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Full text of "1987 Year's Sermons by Rev. Ralph Charles Link (Ralph C. Link) of the United Church of Christ uploaded by Peter-John Parisis"

St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler , Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor January 4, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr, Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Robin Kaiser and Kelly Mangel 

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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chining of the HOur 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
•Opening Hymn No. 206 "We Three Kings of Orient Are" 
•Ascription 
"'Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) Thou God of holy love, we acknow- 
ledge that at the beginning of this year our lives do not 
stand before Thee as a book unwritten. Much that we shall 
do has been spelled out already, even before the year has 
begun. Inscribed deep within are old habits and familiar 
behavior patterns. We know that these in large part 
will write for us the history of this coming year. Cause 
us to be aware of thy forgiving grace, and when we have 
written a life page full of the errors of our misdeeds, 
help us to acknowledge ourselves for what we are, and 
to seek thy love; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, 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 

George Eichhorn, Alice Eeatty, Velma Collins, Norman 
Lippold, Rith Seigfried, Robert Stanley, Robert Snider, 
Sara King, Hugh Pyle, Tresa Nicholas, Edward Skillman, 
Beryl Cook. 

Friends: Lloyd Claypoole, Julia Wise 
Hymn No. 614 "For All The Saints" 
Offering 
Offertory 
•Doxology - page 3B2 
Anthem: Saxophone and Organ 
Scripture: Mark 8: 34-33 
Sermon: "Give Me A Light" 
•Hymn of Invitation No. 170 "Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne" 
•Closing e jes 



•Benediction 

•Postlude 

++++++ *Congre£ation Standing ++++++ 

The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by the 

Women's Fellowship in memory of deceased members. 
Mr. & Mrs. Jim Gannon will greet the congregation at the 

door this morning, 
Jshers for today are: Marty Henry, Ban Bosko, John Snow 

and Frank Crawford. 
Nursery will be provided today. 
Shirley Thompson and Marilyn Snyder will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 109. 

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

THURSDAY _ Choir practice at 7:00 P-H- 

Help is needed on Tuesday to begin taking the "big" trse 
down. We will start an Tuesday morning to remove the 
light, bows, and greens from the structure. Work will 
continue on Tuesday evening to help take down the rest 
of the structure. Please come and help us out. 

January is the month that we accept nominations for Elders 
and Deacons for theeleetion in the fall. Write theri on 
the paper provided in the back of the pews and drop in 
the offering plate or see that it gets to the office. 

Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations 
you have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the chancel rail. The invitatioi 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, 
to meditate, or to seek counseling. The pastor will 
assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 

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COMMUNITY BJBLE CH1TRCH - SAGAMORE, FA. - JANUARY <l, 1998 

PRELUDE 

GREETINGS/JOYS/ANNOUNCEMENTS/PBATER REQUESTS 

CONG DINNER/GENERAL MEETINGS SET CALENDAR FOR r>P 



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PRAYER/OFFERING 
■DOXOLOGY 

PASTORAL PRAYER 

HYMN 

SCRIPTURE: MARK 8:Vt-^8 

SERMON: "RIVE WE A LIGHT 
•HYMN 

•BENEDICTION 
'POSTLUDE 

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SCRIP: MK 8:_V+-?8} SERM: "HIVE ME A LIGHT" 

(TLITS 1st PART M. L. HASKINS PROSE, "GIVE HE A LIGHT. ETC) 

PAS FEW DAYS HERD - HAPPY NEW yr 

HAV ALL HERD CPS WAT TRU HAPNES IS - ( ILUS CONSTR VEHICLE) 
WE KNO THIS 2B TRU - SO IS ANYWAY CAW HAV HAPPY N EW YB??? 

v - E - S - THER IS & ANSWER 2QUEST OF "GIV ME A LITE THAT I 
MAY TOED IN? TH/UNKNQWN" IS FND IN WORDS POP LECTRER 3 THINGS 

2B HAPPY WE TOLD MUS HAV - "A SELF FIT TO LTV WITH" 
YS ^=JS SED "WHO-SO-EVER ft THAT MEANS ANVQNE 
YOU & I R WHOSOEPERS fc A WHOSOEVER IS. WAT G WANTS AS FART H IS 
K INGDOM. 
LK AT WORL & THEN ASK, "HOW CAN ANYONE LIV APART FR/GOD I- 
HAV AMY-HaPTNES??" 
2 WAT CAN WE CLING WEN ALT- PNT) R nCTff ■DESTOTTCTTN.WAR.FAMTN.mRFAR^ 
WAT IS MEAN OF LIF IF THI.S ALL THER T.S fflfl ifttfp 79???? 
?HAV A SELF FIT ?LIV WITH, CAN ONTY B POSIB m TFRtI FERSNL R3LAT- 
SHIP W/GOD THRU JS XP 
ONLY JS XP CAN CHNG ANYONE BCTT7, HE, (JAJOpS TN CHAHSTHG HSWfl|r)MN 
4AT.L ETRNTY 
WE CAN STRNGTHN THIS RELATSHIP THRU BIBL & READ OF IT EA DAY 
(GIV EXAMPL OF 565 DAY BIBL. PAPR BAK & DIF VERSINS) 

AETR Hfly SELF FTT 2T.TV WTTH, T.ECTRER RAY' FATTTT 2T.TV BY 
VS_25=JS NO MEAN MUS GIV UP OUR LIVS FOR HIM 
SIMPLY MEANS STAN BAK FR/THINGS OF WORL & FOLO HIM SIMP L FAITH 
HOW??? - PRAY DAILY/QFTN^PRA'y BOUT PROBS/CARESiTEL S HOw"MUCH HE 

MEANS TO YOU. ASK HELP/GUIDANO HBT HT.OB TO HTM 
THAT WIL BILD A FA I TH , TO LTV. B Y 

SO AFTR HAV "SELF FIT 2LIV W ITHJL A-IAHaLSHX^B** LECTRER SAY 
MUS HAV "A WORK FTT TO T.TV FOB" 

VSg ^-T^ JS IS TALK BOUT DISCIPLSHIP & COMITMENT 

MUCH R '.'.'E WIL 2 COVJT TO HIM???? 
""Th/SECRET OF LIF Tfl ?EMITT,AT JS TCP'S LIF - ACT AS HE ACTD. DO AS 

HE DID. RESPOND 2PEOPL RND US AS HE RESPONDED - EMULAT HIM 
(ILUS NAME "XPIAN" & MEANING OF IT? 

T? UV. MTT. THTR YP >BOTTM KNOWN AS "LTTTL CHRIST'S?????? " 
flTJ-H MAN ON FLANK FIND MONEY ..GIV 3AK ?, SATAN TN TAXI) 

WEN WORL & SATAN HAV P CONVINC U R MISOUT SUMTH REMEMBR & SAT 

vfTwv^ CT Y^^yKw^tsf -^T.o6K WAT I'vE floT IN JKSUiS cTOTBT" 

TH/WOFLD & ALL THAT IN IT WIL PAS AWAY, BUT THINGS OF GOD WIL RE- 
MAIN FOREVER 
MUS REMEMBR WAT JS TEL US HERE - Vfi f^RK An THTS AGAIN) 

MAN ALWAYS SEEK HANG ONTO THINGS OF LIF/VORLD.BUT THIS ALL WIL 

PASS ON TO OTHRS ONE DAY 
(ILUS CHARLEMAGNES & HIS BURIAL PITTING UP AS RULING MONARCH) 
FOR ANY & ALL SEEKING A HAPPY NEW Y R IT CAN ONLY CJJM..FR.QM. A..WALK 
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DO YOU g FFK * TT "«T TnB T « IS YEAR??? 
DO njJANT_A SE LF FIT 2LIV WITH, A F AIT H 2LIV BY.fc A WORK FIT TO 

LIV FOR??"?? 

(IL US COMPLETIN HASKINS PROSE 
GOD INVITES U 2BGIN THIS TR WITH UR HAND IN. HIS 



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Scripture: Mark 8:34—38 

(Illustration of "Gi- ; s Light" in poem bjj H.L. "* KII 

Tv,ere may be some o r you who have looked at this ^ermon title and jchexxh^ 
xtesixix decided you know --/here the idea originated. But if you 
come to the conclusion it started with a commercial on T$ you ai ~ . 

Long before Madison \venue dreamed up the commercial s writer i e 'led 

only as M. I. Haskins wrote the line. 1 -: 

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: 
Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown," 

For the past few days we have heard e '"rase "Happy New Year." Bap] iness 

is the wish of everyone. But happiness is an elusive sort of element which 

escapes us many times. All r-crts of comparisons have been made as towhat 

true happiness really consists of. One of these has been defined fey the 

operator of a larme earth moving piece of machinery. 

ustration of earth -rader with bumper stickers on it) 
Ml of us < he delays i e by etoure on roads bei 

constructed or reconstructed. On the front and back of a lar 
the operator knowing the anxiety these delays -■ ■ cause, had placed a 

.n. Those si^? declnre: "The road to happiness is almost always under 
construction." 

W" 1 all k] is to be true. Ho is there anyway to really have a Happy Bew 

Year.' Yes there is. To the person who asks "Give me a Light that I nay 

tread safely into the unknown" the answer is to be found in three things a 

popular ±exhx lecturer of a few years ago gave. All threeof them are found 

an our Scripture this morning. 2^x«±rz*xsnBKxtsxr3bcaB2fx*±fcx*i!x2±3rsxwi*^ . 

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ose three things are: "A self fit to live with, a faithvfit tovlive by, and 

a work fit to live for." A 3ELF FIT TO LIVE FTTH, ' 

AND ! > R] 7 IS TO LIVE FOR. 

Jesus said in the 34-th verse, "Whosoever will come after Fie." f :,. ms 

anyone. You are a "'Whosoever" that God wants 3s part of T 'is kingdom, 

look at life a^ it in lived in today's world I cannc libly imagine : 

anyone can live apart from God, To w&kt do you clinp: when all around is are 

the horrible events which take place each day; D~*ath, destruction, war, 

famine, disease, all of these things can't help but make anyone nuestion the 

reason for living and life. The answer to a ""elf fit to live with" can only 

be found in a personal relationship with God which is only possible thro 

Jesus Christ. Only Jesus Christ can change xix you. He raa.iors in chaner-in^ 

men an# women in this life and for all eternity. 

T^en secondly, if you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you 

should be about the task of building a "Faith to live by." Many people start 

on the Christian life only to beer--- 1 o ■■' 3own in "a short period of 



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and to fall by the wayside defeated. W e need to keep going on, J> • 
we should read the Bible everyday. But not only should we read It, oulc 
heed it. We need to form a relationship with God through prayer. Do you 
pray often* Do you pre : ' all of your problems and caresv Do you pray 

when you are happy' Do you pray just to tell God how much ' : e means to you? 
Are you seeking" to grow by attending church as often 9 ibleV If ; 
can answer yes then you are building a "Faith to live by." 
The third element of happiness is "A work fit to live for." It isn't enou 
to just go through the notions of life, there must be more. It's not enough 
to just eat and sleep and no to wp£k, and do the cycle all over a^ain. These 
things are all important ,but there must be more. 

Jesus said, "Whosoever will come after He," and that means, "Follow Me." 
££ This means making I T im first in our lives. It means putting aside our 
very personal look at our lives and srettinr involved in His worS. "is dis- 
ciples rave up their jobs to follow Kim. T ' -e up fishinr and tax col- 
lecting . It doesn't mean we must nive up our occupations to -erve Him, but 
it does mean giving up serving ourselves to serving Him. 

Perhaps this next year looms ahead as just another of the same old years. 
But it needn't be that. It can become altogether new-and different jcbes^se 
if we make the necessary changes. How can we fellow Jesus.' 

First we must volunteer, T T e said, " r :c3oever will come after Me, let him 
deny himself." 

Jesus was saying that we mfSfl our on our selfish wills, tf^ all 

know how we like to pamper ourselves and loo 1 : after all of our personal whins 
To deny ourselves is to begin looking toward what we can do to make others 
happy instead of ourselves. It means placing the welfare of others above 
our own welfare. Too much of the modern day philosophy of life is "He first? 

This is in direct conflict with what the Christian philosophy should be, 

is said the man who denies himself must, "Take up his cross." In other 

words, discipleship has a pr4Ce which must be paid. To be a follower of 

Jesus Christ is not free with luxury and esse. It means commitment. How 

much are we willing to commit to Him? A work that's fit to live foe is a 

work that is involved in the Christian life. To take up the cross means to 

bear the burdens of life which are a part of our lives. Jesus told what 

that cross bearinr entailed when He added, '"^or whosoever will save his life 
shall lose it; but whosoever -hall lose his life for ! ns- 

"l's, the name shall save it." 

The secret of life is to lose our lives in the Lord. 

(illustration of member of church finding more" ' giving it back) 

A minister tells of a member of his church traveli 'lane 'on business 
:;he end of the flight he reached into the rack s is head for his 

coat and his hand iHXE^K landed on a p 3 with a rubber band around it. 



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picked that package up and discovered it was a stack of 106 dollar bills 
t only that, but there was another stack next to it. Altogether the 
>ney amounted to (20,000 dollars. Almost everyone was off the plane so 
he asked the stewardess door to call the pilot. The pilot came to 
him and he loney. He . it do I do with this' " he 

pilot said, "I've never ha no before, we better turn it in 

the terminal. They d ic hil< ren he termina] ers 

desk, a man was ushered into the office. He said, he had left some money 
on the plane. ey asked him to sxj5ijr±:H describe it and he told then ex- 
actly what the more:* was and where it was so they gave it to him. He 
walked away and never even said thanks. 

b Christian man got into a cab and he paid it was like Satan got in with 
him. On that cab ride he was confronted with why he had done such a stu- 
pid thin '. hen it seemed like Satan said to him, "You sir, are a fool 
for giving u p that money, " he bep-an to think of what Jesus hs out 

saving his life and losin? it. 'vnd he answerer" out loud to the devil, 
"Yes, but look what I've rot." The cabbie thinking he was being held up 
and the nger had a gun asked, "W, at did you say buddyr" The passenger 
said, "Oh nothing, I was just talking to the devil." ^,nd the cabbie was 
watch ' ng that guy the rest of he rear view mirror. 

When the world and Satan have you convinced that you are missing out on some- 

thj t remember to say, "Look what I've rot in Jesus Christ." t 's 

the imrortant thing. The world and all that is in it will pass away, 

God's Word will always remain, 

Jesus K:m±Ei£xibri5xrE added, "Fo» what shall it profit a man, if he ain 
the whole world, and lose his own soulr Or what shall it a man c;ive in 
:■ c 'cr his sou IV 

Man has always sought to hanrr onto the things of this life his world. 

But all of this one day shall pass on to others. The Kmperor Charlemagne 

wanted to he remember as a ruling monarch. 

(Illustration of Charlemagne buried in sitting position) 

On his death Charlemagne decreed that hi be olace^ xmjax upon a 
throne. The crown was to be placed on his head, his mantle on his should- 
ers, his swrod at his side and the Bible opened on his knees with his 
hands resting on it. it 180 years after sath his tomb was opened 
and the skeleton of Chrlemap-ne was discovered dismembered and in various 
positions. The skull was still wearing the crown and a bony ginger was 
pointing to a verse of Scripture, ""or what shall it profit a man, if he 
shall gain the whole world , an-" 1 lose his own soul?" 

For Everyone seeking a Happy ' p^ Year., it can only come from a walk with 

Jesus Christ. Bo you seek a light for this year.' 

Haskins wrote: And I said to the man who i "cor 1 at the -ate of the year: 

"Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown." 

And he replied: 
"Go out into the darkness and put thine hand into the Hand 
of Cod. That shall be to thee better than any light - and 
safer than a known way." 

God invited you to begin this year with your hand in His. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler t Pennsylvania 
Rev, Ralph Link, Pastor January 11, 1967 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Kelly Mangel and Robin Kaiser 



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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
•Processional Hymn No.. 215 "Tell Me the Story of Jesus" 
'Ascription 
'Exhortation 

Confession {In Unison) Eternal Father, teach us in the 
days of this year to discover the preciousness of time. 
Keep us from squandering our hours in senseless thought 
and useless activities. Help us through good books, 
clean conversation, and creative action to bo number 
our days that we may get a heart of wisdosi, and a life 
devoted to thy reconciling ministry in the world: 
through Jesus Christ. ..... .Amen* 

■' Kyrie 

f Assurance of Pardon 

'Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And Blessed be His glorious name forever. 
Gloria Patrl - page 142 
Hymn No, 481 "Fill My Cup, Lord" 
Zall to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray! 
Prayer 
Offering 
jffertory 
"Doxology - page 382 
Anthem: "It Is No Secret" 1 
Scripture: Numbers 27: 15-23 
Sermon: "A Model" 
*Hymn of Invitation "Higher Ground'* No. 469 
^Closing Chimes 
•Benediction 
*?ostlude 
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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs, Fern Hinehart in memory of Loved Ones. 
Mrs, Florence MaeKlnney will be greeting our members and 

gueststhis morning at the door. 
Ushers for today are: Helen Riemer, Phyllis Tait, Shirley 

Thompson, and Alma Dally. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Shelley Stivason. 
Paul Campbell and Paul Riemer will be visiting the hospital 

thi3 week. 01*7" 

Attendance last Sunday was 115 with 19 visitors,^-""' ^^* 
Hospitalized: Ken Weitzel and Eleanor Peters'ln BMH.^^^L- 
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MONDAY - Elders meeting at 



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TUESDAY - Activities Committee will meet at 7:0O P.M. 

WEDNESDAY - Choir rehearsal at 7:00 P.M. 

■! -DAY - Finance committee meeting at 7:00 P.M. — 

Mary Martha Circle will meet January 15th at 10:30 a.m. at 
the home of Sandy Sheppeck. Please bring a casserole 
for the birthday party. 

AUDIT of al l treasurers books will be January 20th. All 
groups or commit bees who have books must have then ready 
for the auditing. Please prepare to come with your books. 
Vie will begin at 6:00 P.M. 

The yearbook information for 1987 is due into the office *^~- 
now i We need a report from all of the committees as to 
who their chairman are for 1987. Please give the inform- 
ation to Ginny today or call the office on Monday. tfork 
•;ill begin then. Please give this your attention. 

January is the month that we accept nominations for Elders ^. 
and Deacons for the election in the fall. Write then on 
the paper provided in the back of the pews and drop it In 
the offering plate or see that it gets to the office. 

Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the oppontunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on ycur life's situations 
you have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the chancel rail. The invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, 
to meditate, or to seek counseling* The pastor will 
assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 



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COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH - SAGAMORE, PA. - JANUARY 11, 199« 

PRELUDE . _ ■_. 

GREETINGS/JOYS/ANNOUNCEMENTS/PRAYER REQUESTS 

NEXT SUNDAY JAN 18, POT LUCK DINNER AJTR CH, PLANNING 
HEETING FOB CALENDAR OF CH 






PRAYER/OFFERING 
•nOXOLOGY 

IsTOPAL PRAYER 

HYMN 

SCRIPTURE: NUMBERS J7sl5-*3 

SERXON: "A MODEL" - ST. PAUL'S, BUTLER 
*HYMB 

•taemedictioM 
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th/kIdei1all mamui * thats wat it taks-ken/womn in whom 

Tt . r.,0 cpTUTT WILINd 2B USED BY GOD „»,_. 

but it ?aks prepTmus ask.wher r we in this regard our cchitm 

(JLUS n.WlKKBR HAVING abttws VirCT. BUT "BE WON'T) 

"aS^TfwISrT re/as.wE w W * T HIK WIL IS '* B, ° WAT * SEUD 

YuT^MAN^THXR « 5LTTTL WORDS THAT KEEP 08 FP./B 1, DO WAT GOD 
WANTS - TWORDS."BPT WE WON'T" 
BEING PKEPK, DEMONSTRAT IS NOTHR THING RFjr nNJ 

WcALL OS g JBI ''; T ,"^, i "^ ll ? M I " l ,U HI -i H J , LLL 8, SHUDB REDY AS JOSH WA£ 
w/oShTs MODELS ' "N^INvL'LEAi^OF LXF.HE CONCERN BOUT 
W SS .S^ifflH * ^ NO SHUN ™,/EESPONSBILTY_ 

-%^m^^^. ? MAK NECESARY PRM S Jt£IHL^P-P/-^" 

, > rr, -nr r — « ^» OT °° D & HTC "T n 1 T WW« * 1 U - 

~1-TT- " TYfr r "|V" T™" mT0 T °° 
THIS WAT JOSHUA WAS ABOUT IN HIS I.IF WH/SET HIM APART AS A 
■TITOT FOR THE LOREBS USE fc WORK 
„^ TvTii<- VHJPAHL Mts/m saiMlg/ » IHb ?BGIN GET PREP WM. 

^ WhtTwe do WM'i «>i) has' 6ivn um.* »~ 

JOSH WAS BROT 2TH/L0RD IN TH/PRESENC O F EI - EA - ZAB TH /PRIEST 
8. OUR SCRIP ENDS V/THEZ WORDS - tEEAD VS 2? ) 

«n o phesent jRSELF^jra^aLDP^^ " 151 ™ us ^ WEK - 
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SCRIP.: NUM 27:15-23; SERM: "A MODEL" 

(IL US CHESTT PULLER, MARINE OFFICER IN KOREA fc SU R^UTf RY fiflMTS.) 

THAT EXPHESIN OF CCOTIDENC - CONFIDENC BILT O N JEBBEEATiH 
OUR SCPJP IS ILUS OF THIS THIS MORN 
WE R GO 2 LK AT O.T. SAINT 2DAY & DAYS LEAD 0P2 B GIN .LENT 
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GO 2DY 

(HISTORY OF JOSHUA & HIS FAITHFUL SERVICE) 

VS21*MOSES NO NEED CUM 2GOD THRU PRIEST BUT JOSH DID 

THIS BASIC DIF TWEEN MOSES & JOSH 
JOSH WAS ONE OF SPIES SENT OUT 2SPY OUT LAND £r BCUZ HIS FAIHTFUL 
NESS ONLY HE & CALEB OF ORIG ISRITES OVF AGE OF 20 WER PERMIT 
2ENTR PROM LAND 



M'lus Chesty Puller nrer 2B suround) 
_^ 16-17 

vss 1^-19 

(Ilus Gardner inee^ 3r lettrj 
Jn has an excelent knowledg of gardninr 
ut chemstry of th soil. 
He kno jus ' Pplant r wen ?plant it. 
lultvat th fines flowrs 
2 mak a £ardn of buty. 

(Ilus Helen Hayes 1st I turky) 

(Ilus man,lifles dottr,wife faint) 
(Ilus Mil vve-p 4body not soul) 



Scripture : -" 

la nex 

(Hus "■ :■ Buroun by enemy) 

That expresin of cc ' , 

: 

l 

rob influ '^ired 

""-'■ins 
Lik all Isites.Josh ou 7 herv losl * up 

ll r 
:'e renem 1 nite partic wen lif/livs all Isites 

oorpost 

■ r Csitea. 
Josh ls1 Lc lif 

Josh 
tel of pis ■:■• 

tses ■ . ■ 

peo ro ovr,pt rod, Sea re'ur: rown 

. oonvinc Josh, - 
-io re; 

i-'dth 
fr a tend ^os Josh dru olos : ur yr at 

Kb F ini !-, 50 

if 
• neer" cun " , ■ 

osh cud only cu- 1 thru Ft ?t5 ." i 
folr , ■ "r^ 

past 20 ?entr ^anaarjal] othra-Mos/Aaron 

:- chaw name fr- -'osh 

■ e i 

-un out *1 ; n tol futur eventr 

G had this man prer in wings aw 11 cal ' 
knu or notSvss ' "-19 

- eres Or ren His nan- 
el not rr v;" ai , 'J- th 
peo Lat 

-- " em - /■'!"•■ - wl on 1] use;i1 pec 

but no hapn ovr n: J| , -^rep 

work? 

( J lui 01 ■ i , "hut V 

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»bu •- - 
( Ilus 

- '-in boat in 
i - "• cals 
■ He rtus cal us,evr 

, ■■ , sal curs 

■ 

we C he no involv in here ! now of lif 
be no 
V.'at bi ' ; concern w/here- 

i ■■ th bout busnes sues* , i 
op llvf 
tilus man.lisles lot) 

r 'his at I tit fr wa ' 

watevr prep ' put in^ oractic 

■ , -■ n;- ppo ne-lec evn ses preps 'i pil- 

' lif c 

* life, but not 4 soul) 
Mike ' othr peo,th hern_ r , 

takn care of, but things of R sadly ne-l«>c 
Js 3ed="eek Ye 1st ' & Hia ritesnes, 

ed un? U 
1 out in his lif 

M 
11 "' accpt chalenr G direc ~ 'T 3 givs us ?use 
Wil U aixi begin being prepared 4 Him/ 

Josh was brot ? th I in presene of Kleazar th pr 8 
this Crip end w/wordSTS ?3 
'.il □ preset : 'r.-plf B* th L 8 let Him comisin t- 



■■ \ I odel" 
ipturer ' ■■ bers 27:15-23 ".'.'. . 

In the next few weeks leading up to tl p beginning of Lent we are going to 

look at an Old Testament saint who was next in line to the number one man of 
God and that man was Joshua. 

(Illustration of Chesty Puller in - 7 orea when surrounded) 

During the Korean : ex, Chesty Puller the Marine officer known for his 
toughness and fighting character was told that he and his troops were 
completely surrounded. "emarked, OThe enemy is in front, the enemy 
behind, and the enemy on both flanks, Good, ey'll never x 
e." 

That is an expression of confidence, but it is confidence based on preparafcic 
tion. Our icripture '.'"is morninr speaks of this preparation. 
Joshua was boen in Egypt. T - T is father and mother were slaves alor.. i all 
of the children of Israe] who had fallen victimr to the Pharaoh who came to 
power and didn't know of Joseph as we arr told in Exodus chapter one. The 
young life o as probably influenced by his father cominr home phys- 

ically drained and exhausted f; e lard labor enforce' 1 upon him by the 
hai Egyptian taskmasters. " a§ all of the Israelites Joshua could 
have lost his life many times. But God saw fit to preserve his life. 
remembered one night in particular when his life and the lives of all the 
people of Israel were preserved by the intervention of God. T v at night saw 

. the -born of the Egyptians all die, but ic sr" the peop] 

Israel because they had been forewarned to paint their doorposts with J 
blood of a sacrificial lamb. And according to Scripture, Joshua was the eld- 
est son in his family, and the first-born. 

But Joshua saw firsthand the courage of Moses a? he went ±x± into the presenc. 
of Fharaoh each time to announce the plagues which Sod would seri upon the 

>tians because of ^haraah's hardened heart. Ind he saw ::oses lee peo 
to the edre of the Ged Tea, wave his rod over the water and the water parti : 
then when everyone was safely on the other side, wave his rod again and the 
waters returned to normal drowing the ypl ians who were pursuing the Israel- 
ites. Ml of this had convinced Joshua that God was T; t h; God, the True God 
and there was no ether. And so it is that we rpad of Joshua becoming Moses' 
right hand man. Scripture tells us ir umbers 11 that Joshua was an attendanl 
of Moses from ! is youth. It was from his experience of attending loses that 
Joshua drew close to God. He was with Moses during the year at Mt. Sinai and 
it was Joshua who went completely un the mountain away from all of the others 
when Moses talked face to face with God. But we know that Joshua didn't 

.share that complete experience because in the ^Ist verse of this Scripture we 
read, "Moreover, he shall stand before Kleazar the priest, who shall innuire 
of him by the judgement of the Urim before the Lord." 

The distinction here is that Moses didn't need to come to God through a nriest 
which meant that he had direct access to God. But Joshua had to come to God 



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not only through the priest Eleasar, but that -priest was to use the spiritual 
die to seek God ' '-ill for Joshua. 

Following this, Joshua was sent out as one of the 1? spies to out the 

land before them. Because of his faithfulness alonr with that of Caleb, 
these two only Israelites ovar bhe age of ^0 who were rermitted 

to enter the promised land. ftll of the < , including hoses and hron 

died in the wilderness. It was after the spying incident 1 that hoses changed 
the name of Joshua. Prior to this his name was "Hoshea," or "Oshea." 
name meant simply "Salvation." But his name to Joshua rave him the name, 
"led is Salvation," and this is the same as rfKsnss the name Jesus. This 
meant that he was set apart at this point to be the Lord's servant; he i 
to be the means of showing forth God's Salvation, God's deliverance. 

js knew that ±kE time kbuS^xeb was runninj . "od had spokes 

to him and told him of future events. Go Hoses speaks to God and we read, 
"..ay the lord,S:RSt the Gcd a* the rax' all flesh, appoint a man 

over the congr< , who will ro out and come in before them, and 

will lead them out mo bring then in , that bhe go | e Lord 

not be like sheep which have no shepherd." verses 16-17. 

But God had this mar prepared andestanding ir wings whether hoses co - 

pletely knew this or not. And God answered Moses, "Take Joshua the son of 
Turn, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your ha ; and have him 

stand before Eleazar the priest and. before all the congregation; and com- 
mission him in their sight," 

God says, "here is your man. His name is Joshua and he is filled with 
Holy Spirit." Sjcztxxxwhax--- intakes 'lere was the "Model." "A Model" not 
only xxx as a leader, but "A Model" for the people +o follow and emulate. 
That's what it takes for men and wo will use; it is r-eople "in 

whom is th ■ , Dd's Holy Spirit. But that doesn't just happen over- 

it. It t hes preparation. What about you? '-here are you in the process 
of demonstrating your co^itment to th-- 1 Lord and '"^ r '-fork? 

(Illustration of rardener having abilities to use, but ' won't") 

A man was looking for a rardener and received a letter of recommendation 
from a rood firend of his tellinrr of the excellent abilities of a fan 
named John. He wrote, "John has an excellent knowledge of gardening. TT e 
knows about the chemistry o^ the soil. > knows dust whal ' ei 

plant. He knows how to cultivate the finest flowers to make a garden of 
beauty." '."/hen the man read the letter he said, ' , bl J lust the man 

I want." 

then he noticed three words at the bottom of the par-e which ruined 
everything The words were, "But he won't." 

How many of us are perhaps Just like that: ' know what God wants fx 

we know what His will is; and we know what we could and should be doing. But 

there are three little words in our lives that keen us frc ; and be 

what ants us to be. Those words are, "But we won't," 

Being prepared is one thing, but demonstrating that is another. 

(Illustration of Helen Hayes ar hirst Thanksgiving turkey) 



Some years ago Helen Hayes, the actress tells of makinr her- first thanks- 
giving "inner. She told her husband Charles MacArthur Janes 
that = Lidn't know how it would turn out. - ■ -' : that if it wasn't 
right, "I don't want anyone ^o say a word. T,, e']l justbget up from the 
table, without comment, and po down to the hotel for dinner." 

went into the kitchen and when p he entered the dining room bearing the 
turkey, she found her husband and son seated at the table-wearing their 
hats and coats . 

That's how God wants us to use the prepare e jdbxk should have been about 

in our lives as Christians; to be ready to report for duty when He calls. 

And TT e does call us, everyday of our live- to live for Him. not be 

rering the summons, but the call comes and we should always be ready just 

as Joshua was. 

With Joshua as our model we also see that he was not involved in the here 

and now of life, taking care of his creature comforts and his own personal 

needs. h ? t about you'. re you concerned with the here and now in i/hich 

$ou live to the exclusion of all else'i 're ? r ou corcerr.e' 1 about business 

success, or material accomplishments to the neglect of spiritual IvingV 

(Illustration of man lifeless daughter and faint Lfe) 

father watched as his email d c fell over the fence while 
elimbij perfectly still as though dead. He rushed out of the 

house and scooped up her lifeless bod- and starting runnin to ospiti 
a few blocks down the street. As he dashed past hi 

up clothes in the yard and she ' ° lifeless form of her daughter in his 
arm fainted. Someone asked him wkafcchExdiii how he handled 

the situation. s he was aar±ying his daughter ir. his arms and then 
hir Fainted. "What did you do'j ed. I do," he 

iwered. "I hollered, woman, this is no time to faint." 

This is no time for us to faint from what we should be doj . Whatever preps 

'on God has ^ranted us must he put Into practice. Yet, : jple 

meglect to e s .ions for the pilgrimage of life, 

(Illustration of hike Hanzaa peeparations for his deaf 

an named Mike Hanzas, began to make preparations for leath al i 

two years before he died. First, he went out :^n- 1 be ; cemetary plot, 
tie went out weekly and visited the alace where he woulc be buried. 

a on it and on Memorial Day he put flo - c the grave site, 
said, "I want to see flowers now because I won't see them after I'm 
rone." \ little later he went to a funeral parlor and said he wanted to 
buy a casket. Every time he passed the funeral home, he stopped in to 
look at the casket. He would stand beside it and shy, "That's wherel'm 
■ "oin; to live someday." 

e day he Invited all of his family members to his house for dinner. 
■'Vfter eatinp- a big meal, Mike began to p^ss out the material possessions 
he had in his house. Then he handed his nephew his will and aix&kix as he 

e dropped over dead of heart failure. 
Mike Hanzas had made ever- provision for his body, but none for his soul. 

! Hanzas is no different than many, many other people. rhe here and now 

hat is taken care of, but the things of Hod are sadly nerlected. Jesus 

said, "°eek ye first the kingdom of 3od and His righteousness, and all of 
these things shall be 9 i nto you." 

T,_ia is what Joshua w ' out in his life which jart as "A Model" 

for the lord's use and work. 'ill you accept the challenge "od directs to 



you\(k>d*gives uc. Uu . Tueci"f wn Bga r ptiBmnw to begin getting prepared to 
serve Him* '' W fc^f WiU- ^£ £>> MiTft l*mf ^o e /M*f £/"& ^ 

Joshua was brought to the Lord in the ^reraence of "leazar the priest and 

this 'crinture ends with bhe words, "Then he laid his hands on him and c - 
missioned him, ju~t as the Lord 1 Dken through Moses." 

Will you -present yourself hefore the lord and let T "±~ commissior you for 

use < 






"I Know Who Holds Tomorrow 11 



St. Paul '3 United Church of Christ 
Butler , Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor January 18, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Meron Hewis and Robin Kaiser 
+ + + + + + + + +■ + + + ++ + + + + + + ++'■+. + + + + + 

ORDER OP WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
'Processional Hymn No. 96 
♦Ascription 
♦Exhortation 

♦Confession (In Unison) 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 f 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 - page 142 
Children ' s Moment 
Hymn No. 62 "Sun of My Soul" 
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: "A Gift of Love" 
Scripture: Joshua 1:1-11 
Sermon: "Available Help" 
•Kymn of Invitation No. 9Q 
""Closing Chimes ,. 
♦Benediction 
"Postlu.de 
+■ + +■ +• + *Congregation Standing 

) 



Great is Thy Faithfulness" 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Ruth Davies in memory of Lcved Ones. 
Lori Weisenstein and Kelly Mangel of the Youth Group will 

greet our members and guests at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are r Dick Mangel, Don Kingsley, Dick Dally 

and Danny Mangel. 
Nursery will be provided today by Michelle Henry. 
Marty Henry and Rob Vinroe will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 101 with 12 visitors* 
^■Hospitalized: Ken Weitzel, Bob wickenhagen and Cathy Hays 
MONDAY - Lay, Life and Work Committee meeting at 6:30 P.M. 
TUESDAY - Audit of books begins at 6:00 P.M. 

Teachers meeting at 8:00 P.M. IMPORTANT!!! 
THURSDAY - Finance Committee meeting at 7:00 P.M. 

Choir practice at 7:O0 P.M. 
Golden Circle will meet Wednesday at 7:30 P.M. 



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Auditing of the books will begin at 6:0C P.M. on Tuesday 
evening. Please be here with your books. I would also 
like to have your written report that will appear in the 
yearbook. Please Check the audit schedule in the office 
for the time you are to appear with your books. Thanks. 

^Friday evening will begin a special weekend of programs 
with Rev. Ralph Partelow. He will be with us Friday 
evening and Saturday evening at 7:30 P.M. We will also 
have a time of fellowship with him and his wife after 
the programs. Rev. Partelow will be with us on Sunday 
January 25 to teach the adult Sunday School classes in a 
joint class and be the speaker for the Sunday Worship 
Service at .11:00 a,mi We are urging all of you to make 
a special effort to come and support these programs. We 
need you to show that you are interested in his work. 
Also this will show him that we are in support of what he 
is doing. The Benevolence Cornsni ttee is going to under- 
write some of his support to go back tc Aftrica in April. 

^REMEMBER to deposit your nominations for Elders and Deacons 
in the offering plate this month. At this point there 
has not been much interested showed. Please make an 
effort for this program. 
Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymr.» followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations you 
have the chance to respond to God's leading for your life 
by coming forward to the Chancel rail. The invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, 
to meditate, or^ to seek counseling- The pastor will 

| assist you if you desire* 



COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH - SAGAMORE, PA. - JANUARY l8, 1998 

PRELUDE 

GEEETINGS/jrYS/ANNOUNCEMENTS/FRAYER REQUESTS 

DINNER AFTR CH, 6 PLANNING MEETING - CH CALENDAR 




•HYMN 



PRAYER/OFFERING 
•DOXOLOQT 

PASTORAL PRAYER 

HYMN 

SCRIPTURE: JOSHUA 1:1-11 

SERMON: "AVAILABLB; HELP" >■ ST. PAUL'S, BDTLEH - 1/18/98 
•HYMN 

•BENEDICTION 
•POSTLUDE 
1 






SCRIP: JOSH 1:1-11; SERMON: "AVAILABLE HELP" 

(IMS POOS ATH LETIC SCHOLAR, COLEOE TEST 8- 10 Of flI JI t, r.d^r.H) 
TALK BOUT DUMB St DUMBER 
SUCES IN LIF CFTN SPELD BY GRT ACHTEVS IN CERTIN AREA 
BUT IF THC7. CONSIDR SDCS IN SP RELM P MEASUH W/^ORLDLY MEASURS 
THEY HDSB CONSIDR AS FAILURE 
1 J OF TH0Z SP GIANTS IS TH/CAN JOSHUA 
WE LKD LAS WX HOW JOSH PREP SELF <(TASK SUPNLY THRUS ON HIM 
THIS WK WE LK B'S CAL 2J0SH S, WHY HE SUCEEB ANSR THAT CALL 
VSS ?-'i-THTfi WE PKfl D fOT i f 1 ™T1T nF MnqTO t, GOD sp g y jpsfflTA 
PICTUR JOSHUA RFTMfl TOT.r .IT. fflr THTg 

sube - he mmsTgm o- nosss.sina: - jgjjjg mm era bole of 

BUT DCNT THINK HE NOT SC ARED- H E, SAW HOil , fp^F-S ,r.HT T.pp pAJCtf) 
r.TTniTTHr, peof mrraiNTTffin 

pfd aTA-mv of thajwt i^^g^iBftniWws i r^w.r'H.y ^op-.. 

ITT. T.BC7. HiTO unRtR PCTgHTTV l.np If? Ui.g 
NOW JOSH B ASKD g PI I J, T HO? SHOES /SAHT1AT.S 

WAT TT BB PAILD?. WAT. IE -nniTNT HAM1I. TH/EgM, fir HlifilBT 
riCTITB JTBSKT.P THTS SITU fr PR JOB.A, U R B ASK.2B THlfmSS 



r. Tnm .ipfi H TT VUI) Wr TIT, 7 , THTHr.s UUP HAV SHOES 

h>aht josh TNarane ?no t wat acidly .abl^M-BCUz he UCTJE 2 

OOP CAN C SI.HL.A.RTYS JtOUR I TVS 
UNDRLI THEME THIS CHAP IS PHHAS OF 6A. ?A. 9A. 18B-STRNG/C0URAG 

GOD KNU JOSHUA ,PHTS HAKUP, NEEDS It JOS AS HE KNU JOSH, HE KNO US 
DAV WROT PS 10^-PpR HE W flffiTF P 1 ™ raiWT: 

G KH.OWS-Pq . WE>mRi-AititT m T S /lWffni l U 1 , Pgfffi/nnnnBRws/hKKns. etc 

•" g as he led josh thru turkoils/tensinSjSO he wil do jgg 
g /re act [out ?ea ns.im g jgsTraAsnii ns.& rev thro js xp raw 



"HEBREWS l»:14-U - (HEAD WUffl'VlST 



DTST 

ua 1:1—11 

jach ) 
uees in lif oft eve certii 

1 "-ices sp n 

:iants la ran name Josh 

■■ 
this ■■'.■■■""'■ 

'ictur all this, 

but bin undrstudy "'osjsur had bin prep tak ml Idr 

ow hqndl situating peop of Is had 
«a;reeeiv law fr ": ~-?.s of 

ther rebel 
all t'aez rever Idr 5 nan he 

Now, Jo Ptep the?, shoes, ta' ship 

wat Lf ' " cudnt h eds f 

pictur urself sirlar Bitu;wat '■■ I 

ccrsfr by bord directrs -ad sticed ucesfu! 

poplr 1 

- b fear Jo ■ . tires 

, n , 1" =read thez 

■ 
• • . 

- - - pel out conditins H suces here P fnd 5 
direc conands fr G-4Josh ?B aucei 
vs 7a, 7b, 8a, °b, 
G tol him if Aid thez thj 

Josh to] . ' . ■ 'i-ua 

undrly theme chap is=B Btrong 6 caur- 
, ", , ] :"■ clns chap words*' 

G km ad heir ?B strong/c< 

knu Josh , ■ m 1 of ns 

oth our r : 

ears ,weakneB,an 
Braotii 

:-u turirciJ 08 he 

face, so He wil do 4us 
G reach out 2ea us 3help u* . us £vb as Josh 

pruf of raid of 3 -author of 

Ileb tel us = Chap 4:14-16 

?tiA all Josh lif wh car lat G 

want ~ra 

all bas His r i i 

he was»2 folo law; law no 2depart fr mouth; he w 

meditat on it day 5 nita 



aem: ne , ■ j- !• 

the.' . 'ant 

Ln it Petr 1 

■■■'.■■ e] ue»3 » 15 

act, or anar peop if unfai 

a I , or 



ik then: 



I ar * them, invariably be - o wat 

ivs us anaj , 

attrs if ' 

seer" 

, eculr leserv sp 

wel 
probs this lif oaua 1 iv or 

only in - eculr, w/cut thot 4 sp 
our liva r 

olv in battl b 
won w see 
G want ua ?liv on sp plan< -'lvs 

:-eculr in ordr Ppleas •■•■ evr] lik us 

Josh ' peop whe: [tai 

t nay 
I r :■- 'a peop, it tine we 

or: ' 
(llus Bibl 31ievr3 in '.eland) 

ibis 8 hardly opn t 
stil ear.i -:rch 2 rea 

In all th' fl Poll tol Josh 

pron " in of all 

Josh lif 
Q nevr lef him nor desert him 






arid 

only ask ui 

strong courarus? as we liv our livs 
G onl-. T ask that we folc 
(llus Uttl girl cr ' 

outh of babe 
■ 3 sh o thru u s 
" o thru 11 - 

felp fr G 

~ lo 
i r/G's ; recti 

o thru us 



HEBR EWS ^zl^-lS 

HE CAN ft WIL HELP US WEN CAL UPON H IM 

SECOND SIMLARITY IN JOSHUA'S LIT WH/CANB GP 20TJRS IS T HAT G 
v * NTS US 2B OBEDI ENT, T_Q,.HIS, WORD 

lftirflVE CQMANDS WH/GOD GAV JOSHUA WER ALL BASD ON HIS WO RD 

JOSHUA WAS TO * FOLO TH/LAW.BPT LAW NOT gDEPABT.FR/Wri 
m TO MCTTTAT ON TT nAT/NTTE 

THAT MEANS -HE I 1st LIV IT. T HEN TALK BOUT IT ft TEL T.T 
THEN HE WAS 2B IN CONSTANT SERCH OF IT 

WE TOO 5H U 5B IHHKHSb 1H B ' 5 wTO ' " 

PETER WRITES - 1 PETER ?:15 
BUT SANCTIFY CHRIST AS LORD IN YOUR HEARTS, .ALWAYS BEING READY 
TO MAKE A DEFENSE TO EVERYONE WHO ASKS TOU T O GIVE AM. ACCOUNT 
FQP TH^ wipe THtr TP TN YOU,, TRT WITH GENTLENESS IND REVERENCE . 

HOW CAN WE GIV AN ACCT OR ANSS PEO IF WE R UNFAMIL W/G'S WORD??? 

(EXftMPL PEO PELAT WAT SUMONE SED OR ASKD THEM I QUEST- WAT DID U 
"SAY?? ANSR*"I BipN'T KNO WAT TOjSJVTQ 

G GIVS US ANSRS, BUT ANSRS R FND HIS WORD 

CANOT HELP PEO WHO SPK GF SP MATTES IF ONLY GIV SECULAR ANSRS 

s_p mattr;: deserv sp ansrs t sec mattes deserv $p. ansrs also 

PflOBS THIS LIT CA USD MAINLY BSUZ LIF IS SOT ?B LIVD IN TH/SEC 
w/OTTT A THOT FOR TH/SPIRITUL 
OUR LIVS EVRDAT SHUDB _A S P EX PER I EN C 8- WE C WE R ENGAGD IN A 
BATTL AGIN POWRS..&"pRICIPALITn is"" 
tT.T. TOTS CAUSES FRPSTRAT IN . 
GOD WANTS US 'TO LIV ON TH/SP PLANE ft STOP LCWBING OURSELVS TO 
TH/ SEC IN ORDR TO PLEaFfEO ft HA V EVRONE LIK US. 

3 TUK TH/pEQ WH ER G.WANTpTHEM 2G0, HE TAUT THEM WAT GOD 
WANTD TATTfj ft HE LET TH/CHIPS FAL '/TIER THEY MAY 
IT WE R G'S PEO IT IS TIVE WE BO AN TO READ ft MEDITAT ON HIS 
WORlTgARM OURSELVS "TOR* TH"/ft"tEi 07 TJ^ 
(ILUS BIBLE BLIETRS IN -TLAND AND MEMCRT7.ATIN OF TH/BIBLE) 
HOW'mANY OF US QWN'ATTe AST ONE BIBLE, I w NOT PERHAPS TWO OR 
THREE ft NE VER" OPEN THEM??? 

TH/PROMIS G MADE TO JOSH IS FND IN THE qth VS OF OUR SCRIP 
VS 9-HAV NOT I COMADED THEE? B STRNG ft OF A GTJD COUPAG :. B_NOT 

' TTFHTITjrTTET THh B THOU DISMAYD: FOR TH/LORD THY GOD IS 

WITH THEE WHITHERSOEVER THOU GQBST . 

TH IS IS TH/SUMATIN OF ALL OF JOSHUA'S LIFTS,, ALUAtt 

Q «»™> T.CTT HJM flOP. nERFRTD HIM- J" ™ 

WE HAV A SIMILAR PROMIS FR/JS.jfflflESJgrtPii AH VWfy™ 

pwTb th/s j )d"of thA qeld ' 



THATS A PROMIS OF FAITHFffLNES THAT IS ASKING US QNIY .?B STON G J t _ i 

CQURAGUSJ^WE LIV OUR LIVS ~~™ 

GOD IS ONLY ASKING THAT WE FOLO HIM 
(ILUS~IlTl l LE"dT!RL ft GOD | SHOWING THROUGH US ) 
THE R IS TH/TRUTH Fr/tHE MOUT H OF A BABE _ 
"~G SHUD 5H0 THRU UlT" """""" 

HE SHOWD THRU Th7lI.F .OF JOSH _BCU 7,_ J O SH JU K ADVANTAG_ _ OF_G_' S HEL! 
WE CAN ONLY B STRNG ft COURAGUSw/g'S HELP/dIREC'tin 

let <s BGiN ^^SSSSESCSESuET" '~~~ 



(Ilus football player U t 6 = 13J 

4 times Josh tol=vss 6, 7, 9, 18 

• sed Pa 103=For He Knoweth C ur "Tame 
i Ilus : lbl Blievers Poland) 

(Ilus little girl confus* Shouldn't G sho thru:) 



"Available Help" 
Scripture: Joshua 1:1-11 

(Illustration of atlete seeking entrance to college and 1^ of him 5 coach) 
2EX£ young mar; who was a <-ood football player bu1 lent was 

being sought after by al] of the mador colleges. One c 
wanting desperately to have him on their football team, but knowing of 
his scolastic -'eakness, determine they w< ske ±±xwxs.±w the 
entrance requirement easier for him. 

■ m of Amissions said to him, "Now you] 1, if you can answer 
just one ouestion correctly we will admit you. "ell me please, how much 
is six plus sixr The boy thought about i ( - ^or some time at bhen he 
answered, "Thirteen. rh e collere officials sat looking at each other 
and shaking their heads and the coach spoke up and said, "Aw, dean, let 
him in, he only missed it by two." 

Success in life is often spelled by great achievements in spExisxax a cer- 
area. But if - ; re considered successes in the spiritual realm are 

measured with the worldly measurements, they must be considered as failures. 
One of those spiritual giants is the man Joshua. last week we looked at how 

Joshua had prepared himself for the task which was suddenly thrust upon him. 

•e roinr to look at God 's call to Joshua and why he succeeded 
in answering that call. 
&B!£xs:ebxh * : e read that following the death of Moses, God to Joshua and 

: d, ?read verses 2 through 5). 
Picture Joshua being : o3 3 all of this. >ure, he had ^en the understudy of 
Moses; sure, he had teen prepped in taking over the role of leader of the 
Israelites. But don't think for a moment that n't scared. He had seen 
this great leader and how he had handled the situations the people- of Israel 
encountered. Moses had brought them acroxs the r; :ed 3eaj he had received from 
God the Law; he had listened to the murmurings of the people and had talked 
to 3od about their rebellion and their needs. All of these t' ad made 
Moses the revered leader and man that he was. Row, Joshua was being asked to 
step into his shoes and take over the reigns of leader - 1 - ip. "hat if he fail- 
ed: .'/hat if he couldn't handle the people and their needs? Picture yourself 
in a similar situation. yoi o if joyi were suddenly confronted 

by the board of directors and told that you .: a popular and suc- 

cessful leader; But God understood the fears Josh:- ave and -,./er 
ed him not once, but four times in this chapter. In the 5th v e says 
(read this); in the 7th verse He says, (read this); in the °th verse He sap-, 
(read this J; and in the 18th verse He repeats, (read this). God was assuring 
and reassuring Joshua that he could handle the dob because God Himself would 
be with him. 

Then we learn how God spells out the conditions for success a» recorded in 
ver ~ 9- -ere we find 5 direct comands from God for Joshua to be 

successful. In the 7th verse we first r>eid «n«i^ k„ *. 

eous; be car^r i *. , ' ' strong and very cor: _ 

,o do accordii : | r;h Moses 



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con yon," 

Then second: "Do not tun it to the right or to the left." 

third : verse 8, "This book ofvthe law -hall not : - b from your mouth'J 
fourth: "tut you shall media 4 :-' on i Lght." 

and fifth: "So that you carefu] J -.c do according to all that is writ- 
ten In it." 

God told him if h r : '■ these things he would have success 

instructed to do and si -hat he actually was able 

to do because he listened to God, we can see ~ ■- Lmilarities for our lives. 

The underlying theme of this chapter is the ptrapp " e strong and courageous" 

God relates this to Joshua in the 6th verse, the 7th verse, the 9th verse, 

and the 18th verse closes the chanter with the words, "Only be -strong and 
courageous . " 

God knew Joshua. He knew all about him an" he knew his - 

understood that Joshua needed help to be "strong and courageous.." And 

just as Joshua, so He knows each orie of us. ' n he Psalmist David 

wrote in the 103rd Psalm, "For ' our frame." God knows all about 

us. He understands our fears, our asses, our anxieties, our emotional 

problems. kn.6 dust a~ we iee that Ee led Joshua throuph the turmoils and 

"-hat he faced, so He will do for us. God is reaching out to each 

of us to help us, to reassure us, just as He did for Joshua. The co 

proiSf of that guidance Cod revealed in Jesus Christ. The author of Hebrews 

cures us of this in the 4th chapter, verses 14 through IS, (read these). 

The second similarity we see in Joshua's life which can be compared to ours 

is that ants us tc be obedient to j ord . The 5 commands \ "od 

gave to Joshua were all ba~ed upon T ~is" 'ord, Joshua was to follow the law, 

but the lav; was not to depart from hia mouth, and as to meditate on it 

and night. That meant he was to first of all live it; then talk about 

it and tell it; and then he was to he in eonsl t 'ithin it. Ve too 

should be absorbed in God's ord. The Apostle Peter tells us somethj 

which we should all be able to "c. In his 1st letter, chapter 3, verse 15 

he says, "Hut sanctify Jhrist as Lord in your hearts, always beinr ready to 
"ense to everyone who asks you to sive an account for the hope 
that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence." 

can we giv« count, or answer people if we are unfamiliar with God'e 
WordV People tel] ^e things all the time a' " "someone has said," or, 

"someone has asked them." *.nd when I ask what did you say to them':, 
invariably the answer is, "Well, I didn't know what to say." God gives us 
answers, but ' era are to ; ord . fe cannot help 

people v/ho speak to us of spiritual matters if we give them secular answers. 

utual matters Reserve spiritual answers and secualr matters deserve sp- 
iritual answers also. The problems of this life and of this world are caused 
mainly because life is sought to be lived in the aecular with— thought 
'ritual. Our lives everyday should he a spiritual experience and 









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we see that we are Involve-! in s battle against ro-<'F-^~ >ricipalities , 

we are going to be frustrated. God wants us to live on the spiritual plane 

and to stop lover:'- rselves to the secular Ir order to please people and 

have everyone like us. Joshua took the people where Cod wanted there to go; 

he taught them what God wanted taught; and he let the chips fall where they 

may. If we are to be God's people, it is time we began to read and mediatate 

on Eis Word to arm ourselves for the fight of life. 

(Illustration of Bible believers in Poland) 

-,,.., yesrg before orld far II began in Europe, a man who distributed 
' iblea was in fcria^ eastern Poland and he gave t Bible to a poor villager 
there. The man read it, was converts- aed it on to others. Thr 

that one ^ible two hundred more became believers, '.'hen that Bible dist 
utor, Michael Billester returned to that village in 194-0, the group gath- 
ered to worship. Mr, Billester suggested that in the service perhaps some 
of them could recite verses of Scripture, ""here seemed to be some confus- 
ion at this point. One man iro^e and said, "Perhaps we have misunderstood 
you, Did you mean verses, or chapters f" . ' asked, "Tou mean 

to say there are people here who can recite chapter." of the Bible.'" 
And t was precisely the case. "Virteen of them had memorized Matthew 

and Luke and half of '"enesis. f me had memorized salms. Between them 

the two-hundred knew almost the whole r 'ible by heart. one ible had 

fron family to family and brought to churcl each Sunday, so 
that it --s were haitdly readable. 

And yet, how man;" of us own two or three Bibles and open them and we 

still can't veryone to brin-T their Bibles on -unday morni . 

Then we see that s faithful to all Lad told Joshua. The pro- ' 

God made to Joshua as 9th verse, (read this), is the 

of al] tl lie Ln Joshua's life. God never left him noe deserted him. 

'lave -i similar promise from Jesus that tells us, "Lo T am with you always 
even unto the end cf 4 v;^ •■/orld." 

That's a promise of faithfulness that is Lng us to be "strong and 

courageous as we live our lives. that we follow Him. 

llustration of little girl confu ouldn't show thru) 

unday on their way home from church, s little girl turned to he 
mother and. said, "I r , acher 's sermon this morn:- '"used me." 

,T1 he mother asked, "Oh, why is that.'" 

The little girl replied, "Well, he saic rod is bigger tht ire. 

Is that truer'' 

ae mother replied, "Yes, that's true honey." 
"Shd he also said that Cod live- in us. Is that true 

ain the mother replied, "Yes." 
"ell," said the little girl, "If God is bigger than us, and He lives In 
us, wouldn't He show through i" 

ere is the truth from the mouth of a babe. God should show through us. 

. the life of Joshua because Joshua took advantage of the 

"Available Helpy" from God. ' its us to do. We can 

onl nd courageous with God's heln and direction. Let 'a begin to 

let Him show throurh us. 



January 25, 1987 



St. Paul'B United Church of Christ 
Butler , Pennsylvania 
Rev* Ralph Parte low, Guest Minister 
Rev- Ralph Link, Minister 
Mr- Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr* Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Robin Kaiser and Meron He wis 

+ + + + 4 + + ++ + H- + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
'Processional Hymn No. 659 "We've a Story to Tell to t:Me 

Nat i one" 
♦Ascription 
*Call to Worship: 

Pastor: God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 
People: Send out Thy light and Thy truth; let them lead 

me. 
Pastor: Sing to the Lcrd all the earth. Tell of His 

salvation from day to day. 
People: Declare His glory among all nations, His marvel- 
ous rforws among all people. 
* Prayer of Invocation (In Unison) Almighty God, our Father* 
we pray for Your Church universal, as it endeavors to 
continue to send forth the light and truth of Your 
Spirit. Mat only do we pray for all the parts of the 
Church which You have raised up in many parts of the 
earth, but we pray for all those You have called into 
it. Grant to each one who is seeking the lost the 
success of the task and Your abiding grace as they labcr 
in the vineyard. We lift up our hearts, as the Son of 
Man was lifted up; we pray that all men may be drawn to 
Him from all nations, that Your Church may grow and You 
may be glorified. In Jesus' name. Amen. 
'Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And blessed be His glorious name forever, 
♦Gloria Patri - page 142 
Children's Moment 

Hymn No. 665 "Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life" 
Pastoral Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
•Doxology - page 382 
Anthem 



Benevdle-n t Moment 

Scripture: Acts 11:26-29, 13:1-3 

Sermon: "What Makes A Missionary Church?" 
*Hymn of Invitation No. 658 "0 2ion, Haste, Thy Mission 

High Fulfilling" 
•Closing Chimes 
* Benediction 
*Postlude 

+ +. + +. + + "Congregation Standing + + + + + + 

The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 
Mrs. Ellen Schildroth in memory of Henry Schildroth. 
Mr. & Mrs, Howard Jalllet will greet our members and guests 

at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Dick Mangel, Don Kingsley, Dick Dally, ' 

and Danny Mangel , 
Nursery will he provided today by Mrs, Sue Davis. 
Herb Shearer and Bill Pflugh will be visiting the hospital 

this week* 
Attendance last Sunday was 11? with 20 visitors. 
Hospitalized: 

HONDA* - Finance Committee meeting at 7:00 P.m. 
IPCOMIHG DATES TO R£ MEMBER: 

F ebruary 1 - Congregational Dinner at 5:30 under the 

planning of the Lay, Life and Work Committee. Meat 
dessert and beverages will be provided. Piea*e 
bring a tureen and your table service* Flan to 
come and; join in the activities planned for the 
evening. A surprise awaits some lucky person! 
February 2 - Benevolence Committee meets at 7:00 P.M. 
February 3 - Council netting at 7:00 P.M. 

[S - Today is the final day for you tc noodnttte -=^^ 
people for Elders and Deacons. Please fill in the slip 
of paper in the back of the pews and drop in the offering 
plate. 
VALijrriNE '_5 DIMM ER better known as the Sweetheart Dinner is -"' 
again beingTplanned, The date of February 13th has be**n 
set at the Days Inn. We hope you will plan to attend 
and see what the committee has planned for us. Make your 
reservation now* Your choice of menu is Stuffed Pork 
Chop or Stuffed Chicken Breast. We are looking for a 
great turn out and evening of great fellowship. See 
Mr. & Mrs. Marty Henry, Mr* & Mrs. Ray Gamble or John 
Snow to make your reservation, or stop in the office. 
Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn t followed 
by a period of giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
. reflection. Please avail yourself of the opportunity of 
coming to the chancel rail In responseto God's T eading 
for your life. The Pastor will assist von if J desire. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler , Pennsylvania 
Rev- Ralph Link, Pastor February 1, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Meredith & Megan Hewis 
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Anno ufi cements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
♦Processional Hymn No, 16 "Tell Me the Old, Old Story" 
^Ascription 
♦Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) Eternal Father, thou has 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 '+'crld* and we have looked 
at ourselves instead of to the needs around us. For 
all of our disobedience, carelessness, and lovele-ssness, 
we Implore thy forgiveness. Cleanse us from cur sin 
and strengthen us to live as He has shown us by His 
exanple. We pray it in Jesus' name* Ameiii 

*Kyrie 

•Assurance of Pardon 
*Prais#: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And blessed be His glorious name forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 

Children's Mcment 

Hymn No. 622 "0 How He Loves You and Me" 

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: "Life Anew/0 The Blood of Jesus' 1 

Scripture: Joshua 2: 1-14 

Sermon: "How He Cares 1 ' 
*Hymn of Invitation No. 223 J'l Stand Amazed" 
^closing Chines 

•Benediction 
•Postlude 

+ + + , ""Congregation Standing + + ++ + + 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mr. & Mrs. Ed Weichey in memory of their Parents. 
Mr. it Mrs. Bobby Tedder will greet our members and guests 

at the door this morning* 
Ushers for today are: Marty Henry, Dan Bosko, John Snow, 

and Frank Crawford. 
Nursery will be provided today by Tracey Smiley. 
Rick Vinroe and Ken Draxinger will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was SS with 11 visitors. 
^Hospitalized: Alvin Tait in BMH. £i*fj£ tfcf/t's'Ss/^At- 
■^.TONIGHT Ml Congregational Dinner at 5:30 P.M. Bring a L /F - 
table service and tureen. Meat, dessert and beverage will ' 
be provided. Plan to come and enjoy an evening of fun X, 
and fellowship. Also be sure to wear a happy face! ~>^ 
"^MONDAY - Benevolence Committee will meet at 7:00 P.M. /^/s?*^ 
"^ WEDNESDAY - Church Council meeting at 7:00 P.M. >> ' 

THURSDAY - Chancel Choir practice at 7:00 P.M. 
2> FRIDAY - Council planning dinner in Reh&bcth Hall at 6:00. 
Please make sure your reservation is Into the 
office. 
ALTAR FLOWERS are needed for February 15th. Please take a 
iPinute and sign up for the-ri now. 
"^-VALENTINE'S DINNER has been planned for February 13th at 
the Days Inn. Choice of m*nu is Stuffed Pork Chop at 
$10.00 per plate and Stuffed Chicken Breast at $11.00 
per plate. See Marie Henry to make your reservation an'i 
pay for your dinner. AH dinners mast be paid for before 
the reservations are confirmed. 
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER: 
February 9th - Elders meeting 

13th - VBS workshop on material will be held in 
Rehoboth Hall at 9:30 a.m. we are also 
looking for a Director for Vacation Eible 
School. 
Following the sermon we sing an invitational humn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection* As you reflect on your life's situations 
you have the Chance to respond to God ' s leading for your 
life by coming forward to the chancel rail. The invitati 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Saviori to pray, 
to meditate, or to seek counseling. The Pastor will 
assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity* 



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COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH - SAGAMORE, PA. - JANUARY 25, 19gB 

PRELUDE 

GREETINGS/JOYS/ANNOUNCEMENTS/PRAYER REQUESTS 






HYMN 

PRAYER/OFFERING 
DOXOLOGY 
PASTOHA1 PSAYER 
HYMN 

SCRIPTURE: JOSHUA l:\-\W 

SERMON: "HOW HE CARES" - ST, PAUL'S, BUTLER - ?/l/B? 
HYMN 
•EBNEDCITION 
r «.' t-LUQE 



!><' A 



SCRIP: JOSHUA Z-.l-ifi SERM: "HCW HE CASES" 

(TT,ns woma " ^'ctha f»fttt thee % tthht.e ey^ubd ) 

MATE FAR FETCH EXAMPL HOW PEO WIL ENBELISH TRUTH WEN CUM ?FAMLT 
TREE OR WHER ROOTS CUM FROM 

ST 'ONE SSDl 

■ »y WHT.T TREE «■ » FFW NUTS WTT F»T,T. OBI. 

BUT ROW DUZ GOD HANDL THIS SITtJATIN 

T« MT TH ji pTER 1H-6.W E Hft lt " - """'" ' n " :7 - tfaS3 



NOTTC VSS 5-6 



■t m ft out w™' 1 , A „ T „ 

THTS GKNEO Or JS XP PT OUT WOME N FOR lat TIME 
htit t:a WOMAN HAD BLEMISH 

ruhab -prostitute 

WI FfoTTMl^ - BATOSH SBf-A.IP'TEPEKS 

GOD SHOWS TT""- " n> "' ™ r '™ En ™ TS * ALI^JJC-CjaStEBlii' 

T»»s ^eip IS SET FOR EVENTS off JOSHUA'S LIF TE fflTR MPTE™ 







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VS l.WHT ONLY TWO SPIES??? - CP JOSH & 12 SPIES 
VS J B«NOT TCI, SO MANY WORDS ,601 WENT TO ROUS OF BLIEVH 
EVN TKO PHOST HERE IMORAL.IDOLTRUS CITT SHE WAS BLIEVH 

FR/TNIS WE SEE GOD NO RESFECTR OT PERSNS - HIS WIL ALL B SAVD 

JS TO MICODEHUS- FOR G SENT W OT HI S SON IN? TH/VoRLD 2C0NDEM THE 
WORL.BUT THAT TH/WOBL THRU HIM HJ.TBB~SAVD 

TAK ANTONE.ANT PT OF LIF 6 REDEEM AS DID HAHAB 
VS 11B« HER CONFESIN OF FAITH 
BCCZ THIS SHE & ALL FAULT WER SPARD & JERICHO DESTROTD 
HER SINS WER WASHD AWAI 
ISA SATn THO OR SIHS R LIK SiARLET THET SHAL BCUM WHITE AS WOOL 
CULT OOP CAS MAX RED - WHITE 
ACTULT JE TAKS SIS -BLACK .COVR.S W/SSD-JS BLUD. IT CMS OUT WRIT 
VSJ-K OF JEH, HnS HAD GUD SPT NETWORK 
VS 5«K REQUES MEN JB TURND OVH TO HIM 
VSS J>-5»S HE LTD, BUT DID SO TO PROTEC TH/MEN 

SEVRL FACTRS NOT EVIDENT AS READ STOHT 
HAD BIN LIV CHANGD LIF <*SUMTIM B<* SPIES ARIV ON SCENE 

VS fi.T HIS TDK TIKE ZGATHR t LABORIDS WORK 
EN WF FLAX ggQVR 2 M EN L Bf, A .MT \ flK jn&. >w mna 
SHE ALSO WAS MAK CLOTH R THIS TDK TIME 

FLAX USED AS RO PE 

VS l^ ROPE WAS AT LEAST TOFT LNG.BCUZ THAT 
g»AK ^OFT ROPE FR/FLX WTO TAK LNG TIM S 

( THIS DTE'BKTWfi MADE EH CM ROCKS .ROPES SOAKED W/DTE) 
THDS.LNQ ROPE INDTCATTN KAK CLTH t ROPE ItLNG TIME 

VS 16.R0PE OF REE, NOT THREAD 



MOS WALL THEN 



VS 9« SH0WS HER FAITH B, IT POSITIV »ot HEGATIV 

HEB ll^l-BT FAITH. RAH AB TO/HARLOT DID HOT PERISH A LON G W/THOZ 
_Jf WER DISOBEdVaFTR 'SHE HAD WELCOMD TH/SPIES IN PEACE 

BT FAITH, SHE WAS VftlVH A DIDWT DT AS OTHR RESIDENTS OF JERICHO 

WHY THIS FAIT H????? 

VS S 9-U-SHE HERD WAT Q HAD DUN t SHE BLIEVD HIM lr tV HIM 
HE CARED ABOUT HIS PEOPL 8i SHE WANTS ?B PART OF THAT CROWD 



g SHOD BCTZ iJE DOE t HE FHBVS IT OVH .', ov"' T N <""■. LIVE 
ILL'S' SMOK ALARM GO OFF & IT FIRE AT CHURCH BLOCKS AWAT) 



G SHO HIS LtTV /CARE BT LET SMOK A ARM GO OFF IN STRNG WAT 
BUT NOT ALWAYS DOZ HE DO IN SUCH DRAMatic fashU 

BUT HE W7. CARE 1 LIK SHOWD THAT CARE LIF ISRITES, It SHO THER 

WAS MERCT FOR SAHAB, 
SO HE SHO THAT CARE FOR US AS REVEAL JS XP THRU SCRIPTITR 
"BAVII TRUST il HIM AS UR SAVIOR? 



■ ■ : : 1-14 

it linage (ns 

ihairj 

how ] : 

lets handles I :1-S 

. wi 

= '■ womn list here 
,-11 list contain only names oi 
but 2 nak mor dishonrbl ,no o 1 -- 1 ;" C woffll! lftst.bul 

Rahab=prostut;Ruth=: fopenrirac-wif Uriat 

B r alul trea 
Disc- los ovr truth ;rictitir thi brs of 

Js Jus e 5, sll 

tak plsc lif Josh ^nd ol 
vs 1= of story 

osib ■• ,- -> ..,el lean 

lern of IS "■ Ly Ppositiv re 

othr 
a^in 

mi8in-2 vi! land.espoci] 1 ' 

then f ---••: 1C 

, idoltrus ,i™ral city Jer was Bliev^ 
■■rostut but cun kno/Bliev 1 
fr ' n o lern G no reapectr persns 

It G's wil all ■ , 

ent not STj 
th world, but that th wor" saved 

t lif redee 

] spur wen Jer des1 niz, 

:' univers 
].e had bin was wash away lilt Iss 
B lik scarlet, they 

"ed bite, out S in busnes of 
turn sin into salvatin 

of 
Je Xp 8s it cume out white 
l of tier mua iv- ntastic network intel 

I fi 

en misin of spy 
so nend nen captur,but ^ahab hid 

^re 
St ,but her ked,im- 

■ 1 city was -uch,-li- 
:he cud hav persuad men lv city : tak her w/then,but 
she choz ?hide the- , if let dwn wal on rope 



o ?/ 
Li 
riv on Beg - 

so cud 

- 
I 
wer at rope 10 ft if - 

erv othr parpe -nvn * ordnary usag 

of rone 

•-■ '+ cloth 
in ancient tire dif transport 1. | 

■ of rocks " piece of rope was lye 2 

-one dried 
anyl want dye plec cloth, buy piec rope, boil water, 
put in , 

so hav long rope made of flax indicat Hahab in? nak 
seal* 
Also=vs 18=Thred was same rope let *al v;ith 

3ft in air, but rope wud 
■He jr» Li no ape ,i wish,mayE 

it strict! • this c faith in G 

Heb ll:31-By faith La net p°*-i 

w/thoz who wer diaobed ,af t-- 'f-ned 

th spies in peace. 
By faith, Rahab th prosut was not only <fcgivn,but didni 
/othr residents of Jer 
Put '••' :v this r- 

-11 we find anser 

Beuz she herd wat G had dun; she knu 
that "■ reaXy care'' ' eopl 

p declar=vs 1] 

io abstrec piec wud/eton. out 

chozen peo rt that crowd 

no 3 care 
jro ] 
Bcuz He prov i c ovr S ovr 

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lik this 

I BV , 

she had faith srey t-her 

l:no that 



Scripture: Joshua 2:1-14- 

Lost people are interested to a certain degree in their lineage. Last Christ 
mas I net ~- rho ±e±xxjuh is originally fr< sachusetts and can trace 

his family back to the Mayflower. 

'\ p oman was desifcous of f±Kist±xxxkra making no i-p- family tree. °he hired an 
expert in thiarfield to do the research. The expert did his work and gave 
her the copy of the family tree. looked it over \ : aid, "My this is 
an impressive niece of work. I especially like how you n-ave technical titles 
which describe the occupations of many of them, ^or instance, this uncle, 
you wrote, "He occupied the chair of applied electricity at one of our better 
known public institutions." Just where did he teach.'" The expert replied, 
He didn't teach madam, he was electrocuted in prison." 

La is oerhaps a farfetched example of how people try to embellish the tn 

when it comes to the family tree or our roots and - we came from. But ia 

let's look at how God handles this situation. In the Sospel o^ 7 'atthew, the 

very first chapter, starting at the first verse and reading throu "h the 6th 

verse, we read, (read this portion of Scripture). Of special note are the 

5th and 6th verses. Notice: it tells us, "And to Salmon was born Boaz t 
Rahab; and to Boaz was horn Obed by Ruth; , Jesse; and to Bsnriri 

Jesse was born David the king. ras born Solomon by her who 

had been t % e wife of Uriah." 

dust what is it that God is pointing out here? In this geneajlogy df 

Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world we are loo b the list cf 

earthly ancestors and vie find first ofc all three women liste . io was 

never done before. All genealogical lists only contained the names of males, 

never females. Tut to make it more dishonorable we not only see three women 

listed, 3bbx± but each of them are tranished. in one way or another. Rahab, 

was a prostitute; T^uth was a Moabite and therefore looked down upon as a 

foreigner; and The "ex -wife of Uriah" was an adulteress. So we discover that 

God doesn't frloss over the truth. ~' e pictures these ancestors of Jesus just 

as they are with their faults and all. This then sets the scene for the 

events which took place in the life of Joshua in the 2nd chanter of our 

cripture from Joshua. 

Our story oners in the 1st verse where we read: "Then Joshua the son of 
sent two men as -pies -ecretly 'ror r hittim. 

Now why did he only send twor It's a roor. possibility that Joshua remembered 
well the lesson of the 1? spies of which he was one and how he and Caleb were 
the only two who came back with a positive report. The other ten had been so 
;ative they infected all of Israel with a pessimistic outlook which did ir- 
reparable harm to the morale of all of them. r o this time when he was in com 

mapd,, there were only two. Their mission was to, "Go, view the land, esnec- 
i IaI1:? Jericho." 

It is then we read that immediately they went to"the house of a harlot whose 
name '.ahab, and lodged there." 

Here in this idolatrous, immoral city of E^richo was a believer in God and 
she herself was a prostitute, but she had come to ] nc ■ believe in the One 



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true God. From all of this and fi ubsequently fo] -at 

God is no respecter of persons. It Is God's will that all people be saved 
from their sins. Jesus, speaking to Nicodenras in the 3rd chapter of the Gos- 
pel of , "For 3c ent r~ Sis "en into the world to condemn the 
world, but that the world throu ht be saired," 

God ^gkagxrex ymse can take anyone at any point in their life and redeem t] 

ahab and all of her fami] hen Jericho 

itroyed because she fcsx recognized and c^~^ to know God as the Only 

true God of the universe. '11 tha ' ir i' q been was washed away. Isaiah 

>ugh yours sins are like scarlet thay shall become white as wool.W 

That's nuite a feat, making red white. But God is in the bus! - 

sin inot salvation. Actually, God takes sin, which is black and covers i 

with Red which is the Blood of Jesus Christ and it comes out White, 

line king of Jericho must have had a fantastic network of intelligence agents. 

n :new that some men had entered her nous ; h v e kne v ; come from Israel 

and he knew they were there c r mission of spying. So he sent his men to 

■ure them, but Rahab had hidden them and she lied to the men of Jericho 

concerning where they were. e know tha^" lying is not what we should do, 

but her background in this wicked and ir-nor^l ci i such that she did this 

means to protect the men. Rahab could have persuaded the men to le 

the city and to take her with them, Instead, Bhe hid them, and when It 

safe she let them down the wall on a rone. reral -^sswesss inside 

factors which are not evident on the surface in thi r story, first o^e is 

that r :ahab must have been living s changed life for nuite sometime before the 

two spies arrived or. the ^cene. T, 'e re^ in the 6th verse, "But she had bro- 
ught them up to the roof and hidden them I": t 1 -' ; :s of flax which r 
had laid in order on the roof." 

Rahab had been gathering flax, "his took time and was laborious work, > 
have enough flax on th n t roof to cover two men meant that siLgca she had been 

vi it for nuite Lme, : :he couldn't have been practicing her 
trade of prostitution. By the very fact that she gs flax, meant that 
she was making cloth and this also took time. But consider the fact that 
she ha; 3 rope to let the men down the wall and mc lis around cities 
were at least 30 feet high. That meant s -ere c p ] 3t 30 feet in len- h. 
But the ropes served another purpose ar woven not for the oddinary 
usare of rope. Remember the rope was of flax, and flax was used for cloth. 
In ancient e: , tc get dye it was extracte ifcHxtaeix rocks boiled for 
this purpose. It was difficult if not impossible to transport liquid dye In 
those . when being boiler 1 out of recks, a piece of rope 1 
put into th« 'sorb it, Oloth makers would b iece of this dyed 
rope to eir cloth with. Water wou] Led, a piece of dyed rope 
would be placed into the water and the color fro- the rope would tranfer to 
' " in t r, ' s yed -loth. 



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oo having a Ion?- rope made of flax is an indication that Rahab was into 

ing cloth on a rather large scale. 30 called "thread" in verse 18 

was this scarlet, or red rope on which the two spies were let down over the 

wall. A thread would not be seer from the ground 30 feet below a window. 

But a rope wou] . 

Cut in this fcripture we also see the faith of Rahab. In the 9th verse we 

rend that Rahab says, "I KNOW that the lord has riven you the land," There 

is no"I think, "or "Maybe" it is strictly "I KNO' ." Completely I ive 

which expresses a complete faith in God. In the book of Hebrews 11:31 we 

read, "By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish alonj with those who were 
disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace." 

By Faith, Rahab the prostitute not only was forgiven but didn't die ale 

with all of the ether residents of Jericho. -^y did Rahab have this 

b..' I believe we need to go back to the °th through the 11th verses to 

find the answer. Rahab bold the tfct- spies, (tead verses 9 through 11). 

Rahab had " ecause she had heard of what had done. 3W that 

God really cared for His people. r he declared, xEexxxexxxSesI 'Tor the lord 
your . ; ■ rod in heaven above and on earth 1 ." 

He was np + sore abstract ti ece of wood or stone. te raa real and He care: 

chosen oeople i -■ wanted to be - : rowd, rj you 

ally that God cares ou' Ho you honestly know it for a 

fact.' You should know it, because He does ar -- over 

a rain. 

(Illustration of smoke alarm -oinr off "■ i 4 - was an imrendin^ "ire at church) 
tniels reported in Guidepost magazine about'a str cident wh 
which happened in the life of her family when she was IS. The said that 
one winter night xiiHx 'Hpy were awakened in the middle of the nirht bv an 




coul ' et tack to sleep and she rot up, went into he >nt's rooms 
and asked ±1 her Dad if he had checked the whole house. He assured her he 
had and then her mother exclaimed, "The coffee not, I think I left it on 
at the church." Her Had rot into his clothes and dashed out of the house 
to drive down_to the church. About 10 minutes later he returned and re- 

ow I understand, The pot was on - burned empty and beginning to 
smoke. 'bout a half hour earlier what had wakend them was the smoke alarm 
in their smoke free house. 

God proves His care by showing reoole somethin brange as a smoke alarm 
off in a house to warn of an impending fire in their local church, 
3 doesn't always show are in such dramatic fashion. But He does shi 
it as He did in the lives of the Israelites, which promoted ~ woman to be- 
lieve and have faith that there was room in God's mercy for her. This is the 
entire messare of r cripture and particularly as revealed in .Jesus Christ. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor February 3, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, 5axcph.oni.st 
Acolytes: Megan and Meredith Hewis 

+ +.+ + + + + + + + + +- + + + + ++ + ++ + -t--«- J t- + + -r + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Jays 

Prayer Requests 
^Processional Hymn No. 526 "Faith of Our Fathers' 
*Ascription 
•Exhortation 

•Confess ioa (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 OUT lives. Refuse 
the prejudice that mak^s us hate others; up^et the self- 
ishness that blinds us to the d< bt >■■- owe cur fellow- 
man; disturb the complacency that keeps us frcwn your 
service; and cleanse us from all that would offend you. 
We pray all this in the name of our Lord and Saviour 

Jesus Christ Amen. 

*Kyrie 

' Assurance of Pardj n\ 

~FraL£c: Paster - Blessed God 

People - And b] be Kis glorious name ! "' ■ 

♦Gloria Patri - page 142 
Children's Moment 
i : y :. fto. 79 ' Trusting Jesus" 
Call tc Prayer : Paster - i'he Lord be with you 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
•Donology - page 382 
Anthem: "0 What A Beautiful Day / Happy Am I" 
Scripture: Joshua 3: 1-17 
Sermon: "His Honor" 
*Hymn Of Invitation Wo. 71 "Faith is the Victory" 
"Closing Chimes 
*Benediction 
*Pos tlude 
+ +■ +■ +. I *Congregation 5 1 abiding + + + + + + 



The beautiful flowers OR the altar have been placed by Mr. 
and Mrs, George Pflugh in loving memory of daughter Pam. 
Mrs. Diana Hollefreund will greet our members and guests 

this morning at the door. 
Ushers for today are: Jane Weichey, Judy Shearer, Jeanne 

Snyder and Mid Diefenderfer . 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs, Debbie McDonald* 
Sandy Sheppecki Maria Henry, and Helen Riemer will be 

visiting the hospital this week. it//'""/ /?Zvf 

--Attendance last Sunday was 113 with 12 visitors. 
-^Hospitalized: Mrs. Elsie Kornrumpf in BMH. - C *->7~ ' 

The beautiful flower arrangement on the organ has besn given 

by David Krebs in loving memory of Mrs. Grace Fiddle. 
MONDAY - Property Committee will meet at 7:00 P.l-L Please 

make an effort to attend. 
WEDNESDAY - Finance Committee meeting at 7:00 P.M. 
THURSDAY - VB5 Workshop in Rehoboth Hall, All interested 
workers and helpers for V3S are urged tc- atttei d. 

> Workshop begins at 5: .50 a.n. 

- Valentine Dinner at the Days Inn. Please contact 
Le Henry if interested. Reservations must I \ 
today, 
rs meeting is scheduled f'cr Monday February 16th at 7:0C 
The 1956- Yearbooks are in the Narthax for you to nick up. 
Please follow the Prayer Chain that is contained in ths 
i k . This will avoid missing peocle to call. 
February 15th we need altar flowers. If you would like tc 
purchase theii in memory of a loved one, please sign up 

tall the office on Monday. 
ymen's Dinner is scheduled for Thursday February L9tt 
6:30 P.M. This Ls the Youth Night dinner. It tfill 
at St. John's U. C* C, in Evans City. Tickets are £4+00 
and may purchased from Jake Harmon. 
! allowing the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity far 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations 
you have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the chancel rail. The invitafci 1 ! 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Saviorj to pray, 
to meditate, or to seek counseling* The Pastor will 
assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 



COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH - SAGAMORE, PA. - FEBRUARY 1, 1998 

PRELUDE 

GREETINGS/JOYS/ANNOUNCEHENTS/PRAYEH REQUESTS 




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"HYMN 

PRAYER/OFFERING 
* DOXOLOGI 

PASTORAL PRATER 

HYMN 

SCRIPTURE: JOSHUA 3:1-17 - ( CHAPTER J) 

SERMON: "HIS HNOR" «■ - ST. PAUL'S, BUTLER 
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THER V.-mOZ WHO COftCEIV OF G AS "HULLT" EVK HE HD HIH CAT, THA T? 
( EXPLl HE OPRATIV LIVS ABE/TSAn/JACOB &. SUJH.JHJ llK RAH RUFSHOD 
OVR ^NT/A.LL_W!tfi_NO_SI!BMIT THIMjftJE. DESTROY ANY^ALL WHO 

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(ILOS OL D LAT1Y PHTS EXAMS 6 MUS TRUST GOD ) 

WANT Pf5 ONT.T THINK ENTRUS ALL TO GOD A S LAS T RESORT 

(ILUS NORA WALN.fr BUK ON HITLER) 

HIT nWEBSTY ', ""'is hbmn this njv skai, 

MEASITB I WAT (I TB rawPTJETT.T 

I'D HIPI. CAN 

OUR SCRIP PT THIS OUT SEVRLWAYS 

JOSH NOW LDR OF PEOPLjSPTS SENT JERICHO 
PREP CONtJUES EVIL/IMORAL/SINFIIL CITY 

JOSH/PEOPL AT EDO JORDN RIVER-LODG THEE 
VS_15 r NO BOATS/BRIDGS ft STREAM OVRBLO 

THO G PROM DELIVR ENMTS ISITES FACE AS 

GRT CHALENG AS KOSES FACED AT RED SEA 
JOSH/CALEB SAW THIS 1st HAND.OTHRS NO 
JOSH IN COHAN ft WAIT NOTHR KIPACL 

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S TREAH WID AS FUTBAL, FIELD ^fr. V%IB WOV 
AT iO~Hl PER HR 
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VAT HAPN TT fl DO WtlTHIW 

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VS^-JOSH' FAITH OVRCUM" FEARS /DOUBTS 

G i ACT WH/SHO G HONORS FAITH 
(I LUS ELDRLT WOMAN BIG CAR ft PARK IT) 
G ALWAY HONOR FAITH BUT NO EXPEC BLIND 
LEAPS OF FAITH 

JOSH KNU WAT EXPEC OF G,BCU7. OF PAST 
TKSFh KNU G CUD DO ft TRnST HIM 4lT 
S ES SES LESSN LSRN - VSS 7^ 

G GIV INSTFUCS HERE 
VSS 9-1W0SH TEL PEOP WAT G WUD DO 

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COHTJNCATIN LIK HAV JDAYMTT* 

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CAMRA CREWS .MAKUP, CUE CARDS, ETC. 

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VS q.I NDICAT JOSH HELAT ALL THIS 3 GOD 
G IffiW It, is* ^gjB 
" I AH TH/L.THAT 13 MT NAME: I VIL NOT 

tiiT ht vim umw 

MAN CANOT EXALT SELF,* EXPEC G JHONOB 

VSS l%-lfr»T HI5 THIRD LESSN FR/PASAG 

PICTUR WAT HAPN HERE 
VS 1P.ADAM. nPSTREAW VWILES-WATR HAKDU1 

vs in^wn «itii ft.o »nRD sf.a 

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C 4 N ttNJTES WATCH ft C A- THIS NO DEPICT 

GCjLA£-i-EHLLI 
r.nn pyp-flfrpfrT WAT TO C.N nn «. TTfi A 
imiMH vrumwT HP . pgtrn nw wreim pcti 
HIS MEyG THN p. "™- r. WAT T [TIN ' _fc 

tots Psmr i ak th/qhlt teu oon 

O STTL STAN OUTBID HAHTS OF MANKIND 
SEEK ENTRANC SO MAN NO PERISH, BUT HAV 
EVELASTINS LIT 
fTT JIK FP/TAT.AHAST ^BIISADE OF B GRAHAK) 
THIS SCRIP 3RD NOTHR HtAKPL G GIV OPOR- 
TTNTT THE?. CANANITES JREPENT Si TORN TO 
HIM 
GOD WAS_SHOWING TH/KEATHN NATINS WHO 
WER'WITNSSING THEZ MIRACLES THAT DOOM 
WAS COMING DNI.ES thet repented 
HIS kesag then is th/same ?dat 

TORN FR/OR FALS GODS 1 BR WICKD WATS 
S, WORSHIP ME b LIV 
BUT MANS SELF-SUFICENT PRIDE KEEPS HIM 
IMPRISONED IN HIS HNBLIEF 
<3 HAS GIVN IT. HIE C.QKPLET REVELATIfJ JN 
8. THBP JS XP 
(ILUS WORn T.WTDE CH OF GOD - AB M^TfONBISM 8, BEING WELC0HD AS XPIA1 
LiTjOSHDA", WE HAV BIN ENTRDSTD WIT HT/TRUTH ft WE MHS LIT IT ft 
SHARE IT 

JOSHUA INVITED TH/PEOFL' AS WE READ IN THE 1th VEHS OF THIS SCRIP 
.irnfflr pTWR iNTl HEAP THftKTflpK OF TH/LORD TOlffi GOD" 
LET US LISTEN FOR EI WORDS ft LET OS HEED THEM 



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watch wat G go 2dc thru me 

no hav mod tech lik 2day 'i-this ■ wikful 

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intrvu;wud hav makup,cue cards " all worl 
wid watch as Josh dramatic stretch our arms & pul 
ounce of drama out of scene 

mat 4us p < worl 3 choz ^do in sirpl times with 
nsophis peo 5: Josh no exalt self as cud hav 
■ ot ' hav th r-jov- words wer=vs 9P 

Ther was no=Kow hear wat Josh mo ^do I wat I hav say 
He end remarks w/words=vs 11 
Josh knu it no rt ?exalt self S G waa th 1-2B exalted 
lesn taut this in*fcanc=G honrs thoz who honr 
Th pruf this intsanc & all instanc is G duz wat says 
wil do wen it Him lif up sc glorfy " not humn beings 

Isa H-2: ys~: . : I II 

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Can cnnot exalt self & exrec C! " honr that 
Third lesn is seen in wat G did 
vss 14-15= _ ictur if U wil wat tak plac here 
Bib scholrs tel us city "dam locat mud i up 
valy fr Jordn, so wat pr?c hav: 
Th eyes many Canites wer on this seen 
Many, many them saw watrs bak up 4- this lc ?etct 
Many saw l£ : ites cros rivr 11 thru it, can D imagin 
efec this had on thoz peoV 
4 Thoz who lid pictu bully, th lesn here is '- 

G r ■ 3 ] ost humnty 

l©ud/clear Ball heathn peo,' w b I can 
do £•. how thispruv I am only True God." 

circuit -' ancient or mod times, G stil stand 
harts/livs mank seek entranc in? thoa livs 
] nt all >s so man duznt perish, but hav 

evrla :t life 

(Ilus . raham en '■ , wo men) 

Th integrty G sho thru in ord evrday circum of lif 
In this instanc we □ " issu nothr op !l Ganites 
repent '!■ turn 2 

onwar He sho them w/mir I at He was 

say=Doom is cum, Repent, turn fr fals wickd 

liv I worship le 
G continu evn 2day Preach out ?sinsik lying worl ? 
repe ' urn 2 r 'im 

But prid of man lokin self-sufic worl 

peo Blong loci Ch "■ c ins, but merly ni 

no all boul ,but no kno persnly 
Bo U hav that relats: -ay U kno' as J 

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" is Toner" 
Scripture: Joshua 5:1-17 

If you were to rive a name which typifies f or you what n -od is, what would 

that name be.' 

Your answer is dependent upon how touts and what you conceive G-od to be. 

There are many people who do net truly understand God who refer to Him as a 

bully. Did you ever hear Him called that: lie is named a "bully" because of 

the Old Testament where Tie was operative in the lives of JLbrahi , lac, 

Jacob, Hoses, Joshua and men such as these, ^he reasonir ^ nd this think- 

is thai j-od ran roughshod not only over those who did not submit to Hi , 

but des anyone who stood in . as not 

willing 'ten to anyone else's viewpoint on life. 

It seems to me k hat if there would have been organizations available then 

such have now, the American Civil Liberties Union would have si 

for violation of Civil liberties. 

(Illustration of old lad- aches and pains) 

elderly lady who had many ache? and pains, ome imaginary, 

" her f they " t ken her to the doctor's, had 

examined for everything possible. Sasxxiix&xiiBiaexHii: ""'hey told her, "" 7 e 've 
done all we can for you. You '1] just have to teusl :t." 

Visibly shaken by this remark she renlied , " iear, ! it come to 

■ s Bre ii /e ill to 

' lustration cf Mora Wain and book or Hitler) 

^re 'orld ar II Nora ' ; aln wrote s boo! tier and his plotters 

for bhey were. The book was confiscated in the Serman mail system as 
it was on its way to an Ameircan publisher, nd, wrote the 

book arain from me it copies of it to Heinrich Himmler, the Nazi 

hanfcman. He took vengeance by imprisonii he author's anti-1 

friends. Miss Wain -vent back to Germany in ] " T >9 and offered her life for 
the freedom of her firends. Himmler offered to empl hole prison if 
she would write a book to make Hitler ar good. In refusing ahe said, 
"I am willing to forfeit ray life, K '; 4 - ro+- my beliefs." 

In this human illustration we can see a small measure of all that 3od is d 

letely, ;] io has ever kh£ read and under." : he I ible can ever 

question i~he absolute integrity of ~od. 

Our f'cripture this morning point? this out in several ways. Joshua had been 

chosen by "od to be the leader of the people of Israel. Spies had been sent 

out tc Jericho in preparation for the conauest of that immoral and evil city. 

Those spies had returned and reported ^o Joshua and now he "as ready to lead 

the people on the march to that futuBe battle. T n our scripture Joshua and 

the peorle have come to bhe edge o r the ""iver Jordan and they have lodged 

there in t ;ion to cross, '"his riv°r provided a v"st obstacle for them. 

The ' 't have es , or boats, c Beans to cross thi and 

wild stream. e are ^eiy in the 15th verse of this chapter, "The Jordan over 
flows all its banks inxths all the days of harvest." 

i though God had assured Joshua -mc* the people of Israel that lie would de- 
liver the enemies into their hands, ±ksx the Israelites' faced aa great a 
challenge at this point faced when seeking to cro-n the Red Sea. 

Joshua and Caleb were the only two of this vast army of people who had seen 
the miracle Sod performed there. Je c ;e and w( 



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trusting God for another miracle. But cai -icture these people as they 

saw the ver before the- 1 . 'his strwam was nrobably as wide as 3 x"x 

football field, but the water at flood tine reac' - 1 of 10 miles per 

hour. River ^rons approximately 1000 feet in its descent from the Sea 

of Galilee to the Dead ea. Ill of these people except Joshua and Caleb had 

heard stories cf what God had done ea and now they were 

faced with a mixture of fear and anticipation. fould God act again: 
Joshua himself must have viewed this situation with m: otions. /hat 

would happen if Sod did nothing! 1 ''hat would the people dov "-"hat would his 
imare be with these people if nothing happened.' But Joshua's faith over- 
ruled chis fears. That is win we road in the 5th verse, "And Joshua 'jo 
the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for to^nrro rd will <Fo wonders 

am 01 " .'" XTCCKKXXBWXXX'ElGXlckX'X 

And God did indeed act in this situation. ' honors faith. 

(Illus 4 of elderly woman, newer, bigger car it) 

■\n elderly lad ed in her c nd bought a large luxt 

drove down main street a: 9n she came to a p p] " ■ lied 

beside the front of that spot, put it in reverse and started 

to pull in. space she ■ ling in ■ ^ed as thoug] e wouldn't 

get her new car into it. A„ she cut the wheel Ly and started to I 

in she olicemen stariJ her. Unruffled, she backer! in, star' 

ened the car up and pulled forward, 1 it on the ver; T first try, 

b a sense of accomplishment :he arot out of the car and walked to the 

; er. Standing next to it was one of the polices . Tiuch to her 
surprise he a coin in the meter. Then as he y, he re- 

sponds '-■ bewilderment l J "" rjust two wo: , " 

self-satisfied tone \ fter him, "Blessed are they who have not 

seen and yet believed." 

God always honors faith, hut Tie doesn't expect us e blind leaps of 

faith. Joshua knew what to expect of God because he had seen what Hod had 

done in the pas- 1 -, 'fore, he knew whal Ld do and he trusted I 

to do it. 

The second lesson e learn from this '"cri'nture is the lesson vs. surround.' 

thecconverr" what " l out it. In the 

7th §5 8th verse. ua instructions. (read these verses). 

Joshua then be : all the people we read in the 9th through the 

11th verses, (read es). 

Put notice i God says, " y wil] egin bo exalt you in the sight of 

all Israel." 

And jus^ .do? Che ordinary reaction would toe have be 

Joshua to assemble the people of Israel and to have "aid, ' y • people, I 
it to show you so" lly spectacular. Keep your eyes on the Jordan 

r er and v;aitch what God is going to do thrc ." Joshua didn't have the 
modern communication system ve -today and for this we can probably be 
thankful. Can you picutee what Li would have been like. ', , ABC and 
all other netwo: )uld have had camera crews there, with "en and women to 
interview Joshua and the leaders of t' aelitesj Jc ve had 

ding fro- 1 eve cards "c^.H have for all the world to 



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see and with outstretched arras would have dramatically pulled every ounce of 

drama out of this scene. But fortunately for the world, God chose to do this 

in a very simple tine amonr- vr pie and unsophisitcated people. And Jost 

khx ua did not exalt himself as he would have. I T e sought to let God have the 

T "e saia, "Gome here, and hear the words o^ the lord yovr od t " vs 

9a. ^ere was no, "Now hear what Joshua i ■' - to do and what I have to 

say." "Te ended his remarks with the words, "Behold, the ark of the covenant 
the Lord of all thee earth is c : Lng over ahead of you into the Jordar 

Joshua knew that it was not right -t-o exalt himself and that Gc the One 

Jo be exalted, i.nc the le-scn taught in this instance is tha + Sod honors 
those who honor Hia. The nroof in this instance and in every instance for 
that matter is that God does as " T e sa; "ill do when it is ±s 'hat is 

lifted up and glorified and not any human being. In Isaiah 4": od says, 
"I am the Lord, that is Fly name; I will not give '■ ~; glory to another.-- Han 
cannot exalt bimsel-f and expect God ^o honor that. 

The third lesson from this passge is seen in what God did. e "ead in the 
14th through the loth verses, (read these ). licture if you will what was 
taking place here. Biblical scholars tell us the c^" T " of Wiam was located 
as nuch as 30 miles back up the Jordan valley. What effect did this have? 
In the ] :we read, (read this verse). Bicture in your minds, the 

eyes of - C the Canaanites looking on this scene. Many of them saw the 

■ ^or this long, long stretch. Many saw the Israelites begin 
to cross this River and walk through it. Can you imarine the effect it must 
have had on these people; For those who would ricture God as being a bully, 

lesson here is t did, ] ■ will seek to reach out to 

lost humanity. His me ; " loud \ tid clear ■ s heathen peo- 

ple. ' •' - --'■ , ee, wl t I can do and how this proves that I am the 

onl d." matter the circumstances whetehr it be in theses ancient 

times or in our modern times, God i: still a itside of the hearts and 

lives of mankind seeking entrance into those lives. ants all sorts of 

rtunities so that man doesn't perish, but have everlasting life. 

Last November Billy Graham held a Crusade in Tallahassie Florida. ] jus 

read of the results of that Crusade. Two rather insi~nif icant items struck 

sye. I read, " was a ?l-year-pld fireman who told his counselor, ' 
father was the only one I could talk to, ■ ix months ■ nd- 

■ became a Christian. Lay I had decided to talk txcdaxx with him 

about what his decision for Christ meant to him, he died. 1 

"awn his cheeks, tl fireman rave his own life ti 1st. 

It was a - n who came forward to accept Christ, saying, 'I've 

been a street pernor drunk, bu1 I have peace -urance now. I'm 

child of the Lord. 1 The nexl bhe police called his -lor to say 

that this man had been four" ntification he had. in 

his pocket was the inquirer's with the counselor's name on it." 



The intemity of God show .- ordinary everyday 



y crrcumst nces 



of li f e. In this lesson we see that God was Issuing another opportunity for 

anites to repent a 3 Him, Proi onward He showed 

their with 1 ***©, miracles ^r^- was saying to the world, - ent 

Turn from your false i ; our wic 'nd live and worship he. 

God continues even tod— to reach out to a sin-sick and orld to repent 

and turn to Him. But man' keeps him locked into his own little self- 

ruff icient world. I any people belone* to a local church and are called Christ 
ians . But it is merely a name because they Kxleex may know all about Jesus 
Christ, but do not know Him personally. Do you have that personal relation- 
shir with Him: 3an you honestly say your Lore id av- 
ior? he invitation is always extended from the lord to co^e to He 
it is still d ay , for the night cO i man can work. If you don't 
know Him accept what He offers 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler i Pennsylvania 
fiev. Ralph Link, Pastor February 15, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Wendy Norman and Jennifer Vinroe 
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + -(- + + + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "Little Prelude in G Minor / My God And I" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
•Processional Hymn No. 360 "You Servants of God, Your 

Master Proclaim" 
*Ascription 
•Exhortation 

♦Confession (In Unison) Eternal Father „ teach us in the 
daya of this year to discover the preciousness of time. 
Keep us from wasting our time in senseless thoughts, 
words and deeds , Help us through your word to number 
our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom, and a 
life devoted to thy reconciling ministry in the 
world; we ask this in the name of our Lord and Savior , 

Jesus Christ. . *. Amen, 
"Kyrie 

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

People - And blessed be His glorious name forever, 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 

Children's Moment 

Hymn No. 35 "Near to the Heart of God" 

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

Prayer 

Offering 

Offertory "Resignation" 
-Doxology - page 382 

Anthem: "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho"' 

Scripture i Joshua 6: 1-5 

Sermon: "The Five Letter Man 11 
*Hymn of Invitation No* 409 "Who Is on the Lord's aide?" 
" Closing Chimes 
•^Benediction 
•PostJwde 

+ + + + ) ♦Congregation Standing ++++++ 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mr, 4 Mrs, Richard Dally in memory of their parents. 
Mr. & Mrs. Walter Hcllefreund will greet our members and 

g Lie s t s this morn i n g at the door * 
Ushers for today are Hob Vinroe, Kevin Snyder * Jeff Snyder 

and Rick Vinroe. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs* Lucille Tack. 
Ken Draxinger, Ray Isberwood, and Dick Dally will be 

visiting tha hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 150 with 26 visitors. 
^Hospitalized: J\*£~ /?. . 

