theirs was an around the clock job. But more importantly, these 
shepherds were probably very special people for the Jews. That the Messiah 
was to be born in Bethlehem was a known fact as prophesied in the book of 
Micah. It was also believed that the Messiah was to be revealed from what 
the Jews called, "The tower of the flock." m his was not to be just the ordi- 
nary watchtower for the ordinary flocks around Bethlehem, but was to be from 
the flocks which lay very close to town. T,.ese flocks were tended by special 
shepherds because these sheep were destined for the temple sacrifices. The 
sheep as well as the shepherds had to be special. And since the shepherds 
were special, they had special privileges that exempted them from the legal 
observance of the Jewish religious code. 

'■ s there shepherds were about the ta~k of tend in ich i<y Id ^p 

az tne very place .where, the Messiah was to be born, 

- ;empl9 sacrxFioeskwe read, ■ i:. , lo, tEe angel of the Lord came updr 
them and the c~lory of the* Lord shone round about them: and they were sore 
afraid." 

One of the problems with this verse has always been that the main portion of 
it has always been downplayed. W s studied about Zacharias, and Mary, and 
Joseph each being visited by the angel of the Lord, But in none of those 
instances did we read what is found in this 9th verse. Look at it carefully, 
it says, "And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them." But then Luke adds, 
"And the glory of the Lord shone round about them." Nowhere else do we read 
of this taking place in the lives of Zacharias, Mary, or Joseph. In those ±x 
instances it iust says the anrel appeared to them. But here vsxxzz the Li^ht 
of God is being talked about. Throughout the history of the Jews God's Li-ht 
played an important role in their lives. God went before them in the promise 
land as a "Pillar. n * im*.- n 

mar of Fire," an d as a "Cloud." Tven He appeared in the 



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Tabernacle shining on the Mercy Seat. His Glory filled the temple in Jeru- 
salem, later on. In all of these instances we are talking about what was 
called the "Shekinah Glory." It was God's supernatural presence which »£±an 
appeared as Light. And isn't it ironic that at the announcement cf the birtl 
of Jesuf the Light of the world, God should announce it with Eis own Light 
of Glory? Thus we can readily see why the shepherds were, "Sore afraid," 
They knew they were in the presence of Almighty God f )*and not just an angel. 

"And the angel said unto them, '"ear not: for behold, I brin^ you good tid- 
ings of great joy, which shall be to all people." 

The message is the same as the angle Gabriel had delivered to the others. 

"Fear not, f hepherds . " The duty of Gabriel was to convey £od's message and 

to allay any fears the receiving people may have because of this. 

tge was, "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Sav- 
iour, which is Christ the lord." 

The city o r David was Bethlehem as the shepherds well knew, and the announce- 

ment pave them the assurance h± that wa b had 1 een prop] ssi bo thi 

iah was now come to pass. After all the years of waiting God had Beat Him. 

This news was to be for all people which made the shepherds aware that this 

announcement was not just to them. 

They were told, "And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe 
wrapped in twaddling clothes, lying in a manger*" 

— This narrowed the field quite a bit for them. If this baby were born in a 

regular house, He certainly wouldn't be found in a manger. And where was a 

manger found? Someplace where there wen* animals to be fed. So they knew 

they had to look for a barn or stable to find this baby. But before they 

could go in search of this child, "And suddenly there was with the anrel a 

multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying;, "Glory to God in 

the highest, and on earth peace, prood will toward men." 

All of God's domain was joined in the joy that the Messiah had come to earth, 
and the very heavens ran? with that rong of praise. And just as auickly as 
they had come, "It came to pass as the angels were gone away from them into 
heaven, the shepherds said one to another, 'Let us now ro even unto Bethlee 
hem, and see this thine which ±ias is come to pass, which the lord has made 
known unto us." 

And so they pet off for the town of ^ethlehem. The sonr was ended, the light 
was gone and they were alone. Ve don't know how much trouble these common 
shepherds had finding the stable in which Jesus was to be found, but I be- 
lieve we can be certain that God directed them in some way that they didn't 
have a difficult search for Him. Just as sure as the angel appeared to them, 
I believe the angel directed them to the exact spot where Jesus was in Beth 
lehem. But with our scientific thinking we discount things like ministering 



angels . 

(Illustration of example Billy Graham wrote in his book, - 



Angels.") 



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In his book "Angels, God's Secret Agents," Billy Graham relates an incid- 
ent about some Marines during the Korean War. A group of Marines were 
trapped up North. The temperature was around ?0 degrees below zero. 
They were close to freezing to death and had not had anything to eat for 
six days. Surrender to the Chinese seemed to be their only hope. One of 
the men was a Christian and he talked to the men about the ^ible and told 
them of Gcriptures of hope. He even taught them a song of praise to God, 
""hortly after this they heard a crashing sound in the brush and they saw 
a wild boar charging toward them. They "all moved to get out of his way, 
and one of them raised his rifle to shoot, but before he could the boar 
dropped over dead. That night they had roasted meat. The next morning 
at daybreak they heard another noise and they thought a Chinese patrol had 
found them. But it turned out to be a Korean who spoke english and he 
said, "I'll show you the way out." He led them through the foret and the 
mountains to safety behind their own lines. When they looked around to 
thank him, he had vanished. 

Was he an angel God had sent to deliver them from their enemies? Who knows? 
I'm sure everyone may form an opinion of something like this. But I per- 
sonally believe that God does indeed send angels at many times during our 
lives to direct us . 

After the shepherds came to the stable we learn, "And when they had seen it 
they made known abroad the ; ; ■;.: g which was told thei c c< : "'. ' ■' is child, 

lb ;t was the saying which was told them concerning this child? It was the 

message the angel gave them, "?or unto you is born this dav in the city of 
David, a Saviour which is Christ the Lord." 

Tv>e Messiah had come. He was no longer to be looked for or anticipated. It 

was no longer, "oomeday the lord will come." That moment had arrived and 

the shepherds were overcome by it. But more so we learn, "And all they that 
heard it wondered at those things which were tcld them by the hspeherds." 