MONDAY - Elders Meeting at 7:00 P.M. 

WEDNESDAY - Property Committee meeting at 7:00 P.M. 

THURSDAY - Choir practice at 7r00 P.M. 

>Mary Martha Circle 10:30 a.m. in Rehoboth Hall 
Leadership Training Classes will begin April 21st, If you 
are interested, please call the office to sign up now* 
This is also the class for the Elders and Deacons who will 

>be going through training* 
Registrations are now being taken for men to attend the 
Moody Bible Institute. Please give us your name as soon 
as possible. Registrations will be mailed in at the end 
of February . 
TfcPalro Sunday we will be taking, in new members. If you or any 
one you know is interested in joining please drop us a 
note in the offering plate or let the office know. 
Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations 
you have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the chancel rail. The invitati<"* 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, 
to meditate, or to seek counseling. The Pastor will 
assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 



COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH - SAGAMORE, PA. - FEBRUARY 8, 1998 

PRELUDE 

GREETINGS/JOYS/ANNOUNCEMENTS/PRAYER REQUESTS 

CHURCH DINNER SAT. k-7 
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•HYMN 

PRAYER/OTTERING 
• PQXOLOGT 

PASTORAL PRAYER 

KYMN 

SCRIPTURE: JOSHUA fi:l-5 

SERMON: "THE FIVE-LETTER KAN" - BUTLER, ST. PAUL'S, 2/15/87 
•HYMN 

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(Hue Baroness in Kenya) 

as of othrs who olaj 

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in here.wac a all wk, 

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SCRIP: JOSHUA 6jl-5? SERM: "THE FIVE-LETTER MAN" 

(ILUS AD FOR STATE TROOPR APPS PULLMAN, WASBINGTOH HERALD) 

EVIDENT "StfORTH" 'ti F, TH'/MCR ED U NEED - THANKFUL*' I T ^TAL^ 

(EXPL 3 LETTR MAN , . IN SPORTS IN CODLEG E) 

2DAY LK WAT MITES' CALL - . TO/^IVE-LETTOH_MANJt - PEOPLE 

( T TU S" INTER-COLLEGIATE MEETING . YALE-FOHH LETTRS ft M l" f) 

S WIL SPEND 75 MINUTES ON F IVE LETTE BS 
VS I «I SITES ACROS JORDN, ENCAMP OUTSID JERICHO 
PICTUR PEO-SCARED/NO KNO WAT DO/KERD=RED SEA,ENMTS OVRCUM ETC 

L ^?_. W * TR !_ SH .°--P D IN THE7 " CT ? CUKS Tl NQ WANT DESTRY,,NO REPENT 

( EX A WPL_ ABE , AMJHT^D^OMOB ft INCCENT PEOPL)* " 

GOD WUD DESTROY IF V.Q REPENT, HAD CHANCES BUT NO TURN 

JERICHO NOW SET TO BE NEX NATIN COUNQUERED 
VS 2~ VICTRY 2B THEPS AS TOLD BY GOD 

VS > WALK/HARCH RND CITY ONCE EA DAT, QUIET NO SPK-BLOW RAM HORN 
SUM PEOPL FIRST, THEN PRIEST, THEN REST PEOPL 
PICTUR PEO WATCH THIS.STRNG WffT TAK PLACER WONDER WAT HAPPN 
VS g- SEVENTH DAY, 7 TIMES MARCH?W'aLK BLO HORN-BHMtxMlttxaiAtt 
VS 5-LOUD BLAST, PEOPL SHOUT It WALLS FALL xxx*** 

SO ISITES ABL CONQUER CITY ft PEOPLE 
(THEORIES BOUT W ALL FALT^ERTHQTJAK, EXAMPL MARCH IN ARMY ft CUM TC 

"BRIDG ft WALK, NO MARCH BCDZ VIBRATIN) 
IT WAS GOD WHO DID IT,V IBRAT IN H AT, H AV CPAS TO HAPPff, " B W'.GJ6t> 'i)C 
(EXn, WALLS "IMPLODE"" NO? EXPLODE, NO ISITES HURT BY FALL WALL) 
GOD WAS PERMIT HIS PEOPL 2SH0 THAT , HE WAS GOD 
FR/THIS WE CAN C JOSH ft PEOPL WERE 5 LETTR MEN 
EVRY COHG IN CH/OF J5 XP "NEEDS HAV ITS PEO AS~~^LETT R PEOPL 
FIR ST LETTEJUB -**JOSH & PEO IN DIMENSIN OF "BEING"" 
"BEING" IS 1st E5ENTIAL NEED - £6 WANTS US 2 BE, ?B OF WORTH 
OF VALUE W/IN HIS CHURCH - LETTR "B" 
SE COND LETTR="G" - GOING W HER G DIREC W/OUT EXCUS/RESERVATIHS 
^ WE Will ?flO Mfflfi ffE DIRECS? NO MEAN GO OUT IN WORLD, MEAN GO 
—ATEVR DIRECTIN WE LED BY HIM IN THEZ LIVS WE LIV 
THIRD LETTR=''S" - FOR SENDING * AGAIN NO MEAN GO FOREIGN LANDS 
GOD SENDS US <*TH INTO NEIGHBORHUDS WHER WE R WE R SENT 2B OF 
SERVIC/HELP 
FOURTH LETTR="G" - GIVIN G, WE R 2GIV WAT HE HAS GIVN US 

ROW MANY US R GIV SACRIFICIALLY OF SELVS ft SUBSTANCT 
(EXAMPL JOSH ft PEO BIV THER ALL & GOD PERFORM BIRACLS) 
HE CAN DC THAT IN OUR LIVS AS WELL 
FITTH LETTR*"P" - PRAYING -JOSH ft PEO SOT TH/LORD "+DIRECTIN BY 

'"TBXf TNTm WILDRNES 
HOW MUCH PRAY R DO WE PUT ^th? P WE PRAY <tCCNG? INDIVIDS? LDP.S? 

how ma n y~oFthe'z° TT^jfks' ffi TJ^pl?s¥s^rotiS '"Xri?g ffi ' ' 

(ILUS B _ AR0NESS_ IN JCENYA ft^HqUSEBOY^"* 

THA" BARCNFS UK §0 "AMY SC CALL!) yPTAHS 
LIVS NO_R_EFLEC TH/XP THEY SUPCSDLY SLONG 2.BCUK UNAWAR PECPL 
WATCH THEM" -JTHQ7, OUTSID WATCH US ft WAT DO INFLU THEM h OH AGIN 

NEE D ASK , SELVS- AM. l t BEING FO R QODg_A H_I "..G OING * ; GODDAM I 

SENDING ON BHALF 0FJ3Op?_AMJ*TOt , T.Y GTVING FOR GOD?_AND AM I 

PRAYING TO G*OD? " "" 

" HOW MANY OF Th/fT V LETTRS DO I POSSES? 

CAN ANYONE LK AT ME ft SAY THAT I AM GOD'S FIVE-LETTR PERSNT 



"The Pive Letter Man" 
scrinture: Joshua 6:1-5 

(Illustration of ad in x'asiixi^tsna Pullman, teshington Herald for police} 

I read recently of an ad which appeared in the Pullman, ashington Herald. 

The ad read: "Wanted: State trooper applicants. Applicants must be six 

feet tall with a himh school education, or S' ll 1 with two years of col- 
lege . " 

.dently the shorter you ore the pone education you need. Oh well so 
ich for that theory. 

Young people who &0 to college and excell at sports are fciven letters to be 
worn which Lfy the sport in which they have excelled. Those who excel ir 

three sports are connonly referred to as #2taJ "A three letter nan." Toda^, 

re going t( t what we might call, "The Five letter Man. 

(Illustration of intecolleglate mi and various speakers to tell of Schoc 

an intercolleriate meeting representatives of various colleges and uni- 
versities were -.scheduled to tell of the qualities and virtues of their res- 
apec chools. The speaker from Yale said hi >eak on the letters 

ich stand for Youth, Ambition, Liberty and Hnlir-htenment . 
-pent fifteen minutes on each of the words. \ s he went to sit down, 
rbe tried to slip out of the room but was stopped at the door. 

ou leaving before the meeting in over'^ ' he iked. 

"well," rep ied I ary ielegate, #2x3affi±*Ex?h»:-t- '-•-spxii±HE:nxicxro!i*xH 

±ix±E2ixK3i:xxE!xttexxsK.xxEBxxx r a±H I f n frrr "ale spend fifteen 

minute ■c 1 " of the letter nd I notice 

the - er is from the chusetts Institute of Technology." 

SxSsxitiHZHxxiHjxwsxHEsxxKiiqc '- ; ith this bac ion we can now spend 

75 minutes or an hour and ^ifteen minutes speaking on - ive Tetter Man." 

Joshua and the people of Israel had now crossed the ; --. 

were enc s'ust outside of Jeric . o it is we read ' he first ve 

of our cripture, "Now Jericho w s tightly shut because of the sons of Israel 
no one went out and no one came in." 

The truth of the matter is that the people were scored silly. They had hear'. 

lad stood in the way of these 
le. They heard of the ted, ;he Jordan River had 

stc '■ ' " wo 3pies from thes had been in their 

midst and had suddenly disappeared. ' nc ' now here they were .p- --- 'die of 
their town. Tut as we tried to your perspective on this situ- 

ation is determined how you "orsee Tod in all of . 'Think back to tJ 

time when Abraham was visited by the angel of Sod and -aham had plea - 

ed with th »] to spare lorrah if Just 10 rip;htec -le 

could be found there. led ba^ promised that TT e would not destroy those citie 
Sod tried to show each and ever- society which was heathen and pagan that : :e 
would destroy them if they didn't repent and turn to Him. Ll had their 

chances, but they didn't take them. 
5ta£x The people of Jericho had not only heard of these Israelites, they 

■ them to be ju s t outside their rates. Tod ^ve Joshua his orders con- 

ceri lat he was to do. He told hi , nd you shall march around the city 

all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days."" 
verse 3. 



In the next verse God tells them, "Aiso seven priests shall carry " P¥Pn 
trumpets of rams' horns before the ark," ' n 

Imacrine u st have been roin- through the m inds of the people of Jericho 
as they watched the strange proceeding ■ ■ fo ±x lays. oldier- 

were marching around the city. Irf the middle of the procession priests 
of God were carrying ^he ark of the covenant ax ■ horns. 

: ile this took place, not a word was spoken by any of the Israelites. They 
would -arch one e ci ^ 7 and thnn g0 baflk t0 the±r camp> Iq attempt 

i walls, or break down the pates. Just a march once eeeq 
around the city and that was all. It must have been x±xx&x weird. 

en God gave them the instruction? also, "Then en the seventh day von shall 

And it snail be that when they make a lon^r blasl ' i:he ram's hor: 
when you hear the ound of the trumpet, all the people shout with a 

T '?f Sh ° Ut; U of the cit ? " m *«U down flat, and the people 

will go up every ™an straight ahead." pie 

Th e people inside the walls of .'ericho s people of Israel -arch aro 

their walls once .But them on the sevent hday, 

>pened. rched around the walls once, but instead of jj b o 

around it a second time. Then a third, ,urtl 

and then a fifth, and then ixth. hen would this marc i top. 
then on the seventh time around the rriests blew the trumpets, and 'for the 
' first time, the voices of the people were heard ,,, ted at 

once. while they were shouting the walls surro, G itv suddenly 

collapsed and crumbled to nothing-. we re e startled thev didn't 

know ■ ro do and it was only B short period of tine and the Israelites 
had connuered the city, 

•11 sorts of theories have been raised about the fall of the walls from an 
earthquake to poor construction. Let me just raise one possible theory from 
a military standpoint. 3 ln the ? and we were on a march, we 

generally marched in step. But whenever we approached a bridge, we were 

Dpped from i and Just walked acrosi ridge. Phen when everyo 
was on the other side, we began ^o ■ ■ • . a theory ig that with 
every one in step, a vibration would be caused and this could conceive! 
collapse the bridge. It is possible -hat the oeople marching around the 
city in step seven times caused a vibration that collansed those wain 
the- all shouted. But whatever took place, it was another of God's- md 
But ° ee in these incursions which the peonle of Is 

these different nations, e r0d was permitt: el to convey to these natior 

existence of God. They were in a sense avting as missionaries f 
It is from this that we see Joshua and the people of Israel were "Five ] . - 
ter Ken." It is also from this that evr ■ , ation of the church of 
Jesus C v rist needs to see itself and its individual members as "The ^ive 
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-3- 

Letter people that God wants us to he. 

ua and the people of Israel were in the dimension of "Being 
The desire which Jesu for every believer ws would truly "Be" 

a disciple and serve Him. "Being" is the first essential all of us must have 
if we are going to be of value to the Church of Jesus C.rist. Joshua and 
the people where were God wante 

The second letter is that of "Goj ." T>,ey were willing to "Go '-'here God 
wanted their; without excuses or reservations. 3od desires this fro-^ us as 
well. Ire we willing bo "Go"where He "ants us to go or are we merely 
lip service to His call, or worse yet , Just mar' ' ime'i 

The third letter is that of "Sending. 1 Jot every ', r-x lied or 

required to be sent out of their hometown. But each of us is renuired to be 
sent into our neighborhoods where we are to spread the message of Jesus Cvris 

30 involves our being willing to "send" others :"rcr our midst to 
carry out the work of the Gospel, 
The fourth letter is that of "Givi" . Financially supporting there who ere 

ching and teaching ' >read the ford. Tow many of us are 
actually giving sacrif icially? Eow many of us are actually giving to the 
Lord that which ri ly belongs to HimV Joshua and the people of Israel 
were willing to sacrifice all that they had in the service of the Lord. hVen 
•their very lives if necc . But God performed miracles in their mi 
which didn't require the givir heir lives. 3c -form miracles in 
our midst if we let . But we circumvent those miracles by our selfish at- 
titudes to- - uld give to Him an work of lis ktHgtsanx church 
Tv,e last of the five letter is that of "Praying." Joshua and the people 
sought the lord for direction in their lives in th , U ch 
prayer ■ ictually put forth for "his congregation? fier How nuch do we 
pray for the unsaved of the world, of our co •, or of our families : 
How many of the Five letters do we possess ir our lives; 
(Illustration of Baroness ir Kenya) 

I read an interesting story about a Baroness who lived in Nairobi, Kenya 
■ica. It was intriguing because Ralph artelow the missionary we help' 
to ^ support will be ^cing back there. 

This Baroness was a Christian and she ' i youn national as her houseboy 
After three months he asked the baroness to give him a letter of reference* 
to a friendly si ; o lived dies away, he baroness not wishing to 
lose her houseboy Just when he had gotten used to the routine offer 

e him a raise. He told her it wasn't the money. He explained that he 
had decided to work for a Christian for three months then to work for a 

lim for three months and then decide what he wanted to be. He told her 
her worked for her for three months to see how she acted. 

baroness said that s named as she recalled her shortcomings in 
her dealings with oy. he exclaimed, " hy didn't you tell me this at 
the beginning ■ 

That baroness is like thousands of others who claim to be Christians. Their 



lives do not reflect the Christ the o e !ly belong to because 'they are 

unaware that there are people hem. But don't be fooled. There 

are many people outsdie of this building who do not come in here, but they 
see each of you who do and the- observe what you r re like cur:' 3 week. 

Your commitment , or lack of it may well havs been the determining factor in 
bringing IxritB^xBixkHKyxixxBiatxnixtfes people into the church, or keeping them 
out of it. Think of it' A.m I E e ing for Gods odi Am I 

sending £bxx£eh£x on behalf of lod ■. \a I bruly nd am I 

praying to Godi ' many of the ^ive letters do I possess! Can anyone look 

at me and say that I am "oik's Five Letter Person; 



St- Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler* Pennsylvania 
Rev, Ralph Link, Pastor February 22, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Lori Weisenstein and Kelly Mangel 
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + ++ + + + + + + + + + + + + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "God Walks Beside Me" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
"■Processional Hymn No. 21 "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" 
■ Ascription 
♦Exhortation 

'Confession (In Unison) thou who didst cause thy star to 
shine on kings in realms afar, we pray that all the 
kingdoms of the world become the kingdom of thy Son* 
Teach us to speak the Word of the Gospel in the strange 
lands of business and science, of school and shop, that 
we may be the instruments through which thy will may be 
done. Forgive our abuse of the name Christian by 
hoarding it for ourselves and not sharing it in all 
areas of our lives. Tnese things we ask in His name. 

Amen . 
*Kyrie 

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

People - And blessed be His glorious name forever. 
'Gloria Patri - page 142 
Children's Moment 

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 "Hymn for Brotherhood" 
•Doxoiogy - page 382 

Anthem; "How Long Has It Be*n i1 by the Women's Chorus 
Scripture: Joshua 8: 30-35 
Liermon; "The Pause That Refreshes" 
•Hymn of Invitation No* 363 "To God Be the Glory" 
•Closing Chimes 
* Benediction 
*Poatlude nity and Brotherhood" 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by Mrs. 

Catherine Pflugh in memory of her husband Roy, 
Mr. Ray Isherwood will greet the congregation and our guests 

at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Dick Mangel, Dick Dally, Don Kingsl^y. 

and Danny Mangel* 
Nursery will be provided today by Paula Barnes. 
Shirley Thompson and Marilyn Snyder will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 150 with 22 visitors. 
^Hospitalised: Mrs. Frances Atwell in BMH* 

THURSDAY - Chancel Choir practice at 7:00 P*M, 
.TONIGHT AT 7:00 P.M. the Youth Group will meet. 
xT'i:lM:jL MEETING IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE SERVICE*^" 
Upcoming meetings and dates to remember; ^^ 

"^> March 1st immediately following the church service the 
¥outh Group Will be having a Soup and Sandwich Luncheon. 
Plan to join us for lunch. There is no set fee but a 
free will offering will be taken for the Youth Group. 

^ March 3 - Council meeting at 7:00 P.M. 
^March 4 - Ash Wednesday service at 7:30 P.M. in the 
Sanctuary with altar communion. 

^Leadership training classes for Elders and Deacons and all 
other interested church members will begin on April 21. 
If you are interested, please let the office know so we 
can be prepared for those attending. This is a totally 
different training than what has been in ^he past. 

Registrations are now being taken for men to attend the 
Moody Bible Institute Laymen's Conference. Please give 
us ycur name as soon as possible. Conference is May 26 
thru 29th, and the fee is $50. DO. Registrations will be 
nailed in at the end of the-month* 

Palm Sunday we will be taking in new members. If you or any 
one you know would be interested in joining, please drop 
us a note in the offering plate or let the office know. 
You may also wish to check the appropriate place in the 
red book in the back of the pews. 

Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection* As you reflect on your life's situations 
you have the chance to respcnd to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the chancel rail. The invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, 
to meditate,* or to seek counseling. The Pastor will 
assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 

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COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH - SAGAMORE, PA. - FEBRUAST 15. 19*8 

PRELUDE 

GREETINGS/JOYS/ANNOHNCEMENTS/PRATER REQUESTS 

frill bS*> < qg/? "ZX- 7PM -Lc^v'j JurAC/i 

y?7f Cf-r feg 22 - C-Pf?* ¥77i ?»** M*f% 

PK.*F F ' - ? ?9 



•HYMN 

PHAYER/OFFERTNO 
• MIXOLOGT 

PASTORAL PRAYER 

HYMN 

SCRIPTURE: JOSHUA B«30-55 

SERMON: "THE PAUSE THAT REFRESHES" 

ST. PAUL'S, BUTLER - ?/2?/«7 
*HTKN 

"BENEDICTION 
05TLUDE 



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( ILUS HAN IS CHURCH TWIC K 7Rr. TIME SPRINKL DIRT) 

(ILES CHURCH AS PLACE ZB HATCHEB/MATpHEn/TITSPATT.HEnS 

IN TH/STES OF ThTtorT'CH WAYS MANY DIF THINGS. B UT JUS MiXJS-. 

TH/gRTOCH ' AMITY gCCtT? 

fi T - GI0PJEB HijjACBEBDSLT IN NORTH Carolina) 

WAt, iTJKBPW SBL TrHIK MIRACLT? WHO CAN SAY*? NO OKE CAN 4CERTIN 
BUT. OWE THIN G." W- KNO, err TEL US IN HIM WORD OF PUCES WH/VERE 
SET APART ItHIM '^WORSHIP 
JOSH f, PEOP WER AT THIS PLAC IN PILGRAG IN t THRU PROM LAND 
CONTRAST IK SCPTP THIS MORN WH/BHIW Vg ?<i - fREAU THIS) 
A HEAP STONES EREC CBAV HEATHN KING EXECUT BY JOSH & ISITES 
THEN JOSH ft PEO MARCH MANY MILES NORTH fr STOP MT EBAL & READ - 
ra 1Q.COHPLETIN CONTRAS IS NEX STEP AFTF EXECUTIN/BHRIAL KING Of 



AT IS EREC HEAP STONES MTOPSHIP ALMITY GOD 
HEATHN KING BIN DISPCS OF '. THIS STMBOLIZ TOTILY WORSHIP FALS 
pods OF THEZ CANANITES & NO W JOSH RATS HEAP STOKES SYMBOLI7, 
TH/B LESING S/PR0TE CT1N Ct l fiSTBAWMfflP' MK.TBIfl! j j$ P ' 
THAT TS 'THE niTfl OF T7TRATT ~»-ml •'-— 

JOSH WAS TOL BY GOD AS RED 1ST CHAP HE 2BLDR PEO OF ISHAEL.BUT HI 

A LSO ?B THER SPIRITUL LI1R AS WEL % SO WE READ 

VSS IQ-yUjQSH WAS FOLO INSTSUCS FR/MOSES, BUT AISO FR/GOD 



vs'sa-sToiren be wrot on wer prob not stones that madeup th/altar 

WER PROB STON PILARS WH/VEH COVfiD W/LIM THAT WRIT BLK INK 
OONT KNO EXAC WAT WROT, BUT PHOBILTY BLES/CtJRS MOSES WROT * GAV 
HIM 
THE?, FND DEPT *?:l-8 - (READ THEZ) 

JOSH KNU IM PORT HAV T HEM KNO WATWER ZTEACH THER CHILD KM 
NO _ TO HOW W OMH OF ?DAY MAY SEEK SEVERS THER"ROL, GoFlNTEKDED 



jig i ii up nvii. <.v 

FOR 'IICTOMAJI .flJAV 1SOM. ' JffiSgJBgaiLT f fEACfl/ITOTBug 

THER 



BBUflBH IS 

MOSEH CIV FPR1 DEPT 27 AS READ VSS 11 -H - (READ} 



BEAD • BEUT Z7:l-« 



2/ 



WE C IMPCHTANC OF READ THEZ BLES t CURSES I F LK VS 35 OCR SCIP 
HEAD DEBT ?7:Il-n 



f»ii»aT»»«*«Tixtinnni 



IE! 3 WEH ENCAMP VAU.Y TWEEN THFS TWO MTNS 
HALF OF TRIBES AT FT NT EBAL 
OTHE HALF AT FT HT GEBIZIM 
TH/IsVtTTCAL PRIESTS WER IN-BTWEEN W/ARX OF TK/COVENAMT 
VS l^ HOSES FTJBTHH INSTPCTINS 
JOSHE A WAS TO READ A STAHENT FR/THE LAW 
TH/PKIESTS WER TO REPE AT IT IK UK I SON 

IN THIS MANNR" thWVBICK CArriEC Wall th/peo s, to any of 

TH/CAHJANITES WHO WEE CLOSEBY 
AFTH EA STA THENT HOSES IN5TRUC ALL TH/PEOPL WER TO ANSR "AMEN" 

(exa hpl "gehe wanting to sW "Afl5ff>BBBWfl'gEmoHT 

CAN n IMAQIN IHPAC THIS EVENT HAD ON CANAANITES WHO LIV NEARBY*?* 
THEZ IN5TRUCS FR/GOD HAD ?B TOLD/HETOL TO ALL PEOPLES b NATINS 
IN TH/AREA 

BUT WAT WE R READING AS SCRIP THIS MORN WAS FOLOWUP OF INSTHUCS 
GOD GAV HOSES <l PEOPL OF ISRAEL 
IF WE WER ?READ REST THIS CHAP IN DEUT, WE WUD C THER ACCTIT 

12 aijfEEH^Sn'bNcSmi THES etHIcs i' woeal ty 

IN ORDR *>ALL THIS 2TSX PLACJOSH % PRO HAD MAX TIKE WORSHIP G 
THIS PLAC TWEEN MT EBAL ON N, & MT GERAZIH ON S TDK ON ASPEC OF 
HOLY GRND 

THIS INSTANC SHO US TH/IMPOHTANC OF TAK TIM E AWAY FR/EVRDAY 

WHIM oV I I f fg S EK t m iW j jtllj ' QF J^L . 

josh i tH/PEbPL 6f 'isi? pausd in "ther evrday livs jget fefrbshd 
r cum into presenc of god 

TH i_. WHY_ GOT ORDAIN TH/CHPRCH OF IS XP 

IT"TS FOR PEOPL COM 20PTHR t, JNTLY >LERN FR/ONE ANOTHR, 

2LEAN ON ONE NOTHR "iSUPORT IF NECESAHY 

AND TO PHAIS OUR WONDRFUL HVNLY FATHH FOR ALT. RE IS SHARING IN 

OUR LIVS 
AUTHO R BUK HEBREWS SPELLS OUT TH/fRa MEANING OF WORSHIP 
HFBBBW.rToqq-^ - (TURN TO ft READ THIS) 



WE C THAT IF THER R TH07. WHO STAT AWAY FP/CHtlRCH BCCZ I.THET PONT 

O R THEY GET WAD AT TH/FBEACKR, rR SUMONE ELSE, THET R HURT THE 
~HOT)T OF XP BY THER ACTTNS 

V* ctltf TO WORSHIP GbrTNOT GET INVOLVE IN PER SONALTY CONFLICTS 
(K PLES OF SFEINrt PEOPLE WHO DC NOT LEAV THER PROHS OUTSIDE OF 

TO? mffi5irpoo5TiJrwii57' worked tip.ptsTBKBn » lib-preach esatan) 

WE R NOT HERE TO SIT 8. POUT t REF USE TO ENTR INTO WORSHIP 
" WE CM TOGFITIT-R TO tf nPBHTP can 
A SECOND REASN FOR WORSHIP IS TO READ t STUDY G'S WORD 
TH/SERVIC OF WORSHIP SHUDB ROOTD t, GHNDED IN G'S WORD - TM/MBLE 
I* ISNT TH/W I SDOH Of TH/PHEACHB/TH/SINailtG OF TH/CHOIB.OH ANT - 



./VSak-CJ TH/PR EACHR/TH/SINOING 



THitir; ■ : "i >■..- 

y: ::■ cot-s wobd that shotI tifti- up to iwdhktam v.'at his will 

IS FOR OU R LIVS 
WOR^Hip'TNVOLVS'TH/GIV OF OIIRSELVS COMPLETLY 2 GOD 6 1X1521 
BASED ON A SPECIFIC TIMETABL WHSB TH/HTfMNS R ONLY 2VS S LfIG, 
', T^/^RM0 TTs OVR ON EXACLY 20 BINETES OR LESS, OR WE GE T OUT 
OF CHUfiCH "AT EXACTLY it NOON ™„*, m . 

IT IS A TIME IN WHICH wAlMITED STRUGTUR WE SEEK ZLET TH/10LY 
SPIRIT WOV AMONG US t, DIRECT US TO TH/THRONE OF GRACE, 
i (ILU S LITTL GIRL t, TWO BRICKS TO BUILB THE CHU RCH) 
THAT Tfi^lTfi WAN TS FR/TJA OF CS 
^^i H^N ^-T H mAS THAT R E FRESHES" OR IT SHU DB FOR EVRONES 

THIS MORN HAV II TRULY WO RSHIPED HIM? 
^T ^tVtN^eItS TO RENDER THANKS TOR VKm jjSJSLk 

''in^MEDITAT witf ttt «, STI.ENTLY ON HI M t, HTS LUV TN UB LIffi 

, ., "«. UORSRT^ TS TO SEEX 1 DE EPCTJ,_CLOSEL.R JI T ! ATTNSHIP W /KIM . 



COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH 

FEBRUARY 15, 1998 

WELCOMES YOU 

GREETINGS AND JOYS Ol- THE WEEK 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

PRAYER REQUESTS 

HYMN Victoiy In .Jesus — # 82 

OFFERING PRAYER 

OFFERING 

DOXOLOGY 

PRAYER AND PRAYER FOR OTHERS 

HYMN Onward Christian Soldiers #617 

SCRIPTURE: Joshua 8:30-35 
SERMON: The Pause That Refreshes" 

HYMN -Through It All # 43 

BENEDICTION 

SO GLAD YOU COULD JOIN IIS 

HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT SUNDAY. 



THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK. 



LORD. 

THERE ARK COUNTLESS THINGS IN MY LIFE 

THAT ARE INEXCUSABLE. 

THERE ARE THINGS UNACCOUNTABLE 

AND THINGS UNEXPLAINABLE. 

THKRE ARE THINGS IRREFUTABLE 

AND THINGS IRRESPONSIBLE. 

BUT IT COME TO ME WITH UNUTTERABLE REL1 EF 

THAT BECAUSE OF YOUR AMAZING LOVE 

NOTHING IN MY LIFE IS UNFORGIVABLE. 

— RUTH HARMS CALKIN 



ANNOUNCEMENTS 
OF THE WEEK 
) 

* We would like to thank everyone for making our 
dinner a great success. 

* February 22, 1998— Youth Group— 6-8 p.m. 
All children 7 and up are welcome. 

Come Join the fun. 

* March 2f>, 1998 -Ash Wednesday Communion 
Service - 7p.m. 



: Joslrua : -3! 

plac Jrecei 1 

2 c^fr 

, -1 -,-.' = i a - ■- , ■ shed St dispatched 

' od .' 
(Ilus ch rnov mirac - . 
Was C : : l i 

law 
aoar-; 

this plac : 

"crip this norr rel of conbrn. 
'• was erpc on 
"orh 

. Kbal 
'.- 1 - 
1 connletin contras I ;ep record aftr defe 

exec 

of, 

! hen Josh 
i/proteetin cur fr worsh 
■ 
h bin tol ler of siti that 

3 
read vss 30-51 
then L 32-35 - " ' ! 'im acord inatrucs givn 

- as comam , "'-nd 

of all r 

blak ink: 
ol law,prob Mes/curs as ^iv by 
record Deut 27 
Read v - ■ u" ir- or 1 

tr. 

this as role no eircunvent li :eaa 

it i ' ear luv of 3 

vss 11-13=K0B instruc ftu 

valy tweer . 
S3=half tribes 'tMes or (ft. bal»half 4cura 

iticl vr vjor ir tween w/Ark o£ Covenant 
Vr; l*«Hot tol, but Josb ''read statioen fr law prists 
Srepett in unison 
in t ! ' ■ ',ther voices cary 2ell neo S also 

. mites nearby herd as wel 

-nteent peo vjfir ">ansr= '.' 
Can C tic had on Canitec ' 

thls :• ol by all peo/natins 

area 



iiiBsruca tnru noses 4this even wh now tak ?/ 

TiPO Is 

>*i* intruc : -ielires concern e !: 

& in ordr all this ?tak plac, 
-P ^ 

erizim tuk on aspec of 

Lb inciden we shud all C need 

Of G 
ret refreel 

un iik present J 

This why 3 ordain Ch of 
It is -'+peo 2oui ' - •■ jjntly "lernfr lnothr jPlean 
on lnothr '+suport if nee- ?pra 

iathr (| La shar w/us ir our-livs 

Beb 10:lQ_P5=tel us 
if ther H fchoz echr. 

feeli , -his or that-thi 

r actins 

involv in personal 
. ■- - ' ref 

' - .-rd 
tb eervic 
It i. i i preear , ? un 

by i: , erv 

] if t up 2undrst wp I j a 

livs 

'-- 

;■ - ( — ?o 

-:orn 

' pec bs ? th thr ace 

-ch; 

This i 

orn is th freshes, or 11 

4- evrl worship 

'■■:) 

' 0T7XI 

Invitatin extend ?cur ' onlcs 4 wa1 

dun givn 2 U 

■ 
perhaps eeper/closr re: 



(Ilua man only in Ch Pwice) 

Ch is "Td hatched, matched t dispatched 

(Ilus Ch mov miraculosly ) 

ras , t Mlt 

Heft 10 :' - 
(Ilus litl girl briks 2 bild nu ch) 



use Refreshes' 1 

eripture: Joshua 8: 7 ;0— 55 

(Illustration of man only in church twice, ( third time will he burialj 
I man pro- ' - mother man, "I've only gone to church two tires in 

life. :n he first time tl w r on me, the second ley 

tinkled rice." 

other mar ov - ■" Ic said, " nd the tl : ~o bhey&ll 

a rinkle dirl . 

:■ many who only ;ee i; ip church as a lace to receive what the chu 
has to offer. r omeone has said that is to he "Hatched, Watched, and Dis- 
patched . " 

In 0" -an the church may be 1 ifferent thi 3, and 30 of those 

r * - 'hat is 1 : 'rch to 

- " od i 

itratior rch moved miraculously in ''rr-^ lina.) 

There is s church building in v cter, - ' ras built 

on another site in 1874. But even before I Lit, the ion 

their eyes or ir piece of property bul rere u ble it 

bec-u.-e the owner would not sell to bhe church. .0 the ■ ras 

force* to build the church on an a] Lte. La the- did, tut they 

-till looked Ion -' 3 - other site down the road. 

-wo years after the buildins was con le ; I, epti ber 17, 1876, a viOnl 

storm hit that area. Pelting - . i wind and a roar! bide cc bined 

and i ist church buildii - lifted off i -dation and lifted into - 

nf ^nr^VfL*^ :Q a scrap - per, Ct 3 - Irborne for a di 

of 300 feet and landed or. the ex^t rpot on -he plot of ground on which bhe 
members wished to bui . the first plac . : he proper? 

ced no objections and the church 3 stand on that p 

^ -™ ° fche ch ^ch f *< b. to the Church 

01 -roviclence. 

Sod responsible for this miracle.' Who c ■. No one can for certain, 

but one thing we do - is that Sod dells us in His ord of places 

which were set apart for lim for worship. 

Joshua and the Israel were at bhis place in their pi] to 

anc; promised land . 

eripture for this morninr tells us of a contrast which actually 
with the 29th verse of this chapter. There we read, "And he hanfeed'the Id 

they took his bo - from the tree, ■ | the entrance of th? 

cH , and raised over it s pree - - %l °l ± g ' 

A heap of -tones was erected or the "r;ve of s ^e^he. king executed by 
Israelites, led .Then fa h.a and his people march many miles north 

and they stop at . al and we read, -hen Joshua built an altar to ^he 

Lord, the God if Israel, in Mount e . 

nd - jompletion of the contrast is thatbthe next step recorded after the 
defaot and execution and burial of the ki L s to erect a hear, of .tones 

for the wo: of lml Wry Sod. The heathen kin- has been dj of and 

■^bolizes thn f,,fjij. , , . . 

the futility 01 worshiping the false rods of these Canaanites 



and now Joshua raises up a heap -bolize the ble and pro- 

tection that come fro- worshiping the One True Hod, the Sod of Israel. 
Joshua had bee as we read in the first chapter that he was to 

not just be the leader of there Israelites, his ioh entailer being the spirit- 
ual leader as well. Because of this we read, ""hen Joshua built an altar to 
the Lord, the 3od of Israel, in Mount Ebal, just as Moses the ■ «nt of th« 
Lord had commande ' of Israel, as it is written in the book of the 

ies, an altar of uncut stones, on which no man has wielded an iron 
tool; and they offered bxdc±± burnt offerings on it to the lord, and sacri- 
ficed peace offerings." verses 50-31 

i we read, (read verses 32-35.). Ml of this was do iccording to ir- 

as commanded by Hod 
structions given les before t ley had even reached the promised land. 

The 3tones Joshua wrote on were probably not the stones of the altar. In- 

, they were probably store pillars erected xna which Joshua covered with 
lime and then in a black ink, wrote the law. he didn't write all of the lav; 
but we are not completely certain just what he did write. In all likelihood 
he wrote that which Hoses ~ave to him in the way of blessings and curses. 
Those instructions were given in the ?7th chapter of euteroj 

ver -e 1 through ' , ?.■ = verse 

c the i portance of the t -^c ' - 3 it is sui 

the : verse, (res ; \ - j . re car see r vc "ant 

that the women needed to hear ^he se could impart then to the 

little children. iay not omj ?t in the leadership 

eorio c r Israel, a knew the importance of having the 

the children. t was the women as is the normal rule 
of society to instruct and teach the children. tod no matter how women of 
toddy may strive to reverse their roles, God intended for the woman to I 
Me res i ility to t> ach and instruct" the children in -heir e "crm- 
ative pears. 

"he further instructions ' - it this event of whic i? 

covered in the 11th through the 13th verses, (resd J . itfcscxtr^xssxxHZK 

taxxtzHS The Israeli" re encamped in a valley 1 een the nountains. 

Half of the tribes were at the fort o^ l±. Bbal, and half of -hem were at the 
foot of . arrazim. itical priests were in between with the ark of 
the cove., ant. 

loses further instructed, (re-r verse 14 ) . idently, Joshua was to re 
a statement from the Jaw. "he priests were to repeat it in unison. In this 
manner, their voices carried to all the people and also to any of the Canaan- 
it? 'ere closet: . 

er each statement, Moses instructed that all of the people were to answer, 
■ou imagine th. ;t this : the Canaanites who lived ne*r 
by, . 



-3- 
all peoples and In the area, Sod gave Instructions throw ' oses for 

this event which was noi in -^ e lives of people o{ 

Israel. In those instructions were *k 12 actuali guidelines concerning their 
ethics and morality. nd in order to have all of this take place, Joshua and 
the people ha< time to worship rod. rhis place between "t, Ebal on 

the North an<- n . erizire on the South took: on the aspect of round* 

In this Incident we should all see for us to take time y from the 

cormon everyday things of life to see 1 - and know the will of God, Joshua and 
the people of Israel paused in the Uvea to get refreshed by com- 

ing Into the presence of Tod, This is why >- 3 ordained the Cfeurct : 3U8 

Christ. It Is for people to cc-p together, and .jointly to learn from one 
another; to lean on one another for support if necessary and to nraise our 
wonderful heavenly Father for all J " -■' ■- is n v us in our lives. 

The author, of the New ent book of Hebrew tells us the true meaning of 

worship in the 10th chapter, verses, 1° throu ;h 25, (read these). .o you see 
if there are those who because they e:et mad at the preacher, or 

don't li 1 ' or that, they are hurting tt -- -ist j their actions 

e come together to wore! ip rod, not z;et Involved in personality (Slashes, or 
sit and pout and refuse to enter in the worship, 

.. second reason for worship is to read and od's 'Orel. The service of 

worship should be rooted and grounde< 3d's Word. It isn't bhe wis! 

ie preacher, or thesinging of the choir, or an; else clone by humans in 

the worship service. It is Sod 's ore that should be lifted up to understand 
what His will is for cur lives, iEi 

orship involves the giving of ourselves comple - "n~ and it isn't ba 

on a specific timetable where the hymns are only two verses leng, and the serJ 
mon doesn't go beyond noon. It is a time in which with limited structure we 
"pe v to let the loly pirit move among us and direct us to the throne of 
Grace . 

(Illustration of little girl ar 'ricks to build the church; 

A large church needs - buildir -. veryone agreed to that, but whenevej 

they began to plan to build, the members got into all sorts of disagree 
about how and what to build. TJe pereacher didn't know what to do about 
this and so he declare-- needed yer. was et, but 

as is so often the esse, very fe 1 . But one very devout woman 

went ar -* five year-old girl because Ltter, 

the- the 1J ' an to under : -"' at i build- 

"■' ~ ' c] ird . 1 en they went home the little girl asked al] - J - of 
he next morning her mother looked "or her, but he was not in 
her room. kg she went outside she notice lie lawn in 

lornj ew an she followe . The tracks led the few 1 

^, sacher 's hsuse I01 bhe treet. T^ere i -a.rd was little 

■ with her Joy wheelbarrow, and in it --ere two brici p eked up 

at home and brought to him to start the new church. he w 
preacher - : hr, here itl tears strea; own hi- -■ aom-~ ~ 

plete trust of a little girl. The n« he ol of this in churc" 



-4- 
.... ...... r leople. Mary's twc bricks were multi- 

plied and grew into utiful new shurch building. 

That is what Sc eewh of us, A total commitment to Him. Sunday 

morning is the " a.'.. Refreshes" or it who seeks 

to i . 

Phis morning have you truly worsl :' e you felt 1 is presence? 

The invitation is extended to - >ender fchanks for what T T e hes done ; 

given to you; to meditate nuietly \ ently or i love; or per- 

to seek a dee 3 closer fielationstfcLp with Him, 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor March 1, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr, Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: John Penrod and David Brinker 
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + ■*- + + + + + + 

ORDER OF W0R5HIP 11:00 A.M. 
prelude "Cleansing Fountain" 
,'himing of the Hour 
Announcements 
.'ongregational Greeting 
Joys 

I'rayer Requests 
p roce ssional Hymn No, 454 "Trust and Obey" 
'__ icrxprioB 



& 



."ExhortatiorD 

'onfession (In UnisonJ Almighty God, we know of your love 
by your gift of love, Jesus Christ. We know your love 
also by your tolerance of our misdeeds and sinful natures. 
We do undealred sin, and we permit temptations to over- 
come us. But we know there is forgiveness with you when 
we come to confess our sins. Lord we ask that you purify 
our hearts and our minds, and give us strength and 
courage to lead a new and righteous life, We come before 
you, asking all this in the Master's 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 * 

Children's Moment 

Hymn No. 399 "Jesus Calls Us o'er the Tumult " 
Call to Prayer u'J^as tor - The Lord be with you^ 
^People - And with Thy Spirit 
^Pastor - Let u3_Pray.^ 
■-Tayer 
Offering 

Offertory - "Melodic Sacra" 
"Doxolc-gy - page 3B2 
Anthem: "This Little Light of Mine" 
Scripture i Joshua 24: 14-13 

ermon: "Believe and Love" 
■lymn of Invitation "Make Me a Blessing" No. 473 
"losing Chimes 
•Benediction 
"Postlude 
* + + + + j # Congregation Standing ++++++ 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by Mrs. 

Ellen Bauer in memory of Loved Ones. 
P4r, * Mrs. William 5heppeck and Justin will greet cur 

members and guests at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Marty Henry, Dan Bosko, John Sn^w 

and Frank Crawford. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs, Sue Gamble. 
Paul Campbell and Paul Riemer will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 111 with 13 visitors. 
Hospitalized: Mrs. Edna Tait in BMH.**^~ 

SUNDAY - 7:00 P.M. the Youth Group will meet. 
^TUESDAY" - Council meeting at 7:00 P.M. 

"^WEDNESDAY - Ash Wednesday Service at 7:30 P.M. We will 
observe the Lord's Supper. (Rehoboth Hall) 

THURSDAY - Chancel Choir practice at 7:00. 

P 4 SANDWICH LUNCHEON will be served immediately following 
the service today in the hall. Please come enjoy some- 
homemade soups and fellowship. A free will of faring will 
be taken to support the Youth Group. 
"2>r'I3H FRY luncheon and dinner sponsored by the ftcti ,- 

Committee is set for March 11th. We hope you will gi"e us 
your support. We are in need of some cakes and pies for 
dessert. If you are willing to bake, please let Phyllis 
Tait or Helen Riemer know. We alsc need lots of (wipers 
for both meal times. Tickets are now available* See 
some of the Activities Committee members. 

Registrations for Moody Bible Conference is now due. If you 
are planning to attend, please let the office know, 

PaJjn 5unday we will be taking into our membership some i 
members. If you or anyone you know is interested in 
joining, please let the office know. You may check th-i 
appropriate place in the red bcok, or drop a note in the 
offering pi ate , 

We are still looking for acme more people to join the 
Leadership Training classes. Class will begin on April 
21st* Please let us know if you plan to attend so we nay 
get, enough material for those attending. 

Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations you 
have the chance to respond to God's leading fcr your life 
by coming forward to the chancel rail, Th^ invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, 
to meditate, or to seek counseling. The Pastor will 
assist you if you desire. Please avail yourse" " of this 
J onportunitv. 



community btble church - sagamore, pa. - February «, i<»q8 

PRELUDE 

GREETINGS/JOYS/ANNPUNCEMENTS/PRAYEP BEQUESTS 



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■HTMN 

PRAYER/OFFERING 
'DOXODOGY 

PASTORAL PRAYER 

HYMN 

SCRIPTURE: JOSHUA BHrlV-lfl 

SERMON: "BELIEVE AND LOVE" 
"HYMN 

1ENEDICTION 
-POSBLUDE 

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VICTHY, BIS MESAG - PBLIEV TH IS TH/ONE , ft OBLT, J R1T (MIT) 
JUS AS GIVN \rtCTRY,SO CAN' BRING CURSE AS PROM IN BUK OF TH/LAW 
THAT MESAG IS MESAG WE NEED J"DAY HOUR LIVS 
(EXAMPL: PAUL /SILAS .PRIH H , EiT'TiAK ,JJIIIP .WA"' MU:I ID DC ?B SAVDJ. 

" HUtlV UK TH7I, JS IP t THOP ^HALTB SAVD, T THT TOUS") 
TH/MESAG HALL OF LIF.BLICT ON JS . ACPT SALV WE/SO MfliLIGIY S 
JS IS G'S ULT/FINAL ANSA JLIF & ALL MANK FR/PEO ISRAEL i ?DAY 
WEH/R SERCK HMEAN OF LIT,*: ANSRS SLIT'S PROBS 
T HQ7, WHO HAV FNE IT I M JS HAV KNC KNOWLEPG CAN RHING 

IF U 5TIL SERCH/SEEK MEAN OK LIE U WIL FIND IT IN J. 
CH AP ?H,J OSH GIV 2ND/FINAL ADRES S- THIS LNG RANG PEHSPECTIV 
VS 1 -THI5 SPOT TVEEN MT GERAZIH/hT EBAL EHEC TAL PILLR8 LAW ON 
HERE BILT ALTR: HERE »BE GOT PROM G WUD GIV CANAAN TO ISRAEL 
HERE ABE SHO REJEC OTHR Sodd.BILD ALTH JGOD, ONLY TRUE GOD 
HERE JACOB RETURN FR/KESOPOTAMIA.QLENS/PMRIFY HOUSHOLD BY BURY 

• ^™™f* oia t, BILD ALTS WORSH GOD 

_VSLg -HERE CHOIC»EITHR-OR,Q OR IDOLS 

IT fHER'CncTC.NO OTHR CHI) MAK IT 
VS I5B -TOJE JOSH CHOIC » POSIBLY JOSH 
W/FIRM CONVIC b UPRAISD VOICE SHOUT THE 
MESAG SO NO MISREPRESENTATIN WHEH IE 
STUD t WHO HE WUD SERV - (READ VS 15B ) 
THIS JOSH MESAG HE LUV G W/ALL HART/SOU 
HE CAL PEO ?DO TH/SAME & THAT SHUDB 
OUR STANC IN OUR LIVS 
WHOM DO WE LUVT WHOM WIL WE SERVTT . 



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-OR-wJa OF IffWTM! 
S1JTH WRONG W/MATEHIAL GUDS/lNTELECTISM 
DAUGR IS THE7, COD TAK PRECED OVfi GOD 

t WE BGIN LUV THINGS THIS WOHL OVR G 
IT TUK COOTtAG JOSH TAK THIS STAND 
TFER WER THOZ LEAN ?WARD HEATHN »<Jh 
?PI-EDG ALEG ?ALfTITY G MENT FUL COMIT 
(ILUS B AHNHOPS.CALIF ACIDEN T t. nr.MTT> 
THAT IS TH/CAL ?DAY-CHO0Z THIS DAT .ETC 
(EX AMPL SOCIETY ?DAT t, NO GET INVOLVE) 
(ILUS JAYNE KLASS 8, HO GHNDMOTHR LADY ) 
THATS WAT THIS LIE ALL ABOUT 
WE HAV_ CHOIC OF SEE WORL ARND US^KNEEj 
2 TH/ere'dV THIS" WOHL OR HAVjSw£>CUM 



? TH/ONE TRU COD THRU JS_XP 

SERVJS W«T ; WE NEED ?SAY ?OU.R WORLD 

'.-.T V1L SJ5B1 Ty/LCRJ- 
CAN B SAY THAT TO TH/WOHL ABSD UYT 



SCRIP: JOSHUA Witt-IB) SEHMs "B5LTWE AND LOVE" 

(ILUS JAMES WHISTLER ft OVR CUM IMG HIS HANDICAP) 

PERHAPS HES' *NCW"FAC OF LIF IS LIVS R SMPDBT S1TOATINS ft PEOP 



MODERN SOCIOKirsT S WUD HAV US BLIEV ENVIRNMEN RESP05BL VTH E 

ntj iEs ft etiiwAi s' ' ' " 

, I PLAT A PART, BUT THER MAN WHO EAIBD POOR CIRCPMS.It HAV RISM 
gGHTNES IN HISTRT 
ALSO MANY EVIDENCES CHA Ttm^d a NETBRHUT) W/Hll.HOIIRH HMtSTHC 

Tffiprr re nin th/peo flflfl T- Itf T "" rp 

.:<*s cf lif is EfiU c^ BEtBJS IB OS BU m ; * Q 

" DAVID & SOLOMON, 1 EVM JjOCT^BEBJW TJJS gflTBOgBt 

m:TTJNE MAN EEMAIH~STBDFAST 'ALL BIS LIF WAS MAN WE HAV BIN 
LOOKING AT - JOSHUA 
NO MEAN HE PERF BCUZ MADE HIS SHAH OF KI5TAKS 
BCAM riTsrnTnnn,T/tf!T RjTf. of F ftfp; 7I* E to TTMf: A. c mTKT . V Mils HIV 
WOHDRBD WH ER ALL HIS LEADTHR WUB EBP 
BDT HE WAS (PS KAN ft HE PTED HIS PEO TO HIM 
HIS EXAMPL PTS 0K TO GOD TODAY AS WEL 
JOSH REACH END OF LIF 6 B^l DT AT AGE 110 HE SHAR 2MEKAGS W/PEOPL 
THE7 RECORD IN CHAPS ?1. ft, Zh 

FISTS ! HE G IV SHORT PESSPEC TIV WA T, GOD HAD CDM.BECJEH T PAST 
J; TIMES IN CHAP ?3. JOSBTEL PEOP OF "THINqS I3/L0BD UR ROD" HA? 
DUN FOR THEM 

CH AP g;il-?. TB/PEOP R CALLD ft GATHRD HND JOSH SHEAR HIS FINAL 
WORDS TO THEM 

THEN, HE BGIN RECOUNT ALL THJTHINC.S OF "TH/LORD TO GOD" AS FND: 

VSS 5A, 5B. ■*, •ffl, H, 9A. 10. 11, »A. 15B, 1»»B - (HEAD) 



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T J nt ther Tiany ilus thrz bori -+.nes 

v many evid chanr neibrhud leant neo- 

esarily chanr neo who liv ther 
But 1 .'jades* elir.en lif is .'read/he^r rcr who hav risn 
i 
David/ this, but Josh 1 who regain 

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v choic of C worl rnd us kneel ? -eds Df 
worl, 
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"Believe \nd love" 
Scripture : Joshua 24-: 14— 18 

(Illustration of histler, and overcominr handicap) 

ere was a young man whose ambition in life was to be a soldier. He 
receive ' ilitary cademy at 'est Point. At the end 

first year he flunked chemistry. But he was allowed to c sk tht 

second year. But he flu -ain and " r ■■ bhe sch- 

ool, one, t ;his noint in life many lose all nope •- 

, but not this - n, he could do. He 

in the i ' esovi r - it had I or drawing. 

So he beran to experiment with different colors and discovered be co- 
fix colors and paints also, r ut+ ' two 1 lents bo ;ether he became a 

3 artist -.- now hi- toe 3tler, best known for 

the portrait of e woman on her rocker, called Whistler's Mother. " 

Perhaps the Vest fact of life is that- our lii s] apedby the kebk±s 

situations and people who are - • . Lern sociologisl would fejdrsx have 

us believe that environment is r il t) e crime and criminals. But 

there are man:" examples of whe have c»en raised in poor circumstances 

• have risen to greatness in history. nces -a*cha] 

ing a ■ dth new and modern housing doesn't necessarily ;e the 

live ir those developments. 

b of the idde " uents of life i r - be 1 he) r of nen who have 

risen to be used c Ldetracked in their later years. Ken like David 

omon and even .' rpes the ' jople of Israel. 

one man who remained at I 11 c^ his life W! e have teen loc - 

at. That - 3 ^oshua. This doesn't mean that Joshua was a perfect 

example. Joshua made his share of . He became discouraged; he lost 

sight of his faith from time to time and he must have wor "fid just '-'here all 

of his leading would end. Put he ■ - ■ >d' man and he pointed his neonle to 

, and his examp e points us to Sod tods:* as well, 

Jos "' reached the end of his life and before he died at the are of 110, 

he 3hared two messgges with the people as recorded in c :• ?3 and 24 of 

book. 

hue $ives the people a short range perspective which s >f what 

God had done in the rece t, hirteen times in the 23rd chapter Joshua 

tells of what "The Lord your , " has done for them. in reading the 



2Jrd chapter with the words, "Now it c ■ , en the L 

had riven rest to Israel fro- all of* their enemies on every side, and Jos] 



Eorc 
>shui 
was old, advanced in years, that Joshua called for all of Israel, for their 
elders and their heads and their judges their officers, and said to 

then, 'I am np, advanced in y . • ■ vss 3 -2 . 



bhen he be~ins to recount all of the thin i o n bhe "Lore Your k . " 
id 5a, 3b, 5a, 5b, 8, 9a, 10, 11, lja, 13b, 14b, iftptifi). 
Then in the 15t 16th verses Joshua warns, (read these verses). To sum 

all of this up, tfoshua has reminded Israel that "the I ord their Jod" hi-. 
them into this Promised Land a.1 em victory r victory. Lis 



me to them is to Believe that this is the One, the True, the Only God. 

And just ai -iven them the victories joyed, so He will br 

upon then the curses as promised when hoses spoke the worda of God as recordec 

in the booh of the Law, Deuteronomy. 

That messare is ihejiase m- we need for our flay and for our lives. "'hen 

the Apostle Paul KxsxkH±»xxkEii£x±nx£r±ssm and "ilas were being held in prison 

and the eart' pened at midnight, the '""onsn Jailer tl ': 3 fchat the 

prisoners had escaped was ready to commit suicide but was stopped by haul. 

He then asked, M " v at must I do to be saved:" , =lieve on the 

lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." 

The message for all of life is to beldive on Jesus; to accept the salvation 
i ■■'■■ - 30 freely gives. Jesus is God's final and ultimate wer to life. 

people of Israel £«r' searchin for mean! purpose to life in the 

confused and confusing world in which they lived. All mankind down throu ' 
the Senturies have looked for the answer to life. Those who have found it 
in Jesus have known the satisfaction that knowledge can bring. If you are 
still searching ' » ur life, you will onl ' i in 

the Lord Jesus Christ, 

But then Joshua v as recorded in 

the ter of Joshua. T*,is is s Ion -range perspective. But this fin- 

al me is rive' i. x c c . read in the fir.:', verse, 

■— "Then Joshua fathered all the tribes of Israel to jhechem, and calle 

the cs of Isi ' or their heafis and their Judge id their offi- 

cers; and thr hemselves before "cd . " 

It was - -Dot of F.t. Gerizi- - ■ . " Joshua had built 

ancaltar to the Lord; it was here bl ' he had erected .si^k ' , tall pillars end 

-■n the law on them ^elivered th< the people. But it ■ 

here in this very place an first receive promise that God 

would rive Israel the land of Canaan. ind it w jo here that Abraham de- 

monstrated hir rejection of all ofher heathen and false rods by building an 
altar to Sod, the only True God. 'vrid it was also here that -Jacob on his re- 
turr f ssopotamia cleansed and purified his household from false go i 

burying all of the idols and also buildi n altar to God. 

o it is that Joshua now recnur : one throu ; ors 

: then Joshua calls upon the peorle to cone to the lord and we read in the 
14th verse, (read this). 

They are admonished by Joshua, "And if it is : reeable in your sight to 
serve- rd, choose for yourselfes today you will cerve : whether 

Lb Erfx^BKr her£ srved which were " river or 

the rods of the "'morites in whose land you are livinr.- 

Ther i-he choice. It was either/or. Thither choose the One True 'dod or 

choose the fa] he people they were living among. They had to make 

the choice and no on^ could do It for them. 



-5- 

Then Joshua made his faan i ;laration that stands forth for all ti 

eternity i] ' -' , it as for me and my house, we will serve the 
Lorr . ' 

Probably with firm conviction, and an upraised voice Joshua shouted to the 
people so there was ro misinterpretation of where he stoodf nor of whom he 
•■" , " _t as for me. and my house, we will serve the lord." 
fire is the mc Lc 'in all of 3cripture. It is in ±ha± this 
tement" that we find that Joshua loved lod with all of his heart and soul, 
and he was calling 6hese people to love God in the - . that is 
stil] fcl ige that we need to take out stand on today. Whom will we 
serve; ill it be God.' Or will it he the rods of materialism, or the pod. 
of intellectual ism: ,T Tiere is nothii ■■- -1th having material goods, be- 
cause we need them; nor is it wrong to use our intellect, because God wants 
lls to dc . ■■- ager is alw -re that these things begin to 
take precedence over ouU love : and we slip back into loving 1 
of this world. 
It took courare for Joshua to stand before these people s - fee this declara- 

There were those among them who were lean-' ward the heathen rods 
of their neighbors. \fter all, there wasn't as much commitment being asked 
in servintg them. But to pledge allegiance to this Mmighty Sod, meant a 
full commitment. 

in Calif or 1 ' unken driver; 
- 1 ' '"""•> ~-' '• """' "~ ? e the pa-tor then of the 10th street 

esbyterian Church in Philadelphia was in California preaching. He saw an 
accident take place in which B car careened dowr ; = breet and crash into 
another car. The driver was jsmc± obviously drunk an- 1 -Mas pushed from be- 
hind the wheel by his companion who took his place. hen the police arrived 
the man behind tn Lained : erly that the other driver was at 

fault. At this Dr. Barnhouse told where he • ccident occurred 

told how the drivors had c' ] ces and that the other sr was doing 
nothing wrong when eras: ; -;o drunk. ' u this the crown began to 

get nasty and started askir this - to int- "■ ■ in all 

of this. • he interfereing ir this.'" they "-anted to know. Dr. 
house answered that it was his duty to do so and' t] ] ;ladly travel 
from Philadelphia to testify against this driver and his frie . 3 he re- 
turned to his car people actually cursed him for done, 
whatever reasons these people were willing to ■ 'or he wrong, rathei 
than the right. . Ld that a Christian must be wi] 
ctand up for win ' i ■ must be willing to lose a few 
fy; or to do anything necessar; l the rig ?evails. 

is the call that is issued again - dn to us, "Choose you this 

ou ill s r: 3 . " 

In our society today there is the very Prevalent idea of not " invo] 

in life no matter who is beinr hurt, or even cases of Lng killed and 

no one gets involved. From it has corns the very bad attitude about life. 

(Illustration of Jayne Elass and convex that she 

never is a Tandmother) 

■■.'om.an named Jayne Klass tells of Lr to a lady in church at the end 



-4- 

fche service. in talkj ~ut her ~rown children to which 

Jayne asked her about her grandchildren. he woman shocked her with the 

answer "I don't have an; , bu 'i sure Ion' . " en she 

stated, " r ",,is wic "rid is unfit for rearing c'-il:iren,"xrajixx±lriax£fcis 

Jayne >. - er ) "^ c " r " really mean what you are sayings tad w) >uld 

happen to ottr Christian witness and influence if our Christian couples 
cease to bear children?" The woman si - hadn't tl ■ hat and 

walfte'" 

said she the " her ildren and how "he had heard her four- 

year-old granddaughter tell a neighbor boy, " oi?] n ■• me when 

I'm nauphty. If she doesn't spank me, God will span]: her." Lied to 

think what this other woman is missing, last spring she also thought 

of that lady when her daughter called or the phone and informed her that 
another grai ug] ber : ily : a tell her. Emily took the phone 

from her m other and said, "Guess what arandma? I asked Jesus into my heart 
'; . " 

That's what this life is all about. We have the choice f the world 

around us kneeling t< -ods of this world, or of eekin to ^ive them the 

ce between the 50 .he • ne True God, through Jesus Christ. Choose 

you 1 - srve is what we need tc the world, 

then we should le J -n answer loud and clear, "But as for me, ana my house, 

■ill serve the Lord," on ■ — that to the worlds If you can't I invii 

you to receive what ~ 'fer to L >rld in the of Jesus 

Lst, 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev, Ralph Link, Pastor March 4, 1967 

Mr. Dale Rice t Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 

+ + + i- + + + + + + + + + + -i- + + + + + + + + + + + + + . 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 7:30 P.M. 
Prelude 

'Opening Hymn Wo, "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" 
'Ascription 
*Call to Worship: 

Pastor - When thou givest a feast, call the poor, the 
maimed, the lame, the blind, and thou shalt 
be blessed . Go out into the highways and 
hedges, and compel them to come in, the Lord 
wants His house to be filled. Come, let us 
worship God! 

People - He created the world and everything in it- 
He created me. 

Pastor - Let us celebrate the Good News, together. 

" - God has come in Jesus Christ , to reconcile 
and make new. 

Pastor - Let us feast at His table! 

People - He calls us to share and celehrate His 
presence; to love and serve others; to 
proclaim life through Him, 

Pastor - Let us come to Him in confession! 
•Prayer of Confession tin Unison) "Almighty God, like the 

disciples we have made promises we have not kept. We 

confess to You our frailties, our doubts, our -fears. 

We are driven by dreams and anbitions, confused with 

cares and concerns. We are ruled by our motives and 

desires. Hear us as we come seeking rour cleansing 

and forgiveness. This we ask in the name of our 

Saviour, Jesus Christ," .... .Amen. 
•Assurance of Pardon: 

Pastor - God makes n*w, for God is love. There is no 
fear in love, but perfect love casteth our 
Tear! because fear hath punishment. Fie that 
feareth is not made perfect in love. We love 
Him because He first loved us, and part of that 
love was and is forgiveness. Amen . 

Pastor: Jesus said, "Greater love hath no man than this, 
that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye 
are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 
He did this and calls us His friends. Let us 
jibare that friendship with the giving of what we 



Offering 

Offertory 
•Doxology - page 362 

Communion Hymn No, 30 "Break Thou The Bread of Life" 
Consecration and Institution of the Elements 
Distribution of the Bread and the Cup 
•Prayer of Thanksgiving 

Anthem; "In the Garden" 

Scripture: Matthew 26: 47-56 

Sermon: "'Cross-Words : FoTsafa n" 
*Hymn No. 256 "The Old Rugged Cross" 
* h< nediction 
•Postlude 

+ + + + + + -"Congregation Standing + + + + + + 

The Elders and Deacons will be Ushering as well as serving 

;iion this evening. 
Mrs. Betty Tressler will greet our members and guests at 
^ the door this evening. 

^>f-"I,;H FRY is fast approaching. We are looking for some of 
you to bake some pies for us. If you can, please « 
Phyllis Tai or Helen Riemer, Tickets are also available. 
See Dick Mangel for then. Remember, we need your support 
to make March 11 th a great bucci 
^J, Hospitalized: Mrs. Edna Tait and Mrs, Cathy Hays in '-■''■' 
FIKfcNCS COMMITTEE meeting March 9 at 7s ■ , 

Ghf : - . will be held as usual Thursday at. 7:00 P.M. 

Last call for men of the congregation to sign up to a 1 
the Moody Bible Conference at the end of May. PI- - ^ 
let us know now. 
Easter Egg forms are out in the hands of the Activities 
Committee. If you would like to help us on this project 

i ■ let the committee know. We need your help to 
sell then for US. 



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COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH - SAGAKOEE, PA. - rnuKUAKi c?, m" 
ASK WEDNESDAY - 7:00 P.M. 

PRELUDE 

GREETIWGS/.'OYS/ANNOUNCEMENTS/PRATER BEQUESTS 






"ear 
I thru weariness 

, ■ 

entcost; Tft/i/~ "" 

Cor 10:1?- f 

oldier,diseas, cured " the! 

i can Cj 

th persr. 2B. 

- saw , ■ littl I realy do; 

"lueric of tru. 

th bundl i lay on th Bhelf 

ivn a litt] lit "• God, but I hadnt -ivn myself. 
Lnfl isiade u] 5 

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•HTMN 

PRATER/oTTERING 
•DOXOLOST 
EVENING PRATER 
FTMN , 

SCRIPTURE: MATTHEW t6l«»7-56 
SERMON: "CROSS-WORDS: TCBSAKEN" 

jfjrantx 

THE LORD'S SUPPER 
•-TKN 

.CNEDICTIOM 



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sub ounb " pas i oh. ba V icr JK3F 
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NO" VECESABLT_WOHK__fR/CROS,HUT WOFIffi 

WB, . +.TMATLY END "AT CSfSJ ' 
If Cfi OSWORD PUB THIS EVE WU!!R LK <t 
8LSTR WORD^KMN-ABWDOfft^SpTED 

JS HAD JUS SHARD "LAS'SUPPB" W/DISCIPi 

V S-JSP-GARE O ETH SPRAY, JS OFT WENT 

VSS K-5t-M T WAS 2KAPPN NEAR TOTUR 

VSTJ-PETR PLETJO ALEGANC 

VS 3A.JS F frEDICTIN ?PETR 

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VSS yJ-VfasXPtAI H 

yss ;q -^.explain 

VS S ^-S^EXPLATR 
VSS ^-'iftA.EXPLAI N 

VS S'ffSSTARTLTNG IRONY-ALL DESERT HIM 

^sa^ns^nmwcr^ierm F gj It's 

W/HIM 

CTUESTIN: WJD_WJ^AV_pm SAME THING*?* 
HOW MANY Willi" PUT LIT OH LINE IN SIM- 
I LAR SITHATIN?*Y 

UT Tmgn THTNK OCR LIVS ft TIMES WE IAT 
hB UOS JS 
CONVERS W/PEOP 6 NO INTRJEC SPIRTUL 
KNOVLEDG/ADVICE & REMAIN SILENT 
FIRST: kSH L XP THHU__FEAR -WANTB..LIKD, 
Ml w/CROWD.NO WAVFS 
"*' vi'J-B M IH8B5 a Kajorty 
DISCIPS KNU DANGR Of FITS AGIN MOB, 
CUB LOSE FREEDM OR LIVES, OR BOTH 
If WR STUD ALON ON CERT ISSUE, t) FAY 
-EL HAV EXPEF FEELING LORD HAD WEN 
LK KNP.SEBCH' MlIS TREND S 
SECOND: KSAK XI' '(HMTTOmES 
-^WS^ING~AS"XPIAN tCONTINUL TAK 

STAND WTHTNGS THAT S RITE 
AFTR PERIOD T IME.SraN_THERJ!fiT, ,MU.£H 
ff<"E ST AN AGIN CROWD - SO CAVE IN 
BES "KNOWN CUBE-WALT AWAY ft WE THUS 
»ISAK XP ft HIS CAUSE 

HELTOAfELTH, ft LIVES) 



THIRD: 'tSAA WEN DO JOB WEL REST OH t/ 

-PffYTiF ' 

EX AHPL-PETR. JAMES. JN AT TRANSFIGDRATIN 
"IN PRESENC MOSES .ELIJAH I GLORFYD XP 
REAL MNTNTOP EXPER.DWN IN VALY <>SOOK 
*^J< LED BY SATAN 



BUT G LETS US C JUS HOW MUCH HE NEEDS 
US 4 WE FAL PREY 2SATAN ft <tSAX XP 
THyVTACHWORD OF JS.WATCH ft WE R tWATCK 
L EST WE ItSUL HIW 

MBS WATCH 2HAV TH/fcOLDNBS NEEDED 
EXAMPL-PETH. B'tPENTCOST 1 _AEE_ 
1 COR 10:1? - PAUL TELLS US: WHESFORE. 
LET HIM THAT THINKETH HE STHDETH.TAKB 
HEED LEST HE FALL." 



(ILUS GREEK SOLDIER W/DISEAS,6 W/OUT IT) 



CAN I! C WHY JS WAS KA»TNi[ 
KDS LK AT LIVS ft WAT MOTIVATE "US 
IS IT OUR LUV k OTR SAVIOBTT T*? 

OR IS IT JUSMERELT_TH /CTAHDSTAND PLAT 

THAT MAKS US LK GUP llttit: MOMENT ft/Jfl E" 

WE 4SAK HIMTYY T 

I BT.TCT PART WAT JS SAT ?DISCIPS W^ ORD 
" MATCH" VtS ACOTLT-LOOK AT . tJRSELF 

'"H E WAS AT.TAK SEP TUS IJC AT SELF ft C.IT 
B B TRULY MINE ft WIL NO "tSAK HE 
(TJ*g AN0NTH1IS WKITB t POEM , _I__C_ MTgELJ'j 
WA: 1 D UZ TH/LOBD C IN OU R HARTS W EN IE 
L00KSY7T T 

MAY IT NEVR B SEP OF PS A S JWTXSHJ^O?* 
"THEN ALL TH/DISCIPS »SO0K HJK I JLED'^ 



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ad Scrip 
surour ■ 

ssarly words fr croE,out wort a ult 
azl our word this ere wud 
-abandon, de 
- h w /disci- : "pray 
jus har i - 

wen arriv i >l-35 

predic all viud desert caus retr, vocal, 2deny ' 
v a 55b»all of the 

I, -■■'-, It no reply 

othr flis-oi^s 
c , James, Jo] 

■■=toi wat : 
5 times wer . Lme cum bak 4 discii 

rd tlme,sur< )t 

pt ares in Petr cut 

Js rebuk 'ulfil 

vs 55= Jf ask quest, ™ e wtil in 

publi , ■ revolt, srec privi 

" dun 
then folo startl irony-vs 
Aftr all tin bin vi1 , i B crucil a< 

/ffiir 
but ■' ' : - 

»ucb 

L] put liva on line: 

jf i^ ... 

d it wen shi d " ">~ '' rl - "" 

do it ' 

1st olace=we " thru fear 

■ it easier ro w/crowd,n( ° "ac 

evrl ■ ■ !ov/li!:ed;nc> 1 

discips Scnu ou1 j Lso l:nu if , 

toil , ,. . „ 

so blend in? lrndscop w/rea peo ' wen JS Ik rnd , 
all alone . . 

hav evr stud alon on cert issu, apart n r — 

as In* Ui ' ; 
Then we *sa rines 

■ ■ walk is Sccntinuly tai "tan '+ th 

use Pstan agin cro< I 

so rro tired,' o cure i! : 

it all ■' ■'■ lAs c us 



Clasic exe; 

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: la "his lif 
that rer cum bout wnei 

fcr, James, Ji , '/sens 

abROlut abiltys, : - ] "nw w/out 

us ) 

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iscips watchword=.. ' 
■ itinu 4sa/ 

| ■ stud out 

in i: of dis 

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, ' ■ . 

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is it mer] r 

-hen we S-Si 

Lscips w/wor 
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' 

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rd C in our 

- 



"Cross- 1 'ords : orsaken 
cripture: Matthew " :'- 7 - r " 

ing the next weeks we "ill be lookii ' at words which are found in Scriptur< 
in the narratives surroun&in ien of our avior Jesus Christ. ;, hey 

are not necessarily words from the cross, but are words which ultimately end 
at the croi 

re were working 3 crossword puzzle our wore 1 for this evenin ■ . - an 

eight letter word meaning abandoned, or deserted. 

Jesus was in the* Graden of Gi " Lisciples. He had cone here 

to pray. He hi:' 1 jusl red with them what has cone t< 9 "The 1 

er." '.Iter they had sung a hymB J -c~other we "re told they went to the 

it of Olives. ] "- arrivei >oke to them and rave them the 

message Matthew record? in ±&e Kis "ospel starting at the 51st verse, (read 

verses 31 thrc 35). edictior all n '' bhen would foraake 

^ nr always beinr rocal denied he would do this, xExwkx&h 

KEaTixxiflaSifXHBvfustxiExxxKisix and Matthe , " Ikewise also said all the 

disciple . ad pledge ' tl eir allegj and tc Jesus made no re- 

ply. 

3o they were now in ; -den and Jesus instructed the other eight disci- 

to sit nea went further en to pray, \nd He tools eter and Jamer;, 

and 1 . ;hem He gave 1 e to "Tarry ye here, and watch 

with I e , " verse 38b , 

Three time" : >ent away to pre;* - sn 1 each time ■ back the oiscirles 

were found . while I T e was speaking to : 7 is disci 'ter co 

bacl bird tire, a mi Le r ~" people surrounds . "cepted 

; ~ in the i of ic eter lashed out with his sword ana cut off 

the ear of the -ervant of the ' igfc priest. Put Jesus ret Lrn and renindei 

him that Scripture must be fulfilled concerning the salvation of man] : . 

Jesur: ■ to the crowd and said, "Are ye come out Hxaisrsixiop as against a 

thief with swords an s? I sat daily ' i 'ou teach- 

ing in the . -p laid no hold on me." 

y had all hinds of orpotunities to arrest Jesus while He wa ' out in public 

Bui it idn *t want ' is arrest to take place publicly 

because the citizens may have revolted. It was much easier to arrest Kim 

privately with no one around to witness this. .t least, without any who 

would violently oppose ""is arrest, 

thew 'ells us, "But all of ;his hs cripture of the | 

might be fulfilled," verse 56a 

n follows the startling irony of all of this and ' ?w concludes this 

verse by stating, "Then all the disciples forsook Kim, and fled," verse 56b, 






-?- 

"ter all of the times they had been with TT im, it a that at His 

moat crucial Ls ministry, ;] ould bav< b ye wit! Him. 

But those disciples were merel in- out very human lives and regardless 

vie bhis in our minds -- • stuck 

im and iefended Him, would we.' How many of u would really put our lives 

on the line in a similar situation* ri nces of your nf e 

id think of the time? when you have forsak Jesus. do it i j have 

a conversation w Id in.iect spiritual knowledge or ad- 

vice into the conversation; or we shoul and he cor 

to stand for the right, and we remain silent; nr we leliberately continue in 
the old sin life • it is absolutely wrong. by is it that 

brist'r 
In the first place, we for La r. Isn't it always easier 

3 ■ the crowd and not -~ xxxxxxxx It's 3 well 

known fac 1 ' everyone wants tc be liked and loved. No one wants to be a 

minority in (ority. we re outnumbered. The" alsc 

knew that if they chose to not le- -- bed, they lose not 

only their freedom, but poss- ly their lives. e a. into the 

landscape with the rest of the people there. en Jesus looked around, 

He was standing all -lone. I" you've sv all alom iertain i 

— apart from the crowd, then yc rrerienced the feelii b our 

Lor Ls friends. 

Then we ^or?-':e Christ through wearine . ;hing in our Christian 

walk is to continually take a stand for the ■ b that are right. After a 

period of time it just seems as though there isn'1 icl ■ tantfing up 

' ::.ins1; the crowd. o we grow tired and weary, and the be wn cure is 

to wal ■ -_-■-- it all and thus we forsak* rist and T ~'is cause, 

sic example of this 1 as the original men Lng the 

Declaration of IndepenA&noe , '11 of them were jjwich to lose by their 

actions. ie m did Iosp homes and propei Xe&l&jeven 

though they knew this could be the end resu] . 

The third reason for for cist is one which has -one 

through who has 3tood for Him in this life. That - a 

rson has successfully done something for the Tor'. 9 ter and James 

and John how they had been chosen by Jesus to pro up to the- Mount and to share 
in the rev< ' c is -lory. ■ ere in - 1 - ritual presence of "loses 

Elijah and the glorified Jesus, mendous experience. One we 

_ can rightly call ' top expedience , Tut when they returned to the 

valley, they foraook Jesus by being led by ban. The dan 

t filled with a sense of our own absolute abilities as though "od could not 
"lor ut us. And it -is at this pdnt that God lets us iee rast how 

r ich He :. ":eeds us. It : ' Ls poj t star gets ttrdtrgl t- us' 



5- 

■ .. . - - - j_ ra 02 , cc ■ t 

Jesus gave His disciples the watchword for these occasions when He told His 

disciples to " Hatch ." are to ' tetch " lesl we continue to forsake Tim. 

'If we "Watch" our lie r livirr we will have t' tness that stood 

out in the lives of the Disciples. Df etex ho was all mouth. 

He always had 8 never able to back ^ he said. 

u1 -it Pentecost the pirit came into his life and he ras the boldest 

rost fearless disciple there ever was. Pau] also gives us this ord in 

a slightly different way. In his letter to the Oorinthia Church, the first 

letter chapter 3 >, verse 1", h . "fore let hin thai ' :eth he 
standeth tike heed lest he fall," 

(Illustration of Greek soldier and disease that vej 

Vh-ere is an old Greek story of a soldier who had that was very 

painful and was likely to take his life at any time, because of this he 
exhibited a bravery that no other Gre< Ld ier possessed. He was always 
in the very front of every battle. T T e courted death because if hkx he were 
Lied, death wou] pair., , His General, nti- 

us so admired this soldier's br lician who 

could treat his disease, .-■ cured .-r. 

But : ' hat time on, this soldier was no longer ii e oi ' . i avoided 
all danger in order to preserve his life. £ a horrible pail 

disease he fought we" 1 . hen he was cured, his health and his comfort 
first. 

Can you se ■-- " itch,* 1 e must lco 1 - to our lives and 1c 

rhat it is 1 ' ■ - us. Is it our love for our ' ai ior c is it 

just the grandstand p] - • for the moment, 

forsake Rims 

I believe a part c -us was saying to ; : the word 

:c"n- was actually, "look at yourself." Lng, "Take a serious 

c rself and see if yon truly are Mine an: will not forsake He," 

>us writer penned a fe< ntitled, "I see myself." is 

ote : 

One day I looked slf, 

the self tl rist car. see; 
I saw the person 

the one I oug : ^e. 

I saw how little I really pray, 

little I really do; 
I saw the influence of my life- 
* little of it was true I 

I saw the bundle of fau] fears 

I ought to lay on the shelf; 

I had given a little bit to God, 
But I hadn't give "if. 

I came Tror. seeing myself, 
With the mind r"- n ~ upt tc 
The sort of person that ' t can uce 

fith a heart He may always see. 



t does ee in our hearts w] en He looTr<? u 

n -° ■ IX never 



■aid of 



-4- 
us , as Matthew wrote, "T v en all the disci 00] fled." 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 

Butler , Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor March 8, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson* Saxophonist 
Mr. Bill Pieringer, Youth Director 
Acolytes: David Brinker and John Penrod 
+ + + + + + ++ + + + + + + + + ++ + ++ + 1- + + + + + 

ORDER OF W0R5HIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
•Opening Hymn No. 240 "Fairest Lord Jesus" 
•Ascription 
* Exhortation 

^Confession (In Unison) Eternal Father, thou hast commanded. 
us to let our light shine out In the world; hut 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 forgiveness. 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, 
*Kyrle 

'Assurance of Pardon 
•P raise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And blessed be His glorious name forever-, 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Children ' a Moment 

Hymn Ho. 229 "How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with you 



'Closing Chimes 
♦Postlude 



•Congregation Standing 



People 
Pastor 



Prayer 

Offering 

Offertory 

•Doxology - page 332 
Anthem: "You're Not Your Own" 
Scripture: Matthew 27; 15-13 
Sermon: "Cross-Words : Envy" 

•Closing Hymn No* 268 "Jesus, 

-•Benedic in 



And with Thy spirit 
Let us Pray! 



Mrs. Margaret Emery will greet our members and guests at 

the door this morning. 
The beautiful flowers that decorate our service this 

morning were given by the Dick Mangel family in memory 

of Uncle Jimmy Stewart. 
Ushers for today are: Alta Kradel. Lois Stokes f Marilyn 

Snyder and Dutch Bolam. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Gamble. 
Attendance last Sunday was 135 with 21 visitors. 
Visiting the hospital this week will be Marty Henry and 

Hob Vinroe. 
^Hospitalized: Mrs. Edna Tait and Robert Wickenhagen in BMH. 

Sunday - Youth Group at 7:00 P.M. 

Monday - Finance Committee meeting at 7:00 P.M. 

Thursday - Choir Practice at 7:00 P.M. 

^FISH FRY Fisheries and more food will be served on 

Wednesday. Will be serving lunch from 11:30 to 1:30 and 
Dinner from 4:30 to 7:00. Remember to bring your baked 
goodies for dessert. We also will need your help and 
support to make this a success. Tickets are available 
now from Dick Mangel. They are $4.50 and $3.50 for 
children age 8 and under. Hope to see you there!!! 

^Leadership Training classes will begin on April 21st. If 
you would like to attend this training, please let the 
office know. This is the same class for those nominated 
for Elder and Deacon who have no past training or would 
like a refresher course. Class is open to anyone. 
Palm Sunday we will be taking in new members along with the 
confirmation class. If you or anyone you know would like 
to join, please see that the office has the information. 
Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations you 
have the chance to respond to God's leading for your life 
by corning forward to the chancel rail. The Invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, 
to meditate* or to seek counseling* The Pastor will 
assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 



Thy Blood and Righteousness" 



COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH - SAGAMORE, PA. - MARCH 1, 199fi 

PRELUDE 

GREETINGS/JCYS/ANNOUNCEMENTS/PRAYER REQUESTS 



•HYMN 

PRATER/OFTEHING 
•DCXOLOGY 

PASTORAL PRATER 

HYMN 

SCRIPTURE: MATTHEW 27:1^-1" 

SERMON: "CROSS-WORDS: ENVY" - ST. PAUL'S, BUTLER 5/8/87 
•HYMN 

•BENEDICTION 
1STLUDE 



( I LOS 



■i um; "LtHUiii-WOHIlS: ENVY" 

^ORDS" 8, EXPLANAT IH OF THEH; t CHIHESESSTnpiiyp!^ 



IN SCRIP.THEH MANY WORK WH/STAN OTt'oR » SEWS 2FURTHB IDHV 
WE E LK SUM THOZ WORDS IN THIS SERIES LENT MESAGS 
2DAY WE LK AT WORD, "ENVY " AS WD SCRIP THIS MORN 

J L ' THIAL Bi,PI WT,S, PILAT KNO CHRGS AGIN HIM R rLIMST 
TFIUE PILAT SOT MEANS 2FREE JESUS 
WfcELIG [,DRS BROT JS B4FILAT E- ACM CF B "INSURECTINIST" 
THEY MENT, HE PLOT AGIN POME, SET SELF HP AS ABDV EMPEROS 
THUS, HE GltTY OF TREASON 

m^™ t™ sSi/ frFR RKms m ™ P ™? rcwL ^ 

^.l^PILAT VlU»B-MISin?SriW5 A EANGERUS PLOY JRELEAS JESUS 
VS IN HERE WAS A RIAL INSUHECTTNIST 

HE WAS GILTY OFROBRY, MIIHDER & TREASON AGIN ROKE 
VS_17*IN ALL PROB PILAT NO BLIEV PEOPL WUD CHOOZ JLET THIS REAL 

CRIMINAL GO FREE 
VS .l i'THTS TEL US PILAT WEI AWAR WHY JS WAS BROT B* HIM 

vs-j^f AMP, mm 

WHY WEB T HEY ENVTIT BTTT 
WAT MADE TWEtt ENVIUS T?? 
( LIST O F WAT JES US HAP'PUN WH/frADE THEM ENVIgS) 

ALL THEZ THINGS WHICH HE DID SO ENRAGD THEM THEY WER BLINDED 
SWAT HE REALY WAS 
ALL THER ELIGIOSITT.ALL OF THE LEANING, ALL OF THE CONCERN *TKR 
MINUTE RITUL OF WORSHIPING GOD, 
ALL OF THER PEAYRS ON THER LIPS, ALL OF THIS 8EKEMS LET THEM 
BCUM TH/UNWITTING FULFILMENT OF TH/TROPHECYS CONCERN TH/REJEC 
OF TH/XESIAH 
IS" WRCTF _^-J^SE SHAL GRO ID' S4 HIM AS A TENDH PLANT, t AS A 

_5 ' "UT W * PPT GBND"; I "LINES; ', WEN VF 

SHAL C HIM. THER IS NO BPTY THAT WE SHTO'DESIR'HiM. """"* 

AND SO HE WAS BROT 2TRIAL BCUZ THEX PEOPL "ENVIED" HIM 
IT INTERES SNOTE 20RT WHITES HEBREW WISDOM LITEBAKJH WROTE AGIN 
THIS VERY THING 

IIIUS TREE WHITINGS p/PAY t SOLOMON - PBS kO-kl THOH RHATN REF) 
.(READ THEZ) 



SLOHON ALSO WROTE ONE LAST PIEC ACTIO If: PKOV ?k:l -(OTOIE) *' 
B HO T T floT rBTCTTJS AGAINST EVIL' HEW', NEITHB DESIB ?B _w/TjfEM _ 

heredirec qposit of that, js wa s wc t an evil man, he was a que 

MAM 
BE WAS A BE1.IG MA N DOING GPP t, kT HAT THEY J^jff.BNVIlg, 

' IJTtfTT 
BCl- HE WAS DO THOZ THINGS THET WPP HAV LIKD 8HAV DUN «BN T HE 
PLAUDITS OF TH/CBOW C 

JS WAS AT THIS PT, MERELY NCTHR PERSON IN LNG STRING OF BIBLICL 

CHAFAPTRS WHO RECEIVD EVIL BCOZ THEY DID GUD 

HIBL STARTS OFF W/ABEI, B HTJRDRD BCU7. OF BROS ENVY 
JACOB ACT OUT LIE RECEIV T'S SUSS THBU ENVT BROS ESAU 
J OSEPH SOLD AS SLAV BCUZ BROS ENVY 
Wg|g PLAGUE RY ENVY PEOPL ISRAEL 
SAUL HATE DAVID, TRY MCIL BCU7, ENVT 
DANIEL THRO IN LION DIM BCUE BABYLONIANS ENVY HIM 
HA MAN E NVY MORDECAI TH/JEW ft SEEK ?HAV JEWS EXTERMNATED 
ALL THIS CAUS BY ENV T % THIS NOHHAUST^TH/LIST 

ENVT BLINDS TH/>!TND> POISONS Tg^HART 
TOTS UA* flflpffl HTRT.TCI. CHAKAflTBS 
I N TH/CASE OF JS BEIJO_Ll»S._SO BLINDED/POISOND THEY BLIEV ONLY 
SOLUTIN ?HAV JS KLilPHMir 
THEY BLIEVD IF HE WER DED.THEB NATIN FREE THIS PLAGUE JS WAS 
UNWITINGLY THEY WER ACT OUT fi'S PLAN WH/HAD CUM ?PASS 
RUT ISNT IT TRAGIC THEY BLJ.EVE "HEY «':•.)' PC COD .4 FAVOR?**? 
TRATS HORIBL ETECT ENVY CAM HAV pjj ANYONE 
AS L1C THIS EXAHP Fr/sCRIP NEED INCLUD SELVS AS TROZ WHO CAN CRU- 
CIFY XP ANEW 
TH/ VERT 1st CREATD BEINGS. ANGELS. SUM W ER j FTLLP_W^NVT t WER CIS* 
rR/HVFXBCAM""" 



fY CAN ENTR ANY; REIATCHIP 6 INTO. AN J PERSON 

~ IT CAN «■ d oz'entr INTC th/church s, CHURCH PSBB 

(ILL'S F.B. METER, SPURGEDN, !> MtfRGAHl 

d6S9 vjk all fitc this evil hcnstb calli. "Ftu'TT" 

THINK OF WORK - ANYBODY BIN PROMOTE OVR U V/LESS KNOWLEDG OR 
LNCTH TIME IN JOB »■ TET GET GIT. PROHOTIN OVR UT*' 
~OrHoV^OUf RATES THEY GOT, U DIBNT *?? 

"nohmal^sactin'- mrr.i ir LE T^gnHmjaRj^iwo jatred & hatrei 

TURNS TNTQ EVIL AC TINS fe DEEM , . 
CANT WE UNDRST WHY PILAT SOT TO GIV PEO CHOIC TWEEN BARABAS/JStll 
m . w ., TVCRY OF "CRUCIFY HTK" RANG OUT 

TRET WANT GET KT SCRCE THER ENVY * IT WE JUT, COTBTWTT GET 

bidcsJec bra envTif cn a.vrtto cBrorJr 'Wroirr hiit. 
■ ». ," T "r, >;o^k:,"get MB m of my site; aw? v/rrnr 

JiS XPIAHS W's;.sMAnoW; PE*EDY. frP ENVY 
fTLUS ASAPH, WMTH OF PSATJt.7;-:l-a...^TJf) 
(TURN TOTHIS 1»gffln ft READ! ! 



VSS H-1I»BE RELATES TH/LIVS OF THEZ PEOPL 
TH/EVIL i WICKD ACT AS THET C FIT & PROSPR SO ASAPH IS ENVIUS 
OF THEM 

vss ij-i't-His rsELnwa wahi rara 

V S i?-T H/NORMAL REACTIN BUT IT AGIN G'S WIL 

V- lfi-lB-TH IS IS Tfl/ANSWER HE DISCOVERED 

^- IS ONLY IN COMING INTO G'S PRESENC THAT ASAPH KNU HE CUD OVF 

OVRCUM ENVT 

(ILUS LEONARDO DA VT II^T'fi IF" M* mr.itMVT mwnl 

G DUZNT WANT THIS rR/ANT OF US 

ASAPH IN DEAL W/HIS EN7T CAM 2PLACE WHEP HE CUD EXCLAIM 

VSS g'i-f ^.THIS IS TH/ONLY REMEDT rOH ENVT «■ ALL OTHE EMOTIONS 

CONTRARY TO Hia WILL — , _„, ^ 

THER IS ONLT ONE , 

HIS TEACHING WAS ,_ EX'CEPT_YE B CONVERTD fr_BCUM. AS LITTL CHILD- 
REN.'YE SBAL NgfENTB TIT/fcTHnilM OF HVK 

III LITTL TRUSTING CHIL TMB WB WHS CWWR nun NITnHS «, RIIM WTl/LnRr 
rOB HIS FORGIYMES It- CT.ENSTNn 

R WE FREE F TH/EN VT TN THIS I.TT WH/VE C Aff H»V F»" RimrWFjmiTT 
DUZ THAEBT THOT ..OR SITE OF SUHONE CAUS OUR BLUD TO BOI LTT1TTTT 

JS WANTS US TO TURN ALL OF TKEt THINGS OVR TO HIM t B RI D OF IT 
TN mm T.TVB 



HB^AS GOD HAS SHOWN COMPLETLT THRU JX XP 
» EXCE 



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w/all this the; 

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wer fulfil of ] i of 

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plaudits of or 

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(Ilus words=2 Chines 5c iing idioms 

isa 5 7 ::^ 

(ex Dav-Sol bs s 40-41) 

. . yer, pin son, jan) 

'3 ; 2-3 
:"-] 5 
: 13-14 
-l r ' 
(Ilus Da¥inci t Michalangelo envy) 

:25-26 

pt ye be converted I cum as little 

children, ye shall not enter the kj 
dome of heaven 



"Cross-Words: Envy" 
scripture: Matthew 27:15-18 

Text: Matthew ? n :l Q 

■ds are the tools we u ourselves. Lccording to - ord 

5lish Dictionary, : 5 '" most used words in the 3 each 

has an average of 23 differs: 1 meanings, has 

7;" 1 distinctly different 

Think of the : er-on who is not native bor learr ;lish. 

dent Lit on Collere in Wisconsin tells of explaining some of ' lish 

idioms to two Chinese 1 knew book nplish, ■ ;ore 

ilothi ere a sign proclaimed, " . axpcxxz&KKfe 

'' one 0: ■ I 3 expla: all suits in t 

store were 20 3ollars eeS or more. explanations like this one he 

is doing quite well . u rsed a used cai nd the 

one fellow said to the other, "Loo ■ -.= cars, how tan t cheap?" 

The sign read, "Used cars, ; ■-.-!." 

Tvere are in Scripture many '■■cr" out or lend themselves to furth- 

"■ - 3 s tort serie 

Today we are look' word "Knvy,"i - In our 

mornin-. Jesus was 0- J .rial before Pilate - 
against jre flimsy, x±x*xkxxexx sought 9 means to free Jesus, The relig 

Jesus before Pilate accused an insur- 

rectionsit, or plottii ne and setl I g r e the Emperor. 

- of treason. But ilate their 

thin plot offered to release a prisoner whom the people chose, ice 

between Barabhas and . ilal mew that 

a real insurrectionist. In his cri-e spree he had been guilty of murder as 
well. So, in place of the pseudo-insurrectionist , Jesus Christ, Pilate 
them the choice of a real live one. Hi? thinking naturally was that tl 
would not dream of let-.: Lw criminal go free. - tion of what Til- 

ate knew is contained in the 18th verse ar ?e we rsad, - knew that 

for envy tl s delivered Hii . 

nvy " ivered Him." -hen envious r 

Their envy began when t3 *y h< j hat as sning throuf 

stine, Lm heal the blind and the lame, cleanse the lepers and un- 

clean, riHSEXEk±4sxKXcv:s^xxsxK]^rBncaxiiKK:i3taB±ax±x±Hxt^ raise the dead to 
life, raise the value of women i ' Idren in the nation, perform miracles 

with water, an* tread and fish, Lth all of" these things they were so bli 
ed to who and what TT e was that with all of ' '■ learning, all of their re- 
ligiosity, all of their concern for the minute ritual of worship of God, all 

ers on their lips that they were the unwittin ant of 

the prophecies concerning x'kshh the rejection of the Messiah. Isaiah had 

hecied in Lis prophecy, For He shall grow up before 

? tender plant, and ;.r a root out of 9 3ry ; no form 

nor comliness: Him, ">re is no be 

desire Him, " Isa, J;2, 



_2_ 

so He was broi ;o trial becau:" Invied" Him. Vnd it is 

o note that two of thegreat '/Titers of the Hebrew wisdom lite 
ture wrote against this very thing. (R<*ad the of David 

41 in heck of Thompson ' rence;. Here was a religious 
er doinegood and not evil and bhey -ere envious of Him. ' -■ - 

ed net on whst He was doing that was evil, but foj 

. e things they would have liked to do to earn the plaudits of the err . 
Jesus was merely another person in a 1 - of Lblieal characters who 

received evil because they did s-ood. 

Lble : rts off by telling us that bel was murdered because of his oro- 
' envy; Jacob went into his father's presence acting a lie through envy; 
Joseph was sold as a slave; : cses was plagued by I^cpoe iriam and I'crah, 
Dathan and Sbiram; aul sought to "ill David; anie] was thrown into the lions 
den; all of these were caused by envy and that doesn't exhaust the list. 
Jinvy blinds the "' Lsons the heart. This is what ha to "11 of 
those recorded in fcripture who envied others. In the case of Jesus, bhese 
religious leaders were so blir • Lsine at "he only solution was to 
eliminate Jesus entirel; . believe that if , their nation 

he rid c ] ided upon them. Unwittj 

v;ere " n ' ' Ian whic' to pass. But isn't it tragic 

believed, wrongly, th< - " vorr That is the 

horrible effect envy car have or. anyone. 

' iple fron cripture we need to include ourselves 

new. The very first created beings, anrels, 
some of whom were filled with envy, were cast out of of it 

they became demons. Envy can enter into any rela , into any per- 
son. \nd it can and dnei enter into the ch\j - eople. 
(Illustration of V . . Meyer, pur-eon, and MarganJ 

Just before the begj J bhe 20th century, there were three very 
inisters and ministries side by aide in L< , land. n he 

are, Charles ipurgec , often called t of Preachers 
. Campbell I organ, and . . eyer. 

■er tells of 3 once when G. - was preaching in 

irica and he found it very e uccess. "Tut, ho said, 

; lie came home and took s ho mine it was so- | i affer- 

ent. The old \dam in me was inclined to envy ; ealous:' . ~ave 

a reception for him'., lc 3 ec it ■ -c-axrcEBtxMBESSXHEjc if it w 

necessary for me to unday evenings - u-ly love to go and 

hc-r hi If. "ell, that mad'' Lght toward him. 

the ' helped me out of ' 'ficulty. Dhere was Charle 
f onderfully on the other ride of me, 

1 j church c - the overflow, 

re could accomodate." 

don't we all fight this evil mc ■• led envy : Thh -eople you 

have known who have perhars been promoted ahe ; or people n't 

knoi ] you do and the received t omotion. .'hat 



-3- 

do we says io we feel toward thez reactd Ls one of enxry 

an< immer, 11 jcowa into hatred. 3an re not understand then 

that PilatS w: re of this and ou ' t to give ' sople a choice between 

a true criminal irA Jesus: But what di* his effort produce! he cry of 

■' i - r ^' Him," rang out I they wanted to o the source of their 

envy. if we had the opportunity to get rid of the object of our- envy we 

too would and could cry out, "Crucify him." In other words, "Get him out of 
my sight , 01 him. " 

Lans then, we must seek and ' emedy for envy. saph, who 

wrote the ' rd sala lares his ex srience of or = tells us in the 2nd 

throurh the 3rd verses, (read these). He fcl -n to relate the live 

e people, (re- 12). v ±i Tr.d wicked aact as tl 

see fit end propser, J envious of them and he pays in the 13th and 

14th verfes, (re- -■ ) . - the answer lies Li is liscovery ss he re- 

lates in verse 18, (re I these). It la - " ■ j con 

sap] ' - he could overcome envy. 
(Illusti - Vinci's ejnvy of >lo) 

The counselors oUhlorenc ■' Leonardo DaVinci , I bale's most cele- 

brated artist, to submil ihes for the decor ' ■-,!] - J - 

Florenc . jlors he little kno 

1st ■■ , ff± s nam* 

submit sketches too. The we re si 

genius, bu coun elors - Lcha] •■ tches was a 

spontaneous expressior c usiasm. ^do 

alsc : that one of f 

old. He never ~o J over the selectio- 

femainj of his life were clouded with his envious fee 

i-ic. elo. 

doesn't want this for any of us. -saph in dealing wi1 ! i envy came to 
the sould exc' ' , ■ 

re is only one remedy for envy as ad ow c ! SU s. AxxikE 

• " " ' ' ' '"' b(= converted and " sec le - little children ye shall 

not enter the kir ren," 

little trusting children, we hange our natures and cc bhe 

lor giveness and cleansing. \re you :~ree of 1 "in this 

life yjs^x«icyxss^t which tve for er Does the very thought, or 

'-It 8f a certain someone Lood to boiiv Jesus wants us to turn 

all of that ever to ' e rid of it in our lives. Tf you would like to 

do that, : ite you to cone forward and invite Him into your heart tod 

accent the >ee gift c ness an vs. ' " io] " ic freely offers 

to each of us. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor March lb, 1937 

Mr* Dale Rice, Minister of Mus ic 
Mr* Bill Pieringer, Youth Director 
Acolytes: John Penrod and David Br inker 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Anno un ce men ts 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
^Processional Hymn No. 263 "There Is a Fountain Filled 

with Blood" 
♦Ascription 
♦Exhortation 

♦Confession (In Unison) God, who hast brought us into 
this fellowship with one another through thy Son Jesus 
Christ: let us 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 frustration and turmoil. 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. 
♦Kyrie 

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

People — And blessed be His; glorious name forever * 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Children's Moment with Bill 
Hymn No, 279 "Savior, Thy Dying Love" 
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; Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen" 
Scripture: Matthew 27: 19-25 
Sermon: "Cross-Words: Transferal" 
♦Hymn No. 254 "Near the Cross" 
♦Closing Chimes 
♦Benedic in 



Congregation Standing 



•Postluda 

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Mrs. Ellen . will greet our members and guests 

at the door this morning. 
The beautiful flowers that decorate our service this r.< ■ i 

were given by Mrs, Harvey Carapbell and family in memory of 

Mr. Harvey Campbell. 
Ushers for today are; Rob Vinroe, Rick Vinroe, Jeff Snyder 

and Kevin Snyder. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs, Shirley Thompson. 
Attendance last Sunday was 123 with 10 visitors. 
Visiting the hospital this weekwill be Bill Pflugh and 
v Herb Shearer. 
^> Hospitalised: Mrs, Edna Tait and Robert Wickenhagen in BMH, 

SUNDAV - Youth Group meets at 7:00 P.M. 
1'UESDAY - Teachers meeting at 6:00 P,H, 
THURSDAY - Choir practice at 6:30 stiarp! TV taping at 7:4^,. 

>> Leadership Training classes will begin April 21st, If you 
are interested in being a part of this class, please let 
the office know. This is the same class as the Elders and 
Deacons will be taking. 

^»ralm Sunday we will be taking new members into the chu- 
Tf you or anyone you know is interested in joining, o". 
Li i us know. Drop a note in the offering plate or s^ - 
Pastor or Secretary. 