This news was too much for the average person. Tvey were amazed, they mar- 
velled, they wondered at what was told them. It was too good to be true, 
Luke tells us, "But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her hearl 
Mary knew what she had been told by the angel and how she had bean entrusted 
by God with this special task. Now she thousrht about what she had to do in 
future days to brinp- this Messiah to adulthood. We can be certain that she 
took her newfound role of a mother very seriously, 

Luke adds, "And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all 
the things they had heard and seen as it was told them." 

These men had been privileged to see and hear heavenly things and for this 
they praised and glorified God. We don't read of it in Scripture, but quite 
probably these men asked the same ouestion that Mary asked, and Zacharias 
asked, and Joseph asked, "How is this possible? Why me?' 1 
(Illustration of shepherd in Montana and giving him an "'■") 

■-. Montana sheepherder wrote to a radio- station in Chicago with a strange 
request. He said he lived alone with his dog, 4660 sheep, a battery radio 

tune. He asked, "Sometime before you start the next program would ySu hav 
will now play "A" for a sheepherder in Montana," e or " cnestra 



ave 



This is exactly what God did. He provided the answer ofr every lonely heart 
with the birth of Jesus Christ, ^he only thing- kKBFfcaJocraaxxsrapxexxxfcH?; 
many people had was the hope of a S„viour to come. To the lonely shephhrds 
God save them the one thins: they needed. He tuned their lives to Himself 
by rending their long looked for and awaited deliverer. It was to the com- 
mon, the ordinary that God God gave the messace. Why did God do this? 

(Illustration of Camden, Maine paper and two pictures, reversed captions) 
In Camden, Maine the newspaper ran two pictures onvthe same page. One was 
of the town officials and the other of a flock of sheen. Unintentionally 
the captions were reversed. Under the picture of the sheep the caption " 
identified them ax left to right as town officials. While the beee caption 
under the photo of the town fathers grouped around -i table read, "The 
sheep Fold - naive and vulnerable, they huddle for security asainst the 
uncertainties of the outside world." 

Now even though that was a mistake, there is more truth to it than nossible 
1" Lt had been int tal. Isn't every person in this life like a sheep in 

need of a shepherd? Aren't all people lost without a Saviour? And you see, 
this is precisely what God saw in mankind, This tl eed He was ful- 

filling in Jeus Christ. I believe this is why all of it came about and 
through common men and commen means. Had it happened any other way, it 
would not have been as acceptable. *M±xfl»d Paul sums it up in his letter to 
the church in Corinth where he states in the first chapter of his first 

letter, "But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the 
wise; and ^od hath choren the weak thinss of the world to confound the 
things that are mighty." vs 27. 

God has visited mankind in such a simple way and His message is, "Because of 

this, Pear Not." 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor December 2A, 1985 

ftr. Dale Rice t Minister of Music 
Acolytes; Kelly Mangel and David Andrews 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 P.M. 
Prelude "Christmas" (sung by the choir) 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Lighting of the Christmas Wreath 
^Processional Hymn No. 171 "Joy to the World!* 1 
*Ascription 

*Prayer of Confession (In Unison) "We confess, Almighty 
God, that we have erred and strayed from Your ways like 
lost sheep. We have followed too much the desires of 
our own hearts. We have offended against Your laws. 
We have left undone the things which we ought to have 
done ; we have done those things which we ought not to 
have done. There is not health in us, Lord, have 
mercy upon us, through Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ." 

Amen. 
'Assurance of Pardon 

Communion Carol No, 193 "0 Come, All Ye Faithful" 
*Call to> Communion - Pastor 

*The Institution and Consecration of the Elements 
Distribution of the Bread 
Distribution of the Cup 
*Prayer of Thanksgiving 
Anthem: "Once Upon a Christinas" 
Christmas Scripture and Carols 
A Prophecy: Isaiah 9:2-7 
Carol No. 206 {first verse) 
Prophecy in Retrospect: Titus 2: 11-14 
Carol No. 179 (first verse) 
Prophecy Fulfilled: Luke 2:1-20 
Carol No. 197 (first verse) 
The Offering of Our Gifts 
Offertory 
*Doxology - page 382 
Anthem: "Song of Bethlehem" 

Christmas Meditation: "Who Would Have Thought?" 
The Candlelighting 

The Candlelight Carol "Silent Night hh (printed on the 
bul r in) (congregation standing on the last verse} 



Silent Wight, Holy night, 

All is calm, all is bright 

Round yon virgin mother and child. 

Holy infant so tender and mild, 

Sleep in heavenly peace, 

Sleep in heavenly peace. 

Silent night, Holy night, 
Shepherds quake at the sight , 
Glories stream from heaven afar, 
Heavenly hosts sing alleluia, 
Christ the Savior, is born! 
Christ the Savior t is born! 

Silent night, Holy night, 
Son of God, love's pure light 
Radiant beams from Thy holy face , 
With the dawn of redeeming grace, 
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth, 
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth. 



♦Benediction 

*Postlude 



^Congregation Standing 



Elders and Deacons will be Ushering as well as serving 
communion this evening. 

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Riemer will greet the congregation at the 
door this evening. 

Nursery will be provided tonight by Michelle Henry. 

Communion Cards are in the Pews. Please sign them and 

deposit them in the offering plate. If you are visiting 
this evening and would like it forwarded to your church 
please put the church's name and address on the back. 

There are covers for your Poinsettias in the office. The 
Ushers will assist you with your flower after the service. 

CANDLELIGHTING - when receiving the light from the candle- 
lighter, please tilt your unlit candle toward the one 
that is already lit. 

Please remain seated until the last verse of Silent Night I 

Thank you goes to Dick Mangel for assisting with the 
service tonight. 

December 30th at 7:00 P.M. the Benevolence Committee will 

hold a brief meeting. 
When leaving tonight, please take your candle with you. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS ! I ! 



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./HIRFLY, DOS FnKTLY MID I, WISH TOTJ A MEBRS 

NEXT SUNPAY, DEC ?9, SS 9:*a, CH 11:00 END OF YEAR SERVICE 

TN5TRHETCNS FOB LIGHTING OF CANDLES 



CJtnPHPI'S CHRISTMAS nROSRAM 

lighting o! ! ■ ■ ream 

phayeh/offering 
vcxplcoy 
christmas prayer 

••i v, 'N((OP SPECIAL MUSIC) 

. L0K1 2:1-20 
CHRISTMAS MONOLOGUE: "VfflO WOULD HAVF, THOUGHT?" 
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LIGHTING OF CANDLES 
::ANnLF,UGHT HYKN STI.FNT NIGHT 



CHRIST! - I 

SETTING: A WINTER EVENING IN JKRIV . 

pLACF,TAT3iA ' Lt awm timr 

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NOT BEING SAT ON, 

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1 IT SO EVENTFL ? 

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but pilat^had 2B CAREFUL HOV; HE HAKDI.fi THIS BITU'u/JS 
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THIS NO ADD IIP 2WAT E v TH^UM OOTth/MESSIAH 

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rra tLy wme k fl sp plac e hih w/ra th/v i rgin mary 

ONE DAY FOLO ANOTHR & YRS ROL BY & NTJTH SEEM 2B" DIF Va NY OT US 
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ONE THING CERT HE WAS P ERFORM MIRACLS & TH LFKTY OF 
PE OPL 2PRUV IT 
IT WAS THEN I LERND NAM WAS JS & HE WAS FR/NAZARETH 



ETJBT TTGATTN T^-'-.A! !U- /■,;. ;w/BVV 

ybs W * xxwxiafxxxittxx " anv we wer there 

-RQg: I WATCHD W/INTBEST AS HIS CAREER UNFOLDED IN TIME 

FR/TI ME TO TIME HAD 2GO JER DKLIVR LAMS S- ON SEVR L OC ASI NS T 
SAW g, HERD HIM PR/TEACH IN TEMPL THER, " ""' " 
HE CEBTNLY WAS AUTHENTIC APKARING 
BCUZ OF HIS CLAIM Z MfiSlAHSHlfHlE GOT IN2DIFCULTYS W/JEWISt, - rt UTH- 
ORITIES & THIS LED TO HIS DETH 
THAT WAS TH/TRIAL OR EXAKINATTN I SAW TAK PLAC B^PILAT & ! 
HTM LED AWAY TO HIS EXECUT IN Sr DETH 
' BUT MPS STARTL EVENT TTJK PLAC FOLO HIS DETH & THAT WAS HE LITRL Y 
CUM BAK TO LIFE 

"I SAW/HERD HIM & THIS REMOVD ANY EOUBT: : I KAY HAV HAD ABOUT HIS 
BE ING THE ME.": j 
AND ALL OF THIS DREW HE BA K 2TH/DAY OE HIS HIRTH 

i cfjpNT help but mat ct's'TymrTm rji 

NOW I NEVR SAW T3/bABY PILAT, BUT I DID SEE TH/BA3Y J S 
I'M SUP AS BA BYS THEY WER VERY STMLAR AS ALL BABYS" £ 
I T HOT BA K HOW I HELD ttt/LlVL H~AN~D I N MINE R "wTgTPtnrmiV THOT" 
THAT LITL HAND CtJfT'fOtlTO DlSEAB.OR lLTIE5~SniM3Y~irT P/rmT PERSIA 
OR "WH O WUD HAV THOT" HE WUD STRETCH THAT HAND OUT TO BRING SUM - 
BAK TO LIF? 



OR "WHO WUD HAV THOT" THAT BABY WUD DY ON BHALF OF OTH RE? 
OR "WO WUD HAV THO T" THAT A SIMI L AR PUDGY LITTL HAND W1TD ONE 
DAY B USED gPAS S ENTENC ON of ''ATtoTB tTHiPr PTTaT TTTK TUT p 

2 DETH ? AN TNOCENT MAN NO ' C 

:Q YOTT SEE JOHN TH IS HAS BIN SUM YR FOR .ME 
BUT U SA Y ITS BIN SUM YB FOB YOtT TOO ?" 
YOU WEP '.-.'/HIM AS ONE OF HIS FOLLOWER S 
AND HERE I m TELLING YOU ABOUT HIM~~ 

j 7THAN'. i ;Anr' w wiro''i?nn hav thot" that we hav bi_n_ abl 

TO SH A~P~ THIS GUP NEWS St TOY TO "fAS5 TT "DTI 
TH/MESAG OF TH/aNGEI/ HAS iraJEED CUM'tO PASS. "FOR UNTO US BOH N 
THI S DAY I N TH /CITY O F DAVO A SAVIOR, WHICH IS CHRIST THE LORD . 



" Who V'ou Id Have Thought ? " 

Scripture: Luke 2s7A 

Picture if you will, an elderly man approaching a table of a small sidewalk 
cafe in Jerusalem. At the table is another man and the conversation begins. 

Hi, mind if I sit down? It's nice to find someone who is a little congenial 
which is a rare commodity these days. My name's Samuel. I'm clad to meet 
you John. This year has certainly been an eventful one for me and it is one 
which I shall not forget too easily. What makKSxtixxE has made it so event- 
ful? Do you really want to know? Don't say I didn't warn you in case you 
get bored. I suppose I should 3tart at the beginning, but there are so many 
loose ends. Let me begin by paying that I'm a retired shepherd. The years 
I spent watching sheep were years I enjoyed. One reason was that 7 had the 
privilege of tending the sheep which were used for the temple sacrifices. 
Tve priests and - bbi's weren't ';oo difficult to deal with as long as 
we made sure the sheep remained unblemished while in our care. And nuite 
truthfully, we had it made because we could dispense with much of the strict 
observance of the Law. Our hours were such that it was impossible to attend 
Sabbath worship and the feast days. So we were granted the privilege en- 
joyed by very few. W« were an elite group in that respect. 

after watching sheep all of my life I have had the distinction of being 
v- able to retire just as the priests and Rabbis do. But my experiences are 

memories I will treasure for years to come. But back to what made this year 
so special. This past Sp±ing is where it all started. I came to Jerusalem 
to celebrate the Iassover. This town was absolutely packed and to make mat- 
ters worse, the Jewish authorities were having some sort of dispute with the 
Romans oversome criminals. I had eaten my breakfast and was wandering around 
enjoyin.fr the sights and sounds of the -rowded city when I was drawn to the 
Temple area by the large crowd gathered there. Upon closer inspection I dis- 
covered that some sort of trial was being held in the souare in front of the 
judgement seat of the Roman Procurator. I elbowed my way to the front as far 
as I could go and it was then that my gaze became fastened upon two men. 
One of the men was the prisoner a man named Jesus. The other, was the Roman 
- : rocurator a man named Pontius Pilate. ,'vat struck me was that both men 
were about the same age. The only distinction between them was naturally 
their manner of dress, but also their demeanore as they both portrayed their 
individual roles. Perhaps the word "Role" is not ouite right, since neither 
of them were playacting. 