^Love Loaves are still available if you have not picked . 
up. You may pick them up off the table in the rear of th« 
h ill. These will be collected on Easter liunday during bhe 
worship service. The funds collected will be sent for ftr 
innoculation program in Africa through World Vision. Let' 
try to exteed what we collected in 1986. 






COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH - SAGAMORE, PA. - MARCH 6, 1996 

PRELU'E 

GREETINGS/JOYS/ANNOUNCEMENTS/PRATER REQUESTS 

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•HYMN 

PRAYER/OFFERING 
" MIXOLOGY 

PASTORAL PRATER 

HYMN 

SCRIPTURE: MATTHEW ?7:19-?5 

SERMON: "CROSS-WORDS; TRANSFERAL" 



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. OATLUDE 

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XNO THAT TH/BUJD 07 XF HA:" ("OVREn TO STMSTTtt 

u khq he Vit'-^AK£tEWn n? ?ro to himself, s- tran*fered his 

SIHLESWES T( WMII SACRIFICE ON TH/CROSS"*? 

THIS BCDHS A REALTY WEN WE ACCPT HIS SALVATIH WH/HE OJTRS THRl 
HXE.JEm.ft BESJMCTIH- 
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DEBT 21:1-7 - (HMD > 
WH/IHEI,SDX-21iEaQLrj - 

mrwKY shud hav TT TBI? f g Mtr " sn 

' SUCH WAS MOT TH/CASE 
ffiS^gp ft %& tttt K MIT WAS BANSn FR/THER « NrS 

so TBo~irapqn> as ht pt out in h ex vs - .(gffijjg g? 



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tILUS CHINESE ft JEWISH HEW IH RESTAtlBANT - (PREJUDICE^ 

THIS EXAMPL OF "TR ANSFERAL" - TO SHIFT 5IJHTM FR/ONE PEBSW OR 

OBJECT TO ANOTHR 



JS ON TRAIL B 1 * PILAT 
PILAT HAD GIVN TH/PEO TH/ULTIATUM 07 CHOOZ JS OB BARABAS £B 
P-'EASD ft SEJS TREE, 

JW PILAT EAT affl - IT WHIL SEATD ON JUDGMEN SEAT PILAT HAND- 
ED DWN HIS VERDICTS OF GILT OR IKOHCKNC 
VS_12?this pes quaidrj % PILAT - JEWS to ROMANS 

VS gQ »REIJG LDRS HAD STIRUF MOB ASK RELEAS BARABAS AWAY W/JESUS 
V S ?1A- PILAT PHOB HLIEV PEO NO WANT BABABAS RELEAS 
VS_JtlB.MOB KENTALTT SHOWN FORTH 
VS MA.P ILAT HAV ANSH.ft ASK IKEVITBL qtlESTIN 
VSJtHfcLirDMOUTHS INCIT MOB 2ANSH & RELIC LPRSINCTTD THIS 
( THIS NO INDICTMENT ALL JEW_ PEO RESPONSBL CRUCIFIX^N CT JS, 
ANA LOG? JAPAHES ft PEARL HARBOR) 

IT WAS SIN »sSALVATIN,jrm ra GCD^ALL MANK_GILTT 

VS VSA -PHAT V SlESTIN 

VS ?3B»CB0WD NOW MOP VEIEMENT.BOUSD UP FOR JS BLUE 
VSjftpiLAT KNU POL IT FUTTJH AT STAI 
POCASINS CLASH W/JEW PEO B'sWAS PEPOHT PROKE ft EMP WANT PEACE 
TURN JS LOOS ft RISK RIOT, SO PILAT BEHIND THEM WAISUAL AID 
VS_rt=THIS PART JEWISH LAW - DEET El: 1-7, B-9. - (TURN TO THIS ) 
n g^-T HEY WER SAY -"WE R WIL 



>Q1TB T.TVR t Tttft.TVB OUR CHILBRH" 
THET SO CERTIN THIS WAT NEED JB DUN THEY WIL ASDM GILT WIS DETH 
NO KNO THIS TH/GOD.NO UNDHST HESIAH WHO, WAT HE WAS 2B 
BCTJZ THIS, THEY SELF-COHDEM ft STIL GO ON OUR WORL £DAY 
(I LIT, REV, U.K. CLOW ft KAN STILL CRUKIFYS CHRIST) 
ALL MAN*' MUS BEAR BURWl Of HEJECTIN OF G IN MIDST KUMANTY 

IPT'J THINa»THEi>: PEP REJEC JS WER SEEK A DELIVERER, NO RECOGNIZ 
JS S -JYE SHAL KN O TI'/TR'TTH ,'■ TH/TPITU SKAL SET, |J.FJS5E,_ 
HE MENT TH/FHEDQM Or SALVATTN WH/HE CUD L WUD GIV 2THEM 
WEN JS REJEC KUS HAV TROT OF PASOVR ANGEL ft LAKB BLUE DORPOST 
ft REM HE ULT LAKB TRANSFER THER SIN JHIMSELF ft TRANSFER HIS 
SINLES PERFECTIN gSELF 
WHIL THEY WIL TRANSFER OILT %HIS DETH ON SELVS ft CHILDRN 
EXAHPL MODERN WAN,BLINRNES,SERCH ft SEEK RELATSHIP W/GOD ft HAV 
IT IN JS XP. ft NO KNO IT 
JS SPOK OF FEW FIND NAPOW WHY WH/LE/DS JETRNJY I HI TKV HE WAS 

s5 QBB OSS t« mt^nt t.tv 

(EXAHPL; gHIN STRS»HALE/FEHAL WORK W/AIW PEC-HOMO !S ft NO QUESTIK 

LIFSTYUT 0!' WHCT srENP FTPSTY.BCr ft JS WUTJNT DO) 

W/TfLIEFS LIK THIS ANY WONDR SO MANY PEO GO T>OTF OF DO OWThtRG 
ft THEN WONDR WHY LIF HAS NO ANSRS ft LIV DNFULFTLD LIVS 
(TLBS TOM D0OLEY ft LETTH TO PRE S .ALMA WATER- HOTRE_DAME ) 
PEOPL'01 BRTH CAN ONLi'HAr&TfeTO JS XP ft THAT MEAN OF CROSS 



scrip: Kt. 27:19-25 ( Text: Kb. 2?i25 

(Jlus Chinas/ Jewish men in restraint J 
!;ere ir examp of=Tran r ferl ; Trans-shif fr 1 persn or 
objec 2 anothr & this exac wat Scrip pt out ''us 
Js on trial B4 Pilat r - Pilat had *iv peo ultimatum 
ch~oz Js or Barabas ?B releas set free 
'. is pt Pilat sat dwn t 1udrraen seat & it whil on seal 
judpmen pilt/inocenc hand dwn 
leo knu lilat 'a actin wudB releas 1 Of ? prisnrs 

£ithr Js or Earahs 
Kt tel us Jew ldrs inten on deth Js St persuad crowd ? 
dernan releas Earabas 
vs 21a=Filat ask ouest 
21b=Ieop anrr 
c now hav anur.Filat ask inevitbl quest=vs ??a 
vs 32b=crowd ansr t ! i they echo wat bin prompt "do 
alway bin kno fac wen few loudmouths Btan frinp of 
crowd, crowd canE incit 2act w/out think 
this wat B dun by relig ldrs 2dispos of Js 
1 leas note=this is not 2indict all Jew peo fr that 
time ?thls tcrucifixin of Jf 
"'.ame analgy hold l-Transfr gilt Pearl H9rbor on preset 
Japanese 
It Jew ldrs that day incit any - all pre^en at tria3 
2deman deth of Js,but all mank stan ctilty of denaa 
that deth Bcuz it sin vs salv wh on trial 
evil arin pud, man apin r '0d 
vs ?5a-so stun ! ilat ask nueatin 
but nuestin arous crowd tror;they sreicbl 2C blud spll 
tx they wernt ?E denied 
vs ?3b=rilat herd fr them vooly S- loudly 
I ' it knu cud no prevail arin this mob & his statur 
ii, Jeru on rheky footing anyhow 
Bin in Sclash & reportd 2 5oF:e i Emp % then Fmp 
deman he reek 2 keep peac 
:o if turn Js loos, whom peo clamor 2B execut ,posibiltj 
of riot certin 

c on off chanc if they were renin of customs, they 
mite relent & let Js E turn loos, Pilat pav crowd a 
visual aid 
vs 24=1 ilat knu thi; custom Of Jew pee & was 2B fnd 
writ ther laws 
Hoses had writ ther Law in bk of Law=Deut 21il-7 
Here we C Jew peo wer ? peek ?B free of inocent blud 
2C lilat wash hans as the Jew ldr 3hud hav reaiin of 
law they sot Puphol ^t shud hav releas Js 
But such not case 
Moses add nex. ?vss=read vs 8-9 
They wer 2seek that wh was rt in site of L 



tut this pertic lust wer ~-0 ineens w/a-spo3 nua, 
that G,Law,3. anyth knu ?.B rt was ban fr ninds 
V8 25 =so P6° respond & in othr word s9;:=Se R wil 2hav 
pilt this man deth trans ?our liv? & livs of childrn 
thev so rur this need ?B dun, they wil asuT eilt 4- 
rleth 
-i mid wet seen/herd unwil Bliev this fr God 
prt Jonceiv noting bout I'esiah wer rdblok stop Bliev 
& T cuz this they stud self-condem but that selfpcond 
no stop w/trial Js,it ro on evrday in world 
(Quote W.M.Clow fr buk=Th Day of Th Cross) 
Fr word life thez we C ell nank mus bear burdn of re J 
of G in midpt humanty 
ironic thing bout this is mank up? & includ peo in 
"ospl nartiv wer seek th One "Melivr fr bondap fnd 
selvs in 
Wen Js sed-YE SHA1 KNO TRUTH S TROTH SHAI f'JVK U ! 
they had no idea He talk fredum salv cud r did piv 
Wen J3 herd words=vs ?S=mus hav thot how He had seen 
an^l of deth Pa.= sovr hous ther ancestr Bcuz doorpost 
bin sprinkl w/blud of lamb 
-. here He «as,5's ult Lamb, hear peo wil trans ther 
pilt not only on selvR,but on childrn 
S: mod man 2day in sereh lif ft asur of relatship w/5od 
is unawar he urns cum 2pt of E covr by blud this lamb 
slain fr foundatin of th worl 
man in his blindnes continu Pstumbl in dark seek ft 
serch fthat wh unsur of Si wh G has provid thru Ja Xp 
ten Js spok of few find naro way wh lead ? G's eteri 
I Bliev mus hav bin spk times H & I liv 
(Ilus UCC minstrs=:iiiale/feniale,oue''tinbl 31ief 5- ther 
work arconr HDf- victims ft no ppk lif styl/etrnty :3cuz 
J vud not hav dun this ) 
w/i-iief as this is it any wondr peo po thru lif do 
ther own thinr & vcndr why lif hav no ansr 5: they R 
liv unfulfil livs 

(Ilus Tom Dooley, lettr Notre lame,?- oueet peo w / out r - 
&. peo on erth can only hav G thru Js Xp 

This mean of lif ft why of the cros 
2thoz who 8 reek ansrs ?lif,th cry of Transferal uttr 
by mob at triel Bourns pravr 4- th individ & famly 
HIS 3I.UD B OS TJB ft 01! OUR CHTLEP^^that cry, or prayr 
needs 2B th desir of thoz who wud hav G reveal in t 
ther livs 
Do U kno that blud of Xp has oovr Ur einsV 

can only B realty wen cum 2 Him & acpt th salv 
lie rlvr thru deth °- re-urectin 
I invit U 2mak it Urs ?day if do not alredy hav 
it or kno it 



(Ilus Chine re/.Tweipfc men in restaurant) 

W.M.Clow preachr yertryr writ buk«=Th Day Of Th Cross 

r: .: r r ° ikpoveh , - „ TY SPIR1!!! 

, r ™g * nroirws wra in kxcitme - in u 

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S KBH TJ SIT HAEDSIHQ UR HART ! : 'rriptiir iwit 

TUHHIHG AWAY IH G 

i! jdis raow 

Wil KEITHS BOW DWN ! I - ■ 

, ' BIODBoiul S ONOUR H 

(litis Dr. Tom Dooley lettr nres Hotre lanp) 

, W ^/^ PeC .:f A?ia insted P llsh Poetic rj. i. 
! 5 I hospitls.rais money, ft dy tendr s=-e 3* 

Had deep relatinship W /G g, in en *,that relatinship 

Dp^ i Seen" 1 ! ? victorusly amon^ peo eat luv/serv 
JJec 1, I960 wrot lettr 
DLAE RIV. HESBBRGH: 

50T HE DWH. 7UT OK MY EAK W/PLASTEE SASDBAia 

J£™ ' 30 ™,;l tf/A LONG SEiOH I CAN GH 

TYPWRITR..,TVO THIJKJS FBI T U 

: T IP THAT ,'BNEVR MY CABC3a ACTa ' up 
If 'JERTIHLT "ACTING Ui " NOW. I TURN I8VTA3JB 

DO I THINK OF CT HOSPITLfi AR0I7H WORL OB f,P qii 
DOCTORS .PUNDRAISS3 & TH LIKE. KOR DO I THINK OF TH 
DIVIHE DOCTOR S KY I 3-: .OWAL 7UTO OF GRACE. IT HA™ 
BCTJM PRETTY DEFIRTT THAT TH CABO FRED TOTH 

LUMBAR VERTEBRA, ACOUNTIHG FOR AI I - ROBl^ OVR 

« LA.'- TWO BOOTHS. I HAV MOBSTROUE ALL KFN 

DO. & IB" ID fr OUTBID Til VIND BLOWS. B!> WFN TH 
CUMT.LIK NO'V.THE.N TH TORM AROOHS MF DUZRT KA^R 
TH WINDS -/IN IF DO NOT MATTR . NOTHING ERTHXY OR " 
-: CAN TOUCH ME. ft FZAC GATHER )« 

IBI I CAN POSES. WAT ' 

I CAN PATHOH. WAT IS 

IHl: T " AK C0 ™"JC"". HOW DO ^^OPL F.NDUR AJfrTHING OK 
EARTH IP THEY C; . 



" Cross - : '.'ords : Transferal" 
Scriptures Matthew 27il9-25 

Text: Matthew 27:?5 

(i 1 lustration of Chinese and Jewish man in restaurant) 

A Chinese man and a Jewish man were eating lunch in the sane rertauaant. 
suddenly, the Jewish man rot up, went over to the table of the Chinese 
man and" punched hira in the mouth knocking him off his chair. "What was 
that for','" demande the Chins, 'e man &■ he r sbbed his jaw. "That was for 
learl Harbor," the Jewish man answered. "Fearl Harbor? I had nothing to 
do with Pearl Harbor. That was the Japanese who did that," the Chinese 
man replied. "Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, they're all the sane to me," 
The Jewsih man answered andwwent back to his table. 

A short time later the Chinese man got up from his Beat, walked across the 
restaurant and smacked the Jewish man in the mouth knocking; him off his 
cahir. "v.'hat was that for?" the Jewish man demanded, "That 's for the 
Titanic," the Chinese man answered. The Jewish man said, "I didn't have 
anything to do with the Titanic." ''.'hereupon the Chinese man answered, 
"Goldberg, Peinberg, Iceberr, .... they're all the same^o,^^ 
Here is an example of "Transferal." Transferal is to shift^from one person 
or object to another. This is exactly what our Scripture at this point is 
pointinr out b* to us. 

Jesus was on trial before Pilate. He had riven the people the ultimatum of 
choosin^ Jesus or Barabbas to be released and set free. At that point Pilate 
sat down upon his judgement c -eat. It was while seated on this judgement seat 
that ^ilate handed down his verdicts of ojuilt or innocence. 
The people knew that Tilate's action at this point would be the release of 
one of the two prisoners. It would be either Jesus, or Barabbas. I-'.atthew 
tells us that the Jewish leaders intent on the death of Jesu ' , persuaded the 
crowd to demand the release of Barabbas. So then, Pilate asks the ouestion, 
".'hether of the twain will ye that I xhx±e release unto you?" verse 21a. 
They answered, "Barabbas," verse °lb. 

Having the answer he sought, lilate now mu^t ask the inevitable question, 
"v/hat shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?" verse °2a. 

The crowd all answered, "let Him be crucified," verse 22b . The crowd was 
merely echoing what they had been prompted to do. It has always been a 
known fact that with a few loudmouths standing around the fringes of a crowd, 
that crowd can be incited to act without thinking. This is what waw being 
done by these religious leaders to dispose of Jesus. Please note however, 
this is not to indict all Jewish people from that time to this for the cruci- 
fixion of Jesus. The same analogy holds for tranferinr th~e ruilt of Pearl 
Harbor to the pi-p^cT 5 Japanese. It was the Jewish leaders of that day 
who incited any and all present at this trial to demand the death of Jesus. 
But all mankind stands guilty of demanding that death because it is sin versu 
salvation which was on trial. Evil sp-ainst good, man arainst God. 
-:0 it 'was that a probably very surprised and nirunderstandins: Pilate asks the 
question, " vhy , what evil hath He done?", verse 23a* 



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But this nuestion only aroused the crowd more. They had ssembled to see 

blood Fpilled and they weren't going to he denied. 3o Pilate heard from 

them very vocally and Matthew records, "But they cried out the more, saying, 
'Let Him be crucified," verse "'3b. 

Pilate knew that he could not prevail against this mob. His stature here in 
Jerusalem was on eery shaky footinpr. He had been involved in two dasher with 
the Jewish people since taking command here snd on both of those occasions he 
had been reported tc Rome. The Tmperor had demanded that he seek every oc- 
casion to keep the peace. So if he turned Jesus loose, whom the people were 
clamoring to be excuted, the possibility of a riot was very real. So on the 
off chance that if they were reminded of their customs, they would relent and 
he could release Jesus, Pilate then pave this mob a vi^ula aid. Matthew re- 
cords it in these words, "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 max just person: 
see ye to it. 1 " verse 24-. 

lilate knew this was a cusotm of the Jewish people and was to be found writte] 

in their laws. Moses recorded this back in the Old Testament book of the Law 

the book cf Deuteronomy. V,'e read in the Sbst chapter of this starting at the 

1st verse and reading through the 7th verse, (read this portion of Scripture) 

Here we see that the Jewish people were to seek to be free of innocent blood. 

Seeing Pilate washing his hands as thought he were a Jewish leader should hane 

reminded them of their Law which they sought to uphold and they should have 

had Jesus released. But such was not the case. Moses added in the next two 

verses in verses 8 and 9, (read these). " r o ehalt thou put away the guilt of 
innocent blood from anions you, when thou shalt do that "which is right in the 
sight of the Lord." 

They were to seek to do that which was right in the sight of the lord, but 

here in this particular instance on the trial of Jesus, they were so incensed 

with disposing of Him that 3od, the Law, and anything they knew to be right 

was banished from their minds. ind so the people a±±xx7i&ymx&£%xjt responded, 

and we read, "Then answered all the people, and said, 'His blood be on us, 
and on our children.'" verse ?5« 

In other words, they were saying, "We are willing to have the guilt of this 

man's death transfered to our lives and the lives of our children," They were 

so sure that this was what needed to be done that they were willing to assume 

the guilt for his death. 

In the midst of all the evidence that they had heard of and seen, they were 

unwilling to believe that this from God. Their pre~conceived notions of who 

and what the Messiah was to be; and how He was to come were the roadblock that 

stopped them from belief. Because of this they stood self -condemned. But the 

stigma of self-condemnation didn't stop witt the trial of Jesus, it goes on 

everyday in our world. W. M. Clow a preacher of yesteryear writes in his 
book, The Day of The Cross," the following: 



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( Illustration of W.M. Clow quote page 130-31) 

When in greed you impoverish the poor, when in party spirit you speak and 
vote for unrighteousness, when in the excitement of passion you deflower 
purity and decry holiness, when in pride you offend the lowly, when in 
envy you nourish evil thoughts against those who outshine you, when in am- 
bition you racrifice truth and honor, when you allow eagrer, earthly derires 
to desecrate your soul, when you are merciless and unscrupulous , vengeful 
and battEr cruel, bitter and remorseless to men, then you also crmcify 
Christ . 

And when you sit hardening your heart againrt all gracious appeal, turning 
away in grossness of heart from all that would awake conscience within you, 
when you loin the company of those who will neither bow down before Christ (s 
crops, nor bear it, you are insilence, choosing your own doom as decisively 
as though the words had been uttered, 'His blood be on us, and on our child- 

x*£ n * " 

must bear the burden of the 

From words such as these we see that all mankind xiaJSstsxrasipESusxkrKxxEiExxiEdfc 

rejection of God in the midst of hurcnaity. find the ironic thing about all of 

this is that all mankind up to and including the people in the narratives of 

the passion rtory were seeking one who would deliver them from the bondage 

they found the mn elves in. Eut when Jesus paid to them, "Ye shall know the 
truth and the truth shall make you free," Jn 8:32, 

they had no idea that He was talking of the freedom of salvation which He 
could and would rive to them. When Jesus heard the words, "His blood be on 
us and on our children,- ! T e must have thought bow He had seen the nagel of 
death passcver the houses of the ancesters cf these people, Because the Exeeh 
Had Seen sprinkled with the blood o+* the Iamb. And here He was as God's ulti- 
mate lamb, hearing these people willing to "Transfer" their guilt not only on 
themselves, but their children also. And modern man today in search of the 
truth for life and the assurance of a relationship with God is unaware that 
he must come to the point of being covered by the blood of this Lamb slain 
from the foundation of the world. Kan in his blindness continues to stumble 
in the dark, seeking and searching for that which he is unsure of, and God 
provided it in the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ. 

Vhen Jesus spoke of few finding the narrow way which leads to God's eternity 
I believe He must have been speaking to the times in which you and I live. 
I was reading the other day of two U.C.C. ministers, one male and one female 
of questionable beliefs who are working among victims of A.I.D.G., many of 
whom are homosexuals and the one point they both made was that to question 
any of these people about their lifestyle or where they will spend eternity 
is to be cruel. Just accept them as they are and comfort them with the know- 
ledge that Jesus would not have done this. With beliefs like thi r , is it any 
wonder that so many people go through this life doing their own thing and thei 
wondering why life has no answers and they are living unfulfilled lives. 

(Illustration of Dr. Tom Dooley and letter to Alma Mater, Notre Dame) 

Dr. Tom Dooley was a young surgeon and doctor who organized hoppitals and 
literally gave his life in the service to afflicted people In South i£ast 
Asia. He could have had a soft medical practice in the states, but he 
traded that option to serve in a difficult ministry and for it, he died at 






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the very young are of 34-. But he had a deep relationship with God and in 
the end it was that relationship which permitted him to die voctoriusly 
among the people he sought tc love and serve. On "December 1, I960 he 
wrote a letter to the president of Notre Dame his alma mater. I*,Is is 
what he wrote: 

Dear Rev. Hesburgh: 'They've got me down. Plat on my back with piaster, 
sand bars, and hot water bottles. I've contrived a way of pumping up the 
bed a bit so that with a long reach I can sret at my typewriter. .. .Two 
things prompt this note to you. The first i= that whenever my cancer acts 
up a bit, and it is certainly "acting up" now, T turn inward. Less do I 
think of my hospitals around the world, or of 94- doctors, fundraisers and 
the like. i^ore do I think of the Divine Doctor and my personal fund of 
grace. It has become pretty definite that the cancer has spread to the 
lumbar vertebra, accounting for all the back problems over the last two 
months. I have monstrous phantoms, all men do. '\nd inside and outside the 
wind blows. But when the time cones, like now, then the Btorm around me 
does not matter. The winds within me do not matter. Nothing earthly or 
human can touch me. A peace rathers in my heart. What eern^ unpossessable 
E can possess. '..hat seems unfathomable, I can fathom. What is unutterable 
I can utter. Because I can pray. I can communicate. How do people em 
Esrth endure anything on earth if they cannot have God?" 

And the people on earth can only have God through Jesus Christ. That is the 

meaning of the cror^. To those who are seeking the answer to life, the cry 

of "transferal" as uttered by the mob at His trial becomes a prayer for the 

individual and thereof his family. "H is blood b e on u_s_ , and o n our children. 

That cry, or prayerneeds to be the desire of those who would have God re^ 

vealed in their lives. 

Do you know that the blrod of Christ has covered your sins? Tvi 3 can only be 

a reality when we come to Him and accept the salvation He Fives throurh His 

death and resurrection. I invite you to make that yours today if you do not 

already have it or know it. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor March 22, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice,, Minister of Music 
Mr, Bill Pieringer, Youth Director 
Acolytes: Mike Gamble and Lor-i Weisenstein 
+ + + + + + ++ + + + + + + + + + + + + + ++ + + + + + 

ORDER OF WOaSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
'Processional Hymn No* 233 "Jesus Shall Reign Where'er 

the Sun" 
"Ascription 
•Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) 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 down the road of discipleship, even 

igh 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. Aaaen. 
•Kyrie 

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

People - And blessed be His glorious name forever. 
••Gloria Patri - page 142 
:hlldrcn'a W&ment with Bill 
Hymn No. 04 "My Faith Looks Up to 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 
Anthem: "I Will Sing of My Redeemer" 
Scripture: Matthew 27: 29-31 
Sermon: "Cross-Words: Insignia" 
*Uymn No. ,235 "Jesus Is Lord of All" 
♦Closing Chimes 
* Benediction 
*Postlude 
+ + + + , "■Congregation Standing * + + + + 



Kevin Snyder and John Penrod will greet our members and 
guests this morning at the door. 

The beautiful flowers that decorate our service this morning 
were given by Mr. & Mrs. Jim Gannon in honor of their 
10th anniversary. 

Ushers for today are : Dick Mangel , Danny Mangel , Don 
Kirtggley and bick Dally. 

Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Virginia Mangel. 

Attendance last Sunday was 103 with 13 visitors. 

Visiting the hospital this week will be Rick Vinroe and 
Ken Draxinger. 
^Hospitalized: Ralph Bonne tt in EMH. 

Mrs. Edna Tait is now in Sunny view Home. 

SUNDAY - Youth Group at 7:00 P.M. 

MONDAY - VBS Meeting at 7:00 P.M. 

begin making Easter Eggs at 7:00 in kitchen. 

THURSDAY - Choir practice at 7:00 P,M F 

BENEVOLENCE COMMITTEE will meet on March 30 at 7:00 P.M. 

COUNCIL MEETING is April 1st no April fools , 

^Once again the choir will be on television. The schedule is 
March 29 at 7 P.M., March 31 at 9 U.K., and April 2 at 
1 P.M. Tune in tO channel 3. 
S,Hemember the Leadership Training classes that, will begin 
April 21st. It's not to late to sign up yet. Let the 
Pastor or Secretary know if you are interested. 

You still have time to order your Easter Eggs if you haven'" 
already. See Ginny Mangel or give her a call. 

. :1:, Sunday we will be taking new members into the church. 
tse let the office know if you or someone you know is 
interested in joining. 
^Love Loaves are still available if you wish to participate 
in our project. They will be collected during the serviC* 
on Easter Sunday. 

LILLY TIME IS HERE!! If yOU .;-.: ".. order an Easter Lilly 
pleaae drop a note in the offering or let Ginny know, T ■ 
price is $5,25 each and are 3-d blooms. Deadline April 8": 

Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity fcr 
reflection* As you reflect on your life's situations yoi- 
have the chance to. respond to God's leading for your life 
by coming forward to the altar. The invitation gives the 
Opporturii ty to accept Christ as Savior, to pray , to 
meditate, or to seek counseling. The Pastor will assist 
you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this opport- 
unity. 



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30MHUNITY BIBLE CHURCH - SAGAMORE, PA. - MARCH 1% 1998 

ramus 

GREETTNOS/JOYS/ANNOUNCEMENTS/PRAYER BEQUESTS 



•HYMN 
PRAYER/OFFERING 
•l^OLOGY 

.STORAL PRAYER 

Wim 

SCRIPTURE: MATTHEW ?7:J7-M ,,--»„ 

SERMON: "CHCKS-WORDS: INSIGNIA* - ST. PAUL'S, BUTLER 3/22/87 

•HYMN 

•BENEDICTION 

•FOSTU'DE 



SCRIP: HT ?7:?7-31i SERMONS "CROSS-WORDS : INSIGNIA" 
WE BSTER DEFINES "INSIGNIA" AS: 

"badges , . .shbizkb . .Ten otto disttng marks, as of rank membrship, 

TTC. 



JS WITHSTUD ALL-NJTt llWfcft OF" JEW LDHT 
BI 2PILAT.WHO SEND JHEROD BCU7: HE JEW/GALILEAN ,"(SROD JBHISBIC 
! JD SEND BAK SPIIAT.BCnZ CUDNT IMPOS DETH SENTENC 
BI PILAT JS GON THRU MOCXFY OF TRIAL 

PILAT COMPLET FAILUR PHAV JS RELEAS BROT BOUT 5COURG OF JS ON 
PILATS ORDRS.THEN RELEAS 2SOLDTERS JB PREP <tCRUCIFI!(IN 
SOLDIERS HAD LITL DIVEHSIN IN LAND OF JEWS, WH/MUSBIN CCNSIDRD 
EB TH/END OF TH/WORI.D 
THER LIVS MADE DIFI BCUZ THEZ STUBORN/tiN YIELD PEOPL 
AT TIMES MAY SEEM LIK TH/ROKNS WER TH/CAPTIVS OF JEWS S. NOT 
OTHH WAY RND 
IN HCttN EMPIR.TH/JEWS ONLY CONQURD NATIN NO IttV GIV UP RELIGI1 
THIS CONCESIN HOME GIV GRUDGINGLY BCUZ JEWS FEFUS BOW DWN SWMN 
EMP, THEY WIL ?DY lat RATHR THAN DO THAT 
SO W/LITL FUN t, RECREATIN ROMN SOLDIERS TBI WATEVR OPORTUNTTS 
THEY HAD 2AKUS THEMSELVS 
ONE SUCH OPORTUPITY WAS ?PREP PRISNRS ItEXECUTIN 
JS WIS HAV BIN SPECIL CASE FOR THEM MATTHEW TELLS US 

»s wj ewe RARrfRiffr- poutcal prism. set self up as a mwa 

VS W.F HOB SOLDIERS WORN/FADED DRES TONIC - SCARLET/PURPL.HOLTY 

DY ES/COLDRS NO AV AILBL GENRL PUBLIC - HAK JS L* LIK A KING 
HIS FIRST "INSIGNIA^ - 7a. ^ARLET - RED" ROBE 
VS ?a?Pl Tt R( i fF l B r* TIBHflllV!'ll)'Af as k, " WATS * » w/tmt a crown " 
So BO W SYMHUUlcCT* HERE ¥A^IHGw/lN5f6fliA Vr HIB OFlrfC g 
BIBB FIX) m/BED.REE ROBE COVH gIM.SYHB OLIZ SHED BLUD ''PVR HANKIN] 
CROWN OF SIN WH/gmi SUROUND E VRY PERSN - BUT ONE THING MISSING- 
V S MB-TH/ tWSIG Or ROYLTY-A SCEPTER - THIS CA5F,_HENT _AE MOCKERY 
~ BffT ACTPLY A '"REED" 'WAS >iTJNSIG"OJ_i£SEJ2_EpR JS 

^FPAaiL.LTK BLADE GRAS ONLY UKR.CUDB CPIIEH/BKATN BY RAIN, 
WIND,SNOW,HAIL,TRAMPL UNDRFUT » GOD USE TEACH LESSN 
RE FULFIL ISA 5AT -0PW NO T HIS MOUTH. LIK SHEEP Bh SHEAR IS DUMB 
PAUL WROT1 1 COR l:g7-fB 

FBBt VhATH CHDZN TH/FOOLIS H THINGS OF TH /^OIL ^CONFOUND TH/VISE 
ft O'HATH CWCS N TB/^AK rHINCf OP 'OUND TH/THIKGS WH 

R MITEY; b BASE THINGS OF WwO RL, * THING.': WH/ft DEPPISD, HATH 
G CHOSNj TEA, %, THINGS WH/H NOT"TS9tKG" TWATIT'TKINUS THST R_," 



THIS EXACTLY WAT IS WAS ft WA T G DID THRU HTM Z/ 

tm riv^ ' STir' w rttt hf, "WWra *~ 

ISA WRIT =HE WAS DEBPISD >j pEJECTft flY. HEN " 

TH/SOLDIEHS AFTR PREP HIM HTWER HORSEPLAY MCCKD HIM FURTHR 

Vg E9C- TO AD INSULT TO INJURY HADE SPORT OF HIH IN HIS HELPLESS 

CONDITIN i, SITUATIN - VS ^C 
WIT THER JGNPRANC THEY WER FULFIL WAT HAS BIN PROPHESIED BPUT 

HIK .ilMTIHE IN G'S FUTUR EVENTS 
THER IS YET A TIME WEN A LL HANK WIL BOW BWNJkT TH/NAME OF JS XP 

& mil worship him a k or kings i" £ of lords 

"G GAV A FREVIEW OF WAT WIL CUM AT LATER TIME 

VS ;i* FOR THEZ SOLDIERS t. OTHRS.THUS ENDS THAHTHLY REIGN OF JS XI 
RIS REIGN SHORT LIVE, OF LITTL/NO CONSEQUENC 
HE NO USE POWB OR HAK CHANGS IN SOCIETY :EVHTH WENT ON AS B* 
P]Tn EVN AJTR HE DED ON CRQS.HIS LIF NO HAV CHANG COMPLEXIN OF LIF 
" 'THER WEE « R SUM CHANGE PEOPL.BUT HMOS PART LIF GO OR IN 
WORL FOR MAJORTY OF PEOPL 
BUT WA T WORL THEN t, MUC H OF WORL g DAY DtTEMT UNDRST IS HIS. KINGDM 
I Z NOT O NE HHA'ILE' PULP PO LITICLY 

SO HERE R INSIGNIA OF JS, BUT THER WER SHORE IN VS 35-BEA D 

yS^A»THIS MEANS STHPLY TUX 2PLAC EXEC.NAILD ON CROSS 
"tTRTE INSTRU OF TORTPR .BUT h JS BCAW HIS THBOHE 

IT HENT AS MOCKRY/HUMILIATIN.BUT ALONG W/OTHlT"INSIGNIA" THE7. 
ALL SIGNIFY ADTHORTY gRULE t .REIGN 
HIS AUTHORTY OVR SIN/DETH * RULE OVR INDIVID LIVS THCZ WHO CUM 
?HIN t, ENTR HIS KINGDOM THRU FAITH 
VS 37- THIS FI NAL "I N SIGNIA" & THIS WAS DUN AT PILAT'S ORDERS 
THER IT WAS" HALL TO C-THIS fs JS TH/KING OF TK/JEWSCJN 1:11 -tun 

vs 2? - prisoner setup self as King 

v9 28 - soldiers worn drer-s tunie/cloke 

vs 29A-sport prorres 

vs 2QB-sy!i±>ol authority - Isa 55 »? 

Cor. 1:27-28 
vs 29C-truth wat wil suttidsy be 
vs 51-end this erthly "in:" 
vs 55-cross=reat of authority 
vs 57 -Final Insignia '1 tell truth 
Jn 1:11 - His purpose 
1:12 - wat happen 
1:13 - how take place 
CIlus eldrly lady & 33ING) 



WAT THEY DIDBT KNO WAS THAT IN THIS MOCKRY OF JS , THEY WEH TEL 
TH7tRtfTH ' g5~ PR6TO»Ht lL7 



THEK JEWS WER TH/OHOSN PEOP OF GOD £ GOD CAM IN? TH/WORL IN 

TH/PERSN OF JS XP 2BRING S^LV ? TH/JEWS 
AP T, JN TELS OS OF THIS IN BIS GOSPEL CHAPTR 1 . 
V ,l»'fH7jEWS PFJECTn JS 

BUT W/REJECTTN BY TH/JEWS THER WER ALSO THOZ WHO ACPTD HIM 
VS IS' AND JUS HOW DID THIS TAK PLACE???? TH/NEX VS TELS US 
VS 15- SO IMSTED OF JUS B KING OF TH/JEWS, JS WAS KING OVR ANY 

h ALL WHO R BORN AGIN BY THER ACEPTANC OF HIM AS TH/SAVTO! 

A ROBE , A CROWN , A SCEPTER , A T HRONE t, A TITLE 

ALL THEZ R THE "INSIGNIA" OF A' KING 1 A KINGDOM 
(ILUS OF ELDERLY DYING WOMAN AND HER WORDS, "BRING") 

THAT IS THE " INSIGNIA" WH/HAS BIN PLACED ON JS XP HALL TIME 8. 
HALL ETRNTY 
HE IS THAiNG OF KINGSj ^ ^THACBD OF LORDS! 
SUMDAY TH/WORL WIL C THIS & RECOGNIZ HIM AS THAT & HTHAT 
MAN CAN CONTINU TO HOCK HIM I- ATBIBUT TO HIH TH E WORT H LES 
"INSIGNIA" 



A CROWN MADE OF THP.O NS 

A HEED FOP A SCEPTER 

A THrOHE HAsE M BITa .CRO SS 

A TI m ;.F P7ACED OVER : 1TM HI MOCKERY 
BUT THEY CANNOT .'BBCTE 'o?"bENT "T H7TCe T THAT ALL OF T-TES GOWN 
V\W;7 y;:» TH/STABT OT HIS REIGN W/r,",\u •]/,•■! NO END 



DO U KNO HIM AS THE LORD OE UP LIFT7 TT 
DU?i HE RETGN IN UP HAPT t LIFE???? 



/M/j-/>/A ' 



M^&Atit Btf6L£tt en our. 



"Uross- ords : insipnia" 
Scrlpi Mfc. 27:27-31; Text: Mt. 27:29 

'.Veb die defin Insir=badF,eiiblm,othr diet mark of rank 
membBship,ete 

In "crip this corn Insir of ^s shown 
Js had with.3tud alnite intero of Jew ldrs;bin brot 
B* ilat.sent 2 Herod Ecuz Jew I fxS Gal undr Herod; 
Si. I bak 2 Pilat Pcuz Herod cud no imT>os deth =-ent 
Ctan E4 rilatjwent thru moekry of trial & Filat plat 
2hav Js releas,caus him scourp J* & releas 2 3ocn 
Boldiers ft prep 4 exeeutin 
Soldiers had litl diversin this land of Jews & most 
then prob that this end of worl 
ther live made dif by stuborn,unyield peo £ r: t times 
may seem Renins captivs of Jews inated vice/versa 
w/in Re rui Emp,Jews only conn peo no piv up rellpin 
this was concesin Home rav up Bgrudg Bcuz Jew refus 
2bow dwn 2 Romn ^mp,they wil ?dy 1st 
■lo w/litl way fun Pi ree soldr tuk watevr op 2amus sel-v 

1 thoa ops was 2prep prisnr 4 exeeutin & Js mus hav 
bin speoil case 4them 

vs 27=Here was rar treat, r « not Soft deal w/prisnr who 
set self up as kinp,ro they tak advantae 1 of this 

vs 28=in all prob it was soldrs worn tunic 
"aor/purpl wer colors of roylty & thez 2dys no avail 

2 g-en public 

3o Js aray scar rob/olok siggify He a kinp 
5: rob 1st Insir crivn 2 Jr. prior 2 cure if ix 
vs ?9a=i.'vid sport start out w/Jus robe & then=Wats a 
kins w/out a crown=so fashin crown thorn 
fr/puncturs bed '¥head by thorn, blud flo dwe face Js 
symbol was sipn tuk burdn sin of mank or. self & Ee 
jy w/ffim 2 cress 
..e covr w/soar robe p nirfy Blud f covr mank 
but. 1 thi&g lak 5 rsad=vs 29b 

2B kinp crown/robe need, but also Insip tru roylty Sot 
But in wat thez soldrs tho-t ult hunil=Reed ,?et 4th 
truth of Jr- 
Reed in rt ban Js symbol His charactr 
He spok of E meek & mild,thruout whol ordeal E4 acusi 
open not mouth & as lam E4 shears is dumb 
He th fulfil wat G s™k thru proph Isa & stud B4 
acusrs w/simpl reed in han & litrly Ik lik kinp 
Reed very frapil.cudB crush dwn,beatn Perth w/rain 
snow, hail 1 ' cudf tranrl undr foot man walk on it 
Yet G use as lemi ?E taut 2 mank 
I wrtt»l Cor 1:27-28»E£AB THIS 
This exac wat Js was B wat C> did thru T1 im 



xn eys •.-.■ori. ::e mjtnin=.*ie was aespis ,re Jected or men'/ 
Vs 29c=2acd insul 2injury made sport Kim in helples 
conditin 3: situatin 
But in thi» crude rituatin,He she wat Q sed wud tak 
plac 3uratlm in futur. 
Ther yet 2oum time wen all mank wil bow knee 2 Js 
worship Him as Kin? of f "Inrs,Iord of Tords 
vs i=folo wat tuk p lac soldrs -ruartrs 
4thez soldrs & all othrs,here end erthly i±* reipn 
this King Js Xp 
it phortliv & of litl consen;Re no nek chanp in 
society or a<-ert powr, 1 :- evrth went on as T 4 
Evn aftr ded on cros,inpae no chanp complex lif 
">un peo thru yrs hav chanp Bcuz Js ^p,but vast major 
liv lif as want 2 
But wat worl then & now no undrstan,Js kinpdm is not 
a politiel kinstdm 
vs "55=simply ! : e killed, but mean nail hand/feet "'cross 
that cross was thrcn wh/Bran His ruls S; it Insignia 
it mant at nockry ,h'jmil hutw/rob» ,crff»'! , .,rfi(' , cross 
set His seat of authorty 
that authorty lay not in politiel positln,but in th 
rulinp of Individ livs & peo entr by faith in Him 
His authorty was ovr sin it deth 
Final Inaip=vs }7=Tv.er ftall 2C=JS K OF JEWS 
But wat no under st in this mokry,they tel truth prof 
Jews wer chosn peo of G & S cam in? worl ?brinp sail 
2 Jews=Jn 1:11 
so wat hapn.'=Jn 1:1? 
& how tak plac.'^Jn 1:13 
So insted of B Jus K of Jews , Js K ovr any " all who 
R born arin by aceptnnc of Him as av 
A nbe,a Crown, a ocepter.a Thron,?: e Titl=th Insigni; 
or symbols of a Kinp & a kinpdorr 
(Ilus elderly lady dj i Bay=Bring»Bring 4th royl diad. 
That is Insig wh/Ein plac on Js "r lall time & eterntj 
Ee is K of K's, ? I of L'a & suniday worl wil C this & 
recopnis !iim 4that 
men can continu 2mok Him &. atribut 2 Him th worthies 
Insip of humilty=a makshift robe, a crown of thorns, 
a reed 4 a scepter, a thron TSde fr/crors ,?.■ a titl 
of mockery 
But they canot remov or deny th fac that all thez 
comon things wer start of His reipn, wh shal hav 
no end 
Do U kno Js as K of Or lif-' 
Duz He reipn in Ur hart %. lif.' 
I invit U 2 ra ak that a realty ifl t) hav not alredy 
dun so 



"Cross-V/ords : Insignia" 

fcripture: Katthew ?7 ■ 27-31 

Text: Matthew 27:29 

Webster's Dictionary defines the word "Insigniar" as, "badges, , emblems, or 
other distinguishing marks, as of rank, membership, etc." 

In our Scripture thir morning the "Insignia" of Jesus Is shown in its entire- 
ty. Jesus had withstood the all night interropstion of the Jewish leaders; 
He had been brought before Pilate, who had sent Him to Herod because He was 
a Jew, A galilean, and under Herod's Jurisdiction; then He had been sent back 
to Tilate because Herod could not impose the death sentence. tandinr before 
Pilate, Jesus had pone throurh the mockery of a trial. Pilate's complete 
failure to have Jesus released brought about the scourc-ingr of Jesus on ©ilatei 
orders and. then He was released to the Roman soldiers to be prepared for His 
execution by crucifixion. 

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The soldiers must have had little diversion in this land of the Jews which 
probably most of them considered to be the end of the world, ""heir lives 
were made difficult by these stubborn and unyielding people. At times it may 
have seemed that the Romans were the captives of the Jews and not the other 
wa^ around. Within the Roman Empire the Jews were the only pas conauered 
nation which did not have to rive uo their religion. This was a concession 
Rome grudgingly had tc R-ive because the Jews simply refused to bow down to 
the Roman Emperor. They were willing to dip first rather than do that. 

c with little in the way of fun and recreation the Roman soldiers took what- 
ever opportunities/presented to them to amuse themselves. One of those op- 
portunities was provided by the prepar'tion of prisoners slated for execution 

Jesus must have been a very special case for them. We are told by Matthew 
""hen the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and 
gathered unto Him the whole band of oldiers." verse 27. 

Here was a rare treat. It wasn't too often they had the chance to deal with 

a political prisoner, or one who had set himself up as a king*. To they were 

going to take advantage of this. 

The first thing; they did, "And they stripped Him, and put on Him a scarlet 
robe," verse 28. 

In all probability it was one of the soldier's worn and perhaps faded dress 

tunics. .carlet and purple were the colors of royalty. 24 These two dyes 

were not available to the =;en°ral public. >o Jesus was a in a scarlet 

cloak, or robe of some kind to signify that here was a king. The robe was 

the first of the "Insignia" riven to Jesus prior to His crucifixion. 

Then we read: "And when they had plaited a crown of thorns, they put it upon 
His head." 

Evidently, as this sport started out and a robe of sorts was fetched to make 



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Jesus appear as a king, one or some others of the soldiers may have asked, 

"What 'sAking without a crown?" And so they fashioned a crown made of thorns 

and placed that on His head, Hrom the punctures on his head and forehead 

by the thorns, the blood flowed down His face. And symbolicly here was the s 

sign that He took the burden of sin of mankind on Himself and carried that 

with Him to His cross. He was covered with the Scarlet Robe which may easily 

signify the blood, His blood coverinr all mankind, and the crown of sin which 

surrounds the life of every person. 

But there was one thing- ia still lacking and fo we read, "And a reed in His 
right hand. 

To be a king the crown and robe was needed, but also the "Insignia" of true 
royalty and kingship, the scepter. But in what these soldiers may have thou- 
ght was the ultimate humiliation, the reed as a scepter, <*5KSf set forth the 
truth of Jesus. That reed in the right hand of Jesus was a symbol of His 
Character. He spoke of Himself as being meek and mild, throughout all of 
this ordeal of His arrest and trial, He stood before His accusers and "opened 
not His mouth and as a sheep before its shearers is dumb," He was the ful- 
fillment of what God had spoekn through the prophet. He rtood before His 
accusers with a simple reed in His hand and literally looked like a king. 
The reedd was a very fragile thing probably much like a blade of grass, only 
ofi a little more length. The ree^c He held could be crushed down and beaten 
to the earth with the rain, or snow, or hail; it would be trampled down under 
the foot of /SjfMn walking over it. But yet God use& it to teach His lesson to 
mankind. laul wrote to the Corinthian church in his first letter, chapter 1, 

verses 27 and 28, "But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to 
confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to con- 
found the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things 
which are despised, hath ^od chosen, yea, and things which are not to bring 
to nourht thinrs that are." 

This is exactly what Jesus was and what Cod did through - Kim. In the eyes of 

the world He was nothing. "He was despised and rejected of men." 

The soldiers after they had -prepared Him for their horseplay then nocked Him 

further and we read, "And they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him say- 
ing, "Hail, Kins: of the Jews." And they spit uron Him, and took the reed/ 
and smote Him on the head." 

To sdd insult to injury, they made sr>ort of Him in His helpless condition and 
situation. But in this bit of crude homage they were fulfilling what has bee 
prophesied of Him which will occur in God's future. •AixEnsxtimE There is yet 
a time to come when all mankind will bow down at the name of Jesus Christ and 
worship Him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, -od was giving a preview in 
all of this cf that which will one day come to pass. 

Hollowing what took place in the quarters of the roldiers, Matthew then pim- 
ply writes, "And after they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, and 
put His own raiment on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him." 



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For these soldiers and all others who may have heard of this, or took part in 

it, thus ends the warthly reign of Jesus Christ. It was short lived and of 

little consequence. He didn't use any power, or make any changes in society. 

Everything went cnn fromthat day to this as before. liven after He was dead on 

the (gross, the impact of His life hasn't changed the complexion of life too 

much. r;ure, there are and have b^en some oh nged people, but for the most 

part life goes on as usual for the majority of the world. But what the 

world then, and much of the world today doesn't understand is that His kingdoi 

is not one which will be ruled politically. 

So here are the "Insignia" of Jesus. But there remained two others which 

completed those emblems or distinguishing marks of this man. In the 35th 

Efeaytax verse we read simply in the beginning of the verse, "Ind they cruci- 
fied Kim." 

That means of course that they took Him to the place of execution and they 
put Him on a cross made of wood and fastened Him to it by nailing His hands 
and feet to it. Tv.at cross was the instrument of torture, but for Jesus it 
became His throne from which He began His rule. It was meant as a mockery 
and humiliation for Rim but along with His robe, His royal crown, and His 
scepter signifying His authority to rule, that cross set forth His seat of 
authority. From this unintentional throne He began in His reign over the 
entire world. His authority lay not in leading a political position, but in- 
stead lay in ruling over the individual lives of any and all who entered into 
Hi; kingdom by faith in Him. His authority was over sin and death. 
The final "Insignia" of Jesus was what lilate had -placed over His head as He 

hun^ on that cross. '.nd in the 37th verse Fatthew writes, "And set up over 
His head His accusation written, "THIS IS JESTJS THE KING 07 THB JEW! .' : 

Tv, ere it was for all to see, "JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS." But what they 

didn't understand in perhaps usinp this as a mockery of Him, was that they 

were telling the truth so profoundly. The Jews were the chosen people of 

God. And God came into the world in the person of Jesus to bring salvation 

to the Jews. John tells us, "He came unto His own, and His own knew Him not" 

So what happened was that, "As many as received Him, to them rave He power 
to become the Sons of God, even to them that believe in His name." Jn 1:12. 

And how did this take place, ""hich were born, not of blood, nor of the will 
of the fletfh, nor of the will of man, but of God." Jn 1:13. 

oo instead of being ,iust "The king of the Jews," Jesus was King over any and 

all who are born again hy their acceptance of Him astheir Savior. 

A robe, a crown, a reenter, a throne, and a title, the "Insignia," or symbols 

of a king and a kingdom. 

(Illustration of elderly dying woman and her words, "Brinp. - ') 
xx'Hin elderly lady was dying. She kept saying, "Bring...." that was all she 
could say because she was so weak. He family frantically brought to her 
bedside all that they could imae-ine she wanted brought to her. They bro- 
ught all of her favorite things like her needlework and yarn but she just 



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shook her head no. ?"ey brought the family doc-, the grandchildren, and 
were desperate to brin^' to her that which they believed she wanted. But 
nn-sin and arain she shook her head no. Over and over she repeated the one 
word, "Bring..." 

But just before she died, ^he gained strength enough to sit up in her bed 
and when she did she said, "Bring forth the royal diadem and crown Hire 
Lord of all." 
T v at is the "Insignia" which has been placed on Jesus Christ for all time and 
eternity. E m is the King of Kings and the lord of lords. \nd someday the 
world will see this and reccsfcnize Him for that and as that. Ten can continue 
to mock Him and attribute to Him the worthless "Insignia" of humility, a 
makeshift robe, a crown made of thornr- , a reed for a scepter, a throne made 
from a Cross, and a title of mockery. But they cannot remove or deny the 
fact that all of the e common thinrs were the start of His reign which shall 
have no end . 

Bo you know Jesus as the King of your life? Boes He reign in your heart and 
life".'' I invite you to make that a reality if you have not already done so. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor March 29, 19B7 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Bill Pieringer, Youth Director 
Acolytes : Lori tfelsenstein and Mike Gamble 
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +■ + + + + + 
ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 

Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
"Processional Hymn No, 268 "Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness 
'Ascription 
^Exhortation 

^Confession (In Unison) Our Father, in this season of self- 
discipline, when we are giving thought to our disciple- 
ship | make us aware that being a disciple means 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 u?. 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 - page 142 
Children's Moment with Bill 

Hymn No. 246 "Man of Sorrows/' What a Mamel 
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: 

Scripture: Luke 23: 27-31 
Sermon: "Cress-Words: Compassion 1 * 

♦Hymn Mo. 224 "If That Isn't Love ,h 
^Closing Chimes 
•Benedict' > 
•Postlude I 



The beautiful flowers that decorate our service this morn- 
ing were given by Mrs, Genevieve Wohach and Beverly in 
memory of Nick Nohach. 

Rick Vinroe will greet our members and guests this morning 
at the door. 

Ushers for today are: Marge Smiley, Donna Stewart, Genny 
Nohach, and Lucille Tack* 

Attendance last Sunday was 122 with 17 visitors. 

Visiting the hospital this week will be Sandy Sheppeek, 
Marie Henry and Helen Hiemer- 

Nursery will be provided by Mrs. Sue Gamble. 
^Hospitalized; Ralph Bonnett and Mrs. Ellen Schildroth 

in Butler Hospital. \/tL±y C *'si£/j t +s 1 

SUNDAY - Youth Group at 7:00 P.M. 
1 MONDAY - Benevolence Committee meeting at 7:00 P.M. 

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

THURSDAY - Choir practice at 7iOD P.M. 

April 6th at 7:00 the Finance Committee will meet, 

Good Friday breakfast will be held on April 17th at 6:00 a.m. 
at the YHCA. See Jake Harmon or Ken Weitzel for tickets. 

The choir will be on TV March 29 at 7 p.m., March 31st at 
9 a.m., and April 2 at 1 p.m. Tune in channel 3 or 26. 

Palm Sunday we will take new members ini:o the church. If 
you or someone you know is interested in joining please 
let the office know. 

Easter Lillies should be ordered now. If you wish to order 
one please let the office know or see Ginny. You may 
drop a note in the offering plate. Price is $5.25 each. 
Deadline to order is April 8th. 

Those of you who baked cakes for the fish fry, please check 
to see if you have the correct pan. We have a woman who 
cannot find her good cake pan . 

Love Loaves are still available if you would like one. They 
will be brought in on Easter Sunday. 

Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, folic wed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations you 
have the chance to respond to God's leading for your life 
by coming forward to the altar. The invitation gives the 
opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, the pray, to 
meditate,, or to seek counseling. The Pastor will assist 
you if you desire* Please avail yourself of this opport- 
unity. 






COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH - SAGAMORE, PA. - MARCH 22, 199* 

PRELUDE 

GREETINGS/JOYS/ANNOUNCEMENTS/PRAYER REQUESTS 



•HYMN 

PRAYER/OFFERING 
•D0X0LOGY 

PASTORAL PRAYER 

HYMN 

SCRIPTURE: HIKE l>;:S7-11 



rvo-nN: "CROSS-WORDS: COMPASSION - ST. PAUL'S, BUTLER 

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3/29-S7 



•BENEDICTION 
•POSTLUDE 



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: "CROSS-WORDS: COMPASSION" 
COWASIN IS UR PAIN IN MY HART) 



THIS IS WAT JS SHOWED IN HIS ERTHLY LIFE/MINISTRY 

(EXAMFL LK TEL OF JS IN CITY OF NAIN ft RAIS DEC SON TO LIFE) 

JS TOLO BY DISCIFLS 

G CROWD FOLO HIM ALSO 
rfEWS OF JS PAS THRU AREA DRAW LRG CROWDS 
LUKE RECORD PAST OF THIS LIKE THIS - CHAPTR ?;12 - (READ) 
(EXPLAIN WIDOW. ONLY, SON, HOW BED. ALL ALOME) 
JS15-SIMPL STATMENT -"HE HAD COM PASIH OB HER " 

COMPASSION IN GWE MUCH DEEPR/RICHR MEAN THAN IN ENGLISH 

KEATIING-TO KAV TH/BOWSL.'- YEARN 
MIAV A DEPTH JjF FEELING, OF SYMPATHY, OF CONCERN, OF CARE THAT 
CUHS FROM TH VERY DEPTHS OF PERSN SHO THIS RMOTIN 

MATTHEW TELLS US JS HAD COHPASSIN ON "l DIF OCASTNS 
MARK ALSO RECORDS <* 

HIKE GIVS BB THIS ONE CINCIDENT 
HCW MUST THIS HAV LOOKD OR SEEMD STHOZ AROUND JST?** 
DIF ORPS Ir DIF BLIEFS MUCH LIF. OUR TIMES 

ONE STGNIF GRP WAS SRP CALLD "STOICS" 
(ILUSOF STOICS I STOICISM ft JS AS SON OF GOD) 

THER* SUM QUESTIN I NO UNDRST, 
BUT MltRS SAW THIS DEPTH OF FEELING WH/NOT EVIDENT MOS SOCIETY 
IT SHO JS CAPABL OF DEEP EMOTIN V h TO PEOPL 

NOW HE B LED TO PLAC OF EXECUTIN 
WALK INSID HOLCW FORM BY "tROHN SOLDIERS .CAR^TCROSBEAM OF CROS 
TIRD,EXHAUSTD,BADLY BEATN.STRNGIH FAIL.FAL t NO CAN CONTINU 
V'SITOR 2JERU PRES INTO SEHVIC TO CARRY CROSBEAM OF JS 
I PJ3IW TAKS LNGE5T WAY MffiACH EXECUTTN SITE 
GIV POPCLAC OPKTOTY tC CRIKNAL ft WHY BEING EXECUTD 
SOLDIER IN FRONT BABY PLACARD Wfl/TEL WHY DETH PENALTY 
GIVS PEO FAIR WARN 20THHS WHO FND GILTY SAME CRIME 

THIS ROUTE FR/PILAT JUDGMEN HALL 2CALVARY WAS CLLED 

"THE VIA DOLOROSA" OR. "THE WAY OF PAIN" 
TT V»c "THE WAY OF PAIN" ALL TH/VAY TOR JS 
SO IN ALL PROB BCUZ INTENS PAIN ft SOTFR «. JESUS IT SLOW EVR 
THING DWN ^INCIDENT WH/SECORD HERE BY LUKE 
LUKE TELLS UK -— LK ?3r27 — (READ THIS ) 



Y5 2J*TKLS WASNT JUS WOMN WHO FOLD HIS MINSTRY FR/TWN ZTWN 
THEE MANY WOMN HEHD.KNU OF HIM & LDV HIM, & THUS REACH OUT 
2HIH IN 01(11 WAT THEY CUD 
KNU CUDNT STOP EXECUTIN 1. THER PRESENC NO INFLtl ANTTH 
BUT KNU 8 THEH CONVEY Z JESUS THEY CARED 
AS PROCESIN DWN TH/STHEETS, THEK WOMN PROB PUSH OUT OF WAY 
TF ,PHOB LKD UPON AS ROADBLOKS 2FEBFCMANC OF JUSTTC 
Ai.iJ AFTRA LL - THEY JUS WCT"N IN MALE-ORIENTD SOCIETY 



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AN IMPEDIMENT 

TO ANY t, ALL WHO KNU OF JS.THIS WAS QBAV INJUSTIC Sr BCTJZ THIS, 
THEZ WOMN REACH OUT * JESUS ONLY WAY ODD- THEY FOLO & CRY "HflM 

VS ?S»J S WAS TEL THEM THEY NO UNDHSTUD WAT THIS ALL ABOUT 



THEY LK AT NOTHR MAN B PDT *DETn EVN THO INOCENT,BY EVIL MEN 
BUT JS KNT1 WAS filV LIF kMANIC H HE PT THEZ WOMN ?SBVEH TIME 
2CUM IN FUTUR 
'S JfcyWS EEMIN THEH OF PROPH FH/HOSEA CONCERN FUTUR 
WUD CUM DAYS WOMN WOD WISH NEVR RAD CHILDRN I THOK UNABL «HAV 
CHILDRN WUD CONSIDR SELVS FORTUNAT 
HE WAS PT JDAY WEN JERU WUD3 OVB RUM & VTHES! WOMN tr INHABS OF 
JERU WUD HAV DAYS HAHDSHIP/TRIBULATIN 
(ILUS OVER RTO OF JERUSALEM IN 70 A.D.) 

THIS TIKE JS WAS REFER THAT WAS COMING 1 THEY WUD CRY OUT 

VS yV PEOPL WUD DESIB DETH MOB THAN LIF BCUZ OF HARD T^MES 
VS 31-J S CONCLHD REMARKS W/ANALOOY HERE *> 

MEANING=IF ROMAN WUD PERPETSAT SUCH ATROCITIES ON Jfi-GREEN-HUD) 
YNG.STPNG t SORC OF LIF, WAT Wt'D THEY DO TO TH/JEWTSII NATIN — 
(DRY-WUD)- QLD.BARRN >.■ PIPE FOB JUDGMENT 

0T1IR WORDS ,THER WIIDB NO CCMPAS1N FOR ANYONE 
COMPARIS ONS HEBE : WOMEN F OR JESUS 
THEY SAW VICTIM OF TYRANY OF RELIG LDHS t ROMANS 
INOCENT BLUE B SHED 
JESU3 FOR WOKEN/OTHRS.THEY NO UNDBST THIS PART G'S PIAN 
MhJEH IS ZONLY C HIM AS KEVIN, OS ONLY AS HUMAN - (EXPLAIN) 

SO WAT IS COMPASSION AS LEHND TRjtjS EXAMPL HERETtf mTTtt 
(ILL'S PRINCE OF VALES VISIT HOSPITAL FTR WW 1 , 8, SOLDTEfi) 

THA'" IS COMPASSION 

JS IS SHAKING 2DAY LN. Ufi sdtfhings 
HK IS HEID EA US AS WE HUBT, OR MOURN, IN UBS OP NEEE 
TH/PRIKCE OF PEAC MUCH 'iJK PRINC" OF WALES IS WAIT 2REACH OUT 
AM, MI NT STB TC YOU 

T*K HIS LDV t, COMPASTN HE EXTENDS TO YOU 



"Cros3-\'ords : 
Ecrip: k 25s27-51i Text: Tk 23. '27028 

Expl-Ii l?-13a 

vary simpl=He had comas in on her 
Compasin in "r,much richr than Eng»2hav th bowels yerj 
otfcr word=hav depth f eel, sytnp, concern 5 care wh cum 
fr \epth of persn sho emotin 
Wt -Jl us Js had eomp 4- dif ocasins 
Fk record 4 also & Ik giv us this 1 
in ea=Comp m?an deep e mot, in of Ja in partic circuit 

In crip Js E led by ?old£s ? plao executin 
Is norir.l walk hole =q form by 4 Pott soldrO.S cary crof 
He tired ,bad beatn,exhauSt,str fail S falls 
visitr 2 Jeru 4 Paaovr^Slmon cary croe 
.'.s usul procesin tak lonres vay 2 Calvary ?iriv popular 
chsnc C pri^nr Sc riv warn 2 peo 

' Ir wBlk front cary placard w 'crime writ on it 
Rte fr Pilat t iudr aeat 2 Calvary oal=Via Doloropa & 
this mean=The ,Vay of r^ain 
: it v;.=.s Jub that H Jr 
Bouz sever pain,i:ffr ' T e go thru, all prob procesin 
slo dwn r < read=Vs >7 
How this wasnt jus woi?n folo in ninstry ,hut BSBJ othr 
they herd of Kim, sew Him, etc S wer resoh out expres 
only way cud 
knu cudnt stop executin & awar inf lu by presenc wud 
jc no rud 
but knu jus E ther convey 2 Js they care 
S: as J r prooeslr wend way dwn sta thez woran wer prob 
push out of way & Ik as rdbloks 2swif &■ prompt perf 
of juatic 
nftr all, jus wonn & maso society Ik as impedment 
2 any/all who knu of Js,wat dunked , etc ,evrl 
kuu it miscarap of justic 
Bcue this, thez wonn reach out Js only way cud ?c 
they cry outconpasinatly 4 Him 
vs 28= Jf undrstud ther motivs 6 mids His probs,He 
reach out 2theo 
Wen 1st read, snd lik Js E unpxatful 4 compasin 2wan 



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Him 

but that isnt ro,He pay they no corplet kno wat 
this all about, nor undrptand 
They Ik this as nothr inocen nan E put 2deth at 
hands of evil men 
But Jr knu f-iv lif 4 all raank & was pt thez wotrn 2 
sever times 2cum in ther liva in futur 
vs 29»Hb tel them this 
1st He remind them of proph Of Hosea e-iv pertain 
futur days 
Thez wudB days wh wonn wish nevr nan chijdrn i:n{ 
who cuclnt hav chlldrn wud think .?elvs tttnnate 



Js pt 2days wen Jeru wudB ovrrun '- -'"-thez womn " 2/ ' 
inhabs of ^eru wudE days hardship trib 
TJris cam 2pas day of Tasovr 70 AD, Tit us S= ""oman 
army ariv wals Jeru & Bpan put erthbanks agio them 
Aprox 600,000 vistrs ther,plup rer ponulace 
5 mos latr wals battr 6wn, tempi burn, city captur 
+ "s tuk plac aftr many peo kil cook childrn 4food 
& tms was time Js refr 2 in convers w/thez womn 

He tel need sav tears 4 compasin * selvs Ss ther chile 
He proph=vs 30=tel times wud liv, times wish 4-deth 
vs 31 = analfcylf Eomns condemn inocent man, knu inocent, 
wat wud hap wen thoz fnd gilty in futur 

Ther wud3 no compasin on part Piomans 
Need 20 ther compar 2E made here : 
PIR-.Tither 8 wonn folo proces cry ^ Js 
they saw victim tyrny of few relif ldrs & Romans 
they 31iev inocent blud 2B shed,Ecuz He no do anyth j 
worthy of c3eth 
ther compasin exten &H 2 Kim Bcuz this & ro only 
saw Him in His humn wesknes 
SECOND: Js sho compasin Pward womn 
He reach out luv/comp Bcuz knu they no undrstan wat | 
G proing- 2do thru His deth on cros 
Thez womn nay herd/lern bout f'esiah,but had no idea! 
this was ,T e in ther midst 
But 4-thoz who wer or B in th kno bout deth Js on cros I 
Ther alway danrr of C Him only in His divinty 
We mus alway remem He is Th Xp,G'p anointd & as such! 
is Th 'avior,The God-Kan 
Ther mus always B an evn balanc so no n'us C Js ss E 
human, or only C Him as Divin 6 mak lik automat °obo 
(Ilus Mrs. Booth & prisonr wen litl firl) 

is w/ts* : e mus cum ? lord sho our comp 4 His 
sufir "'-. deth 

But we do so Bcuz we kno it was on our Bhalf He suff: 
all of thin 

,"e identfy w/Js Bcuz He tuk our plac 5- wen thrm 
this horibl ordeal Bcuz T: e had comp on us B4 we gvn 
knu Him 
His luv shud afec us 2very depth our Bein^ 
That is tru esenc of comp 
Js luv U & He 2pt He tuk our plac on cros 
All He want fr us is that we mak Him lord S r av of 
our livs 
This invit He exten 2 ea 1 
Comparison need ?mak individ ip 2ask whthr we merly 
folo w/crowd,or do we kno Him persnly as I who in 
deepest compasin, tuk all abus & puniphmen in our plac 
on Calvary 

1 invit u ?mak that a realty in Ur lif 



"Cross- 'prds : Compassion" 

Gcripture : Luke 23:27-31 

Text: Tuke ^3:27-28 

xmxk The Gospel writer Tuke tells us that Jesus xxx cane to a city called 
Nain, followed by many of Hia disciples and there were also many other people 
there. Evidently, ju"t the mere mention of the fact that Jesus was passing 
throup-h drew a la- re mob of people. But Luke is not stressing the popularity 
of Jesus, but is telling us of an incident in Hip life. 

He records it in this way: as recorded in the 7th charter beginning at verse 
12: "How when He came n&xi ni^h to the gate of the city, behold, there was 

a dead man carried out, the only so of his mother, and she was a widow: 

and much of the people of the city was with her. 

And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her." 

A very simple statement, " TT e had compassion on her." That word "Compassion" 
in Greek has a •yopy richer meaning than the English pives -fee it . It means, 
"to have the bowels yearn." In other words, it it means tc have a depth cf 
feelinfe, of sympathy, of concern, of care that cones from the very depths of 
the person showing this -emotion. Matthew tells us that Jesus had compassion 
on 4 different occasions; Fiafek records 4- also; and T uk? <-ives us this one 
incident. But in each of the^e recordings the word "Compassion" is found and 
in each it means the very deep emotion of Jesus in that particular circunstanc 
In our Scripture, Jesus is beinr led by the 5onan soldiers to the place of 
execution. As was normal, He was walking inside of the hollow souare formed 
by four Roman 30ldiers, carrying His cross. But He is tired, exhausted, 
badly beaten and His strength fails so that He cannot continue under the 
weight of the heavy srross. A vi^iotr tc Jerusalem for the lassover, a man 
named Simon is pressed into service to carry the cro^s. Also as usual, the 
procession takes the longest way possible to reach the execution site. This 
gives the populaae an opportunity to see this criminal, and the soldier walk- 
ing in front of the procession holds a placard reading what he is to be ex- 
exuk±bj£ ecuted for. This gives fair warninr to others not to be guilty of the 
same thing. That route from "Pilate's .judgment r eat to Calvary has been call- 
ed "The Via Dolorosa, or, "The way of pain," And it was just that. It was 
a way of pain all the way for Jesus. And because of the intense pain and suf- 
fering that He was under, in all probability it slowed everything down to the 
point where the incident recorded here could take place. 

Luke tells us, "And there followed Him a great oompany of people, and of wom- 
en, which also bewailed and lamented TT im." 

Now this wasn't L iu t the women who had followed Him when He went from town to 
town in His ministry, these were many other women of Jerusalem who had heard 
of Him, cr known of Him fforo various sources. But the point is that they 
were reaching out to Him in the only manner cf expression possible for them. 
They knew they couldn't stop the execution and tbey were aware that ^sx^xgxx^ 
there was no way their presence would influence anything. But they did know 



that Just bein- there would convey to Jesus that they cared. And as this 

procession wound its way down the streets the r e women who -ought to follow 

were probably pushed Douphly out of the way and looked upon as roadblocks to 

the swift and prompt performance of ,ju tice. After all, they were just women 

and in this masculine oriented society looked upon as an impediment at this 

time . 

But to almost anyone with a knowledge of what Jesus had done and now what was 

going to be done to Him, it was evident that here was a p^eave miscarriage of 

justice. Because of this, these women reached out to Jesus in the only way 

they could, they followed along in this procession (jrying cQiapassionately 

Him. 

Jesus understood their motives, but in the midst of His own problems He also 

reached out to them in compassion and Tuke tells us, "3,,t Jesus turning unto 
them said, 'Quach-fcers of Jerusalem, ween not for Me, but weep for yourselves 
end for your children.™" vs 28. 

'Vhen we first read that it sounds as thourh Jesus was bein^ ungrateful for 

their compassion toward Him. But that isn't r o. He was sayinc- to them that 

they didn't completely understand what all of this was about, TVey were look- 

inp upon this as another innocent man beins" put to death at the hands of evil 

men. But Jesus knew that He was living Hi^ life for all mankind and He was 

pointing these women to the severe times to come in their lives in the future 

He told them, "For, behold, the days are coTin~, in which they shall say, 
'Blessed are the barree, and the wombs that never bore, and' the breasts 
which never nursed,'" vs 29. 

Jesus was first of all remind inr them of a prophecy which Hosea crave pertain- 
ing to future days. Those days would be ones in which wonea would wish that 
they had never had children, and those women who were unsble to have children 
or didn't have them would consider themselves very fortunate, 
Jesus was pointing to the days when Jerusalem would be overrun and for these 
women and the inhabitants of Jerusalem they would be days of hardship and 
tribulation. This came to pass on the day of Passover in 70 A.D. that Titus 
with his Roman army arrived before the walls of Jerusalem and ber-an to put up 
banks of earthwork to take the city. Approximately 600,000 visitors were in 
the city along with the normal populace. Five month-- later the walls were 
battered down, the temple destoyed and the city caotured. But this took plac< 
only after itae many of the people had killed their children and ate them to 
remain alive because of the lack of food, Ihis was the time Jesus was re- 
ferring to in conversation with these women. He was telling them that they 
needed to save their tears of compassion for themselves and for their childre: 

He prophecied to them and Luke records, "Then shall they herein to say to the 
mountains, 'Fall ofi us; ' and to t e hills, 'Cover us,*2" 

Jesus was telling them that the times in which they would have to live, would 



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times in which they would wish for de^th and desire it more than life. 

And these words were concluded by Jesus with an analogy. Jesus said, "For if 
they do these tilings in a preen tree, what shall be done in the dry?* 

What He was saying was thst if the 7. o mans condemned to death one which they 

admitted was innocent, how would they deal in the future with tho e who were 

found ruiltyT "here would be no compassion on the part of the Romans. 

The point which needs to be made here is that there is a comparison found in 

this passage of ' cripture. 

First, there are the women who followed alonr with the procession crying 

for Jesus. They saw Him as Izlebe a victim of the tyranny of the religious 

leaders and the Romans. They believed that innocent blood was goinr to be 

shed because He didn't do anything worthy of death. And their compassion was 

extended to Himbecause of this and so they only saw Eiffl in His human weakness, 

The second part of the comparison is that Jesus showed compassion toward the 

women. He reached out to them in love and. compassion becau e :i the; 

didn't understand what God was doing through His death on the cross. These 

women may have heard or learned about the Messiah, but they had no idea this 

was Ee in their midst. But for those who sr were or are in the know about 

the death of Jesus on the cross, there is always the danger of seeing Him 

only in His Divinity. We must always remember that He is The Christ, or the 

anointed of God and as such is The Savior, The God-man. There must always 

be an even balance ±k so that we don't ,iust see Jesus as only human, or only 

see Him as Divine and make Him some sort of automatic robot. 

(Illustration of Mrs. Tooth and her support of a prsioner) 

V,hen Mrs. Booth, the wife of William Booth the founder of the Salvation 
Army was a little girl, she was running alon^ a road with a hoop and stick. 
She saw a prisoner dragged away by a constable and marched down the road 
to the jail. A mob was hootine 1 at this unfortunate culprit, and his utter 
loneliness struck at her heart. Ouickly she ran to his side and marched 
down the road with him. She was determined that there was one soul who iras 
had compassion for him whether he suffered for his own fault, or that of 
another . 

To it is with us. We must come to the lord showing our compassion for His 

suffering and death. But we do so because we know that it was on our behalf 

that He suffered all of this. W p identify with Jesus because He took our 

place and went throurh this horrible ordeal because " T e had compassion on us 

before we even knew Him. His love should affect us to the very depths of 

our being. That is the true essence of compassion. Jesus loved you and me 

to the point that He took our place on the cross, All that He want? from us 

is that we make Him lord and Savior of our lives. That is the invitation He 

extends to each one. '""he comparison we need to make individually is to ask 

whether we are merely following with the crowd, or do we know Him personally 

as the One who in the depest compassion, took all the abuse and punsihment in 

our place on Calvary. I invite you to make that a reality in your life. 



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St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
v. Ralph Link, Pastor April 5, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Bill Pieringer, Youth Director 
Acolytes: Meron and Megan Hewis 



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ORDER' Of WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joy a 

Prayer Requests 
•Processional Hymn No. 22B "I Will sing of My Redeemer" 
•Ascription 
•Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) Almighty God, as we cease not by 
our Bins daily to provoke thy wrath against us, grant 
that we may at length know what we have hitherto 
deserved, and become displeased with our vices. Grant 
that we may really and from the heart he turned to 
thee, and above all things seek to be reconciled to 
thee and received into thy favor. Rule us by thy 
Holy Spirit, and confirm us in true obedience and 
godliness, that we may share in the works of thy king- 
dom, and know the grace and joy thou hast so freely 

given 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 - page 142 
Children's Moment with Bill 
Hymn No. 227 "There's Something About That Name" 

(sing through three times) 
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: "In The Garden" sung by Mr. 4 Mrs. Howard Bolam 
Scripture: Matthew 27: 39-44 
Sermon: "Cross-Words: Self-Redemption" 
•Hymn Nr 260 "And Can It Be That I Should Gain" 
•Closing 'limes 



•Benediction 
•Postlude 
+ <■ + + + + 'Congregation Standing + + + + + + 

The beautiful flowers that decorate our service this morn- 
ing were given by Mr. S, Mrs. George Pflugh in memory of 
their daughter Pam. 

Mrs. Margaret McClymonds and Jim MeClymonds will greet our 
members and guests today. 

Ushers for today are: Marty Henry, Frank Crawford, John 
Snow and Dan Bosko. 

Attendance last Sunday was 126 with 17 visitors. 

> Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Davis. 
Hospitalized: Ralph Bonnett amd Paul Forcht in BMH. 

Mrs. Edna Tait - Room 243 at Sunnyview Home 
Ray Isherwood, Kevin Snyder and Dick Dally will be visiting 

the hospital this week. 
SUNDAY - Youth group at 7:00 P.M. 
MONDAY - Finance Committee meeting at 7:00 P.N. 
THURSDAY - Chancel choir practice at 7:00 
Good Friday Breakfast will be held April 17th at 6:00 A.M. 
"N. at the YMCA. See Jake Harmon or Ken Weitzel for tickets. 
._->Palm Sunday we are taking new members into the congregation. 
"\ If you would like to join, please see the Pastor. 
__->MAUNDY THURSDAY - Cookies are needed for the reception for 
new members immediately following the 7:30 P.M. service 
on April 16th. Please see Marilyn Snyder if you can 
bring cookies. She should know by April 3th. 
Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. -As you reflect on your life's situations you 
have the chance to respond to God's leading for your life 
by coming forward to the altar. The invitation gives the 
opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, to 
meditate, or to seek counseling. The Pastor will assist 
you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this oppor- 
tunity. 



COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH - SAGAMORE, PA. - MARCH 29, 19<)S 

Prtlude 

GREETINOS/JOYS/ANNOUNCEMENTS/PRAYEH BEQUESTS 

^A-flj ttesit**- A^rsif- ^/r^f-CM 



jV*>f>iFf» Ljf-e.^^rf*-- /?+<?r £'*< r ^ 



•HYMN 

fpayer/offertno, 
•doxology 
pa.1t0ral prayed 

HYMN 

SCRIPTURE: MATTHEW t?»J$-Ml 
SEHKON: "CROSS-WORDS: SELF-REDEKITTON" 
" "TMN 
'■WEDCITION 

• . rnuiiDE 

TASsntA — Mujti ****&■ 



ISUKIF: nr £f\jy~v*\ aMin; 



,'m.o: ijr.ijj — nr.wn.rir i^^'n 



vr... :ri.F-!'i':;: mah, i ng son jjESTjojj this jt Bjjjrajij 

H w/IN PLAN OF KA?I SHUD STPIV MAK SELF OVR IN ANV »AY 



(II. US BOS 

WAS NBVR w/IN PLAN OF S MAJTSHUD'STPIV "MAK SELF OVR IN ANY WAY 
rlBST MAN-ADAM SIN t, FRAHIE MAN HAS SOT ?PRUV HE CAN IMFROV ON 
O'S CHEATTN BY ACT AS OWN ME K»d 
WF.OAN WEI IKAGTN COD STAN BAK FR/HIS CREATIN PERIODICLY i SAY- 
WFi'' IF B H SELF -HADE MEN,WHY DID U MAK URSELVS LIK THAT?" 
JS CAM IN? WORI..LIV WONG MANK 6 GIV PERF EX HOW MAN SH1ID LIV 
•tins EFORTS RECEIV CONDEMN ATTN RELIG COMUNTY A- HATRED ENGENDFED 
IN TH/HARTS OF OTHRS 
CULMINATIN OP THIS WAS HF AREST/TRIED/KONVICTD ft SENTENC ZDY 
TN THROES AGONY/PAIN/SITFFR ON CRUEL CROSS ON CALVARY HE HAD 
TO ENrTO TAIINTS THE! PEOPL 
VSS ^q-MVT ROZ OPOS HTM TAK EVRY WOW £ED LITRLY 8, NEVR ONCE CHOZ 
?BLIFV HE NO SPK LTTHLT, RPT fTOBKTITM 
BUT WTRS WAS DERI .SIN OF REI.IGUS LDRS 

VSO i.i-'<? j =K'/IN THIS TABBT V.V I I B) MB BLDH PERSECQT8S CM 

NOT SEE 
THEH WER CERT PEO IN GBP NO KNO/INDRST WAT WAS TAK PLAC 
THEY WER AS MT SAY PART OF "THEY THAT PASS BY" 
IBBI WER STIRUP BY RELIG LDRS 

I WER HAK TAUNT 

they"tHeh' kc is puf iifETfl & wernt 56'Tm tried or foold 

SO WTOR THAT CROSS THEY HDSL TH/JIBE - VB kZA 

W/IN THIS TAUNT WAS TRUTH SO PROFOUND IF THE?, RELIO LDRS ACTULY 
KNU WAT TAK PLAC, WDB NEVR HAV UTTRD THAT PHRASE 

W/IN THAT PHRASE R 2B FND 3 VERY DISTINCT CONDITINS 

FIRST; 
TH/CONDITIN THAT DETK OF JS WAS A SACBIFIOE PURE & SIMPL 
THJS EVENT "■: FOR SEI£jnKO 

\ ,'AS A SACRIFICE FOK OTHRE 
eB A TMJ SftCFTFTCE IT HAD 2B DUN WILLINGLY 

TN GOSPEL JH CHArTR 10:11 WF REAP THA'OHDS OF i 
(READ THIS VERSE) 



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JOHN 10:11 



V 



VS 11- THIS INDICATES JS WAS WIL 2D0 THIS ft HE EXPLAIN AS HEAD 

vs IB 

V8 lS-THUS CAN C JS AWAR SAC SELF %MANX II DO IT WILINGLY 
BUT. THIS NOT NORMAL, IN FAC IT ABNORMAL 
C- y EA PERSN HAYB DESIR JGIV OF SELVS BUT ONLY UP 2CERTIN PT 
( IL».-i ALBERT CAMUS "THE FALL" ft LAWYER'S INACTION) 

SOCIETY 2DAV HAS IMPROV ON THIS JENTH DEGREE - NO GET INVOLVD 
IT MAY COST SUMTH 
CREPT IN?CH, ft ONLY HANDFUL PEO WIL !OET INVOLV L'S WORK 

SECOND CCNI> HE SAVD OTKBS , HIMSELF l!E CANOT .'-AVE" 

THIS CONDITIN OF A "WORTHY PURPOSE" 
THOS EOT DETH JS DTD SO wTTHOT/PUPPOS OF GET RTP OF HIM/OUD RID 

BUT GOD PLAN FOR CUD OE HANK 
JS SKD-"QBTF LP V HATH Up HA fl THA J fl THIS.THAT A MAW LAY DWN HIS 

LIE TC\< HI:: P-t.NPS" 
EXAMPL.JS FREUD 07 SINNRS,SIK,LEFRS,PROSTUTES, CASTAWAYS SOCIETY 

HE DID BCDZ HE SED HIS MEANT 2D0 WIL OF HIS FATHER 
TH*T HEAT JSEEK ft SAV TK/LOST 
HE SED NC CUM ?CfNiW TH/WORL, BUT TH^VOHI THRU RIM HITEB SAVED 

ALL THIS WAS T'1/WOPTHY CANS FOB VH/*!E liUNfi ON THAT CBOSS 

THIBD CCNL'ITTfi: AN IFFELIN LOVE 
IT TDK LUV EDO WAT HE DID, BUT IT A LUV HE SIMPLY HAD 2D0 ft HE 
KNH THAT 
THER NO WAY RND IT ft THO PRAY B EXCUS,FND IT WASNT G'S WIL 
AS YNG BOY IN TEHPL SED-HE Ml'ST R Bt'UT FATKBP'S BUiJNES 
THAT WAS IMPELING LUV ft HE LIV IT THHUCUT HIS LI?' 
HE NEVE BACKD DWN FR/^AT HE KNU HIS PlIRPOS 2B 
THER WAS NO WAY HE CUD CUM DWN FRAHAT CROS ft COUPLET TH/SAC GOD 
W 7LANND THRU HIM 

Ma.., STORIES TH02 WHO OAV LIVS SO OTHRS MITE LIV 
(ILUS DR. SAMUEL RABBETH ft DY SAVING BOY FR/DIPTHEHTA) 
SACRIFICES I.TK THIS R NOT IN SAME RELM AS THAT OF JS XP 
SAC HE MADE WAS FOR ALL MANK 
BUT HIS SAC MUS NEVR B JUS TH/SIMPL«"WEL, HE DYE FOR HE" 
IF IT IS ONLY THIS, THEN WE ACPT LITELY ft TAK LITLY IN OUR LIVS 
(ILUS BISHOP MOORE ft BEING WORTHY OF BEI NG S AVED) 
r.VS QUESTTN WE SrfHD ASX SEI.VS*ART, WE WPRTRTSAVING*''? 
WAS 'SAC OF JS BEING PPOPSLY SHOWN OUE LIVS FOR JII^' 
IS TT SITHTH WE HA" ACT FREELY ft YET KUVTH FOR W'j/NEVR GTV 
THANKS OH SHOGliriTHDiYT 
HE ENDUED IT ALL FOR US, EOT 21. CUD HtV CUR DWN BCUI HJS HAD POWER 
JSTOP HIS EXECUTIN 
HE ENTjCED TKRTJMIL/DEGPAHATIN OF ALL OF THIS 1 WHY? FCR ft. ME! 
DO U TRULY LUV HIM AS ITS SAVIOR" DO U TRULY KNO HIM AS 1UCHTT 



(Ilus self-made man, bos? ^&, 

W£L IF Ufl GKLF-KAD;-- DID tj v\Y 

Jconditions : 

l«P«tl> of Js was sacrifice 
llinr sacrifice 

Jn 10:11, 17-18 

(Hue lawyer in Albert C&mus-The 'all 
man of inactin 

He DUD HI5 AB3WB Tn C n Y 4 BETJ '" ' 

.. 

2=condition of Worthy Purpose 
grtr luv hath no nan 
oon of Kan no cun 2 condem world, 
Heat was 2do His Fathr's wil 

5-conditin of Impelling Luv 

;-.us3 bout Fathr'K busnes 

■ 'on of man delivr hsns sinful "en 

(IIuf l,r. '.qnuel Rabbeth,Tondon,diptheria 

(Ilu Bishop Koore=Eee ?it that U 're worth 
saving) 



" Cross -..'ords: Sal r-Hademption" 
oorip: ttt. 27:39-<t4 

(IIuf boss self-made men, r son quest in him bout it) 
It nevr in G's plan man shu* rtriv mak self ovr in 
anyway, but let man ain=Aaam,* fr time 2this man sot 
2 pruv can improv on G'a creatin by act as own eod 
We ,ud wel ima^in G stan bak fr creatin time Ptimr 
■■■ adk=i'el if U ?elf made ™en,why did U mak urselvs 
lik that: 
Js cam in? worl ft liv monp mank triv perf examp how rei 
shud liv 2= * efort receiv cond of relig comunty r i th 
hatred enrendr in harts of othrs 
Culrainat this He ares ,try ,convic £ setnec deth 
in throes (rain/suf as hune cruel cros Calvary, He hac 
endur taunts thez perp 
irss J9-*0=evr word r*pok takn literly by thoz opos & 
ahate Him, nevr lnce chooz 31 lev He sok fie not liter 
wots yet,deri»in relif ldrs=vss *l-*2e 
w/in taunt was truth thez blind perscutrs cud no C 
"urn peo who wer scept of Js & who realy was,wer 1's 
ytp. spk of as =Passina- By 

but ch pr,eldrs, scribe, wer ther Shear witnes this 
man was actul put 2deth 
they w. r no p-oinp- 2set trik or fooled 
ther wer poin-" ?mak ^brolutly certin 
So they at foot of cros F< pace bak-forth & w/out Ik 
jp at Js,but spk men- gelvs so He cud hear=hurl jibe 
■.;■. SAVD OTHRS iHIMSEtF HZ OAMOT SAVE 
w/in this taunt if truth so profoun,had thez relip 
ldfcs kno they actul tel wat had ?tak plac,they wud 
nevr hav uttr phrase 

w/in phras S 5 very distinct conditins 
?I: =deth of Js was sacrific & in ordr 4it 2B tru 

sac it had 21 willing sacrifice 
Jn 10:11, 17-18sJs awr.r sac self H- man'- & Ee do wilinf 
But this is abnorml,w/in ea us mayB desir 2 sciv of 
selvs,but only 2 certin point 
(Tlus of Camus novel=Th Fall,r lawyer inactin) 
i. in our sooiety ?dsy we improv on this icar 2 enth 
depree i hear all iorts reasns why peo no ret involv 
in help 
& unfortunatly this fnd way in? Ch & aen only find 
hanful wil peo who pet involv L'f work 
iECOED conditin=CDndit»in of worthy purpos 
thos who sot deth Js no C othr purpos in thi - execut 
etcep Hir deth "■-. pud ridanc 2 

But G had it plan ^rud of mank>=it had worthy purpos 
Js sed-Grtr luv hath no man than this, that am aan lay 
iwn his life for his frends 



I iuoi maHin, pemn jg no eonsidr as Trend ?/ 

no matr how vile .corupt ,or low an individ mar hav 
1 fal,tnat persn cf i^nort ? Js Xp 
This why He aous of eat w/pinrs.f- ninKl pros/leprs 
& all unclean pso 
He did this Bcuz He red = His meat "do wil of Fgthr 
^eat was ?saek 5; sav th lost 
^ Hedidnt cum Pcondem th worl, but worl thru Him 
mite 3 saved 
All of this spok of worthy purpos of wh He ro thru as 

or. cros S died 
THIRD conditin.;/at was tak plac was Bcuz of impel Luv 
It tuk luv 2do wat He did, but morso it was luv lie 
no cud shak off or refus 
He simply had Pdo it ?■ He knu it 
Ther was no way rnd it & di^covr that wen nrav e-ardn 
& ask hav cup remov 

He knu tcert cu* no escap sac & impel 2do H- go thru 
-,s ynr hoy in Tempi aed-HuoB toout F ■- bu.-res ' 
^That iirpel luv of + KC T was evid thruout erthlv »lnst 
_aut discips sevrl tirre?^- rf yen nurT delivr up 
He nevr bak dwn fr wat knu main puroo? ?B 5 now «her 
no way cud cum dwn fr cros & compl sac S plan thru 
Hint 

It imposibl 2sav .^elf S E taunt ?do i 

Ther many.nany story on file peo sac livs *othxa,S: 
nedls pivn ea yr '»this 

(Ilus surgeon Samuel Habbeth \ diptheria deth) 
sacrifics like thif not in sane relw as Js Xp,His 
salv raade * all mank 
(Ilus Bishop Moore S- worth saving) 
Thft pjd ouest shud ask selvs = H we worth Saving r 

J sac Js made 4us being- proprly shown in our livs 
^ Him; 
Is it sumth we acpt freely, creedly.but yet sumth 
4 wh we nevr %lv thanks or aho rratitud.' 
He endur taunts ,derisin of thoz peo & relia- Idrs 4-us ■' 
He didnt hav 2?tay on that cros,Ee cud hav cum dwn 
Bcuz He had powr 2do so 
But He chcz 2tak all that was B pivn 2 Him 
He tuk the humiliatin S depradatin s-ivn 2 Him, 
And Mhyr 3 U & Ke 
Bo U truly luv Him as *ar--:i ::av'.' 
Do U truly kno Him as ' av : ! 

If U dont.I invit U 2 tak Him 2riay & acpt salv He of- 
fers 2 all Biank 
He did indeed sav othra ,but Himself He cud not sav 
Bcua He wanted us ^"E saved 






"Cross -Words : Self -Hed emotion" 

ocripture : Matthew ?7:39-4-4 

(lllustration of man's boss as self-made mad, n . young pon questioning this) 
man brought his boss home for dinner for the first ti^e. The boss was 
very blustery, arrogant and self -centered . The little boy in the family 
stared at the man almost all evenir.f, but didn't say anything. "inally, 
the bops asked the boy, "Why dc you keep looking at ne liEe that sonny.'" 
The little boy answered, "My daddy says you are a self-made man." The 
boss swelled up with pride and beamed and said, "That'? right son." 
At this the little boy asked, "'.veil if you are a self-made man, why did you 
make yourself like that.'" 

It was never within the plan of God that man should strive to make himself 

over in any way. But the first man \darn sinned and from that time to this 

man has sought to prove that he can improve on C7od 'e creation by acting as 

his iwn ±eh god. '::e could well imagine God standing back from Bis creation 

periodically and looking at is and asking the nuestion of man, '\vell if you 
are self-made men, why did you make yourselves like that?" 

Jesus came into the world and lived amone mankind givinr the perfect example 

of how man should live. For Hi? efforts He received the condemnation of 

the religious community and the hatred this engendered in the hearts of many 

others. The culmination of this was that "e was arrested, tried, convicted, 

and sentenced to death. In the throes of His pain and suffering as He hung 

on tfciat cruel cross on Oalvary, He had to endure the taunts of these people. 

Matthew tells us in the 59th zsxss and 40th verses, "And they that passed by 
reviled Him xH^Siaxx wagring their heads and saying, 'Thou that destroyest 
the temple, and buildest it in three days, pave Thyself. If Thou be the 
on of Sod, come down from the cross."" 

Every word that He spoke was taken literally by those who opposed Kim and 

hated Him. Never once did they choose to believe that He was not speaking 

literally, but figuratively. 

But^worse yet was the derision of the religious leaders. Matthew records, 
"likewise also the chief priests mocking Him, with the scribes and elders, 
said, 'He saved others; Himself TT e cannot save." 

Within this taunt was a truth these blind persecutors could not see. Some of 

the people who were sceptical cf Jesus and who r e really was were the ones 

Matthew peaks of as "Passing by." Eu 4 ^ the chief priests, the scribes and 

the elders were there to bear witness that this man was actually put to death, 

They weren't goin"* to be tricked or fooled. ""hey were roinp to be absolutely 

certain. So they were at thp foot o^ the cross pacing back and forth and 

without even looking up at Jesus, but speaking amon^ themselves so that He 

would hear, they hurled the .j$be, Ea saved others; T "imself He ca not save." 

It i thin thi c taunt KKTKxfearEX-fcExifiexJfBTinaiit is a truth so profound that had these 

religious leaders known they were actually telling what had to take place, 

they would have never uttered the phrase. And within that phrase are to be 

found three very distinct conditions. 

The first is that this death of Jesuo was a sacrifice. And in order for it 



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to be a true sacrifice it had to be a willing sacrifice. 

In the 10th charter of the C-oepel of John, the Ape»tle records the words of 

jesus and we read: in the 11th verse, "I am the rood shepherd; the rood 
shepherd giveth His life for the sheep." 

In the 17th and 18th verges, "therefore doth My Father love He , because I 
lay down My life, that T might take it arain. No ran taketh it from He, 
but I lay it down xiiixiagiy of ?yself . I have power to lay it down, end I 
have power to take it afrain." 

Thus we can see that Jesus was aware that He was sacrificing Himself for man- 
kind and He was doing it willingly. But this is abnormal. Within each of 
us may well be the desire to give of ourselves, but it is only up to a certai 
point. 

(Illustration of Albert Camus'? novel, "The Pall," and lawyer) 

Albert Canu3 wrote a novel entitled, '"""he Fall." In it he tells of a very 
respectable lawyer walking the streets of Amsterdam and he hear a call for 
help. He realizes that the woman calling has either fallen or been pushed 
into the canal. "it this point his mind begins to work. "Should I rush to 
help? ;hat may be the implication- of this? As a respected lawyer should 
T ret involved'.'' A.nd what about the personal danger? After all, who knows 
what has been going on over there?" Ey the time he has thought all of 
this through it is too late. And so he moves on risking all kinds of ex- 
cuses to justify his inaction. Camus writes, "He did not answer the cry 
for help. T&at is the nan he was." 

And in our society today we have improved upon this ima<re to the enth degree. 
..e can hear all sorts of reasons why people will not ^et involved in helping, 
And I believe that unfortunately has found its way into the church so that 
we can only find a handful of willing people ±b who are willing to get in- 
volved in the work of the Lord. 

The second condition of sacrifice as found in the phrase, "He saved others; 
Himself He cannot - ave , " is the condition of a Worthy i'urpose . 
Those who sought the death of Jesus didn't see any other rurpose in this ex- 
ecution except TT is death and good riddance to Him. Hut Hod had it planned 
for the good of mankind. It had a Worthy T urpose. Jesus said, "Greater love 
hath no man than this, that 3 man lay down Hi life for His friends." There 
wasn't arersor. whom Jesus didn't consider a» His friend. No matter how vile 
or how low an individual may have fallen, that person was of importance to 
Jesus Christ. This is why He was accused of eatin- with sinners and mingling 
with prostitutes and lepers, and other castaways. He did this because as 
He said, Hi- meat was to do the will of His Father. And that meat was to 
seek and to save the lost. He said He didn't come to condemn the world, but 
that the world through Him might be saved. A.11 of this spoke of the Worthy 
lurpose of that which He was p-oinr through as He hung on that cross and died, 
The third condition is that what was taking place was beinr done because of 
an Impelling love. It took love to do what He did. Eut moreso, it was a 
love that He couldn't shake of*" or refuse. He simply had to do it and He 
knew it. There was no way around it and He discovered that when He prayed 



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in the rarden and asked God to remove that cur from Him, "e knew for a 
certainty that He could not escape this sacrifice and He was impelled to do 
it and ro through with it. 

As a young boy He said in the temple that "He must be about His Father's 
business." That impelling love of "Must" was evident throughout His earthly 
m inistry. He tauprht His disciple? several times that "The Son of man must 
be delivered into the hands of man and must die." He never backed down from 
what He knew His main purpose to be, and now there was no way that He could 
come down from the cross and complete thesacrifice Cod had planned through 
Him. It was impossible for Him to save Himself as He was being taunted to 
do. There are many, many stories on record of people who have sacrificed 
their lives to save others. i.ach year the Carnegie foundation gives medals 
many of which are given posthumously for saving others lives. I read of a 
very young and pormisin^ surgeon back in the days when there was no real cure 
for diptheria who worked to save a little boy. His name was Samuel Pabbeth 
and this boy was brought to the London hospital for an operation. He examine 
the boy and he knew that it was only a mtter of a day or so and he would be 
dead. The only way to circumvent this wa£ to remove the diptherial obstruct- 
ion in his throat and that was only possible by inserting a tube and siphonil 
that obstruction out in th° tube. He also knew there was a good possibility 
that he could contract the disease and *ie. But he willingly inserted the 
tube in the boy's throat, put the tube to his lips and sucked out the poison- 
ous pus. And a week later he was dead. Put sacrifices like this are not in 
the same realm as that of Jesus Christ. The sacrifice He made was for the 
salvation of all mankind. 

But His sacrifice should never be ,iust the Bimple, "Well, He died for me," 
and so we accept it lightly and take it lightly in our lives. 

(Illustration of Bishop r-'oore and beinr worthy of saving) 

A little boy was swimming in a lake one day and suddenly he rot a cramp 
in his leg and could not swim to shore. He be^an to struggle and then he 
went under the water twice. It was then that he felt a strong arm grab fcx 
him and begin to take him to shore. A Tan had seen the boy's struggles 
and had FOne in the water to rescue him. The man got the tc^- to shore and 
when he had determined that he was all right he turned to leave. The lit- 
tle bo T? said, "Thank you sir, for savin- my life." The nan replied, "You'- 
re welcome son, ' ee to it that you are worth saving." 

That boy raid that inxKSukaMxhsxBK from then on through all of his life 
he never forgot those words, ^hat boy becam-- Bishop Moore a noted pre ache: 
in England . 

That is a good question '-. r e should ask ourselves. "Are we worth saving?" 
Was the sacrifice of Jesus made for us being properly shown in our lives for 
Himr Is it something we have accepted freely and greedily, but yet something 
for which we never give thanks or show rratitutde: He endured the taunts 
and the derision of those people and the religious leaders for each of us. 






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He didn't have to es* stay on that cross. He could have come down, because 
He had that power to stop His execution. But TT e chose to take all that was 
being p;iven to Him. That was the humiliation and the degradation of all of 
this. And whyY For you and me 

Do you truly love Him as your Savior? Do you truly know Him as your Savior'. 
If you don't, I invite you to take Him today and accept that salvation He 
off err to all mankind. He did indeed save others, but Jch Himself 3e could 
not save, because He wanted uf to fesxK be ~aved. 