I had heard some things prior to my retirement as I watched and tended the 
sheep just on the outskirts of Bethlehem about this Roman. You know, the 
usual stuff about who he was, where he came from, what he was supposed to be 
like. " had come to Jerusalem and within a short period of time he had en 
gendered the wrath of the Jewish populace. , V en he marched into Jerusalem 



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he had done so with each legion carrying the standards on which were em- 
blazoned the image of Caesar Augustus. Atop the standards was the golden 
eae-le of Rome. He had to know full well that this was in complete defiance 
of all Jewish tradition and particulary it was an insult because of the 
Kosaic Code which stressed not having idols or images. The Jewish authori- 
ties complained to him and when they received no results, they aired their 
complaint to Rome. In the meantime, relate had surrounded a large group of 
the more militant Jews and when he tbeeatened to kill all of them, they 
simply laid on the ground baring their necks, so the Roman soldiers could 
slash their throats. Talk about zezex nerve! Pilate didn't dare kill all 
of them or he would have had a mass insurrection on his hands. Fo he told 
them to disperse which they did. Shortly thereafter he received word that 
he was to remove the Roman standards from Jerusalem and the Temple area and 
take them to his summer residence at Ceasaria where they were to remain. 

o the Jews had won a battle of sorts, but not the war because it engendered 
in Pilate a deeper hatred for them than he had before. Pilate had been a 
protege of Tgjanus who was one of the most ardent anti- Jewish men to arrive 
in Jerusalem. But just as he was at his highest point of power, Tiberias 
had him slain and many of his followers with him. " ince Pilate was one of 
these followers, his situation became a little precarious. Thi~ was one 
reason he handled the situation with Jesus in such a gingerly fashion. 
r o it became an interesting observation to see the manuvering taking place 
between Pilate and this Jesus. Or at least, Pilate thought it was maneuver- 
ing. 

But there was Pilate, the Roman Governor in his most pplendid attire seeking 
to pass correct judgement on this Jew. And there was Jesus bedraggled and 
worn from his rodeal cf a trial and beating, but looking more like a King 
than Pilate. Pilte *s questions were sharp and to the point. While the 
answers of Jesus were ouiet and subdued, '.'.'hat he said was without force or 
impact and yet, it was easy to see who was the real master of the situation. 
But since he controlled the destiny of every prisoner, and since he could not 
take the chance of offendinr the Emperor, Pilate bound Jesus over to the 
Roman soldiers to be executed. 

It was interesting for me to make comparisons because I knew much about this 
Jesus and had gathered much about Pilate. T,.ey were a study in contrasts. 
T, eir apes were very close to being the same. B^t there the similarities 
ceased. lilate had been born a Roman and educated in the Roman schools. 
He had shown promise so that he was sine-led out for a role of leadership. 
He had started at the bottom gradually working his way up until he had reachj 
ed this pinnacle as governor. He had had all of the advantages which being 



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a Roman citizen entitled him to. 

Jesus on the other hand had cone from very simple circumstances and this is 
the uninue thing which made this past year so interesting. I had lost track 
of some events which took place many years asco. It was in the winter near 
the end of December and I was with a rroup of shepherds tending sheep very 
close to the town of Bethlehem. A census had been called by Cyrenius the 
governor in order to get more taxes for Rome. Bethlehem, like all towns was 
packed with people. This one particular night was cold and crisp and we 
welcomed the warnth of a fire. Only one thing had stood out from all the 
other events and that was one brilliant star had Ifeen shining in the eastern 
sky for sometime. But since we didn't study the stars too much we Just ob- 
served it being there and let it go at that. We speculated that it probably 
had some significance but other than that we didn't know. 

Our silent watch was interrupted by a brilliant light around us and the ap- 
pearance of an angel in our midst. Naturally we were completely terrified. 
The angel tried to rut us at ease by telling us that we were the recipients 
of good news. His message had to do with the coming of the Messiah. '.Ve had 
all heard of the prophecies of His coming, but no one ever thought He would 
come in this manner, T-uat manner as it turned out was that He was born in 
a stable somewhere in Bethlehem. Naturally, all of this didn't add up to 
what was expected of this Messiah's coming. But since we were singled out 
for this news we decided it was worth investigating. After the angel depart- 
ed from us and the heavenly light had gone out, and the heavenly choir was 
gone, we tried to calm ourselves and make some sense of this news. To say 
we were frightened , would be to put it mildly. After some time we decided 
we should investigate, which we did. 

if seemed to be drawn to a certain part of Bethlehem and when we arrived, 
after futher inouiry we were directed to a stable in back of an inn. There 
we found a newborn baby had been laid to rest in a manger. The mother's 
name was Mary we learned and her hisband was named Joseph, a oarpeneer. They 
were from Nazareth. So if this was the Messiah, we saw Hin firsthand and 
we bowed before Hire and accepted Him on that basis. later we heard that He 
was born completely of God through God's Holy irit placing Him wi bhis 
virgin, r-'ary. 

W 11, one day followed another and the years rolled by and nothing seemed to 
be different for any of us. Then, about three years aro we be^an tc hear of 
s someone going from town L :o town and villag o village loin sndrous 
things. He was called a faith healer, a mar-ician, a sorcerer and all sorts 
of things. But one thing was certain, ~'r was performing miracles and there 
were plenty of people to prove it. It was then I learned Kis name was Jesus 






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and upon further inve iti ,o he 1 " been told 

about and had visited in Bethlehem. This made it all the more interesting 
for me. Go I watched with interest as His career unfolded in time. From 
time to time I had to etc to Jerusalem to deliver sheep and on several occas- 
ions I saw Him and heard Him preachinr and teaching there. He certainly 
was authentic appearing. And it was because of His claim to the Messiahs hip 
that He got Into difficulties with the Jewish authorities ,. which culminated 
in His death. 

But the most startling event took place following His death and that .was He 
literally came back to life. I saw Kim and heard Him and this removed any 
doubts I may have had about His being the Messiah. And all of this drew me 
back to the day of His birth. I couldn't help but make the comparison be- 
tween Him and Pilate. Now, I never saw the baby Pilate, but I did see the 
baby Jesus. And I'm sure as babies they were very similar as all babie are. 
I thought back of how I had held the little hand in mine and " ,vho would have 
thought" that little hand could touch disease, or illness and remove it from 
that person; or who would have thought He would stretch forth that hand to 
brim- someone back to life; or who have thought that baby woulddie on behalf 
of others? Or who would have thought that a similar pudgy little hand would 
be used to pass sentence en the life of another man to have him put to death' 
And so you see John, this has teen -one year for me. But you say it has 
also been Quite a year for you? You were with Him as one of Hie followers? 
And here I am telling you about Him. Wgll, who would have thought that we 
could phare this good news and with the telling pars it on? Th e message of 
the angel has come to pass, "Hor unto you is born this day in the city of 
David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord," 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev* Ralph Link* Pastor December 29, 1985 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Megan Hewis and Kelly Mangel 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
*Processional Hymn No. 179 "The First Noel" 
•Ascription 
•^Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) "Almighty Father, kings came 
forth to bow the knee before an infant king; people 
knew Him to be something other than a baby; we know 
Him as Jesus the Saviour. Yet too often we do our 
own will; we do the things we know are wrong; we 
submit to the lures and enticements of the world. 
But we know also that we can have forgiveness, and 
this we seak at this time, through Jesus Christ. 

Amen . 
*Kyrie 

♦Assurance of Pardon 
♦Praise: Pastor - Bless be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His glorious name forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No* 175 "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks 

by Night" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
*Doxology - page 382 
Infant Baptism 

Installation of Council Members and Officers 
Anthem: "Let the Lights be Burning" (Organ & Sax) 
Scripture: James 4: 13-17 
Sernon: "Winding Down" 
*Closing Hymn No. 170 *'Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne 11 
•Benedict on 
*Closint_ limes 



•Congregation Standing 



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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 
Mr, ft Mrs* Wally Feder in memory of Loved Ones, 

Mr. St Mrs. Wally Feder will greet the congregation at the 
door this morning. 

Ushers for today are: Alvln Tait, James McClymonds T Mike 
Nazaruk and Gottlob Kradel. 

Nursery will be provided today. 

Bill Thompson and Kevin Snyder will be visiting the hosp- 
ital this week. 

Attendance last Sunday was 157 with 12 visitors. 

Hospitalized: Velma Collins in BMH. 

THURSDAY - Basketball 

WEDNESDAY - Special Olympics in Rehoboth Hall 7-9 

CHOIR PRACTICE will be Thursday January 2nd at 7:00 P.M. 
We are still looking for a few more voices. Come 
and join in the fellowship and singing for the Lord. 

JANUARY 3th COUNCIL MEETING AT 7:00 P.M. because of the 
holidays. 

JANUARY 9th all books will be audited. We ask that you 
have all your books in order. Audit will begin at 
7:00 P.M. Please bring all bank statements, deposit 
slips and books for the audit. Each treasurer will be 
contacted with a time to come. If for any reason the 
weather does not cooperate and we must cancel, it will 
be held January 11th at 9:30 a.m. We wish to have pre- 
sent the Treasurer who holds the books. 

We are asking that all committees for 1986 please meet and 
EeleCt their Chairman before December 31st, and report 
the results to the office. 

DECEMBER 30th at 7:00 P.M. the Benevolence committee will 
have a brief meeting. 

The FLOWER CHART FOR 1966 is hanging in the Narthex. Take 
a minute and sign up now for the date you wish. 



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SERMON: "WINDING DOWN" 
yMN PAUL'S, SUTLtR - l?/ 2 o/fi 5 

•BENEDIGTK N 
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"v, r indin Down" 
crip: James 4:15-17 \ 

/lIU8 tine lik footbl (ran firur on yr«l?- vO start ?m 
Finl 2minut 85 start 8t clok wind dwn 
(Ilus V Eor^ ... tine telling piano) 
I oem anon writ bout clok of lif wnd only lnce 
Regard who we R,tlrae of ensesnoe 
' ,ttr by Jean Doerinp 2 father) 
How do we spen it? 
it seem ther nevr enuf time ?do things want do 
how oft mak plans apart fr/G? How oft includ Him? 
This isu Janes deal wAcrip portin Ik this morn 
Janes spi 2busnesawn,prob .{pain Bcuz v3 l?x££*fi 

this imply knu rt fr/wronp; 8 TH5R4 sum up wat sed B4 
HEAD vs 17 
th busnesman or men war typicl persns do wat think 
inuaB dun without thot rjvn 2 " 08 at all 
vs 13=Go to now=Row Lirten 

I i-ient this usul procedur? dont we say=i ^0 2do th 
this/that? & all without thot I. may hav othr plans? 
vs 14-James adds ther is no ?ruarant«;e ^orro prom ?us 
we can mak all plans want ,but Ptnorro nay nevr cum 
(Remem parbl Js tol man ! ' ir-rr/bettr barn. 1 ;' 5 
thot cud tok lif easy ft Js sed=?nite thy bouI reiuir 
James say-vs 15 
raus add 2plans=G willlinr 
ther nuthi awrong plans/mak plans as lonf aa this isnt 
-11 "o,or livs consist of 

Js knu cudnt liv jus 4 preser. tire we hav nee-' 
. ut w/sum peop "morro is an ob=essin r gll lif spent 
mak futur rsecur Bcuz-Wat If? 
vs 16=James pt out busnesmen prid selvs plan/planing 
i>"y plan/execut 3hrewd deals & brag bout 

ittin wren a&k ud al ;,' u ' ) 'irewd 

wheeler/dealer is 2rlory in -=elf,. that is sin 
If persn kno rt/fr wrong Si do- it sin ?■■. no exues B4 G 
-. rondr mesa,- 3 try impart thru Janes, I Bliev it 
self-evident that how we .^pend tine all important 

1 ' ne . hud hav vn by 

3ut how do we trus G w/time? 