St. Paul' 3 United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 



Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor 

Mr* Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr* Bill Fierlnger, Youth Director 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Heron Hewis 



April 12, 1987 



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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
♦Processional Hymn No. 249 "All Glory, Laud and Honor" 
♦Ascription 
"Exhortation 

♦Confession (in 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 new. We do not want to take the risk of being 
isolated from the crowd, even though the crowd is not 
on your aide. But Father, we want to get involved 
with you, really we do. Our sin, indeed my sin, ia 
that we are not willing to make any commitments to 
you or anyone else. Please forgive, Lord Jesus, for 
feeling this way. Grant us your peace. .... .Amen, 

•Kyrie 

"Assurance of Pardon 

♦Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And blessed be His glorious name forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Children's Moment with Bill 

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

Offertory "The Palms" 
♦Doxolcgy-page 382 
The Rite of Confirmation - The Charge: The Vows 
*Apostles Creed - page 137 (Congregation and Conf irmands) 
The Confirmation: The Confirmation Prayer 
I he Reception of Adult Members 
Anthem: What a Friend We Have In Jesus" 
Scripture: Matthew 21: 1-11 
Sermon: " r | Rights of Mr. Right" 



♦Closing Hymn No. 
♦Benediction 

Closing Prayer 
♦Postlude 



345 "Crown Him with Many Crowns" 



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The beautiful flowers that decorate our altar have been 
placed by Mrs. Emogene Massey in memory of her mother. 

Mrs* Lucille Tack will greet our members and guests at the 
door this morning. 

Ushers far today are: Sandy Sheppeck, Deb Helton, Helen 
Grouse* and Judy Vinroe. 

Attendance last Sunday was 115 with 16 visitors* , 

Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Joan Campbell. ■ r 

Hospitalized: Paul Forcht in BMH — c } *T J r ~i7M£< ^A** * ' - £ 

Shirley Thompson and Marilyn Snyder will be visiting the , 
hospital this week, y, . * A 

SUNDAY - Youth Group at 7:00 jf 

MONDAY - VSS meeting at 1 : 00 P.M. We want all of those who*"" 
ara working or teaching in any capacity. ^ 

THURSDAY - Maundy Thursday service at 7:30 P.M. in Rehoboth *— 
Hall followed by a reception for our new members. 
The Lord's Supper will be observed. 

FRIDAY - Good Friday Service at 7:30 P.M. in the Sanctuary*— - 
with Communion In the Pews • 

Good Friday Breakfast will be held Friday April 17th at the 
YMCA at 6:00 a.m. Tickets are $3.00 and may be purchased 
from Jake Harmon or Ken Weitzel. j- 

Today we welcome into our church family several new members itfw 
Those from Confirmation are: Wendy Norman, Megan Hewis, 
Kelly Mangelj Lori Weisenstein, Staeey and Bryan Slaugh- 
enhoupt, Eric Hollefreund. David Brinker and John Penrod. 
Adult members are: Mrs. Myra Colgate, Mrs. Erla Hollefreum: 
Mr. & Mrs. Donley Martin, Mr* & Mrs. Daryl Merrison, and 
George Hays. We hope you will are take a minute to make 
them feel welcome into our congregation. ££*r£*-Y <fT9t&*>4%i* 

Cookies are needed for the reception following the Maundy 
Thursday service. If you can donate some, please see 
Marilyn Snyder. 

Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations you 
have the chance to respond to God's leading for your life 
by coming foward to the altar. The invitation gives the 
'opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, to 
meditate, or to seek counseling. The Pastor will assist 
you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this oppor- 
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bm they uWi know what that means 
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bui they ;v 1 1 n r tit Jerusalem. 

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Kfc. 21:11 
(iiui hypo story tol by . . 'Hrvey) 
Now in hypo story can find kernl truth 4combat ' , 
cancer & othr plaga our livs 
Hear of measurs 'insur us of saf sex,rud health etc, 
but nevr hear of word=Al TINAIfCE is onl ,. ;a fFard, 
)sted,near mostly bout o cal = rT T'T S r - we R abl 2 
ao as pleas 
But T frubmit 2U many yrs a^o on ocas In oeur in wh sum 
one had all rites 2do as C fit,& yet choz only rite 
in situ wh was not dun 4 Hifl own benefit 
Wild situ & celbretin;peo shout=hal ,hosans 
.aim branch wav,thro street,"' garm* cast roadway 
K Js entr Jeru 2wil enthus of thousnds 
ivn :ents,pro-- lyt 2 Judaism part huee throng welcum 
& hail Js as K of Is,S of Dav.Pi Xeslah 
thir finly day bin long await, lone- expec W»a had curr 
This 1 hop4, pray*, dream of,?t now ariv 
1st day of wk wh fine then bin kno as=ralm "unday 
traricly end this wk,l hail as lonrawit Mes 8 
wud3 ded at hand? thez same peo who aclain Bin 
How cud thez peo turn en Js in such short period".' 
:.hy was treat lday as long: await K & few day latr 
as suml who shud B put Pdeth.' 
2llnrj , rst,smis Ik 2sipnif event wh tuk plac Jus prior ? 
this F ' un,wh tripr ult actin on folo Friday 
( r tory Js,Iaz S frendship,rais fr ded etc) 
Kmp in Jn of Laz tomb 4day Bcuz real" ded 
Jew Bliev wen suml ded 4^day any remain sp in him 
left Bcuz decay so vile, sine they no embalm 
Uen Ja ariv Bethny.Iaz no only ded , but sp lef hir 
a< 'fi Jew trad it in 
h«« Js on conand raia Him=marle strnr clalB,dia Ftart 
thinp, but this caus fame ? spred 
Did Uhear Js ; i Laz.' etc,etc 
did thia brod davlite,in fr relig ldrs & Jn write, 
(Jn 11:47-4' . . , 

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it time 4final -olutin 
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feast r ~ plana drawup ?=eiz at that tla* 
2nd event=precip deth Jr aftr aolain as K,tuk plac in 
home Taa aftr he rais fr ded 
Jn 12:2=Laz pt out as aliv 

tt-spik perfurr ir-^ort: Hln Kta "hina i worth smal 
fortun, so wat do w/it .' 
vs 5b=no 1 fcek perfum & wash ruml feet w/it 
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ther rul in Jew fcraditin womn nevr tuk hair dwn in 
pre s eric of man who not her husband 
that was proprity ,S- only womn of st wud do that 
o .Vary defy all trsditin,I%ry sho luv 4- Js 
Wen luv reach limits, it erivs & Kary pav only comodity 
she cud=her expen^iv perfum 

in mid outburst of luv,Jn pt out orosit wh irhate 
Ke~r;el us Judas anrr & ask why not ^old 4-poor 
ivxpl Judas say this Bcuz was thief ,& he no concern 
bout poor,he was devil fil thief afraid of B caut 
But this also trirr subsequent actin of Btray Js 
vss 9-10= Ther plan 2elim not only Js,but Iaz & then pj 
probs wur&B ovr 
Thez 2event wer wat brot Js out of Bethny in? Jeru 
As He travl,news spred Sc mor 6 nor veo sho up ' 

Many ther Ecuz Reast Rasovr & Joru crowded 

rfe read familiar narativ & nuestin ask=vs 10 
vs ll=ir anser privn 
It was Rt vr,th Rt wk,Th fit day, th Rt hour,& th Rt 
Man 
It was I'r. Rite exerciz His rites 
(loem of Judith Roth) 
Ther is Th Rt wh He choz 
Js was Mr. Rite,"- He had all th rites of asert self 
& est His kingdm then S- ther=cud hav cal lerion of 
angle & ovrthro Romans & wud aptly bin aclaim Mesial 
But -astonishmen of evrl walk rite int? trap pet 
4 Him by enemys 
His Rite wh He choz defies all solutins 
Insted of reirn as l',He tuk Rite of criminal 
But He had 2dy,othrwis ther wud hav bin no salv 4 
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s — if we do no underst this fac,then do not kno any 

thinr bout why car 
o we shudnt pet cary way w/Hals Sc Hosanas Bcuz we C 
Js wasnt fooled by them 
He knu was pasing thinr ■" unless we talk Js deth in 
Jrhis Eastr seasn,we dont kno tru mean of all of it 
If Bliev evrth bout Js Xr cept fac T "e dy '+ Ur sin 
5 has provid p-ift Ur salv that U can receiv,then it 
is all meaninr-les 
He had 2day,that was one of th Rites of "r , Rite 
If U hav nevr trurtd Him as Ur &v receiv Him, now, 
2d&y 
T, at is Ur Rite,wh He riv r 2 ea of u? & I extend th? 
that iivitatin on Bhalf of Him who cometh in th name 
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"The Rights Of Mr. Right" 

.Scripture: Matthew 21:1-111 

Text: Matthew 21:11 

(Illustration of hypothetical story of teen-arers on roof, and their rights) 
On PaulHarvey's news pros-ran yesterday I heard, of a hypothetical story 
written by a newspaper man. It never happend, so please don't think that 
it did. It concerned a Troup of teenagers on the roof of a ten-story build- 
ing who were drinking and taking drugs. \s they began to feel the bravado 
of the situation, they bearan daring one another to Jump. Their diea was 
not to cormit suicide, but to thrill in the adventure of just jumping from 
the building. A man sensing what was going on ^ot some parachutes together 
and went to the roof of the building. He began to implore the youth that 
if they desired to jump they could do so safely with the parachutes and 
still have their fun. r ome of them took the parachutes, while others de- 
clined them. Tome of those who jumped with the chutes landed safelyi others 
were injured in the fall because the chute didn't open, or became entangled 
in the chute of someone else; while still others who refused the chutes 
just jumped and came to the sudden stop at the bottom. .hen the bloody 
carnage was ended, there were those who protested that the one thing which 
was not given to them was the choice of not jumping and so their rights 
had not been complete, 

Now in this hypothetical situation we can fine" the kernal. of truth for com- 
batting AIDE, cancer and the other plarues which are a part of our lives. 
we read and hear of the measures beinp- given that run the ^amut insuring us 
of safe sex, low cholesterol, freedom of rirk and on and on. Put in all of 
these measures we always hear of our m± so called "Rights" to do as we plea- 
se. <i have the "right" and no one can keep us from it. Put I submit to you 
that many years ago there was an occasion In which someone had all of the 
"rights" to do as He saw fit, and. yet, chose the only "right" in the situatioi 
which was not fcRXHfxEiai done for His own benefit. 

It was an absolutely wild celebration. People were shoutinr hallelujah, and 
hosanna. Palm branches were being waved in the air and 'trewn on the road, 
and rarments were beinp- cast into the streets. King Jesus was entering Jer- 
usalem to the wild enthu-ia^n of thousands, 

liven Gentiles, proselytes to Judaism were a part of thi c - hu^e throng welcom- 
ing and hailing Jesus as the ~ on of David, King of Israel, and Messiah, n hir 
was finally the day which had been awaited and the long-expected Messiah had 
finally come. This was the One they had prayed, had hoped, had dreamed of, 
and had now arrived. It was the Hirst day of the week, which has since then 
been known as "Halm Sunday," Hut tragically, at the end of this very week, 
this One hailed as "The Long expected Messiah and ayior" would be dead at th« 
very hands of these who acclaimed Kim. How could these people turn on Jesus 
in such a short period of time? Shy was He treated on one day as the long 
awaited and sought after King, and a few days later as Someone who should be 
put to death? To understand we must look at two significant events which 

took Place just prior to this Halm Sunday which triggered the ultimate action 
on the following Friday. 



Jesus had been friends with a nan named Lazarus raho lived with his two sis- 
ters Mary and Martha in Bethany. T heir home was one of His favorite stopping- 
places when lT e was coming 'ro^ or roinr- to Jerusalem. Lazarus was a well- 
known nan in Jerusalem and he and his sisters were deeply involved in the re- 
lifious life of Jerusalem. So it was that when Lazarus took sick and died 
that a rrest mass of humanity turned out in Bethany to mourn his passing. 
And there was no doubt about the fact that he was dead. The account of this 
in the Gospel of John tells us that he was in the tomb for four days when 
Jesus arrived on the scene. This empha-is was to point out to those readir.r 
*k±sxKiCKiit about this event that he was not in a trance, or stupor, but reallj 
dead. The Jews believed that after someone had been dead for four days, any 
remaining: spirit in him left because the decay was so vile, since they didnot 
embalm, 

-<o when Jesus appeared in Bethany, Lazarus was not only dead, but according tc 
Jewish tradition his spirit had left him. But suddenly on the command of 
Jesus, in front of all of these people, many of whom were the religious lead- 
ers, Lazarus came from the tomb alive. Jesus had made some strange claims, 
had performed some miracul6us deeds, but this feat topped them all. .ord 
spread like wildfire, "Hid you hear about that man name* Lazarus coming back 
from the dead';' Did you hear that Jesus did thisv But on other occasions, 
Jesus had deliberately avoided the spotlight, yet o n this one, He performed 
this action in broad daylight in front of even those whom He knew were His 
enemies. He knew that this was the proper time for this action. Following: 
this the chief priest, *feE and the $ralsees came together in a council and xTex 

John tells us in his Gospel, the 11th chapter, verses 47 & ^8, " ,hat do we'.' 

r 'cr this nan doeth many miracles. If we let Him thus alone, all men will 

believe on Him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and 
our nation." 

Up to this point they had mildly protested this Jesus, but now t: e had over- 
sterped His bounds and it was time for a final solution. To they talked it 
over and came to the conclusion that the Tasscver was coming up and He would 
probably appear at the F P ast, an* plana were drawn up to seize Him at that 
time . 

The second event which precipitated the death of Jesus after His acclamation 
as King of Israel took place in the home of "a2arus a short time after the 
raising of lazarus from the dead. This is pointed out in the 12th chapter of 
John's Gospel and we read in the 2nd verse that Lazarus was indeed alive and 

seated at the table with Jesus, (read verse 2). Then we read, "Then took 
Mary a pound of onitment, of spikenard, very costly." verse 3a. 

Spikenard was a perfume that was imported frc* the Himalaya Mountains of China 

This pound of perfume was worth a msall fortune. 

o what did she do with it? John tells us, "And anointed the feet of Jesus." 
How we all know that you do not take expen r ive perfume and wash someone's 



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dirty feet with it. Tv,e roads were dusty and dirty, but perfume was too ex- 
pensive for jfctoi washing feet. 

But she also did another unusualt thing. We read, "And wiped His feet with 
her hair." verse 3b. 

There was s rule in -Jewish tradition that a woman never took her hair down in 
the presence of a man who was not her husband. That was propriety and only 
a woman of the street would do that. >o Mary defied all tradition. Mary 
showed her love for Jesus. When love reaches its limit, it fives and Mary 
gave the most priceless commodity she had, her expensive perfume. But in the 
midst of this outburst of love, John prints out the opposite which is hate. 
He tells us how Judas Iscariot was angered and asked why this perfume was not 
sold to benefit the poor. And John explains that Judas said this because he 
was a thief. He wasn't concerned about helping the poor, he was a devil-fill- 
ed thief who was afraid of being caurrht. But this also triggered his subse- 
quent action;- of betraying Jesus to the authorities. 

John again ppints out, "Much people of the Jews therefore knew that He was 
there: and they came not for Jesus' ake only, but that they rriinht see 
Lazarus also, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests con- 
sulted that they ni^ht put Tazarus also to de^th." verses 9-10. 

Their r lans were to eliminate not only Jesus, but Lazarus and then their 
problems would be over. 

These were the two events which brought Jesus to the road out of Bethany lead- 
ing into Jerusalem and as He traveled toward Jerusalem, the news of His appros 
ch drew more and more people who crowded Jerusalem for the cominr Bassover 
Feast which was to start in a few short days. So then we have the familiar 
narnative of His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. And when wskwi. the question 

was asked by anyone who really didn't know who this was, the answer was given 
'This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of ^aililee." Mt. 21:11. 

It was the right year, the risht week, the right day, the right hour, and the 

right V&n. It was Mr. Right, exercising His Rights. Judith Roth wrote a few 

short lines depicting what Jesus may have sensed or felt as He rode down that 

street into Jerusalem with this huge crowd acclaiming Kim. The wrote: 
In their eyes, I am a warrior, 
and this colt-a massive warhorse. 

They watch my finders, tanrled in the manp 
and see a kingly grip on a savin" swrrd . y 
They watch my lips with expectation 
for a sovereign command. 

They spread their cloaks in the dus+- for s savior, 
but they don't know what it means. 
They sine their praises for my kingdon, 
but they point at Jerusalem. 



Yes, hosanna, blessed is the kins: 
who cores in the name of +^he lord.... 
But oh 

blind children. 

My kin— 1 on Is not of thi" world. 
There la thecright which He chose. Jesus was Mr. Right, and T 'e had all of 
the rights of asserting Himself and establishing TT i^ kingdom right then and 
there. Had He a-serted Himself and called down a legion of anpels and over- 
thrown the Romans He would have aptly been acclaimed as that Messiah. But 
to the astonishment of everyone He walked right into the trap set for Him 
by 5:ie enemies. His "Right" which He cho-^e defies all solutions, Instead of 
reigning as a King, He took the "Right" of dying as a criminal. But He had 
to die. Otherwise there would have never been salvation for mankind, and if 
we do not understand this fact, then we do not know anything about why He 
came. 

So we shouldn't <ret carried away with the hallelu.iahs and "crannas, because 
we see that Jesus wasn't fooled by them. He knew it was a passing thing- and 
unless we talk of Jesus' death at this Easter season, we don't know the true 
meaning- of all of it. Tf you believe everything about Jesus Christ except 
the fact that He died for your sin and provided the gift of salvation that yoi 
can receive, it would all be meaningless. He had to die. That was tics one 
of the "Rights of Fir. Right." If you have never trusted Him as your Saviour, 
receive Kim now, today. That is your "Right " which He gives to each of us 
and I extend that invitation on behalf of Him, who cometh in the name of the 
Lord. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler i Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor April 16, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 



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ORDER OF WORSHIP 7:30 P.M. 
Prelude 
*Hymn No, 253 "Beneath the Cross of Jesus" 

Beneath the cross of Jesus I gladly take my stand; 
The shadow of a mighty rock Within a weary land, 
A home within the wilderness, A rest upon the way, 
From the burning of the noontide heat And the burden 
of the day. 

Upon that cross of Jesus My eyes at times can see 
The very dying form of One Who suffered there for me; 
And from my smitten heart, with tears. Two wonders 

i confess— 
The wonders of His glorious love And my unworthinesa. 

I take, cross, thy shadow For my abiding place; 
I ask no other sunshine than The sunshine of His face, 
Content to let the world go by* To know no gain or loss, 
My sinful self my only shame, My glory all the crass. 

*Call to Worship: 

Pastor - When it was evening, He sat at the table with 

His disciples. 
People - As they were eating He said, H1 The Son of man 

goes as it is written of Him. 11 
Pastor - Let us seek Him in confession, 

*Prayer of Confession (In Unison) Father you sent Your 
Son that we- might have life. He invited His disciples 
to share in the evening meal, the breaking of bread 
and the pouring of wine. He invited them to receive 
His gift of love and the offering up of Himself; and 
He invites U3 now to receive that same gift of grace. 
May we be drawn together by the breaking of bread and 
know the joy of sin forgiven, even as we forgive those 
who sin against us. Cleanse us anew and hear us as we 
confess our sins and shortcomings this night. This we 
pray in our Master's name Amen. 

♦Assurance of Pardon 
Announcements 
Offering 
Offertory 

*Doxology 



Communion Hymn No. 251 "In The Cross of Christ I Glory" 
In the cross of Christ I glory. Towering o'er the 

wrecks of time; 
All the light of sacred story 
Gathers round its head sublime. 

When the woes of life o'er take me, Hopes deceive 

and fears annoy, 
Never shall the cross forsake me: 
Lot its glows with peace and joy 

When the sun of bliss is beaming Light and 

love upon my way, 
From the cross the radiance streaming 
Adds more luster to the day. 

Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure, 

By the cross are sanctified; 

Peace is there that know no measure, 

Joys that through all time abide. .....Amen. 

Invitation to Communion 

Institution and Consecration of the Elements 
Distribution of the Bread 
Distribution of the Cup 
♦Prayer of Thanksgiving 
Anthem: 

Scripture: John 19: 31-37 
Sermon: "Cross-Words; Pierced" 
*Hymn No. 270 "I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary" 

There are things as we travel this earth's shifting sand; 

That transcend all the reason of man; 

But the things that matter the most in this world. 

They can never be held in our hand. 

I believe that the Christ who was slain on that corss 
Has the power to change lives today; 
For He changed me completely a new life is mine, 
That is why by the cross I will stay. 

I believe that this life with its great mysteries 
Surely someday will come to an end; 
But the faith will conquer the darkness and death 
And will lead me at last to my friend. 

Refrain: I believe in a hill called Mount Calvary- 
I'll believe whatever the cost; 
And when time has surrendered and earth is no 

more, 
I'll still cling to that old rugged cross. 



uuHnuruTi hihlk chlthuh - KACiAFOHE, PA, - APRIL 10, I99S 
GOOD FRIDAY - COMMUNION 7:00 P.M. 

PRELUDE 

GHEETINOS/JOYS/ANNOUNCEMENTS/PRAYER REQUESTS 



Tmixuicx 



•HYMN 

frayer/offering 
•doxology 
pastoral prates 

HYMN 

SCRIFTBRE: JOHN 19:11-;? 

SERMON: "CHOPS-WORDS: PIERCED" 

THE LORD'S SUPPER 
•HYMN 
•BENEDICTION 

•P0STLD13E 
fur* Tt^'AO' 



ST. PAULAS, BUTLER *A*/*7 



SCHIP: JN If t'31-97 ; SERMON: "CROSS-WORDS: PIEHCED" 
A STRNG I EERY SILENC HAP SETL OVR TH/AHEA IN & ARNB HIL OUTSID 
JERU WHEH TEXECUTINS BAD TAKN PLACE 
WAS LATE AFTRNOON ON THAT FRIDAY IN APRIL & SOON TH/SABATH IN 
Tll/FEAST OE TH/PASSOKFR WUD BGIN 
TH/HELIG LDHS WER CONCERN THEE CRIMNALS HANG ON GROSES WUD 
yiL TH/SABATH Sr FEAST 
i-HEY KNU IT CUSTOM OF ROMANS 2AL0W BODYS OF CRUCIFY!) REMAIN 
ON CROS UNTIL IT ROTTD AWAY 
REASN BHIN THIS 2DEEPN TH/SHAM t, INTENSIFY TH/HOROR OF THEH 

TH/JEW HELIG LDRS SOT 2PREVEN THIS TAIt PUCE ft JOHN TELS U{ 
VS SlwT HIS START OP SAB % PREPS UNDRWAY EVRY GUD JEW HOUSHOLD 
ALSO SAB IN CELBRATTN FEAST OF PASSOVER 
JOHN CALLS IT ■ VA.HJflB DAJ" 
£BEMOI CRIMNALS, PR/CROSSES KUSB DED 
PFNSUF. THIS ROMNS USE PROCEKIP TUK CARE OF THIS 
HVY IPON MALET STRUK LEGS BRK BONES, WE DUN LEGS NO SOPORT 
WEIGHS OF BODY,!, SLUMP DWN.CANT BREATH, THUS SCFOCAT SHORT TIME 
(19*K ABCHAECLOGICL FIND=BCDY OF CFtlCIFIED KAN it LOWER LFGS BIH 
THD BY SINGL BLOW. THIS ONLY '" IK THIS t, FRUF OF 

WAT .If 7 "': ■. ' '"! 
VSS » 1?-;^BR0K LEGS OTHR TWO CRIMNALS, Birr JS DED t. NO NEED 

vs va jWohn tels us this for sevral heasns first 

VS W-HE WAS AN EYEWITNES, THUS HIS RECORD IS RELIABL BCUK HE 

WAS THERE - THEN HE TELS US 

ySSjS-57-BONES NOT TO B BFOKN & HE WAS PIERCED 

JOHN POINTS OUT THEZ THINGS WER TAX PLAC ACOD G'S PLAN & SCRIP 

WAS BEING FULFILLD THRU THIS EXECTTIN OF JS 

BAK ''EN ISRAELITES WES AWAIT DELIVBY FR/EGYTIN SUV OWNHS, 

Q \T SPECT INSTFtJCS IN PAOSVS FEAST WER JEAT 
IN EXODUS IE the atei-T »f t h/PASS OVR IS RECOOTjI 
fl T Ml ' IV TH T ^ SCBimBET 



EX ODUS 12:^6. or NUMBERS 9:12 2/ 

V5 ^6-H EBS IN EXODUS WE READ OF SAG LAMB 
CKUfJIl-TXIN OF JS WAS DIRECTLY RELATD 2THIS SAC UMB 
IT 2B SPOTLES & UNBLEMISHD 
CUDNT HAV BFOKN BONES 2B ANY LES WUD RENDR IT IMPERFECT 
CA 7 "' THIS COMP MENT THAT ALTHC JS HAD 2UNDRGO HORIBL ORDEAL, 
0* JFH BY CRUEIFIXIN YET BODY REMAIN PERFECT W/OUT BROKN BONES 
HE WAS PIERCD W/NAILS & SPEAR BUT LIK SAC LAMB WH/SLAIN FOR 
FA HOUSHOLD HE SHED BLUD St LOST LIFE 

THEN OF TH/PIERCING OF JS, JN WRITES THAT ANOTHR SCRIP RELATES 
TO THIS 

HE WAS REFERING TO THE PROPPH OF ZECHARIAH WHO WROT 590 YRS Bh 

js cam *a th/SCENE 

CHA P \Z *Jin ■" STATES r 

I WTL Pom UPON TH/HOUS OF DAV, & UPON TH/INHABS OF JERU, 
TH/SPIR OF GRAC & OF SUPLICATIN : & THEY SEAL LK UPON HIM WHOM 

[FY HAY PIERCD, fc THEY. SHAL MQRN %HIM, AS. ONE MQUNETH *HIS 
ONLY SON, & SHALB IN BITRNES kKLK, AS ONE THAT IS IN BITTRNES 
*HIS FIRSTBORN. 

MUCH THIS PRBPH NOT YET CUM 2PAS '♦THE JEWS BCUZ THEY NO RECOG 

JS AS THEH MESIAH 

TH07, ALIV AT TH/CRUCIFIXIN DID INDEED LK UPON HIM WHOM THEY 

HAD PIERCED « 

in 

ANOTHR SCRIP POINTD OUT ABOUT TH/PIERCING OF TH/MESIAH J. 

PSALM 2Z OF DAV GIVS A VIVID PICTUR OF WAT TRANSPIRD AT 

HIS CRUCIFIXIN 
VS lf«TELS US - FOR DOGS HAV ENCOMPASD MF: TH/ASEMBLY OF THE 

WICKED HAV ENCLOSED ME: THEY PIERCD MY HANDS S- FEET. 

THA<WS=THIS REFERS 2TH/GENTILSE INVOLVD.& THEY WER TH/ROKANS 
(e: .. .PL JEWS & CAL GENTILE:' dogs) 

ASSEMBLY OF THA'ICKED-WUD ALSO RELAT 2TH/F0KANS WHO WER LOOKD 
ON AS TH/UNGODLY, HENC TH/tflCKED 

2NAIL JS TO TH/CRIS IT WAS NECESARY 2NAIL HANDS & FEET 
SO WE CAN C SCRIP IS RATHR POINTD IN DETAIL THIS EVENT 
NEW TES SCRIP ALSO POINTSUP TH/IMPORTANC OF TH/CROSS & UNLIK 
SUM PARTS OF TH/CHURCH 2DAY STRESSES ITS IMPORTANCE 
(ILL'S Y & TH/CROSS NEAR HIS, HOME) 
WAT A PROFOUND TRUTH 

IN THEZ SERMS ON ECROSS-WORDS" TH/ONLY WORD THAT MAKS SENS FOR 

OUR LIVES IS THA'ORD+ "CROSS" 
IT WEN WE CUM 2TH/CR0SS WE HAV FINALY CUM HOME 
TH/HYMN WRITR HAS IT THAT ON THAT CROS OF JS,OUR EYES CAN C THE 
VERY DYING FORM OF ONE WHO STTFFERD THER FOR ME 

IT IS THEN WE LK UPON HIM, WHOM THEY PIERCED 
HE WAS PIERCED SO HIS BLUD CUD COVR OUR SINS ™ mV HIS BLUD 
MAY WK KEVB FORGET TH/CGST OF HIS UfV MJS,& CLAIM THAT LUV 



COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH 
OF SAGAMORE 

Vt ELCOMES VOU,. 

Aran, 10. IMS 



1'ASTuK KALPH LINK 



WORSHIP SERVICE U:00sm 
SUNDAYSCHOOL 9Mam 



GREETINGS AND JOYS OF THE WEEK 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

I'KAYER REQUESTS 
"HYMN The Old Rugged Cross #256 

OFFERING PRAYER 

OFFERING 
"DOXOLOGY 

PRAYER AND PRAYER REQUESTS 

HYMN -When I Survey the Wondrous Cross— #258 

SCRIPTURE: John 19:31-37 

SERMON: "Cross-Words: Pierced* 

THE LORD'S SUPPER 

"HYMN I Believe In A Hill Ml Calvary #270 

"BENEDICTION 



ANNOUNCEMENTS 
OK THE WEEK 

* April 11, 199B . - Easier Egg Hunt 2:30pm Children 
12 and younger. Meet in church basement. Dress 
rehearsal after Tor play. Please be there. 

* April 11,1 998 - - New UK: In Him - - Play by Youth or 
Church - ■ 7:00pm 

* April 12, 1998 - - Sunrise Service - -7:00am - - Breakfast 
ro follow all welcome to attend. 

* Please— if you know any children for Bible School 
give name, addresses and blrthdates lu JoAnu or 
Joyce. 

* CHURCH BOWUNG PARTY: Punxsutawney BowlinR Alley 
April 19. 1 998 - - 2-4pm - -Ptaa Party 
RSVP--JoAnn 397-H47fi or .Joyce 397-9574 by 

April 12, 1998. 

* April 19, 199B: Youth Group 6-8prn. Brine Bibles. 



THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK... 



Who Am I. 



Whatever the question, He is the Answer. 
Whatever the problem, He is the Solution. 

Whatever the hurt, He is the Healer. 

Whatever the Ixmdage, He is the Liberator. 

Whatever the burden. He is tile Uvereomex. 

Whatever the need, He is the Supplier. 

Whatever the sin, He is the Forgjver. 



s< i glad yoi i cm j i.n join us.. 

*'* Plessfi stand 



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Jross- iords i 
! eripture : Jn 19-?l- 7 )7 

•triap,eer,Y pilen set! cvr area in/arnd hil outaid Her 
wher executin tuk plac 

was late aftrnoon that Vri 5. soon '.ah in "''east lass 

relig ldrs concern crimnals hanc- cros wud def- 
te Feast bcuz oust ^c lv crims han^ errs 5 rot 
titer reasn, chain of typ ceth & horor of crime 
Jn tel ub=vs 31 
this strt Cab 4 prep." undrway evr rufi Jew hourfcold 
but alpo Sab in eel Fet Pasaovr»Hi day,Jn call it 
2remov bods fr crop.,musB ded ! ordr 2i n=ur , ^onns had 
procedur wh remov all doubt 
tuk hvy iron cislet & struk lepra crimp thup brk vbone 

Wen tak plac, bod no r.uport self ! ^ T ' pufocate 
(68 arch discovry skeletal remain of crucifix & lour 

legs bin shattr by sinirl blow) 
Thus can C truth Jn writ 
vss 33-34=procedur dun on othr crinnls, but 

soldr pierce side 
Jn tel us 'isevrl re as OS 

l=wgnt relathe witnes as pt out VS 35"HEAE 
2=relat bak 2 : crip ?sho " ful ! crip thru Js 
2ty "crip 2ftethr thi in tanc Ppruv this part 
plan 
way bak histry Is K Cav writ undr inspir of G recor' 
Ps 22 vivid pictur transpir crucifix of Js many yrs 
latr 
a part that proph if may cal that,vs 16-REAB 
Dogs=Rcmns , Ecuz "sntils 
Aesenbly V. r i'-'ed = Romanr al^o 
I ' cs=nail Js 2 oro.i 
Z«irfl,500yi "4 J?=chap 12:10 
Much thia proph yet Scum Spas 4 Jews hav no Ik on 
Him they pierced 
Thoz aliv at crucifix did, but Js no i-ecop-niz as Jew 
I i ah 
tie C then truth wat. Jn writ v- J6»«RBAD 
tie can also redily fulfil vs 37-HEAJ) 
but iattr part vs 36 not only relat bak % Fat Tass 
w Ik Jews celbrat wen Js rut 2deth,but tak up bak 2 
buk .rodus 
bak then wen Jews await deliv fr -yntin rlav ownr8 
S r av specif lnstr in laps Fst wer Peat 
Ex 1^:46^ Crucifix Js direc relat sac lamb 
not only 23 spotles w/out blemish, but cud hav no 
brkn bones 
2B that conditin wud mak it les than perf 
10 c^r"- comr> "urthr ,ir*.: - we cv horibl 



V 

ordejl of detb by crucifix, yet body renain unbrokn 
TTu,was pierc v/naila, spear ,81 yes,los blud 
But lik j asovr lam 5-lain "-ea hou hol,los puffr was 
loss of blud ".. lif 
(IIui lost bov 8 point hira ''cros) 
:)<•*. prof truth 

X lentn seasn hav bin talk b out ■ Cros - ,'ords 
th only word Tol r sen r 4-any us our livp is word 
CfiO 
it wen cum 2 cros we finly cum home 
it at cros we can Ik 5 C th One who was pierc 4us 
6 truth of Tcrip reveal 
It then we Ik upon Him whom G permit 2B pierc '*"■ 
It upon cros Js our eyr '-hud C very dyinr form of 
One who suffred tber 4 me, as hymn tela us 
He was pierc so !Iis blud cud covr our pin? 
Lay we nevr 4pet th cost of ' T i-- luv 4us & claim 
that luv in His blud 



"Cross Words: "ierced" 

Scripture: John 19:31-37 

A strange and eerie silence had settled over the area in and around the hill 

outside of Jerusalem where the three executions had taken p] ace . xfexsraxxabBHi 

It was late afternoon on that £x±s& Friday and soon the Sabbath in the Feast 

of the isssover would berin. Thus the religious leaders were concerned that 

these criminals hanging on crosses on "rolrotha would defile the Feast, because 

it was a custom of the Romans to allow the bed,-' of the crucified to remain on 

the cross until it r . Their reason was to deepen the rhame of theii 

death and to intensify the horror at ther crime. The Jewish leaders thus 

sought to prevent this from taking place and so it is that John tells us: 
"The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should 
not remain on the cross on the '' eb' ath day, (for that Sabbath day was an 
high day,) besoueiit Pilate that their legs mirrht be broken and they might 
be taken away." Jn 19i31. 

This was the start of the ' abbath and preparations were underway in every 

good Jewish household. Put it was also the Sabbath in the celebration of the 

Feast of the lassover, a "High day" as John calls it. To remove the bodies 

from their crosses, the criminals had 'to be dead. In oMer to insure this, 

the Romans used a procedure that took care of all doubt. T^ey took a heavey 

iron mallet and xmxfeBiS struck the legs of the criminals thus breaking the 

bones. -hen this was done, the legs would no longer support the weight of 

the criminal and he slumped down on the cross thus bringing on suffocation 

because he couldn't breathe and so he died within minutes of this event. 

In the only known archeological find of a crucifixion, which came to light in 

1968, the skeletal remains revealed that the lower legs had been shattered by 

a single blow, ""hus we can see the truth of what John was writing. 

c John writes that this procedure was done on the two criminal who were cru 

cified with Jesus. "Eut when they came to Jesus and saw that Fe was dead 
already, they brake not His legst"But one of the soldiers with a spear 
pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water." vss 33-34. 

John relates these incidents in this manner for several reasons. First, he 
wanted to relate that he was witness to this as he points out in the 35th 
verse, (read this). 

Then he relates it back to .:. cripture to show that "od was fulfilling ^cripturt 
through Jesus. To tie "cripture up in this incident is to prove that this 
was a part of Hod's plan. 

Way back in the ks±r history of Israel, King David writing under the inspira- 
tion of "ed recorded in the -2nd Psalm a vivid picture of all that transpired 
in the crucifixion of Jesus so many years later. A part of that prophecy, if 

we may call it that is found in the 15th verse. IJavid wrote, "P'or dogs have 
compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have encloses - me: they pierced my 
hands and feet." 



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The dogs referred to here are the "onans becaure they were C„ntiles and any 

Gentiles was called and thought of as a dor. They would also be the "assembl; 

of the wicked." And of course in order to nail Jesus to the cross it was ne- 

ssersary to pierce His feet anr! h=nds with nails. 

The prophet "echariah writing of coning- events about 500 years before Jesus 

came on the scene wrote in hi;- prophecy, the 12th chapter, the 10th verse: 
"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jeru- 
salem, the spirit of rrace and of supplication: and they shall look upon me 
whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one nourneth for 
hi only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitter- 
ness for hir first-born." 

I'uch of that prophecy has not yet cone to pas c for the Jews have not yet 
looked upon Him "whoir they have pierced . '' T^ose alive at the tine of the cru- 
cifixion did so. But Jesus has not yet been recognized as their "essiah. 

Go then we see the truth which John is writing about when he says, "For these 
things were done, that the "cripture should be fulfilled." vs ^6a. 

We can readily see the fulfillement of the 3?th verse, ""hey shall look on 
Him who me they have rierced." 

But the latter part of the 36th ohtiuliLr not only relates back to the 22nd 

Psalm, but it also is involved in the special ?east the Jews were celebrating 

at the tine of the death of Jesus. 

their 
Back at the time when the Jews were awaiting their delivery from *fce hgyr.tian 

slave owners, God pave them specific instructions in the lassover feast they 

were to eat. Among those instructions as found in the 12th chapter of .txodus 

is found the instruction xeksjxx regarding the lamb. In the 46th ver=~e of 

the 12th chapter of sxodus we read, "In one house it shall be eaten; thou s 
shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither 
shall ye break a bone thereof." 

Tt,e crucifixion of Jesus was directly related to this sacrificial lamb. It 

was not only to be spotless and without blemirh, but that also meant it 

could not have any broken bones. To be in that condition would make it less 

than perfect. Carrying the comparison further *h that meant that although 

Jesus had to p-o through the horrible ordeal of death by crucifixion, yet His 

body remained perfect without broken bones. Tgue, Re was pierced with the 

nails and the spear; and yes, He lost blood. But like the Jassover lamb 

slain for each household, that was the only loss suffered, the loss of blood, 

with the loss of life. 

(Illustration of lost boy and the cross near his hone) 

A little boy was lost and the police were at a loss as to who he was and 
where he lived. The boy sinrly did not know the answers to their questions 
It was a rather large city so this made it more difficult for the police. 
Finally, one of them asked the boy if he could name something from his 
neighborhood which might identify where he lived. Tie thought about t v 'is 
for a while and then he said, "Near where I live there is a big cross. If 
you can take me to the cross, I'll find my way hone." 

what a profound truth. During this lenten season we have been talking about 
"Cross-Words." The only word that makes senre for any cf us for our lives 



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1s the word "Oro : 's." It Is when we come to the Crors that we have finally 
cOTe home. It is at the cross that we can look and ree the One who was 
pierced for us and the truth of Scripture is revealed. It is then that we 
look upon HiH whoa God permitted to he pierced for us. It is upon that cross 
of Jesus that our eyes should see the v?ry dyin^ form of One who suffered 
there for me, as the hymn tells us. 

Re was pierced so that Hi? blood could cover our sins. May we never forget 
the cost of Hip love for us and claim that love in TI is blood. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor April 17, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr- Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 7:30 P.M. 
Prelude 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys and Prayer Requests 

* Opening Hymn No* 253 "Beneath the Cross of Jesus" 
"Ascription 
*C&11 to Worship 

Pastor - "And when the hour was come, He sat down, and 

the twelve apostles with Him. And He said unto 
them, "With desire I have desired to eat this 
Passover with you before I suffer* tM 
People - And He said to them, "Greater love hath no man 
than this, that a man lay down his life for his 
friends. Ye are Ky friends, if ye do the things 
I command you," 
Pastor - Ye that do truly and earnestly repent of your 
sins and henceforth intend to lead a new life, 
draw near with reverence and faith and let us 
approach the Throne of Grace in confession, 
""Prayer of Confession (In Unison) For the sorrows which 
brought no softening of heart, for the chastenings which 
yielded no peaceable fruit of righteousness, and for the 
rebukes of conscience which led to no ammendment of life, 
for the counsels of Thy Word we have known and not loved, 
for the Gospel of Thy Son we have believed and not obeyed, 
and for the leading of the Spirit of Truth we have 
acknowledged and not followed, have mercy upon us, God, 
we humbly entreat Thee. 

Lead us not to Thy table, and once more, unite us to 
Christ, who is the Bread of life and the Vine from which 
we grow in peace. Praise be to Thee forever. Amen. 
♦Assurance of Pardon 
The Service of the Upper Room and Tenebrae ■$-*? 



The First Light - The Shadow of Betrayal 
A Hymn no. 281 - first verse 
The First Candle is Extinguished 
The Second Light - The Shadow of the Betr.ayer - 
Matthew 26; 20-2 5 jp j, 

A Hymn no. 281 - second verse _- — - 

The Second 'andle is Extinguished 



Luke 22: 1-6 



1*3 



Luke 22: 39-41 



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Offering 
Offertory 
•Doxology - page 382 

The Third Light - The Shadow of Desertion - Matthew 26:31-3L 

A Hymn ncj, 281 - third verse 

The Third Candle Is Extinguished 

The Fourth Light - The Shadow of Temptation 

The Fourth Candle is Extinguished 

The Fellowship of Communion 

The Communion Hymn No, 267 "Were You There?"' 

Institution and Consecration of the Elements 

Distribution of the Bread 

Distribution of the Cup 

"Prayer of Thanksgiving 
The Fifth Light - The Shadow of a Trial - Matthew 27: 11-14 

A Hymn no. G07 - first verse 

The Fifth Candle is Extinguished ^ g 

The Sixth Light - The Shadow of Judgement - Luke 23: 13-25 

A Hymn no. 607 - second verse ~ 

The Sixth Candle is Extinguished *£1 ■& 7 

The Seventh Light - The Shadow of Death - Luke A 33-46 

A Hymn no. 607 - third verse ' 

The Seventh Candle is Extinguished -& if* 

The Eighth Light - The Shadow of the Tomb - Mark 15: 4 2-45 
The Eighth Candle is Extinguished 

•A Hymn Nc . 2S6 "The Old Rugged Cross" 

(During the singing of this hymn, the Christ Candle is 
extinguished and removed) 

•The Entombment - Matthew 27: 59-60 

•Prayer and Return of the Light 

•The Benediction 

'Postlude 

Following the benediction the congregation departs in 
silence to await the coming of Easter morning. 






St- Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 

Easter Sunrise Service April 19, 1987 

Guest Minister: Rev. William Saxman 
ORDER OF WORSHIP 6:30 A.M. 

Prelude 

Pastor; Our Lord has risen from the dead t Christ has 
conquered death to bring new life to man! He 
lives today and for all eternity! Alleluial 
*Hymn of Joy - "Christ The Lord Is Risen Today" 
Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! 
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluial 
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! 
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply. Alleluia! 

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! 
Where, death, is now thy sting? Alleluial 
Once He died, our souls to save, Alleluia! 
Where's thy victory, boasting grave, Alleluia! 

Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia! 
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluial 
Death in vain forbids Him rise, Alleluial 
Christ hath opened Paradise, Alleluia! 

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! 
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia! 
Make like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia! 
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies. Alleluia! Amer 
•Call to Worship 

Pastor - Now is Christ risen from the dead, and 

become the first fruits of them that slept. 
People - For since by man came death, by man came 

also the resurrection of the dead. 
Pastor — For this corruptible must put on incorr— 

option, and this mortal must put on 

immortality. 
People - death, where is thy sting? grave, 

where is thy victory? 
invocation 




Hymn "He Lives" 

I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today; 
I know that He is livning, whatever men may say; 
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer 
And just the time I need Him He's always near. 

In all the world around me I see His loving care, 
And though my heart grows weary I never will despair; 
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 Kelp of all who find. 
None other is so loving, so good and kind. 

Chorus ; 

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! 
He walks with me and talks with me along life's 

narrow way. 
He lives, He lives salvation to impart, 
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within 

heart ! 
Easter Prayer 
Scripture: John 20: 1-10 
Sermon: "The Faces of Easter" 
♦Hymn ""Because He Lives" 

God sent His Son, they called Him Jesus, 

He caroe 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 painj 

And then aa death gives way to victory 

I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives 

CHORUS: Because Ha lives, I can face tomorrow 
Because Ha lives all fear is gone, 
Because I know He holds the future. 
And live is worth the living Just 




We have come again to the empty tomb. We 
sire loved, forgiven and made new through 
our Risen Savior Jesus Christ. 
Through Him we have passed our of. death 
into life. 

The peace of God which passes all under- 
standing, keep your hearts and minds in 
the knowledge and love of God, ar.d of Hie 
Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. God in peace. 

Amen , 



Announcements 




We wish to express our sincere thanks to Rev. 
William Saxman for being with us this morning 
for bringing us a message of Easter. 

Love Loaves - will be dedicated during the 11:00 a,m 
service. If you did not bring yours you may do so 
next Sunday* 

Leadership Training Classes will begin on Tuesday 
evening at 7,00 P.M. Those who signed up please 
circle that date, we'll see you there. 



Easter Eggs are still available in ease you forgot 
someone on your Easter list* Stop in the kitchen 
after the service . 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor April 19, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister or Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Kelly Mangel and Lori Weisenstein 
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + -»- + + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
Call to Worship 

Pastor - Why seek ye the living among the dead? 

He ig risen! 
People - He is risen indeed! 
Pastor - Let us worship God 
*Processional Hymn No. 389 "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" 
♦Invocation (In Unison) Almighty God, whose Son, our 
Savior Jesus Christ* broke the seal of the tomb and 
came forth in glory, we laud and magnify Your holy name. 
Let us see the cross and then the empty tomb for we 
cannot stand hopeless before such glory. Let Jesus who 
conquered the grave, sin and death, come into our hearts, 
our homes, and our church. May he conquer our wills 
and our lives to reign supreme in each of us this 
Easter Day. Let the Light of Your Word be a lamp to 
cur feet, and the Light of the Risen Christ a beacon to 

our path. In His name we pray .Amen. 

*Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lard God 

People - And blessed be His glorious name forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Children's Moment with Bill 
Hymn No. 298 "Christ Arose" 
Easter Prayer 

Offering of all gifts (includes Love Loaves) 
Offering 
Offertory 
*Doxology - page 382 
Dedication of Love Loaves 
Offering Prayer 

Easter Anthem: "It's Easter Morn!" 
Scripture: Luke 24: X—X2 * 
Sermon: "Surprise" 
'Hymn No. 292 "Because He Lives" 
*Benedicti^" 
Tostlude 



The Lillies on the Chancel and Altar can be taken after the 

service. If you need help the Ushers will assist you. 
Mr. i Mrs. Walter Hollefreund will greet our members and 

guests at the door this morning. 
Ushers far today are Hob Vinroe, Rick Vinroe, Kevin Snyder 1 

and Jeff Snyder. 
Attendance last Sunday was 176 with 30 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Beth Kocko. 
'Hospitalized: Mrs. Frances Atwell in BMH 
Paul Campbell and Paul Riemer will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 

:':ESDAY - Leadership Training classes begin at 7:00 P.M. 

~? Love Loaves - if you forgot to being them you may do so 
next Sunday. 

Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life 1 s situations you 
have the chance to respond to God's leading for your lift 
by coming forward to the altar. The invitation gives tfre 
opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, to 
meditate, or to seek counseling. The Pastor will assist 
you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this oppor- 
tunity. 



COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH - SAGAMORE, PA, - APRIL 12, 1998 
EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE * 7:00 A.M. 

prelude 

nBEETTNGS/JOYS/ANNOUNCEHENTS/PRAYKR BEQUESTS 

•HYMN 

PRATER/OFFERING 
■MIXOLOGY 

EASTER PRAYER 

HYMN 

SCRIPTURE: LUKE 2"t:l-12 

SERMON: "SURPRISE" - ST, PAUL'S, BUTLER - 4/19/87 
'HYMN 

"BENEDICTION 
•POSTLUDE 


SCRIP: LK 2<>:l-l?i sekm: "sukhiise" 
(ILUS AMY B DED.BNCLE HESPSOB 2MCS LATE) 


how can anyi deny DETH?? 

IT THER fc HAV EXPER FAMLY/CIPOL FRENDS 
IF NO RLIEV ANYTH IN G'D WORD.MUS 3LIEV 
BV-LTT OF VS IN KEB WH/HTATES: 

» Wis apptf.d un?m«n once, jft pje" 


POP SONG SUM YRS AGO WAS "IS THAT ALL 
THKR TS7" - 6 ASK QUES BOUT MF CTRCUHS 
OF LIFE 
CONCLUSIN-IF THAT ALL THER IS, THEN WE 


KAY AS WEI, RRK OUT TH/gOOE ft HAY * H*^ 


OTHF WORDS-LIV JT UP BJCD7, ONLY GO HNR 
"tHTS I.IF ONCEl DETH t, THEN NUTH 


BUT a cahingAoving GOD GIVS US TH/AHSHS 
SL1F t HAS PHUV 2MANK THER LIF BYON ORAV 

BAKGR OF J£: 
MAN KNO AS JS OF NAZ.S OF DAV.S OF GOD 
J, OTHHS BIN EXECUT AS COMON THIEF FRIM 

BODY PLAC BORO TOMB OF RICH HAN 
FOLLOWRS DTSILUSIN & FIL W/GRIEF 
ALL WCNRFUL THING TOL THEM OF GLOMUS 
KINGDOM 2B SE™ UP BY G IN WHAHFY WUD 
HAV VITAL ROL WAS NOW NUTH MOR THAN 
SHATTRD DREAM 
AS FAR AS THEY CONCERN THKR NO REAL, MEAN 
2LIF 8, "HAY HAV ASKD FCLC PFTH/PUBTAL, 


"IS THAT ALL THER IS?" 


£r TT WAS SUM PEOPL DECID CUM 2T0MB II 
( >LFT BURIAL RITUL WH/DIDNT COKFLETLY 
TAK PLAC ON FRI AFT S. KELT EVFNING 
LK'1 DE^PD HIMi* BR - READ VS 1 


Jmz rrn TrnlT pv TIT TN VS 10A-REAP THI! 


GPP WOMN BRAV COLD.GRAY.ERLY DAWN KDM 
2T0MB THAT 1ST EASTP SUNDAY MOSSING 
Tr tvpttp ™ BS.g8S t-3- READ THFZ 


STRANG/SUPRNATURL EVEN TUK PLAC SINC 
STON ZLRG/HVY 2B MOVD EASILY 
(EXPL RND STON IN GHUVS) 


EVDENTLY NO SIGN GHP PEO WORK/STSUGL TO 
. ROLL STON AWAY FR/TOMB OPENING 
rm ,T THTNG STATE-VS 2_ 







_£_ H-5;HSKOKPg ?WAT Tim WiM 2/ " 

BUT WAS IT AN ANSR? (READ VS 5A) 
TH./DED NO CM BAK 2LIF _ THIS SURPRIS WAS EITHR A HOAX OR A 
WEL CONCEIVE PLOT 
TH/UTTR ASTONISHMENT OF THEZ WOHN MUS HAV BIN VERY SIMLAR 2THF 
EXPERIENCS OF SO MANY CONCERN TH/EASTR _ RESUR STUFF 
( T t .US DR. m GARY PERDUE ft SgMNARY STTmFNT % PFTTRn PBEtflHff ) 
J* ^CAJL.WE_SA]LBDIJ1-^EAS.TER?? 

_HE_ WOMN WER CONFRONT W/WHY SEEK L I VING AMONG TH/ DED 

AND AS THEY PONDR THIS TH/ANGELS SED TO THEM 

VS S 6-?= HERE THEY WER GIVN SUMTH 2THINK ABOUT 

AHb AS THEY THOT LUKE FURTHR TELLS US . 

VSS 8-9- "THEY BEMEMBRD HIS WORDS & THEN RU SH 2TEL TH/OTTHRS 

THIS WAS 2GUD OF NEWS 2KEEP 2SELVS 
DUT THIS EASTS EVENT STIR OUR HARTS _ LIVS LIK IT DID THOZ DISCI! 
je_KE_EEALI.XNO.WAT. EASTER. IS ALL ..ABOUT???? 
(ILPS _ YR OLD GIRL IN SS fc HER ANSR) 

BNfXJSTDHATLT 4HAXT PEO TH/RESUR OF~JS XP FR/THE DED IS ON A PAR 
W/GRNDHOG 6 SHAD 2FREDICT MOR WINTR 
IT SHOTS CANOT B BLIEVD BCUZ CANOT B PRUVD _ KUSB TAKN OF FATTH 
ALONE 
(READ LET TR 8F RA Y SELDQMRID GE TO HIS DED NIECE AMY) 
HIS FAITH IS THAT AMY IS IN TS/PRESENC "OF G >< THFR LIF BYON THIS 
LIFE 
TH/ACCT IN LUK St ANGLS ASK.__IS______JEAD THIS AGAIN 

THIS GIVS TH/TRUTH 2WAT RAY _ OTHR BLIEVRS BLIEV 
PROB IS TOO MANY HAV HERD BOUT HVN _ HELL & KNO WEN DY BO ONE OR 
OTHR 
IT THEN BC1IMS HATTF OF ENTERJgpLATSffLP W/GCD 
THIS CANT B OTN LTV APART FR/HT M, BU T _MUS„TAK i PLAC ii BY ,ACPT HIS 
FRRJTdlFT OF SAI.V WH/CUMS pTJfi fHPTT Jfi YP 
A LL OF TO/EVENTS OF HIS yF_.__SJ__ T _ TRIAL EXECUTIN & _„___! 

7m HAD th/mean's purpcs_ce bring, any i ALL WHO WUD 2 A 

t* SLATS FflP. W/GCJ L NEVR END. 

THAT WAS TH/PURPOS OF HIS PEST!R=;OTIN 
(ILTJS OF JYR OLD _ _H7MFAN_NG OF EASTER) 
WAT BETTR WAY 2SUMUP EASTER THA N "SURPRISE " 
IT WAS "_STTPPRTSF" ?TT f fr OMN AT _________ 

IT "WAS '"S URPRI SE" 2ANY h ALL WHO HERD OF THAT EVENT 
AND IT IS A "SURPRISE" TO . E A CH OF TL. . 
IT MAK.5 D E TH OUT 2B A LIE 

'" YES. TBERJ S_ATIk.0_.TtL.gB FACED.BUT IT IS NO LNGS TH/FINAL 8, 
mMP_LF_TJ__P 
TT HAS BINDEFEATp _ JS_CP_HAS_RISN J_/THE .DED 2BCUM TH/FIRST 
"yp'TTTTR CW TTTFM THAT " SLEPT "" 

"_H_____ ____E THE LIVING AMONG THE DEA D?" 

"STTRPRIgE" p X§ AJjyl_5VRMOR & VfE^CTN" HAV THAT ETRNL LIFE 
TH ROUGH HIM 

IT __-..___. X. MTNF. FQT? TffF. T_KTMr>- 



COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH 
OF SAGAMORE 

WELCOMES YOU.. 
APRIL 12, 1998 



PASTOR RALPH LINK 



WORSHIP SERVICE 11:00:1111 
SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:30am 



GREETINGS AND JOYS OF TILE WEEK 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

PRAYER REQUESTS 
**HYMN— -Christ The Lord Is Risen Today #28<) 

OFFERING PRAYER 

OFFERING 
**DOXOLOGY 

PRAYER AND PRAYER REQUESTS 

HYMN Because He Lives -#292 

SCRIPTURE: Luke 24:1-12 

SERMON: 'SURPRISE* 

"HYMN Christ Arose #270 

"BENEDICTION 

SO CLAD YOU COULD JOIN US 

' • Please stand 



ANNOUNCEMENT'S 
OF THE WEEK 



* Please— if you know any children for Bible School 
give name, addresses and birthdates to JcAnn or 
Joyce, 

* CHURCH BOWLING PARTY: Punxsutawney Bowling Alley 
April 19, 1998 - - 2-1pm- -Pizza Party 

RSVP - - JoAnn 397-8476 or Joyce 397-9574 by 
April 12, 1998. 

* April 19, L998: Youth Group 6-8pm. Bring Bibles. 



THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK... 

Dear Father, 

Help me to bridle my tongue, 

so that on judgment day 

I will not be found guilty 

of assault with a deadly weapon. 



LdAT 

tert - 

■pMfir 



IhC- 



" urprise" 
cripture: Lk 24:1-12; Text: Ik ?4:5b 
1 1 lus Any heinr; ded=drk, rainy , wet nite Fan Gab Calif. 
Jan B3;ther dimly lit h'pis Ch folem serv held. Phind 
drip tainplas windo th oh fil w/peo ft at end ope hymn 
Rectr pov slo,silen ?lectrn. In voic fil w/sn»r,-rief 
hp^-lbl direct nes- Amy liz. Hixon if ded) 
(;. d wat Unlce wrot bout her) 

:'ow can ar.vl deny deth"? It is ther S whethr we hav 
exper in imed famly,or kn of it in circl f rends, it 
'n wh real 
Jf no Bllev any til fr G'a ./ord we mus Bliev realty of 
vs Eeb=It is apt un? man lnce ?dip 
I cp song yrs ae^o gsk=Is that all ther is/ 
& conclusin is that if ther lent real mean ?llf, 
then may as wel brk out ! noz ' hav e ball 
In othr words=lite it up Beuz U only fro rnd lnce thir 
lif E- aftr that ther la nu<-hinsr 
But a creatin r.luvinr.car:" nrr G givs or anara 21if 
he? rrovn ?mank ther la lif byon rrav 
Th man kno aa Js of *~*z," of Dav,G of C5, "-■ othr names 
had bin execut as comon thief on Fri 
I i- body plac in tomb of rich man,borowed ,His folors 
disilusin,f il w/rrief 
All wondrful thing? had tol concern plorius kingdm 
iat up by 5 w/then hav vitl rol was nuthin more 
than shattr drean 
As far as they concern ther no real mean ?lif h 
they may hav ask aftr His deth, burial, Is that all 
ther is':' 
f.o was sure womn fclo of Js deciaV cum tone & complet 
burial ritul wh no complet on Fri 
■& Lk identfy thez peo vs 10 
sc was srrp womn brav col, .-ray dawn ?cum 2timb that 
Fun morn, but wen ariv=vss 2—3 
-trang BuprHatrurl svea vent Fine ston 21rg,hvy mov 
no pinr grp ftruc-1 mov Btoo.,6 it in rruv but roll 
bak fr entry 
so wondr bout tbis=vsa 4-5 

here was ansr 2that wh trbl them, but was it anrer. 
Why peek ye th living antrar th dad??? 
th ded didnt cum oak ?lif Si this surpris had ^3 a 
hoax or a wel conceiv plot 
Th uttr astonshmen thez womn mus bin simlar 2exper 
of fo many concern i&str & resurectin Ftuf 
(Ilus Dr. Cary srdue fe theo <tud '■ east?) 
(Ilus preachr B no kno wat Fay Rjnas/Eaatr ) 
Wat cud we, or wud we say bout ~astr.' 

Thoz womn stud entr tomb,confr by ant-lr 6 ask« Tiy 
seek ye th liv ancng th ded : 



a as pojiux' auetst. ,anp'±tt aji-^er=v.s o— / d/ 

pondr furth=ve P 
They renem wat he tol them 6 rush ^tel dlaclpa bout 
thir rinc ?rud ''keep ?selvs 
But duz tfai~ event we cal h.astr stir our harts S livs 
lik did thoz l6t discips? 
Jo we realy kno wat .astr all about? 
(I" ■ 3S clas & 4yr old girl kno bout i.'astr=p:rndhog) 
L'ni^rtunat 4many peo Resur Js £p fr ded 2±x on a par 
:."hor C shade 8 predic mor wintr 
it i. sumth canotB Bllev Bcuz no can rruv £ musB tak 
by faith alon 
Tli rrsn \ie r. meaar=Hay :.eldoKridP:e wrot lettr 

2ded niec £ thir wat wrot+(Ilus of thi: lettr) 

' ith is that iiy la in presenc of Q '■■ ther is lif 
-•yon thi r one 
Th act in Ik Of enpty tomb 8 anpl ask=v;hy reek ye th 
liv anionr" th ded srivs th truth 2that 
But ptob 4many i? that herd enuf bout eternty ?eun! 
2conelurin lif Byon this one wilB spent eithr w/G 
or Peprat fr Him 4 all eternty 
It Bcura entr relat 'hip w/G '•■ thi? oanotB dun by liv. 
apart fr S 
It atua tak plac by acpt gift salv trh cum ^us thru 
Js Ep 
All events, arest, trial, executin, deth, burial=all had 
ueaning & purp of brin^ any & all who wud, 2 a davinp- 
kno S: relatship w/ that wil nevr end 

(Ilus rirl S faster all about* SURHl] 
.'at betr word sumun astr' 

It surpris 2womn at tomb; it was surprie 2any ^ all 
who her- it;"- it is surpri c 2ea of ur 
T ' make deth out ?B a lie 

^s,ther i stil deth ?B face, but it no lonrr is ti 
final i conplet end of all 
It has bin defeat ''• J? Sp haa risn fr ded ?Bcum th 
1 * Fruta of them that slept 

y m„ LIV] 

- He is aliv 4evrmor & we can hav that 
eternl lif thru Elm 
It i Dps ?■-. mine >i th taking 



^ 



urpnse 

•Scripture; Luke 24-:l~12 

Text: Luke 24:5b 

(Illustration of Amy beinr dead) 

It was a rainy, wet night in Tan Gabriel , California in January of 19°3. 
There in andimly lit Epieopalian Church a solemn service was beinr held. 
Behind dripping stained glass windows the church was filled with people. 
\t the end of the openinr hymn, the rector moved, slowly and silently to 
the lectern. In a voi^e filled with anrer and grief, he spoke with' horrible 
directness: "Amy Elizabeth Tr ixon is dead." 

The uncle of Amy who works for World Vision wrote of her death in April of 
1985 and he says, "Amy Elizabeth Hixeon is dead," even to write those words 
now seems a profanity. Amy was my niece, a bright, happy eirht-yearQold 
whose life had been stolen away by lukemia. Her death fcexne is still to me, 
three months later, an uply, detestable truth. I cannot dwell on it lonr. 
I have seen death bxbxe up close, and I hate it. But that's not all. Imy's 
death is a detestable lie. 

Yes, she suffered, (and we suffered). Che finally closed her eyes and left 
us (and we are alone). But died? That's the lier" 

How can anyone deny death." It is there and whether we have experienced it in 
our immediate family, or 1ushe]£xe£ know of it from our circle of friends, it 
is something that is real. If we don't believe any other thin- from Sod's 
■crd, we must believe the reality of the verse from the book of Hebrews that 
tells us, "It is appointed unto man once to die." 

A popular song of some years ago asks the question, "Is that all there is.'" 
Its conclusion is that if there isn't real meaning to life then we may as 
well "Break out the booze and have a ball." In other words, live it up be- 
cause you only go around once in this life and after that there is nothihr. 
But a creating, caring, loving God pives us the answers to life and has 
prcven to mankind that there is life beyond the rrave. 

The man known as Jesus of Nazareth and called by the names of "on of God, 
Son of David, and others, had been executed as a common thief on "irday. 
His body was placed in a *ionte borrowed tomb of a rich man. His followers 
were disillushioned and filled with grief* Ml of the wonderful things He 
had told then concerning riot; kingdom to be set up t\ God in which t~. =y 

1 -- e vital role was now ' i re than ■ i gttered Iream. 
As far as they were concerned, there was no real meaning to life and they 
may have asked following His death and burial, "Ts that all there is:" 
■'. o it was that some women followers of Jesus decided to come to the tomb and 
complete the burial ritual which didn't completely take place on that Firday 
afternoon. luke records for us, "How upon the first day of the week, very 

early in the morning, they came unto the sepuchre, brins?inp- the spices 

which they had prepared, and certain others with then." 
These people are identified by luke in the 10th verse where he tells us 
^t was Mary /ardalene, and Joanna, and Mary , the mother of James, and 
other women that were with them.W 



-°- 

So it was a rroup of women who braved the cold pray dawn to come to the tomb 

on that Sunday morning. But when they arrived ~uke continues, "And they 
found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and 
found not the body of the lord Jesus." vss 2-3. 

A strange supernatural event had occurred since the stone was too larsre and 

heavy to be moved easily. Evidently, there was no sign of a rroup of people 

working and struggling to roll the stone out of its proove and away from the 

opening- of the tomb. The only thine amiss, was that the rtone was indeed 

rolled away. 

■jc wondering about this,Iuke tells us, "And it came to pass, as they were 
much perplexed about this, behold, two pen ^tood by them in shininr gar- 
ments;' and as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, 
they said unto them, "Why eek ye the living amon" the dead: 1 " 

Here i? their answer to that which was troubling then. But was it really 
an answer : "Why peek the living aronf* the dead.'"' The dead didn't come back 
to life and this surprise had to be hoax, or a well conceived plot. The 
utter astonishment of these women must have been very similar to the exper- 
iences of so many concerning this master and resurrection stuff. 

(Illustration of Dr. Cary M. Perdue &. seminary student not know about Easter J 
Dr. Cary Perdue is a Biblical scholar who tells of a sunrise service he 
once attended as a teenarer. m , e speaker was a theological student from a 
theological school in Virginia. The opening xxe remarks of this student 
were, "I don't have the slightest idea what Taster is all about, but I will 
tell you what I think it means." D^. Perdue adds that his opening state- 
ment proved to be all t'-o prophetic. 

A retired pBeacher who liked to preach in various churches sent out letters 

to many of them letting them know that he was available to fill their pulpits 

But in his letter he informed them not to invite him for Christmas or faster 

because he said,"He didn't know what to say." Vhat could we, or would we 

say about Easter.' 

Those women stood in that tomb confronted by the anrels and were asked the 

question, "Why seek ye the livin~ amonr the deadY" and .13 they pondered that 

question the angels told them, "He la not here, but is risen: "emember how 
Ke spoke unto you when He was yet in -"-alilee, saying, 'The Ton of man must 
be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third 
day rise again.'"' 

And as they pondered these further revelations we are told, "And they rememte 
bered His words." 

They remembered what He had told them and they rushed to tell the disciples 

all about this since it was too rood to keep to themselves. 

But does this event we call "aster stir our hearts and lives like it did thos< 

first disciples V Do we really knov; what Caster is all about; 

(Illustration cf H year-old-girl in Sunday ^chool and her answer) 

"Qui of 7 s--:' year-olds cwere in : unday School class and the t< c 

asked , "Does anyone know what today is : 

One little girl held up her hand and said, "I do. Today is Palm Sunday." 

"That's right," the teacher said. "Now who knows what next Sunday is.'" 



-3- 

iin the same little girl held up her finger and said, "Heart ' unday is 
Easter. " 

" .onderful, " the teacher exclaimed. "And now does anyone know what makes 

next -unday Easter r" 

The same little girl held up her finder and answered, "Next Cunday is :-Jastei 

because Jesus rose from the prave." 

But before the teacher could congratulate her on her answers the little gir] 

continued talking and added, "But if He sees His shadow He has to go back 

for seven weeks." 

Unfortunately, for many people the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the 
dead If on a par with the groundhog seeing his shadow to predict more winter 
weather. It is simply something that cannot be believed since it cannot be 
proved and must be taken on faith alone. 

The man we nuoted in the beginning of this message, Ray r eldomridp-e wrote a 
letter to his dead niece and this is what he wrote: (read letter to Amy). 
His faith is that his niece is in the presence of God and there is a life be- 
yond this one. The account in Luke of the emnty tomb and the angels asking, 
"Why seek ye the living amon^- the dead?" eives the truth to that. But the 
problem for so many is that they have heard enough "bout eternity to come to 
the conclusion that the life beyond this one will be spent either in the pre 
sence of God or separated from Him for all eternity. It becomes a matter of 
entering a relationship with God. This cannot be done Xivinr apart from Gcd 
but must take place by accepting His gift of salvation which comes to us 
through Jesus Christ. All of the events of His arrest, trial, execution and 
death had the meaning and purpose of bringing any and all who would to a re- 
lationship with God that will never end. 

(Illustration of three-year-olds meaning of faster) 

A man tells of his three-year-old daurhter Nicole getting ready for Easter. 
3omeone had bought her a pretty new dress, and her mother had -otten her a 
white bonnet. Now he had to take her shopping and get her a new pair of 
shoes. They -topped in a store an* bought a pair that matched her new out- 
fit and Nicole toltf him for the umpteenth tine, "I can't wait for "a^ter 
Daddy:" ' 

To this he asked, "Do you know what Ea ter means".'" And she replied, "Yes." 
"Well, what does it mean?" \nd with her arm? raised, a sweet smile on her 
face, and at the top of her voice she said, " urprisell!" 

..■hat better word to sum up faster, than "Surprise." It was a surprise to the 

women at the tomb; it was a surprise to any and all who heard of it; and it is 
a surprise to each of us. It makes death out to be a lie. Yes, there is 
still death to be faced, but it is no longer final and the complete end. 
It has been defeated and Jesus Christ has risen from the dead to become the 
firstfruits of them that slept, "Why seek ye the living among the dead.'" 
Turprise, Re is alive f orevermore , and we can have that eternal life through 
Him. It is yours and mine for the taking. 



St* Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor April 26, 1937 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Lori 'tfeisens tein and Heron Hewis 
■F- + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11; 00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 

'Processional Hymn No* 6 "This Ls My Father's World" 
"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 tc 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 His 

footsteps; in His 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 
Children's Moment with Bill 
Hymn No. 432 "Softly and Tenderly" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray* 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 

"Doxology - page 332 
Dedication of Infant 
Anthem: "Risen, As He Said" 
Scripture : Psalm 4 
Sermons "Song in the Key of f S' " 
'■"losing Hymn No. £95 "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" 
"Closing Chimes 
* Benediction 
"■Postlude 
+ + + + + *Congregation Standing + + + + + 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Edna Tait in memory of Ralph. 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stewart will greet our members A. guests 

at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Dick Mangel, Don Kingsley, Danny 

Mangel and Dick Dally. 
Attendance last Sunday was 1&9 with 51 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Delcres Herri t, 
Marty Henry and Rob Vinroe will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
. SUNDAY - Youth Group at 7:00 P.M. 
^TUESDAY -* Leadership Training Classes at 7:00 P.M." 

May 4th - Finance Committee meeting at 7;00 P.M. 
May 6th - Council Meeting at 7:00 P.M. 
May 11th - Teachers Meeting at 7:00 P.M. 

- Lay. Life & Work Committee meeting at 7:00 P.M. 
May 13th - Mother Si Daughter Banquet 

If you forgot your Love Loaf last Sunday or was not with 

us on Easter you may bring them in. Please try to bring 
them in before the end of the fiionth. 



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■The Butler County Citizens for Decency is holding their 
annual meeting on April 30th at 7:30 P.M. at the Butler 
Intermediate High School. A special program will be 
presented for the community following a business meeting. 

following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations you 
have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to 
pray, to meditate, or to seek counseling. The Pastor 
will assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself 
of this opportunity. 

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cmmm rtrle chubcs - sagamoi 
murra; 

GREET! NOS . JOYS . ANNOU • V EMENTS/FR AYFH REQUESTS 

ANNIVERSARY SCHEDULE - FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY 
POT8B0M zno - SLBEP OTEH 



•HYMN 
PPAYEH/OFFERTNO 
'XJXOLOTiY 

PASTOR A r. PRAYER 

HYMN 

SCRTPTURR PKW '. 

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SERMON: "SONG TN THE KEY OF >S<" 

ST, PAUL'S, SUTLER k /Pf./&7 

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•benedict!* 
• postlude 






SCRIP: PS «M SERM: "SONS IN TH/KFY OF 'S« " 

PROR WEI. AWAR PSALMS WET! HYMNS SUNG IN TEMPL/SYN WORSHIP 
POEMS/PROSE LATR SET TO MUSIC 
SPOX OF FAMTIJR THINGS I TO rSB KM) ft MAY HAV LIVD THRU 

MI-TIN IF HAV ON £ HEADS=?C»TEF MUSICIN ON NGEINOTH 
BJ^TMOTE WAS 4 !',T7?TNnn infturment 

Will) KNTTTL PFAIfl BUD CAL IT - SONG IN THAEY OF 'S ■ 
I KNO NO KEY OF 'S' RUT THIS SONG ft LETTS «S' CANR IDENTFYD 
FIVE work; IMPLIED 
DAV WROT PSALM WEN ON RUN FR/ABSALCM 
ABS WAIT TO ATACK JERU ft DAV ARMY, RUT DAV HAD FELD 2WIDLRNES 

AS DAV LIV IN WTLDRNES W/LOYL F0L0WR5,HE HEFLECTS ft WRITE 

VS 1=DAV CAL OUT 2G0nJtSALVATIN ft THIS 1st *S ' OF SONG 
THIS FERSNL SALV - NOTTC - HE SAY, "I-CAL", "MR", - ETC, ETC. 
IT IS FERSNL SALVATIN DAVID SEEKS 
(ILUS 2MEN SWIMMING, ONE CAL "HELP, HELP") 
ALWAY MAN GET DEEP WATR CAL <*HELP 
WEN MAN CANT CONTROL DESTINY HE REACH/GRASP FOR SALVATIN 
LIK DAV IT="ME" "I" 
V£ 2=BUT DAV WANT SALV GO RYON JUS SAVING HIM 

HIS DESIR SALV B SO COMPL/THORO WUC SHUT MOUTHS ENMYS OF GOD 
FIRST THEM THIS SOW! IS - SALVATHW 

VSS 5-^.AFTR SALVATIN TKER MUSR "SBKJTHIttOTIfl" 

THIS MEANS LIV TH/LIF OF PAITH-PEHSHL GODLY LIVING CUMS NEXT 
NOTIC LAS WORDS VS *t ■ "B STILL" - KEEP SILENC OR B SILENT HEB 
ONE BIB SCHOLR SEZ IF MEANS "SHTJT-OT" 

HOW MANY PFO AHSOLUTLY SKUIW ft IB- G ANBR AS HE WANTS??? 
VS -^THIS JRD LETTR ■« « g. IS SACRIFICE 

WFRINGS ft JEWS XNU THEM WEL 
BURNT OFFERING -smoke ascend ft CP TO JS ON CROSS - PERF SACRIFICt 
MJ "tAOFFRING=FINE FLOUR ,NO LUMPS SYM PERFHCTIN - JS AS PERFECTIN 
P. E OFFSING-JS AS BKTNG TH/PFRFTTT PEACE FOR ALL MANKIND 

PICTOB ALWAY T'fER,YET NEVR UNTSSWD WAT G CIJP/VUD DC THRU XP 
M *i '*TH NOT 1 " IS THAT OF SONG 

DAV/I.OYL PEO NRVR IN BATTL YET ft SUM ASK»WHO WI1 SSO US ANY CUD 
NEGATIVS ft NOT REALI7, DAV' 5 HART BRK BCtIZ OF SON DISORED 
W/TEARS RUN IWN CHEWS, DAV CUDR POSITIV IN MIDST THIS SITUATIN 
VS ?*EVN W^NEGTIVS ALL RND HTM ft HE THINK OF HARV FESTIVAL 

THIS FEAST OF TABS -BARNS BURST A ATS CVRF1.0 ft HOLIDAY THANKSGIV 

YET, MIDST THIS DAV WAS LIV LIK REGGR, HUT DAVS SPIRIT HOARD 
WAT HAD HE LOST? - PALAC, LOADED TABL, MONEY - MATERIAL THINGS 
WAT WAS LEFT? ---OOIK HIS JOY NOT IN MAT THINGS, TH07. CUM ft GO, 
BUT GOD WAS EVRTHING 
AS LONG AS DAVID HAD HIM-GOD, IE HAD EVRTHING 
(ILUS PET-PL REMAIN W/HOHER, BUSINESSES W/THKET HURICANE FRAN) 



IS IT ANY W0NDR KIR SONG WAS OF SALVATIN/SANCTIF/SAC/SONG?? 
ABS AHAS ARMY DAV HAD MOSTLY TRAINP UK UK. HONED SWORD, 

S, tf/THIS THET WAT DID DAV DO???? 
US 8.KE LAID TTWN TO SUEEP BCUZ HIS TRUST WAS IN GOD 

THAlNAL NOTE OF HTS SONG WAR OW OF J I MWlf T" 
I * ■'ALAC IN JERU GARDS PATROL WALLS/PALAC NO ONE CUD GET TO HIM 
; IN VILDRNF.S WFTFK ANYONE CUD GET TO HIM, DAV FELT SAFH 

BCU2 HE IN HANDS OF GOD 
(THIS MR. RAVWIPORT 8. BEING BOUT BUSINESS AS USUAL 17W>1 

THIS WAT OUR STANC IN LIF SHUDB 

WE NEED 2B FND FAITHFUL TO OUR TASKS WH/G HAS OIVN US 
VF. KNO SALV THRU JS XF G HAS GIVN IIS 
OUR DAILY LIVS SHUDB LIVD IN SANCTIFICATION 
THIS MEANS SACRIFICE ON WAART OF EACH BLICTR w/COMPL WQRSHIf 
THIS IN TURN BRINGS FORTH SONG IN OUR HARTS FOR WAT G HAS DOT 
& BCUZ ALL THIS, WE REST IN SECURITY WH/GOD PROVIDES 
DO U KNO ALL THIS? IF NOT U CAN KNO IT THRU PERSNL RELATSHIP 
W/JS XP 



(Hub: I LSF MI HAST IH SAW FRANK.- T>J~CO) 

aoth-Heb term=?chief musician or. 
string instruments 

personl=me ,my ,1 
( '" u 2men Fwim/beach=neitbr can I, but I 

n„ nak fuss ) 
vs ?-= Jalvatin complet,ahut peo up 

leasinonean lyinp: 
vss 5-4=Sanctificatin 

Ee "til vs 4=shut up 
vs 5"Sacrifice 

burnt offr 

meal offr 

peace offr 



ong 






vs 6=Song 3alv,S«ao»Sao, 

vs 7-w/song is poeitiv 

vs E>=recurity 
liaster past etc 
Jn Greenleaf Whlttier wrote: 

&TKKH HE STAN3 IB KEKSY 2THIS DAY 

. ,. RUGGED FACE HAF 
4 BAKGRND OF UNNATURAL 
UES 2 Til 
3AT SIMPLY pnTT HATH HO T. 
Davenport, a ^ian ob.iec ?~ say-.r. P£r» 
IHIS ■ TH DAY OF JUD3.0R 

LT ET IS •' I *»■ 

MILS B BRCT & WE POECED W/BU 



Jons: in -'he ey or ' '" 
Scripture; Psalm 4 
(Ilua lef harp ir. am Prank's THsco) 
Now that all of '.,' hav prot TOans out of systm, who 
wud lik to civ ir.e an "S" in perfect pitch? 
Now of cors I realiz iraisicl : cal duzn': ro thet hi, 
;.- -nds with the lettr "H" 

■ur mos us kno Ts wer hymn- of peo of Is, 
They were poems, pros wh latr set Pmusic 
mos them spok things peo Is knu ft may hav liv thru 
4th Pa wh use as scrip is rud exarap of this 
It writ by Dav at partic tirr lif & at B^i n say= 
ch music in on He-inoth 
terras Neginoth is nerly mean=strinp instrument 
In this Is, Dav strike tn note of lettr S 5dif timen 
lbs had revol agin J? Dav;he h^ drawn many folors of 
F 2his side ! they mas sumwher outs id . T eru awail 
ovrthro Dav, ft anoint Airs ps kine 
But Dav had fled Jeru ft is out in wilnee w/faithful 
follors who regain loyl ?him 
vs l=Dav call out '+ G'9 r^alvatin ft that 1st a of <-onp 
that salvatin he cal 4 is persnl salvatin '■■ note th 
persnl pronouns = Fe t I,I\y ,etc. 

it is a persnl salvatin Dav "pk of 
(Ilus 2men swin ft 1 cal 4help no -*4irn ) 
Isnt it alway wen man get in" 1 dee-' »atr he cal <tbelp'4 
Wen man cannot control hi- flestiny ,rench 4salvatin 
& Dav lik all wen, he want own persnl salvatin this 
pt 
vs 2=3av want salvatin 2?0 Eyon jus sav h:n 
his desir was salvatin wudS so compl,so thorough, 
wud shut mouths of enmys of G 
V; E=leasinE=means lyinr.telinr- untruths 

then C 1st theme this sonr is that of-3ALVA IN 
Aftr ralv nex step is "anctif icatin 
• anctificatin alway folo salvatin, that lopic senuenc 
parsn receiv salv.but then bus po "-th i liv it, 
: that cals 4 sanctified life 
vss 3-4=this ir what Dav is =ay * so tn nex "• ' in 

this i 

ific i ;in,or ;odl; liv reouir now 

las phras 4th vs sirnlf in ws+ say«B till 
In Heb it mean=Keep silenc,or 2B silent 
1 Bib scholr say it aean-SEUT "? 
How many P eo want ^B silent » < »»P" £l™ 
plead case 8 so nevr keep iuiet/silent B4 Q 
Him B God , _ . n 

Ther tu" out tire wen avsolutly but Up 
anser as He choczes 



5=3rd note is that of Aacriflc 
I Jew peo kun wat sacrifica wer :1st burnt offr 



2/ 



let 
let Q 



this £ivn con-pletly 2 G=smok ascen ft acpt by (3 worshi 

Js was offr on cros as Ult Sacrifice 
ex of r was meal cf frincr=consis finlv r rnd flour 
frocoth/evn textur,no lum.-s, impediments ?: svmbolized 
pp-fectin ^ this wat Js was corrletelv 
ri. jffr peace offr ft thin brot worshittr S pp-ethr ft 
in this offr was pictur Xp's presenc 
In Hie lif Js mad plain want comun w/all mank, n e 
want cum evrl 's lif 
Thus in Joffrs we C complpt sac wh was rivn bv 0,4man 
thru Js Xp 
pictur was alway ther, yet nevr underst & words Dav in 
thla sonr not only invitatin,but prophetic 
vs 6=4th note of Song is SOSG itself 
had many hin mid wer defeat St nevr encountr enmy batl 
They wer nertiv in atitud ft ask=..ho wil sho us gtxil 
hey no hav faith G on ther side, had ^C ?Rliev 
..at no realia,jjavs hart hvy Bous Blov ran rebel ae-in 

it no Joy, but deep repret/sadaea he hide fr BC 
Abuv all elF,I>av felt ful weight of fathr want child 
2B obed,v kno outcum nay mean sons deth & ao Datf was 
po^itiv w/tears run dwn cheeks 
vs 7=w/all nertiv rnd him Dav cud writ this 
He think harves fastvl-Fst Tabs;all hapy;barns burst, 
wine vats ovrf lo ft evrbody hav holidy *>■ all who cud 
cam ? Jeru 2rais sonp-s of barves home 
it much lik our hankseiv Day 
Yet in mids Dav lif reduc 2thatvof be r -rr,he hid *very 
lif '■ alraoe lik he th hunted , his son th huntr 
but in this Cava sp sor=wat had he los.' \ T-alac,tabl 
f w/gud thinps, irony: All thea n.i^eril thinps 
«trt! did he hav left r,od , °t his ,ioy this pt was in 
Him & not materil thinr« 
thoz th wud cum E ro,but G v;as evrthin;as lonr as ! 
had Him, he had evrthing 
Is it any wondr his son- that of= alv, lano,Sac.& ontr ' 

He sing in key of " ■■ 
But Abs mas army 4finl bio; army Dav train w/Abs ft witi 
thret hanp- ovr hed wat did Dav do'/ Ansr«vs 8 
iav lay dwn sleep Bcuz trus in G ' finl note«SECUKSI 
In Jeru rards patrol ft saf,out here felt evn safr 
Bcuz G ^ecurty i 

(llus l:,astr cum "■ gov now wat: V.'at shud B meaninsrj 
(Ilns Davenport 5: Day of Judr-ent in New 2nr) 
II Bliev this wat our stanc lif ahudB "day now lent, 
Eastr ovr.cun -on. we need ?B faithfl ''tasks G rivui 
Do U kno=Jalv,_anc, "2c,"onr, Jecurty w/ Si 
Invitatin 



"oong In The Key Of ' .. ' " 

Scripture: Psalm 4 

(Illustration of Pete Jones and "am Frank, play on left Heart In "an Fran.; 
lete Jones and San Frank were two musicians who were the best of buddies. 
But Pete was a bit more religious than Jam. They both died about the same 
time and went to their eternal reward. lete went to heaven and was issued 
a happ, choral music and everything that went with it. He had everything 
he wanted, but he missed his friend 3t ^ ra nk. One day the angel in charge 
asked him if everyth ng was satisfactory* Pete told him it was, but he 
would like to see his old friend Pan Just once. The an~el informed him 
that he could arrange it for the next aay. The oily rule was that he had to 
be back at heaven'- pate before midnight. Because at midnight the rate 
closed and he would be locked out for <-ood if he didn't make it on time. 

o the next day Pete went down to where hi^ friend am Wrank was and dis- 
covered that hewas running a Disco. All day he was with 'am Frank and he 
really enjoyed the music and even joined in on it »i±h by strurrminr hir 
harp. ' J e kept check on his watch and when it got close to midnight bid 
feoodbye to Ian and just made it in the heafenly gate before it closed. 
The next day the ancel in charge met him and asked how he liked his trip 
to see his buddy Sam Frank, He told the angel how he enjoyed it and es- 
pecially the music, it the mention of the word music, the an~el asked, 

eaking of music, I notice you don't have your harp with you today." 
.-.t this, xete clapped his hand to hi- hesd and said, "Oh, Fo . I left my 
harp in Sam Frank's disco." 

Now that all of you have rotten the -roans, out of your system, who would like 
to Five me an "P" in perfect pitch. Of course I realize that the musical 
scale doesn't ero that high, but stops at the letter "H. M 

I'm pure that most of us know that the Psalms were the hymns of the people of 
Israel. They were poems and pieces of prose which were later set fc< music. 
Most of them spoke of the familiar things the people of Israel knew and may 
well have lived through. The 4th Psalm which v.-e are using as Scripture this 
morning is a good example of this. It was written by "inr David at a partic- 
ular time of his life and at the very beginning says, "To the chief musician 
on Neginoth." The word "Ne^inoth" is merely a term meaning "stringed instru- 
ment." in this Psalm, David strikes the not" of the letter " P' 5 different 
times . 

Absalom has revolted arainst his father David, He has drawn many of the fol- 
lowers of his father to his side. They are massed somewhere outside of Jeru- 
salem waiting for the word to attack and overthrow T/r inr David and to anoint 
Absalom as the new King. But David has fled Jerusalem and is out in the wild- 
erness with his faithful followers who had remained loyal to him. 
David writes in the 1st verse, (read this). David is calling out for God's 
salvation. That's the first "S" in this song. But that salvation he is 
calling for is a personal salvation. Notice he says, "Hear 'me,' when 'I' 
call; God of 'P"iy righteousness; Thou hast enlarged 'Fe;' when 'I' was in 
distress; have mercy upon 'ME' and hear 'MY' prayer. It is personal sal- 
vation David seeks. 
(Illustration of two men swimming) 



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Two men were at the beach. One was lying on the sand soaking un the sun. 
The other was in the water swirmin-". "uddenly, the one in the water waded 
in what he thought was shallow water and stepped off xxdfcEXHxksiXH a led^e 
into the deep. "Heir;, help," he called, 'I can't swiffl." 

The fellow lying on the beach replied, "Neither can I, but I'm not making 
a fuss about it." 

And isn't it always when man rets into deep water that he seeks help';' Isn't 
it when man finds he cannot control his destiny that he reaches out for salva- 
tion? David was doin'g this and he wasn't concerned about anyone else, but 
his own personal salvation. "Have mercy upon Mt: and hear KY prayer." 
But David wanted that salvation to go beyond just savins him. He wrote in 
this song, (read verse ?). 

His desire was that this salvation from God would be so complete, sc thorough, 
that it would shut the mouths of those enemies of God. The word "leasing" 
used in this Psalm simply means, "Tying, telling untruths." -c we see then 
the first theme of this -long in that of Salvation. 

After Salvation the next step is " Janctif ication, " anctif ication always fol- 
lows salvation that is the logical -equence, ' person receives Galvation but 
then he must go anc" live it and that calls for the ixiXEjcxiafxfekE sanctified 
life. 4^ read this in the 5rd and 4th verses, (read these). r 'o the next 
note of """ in this son- is that of sanctif ication. Tt is personal sanctifica 
tion, or godly living that is renuired at this point. 

The last phrase of tkxx the 4th verse is significant in what it is saying. 
It reads, "Be still." The word in Hebrew is to "keep silence, or to be sil- 
ent." And one biblical commentator says it means simply, "'hut up." How many 
people want to be silent before God? JrtSxwHxi Host people feel they must plead 
their ca'e to Him and so they never keep silent before God and let Him be God. 
But there must core a time when we absolutely "-hut up" and let God answer as 
He chooses. 

The third note of this sonr is that of "' acrifice." te read in the 5th verse, 
(read this). ' nv e Jewish people knew what there sacrifices were. First there 
was the burnt o^ferin^. This was riven completely to and for God. Tv,e smoke 
ascended and It was accepted by God as worship, Jesus in later years was off- 
ered on the cross and this was the swkx±x±ke ultimate sacrifice. 
The next offering was the meal offering. This consisted of finely ground 
flour. It was smooth and even in texture, no lumps or impediments. It sym- 
bolized perfection and this what Jesus was. 

The third offering was the peace offering, ^his offerln- brought the wor- 
shiper and God together and in thi c offering was pictured Christ's presence. 
In His life Jesus made it very plain that He wanted to have communion with 
all mankind, that lie wanted to come into the life of everyone. Tims in the 
three offerings of the Jews we can see the complete sacrifice which was £iven 



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by God for mankind in Jesus Christ. The picture was always there yet never 
underFtood and the words of David in this song were not only an invitation 
to come to God, but were also prophetic. 

The fourth note of this song is that of B 8ong. H David wrote, (read verse 6). 
He had many in his midsrt who were defeated and they had not even encountered 
the enemy in battle. They were being neraitve in their attitudes. They ask- 
ed, "Who will show us any good?" T,„ey didn't have faith that God was on 
their side, they had to see it to believe it. ot these people didn't rea- 
lize was that in all of this David's heart was heavy. His beloved son had re- 
belled against him and it was not with joy, but with deep regret and sadness 
that David was in hiding from this son. Above all else David was feeling the 
weight of a father wanting his child to be obedient, yet knowing full well 
that the outcome might very well result in the death of that rebellious son. 
So it was that David could be positive even though tears were running down 
his cheeks. 

So it is that while those around him were negative, David could write, (read 
verse 7). David was thinking of the times of harvest festival. This was the 
Feast of Tabernacles and what a boisterous and hapny time it was. The barns 
were bursting , the wine vats were filled to overflowing and everybody was 
having a holiday time of it. All who could came tc Jerusalem to raise their 
songs of harvest home. It was very much like our celebration of Ihanksgivj 
let in the midst of this David had been reduced to the life cf a beggar. He 
was in fc±l hiding for his very life. It was almost as though he was the hun- 
ted and his son was the hunter and not the reverse. Put in this David's 
spirit soared. What had he lost? A palace, a table loaded with all rood 

things, money all of these were mere material things, ihat did he have 

lef t t God His joy at this point was not in goods. Those things would come 
and go, but God was everything. As lone as he hafl Him, he had everything. 
Is it any wonder that hi? song was that of r^lvation, r:anctif ication, acri- 
fice and ' ong. He was singing in the "Key of '"'.■■ 

But Absalom was massing his army to strike the final blow. The very armies 
that David had trained and finely honed like the edre of a sword, were the 
armies that Absalom now commanded. With this threat hanging over him what 
did David do.' m he answer lies in the 8th verse, and we read, (read this 
verse). David laid down to sleep in ease because he trusted in God. The 
final note of Davids song was that of "Gecurity," So David wrote, (read 
verse 8). In his palace in Jerusalem, qrmed guards patrolled the walls, the 
corridors and no one could ^et to him. Here in the open outdoors he felt ever 
safer because he rerted in the complete ecurity of God . 

^f±lHx±xx±±im Easter has come and rone for this year, "^or too many it was 
just another holiday to be celebrated with as much pomp and circum tance 



possible to purchase, ^or most people It reached its peak and then life has 
once again slipped into the ordinary. But I believe that khk4sk the thoughts 
and joys of Easter are something that -hould continue each day followinr East- 
er. 

(Illustration of i"r, Davenport and bein~ about business as usual) 
^9fen Greenleaf Ehittier wrote the lines: 

And there he stands in memory to this day 
Erect, self -poised, a ru^red face half seen 
Against a background of unnatural dark. 
A witness to the ages as they pass 
_hat simply duty hath no place for fear. 

What promt ed those words was a rare event which took place in the eastern 
seaboard of the United States on May 1 Q , 1780. A dark haze began to spread 
across the sky. Uad then a thick darkness emerged. By noon it was as dark 
as night. : : chool c were dismissed and torches were lit in the streets. 
Birds went to roost and by one-o'clock fear had turned into panic at thlr 
stranp-e phenomenom. ^vousands crowded into churches to hear ministers ex- 
pound on the Day of Judrement, 

In Hartford, Connecticut both houses of the legislature were meeting, but 
one of then quickly dismissed since its members thought the world would end 
at any moment. The other body continued although grreatly distressed. One 
man finally made a motion to disband, since the day of reckoning feaS was 
thought to have come. Immediately, a man named Davenport, a Christian, 
objected, sayin.~, "Mr. Speaker, this is either the iay of Judgement or it 
is not. If it is not, there is no need of adjourning:. If it is it is, I 
desire to be found doing- my work, I move that candles be brought in and 
that we proceed to business." The meeting went on. 

I believe this is what our stance should be in life today now that the season 
of lent is past and Taster has co^e and rone. We need to be found faithful 
to our tasks which lod has riven us. fe know the Salvation God has provided 
through Jesus and our daily lives shouM be lived in f anctif ication . "his 
means ' acrif ice on the part of each believer with complete worship, Thi<- In 
turn brinpr. forth the Tong in our hearts for what God has done for us and 
because of all of this we rest completely in the "ecurity Go# provides. 
Do you know all of this < And is it a part of your life in this Post- 7 aster 
season? If you don't, you can know it, throup-h a personal relationship with 
Jesus Christ. I invite you to make Pirn a part of your life today. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link* Pastor May 3, 1967 

Mr* Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Mr* Bill Pieringer, Youth Director 
Acolytes: Meredith Hewis and Dave Brinker 
+ + + + + + +* + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 
ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 

Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Reques ts 
^Processional Hymn No. 323 "Holy! Holyl Holy! Lord God 
Almighty" 

^Ascription 
•Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) We offer you our thanks God, for 
the rising of our Lord. But we 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, renew us, as 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 
Children's Moment with Bill 

Hymn No. 442 "0 Master, Let Me Walk with Thee" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let ua Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
*Doxology - page 3S2 
Anthem: "Jesus Is All The World To Me" 
Scripture: John 4: 19-24 

Sermons "Life 'a Elementary Ingredient: The Meed" 
"Closing Hymn No. 2 "How Great Thou Art" 
1 Btnsdiiation 
'Closing Prayer 
*Postlude 
* + + + + * "-Congregation Standing + + + + + + 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Fanchon Hlndfnan and Joy in memory of Lawsan. 
Mri & Mrs. Goyle Fowler will greet our members and guests 

at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Warty Henry, Frank Crawford, Dan, 

Bosko, and John Snow. 
Attendance last Sunday was 157 with 37 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Gamble. 
Herb Shearer and Bill Pflugh will be visiting the hospital 

thia week. 
SUNDAY - Youth Group at 7:00 P.M. 
MONDAY - Finance Committee meeting at 7:00 P.M. 
TUESDAY - Leadership Classes at 7:00 
WEDNESDAY - Church Council meeting at 7:00 P.H, 

Hay 11th - Teachers meeting at 7:00 

- Lay, Life, and Work Committee meeting at 7:00 
May 13th - Mother/Daughter Banquet 

^Hospitalized: Ken WeiCiel in BMH 

^VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is fast approaching. The dates are 
June 22 through 26th. We are still in need of a few 
helpers for various classes. If you would like to help 
please see LuAnn Janicki our Director for this year . 
Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations you 
have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to 
pray » to meditate , or to seek counseling.. The Pastor 
will assist you if you desire* Please avail yourself 
of this opportunity. 



Flowers are needed for several upcoming weeks. If you would 
like to provide them in memory of a loved one, etc. please 
take a minute to sign up on the chart in the Narthex.. 



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SERMON: "LIFE'S FLEMENTAKY INGPFUENT: THE NEED" 
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RRLY fffl/FA™S=ST. AUGUSTINE SEDi 

OUR SODIfi K REKTLSE UNTIL THEY FIND THER REST IN THEE 

HE SPK FLEMENTRY TNORED FND EA INDIVID WA7K TH/ERTH 
(ILUS ATHEIST K REMARK BOIT ALL P'T'I I, WOPSHIP SOMTHIH) 

I V EV THIS WAT ST. AUGTTSTINE GET AT 
W/lN EA PERSN THER EL INGRED MAK INDIVID SEEK KIJHTH 3WOESPIP 
G FT.ANT IN EA US 
NFX WKS WIL LK AT "WORSHIP" 
(ILUS MFJ[ WPWAN 8, TORTILLA - JS OF TH/TORTILU) 
(ILUS XMAS Bf S- STATU CRY RFAL TEARS IN CHICAGC CHURCH) 

MANY PEO THRU CENTRYS HAV MISTAKN IDEA WORSHIP 

{yUCTE BY A.W. TOKER & EVANGELICAL CHURCH) 

ALL LIFE MADEUP OF WORSHIP - NOT JUS ON SUNDAY 
EA MOKENT,EA DAY KHUDB ACT OF WORSHIP TO CREATOR 
THIS WAT JS GET AT W/VOMAN AT WELL 

i hi: peal jew s- no seal jfw wur talk ?her -hated samartan 

BUT JS WAS G IN FLESH «. SEEK SALV c r ALL 

JS TOL HER THINGS OF HER LIE NO OTHRS KNU 

VS 19-StfE CALL HIM PROPH 

VS POtSPLIT OF NATIN OF ISRAEL - N t. S KINGDOMS 

N - WORSHIP AT MT GEMZIH S IN SAHARIA 

S - WORSHIP IN JESUS 
VS 21.LATR REVEAL NFITHR SAMAR/JEHU PLACE 2W0HSHIP 

JtPIANTY TO SPRED 
VS 22.SAMARS FOLO RITUL ETC, NO KNO OF JS AS KEKIAH 

JS A JEW S. SALV COI FROM JEWISH RACE 
VS 25=WUD COB DAY WEN EEAL/TRU WORSHIP WUPB KNO 

\ • WAT G WANTS- NOT RI TULS, RULES , REGS - LOT OF GOD 
V. V*=WOPSHIF CONSIS OF DEEP LUV FOP GOD 

GRK W0RD=VORKHTP MEANS: 

SIMPLES MEANING - PO£ LIK MASTRS HAND 
PROSTRAT SELF IN HOMAGE: REVEHENC : ADORE 
SIMPLE - DEEP - LUV FOR GOD 

NOWHERE TOT," MUSP> IN A BLPG, CEPTTN DAY OF WK 
JS IMPLY ?B ON AN ONGOING BASIS - LIF LIVED IN WORSHIP 

BRIEF FTISTRY WORSHIP 
GENESIS TH/FALL OF MAN CAM WEN MAN FATI. PWOHSHir GOD 

TURN TO EXODUS ?0:1-'.A 



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JS TAUT THIS 1ST R GRTEST CCMANDMENT 
IN OLD TEST WORSHIP COVR ALL OF LIF 

LAYOUT, DESIGN OF TABER COVR LEVITICUS 
7 CHAPTRS, ?kj VSS & CREATTN IN GEN ONLY 31 VSS 
SHUD QIV tTS CLUE TH/PRIORTY G PLAC ON WORSHIP 

r 'IS AT TAB, Sr LATR TEMPL WHER Q MET HIS PEOPL 
TwJ IN MIDDL OF CAMP - CENTRAL PLAC PEOPL C & REMEMBR GOD 

THRUCUT OLD TEST WORSHIP 2B CENTRL PART PEOPL LIVS 
ONE THING STANDOUT - THER 2B CERTIN ATITUD 2WARD WORSHIP 

KING SOL WRIT - ECCLES 5:1 
KEEP THY FOOT WEN THOU GOEST TO TH/HOUS OF G, & B MOR REDDY 2 
HEAR, THAN 2GIV TH/SACRIF OF FOOLS: VTHEY CONSIDR NOT THAT THEY 
DO EVIL. 

PROPH HABAKKUR WRIT 2:20, 

BUT TH/L IS IN HIS HOLY TEMPL: LET ALL TH/ERTH KEEP SI LEW B '+ 
HIM 
ATTITUDE TOWARD WORAHIP - EVERYONE PRPARED 

IF PREACHP NOT PREP - EXPEC IT COMENTS IF NOT 
PREP RGIN LATES.SAT NITE - GUD NITE SLEEP, NO CAROUS ERLY TORN 
(EXAMPL HANGOVR BRETH ON SUM PEOPL) 
HOW MANY TIMES CUM CH/OUT OF SORTS?? ANGRY -WIF/HUS,CHTLDRN??? 