(Ilu :pian workr & money nee4/rivn but doubt-Isr 65j24 
1 kno circumstanc,wil provid all need, but rausB wil 2 
;rua Him 4 that provide nc 8t His providenc cum acord 
is time, not ours 

Aa think time mtis think all G dun &us & £i v as ^' r 
. almcs end 

t hap this yr 4U from M 
^Ilus unknown writr '..'at Dun 4U) 



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'■ HAS ALL PLANS KANT <4T0M0Kpn,BUT TOMORFn HAY NEVB CUM 

■ ' v r.v q^'IBTI.DER ft HIS -SOUL TAKN FR/HIH - m JP ll^ff) 
VBTW AKES IS TEL US WF SHUD SAY A.". MAK PLANS - GfT WILLIN G 
NUTHTN WRONG MAK PLANS AS U3K5 AS MIS ISNT ALL OUR LIVS CON- 
"9 

j, \. we cant jus t.tv this howsnt * we mus mak sum flans for 

RtnVsDM PEO ?MOHRO BCUMS AN OBSESIN & ALL OF LIF IS SPENT 
MAK TH/FUTUR SECUH BCU7. OF "WAT IF? " 
VS lS=JAMES ARC THEZ BUSNESKEN FRID SELVS ON TOTS PLANINGS 8. 

PLANS 
THEY PLAUND.EXECUTD SHREWD OTA1S ft THEN HRACn ROUT THEH 

".NUTHTN WSONG MAK DEALS, BUT TO GLORY IN B WHEKLB/TJEALR 
8, HW SHHEWD ONK IS, IS TC GLORY IN SELF ft THAT IS KIN 
THIS EXACLY WAT JAMES WAS SATOR) "UTS CHP=VS17 

if b perfin knows rt fr WRONG ft PERSIS IN DOTH/VRONG IT IS SIN 
ft THER IS NO EXCUSE Bit GOD 
AC PONDR MEKAG G TKPAP.T THHU JAMES I HLIEV GELF-EVIP HOW WE 

HE time is import 

Tlf ", SHUH HAV SPECIE HEAN BCU7, IT IT GIVN BY GOD 
BUT HO'.,' DO WE TRUST G WITH TIKE?? 
(ILUS G'S PROVIDFNCE 31IFETI0NED ) 

G KNOWS OUR CTRCTJHS - HE WIL PROVID '«ALL NEEDS BUT WE MUSB 
wi't TRTTg^TTH 'tTH'AT'HTCTIEE NC 
hts pgnyTnENC'CllflS' V /lffS TIKIHG NOT CURS 

■• MUS THINK ALL G DTJH ME ft GIVN US IN 

(ILUS WAT HAS HAPPND THIS YEAR FOB IT FR/GOD? ) 

WW rwrffStnA eVgod in hie time 

H O DO VJE, ,ffF,Mp TU/TTft, HE HAS gtvn US ! 
18'. ' -MPS TIK AWAY, WAT CUE 

WE HAV DUN BUT DIDN T? 
" W HO CUP VJE HAV HELPD? ? 
(C ONCTilSIN OF JEANNE DOEPTNG ft LE-TEP TO Hffl PATHKin 
WAT HAV WE DETAYT) TWTMG THAT SHUDH Dim? 

HAV WE N EGLECTD T ELLING "I LOW: YOU" ?; 
I AV WE NEBLECTD TO SHO TO/SAVIOR'S LOVF.?? 
TIKE I WINDING TOWN AS EACH EEOCND IS TIcffT) OFF TU/CLOK 
BOT T'(A T TIME CANB WELSFENT IF WE USE IT AS GOD IN7ENDFD. 
AND NEX YR CANB BETTR IF WE SEEK 2SPEND G'S TIHE AS WE SHUD 



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11 thez gifts fr G in His time 

"ow do we spend time Exjc l ! e -iv u ' 

r :. ; ind Dwn '■ finl seconds tik way wat cud we h 
hav dun we didnt? 

cud we hav helped' 
TBitmcTTnt-Bfxiirgaitatxigttr 
rsclusin of clok writrs poets) 
Concluain of Jesn's lettr) 
..at hav we delay do,shud hav bin dun? 
Who hav we nerlec tell of our luv? 
./ho hav we nep"lec tel of 'av 's luv" 
Time is Winding Dwn as ea ?nd is tik off clok 
But that time canl wel spent if use as G intended 



: JAMES '*:1 3 -17; SE8M: "WINDING DOWN" 



( ilus of "'ihf .li k 
(this victo;.' bong:-: 



FOOTML GAME- FTGURT) IN A YR1 

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REQARBLBS WHO WE R T 

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Seems this HSvh etjtte tthf ?do Tii/nams we want to do 

B UT HOW OETH .W >;E HAK , OUR FLANS A . FAPT FR/GOD?? 
IN FAfff; "ROW OETN DO WE INCLL'f) GOT) IN THAUNS WE KAK?? 
- " TfiTrSEUE JAKES t& WJAL mililLULJf" JP"™"*" 

";Ah spk/AH SBT jsTBBhHnmnng^SB xpia ns 

'■''TBETKMU U't j-'HAKCHB - READ VERS E 
VS 17=THEREFORE -" SUNS UP ALL GON B<t 



TH/BUSNEKMAN , OR MEN IS TYFTOL PERSN 1X3 WAT THINKS MUSB DirN 
■/OI'T ANY TOOT GIVN TC GOD AT ALL 

VS 1 J.TMINE WITH "GO TO NOW" 



THIS MEA'IS, "NOW LISTFN 
VS l^BEAi) AGAIN 
TSNT THIS IH/*STJ1 PROCEDTJR7 
DONT WF SAY "I'K GO TO TKIS/TflAT"W/OBT ANY TOOT GOD MAY HAV 
OTHER FTJSNS FOP DBS 



"Winding Down" 

Scripture: James 4-:13~17 

(Illustration of time like a football pame, figured in a year) 
I'm sure we are all familiar with the pane of football and how the clock 
is used to prolong time. Not too many years ago it took approximately 
five minutes to run off the last two minutes of play. But professional 
teams have perfected this to a science and It takes" approximately twenty- 
five minutes to run the last two minutes off the clock. 

How if we figured the year in a sixty minute cycle, each minute would take 
about six days and that would mean that we are now living in the last two 
minutes. T n e final two minutes of 1985 started on the ?Oth and the clock 
is slowly winding down. 

£KX!KBJIKX3«XB*8XX 

SxaXKXBBXXHXXiiXKXiXXKKKK&XfcBJEXBMSg'X 
XKiiXXffilXTOHMXlttKSXthKXpBWar 

ffBxsayx^MStxwksn^thexiiands "wi2rr<stȣ^ 
it <:lxiEx-Bx-x«xrxxx 

(Illustration of Victor Borge and piano which tells time) 

A friend was visiting Victor Borge and it got very late. Mr. 'or'-e told 
the man his piano could tell time, Th e man expressed disbelief and asked 
for proof. Victor Borge sat down at the oiano and beran to play a march 
as loudly as he could, xxKxxxfcHrxxjtxxJCKxxKxxjsawxxxxxXMxxiCHxxkxxxicxxxxx 
Xxxxxxxxxjcxxxdcx Very shortly there was a pounding on the wall of the apart 
ment and a voice shouted, ""top that you idiot, it's 1:50 in the morning." 
Someone has anonymously written: 

The clock of life is wound but once, 

And no man has the power 
To say when the hands will -top; 
\t late or early hour. 

Regardless of who we are, time ofr each of us is of the essence. 

(Illustration of Jeanne Doerinp, and letter to her dad) 

A Firl named Jeanne ^oering tells haw about her father. Her mother had re- 
cently died leaving him alone and she was scheduled to start graduate 
school in the fall, which would leave him all alone. She told he- he *ad 
given up. a very secure Job to move his wife to California so her asthmatic 
condition would be helped by the warm climate and how he had tended his 
wife through all of her illnesses until she died. Now he would be all 
alone, but Jeanne had to go on with her life. She felt the need to write 
mm a letter and tell him her inner most thoughts and f^elin^s -o she 

5?W+^S Da T d7 ' A kn ° W J h i S W J X1 be a ver ^ lonel y September 29 for you 
without Mom. I wish I could be there to comfort you. I -reatlv miss her 
too, and as I write this the tears are cominn- so fast I h£re to blot m7 
face every few words. I don't know what it's like to celebrate an anni- 
versary with one you love. Though I would iixs desire tc be married God 
has not granted that priteilere. Hut He did grant it to you and Lorn 'and 

EfleSUtid JS."* '^ 3 ° rrOWS " - *<** th8t Bt ~ tChe " *». ref°ined an you, 

(T"en she wrote some personal things about the family), an a then added- 
"While we wait-either for the hope of His calling or tie hope of Eif com- 
ing - we can wait confidently that neither death nor life ... .things pre- 
sent or things to come.... anything;.... in fact, nothing .hall be able to 
separate us from the love of nod, "which Is in'chri.^su our lord 
I love you in a deep way.... and God loves you infinitely. Jeanne " 
Time! Eow do we spend it? It seems that there is never enough time 'to do 
the things we want to do. ifee«to« I raKtmtanx±i 1IB But how often do we 
.*• our plans apart fro, the will of God? In fact, how often do we include 

portion of P <™ make? ThlS i3 the iSSUe Jaffies wa * baling with in the 

portion of Scripture we are looking at this morninr, e 



"Winding Down" 
Scripture: James 4:14— 17 

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If the year were reckoned in time like the prams of football reckons time, 

we would be working and livinr in the tWBxxzmsiK last two minutes of the 

rases. In fact, the final two minutes .started on the ?Oth 



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James was speaking to businessmen, who were probably Christians because the 

words in verse 17, imply thejr knew right from wrong, when he writes, "Therein 

fore," which means all that has prone before is now summed up here, "There- 
fore tt> him that knoweth to do pood, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." 

T v e businessman, or men, is a typical person doinr what he thinks must be 

done without any thought riven to Cod at all, James begin? th« 13th verse 

with the words, "Go to now," which actually means, *£iz±EaxHBX "Now listen." 

"Now listen, ye that say, 'Today or tomorrow we will so into such a city and 
and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain.'" 

Isn't this the usual procedure? Don't we say, "I'm going to do this or bhatj 

b ho ■ iny thought that the Lord may have other plans fcr us? 

James adds^ "Whereas ye know not wi t "-ill be on the morrow. For what is 
your life: It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then 
vanisheth away." 

T,_ere are no guarantees that tomorrow is promised tc US. We can make ell 

the plans we want to for tomorrow, but tomorrow may never come. Remember the 

1 arable Jesus told of the man who tore down his barns and built bi-*rer and 

better ones and then thought that he could relax and take life easy? Jesus 

said of him, "Tonight, thy soul shall be required of bhee, 

i be?" James said, "For that ye ouccht to say. 'If the Lord will, we 
shall live, and do this, or that." 

need to add to our olans, "God willing," is what James is saying. There 

is nothing wrong with plans or making plans as long as this isn't all that 

our lives consist of. Jesus knew that we cannot just live for this present 

moment that we must make some provisions for later. But with some people 

tomorrow becomes an obsession and all of life is -rent making the future 

secure because of "What if?" 

T v en James adds that these businessmen prided themselves on their plannir: 

and plans and he says, "But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such re- 
joicing is evil." 

They planned and executed shrewd deals and then they bragged about them. 

Again, there is nothing wrong with making p-ood deals, but to glory in how 

shrewd a wheeler-dealer one can be is to glory in self and this is sin. 

And this is exactly what James was saying as he ends this chapter, "Therefoe 
to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." 

If a person knows right from wron^ and persists in doing the wrong, it is 
sin and there is not escuse before God. 

we ponder the meqsap-e Hod was trying to impart throurh James I believe it 
is self-evident that how we spend xmxx our tine is all important. Time 
should have special meaning because it is given by God. But how do we trust 
God with time • 

(Illustration of God's providence ouestioned) 

\ young man who needed Hr±p f inanr-ini ui„ „i,n„ 

_ c jo**is iinanciai help while preparing to ?o into 

christian service prayed that the lord would help him. 



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Tt,e next day he received a larsre check in the mail which helped him to 
further his studies. He was very happy that God had answered his prayer. 
But then he looked at the postmark on the letter and saw that it had been 
written several days before his prayer and he was disappointed. But he 
was reading Isaiah 65 a short time afterward and in the 24th verse read, 
"And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and 
while they are yet speaking, I will hear," 

God knows our circumstances. He will provide for all of our needs, but we 

must be willing to trust Him for that providence. Eis providence msxi also 

comes according to His timing, not ourr . 