PREACHR? OTHRS? 
WORSHIP NO ACPTBL 2 GOD & HINDR WORSHIP REST PEO IN CHURCH 
ALONG W/WRONG ATITUD IS ATITUD 2WARD GIVING 
"DO WE ALWAYS GIV OUR BES ? TH/L^RD?? 
( THIS HURICAN AGNES CLOTHING ft FUD: XMAS BASKETS) 
DO I AL WAY.GIV_G_3E S? BES MATERI AL THING, BUT BES T IM/TALE NT/ 
AND TH/BEST OUR TREASUR???? 
EPS HE TAK 2ND PLAC IN ANYTH IN MY LIF?? 

.TUD MUSB WAT GIV WE ACTULY GIV 2 JS XP SS STAN RSID US 
WW DUZ WORSHIP ACTULY MEAN PUS??? 
(ILUS DR. THOMAS & CONG GIV S.13<0 

NOT T4/AM0UNT, BUT TH/GIFT 
CILUS ANONYMUS WRITR ON WORSHIP) 

WAT DO WE GIV GOD??? 

NEED REFLEC WAT G HAS) GIVN US IND^VIDULY & COLECTTVLY 
HE EXTEN EA PERSN 2BCUM COMPL HIS & HAV PERSNL RELATSHIP W/HIM, 
WH/OURS THRU JS XP 
INVITE U PARTAK THAT RELATSHIP COMPLETLY % LERN TRU WORSHIP NBT 
CONFIN 2RLDG CERTIN DAY OF WK 
TRU WORSHIP IS TO HP/ HIM & ADOR HIM 
TO BOW B4 RTMCOMPLETLY EA PAY & LET HIM LUV US AS HE WANTS TO 
DO 



MAN IS TO WORSHIP H3NLY ONE GOD 

GOD TDENTFYS SELF AS = ELOHIM 

THIS WORD IS PLURAL, THUS IDENTFY TRINITY HERE, 
BUT DUZ NOT MEAN "GODS" 

W CONFUSING WEN UNDRSTAND COMPLET MEANING OF WORD 

IN "SIMPLES FORM IT MEANS: 

THE SUPREME GOD 

THE GOD 

IDENTIFIABLE AS THE ONLY GOD 

THEN IN DE1TT 6?%-5 VE READ *■ (READ VERSES) 



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' "LIFE'S ELEMENTARY INGREDIENT : THE NEED" 

3T>rfP i './9-ly (Revised from 5/3/8?) 

St. Augustine one of the early church fathers once said, "Our souls are restless until they find 

their rest in Thee." He was speaking of an "Elementary Ingredient" found in the life of each 

indiiriual who walks this earth. 

(Illustration of atheist and his remark about all people worshipping something) 
T had a conversation once with a man I visited. He was a member of the church but he said 
he didn't believe in God, in Jesus Christ, or in religion as such. He said he was an atheist. 
I questioned how he had become a nemberof a Christian church and there is where T learned how 
he had embraced atheism. He said that during World War II he had been in the Merchant Marines 
and had sailed all over the world. He said that in every country, island, 01! territory they 
had stopped at, everyone worshipped something. That something might be a tree, a stone, a 
statue, or ao animal or snake. But all people wverywhere worship something. So he had come 
to the place where he could not believe there is a flod. 

This I believe in essence is what St. Augustine was getting at. Within each person there is an 

elementary ingredient that makes the individual seek something to worship, God has planted 

that in each of us. In the next weeks I would like to look at this thing called "Worship." 

(Illustration of Mexican woman and "Jesus of the Tortilla") 

(Illustration of Christmas 86 and statue crying real tears in Chicago church) 

To us it may seem incredible that anyone would worship a tortilla, or a crying statue, but 

down through the centuries many, many people have had a distorted idea of worship. 

A. W. Tozer, a gre&t preacher and Christian writer once said, "Worship is the missing jewel 
in the Evangelical Church." 

On another occasion he said ■ (Read quote by A. W. Tozer) 

g»ee we i come to the place where we realize thatall of life is made up of worship. It isn't 
just on Sunday that we should worship God, it should be each moment of each day that He gives 
us to live. 

This is what Jesus was getting at in His conversation with the woman at the well. First of all, 
if He was a real Jew He would not have been talking to her because she was a hated Samaritan. 
Hut Jesus was God in the flesh and so He was interested in her salvation as well as all other 
people. 

Jesus had told her things that only a man of God, a true prophet could relate, and this is what 
she calls him in verse 19. But then she goes on and we read, (read verse ?0). The nation of 
Israel had split into two kingdoms, the Northern and the Southern. The Nopther n kingdom 
said that worhip was to be confined to Mt. Gerizim in Samaria. This is what she is saying. 
Her forefathers said true worship was in Samaria, and the Jews of the Southern kingdom said 
true worship could only be offered in Jerusalem at the Temple. 

So it is in verse 21, (read this verse), that Jesus tells her that later on it would be re- 
vealed that neither in Samaria nor in Jerusalem will it be necessary to worship. He was saying 
that worship would be extended to the far comers of the earth. This would take place when 
Christianity began to spread. 

Then Jesus went on to say, (read verses 22-?*+ & exegete). 

Notice that Jesus said"they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." 
He meant that worship consists of deep love for tint God. The Greek word used here for 



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"worship" has a deep meaning. Its simplest meaning is that of a dog licking its master's 
hand; of prostrating oneself in homage; to reverence; to adore. In other words a very simple 
deep love for God. Nowhere does the Lord tell us this is to only be done within the confines 
of a building on a certain day of the week. He implies instead that this is to be an ongoing 
process. 

Just a brief history of worship will show us how it has evolved into what we think true worship 
is today. In Genesis we see that the fall came when man failed to worship God. 
In Exodus 20:verees 2-5A we read in the giving of the Law that man is to worship only the One 
God, The word used for "God" is "Elohim," which in its simplest essence mean, "The Supreme 
God." This is "The God." 

In Deuteronomy we read in 6:*+-5, Jesus taught that this is the first and greatest commandment. 
In the Old Testament worship covered all of life. In the layout and the design of the Taber- 
nacle seven chapters, or ?4j verses jtma>«l»MA in the book of Leviticus give the details for 
this. Compare this with *ta only 31 verses in Genesis telling of the creation and we should 
have some idea of the priority which God placed upon worship. The tabernacle was designed only 
for worship and was the place where God met His people. The Tabernacle was in the center of 
the camp and everything »lse was around it thus giving a special place to it in the lives of the 
people of Israel. 

Throughout the Old Testament we can find that worship is to be a central part of the lives of 
the oeople of God, One thing that perhaps stands out more than others is that there is to be 
a certain attitude toward worship. King Solomon writing in the book of Kcclesiastes the 5th 

chapter and verse 1 tells us, "Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more 
ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil." 

The prophet Habakkuk writes in his prophecy chapter 2, verse 20, "But the Lord is in His holy 
Temple: let all the earth keep silence before Him." 

In other words our attitude wpw* about worship should be one of coming into God's presence 
wherever we may be and await what He has to give us. We are to present ourselves before Him 
in order for this to take place. Worship on a Sunday morning should be a time in which every- 
one comes prepared. We expect the preacher to be prepared and if he isn't we would surely say, 
"He didn't do his .1ob," or, "what did he do all week that he wasn't prepared this morning/" 
But how about the people sitting in the pews? Their preparation should begin at the latest on 
Saturday night. A good nights sleep helps and not carousing until the wee hours of the morn- 
ing. You would be surprised the number of times I have almost been bowled over at the door on 
Sunday mornings by the hangover breath of people. The only positive thing I could say was that 
at least he or she was in church. 

How unmtx many times do we come to church out of sorts, angry at our wife, husband, children, or 
someone in church? How many times perhaps we may be ticked off at the preacher for one reason 
or another? Then we take our place in the pew fuming inside, or filled with anger and our 
worship is absolutely unacceptable to God, but just as important it hinders or holds back the 
the worship of the rest of the people in church. 

Along with wrong attitude is the attitude toward giving. The Question must be asked, "Do we 
ilways givp our best to the Lord?" 






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(Illustration of Hurricane Agnes in central Pennsylvania R- the giving of food (t clothing) 
Do I always give the very best to the Lord? Do I give Him febn not only the best of material 
things, hut the best of my time and my efforts? Does He take second place anywhere in my life? 
Our attitude must be that whatever the gift of our time, our talent, or our treasure we are 
pivinp it to Jesus Christ Himself as though He were standing right next to us. Which He is. 

What does worship really mean to us? 

(Illustration of Dr. Thomas & congregation giving of $.13*) 

It isn't the amount of the gift. It is the attitude of each giver. 

(Illustration of anonymous writer on worship) 

What do we give God? We need to reflect on what God has given us individually and collectively. 

He extends to each person to become completely His and to have that personal relationship 

which is ours through Jesus Hirist. I invite vou to partake of that relationship completely 

and to learn that true worship is not confined to a buildinp- on a certain day of the week. 

But that true worship of God is to love Him and adore Him. To bow before Him completely 

each day and to let Him love us as Re wants to do. 



( is "hrine of Ts of th Tortilla) 
C^us pictur Mary crying Chicago) 
. . ied : 

1 ' TH HI ! NG CH 

Also: SB 'HE HERE ?;■' i I RS 1st % 
TOHKR . ONLY 2ND. WE TAX A CONVHT I 

tfORKE OUT OF HIM. G NEV" HEHP TT 
2B SO. 5 I 
23 :, t.. T :: HUH, 8 

IK DUN BY A WOS 

'■ rN IT. 

Ex 20:2-5a 
Lieut 6:4-5 

243 vss on Tab, only 51 Gen on creation 
iix 30:34-56 incense & 37-38 warning 
(Hub Kuricnn >nes r . piving) 
(Hue Dr. Thomas " Br Tare Hollow) 

2GIV G TH : BODY & NOT 0' TH 

'(JUL IS - EC 

2GTV G Til HOT TH BODY 

- 
2GIV G KEITHS I J - MHEI IM 
2&TT G BOTH I - 

A/A7' fi-S*t^/- .-1- / 



"life'- lenentary 
Jofrn 4:19-24 



r nrreilient: The n 
bure: 
Ther has bjn an El Tn-red bilt in? man fr bee- of time 
py ?fulfil th long of this inirred,but fail mi?r- 
bly throut rtao centuries 

' baa kno i unit hi need 2E Sun 2fil desir thi inpred, 
tut .'umhow/otbr all eforts end up in frustratin 
(Ilus Th hrin of Ja of "Vrtilla) 

■is may renej peo flok Ch Ohio 2C crying statu or 
pictur 

eem incred peo wud worsh tortila,or cry ob.jec, 
but wor has such dist idea of worsh in all histry 
Cllua nuoter by .■'.. ■.'. TOZER on worship) 
fr very bar G instil hart msn=i:l Inrred "luv Him 8 in 
so do 2 worship Him 
thus no ecitlen wen i3 Bean involv conver w/£am woman 
of il-reput she Bgan. nuestdn Him bout worsh 
many yrs 34 wen natin Is split in2 2 kingdns,th wors 
4 N kingdn: centr in "am on I t . ^eTiziw 
worsh 4 r kind-din centr on Kt. ™ion= Jerusalem 
that re r sn woman 8ay»READ Vs 20 
Js then ansr= r : ?l-24 

In this ansr,Js triv tru def 4 worsh= p ? - in '"ruth 
This wit wilB Ik at in series nex wks 
.-hud pt out 7s ?A«G is ' pirit=not "A" p lil 
w/indel articl raak G Ik lik 1 of many 
~u rat Life's Eleiren Inured rhud Ik htatry worsh cri 
Iri ",en C fal csn wen nan 'ail worsh G 
: -5A re^d 
Deut 6:4-5=,'' J? sed 1st e < srtest cenrfranftment 

worsh oovr all of lif Sc Lntres 2note Tnh de-in 
] out 2emphasiz rriorty of worah 
detail covr Tchaps Lbv«243 vss.cp 31 vss "en creatin 
shua giv idea how G repard tru worsh 
Tab desin Only 4tru worshjplac wher G met Hia peojwas 
in centr canp;evrth els puroun it riv epecil plac 4it 
1st offr burnt offr-cowplet censum in worah proces 
it hed list wen offr mentin Ecuz wen anyl cum ^ G 
he 2cua in act of worsi;he 2piv all & in this sens 
burnt offr duz L ius that 

Mos spel out how instruments 3 2B mde;<-iv formula 4 
incens=i'Jc 30:34-36 
vss 37-38=giv warn tout impropr use 
./at G say-this recipe 4incens & if anyl maks 4self , 
G wil kil him 
worsh of G al»ay raent 2B wat 3 de?ir,or it all wror 
crij pt out worsh idols was all wrong 
tac«Mos on Kt,Aaron/peo mak calf & G punissh 
ther P 2B no fals idols/rods as far as G concern 



i s (Jevius wronf worsh is 1 wh many Xpiana prac- 2/ 

tic 2day 

It worsh of G w/wron- atitud 

if try worsh Q Tun norn 5 hart not rt, worsh wrongly 
Do D evr cum Ch angry /mad ~uml? MayB raernbr famly,or 
f rend, or angrj w/preachr? 

If git he: "■ ruing insid,fil w/angr our worsh comple 

unacptbl 2 God 
But jus as import, it hindrs tru worsh of evrl else 
& alonr w/atitud B wronp is atitud of living 

Do U always giv th absolut bes U hav ? th lord i 

Do U honestly i 
(Ilus r'urican Agues & food St clothinp p-iven) 
Hav \} always p:ivn very best U hav 4- L's work & use? 
'■^ shudjBcuz our atitud rhudB we R giv ? Ja Xp Hinw 

self 4 His use 

'.v'ud we then giv les than our best? We dare not 
rfat duz worship realy mean ?us; ''at shud it mean.' 
(Ilus Dr. Thomas Be poor cong p:iv 13 cents) 
Anonymous writr wrote : 

2giv G th serv of th body & not oK th soul is - 

Hypocrisy: 

2giv G th serv of th soul 8t not th body is- 
acrilege : 

2giv G neithr is- 

.' ^heism: 

^.;iv 3 both lS-WorsMp. 
Wat do we (~i v G ■' 

As we wil pondr in futur days-Idfa Elensent In-red , 

let us reflec on all G has givn up 
He exten 2ea persn invitatin ^Ecum completly His & 
2hav that specil relatshin of F w/ childrn 
I invit U 2partak of that conp & fuly -• Plern that 
tru worsh is not jus sit in bldr on certin day of wk 

that tru worsh involv all U hav, evr day 4 all of lif 



"life's "lementary Inrredient: ""he Heed" 

Scripture: John 4-:19-24 

There has been an "Elementary Ingredient" built into man fro 1 - the very be- 
ginning of tire. fan ha- tried to fulfill the longing of this Ingredient, 
but has failed miserably throughout the centuries. He has known that some- 
thing needed to be done to fill the desire of this Ingredient, but somehow 
or other all of his efforts b^ve always ended up In frustration. 

(Illustration of "The 'brine of Jesus of the Tortilla") 

A few years ago the Chicae-o Tribune carried a stroy of a woman in Sew Mexi- 
co who was frying tortillas when she noticed the skillet burn? on one of 
the tortillas resembled the face of Jesus. Fxdited, she showed it to her 
husband and neighbors, and they all agreed tfcKxfzKEX there was a resemblance 
of a face on the toistilla and it did look like Jesus, 

o the woman went to the priest to have it blessed. r he told the priest 
that the tortilla had changed her life, and her hurband agreed that she was 
a much better wife since the tortilla came along. The priest didn't want ' -: 
bless the tortilla, but he reluctantly did so. 

The woman took the tortilla home, put it in a glass case with cotton to make 
it look like it was floating on clouds, built a special altar for it, and 
opened a little shrine for visitors. In a few months more than eight thou- 
sand people came to the shrine of the Jesus of the tortilla. And all of 
them agreed that the face in the burn marks was the face of Jesus. n '• of 
them except one reporter who said it looked tike the heavyweight boxing 
champion, leon r pinks. 

Last Christmas you may remember how people flocked to a church- in Chicago 

that had a picture or statue fxxra which was crying frsm supposedly real tears 

from its eyes. It may seem incredible that people would worship a tortilla, 

or a crying object, but the world has had such a distorted idea of worship 

in all of its history. 

A. W, ^ozer a Treat preacher and Christian writer once said, "./orship is the 
missing jewel in the Evangelical Church." 

On another occasion he said, " ,'e 're here to be worshippers first and workers 
only second. ,e take a convert and immediately make a worker out of hiqi. 
God never meant it to be so. Gcd meant that a convert should learn to be a 
worshipper, and after that he can learn to be a worker ... .The work done by 
a worshipper will have eternity in It." 

From the very beginning, God instilled in the heart of man that "h'lementaty 
Ingredient" to love Him and in doing so to worship Him. Thus it was no acci- 
dent that when Jerus became involved in a conversation with a Samaritan woman 
°f ill-repute that rhe bep-an to oue^tion Him about worship. Many years before 
when the fcME nation of Israel split into two kingdoms the worship for the 
Northern Kingdom centered in "amaria on Wfc, "erizim, and the worship for the 
Southern Kingdom centered on Mt. Zion, or Jerusalem. r o that is the reason 
for the woman's statement as found in the ?Oth verse, (read this). 
Je^us then answers her by Baying, (read verses 21 through 24). In this an- 
swer Jesus rives the true definition for worship. That definition is, "True 
worship is in spirit and in truth." 

This is what we are going to be lookinr at in this series in the next weeks. 



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■e should also point out that Jesus spells out who God is in the 24th verse, 
Ke says, "God is Spirit." In the KJV it says, " r od is A Spirit." nfith the 
indefinite article "A" it could be inferred that God is "one" of many spiritsJ 
To the ouotation without the indefinite article is preferable. 
But to understand why we cm say that woe ship is "life's Elementary Ingredient 
we hould look at the hibrtory o? worship as found in Hod's Gord. 
In Genesis we see that the f-11 came when man failed to worship God, 
In iixoduo with the givin" - of the law in the 20th chapter verses 2 through 5a 
we read, (read there verses), Then in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 we read, (read this), 
Jesus said this was the 1st and Teatest command ment , 

In the Old Testament, worship covered all of life. It is intere ting to note 
that the Tabernacle was designed and laid out to emrhasize the priority of 
worship. The details of it are contained in sven chapters - 245 verses in 
Ieviticus as compared to only 7 >1 verses in "enesis tellinpr us of the creation 
of the world, "his should rive us an idea of wkatxfrei how ~-od regarded true 
worship. The Tabernacle was designed only for worship. It was the place 
where "od met His people. The ^abernacle was in the center of the camp, 
-verythin™ else surrounded it, thus riving it a special place in the lives of 
the people of Israel. 

The first offering was thp burnt offering. This offering was c^^ip'etely con- 
sumed in the worship process. The burnt offering heads the list of offerings 
when they are mentioned because when anyone comes before God, he is to come ir 
axmsoxiEi an act of worship. ' T e is to give all to God. and in this sere, the 
burnt offering does L iust that. 

Koses spells out how the insturments used for worship are to be made. He 
gives the formula for incense in Gxodus 50:54-36, (read these verses). Then 
he gives a Karning about the improper use of the incense in verses 57-^8, 
(read these also). What God is saying is that this was Tr is recipe for incense 
but if anyone makes this for himself, Hod will kill him. The worship of God 
was always meant to be what God desired, or it was all wrong. cripture 
points out the worship of idols as beinr wronr, Chile 'oses was on the mount 
with "od, Aaron and the people made a golden calf. This anrered Goed and He 
sent His punishment upon them because there are to be no false rods, or idols 
worshipped as far as God is concerned. But one of the most devious kinds of 
wrong worship is one which is practiced by many, many Christians today. It 
is the worship of God with a wronr attitude. If we try to worship God on a 
Sunday morninf ?nd our heart isn't right, we are worshipping wrongly. Do you 
ever come to church angry or mad at someone ( Maybe a member of your fiamily, 
or a friend,' Or perhaps being anmry with the preacher.' If we sit here fuming 
inside, or filled with anrer, our worship is absolutely unaccpetable to God. 
Eut just as important, it hinders or holds back the worship of the rest of 
the people here. 



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And along with the wrong attitude is the attitude of giving. Do you always 

give the absolute best you have to the Lord"? Do you honestly? 

(Illustration of Hurricane Hgnes and *"ood and clothing) 

Following Hurricane Agnes which swept through the cetnral part of Pennsyl- 
vania, I was involved with helpinr those who needed food and clothing. fe 
solicited food and clothing for those who had lost theirs and were in need. 
Do you want to know what we received froT a lot of people.' Zone of the 
clothing was clothing that had been stored for years and years, hoping tks 
that style would come back. When it didn't, this clothing was donated and 
probably with the idea, ,,r "hat'r rood enourh for tho^e people." 
o you know what the food consisted of from ^ome people*. Rusty cans which 
: ^otten that way fror being stored for lor.r periods of tine in danp 
basements, making the contents questionable. Or partially used bags and 
boxes of noodles, su~ar, flour, and other odd? and end , .'ere these the 
very be^t these people could give? No! Because they care from people of 
means and affluence. 

Do you always five the very best you have for the Lord.' .' e should, Eecause 

our attitude toward riving as in worship should always be that we are giving 

it to Jesus Christ Himself for His use. Would we then rive less than our 

best 1 We dare not 

t does worship really mean to us? 

(Illustration of Dr. Thomas " congregation givinr- $,13£) 

A doctor named Robert Thomas learned of a community of poor people in the 
Sreat ' mokey "'curtain region of Tennessee who were without medical help. 

o he decided to go there and be their doctor. Dr. Thomas was not only a 
doctor, but a devout Christian and soon the people were not only coming to 
him with their physical problems, but with all of their other problems "as 
well. One night he was called out to a littlemsettlement known as Brown 
flare Hollow. There he treated a little hog named Billy Walker who ] 
jeasles. Ifter he h^.d treated him he asked the parents whether Billy and 
hia nine brothers and sisters were receivinr any religious instruction. 
They told him the peorle on that side of the mountain had no church and 
could only c*o to the other "ide occasionally, o he urged them to fix up 
an old cabin and use it as their church. The people responded entusiastic- 
ally and before lonr had repaired the roo'", patched up the siding, rehung 
the door, installed rogh-hewn benches, built an^ altar with stones, and 
made a cross of logs, and a pulpit of old packing crates. They asked Dr. 
themas to be their preacher until they could find one. hen 5unday' morning 
came the people of Drown "are Hollow were so proud of their new church that 
entered into the service with all of their hearts. Dr. Thomas said there 
was never a more attentive audience when he preached his first sermon. 
■.t the close of the sermon, Dr. Thomas started to dismiss the neople and wa 
interrupted by Billy Walker. Billy rose and said, "Doc, you&re forrettin 
sumthin." "What is it," he asked. "You're forgettin' the' collectin, " Billy 
answered. Dr. Thomas didn't want to take up a collection because he knew 
how poor these people were. The children went barefoot all year; they had 
little decent clothing; and every family in Brown Mare "Hollow was living on 
a small income at best. But Dr. Thomas could sense that not only Billy, bu 
all of the people felt the same way. He could feel that their participatio 
in God's service, called them to a full response. So he told Billy to use 
his car and take up the collection. hen it was over and the people had 
left the church Billy spread out the collection on one of the benches and 
began to total it up. He looked at Dr. Thomas -nd said, "That sure is a 
heap isn't it floe".'" "That dure is, Billy," Dr. Thomas said, ""he doctor 
took an envelope from his pocket and rut the money into it. He went out of 
that church and sat in his car, thinking about the people and the service, 
holdin- the envelope in hie hand . Then he took out his pen and wrote on th 
envelope; "Brown Mare Hollow Congregation, Initial Offering - 1J cents." 



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An anonymous writer wrote: 

To give "od the service of the body and not of the rou|: is 

- I'ypocrisy : 

Tl o rive God the service of the soul and not the body is 

- Sacrilege: 

To rive God neither is 

- .theism: 

To g-ive God both is - Worship* 

What do we rive Go&Y As we ponder in future days "life 's Tlementary Ingred- 
ient" let un reflect on all that God has riven us. He extends to each person 
the invitation to become completely His and to have that special relationship 
of lather with His children. I invite you to partake of that completely and 
fully and to learn that true worship i not .just sitting in a buildinr on a 
certain day of the week. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor May 10, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Mr. Bill Pieringer, Youth Director 
Acolytes: Dave Brinker and Meredith Hewis 



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OflDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming, of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
•Processional Hymn Mo. 347 "All Creatures of Our God and King^ 
♦Ascription 
"■Exhortation 

■^Confession (in Unison} Most merciful Father, like the prod- 
igal 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, 11 By that same Spirit 
make us clean that we may stand before thee once again, 
and tD 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 

*Fraise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lard God 

People - And blessed be His glorious nama forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Children's Moment with Bill 
Hymn Mo. 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 - page 332 
Anthem: "Memories of Childhood" (featured voices of 

Ginny Mangel, Shirley Link, and Bonnie Gannon) 
Scripture: Luke 10: 38-42 

Sermon: "Life's Elementary Ingredient: What Is It?" 
•Closing Hymn No. 422 "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind" 
•Closing Prayer 
•Benediction 
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TUESDAY - 

WEDNESDAY 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by the 

Women's Mary Prugh Circle in memory of deceased members. 
Kevin Snyder and Danny Mangel will greet the congregation 

and our gues ts at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are; Helen Riemsr, Phyllis Tait f Alma 

Dally and Shirley Thompson* 
Attendance last Sunday was 140 with 19 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Gamble. 
Ken Draxinger and Rick Vinroe will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
"^Hospitalized; ■ Ken Weitzel and Ed Hampton in BMH. 

SUNDAY - Youth Group at 7;00 P.M. 
MONDAY - Teachers meeting at 7:00 

Lay, Life and Work Committee meets at 7:00 

Leaders class at 7:00 

■ Revision Committee at 7:00 

Property Committee meeting at 7:30 
Choir practice for men only at 6;30 
\ VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL pre-registration will take place today 
immediately following the service. Please take a moment 
and sign up ycur children. 
MOTHEB & DAUGHTER BANQUET will be held Wednesday evening 
at 6 :0O P.M. Please bring a tureen , table service , and 
plan to come for an evening of fun, fellowship and good 
food. The entertainment will be Vonnie H rough. 
BUTLER AHEA LAYKANS DINNER will feature Ladies Night on 

May 21st at 6:30 P.M. at Grace Church of Harmony. Tickets 
are $4.00 and you may see Jake Harmon to purchase them. 
Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations you 
have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to 
pray, to meditate, or to seek counseling. The Pastor 
will assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself 
of this opportunity. 



HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! ! ! 



COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH - SAGAMORE, PA, - JUT.T ?g, 199* 

PRELUDE 

aREETIW3S/JOTS/»HHOtmCEJ1B«TS/BlATKB RBWESTS 



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•HTM 

PRAYER/OFFERING 
•DOXOLCWY 

INFANT EEDICATTON 

PASTORAL PRAYER 

CHICDRENS MOMENT 

HYMN 

SCRIPTURE) LUKF 10:?8Jt2 

SERMON: "LIFE'S ELEMENTARY INGREDIENT: WHAT IS IT?" 
ST. PAUL'S, BUTLER - yiO/87 

•BENEDICTION 

•POSTLUDE 



SCRIP LK lOi^P-'t?; SESMl "LIFE'S ELMJENTARY INGRr): WAT IS IT?" 

fmiB r.TBT.S HOW: COKUN & CUP. "FIL W/FOLSRS ft V,'AK EM UP") 

PEOP COM BAV COP F1LLD fc IT IS Dl'N WITH: 

IOW5, mini':, SCRIP, PRAYRS, SERMONS, FELLOWSHIP 

PFOP SEEK THI^ BOTZ HAV FLMENTAFY TNGREP- G 01 V IIS - WORSHIP 

ASCRIB 2 GOD HIS WORTH, OR STAT & AFIBM HIS SUPREME VALU 
WORSH FND BY LOOK AT ALL SCRIP - GENESIS TO REVELATION 
SCRIP TUT" MORN INTEREST ILLUSTRATIN OF THIS 

JS ON WAY JERU CELBRAT FEAST OF TKBERNACLES 
THIS TlIK PLACE TN FALL CF TIL/Y&AB 
SINC NO READ OF DISCIPS OR LAZRUK .QUITE POSIB IN JERU ALREDY 
JJgjfifWENT BETHANY 2HOWF MARY/MARTHAAAZEUS 
J£Jg=MARY SIT/LISTEN % SEEK 2LERN 

SM IN BOOTH MADE BRANCHES PALMS CTHR TREES 
jJSjjp=HARTHA GUD HOSTESS SERV JS, COOK & PREP 

BIT OF JELUSY PERHAPS BOUT MARY??? 
VSjjjjifcANSR MARTHA NO EXPECT 

"■ NO TEL HER SHE WRONG, MERELY TEL HER CONCEHN THIS TIME *IWRONO 
T'flNG 
NITTTIIN WRONG B GUD HOST/HOSTES.C 2PHYS NEEDS GESTS 
JS FT OUT THER NATRAL ORDR THINGS PEITAIN 2 GOD 
nnS3LJflfi|SBHaiBW & THIS SHOWS SELF OUTWARD EXPHESIN ■ 
MARYraDTHIS^LISTN, SIT AT JS FEET - THIS BCAM WORSHIP 

THIS FROOPFSTN TS PUT **TH IN « HEBREWS .CHAP- 11 BGTN' VS W 



2/ 



'abel sacrific acptbl 2 con - his wmsniP of god 

vs-s-do u WW ■•■" mr "tt TfTn rffr"" 1 " 1 ™ Tfi "'" 3 

"^jsj414 - a persons yDTi*' w/nf ' r TS ^ rBTn1iTTT 

GEN -^g^TEI. TJS=AND FJIOS H, WM.KH W/GOP. *■ UK WAS MOT <+ COD TDK Hljj 

S 7=NCAH BTLT ARK & TVK HW 120 YRS 

NKX ETEP l'RTORESIN OF SPIBITOL Mi-TOr. ^- WORK . 
^WORJHLP . jy.WALK . <^sWORK . 
TIITS G*S WAY, BUT WE GET MIX UP «. WORK .WORK .WALK LITTL, 

WORSHIP LITTL OR WIN „„ T „ Tm „ 

MANY TTHE5 WE LIK KAHTHA CONCERN W/MATERIAL, UGET EPIRITUL 

( ILLUS A.r.qlBBS Q1ICTI, ON WORSH IP ) 

EXPLAIN WAT MP. GIBBS MF.ANB -C START THRU SON.H f.P, SON TO GOD) 

MUCH WAT PAS ^WORSHIP IN GH 2PAY IS NOT 

(THIS WTEfi ^E, " f ffl»v Kir"""' """""M" "^1 

WE R TOO MANY MARTHAS & NOT ENUF HAH* 
TH/ELEMENT OF WORSHIP IS SO OFTN MISSING FR/MUCH OF CH/2DAY 

f T1.IIR n-ffiT f-ENTri ™TY T'j ""'-^™ '■ «'"V GOTTEN) 
THIS MUCH UK T"A«i: JS IN HIS CHURCH £j rA&/H - 

m*BK HOT, PUM HIM, WORSHIP HIM, PILE ON W RUT THU WORSH 

SUCES-FIUD PEWS.LHG MEMBRKHIP ROLES „___» 

•flfflffb TEI£ US MVJS HAV OTCES * ZACMIEV UGET BASICS OF WORSHIP 
GIHIKS, IDEAS, PROGRAMS KEEP OS BUSY LIK MARTHA, 
1 BUT KEEP OS FR/WORSHTP LIK MARY 

V ■ TSWOHSJLIPT IT MANY MOR THINGS THAN WE mil COW 2DAY 

HOW HIICH TBI! WORs'lIF TAK PLACE THE?, KAUlLTIKSmf 
( TT„ r rrwnBFH It NATIVES Vfi Tm ^'- »""™ f-ATCH HP ) 

*tF! wa'i' WIn lh 

\™ aoDLS need ?b invclv worship of god insted jus bodies 

GO,,' m US FORMULA <*ORSH TTOI HIS WORD fc T» M «WTO 
IT TNVOLV CONTTNUL LUV NOT ONLY ON SUNDAYS ,BDT FA ETO M 

I INVIT II 2SHAR IN THAT T«RII XP 
INVITE (OOP! HIM, PRAY, FTC. 



Warren k'lersbe: 



ip - 
■sh is th adoring respons of all 

that th Blievr is-mind .emctins ,v;il '■ body 
all that G is 8c says Be due. 

tiv 4 worsh is luv;th powr 4- worsh is 
th indwel bp of G. .'enevr we bild an altr 
we jus ask th H Bp ? lite th fire. Tru 
woi-dh is Fovrn by th insrird '' : of God 

(Jn [1ac Arthur : 

.-.'orsh is Honor & Adoratin directd 2 God 



. . -ibbs in book= Worship: 
Ministry is that wh cums dwn fr th F,by 
th ion in th powr of th H Sp thru th 
hum{j iEStrurent. lorsh starts in th humn 
instrument & poes up by th powr of th H 
- th Father. 



..'iersbe on Growth of conrtres:?.tin: 

lat sepratin 

2nd evangelism 

5*d niseins 
nex fimik3,rallys , contests , seminar? ,■ 
thezonly by-prods of worship 



(Hub Chrisning oart Ku -KnnlJ 

(Explorer S nativs : 

wait til soulr catchup w/bodies) 



Icri^ture: Tuke 10:38-4* 

Las wk E-an series=Iif 's Elen Inured ( . pt ouT it worf 
3o this wk askV.-.'at Is Iti & may seem rendunant; 
Nit not.Bcuc reccir Ilera Inp-red all hatfvw 'in=worshibi 

w need defin ; at Worship Is 
ors is many thing & ,?pin dwn precis cum conclusin 
worship is realy sevrl thinrs 

by Dr. Warren \'iersbe) 
D . Jn r'acArthur 3ay»Honr ';- sdorstin direct* 2 God 
. o T A v','orsh=fr Anglo Fax word mean- wort nines 6 so 
worsh is ascrib ?-G His worth, or stat 6 afirm ''is 

uprere Value 
orsh canB defin by Ik all "crip ~cuz ?nd=Gen 2 lev 
An intrest ilus p-ivn in Scrip this morn fr Ik Gosue] 
This tufc p lac in fall of yr & fine no reed a 
& Laz this ace t, it quil - in Jen at '« 

tak plac in temple 
Js was on way 2 Jeru 8 prob 3top at hone Hary^Farthe 
& Laz & was 2meet discips ther 
This was Feast of Tabernacles booth 

Ginc this fanly war said Jews, had prob erect 2h* in 
eortyard 
It prob Irg enuf whol fanly cud pit in it as ruls oi 
feast desirnat 
Can pictur Js seatd in 3Me booth & as sit ,-ioin by 
Marv'who listn Him talk 
Can also pictur Martha want 2B i^ud hostes brin<- out 
fud 5 drink 4 Js 
She care 4 His phy3 needs & wen C sistr do nuthin she 
Ec litl anoy , 

■ ar , wrap up in eonversatin of J3 8 Martha say^vs 40 
Js und ret situ fc riv aner she prob no expec=vss 41-42 
Be no tel lferth all wronf*,merly tol her 'her concern 
this time 4 wm? thing • it m. 

Ther nuthin wroni? w/B a prud host/hortes ,* ther nutn 
wronr w/C needs pests I net 
But' Jr pt out ther naturl ordr thin'- pertain d-^ 
1st inrred=ls one of luv 
thi 1 luv exert self 'sho self in outwrd expresin we 
cal worship . „ 

This wat Mary actul Involv in; she luv Js £ wen He 
talk. she listn , 

but her listninr Beam mor than jusE gud audiene,Bn< 
actul^ was worshipin Him 
This proves in of put worsh 1st is pt out buk Hebrew 
Chap ll=whe C G's Hall Pane list read of his: 
vs 4-Here at very heRin S»a list is plac mos import 
thinr.do U kno wat is t It vorship . 

Abel cam 2-G w/offr "■ acptbl by G=it Abel worsh God 



tnen in ornr proFresin=x,noch spokn of=i 
.at B sed is lday Enoch disapear fr erth £ was takn 
up, or translat inS hvnpdidnt fo thru deth ?? takn in" 
G 's presenc,posib onlv Icub he eomplet G's man 
It was his walk w/G that was rt 
In "-en 5:?4 resd»R- iin walk w/G & he was not,4-G tukhitr 
VS = '"oah bilt ark & tuk 120 yrs,that was -Work 
_:o can C prof-resin as G lines it up in His '.'ord 
[•ship 
2nd alk 
3rd- .ork 
This G's ifay no rjac in crip by acident,this way 
G want it 
hut avr persn get thi: out of focus i rely hvly on 
,or upon 'ork & worship alway cum 3rd, if at all 
We R all lik so man; Martha' !,so concern w. eater U 
that nptrlec sp " that is a closr relatshin •■• . 
( 'uote by A.I.Gibbs on worship) 
.'at I'r. Gibbs say=G Bctin reveal self Pmank in Js 
ip ascend hvn 8t sent H 5p ?minstr w/our sp % we B 
ir-afle awar we need 2 worsh our Greater 

in worsh, worsh e;c by H Sp ~> Ton Js '■TpjWho 
in turn at rt han of r ^ntbr," Js tak our worsh ?-? 
It then Bcum cenpleted cylcle 
But unfortunatlyjU-uch wat go on in loci con^-s wh pas 
4 waBship,not worship at all. 
(Example of Dr. ' ierBbe " thots on min: I 
..e R ?jnany 1 arthas S not enuf Marys 
,'e so enjroe in th pro rams we miss Tru worship 
T>, element of worship is trapicly mis fr wat go on 
in th church 2day 
(7 s Xpistnin- part r;u "ng % baby 4rotten) 
Ihi=J much lik L Js His ch,whil we bury celhrat Him, He 1 
smothr by all othr things pil on p -- in? ?ervic 
All we v/ant i sucen thi:. spel by fil pews, Irg menW 
brship rol»;suces wat worl tel us nur hav S "^hav we I 
work all sorts rifiks & ideas that keep us busy lik 
fflrtha,but keep us fr worship lik Tary 
.j'at Is .-.'orship? it many thinp "cor than covr this morn 
But it 1st priorty " ?eek fr us, as He pt out in crd 
.'„ tol ther 350,000 ch in '-.merioa wh own SO bilion 
/orth faciltys wh puposedly ded 2 worsh of Q 
but 1 wondrs how mpch worr : *:' at C 

■!. wait soul; Soatoh up.) 
This wat mus hapn in th church ;4ur soul need invo 

in Tru worsh of G inster! of ju bodys 
G piv un th formul 4worsh throut orfl "; it. is ,-ririt.' 
It involv a continul luv 4 Kiirt.not Jus on Tundays, 
but ea day our livs- r - I invit C Pshar in that thru 
Js :<p=(Invitatin 2 acpt Him, 2 pray etej 






"Life's t'lementary Ingredient: What Is ITr" 

Scripture: Iuke 10: ^8-42 

last week as we began this present ^eries entitled, "life's -lementary In- 
gredient," we pointed out that Insredient was Torshir. So this week we ask 

the question, "Wv,at Is I? : " Now at first that nay seem redundant because we 

its A &Eii*f 

had said the Ingredient each of. have within up is .to worship. e may have 

identified what the Elementary Ingredient is, but we need to define Just what 

worship is. To strive to do this requires our knowinr that worship is many, 

many different things. iJrtxisxqsnbaxxjfexisxiKfXHS To pin it down precisely we 

come to the conclusion that worship is sveral thing?. 

Dr. Warren Tiersbe xxjrax&kx'fcxxBfxxteiKxlxxxx' defines worship in this way, "True 
worship is the adorinr response of all that the believer is - mini , emotion? , 
will, and body - all that God is and says and does. The motive for worship 
is love; the power for worship is the indwelling Spirit of God. whenever 
we build an altar, we mu t ask the Holy pirit to light the fire. True wor- 
ship is governed by the inr-oired 'or 1 o-r ^nrl," 

Dr. John Mac Arthur defines worship as, " Honor and adoration direct ed to God." 
The word worship comes to us from an old an-lo-saxon word which meant "worthi- 
ness." : 'o worship is ascribing to Ted His worth, or stating and affirming His 
Supreme value, 

■ ship can be defined by looking at all of cripture because it is found xxei 
there from "-enesis to Pevelation. '.n interesting illustration is given in 
our >' cripture thia morning from Iuke 's Gospel. Jesus was on the way to Jeru- 
salem with His disciples to take part in the Feast of ±kr Tabernacles. This 
took place in the fall of the year. Since we do not read of the disciples, 
or of Lazarus in this account, it is iuite possible they were in Jerusalem 
already and at the actual festivities tak dace in the temple* It is 
also most likely that Mary, Martha, and Lazaru - being rood Jews had erected 
a booth in their fe:gs3qrax& courtyard , It was probably large enough that the 
whote family could sit in it as the rules for the feast so designated. - o 
we can picture Jesus seated in the booth and while He i there, Mary sits witl 
Him and listened as He talked of many things, "e can also picture Martha, 
desiring to be the o-ood hostess, bringing out food end drink for Jesus. The 
is oaring for His physical needs, but as she sees her sister Mary doing noth- 
ing and '//rapped in conversation with Jesus, =he becomes a little annoyed. 

So she speaks to Jesus and Iuke records thi» in the 40th verse and she said, 
"Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone 
Ten tell her to help me." 

Jesus understanding the situation gives her an answer she probably didn't 

expect. He says to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried about so many things 
rut only a few are necessary, really onl7 r one, for Mary has chosen the good 
part, which shall not be taken away from her." 

n't tell l^rzhz she was all 'Ong. He merely told her that her concern 
at this point was for the wrong thing. There is nothing wrong with being a 



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{fcood host or hostess. T here is nothin^ wrong with seeing that the ihys ical 
needs of a -uest are met. But Jesus was pointing out that there is a natural 
order of things pertaining to God. The first ingredient in spiritual matters 
is one of love. That love exerts itself, or shows itself in the outward ex- 
pression we refer to as worship. This is what Mary was involved in. The 
loved Jesus and when He talked, she listened. But her listening became more 
than Just feeing a cood audience. r he was actually worshiping Him, 
This progression putting- worship first la also pointed out in the Book of 
Hebrews, in the 11th chapter where we pee tfts God's Hall of Fame outlined, 
we read of this. In the 4th verse we read of Abel, (read this). Here, at 
the very beginning of God'p list is placed the mo t important thing. Dp you 
know what that is r It is worship. Abel came to "od with his offering and it 
was acceptable to God; it was Abe 18s worship of "od. 

Then we see that in the order of progression, Enoch Is spoken of, and we read, 
(read verse 5). 'Vhat is bein^ said is that Tnoch one day disappeared from the 
earth because he was taken up, or translated bodily into heaven. He didn't 
go through death in order to be taken into God 'r presence. "his was possible 
only because he was completely God's man. It was his "J!" with God that was 

right. In Genesis we read of this and it tells us, "And inoch walked with 
God and xsx he was not, for God took him," Gen 5:24, 

And then we read in the 7th verse, (read thi= ) , "oah built the ark and it 

took him 120 years to do it. That was 'ORK, So we can ree the prorression 

as Aod lines it up in His . ord . It is firrt, "Worship, n then it is "Walk," 

and thirdly it is "Work," "'hi:? is God' way and it is not placed in Scripture 

by accident. This is the way Cod wants it. But for the average person we 

get this all out of focur and we rely heavily upon our walk, or ur-on our work 

and Worship always comes in thirs, if at all. We are all like so many HarthaS 

s so concerned with the material that we neglect the spiritual and that is a 

closer relationship with the lord. 

A minister named A.?, Gibbs wrote in a book entitled, "Worship," "linistry 
is that which comes down from the Father by the on in the power of the 
Holy Spirit throurh the human instrument. forship starts in the human in- 
strument - nd -oes up h$ the power of the " T oly r-irit through the r on to 
the Father . " 

,.h-t :r. C-ibbs is saying is that God begins by revealing Himself to mankind 
in the person of Jesus Crist. Christ ascended tc heaven and sent the Holy 
Spirit to minister with our spirits and we are made aware that we need to 
worship our Creator. 3o when we begin to worship, our worship roes by the 
Holy Spirit to the Son Jesus Christ, who in turn is at the Right Hand of God, 
and He takes our worship to the Father. It becomes a completed cycle. 
But unfortunately, much of what >?oes on in the local conrre (rations which 
passes for worship Is not worship at all. Dr. varren vieBBbe says that as a 
young pastor he thoughTthat the growth of the congregation was tied to every 



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prorrram that came along, ^he first thing he tried was separation. But he 

soon discovered that separation from all others only caused actual separation 

in his own ranks and that wasn't the answer. 

Then he tried evangelism. But soon discovered that evangelism could produce 

new members and converts, but the membership had to be educated in how to 

deal with the new members, and since they weren't, evangelism was not the 

complete answer. 

Then he tried missions. But arain this didn't answer the need of the conrre- 

ration. 

So he tried gimmicks, and contests, and rallies, and seminars of all kinds. 

But he discovered from all of this that all of the^e things are only by-prodyc 

ucts of worship, 

We are too many Marthas and not enough Marys. We are so engrossed irt: the 

programs that we miss true worship. m he elerent of worship is tragically 

missing from what roes on in the church today. 

(Illustration of christening party in New England, £ baby forgotten) 

Years ago there was a newpaper account of a christening party which took 
place in ?. Boston suburb. The parents of the child baptized opened their 
palatial home to their friends and neighbors. As the party went on and 
people were enjoying thenselves eating and drinking, celebrating and enjoy- 
ing one another's company, someone asked, "by the way, where is "the baby;" 
..'hen the mother heard that nue-tion her heart jumped and she rushed upstair* 
to the raster bedroom where she had left the baby asleep in the middle of 
the massive bed. But when she unpiled all of the coats of the guests, she 
found the bay dead, smothered by those coats. 

This is much like the Lord Jesus is in Bis church. .Bile we are busy cele- 
brating Him, Be is smothered bsy all ot the other things we pile on and into 
the service. All that we want is that which speaks of -uccess. e enuate 
success with filled pews, and large rarrber=hip roles. uccess is what the 
world tells us we must have and to have it we work all sorts of gimmicks and 
ideas that keep us busy like Martha, but keep us frcr worship like Mary. 
What is Worship? It is many more things than we have covered this morning. 
But it is the first priority God seeks from us, as Sod joints out in many 
llaces in Bis Word. We are told that there are three hundred fifty thousand 
churches in America which own eighty billion dollars worth of facilities 
which are supposedly dedicated to worshipinp God. But one wonders how much 
true worship really takes place in thos facilities. 

(Illustration of icplorer and natives waiting for their souls to atch up). 
iistinguished exploBEr was making a safari in the Amazon jungle. Phe 
native tribesmen were jSzx carrying all of his rear. Be was oushin^ them as 
hard as he could so he could cover a lot of ground Quickly, At the end of 
the third day they rested , and when mornin- came'-.and it was time to embark 
again, the natives just sat on the ground and wouldn't move. The explorer 
did everything he could, but they wouldn't budge. He ?j±Ha& pleaded with 
their leader but to no avail. The leader explained to him, "My friend, 
they are resting until their souls catch up with their bodies. 

This is what must happen in the church. Our souls need, to be involved in the 

True Worship of God instead of just our bodies. God p-ives u the formula for 

worship throughout His (ford and it Is spiritual. It involves a continual love 

for nim not just on Bundays , but each day of our lives. I invite you to share 

in that through Christ. (Ivitaticn to accept Him, to pray, etc.) 



St, Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev, Ralph Link, Pastor May 17, 19B7 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Mr- Bill Pieringer, Youth Director 
Acolytes: Wendy Norman and Jennifer Vinroe 



ORDER OF WORSHIP Hi 00 A 
"Spirit of God" 



v. 



"For the Beauty of the Earth" 



Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
^Processional Hymn Mo, 1 
♦Ascription 
♦Exhortation 
♦Confession (In Unison) We offer to thee, Q 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, or 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 - page 142 
Children's Moment with Bill 
Hymn No, 122 "In the Hour of Trial" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory - "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" 
♦Doxology - page 382 
Anther: "It Is Well With My Soul" by the Men's Chorus 
Scripture: Exodus 5: 1—5 

Sermon: "Life's Elementary Ingredient i Option or Priority" 
•Closing Hymn No. 670 "Once to Every Man and Nation" 
♦Closing Prayer 
•Benediction 
*Po3tlud' 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mr. & Mrs. Herb Shearer in honor of their daughter Sue's 

marriage. 
Mrs. Grace Glllen will greet the congregation and gue3ts 

at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Rob Vinroe* Rick Vinroe, Jeff Snyder 

and Kevin Snyder. 
Attendance last Sunday was 146 with 17 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs, Cathy Sheppeck* 
Marie Henry, Helen Riemer and Sandy Sheppeck will be 

visiting the hospital this week. 

SUNDAY - Youth Group at 3:00 P.M. for their ,h Spring Fling" 
at Moraine State Park. 
""'MONDAY - VBS Meeting* ALL teachers are urged to attend. 
There will be a film presentation and a sample 
lesson is to be prepared by each teacher. Other 
VBS details will be outlined. Meeting at 7:00 
TUESDAY - Leaders class at 7:00 P.M. 
WEDNESDAY - Chancel Choir practice at 6:00 P.M. 
THURSDAY - "Ladies Night" at the Butler Area Laymans Dinnei 
at 6:30 P.M. at Grace Church of Harmony. Tick-?" 
are $4.00. See Jake Harmon. 
V VBS Pre-registration will be taking place today immediately 
following the church service. Please take a minute and 
sign the children up now. Mrs. LuAnn Janicki is our 
director and will take care of you. 
The Clyde Wachsmuth family wishes to thank everyone for 
their prayers, cards, and thoughtfulness during their 
recent bereavement. 
Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, follower 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations yo L , 
have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to 
pray, to meditate, or ta seek counseling. The Pastor 
will assist you If you desire. Please avail yourself 
of this opportunity. 









COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH - SAGAMORE, PA. - AUGUST K, 1996 

PRELUDE 
QBEETTNns/Jpyn/ANNODNCBMHJTS/PRATKR SiXJO ■ 

WELCOME VISITORS 

"" WEDDING JENHIFF.H/JOrlN SATURDAY AUGU ST 1Q . 3i3Q P f M. 

John Kenyon PULPIT SUPPLY 2 SUNDAYS AUGUST, 1st SUN. SEPT 



•HTHN 

PRAYER/OFFERING 
•D0X0LC6Y 
"ASTOHAL rPAYEE 

. 1 likens moment 
dim 

SCRIPTURE: EXODUS 5:1-5 

SERMON! "LIFE'S ELEMENTARY INGREDIENT: OPTION OR PRIORITY? 
ST. PAUL'S, BUTLER - 1/17/87 

•BENDICTION 
"POSTLnDE 



SCRIP: EX llfi.l} SEHM: "LIFE'S ELEMENT INGRED: OPTIN OR PRIOHTY? 

(ILUS MAN/WOMAN TRIP, DIRTY REST, 8- CLEAN CUP) 

THRO LIF KDS MAK CHOICES - OPTINS PART OF LIV 
BUT THER TIME!", HEN fits DETERM STJMTH IS "OPTIN" OR "PRIORTY" 
"LIFE'S ELEMENTARY INGKF.D" WH/IS VI. 
.rC AT NEED OF IT Sr WAT IS' IS 
AND SO WIS ASK "IS IT AN OPTIN OR A PRIORTY??" 
WHY DO WE WORSHIP? !WMxafWlim*AI*Si*jti*)!6e»fel!iSx*SM! 

VJMR..ISHAEL: 
PLOP CUM LIV LAND EGYPT 
THIS TAK PUC WEN JOSEPH PRIME MINSTR EGYPT 
SBTTX.BCtlM VERY PBOSP t, NUMRUS 
SO READ VERSE 8 CHAP 1 « READ VERSE 
THIS PHAROAH FITHB NO KNO HI5TRY HOW JOSEPH SAVD EGYP PEO FROM 
ITMiVATIN, 
OR, HE ItGOT & IGNOR THAT HISTRT 
ONLY THING HE KNIT-JEWS WER OVRRUN EGYP fr NEED SOLUTIN 
SOLUTIN WAS - DESTROY ALL BOY BABIES OF TH/HEBREWS 

■ rtrol nmm or birth control no nd idea 

2DAY WE MOR SOPftIS t, CAL IT = ABORTIN 
FF/UNGDI.Y PHACTIC BROT <iTH BABY NAMD HOSES 
RAISD CORT OF FIMROAH 
EORCI1 FLEE WTLDRNES KIV7, KIL EGYPTTN 
SHEF THEH I* FORTY YRS 
AGE 80, RECEIV CAL FR/COD GO 1AK EGYP ft DEI.IVR PEO ISR. 
MOSES 1 BROS 4AR0N TNSTRUC BY G GO ?PHAR 8, ASK RELEAS OE EEC 
?VOFSHIP GOP 

WE HEAD OF THIS CHIP 5sl - (TURN TO THIS SCRIPTURE) 



5;1-WAT G WANT HIE PEOPL 2D07? -"WORSHIP HIM" 



2/ 



DUZ LK LIK WORSHIP AN OPTIN OR PRIORTY?? 
IT PRIORTY - A MUST, SUHTH G COMANDS FR/HIS PFOPL 
VE 2»TOTS RESPONS QUD EXAMP WHY WORSH THflT OF B OPTINAL 
"WHO IS TH/LORD?" ■ fjOESTIN RAISD THEN fc NOW AS '..'LI. 

i» TotEraxxzx 

Ii . CHOOf. NOT 2RKCO0NIZ G , OR TO ADMIT THAT HE. EXISTS, I HAV 

NO NEED 2WOHSHIP RIH 

VS 3-TKIS QIVS OS REASN WHY MAN IS UP 2HIS NEK IN FROBS THEN & 

NOW 
MAN REFUSES 2RECOGNIZ G AS CREATOR/SOVEREIGN fc IN HIE REBELION, 
AGIN HIS AUTHORTY, IS CONSUMD W/PESTILENC * SWORD 

MOSES/AARON KKII WORSH WASNT OPTINAL, RUT PRIORTY It IN RECOONIZ 

THIS THEY ACKNOWLEOJ IF GO OWN WAY WUDB CCNSUM BY EVILS OF 

TH/WORLD AHOIIN TUEH 
GUP EXAMPL THIS IS REBELION OF PEOPL TRAVL THRU WILDRNES 

THOZ FREE FH/PHARAOH GHASP WANDR.DY WILDRNES 'tOyrs 
THIS INCLUD MOSES/AARON 
ISNT IT SAD 2THTNK THAT JURNY WUD HAV TAKN 2WEFKS TAK kOyrs???? 

(ILUS RABBI BEN JOCHAI fc QUESTIN TOUT HANNA) 
CUD EXAMPL WHY WORSH SHUDB PRIORTY A- NOT OPTIN 

WEN SEEK WCRH G EVRY MOMENT LIF, HAV RELATSHIF W/ftIM THAT NUTHIC 

IN LIF CAN COMPAR WTTH 

EXAMP ISRAEL ENSLAV AGIN WII, - BONDAO/CAPTTVTY 
G REDEEM THKM THRU BLUD 07 LAMB ON DORPOSTS HOUSES 
MANKIND FNSLAV.HELD BONDAO OF SIN ft NO CAN OVEHCUM 
G REDEEM MANX THRU BLOT OF LAMB JS XF 
WE SAVD BY HIM/THRU HIM TO WORSHIP OUR CKEATOR * REDEEMER 
THIS SHUD UPLIFT US 8- MAK US WANT TO WORSHIP HIN 
TOO MANY CHURCHES IN CH/OF J* * p M "0 IDEA WAT TRU WORSH IS 
I XS LITTL BOY 8, PLAQUE FOR HEN WHO MET) TN TH/SERVICE) 
EVH HF.AR MANY PEO DY BCUZ JOY OF WORSH GOD WHIL IN CK77? 
(EXAMPL SEVRAL PREACHRS WHIL PREACHING - BUT NOT LAYMEN) 
2MANY CHURCHES CONDUC WORSHIP LIK FUNERALS, NO JOY, NO LIF 
WORSH SHUDB A JOY 8. NEVR A BORE 

WE SHUD MAK A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO TO/LORD AS PSALMIST TEL US 
(IUB WCM AN, CATHEDRAL 8r "HOW MANY SOULS HAV BIN SAVD THIS YR?) 
THIS IS 8. SHUDB Tfl/PURPOS OF EVRY CONG IN WORSHIP 
EVR TIME DORS CPN WHTHH CH BIG OR SMAL INVIT ACPT XP SHUDB 
EXTENDED IN SUM WAY , 

WE WORSH BCUZ WE R REDEEMD/SAVED 8. BCUZ THI* WANT OTHRS 2HAV 2 
MAY I EXTEND 2EA OF U THIS MORN THAT INVITATTN 2ACPT JS XP IF 
IT HAV NOT DUN SO??? 
MAY I ALSO ASK=DO U WORSHIP GOD??? IS IT A WAY OF LIF <fU?? 
R U A TRU WORSHIPER?? 6- WAT DO U CONSIDR WORSHIP 2B???? 
IS IT AN OPTIN? OR IS IT A PRIORTY?? 



"life's Elementary Ingredients opuioa ir r'cr' 
Scripture: ilxodus 5:1-5 
(Ilus man/womn rest., coffee donuts.R- clean cup) 

ill conf w/need Smak choics 
Opts R part lif fc liv,but ther tines wen biuh detern 
whthr sunth is an Optin or Iriorty 
H-pr - few wka b?v lk=I.ifs El Inrred r hav Ik need of it 
iv made so] determ wat worh is 
knc this smal amt bout worsh, mur =3k=Is Opt or Trioi 
:,hy do we worsh: & ansr pivn very emnhat in our crip 
this morn 

ry peo Is & evolutin of r'oses cum ? lead at q 
mioses & Aaron cum ?plesd w/Fharaoh) 
va l=..at was it G want His peo ?do: I HIM 

It was not 3B Gptin,but Eriorty-it was a MOOT G com 
I mand 4 His peo 

vs ?«this ansr pud exampl why worsh that as ( ptinal 
, "Who is th L,that I cfaua obey His voic" is auestin 

cais & it nuestin ask evn ?day 
If suml chooz not recoj; 1,or admit - T e exist hav no 
'need 2 worsh Kim & fr this can reasn why nan up 2n»k 
jin his probs 4~3ra va fiv ansr=r 
ther Is ansr 4worl situstin 2ftay 
nan refus reoo^ G th creatr ' in rebel arin Bis 
authorty he consum w/pe stile ne 6 nword 
Kos/'arn knu worsh ther l crestr wasnt optinl, 
it was pr4orty & in reeon this knu if went own way 
wudB consuni by evil arnd them 
We also C fr wat kno of folo event peo Is perish in _ 
wilnes Bcuz worsh no acptbl 2 G completly p ' they rebe. 
agin Him 
Bcuz this all thoz entr wilnes, V. free fr/ihar prasp, 
w ir 10 yr F,- until all dy,includ Ros/Aarn perish 

y fed nirac.eav drink watr,but stll no wnrBh conplel 
Isnt it sad,2think wat cud hav bin 2wk Jurny turn in3 
'l-Oyr nttemar of wandr in ordr all them refus worsh Q 
completly wudB ded,"< only ?Oyr " yngT cud entr? 
(Ilus Rabbi Ben Jochai "• auestin bout manna) 
;:.i -ud exampl why shudnt worsh G wenrvr fee] lik it 
or lnce/twlc yr lik Cttas/^ostr 
worsb shuc no onlyB evr un,but evr day livs, 
worsh not only tak plac in ch tlclfs.but evrday livs 
It is not optin.it Is Si ShudB th Ult Jriorty evr 
wakinr moment of our livs 
But need 2deal w/real aspec Bhln th worsh S deman or 
peo of I- 8 also del Lac upon us 

j us ,,> s worsh Si Why rhud worsh B Ult prior- 

, of our livs ; 



ansr ;pel out wat G did livs peo Is r - it spel out wat 
He dun our liv? 
7eo If en^lav arin wil;wer held bondar/captivty 
didnt hav fredum G deslr 4them & in ordr 33 releas 
fr enrlavment wat did Q do 4them: 
!'e rerleer thera-tb fredu-n of Isites was bot w/blud 

f lama wh paint dorpost,mark thoz hou^holds as 
31on 5 2 G 's people 
Jame aply Sail roank as wel 
our fredun 2B G'e childrn was bot w/Blud of lamb of 
", ■' '~r on Calvry 

reasn 4- redemptin of Jr. & >v redemrtin of nil mank 
that we bin raven 1 2 worship God 
relatrihip G alway want w/HIa ult creatin is made conp 
thru kno Js Xp as our Jav 
tfe R sav by Him & thru Hiffl 2 worship God 
"his shudB that wh lif our hart llva w/joy 
But if Ik at Ch of Js Xp & 4much of that wh pas 4wors 
we G ther many riscOTiccntinr- of wat Tru worsh realy i 
is 
Pnany ch 'a mak mausoleums of ther ranctuarys insted 
of a Frathrifl plac wher joyful paints can worsh. B 
2 th fulle.it 

(Ilus boy S ch planue 4 men dy in service- 9: 30-11 ( } 
& urtf ortunatly this how many saint ehooz 2 worah G 
it raor lii funeral than joyus exper it shudB ea wk 
(Hup no soulir saved in cathedral) 

But C that shud3 th intent r purpoa of eorp worship 
La time peo of G opn dors of ch,re-?ardles how big or 
ial,th invitatin 2 accpt Xp shudB extend in sum 
way 

'". worsh Bcuz we R redeem, we R saved, "■■ Bcuz this we 
ant othrs 2hav this rederaptln as wel 
Kay I extend Pea U this morn th invitatin ? accpt Js 
Sp if U hav nevr dun so' 

thee we worsh Bcuz we I? saved we irus ask nuestin 
Do U worship God .' 
Is it a way of life ^ 
R U B T_u worshiper': - 

rat do U considr worship 2Bc 
Ia it an Options 
C: r la it 4U the priority it shudBr 



lus man/woir.n clean cup; 
life's le^entry Inpred: Optin or riortyr 
(Ilus Rabbi Ben Jochai & oues bout manna) 
(Ilus boy/planu v men who dyed in service) 
(j. js no souls saved in cathedral) 



■'Life's Elementary Ingredient : Option Or Tiority; ■■ 

•Acripture : Exodus 5:1-5 

(Illustration of man/woman on trip 8 dirty restaurant; and clean cup; 
A man and his wife were on a trip and they decided to stop at a little 
restaurant and eat. But when they got inside they had to decide whether 
to leave or stay. They looked at the counter and it was far fron being 
clean and apeeizing. They looked at the only table in the place and de- 
dided to stay and sat down. But the tablecloth was dirty and they were just 
ready to get up and leave-when the waitress came to the table, to" take theii 
order. "I'll just have a cup of coffee," the husband said. "I'll have cof- 
fee too, and be sure and brinr it in a clean cup," said the wife, A few 
moments later the waitress returned with the two coffees on a tray. "Which 
one of you wanted the clean cupr" she asked. 

■e are all confronted with the need to make choices. Options are a part of 
life and living. But there are times when we must determine whether sore- 
thing is an •■Option" or a "Priority ." 

For the past few weeks we have been looking at "life's Elementary Ingredient" 
which we have identified as worship. ,'e have looked at the Heed of it, and 
have made a small determination of what Worship Is. Having a small under- 
standing that worship is the giving of our love to our Greater we must ask 
the inevitable question then, "Is worship an Option, or is it a Priority;'" 
^rxairaimxx:jEKHiHfc±^xiixiKMEXMyEK^E-HTxrH22±±BiKfe±-^tBx±kExijHr!tx "Why do we 
worship:" The answer to this i.- fciven very emphatically in our Scripture of 
thj 5 morning. 

The people of Israel had gone to live in the land of Igypt during the time of 
Joseph bein- the Prime Minister of Egypt, ^hey had settled there and had be- 
come very prosperous and numerous. XHXHr«xtBi!*xa±x±JiKxxaE^xfeKK±itiBXE]cxB±xtiiK 
feBBkxH±xxxH!iKXx*kHtxtksrRxio:BXBXHxxiHxaEfexBfeKKypfc In the nee s kfl chapter of 

Exodus the 8th verse we read, "Now a new kin^ arose over Egypt, who did not 
know Joseph." 

T v is Pharaoh didn't know the history of how thi young Jewish man had been re- 
sponsible for saving the Egyptians from death by starvation. '01 that he knew 
was that the Jews were not Egyptians and they had practice] ly overrun Egypt, 
they were so numerous. So the solution to the problem was to destroy the new 
born children, rcsKkx±±xH I think we can see from this that the idea of birth- 
control, or population explosion is not a new one. Today we are more sophis- 
ticated in how we goabout it, we use the method of abortion. 

From this ungodly practice of destroying the young Jewish babies, God brought 
forth one of those babies a man named Koses. After a period of being raised 
in the house of Tharaoh, Moses had to flee into the wilderness because he had 
killed an gyptian, '.Ehile in the wilderness he was a sheppherder for 40 years 
And then at the a^-e of 80, he received a call from God to go back to Egypt and 
to deliver the people of Israel. This is the noint at which our Acripture be- 
gins this morning. 
Eoses and his brother Aaro^ had been instructed by God to go to Pharaoh and 



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plead for the release of the people. So it Is the 5th chapter of Exodus be- 
gins , "And afterward Moses and AAron came and said to Iharaoh, 'Thus says the 

Lord, the God of Israel, 'let My people e-o thatvthey may celebrate a feast 

to Me in the wilderness . ' ' " 

What was it that God wanted His people to do7 The anrwer is " 'orship Him," 

That also answers -4 part of the question of i-/hether worship is an Cption or a 

Priority, It is a "Priority. " It is a must, somthinr that God commands from 

His people. 

But the response riven by Pharaoh is a rood example of why worship is thought 

of as being optional. : e read: "Eut Pharaoh said, 'Who is the lord that I 
should obey Hisi voice to let Israel r or I do not know the Lord, and besides 
I will not let Israel ro. '", verse ?. 

"-'ho is the Lord, that I should obey His voice.'" i^ the question raised and 11 
is the question asked even today. If I choose not to recognize God, or admit 
that He exists, I have no need to worship Him. And from this we canvfche rea- 
son man is up to his neck in problems for the 3rd verse rives us that answer. 

• e read, "^en they said, (Poses and Aaron), 'The God of the Hebrews has met 
with us. Please let us e-o a three day? ."iourney into the wilderness that we 
may sacrifice to the Lord our God, lest He fall upon us with oestilence or 
the swurd , ' " 

T,_ere is the answer to the world situation today. Man refuses to recognize 
God the creator and so in his rebellion arainrr His authority he is consumed 
with pestilence and the sword. Poses and Aaron knew that worship of their 
God and creator wasn't Optional, it was a Priority and in recognizing this 
they acknowledged that if they went their own way they would be consumed by 
the evil in the world around them, 

'.'/ also see from what we know of the followinr events that the people of Is- 
rael did indeed perish in the wilderness becaure their worship was not accept 
able to God completely and they rebelled arainst Him. Because of this, all cl 
those whoentered that wilderness after being freed from Pharaoh's rrasp, wan- 
dered for 4-0 years until all of tfeBin th- t veneration had died including Moses 
and Aaron. God fed them ilmiraculously and pave them drinking water, but rtil] 
they had to perish because they wouldn't worship God completely with their 
entire lives. Isn't it sad to think that what could have been a two week 
journey in that wilderness to the promised land turned. Into a 1-0 year night- 
mare of wandering HXEtxtkKXixtk&y in order that all of thim who had refused to 
worship God completely would be dead, and only the ones 20 years or younrer 
could enter that land.' 

(Ilustration of Rabbi Ben Jochai and question about manna) 

One of Pabbi Ben Jcchai's students once asked him, "Why did not the lord 
furnish enourh manna to I-rael for a year, all at one timer" 
He said, "I will answer "ou with a parable. Once there was a kins: who had 
a_son to whom he rave a yearly allowance, paying him the entire sum on a 
fixed date. It "oon happened that the day on which the allowance was due 
was the only day in the year when the father ever saw his son, >o the 



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kinr changed his plan anc 1 gave his son day by day that which sufficed for 

the d y; and then the son visited his father every morning. How he needed 

his father 'n unbroken love, companionship, wisdom and ^ivinr; Thus God 
dealt with Israel and deals with u r . " 

This is a good example of why we shouldn't worship God just on Kaster or 

Christmas, or whenever we feel like it. Our worship should not only be every 

Sunday, but every day of our lives. Worship is not an Option, it Is and 

should be the Ultimate Priority of every wskingHRHB moment if our lives. 

But we need to deal with the real aspect behind the worship God demanded of 
the people of Israel and also the demand for worship God places upon u . 
Juft why should we worship God.' Why should worship be the Ulitmate Triority 
of our lives : 

T n e answer is spelled out in ±kE what God did in the lives of His people Is- 
rael and it is spelled out in what He has done for us in our litfes. The peo- 
ple of Israel were enslaved against their wills, 'hey were held in bondage, 
in captivity. They didn't have the freedom God desired for them. So in 
order for them to have that freedom, they had to he released from the enslave- 
ment of "I^pyt. So what did God do for themr He redeemed them. Kh The free- 
dom^ of the Israelites was boufcht with tJmfeiKiH the blood of the lambs which 

khx was -painted on their dooi .-, marking those households as belonn-inp- to 

God's people, '"he same applies to all mankind as well. Our freedom to be 
God's children was bouifcht with the blood of the Iamb of lod, Jesus Christ on 
Calvary. Snxika The reason for the redemption of Israel and for the redemp- 
tion of all mankind is simply that we have been saved to worship, We have re- 
demption so we can worship God. The relationship that God always wanted with 
His ultimate creation is made complete only through our knowing Jesus Christ 
as our Saviour. We are saved by Him and throurh Him to worship God, 
This should be that which uplifts our hearts and lives with Joy. But if we 
look at the Church of Jesus Christ and for much of that which passes for wor 
ship we see that there are many misconception 1- of what True worship really is. 
Too many churches make muasoleums of their sanctuaries instead of a Fathering 
place where the joyful saints can worship God to the fullest, 

(Illustration of plaque in church 8c men who died in the service) 

A little boy was in church with his father and as they started to walk out 
the door, the boy noticed a bronze planue with names on it. He asked what 
it was. His father answered, '"Those are the names of the men who died in 
service." And the little boy asked immediately, "The nine-thirty, or the 
eleven o'clock service?" 

And unfortunately, thl is how many of the saints choose to worship God. It 

is more like a funeral, than the joyous experience it should be each and everj 

week, 

(Illustration of no souls saved in cathedral.) 

An elderly lady was being" conducted through one of the meat cathedrals in 






Europe . The ruide spoke of the beauty of its design, calling attention to 
its statues and wonderful paintings, **e pointed out the marnificent archi- 
tecture, the huge -tained flass windows, the magnificent or^an and so on. 
To all of this the old lady was unimpressed. 'it the conclusion of the tour 
she asked the guide, "How many ^ouls have been saved here this year.' - " 
"% dear lady," said the embarrassed <?uide, "this is a cathedral, not a 
chapel. " 

But you see, that should be the intent and purpose of corporate worship, 

each time the people of God open the doors of the church regardless of how 
large or how small it may be, the invitation to accept Christ should be ex- 
ifixtaji tended in some way. '.■■;„ worship because we are redeemed, we are saved, 
and because of this we want to see others have that redemption as well. 
Kay I exfaend to each of you thi i morninr the invitation to accept Jesus Christ 
if you have not done so. Knowing then that we worship because we are saved, 
we must ask the Questions: Ho you worship God r Is it a way of life for your 
Are you a true worshiper.' And what do you consider worship to be r Is it an 
Options Or is it for you the Priority it should be r 






St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pa3tor May 24, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice , Minister of Music 
Mr» Bill Pieringer, Youth Director 
Acolytes I Jennifer Vinroe and Wendy Norman 
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + +■ + + + + + + + + + + + + ++ + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
♦Processional Hymn No, 3B9 "Let AH Things Mow Living" 
"Ascription 
•Exhortation 

"Confession (in Unison) "Almighty God, Who is rich in 
mercy to all who call to you; hear us as we humbly 
confess our sin and implore your forgiveness. We 
have broken your laws by our deeds and words. We 
confess our disobedience and ingratitude] our pride 
and selfishness, and all of our failures and short- 
comings toward you and our fellow man. Have mercy on 
us Father, that we may enjoy newness of life* 
Through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen. 

* Kyri e 
'Assurance of Pardon 

'Praise: Pastor — Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And blessed be His glorious name forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 

Children's Moment with Bill 

Hymn No* 446 "Prayer Is the Soul's Sincere Desire" 

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: "I Will Sing Glad Songs" 

Scripture: Acts: 17: 22-31 

Sermon: "Life's Elementary Ingredient; The Requirement" 
"Closing Hymn Ho. 136 "Praise Ye the Triune God" 
•Closing Prayer 
♦Benediction 
*Postlude 

* * * * Congregation Standing ****** 



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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

the Paul Campbell family in memoray of Mr. i Mrs. James 

Christy. 
Mrs. LuAnn Janicki and her sons Dave and Mike will greet 

our members and guests at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are Dick Mangel, Dick Dally, Don Kingsley, 

and Danny Mangel. 
Attendance last Sunday was 133 with 20 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. 3ue Davis. 
Ray Isherwood, Kevin Snyder and Dick Dally will be visiting 

the hospital this week. 
Hospitalized: Mrs. Karen Link in BMH* — //**** ?~* *> /fr 

TUESDAY - The Pastor along with several men from our cong- 
regation will be at Moody Bible Conference this 
week. If any of you have any need, please call 
Ginny at home or at the office, 

THURSDAY - Choir practice at 7:00 P.M. 

Upcoming Meetings: June 1st - Benevolence a,t 7:00 

June 2nd - Leaders class 7 -9 P.M. 
June 3rd - Council meeting at 7:00 
June 8th - Finance Committee at 7:00 

VBS CRAFT HELPERS are needed. If you can or would like to 
help please see LuAnn Janicki. 

GRADUATES OF 1987 - if you know of any member of our church 
who is graduating from any school, please give the name 
to the office. 

VBS Pre-registration - there is still time to pre-regiater 
the children for VBS. Take a minute and do it now or call 
the office. 

The hl Just Say No" Club of the Butler Jr. High School is 
sponsoring a contert at the Butler Sr. High Auditorium 
starring Julie Parker and her band. She was appointed 
by President Reagan to be the representative in this area 
for "Just Say Noi" She is a Christian and brings a 
positive message to the young people. Time: 7:00 P.M. 
on May 29, 1987. More details are on the posters on 
the bulletin boards. 

Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, follows I 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations you 
have the chance to respond to God 1 s leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar. The Invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, 
to meditate, or to seek counseling. The Pastor will 
assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 



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1REETTNOS/J0YS/ANNOUNCEHENTS/PRAYER REQUESTS 
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•HYMN 

PRAYER/OFFERING 
• DOXOLOGY 
PASTORAL PRAYER 

EM'S MKOMENT 
HYKN 

SCRIPTURE: ACTS 17:22-51 

SERMON: "HIPS ELEMENTARY INGREDIENT: THF REQUIREMENT" 
ST. PAUL'S, BUTLER - 5/?'*/87 
•HYMN 
•BENEDICTION 
•POSTLUDE 



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Vg JSjgg DU'MT NEED ANYTHTN NOT FVN MAN 

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SSTpUwU fah bekpv ra/ "* H * IT INSnLT 2THDI ?B ™ * LL NANK 

P ALSO TEL Q CONTROLS THER LIVS 1.SPECIF FTJHP ft GO ON NEX VS _ 
'.THAT PlIRP - THEY-AIL MANK, SRUD SEEK GOD 
THIS IS ELEMFNTRY IMBED G PLAC IN MAN - JWORSHIP HIM 

£ 7 L7 ^^ ° 8KS SS ° ™ EH E " S TENC WAS IN & THRU THIS UNKNOV C 
SB TCL THEY NO DIF PR/JEWS, OH OTHB R«E WAS STARTL REVEl 2T ^M 
THEY BLIEV TTCY FAR S0PEBIOB Ffi/ALL ELBE 
RUT P SAY THEY AS MUCH OFSMING 0= G AS ANYONF 

RECEIV tZ tTm™™ ° F G ' BDT ™ T ° C " EAT ™ M * ™* 
THET NO GREAT G, BUT G GREAT THEM ft IS CAL THEM 2HEFFNT 

r as otd jew knu boot GOD, BUT THRU REVEL OF JS ft WAT TDK PI iff 

ON PENTECOST, P KNU WHO ft WAT GOD WAS ^ ^ "*" * *" TDK PLACE 
BEB 11:6=AND W/OUT FAITH IT IS IMJ'OSIBL 2PLEAS HM. 4HE WHO CUMS 

So™ g s^T" ** IS * & ^ * IS A RKWAHm DF 

FIRST-A PEFSN MUS BLTEV - THAI XS FAITH 
FAITH IS MAIN HKJUIRMENT OF LIFE'S EI.EMENTPY INGRFD 

SELF*™ ™ W0I,SaIP ^ ™ S HW F * m " " DS BLIW ^ W1L RCTEAL 
PA- JEW KNU BASIC FORMULA EVR JEW KNU RY HAHT,RBCIT EVRDAY 
"t! ISiJAEL. Til/LOHD THY GOD Is . 

JS jDJSp THIS THO" Wl ■■ QOD 

saaauw reveal sbhk thru js --f 

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WE HAV NO NEED ERECT AN ALTAR TO AM UNKNOWN GOD 

WE CAN KNO HIM ft HF WILL REVEAL HM.CELF 2TB0Z WHO TRULY SEEK HIM 

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BUT HE STANDS HEDY "REVEAL SELF 2ANY WHO B SEEK ft SFRTH FOR HTM 

'IE WANTS IT WOPH HIM, BUT VE CANT DNLES KNO HTM ™ 

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THAI ^PECIL BELtaSHIP WL KM HW W/HIM THRU HI; SON JS XP 
WE "iOT HSV THAT HELATSHIF W/HTM TF NOT^iflS eft 

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SERM: I.IF'B ELEMEN IT1GRED! TH/REQUIHMENT 

(JJflSjgP.DI'ErcS HEALTH NIIT - HE FPROr- 

■,! OS P WAS IN GH CIIT»4iaEHS. 

/ .ENS WAS THE PHCtTU T"! CF CULTPHE 

IT HERE P nT:-f'Vn I.IK MANY OTIIH CITIKS THEY WEE W/OUT OOD 

HEBE P*B MINSTRY BCAM TWO-PRONGED - SYNAGTG 8- MARKETPLACE 
SYNAQOG.PH EJIVS S- PT 2 OT WH/SPOK OF MESTA'f 

TAT7T THIS JS XP 8, WON SHU COHVUIS & SUM GENTILS 

'•;arktplac= this wher p was in cm schtp 

THIS MARKTPLAC HAS SALI.rtaAKKOPAGUB 
IT HERE COUNCIL ONCE MET 2DECIE JUDICIL & LEGISLATIV MATTES 
NOW MET 2MAK OBSFHVATTNS BCTTT HELTG OR EOTCAT T NAL KATTRK 
niS IS ONE OF P^S SERMONS 

VS 22«N0TIC HOW GETS THTTR ATENTIN 
SPKS AS THO AGSEES W/THEP PHILOS WORSH MANY GODS 
BE ■IAD SEEN THER IDOL- 1 ; THROOTT TH/CITY 
(THIS ILLUS WAT BIN SAY BOUT KLMKHTRY INURED IN HART MANKIND) 

VS 2J«QRKS WANTD B Slffi HAP TNCLUP ALL DEITIES IN THER WCRSH 
SO IN ORDH NO OFEKE ANY GOD WH/MAY BIN OVRLCOKD, INCLUD ALTR 
3UNKNOWN GOD 



'(Tlus man who forgot God) 

ore his rubbers -'/hen it rained. 

He brushed his teeth twic a day with a 

nationally advertised toothpaste. 

He had a physical examination twice a year 

He slept with the windows open. 

1e tuck tova diet of fresh ve^et-ibles. 
d his tonsils removed, 
■nlfed - but never more than 18 holes 

at a tine. 

: ver jmoked, drank, or lost his tempei 

He Kot at least eijrht hours sleep every 

night . 

He exercised daily and expected to live tc 

be a hundred . 

The funeral will be held Wednesday. 

He is survived by eight specialists, three 

health institutions, two rymnas lums , end 

numerous manufacturers of health foods 

and vitamins. 

He forgot God. Q£J] '■ HEt\*. O /-Jx/TEL^ 

_ . ,, , rj/£ *■**■* Tfi> &-°e /J 

Heb 11 :6 6/fS. 

(Hub atheist WW II pilot r Bihlej 



"life's elementary Ingredient: The Pequirement" 
Scripture: Acts 17 s22-31 

health nut who PorgOl 'od^ 
r P fnd pelf Gr city Athens,proud city cultur 
Here fnd city lik so many ethrs=w/out God 
It her 1 's minatry Beam ?pron£r,pr synagos & mrktplace 
in vn pr ? Jew & pt ? OT wh <-pok ^ixn Kesiah, 
taut this Js Sp ': abl win com of both Jew 6 Gents . 
icrip civ pictur 3? in mrktplac cel= AREOPAOUo 
it her Or Council met decid Judicil/lepslativ mattrs 
not only ret 2mak obsrvs concern relip/educa mattrs 
f. it here read 1 of P's sermns,also Theo corse 
vs oo^notic how T ret ther attentin 
he apeal as tho arrre w'ther philos worsh many pods 
he had seen Idols stan thruout city 
vs ?5«Gr want ?B sur includ all deities in worsh 8 so 
in ordr ? no odfend any wb may 7 "! ovrlk, includ altr 2 
c god 
i tel kno identy t pt out wat kno bout God 

vs "'t=lst tel then Sod no resid anyth wh man made 
vs ?5=tel G duznt need man, can ret Ion w/out him 

--this atartl Gr BcuB pt bak 2 Adam & Grks Bliev 
very far remov fr him,wh Jews talk bout 
this insult SB tol they descend fr 'dam 
but lonp w/this F say G controllivs ^specif purpos 
t purpos is that all mank shud seek G 
He say G creat nan 2worship Him, hut along w/this G 
duz not mak impoeibl ?find Elm 
' -\ fac,He serch 4-man Himself 

. /n go so far as 2remin thez Grks ther own poets 
hav sec ther exist was in St thru thin unkno god 

tol they no dif fr Jew, or -my othr race was 8 
startl rev 4 th Grkfl 
they Bliev they fer uperior ? evrl else 
I tel them they Jus as much ofFprim*: of Mm G as anyl 
"e no ray they wer automatic cnildrn erly s 

say G cre=it them "■ they receiv lif fr ' :j r 
F tel ther they no crest G ,but G creat them & that 
6«1 all mank ?repent thru Js Xp 
within wa' I Here '"' un&rst rauch bout Aim Cod 
I being rud Jew kno wet they Bliev bout G ".-. thru th 
rev of Js £ wat tuk plac at ' entcost , truly had nrasp 
of wl o was 

'leb 11: 6- In ordr *anyl Pkno anyth bout 5 mus 1st Blie 
that ia wat we oil faith r that Th Kain Sequlraent 
of Life's Elementaj lent 

il Ingred is worship as we seen, but in ordr worsh mus 
I hav faith 

a in ordr e wil let us C r kno 

th revelatin of Himself 



I undrst basic formla evr Jew knu by hart & recit " ' 
evrday 

it -.vas=Hear C Is,th L thy G is One 
Js quot this 2thoz who ask bout G 
th -ean of QHE is rich Bcuz fo all way bake? Bgin of 

c. .p 
Gen l:l=In Bpin God R- word use 4 God is ELOHIM St it a 
plural word 
wud read=In th bgining Gods 
but tj? expl cum 4th as time ^o on & reveal by G 
Lk word ONE in Deut £- comp 2 bunch rrap banana 
entir bunch is ON£»taJc one away Se it stil ONE 
it no efect whol & use this analp^y we C G is mor 
than ONji, but He is stil only 
In Gen G was sho that no nust Himself , but entri Ghead 
was w/Eim at creatin 
then G reveal self in Js Xp 
wen ask 2sho Fathr,Js sed=If U 6 Me hev seen Rathr 
& I & th Fathr H One 
! then prom wen lv erth wud send sural ?B comf & we G 
rev II p 
1 but also G e-cid of Trinty at Bap of Js , S: transf ig 
at Rivr Jord Sp cam or lik dov,voci fr hvn 8: so 3 
all 7 at once 
Eo evidenc in Ecrij ft ' riirfcy is ih.es 
wo may no completly unclrst 8c I cannot ade-iuatly expl 
but nevrthles it ther 4us 2C 

e no need erec altr ^unkno rod, Bcuz we can kno Him 
I & He wil reveal self 2us if we truly seek Kim 
i (ling ; ' ; II pilot, atheist 6 acpt Xp; 

enuirment G plac our livs w/El Inpred ia 2kno Him 
but TJ e alwey stan redy 2 reveal self Pan:? who R seek 
& serch 
He ■■rant us 2worsh PIim,but we cart unles we kno Him 
Do U Kno Himr 
He invit 17 not only ?kno IIim,but ?hav that specil 
relatship U may hav w/Him thru Js Xp 
!hy not settl 2day if nevr hav P+ : 



"life's Elementary Ingredient i The Fenuirement " 

cripture: Acts 17:22-31 

(Illustration of "Health Nut" &. he forgot God) 
He wore his rubbers when it rained. 

He brnshed his teeth twice a day with a nationally adtfertif-ed toothpaste. 
He had a physical examination twice a year. 
He slept with the windows open. 

He stuck to a diet with plenty of fresh vegetables. 
He had his tonsils removed. 

He golfed - but never more than 18 holes. at a time. 
He got at least eight hours sleep every night. 
He never smoked, drank, or lost hia temper. 
He exercised daily and was all set to live to be hundred. 
The funeral will be held Wednesday. 

He is survived by eight specialists, three health institutions, two gym- 
nasiums and numerous manufacturers of health foods and vitamins. 
He forgot God. 

"he Apostle 1 aul found himself in the Greek city of Athens, that proud city 
of Greek culture. Here he discovered that this city as so many others was 
without Gcd . 

It was here that faul's ministry became two-pronged. He preached in the syna- 
gogue and in the marketplace. In the Synagogue he preached to the Jews and 
pointed them to the Old "estament which spoke of their Hesaaah. He taUj 
Jrhem that this was Jesus Christ and was able to win converts amon- those Jews 
and gome of the -entiles who ventured there. 

Om? I cripture Fives us the picture of Paul being in the marketplace at a place 
called the "areopagus; It was here that the Council had once met to decide 
Judicial and legislative matters. Now they only met to make observation 
concerning religious or educational matters. It is here that we read one of 

iaul's sermons. He bee-ins by stating, "Men of Athens, I observe that you are 
very religious in all respects." verse ?2b. 

Notice how Paul gets their undivided attention. He appeals to them as though 

he is agreeing with their philosophy of worshiping many gods, Paul had seen 

their idols standing throughout the city. 

Then he continues, "For while I was passing through and examining the objects 
of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, "To an unknown 
god.* flaat therefore you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you." 
verse 25. 

The Greeks wanted to be sure that they had included all deities in their wor- 
ship and so in order to not offend any which they may have overlooked, they 
included and altar dedicated to the "unknown erod 1 So Paul tells them that 
he knows the identity of this rod and he points out what he knows about God. 
First he points out that He does not reside in anything that man has made, 
- (verse 24), 

Next he tells that God doesn't need man, that He can ret along without him 

very well, (verse 25). 

Then he tells them something that must have really startled them because he 



.- 



states that God made all men from "one." m his points the Greeks back to .Adam 

and they believed they were far removed from this Adam the Jews spoke of. 

To them it was an insult to be told that all mankind has descended from him. 

And alonr with this, (verse 26), Paul tells them that God controls their lives 

for a specific purpose. That purpose he tells them in the 27th verse is, "That 
they, (all mankind), should seek God." 

He if saying that £od created man to worship Him. But along with this, God 

doe.3 not make it impossible to be found. In fact, He searches for man Himself 

] aul even roes so far as to remind these r reeks that their own poets have 

said their existence was in and through this unknown prod, And to be told that 

they are no different from the Jews, or any other race for that matter was a 

startling revelation for the Greeks, ""hey believer they were far superior to 

everyone else. But laul tells them they are Just as much the offspring of 

Almighty "od as anyone. He is not saying that they are automatically the 

children of God. He is merely sayinr that God created them and they receive 

their life fron Him. 

- aul tells them that they do not create "od, but God has created then and that 

God is calling all mankind to repentance through Jesus Christ. 

.■'ithin what Paul is saying here are the understandings of much about Mmighty 

God. Taul being a good Jew knew all about what they believed about God. And 

through the revelation of Jesus and what took place on lentecost, he truly 

had the p-rasp of who and what God was. ~he au thor of Hebrews tells us in the 

11th chapter the 6th ver r e, "And without faith it is impossible to please Him, 
for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder 
of those who seek Hin." 

In order for anyone to know anything about God, he mu t first believe. That 
is what we call faith and that is the main "Requirement" of life's Hlementary 
Ingredient. That Ingredient is worship as we have seen, but in order to wor- 
ship we must hafe faith. And in order to have faith we must believe that He 
will let us see and know the revelation of Himself* 

Paul understood the basic formula every Jew knew by heart and recited every- 
day. That was, "Hear C Israel, the Lord thy God is One," Jesus -juoted this 
to thofe who asked Him about God, ^he meaning in the word "One" is rich be- 
cause it goes all the way back tc the very beginning of 'cripture. In the 
first verse of Genesis we read, "In the beginning God." The word used for 
"ocl at this point is "r,lohim is a plural word. That verse in Genesis sjgt 
iBDoterfesraHSKiy would read, "In the beginning Gods," aftpdtfEfc But the ex- 
planation was revealed to mankind as tiqdte went by. looking at the word 
"One" in Deuteronomy we can compare it to a bunch of grapes, or a bunch of 
banannas. The entire bunch is "One." And if you remove a rrape , or a banan- 
na from the bundh, it still remains a bunch. It doesn't /fffect the whole. 
Using this analogy we see that God is more than "One" but being more than 
"One He is still only "One." 



In "enesis God was showing that Not ;$tist Himself, but the complete Godhead 

was with Fira at the creation. 

Thgn God revealed Himself in Jesus Christ. Jesus when asked about Hod, told 

His questioners that He and the Bather were one. And if they had seen Him, 

they had seen the Father. Then He promised when He left the earth, He would 

senfl them someone to be -their comforter and we nee the revelation of the Holy 

Spirit . 

But we also can see the prior evidence of the ^rinity at the baptism of Jesus 

He was at the T'iver Jordan, and we read the Spirit came upon Him like a dove, 

and a voice from heaven said, "This is f'y beloved "on in whom I am well plea- 
sed." 

The same thinr happened at the Transfiguration, So we can see the evidence 

in ~eripture of the Trinity. > may not completely understand it, and I dan- 

not adequately explain it. Hut it is there for us to see. 

'e need not erect an altar to the unknown pod, because we can know Him and He 

will reveal Himself to us if we truly seek Him. 

(Illustration of Word ,'ar II pilot, atheist and accepting Christ) 

During World War II there was a bomber pilot who bombed Japan in ipril of 
194-2. During the raid his plane was hit and he had to bail out. He was an 
captured and imprisoned .He saw two of his companion shot by a firing souad 
and saw another die by slow starvation. Here was jsjc a man who was an athei- 
st. He didn't believe in a god, period. 

But dring his lonr month- of imprisonment, he questioned wjpy the Japanese 
hated him and why he hated them. He began to think of some of the thin 
he had heard about Christianity. Very boldly one day he asked his ruards 
if they could ret him a Bible, At first they laughed at him and thought 
it was a joke, ^hen they started to become ugly about this and told him to 
stop making a nuisance of himself. But he kept asking and in May of 1944 
a guard brought a Bible to him. He threw it at him and said, "Three weeks 
you have. Three weeks and then I take away." True to his word in three 
weeks the guard came and Jacob He r,_azer never saw it again. 
But in ;hoee three weeks of meditating, searching, and analyzing that Bible 
and life, a change came over d.e Shazer. At the end of the war he was re- 
leased from Japanese captivity and came home. In 1948 Jacob de "hazer, his 
wife and infant son were on their way back to Japan as missionaries. 

11 because he had spent three weeks looking at God's (ford, and God revealed 
Himself to Kim. 

The reauirement that God has placed in our lives with His Zlementary Ingred- 
ient is to know Him. But He always stands ready far to reveal Himself to any 
who are seeking and searching. He wants us to worship Him, but we can't do 
that unless we know Him, Do you know Him? He invited you to not only know 
Him, but to have that special relationship you may have with Him through that 
knowledge. Why no 4 ; settle that today i r you haven't : 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler! Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor May 31, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Bill Pieringer, Youth Director 
Acolytes: Wendy Norman and Jennifer Vinroe 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Preluds "In Fond Remembrance" by Moore 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
'Processional Hymn No. 690 "America, the Beautiful" 
Ascription 
Exhortation 

-Confession (In Unison) God of mercy; forgive and correct 
the wrong we have done this day. We have turned from - 
the way your Son Jesus Christ set forth, and we have 
not cared for our neighbors . We have permitted pride 
to blind and anger to burn, and we have failed to live 
the new life you have given to us* We come to you 
today with little to offer except ourselves, and our 
sins, begging mercy in the name of Jesus Christ . Amen. 
h Kyrie 

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

People - And blessed be Hia glorious name forever, 
h Gloria Patri - page 142 
"hildren's Moment with Bill 
Hymn No* 443 "1 Need Thee Every Hour' 1 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray* 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory -"Offertory in E Flat" by Beethoven 

Doxology - page 382 

■".nthem: "The Lord Bless You and Keep You M 
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 9: 13-15 
Sermon: "Who Remembers?'* 

•Closing Hymn No. 692 "Battle Hymn of the Republic" 
'Closing Prayer 
'Benediction 

•Postlude "Festive March by Denton 

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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Ellen Schildroth in memory of Loved Ones • 
Mr. Charlie Penar will greet our members and guests at the 

door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Marge Smiley, Genny Nbhach, Donna 

Stewart and Lucille Tack. 
Attendance last Sunday was 138 with 15 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by 
' Shirley Thompson and Marilyn Snyder will be visiting the 

hospital this week. ^* 

SUNDAY - Youth Group at 7 r 

MONDAY - Benevolence meeting at 7:00 P.M. / Li /~C f//^^^ 
TUESDAY - Leaders class at 7 x ^f7£>£ •' ' 

WEDNESDAY - Church Council meeting at 7:00 f 

FINANCE COMMITTEE will meet on June 8th at 7:00 P.M. 

VBS CRAFT helpers are still needed. If you would like to *^, 
help, please see Marge Smiley, the craft director. 

GRADUATES OF 1987 - it is not to late to submit names of - 
those graduating from high school, college, etc. Please 
see that the name is turned in before next Friday. 

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES = please have them turned in before or -<C 
by Tuesday. 

PICNIC IN THE PARK will be here before you know it. Please 
plan to come and join in the food, fun* and fellowship of 
the day* The service will be at 11:00. Remember to bring 
a tureen and your table service. Meat, dessert and 
beverage will be provided. The Lay, Life and Work Committee 
is joined with the Sunday School teachers to plan games 
and fun for all ages. JUNE 21atl (Memorial Park) 

LAY, LIFE AND WORK COMMITTEE will have a short meeting next 
Sunday immediately following church. This is to finalise 
the picnic. Please be there! 

Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations you 
hav« the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation gives 
the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior* the pray, to 
medihat*. or to seek counseling* The Pastor will assist 
you if you desire* Please avail yourself of this oppor- 
tunity. 






■Am batlship Maine Havana harbr 
1915=Br linr lausitania 
12/7i41=Remembr Pearl Harbr 

"ho remem solurs cum home '". , I? 
(I 1 ■"? preachr & 4-get punchline) 
Co. «Bin 2mak«I spent sum bes yrs ?rra 
nothr mans wife Kothr 

Ho remeii=But 41if me, cant reme name 

Zccl 12:1 

(Ilus !c-er 7"ose & bDOthr hike) 

Jo** t ■'■ Ji/ />; 

MA" MAr fHLurr A/A/-' 



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criptuxe: ficclesiastes 9:1J-15 

- /6=Alamo;1898-Rembr Maine 51915-fembr lusitaniaj 
lT_7/41--"tembr Pearl 

Eemem return soldurs HWIi Hi Anyone* Who Remem 
(Hub preaobr vconfesin=arr!s nothr roans wife) 

It -ritol 2-AgetjHav evr 4-goten sumtb,or '+gct wat 

we all hav & sural aed-Man mayB 4gotn by man, hut nan 
aevr ^gotn by God 
Lol wrot such man sec chap 9 

in much this bk Sol spk widdni "■ then spk wat wise 
vs 13=here is wisdm 
vs 14-=this parabl r ; Bib sch serch 4city,no find & the: 

fore consensus it hypo place 
no record plac exist ,parbl fictinal,6 only pruv pt 
vs 15=iXplain taking of city w/vmlls , gates etc. 

mus bil4 ramps/seigeworks 6 this tak time 
whil time pass, poor man insid prep forces Prepel 
vs 15b=„at aid he r-et 4 heroism: Kuthin absolut nut&i: 

In fac,no evn ret monnent or plarsue 
Altho hypo stroy,hap many tines thoz days "-. remin us 
prob fr erliest times deeds of deliv alway bin 4gotn 
w/in short period of time 

Perhaps on the basis can acct 4fac as travl in Ui>A 

or worl C mounments comem batles fot ther 
I We R remin of 4gone hostry of fac sacrifices made, but 
5MB»ffi£SS? . 

01 awar easy Mrat S so writ as no BUrprlo-iZ.l 
He no nesarly spit 2 yth o: : 

1 who Bcum awar of r, ,ther Creatr,no mattr wat 
ar-e is B cal2remem Him 34 yrs add up 2mor 7??,* 
inilvidlks them S think oily of sorows ft probs & 
trials of life 
G rpovid us means Palway remem 6 He did thru Js \p 
.hort m He was 2dy,Js partuk of Las meal w/di»cips 
At that meal tuk bred^wine " p:av 2them & sed=JJo 
This in Remembrance of Me 
(Ilus Soger Rose ,bros,fathx, bike S rembrance ) 
Who Hemembrs t 
Do 0i Do U remem Js died 1 D( 

c nay 4get all sorts things this lif ,but mos impor 
thingwe Shud nevr 4get is that G luv us w/evrlas t 
luv Bcua He want us ?, all mank 2hav that specil re- 
latship w/Eim thru Js tp 
Tin IT b^v re me rr Bcuz Js part Ur Ills 
Iwlt Ipartak or perhap want ** 2cum 4waxd 5 remem 
all G has givn ? U 6 thank Him 4- It 



"ho Remembers '! n 

Sc#ipture : Ecclesiastea 9*13-15 

(Illustrations of remembering) 

On February 24, 1836 an army of Severn? thousand Mexicans invailed what is 
now San Antonio and fought acrainst a garrison of 15'" 1 Americans who were 
holding a small mission conp&und known as "The Alamo." The fighting lasted 
until larch 6th culminating in hand to hand combat with all of the Ameri- 
cans being killed. Among them were James Bowie and Davy Crockett, 
"his rallied the Americans in other parts of Texas and the "exicans were 
soundly defeated six weeks later, 2kHxhH±± Thei^ battle cry was, "Remember 
tie Mamo." 
ho remembers V 

In 1898 an American battleship was blown up in Havana harbor which led to 
the battle cry of "Remember the Taine." This rallied the Americans to 
defeat the Apanish in the Spanish American War. 
But who remembers? 

In 1915 a British ship named the Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by a Ger- 
man submarine killing a number of .Americans on board. The exx battle cry 
of "Remember the Lusitania" helped to rally the United Atates to defeatvthe 
Germans and their allies in World War I. 
But who remembers'.' 

In December of 194-1 the Japanes attacked the United Atates xxc: unexpectedly 
in Hawaii sinAinf many ships and killing thousands of American servicemen. 
This raised the battle cry of "Remember Fearl Harbor" and rallied the Unitec 

tates to defeat Japan and Germany in World Tar II, 
But who remembers c 

Who remembers the return of the American soldiers after World War I and the 
war to end all wars was won? Anyone V 

..ho remembers the return of the American soldiers after World War II and 
the Nazis and Japanes were defeated'/ '.nyone ( 

The point is that it is so easy to forget. Perhaps we can best illustrate this 

by what nappe nd to a certain minister. 

This minister named Rev. Smith was on vacation with his family. On the las - 

unday of his vacation he decided to go to church. So he stopped in this 
nice little church to worship. ben it came time for the sermon, he noted 
that the people had all sort of drifted off into a little world all their 
own. 

The hyghs had been sung, the offering had been offered, the prayers had 
been prayed, the Alders had eldered, and the Deacons had deaked" and now it 
was ho-humsville because the preacher arose to preach. But just as everone 
settled their brains for a warm Aunday morning nap the preacher began his 
;-ermon by stating, "I have a confession to make, I have spent some of the 
best years of my life in the arms of another man's wife." At this several 
Deacons dropped their hymnbooks and many of the women of the church rasped 
in horrer. Then he added, "That woman was my mother." 

e ll, Rev. Amith thought that was such a rood point so he decided to use it 
in his next sermon. The following r unday " he was back in his church and he 
rot up to preach at the appointed time and began by saying, "I have a con- 
fession to make. I have spent some of the best years of my life in the amr! 
of another man's wife," At this several women fainted and four Deacons 
lost their hymnbooks. There was more of a stir in his church than had take; 
place in the other church. But then, to his horrer, he discovered he had 
forgotten the punch line. So he started all over again. "I have a confes- 
sion to make. I have spent Some of the best years of my life in the amrs 
of another man's wife." T v is created still more of a stir as people though' 
he repeated it for effect. But arain he discovered he didn't remember the 
punch line. 'So he started all over arain, thinking that if he repeated it 



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again he would remember it. 5o he said, "I have i confe (ion make. I 

have spent some of the best years of my life in the arms of another man's 
wife." And as each member of the congregation waited anxiously for the 
completion of the story, he grain discovered he had for rotten the punch 
line, oo he added, "But for the life of me , I c-n't remember her name." 

±±±x.-et It is terrible to forget. Have you ever forgotten something, or for- 
got what you wanted to sayr I believe we all forget many different things 
and at many different times in our lives . Go then we know what it is to for- 
get, Someone has said, "Man may be forgotten by man, but man is never for- 
gotten by God. " 

^olonon wrote of such a man in the 9th chapter of his book of Hcclesiastes . 

In much of the book Solomon speaks of wisdom and then proceeds to speak of Kka 

what is wise. Thus he shares this incident by saying, "This wisdom have I 
seen also under the sun, and it seemed great to me," vs 13 . 

He then begins to tell e parable: 

There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king 
against it, and beseiged it, and built great bulwarks against it," vs 14. 

Bibilical scholars have searched to discover ^ust where this city was and the 
consensus of opinion is that it is a hypothetical place. There is no histori- 
cal record of such a place existing. The parable then in fictional and seeks 
to prove a point. 

The story continues in the 15th verse: 

Row there was found in it a pocr wise man, and he by hip wisdom delivered 
the city, " vs 15a. 

With our knowledge of how wars and battles are fought we may, wonder how this 
one insignificant indivual could have withstood the onslaught of this strong 
king and his army. But we must turn our thinking back to the time in which 
these words were written. In the days of ."■olomon every city bas enclosed by 
a high wall. Usually these walls had guards stationed round the clock at the 
corners to observe anyone approaching. To it was possible to detect when an 
army was coming and to begin to prepare for the oncomin^ battle. 
But even when the army arrived to begin their assault on the city within thofe 
walls, their first objective was to ret inside the walls. This could only be 
done in two ways. The first way of course was to enter by way of the rate, 
the main entrance. But if an unfriendly army was seen approaching, the gate 
was immediately closed and barred and bolted if it had been open. The gate 
was well built and it renuired the batterinr down of it. And while the invadi 
ing army v/as battering -it the rate, the soldiers of the city were shooting at 
£hem from the wall. 

The second means of enterinr the city was to go over the wall. And that was 
also easier said than done. If they rushed the wall and propped ladders ag- 
ainst it and tried to climb, most of those thrusts were rejhulsed. So the 
best way to inviade a city was the mfethod which took much longer to accomplish 
but was the most successful, and that was to build or erect ramps, or some 
sort of seigeworks arainst the walls. When those ramps or seireworks were 



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:.nd when those ramps or seigeworks were coTt-leted the invading army could 
charge over them into the city and take it. Needless to say, without the 
benefit of bulldozers and road grading equipment it took axlong period of time 
to make the invasion. 

T>,is is what we are reading about in this- Scripture. This poor wise nan who 
saved the city, usee his inteeligence to truster the men within that city to 
do the proper things to make it impossible for this army to take thee city. 
But the rawKtee reward this man received for hia heroic efforts which overcame 
a mighty and powerful king and his army, and which raved his city, oolomon 
records at the end of the 15th verse, "Yet no man remembered that same poor 

man." 
What did he get for his heroic efforts: Rothin, absolutely nothing. In fact, 
they didn't even mark down somewhere that on such and such a day their beloved 
city was saveo from ruin and destruction by citizen so and so. 
This BXHK?i±HXBf parable although hypothetical must have happened on different 
occasions back in those days, but it reminds us thatprobably from the tfery 
earliest times the deeds od deliverance have always been forgotten within a 
short period of time. Perhaps on this basis we can acount for the fact that 
we can travel throughout our nation and in the world for that matter, and see 
monuments erected commemorating certain battles fought there, 
e are reminded of forgone history of the fact that sacrifices were made, but 
•■Who Remembers .'" Solomon was aware that it is so easy to forget and so it i: 

no surprise that we read in thelst verse of the 12th chapter, "Remember now 
thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the 
years draw nigh, when" thou shalt say, 'I have no pleasure in them.'- 

He didn't necessarily mean that he was only talking to those who are yotths o 

or young in age. Anyone who becomes aware of God, their Creator, no matter 

the age is being called to remember Him before years add up to more years and 

the individual looks at them and thinks only of the sorrow wa& problems and 

trials of life. 

God provided us the means to always remember and Tie did it throuch Jesus Chri 

Shortly before He was to die, Jesus partook of a last rreal with His disciples 

At that meal when He took tfcre bread and wine and gave it to them He said, 

"Do this in remembrance of >'e." 

(Illustration of Roger Rose, his little brother and Father and bicycle ) 
A man named Roger Rose ±h223xbx says that as a boy his family lived on a 
farm beside a dirt road. One day as Roger's brother was crossing the road 
on his bicycle a car came roaring down the hill, struck the boy and killed 
him. He said, 'later, his father picked up the twisted, mangled bike and 
took it into the barn and placed it in a corner seldom used. He said that 
as the years went by his father's sxss sorrow eased. Eut whenever his fath 
er looked at that bike, the tears began streaming down his face. Roger 
Rose says this has helped him to remember the suffering of Jesus stfesMY 
especially when he partakes of the lord's Supper. 



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"Who Remembers r Do your Do you remember that Jesus died for you: \ r e may 
forget all sorts of things in life, but the most important thing we should 
never forget is that God loved us with an everlasting love because He wanted 
us and all mankind to have that spefiial relationship with Him possible only 
through Jesus Christ. Do you have that remembrance because Jesus is a part of 
your life; If you don't I invite you make it a reality for your life. Terhap 
you may want to come forward and remember all that God has given you and than]? 
Him for that. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler i Pennsylvania 
Rev, Ralph Link, Pastor June 7 t 1967 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr.. Bill Pieringer, Youth Director 
Acolytes: Kelly Mangel and John Fenrod 



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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 

■ [elude 

Chiming of the Hour 

Announcements 

Congregational Greeting 

Joys 

Prayer Requests 
♦Processional Hymn Mo. 147 "Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart 
•Ascription 

•"Call to Communion and Confession (Communion Folder) 
►Prayer of Confession (Communion Folder) 
♦Assurance of Pardon 

Offering 

Offertory 
'Doxology - pag, e 382 

Communion Hymn No, 30 'Break Thou the Bread of Life" 
■Invitation to Communion (Page 2 of Comnunion Folder) 
■Seraphic Hymn (Communion Folder) 
~ Institution and Consecration of the Elements 

Distribution of the Bread 

Distribution of the Cup 
"Prayer of Thanksgiving 

Anthem: '"Let LFs Break Bread Together" 

Scripture: Matthew 25: 1-13 

Sermcn: "Wnen Coming is Going" 
'Closing Hymn No. 313 "The King is Coming" 
"Benediction 
•Closing Chimes 
•Postlude 



Paul Campbell and Paul Riemer will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Attendance last Sunday was 114 with 16 visitors. 

Sunday - Youth Group at 7:00 

Monday - Finance Committee meeting at 7^00 P.M. 

►VBS ia fast approaching. Classes are available for child- 
ages 2 through adult. Please take a minute and sign up 
for thiBi Also we need helpers in the craft department. 
If you would like to help please see Marge Smiley. 



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ICNIC IN THE PARK is set for June 21st at U:00 a.m. 
Please plan to come for an enjoyable day of fun and 
games, good food and fellowship. 

.UPCOMING MEETINGS: 

June 15th - 7:00 final VBS meeting 
June 16th - 7:00 teachers meeting 

Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your li fe ' s situations you 
have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation gives 
the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, to 
meditate, or to seek counseling. The Paster will assist 
you if you desire* Please avail yourself of this oppor- 
tunity. 



At ttii'j time we have a few that are graduating from high 
school, college, or etc, 

Beth Tait, lori l J enrad t and Brian Hollefreund all from 

Bm.ler Senior High School 
Donna Pflugh from BC3 with a degree in computer science. 



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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 
Mrs. Emogene Massey in memory of her father. 

Mr. & Mrs, Chet Stauffer will greet our members and 
guests at the door this morning. 

Elders and Deacons will be Ushering and serving 
Communion this morning. 

TJursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sandy Sheppeck. 



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-cripture: Hatthew 25:1-15 

V.'e liv unusul age-many thinr takr. av sudnly 

Bcum very confur err. evrl want 2slnp] " 

& in ordr ?do sotfc tb expl many tim caus mor confusir 
Cllua Lawiston.Ida netie asketa 3 bankj 

5 Pconfusn this morn we wil Ik principle "en Doming 
i in^ 
It lues/'.'.'ed las wk Ja erthly lif that teach dis sun 

fcnu.they need 2 kno 
tol them of startl chain event ehap 3* 

wat Be expl fnd vsa 36-42-1 
Here Tie expl tak out or Rsptur Oh fr this worl 

this nex even tak plac In Bib calendr events 
But 2oentrys cum/gon & Ch stil continu & th I has no 
cum '+ Kis Ch 
P Ik 4-that even ?transpir;?etr awsit it;Jn yarn 4 it 
E-. all erly Ch anticipat it in ther tim 
Put tin cus/ron E: compacency has crep nvr "• 

lea rcany IBliev crip i ■ evena wil no 

tak plac as pi" 
But this la exac wat why Js tol parbl of 10 vi 
invol this parbl wer truths contain ritul wh tuk 
plac in Jweiah enrafemen 8 wedding 
So parbl serv th purpos of tel listnrs in wor? they 
cua undrst wat r;o ?tak plac in th futur 

ten bethrothal/enpa-nent='boy ask fathr permisin 
if gfrree negotiat price 5 if reach -iv.tul arrement 
rrun ■•'itd pay pric " BO eoruant entr in? 
.Jen this aranr- boy /girl drank fr cur « in e fis syWH 
of narag cov 

but no Spin marae that pt 
SI ent respectiv horns ^period lyr or so ■ made nreps 
He est hon sumwher cud liv,S she Bgin gathr po' 
beddin£,etc . 

aftr period ?ep,no 1 kno exac wen, in paxtic ». 
nev: , : Irale ex 5° r 

& 3gethr wdd Bgin torchlite procesin 2hom of brid 
Eystandr kno wat'fcak.-.plac & wud cry out-Bhol priAgrUB 
coraeth , 

This wat Js say vs 6-th cry was ?warn brid 2gat redy 
nuikly 3cuz this her wed nite 
,en brid knu rrcvim on way, she send fl-bridsinaide 'cup 
2her hous '.■ ret her dressed 
Usulv grum/men ariv B4 brid redy -' had 2wait out 
side=(pehrp this why many men raus wait on wives) 
..en brid redy she 6 ber escorts lv hous '■■■ meet prurn 
in th ftreet 



iney wuo. an [wobbw uj 
v.'her wed -~ests wer aseabl 
upon arivl br: id greet rests briefly, then 

wud pro 2briai chambr Sconaumat oaxag 
aftr a tine "run wad lv bridl chambr ?anounc 2his 
atendants marag bin consumat," they in turn wud 
onvey mesag 3geats 8 feartinp wnd BgiM 
u -h feasting last 7days 
Vs Ik analgy givn by Js we C parbl Js tol £ th events 
His lif fulfil th marap relatinrhip 
Js,lik bridrrum lef brid th Ch & has bin away from 
brid ^period of tine 
No 1 kno wen He wil apear ?clain: His brid 
But 1 thinr cert in, as ea day pas it cudB day 

Js want His folors 53 prep 4 Hia return " that why He 
.-bar parbl 10 virgin* 
His Coming wilB th Going of Blievra -/' in- Capture 

-bl tol,5vire wer abl ?g0 w/brid ''hon: of pcTJffl 
but fool wirn had ''buy Oil ! wen cam rrutns hous wer 
locked out . - 

v i8 was custom wen bridl party ariv, doors sbuv ■ 
no 1 els waa admit 
o rn ?a y if want ?B inolud His weding- feast, we betr 
B redv wen He cums or we wil miss it 

his wat He ment in chap ?4 wber tel of 1 B tak 
othr lef Bhin 
If we kno Him as I. & :av we wilB caut up w/Hiir in 
th air wen He cums '+ Kis Brid th Ch 
(Ilus littl boy no want daddy ?3 lef Bhin) 
thats nue.it in we nus all deal with 
if Js wer 2curn 2da; -^' , _ UJ 

dont kno hi nor day & warn we hav if fr Js Hlm- 

^rilf»=VS 1} 



" : hen Coming Is Going" 
cripture: Matthew 25:1-13 

e live in a very unusual a^e . Many things that we have taken for granted 

have suddenly t>ecome very confusing because it seems that everyone wants to 

simplify things and in order to do so the explanation many times only causes 

more confusion. 

Forinstance : 

^n the Lewiston Idaho Tribune there was a notice which rend: 
The crosswrod puzzle which should have appeared in today's Tribune appeared 
instead in yesterday's, tor-ether with the answer to the puzzle that should 
have been printed yesterday. Therefore, the puzzle that should have appear- 
ed yesterday is in today's Tribune, together with the answer to Wednesday's 
pussle. The puzzle for tod 5 answer uld hav 

been printed yesterday are reprinted. 

But I like the one which concerns the City National Bank of Binghampton, New 
York. The officers of this bank sent flowers to the managment of the Bing- 
hamton Savings Bank congratulating them on *faB±KxmsxxxsE2±±Bxi the opening of 
their new facilities. But unfortunately the card that was with the flowers 
said, "With deepest sympathy." Later, the florist who made the mistake called 
to apologize. But he said what really bothered him was that the other arrange 
ment had the c;rc xnxxi which was intended for the bank and the message was, 
"Congratulations on your new location. :r 

To add to the confusion this morninc we are going to look at the principle of 
"When Coming Is Going." 

Tt was on Tuesday or Wednesday of the last week of Jesus' earthly life that 
He was teachin™ His disciples some thin™" He knew they needed to know. He 
had told them sERKXs±ar±i±Hjc of a startling chain of events which Matthew 
recorded in the 24th chapter. If we back up to the 36th verse of that chap- 
ter we read, "read verses 36-4-2). hat Jesus is explaining here is the com- 
ing of Himself to "take out" or "rapture" the church fro- this world. This 
is the next event which is to take place In the calendar of ^iblical events. 
But two centuries have practically come and gone - j nd the church still con- 
tinues and still the lord has not cone for Eie church. Paul looked for that 
event to transpire; Peter awaited it; John yearned for it; and all of the ear- 
ly church anticipated it In their time. Put time has cone and rone and a com- 
placency has crept over the Christian church. This has led many to believe 
that T-cripture is wrong and the events will not take place as prophesied. 
But this Is exactly why Jesus told the parable of the Ten Virgins, Involved 
in this parable were the truths contained in the ritual which took place in 
a Jewish engagement and weddin™, So the parable serves the purpose of tell- 
in.™ His listeners in words they can understand what is going to take place in 
the future . 

Now the first step in the rcarri'-e customs was the betrothal or engagement. 
A boy asked the father of the girl he wanted to marry for permission to marry 
her. If the father agreed, they negotiated what the price of the bride would 
be. When they reached -3 mutual agreement, the groom would pay the price and 
so a covenant had been entered into. xbflxixixxfekBXEZUCSKSKHKfccjJKKiB^ '.hen this 
was arranged, the boy and girl drank tor-ether from a cup of wine as a symbol 



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of the marriage covenant. But they did not be^in their marriage at that point 
ii'ach went to their respective hones for a period of about one year and made 
preparations for th<= marriage . He established a house somewhere in which they 
would live and she began to gather pots and pans, and bedding and so forth. 
After a period of separation, not one knew exactly when, tiEx^mira: and in 
particular the bride never knew, the <~ropm would call for his best man and his 
other male escort and together they would berin a torchlight procession to 
the hone of the bride. Bystanders know in ^ what waa taking place would cry out 
"Behold, the bridegroom coneth." This is what Jesus is Baying in the 5th vers 
"he cry was to warn the bride to get ready nnickly because this was her wed- 
ding ni ht. 

hen the bride knew the rroom was on his way she Bent for her bridesmaids to 
come to her house and ret her dressed. Usually the rroom and his men arrived 
before the bride was ready and they had to wait outside. (I erhaps that is 
why some wives always keep their husbands waiting while they Ret ready to go 
out). When the tride was ready, she and her escorts would leave her house 
and meet the -room in the street. They would all proceed by torchlight to 
the home of the father ofvthe rroom where the wedding guests were assembled, 

on arrival, the bride and troci would greet their -uests briefly and then 
they would ~o to the bridal chamber to consummate the marriage. After a time 
the --room would leave that chamber to announce to his attendants that the mar- 
riage had been consummated, and they in turn would convey that message to the 
guests an£ the feasting would begin. That feasting lasted seven days. 
As we look at the analogy riven to us by Jesus we see the parable Jesus told 
and the events of His life fulfill the marriage relationship. 
Jesus, like the briderroom left His bride, which is the Church and has been 
away from that bride for a period of time. Ho one knows when I T e will appear 
to claim His bride. But one thing is certain, that each day which passes 
could be that day of His return. Jesus wanted His followers to be prepared 
for His return and that is why He shared the parable of the ten virgins. 
Jn that parable the five wise virgins were able to go with the bride to the 
home of the rroom. But the foolish virgins had to buy oil and so when they 
came tc the groom's home, they were locked out. And this was also the custom 

^.en the bridal party arrived xn^ikExaa*:±:fcHfcxHBK±s the doors were shut and 
no one else was admitted. So what Jesus is saying here is that if we want to 
be included in the wedding feast with Him, we better be ready when He comes 
or we will miss.it. That is what He meant in the 24th chapter where He tells 
o£ one rerson being taken and another left behind. If we know Him as our lord 
and Saviour we will be caurht up with Aim in the air when He comes for His 
Bride the Church. 
(Illustration of little boy not wanting his daddy to be left behind) 



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A family not too long ago attended a special service In a snail tovm. 
The mother was a Christian, but thr dad waa not. Their little six-year-old 
boy sat between them during the service and listened to the preacher preach- 
ing on the - : cond Coming of Christ. he understood it all pretty well and 

xkK^MxXXaafckK:EXXXX.XXXKX^K^xh±:KXXXfcBXkefe^ 

xxagxxK±±xx^xx±ggxxxinxx^a!Mxx k«ki:3 !BtXxxx5t±x on the way home he stood behind 
the front seat of the car and he asked, "Mommy, when Jesus comes, will Ke 
leave my daddy behind :" The mother not wanting to embarrass her husband, 
said, "We will talk about it later son," '.hen he was tucked in the asked 
apain, "Mommy t when Jesus comes will He leave my daddy behind.'" S-^e told 
him she would talk with him the next 2ay, 

ortly after he was in bed he got up and came downstairs and said he 
couldn't sleep because the etue^tion was bothering him about his daddy. The 
mother put him back in bed and promised to talk to him the *. hen 
she came .downstairs her husband was pacing back and forth. ,/hen she asked 
what was wronr he told her the nuestion his son asked bothered him. They 
went to bee but he couldn't sleep and he tossed and turned. The next day 
he went to work but in mid. -morn in'- he called home and told his wife he 
woulfi be home shortly, W, en he came home he told her he couldn't get the 
picture of his little boy asking with tears cominr down his face, "If Jesus 
comes will He leave my daddy behind:" out of his mind. And so he went to 
talk to that preacher and accepted Christ ixdcmxkisxiiSs as his Savior « 

That's the question we must all deal with. If Jesus were to come today, are 

you going to iKxi be left behind.' 'e don't know the hour, nor the day and 

the warning we have loom the Lord himself is, "Watch therefore, ^"cr ye know 
niether the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh," vs 13. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor June 14, 13B7 

Mr. Dale Rice T Minister of Music 
Mr. Bill Pieringer, Youth Director 
Acolytes; John Penrod 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
♦Opening Hymn No. 322 "When Morning Gilds the Skies" 
♦Ascription 
♦Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison} God, we confess to you our previous 
sins as members of your Church. We have not led a life 
worthy of the calling; we are overprotective of our- 
selves, 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 us accountable to you. Through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

*Kyrie 

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

People - And blessed b$ His glorious name forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Children's Moment with Bill 

Hymn No. 451 "Jesus, Thou Joy of Laving Hearts" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let ua Pray* 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
•Doxology — page 382 
Scripture: 1 Chronicles 29: 10-14 
Sermon: "Worship: Who?" 
•Closing Hymn No. 353 "God the Omnipotent 11 
" '"losing Chimes 

•Benediction 
*Postlude 

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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by the 

Alvin Tait family In memory of Loved Ones* 
Hrg . Ann Williams will greet our members and guests at the 

door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Jane Weichey, Judy Shearer, Mid 

Diefenderfer and Jeanne Snyder. 
Attendance last Sunday was 135 with 7 visitors* 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Anna Mae Snyder. 
Marty Henry and Rob Vinroe will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 

»MQNDAY - final VES meeting! All teachers and helpers are 

urged to be there ....7:00 P.M. 
J TUESDAY - Youth Group at 7:00 P.M. 

- Teachers Meeting at 7:00 P.M. * J // l S~ J "A *? 

^PICNIC IN THE PARK " JUNE 2 l st * p lan to come and join in 
the fun, fellowship, good food and morning worship at the 
Rotary Shelter In Butler Memorial Park. Service will be 
at 11;00 a.m. Bring a tureen, table service, and pray 
for a nice day. Meat, dessert, and beverage will be pro- 
vided by the Lay, Life and Work Committee. 

^VBS will begin on June 22 at §:3Q p.m* Classes are avail- 
able for children through adults. Come and share with 
us the experience of why "Jesus Is King*" 
Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life p s situations you 
have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation gives 
the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, to 
meditate* or to seek counseling. The Pastor will assist 
you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this oppor- 
tunity. 






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Scripture! 1 Chronicles o, ":10-l'+ 

(Ilua of K Dav end of life adres 1 fin] time) 

I -" = renros ty Dav H- bldg G no alow Pbild 
vs 5— y»peo folo *"'s exaopl 
vs iO=K Dav turn thin in" worship 
Hav bin talk woreh pas few w fleets 

need identfy obj of worsh=Jus i*HO is it; 
in thez finl days Davs lifiden" id rl free 

adoratin '. prais 
(Ilua scientist ndward r 'tein r 'erch 4- G) 
flow here man mod ^ducatin who had cum Pholy & finly m 
met r - et end of perch 
Dav had kno 5 throut his lif E_ Bf-in prayr merly rev 
how alway 11: at Creatr 
V33 11-13=0 how identfy WHO of worsh 
in thez ves 3 °B fnd 4raain traits ' Facte 

thez R cal His atributes=but ther R mor than 4 
. e ia unchanbabl 
G nevr chncs ( He always sam;nevr wavrs or go 1 extrem 
2othr 
2urdrst nus Ik fr parspectiv of Js;wen on erth tol 
if U C txttatfBx He U C Pathr;! " ?athr R one 
Heh 13:8= Js Xp,th sam yestrday, , 'J-evr 

G wil nevr chngjsani Pathr who cre.-it universjntil 

luv th sinnr 
(Ilua girl, grt grandma 5 G as Creator) 
Contrary anyl Blief , G has not chnp,nor wil evr 
■this wat Dav say wen cal«powr mite 
Ill-powerful 
JS in>s Blbl word Almity use Se always use of 
He keeps His creatin 
He redeems th lost 
He raises th ded 

(Ilua of wat G carnot do in SS olas) 
U think bout that 4awile 
rain,we gru.Bbl;snow we rmablj2hot/2oold/e1;o "• 
it all All-] owerful 8 no strik man dwn 

avrwher all at san tim 
.ncicn- Jew Bliev G confin ?plac wher worsh 
He confix Wt inaijin Cab & ark £ then fcenpl .Teru 
othr heathn natin think ther rods in bldga 
(Ilua Bapon in As Mod) 
ther ,-od defeat by strnrr 8od 
GI.":HT=all 

- wa t need W aakjkao numr hairr on 

hed=kno all bout us 
But evr the talk bout G as Iaimtae'l/OmnipotentjrfOmni- 
rresent/Onmmscient the 1 thing bout G stand abuv all 
othrs 



thru 



3 Raw man tear in :in " no eacap ! so read in 
:=Jr. 5:16 

La mos butifui vs whol ribl 
It say simply G is luv 
abuv all els is that ovrvhelm luv of G 
iiutnin els mattrs about Ur knowledp- of G 
we i ore] ia Luv 

■o V expl that luv of g ? one who los luv 1 
Bow do U expl that luv ?one who Jus bin tol dearly 
lloved -randchild ded.' 
U dont 
All H can do ia renin them that luv it G Himself wil 
mistr ?ther harts/livs in futur days 
S,.ey hav autnth S Sunl Sclin 
pity thoz who no Eliev in G wen trarredya lif ovrtal 
them 
they hav nutnin 2hanr on 2 
It in times tragdy/adversty h iv faith tested 

fnd en solid rok we can rest in that ] « ee 
that Is Almity G 

Hud all E abl 2aing w/complet assur: 
On fp th solid rok I ?tan,all othr -rnd is ainking 
sand, all othr rrnd is land 

Do U stan on that .'olid rok.' 

Do U kno lut of G in ur lif.' 

_U can kno ? th way ?kno is ">turn Ur lif ovt 

of worsh has reve-1 Bimself W S I invit tl 
2p<irtak of "is luv fchia day 



orship: Whor" 

scripture: 1 Chronicles 29:10-14 

The king had reached the end cf his xxxbxxx reir-n as well as the end of his 
life. He knew this and had made provisions for bis son to reign in his stead. 
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Lag his reign the 'irk cf the Covenant had been brought to Jerusalem and 
placed in a tent. city of Jerusalem itself had been secured as the capit- 
ol cf Israel. ] eace had been secured throughout the kingdom and his reirn of 
forty years was the longest cf any kinr in Israel up to this point. 
Now he had assembled all of the leaders -nd people in the palace to address 
them for cne final time. 
It is then we read, (read verses 1 throurh 5 of 1 Chronicles 29). 

Che liberality of Cavid is expressed here as roughly being 1 billion, 800 
million in rold and 84 million in silver, David is xyExxxKK donating- this 
amount of --old and silver for the building of the Temple which - ho wao -iroi- 
permit frodffro $ &. C<>& 0/0 A'/" /VH/v//" /?//? ?* j3j/^&. 

j*c /Tollowinr the example of their King, the leaders and neople gave ^onerous- 
ly fstxxfctoK as well, (re c .d verses 6 throurh 9). 
IJfejJ Following this generous outpourinr of love and dedication to the building pro- 
ject, we read in the 10th verse, (read this). What had been simply k cne last 
assembly before his death, the kinr, Cavid, mmr turns the occasion into one 
o<3 worship. 

We have been talking in past weeks of the many facets of worship, but we need 
- to identify the object of our worship* :' B need to ask, "Just V/i'O is it to 
whom we :• direct our worship:" la it ~ome object; Is It another human like 
us; The answers can be found in many parts of Scripture, but here in these 
final days of David's life I believe we can identify the "WHO" to whom we 
lixzBBXXBHKXHEtBratiBE should direct our adoration and praise. 

(Illustration of scientist cward ttein and hi search for Cod) 

-scientist named Edward "^ein tells of a tire in his life when he 

rough very serious doubt. He began to experience what he called 
"a reverence for the 'Ultimate.'" He would question, "What is 'ITr'" 

/; it became, "Who is He :? Put he had problems thinking of Cod as a "Ha.' 
o his nuestioninf- becamse , "Who is the mysterious Spirit that heals, us, 
binds us together, rebuilds broken families, provides forgiveness and hope 
in us: Whos is the mysterious Spirit that gives the wonder of childhood, 
the warmth of mature beauty, the -ray wisdom of age, and the mystery of 
life and death, of laughter and tears: His answer became, "I don't" know, 
but I trust this love, I sense this presence, for I have felt ." 

lad come to the holy and had finally 
met God at the end of his search, 

David had known Cod throughout all of his life. Cv, e beginning of his prayer 
is merely a revelation of how he had always looked at his creator. But now 
as he continues his prayer as recorded in the 11th throurh the 15th verses 
we can see how he identifies the "Who" of worship, (read these verses), 
■•ithln these verses are to be found the four main traits of Cod's character. 

lese are identified as His attributes. But since we can name four of them 
this doesn't mean thats all there are. 



To understand Sod completely is not within the realm of possibility for mere 

mxiraSx mortals , 

Perhaps the first attribute that we can identify of God is that He is "Intraut 

able," This word simply means that He is unchangeable . God never changes, 

He is always the same. He never wavers and "ces from one extreme to another. 

r erhaps the only way we can try to understand that So4 is unchangeable is 

to see this from the perspective of Jesus. ''hen Jesus was on earth He told 

us that He and the father are one, that if anyone saw Him they had ~een the 

Father. o it is then that the author of the New Testament book of Hebrews 

tells us in the 13th chapter the Bth verse, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, 
today, and forever." 

Cod will never change. TT e is still the same Heavenly Father who created the 

world and all that in in it; r "e stills hates sin and loves the sinner; and He 

still desires that all mankind would be saved through Jesus Christ. 

xxLE*kKKxa*ir±fentexBfx2a^xixxi;iistxissxia 

(Illustration of little girl anc! great— grandmother and God's creation; 

4 little girl climbed on the lap of her great-grandmother and looked at er 

white hair and wrinkles and then asked, "Did God make your" 

"Yes," the -randmother said. 

Then she asked, "Did God make me too?" 

ndma said, "Yes," 
" ell," said the little girl, "Don't you think he's doing a better Job now 
than He used to : " 

Contrary to anyone's belief, God has not changed, nor will He ever change . 

Another one of God's attributes is that He is Omnipotent. This iw what David 

ia saying when He calls Him all power and might. Omnipotent means that He is 

all-powerful. Fifty-six times the word "Almighty" is used in the Bible, 
always it is used of God, never of anyone else* ~od is All-powerful and can 
do anythin' He wants. But what He does is always consistent with "WHO" He is. 

He is able to create, but He also keeps Kir creation as evidenced by the con- 
trol He exerts over all of it. ig powerful as l 'e is, He is able to redeem the 
lost and bring then into a relationship with Himself. & further evidence of 
His power is that He can raise the dead, ".'hat is lifeless, He can make alive, 

(Illustration of teacher T Sunday School class and question about GodJ 

lunday chool teacher had taught a series of lessons on the Omnipotence 
of God. bhought she had done a pretty rood ,job of explaining this to 
them. The asked the ouesticn, "Is there anything that God can't dor" 
There was silence and then one little bo;/ raised his hand. The teacher was 
disappointed and thou-ht the point of the lesson had been missed. o she 
asked the boy, "Hell, Just what is it that God can't dor" r, e little boy 
answered, "God canV please everybody." 

You think about that for a while. If it rains people •"■•rumble and complain; 

if it si d of tim bhe -round dries out 

there are those who are grumbling for rain; if it is humid people complain; 

if it is winter its too cold, or too much mow. Ho matter what the circum 

stance, there are always those who will knock it. Hut through it all, God 

never uses His power to strike down puny little man and keep him in his place, 



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T>,e third attribute of God is that Ha is Omnipresent. That simply means that 
He is everywhere all at the seme time. He can be here and in any other part 
of the universe at the very same time. To try to think this through boggles 
the mind. But this is possible only with : "od. 

The ancient Jews, many of them actually believed that 3od was confined to the 
place where He was worshiped* lT1 hey thought of Him as being confined at Kfc, 
i inai; then it was the Axk o* 1 the Covenant; and finally it was the temple in 
Jerusalem. T,_e neighboring nations likewise thought their rods were confined 
to their temples and we read of the example of the r "hilistines stealing the 
Ark of the Covenant. They took the .'irk and put it in the temple of their pod 
Da; on. They believed their pods lived there and the God of Israel Who had 
shown power and might would add to their rods. The next day, the statue of 

on was found lyinr on its face. They stood it up and the next day day it 
had fallen arain. But this time it? head and hands were cut off. God hsd 
mysteriously performed surgery on this Idol. Because of this Scripture tells 
us that the Philistines never a~ain tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdodi 
Who could worship -od who had been defeated by another more 3tronger -odi 
This helped to prove that Almighty "od does not dwell in temples made with 
hands. David writing- in the 139th Tsalm comes to the conclusion that no mat- 
ter where he goes, he cannot escape from Hod for He is everywhere. 
The fourth attribute of Cod is that He is what is called "Omniscient." This 
means that Fe is all-knowing. This attribute nay not seem significant when 
we first ponder it. But to know that The Almighty God, the Creator of the 
universe, "he only True God not only knows everything, He knows us, is some- 
thing tremendous. hen we consider that we are Just a small speck on this 
planet earth and God knows the number of hairs on our heads; and He knows what 
we need even before we ask; and He supplies our needs; this makes God some- 
thing very, very special. 

How we may well say, so God is immutable, so He is Omnipotent, and Omnipre- 
sent; and Omniscient, so what:" You have rood cause to ask that,, because Just 
what is so important that we- must understand all of this: The answer is that 
we 'ill probably never understand all of this in a lifetime. Tut in all of 
this there is one thing shout God that stands cut above all others. 
T_ at is that God knew that man was trapped in sin and do matter how hard he 
tried he couldn't escape the end result of it, which was and is death. Jo we 

read in Scripture that "God so loved the world, that ! T e pave His only begotter 
so that whosoever believeth in T "im should not perish, but have ever last inn- 
life." 

"hat is the most beautiful verse in the whole Bible. '"hat it says amply is 

"That God is love." "hove all else, is that overwhelming love of God. Nothir 

else matters about your knowledge of -od. "he "WHO" that we worship, is love. 



But how do you explain that love of God, nnrl that God. of love to someone who 
has lost a loved oner How do you explain it to someone who has just been told 
that a dearly beloved grandchild is deadr 

You don't. All you can do ia remind them of that love and God Himself will 
minister to their hearts and lives in future days. They have something and 
someone to clinr to. Pity those who do not believe in God when the tragedies 
of life overtake them. They have nothing to hanp- on to. It is in times of 
tragedy and adversity that we have our faith tested. \nd if it founded on the 
Solid Rock, we can rest in that love that can only come from one source and 
that is Almighty God , 

StaqraiixiaaBxxt IE should all be able to Pins: with complete assurance, 
Christ the solid rock I stand, all other rround is sinking sand, 
All other -round is sinking sand. 
Do you stand on that solid rock? Do you know that love of God in your life.' 
You can you know and the way to know it is to turn your life over to Hin. 
The " .HO" of worship has revealed Himself for you and I invite you to partake 
of :~is love this day. 



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"CHURCH IN THE PARK June 21, 1987 

St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler , Pennsylvania 
Hev, Ralph Linki Pastor 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 
♦Ascription 

*Hymn No. 36 from Old Favorite Hymns "In The Garden" 
*Call to Worship; 

Pastor - How excellent is Thy loving-kindness, 

O Godl 
People - Therefore the children of men put their 

trust under the shadow of Thy wings. 
All: - For with Thee is the fountain of life; 
in Thy light shall we see light, 
♦Invocation 
Hymn No, © "Love Lifted Me" 
Announcements, Joys, and Prayer Requests 
Morning Prayers 
Offering 
Offertory 
*Doxology 
Scripture: Isaiah 6: 1-8 
Sermon: Worship: The Real Truth" 
Prayer 
*Hymn No* 38 "Revive Us Again" 
•Benediction 
♦Paatlude 

+ + + + + + "-Congregation Standing + + + + * 

Ushers for today are: Rob Vinroe. Rick Vinroe, Jeff 

Snyder, and Kevin Snyder. 
Attendance last Sunday was 82 with 8 visitors 
Hospitalized: Elsie Komrumph, BKH **■ 



VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL begins tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. 
We hope that you will come and join us in learning the 
lessons of Jesus. Classes are available for all ages. 
Those who have donated anything for the snacks for VB£ 
please bring them into the kitchen. Remember your 
.cookies for Friday evening. 

After the service today, please turn your hymn booklet into 
one of the Ushers. 



A 70 r'^/t' 

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Ilus Invisible church & tre3ur pay pastor 

leas 

•jaw 
Beard 
felt 
"■id 

Bobby Richardson prayer : 
Dear lord, 
Your will, nothing more, nothing less, 
nothinr else, ftmen. 



"Wor- in • 

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... . _ . , _ . _, . 

invisl 3 ■-■ 'e - ) 

: ernap Ecus dif.if no impos 2viauliz invisbl en that 
our tacts turn imed 2bldrs £•. proptys 
but real ch made up thoz who nam nan- Js Xp, a it i c 
aetul w/in ea Individ lif 
it duznt req bldr 2 wore Sjlt no req specil llturgj 
G canB worsh anywher & we mak roistak can only B dun 
on Tundav In specil bldr 
G creat us 2worsh Him & Ke desir it ea day our livs 
worrjh no restrlc 2 prescrib ritul or place 
:o as continu study wors & wat can lern bout it, lets 
direc think this L'a Day 2 th Heal ^hin? 
Clasicl portin eric 4^tudy of irora fnd Isa 6 
Canot B cert Isa in Tenp wen had visin of th lord 
Tiler thoz try tel us wher tuk plac.but that is 
2read in2 Tcrip, that h not they 
vs l=Templ refr 2 may bin tempi Jem, but HJcly It 
tempi in wh Isa saw 1 in visin 
identy of L here is that of Js;it pre -incarnate 
apear of Him Sc evrtime it mentin in ' crip suml sow 
Lord.it Js reen.nltho no cum yet bodily ? erth 
3 red no 1 cud C Him ■ liv,. o it was always Js seen 

So apearance of lord refer 2 Js=Jn 12 J37-JU-HE&) 
HI GLORY can only mean Xp's "lory & contex this is 

^ ^ P thin- we C bout Isa is that he SAW SDWTO 
h psA 2use his eyes 2C wat G had J-kim , e 

in ordr * Isa 2hav wors exper.he had ?C objec of hi. 
wom=™he lord > « 

o must we=we need 20 in minds ey th risn I " JswJS 
we need not duplicat exper Isa, but need visuliz th 
OKE we wors is in our very presents, wharevr wors Him 
He no confin 2 bldr, or =hrin,or specil altr sum sort 
He stan outsid our harts aweit admitanc Sreve^l 
"imself ? ea us 
vs *i=Isa herd sumth ^---i t=« 

A- hvnly beinp prai? 3 th very dorposts of tempi Ts£ 
saw shuk 
Wat Isa herd was prais directed to hod 
Th an-'ls no say = Merc if ul 'merciful /mere if ul , or 
Wise^Wiee/WiBe,or etrnl/etrnl 'etrnl or anyth else, 

thYofiness Tl is^at w* set Him apart fr evr oth, 
creatur or being 



"He is not nottir humn typ persn we can cal buddy 2/ 
buddy; He not man in sky, or Big: Daddy or sun othr pltras 
2mak it seem lik hav clos relatshio w/Eim 
He is G S He is Holy 
tber canB no familarty or tres 4 : Him ss tho jus nothi 
persn 
Li' Isa we need 2hear G cal us fr ordnary evrday thing 
of ±if 2 worsh Him wherevr we R 
vs 5= Isa recogniz self 4-wat he was 
vss 6-?=angl respond 2 Isa need 
fr this lern not only Isa =Saw >umth,Berd sumth.but 
he 7elt ! urrth 
that sumth was touch of (3 in his lif 
He receiv 4givnes , bring* him inP that specil relctship 
w/th lord 
Isa confes his uncleanees ,his sin p : 1 respon by clem 
his lif bin touch & he now Blon^ & Lord 
vs 8=Isa not only Saw Sumth, Herd "umth,7elt rumth,but 
he Did 3umth=He respond 2 cal of G 
He wil Pvolunt er & 23 use by G as He wil 
All wat hap Isa was=Real Thine- of wOrsh,ther was nun 
of fals/suprficil wh man want 2put in° wors Pday 
all wat hap 2 Isa wat need hap Pus if truly want len 
wat wors of G all about 
I no imply we mus seek vis ins, but ea shud seek G in 
Sp & in Truth wen worship Hi-i 
lik Isa shud 1st C Sumth 
here outdors can C handiwork of "=thinp-s of natur pt 
us 2 God; His creatin srovid this 4us 
In all this catch blimps His holines 
But ther thoz no here Bcuz not in bide; & this is not 
worship; it not The Church & by this mean a specif bldj 
Isa shud=Feel ' umth-but musB earful Bcuz ther ±k< 
thoz continul seek feel & if no hav,it not wors 
Isa no hav sensatin,he felt presenc of G & so shud 
we, this feel shud hav 
Ldk Isa shud=Hear r 'umth 
shud hear voic G our midst 

G sed=B stil & kno that I am God, it not in hustl/bus- 
evrday livs we get clos 2 God=insted it in quiet mom 
ents wen cum 2 Him on ltol basis & get 2kno Him as 
th luving- hvnly Father wh/He is 
But lik Isa we mus io E umth as wel=we mus surendr liv; 
2 Him w/out reservatin=Here am I, "end me 
we shudE wil 2giv our all 
(Ilus Bobby Richardson & prayer G*s will) 
it is only in fcotl & ccrrs>iet surendr we *il evr fcruly 
exper wors of G;it not in bldrs/specil places; it not 
specil atituds or positins we wil find G 
it only in surendr our wils 2 His we wil |gJ* Th Rea 



" orsMx : The Real Thing" 

.cripture: Isaiah 6:1-8 

When we mention $he word "church" most people think of a building In which 

people gather to follow a service of worship. he church is that, hut it is 

much more. The Church is the invisible Body of Christ. 

(Illustration of preacher preaching about the Invisible Church J 

A preacher preached a sermon on the "Invisible Church." At the next busi- 
ness meeting the treasurer made a motion thatvthe manner of paying the 
pastor be changed. He said, "I move that we authorize the invisible treas- 
urer of the invisible church to pay out pastor with an invisible check from 
now on." 

' erhans because it ia difficult if not impossible to visualize the invisible 
church that our thought about the church turn immediately to buildings and 
properties. But the real church although made up of every person who names 
the name of Christ is within each individual life. It doesn't require a 
building to worship God. It doesn't reouire a special form of liturgy to 
worship God. God can be worshiped anywhere and we make a mistake to think 
that it must be done only on a "unday and in a certain building . God created 
ud to worship Him and He desires that each day of our lives. forship is not 
restricted to a prescribed ritual or place. 

So as we continue our study of "Worship" and what we can le-irn about it, let 
us direct our thinking this Lord's Day to "Worship; The Real Thing." 
^~ The classical portion of Scripture for the study of worship is found in the 
6th chapter of Isaiah. , D car.not be certain just where it was that Isaiah 
had his vision of the Lord. There are those who tell us it took place in the 
temple. That may well be true. But to state emphatically is to read some- 
thing into this passage which is simply not there. 

Isaiah begins by saying, "In the year of King Uzziah's death, I saw the Dord 
Bitting on a throne, lofty ~nd exalted, with the train of His robe filling 

the temple." 

The temple referred to in the verse may have been the temple in Jerusalem and 
then it may have been a temple in which Isaiah saw the Lord. The identity of 
the Lord here is that of Jesus, This was a pre-incarnate appearance of Him, 
Every time it is mentioned in the Old Testament that someone literally saw 
the Lord, we must remember it was Jesus that was seen even though He had not 
yet come to earth bodily. The reason for stating this is the fact that God 
Himself said that no one could see Him and live, So the appearance of the 
Lord refers to Jesus. 

John writing of this says in the 12th chapter of his Go-epl, verses 37-4-1, 
(read these). "His Glory" can only mean Christ's glory and the context of 
this of course is Isaiah 6. So it is that we first of all realize that Isaial 
saw something. Isaiah had to use his eyes to see what it was that God had 
for him. In order to have a worship experience Isaiah had to see the object 
of his worship. E o must we. We need to see in our mind's eye the risen 



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Lord and Savior Jesu r -- Christ, V.'e don't need to duplicate the experience 

which Isaiah had hut we need to visualize that the One we woBship is in our 

very presence, whereever we worship Him. He is not confined to a buildi: -, 

or a shrine, or a special altar of some sort. He is stand in- outside of our 

hearts awaiting admittance to reveal Himself to each one of us. 

But Isaiah not only saw "one thin-*, he heard something. In the 3rd verse he 

writes, "And one called out to another and said, 'Holy, Holy, Holy, is the 
lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His -lory.' And the foundations 
of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called outm while the 
temple was filli ;h smoke." 

. the heavenly beings praised God the very itergxfeEiA doorposts of the temple 
Isaaiah saw shook. What Isiaah heard was the praise directed to Sod, -he 
angels didn't say, "Merciful, merciful, merciful," or, "Wise, wise, wise," or 
Eternal, eternal, eternal." It was, "Holy, Holy, Holy." The holiness of God 
is that which sets Him saqp apart from every other creature or being. He is 
not another human type person that we can call buddy buddy, or the man in the 
sky, or some other pet phrase to make it seem like we have a very close re- 
lationship with Him. He is God and He is Holy, There can be no familiarity 
or treating Him as though He was just another person. like Isaiah we need 
to hear God calling us from the ordinary everyda;/ things of life to worship 
Him wherever we are, 
Isaiah in the p~a ?nc ri of the Lord recognized himself for what he w an he 

n the 5th verse, (read this). 
And the angel responds to Isaiah's need as we read in the 6th & 7th verses, 
(read these). 

F r om this we learn that Isaiah not only saw something" and "heard something,' 
but he "felt something.." That something was the touch of Godoon his life. 
He received forgiveness, bringing him into that special relationship with the 
Lord. Isaiah had confessed his uncleanness, his sin. And the Lord had re- 
sponded by cleansing hire from his sin. His life had been touched and he 
now belonged to the Lord. 

Following this, Isaiah relates, "T,_en I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, 
' ;hom shall I send, and who will go for Us < ' Then said I, 'Here an I. 
Send me . '" 

Isaiah not only "saw something and heard something, and felt something," he 
"did something." He responded to the call of God. He was willing to volun- 
teer , to let "od use him as He would. 

All of what happened to Iraiah was the £Real Thing" of worship. There was 
none of the false or superficial which man wants to put into worship today, 

11 of what happened to Isaiah is what needs to happen to each of us if we 
truly want to learn what the worship of n 7od is all about. I don't mean to 
imply that we should be seeking visions. But we should each be seeking God 
in Spirit and in truth when we worship. 



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Like Isaiah we should first seek to "see something," Here in this outdoor 
setting we can easily see the handiwork of God. The grass, the sky, the 
birds, all of nature speaks to msexb us of the creation God has so wondrously 
provided for us. In all of this can catch a -linvpse of His Holiness. 
But there are those who rtg not with us this morning because this is not wor- 
ship as far as they are concerned. Unless it is done in what is recognized 
as "The Church ' it is not worship. By " he Church a 8 specif its building is 
meant. 

Like Isaiah we should "feel something." But we must be careful here because 
there are those who are continually seeking a feeling, or some sort of sensa- 
tion or it isn't worship. Isaiah didn't experience that, nor iw it the type 
of feeling we should have. '^ should feel, or sense the presence of God in 
our midst. 

Like Isaiah v/e should "hear something, " W* 1 should hear the voice of Goo" in 
the stillness of our worship, God tells us in Hl» ford to "be still and know 
that I am God," It isn't in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives that 
we get close to God, Instead, it is in the quiet moments when we can come to 
God on a one to one basis and get to know Him as the loving Father which He 
is . 

But like Isaiah we must "do somethinr" as well. w must surrender our lives 
to Him and say without reservation, "Here am I. 'end me," We should be will- 
in'- to c "ive out all. Bobby Richardson the former second baseman of the Hew 
York Yankees baseball team was called upon to pray at s meeting of the Fell- 
owship of Christian Athletes. His prayer was simply this: Dear God, Ycur 
will, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else. Amen." 

It is only in total and complete surrender that we will ever truly experience 
worship of God. It isn't in buildings or special places; it isn't in spec- 
ial attitudes or positions that we will find God, It is only in the surrender 
of our wills to His that we will find txuaxwBrship "The Heal T^ing," 



3t. Paul's United Church of 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev, Ralph Link, Pastor June 28 t 1967 

Mr* dale Rice, Minister of Music 
"4r, Eill Pie ringer, Youth Director 
Acolytes: 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
•Opening Hymn No. 12 "0 Day of Rest and Gladness" 
'Ascription 
"Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) We offer to thee, Father, praise 
for fcha gift of thy Spirit. We are made aware that your 
love is given to us in many ways. When we are lonely t 
\then we are filled with doubt, when we show unbelief, 
it is your Spirit that fills ug with your truth. And 
when we burn with hatred, or anger* or selfishness, or 
greed, it is 'your Spirit which speaks to ue with your 
love* Forgive us, and may your Spirit live, guide, 
and direct us in all ways. Through Jesus Christ our 
Lord. Amen. 
*Kyrie 

■Assurance of Pardon 
*Praise: Faster - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And blessed be His glorious name forever. 
"Gloria Patri - page 142 
children's Moment with Bill 

Hymn No. ^53 "Take My Life, ana Let It Be Consecrated" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
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_M r ory 
*Doxology - page 382 
Scripture: Hebrews 10: 19-25 
Sermon : "Worship : T h e PI ac b ' ' 

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to Thy Dear Name 



The beautiful flowers on the altar are from the marriage 

of Kelly Dreher yesterday. 
Mrs. Phyllis Tait will greet the congregation and guests 

at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Dick tf angel , Danny Mangel, Dick 

Dally, and Don Kingsley. 
Attendance last Sunday was 90 at the service and picnic 
Nursery will be provided today by Megan Hewil 
Herb Shearer and Bill Pflugh will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Hospitalized: Elsie Komrumpf 



TUESDAY - June 30 Youth Group at 7:00 P.M. 
WEDNESDAY- July 1st council meeting at 7:00 P.M. 



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Scripture: "ebrews 10:19-25 

beacbr/studnt & paper on "Wat" S his " a Wat?) 
If U wer Pmak survy concern wors I Bliev mos pror rev 
tfudB that atitud of apathy 

But Bliev mor surpris U wud diseovr va? ma J so oal 
ma wud exhib this apathy very vividly 
hav -Lar Sgetbr many thi'n~ concern wors " 1 them 
was oonvers tween <7s/wonan at wel Jacob 
In encountr womn nakref ? "Place " vrrs 
Tn 4:20=she says 

ras 21-24=this ansr Js -iv 2shalo perspeetiv wh her 
sooity hav of wors wh U did at prescrib plac, at set 
time in ritullstic manr 
fr convBrs w/Ja & wat Jew/ MUM taut she confus 
wasnt sur whethr f-hud wors Mt. Gerizim or temp Jerv 
iis ansr simply ther isnt Uo or Dwn ther plac of wors 
'■■ worah no confin specif plac, tin, f orm 
I Ilus Vance Havner r - 11 sharp, 1? dull) 
-h reasn 3 that "many who cum 2Ch no actul cud Jfyors 
Many in ch Bcuz thinr ?dojmay enhanc busnes; enhanc 
ima r " of thoz- who □ they ther; may B Jus habit 

fear R thoz who not in Ch "cuz it wrong time; or eerv 
Slone run pas noon; no lik preachr;?many hypocrita, 
& of core exclud aelvs fr that category 
Vat Js try tel womn at wel was ol syst bin dun way 
;/by His cum in? worl 

L Cor 3:16 Apos P pt out=ment evr "lievr was liv/breat 
tempi in wh/G dwels 
that mean lilievr can wors G tntin),snyplae,' no depei 
on Bldg 

wat authr I-ieb try convy Preacrs 
iv stir sissii statmens bout offr of X he say=== 
rs ^^=in ol Gov peo cud no cum near G,had stan outsid 
cert distanc 6 watch as pr minstr 2 G on ther Bhalf 
;& unfortunatly thet stil thoz ch 2day vi rcl of rainsi 

fell 3 pr offr an T ' . .: of them). 
Ch pr go in2 Holy of Holys,or Holies Plac once yr 
tvk basin blud,pul aid hvy thik curtin cal veil r 
step out of site 

inaid sprinkl blud Mercy Seat <>-4givn8H peo 
ie scar if no do evtth rt G wud strife tied 
peo wait, hoi breth afraid G strik ded whil in ther 
so authr Heb tel us=vs 22=wors cum Bt G kno relatshi 
w/Him Bcuz bin clens by blua of Js Xp 
this wat sprklinp here is,'"-- wash watr is Baptized 
9ut evn tho may wor G anywher ,anytim G stil desir 
;orp wors r ; this wat vss 24 & ?5 srk of 
we .1 Pstumlat lnothr & that mean reek othr Join Ufl 
in worsh 
but wat shud corn wors B.'V 



I, hub or. i ac nis preacn on worsj y 

(Ilus .'ibe Iincoln &. fancy run worth nuthin) 

■: G ch in this ilus 5-. wat start out 2B means 2 
lead peo 2 tp 80 oft bin chaw in? comf Sun routin 
Th Ch raerly Bldg w/butfu] st -las windo,butful wood, 
flowrs f cloth, but ceas '3 plac wher peo cum ? wors 
G -jlectivly 

■ feel U mus hav formliz ritul,raood "iur ic Pwors 
wat U do isnt wors 
iu.-iic "• lit can anis wors hart, but cannot mak non-;ors 
hart in2 a wors one 
but can giv nowors hart sens hav wors S ther dangr 
crucml factr in wors is not form, but hart thoz asem 
1 lev can do snyth U want othr 6day wk & then 
cum 2 Ch ~un & turn on wors US wrong 
our lifstyl res wk musF consistent if our corp wors 
is 23 wors 
.at we do apart fr corp body ,sflversly afec Sun morn 
this Bcuz we H 2B lbody,^ wat lduz afec all othrs 
in famly 
but corp wors not only 2B nrenuin it is 2B corapulsin 2 
phar w/lik Blievr our prais/thankspiv 2our Creator 
Ik vs 24=how kin we do that; by set exanpl of find pi 
plac in conf* ea Jun morn 
it shud nevr E rcattr of not rt tin *wors«& ther thoi 
who not here I-cue suinmr shud hav dif tim 
it not nattr lit; nor of preachr as evidenc wen I away 
it mattr want 2shar colectivly wat G has t-us 
it cum ?prais Hie I ndr our luv S can 

bes do this 2gethr,Bcuz lif us in luv 2ret.hr 
need ask='.hy do I go 2 ch .' 

C ol remark=I no ~et anyth out of ch quite oft 
& U kno why anyl duznt ret anyth out of chi 

cuz no put anyth in,U hav 2put sunth in 2get ou- 
If □ cum "analyz choir , preachr B no et ryth 
If U cum 2seek hies D hav mis pt of wors, we cum 2 
wors Be receiv wors by Fiv 
we -iv eelvs 2 " in prais=sinr hymn t pray/prayr Rlv se 
we cum 2riv that duznt mean raony=a>:pl offringa 
G C 's wat we piv 8e bles acord 
vs 25-iScpl peo Ch 1st centry Ik 4 Xp return 
peo then felt no need asem'ol 2cethr & thoz peo miss 
out G's tries in wors 
Kos peo livs state turm 2reasn=eithr no wors G odays 
& so mis out on un,or seek wors "un w/out repard 
othr 6day=it taks both -«« Say wors & on .'unday 
(Ilus man mis ch ."<■. preachr visit Jthis plac of wore 
but cannotE if we not here;% canotB if we no prep t- 
wors Ss mus worn wen here, .en our livs R liv ea day 
drawn clos 2 G.ovrflo iJ we want 21 here, cesir is 
2go out prep 4nothr wk in wh we wors livs til nexwor 



(Ins apathy = io Watr) 

Vance Havnr 

forallip Btrin r un morn many ch's 
11 A.M sharp p < ends 1? o'clock dull 

(I?""' Jn McArthur i J ~~ns , bells ) 

(llus .'•.. Lincoln & gins) 

(Ilus membr mis ch & visit preachr,) 



"Worship: The Place" 

Scripture: Hebrews 10:19-25 

(Illustration of apathy) 

.. teacher in an English composition class rave the class the assin.nment 
of writing a piper on the subject, "What?" All of the class worked on 
their papers for one hour. All that is, except one boy who worked on 
his paper for one minute, x%KxtBXEhKrxs±XEinrgEH±o!toEKXxkKxxasxjcz::E£: wrote 
something, and then left the class. The teacher discovered when she was 
grading the papers that on his sheet he had written, "So what.'" 

If you were to make a survey concerning worship I believe the feij^xezt most 

prominent revelation would be that of the attitude of apathy. But I believe 

that more surprisingly you would discover that a vast majority of so called 

church members would exhibit this apathy very junta vividly. 

fie have shared toreth^rm many things concerning worship and one of thera was 

the use of the illustration of the conversation Jesus had with the woman at 

Jacob 's well. In His encounter with her the woman makes reference to the 
"ilace" of worship. In the 20th verce of the 4-th chapter of John's Gospel 

she says", tread this verse). The reply that Jesus gives her is, (read verses 

21-24-). This was in answer to-the shallow perspective which her society had 

that worship was something you did at a prescribed place, at a set time in 

a ritualistic manner. From her conversation with Jesus and what the Jews 

and the Tamaritans taught she was confused. She wasn't .sure whether they s 

should worship at Mt, "erazim, or in the temple in Jerusalem. His answer 

- was .-imply that there isn't an "up" or "down"there" place to worship and 

worship is not confined to a specific place or time, or form. 

(Illustration of Dr. Vance Havner & worship at 11:00) 
The late Dr. Vance Favner once said, 

"Worship begins on lunday morninr in many churches at 11 A.M. sharp, 
and ends at 12 dull." 

The reason being that too many who come to church do not actually come to 
worship* Xtosjjxx Many are in church because it may be the thing to do; or it 
may enhsnce the business they own; or its something that is simply a habit. 
Then there are those who are not in churnh because it is at the wrong time; 
or the service runs past 12 o'clock; or they don't like the preacher; or 
they consider there are too many hypocrites there, (and of course, they ex- 
clude themselves from that category.) 

hat Jesus was trying to tell this woman at the well was that the old system 
had been done away with by His coming into the world. The Apostle I : aul 
points out in hi^ 1st letter to the Corinthians 3:15, (read this). He meant 
that every ±±x±xg believer was living, brething temple in which Sod dwells. 
That means that the believer can worship God at any time, in any place and 
he isn't dependent uron a building. This is what the author of Hebrews is 
trying to convey to his readers. After he has riven those stirring state- 
ments about the offering of Christ he says, "Therefore, brethren we have con- 
fidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus," vs 19. 



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In the old covenant the people could not come near to God. They had to stand 
off a certain distance end watch as the priest minitered to God on their be- 
half. (And unfortunately, there are still some people in the church who view 
the role of the minirter as still bein^ that of priest offering up on behalf 
of them.) The priest would- go into the Koly of Holies, or The Holiest Ilace 
once a year. He took with him a basin filled with blood, pulleA aside the 
heavy thick curtain called the veil in the temple, and stepped out of sight. 
Inside he had to sprinkle that blood on the mercy seat for the f rgiveness of 
the sins of the people. He was scared that he had to do everything just rigirl 
or God would strike him dead. The people waited in the court holding their 
collective breath afraid that God would strike him dead. So it is that the 
author of Hebrews tells us in the 22nd verse, (read this). Worship is coming 
before God knowing our relationship with Him because we have been cleansed by 
the blood of Jesus Christ. That is what the sprinkibinr here is. And the 
washing of pure water is beinr baptized. But even though we may worship God 
anywhere at anytime, God still desires corporate worship and this is what 
verse 2& 24 & 25 speak of, (read these). We are to "stimulate one naother." 
That mean? we seek to have others join us in worship. But just what should 
corporate worship be? 

(Illustration John Mac Arthur & his preaching on worship) 

D . John Mac Arthur tells of the results after he had preached on worship. 

ome of his members said that si£n- should be erected outside of the church 
that said something like, "Be holy in the Lord," or "Ee silent." Then they 
suceested soft music and dimmed lights and ssxtaqtoxkExsraiitsbcpiit no announce- 
ments, and he could little bells on the bottom of his robe so that like the 
Jewish priests they could hear him coming and know it was time to worship. 

(Illustration Abraham Lincoln, a pretty run that wasn't worth anything) 

.hen :,braham Lincoln was keeping a store in :*alem, Illinois, he had a beaut 
iful gun displayed so everyone could see it. The little sign under it aeem 
ed to imply that It wa? a quality pzi product. It said the run was made 
from the finest Swedish steel; the stock was from the finest walnut wood; 
and a world f amour gunsmith had made the gun. It was a beauty, ""he price 
was reasonable — too reasonable. On the next rack were several old long 
barrel Kentucky souirrel rifles made from ordinary gun steel, The stocks 
were just ordinary wooden stocks. 'The Tinsmith's inscription was recog- 
nized as one who was competent, but by no means famous. The price was much 
b'igher. 

cu-tomer in the market looked the rifles over and was impressed by the 
shiny new run. He asked Abe, "Why is the good run so cheap and the other 
runs" so high'?" Abe replied, "That ^un won't shoot the others will." 
Then Abe picked up a souirrel rifle and to demonstrate, sighted at a squir- 
rel sized object a hundred yards away and hit It dead center. The pion- 
eers desired the squirrel rifles. But shortly thereafter, a rich farmer 
was decorating a room in his new country mansion. He wanted a run for de- 
coration over his mantle, just under the mounted heads of big game trophies 
The gun was perfect for the purpose. The little plaque told that it was 
a ouality rigle. Tut the fact that it drdn't shoot was unimportant. The 
purpose of the run had chanred. 



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We can see the church in this illustration. What started out to Ije the means 
to lead people to Christ haa ;od often changed into 9 comfortable ■'■unddy 
routine. The church is merely a buildinr with beautiful stained r-lass win- 
dows, beautiful arrangements of wood and flowers, and cloth. But it has 
ceased to be the place where people come to truly worship God corporately. 
XBrstiijDcisxKEtxi'BTicHXixRStxrltBHifc T f you feel that you must have a formalized 
ritual, or mood music to worship, what you do isn't worship. Music and lit- 
urgy can assist a worshiping heart, but they cannot make a noneworshiping heai 
into a worshiping one. But they can rive a non-worshiping heart the sense of 
havin™ worshiped and there is the danger. The crucial factor in worship is 
not the form, but the hearts of the assembled. If you believe that you can 
do anything you want the other six days of the week and then come to church 01 
" unday and turn on your worship, you are wrong. Our lifestyle the rest of the 
week must be consistent if our corporate worship is to be worship. What we 
do apart froT the corporate bo<iy, adversely affects it on ""unday morning. 
This is because we ar§ to be one body and what one does affects all the others 
in the family. 

But corporate worship is not only being genuine, it is because there is the 
compulsion to share with like believers our praise and thanksgiving to our 
Creator. look at what Hebrews points out, "let us consider how to stimulate 
one another to love and n-ood deeds." How "can we best do that.' By setting the 
example of finding our place in the congregation each unday morning. It 
should never be a matter of it not being the right time for worship as far as 
we are concerned. And there ere those who aren't with us because durin™ the 
summer church should be "a* early as far as they are concerned. It is not a 
matter of the fomr or the liturgy j nor is it a matter of who ie preaching as 
evidenced by a complete dropoff of church attendance by many when I am away. 
It ir, a matter of wantinr to share collectively what G-od has for us. Of com- 
ing to praise His Holy Name and to render to Him our love and we can best do 
this together. It lifts each of us to share this love together. 
e need to ask ourselves, "Why do I go to church.'" I hear the old remark, 
"I don't ^et anything out of church," nuite often, \nd do you know why any- 
one doesn't get anything out of church*.' It is because they don't put any- 
thing into it. You have to put somethinr into something in order to get any- 
thing out of it. If you come to church to analyze the choir, or criticize 
the preacher, you aren't going to <~et anything out of church. &n& if you 
come to seek a blessing you have also mlrsed the point of worship. We come 
to worship and receive worship by giving, We give ourselves to "od in praise 
That means we sing the hymns, poor voice or not; we pray the prayers, even if 
the prayers are being offered by someone else; we give of ourselves in all of 



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the service. .„ come to give and that doesn't mean Just money. And incident- 
ally, we should cone even if we don't have money for the offering. God wants 
the offering of ourselves more than He does our money. cap ■ id giv 
SHrs±H ourselves, God sees that and He will bless us materially as well. 
Look at how the author of Hebrews concludes this Scripture, (read verse ? 5). 
"■■ v e people in the first century church greeted each day with the thought that 
tjrat particular day may Just might be the day in which the Lord Jesus would 
return. They looked forward expectantly to that great Day, Because of this 
a certain majority of them entered worship expectantly anticipating that per- 
haps Jesus just might return to find them assembled together glorifying His 
lane collectively. But back in those days there were those who felt they 
didn't need to go to church. Jesus was cominr back soon and they were ready, 
and so they didn't need the body of Christ to assemble in. Those people miss 
ed out on the blessings God had for them in worship, Kost people's lives are 
in a state of turmoil for two reasons. Either they are not worshiping Sod 
six days a week and they also miss worshiping on Sunday, or they seek to wor- 
ship God on Sunday without re~ardinfc the other six days. It takes both the 
worship in and of our lives each day of the week, AND the worship of God in 
corporate worship on Sunday. 

(Illustration of man missing church, preacher's visit, hot coal sermon) 

A man who had been in church week after week beeran to miss church. First i 
was every other week, then two weeks in a row, then a month at a time, and 
then finally he wasn't there at all. The pr eacher thought about the ab- 
sence of this faithful member and so after church one xhh^h? cold Sunday 
morning he stopped at the man's house. He found him seated in front of an 
open fire. The man surprised at this visit <-ot a chair for the preacher 
and then waited for the lecture about church attendance he expected to hear 
But the pteacher sat down and both of them stared into the fire silently, 

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feHnjraxsxia /ifter awhile the preacher picked up the tongs, and lifted a glow- 
ing coal out of the -fire and placed it by itself* Then they both watched 
as that coal began to die out. It was then the church member said, "You 
don't need to say a word preacher, I'll be in church next week." 

see this as "The Flace" for worship, But it cannot be that if first of 

all we are not here. And it cannot be "Tv,e Mace" if we don't come prepared 

to worship, and worship when we are here. W, en our lives are lived each day 

drawn close to Sod, the overflow of that is our wanting to be here with those 

of the same rpirit. Then after we have truly worshiped here, our desire 

should be to ro out prepared for another week in which our living will be 

worship until we can come together collectively once again. 



Rev. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Ralph Link, Pastor July 5 r 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Rol Thompson, Saxophonist 
Mr, Bill Pieringer, Youth Director 
Acolyte: John Penrod 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP U:QO A,M, 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
•■Opening Hymn No. 695 , "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" 
'Ascription 
•■Exhortation 

'Confession (In Unison) Host merciful Father, we come 
before thee to admit we have sinned, and to ask your 
forgiveness i Vet 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 
Children's Moment with Bill 
Hymn No. 693 "This Is My Country" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray, 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 

*Ooxology - page 332 
Scripture: Jeremiah 29:: 1-7 
Sermon: "Seeking Welfare" 
'Closing Hymn No. 6S2 '"A Seng of Peace" 
•Closing Chimes 
"Benediction 
•"Postlude 

^Congregation Standing +++*++ 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs, Genevieve Nohach in memory of Loved Ones.. 
Mr- it Mrs. Ken Draxinger will greet the congregation and our 

guests this morning at the door. 
Ushers for today are: Marty Henry, Dan Bosko, John Snow, and 

Frank Crawford. 
Attendance last Sunday was 110 with IB visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Heron Hewis and Kelly Mangel 
Ken Draxinger and Rick Vinroe will be visiting the hospital 

this week, 
/Hospitalized: Mrs. Elsie Kornrumpf 

TUESDAY - Youth Group at 7; 00 P.M. 

Upcoming Meeting: Finance Committee - July 20 at 7:00 P.M. 



Following the sermon we 
by a period giving eac 
reflection. As you re 
have the chance to res 
life by coming forward 
gives the opportunity 
to meditate, to to see 
assist you if you desi 
opportunity. 



sing an invitational hymn, followed 

worshipper the opportunity for 
fleet on your life's situations you 
pond to God's leading for your 
to the altar. The invitation 
to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, 
k counseling. The Pastor will 

Please avail yourself of this 






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". eeKir.r ;enare~ 
pipture : Jeremiah 29:1-7 

all who serv arm forces ? stand 
led- aller-iance to Am. flag 
us wet peopl say bout U.S. in 1976) 

lis liandford '■'■-. "erraan city w/Jew <rhetto) 
pf r-eto=plac wher sur?l fore Pliv & it not plac of 

! 

■ 
So perhap sam bakrr,natinalty ,relir may chooz liv 
Separated neirhbrhu4,but free ?mov if Ilk 
dp this morn spk of Jew peo in tim proph Jer : 
jrc 21iv nothr land not of ther choozing 
Jer liv in Jeru 8c grp felo Jew wer liv Babylon 
Bin tnkn ther by Tiebucanezer 
edekiah bin mor favrbl 2warrt Babylonians than had 
evius kinr;s ft he reluctantly go long w/Jer advic ^ 
Lis Pliv peacbly amon" Babylonians 
b.is advic was pay off & K Zed mus cum ?conclur;in 
cant arp;u w/success 

= Jer relay Besar receiv fr 8 : ' that mesap 1 was, 
rprisngly - vss 5-7 
«re I wud lik ?mak analgy w/wat tak plac in form th 
>ndrful country I) T liv in 

n ther widspred unxes Scuz peo pers 4- Bliefs 

esir 2secur reli£ fredum ther wer thoz who set dai! 
nu worl 

ariv on thez shors of OS thez hardy ?ouls 3ran a 
natin wh grown SB moB powrful/welthy natin worl 
has evr known 

Jew peo surviv & cum bak fr exil in Babylon Ecuz 
By folo frmula Jer inspir by 5 2 riv "them 
~liev UT has 3urviv SBcum grt natin by use 

: itbra knu G,knu His word & est natin undrG 
rntula as fnd Jer ±r this: 

lt=vs 5=Bild houses S liv in them 

Ln ordr ?Icum est 4- fathrs had put dwn roots & petti 

Ln nu land 
they push bak frontiers , clear land & Bean 2bild set 

nat 1st wintr 4-Pilgrilffl was sever, kil many them 

But they perserv & infant natin Bgan gr,spred out 

nd = c 5-Plant gardns & eat ther produc 

inceftr wer sho by Indiana bow plant /gro crop wh wer 
ndirenus Stbis cont & soon farm wer spred ovr land 
Ther hav alway bin & we shud pray ther alway wilE 
peo wil ?work hard,lon.T hrs Sprodue fud we priv 2ea 
L us owe debt thanks 2farmr3 of America 
;uz them we bin abl produc mor fud than can posibly 
onsun & Bcua this fud pric remain lowes in worl 



a man;- natins t-aay at ieas nan worKrs sai 
use 2buy fud ". we i us all igre we bin abund bles 
5rd=vs 7Siray to the lord 

wen ancestr cum 2thez shors not only bild setlaiens i 
stretch ou* frontiers; not only est farms, pro crops; 
but found mtin or. God 
t ' Vt hous of wore & pray 2 lord -eok <~uid in ther 
G "day livs 
but sp outluk was not indivd selfishnes 4-selvs/fani] 
& Jrd piec advic Jer jriv much broadr than jus pray 
vs 7=avrX was 2try 21k out 4evrl els 
it not jus self -preservatin jit was othr persn needE 
met also 
KJV word»Teaee & ther is peac if Ik out 4-ea othr 
But go By on jus hav peac, it is seek ?lk our 4othrs 
It Goldll taut, but it Ik out 4othrs w/no 

thot of reward 4- do so 
But sadly mus say very fredum wh natin fnd on R being 
erod away Bcuz selfiahnes £ e-reed 

mor f-rps seek wat cal=^ts 5c in ordr * thea 
grpe 2hav ther 3ta,th Rts of othrs B infrinu upon 
But no mattr bout that, we musnot keep anyl fr hav 
Rts not mattr how wrong or kinky miteE 
man 8b 3sons=l preachr,l milinair,l bum) 
f that exacly wat lot of so cal=Btreet peopl R 
many nothin nor than bums vho choi lif 4selvs & desii 
peo pity,Kiv handouts & wudnt work if job hand them 
othrs R legit S need help, but lot self-prof es street 
peo no want chanr 
(exarpl Los Inge lea "'■■ park ^therr ft no want) 
Frend fr fiu Engl visit & tel of t-'e-'j 5 mus hire teens 
at 6 per hr in ordr ret wcrkrs 

S VifoDtunatly ther P. th Jextreras ±a hav in natin 
Th ej .- thoz who wil not work,& thoz who wil only work 
if U promis them worl w/fenc rnd it 
^hink or wat IJ " natii 

F!rt 

(llus lexis de Tocnueliille Eg rrtnes of '-merica) 
I wondr wat he wud say if cud visit sum eh's 2d ay s 
hear librl.humnistic drivl B preach,insetd Gospl Js Si 
I wondr wat he wud say bout prechrs of welth & profit 
we S seeins- f. hearing bout 2day: 
Th iesar 4 America is atil same 3day-We mus 3ild ,we 
t mus giant ,v. we mus jray 

only on fndatin of L can we continu 
Hav II fnd Ur lif on Him so no matr wat hapn this worl 
U Blong 2 Sim/ H U bild on that; KU Plant on the.tr 
?U Fray on thatv 



Jcripture: Jeremiah 29sI-7 

'-3'-z all who have serve! in the Armed forces to stand 

~alute to the American Flap 

(Illustration of what people say aboi.it the United "tates) 
Back in 1°76 someone wrote: 
These days some people say that in the United States the rich people f-et 
richer and the poor peonle <-et poorer. They talk about "capitalists" who 
take advantage of the poor workers, and talk about "big business" as if it 
were a dirty word. They say poor peoole are stuck in the Vhettos" of the 
city, anc* can't ret an education and can't p-et ^ood jobs. Is this true? 

Elizabeth 3Iandford wrote at the same time in 1976: 
"Once we stood at the wall of an old Serman city. The houses were all stand 
ing close together side by side. The streets were narrow and winding bound 
ed by the old timbered buildings making it difficult for a small German car 
to thread through them and impossible for an American-made car. 
We enjoyed looking 3t the medieval towers and turrets and suddenly we came 
to a wide place, empty, paved, with a few buses parked on it. It seemed so 
strange, in such a crowded city, to see such an open, useless space. It was 
n't a park. It wasn't a city snuare. It was just an empty space. .'.hy.' - 
Our guide dropped his eyes sadly. "It's where the old Jewish ghetto was. 
All the Jews had to crowd into those two city blocks. They couldn't live 
anywhere else in town. They had to wear a big blue star on their clothing, 
to show they were Jews . They could work at only certain Jobs. Then when" 
they were all deporteri to prison camrs , their homes were burned down." 

The definition of a rhetto is a place where someone is forced to live and it 
is not a place of that person's choosing. With this definition then we can 
see that there are no r-hettos in 'meric-. Teople perhaps of the same back- 
ground, or nationality, or religion may choose to live together in a sepa- 
rated manner, but they are free to go elsewhere if they choose. 
Our .Tcrioture for this morning speaks of the Jewish people in the time of the 
prophet Jeremiah being forced to live in another land, not of their choosing. 
Jeremaih was living In Jerusalem and a proup of his fellow-Jews were living 
in Babylon. Tvey had been taken there by King Nebuchadnezzer » King ::.edekiah 
was more favorable toward the Babylonians than had been the previous two king 
Reluctantly he had gone alone with Jeremiah's advice for the exiles to live 
peaceably among the Babylonians in exile. But this advice was paying ofif 
and he must have come to the conclusion that you cannot argue with success. 

So Jeremiah write in this letter, "Thus says the lord of hosts, the God of 
Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to 
"rylon," verse 4. 

Jeremiah is pelayin- the message he had received from "-od. \nd rurprisingly 
that message was, (read verses 5-7)- Fc A rttir I e v 

I would like to make an analogy here with what took place in the formings the 
wonderful country in which you and I live. In England there was widespread 
unrest because people were bein~ persecuted for their beliefs. Desiring to 
secure religious freedom there were those who ?et sail for the new world. 
Arriving on the shores of these United States, these hardy souls began a 



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nation that hap grown to be the izxinsst most powerful and wealthy nation the 
world has ever known. The Jewish people survived and came back from their 
exile in Babylon because they followed the formula Jeremiah was inspired by 
God to give them* I believe that these United 'tates of 'imerica have similar- 
ly survived to become a great nation by usinpr the same formula. Cur founding 
fathers knew God and knew His Word and established our nation under Him. 
The formula as we find it in Jeremiah's letter is this. First, he wrote as 
we read in the 5th verse, r 'lAjild houses and live in them." In ofider to be- 
come established our forefathers had to put down roots and settle In the new 
land. They pushed back the frontiers, cleared the land and began to build 
settlements. That first winter forvthe pilgrims was severe killing many of 
them. But they persevered and tfcEX the infant nation began to grow and spreac 
out. 

The second part of Jeremiah's formula for the exiles /is also found in the 
5th verse. He said, "plant gardens and eat their produce." Our ancestors 
were shown by the Indians how to plant and crow the crops which were indigen- 
ous to this continent and soon farms were spreading all over the land. There 
have always been and we should pray there always will be people who are will- 
ing to work long and hard to produce the food we are privileged to eat. 
All of us owe a debt of thanks to the farmers of our nation. Because of them 
we have been able to produce much, much more food than we can possibly eon- 
surae, Because of this our food prices iTHxt remain the lowest in the world. 
In many nations of the world today, at leapt half of the average workers sal- 
ary is used to pay for food, l-.'e must all agree that we have been abundantly 
blessed. 

Jeremiah's third piece of advice we find in the 7th verse where we read: 
"And pray to the lord." 

When our ancestors came to these shores they not only built settlements and 

stretched out the frontiers; and they not only KK±Hkx4±hH&xl:rE5EK established 

farms and grew crops; but they founded this nation on God. They built houses 

of worship and they prayed to the Lord seeking His guidance in their ±±ns 

everyday lives. But their spiritual outlook was not just individual selfirh- 

nees for themselves and their families. And the third piece of advice Jeremail 

gave was much broader thnn just praying. The entire 7th verse relates: 
"And seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray 
to the Tord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare." 

Everyone was to try to look out for teveryone else. It was not just self -pre. 
servation. It was seeing that the other persons needs were met also. 
The KJV word is "Peace." And there is peace if we try to ■ look out for each 
other. But it roes beyond just having peace, it is seekinr to look out for 



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others. It is the Golden Rule ns Jesus taught. Hut it is looking out for 
others with no thought of reward for doing so, 

But sadly we must say that the very freedoms upon which this nation was founde 

are being eroded away by selfishness and greed. We see more and more grov 

-- call rights. 2 'nd in < these groups to have 

those "rights" the real rights of many others are infringed upon. But no 

matter about that, we must not keep anyone from having his "rights." 

(Illustration of man & three sons) 

I read of a man who was a poor southern famrer who had three sons. They 
had little in the way of clothing, were very poor, had little schooling 
and each of the boys alone with their dad and mother had to work very hard 
to survive. The one boy irrew up put himself throurh college, and seminary 
and turned out to be a wonderful preacher. The second hoy went into busi- 
ness and in a period of time became a millionaire, ^ve third boy r Well 
since he came from a very poor home, it wasn't his fault if he couldn't 
earn a living was if? So he became the town drunk, and earned his living 
by begging on the street. 

Ana that is exactly what a lot of the so called "street people" are. Many of 
them are nothin^ more than bums who have chosen that life for themselves and 
desire the pity of everyone for the free handouts they can get. ' ome of them 
are legitimate ind n help. But a lot of them are self-professed street 
people whowant nothing else. Read about the situation that the Mayor of Los 
Angeles tried to work out for these people and how they want no part of it. 
\ friend of mine from New England visiting this week told me how in New Eng- 
land they cannot Ret teenagers to work in McDonalds for minmmmun wage. So 
they have to pay them ::6.00 per hour in order to get them to work. And un- 
fortunately ifesc&xis those are the two extremes we have in our nation. There 
are those who will not work, and then there are those who will only work if 
you promise them the world with a fence around it. 

Think of what you have read and heard about what has made our country rreat. 
^irfrfngh ^|t 8 | M n t Ai iX | Sw ^ t T 8a guevjlJ !cX is4t^ \merica over a hundred 

Upon his return home he wrote: "I sought for the greatness of America in her 
harbors and rivers and fertile fields, and her mines and commerce. It was 
not there. Not until I went into her churches and heard her pulpits flame 
with righteousness did I understand the rrentness of her power. America is 
great because she is g*ood; and if America ever ceases to be ^ood, America 
will cease to be great." 

"hen he said, '""he rreatness of America lies not in being more enlightened 
than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults." 

I wonder what he would say if he were to visit many churchuches today and 

find the liberal humanistic drivel being preached insteado of the Gospel of 

Jesus Christ < I wonder what he would say about the preachers of wealth and 

profit we have seen and are seeing today.'' 

rhe message for America is still the same today. . : e must Build, we must 

p~lant, and we must .ray. Only on the fondation of the Lord can we continue. 

Have you founded your life on Him, so that no matter what happens in our 

world you belong to Him: Are you building on that, planting on that, praying 
on it: 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ealph Link, Pastor July 12, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr- Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Mr- Bill pieringer, Youth Director 
Acolyte: Meron He wis 



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QPDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 

Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
'Opening Hymn No. 608 HI Guide Me, Thou Great Jehovah 1 ' 
♦Ascription 
♦Exhortation 

♦Confession {In Unison) 0. God, who hast brought us into 
this fellowship with one another through thy Son Jesus 
Christ; let us 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 weakneas 
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 1 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 
Children's Moment with Bill 
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 382 
Scripture: John 5; 10-18 
Sermon: "Worship: The Father" 
♦rinsing Hymn No. 679 "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" 
*' Hoeing ':ii.nes 
♦Benedict: an 
•Postlud | 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mr. & Mrs. William Johnston family in memory of Harry 

Peters. 
Mrs. tenor a Stanley will greet our members and guests at the 

door this morning. 
Uehara for today are: Alta Kradel, Lois Stakes, Marilyn 

Snyder and Dutch Bolam* 
Attendance last Sunday was 101 with 14 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Bonnie Gannon. 
Marie Henry, Helen Riemer, and Sandy Sbeppeck will be 

visiting the hospital this week. 
^Hospitalized: Elsie Kornrumpf, BMH. 

TUESDAY - Youth Group day at Conneaut Lake Park 

FKIDAY — Youth Group retreat overnight at 5lippery Hock 

see Bill for details and times, 
FINANCE COMMITTEE meeting July 20 at 7:00 P.M. 

^LITURGISTS are needed to assist with the services in August 
while the Pastor is away* If you would like to help with 
one of the services, please come to the office. We need 
your help* We are looking for volunteers, we don't want 
to draft you. 
SOUP 4 SALAD vegetables are needed. If you or anyone you 
know has beans or corn for us ( please see Lois Stokes or 
Phyllig Tait* Keep In nind we will need tomatoes, onions, 
cabbage, etc. a little later. 

Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection * As you reflect on your life's situations you 
have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, 
to meditate , or to seek counseling. The Pastor will 
assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 



man rilSy or work s -raid wuclb sen-nenc aei;n <;/ 

go in ordr circumvent this, he tol how heal b whom 
vs lS=word=persecut mean they pressed upon Js 
they want 2investii?at Him thoroly 2discovr whethr 
Ke realy fr G,or if they wer rt bout Hin all along 
He an impostr 

i did thinps on - ab wh no truly relig Jew wud do 
so '-"is motive can in2 serins "uestininp 
va 17=His ansr plac Him on levl w/Ood 
implicatir. clear aftr creatin G rest= :ab,but that G 
nevr stop work S-, He-Kimself-J3 ,also nevr stop work 
& this plac Kim on levl w/God 
vs 18=this infuriat Jew ldrs & Js reply 2thez chrn-s 

in folo vss 
But Jus Bcuz man claim 2B G duznt mek it tru.it musB 
pruv 

vs 30-31= It tuk pruf wh only r > cud civ °sho Js was 
indeed G in th flesh 
a port in of that pruf is fnd in reply wh Js rav 2 
thez men=vs 19 
va 19= He Bays He & Fathr 8 1 in wat do 
vs 20= Js say G dun sum crt works, but He wud do evn 
grtr things 
Js refr 2 cross i resurectin 
vs 21= Js talk bout ded 3 rais,& He will rais ded alst 

includ Himself 
va 23=this spk of wat we cal=Trintiy 
word=Hornor mean Pvalu highly, moa esteem, trios priz p( 
posesin,mos Eluv 
that wh is iios Bluv or urns priz poses in is that wh 
is worshiped 
e .we 31 not only 2 wors Fathr, but wp 7 o: 

, . I- onlj i V v '" r *° motiva;. ofl 2 

luv G N 

{Ilus blind pirl St site re -tor & fathr let time J 
Js open blind eyes of ax man 2C lnce S 4all th luv in! 
Father nan has always had 
But many thoz saw G in flesh stil Ik at Hiu w/blind( 
eyes 
Do li C Him as th 1 who cam 2reveal G 2 Ur 

Do U kno th deep luv of G reveal in Jsv 
■ I invit U 2kno that 4-certnty 2day if do not 



Scripture: John r : 10-18 
(Hub cartu' shoe polish) 

I wish wer that easy 2ret pro 
in pres series wors can redly C peo cum 2 Ch t-many 
wron r - reasns 

en G creat man plac w/in deslr 2 wors Cre?tr,but 
' oft man no understud wat wors all bout, nor Jus 
who he 2B wors 
(Ilu Tonas Carlyle 6 need of his parish; 
'his wat evr Ch need, but that limtatin shud no Jus B 
I plac on minstr.shudE that wh evr nembr of conf has 
minstr shud kno G intmatly,but so shud evr tremor 
3- if cembr kno^actul kno wat wors all bout, 1st thii 
shud hav lern is that it involvs=The Father 
In convers Js had w/woim at wel.3times He spok of- 
worshiping the Father 
All wors shud 3 centr on Him & in ordr 4mank 2i?et 2kr 
kno Him.G cam in? our midst 
I Our ; crip this morn tel us incident bout penud of 
} that history 
Js was in Jeru 4 fst of Fas 6 as nas pool locat by tr 
sheep ~ate saw peo who had cur 2E heal in wetra 
, lman bin sik w/phys conditin 4-38yrs 

ea -r had cum hope cud3 1st in watr wen stir up m 
anyl els ttet ther,& thus B heal 
But ea vr sara-othrs gets .'watr 1st 
■ Js stop in front him' ?■ ask if want 2P heal 8 naturl; 
I man want heal buv all else 6 so Js heal hin 

But prob was=heal tuk plac on .Jabath this=no,no 
This was notic by relis- ldrs & imed ask who heal him 
wat made this rathr obvius was man cary bed=prob a 
r ri mat wh eudB rol/unrol at convenient 

out sine it "ab, no god Jew wud 3 eery bed rnd w/Mm 
■\ whil latr Ja saw man in tempi %■ expl that he was 

I i. by wat ned pruv 2anyl who herd, no ord man 
tfa* vs 14= Jews Bliev all aflictins wer result of 
cert in sin conit & so wen Js Kay 'man that be t-tivn 
any rin,he was adres that theory held, 
but also, no 1 but cud *giv sins 6 so Js on same 

& wer. aed »in no mor=wors thine- cud hap ?him was 2B i 
doom ? hell.fc only G cud free -uml fr that event 

bag set 4confr tween relig ldrs & Js at f? as _t 

But in meantim man who heal, went 2 relip ldrs -.■ tol 

them it Jr who heal him -__„«.„ itr 

raan not nesesarly stul pidgln.bnt try Pprotec lif 

Law say anyl fnd pilty work on Sab 2B ston 2deth 






Ilus yeast/shoe polish=^ris & shin 



Ilus Carlyle/pastr & wat parish needs 
A man who kno G other than by hearsay 



Ilus blind girl 



& C fathr 4 1st time 



" : orship: The Father" 

Scripture: John f>:10-" : 

(Illustration of cartoon about "yeast and. shoe polish") 

A cartoon pictured a lady with a mining bowl and she was saying: 
"To make sure you come to Sunday School and church next week we are send- 
ing you a special batch of yeast and shoe polish. It will make you 'Hise 
^nd shine J "' 

I wish that it were that easy to get people to Sunday School and Church. In 

our present series on 'Worship I think we can readily see that people come to 

church for many zsxxbzk wrong reasons. ^EBHDOBXHHtiina When God created man, 

He placed within him the lesire to worship the creator. But too often man 

has not understood irtiat worship is all about, nor actually Just who it is 

he is to be worshiping. 

(Illustration philosopher Thomas Carlyle and the need of his "parish") 
One cold winter afternoon the philosopher Thomas Carlyle was sitting in 
front of his fireplace in his library. There was a knock en the door and 
when he answered it he discovered it was the new minister from his church. 
He ushered him into the library and as they sat by the fire the minister 
asked, "What do you think this parish needs most?" Carlyle answered with- 
out hesitation, "Hat this parish needs most is a man who knows God other 
than by hearsay." 

That is what every church needs. But that limitation should not Just be place 
upon the minister, it should be that which every nember of the congregation 
has. The minister should certainly know God intimately. But so should every 
member. And if the members know, actually know what worship is all about, 
the first thing they should have learned about it iu that it involves"the 
Father." In the conversation Jesus had with the woman at the well, three 
times He ±EMxhKrx±tixXKE spoke of "worshiping the Bather." /ill wors 
should be cetnered on Him. And in order for mankind to -et to know Him, 
God came into our midst. Our Scripture this morning tells us an incident 
about that period in history, 

Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Beast of the Tassover. As He was passing 
the pool located by the sheep gate, He saw the people who had come to be 
healed in the water. One man had been sick with his physical condition for 
38 years. _iach year he had come honinrr that he could ~et into the water first 
when it was stirred up before anyone elre '-ot there, and thus be healed. But 
each year was the same. Jesus stopped In front of him and asked him if he 
wanted to be healed. Naturally , the man wanted healing above all else, and 
Jesus healed him. But this event took place on the Jewish .'.abbath which was 
a "no no . " 

This was noticed by the religious leaders and they immediately asked him who 
it was who 1 ad he lod him. But what made It rather obvious was that the man 
was carrying his bed. This was probably a reed mat which could be rolled or 
unrolled at convenience. But since it was the Sabbath, no rood Jew would be 



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carrying his bed around with him. 

A little while later Jesus saw the men in the temple and explained to him that 

Qe was now healed. His conversation proved to anyone who heard Him that He 

was not Just an ordinary man. John tells us that tle3us said to the man, 
"Behold, you have bee ore well; do not sin anymore , so that nothing worse 
may befall you, " verse 14b, 

The Jews believed that all afflictions were the result of certain sins com- 
mitted. So what Jesus was sayin- to the man was that he was forriven of any- 
thing he had done. This proved He was non ordinary man because anyone knew 
only God can forgive sins. And when Jesus told him not to sin anymore, the 
worse thing that could happen to him was to be doomed to hell and only C-od 
could free someone from that event. 

c the stacre was set for the confrontation between Jesus and the religious 
leaders at this feast. But in the meantime, the man who had been healed went 
to these religious leaders and told them that it was Jesus who had healed t 
The man was not necessarily being a stool pid^eon, but he was try in t- to pro- 
tect his life. The law stated that anyone found guilty of working on the 
Sabbath was to be put to deeth by stoning/ This man was probably scared that 
the religious leaders were going to find him guilty and kill him. So in order 
to circumvent that possibility, he told them how he had been healed and by 
whom. 

Thus it is that John relates in the 16th verse, "And for this reason the Jews 
were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the .sabbath," 

The word "persecute" as used here means that they "pressed upon" Jesus. Or 
they wanted to investigate Him thoroughly to discover whether He was really 
from Sod, or if they were right about Him all alonf- and He was an imposter. 
He did things on the Sabbath which no truly religious Jew would do. So His 
motives came into serious questioning. 

His answer to them was that His Father was working yet and so was He. This 
placed Him on s level with God. ""he implication was very clear that after 
Creation God brought forth the Sabbath as a day of rest, but that 5£m God nev- 
er stopped workin~ and that He Himself, (Jesus), also never stopped working. 
John then relates how this infuriated the Jewish leaders and he tells us in 
the 18th verse, (read this). To these charges Jesus replies in the following 
versec. But Just because a man claims that he is God doesn't make it true. 
That must be prove*. So it is that Jesus replied to them as the 50th verse 

points out, "I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I Judge; and 
judgement is just, because I do not peek My own will, but the will of 
Him who sent Me." 

And then He adds as the 7 ilst ver^e relates, "If I alone bear witness of xkx 
Myself, My testimony is not true." 

It took the proof which only Sod could rive to show that Jesus was indeed God 

in the flesh. 

A portion of that proof is found in the rer 1 !" which Jesus rave to these men. 



In verse 19, Jesus says that He and the father are one in what they do. 

In the 20th verse, (read this), Jesus says that God has done some great works 

But He, (Jesus J, will do even greater things. Ke is referring to the cro?s 

and the resurrection. 

In the 21st verse Jesus talks about the dead being raised, (read this), and 

that Ee, (Jesus), will raise the dead also, includinr Himself. 

But Jesus also speaks of what we call the "Trinity" in the 25rd verse, (read 

this). The word "honor" in this ver~e reans, "to value hirhly, most esteemed 

mort prized possession, most beloved," That which is the most beloved, or 

the mort prized possession is that which is worshiped. Go we not only are to 

worship the father, but we are to worship the Son, and we do this only in the 

power of the Holy Spirit Who motivates us to love God, 

(Illustration of blind girl, sight restored and seeing "handsome" father) 
There is a story told of an artistes daughter who lost her eyesight when sh< 
was a baby. After he mother died, the girl's father beeam--- both mother and 
lather to her. He was her constant comt>anion. Hor years her blindness was 
considered incurable. Then a new type of surrrery promised to restore her 
vision. Hollowing the operation, as she lay in a darkened room with her 
eyes bandaged, this one though occ inied her mind: "Soon I -hall see my 
dear father." When the days of waiting were past and the bandages were re- 
moved, at last she looked into the face she had so long desired to see. 
"remblinn with excitement she closed her eyes, and then opened them a<~ain 
to convince herself that she was not dreamfcng. As the one she loved took 
her into his arms, she exclaimed, "I've had such a <"-ood looking father all 
these years and didn't even know itl" 

Jesus opened the blinded eyes of ±kK man to oee once and for all the loving 

Father, man has always had. But JfckiixxxxkH many of those who saw God in the 

flesh still looked at Him with blinded eyes/ Do you know Him as the One who 

came to reveal God to youVicffiixtkKxiintExfeB Do you know the deep love of God as 

revealed in Jesus V T invite you to know that for a certainty today if you 

do not. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev, Ralph Link, Pastor July 19, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr, Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Mr. Bill Fieringer, Youth Director 
Acolytes: Robin Kaiser and Lori Weisenstein 
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Reque s ts 
♦Opening Hymn No. 335 "Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens Adore Him' 1 
•Ascription 
^Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) Lord, we admit that too often 
we live on the surface of life. We are afraid of the 
depths, though we try to hide many things deep within 
us. We are also lazy and often uncharitable, judging 
others by outward appearance. We are troubled by the 
thought that you see within us. And we find it almost; 
too good to believe that you accept us j List as we are . 
But Jesus has shown us it is so and we trust Him. 
Help us to live always in the consciousness of this 
truth. Amen. 
*Kyrie 

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

People - And blessed be His glorious name forever. 
*Gloria Patri - page 142 
Children's Moment with Bill 

Hymn No. 444 hh Speak, Lord, in the Stillness" 
Call to Prayers Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
I payer 
Offering 
Offertory 
*DoXology - page 362 
Scripture : H u k 7: I - .' 
Sermon: 11 Worship: The Divine Method" 

!r:g Kymn Mo. 317 ' Praise the Lord" 

Lug Chimes 
'Benedict : n 
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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by Mrs. 

Phyllis Tait and Beth in memory of Bob Tait. 
Mr. & Mrs* Jim Gannon will greet our members and guests at 

the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Rob Vinroe, Rick Vinroe* Jeff Snyder. 
Attendance last Sunday was 86 with 11 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Cathy Sheppeck. 
Ray Tsherwocd and Dick Dally will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 



MONDAY - Finance Committee meeting at 7:00 P.M. 

Property Committee will meet at 7:00 P.M. This is 
also for anyone interested in the summer fix up 
around the church. 

TUESDAY - Youth Group at 7:00 P.M. 

LITURGI5TS are needed to assist with the services in August 
while the Pastor is away. If you would like to help with 
one of the services, please let the office know. We need 
you to help because you want to. Dates: S/16, 23 r 30, 9/6 

SOUP & SALAD vegetables are needed. If you or anyone you 
know has beans or corn for us, please see Lois Stokes or 
Phyllis Tait. Keep in mind we will need tomatoes, onions, 
cabbage, etc. a little later on. 
>SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS are needed for this fall. Please 

pray about this for us. If you are moved to teach a clasn 
or would like to help out, please set us know now. We 
will be setting up the classes in a few weeks* We need 
teachers for the nursery class, youth class, and high 
school class. 

Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations you 
have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray r 
to meditate, or to seek counseling* The Pastor will 
assist you if your desire* Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 

J2& ^4JiA'~- - //v/Wc 



1 



"T'orrhip: The 'ivine 'ethod" 
cripturc : ! irk 7:1-9 
(.Ilus selling worshiper 'a lust) 
(Ilus ihiite yurlins cuttin- head?) 
Wh br infra ua 2 questin-Wat 13 wore.' Jus wat constut 
wors : 
r ' ir lire .Is day had def Idea3 wat constut wors 
- evr step way .Ts was dor by tb.es men 
our scrip this morn tel Js Ince rin B investfrate 
by thez nen 
vss l-5=Js Tuest by ldrs 

(Ilus hand wash g rituls of cle-;nes Ainols inea ) 
-i J - i>- them 
rrist wat Js sed was seribs/phars set asid writ law 
of G •■- replac w/oral tradtitin,wh unwrit 5-. hand dwn 
It nevr part S'o writ law that all litl traditins 
2B netic folo 
7raditin=that wh bin pas on or dwn 
wat Js say that ruls/retrs werB sub 4-wat tru worship 
Of S was 2E 
& fr 4ro rituls Z exten thez peo went 2-2observ 
cle;in/unclean,but they all trads & not law of G 
"bus Js tol thez men bad misconcep wat wore was 
Clasio examp wors fnd Jn '+=woman at wel 
we refr 2thi=- evrl time & in tha chap Js ^ed=vs 24 
this woran was Tarn 'r she ask who had rt wors 
aa it Jew at Jeru ,or art at Kt« "erizim 
Js sed=neitbr 
(Ilus Jn MacArthur writ this par-' 

Js rav womn wel=Th Divine Method wh includ both heat 
E- lite 
that nethod is 2wors In sp 8 truth £ 1st element of 
:v t'sthod is Swore- in spirit 
In ordr 2wors In spir,our spirits mus3 atun 2 Sp of G 
I tel us ICor 12J3-BEAD 

p reoeiv B Sp by recep Js Sp as av ' I 
so then can rtly say In ordr ,-truly wors a persn musl 
saved 
Hw can anyl apart fr G's salv truly wors G? 
"his acuta 41ot peo hav trubl wors in Cfc serv 
So nus examin selvs & imulr if truly sav ft ansr 
wil tel us why bi do or do r.ot wors " 
Hut also in ordr truly wors in sp thots mus3 centr 
on G 
This why in evr ch perv ther BhudE "crip used 
expound of G 'a 

bis way receiv insitee fr C,wh reveal Bin "u» 
this lifts our spirits & we can truly lift our harl 
harts 2 Hin in luv & devotin 



But nus also wors in truth 
here wher G 'a ..'ord play such import rol 
it only fr 3 's ord,th Dibl we receiv whol truth 
that nan needs 2 kno G 
DuriE '■ we phudE read parta/portins G*a 'ord evr day 
>/e need that jus as much a? need fud 

) in this way we fin r . 's truth reveal 4 daily liv 
Buu. also need that fud on . 7 un as wel 
2many peo that portin serv Ik 4ward 2 th leas is -erti 
in pas 15-20 yrs questin relevancy of sera in mod 
ch serv bin erpu 
but it jus aa nece3 2day as was in 1st centry ch 
purpos sera la ^riv insites in2 G's luv in our livs 
4 tiraei in wh we liv 
it not time 4preachr 2sho knowl,or intel 
it time 2teach hout G S fr that teach cum wors 
(Ilus eole~ sniv 6 uned woman J 
tru wors duznt renuir eduoatin or derreea 
it no recui anyth soecil excep open hart Sc lif ? seels 
G in sp & In truth 
That is Divine Kethod & G rrnnts it 2anyl who truly 
seek Him 

•1 2 truly wors Si 
Or do II feel that wors in ^urth hav proD with.' 
If that bin ur exper then try truly seek "in in sp 
by let H ! p guid § d irec U 
then truly seek Him in His 'ord, his truth all wk 

lea cuiri prep 2meet Him agin nex wk in His "ruth 
I invit U 2shar nr DH desirs w/Him this morn 



(Ilus colect "-, sel worshiprs dust) 
(Ilus Shiite Muslim ?■■. cut hedsj 

(Expl handwashing; clean/unclean pots J 

Jn MacArthur on Jn 4 : 

Ths ars styl of wors was dun in ignoranc 
Th' ^ams spirtul knowledg was liisitd Bcuz 
tho„. rejec all OT excep 1st 5 buks Moses 
Ther relig was charctrized by enthusastic 
wors w/out propr informatin. They wors in 
spirt but not it truth 

The Jews had oposit situ. They acpt all 
buks Off, Ehey had truth, but laked th spirt 

en th Ihars prayd,or s-av alms, or fastd, 
ther harts wernt in it. 