As we think of time, we must think of all that God has done for us and given 

us this year almost ended. What has happened this year for you from God? 

An unknown writer puts it this way: .hat do you have this year you didn't 

have last year? A bill paid off? Pood in the freezer? A job? You reached 

a goal? A savings account? k new baby? Who did you thank for it? God? 

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All of these things are gifts from God ir_ His hire. And how do we spend the 

time He rives us? £3 the year is ""indin" Down" and yEXKSxsxxnia the final 

seconds are tidking away, what could we have done that we didn't? Who could 

we have helped? 

(Conclusion of illustration of Jeanne Eoering and letter to her father) 
?e had shared a letter a girl named Jeanne Doering wrote to her father. 
After she had mailed it, she wondered if her father had read it. About 
ten weeks after he rot it he died of a heart attack. Come friends told 
her he had shared it with them and he had cried. 3ut she wondered if it 
meant anythin™ to him. C v e had to rruit graduate school to come home and 
straighten out the affairs at home. She began sorting through everything 
and disposing of things little by little. Is she moved among her mother 
and father's possessions, she didn't run across the letter. Had he de- 
stroyed it because it upset him so much? January went past, then February, 
and in March she began to clean out the closet in which the lu"ra~re was 
stored. Che took down a battered old suitcase her father always used. 
In fact, he had used it on a short trip just a week before his death. 
Che opened it and in the pocket of the -uitcase was her letter. He had 
taken it with him and had read it over and over because it was dog eared 
from use. Gv,e said she cried ae-ain, but this time it was tears of thanks 
that Fhe had written and told her father of her love - in time. 

h 9 t have we delayed doing that should be done? '/ho have we neglected tell- 
ing of our love? Wtto have we neglected to tell of the Saviour's love? 
Time is "Winding Down" as each second if ticked off the clock. But that 
time can be weil rpent if we use it as God intended. 






Ralph C. Link 
153 Keck Road 
Sarver, Pa. 16055 
(412) 352-1103 



Born: April 9, 1929, Pittsburgh, Pa. 
Married: December 15, 1951 
Wife: Shirley Margaret Neill 

Born: December 8, 1930, Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Children: Ralph Dale Link, born May 11, 1955, Pittsburgh, Pa. 
Lloyd Alan Link, born May 28, 1958, Pittsburgh, Pa 
Nancy Lynn Link, born March 15, 1961, Butler, Pa. 



SCHOOLING: 



Graduated from Perry High School, Pittsburgh, Pa. 
June 19 4 7 

Lay Ministry School, Penn West Conference of United 
Church of Christ, September 1965 to May 1969 

Commissioned Lay Minister June 1969 

Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Pa., 
September 1970 

Graduated from Lancaster Theological Seminary May 197' 

Ordained to Christian Ministry March 10, 1974 



PASTORATES: 



As Lay Minister: short term, 1 month or less in 
various churches 1965 to 1967 

Emlenton Lamartine Charge of United Church of Christ 
1967 to 1969 

Short term in various churches 1970 until Seminary 
entrance July 1970 

July 1970 to December 1973 Student Pastor at Trinity 
Charge, New Bloomfield, Duncannon, Pa., Penn Central 
Conference, United Church of Christ 

December 1973 to present, St. Paul's United Church of 
Christ, Butler, Pa., Penn West Conference, United 
Church of Christ 



PERSONAL TESTIMONY 
OF 

Ralph C. Link 



I am the youngest of five children. I was born just prior to 
the onset of the Depression. Our family was very poor. My father 
was an alcoholic and my mother was a very religious person who was 
searching for the Lord. During my childhood she did her best to 
teach me the things of the Lord. Later in life she came to a 
personal relationship with Him. 

I grew up in the Evangelical and Reformed Church where 
salvation by grace alone was not preached nor taught. I knew all 
about Jesus, what He did, how He lived, His miracles, His death 
and resurrection, but I didn't know Him personally. 

My life had many ups and downs and all the while I was 
attending church and striving with my good works to please God. 
At a very low point in my life when we were deeply in debt and my 
wife and three children were all ill, I came to the crossroads. I 
watched a Billy Graham Crusade on television from some distant 
city and the message he preached seemed to be directed right at 
me. I wrestled with making that commitment to Christ, but didn't. 
The next afternoon and evening at work on the 4 to 12 shift I came 
to the conclusion that I needed to make that commitment to Christ. 
It seemed like there was no other choice if life was to have any 
meaning. That night when I came home from work at 1:00 A.M., I 
laid face down on the living room floor and told God that I 
couldn't live my life in my own strength and I accepted the gift 
of salvation from my Savior Jesus Christ. My life has never been 
the same. 

Through several meaningful circumstances I was called by God 
to serve Him in the Christian Ministry and to help spread that 
wonderful message of salvation through the shed blood of Jesus 
Christ. What a wonderful and rewarding time it has been and I 
give Him all the praise for my salvation and the opportunity to 
serve Him. 



STATEMENT OF FAITH 

OF 

Ralph C. Link 



I believe the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments to be 
the inspired inerrant Word of God. I believe the Bible is the 
complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and it 
is the final authority for the Christian faith and life. 



I believe in one God, who is eternally existent in three 
persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

I believe in the Diety of the Lord Jesus Christ that He is 
true God and true man. I believe that He was born of the 
Virgin Mary, that He lived in sinless life, that He performed 
the miracles recorded in Scripture, that He died on the cross 
as a sacrifice for our sins, that He bodily arose from the 
dead, that He ascended on high where He is at the right had of 
Almighty God as our intercessor. 



I believe in the Holy Spirit and that He comes and indwells 
each believer at the time of conversion. I believe that He 
lives in each believer to lead, to instruct, and to convict so 
that a believe may live a more godly life. 

I believe that through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and 
through His resurrection, this is the only ground for 
justification and salvation for all who receive Him A Lord and 
Savior and to such as receive Him, they are born of the Holy 
Spirit and become children of God. 



I believe water baptism and the Lord's Supper are 
ordinances of the Church but are not means of salvation 



I believe in the personal and premillennial and imminent 
coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. 



I believe in the resurrection of the dead, for the believer 
to resurrection of life and joy with the Lord, for the 
unbeliever to resurrection of judgement and everlasting 
punishment .