Th wors that ocured on I'it . Gerizira was en- 
thusastic heresy. Th wors offrd at Jeru 
was barrn, lifles orthodoxy, Jeru had th 
truth, but not th spirt. Gerazim had th 
spirt but not th truth 

Ih 2 eneriys of tru wors R Gerizim & Jeru. 
! incerty ,enthusasm,P.- agresivnes R import nt 
but they musB basd on truth, Si truth is 
fndatinal,but if it duznt resul in an eagr 
excited, enthusastic hart, it is deficient. 
Enthusastic heresy is heat w/out lite, 
Barrn orthodoxy is lite w/out heat. 

(Ilus coleg 5oth aniv 5 uned_v.ro man 

I kno that my redeemr lives, Beus He livs 

in my hart halelujah; 



" -orshir: ~he Divine Method" 
Scripture: Mark 7:1-9 

(Illustration of selling worshiper's dust) 

I read recently of a Japanese man who for 50 years has worked in a Ja-anese 
temple gathering the dust in that temple which is left there h^ the thous- 
ands of owrshipers who go there daily, This dust is sold for a high price. 
The superstitious purchasers sprinkle this dust in front of their doors 
believing that it will brin^ them blessings of immunity from plague and 
famine . 

(Illustration of ^hiitie Muslims and their practice once a year J 

Shilte Muslims have a practice which they do once a year to celebrate the 
death of their Muslim leader over a dozen centuries ago. On this special 
day, men, boys, and even infants have their shaved heads lacerated with 
swift chpppinr strokes of a straight razor. Then they beat themselves on 
the head with the flat side of their swords to stimulate the bleeding. And 
following this they march in the square before the mosaue, bleeding profuse- 
ly while thousands watch and chant. 

hiob brings us to the question, ""Eat is worship:" Just what is it that con- 
stitutes worship? 

The religious leaders of Jesus' day had very definite ideas of what it was 
that constituted worship. t every step of the way Jesus was dogged by these 
men. Our passage of Scripture fortthis morning tells us that Jesus is once 
again bring investigated by these men. xExiixlxxiirtxxHricxxKEHribsxxXjtaaSxiiiE 

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kXj£XOTK0EX2XHlDX>jEXH£X:tejn;x»l^xlESfcBK«XX^ 

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Jo it is that Mark records, (read verses 1 through 5). And Jesus answers 
them, (read verses 6 through 9). 

The gist of what Jesus said to them was that these scribes and Pharisees 
"set aside" the written Law of God and replaced it with the oral tradition 
which had been handed down to this time only by word of mouth. It was never 
a psrt of God 's written Law that all of the little traditions had to be meti- 
culously followed, "he word "tradition" as used here by Jesus simply means 
that which has been passed on or down. And what Jesus was saying was simply 
that these little rules and regulations were being 9u1 i /hat was 

the true worship which God sourht. Just to simply take a brief look at the 
ceremony of handwashing is to understand what caused Jesus to be upset. 

(Illustration of handwashing &. clean and unclean vessels) 

Before every meal and between each of the courses, the hands had to be wash- 
ed. But they had to be washed in a certain way. The water had to be kept 
in special stone jars and could not be used for anything else. The hands 
were held with fingertips pointing up. The water was poured over them and 
hq-d to run at least to the wrists; the minimum amount of water had to be 
equal to one and a half eggshells full of water. /.bile the hands were still 
wet each hand had to be cleansed by the other. The fist of one hand was 
rubbed into the palm of the other. Thus because the hands had touched one 
another they were each unclean, and the water on them was now unclean, so 
the hands were held fingers pointing downward and then water was poured fron 
the wrists to run off at the finrer tips. After all of this the hands were 
now clean. 



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"entile was unclean; food touched by a '"entile made it unclean, so when 
a strict Jew returned from the marketplace, where he would have been in 
contact with "-entiles, he immersed his whole body in clean water to take 
away the uncleanness he may have encountered. 

A hollow vessel made of pottery could contract uncleanness inside, but not 
outside. No matter who or what touched it outside it didn't matter, but 
it mattered what tor who touched it inside. If it became unclean it had to 
be broken; and no unbroken piece of it must remain which was big enough to 
ho^d enough oil to anoint the little toe. 
From these examples we can^the/extent these people went to to observe the 
rituals of clean and unclean. But they were all traditions and were not the 
Law of Cod. Thus Jesus told these men they had a misconception of what wor- 
shiping God was all about. 

The classic example for worship is that which in found in chapter 4 of John's 
Gospel. 7e have referred to this XxJEKXKXtKExttmH passage several times. 

In the 24th verse of that chapter Jesus said, "God is spirit and those who ymi 

worship Kim, must worship in spirit and truth." 
This woman at the well was a Samaritan and she was asking who had the right 
worship. 'as it the Jews at Jerusalem, or was it the Samaritans at It. Geris- 
zim? Jesus said, ""either." John Facarthur writing on this portion of : crip- 
ture says: *5kHX«BZskix!xtiisxxsEEMrrHXXHnxx±xxgBr±xiicxwas 

"The Samaritans style of worship was done in ignorance . The amaritans sp- 
iritual knowledge was limited because they rejected all of the Old Testamenl 
except the five books of Moses. T*ieir religion was characterized by enthus- 
iastic worship without prcer information. They worshiped in spirit but 
not in truth. 

The Jews had the opposite situation. "hey accepted all the books of the Die 
Testament. They had the truth, but lacked the spirit. Jhenvthe Pharisees 
prayed or gave alms, or fasted, their hearts weren't in it. 

worship that occurred on Mt« Gerizim was enthusiastic heresy. The wor- 
ship offered at Jerusalem was barren, lifeless orthodoxy. Jerusalem had 
the truth but not the spirit. Geriaim had the spirit but not the truth. 
The two enemies of true worship are Gerlzin ind Jerusalem* :ince^i J ;-, en- 
thusiasm, and aggressiveness are important, but they must be bared on truth 
And truth is foundational, but if it doesn't result in an eaper, excited, 
enthusiastic heart, it is deficient. Enthusiastic heresy is heat without 
light. Barren orthodoxy is light without heat." 
Jesus -ave the woman at the well "The Divine Fethod, which includes both 
heat and light. That method is to worship In spirit and in truth. 
So the first element of "The Divine Method" is to worship in spirit. 
In »*Ki£Erx±H order to worship God in spirit, our spirits must be attuned to 
the Spirit of God. Paul tells us in 1st Corinthians 12:?, "No one can say, 

'Jesus is Lord' except by the Holy ririt". 
We receive the Holy Ipirtt by the reception of Jesus Christ as £xvhhs Savior 
and lord. Co then we can rightly say that in order to truly worship a person 
must be saved. How can anyone apart from God's salvation truly worship God? 
This accounts for a lot of peorle having trouble worshiping in EkHEEk a churc 
service. Jo we must examine ourselves and exxk inquire if we are truly saved 
Our answer will tell us why we do or do not worship God. 



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3ut also in order to truly worship in spirit our thoughts mu»t be centered on 

God. This is why in every church service there should be Scripture used as 

well as the expounding of God 's Word. In this manner we receive insights 

from God, which reveal Him to us. This lifts our spirits and we can truly 

lift our hearts to Him in lo\*e and devotion. 

But we must also worship Him in truth. Here is where God's 7.' ord plays such 

an important role. It is only from God's '-.'ord, the Bible that we receive the 

whole truth that man needs to know God. During the week we should be reading 

parts and poritons of God's V/ord every day. 'e need that just as we need 

food. It is in this way we find r od 's truth revealed for daily living, 

But we also need that food on Sunday as well. To many people the portion of 

the service that is ik* looked forward to the least is the -ernon. In the 

pa^t 15 or 20 years the question hes been arrued as to the relevancy of the 

sermon in the modern day church service. But it is oust as much necessary 

today es it was in the first dentury church. The purpose of the sermon is to 

give us insights into Sod's love in our lives for the times in which we live. 

It is not a time for the preacher to show his intellicence or knowledge. But 

it is a time to teach about God and x±fckx±kx and from that Beaching comes 

worship. 

(Illustration of college rolden anniversary celebration) 

The 50th anniversary celebration for a small college was being held with 
a service in the small chapel on campus. The chapel was packed with the 
teachers, trustees, students and college employees. After the preacher 
had delivered a short sermon,, he stepped down from the pulpit and invited 
the congregation to share their thoughts and feelings with each other. 
"Could we begin with you, madam:" he said to an elderly lady sitting in the 
first pew. he was a cleaning woman in the science buildinr. The woman 
arose, but when she looked around and saw all of the educated people present 
she froze. Tor some time she didn't speak. Finally, she said, "I know that 
my Redeemer lives because He lives in my soul. Hallelujah " And then she 
quickly sat sown. Everyone knew that something beautiful and beyond de- 
scription had happened and. there was a dead silence. Finally, the preacher 
broke the silence by sayinc, "I would like to affirm what our sister has 
just said. It is the deepest thinr- that can be said about the human spirit 
and about God. I rejoice to be in her presence. And all I can do is to re- 
peat her words, "I know that my redeemer liveth because He lives in my soul. 
Hallelujah I" 

True worship doesn't require education or de<?rees. It doesn't renuire any- 
thing special except an open heart and life to seek xkEx2±rrsKxXeikE5£ God in 
spirit and in truth. That is "The Divine Method, " and "od -rants it to any- 
one who sincerely seeks Him. re you able to truly worship God: Or do you 
feel that worship is something you have problems with: IP that has been your 
experience, then try truly seeking Him in spirit, by letting His Holy Spirit 
guide and direct you. And then truly seek Tim in His 'ord, His truth all 
week and then come prepared ^0 meet Him' again in His truth. I invite you to 
share your desires with Him this morning. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor July 26, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Lor-i Weisenstein and Robin Kaiser 
+ + + + + + + + + + + + ++ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
♦Opening Hymn No. 337 "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty 11 
♦Ascription 
* Exhortation 

♦Confession (In Unison) Almighty God, our Father, we lift 
our hearts to thee in warship. Cleanse our hearts and 
our hands that we may ascend to thy Holy hill, and 
worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. We give 
thee thanks for this opportunity to come before thee 
and to confess our sins, to seek forgiveness, and to 
vow anew to turn from our wandering from thy pathway* 
Take from us all of those things which would keep us 
from thee, for we ask these things in Jesus' name* Amen, 
*Kyrie 

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

People - And blessed b<* His glorious name forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No. 465 "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 
♦Doxqlogy - page 382 
Scripture: I Chronicles 16: 23-29 
Sermon: "Worship: To Glorify 1 ' 
"Closing Hymn' No. 114 "Wonderful Grace of Jesus 1 ' 
"Closing Chimes 
•Benediction 
"PostluJe 
--x + *f _:n Standing - + ■ f - 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by Mrs. 

Ellen Schildroth in loving memory of her brothers. 
Danny Mangel will greet the congregation and our guests at 

the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Dick Mangel, Don Kingsley, Dick Dally 

and Danny Mangel. 
Attendance last Sunday was 114 with 23 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Helen Hiemer. 
Shirley Thompson and Marilyn Snyder will be visiting the 

hospital this week. 
Hospitalized: Jane Mass art in BMH — &*/7~ 

^We are still in need of two Liturgists for the Sundays that 
the Pastor is on vacation. If you would like to take OH 
the challenge, please stop in the office or let the Pastor 
know. 

SOUP & SALAD vegetables are needed. Please see Phyllis Tait 
or Lois Stokes. Beans are now in, but we will be needing 
corn, potatoes, onions, cabbage, etc. Please keep us in 
mind when your veggies are ready* 
^UNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS for nursery, youth, and high school 
classes are needed. If you would like to take one of 
these positions, please see Ginny in the office. 

^n invitation is extended to the congregation to the open 
church wedding of Lori Penrod and Ron Wiles on Saturday 
Aug. 1st at 4:30 P.M. 

Beginning August 16th we will be having guest ministers and 
Speakers While the Pastor is away. We hope that you will 
come out and hear their message and give your s-'pport. 
August 16 - Rev. Albert Robinson 
August 23 - Mark McCoy (portrayal of Jonah) 
August 30 - Rev. Edward C. HcCol lough 
September 6 - Chet Stauffer 

Following the serraon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection* As you reflect on your life 1 a situations you 
have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar* The invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, 
to meditate, or to seek counseling. The Pastor will 
assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunl fcy . 



" orahlp: "o Glorify" 

scripture: 1 Chronicles 16 :?5-? a 
(Ilus ies-tminster catechism-Wat Chief end of mam 
Th chief end of man is 2 plorfy G r Senjoy Hip 4evr) 
(I us Rev. Earl Cannon ft Happy Day paxad honr of S) 
r .'V can redly C --/at plac G holds livs many peo 
T also Eliev,many peo,nany whom ch meras H not 
awar "chief end man 2 elorfy G ft enjoy Him t-evr" 
Jus how do this".' 
Wh brings 2 1st <iuest=.vat ie G 's plory'.' 
: locy=that wh worthy of prais or exaltatin 

if bhis wat mean th only Bne capabl receiv is 
"\>t mayE contrdic when kno G alredy poses "lory 
o Pundrst mus undrst few things bout G 
Thmv 1st fact that G has inherent -rlory 
;.'e dont iriv 2Hiir,we cant cuz alredy has it 

If no 1 evr s:av G prais Re viud Btil B th -lorius G 
' : e is Ecuz "e was rlcrius 14 He evr creat any othr 
being 
2nd aspec S'S rlory is ascribed rrlory 
that is fclory spokn in Vb 4instsnc wen say=^~iv ™l<^r 
2 God 

e canot riv G anyth He duznt alredy have 
but we ohud acfcnow Hla '-lory ,recoH;niz it & giv Him 
prais *it 
That bring us 2 -2nd nuest= "hy shud we 'i« S Glory: 
100th ?s say-It He who made us "■ not we ourselvs 
Vie shud giv rlory Ecus! He created us 
but also need kno He not only creat us, He has creat 
evrthinr 2 p-iv Kim Glory 
Lk natur "■■ C many thin? wh mak us want ?prais 3 
: n/sunset ;f lowrs ;?.nlmlB/birds ,etc ,etc 
Svrth in lif actul pt 2 creat r £ ~iv caus 4 prais 
EiB ■ giv Him rlory due 2 Kim 
But within this contex lern that sine evrth/evrl 
bin creat 2 Rlorfy Kim.whethr man kno or not, 
eventuly 8fe inevitbly Ee wil B glorify by all 
OnBlievrs may no desir 2giv Him glory ,bnt they wil 
nu* cas in pt is Eharaoh in lif of Tsites 
Q tol Hoa fr encountr they wer hav w/hin,He=God wud 
B Glorfy, Bt He was 
2x 14:17-18=0 nioiJ wat wud hapn 
oltho Eharaoh no honr G,or ulorfy f in w/his Iif,H 
was plorfy in his destructin 

san Q fr thia G "lorfy by man wilingly/unwilingl 
in lif/deth,but G no fore man ?riv rlory out of fea 
G want us 2giv glory Ecuz wo want ?;Pcuz 
Him,not Ecuz we fear wat He can do 2us 



luv 



pjloriry u i^m * 
2 luv Him 
so we seek 2hav persnl relat- hat is why 

we cur \'ors 

lo so Ecuz we luv Him & wan 1 2aho i 
re 'a glory wa 4get bo 

~ei ,in recen past ther thoz who musE in line]-' 
w/t^-er naas on evrl 's lips 8 H B heldun as ult in 
Xpianty % servic 4 th Lord 
(Tins students"face shine" 5- D.L.Koody ) 
Here is wher need undrst tru worshipr of G duz not 
think how much hia wors is ro Phelp him in lif 
He duznt Eliev wors G is go 2increas busnes,or get 
get him ovrtim 2mak mor n-ony;no "liev wors wil mak 
welthy ,helthy,wise 

e duznt 31iev silly things sun preach bout p-et 
all Ecuz wors G 
Tru wors is not concern w/wat peosay, think bout us, 
mac wil it (^iv U8 anyth in return 
tru wors is involv in only seek rlory 4 G our Fathr 
slf taka bak seat 
But in ordr 2glorfy G.aa always ther is pric 23 paic 
Bd buk Ex read grp peo paid dear pric 4 G 'm rlory 

Mob cam dwn fr Mt ft peo wors idol & he furius 
j32: 25-28= Thoz cal 2defen elory G had 'kil thoz they 
luv 4sak G "s priory 
Pstan 4th 4 G alway cost sumthia 
Js sed anyl want 2fol Him had lv mothr ,fathr,si3 ,bros. 
hus wivs 
no ment litrly 4sak thez relatships ft abandn thez 

obliP-atins,but ment if any thme ret in Or way 
of ^erv Lord, need 2serv lord in apit of them 
1 Jmagin all us kno sum peo who no rerv Lord Bcuz 
nothr membr fairly hold them bak 
(Ilus Jew Dr. acpt Kp ft famly 4sake him) 
It cost sumth ?B tru folowr of Js Kp 
If ae - : go 2 -lorfy Hire we hav 2B wil 2pay pric 
ft tru wors is oflshut of that luv 4 Him 
e want 2 rlorfy IIim,21uv Him simply Ecuz we cant do 
anjth slse 
„e wars not Bcuz we fret anyth in returnjor it^wll 
enhanc our reputatin;we wors Bcuz we luv Eim '■ 8 wil 
2tak wat world has 2 offr 
lo U luv -''■'< lik that'.' Eo U cum 2wors Ecuz u want 2 
Iglorfy Sim'": 
I invit U 2 kno Him Pfulast 2day 



T .,;es-fcraiastr Cat ask= 

at is chief end of man: 

chief end of man is 2 rlorfy Q 8s 2enjoy 

Him 4-evr 
(Ilus Rev. 3arl Cannon, Vernon 3ap Ch,Chic 
parad=Happy Day in honor of God) 

Ex _ I-P17-18 

(Ilud sudent,face shine r - B.L.T'oody) 



Ex 32:25-28 

(Ilus D '. r: r ieclman & acpt Xp) 



"Worship: To Glorify 

Scripture: 1 Chronicles 16:23-29 

(Ilustration of Westminster Catechism; 

itminster Ch jechism begins with the question, "What is the chief end 

of man.'" It then gives the answer, x"3!« "Kan's chief end is to glorify Go*, 
and to enjoy Him forever." 

(Ilustration of "happy day" parade) 

The Reverend Earl Cannon of Vernon Batpist Church in Chicago expected 
15,000 people would march in his xJfe^yxx«:pkq!isi , a!£s non-denominational 
"happy day" parade in honor of God. But he and the 214 policemen assigned 
to the activity were the only ones who showed up. 

I believe we cah readily see what place God holds in the lives of many people. 
But ±txa I also believe that many people, many of whom are c'-.urch members are 
not aware thaf'the chief end cf m^n is to glorify God and to enjoy Him for© 
ever." Just how do we do this'.' 

Which brings us to the first question that must be asked and that is, "What 
is God's Glory V " "he word "Glory" simply means, "that which is worthy of 
praise or exaltation. So If Glory means that which is worthy of praise or 
exaltation, the only being capable of receiving such is God alone. But this 
may seem like a contradiction because we speak of God's glory which means that 
Ee already possesses that. Thus to understand this, we must understand a few 
things about God . 

There Is first of all the fact that only God has inherent glory, e don't 
give it to Him, we can't give it to Him because He already has it. If no one 
ever gave God praise, He would still be the glorious ^od He is, because He 
was rlorious before He ever created any other be inf. 

The second aspect of God's rtlory is ascribed ^-lory. That is the frlory that 
is spoken of in the Isalms for instance where it says to "rive "lory to God." 
We cannot give God anything that He doesn't already have. But we should ac- 
knowledre His -lory, recognize it, and pive Him our praise for it. 
That brings us to the second Question which is, "Why should we rive God glory,' 
e read in the 100th Psalm, "It is ~!e who hath made us and not we ourselves." 
e should give glory to God because He has created us. But we also need to 
know that not only did God create us, but PTe has created everything to give 
Him glory, rfe look at nature and we see many, many things which oaks us 
want to praise God. k beau iful sunrise or sunset; flowers that simply take 
our breath away; beautiful animals, or birds; and much, much more. Everything 
in life actually points to the Creator and gives us cause for praising Him 
and giving to Him the glory due to Him, 

Eut within this context we learn that since everything and everyone has been 
created to glorify Him, whether man may know it or not, eventually, and in- 
evitably He will be glorified by all. Unelievers may not desire to give Him 



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glory, but -they will. A ~ood care in point is Fharaoh in the life of the Is- 
realites. God told Moses that from the encounter they were having with Lhar- 
aoh He, (God), would be glorified. And He was. In the 14th chapter of Exodus 
the 17th and ISth ver-es "od promised what would happen, (read this). Althoug 
Pharaih would not honor God, or glorify Him, with his life, God was glorified 
in -haraoh's destruction. e can see fron this that God is glorified by man 
willingly, or unwillingly, in life, or in death. But no man is forced to give 
God glory out of fear. God wants uS to Rive Hia -lory because we want to; be 
cause we love Him, not because we fear what He can do to us. Glorifying God 
begins with salvation and because He love" us, we want to love Him, Go we 
seek to have a personal relationship with Him and that iar why we come together 
and worship. We do so because we love Him and want to show it. 
As we seek God's rlory, we forget about our own. As we have seen in recent 
weeks there are those who must be in the limelight with their name on every- 
one's lipe and being held up as the ultimate in Christianity and ?ervice for 
the Lord. 

(Illustration of several students and D. L. Moody) 

A student once thourht that he would impress D, L. Moody with his true sp- 
irituality. He had been in an all-night prayer meeting and he came to Mar, 
koody and said, " r )o you know where we've been.' ,'e 've been at an all-night 
p±ayer meeting. Gee how our faces shines".'" 

:r. Moody was unimpressed and quoted Exodus 34-:29; "Moses knew not that his 
face shone." 

Here is where we need to understand that the true worshiper of God does not 
think i»w how much his worship is eoin^ to help him in life. He doesn't be- 
lieve that worshiping God is roin" to increase his business^ or get him over- 
time oa his job so he can pay his bills or buy more; he doesn't believe he is 
goinr to get wealthy; he doesn't think that it will give him fame and fortune; 
and he doesn't have all of the other silly things that some preachers are 
preaching will come to you if you worship God. True worship is not concerned 
with what others may say or think about us, nor that it will give us anything 
in return. True worship is involved only in seeking Glory for God our father 
and self takes the back 9«at« 

But in order to Glorify God, as always, there is a price to pajtx be paid. 
In the book of Exodus asxain we read of a group of people who paid a very 
dear price for God's glory. Koseacane down from the Mount where he had re- 
ceived the Law of God and found that the people had made an idol which they 
were worshiping. loses was furious, and we read in the 25th verse, (read 
this through verse 28). 2tax?«B¥±ExxKrEXEa&±E±xH?rBm>dbo Those who were called 
upon to defend the "-lory of God had to kill people they loved for the sake of 
God's glory. To stand forth for Hod always costs something. Jesus said that 
anyone who u to follow Him had to leave father and mother, and sisters 
and brothers and husbands and wives. He didn't literally mean to forsake 



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the^e relationships, and abandon these people and obligations. He simply 

meant that if your mother or father, or your husband or your wife, or other 

members of your family rtand in your way of seeing the Lord, you need to 

serve the Lord in spite of them. I imagine all of us know some people who 

do not serve the ~ord becaure another member of the family is holdinr them 

back. 

(Illustration of Jewish doctor accer'tinr Christ ) 

uring ."orld War T T , Dr« Edward H, Friedman, a Jew was on duty in an over- 
reas hospital. An American soldier by the name of Fothermel had just been 
brought in from the battlefield. His right leg was torn, his arms twisted, 
and part of his face was gone. As Friedman prepared for surgery, the 
young man said, "Don't worry Doc, Jesus is with me," "hose words kept run- 
ning through Friedman's mind during ^ur^ery as he worked on that manrled 
body. Later, as the exhausted doctor lay on his bunk, he asked himsel^, 
"_s Dothermel 's Jesus my Jesus r" hen he began reading the Hew Testament, 
and as a result he accepted Christ as his Savior. /Lfter the war, Friedman 
informed his family that he had become a Christian. He had been told earl- 
ier that if he ever made that decision, as far as they were concerned he 
was dead. '.nd this is what happened to him. 

It costs something to be a true follower of Jesus Christ, If we are going 
to Glorify Him we have to be willing to pay the price, ind true worship is 
an offshoot of that love for Him. .'e want to r-iorify Him, to love Him simply 
because we zzh can't do anything else, e worship not because we will get 
something in return, or it will enhance our reputation. But we worship be- 
cause we love Him and are willing to take what the world has to offer. 
Do you love Him like that: Do you come to worshir because you want to Glorif; 
Himr I invite you to know Him to the fullest today. 



St. Paul 1 a United Church of Christ 
Butler , Pennsylvania 

Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor August 2, 1997 

Mr, Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Kelly Mangel and W*±ndy Norman 
+ + + + + + + + + +++ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +.«. 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
tanouncenants 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
•Opening Hymn No, 373 1l Praise the Lord, His Glories Show" 
•Ascription 
♦Exhortation 

•Confession ( In Unison) Father, give us the Spiri t '/our 
Son has promised us ; to make us honest people again ; 
to know and face the truth; to see ourselves and 
cease from laying our defections at your door; to 
see your only goodness in our desperate need of 
you- Forgive us through Jesus Cheist 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. 456 "My Jesus, I Love Thee" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 
. bory 

*Doxology - page 332 
Scripture : Acts 13: 44-49 
oermon: "Worship : Requires All" 
♦Closing Hymn No. 455 "I Am Thine, Lord" 
'Closing Chines 
: 
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■ + + . ' tnding ■ k +■ + + -♦ 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed in 

honor of the marriage yesterday of Lori Penrod and 

Ron Wiles* 
Mrs. Emogene Massey will greet the congregation and our 

guests at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Marty Henry, John Snow t Frank 

Crawford and Dan Bosko. 
Attendance last Sunday was 104 with 11 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Shirley Link. 
Paul Riemer and Paul Campbell will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
^Hospitalized: Elsie Kornrumpf in West Penn Hospital 

^SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS are needed for nursery, youth, and 
high school classes. If you would like to take one of 
these positions, please let the office know. 
Beginning August 16th we will be having guest ministers and 
speakers while the Pastor is on vacation. We hope that 
you will come out and support the church and hear the 
messages. 

August 16 - Rev. Albert Robinson 
August 23 - Mark McCoy (portrayal of Jonah) 
August 30 - Rev. Edward C. McCollough 
September 6 - Chet Stauffer 

We have received the new address for Bill Pieringer, so we 
thought we would share it with the congregation. This 
will be effective about mid August. 

Bill &t Paula Pieringer 

Tipple Hall Apt. B 303 

Drew University 

Madison, New Jersey 07940 
Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations you 
have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, 
to meditate, or to seek counseling. The Pastor will 
assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 



ressn why peo mis Oh wen rains, is th 
reasn wh?/ we hav ch 



./antd : roen,womn,childrn 2sit in slitly 
used pewe Sunday morninr. 

~peo think a 30 min serm is 2Iong f SQ 
ti^y subs tut a 300 column Sunday paper 

Evrbody has a reasn 4stay horn fr ch, 
evn thoz who R here 

Tf absenc maks th hart gro fondr,sum peo 
pu'-ht 21uv ther ch ,-rtly, 

A cert in oong had <i wind Id in siz so much 
that wan th mistr sed=Dearly Bloved, th 
soinstr in front row thot he was nrooosir 



vss 42-45 



Mt. 15:24=1 was sent only 2 th lost sheej 
of th hous of Israel. 

Joshua 7:19 

(Ilus people r lite for church) 



th peo who 



ft 



bit/piec! 



iture: Acts 13:4^-4-9 
witticisms on worship) 

.ttr how defin wors it i nvolv peo 

shud hav undrst wat wors is 

Barn cun "-.isicia 'ntioch 2 pr S teaejl 

U19 tu<3 exanpl wat wors is "- isnt 
B cun ya 2wor« &. wen read law ovr,ask 2 epk 
hif norm! 4-vialt dips 

apk=giv brie' histry Is. Si then tol how 
eco^niz by thee as th L fulfil ;crips=Taw 
1 how Js put 2deth & resur 
hen urr neo acpt Cp " no rejeo Bin 
.B 1st conplet ''eru record by -=(othrs jus 

42_45=. r esuli- his preach 
(W-=alracs '.-.'hoi city turn out, thez peo can 2 wors 
45=but not evrl prep 2 wors 

ther wer convert Jews, Rents .women all tnea 
orthodox Jew rejec_as hav no rt "3 ther 
thot ?refut evrth I sed prior 2thie tin 
46^7=1 v 3 resrons 
ill 2 pt out minstry 2B 2 Jews alon 
ed=I was sent only 2 th los sheep of hous of Is. 

Wt 1 : ^4 
sine Jew ldrs rejec Js,minstry riv 2 Gents WHO 
3t 4pivnes nin,fredutf 
j 4B-4fi=stun efect hav on the™ 

;uz ther Bi ief= Jews .Gents ,won>n wors G,S want luv 
Lm Ecuz He luv then 
mus ask-How do we worship God? 

lletins=ther many f orrcs .this we hav 

'n= P rais - 1 5, It 21i* thota ,livs , harts 2ward Creator 
riptin=Ascrib 2 who we wore 
B part Cn Ja Xp we aseahl in Hia nan, & ^ep us fr 
ny othr religin 

Pur wors Xpian in natur.doctrin.in ;otality 
hortatin=. crip urg eo aeek G 4-help our livs 

wat is help; Vun 2 Hin 2 confes -in 
ther thoz liev shud no hav conf sin reaan .cuz 
if acpt Xp we R «*iv Bins & no lon^r need ?oonfea 
t Jn 1:9 tel us=If we confes our Fin.He is faithfl 
* jus 2^f1v us our UM us fr all unritnes 

;sid wen confes sin, we giv Him dory 
esin actul sorv 2 -urps : 
prep recent ainnr 4 wors & is an act o. wors 

■ •r, in ;'=Joshua 7 = 19) *«_*, 

recitmia Bin 6 confes it, Josh say G wudB glor y 
^?« hS is -lorfv S Ecuz fho He alon Holy ,w/ out : 
"* r-if Hi" cn°nc?luv us by rrant 4rivnes 5 clens 



2/ 



is ur arani enc Das nevr rt ,priv nan snecinr 
he 4-givs sin 

no rr-n=ordain/unordain,pr,rainEtr, rabbi has authorty, 

powr 2-*giv sins-Only G Can Do This 
-'e cm only aay-G wil grant V 4givnea if u tru rep 
s- Jement of 1 raise :remind us who " is ' sin- "1 at 

wh ascrib ? ""rinty our praia 
2nd Hymn: pux 2direc thol a ■ 

evn I rog»we " in ,lif - 

jural bin inspir by 3 piv holy thots,"- thez shud lif 
harts 2Hin,2prias,plorfy Holy Tiame 
Prayer: not tim 4conss think bout roast in ovn,w-\t do 
aftr ch;it tim 4 ALL us ,oolectivly lif harts m §oi 
as pastr pray v:ord G plac on lips^tiud 10 our thots 
as '.'el 

shudB in agreraen w/«at B pray=sun ch say .'-.men, etc 
asking G Pact upon wat B prayed 
juz etnyl at-ree '.vith statoent t A!'TEHr? 
Offering :?n-iv 3 wat shud riv=103? 

giv lov.joy Bcuz want 2B obed 2 Hin 
if :-; v grudg nay as wel lv pocket/purs 3>cuz G no 
want this respons 2 Hin 
Joxolo--ty il'rais G 4all blesings & praise T inity 
Anthem: 21if harts in prep 4 G 'a Wop* 8 meeag 
cr ip/-ernon:part mos pso Ik ^-ward 2 in servic 
mos peo realy cum ^this rt? rongt 
this shud H 1 of hi ptl » 4it fr "crip Si 

Term receiv instruc ?riv ruidlines 4 evriay livs 
fr ; crip ern lern "'s plan 4-our livs "■ thez giv o 
■ 7rtuntys 2mak decisin 3altr livs acordnc-ly 
-his why invitntin rivn J shud E givn 
invitatin no ,1us 4salvatin,lt is oijr respons 2wat 
G wud hav ur dio in lite of Hit ,'crd 
1 us hav adjusts shud tnak & folo raesasr hsv chanc 2 
do so 
Hymn: clos servic w/hyrnn wh feek ty all eerv 2gethP 

this folo by tim let H Bp work harts & resrond score 
Benedictin: this merly send In2 worl w/Trinty 2 direc 
us durin- wk 
In ordr 4 wors 2B benf icil mus brinp comrlet selvs 
2 it 

cannot cut an-ry ,derair ,but n-us cum expectantly 
^pec='" wil lif our herts/burens fr us & wen wors 
ovr wil hav experienc 3 in our ridst 
(ilus Xpian litea) 

that wat ch is 5 made up individ peo ea csry lite plac 
of wors;but if cuit wrongly ch cannr-t lif lite fr abui 
Ch is earus cary lite in2 worl in wh liv 5: let lite 
continu shin, so men may god works g Rlorfy Fathr 
who in vn-wors Req Ml v;e hav,' re- 1 u ^ 'rethr 



"Worship: Requires All" 
Scripture: Acts 15:4-4-49 

(Illustrations of witticisms on Worship) 

The reason why people miss church when it rains is the reason why we have 
church. 

..'anted: Men, women, and children to ^it in slightly used pews i.unday 
morning. 

one people think a 30 minute sermon is too lonr", so they substitute a 
300 column .unday paper. 

Everybody has a reason for staying home from church - even those who 
are here . 

If absence makes the heart rrow lender, some people ou£ht to love their 
church preatly, 

A certain congregation had dwindled in size so much that when the minister 
said "Dearly Beloved," the spinster in the front row thought he was pro- 
posing 

No [Batter how you define worship, it still involves neople and the people 

who worship should s:bs£b have a ~ood understanding of what worship really is, 

i'.il and Earnabas had come to Pisidian Antioch to preach and teach. In the 

13th chapter of the book of Acts is a rood examole of what worship is, and 

what it isn't, PftuI and Barnabas went to the synagogue to worship. When the 

reading of the law was finsihed, Paul and Barnabas were invited to speak. 

The custom in the BynajjOgue was to extend an invitation to a noted visitor to 

speak if he so desired. So Paul arose and be<?an to speak. He ^ave them a 

brief history of the people of Israel. m hen he told them of Jesus and how 

He was unrecognized by the Jews as the One fulfilling the scriptures they 

read and revered. He told how Jesus was put to de^th and was resurrected fron 

the dead. And then Paul urged his listeners to accept Christ and not reject 

Him. Here is recorded xhHxfixxtxfiaxixxxxxiEH for the first time a complete 

sermon of Paul. ±a Up to this point there have only been recorded bits and 

pieces of Paul's messages. And the result of his preaching is told in the 

42nd and 43rd verses, (read the^e). 

And because of how Paul's message was received we read in the 44th verse, 
" Ind the next sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the . ord of 
God." 

Almost the whole city turned out to hear God's ,'ord preached. These people 

came to worship 

But not everyone there was prepgre'. to worship God. And Luke r&crods in the 

45th verse, "But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, 
and began contradictinp^the things spoken by laul, and were blaspheminr." 

There were in that syna^oTue , Jews who had cone to accept Christ as their Mes- 
siah; then there were Gefctiles who had also accepted Christ; and there were 
women who had gladly heard the liberating words of life. All of the^e peo- 
the orthodox Jews rejected as having a right to be there. E o they ^ourht to 
refute everything which Paul had said prior to this time. 



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To we read of Paul and Barnabas' response in verses 4-6 and 4-7, (read these). 
They were quick to point out that their original ministry was to be to the 
Jews alone. Jesus proclaimed to the Jews when He was preaching, "I tera was 
sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel," Matthew 15:24. 
But since the Jewish leaders rejected Jesus, and they would not ksar recog- 
nize Him as the fulfillment of all that God had prophecied and planned, the 
ministry of Jesus was given to the "entiles who readily accepted '-the freedom 
from the bondage of sin which it pave. 

We can see the stunning effect it had upon them as we readothe 48th and 49th 
verses, (read these). Because of their belief these people, Jews, and "ent- 
iles, and women, worshiped God. They worshiped Him because they learned of 

leep love for them and they wanted* to love Him in return. 
So once arain we ask the question, "How do we worship SodV" I8d like you to 
take your bulletin that you have this morning and let 's look at them together 
There are many forms of worship and the one we use is only one of them. This 
form of worship which we u~e is a combination of many of those forms and it 
ia 'ives us ax much or most of that which a worship serv'ce should have. 
Our service opens with a hymn. os1 often this is a hymn of praise. It's 
purpose is to lift our thoughts, our lives, our very hearts toward our Crea- 
tor. 

Hext there is the Ascription. This merely Ascribes to Hod, just Who we wor- 
ship. As a part of the Church of Jesus Christ, we want to worship a3 Christ- 
ians, '"bus, the Ascription sets our worship apart from that of any other 
religion. Our worship is Christian in nature, in doctrine, in its totality. 
Next we have an exhortation. This is s crintural urging to seek God for His 
help in our lives. And what is that help.' It is our coming to Him to confes 
our sin. There are many who believe that a Irayer of Confession is not neces 
sary in a Christian congregation. The reason beinm that through Christ we ar 
forgiven of our sins and we no longer need to confess in this manner. This 
reasoning is accurate, but we need to be reminder that although if we have 
accepted Christ as our Tord and ! vior, we still need to come to Him in hum- 
ble confession. John 1:9 tells us, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful 
and Just to forrive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrirhteousness . 

And beside that when we confess our ^ins we s-ive Him -lory* Confession actu- 
ally , -«««iM^i«n serves two purposes. It prepares the repentant sinner for 
worship, and is an act of worship. We have an Old Testament illustration 
which shows us this. We read this in the book Joshua the 7th chapter, 
±KhKn .'^han disobeyed "od by stealing treasure from the city of Jericho and 
hid it in his tent. Because of his sin, the entire nation of Israel suffered 
They were defeated in the battle at Ai, which showed that God cannot frless 

sin. Joshua sought to find the sinner from all of the people of Israel and 
wad directed by God to the tribe of which tchan was a member, and froT there 



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to chan himself. hen Joshua discovered who the culprit was he said an we 

read in the 19th verse of chapter 7, "Hy son, I implore you, give rlory to 
the lord, the God of Israel, and give praise to Him; and tell me what you 
have done. Do not hide it from, me." 

by recognizing his sin and confessing it, Joshua was say inn- that God would be 
glorified. Confessing sin is glorifying God because it shows that He alone 
is Holy, without sin, and it c-ives Him the chance to love us by granting up 
His forgiveness and cleansing. 

'• ;he .ce of Pardon, This is .cripturally based and is mx 
never- the right or privilege of man to declare that he forgives sin. Only 
God can do that. Ho man, ordained, or unordained, priest, minister or rabbi, 
has the authority or power to forgive sins. Only God can do that and so as 
humans we can only say, God will -rant you forgiveness if you truly repent. 
Hollowing this we have a statement of praise, ""his reminds us just Who God 
is and to be mindful, we sinr the Gloria Patri which ascribes to the Trinity 
our praise. 

Followin- this we sing our second hynn.xk±Ekx±ar The purpose of this hymn is 
to direct our thoughts to God as we will be corin , ~ to Him in prayer. And 
inciedentally , even if we have a voice like a frog, we should sinr, lift up 
our voices- to God in praise. 'cmeone was inspired by God to rive us these 
holy thoughts and they in turn should lift our hearts before Sim, to praise 
Him and glorify His Holy Name, 

Hext is the morning prayer. This is not a time for the congregation to bef 
to think about the roa^t in the oven at home, or what we will be doing after 
the service. It is a time when ML of us, collectively lift our hearts before 
God in prayer. As the pastor prays, the words God has 1 placed upon his lips 
should be our thoughts as well. We should be in agreement with what he is 
praying, '"That is why in some churches you will hear many people vocally say- 
ing something like, "Yes, Lord," or "Amen," or something along those lines. 
Those individuals are merely agreeing with what is bein;- prayed and askiny 
God to act upon it. Does anyone asrree with that statement: 

Following the prayer we have the opportunity to five God xtex± material evidenc 
of how we want to rlorify Him. This is the offering and it should be at least 
a tithe. That is ten-percent of our monetary blessings from God. It should 
be iriven in love and joy, because we want to be obedient to Him. If we ~ive 
it grudgingly we may as well leave it in the T)urse or socket, because God 
doesn't want that response to Him. 

And then following the offering -e sing the Boxolo<gy which again is a hymn of 
praise to iksxxxiEfcix "cd for His blessinps and a hymn o f praise tovthe Trin- 
ity. 

Then mast of the time we have an anthem or special music which is to lift our 
hearts to prepare to hear from Sod 's word ?nd the message from that Hord* 



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Following the anthem or special music is the portion of the service 3ebh£ 
which is the most longed for, the Scripture and S#rmon. ?or most people this 
is the part of the service they really came for. Right? freng] This portioi 
of the service is the part that most people would gladly do without. There 
are many reasons for th- 3 . 4 - and some of them are legitimate. But it should be 
one of the hirh points of the service. ?or it is from the c ripture and the 
-firnon that we receive instructions that rive us guidelines for our everyday 
lives. It is from the criptures and the Sermon that we learn of Sod's plans 
for our lives and these give us the opportunity to make a decision to alter 
our lives accordingly, ^his is why an invitation is driven and she Id be giv- 
en. The invitation is our response to what God would have us fco in light of 
His .'/ord. That is why the invitation is not just for the acceptance of Chrisl 
All of us have other adjustments we should make and following the message we 
should have the opportunity to do so. 

e close our service with a hymn which seeks to tie all of the service togethi 
This is followed by a time to let the Holy Spirit work in each heart and each 
life in response to the worship of that morning, or whatever time the service 
is held. And then we have the Tenediction which merely sends us out into the 
world with The Father, Ion, And HoIt .'pirit to direct and ruide us through tin 
week, 

3ut in order for the worship '-ervice, regardless what its format to be bene- 
ficial to any of us, we must bring to it our complete selves. ,;e cannot come 
in a state of zander, or despair, or any of the other emotions which beset eacl 
of us. ;e must come expectantly, That is, expecting that God will lift our 
burdens from us; that when the worship is over we will have experienced God 
in our midst, 

(Illustration of church without lights) 

'.n '.merican travelling in urpoe tells of ebinc invited to go to church 

in Switzerland on a "unday evening. He tells how it was twilight and there 

were no llgferts in the church and he wondered how they would see, ±xx&e 

xs±BE5txK±xsxxr±K±BwxliK The family he came with had a lantern, but he knew thaM 
would not light the whole church. As he ^tood at a window and looked out, 
he saw a light here end a light there, and each one was moving toward the 
church. As each of them took their '"lace inside, the church was soon lit 
with light. Then, ?. p ter the b ervice, each worshiper took his light with 
him into the night. ' nd he could see them goin down the paths tovtheir 
homes. 

That is what the church is. It is made up of individual people, each carry- 
ing his light to the place of worship. But if we come and brinr with us an^e: 
or hatred, or whatever, the church cannot be lit with the Light from on hi~h. 
And then the church is each of us carrying our light out into the world in 
which we 1±ves live and letting our light continue to shine, so men may .see 
our rood works and ^lorify our Father who is in heaven, forship, requires 
all that wechave, and it requires all of us together. 



St* Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor August 9, 1937 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr*, Roland Thompson , Saxophonist 
Acolytes; Wendy Norman and Kelly Mangel 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Ann □ unCemen ts 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
•Opening Hymn No. 376 "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken" 
•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 seek joy in all 
manner of things, but findi no joy. We are filled 
with a sense of need and yet, are not ready to seek 
help from beyond ourselves. Help 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 Mo. 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 
Offer tary 
•Doxology - page 382 
Scripture: Exodus 34: 29-35 
Sermon: "Worship: Visible Results" 
•Closing Hymn No. 462 "Living Tor Jesus" 
♦■Closing Chimes 
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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mr. & Mrs. Gottlob Kradel in memory of their sisters. 
Mrs. Sandy Sheppeck will greet the congregation and our 

guests at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today arer Sandy Sheppeck, Deb Melton, Helen 

Grouse, and Judy Vinroe. 
Attendance last Sunday was 98 with 10 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Lori Weisenstein. 
Marty Henry and Rob Vinroe will be visiting the hospital 

this week, 
iospitalized: Mike Brinker in Children's Hospital 
Elsie Kornrumpf in West Penn 

3UNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS are needed far nursery, youth and 
high school classes* If you would like to take one of 
these positions, please let the office know. 

►The Pastor will be leaving for vacation this afternoon. 
If you have any need of any kind, please call Ginny at 
home or at the church office and she will assist you. 

Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations 
you have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to 
pray, to meditate, or to seek counseling. The Pastor 
will assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself 
of this opportunity* 



(Ilus B. "ranklin 5c plastr) 
Lev 10:3 



1st result =G is Glorified -L-fV /o ;j 
2n. 'esult= peopl mrrif ied ^ -^ 
3rd result- phurch is edified - c// AW 
4th result= people R evangelized 
(Ilus man/wife, dog Ifrica) 



"Worship: Visible Results" 

Scripture: r 'xodus 5^:2 9-3 5 

lustration of evidence as proof) 
. enjamin Franklin in his experiments discovered that plaster sown in fields 
would make plants grow much better. But try as he might, he could not con- 
vince anyone that this was a truth^to be tried. Everyone arp-ued with him 
and he couldn't convince anyone, ~o he dropped the matter and said no more 
about it. .nit early the next spring he went into his field and sowed some 
grain. But near the path where people would walk by he traced some letters 
in the ground with his finger, -""hen he put plaster" into the etters and 
then he sowed the seed. Jifter a week or so the plants beran to spring up. 
His neighbors who passed that way beran tc notice that some of the plants 
were a brighter green than the rest and were much healthier than the rest. 
-hen they noticed these ween pisants stood out by spelling out the words, 
"This has been plastered." Benjamin Franklin didn't have to arrue with his 
neighbors anymore about the benefits of plaster in the field. All season 
Ion?" those plants srew far beyond the rest and spelled out the words, "This 
has been plastered," for all to see. 

Jesus said, "By their fruit you shall know them." Franklin's theory is a rooc 
example of this. And what this points out to us i~ that something can be 
proved with hard and fast evidence, "he same can be said for "'/.'or ship." 
For a few weeks we have been looking at the different aspects of "V/orship, " 
and today we conclude our look by looking for "Visible Results" which should 
be evident from true worship. 

The very first ifc±in?x±fe2± result that can be observed when people worship as 
God requires is that God is glorified. Worship is first and foremost, as- 
cribing rlory to God, 

Moses had been on the Mount receiving the Law from Sod. .hen he came down fx 
fromthe Mount it was evident that he had been in the presence of God. God 
had told of this as "o^e- •■;rote in the book of Leviticus chapter 10 and the 

3rd verse. .e read: "By those who come near Me I will be treated as holv, 
and before all the people I will be honored." 

_7his took place when Moses appeared to the neople of Israel. : 'e learn of 

this in the 29fen i ^Oth verses of this Scripture, (read these). The people 

of Israel were brought to the realization that when they were in the presence 

of God it worked a chaenge in their lives. No man could come into the presence 

reaair the same. The glory of God had rubbed off on Koses as it 

were and his face glowed. This is the same glow which leter, James and John 

saw when they were at the Transfiguration of Jesus on the Mount* ^his is the 

same glow that will be evident in ika eternity when each believer stands in 

the presence of God. This is the -lory Paul says will be revealed in fis . 

True worship glorifies God, but it also has the effect of showing in the life 

of the worshiper for God leaves T *is mark u^on those who worship I'im. It may 

not be in a -lowing face like that of Moses, but it will be evident somehow 

in our lives. 

Then when believers worship God as r e should be worshiped, the believers are 



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purified. 2&h David tells us in the 24th Psalm that the only way anyone can 
ascend the hill o*~ the lend, or to come into His presence, is to have claen 
hands and a pure heart. Worship demands purity and when a believer comes 
into the presence of -."the Lord, it affect uc life! le. 

^o one can truly worship God and not peek to become more Christlike, The ver; 
holiness of God before who m we stand demands a more holy life from us. It 
doesn't mean that we are righteous in our own way or perfect before God, be- 
cause of ourselves this is not possible. But it means that through Christ we 
have His righteousness, and He makes us perfect in God's sight. Ind because 
of this we want to live more holy lives. 

Then another "Visible H P sult" is that the church is edified. That means it 
is changed. ifXKHXxwBxsM?! Your worship as an individual will affect not 
only your life, but the life of the church as well. e nay have never looked 
at our worship in this light. But if bbzx» your worship as an individual is 
acceptable ts the church will be -trengthened, but if it is unacceptable it 
will be weakened. How we worshin individually while we are here, determines 
the success or failure of us as a congregation. 

Hoses experienced the richest and most meaningful worship anyone could exper- 
ience, /hen he came fromthe presence of God, his face shown. That means he 
was transformed in the presence of God, We should be transformed as well. 
If the corporate worship of the congregation leaves people unchanged, we are 
not truly worshiping. vhat we do here and say here should spur us on to 
obedience, into transformation, and the whole con^re-stion is edified, or 
changed by it . 

One other "Visible Hesult" is that the lost are evangelized. That means that 
not only is the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached, but those who do not know 
Him as lord and vior are given the opportunity to accept Him as such. 
God's plan of redemption always was at the root of worship. In the Old Testa- 
ment the tsreyis tabernacle worship, the temple worship all gave evidence that 
the people worshipin™ belonged to God. To outsiders it was evidence that 
they were se&h set apart for His use and rorvice. It rave the outsiders the 
chance to become a part of that family if they so chose. Go we can see from 
this that evangelism has always been ±]s& a part of the worship of God. It 

gives the worshiper a chance to be redeemed, and it °:ives those who worship 
God to reach out to others with the message of salvation. 

(Illustration of man/wife in \frica B dog leading man to church; 

former missionary to Africa, .lames King tells of an unusual true story 
that took place in one of the churches he server 5 . A woman came by herself 
to every service. But she was accompanied by a mon-rel dog. He would come 
into the church and -it beside her during the service. She sat on an out- 
side seat next to the aisle. It the conclusion of the -ervice, when the 
invitation had been ^iven by the pastor to come for prayer — the dog would 
come along and take his place beside her at the altar rail. But the' lady's 



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husband was a hard man and abused her. He didn't agree with her Christian 

life-style, c-'^^etl day he actually beat her to death. it the funeral, he 
forbid her pastor to conduct a Christian funeral for her. So after her 
death and burial only he and the do<~ were left. TI e noticed that on the 
first Wednesday evenin .i ■ eared about 7:00 and didn't reappear 

for about 2 hours, ^hen it happened again on Sunday morning about 9:00 . , 
the do?- didn't cone home until about 12:?0, ^he same thing happened on 
r unday evenin~. 

The curiosity of the man was aroused and -o "he decided to follow the dog 
to see where he went and what he did. Bo when the dog took off the next 

unday he followed, but he had to hurry to keen up. The doa: made straight 
for the little churfih — he went in and took his usual seat by the aisle 
while the service went on. At the close of the service the man who had 
taken a seat in the back, saw the dor- come forward and take a place at the 
altar where his wife had prayed. n h e man was so touched in his heart that 
he too went forward and gave his life to Christ. Now the do- roes to 
church with a new master. 

God can use true worship to brins forth "Visible Results," But each person 

who worships Pod needs to seek to truly isrKKxxim worship T'im each day of life. 

Ind if each believer will truly worship Him and seek to Glorify Kim, will 

seek purity in his life^ will strive to be edified, each believer will want 

to share what he has with others so they may have it too. Then Worship will 

have "Visible Results. 

I invite each of you to seek to worship r od with your very life and produce 

the "Visible Results" which God desires from each of us. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler » Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor September 13, 1937 

Liturgiat, Dick Mangel 
Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Hti Poland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes : Meron Hewis and Mike Gamble 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A,M. 
Prelude 
Welcome 
Invocation: 

Liturgist - Into this Holy place we have come to 

proclaim the love of God, our Father. 
Congregation - Thank you our Heavenly Father for 

bringing us together in the name of our 
Savior Jesus Christ. 
Li turgist — We have gathered here today to praise our 

Savior for all he has done for us, t 
Congregation - Lord we owe you many thanks for the 
many blessings you grant to each of us, 
Liturgist - Lord, you love us and we know that because 
of the love you share with us. Your Son 
is our risen Savior because of what you 
have done . 
Congregation - By your preserving love, grant: us your 
f orgi vene s s * Gui de us and keep us in y O u r 
everlasting care. 
All - And now we ask for your presense as we seek to 
glorify you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen* 
Program of Songs and Praise by: 
"THE MAZZANT FAMILY" 
Offering 
'Jffertory 
•Doxology - page 382 
Promotion of Sunday School Sutdents 
Promotion Prayer 

Songs of Praise to our God: II Corinthians 5:21 
Benediction 



Ushers for today are Helen Rieme.r f Phyllis Tait, Shirley 

Thompson and Alma Dally. 
Attendance last Sunday was 84 *ith 5 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Gamble. 
Shirley Thompson and Marilyn Sryfler ■ rfill be visiting 

the hospital this week. 

RALLY DAY LUNCHEON will be held in the ball immediately 

following the service this morning. It is open to all 

of members and friends, 
MONDAY - Property Committee meeting at 10:00 A.M. 

Finance Committee meeting at 7:00 P.M. 
TUESDAY - Sunday School teachers and helpers meeting at 

7:00 P.M. 
THURSDAY - Choir practice at 7:00 P.M. 
Golden Circle will have its fall picnic on the 16th at the 

home of* Loia Stokes* Please being a salad ♦ 
Mary Martha Circle will meet Thursday morning at 10:30 in 

Rehob-^th Hall, We extend an invitation to any woman of 

the church to join us. 
New Acolytes will have their try-outa today immediately 

after the Service . 
Lay, Life and Work Committee will meet for a brief get- . 

together in the office after the service, 
Apple Butter is scheduled for September 25 and 26th. tfe 

need all the help we can get so please mark your 

calendar and give us a. helping hand. We will start 

at 8:00 on Friday cutting up the apples. 

Hospitalized: Ann Williams in North Hills Passavant 
Room 5^6 9100 Babcock Blvd. 

Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237 



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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Marge Smiley in loving memory of her parents. 
Mr. it Mrs* Howdy Bolam will greet our members and guests 

at the door this morning. 






St, Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler » Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor Septaraber 20, 

Mrs. Kitty Feder, Organist 

Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 



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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
^Processional Hymn Ho. S7 "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" 
•Ascription 
""Exhortation 

"Confession (In Unison) God, our Father, you are coming in 
power to bring nations under your rule. We confess that 
we have not expected your kingdom. We have lived casual 
lives, and ignored your promised judgements Judge us 
(lod, for we have been slow to serve you. Forgive us, 
for the sake of your faithful Son Jesus, our Savior, 
whose triumph we want and eagerly wait for. Amen. 

•Kyrie 

*Ass'urance of Fardon 
•-praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And blessed be His glorious name forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn No. 581 "It Is No Secret" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
And with Thy Spirit 
Let lis Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
"Doxology - page 382 
Scripture: II Chronicles 5: 36—40 
Sermon: "The Missing Ingredient 1 ' 
"Closing Hymn No. 676 "Thou, Whose Purpose Is to Kindle ih 
"Closing Chimes 
* Benediction 
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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by Mrs. 
Genny Nohach and daughter Beverly in loving memory of 
Nick. 
Mr. & Mrs. Joe Voungbloud will greet our members and guests 

at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Hob Vinroe, Rick Vinroe, Jeff Snyder. 
Attendance last Sunday was 107 with 11 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today. 

Paul Riemer and Paul Campbell will be visiting the 
hospital this week. 
-^Hospitalized: -T^ff M^*»/ ^ 6fr> 
\T>THIFRSDAY = Choir Practice at 7:00 

= begin to cut up apples at 6:30 p,M, 
"^FRIDAY - begin to cook apples and continue to cut up apples 
/ at 3:00 a.m. Wake up early! 

^-SATRUDAY - *e need lots of help to get the apple sauce 
started to cook. We will begin at 6:00 a.m. 
FIDELITY BIBLE CLASS will begin its fall season with a 
tureen dinner on. Monday September 21st at 5:30 P.M. in 
Rehoboth Hall. Please bring your cum table service. 
Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn* followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
r-jflection. As you reflect on your life's situations 
you have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar. The 

invitation gives the opportunity to accept Christ as 
Savior, to pray T to meditate, or to seek counseling. 
The Pastor will assist you if you desire. Please avail 
yourself of this opportunity. 



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(Ilus revivl 'lew York city brot bout by prayr) 
can nevr emph enuf need of prayr 5 vet many con^s onl; 
fu] -onibrs entra? in prayr reg basis 
taya-HEAD vs 14- U 
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repentetio mean aoro 4 -ins ^ turn fr them 
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Js car 8- pr repent/confes 23cum part kinc-dn of G 
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Ir'^vid Elievrs/conRS canot fro if ther peo/frps w/in 
Wh._/s of ch who hate Inothr or R unforriv 
wors is outpour of luv 4 G 
but in ordr 4wors 2reach hart of 0,ther musT* renuin 
seek of G,ask 4clens S heal j ask Him 2stir us up & 
reviv us 
Is Ur lif rite W 
Is Ur hart turn 2ward Him".' 

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this congr 
Or is ther part Ur lif need changf 
I invite ea U 2serch Ur harts & if G'a " Ij job* so 
movs .'cum 4ward 8c seek ?renu Urnelf •■■■'/" 



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"The Kissing Ingredient" 
cripture : 2 Chronicles 6t*>6-40 
Text: 2 Chronicles 7:14 

We spent some tine definin- worship. In that series we saw many asjtects of 
what worship consists of. But worship is only the beginning for the individ- 
ual, and collectively for the congregation. 

The unfortunate thing is ^hat there are many worshiping individuals; and there 
are many sincere and worshiping concresrations . But there is a "Missing In- 
gredient" both in the lives of ikxxiatix most individual believers and in *hh 
most conrrecations , 

Is ±x example is seen in the lives of the Jewish people and In their corp- 
orate worship, King David had built Israel Into the strongest power on earth- . 
They had defeated all of their enemies. They were not only stronrr militarily, 
but economically. They held the wealth of the world in their treauries. 
And King .olonon who had succeeded his father David, had carried the fathering 
of wealth and power to an even greater height. Tut he had also built the 
beautiful and magnificent structure known as "Solomon's Temple." Here, for 
the first time the Jews had a permanent place where the proper worship of God 
could take place. So it is that upon completion of that temple, oloraon ass- 
embled the people and sourht to consecrate that edifice. 

But Solomon knew the hearts of his people. He was aware of their past hist- 
ory, o in his prayer of dedication he names before "-od the things they might 
do and how they might act toward God, Thus it is that we read in the summa- 
tion of that prayer, (read verses 36-40). olomon knew of the "Kissing In- 
gredient" in the lives of the people which may have lain dormant at this ^ime, 
but which would rise to the surface in the future. These people were wealthy 
in power and in the world&£ goods; they lacked little in food, clothing, and 
every thing else of the world's goods) they had just built this huge and 
beautiful house of God; and they were on tip of the world so to speak. And 
as in all such circumstances, the need for something beyond themselves was 
not necessary. After all, they had done all of this themselves and God was 
soon to be forgotten if He hadn't been so already. All of this Solomon knew 
and so his prayer was that if and when this came about completely; and if be- 
cause of their backsliding from God they ended ur bein™ captured and taken 
away captive; would C-od hear their cry for help and save thera'f 
And we read in the succeeding verse of the 7th chapter that ^od heard the :nra 
prayer of 'olomon and look at Mia answer in the 14th verse. God says, "IF 
My people." It is conditional. It isn't automatic. It is "IF" those who 
name the name of God, And what is the conditionr "Shall humble themselves," 
hat meant they had to come to the place in their lives where they acknowledg- 
ed they couldn't handle their circumstances and it was all beyond them. 
Sa IF they humbled themselves, and then would "Fray, and seek My f a<5e , and 
turn from their wicked ways." All o God's return to their midst was predi- 



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cated on the fact that they had to seek Him completely. The "Kissing- Ingred- 
ient" in the lives of the people of Israel was a lack of God. And joloraon 
using the wisdom God had endowed him with was simply asking 3od in his nrayer 
of dedication -efx for Revival when the people fell away. 

The "Missing Ingredient" in our society today is "Tvival, We can worship God 
all we want whether privately or corporately, but if our hearts are not att- 
uned to God as they should be we will still have the drought of spiritual 
lack in our society and world. 

Revival is what is needed in our nation today and in particular within the 
Christian Church. Our politicians cannot solve the problems of our nation 
apart fron God. It will take an outpourinr of God 1 ? Holy Epirit within our 
society and that can only come about through the fervent seeking of God by 
every person who claims to be a believer. To brine- about revival in our day 
there are at leapt four main thinrs which we as individuals and as a ccngre 
Ration must be about. 

The first prerequisite is that we truly thirst for renewal and reviving. e 
need to come to God in a -"tate of spiritual brokenness. One of God's prophetE 
Hoseas, urged God's people to break up their fallow around. Fallow ground is 
that >i n been K > s ten lown by the pounding down of the rain and 

the hard b; king of the sun. It is around that is hard and nothing will grow 
in it until it is properly plowed and harrowed ^nd prepared. It is ground in 
our lives that has become completely hardened. We can compare it to hardened 
hearts that can look at the needs around us and walk by on the other side like 
the priest and the Tevite in the parable of the Good "'smaritan. It takes a 
softening of our hard hearts to let God in and this is what will bring about 
Revival. 

The second prereouisite ia a seeking of God with all of our heart and soul. 
The seeking of God, involves knowing Hin on a personal basis; serving Him in 
our daily lives and within His church; lovin^ Kim to the extent that He takes 
precedence over our desires for pleasure and fun when those desires crowd 
Him ovif of our lives; and it means fellowship with Him each day, moment by 
moment. Unf ortunatley , God is only thought of on several occasions in the 
majority of believers lives. Those moments are upon awaking in the mroninr, 
at mealtimes when we should pray, and at night when we go to bed. The rest 
of the time we mostly never reflect upon His goodness to us in all He gives - 
us, or in what we have surrounding us from His love. How can any revival 
ever take place in our so called "Christian nation," if all we have and sore 
and ever hope to be is mads possible by Visa of Kastercard? We must turn 
this attitude around and seek God with all our heart and soul. 
The third prerequisite is that of seriously engarin- in prayer. 



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Jonathon lidwarsls the preacher who is credited with being instrumental for the 

revival in the rrid 1700 's called, "The Great '.wakening," said: 

" hen God has something very ereat for "is church, it is His will that There 
should precede it the extraordinary prayers of His people." 

Thatvis the second thin^ which God said He reouired from "His people." F rst , 
they were to humble themselves. And next they were to pray. Too often pray- 
er is only entered into when all other avenues have been exhausted. Instead, 
it should be the first thing anyone does to receive God's direction and help, 

(Illustration of "revival of the united prayer meeting"). 

In Hew York city a businessman by the name of Jeremiah lanphier had a deep 
desire to have a revival take place in that city. For a period of time he 
prayed alone. But then five other businessmen joined him and at the noon 
hour they prayed together. This was called the "Fulton itreet noon prayer 
meeting. After a period of time there were 6,000 who met daily for prayer 
in Joyne's Hall. "nd in 1858 revival broke out in Hew York City, but be- 
fore xfcsxirfiBEKEE it ended its influence was felt all across 'rrerica. 
It was known as "The revival of the united prayer meeting." Its influence 
reached Princeton University where a "' of the sfrudents were converted and 
18 "i entered full-time Christian ministry. 

e can never emphasize prayer enough and yet In most congregations only a 

small handful of the members enerage in prayer on a regular basis. God says, 

"If Hy people which are called by Hy name, shall humble themselves, and pray, 
and seek Hy face, and turn from their evil ways; then I will hear from hea- 
ven," ? "hron. 7:14. 

^he fourth prereauisite is repentence and confession of sin, "7- confess is 
to simply agree with what God thinks of our sin, Repentence means a sorrow 
for those sins and a turnin^ from them. This is what John the Baptist called 
for as the messenger preceeding the Messiah Jesus Christ. Ills message was 
to repent for the kingdom of God is at hand. And Jesus came on the .?cene and 
preached confession and repentence to become a part of the kingdom of God. 
In our 20th century there was a revival which started in 'askatoon, Caskatch- 
uwan, Canada and it came about because two brotheres within the same congrega- 
tion who had refused to speak to each other for over 20 years were convicted 
of their sin and embraced in the middle aisle of the church, ethers followed 
suit and that revival swept across Canada and the rorhhern part of the United 
States, Individual believers and congregations cannot grow if there is withii 
the lives of the people and the walls of the church those who hate others; or 
who are unforgiving. Worship is the outpouring of our love for God. But in 
order for worship to reach to the heart of God, there must be a genuine seek- 
ing of God asking for cleansing and healing; asking Him to stir us up and 
revive us. 

Is your life right with God today: Is your heart turned toward Him? Are you 
genuinely seeking the health and growth of this con"re nation? Or is there a 
part of your life that needs to be changed? I Invite each of you to search 

your hearts and if God's Holy Spirit so moves you, to come forward and seek 
to renew yourself with God. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Kev. Ralph Link, Pastor September 27, 

Mrs. Kitty Feder, Organist 
Hr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes.; Lori Weisenstein and Robin Kaiser 



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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 
Chiming of the Hour 

Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
'Processional Hymn No. 377 "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore The 
* Ascription 
*t'xhortatian 

•Confession (In Unison) Lord, have mercy upon us for cu 
miserable offenses against Thee. Spare thou those 
■God, who confess their faults. Restore those who are 
penitent; according to Thy promises declared unto man- 
kind in Christ Jesus otir Lord, And grant, most 
merciful Father, for His sake,, that we may hereafter 
live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory 
of Thy Holy name. Amen. 
"Kyrie 

■Assurance of Pardon 
•Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

people - And blessed be His glorious name foreve 
'Gloria Patri - page 142 
Hymn Mo. 279 "Savior, Thy Dying Love 1 " 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy opirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
I- r ay e r 
offering 
Offertory 
'Doxology - page 3S2 
D-edication of Infant - Angela Link 
Scripture; Genesis 35: 1-8 

Sermon: "Follow The Leader: Jacob" 
•Invitational Hymn No. 109 "Whiter Than Snow" 
^Closing Chimes 
'Benediction 

"Postlude 
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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Phyllis Tait and Beth in loving memory of Bob. 
Mrs. Mid Diefenderfer will greet our members and friends 

at the door this morning. 
Ushers far today are: Dick Dally, Danny Mangel, Dan 

Kings ley .and DicK Mangel. 
Attendance last Sunday was 109 with 7 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Gambl . 
Marty Henry and Rob Vinroe will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
Hospitalized: 

MONDAY - Elders meeting will be held at 7; 00 P.M. 
THURSDAY - Choir practice at 7:00 P.M. 

Dates to Remember: October 7 - Council meeting at 7:00 

October 13 - Sunday School teachers will 
meet at 7:00 P.M. 

SOUP & SALAD DAY is October 13th, Tickets are now avail- 
able from the Circle Chairman, Price is $2.50 for adults 
and childrens tickets will be available at the door* 
Also remember to be working on items for the Bazaar table. 

Address of former Pastor: 
Jt-v. waiter M. Trogler 
1408 Merion Terrace 
West Chester, Pa. 1938Q 

Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations 
you have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, 
to meditate or -o aecrk counseling. The Pastor will 
assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 



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■iow ."e j-eaaer: jaeoD-- 
■ Scripture: ".en "":"- : 

(Ilus at state D fro-i" " tate of Cccfsin) 

(Ilus :-iedrnont airlines Wash Int airport) 

hat confusin.but only oaipl confusir v;h suroun 
bard us ea step of way 
i- COEputr '" r :,'e liv, constantly witnes chanc; scene 
wh bogl our minds 
canot keep up w/tech T-cuz altr/cfaang so swiftly 
conditins 3oun nor frit: es daily basis 

Gaua man;' ask- her wil end r Can aak sens of it i 
ber la Sod in all tl 

Torn ir.tercesin/manifes of G in our 
jocity n day«=Th e y S Ik t REVIVAI 
Bibl fil w/ examps peo brot bout revivl ^oeriud tin 
thru rot ther livs by nut protvr perspectiv 

w/lod. 

Cud thez exarrps help us in our are corsfusin: 
Can we C ;)urpos/mean 4 livs we liv ?day: 
I riiev -^o;!" * : liev examps jiv us mode la "'folo 
nex wks wil Ik aun thez peo " Individ elements the; 
altr ther livs 8 how chanr brot revivl 'them 
: ' 

: JACOB: 

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nv 

7 • 50 -char 54 
it 'ck atrocity 2push J-'.eoh 2aetln;up "this pt he 
had not seen fit 2cal sons 2repent/ritnes 
fac is=he 4-otn vow 2B G's nan S. so Teuz this 
tu Jacob did wat shud hav dun lng W- 
va ^=cal them bak 2-G of Injall othr gods wh defil 
them Si kep fr wors 1 Tru G wer 2B dispos of 
■•is need ?»?olo Idr= Jacob this pt & dispos idols 
infes our livs to land 

■ hav idols prevlent in our midst 
It fr this crip examp we detec 3 reasns G "iv us 
2Ret rid our idols 
chap 55, 1st <4-vss= : 
''ere we C only clensed rcen/womn can meet G 
G wilno cum in? rridst if suTT-l/sumth hav preced ovr 
I'ir 
in 10c 's 3 say-T ■ HAV NO OTHH G'a B4 ME 

nol,nuth Phav preded in hart/livs tru Elievrs 
That wh tak plac of in lif persn is idol S our 
net in hav many 2day 
Ex-Bovie etar t roek star sports ! stars, car s.fud.inves 
tin.evn lawns canE kb& idols if let 



""'»" -sees cxens or raaly,se 



want us "do llkwis 
2ndly=read vs 5 

f ?!V M ! i^ 1 tel us i3 nat ins suroun IS « - 

.oriy of H they wudnt touch then 
| tner fear bas on wat herd/seen G dun H- peo I 
] v? 31 " WSSnt 3cuz wats j!lcoh sor.s did ■ ■ 
sp J His peo jcuz of that evil deed 

si: "*? on n 15 ' G '» ?rac that protec peo fr ennys 

tf toS" l3=onl7 G can protec us ™ n We * 

■j cares 4:.xs childrn exac this way 

V tTr IS ° n ° W ? way 6 ms 7 evn ^ et Hi" oorrpletly 
but G ther protec us fr barn ?■. wan t ua lu- 
acknowl aa . av 

V ?n ^ 10= S m8 S h 2?f °£ Ja <»>l>- (incident wen wrestl 5) 
i/G £ pre vailed ? ^^ tt mean=He Wh ° WreStl 

■ ■Ob was PBcum 1st of lr g fara i 7 fulfil covna nt 
rxvn 2 Abraham 

I r blel h ^s C:,n ° °" ly ' Can Chanir ° ur ?,T, ' P er3 °™lty S 

(Ilus ynr woman S dif BUef in "Cr ment". 

Ttter is dif in lif that G maka » it dif evrl us shud 

idoiTthif w «i* r tha " " renain rernnv fr G ' fol ° 

tit us 2hav persnl relatshi^ w/:;irr 
■is can hsv that only thru Js Xp 
JO U seek peac/harmny in this worl of coafusint??' 
th solutin is 3seek God 

each out 2Hin S let Tin B Xy -j B U neoc thru 'Cp 
I invit ii D ?respon 2His oal \ 
b may settl Ur oonfuain by doinr" this 
If \l want 2cum 4ward in clos momentR of ^ervic 
pray, reded lif, or seek G U nay do 30 
Ur u may quietly do so in seat wher U R 
^ijjf" e H *? confusin any of IJ aB j hav, if U wil 
sirrply turn Ur lif ovr 2 Hia 



(Ilus Confusion) 

one man 2othr=wat state U from: 

ansr=I'm from state of Confusion 

'/.'ah intrnatinl airport: 

Arp rn T?TO T TiTTi I " 7 

k_- PIEDMONT FA3SKG? HAV NOT Dl 

DO SO IKMEDIATELY 

vs 35:2 - 1st actin of Jacob 



3 reasons G giv us 2rid us of idols 

FIR3T=35:l-4-=°nly clensed men/womn can meet God 

Gecondly=35 : 5= only God can protec us wen in danger 
(Ilus boy & birthday party ,fathr folo) 

THIRD=35 : 9-10= Only God can chan.fr our personaltys & 

bless us 
(Ilus ynsr woman & dif Blief in Xn meant; 
OLD G»S I ELI^V Q MUGH=XliAN G GIVS 30 r^IUCF 






"Follow The Leader: Jacob" 
cripture: Genesis 35:1-8 

(Illustration of "confusion") 

I heard a man asking another man recentlyxMkxi "That state are ^ou from-" 
And the man answered, "The state of confusion." 

': OUgfc this fellow meant this as a joke, nevertheless he was stating a 
truism for our day and age, 

(IllustEBtion of Piedmont ' irlines confusing announcement) 

At the Washington International Airport, the following announcement blared 
iortn: "Attention please. Will all Piedmont passengers who have not done 
so please do so immediately." 

Now that's confusion, But it's only a sample of the confusion which surrounds 
us and bombards us at every step of the way. In the computer are in which we 
live we are constantly kcbsgxfessi -itnessing a chancrinr scene which boggles 
our minds, ,.e cannot keep up with the new and latest technology because it 
alters and changes so swiftly, "''or Id conditions become more frighteninc- al- 
most on a daily basis. All this causes many, especially those who are believe 
ers to question, "."here will it all end? Can we any sense out of it: 

here is God in all of this."' 
i'eople are seeking some form of intercession feyxtssii or manifestation of God 
in our society today. hey are looking for revival . ~h e Tible is filled 
with examples of people who brought about revival for a period of time through 
±fcs±x the changes they wrought in their lives by putting those lives in proper 
perspective with God. Could those examples help us to live in these times of 
confusion and F,ee purpose and meanin^ for the lives we live today'; I believe 
so. I believe these examples rive us models to follow. In the next few weeks 
we will be looking at some of these men and the individual elements they alt- 
ered in their lives and how those changes brourht revival to them and their 
people, 

Jacob had a duaghter named Dinah who decided that she wanted to see some of 
the land of ,hechem near where they lived. Co she set out by herself, unaware 
that beins- a beautiful girl and alone in a strange place could be dangerous. 
A young man named Chechen, the son of the King of the hivites, a man named 
Eamor, notices this beautiful girl and desires her. So :hechem HXHXxarkstsYEE 
jcehxx probably promised that he could show her the town and all of the attrac- 
tions there and she goes with him. Put Sheehem with roailce aforethought has 
it in his mind to seduce this pretty young thing and he does so. But -hechem ' 
seduction was more than a one time thing. He discovers that he has fallen in 
love with this girl and truly wants to marry her. But since she is a Jew and 
he is a Hivite , marriare is out of the ouestion for the Jews were forbidden 
to intermarry. So hechem c- es to his ^ather Hamor, and asks him to make the 

necessary arrangements if possible Pm- ,,y,n a -a 

t v ,*v f le ' Ut while HaEK > r I s en the way to visit 

Jacob with a proposal of marriage, Dinah's brothers hear of what happened to 



what ned to their sister. The:/- were anrrry and so when Hamor reouests 

Dinah's hand in marriage to his -on and suggests that he will pay whatever 

the cost they set for her, they riot to ?et even. Their answer is that their 

sister could not be married to an uncircu incized man since circumcision was a 

HHxtxBfxfckKxx not only a part of their law bu^ of their religion as well. 

To solve this problem they surest th^t.all of the Hivite males would Tree 

to be circumcized the marriage could t?ke place as well as other marriages 

betv/een them. 

ohechem and his father ITamor readily grree to this and all the males of the 

Hivites were circumcized. On the third day when the males were still in the 

process of healing and unable to defend themselves, Simeon and Levi go to the 

city and kill all of the males. They took Dinah from Shechem's house and 

brought her back home. SfeKjrxiEnatstxtini The rest of the brothers went with 

-on and Levi and they plundered and looted all that the Hivites had and 

took the women and children as captives. 

It is at this point that Jacob learns of the disgraceful manner in which his 

sons have acted and in the JOth verse of ;r he says -You have 

brought trouble on me, by makinc me odious among the Canaanites 'and the 
.erizzites; and my men being few in number, they will rather apainst me and 
I shall be destroyed, I and my household." 

It took an atrocity to push Jacob to action. Up to this point he had not 

seen fit to call his sons to repentence snd rirhteousness. The fact is, that 

he himself had forgotten his vow to be God's man. So it was because of this 

grave situation that Jacob did what he should have done a lon^ time before. 

His first action was as told in chapter 35:?, "Put away the foreign gods whicl 
are among you, and purify yourselves, and change your -arments." 

He called them back to the God of Israel. All other sods which had defiled 

them and kept them from worshiping the One True God were to be disposed of. 

We need to "Fellow The Leader" at this point, God's man Jacob, and disoose of 

the idols thatinfest our lives and our land. And we do have tfeHinx idols of 

many kinds prevalent in our midst, It is from this criptural example that 

we can detfe'et three reasons God ^-ives us to r;et rid of our idols. 

In the first 4 verses of chapter 35 we read: (READ these verses). Here we 

can see that only cleansed men and women can meet r -od. "od will not come 

into our midst if something or someone takes precedence over Him. In the 

10 Commandments God said, "Thou shalt have no other p-o&s before I v e . " He 

meant that nothin™ or no one was to take precedence in the hearts qnd lives 

of true believers. Anything or anyone who takes the olace of ^od in the life 

of a perscn is an idol. Our nation has many idols which are worshiped today, 

' cvie stars, rock stars, football, basketball, baseball stars, cars, food, 

clothing and so on, 'e can make idols out of our homes, our investments, 

our recreational things, sporting events, even our lawns can become idols i* 

we let them. Hut as God caused Jacob to seek the cleansing of his family's 



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households of idols, so He wants us to do so in our lives. 

e read secondly in this portion of Scripture in verse c , "As they journeyed, 
there was a ~reat terror upon the cities which were around then, and they 
did not pursue the sons ofi Jacob,'' 

at this is actually tellinc us is that the nations surrounding tioK Israel, 

were so terrified of God that they wouldn't touch them. Their fear was based 

on what they had heard and ^een that God had done for His people Israel. 

'Their fear wasn't because of what the pons of Jacob had done to the the people 

of hechem. ,'nd God didn't spare His people and bless then ±x because of that 

It was only God's "race that protected these people from their enemies and 

the second thinr we learn here is that S»st only God can protect us when we 

are in danger. 

(Illustration of boy and birthday party, father followed) 

A little boy was looking forward eagerly to a birthday party one of his 
friends was bavin- who lived a few blocks fror his home. But the day of 
the party a blizzard had made the sidewalks and roads almost impassable. 
The boy's dad was reluctant to let his son to to the party, "But Dad," 
the little boy pleaded, "all the other kids will be there." 'The father 
thought about it for a minute and then said, "OK you can go," The little 
boy got his coat and r-loves and can, and bundled up headed out into the 
storm. The driving snow made it almost impossible to see, but he plunged 
on and it took him about a half hour to cover the short distance to the 
party. As he p bhe bell he a look c it _n/to the storm. It was 
then he saw the shadow of a retreatin- figure. It was his father He had 
followed his son's every step through the storm. 

God cares for His children exactly this way. .'^ may go our own way and may 

often fortret Him completely. Hut God is there -protecting us from harm and 

wanting us to love Hin and acknowledge Him as our laviour. 

If we read a little further on in this 35th chapter of Genesis, we read ir 

the 9th xkxxk and 10th verses, "Then God appeared to Jacob again when he 
came from l-ad&an-aram, and He blessed him, " nd [rod said ^o him, "Your 
name is Jacob; you shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel shall be 
your name." 

The name change you may recall was told to Jacob when he wrestled with the 

an- el who actually was God, 3S recorded in the 32nd chapter. The name means 

T>y, "He who has wrestled with God and prevailed," Jacob was to become 

the first of a larse family fulfilling the covenant riven first to Abraham, 

Prom this we can see that only God can change our personalities and bless us. 

(Illustration of youn- woman and difference belief in Christ meant) 

f Oung woman was asked to explain what Christianity meant in her life 

since she was converted. he answered, "^he old gods that I believed in 
demanded so much of me. The Christian God gives so much," 

Ihere is the difference that God makes in a life and it is a difference every 
one of us should know. But we can't experience that if we remain removed 
from God and follow the idols of this world. God wants us to have k personal 
relationship with Him. Lnd we can have that only through Jesus Christ. Do 
you seek peace and harmony in this world of confusion': !he solution is to 
seek God, To reach out to A'im and let Kim give to you His peace through 



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Christ, I invite you to respond to His call today. You may settle your 
confusion by coming forward if you wish in the closinr monents of our service. 
Or you may nuietly do so as you are seated where you are, Tut God can end 
the confusion any of you may have , if you will simply turn your life over to 
Him. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler , Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor October 4, 19B7 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Wusic 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Lori Weisenstein and Robin Kaiser 
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + ++ + + + + + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
♦Processional Hymn No. 377 "Joyful, Joyful* We Adore Thee" 
•Ascription 

*Call to Communion and Confession 

*Prayer of Confession (In Unison) Father t as we gather to 
take our place at your table, we are most aware that we 
need to confess our sins and errors to you. Grant us 
your forgiveness for the anger, for the hatred, for the 
jealousy, for the selfishness, and for all other 
things which have caused us to be sorry and wish we 
could undo them. This we ask through Christ our Lord. 
Amen* 
•Assurance of Pardon 
*Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord Gad 

People - And blessed be His glorious name forever. 
"Gloria Patri - page 142 
Offering 
Offertory 
*Doxclogy - page 382 

Communion Hymn No. "Break Thou the Bread of Li ■ " 
*The Institution of the Lord's Supper 
*The Consecration of the Elements 
Distribution of the Bread 
Distribution of the Cup 
•Prayer of Thanksgiving (In Unison) Grant, Lord, that 
the ears which have heard the voice of Thy songs may be 
closed to the voice of the clamor and dispute; that the 
eyes which have seen Thy great love may also behold Thy 
blessed hope; that the tongues which have sung Thy 
praise may speak the truth; that the feet which have 
walked in Thy courts may walk in the region of light; 
and that the souls of all who have received Thy blessed 
Sacrament may be restored to newness of life. Glory be 
to Thee for Thy unspeakable gift, through Jesus Christ* 
Amen. 



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Anthem: "What a Friend We Have in Jesus 1 ' 
Scripture: I Samuel 7: 1-13 

Sermon: "Follow The Leader: Samuel 11 
•Invitational Hymn No. 502 "I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go' 

♦Closing Chimes 
•Benediction 
*Postlude 
+ + + + + + *Congregation Standing ++++++ 

The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Anna Zubik in loving memory of Louis Zubik. 
Mr. 4 Mrs. Ralph Meier will greet our members and guests 

at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Marty Henry, Frank Crawford, John 

Snow and Dan Boska. 
Attendance last Sunday was 129 with 17 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. LuAnn Janicki* 
Bill Pflugh and Herb Shearer will be visiting the hospital 

this week* 
Hospitalised: Martha Fleeger and Elsie Kornrumpf in BHH. 

MONDAY - Women's Mary Prugh Circle at noon. 
THURSDAY - Choir practice at 7:00 P.M. 

Soup & Salad is October 13th. Tickets are now available 
through any of the Circle Chairmen. Price is $2.50 for 
adults and children tickets may be purchased at the door. 

Marriage Encounter Weekend is scheduled for October 1G-18 
and the Days Inn, If you would be interested in more 
information about their weekend, please phone 367-2642. 

Apple Butter round 2 will be October 20 and 21. However, 
we need to know who is available for help. If we get 
enough help, we will make it* Please let Ginny cr 
Helen know. 

Following the sermon we sing an invitations hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportune fcy for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations 
you have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to 
pray, to meditate, or to seek counseling. The Pastor 
will assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself 
of this opportunity. 



Scriptures 1 -an. 7:1-13 

Thin^ cum prety paR Is.;:.li r>r ' ineas 

■orsjbut "sons evil men=exT>l o*frs ,wo"ien,etc 
jili eithr unabl dlsclp sons, or refus ?do so 
they stench in nostrils of G 

- : insr 6 ded am "'- ordjbroi '""net 
■'-■-- -■ ,_. ' care 

: i -?i- 

Ince arin presenc r -- evid at I hiloh in sanctuary ,dcuz 

ly proph 
but this no stop G work plan & punish sin 

B battl Is. g Hophni/Vhineas slain=£li dy 
rk cf Cov captur b; hi] hav Ark caua them probs 

so rtat return Ark 2 Tsites 
it at this pt ±B ;crir 4 -2d ay F>-in 
vss 1-?= rk in midst 4 -20yx 5 3 8 M spk ? Is-vsa 3-4 
much lik peo Jacobs tlm thez Isites bin involv idol 
wors,lik neirhbrs sroun them 

an issu cal 2destroy 14o1b '- return 2 ~od 
vs 3=here 1st of V 

nu no pl-.c -myl's lif 4wor.= One ru <0C, tool 

S jus lik Jacob E4 him, cal fremovl of idola 
But bam spel out vs 3=.ierv Him alone 
that is 1st thing bus Bcum realty ir. hart/lif any 
.-r if seek revivl wh only 8 can brinr bout 

erv G "lone . . _ .. 

Js taut no man can serv 2mastrs=wil hate 1 ft lira othi 
It inoosibl 2serv G ? man=tber nrasS only OHt Haaw 
wen let G Bmastr,"e can use ua 6 liv in our live 

^ut'wen let things this worl/this lif ovrcum th 
t h i r outweigh them, then we H turn in 

wronp directi n 
Tas 5-6=3an cal peo 2i:ispah 

we reus reinen dur this tim sp revivl 3 led by ..am, 

th peo truly sot G 
pnd ?nd vs read~READ this 

?h peo v,er awar that at Nia vrer in tertory of Phila 

but they folo Sams advic ' ro on PPizpah 
so read=vs 7=naturl peo afraid 

but thoz fears wer rrob no- sp sever as trad hav bin 

prior 2 Sams leadship araone them 
vs 8=cr" 2 

am act on ther rer-uest=.- read L ansr them 

G ansrs prayr 

(Ilus lussell Gonwell fc sav by prayer; 
Yes, G duz ansr pre.yr.but mUsE wil 2confes 2Hir 

truly seek Sin in I B 

Bak p*r ou nd E 1 i ; 1 o p h ni ; ] - i i ne a s 

am ' present" at Shiloh»3: 19-21 

vss l-2«Ark in midst ?Oyrs 



- his .,..- Biti 'her cry 8 Baved thai 

But taks isor than jus ask 4 help in prayr 
vs 10= ;ara not only pray, but tuk bold actin in face of 
ther circumstances 

prd resul we read ir. vs T^ = 
;bpi knu tuk not only faith but works an wel toeompl 

v them 
but it wae th innr lnr-red fr G wh brot it about 
(Ilus pro football player ss tol by Dr. "ordnn ■ 
Lik nro defensiv bak, Ham knu if G no dominat peo of 

pushovra not only 4Fhil8,but any othr 
enmy who may cur -ilons- 
So brot them 2 3 pt out wot had ~do 
He she -hem had 2tru8 G a Ion 

"e sho them had 2oonf 6 pray ?-G 2intrced ther livs 
He sho them had 2tai G at His word,tak actin 
wud do rest 

til le sr. 4us 2day 
But hav 2turn evrth ovr ? th L in ordr 4resul„ 

tan cr-r out 2 3 '+rcvivl in c\ir livs S our natin 
3ut i inwil ?entr-j- ill 2Hio t nuthin wil hapn 

truly wil 2seek His face 4 Ur lif ''day: 
p. Ik * Tevivl in Ur lif 1 don kno (fher 2Bglni 

not start it turi n if ovt 2 th Lord.' 

lavit ' ir. in2 Ur hart May , 

Th lnvitatin curna fr EiiwOun un2 -e all U thai 
S hvv laden 8c I wil :'iv ti v 
U can do that this norn 



vss 3-4-=berv G alone 



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VS 


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ansrs prayr=(Ilus Suseftl Com-/ell) 



vs 10 
vs 13 

(Ilus pro futbal plavr & domnat oponent 



"Follow The leader: ,anuel" 
Scripture: 1 Samuel 7:1-113 

Things had come to a pretty pass in Israel. .11 was the priest and his two 
v_ sons Hophni and Phineas were evil men. ^"hey were stealing the offerings from 
the people without rivinr a portion of the meat to the Lord in sacrifice. 
They' were consorting with the women as they came to worship and were certainly 
not ministering before the Tore! as they should. Eli was either unable to 
discipline his sons, or refused to do so. T&ey had become a stench in the 
nostrils of God. 

It was at this time that a woman named Hannah came to the place of worship at 
-hiloh to pray. Up to this point she was unable to have children and she 
deeply desired to. .he prayer! to God to grant her a son and if He would, 
she promised to dedicate his life to the Tord. God r -ranted her desire and 
when bamuel was three years old he was brought to the sanctuary at Ghiloh 
and placed in ili's care. 
In the 3rd chapter of 1st Samuel verses 19 through 21 we read: 

"Thus Samuel grew and the Lordwas with him and let none of his words fail. 

.'.nd all Israel from ban even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was confirmed 

as a prophet of the Lord. 

Lnd the lord appeared again at 'hiloh, because the Lord revealed Himself 

to Jarauel at hiloh by the word of the lore.*' 
Once again the presence of God was evident at the sanctuary of hiloh, because 
of the podly man S&muel being chosen as His prophet. 

But this didn't stop some drastic events from taking place in the lives of 

the people of Israel. Hophni and Phineas had sinned in the sipht of the Lord 

and God doesn't let Tin rro unpunished. So it was that the Israelites were 

involved in a battle with the Philistines and were soundly defeated, £h±xxhbxs 

i±HHXxmK*x£±Kra±M:^KB^uswxMfxJaxTraxi3CxiriDgrxtote 

In that battle, the sons of Eli, Hophni and Phineas were slain. When Eli 

was told the news of their deaths, he fell over from his stool on which he was 

seated and died. But more importantly, the Ark of the Oonvenant was captured 

by the Philistines. But having the 'rk caused them to have all sorts of 

misfortune and so they returned it to the Israelites. It is at this point 

that our scripture for this morninr berins. He read: (read verse 1 and 2), 

The Ark was intheir midst for ^n years and Samuel speaks to Israel, (read 

verses P and 4;. Much like the people in Jacob's time, these Israelites had 

become involved in the worship of idols like their neighbors around them. 

Samuel issues the call to destroy those idols and return to the Lord. 

at this point we see that .amuel issues the first of three things which these 

people had to do. "n the ^rrl verse he says, "Direct your hearts to the Dord 
and serve Him alone." 

Samuel knew that there was no nlace in anyone's life for the worship of the 
One True Gcd and the worship of papan idols, 4nd Just like Jacob before him 
he calls for the removal of those idols. But :a:ruel speeled it out specific- 
ally by saying, "Serve Him alone," That's the first thin^ that must become 
a reality in the heart x>± and life of any believer if he seeks the revival 



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which only God car. brin^- about, W must serve God alone. Jesus taught that 

no man can serve two masters. Hor Kitkmc he will love the one and hate the 

other. It is impossible to serve God and man. There must be only One master, 

-'hen we let God be our master, He can use us and live in our lives - as He 

should. But when we let the things of this world and this life, overcome the 

things of C-oc and outweigh them, then we are turned in the wrong direction. 

vss 5-S 
, we read that "amuel calls the people to F'izpah. H e must remember that 

during this time of spiritual revival bein^ led by anuel, the people truly 

sought Sod. .t the end of the ?nd verse we read, "And all the house of 
Israel lamented after the lord." 

The people were aware that at Mizpah they were in the territory of the Phil- 

istines but they had followed Samuel's advice and -owe to I izpah. o we read 

(read verse ?)• Naturally, eojrle were afraid. But their fears were not 

as severe as they probably would have been nrior to Samuels leadership among 

them. c it is they cried to lamuel, (read verse 8). ^nc Samuel acts on 

their renuest, (verse 9), and "The lord answered him." God answers prayer. 

(Illustration of Russell Gonwell). 

in bxk the battle of Kennesaw Mountain, one of the fiercest of the Civil 
War a 20 year-old. Union \rmy Captain lay wounded, ""he strecther bearers 
looked at him with a gaping wound in his chest and believed that he would 
soon die. Jo they went in search of others who could be treated and have 
a chance to survive. That young man laid on that field all night. He had 
been a wild young man, and had fancied himself as an atheist. But his fam- 
ily back in Massachusetts was praying faithfully for him. -bile he lay 
in that field his thoughts turned to God. lie be gran to pray that if God 
would spare him he would dedicate his life to Him, 33 e next day the 

ik an 'ound that live, . him 

to the hospital. He called for the chaplain and told bin he wanted to be- 
come a Christian. God touched his life and he became a new man in Christ, 
Cut of the ministry of that young man came what we know as Temple Univere 
sity in Philadelphia and thousands came to Christ through his ministry. 

name was Russell Conwell and he jnceiKxtkn is most famous for the lecture 
"Acres of Diamonds" which he gave to thousands of people Over the years. 

Yes, C-od does answer prayer, but we must be willing to confess to Him and 

truly seek Him in prayer. This is what "anuel and the Israelites did and God 

heard their cry and saved them. 

But it takes more than just asking for help in prayer. We read, (read verse 

10). Samuel not only prayed, but he took tjz±±tfb bold action in the face of 

their circumstances. And the end result of this wa re read in the 13th 

verse, (read this). Samuel knew that it took not only, faith, but works as 

v/ell to accomplish the task God gave them. But it was the inner ingredient 

from God which brought it about, 

(Illustration of pro football player as told by Br. r -rrdon HacDonald) 
D , Gordon MacDonald tells of having lunch with a pro-football player 
who was an all-pro ipxx pass defender. lis team was r-oir 1 " to meet the 
Dallas Cowboys the following ounday, and he asked him how he would pre- 
pare himself for that game. 



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The Olayer told how each morning they would work on their strategy at the 
stadium. Then he said, he would take the n films home and play them 
until he knew the Cowhoy receivers almost a? well as their families did. 
He said he would check to see how they came out of the huddles, what patterri 
they took and whether he could detect any difference in how they lined up 
for certain plays, 

it about the evenings ir" Dr. -aid asked, 
"OH, I'll keep watching the films until midnight every night." 
" en hours a day! Ill weekV Nothing else:" Dr. MacDonald was incredulous. 
"Hey I want to" beat those men. hen I hit ther I want them to kxEX wish 
the game was over. I want to dominate the"." 
Samuel knew that if God didn't dominate the people of Israel, they would 
always be pushovers not only for the Philifctines, but any other enemy who 
may come along. o he beought ^hem to Crod and pointed out what they had to 
do.fcB 

He showed them that they hnd to trust God alone. 

He showed them that they had to confer and pray for God to intercede in theil 
lives. 

he showed them that they bed to take t : B word and take action and 
God would do the rest. 

These are still our lessons for this day. But we have to turn everything ove] 
to the Lord in order for results to take place. We can cry out to God :"or 
revival in our lives on In our nation, But if we are unwilling to entrust it 
all to Him, nothing- will hapmen. Ire ~ T ou truly willing to seek His face for 
your life todays xxBxjraa "re you looking for revival in your life and 
don't know where to begin* hy not start at the beginning and turn you life 
over to the LordY Invite Him into your heart today. The invitation is from 
Him, "Gore unto Me all you that are heavy laden and I will give you rest." 
You can do that this morning. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler » Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor October 11, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Lori Weisensteln 4 Robin Kaiser 
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +■ + + + 1- + + + + + + + + + 
ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 

Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
'Processional Hymn No. 341 "Come, Thou Almighty King" 
•Ascription 
* Exhortation 

"Confession (In Unison) Lord Gad, our Savior, you have 
been faithful in your promise to deliver ua from the 
guilt of our sins, and make acceptable to you and 
your kingdom. But too often I have not been Faithful 
in following my promise to obey your will, and I have 
not loved my neighbors and enemies. I humbly ask 
forgiveness, Lord. 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. 414 "Father, I Adore YouV 
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: "Shall We Gather At The River" 
Scripture: II Chronicles 14; 1-S 
Sermon: "Follow the Leader: Aaa" 
-Invitational Hymn No. 621 "Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus" 
'Closing Chimes 
♦Benediction 
♦Postlude 
+++++* "Congregational Greeting ++++++ 

The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 
Mrs. F Lene Massey in memory of Loves Ones, 



1^*3. Catherine Johnston will greet our members and guests 

at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Jane Weichey, Judy Shearer, Mid 

Diefenderfer and Jeanne Snyder. 
Attendance last Sunday was 130 with 11 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Isabel Hockenberry. 
Ken Draxinger and Hick Vinroe will be visiting the 
hospital this week. 
"^Hospitalized: Elsie Kornrumpf and Tom Hollefreund in BMH, 
**SQNDAY - Youth Group will gather at 7:00 P.M. 
MONDAY - Soup & Salad preparation 
TUESDAY - Soup & Salad Day 
THURSDAY - Chancel Choir at 7:00 
- NO Mary Martha Circle meeting 

^Sunday School Teachers will have a meeting at 7:00 P.M. an 
Tuesday evening. Please lets all try to come and help 
plan the activities for the rest of the year. We urge 

>the Subs t I tutes to attend also , 
The Sunday School classes for the little ones will be 
holding a monthly Birthday party to celebrate all of the 
childrens birthdays of the month. The 18th will be the 
next party. Please be sure the children make it to 
Sunday School. 
J^F.eTr.ember: Soup and Salad day on Tuesday. Please remember 
* to bring your cake, salad, and Bazaar items. 
['Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations 
you have the chance to respond to God 1 s leading for 
your life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior", to pray . 
to meditate or to seek counseling. The Pastor will 
assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 

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Eooth Salv ".rry fndr 3ed: 
w considr th chief dan^rs wh wil confron 
th 20th century wilB: 
Religin w/out th S 
Xpianty w/out Xp 

ivnes w/out rereneratin 

i alty w/out God 
Kun without Hell 

gr Asa: 
fathr Abidjan, evil un-odly 

reign 41yrs,3rd Y. of Judah 
vs 5=lik Jacob, Koses ,3am 8c othrs 
remov mothr fr/aueen mothr Bcuz idol 

Asa had othr plans ret peo bak 2 God 
(Ilus perfec diet) 




V -T 6-7= '.Ea plans 
3= Asa army 

vs 9='erah superior 

vs 10= isa defeat & reasn=vs 10B 
p ask Eom=If G 'M us, who kinB agin us 

- v E;cpla pas alstry 0~ S 2days tiir.es) 

2meet chaleng Jud arm 

notic how G resolv=vss 12-13 
.rov 28:I=Th wickd flee wen nol pursueth 

but th ritus B as bold as a lion 

2day fac sam chaleng=they arm,-:"-" 
,, e step, 

j want peo 2kno w/them so proph 15=1-2 
2nd bout Asa=/eo bak rt relatship w/God 
(Ilus Helmut Thielicke 8= prep man 4etrn) 
:uestin=peo redy 4- etrntyV' 

15:15=peo in cov w/G 
13E=peac/prosperty no cum easy 

(Ilu3 nurs home & nurs hold dy patient) 
Cost sumthin if truly want liv 4 th lord 
I wil step 4th 8c turn lif ovr 2 TV'.' 

11 U say 2day=All I hav & am is Urs/i 
Js exten invitatin 
.at wil Ur ansr BfY ! 



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| ,3cri] on. ]A:l-8 

Ullus v Sooth 20th century) 
I 'b cert all us can vouch 4acuracy of predictin 
e liv age wh tti defy all reetr lac upon it 
Bllev hav surpas sxiO!B«i»at t drinl , 
ciom-Vatevx feel Iik do.do it - ' ;ud,do It 

if cnnp thez papn ld( lr Q ten, redly G 

futilty 3uoi) philos 

Tn 1 " c=n G instsnc aftr instanc how such think led 
"uttr ruin/destruc whol natins ?■ peo 

evn natin Is eventuly destroy by such pgfn philos 
•Dur reign Abi;jah=2nd K of Jud,a son born i san*? 
Abijah wickd -evil , ungodly iaincr ?,■ wen dy,sor suceed 

• I rei-n=tlyr;rei-;i ofcrlap 7 K'e ] kinf 
en can 2thron mad sevrl mov wh tutt peo f r pamism 2 
wors t 

vs J=idol wors ramp in Jud 8 Asa evn went so far as 
ov motbr fr B nueen rr>othr , Ecuzi she wors idol 
much ljk Jacob , loses , Jam, othre B^ sot 2hav peo do 
way w/idols .':■. fals wors 

d mor plans 2get peo bak 2 God 
Li sua hav plan :.• lo»(Xlus perf diet J 

's plan was=bild nstin defens ;f ortfy citysjbild 
r-a rnd/nrr citys •■:;" , enj 

vsa want peac, but fcno aeigbr wernt peac luv peo 
VS c '= : ereh had far suprior fore, 18a reet & read 
vs 10= Asa defeat S reasn canB sumup in phre"- 
th ~ c rd 

<-ue.stin ;>orna = If "-PA us, who Ln us'.' 

nuth/nol can si ho «8 Be aufle ^all nre 

, rot reviv] 

T v j thoz tel ua can no 11: ? OT Ecus c 
ra^n nuth fr it 

But Jus4 one u-omen lets male <:■ 
In tin ".sa peo Jud had itronf powrfl neibr who consta 
flex ousel « tbreten invasin 

■ t chalenp Jud 'idefens 

Coup this 2modrn tin rorl situatin we 

selve ln n ail lar 

resol\*=vs 12 
irov 2 n .:l=3rl writ^Th wickd fl.ee wen no 1 pursueth, 
_ : ■ I bold lion 

y cur worl we confr w/sevrl natins flex nuscl 
with weapn i burets of 

■ a hav takn 1st ■' selve agin them 

.; step is 1 wh oast asid Bcuz ra-ns/heathns hay 
irj oany places of hi position, 
that bet is " as* Him 2grant us peac 

1 » c ~ L ,Lt»*k if natin wl seek G , 



sa Bliev this -.s led peo that direetin 
vs 7=relit truth "peo 

' -36UT presenc Aza 

: - - ' "lain BimpiNSeek ye th I whil He 

f nd . on Bin whil He is near 

" is pres 3 wil remain pres ? thoz seek T 'im 
ti J is 2nd thing cam tout fr Asa reii*n 

': in rt relatship w/G 
Cllue Helnut "hielicke fefcaut eternty 2needy soul) 
out of ashes G brin ,'lf; T 'e want persnl 

hip w/us,but V.e no fore it on us 
Ka day our livs shudB tim of prep, not *this lif,but 
4etrnty 
but hov; many liv tier livs.coutup thinr of th ; 
Ls lif oompl obliviue 2f ' 

2day le y i C lalv we tol,now t r^- 

lp w/0,wh only poeib thru J;" 
■o S'a -resen in Ur lif thru 

his pea lern Jrd lean in r,n 
l":l r =th peo had entr cov ••■ ' 

'• G bit". end resul ';,-as = l c il c " 

that went haf ; o rosperty 

rbsperty no cum by self 
(llus nura ■ ,held by nurs.) 

2BcuJ rant U 23cu" cor 

surctlces it hur i urself eompl 

-his is price mus? paid 
1-peo undr Asa it cost tir,e r ort -iv of selvs ?taks 
't them 
it no dif 4 n "■ me 

.uly want liv t- th L,it has ■ ric- 
ibat pric tag is ^turn Ur lif - vx " th L conpl 
'sa knu he cudnt put 'i-th hafway measur ' ovrcui 
worldlines/ungodlinea wh had cur in," ther society 
all cut comitnent 
io it ls vj/us 
R U wil 2st turn evrt ■ T.:'. 

, L all I hav, all tha t Ion is 
Js exten 

wil ur ansr 



,,17 cllow The Leader"- tea" 

cripture: 2 Chronicles 14:1—8 

(Illustration of T^en. m. "ooth about 20th centur-; 

General William Booth the founder of the Salvation \rray said: 
"I consider the chief dangers which will confront the twentieth century- 
will fee : 

1 igion without the Holy Spirit 
Christianity without Christ 

orgivenees without! regeneration 
i orallty without God 
Heaven without Hell. 

I'm certain that all of us can vouch for the accuracy of that prediction. 

*e living I- which has defied all restraints placed upon it. 
I believe we have even xx surpassed the old axiom of "eat ,d.rink,and be merry,, 
for tomorrow we die." The new axiom seems to be one of "Whatever you feel 
like doing, do it. .As lonr as it feels rood, do it." But if we corrsare these 
pagan ideals with the desire of God for man, we can readilv see the futility 
of such philosophies. in the Old Teataraent we can. instance after instance of 
how such thinking and livinr has ultimately led to the utter ruin and destruc- 
tion of whole nations and people. Jiven the nation of Israel was eventually 
destroyed by such paran philosophies. _,, 

During the reicn of *teaxKHKBK^xi±ajcx»fxxs*Hk Abijah, the ?econd king of I - orae ] 
a sen was bcrn to him and was named Asa, Abij'ah was B wicked, ungodly kin . 

hen he died, his son \sa succeeded hin on the throne. Asa rci-ned for 41 
years. Hie reign overlapped the reimn of seven kings in the Northern Kir - 
dom. When A.sa came to the throne he made several moves which took his people 
fror paganism to the worship of '.'. God. In the 3rd verse of our .crip- 

ture we read, "He removed the foreign altars and high places, tore down the 
sacred pillars, cut down the asherim, and commanded Judah to seek the Lord 
God of their fathers and to observe the law and the commandment." 

Idol worship was rampant in the land of Judah. .sa even went so far as to 

remove his mother from bein'" nueen because she worshiped an idol. ;-'uch like 

Jacob, Hoses, Samuel and others before him he sought ^o have his peoole do 

away with false worship. 

But Asa had more plans to ^et his nation back to God. lou must have a plan 

to do anything. ome people work at dieting. In order to do so you must have 

a plan. Recently I ran across the perfect diet. To listen, you may want a 

copy - (Illustration of stress dietj 

Asa had his plan and it was this. Be built up the national defesnes. 

fortified the cities, built walls and towers around them, and armed those 

cities with 530,000 men from the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin. Asa w 

ed peace, but he knew some of his neighbors weren't peace loving people. 

Bo it is that we read in verse 9, (read this). Zerah the Ethiopian came to 

do battle with Judah with a far superior force than Judah had. Asa meets 

...erah end his forces and verse 10 relates, (reed this). 

But before \sa and his men ever enrrare in battle, the 11th verse tells us 

what kind of man King .'.sa was, (read 11th verse). 

The actual results o^ the battle are reccrded in the l>th throurh the 15th 

verses, (read these). 

Asa and his army defeated more superior forces than theirs and the reason -te 



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is obvious. It can be suited up in one phrase, "Asa sought the Lord." ■ aul 

asks the question in writing to the Biorans in his letter, "If God be for us, 
who c^n be arainst us;" 

Nothing, or no one can st^nd against Sod, Sod xkBxS shewed Asa that He was 
sufficient for all their needs and when they relied on Him, ~fe brought revival 
to their ranks . 

There ere those who tell us that we cannot look back to the Old Testament be- 
cause that is past history and we can rain nothing from it. But Just for a 
moment let's make a comparison. In the tine of Iga the people of Judah had 
a strori" and powerful neighbor who was constantly flexing $f£ nmscles and 
threatening invasion. To meet that challenge, Judah had to arm itself for 
defense. Compare that to our present tines and you can readily see that the 
world situation in which we find ourselves is very similar. But notice how 

that issue was resolved. In the l?th verse we read, "So the Tor^ routed the 
Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled." 

God cause* the enemy to flee. In Proverbs 28:1, olomon was inspired by God 

to write, "The wicked fleeth when no one jrarsueth, but the righteous are bold 
as a lion." 

Today, in our world we are confronted with several powerful nations flexing 
their weapons and their threats of war. ~ "ken the first step of arm- 
in against them. But the second step is one which is cast aside because of 
the pagans and heathens we have in many places of high position. Ihat ^tep 
is to seek the Lord and ask Him to -rant us peace in our time. It worked for 
Asa and it will work a r ~aln if our nation will seek God. ' e can expect God to 
-rant peace to those who seek peace. ..sa believed this as he led his neople 
in that direction. In the 7th verse he relates that truth to his people and 

we read, at the end of the verse, " fe have sought Him, and He has riven us 
rest on every side.- So they built and prospered. ■■ 

God wanted His people to have the assurance of His presence so He pave P - mess- 
age to a prophet ngmed Azariah. "e read in the 15th chapter verses 1 and 2, 
w the Spirit of God came on Azariah the sou ofl Oded , and he went out to 
jet Asa and said to him, 'Listen to me Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: 
the lord is with you when you are with Him. nd if you seek Him, He will 
let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.'" 

Tve message is plain and simple. eek x&exierfaaaji ye the Lord while He may 
be found. Call ye upon Him while He is ne=r. God is present and will re- 
main present to those who seek Him. ~^is is the ?nd thin- that came about 
from Asa's reign. Che peoole were back or. a right relationship with God. 

(Illustration of Helmut Thielicke and sharing eternity) 

Helmut Bhielicke the German - astor and noted writer on Christian i^-ues 
tells of a time during Jorld .ar II when he was completely disillusioned 
and discouraged. -^emed as though all his work in ."uutt?:art 

had rone to pieces; flown to the four winds; the churches all lay in rub- 
ble end ashes. '.t this point he said he was lookinr down into the concrete 
pit of a cellar which had been shattered by a bomb and in that cellar were 
fifty young persons who were all killed . . woman came up to him and asked 
him if he were Bastor Thielicke. hen he said he was, she remarked, 



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5' husband died down there," pointinr into the cellar, " 'here he was, I 
was told, was rirht under the hole, cleanu- was unable to find 

trace of him; all that was left was his cap, re there the last 
time you preached in the cathedral church. nd here before this pit 
where he died, I want to thank you for preparir ?or eternity." 

Out of the ashes Sod brings the awareness of Himself. He wants a oersonal 

relationship with us, tut He can't force it on us. Hach day of our lives 

should be a tire of preparation, not for this life, but for eternity. 7 'Jt 

how many live their days caught up in the things of this life and- this world 

completely oblivious to the fact that one day this life will end.' Today is 

the day of salvation. is the time to cone to that relationship with Sod 

that is only possible through Jesus Christ. "Do you know Clod's presence in 

your life today? 

Ass and his -erple learned 8 third lesson in all of this. In the 15th verse 

of chapter 15 we read, "And all Judah rejoiced concerning the oath, for they 
had sworn with their whole heart and. had Bought Him earnestly, and He let 
them find Him, o the Lord gave ^hem rest on every side." 

The people had entered into a covenant with ^od to seek God in all they did. 

And ktd blessed that agreement and the end result of it was, "T^e Lord rsve 

them re;t on every side." That meant they had peace and prosperity. Eut 

their peace and prosperity didn't cc n 1 by itself. 

(Illustration of nursing home; woman dying and held by nurse J 

minister visited a nursin~ home designed specifically for terminally ill 
patients. On that Tuesday the chaplain there told him that ever that week- 
end 8 of their 30 patients had died, "he minister bouired how this effect- 
ed the staff and the chaplain told him the following story. 
On Saturday of that weekedn, ore o^ the patients who h a there a couple 

of months received a visit frora her teenaged son. The staff reported 1 
that it must have been a rood visit because they could hear laug] nd 

happy conversation. At noon, the boy ssrid , "T 1 oin to have Inner, with 

some friends, I'll be back later, Worn." And he left. The patient called 
for a nurse, When the nurse came into the rom the woman said, "I think 
this may be it . I may be lying." The nurse checked her vital signs and 
said honestly, "It's possible tha 4 : you are." The -patient then said, "Hill 
you Hold me'. ; I think if you hold me I can do this well." The nurse got 
into bed with the patient and cradeled that emaciated little body in her 
arms — and held her until she passed into eternity. 

T v e minister asked the chaplain, "What about the nurse, how did this affect 
her:" He replied that she had taken four days off to co to the mountains 
to think about this and see if she wanted to continue working with people 
like this. T he minister asked the chaplain, "Do you think she will be back': 
The chaplain replied, " he'll be bad . In t place like bhis ycu learn that 
caring hurts — but when you re~lly care you offer something special - and 
become special youraelf." 

To become what Hcd wants you to become costs, ..ometimes it hurts because you 

have to rive of yourself completely. And itss the price that must be oaid . 

For the people of Judah under ',.sa, it cost them time, effort, and the -giving 

of themselves to the task that Sod 36t before them. It's no different for 

you and me. If we trulty want to live for the lord, it has a price ta . 

That price tap Is to turn your life over to the lord completely. H^i** knew 



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that he couldn't out forth a halfway measure and overcome the worl&liness and 
ungodliness which had come into their society. It took an all out commitment, 
And so it is with us. '.re you willing today to ~tep forth and turn everything 
over to the lords 'ill you say today, "lord, all that I am and all that I 
have is yours.'" Jesus extends that invitation to etch of us. V/hat will your 
answer be? 






St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Sutler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor October 18, 1987 

■ Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Holand Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Meron Hewis and Kelly Mangel 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
♦Processional Hymn No* 325 "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Nar 
♦Ascription 
•Exhortation 

♦Confession (In Unison ) Father, we know that were it not. 
for your love we could not now stand before you. We 
come to you for grace, and yet we have not been gracious 
to our brothers. In the world we have pursued human 
interests, rather than witnessing to your will for 
man. Forgive us, Lord, and help us to amend our 
ways in all we do, 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. 443 "I Need Thee Every Hour" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy spirit 
Pastor - Let ua Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 

"Doxology - page 362 

Anthem: ,( Jesus Is All The World To Me" 
Scripture: II Chronicles 20: 1-13 
Sermon: ,H Follow The Leader: Jehoshaphat" 
♦Invitational Hymn Kg* 422 "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind" 
♦Closing Chimes 
♦Benediction 
*Postlude 
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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 
Mr* & Mrs. Bob Weisenstein in memory of Loved Ones* 

Ushers for today are: Rick Vinroe, Rob Vinroe & Jeff Snyder. 

Attendance last Sunday was: 114 with 12 visitors. 

Nursery will be provided today by Mrs, Myra Colgate. 

Visiting the hospital this week will be Marie Henry, 
Helen Riemer and Sandy Sheppeck. 

Mrs, Diana Hollefreund will greet our members and guests 
at the door this morning. 

Hospitalized: 

SUNDAY - Youth Group will meet at 7:00 P.M. 

MONDAY - Fidelity Bible Class will meet at noon. 

WEDNESDAY - Golden Circle will meet at 7:30 P.M. 

,, THURSDAY - Chancel Choir practice at 7:00 P.M. 

S QcJiflbj=i^31S-L is the date for the "little peoples" Halloween 
Party, We hope all of the little children from the Sunday 

1 classes will be there. Bring a friend and come 
dressed in your favorite costume! Time~~is 1 to 3 pTm. 



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>APPLE BUTTER for the second time will be made at Ginny's 
house on Wednesday October 21st. We need some more 
help for that day as well as on Tuesday here at the 
church. We will be starting to cut up apples on Tuesday 
at 8:30 a.m. Sure hope to see some more of you out* 
Pack a lunch and plan to spend some of your day with us. 
You may also order apple butter from Ginny or Helen* 



Following the sermon we sing ar invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations 
you have the chance to respond to God's leading for 
your life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, 
to meditate or to seek counseling. The Pastor will 
assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity . 



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csnapna-c" 
■tire: 2 Chronicles ' sl-13 

Dav wrnt Ps 86:7=i: 

■A 
Def words : := lay of : y roubl 
it Tuit oft read examos prayr wen prsn/rrp exp -nil."! 
en all wel stany tin litl/no Phot gtv 'a he] 

iso hear/read c=s wher persn act proply onl 
discovr sll not nuite well 
(Ilus wido angl ! bill » bill alredy paid,) 
E Jehosh of Jud sot continu pioily reign P Asa start 
rul as co-rep; w/F until ! ien rul 4-" 

EiB reign had ups/dwns,hut basic fud I ; 
read inistak by mak alianc w/Is by Jehoram 

nary -.thallah dottr ;:inr Ahab/ Jezebel & this opn 
Jud 2 wors of Baal 
on via 2 " ■ '- was -kk join battl moth-gllead 

acree 2do so, but shudnt ;nevrthles 3 :■:/ Jehoah, 
but Ahab mortly wound 

JehoB return hor 8s peac reirn in H kingdm of Jud 
but natlns rnd Jud wernt bent on peac, In fac read= 
vs l=thoz p-ard Jud re-ort infiltratra 2 Jehoah 8 say» 
vs 2=Vat was Jehosh reac 2thin. 

peac V "■ I wud hav if tol lrg grp oun atak 
va J=this prob r ent-He prob terrify 

but in his fear hew re n c.=vs 3B 
This how Jehosh sol prob=turn atentin 2 lord 
How do U solv probe: lot peo try solv by pil/bottl 
or arao': ror 2 calir nerva 

sum evn rro on crus/toprs hone char.'- scenry eras Bens 
But ther only 1 anar Pprobs of li f £ of <-his -.'orl 
I if ser.tr Ur lif □ can face 

rob lif bring '*th 
G sav , . 

G await anyl 2seek Him 2provid solutin "Ufa probs 
iicln 4mank is corversatin w/Kirr in prayr 
this e. Jehosh did=r;athr all Ju<3 - 2pray wen 

net in thret 23 ovrrun by ennys 
vs 6=Jehoah 1st pray 
in othr word3=isnt " sovereirn that rul ovr all no 
mattr who they ?.':': '; Ther no doub in Jehosh mind 
(Ilus litl glrl/grandfathr ovrbear alphabet ) 

irl had rt ldea,G duz kno our need,?: kno evrt! 

now this typ think oayB alrits *lit] 'i"l,but not 
alrite 4rrnups 

- 1 . ua boot wh on hart9;'"e want hear 

our renues 4help 4-our live 

- v.'ii hear wii ansr acord 2 '-"is wil 



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ss y-^=-"er 

wili receiv 

1] this=read v 

no mattr wat Bfal,G not only he ar, but wil delivr 
(Ilus Bil cal 4helo " think it no cun) 

T^erin lys prob=nany time G Pends ansr but we 

* ith much rrtr or blggr 
iuls not cas w/ Jehosh 
Ee knu that neithr rain, nor snow.nor sleet wud keep 
G fr Hia ant rnds in afairs of tr-en 

Jeh sh ernestly pray 4oeo of Jud 
but lnce prayr bin rendr,then it taks actin==so^re^cl= = 
vs 20=Jehoah tel peo nov hav pray, put trus in G 

wot G Bed wud do,wil now acorn 1 
so they put feet 2prayr ' we read«vss 21-332 

th enmy rout, but it mor than that 
Ik wat tuk plac=vas 23-3#»th enmys destroy ea 01 

G delivr peo of Jud 
(Ilus Chines rirl " how G delivr) 
-.■■■at hap nex PChinea glrl'i ' 

ther no PS 2this tru story 
But if I wer ?think how G wud end it , I wud Bliev in 
Bumwav peo receiv - " ri °" " othr 

peo 2'th Lord, but Pkeep Oh aliv ■ to in ;!l i?a . 

irl I wud I liev remain completly cori, - I 
ilk Job wud exclaim- , -II mus 

If we R 2f olo examps of Idrs G riv us thru Word , 
1 leasn 2B lern is ?ernestly Beek ice 

we wil stil hav 2fac ordeal or probs wh corf us 
but w/G le <i, sustain, zuid & direc we wil wreia 
2d-v lets ask §elvs if we B wil ^oorit our al] 

2pra- ' 1 "iv us watevr is nee- 1 . 2ovrcu-n probs 

■ 08II do all things 
Wil U do <■' "nnten 2 let th Lord lei- 



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PS 85: 7= IN TH DAY OP MY TROUBL I WTL CAI" 
U ( E:4TH0U WILT A1ER T ~ 

<W words=in DAY OF TRUBI 
(. as vrido " find receipt) 

gr Jehosaphat 

vs l=report natins cun a^-in them 
vs 2»gards report infiltrers 
vs 3=Jehosh afraid 
vs 4=turn 2 Lord=wher do U turn'. 

Jx Xp is ansr 
Jer»& YE HA] 

I /l' ■■/. .■ LURE 

Vs 6=isnt G soverreign. 
(Ilus girl pray alphabet; 

vss 7-9-prayr § faith 

(Ilus Bil r - flud ?■ drown J 
vss 21-22=£eet 2prayrs 

vss 23-?4-=enemy routed 

(Ilus Chines •-irl=book=?h Ch in China; 

Bliev girl sed lik Job-THC RE TAY ME, 

YF" I TRUST I] H] 



"Follow The Leader: Jeheshaphat" 

scripture: 2 Chronicles 20:1-13 

D vid wrote in the 86th Tsalm, "In the day of ray trouble T will call upon 
se ; for Thou wilt answer me." Psalm 86:? 

The definitive words in this verse are the words, "Day of my trouble." It 
is quite often that we read of examples of prayer when the person or proup 
is experiencing trouble. Then all is well, xulis many tines there is little 
or no thought iven to seek " ■" ' ■• help. 
But we also rend and hear of cases where a perse- has xxnHxwtax acted properlj 

• to discover that all is not nuite well* 
2uch was the case of a poor widow in cngland. She had paid a larpe bill, but 
she received notice that the bill was unpaid. Jie knew that if she could not 
furnish proof of payment she would have to ja^ the bill a second time. Her 
funds had been depleted, and the only person ftSould could turn to was Tc : . 

he prayed specifically that Sod would show her where to find the proof of 
payment. But God didn't answer that prayer and several days later a bill 
collector came to the house. He threatened to sue her in court if the bill 
was not paid within several days. hifce he was talking to the widow, a buttei 
fly flew in through the open window. The widow's young ^on immediately be- 
far chasing it to add it to his butterfly collection for his school project. 
But the butterfly flew behind the couch out of ' ht . The boy tried to move 
the sofa but couldn't and he asked the man to help him. .hen they rushed 
the sofa aside, a piece of paper fell to the floor. i.nd you are right. It 
e the receipt the widow had looked for, and prayed about. 

Kign Jehoshaphat of Judah had sought to continue the Godly reicn his father 

had started. He had ruled aseco-rerent with his father until his father 

died. Then Jcehoshaphat ruled Judah for 25 years. That reipn had its ups 

and downs, but basically he - -ord kir . made the mistake of letting 

his son Jehoram marry ithaliah the duaghter of Uaah and Jezebel. This opened 

Judah to the worship of Baal. 

On a visit to kin- ihah, Jehoshaphat was asked to join with Israel in e battl* 

o ' -Gilead. He agreed to dc so. But he shouldn't. Nevertheless, 

God was with Jehoshaphat but lhab was mortally wounded in that battle. 

Kinr Hehoshaphat returned to his home in Jerusalem and to the peace that 

reigned in the £ outhern nation of Judah. Put there were some nations surround 

in- Judah which weren't intent on peace. In fact, they rot together and in 

the 1st verse of our crir-ture this morning we read, "Now it came about after 
this that the sons of 1 oab and the sons of Immon, together with some of the 
Te unites, came to make war -~inast Jehoshaphat." 

Those who guarded Judah and whose nob it was to report infiltrators reported 

to Jehoshaphat, "A great multitufie is coming aginat you from beyond the sea, 
out of Aram and b^hoftd, they are inHazazom-tamar (that is i_,n~edi." vs 2, 

What was Jehoshaphat 's reaction to this: " r e had the same reaction that you 
and I would have if we were told a large -roup of people were coming to at- 
tack us. The 3rd verse begins by saying, x'xxx* v "\nd Jehoshaphat was afraid," 
That is probably a grave understatement. : e was rrobably terrified. 

But in his fear how did he react".' n he verse continues by adding, "And turned 

his attention to seek the Lord." 
There is how Jehoshaphat solved his problem. He "turned his attention to 



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the lord," here do you -So to solve your problems? A lot of people try to 
solve their problems with pills, or booze, or by smo 1 in^ more, oire even 
go on cruises and tours hoping the change of scenery will erase the memories 
of the problem. 

But there is only one answer to all of the problems of this life an:" of this 
world. That answer is Jesus Christ. If Christ is at the center of your life 
you can face any problem this life can bring forth. God said through the 

prophet Jeremiah, "And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ve shall search 
for Me with all your heart." 

God is awaiting anyone to seek Him to provide the soultions to life's problemi 
Rod 's medicine for mankind is conversation wJ in prayer. -'his is ex- 

actly what rehoshaphat did. He gathered all o J Judab to pray when his nation 
;hre tened to be overrun bj! its enemies. 

Jehoshaphat first prayerd as we read in the 6th verse, "0 l^r. 1 , the "or" of 

cur fathers, art Thou not -od in ^he heavens; ^u not ruler over 

all the kingdomd of the nations:" 

In other words, "I n't God 90ver»ig§n that TI e re' nd rules over all, no 

matter who they are J-" There wasn't a doubt in Jehoshaphat 's mind at this 

point . 

(Illustration of little girl's prayer and grandfather overheard her) 

An elderly grandfather was staying at his daughter 's home for a period of 
time. One night he passed the bedroom door of his hter's room and 
overheard her repeating the alphabet in an odd way. T 'e went tefuskxiExfesx 
in and asked, "What are you up to:" She explained, "I'm saylnj nv prayers, 
but I can't think of exactly the right words tonight, so I'm just saying 
all the letters. God will put the- together for me, because He knows what 
I 'm thinking." 

That girl had the right idea. God does know our needs, and knows everything 

that is good for us, To-- fcb bype of thinking may be all rig] for t r: n 

child, but it isn't all ri^ht for kxx grownups. God wants us to convey to 

Him that which is on our hearts. He wants to hear us request his help for 

our lives. n He will hear, and will answer according to His will, 

Jehoshaphat added in his prayer, fn the 7th verse, "Tidst Thou not, our God. 
drive out the inhabitants of this land before Thy people Israel, and rfve il 
to the descendants of Abraham thy friend forever": Ind they lived in it, 
and have built Thee a sanctuary there for Thy name, saying', Should evil' 
come upon us, the sward, or judgement, or pestilence, or famine, we will 
stand before this house and before Thee (for Thy name is in this house ) 
and cry to Dhee in our distress, and Tw,ou wilt hear and deliver us," verses 

There is the confidence of faith that what is asked will be received. Notice 

how the lng uhrases all of this. (read veree 9 arain) . tter what may 

befall them, God will not only hear, but will deliver them. 

(Illustration of Bill calling for help and thinking it didn't come) 

You may have heard the story of the man whose house was caught in the midst 
l flood. As the flood waters rone to the first floor and came under- the 
front door, some friends came by in a rowboat and called to him to climb in 
"..o thanks, I'm trusting in the Lord," Bill answered. 



The waters cortinued to rise and 30011 'ill had to ko up to the second 

floor But still he iter 1 . con, it was too ceep on the second 

floor'so Bill EEKiKii crawled out on the roof. A helicopter came by, let 

down a rope ladder and called for him to climb aboard. But Bill said, "» 




iill 

and 
it 
eitheiu ~"irst~, "i" sent you a boat, and then I sent you a helicopter, and 
you didn't take either one." 
Therein lies the problem. Many times God -ends us our answer but we are 
looking for something much greater or bigger. This wasn't the case with xkx 
Jehoshaphat. He knew that ±± neither "rain, nor snow, nor sleet, would keep 
God from His appointed rounds" in the affairs of men. Jehoshaphat earnestly 
prayed for the people of Judah. 

But'-once pr yer has been rendered, then it takes action. we read in the 
20th verse, (read this. J Jehoshaphat tells the people now that they have 
prayed, they are to put their trust in God. hat >od said Id do, 
will now accomplish. Co they p ut feet to their prayers and we read, (read 
verses 21-22). The enmy was routed 1 , but it was more than that. Look what 
took place. (read verses 23-24; . The enemies had destroyed each other. 
God delivered the people of Judah. 

(Illustration of Chinese girl & how God delivered her) 

he was only 19 at the time when she was arrested and thrown into the dun- 
>n cell. There was no light. Ml that he knew at it was undergo 
-round. The floor was all wet and the smell told her that the floor was 
covered ■' an excrement. Rats and vermin were everywhere, -here was 
no bed, so if she was to get any rest, it would be sitting In her 1 
waste and that of many others before her. As she sat there en the floor, 

he felt something warm run down her arm, ?he grabbed it and for the first 
time realized she was still bleeding from the beatinr she had received. 

quatting on the floor so as little of her came In contact with the waste 
around her, she began to thank God that she was worthy to suffer for Him. 
Ml she had to do was to renounce Jesus Christ and she would be set free. 
But instead, she asked Him ^o rive her wisdom and strength to witness for 
Him wherever A "•= might be placed. 

Is the days passed she prayed and sang hymns and then the lord spoke to 
her and said", "This is your ministry." "," she argued, "I'm all alone. 
To whom can I preach:" "as she continued to pray, an idea came to her. 
She stood ip and called for the guard. he asked him, "Can I do some hard 
labor for you:" The guard looked at her with contempt, because no one had 
ever asked to work, "look" she exclaimed, "This place is so dirty, there 
is human waste everywhere. Let me ^o into the cells and clean up this 
filthy place. All you have to eo is give me a brush and some water. - 
'he i-uard brought her a bucket, brush and water. '.nd soon she was on her 
knees cleaning up, and preaching to the other prisoners. he was looking 
into the faces of people 'who were no longer Becognizable as human beings. 
Through continuous torture they had lost all hope of ever seeing another 
human bein;~ who didn't come to beat them. But the preaching of this young 

irl, brought them all to solvation and soon all of the prisoners were 
converted. .'hen the Communist officials found out what happened, they were 
furious. They had lost ail control over the prisoners. -:ould beat 
them, yell at them, and they '-/ould only say, ■■ r forgive you in the name of 
Jesus. ,0 now it was the turn of the younr Chinese girl, They, took her 
out of her cell, beat her, and told her to write a confession. 



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They rave her a pile of paper and a pencil and told her to start confess- 
ing her sins against the state, "lord.,' 1 she prayed, I've done nothing wrong 

lould I writer" ilowly the word , hen she wrote faster 
and faster. She finally finished and handed the confession with achinr 
finders to the -~uard to be delivered to the warden. 

' on the warden called her to his office. " r e was trembliE L rage. 
How dare she write such anti-revolutionary things. He then read her con- 
fession to a l-ir^ group of people. It was God's plan of -alvation for all 
mankind. A~ he read it, he benn to read more slowly end with great mean- 
ing, iorae were axeatly moved by the written plan of salvation. 

happened next to the Chinese girlY Share is no post script to ( 

true story. But if I were to think of hew God would end it, I would believe 

that in some way, people received that message and it helped to bring not onlj 

other people to the lord, but to keep the church alive and "rowing in China. 

The girl I would believe remained completely committed to the Lord and like 

Job would probably exclaimed, "T v ough T "e slay rae, ye ill us in Him." 

If we are to follow the examples Of the leaders s riven us throurh His 

Word, one lessen to be learned is to earnestly seek His face. \'e still will 

have to face whatever problems or ordeals that may confront us. But with 

God leading, sustaining , guiding and directing, we will overcome. 

Today let 's ssk overselves if we are willing to commit our all to God in 

prayer and trust, xxkxe To pray that He will rive us whatever is needed to 

overcome our problems. And trust that through Christ we can do all thin 

. ill yon do that and be content to let the Iiord le?-'. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor November 1, 1387 

Mr, Dale Rice* Minister of Music 
Mr* Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Dave Brinker and John Penrod 
+ + + + + + + + + ,>.+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 

Congregational Greeting ^ 

Joys 

Prayer Requests 

•Processional Hymn No* 349 "0 for a Thousand Tongues to Sing" 
* Ascription 
"Exhortation 

*Confe3Sion (In Unison) Almighty and Everlasting God, who 
art always more ready to hear than we to pray* and art 
wont to give more than either we desire or deserve, 
pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy, forgiving 
us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and 
giving us those good things which we are not worthy to 
ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus 
Christ, thy Son, 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. 416 "Pass He Not, Gentle Savior*' 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray* 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 
*Doxology - page 362 
Anthem: "Glory to God, Almighty" 
Scripture: II Chronicles 30: 1-12 
Sermon; "Follow The Leader: Hezekiah" 
* Invitational Hymn Ho. 425 "Cleanse Me" 
•Closing Chimes 
"Benediction 
"-Pastlude 
++++++ "Congregation Standing ++++++ 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by Mr, 
and Mrs. James Gannon and family in memory of family loved 
ones . 
Mrs. Milly Wachsmuth will greet our members and guests at 

the door this morning* 
Ushers for today are: Marty Henry* Dan Bosko, John Snow 

and Frank Crawford* 
Attendance last Sunday was 113 with 11 visitors* 
Nursery will be provided today by 
Shirley Thompson and Marilyn Snyder will be visiting the 
it hospital this week. 

/Hospitalized: Gill Winters and Clarence Wolfe in BMH. 
^November 22nd we will take new members into the congregation. 
If you or someone you know would like to join, let us know. 
MONDAY - Benevolence Committee meets at 7:00 P,M* 
WEDNESDAY - Church Council meeting at 7:00 P.M. 
^TKUR^DAY - Chancel choir practice at 6:30 and we will begin 
our cantata practice at 3:00. If you would like 
to join our cantata please come. 
UPCOMING DATES TO HEMEMBEH: 

November 8th - election of elders and deacons and the 

adoption of the budget will be held immediately following 
the service. We hope you will plan to stayHS 
November 10th - Sunday School Teachers meeting at 7:00 P.M. 

YOUTH GROUP is sponsoring a Soup and Sandwich Luncheon on 
November 2,5 th immediately following the service. If you 
would like to make us a pot of your favorite soup, please 
see Mary Jane or Bob Weisenstein following church. They 
hope for a lot of support of the Youth in their efforts 
to raise funds to support their activities* See you at 
lunch. 
DEACONS AND ELDERS seeking election on November 3th are: 
Deacons: Bonnie Gannon, Ben Vensel, Marge Smiley, Art 

Snyder 
Elders; Dick Mangel, Lloyd Link, and Howard Jaillet* 
Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations 
you have the chance to respond to God's leading for 
your life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation 
gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior , to pray, 
to meditate or to seek counseling. The Pastor will assist 
you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 



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;crip: 2 Chronicles *0:1-12 
(Tlus | outcome of eich 91 

Pew wks a^-o talk sv prayr JehOBh ? her we talk of sav 
pr""T of Has 

Fez even Sp« c , ul '" r i"" 1 " r ' : "r crip 
that futnr even was pre-4etern by "ez's 
sp stanc 
Kez was nothr pe 

a wickd fathr ''■ thus sot "undo wat fathr had 
Eez sscen thron st 25,& rul '4— 79yrs 

1st thing "ez did was 'reopn tempi doors :he re. 
pair doors fathr ,haz had. clos 
he reasenbl pr/Levites & had literly clean te~rl 

anyth no oa 2B ther thrown out it plac rarer 1 

worship 
en evrth spotles "• prep, Hex Tsnir fc-nimls ^offrs ?B 
use pr offr ther on sltr 
but thez sacs wer 2eeek '+rivnes of 3ins of peo 

evivl is onlr T>osib wen iutt- 
harts of peo ?. preparer 
Eut Bez's desir 2get peo bak 2 S no end thia pt 
Bez knu Paaovr bin 4-gotn ! no bin held, 1st month, 

sd cud hold "nd month if imposib 2 
hold in 1 ' " "<lo 

C -z eend out invi' 
(read V33X1-5J 

Dvit not only ' 
vs 10 tel us resul tl Ltatln, 

but 4-tunatly not all peo " hat way v- 11 tell 
- 6 rennan I C equal 

inr-3 of G 
~n thirtrs R dark/glumy,oft reetrs thr no 1 is lxv *=G 
. rorh alii felt this way,ran off, ther 7« in 

. 
i z waa no brine pec so in 

. '0'; eri| we C " b : teaeb us 

vs 6=ilez say mis turn S-G w/unrcualfy trus 8 if 
wil lnce agin ' 

(Hub littl boy & hymn=?rust & OKJ 
That stamen has ring truth bout it.Beuz if trust G 
4evrth, evrth wil . 

inon2ua aany tins in comcn ore thing 01 11 
'true Bin c 
(Ilus robins nest spar card on bot 

'■ cert if Robins, who dent actuly kno of hvnly protect 
H kept fr : La, how much nor wil tar tho 

thoz"-- iit ?luv protect?!*' 



ly if no turn i , G 

Lcbl as did ther 
of Ii ~ock of natins rnd then; 

thoz na.-ns/hc I nt kno bou Be entr 

•i covnent w/thez peo, all they u that nor 

ii le hir a had hap ^thez peo 
o iw/cry - do I) havr C wat pud Si 

duz it ? ' ru 
;-"ez , sc let obed ? Hin,wud stop that nonsens 

(Ilus ir '■in; 

U " I : invit 2serv K 1 ika is our 

But that invitatin ernes la "---v in dif -titud 
(e serv in many dif areas our liva= Jobs ,s>u1h, homes 
volunteer work, etc. 
But wat is our atitud in thoz areas of servic f 
isnt it nuit oft we vu as neces evil 2 
but this J t fr us £ Bez was cal peopl 

2 a dif atitud 
v ; 3»examp (jiv of 4-fathrs entr serv of T with a=Hav ? 
atitud 

-ez^dont B lik their.,insted=y- , serv 

th I Ur Hod 

cud they ■' f»0«lly w/sens ,joy that Aim G 

rul univers stoop 'care 4-litl insignif man is 
th atitud C- de&ix fr Chilton 
(Hub Xplan woman all alon S self-pity) 
Can C find a song in *Ur hop]'; teapaix of lif 

wen it ocur.". 
::ez was rerin peo G provid w/deliv PA wild arin 1M 
turn b^k ? th I E P.ez "■ tho« peo saw nu reviv sweep 
c e land --cuz they turn bak ? th lord. 
He^ rerin peo ther yet nothr thinr ?do=vs 9 
] peD bak i :ay ou« knu ther owi 
they cud do nut h, but if turn. 2-G oompletly,they wud 
ovrcum 'her probs enmys 
th peo Jud werB priv nothr 2get livs rt w/5 
words v^ 9B«B words worl needs ?hear ?day 
1 nan has turn 2evrth "■ evrl but 3 2solv probs we face 
in our renratin 

ray Sc BO many refUS "nak oily BOV 
has etrnl conseauenc 
(Ilus Rev. . chuyler rig-lie] ■- s" acpt 

Hez was cal peo Is "turn 2th Lord 
Th resron= was "red ictbl=",.er thoz repent/turn livs 
er thoz 1- 'tic "tupid 

Ka us hav od 2nak this choic= £ hav.than] 

! let L Jx ' c--r.tr Or lif :i " !| hBvnt,I 

I org" u~ 21istn 2oeJ Js '^nok door. Ur J haxt;no wait til 

day ' ™ 3±T; ^ 1J - 



c/As Syrians J 



vs 10=re.s ons by sum 
vs ll« not all lik 

V3 6=(Ilua littl boy= Trust 

(Ilus Robins nest, card in bottonj 

OUR G 

vs 7=sirapl obedience 

(Ilus Six leonar^ Wood "■ King invitatinj 
NEYH ZZ ,BUT ?B 

vs 8-w/sens joy Bcuz 3 Hm ^^or attend. 
(" n us Xpian womn °lnn & her- self-pi 

i \ "— ! 9 S, 

BUT T" ' 1 '"HAT IS IRU TING JS 

__: ui e IE , sukhc ' find a ■■ ~ ' . 

vs 9=cal bak 2prayr 

(Ilus : ?e v . I . ohuyler nglish 3 yng man) 

Respona of ~eo -nredictbl: 
ther thoz renent, 
ther thoz who laf , scorn 



"'. ollow The Leaders Hezekiah" 

Scripture: 2 Chronicles 50:1-12 
tr "a/ nte- &** <>^ HAV i# 

j±o or nth ugc. e> 1939j 550,000 Allied soldiers had their hacks 

;he iinrlisb Channel. Hitler^s force." -ovinr against them had driven then 
to this no win situation. If they tried to cross the Channel by ship, 
Hitler's submarines or planes would destroy 4 -hem. Very possible means of 
escaoe had been considered but none seemed possible. 

D years earlier a kinr- bjr the name of Hezekiab found his city surr- 
ounded by 185,000 hostile Assyrian forces. The king and his army were out- 
numbered. The situation 3eemed hopeless. 

Yet in both of - instances, the events were radically chanred because 
these who were ped set off a weapon more potent than a nuclear bomb-, ajore 
awesome than any military miprht man has ever had. 

In England, King George III called for a day of prayer in the British Empire. 
.- millions fathered to pray, Sod answered immediately. denly and without 
warning, a violent storm broke out on the s±±sxst European side of the Channel 
where the Germans had the Allied forces trapped. The German tanks bogged dowi 
in the mud and their planes could not take off. On the English side of the 
Channel the weather was perfect. Realizing that Sod had performed a miracle, 
the Knglish sent out thousands of small boats across the Channel to rescue 
those who were trapped. A dense for blanketed the waters on the French and 
German side and within hours, the 330, 000 trapped soldiers had been rescued. 
King > A nnacherib 's Assyrian army surrounded Jerusalem and mockin se- 
kiah and the Sod he served. But King Hezekiah tapped e greater power by turn- 
ing to Sod. That very night, God answered -^nd destroyed 185*000 Assyrian 
soldiers . 

-' few weeks ago we talked about the saving prayer of Jehoshaphat, and here we 
are talking about the eavir 'er of King Hezekiah. In the case of Hezekial 
the event we Just spoke of took place after the portion of .cripture we are 
sharinr today. That future event waspre-determined by Eezekiah 's stance be- 
fore God. 

Hezekiah was another Godly king of Judah. Lika j?*Jeh Asa he followed the reir: 
of a wicked father and sought to undo what his father had done. Hezekiah as- 
cended the throne when he was P - , and he rej ;ned for 29 years. One of 
fir T t thir t t Hezekiah did was ro reopen the temple. He repaired the 
doors which his father Vhaz had closed, "e reassembled the priests and the 
levites and had them literally clean nut the temple. Anything which was not 
supposed to be iaS in there was thrown out. The ; was to be prepared for 
worship. hen everything was spotless nnd prepared to worship God, Hezekiah 
had arranged for the animals for o"erin^s and the priests offered them on 
the altar. The offering was made to cleanse the temple and altar, and aire 
to seek the forgiveness of the sins of the people, Tevival had come to Judah 

: : revival is only possible when the hearts and the lives of the people are 
prepared before God. 

Eut Hezekiah 's desire to get the -oeonle back to God did not end at this point 
Hezekiah knew that the -assover had been forsrotten, and it had not been held 
in the first month, but he also knew that the Law specified that if it was 
ever impossible to hold the Passover in the first month, then the Hassover 
could be helc in the second month. This is what HezeKiah determined to do. 



o Hezekiah sends out the invitation to cone to the temple in Jerusalem for 

re a d verses 1-3. 
the celebration of the Passover. His invitation is not only to the people in 

the Southern Kingdom, hut is extender! also to the Northern Kinrdon; . T he re- 
sult of that invitation is told in the 10th verse, (read this). Byt^fortun- 
atly, not all of the people felt that way and we are told in the 11th verse, 
(read this)j ^*hat relates that a remnant of the Northern am were equally 
hungering for* the things of God, When circumstances are dark and -loomy it 
often seems that there is no one living for Gcd. The prophet Elijah felt this 
way and God revealed to him that there were 7,000 in Israel serving God, But 
Eezekiah was not deterred in his determination to bring: the people backcto 
God. Among other things in this block of "cripture we can see four thi 
which Hezekiah teaches us. 

In the Gth verse we read, (read this verse). skiah is saying that the peo- 
ple rust turn to God with an unqualified trust and if the?' do, God will once 
again turn to then, "'he hymn writer was inspired to pen the familiar lines, 

"T^ust ana Obey." ft little boy came home from anday School and told of 
sin^inp a new sons:. His mrther asked what it was and he answered, Mrr rust 
and " OK. » 

That statement has the ring of truth about it. Because if you trust God for 

everything, everythiu will be OK, God demonstrates to us many times in the 

co-" -on ordinary things of life that we need to rrust Him completely. 

-_ (Illustration of Robins nest spared and bottom had Sunday ehool cat 

In Canada a eeiHwi*. street was to be widened and it meant that certain trees 
had to be cut down. hen the foreman of the tree cutting crew arrived on 
the scene he noticed that one of the trees had a nest in it and a mother 
Robin was sitting on the nest. So he ordered ±ksmx the men to leave it 
until later. Returning much later they discovered that the nest was now 
occupied by baby robins. c again, the foreman told the men to come back 
later, It a much later date, they returned to find the nest empty. He 
man who had climbed the +^ree to check the nest, found in the bottom of 
nest a little card which had been kseS entwined with mud and "ticks. to 
the nest, -hen he renov 1 ;' the card he noted that it was a Sunday lehool 
card given to children who attend. On it were the vrsxdx^ words, " e trust 
in the Lord our God." 

And certainly if robins who don't actually know of that heavenly protector, 

are kept fro^ har^ by Him, how much more will he take care of those whom He 

wants to love and protect? 

Hezekiah was calling the oeople ta not only to trust, but to sin-nle obedience 

In the 7th verse he says, "And do not be like your fathers and your brothers, 
who were unfaithful to the lord God of tl^eir fathers, so that He made them 
a horrer as you see." 

Hezekiah was saying that if they didn't turn to God in whole-hearted obedience 

God would make them despicable as He did their fathers. The people of Israel 

had become a laughing stock of the nations around them. Iv.ose pagans and 

heathens didn't know all about Gcd and how He had entered into a covenant 

with these people. 11 that they knew was that horrible things had happened 

to these people. Be the hew end cry was, - hat kind of 5 od do you have, 



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"ee, what rood does it to trust in Him:" Hezekiah says, that complete obed- 
ience to Him v/diuld stop all of that nonsense . 

^Illustration of 3ir Leonard ood and : "in~'s Invitation) 

An Englishman name'" ^r Leonard 'ood visited Prance and was also provile^er. 
to have a visit with the king. he kxrjerwx-s King was so pleased kim§ 
that he invited him for dinner the next day. 

.ir Leonard went to the palace and the King came down one of the halls and 
said, "Why Air Leonard, what brings : r ou here."' I did not expect to see 
you." " ir Leonard replied, ".but your majesty, you invited me to have din- 
ner with you tonight." ^he "in^ answered, "Yes I did, but you didn't answea 
my invitation." 'ir Leonard then answered, "But your majesty, a King's 
invitation is never to be answered, but to be obeyed." 

Tou and I are invited to serve the King of ?"incs and all that King asks is 

our obedience to His invitation. 

Hut that invitation is to serve in a different IqasKxvt attitude. We serve in 

stst many different areas in our lives. We serve at our ,iobs, we serve in 
schools, we serve doing volunteer work and so on. Hut what is our attitude 
in those areas of services Isn't it quite often that we view the-" as neces- 
sary evils to be endured r But this isn't what God wants *"ro~ us and Hezekiah 

calling his people to a different attitude. In the 8th verse we read, 
(re^d this verse). example he gives e£ is of their forefathers enter! 
the service of the lore! with a "have to" attitude. Hezekiah says c;cr_'t be 
] ike them, but 1, "Yield to the Lord," and "serve the Lore your God." 
Eow could they do this : Only with a sense of ,1oy that God by kxx who 
rules the universe stoops to care for little insignificant man is the attitude 

desires frc- His cl '"dren. 

(Illustration of Christian woman, all alone & her self -pi' 

christian young woman tells of an event in her life which taught her a 
dear lesson. It was a cold rainy night and at quitting tine she locked the 
store to go home. It was one of those pouring, drenching rains, with a higlj 
Wind making it impossible to use an umbrella. :he walked to the street car 
stop and had to wait three nuarters of an hour for the car, hen it arrived 
she was chilled to the hone. Then 3he '~~ r ' a - nsfer to - - 
':ad to wait on it as well and both of the cars were also cold, '."hen she 
arrived home there was no hot supoer waiting for her, no dry clothes pre- 
pared for her to put on, nor was the house warm because the fire had rone 
out. She recalled that the Lord had been "-ood to her, but this was just 
one of those times when there was no consolation, 's she pondered these 
events in her life she determined that ahe would ^ Q ed her kitten, not bothei 
with supper and go to bed and cry it out. But she said as she started to 
get out of her wet clothes the Lord brought these words to her mind: 
-\,ere is never a day so dreary, 
Where is never a night so long, _ 
Cut the soul that is trusting Jesus 
Will somewhere, somehow, find a song. 

Can you find a song in the midst of your hopelessness and despair of life 

when it occurs : Hezekiah was reminding his people that God provided them 

with deliverance before and would do bo ^"in if they turned back to the Lord, 

And Hezekiah and those people saw that new revival sweep across their land 

because they turned back to the Lord. 



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Eezekiah reminded his people that there was yet another 4 hey needed to 

do. He told them as we read in the 9th verse, (read this}. He was calling 

the people back to prayer. He knew that in their own strength they could do 

nothing. But K±tk:cSri4 if they turned to God completely, they would overcome 

their problems and their enemys. The people of Judah were being given yet 

another chance to get their lives right with God, ^he words, '"God will not 
turn His face away from you if you return to Him," 

are words that the world needs to hear today. Han has turned to everythii 

and everyone but God to solve the problems we face in our reneration. lime 

kee^s tic v iTT~ away and so many refuse to make the tcsxk only rove that has 

eternal ccnsenuences . 

(Illustration of Rev. E. Schuyler Englisbjand young man not accepting Christ) 
2§v. E, chuyler English tells of being in s hotel lobby and being approach 
Sa by a young man who introduced himself . He explained, "the reason I have 
introduced myself to yen is because my brother frequently mentioned your 
name. He was a minister and he had some of your books in his library, 

. English said he assumed this young man shared the faith of his brother 
and told him how happy he always was to meet a fellow-believer. 
Just then the young man's wife Joined the'n and he introduced her. It was 
then the young man said, "fly brother had all of our family's religion. He 
used to keep after me to 'turn to Christ' '3 he put it. Y.C' kno Maybe 
some day I will." r;ev. "chujler told him, "It's getting pretty late. To- 
day is the day of salvation," "You sound just like my brother,'- he replied 

ing his wife's arm he led her away, saying ! ith a smile, " e'll be see- 
ing you." Rev. -chuyler said that nine days later he read the young man's 
name in the obituary column of the newspaper. 

Hezekiah was calling the people of Israel to turn to the Lord. The response 

was predictable. ~here were those who repented and turned their lives around 

And then there were those who laughed and mocked at something so simplistic 

and stupid. Each of us has the opportunity to make this choice. If you have 
made that choice, then thank Sod for it and begin today to let the Lord Jesus 
be at the center of your life. If you haven't, I ur^e you to listen to the 
call of SxA the Lord Jesus, knocking at the door of your heart and seeking 
entrance today. Don't wait until you're older, or until another day. Only 
God knows how man:/ days any of us have. I urre you in the name of Jesus 
Christ to come to Him today. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler , Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor November 8, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Dave Brinker and John Penrod 
+ + + + + + + + + +++ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 

ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 

Processional Hymn No. 330 ,1 It Is Good to Sing Thy Praises" 
'Ascription 
'Exhortation 

•Confession (In Unison) Eternal God, in whom we live and 
move and have our being, whose face is hidden from us 
by our sins, and whose mercy we forget in the blindness 
of our hearts; cleanse us, we beseech thee, from all our 
offenses, and deliver us from proud thoughts and vain 
desires; that with lowliness and meekness we may draw 
near to thee; confessing our faults, confiding in thy 
grace, and finding in thee our refuge and our strength 
through Jesus Christ thy Son. Amen. 
'Kyrie 

Assurance of Pardon 
'Praise: Pastor — Bletsed be the Lord God 

People - And blessed be His glorious name forever. 
'Gloria Patri - page 142 
God and Church Award 
Hymn No. 442 "0 Master 
Call to Prayeri Pastor 
People 
Pastor 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 

7'oxology - page 382 
Anthem: "Peace Like a River" 
scripture; II Chronicles 34: 1-7 
iermon: "Follow The Leader: Josiah" 
invitational Hymn No. 455 "I Am Thine, 
*Closing Chimes 
'Benediction 
i'os tluide 
* + + ■•■ + + *Congregation Standing 



Let Me Walk with Thee" 
The Lord be with You 
And with Thy spirit 
Let us pray. 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Youngblood in memory of Loved Ones. 
Mrs. Elva McCormick will greet the congregation and our 

guests at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Alta Kradel, Lois Stokes, Marilyn 

Snyder, and Dutch Bolam. 
Attendance last Sunday was 103 with 8 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Gamble. 
Paul Riemer and Paul Campbell will be visiting the hospital 

this week. 
^Hospitalized: Bill Winters in BMH 

"^TUESDAY - 7:00 P.M. Sunday School Teachers meeting. We woulo 
like all teachers and helpers to be present. 
THURSDAY - Choir practice at 7:00 P.M. and Cantata pract- 
ice will begin at a: 00 P.M. for those who would 
like to join us. 
^Immediately following the service today we will have the 
business meeting for the election and the adoption of the 
budget in Rehoboth Hall, We will also have some discuss- 
ion about the Van. We hope you will all make the effort 
. to be present, /V/^VfJ*" A-rT£M& 

JkNovember 22nd we will be taking new members Into the cong- 
regation. If you or anyone you know would like to join 
our family, please let the office know, or see Rev. Link. 
tfQuTH GROUP ACTIVITY - November 15th the Youth Croup of 
the church is holding a Soup & Sandwich Luncheon in the 
hall immediately following the service. We are still 
looking for a few more pots of soup. If you would like 
to make a pot of soup, please see Bob or Mary Jane after 
the service. We hope you will ail join us in support 
of the Youth and their activities. 
\Many people have been asking the office for the address of 
Mrs. Lianne Link. It is 1393 Williamsburg Road 
Flint, Michigan 48507, I'm sure she would appreciate 

> cards from their friends at St. Paul's, 
The congregation is invited to an open church wedding of 
Rob Vinroe & Rhonda Morris, Saturday Nov. 14th at 3:30. 
Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations 
you have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation gives 
the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, to 
meditate or to seek counseling. The Pastor will assist 
you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 



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(Ilus grt cilvlls of worl) 

re g -nrvy fnd typic" is: 
yr old who duznt read ] 
materilistic ,satify ' >asurs 
bored v//theo talk 

altho may nten ch 27 tins yr,ha no intrei 
i" suprnaturl 

h_ is concern w/neithr hvn nor hell 
in fac,he has no intres watevr in Inrort 
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fishing, cartinkerii 

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Amon,] anaseh sen & lik him=reign 2yrs 

first :mayB Plate 2get thing bak ^normal 
1st thing did=vss 3-7 

IB & ther 2clases here this morn 
4giun/unA-givn 
(Ilus Biblly >unday & city directory) 
i«All hi in, ry of Cod 

vs 8=prep T "cus of L 4-peo 

vss 30-31= Jos shar buk w/peo 

(Ilus S.anley & thro way buks excep Bibl 



"Follow The Leader: Josj 
Scripture : ? Chronicles 34-:l-7 

(Illustration of great civilizatio 

fcudy of history shows that the great civilizations of the world have 
averaged about " rs. The ceople of the world have followed this 

tinetable r 

The people go: 
'ron slavery to spiritual faith 
Fro? spiritual faith to courage 
7rom courage to liberty 
-Tom liberty to abundance 

tbundanee to selfishness 
From selfishness to ana thy 
From apathy to dependence 
From dependence back to slavery. 

- The i Me "riend 

In conjunction with this, think about what has been said about the aver 
American. 

: ress survey has found that the "typics ican" is a twenty 
van-year-old who does not read one year. 
i r mi "srislistic, satisfied with small pleasures, 
bored with theological talk. 

Although he may attend church twenty seven tines a year, he is not inter- 
ested in the supernatural. 

He If concerned with neither heaven nor hell. 
In fact, he has no interest whatever in immortality. 
His principal interests are footb . rrfcing, fishing, and cartinkerir . 

This comparison between the civilizations of history, coupled with what is 

'typical mBrican," points out the fact that today we are 

erously EiESffxiBxtta parallel to the reorle of J --■ of them 

in this morning's scripture. 

Hanasseh, the son of the godly ezekiah, brought Judah, the outhern Kinj 
dom back down to the depths during his rei^n, TT e plunged J dah into the same 
idolatry which the Northern Kingdc mown in the tine of Uiab and Jezebel, 
The temple once again was pollute:' wii Itars; the occult was promoted 
once again; and child sacrifice was practiced ir. the valley of Hinnom near 

lenu Manasseh reigned for 55 years. Going back to pter of 

this '-co'' of "i-ronicles ±e read startin- at the 9th verse, (read 9 ' 1* ) , 
Kanasseh began a reform in Judah to met the rjeoole back to God as recorded 
further on, but it was too late. Tv,e people still worshiped idols and kept 
turned from God. The nation had rone beyond the point of no return. 
His son Amen assumed the throne and xk±xxh& fortunately he only reigned for 
two years because he was as evil as his father before him. T "e was killed by 
his own servatns, Ln turn sciftrH were killed by the people who then placed 
his son Josiah on the throne. 5o we read in verse 1, (read this). He was 
only eight-years-old when he became king. The responsibility of ] 
the people of Judsh was thrust upon those young ilders. Eut unlik his 

er and his father, Josiah was a man of "od. We read of him in the 
2nd verse, (read this). 



Josiah young man after Cod's own heart. He didn't ro to the right, nor 

to the left. His course was straight down the middle, walking with Hod. 
The first point we see in this incident is that there cores a time when it 
may be too late to turn hack, or to get things back to normal. A further 
read! Ln this chapter tells us just that. '■-' ?ai<3 that because Jb»iab . 
the godly man he was, God would not brine- judgement upon the people of Judah 
while he was alive. But then judgement would fall upon them and it aid. 
o rend first of what Joriah did in the kj , (read ver-es 7 ->-7) . 

act was to bring the people back to God. accomplished this by 

doir ;• with those things that kept then from God. Josiah war ' ting 

out Sin to the people, 

_,,i: is one thir^ that has been watered down in the past recent years. Peo- 
ple, and unfortunately, church people don't want to hear the wo 
about. Ask the average church member about it and you will be told that m< 
people do not look at themselves as sinners. That title is reserved for peo- 
ple like Hitler, or mass murderer Charles Hanson, and others of that ilk. 
But me, a sinner r "ever ~u ! _ as "ou and I are here this morning let me re- 
mind all of us that there are two classes of people here. Both classes con- 
Bist of sinners and you and I can find ourselves in one class or the other. 
Hirst, there are those who have accepted Christ -viour. 

This class then is made up of forgiven sinners. . it forgiven fchroug] 

Jesus Christ, "'he second cl9~s i fch< have n<~ ted Jesus 

Christ, and those people are unforsiven sinners, and will remain unfoxgiven 
sinners until they decide to do business with God and take Christ as their 

viour, You and I are in one class or the other. Which class am I in, 
this morningj we each need to ask ourselves, 

(Ilustration of Biblly Sunday and letter to Mayor) 

The famed evangeli»t Billy Sunday wrote a letter to the Mayor of a large 
city he was going to hold a crusade in. I his letter he asked the mayor 
for the names of individuals within that city who needed spiritual 

id prayer for the problems they were facin . 
Imarine the surprise of Billy Zunday when he received in the mail a city 
directo] . 

In Romans Paul tells us, "For all have tinned and - hort of the "lory of 

Cod." 

U^at doesn't let anyone out. fe are all in that boat and we need to act on 

it if we havenV done so yet. 

next "ten that Josiah took is recorded in the r th ver-e, (read this), 
Josiah had the House of the Lord prepared for the people. It is one thing to 
come to the lord, but it is quite another to come to the Lord's House, God 
wants us to co^ c toarether ard worship Him, and to provide a place to do so. 
If everyone would dc win ' lome -ro-^le. advocate when they accept the Lore, and 
that is stay away from worship, the Church wo J ' rival up and die. It is 



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ln + he corning ' sr to worship God that we grow and share our faith not 

only with fellow-believers, bu't with those who ere -till searching whom Sod 

haS led to His "ouse, 

Josiah in his cleansing of the house of the Lord uncovered a copy of the book 

of the Law. It was given to Jesiah who read it to the people , In the 30th 

and 31st verses of this chapter we read, (Read this). First Jesiah destroyed 

the thing's which were keeping the r^o-le 'ror ~od, and told then of their 

sin. Ti,en he cleaned out the House of the lord for worship. Then finally, 

he shared the Book with the people. 

God 's tford must take precedence over any other book. The Bible must be 

rule of authority for our lives, does the Bible have to say about the 

events of our lives must always be cur Question. 

(Illustration Itanley fay all boo n :s but BibleJ 

=n the ml sionary tanley started across frica he had seventy-three 
books in three packs weighl pounds, ~hose who were carrying his 

belonr:inrs be fatigued. o he decided to lighten their load 

by disposing of 3ome of his books. ( ne by one he discarded them until 
there was only one booh left which he would not throw away. That hook was 
his Bible, On that trie we are told that he read the Bible through three 
les . 

T erhaps this may ! ~ive us an idea of the importance of the Bible to one of 

God's servants like Stanley. lat is xaor«x±JcrBndtxKfcxix^:di- - of more con- 

cerr t< bhe question, "How ii — or J ^nt is the Bible to you7" If you h 

tc dispose of all your r< berial, Josiah not 

only expressed his love for God 's ..'ord, but loo] what he promised to 

d verse 3D. He promise ?rforn the words of the covenant written 

in this book." 

That'r guite an undertaking. Our lives r -"-^- n i e so structured that the 
things of God of more imrort than the things of this world, ] 
God is trying to get our attention in our country with all of the present 
events that are t place. We Americans have become too srnu?- and complac- 
ent, e think that we have it made and we don't ne but what we cai 
do for ourselves, "oil is seeking to call us back to the fundamentals of the 
faith, here do you stind in relation to that call? Is God and the things 
of God of more importance in your life than the material possessions of this 
life." God ±sn has nev o " been in 1" bhings. " T e is interested in peo- 
ple. John tells us that it is "ori's desire that no one should perish. God 
wants your love, your life. Have you turned, that over to Hinu If not, why 
not do it today: 



St- Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev, Ralph Link, Pastor November 15, 198? 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: John Penrod and Dave Brinker 
+- + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 

GRDER OF yORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude "Pax Vobiscum" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Joys 

Prayer Requests ■*' 

'Processional Hymn No* 336 "0 Worship the King" 
-Ascription 
'Exhortation 

'Confession (In Unison) Eternal God, how often we have 
prayed for the coming of thy Kingdom, yet when it has 
sought to come through us we have sometimes barred 
the way; we have wanted it within others, but not 
in our hearts* We feel it is we who stand between 
man's need and thee; between ourselves and what we 
might be; and we have no trust in our own strength, 
or loyalty, or courage. give us to love thy will, 
and seek thy Kingdom first of all. 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. 411 "Am I a Soldier of the Cross?" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us Pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 

Offertory "In The Upper Room" 
^Doxoiogy - page 362 
Dedication of New Bulletin Board 
Anthem: "Good News!" 
Scripture: Haggai 1 

3ermon: "Follow The Leader: 2erubabel" 
"Invitational Hymn No* 404 "0 Love That Will Not Let Me Go" 
-Closing Chimes 
*3enediction 

"Postlude "Daddy Sang Bass" 
+ + + + + + 'Congregation Standing ++++++ 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by Rob 

and Rhonda Vinroe in honor of their marriage yesterday. 
Donna Pfiugh will greet our members and guests at the door 

this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Rick Vinroe, Rob Vinroe, Ray 

Isherwood and Jeff Snyder. 
Attendance last Sunday was 126 with visitors. 
Nursery will be provided by Mrs. Sue Gamble. 
Marty Henry and Rob Vinroe will be visiting the hospital 
this week. 
^Hospitalized: Lois Pennington and Doris Fowler in BMH, 
also Kay Brown in BMH, 
TUESDAY - The Choir will be participating in the Festival 
of Choirs program at 7:30 P,M, at Christ 
Community Methodist Church on Duffy Road 
.^WEDNESDAY - Activities Committee meeting at 7:00 P.M. 
^THURSDAY - Finance Committee meeting at 7:00 P.M. 

- Choir practice at 7:00 P.M. We need all of you 
to come out for this. Also the Cantata practice 
will begin at 8:00 P.M. Please join us* 
Change of notice: Golden Circle will be held at Marge Smiley 1 s 

home on Wednesday evening at 7:30 P.M. 
Final report on the Apple Butter is in. Profits from both 

cookings totaled $1229.34 - made 140 gallon* 
Butler Area Laymen's Dinner will be held on November 19th 
at 6:30 P.M. at 5t. John's Reformed Church on Evans City 
Road. Tickets are $4 and may be purchased thru Jake Harmon- 
Xlt is not to late to join our Sunday Evening Bible study. 

Class begins at 7:00 p,M. 
immediately following the service today the Youth Group will 
be holding a Soup & Sandwich Luncheon in Rehoboth Hall. 
We hope all of you will come down to join us for a time 
of fellowship together and some good home made soup. 
There is no charge, but should you desire to contribute 
to the Youth work, a basket will be provided. 
Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
by a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations 
you have the chance to respond ta God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the altar. The invitation gives 
the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, to 
meditate or to seek counseling. The Pastor will assist 
you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity* 



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Scripture : Kaggai 1 

(Iluatration of apathy, quote Dr. Laurence Gould) 
(Illustration dream of Julius Caesar's wife) 
A bit of apathy, alonn; w/porcrst coat Enip Rom his lii 
K Josiah brot revivl 2JwJ 8 peo in Jud, but lnce agin 
f"i$ in2 sin/degredatin 

j G permit Jud spen 70yrs captlvty in Babylon 
But G also mercfuly intrven & 538BC papn K Cyrus of 
Fersia permit saml band Jews return 2 Jeru 
but aftr 16yr wasnt ounce energy expen reconstruc 
tempi 
No tempi, no worship.no concern 4 sp things 
vs l=yr was 520EC,101 yr aftr reign K Josiah 
Zeru.Heb nam 4Gov Jud & nam ment=l born in Babylon 
He ident in Ezra as=£"heshbazzar=that Chaldean nam 
his fathr list as=Fedaiah in buk Cbron 
wat prob hapn=fathr dy,adop by unci Shealtiel 
vs 2=Haggai epk Zeru & Joshua 
thoz return Jews Bourn ingenius w/wxcuses why no cud 
rebild temp= Snemys interup 8: not rt time 
real reasn=no lik trubl,time,expens had ?put 4-th 2 
ovrcum opositin caus by enemys 
It np tuk much 2 diFuad them fr task 
Peo 2day exact lik this in Ch=raen say no want ?B sp & 
get involv in Xpian lif J walk 
they say time hasnt cum 4ttaem 2do so & so work of 
Ch of Js Sp go beg Bcub 2many peo want sit rnd & 
mak excus 
vs 5=L spok thru Hag,th peo fnd time Premodl homes & 
fiz all up, but L's nous? thats anothr mattr 
it 2 dangerous 
vs =G says Bcub had takn care selvs=Cons±dr Ur ways 
vsss 5-6=this wat G want impart 2them 
wat plant destroy by weathr,or sun othr way 
grapes no gro,so wine smal suply 
clothin no adequatjwat era no fro far enuf ^needs & 
was lik mony drop out of pockets w/holes in them 
in othr words £o thru time inflatirt 
Why was this? 
if suml wud hav ask, wud have sed= : Vethr no gud & crops 
grapes no gro;insec eat evrth preen ;cent ern enuf 
buy adequat fud/cloth;evrtim go 2markt fud cos mor 
Gound familiar? I' sud,Bcuz worl go thru very same 
thing 2day 
Wat was prob" Frob was, peo Pbusy Ik 4-selvs & 4got G 
But G was teach peo wat shud hav kno 2welt 
wat sow, wud reap=lf 2busy sow 4selvs,ira4 & 4-get G, 
wud reap nuthin Bcuz G no giv harves they expeo 
G wil not bles anyth/anyl who no giv wat rt fuly His 



vj-uj iiau vuwj t-quj-u uAaiu u *+■ pi'eua at cgan ao wst; 2/ 
Q want them ?do all along 
(Ilus man pile/unpile triks i prov self) 
This all 3 ask of peo of Jud;this all G ask anyl 
Remem story talents Js tel? Th L reward tho» faithf] 
ovr littl things, littl tasks 
iV ier shud nevr B anyth we considr Pmenial or Bneatl 
Je dignity 
vsa 9-ll=G expl 2thez Jews wat hapn Bcuz ther no 
rebild temp 

peo gav up desirs Pacompl wat G had givn 2do 
(Ilus five words defined) 
It taks all this 21iv * th I 4 serv Him 
th mirtnk Jewr- mnde was thot tlley cud get by w/tokn 
serv 2 G & stil liv livs in comf & prosperty 
Bu6 G taut them othrwiF 
ther nusB sum entus & efforts made 2serv th L 
(Ilus noitc Detroit office about dying on job) 
A persn serv L nhud expres th joy that relatship 8; 
it ought 2sho in th life 
(Ilus woman in England Sc »Js livs here) 
G shows us th evidenc of this in this fcrip fr Hag 
4we read in vs 13 
G is w/thoz S-. in thoz who truly seek 21iv ^ Him 
Th evidenc is in th lif of th persn 
G wants 2hav a grtr part of Ur lif 
Wat is Ur ansr 2 Him? 
Hav U bin gilty lik th peo of Jud of fix up th 
things of Ur lif & neglec th things of G? 
Its easy 2tend 2ou» persnl needs /wants & shut out th 
Lord 
But He desirs a olos relatship w/us 
Invit Him in2 Ur lif 2day & Bgin 2serv Him 



Dr. L'auranc Gould 4-mer pres Carlton Col 
=1 DO NOT BLIEV TH GRTE3 THRET 20UR FUTU] 
IS m BOMBS OR GUIDED MISILES. I DONT 
THINK OUR CIVILIZATIN WIL END THAT WAT. 
I THINK IT WIL DY WEN WE NO INGR CARE 

(I" 1 us dream Jul Caesar wll & hi? deth) 

Jo~ brot revivl 2peo Jus but slip bak 

spen 70yr cap in Babylon 

538 K Cyrus Fers permit smal grp go bak 
16yr no ounc enrpy expend 

vs 1=520EC,1Q1 yr aftr K Jes 
Zeru=l born in Babylon 
Sheshbazaar in Ezra=Caldean name 
Pedaiab fathr in Ehron=dy,adop unc Shea] 

vs 2=excus of peo 

vs3 J-4-=real reasn 4no rebild 

vs 5=tbink beut it,chang ways=G's reasn 

vs 6=expl inf latin 
same prob 2day 

(Ilus man pil/unpil briks) 

(ilus story talents tol by Js ) 

vss 9-ll=G expl wat hapn wen Jews no rebi 
vs 12=peo cum bak as shud 



Sumone has written=5 words defined 
SURENDR IS NT GIVING HE 
SUMTHIN U DONT WANT 

VICTHY ISNT WALKING 
ACROS TH GOAL LINE, ITS STRUG LING THRU 

01 Of' IT IN 2TH GOAL 

T. JT ISNT GOING 
JUS WHER TH LITES R, 
ITS FOLOWING THRU TH DARK ALLEYS 

LUV ISNT GIVING 
WEN OTHRS R GIVING, ITS GIVING SEE WEN 
OTHRS R NOT GIVING 

FAITH ISNT OVRFLOWING TO OTHRS 
ITS EMPTYING ITSELF 2 OTHRS . 
Notic in Detroit of fie ©n buletin bord: 
TH MANAGMEN REGRETS THAT IT HAS CUM 2 
THER ATE NT IN THAT WORKRS DYING ON TH JOB 
R FAILING 2FAL DWN. THIS PRACTIC MUS STO] 
AS IT BCUM3 IMFOSIBL 2DI3TING BTWEEN DET] 
& TH NATURE MOVMEN OF TH STAFF. ANY EM- 
PLOYEE FND DED IN AN UFRITE P03ITIN WIL 
B DROPED FR TH PAYROL 

(Ilus woman England & Js livs here) 



"Follow The Leader: Zerubbabel" 
Scriptures Haggai 1 

(Ilustration of Apathy) 

Dr. Laurence Gould, former president of Carleton College, said, "I do not 
believe BHXXgrHatHSi the greatest - threat to our future is from bombs or 
guided missiles. I don't think our civilization will end that way. I thinl 
it will die when we no longer care." 

(Illustration of Julius Caesar and his wife's dream) 

In the early morning hours of the 14-th of March in the year 44-BC Julius 
Caesar awoke from his sleep/ It was a beautiful moonlit morning and in the 
light of the moon shining in the room he saw his wife turning in bed and 
mumbling in her sleep. He knew she was probably dreaming and he didn't 
think much about it and in a short period of time was asleep again. The 
next morning, his wife Calpurnia told him she had dreamed that^toe she had 
a dream t and in that dream she held him bleeding ±x and dying in her arms. 
She begged him not to stir out of the house Eisxida* and to cancel the meet- 
ing of the senate scheduled for the next day, the 15th. The 15th was the 
Ides of March and her warning to him was, "Beware the Ides of March." 
Caesar was deeply impressed by his wife 's dream and resolved not to feo to 
the senate that day. But the conspirators who had plotted his death 
got one of his closest friends to persuade him to go to the meeting. He 
asked Caesar what he thought his enemies would say if Caesar were to send 
a messenger to the senate and have them adjourn until his wife had a more 
favorable dream. This caused Caesai; to change his mind. On the way to 
the meeting ixmx a friend thrust a paper in' his hand while he was walking 
down the street. He told lid, "Read this, Caesar, alone and quickly. It 
contains a matter of great importance to you. Caesatr thought it was a 
petition and thought he would read it at another time, Thus twice warned 
of impending danger to his life, Caesar went to the meeting and tc his 
death. 

A bit of apathy, along with procrastination cost the Emperor of Rome his life, 
King Josiah of Judah had brought revival to God's people, but once again they 
slipped into sin and degradation. So God permitted Judah to spend 70 years 
in captivity in Babylon. But God also mercifully intervened and in 5J8 B.C. 
the pagan King Cyrus of Fersia permitted a small band of Jews to return to 
Jerusalem. But after sixteen years there wasn't an ounce of enrgy expended 
on the reconstruction of the temple. There was no ebw?j±e*h temple, no wor- 
ship, and no concern for spiritual things. So it xaa is that we read, "In 
the second year of Darius the king, on the first day of the sixth month, 
the Word of the Lord came by the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel, the son of 
Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high 
priest. 

The y«ar was 520 B.C. 101 years after the reign of King Josiah. Zerubbabel 

is the Hebrew name and he was the governor of Judah. His name meant, "One 

born in Babylon, He is identified in HK»*isrExpBrfciraix»:£xxKx±}p£HXKxa3i the 

book of Ezra as Shephbazzar, That was his Chaldean name. His father is also 

listed as xfeix Pedaiah in the book of Chronicles. What probably happened is 

that his father died and he was adopted by his uncle who was Shealtiel. 

So Haggai the prophet speaking to Zerubbbbel and Joshua says, "Thus says the 
Lord of hosts, 'This people says, "The time has not come, even the time for 
the house of the Lord to be rebuilt."" 1 

These returned Jews had become ingenious with excuses as to why they could 
not rebuild the temple. Because of interruptions caused by their enemies, 



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they said it wasn't the right time. Their real reason was that they didn't 
like the trouble, the time, and the expense they had to put forth to overcome 
the opposition caused by their enemies. It hadn't takne much to dissuade then 
from their tasks. Feople today are exactly the same within the church. 
Men today do not say they were never be spiritual and get involved in the 
Christian life and walk. They flust say that the time hasn't come for them to 
4o so. So the work of the Church of Jesus Christ goes begging because too 
many people want to sit around and make excuses. 

So it was at this time that the Lord spoke through Haggai and His message was, 
"Is it time for yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house 
lies desolate?" verse 3. 
The people had found time to remodel their houses and get them all fixed up, 
but the Lord's House, that was another matter. It was too dangerous. 
Since they had taken care of themselves and forgotten, or made excuses for 

not being able to repair the temple, God further tells them, "Now thereflore, 
thus says the Lord of hosts, 'Consider your ways! "'verse 4. 

God has something He wants to impart to them and it is this: "You have sown 
much and harvested little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied 
you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, bu J 
no one is warm enough; and he who earns, sagm earns wages to put into a 
purse with holes." verses 5 & 6, 
That which they had planted either was destroyed by the weather conditions, 
or it was destroyed in some other way; the grape crop didn't come to paws and 
so their wine was in small supply; their clothing wasn't adequate; and what 
they earned didn't go far enough for their needs and it was like money drop- 
ping out of pockets with holes in them. In other words they were going thr- 
ough a time of inflation. Now why was this? If someone would have asked the; 
they would have said, "Well, the weather hasn't been good for planting and so 
our crops and our grapes don't grow. The insects eat everything up that look 
green. And besides we can't earn enough wages to buy adequate food and cloth 
ing. Every time we go to market everything costs so much more. Found famil- 
iar ? It should because the world if going through the very same thing today. 
What was the problem? The problem was that the people were too busy looking 
out for themselves and they had forgotten God. But God was teaching His peo- 
what they should have known too well. What they sowed, they would reap, If 
they were too busy sowing for themselves and forgetting or slighting God, 
God would not give them the harvest they were expecting. God will not bless 
anything or anyone who will not give to Him what is rightfully His, it's as 
simple as that. 

The time had come for the people to stop blaming God for their problems and 
begin to do what God wanted them to do all along, 

(Illustration of man piling and unpiling bricks) 

There is a story told of an unemployed man in Philadelphia who was looking 
for work. One day he went into the office of a famous Fhiladelphian named 
Girard and asked for a job. Mr. Girard pointed out the window and said, 



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"I'LL give you work. Tee that pile of bricks out there? Garry them over 
to the other end of the yard and stack them up." At the end of the work- 
ing day the man had the bricks all moved. He went to the office for his 
pay and asked if there would be work the next day. Kr Girard answered, 

Yes, come in tomorrow and move those bricks back where you found them." 
For a whole week all this man did was move the bricks from one side of the 
yard to the other. But he never complained he just did what he was told t( 
do. Then when he reported for work one morning Mr. Girard gave him a 
check and instructions to go downtown and bid on a large shipment of sugar, 
He was a new face at that auction and people had no idea he was bidding on 
behalf of Mr. Girard. '.'.hen he had successfully given the best bid, the 
auctioneer asked, "Who is going to pay for this?" He replied, "Mr. Girard. 
I'm his agent." He had received this privilege by being faithful in the 
menial tasks. 

This is all that God was aarking of the people of Judah. This is all that God 

asks of anyone, ffemember the story of the talents that Jesus told. The Lord 

rewards those who are faithful over little things, little tasks. There should 

never be anything that we consider too menial, or beneath our dignity. 

God explains to these Jews what had happened because of their no rebuilding 

the temple and we read this in verses 9 through 11, (read these). 

Following God's words we read, (read versel2.) 

The people gave up their desires to accomplish what God had given them to do. 

(Illustration of five words) 

Someone has written, "Five words defined": 
Surrender isn't giving up 
something you don't want. 

Victory isn't walking 
across the goal line.... 
It's struggling through opposition to goal. 

Trust isn't going 

just where the lights are .... 

It 's following 

through the dark valleys. 

Love isn't giving 

when others are giving.... 

It 's giving when others 

are not giving. 

Faith isn't overflowing 
to others .... 

It's emptying itself 

to others. 

It takes all of this to live for the Lord and serve Him. The mistake that 
these Jews made was they thought they could get by with token service to God 
and still live their lives in comfort and prosperity. But God taught them 
otherwise. There must be some efforts made and an enthusiasm to serve the 
Lord, 

(Illustration of notice in Detroit office) 
Employees in a Detroit business office found the following important notice 
on the bulletin board: 

The management regrets that it has come to their attention that workers 
dying on the job are failing to fall down. This practice must stop, as it 
becomes impossible to distinguish between death and the natural movement 



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of the staff. Any employee found dead in an upright position will be 
dropped from the pajfroll. 

A person who is serving the Lord should express the joy of that relationship 

and it ought to show in the lif e . 

(Illustration of woman in England &. "Jesus lives here") 

I5 the days of Queen Victoria of England it was customary for her to visit 
in the homes of some of her people. One time she visited the home of a 
humble widow. Later on her worldly neighbors taunhed her. They said, 
"Granny, who is the most honored guest you've ever entertained in your 
home?" They expected her to say Jesus, because they knew she was a deeply 
spiritual Christian. But she surprised them by answering, "The most honorec 
guest - I've entertained was her majesty the Queen," "Did you say the QueenV 
We got you this time. How about this Jesus you're always" talking about V 
Isn't He your most honored guest?" She said, "Oh no indeed. He~'s not a 
guest. He lives here." That pur her hecklers to silence. 

God shows us the evidence of this in this Scripture from Haggai for we read 

in the 13th verse, "Then Haggai the messenger of the Lord spoke by the com- 
mission of the Lord to the people saying, 'I am with you, declares the Lord 

God is with those and in those who truly seek to live for Kim, The evidence 

is in the life of the person. 

God wants to have a greater part of your life, '//hat is your answer to Kim? 

Have you been guilty like the people of Judah of fixing up the things of your 

life and neglecting the things of God? It's so easy to tend to our personal 

needs and wants and shut out the Lord. But He desires a close relationship 

with us. Invite Him into your life today and begin to serve Him, 



St. Paul's United Church afi Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev, Ralph Link, Pastor November 32, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Wendy Norman and Megan Hewis 



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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 
"Processional Hynul No. 392 "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" 
•Ascription 
'Call to Worship: 

Pastor: came., let us worship and bow down: let us kneel 

before the Lord our maker. 
People: Thine, Lord, is the greatness, and the power* 
and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: 
for all that la In the heaven and the earth ia 
Thine. 
Pastor: the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and 
knowledge of God! For of Him, and through Him, 
and to Him, are all things: to Whom be glory 
forever. Amen. 
'Invocation: (In Unison) Great art Thau, Lard, and greatly 
to be praised; great is Thy power, and Thy wisdom is 
infinite. Thee would we praise without ceasing. Thou 
callest us to delight in Thy praise for Thou hast made 
us for Thyself, and our hearts find no rest until we 
re3t in Thee; to whom with the Father and the Holy Spirit 
all glory, praise, and honor be ascribed, both now and 
forevermore. Amen. 
'Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And blessed be His glorious name forever. 
"Gloria Patri - page 142 
Reception of New Members 
Thankaf f ering Invitation : 

Pastor: Thou shalt rememtaer the Lord thy God for it is 

He that giveth thee power to get wealth. And thou 
Shalt not appear before the Lord empty* 
People: Every man shall give as he is able, according to 
the blessing of the Lord thy God, which He hath 
given thee. 
Pastor: For if there be a willing mind, It la acceptable 
according to that a man hath and not according to 
that he hath not. 
People: Every man as he purposeth in his heart, so let him 
give, not grudgingly or of necessity, for God 
loveth a cheerful giver. 



Pastor: Upon the first day of the week, let every one of 

you lay by him In store as God hath prospered, him. 
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that 
there may be meat In MLLne house and prove Me here- 
with, saith the Lard of hosts. If I will not open 
the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing that 
there shall not be room enough to receive It. 
Offering: All offerings, envelopes , loose change, canned 
goods, etc., are to be brought forward at this time and 
placed in the offering plates and containers provided. 
The Ushers will assist you at the altar rail. 
•Thankoffering Dedication and Prayer: (In Unison) Thanks be 
to Thee, Lord, for all Thy wonderful works t For Thy 
changing seasons, each with its laden gifts from Thee; for 
this autumn time, its harvest, Its hope-In the beautiful 
preparation for winter and for the coming of spring. For 
the hope that springs eternal In every breast ! For the 
longing after good things, and the things that are above; 
for the abiding faith that Thou art ever God and that 
Jesus Christ is still the Way, the Truth, and the Life: 
and that man in this world can make a difference; for low- 
that still makes life worth its sorrows, its defeats, its 
victories. Thanks be to Thee, Lord, through Jesus Chri= 
our Lord. Amen, 
*DoxQlogy - page 382 
Anthem; "Song of Thanksgiving" 
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5: 14-18 
Sermon: "Thanks-Living" 
•Hymn of Invitation No. 339 "Let All Things Now Living" 
•Closing Chimes 
•Benediction 
•Postlude 
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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 
Darlene Bowser in memory of Aunt Helen & Grandfather. 
Mr. 4 Mrs. Ran Bowser will greet our members and our guest - 
at the door this morning. 

> Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Sue Gamble. 
Hospitalized: Lois Pennington in Mercy Hosp. , Dutch Bolam 

is in North Hills Passavant. 
Bill Pflugh and Herb Shearer will be visiting the hospital 
this week. 
"^SUNDAY - Bible Study at 7:00 P.M. 
^ NO Youth Group (hall ia rented) 
^MONDAY - Elders meeting at 7:00 P.M. 

New members that are becoming a part of our "church famil 
today are: Dawna Martin, Linda Patsy, Mr. A K-%, Michael 
Roper, Mrs, Mtckev Sacco and Dave Sacco. 



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vs 15= An eye for an eye 

vs "5=shortes vs in BItl 

cp Jn 11:35 
vs lV=Gr derivtiv=Hack couph 

va 18= (Hue Bib study-Wat this?) 
(Ilus Kom ■ sour milk) 

(llus 4give me when I whine) 



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Scripture : 1 Thessalonians 5:1^-18 
(Hub Zeb/Martha 8 real emergency) 

Few peo enjoy calmity ,insted we enjoy ting fun/pleas 
& rtly so 
but as we liv our livs evn tho most us no face grav 

*obs,find dif 2B thankfl suir circum 1 Bituatlna 
( .us prayr tbanksgiv by eldrly woman) 
Thats real tbanksgiv,?; ther P times wen we hav 2thini 
B4 we can say thanks 

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F was clos letr ?thoz Blievrs 
Thea nu Xpians bin expos 2suffr & I taks optunty 
2giv gud advic 
vs 14- =F knu in evr rrp nu 31ievr wer alway thoz who 
need e no our abluent & help 
He knu part of Xpian duty was 21k aftr othr brthrn 
Th age ol quest is-Am I my bros keeyer: ".nsr ia-TBS 
F in his letr shars thez thots by likn Ch as body 
w/arms, legs, eyes, ear? , so on 

He say wen 1 part body hurt ,whol body duz 
I Bliev we can C that very vividly in wat transpir 
in Ch this past yr 
A few phonjs hav bin uncovr in th TV minstrys & im- 
mediatly evry ch & evry pastr considr by public 2B 
of th same stripe 
as resul whol Xpian Ch has 2suffr Bcuz of it 
vs 15=1 'e furthr advic is timBly 
Peo Tb.es no dif than we=wen suml did surath ?thm tb 
naturl thing was ?eet evn 
tsnt this way we react? «tfel he wont "-et way w/tnat 
'11 fiz him, this norml way 2handl situatin 
Its an ey/4-/an ey 5 P say this shudnt B 
It la then that c giv 3 pes of advic 
vs 16=4thoz of U who mayB Bibl triteia buffs,D mayfl 
surpris 2kno this is shcrt&s vs in 3ibl 
I kno we all bin taut Jn 11:35-J^ wept is shortes 
but not so - in orig ">r Jn 11:55 reeds=The Js wept 
pts out Js as th anointed One & seprats 5im fr any 
othr Js of th time 
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but thez 2vss=Jn 11:35 ft 1 Thes 5=16 R intrtwin 
Js stud by prav of Elov frend 4 wept, He was mov by 
needlesneB of deth-Ke knu wer not 4-Adam this wudnt 
B 
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vs 17=As pondr that we nay cum ^conciusin we cauot-r/ 
posibly B that much of supr Xpian 
& if do nutbin but pray,canot do othr Xpian things 
sumth mus go laking 
I Go wat is andr? ansr lie in sumth almos all us had 
i Hav U exper haking cough 1 tin or othr? 
n kno wen U cough U get relief 4a whil.but cum bak 
jin ic agin & sumhow U no thro it off 
Derivatin words=W/out ceas actul has mean in Or of 
haklnr couBh &. apply 2this vs P tel us we can do it 
aftr pray shor tim mind wandr & so think imposib 
pray w/out ceas, but P no talk of pray on < on 
he knu it ittnosib he pay ea day hav many ops pray 
can do so & nol evn kno wepray=work,skul , etc, can 
pray 4frends ,famly ,feloworkrs , L 1ob,saf ty ,etc 
& if Bgin serch things prayed is covr prayr almas lik 
breathinr=it automatic Si it shudB 
U wil spk 2-G bout beauty C rnd U, things U hav * U 
wilB talk 2-G lik dear frend & this wat P say here 
va 18=th othr 2 vss deal w/our ti*»»& this w /circum 
mos dif thing rendr thanks 4circum find self in & C 
we H blessed , , „ 

wen Is cum fr iTgypt G suply ther need=Manna 
in Feb it is=What is it? Wats this? & they quest G 
(Ilus Jiibl study & if I ask S&irly-Wat this?) 
(Hue at hone .sour milk & Mom tel eat.B thnakfl) 
I Wen sit dwn Thanksgiv dinnr wil we ask=rfats this ; , 
Iwat is it?=I think not 
We wil kno that we hav much whil many in worl hav 11 

G^only want US rendr thanks, but desir 4our liva ?B 
: r eflectin of wat thankfulnes is by how we liv them 

('"'us 4giv me wen I whine) 
Wa_ do U hav 2whin about buttn mis: wrong coir swtr? 
a lak of this or that? >„>,„i a 4- 

ea 1 us has mor 2B thankfl * than we cud evr taoulat 
Cnt Ur many bles ,nam them 1 by l.hymn tel us 
But do we? Do we ver paus & do nuth but thank G U-evrj 
blesing we enjoy? . 

How is that reflected in our livs? 
R our daily livs she our thanks by Thanks -living? 
'2day G shows us EiB luv mercy, but giv optunty ^not 
only accpt Hi8 salvatin.Ji luv, but giv optinty 2sho 

°lnvi^in 2 cum 8 thank of get life straight PA Him 



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"Thanks-living" 

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18 

(Illustration of frontier couple of the bell used for emeregncies) 

A frontier couple, Zeb and Martha built a cabin, a barn and a cental for 
their livestock on their new land. Zeb hunr- a large bell from a tree near 
the house and told his wife, "There are renegades around here Martha, If 
you need me, ring the bell - but only in an emergency." 
Several days later he was riding out to th"e woods to cut wood when he 
heard the bell ring. Jumping on his horse he rode back to the house at 
full speed. "What's wrong he shouted as he reined up in front of the house' 
"I just thought you might like some fresh coffee," Martha said. 
"Tarnation woman, I said the bell was for emergencies and this isn't one 
of them. I need to get the chores done." 

Once more he rode out and just as he started to swing the ax the bell rang 
again. Once more he galloped to the house to be informed by Martha that 
the washtub leaked. "That ain't no emerge ncy','he shouted. "I've gotta get 
this wood cut." 

Two hours later Zeb was cutting the limbs from he tree he had just felled 
and the bell rang again. Once more he galloped to the house and this time 
there was Martha on the ground holding her shoulder where an arrow had 
hit her, and the barn was in flames. Jumping off his horse Zeb exclaimed, 
"Now, Martha, this is more like it." 

Pew people enjoy times of calamity. We instead enjoy times of fun and plea- 
sure and rightly so. But as we live our lives even though most of us do not 
face grave problems we find it difficult to be thankful in some circumstances 
and situations. A thanksgiving meal was being served in a small nursing home 

As they gathered at the table the Director of the home asked each of them to 
express thanks for one thing they were grateful. Thanks were expressed by 
each one for families, friends, a home to live in, and bo on. 
One little old lady when it was her turn said, "I thank the lord for two 
perfectly good teeth. One in my upper jav and one in my lower jaw that match 
so hexehx I can chew my food." 

That's real thanksgiving. And there are times when we have to think before wi 
can say thank?. 

This is the circumstances' that the people in the Greek city of Thessalonica 
found themselves in. Paul was closing this letter to those believers. These 
new Christians were being tested and had taannBxtfcK been exposed to suffering. 
Paul takes this opportunity to give them some good advice. 
In the 14th verse he tells them, (read this verse). Paul knew that in any 
group of believers there xxxxxiiraxx were always those who needed encourage- 
ment and help. Ee knew that a part of the Christian's duty was the responsi- 
bility to look after the brethren. The age old question has always been, 
"Am I my brother's keeper?" And the answer of course is, "Yes," Paul in his 
letters shares these thoughts by likening the Church as a body with arms and 
legs, and eyew, and ears, and so on. He says that when one part of the body 
hurts, the whole body hurts. I believe we can see that very vividly in what 
has transpired this past year within the Church of Jesus Christ. A few phonii 
have been uncovered in the television ministries and immediately every church 

and every pastor is considered by the public as beina; of th« <= 

5 e San, e stripe. 



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As a result, the whole Christian church has to suffer because of it. 

Paul's further advice is, (read verse 15). The people of the church in Thesaa 
lonica were no different than we are. When someone did something to them, the 
natural inclination is to pet even. Isn't that the way we normally react? 
"Well, he won't get away with that. I'll fix him," is the normal way to han- 
dle the situation. But Jesus taught us not to play the game of an eye for an 
eye, and this is exactly what Paul is saying. 
And then Paul begins to give three pieces of advice. 

First, he says, "Rejoice evermore," verse 16. For those of you who may be 
Biblical trivia buffs , you may he surprised to learn that this is actually 
the shortest verse in the Bible. I'm sure that most of us have been taught 
that the shrtest verse in the ^ible is found in the Gospel of John in the ac- 
count of tkg Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, where it is recorded, "Jesus 
wept." But in Greek, that verse is actually made up of three words, The lit- 
eral translation from Greek is, "The Jesus wept." It means, the Christ, the 
anointed One wept. And this 16th verse in the original Greek is just two 
words as we read it. "Rejoice evermore," But those two verses are intertwine 
and should be so in our thinkine - . Jesus stood at the grave of a beloved frien 
and wept. He was moved by the needlessness of death. He realized that were 
it not for the sin of Adam there would be no need to weep at the grave of any- 
one. But carrying that idea one step further, Jesus did something about that 
grief he experienced. He let Himself be slain on behalf of all mankind. And 
He came back from the grave thus making it possible for man to live for all 
time and eternity with God. For that we should indeed, "Rejoice forevermore ." 
Scondly, Paul says, "Pray without ceasing." Now as we ponder that we may come 
to the conclusion that we cannot bossibly be that much of a super-Christian, 
And if we do nothing but go about praying, we cannot &o the other things we 
should be doing as a Christian, Something must go lacking, ^o what is the 
answer? We.ll the answer lies in tks a very simple thing that I would imagine 
has happened to all of us at one time or another. Have you ever had a hack- 
ing cough? You know that when you cough you get relief. But then it comes 
back again, and again, and ajrain. somehow you just cannot throw it off. 
The derivation of the words ;'ekss±iix "without ceasing," actually has the mean- 
ing in the Greek of a hacking cough. Applying that to this verse we see then 
that Paul is telling us that we can actually pray without ceasing. I'm sure 
that you are aware that after a few moments of praying your mind wanders. 3o 
we think that it is impossible to pray without ceasing. But Paul was not 
talking of just praying m and on. He knew that ±t is impossible. He was say- 
ing that each day affords us many opportunities to pray. We can do so and no 
one around us may even be aware that we are praying. As you go about your 
work, whatever it may be, you can pray for your family, for your friends, for 
your fellow-workers, for your job, for your safety if you are traveling. 



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And if you begin to pray whenever you think of somethinr that needs played foi 
you will soon discover that prayer is becoming almost like something that is 
automatic. You will be thanking J od for the things you have and for the bea- 
uty around you; you will be speaking to Him as you would a dear friend. This 
is what Paul was saying here , 

Paul'" third piece of advice is, "In every thing give thanks," The other two 
fcJ ings that Paul tells us to do, "Rejoice evermore," and "Pray without ceasing 
deal with ouJJ time. This 18th verse deals with our circumstances. 
Perhaps the most difficult thing we may have to do is to render thanks for 
the circumstances we may find ourselves in. Eut if we look at those circum- 
stances we can readily seecthat we are still blessed. 

When the Israelites came out of "Egypt God supplied their needs. For forty 
years He gave them a food to eat which they gathered each morning. It was 
called Manna. Do you know what the word "Manna" means in Hebrew? The meaning 
very simply is, "What *s this?" They Questioned God, "what is this stuff?" 
In our ^ible study last Sunday I made mention of this fact and someone asked 
me if I ever ask that when Shirley dishes up our ha?h, I wouldn't dare. 
I can recall as a boy growing up ±n when refrigeration was an old ice box 
with a lump of ice in it and unpasteurized milk did net keep too long. Mom 
would pour the milk on the cereal and sometimes you ceuld visibly see the 
little lumps in it. And when we would say, "This milk is sour," she would 
answer as with words as the Bible says, "A soft answer turneth away wrath, W 
He answer was , "Eat it , and shut up . Be thankful for what you have . " She 
was telling us that we at least had something to eat. When we sit down to 
our thanksgiving dinners this week, will we ask, "What is it?" I ikxmak : 
think not. We will know that we have much, and many, many in the world will 
have little. God wants us to not only render thanks, but He desires for our 
lives to be a reflection of that thankfulness by how we live them. 
(Illustration of "Forgive me when T whine") 

What do we have to whine about? A button missinrr from a. shirt? The wrong 
color blouse or sweater? A. lack of this or that? Each one of us has more to 
be thankful for than we could ever tabulate. Count your many blessings, name 
them one by one the hymn tells us. But #o we? Do we ever Just pause and do 
nothing buf thank God for each and every blessing we enjoy? How .. .is that 
reflected in our lives? Are our daily lives showing that by "Thanks-Living?" 
Today as we reflect on God's love and mercy to us, He gives us the opportunitj 
to not only accept what He hasfor us such as salvation, and His love. But 
perhaps today you may want to render your thanks to Him as never before. If 
you are so moved, you may desire to come and get on your knees and tell Him, 
how much you love Him. Or you may want to get your life straightened out 
with Him. The invitation is extended to move in whatever direction He is 
leading you today. 



St* Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler * Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor November 29, 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Wendy Norman and Megan Hewis 



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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Joys 
*Pracessional Hymn No, 166 "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" 
"Call to Worship 
•Prayer: (In Unison) Almighty God, You promised by Your 

prophets to send redemption to Your people, we thank You 
for the advent of Your Son, by whose visitation in the 
flesh we have been redeemed and made partakers of ever- 
lasting life . We beseech You to give to us grace to 
hail His coming, and rejoicing in the light, evermore to 
continue in the fellowship of His people* Grant Your 
blessing to this congregation and to Your Church in every 
land. Incline the hearts of all Your people to faithful 
worship and righteousness of life. To You, The Father who 
created us, To You, the Son who redeemed us, our One Lord 
and God, be praise and dominion now and forevermore* Amen. 
The Meaning, of Advent 

The Banner of the Angel and Annunciation 
Hymn Mo. 19B "Child in the Manger" 
Presentation of the Advent Wreath 

Choral Response 174 
The Christmas Symbols : 
The Banner of the Star and Manger 
Hymn No ♦ 185 "Away in a Manger" 
The Significance of the Holly 

Choral Response: The Holly and the Ivy 
Offering 
Offertory 
"Doxology - page 3B2 
Anthem: "Once Upon a Christmas" 
The Significance of the Greens and Mistletoe 

Choral Response 169 
i-'ntrance of the Poinsettias 

Choral Response l&Q 
Entrance of the Bells 

Choral Response: Carol of the Bells 
The Chrip n Tree 



Hymn No. 210 "I Cannot Tell" 
Significance of the Candles 

Choral Response 195 
Significance of the Manger Scene 

Choral Response 192 
Holy Family 

Choral Response: No Room 
The Star 

Choral Response 201 
The Promise: John 1: 1-5,14 
*Hymn No, 171 "Joy to the World t" 
•Benediction 
" "Postlude 
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The white poinsettias on the altar have been placed by Mr* 

and Mrs. Dick Mangel and family in memory of Alan Miller, 
Harold Taylor will greet the congregation and our guests 

at the door this morning. 
Nursery will be provided today* 
Ushers for today are; Marge Smiley, Genny Nohach, Donna 

Stewart and Lucille Tack. 
Rick Vinroe and Ken Draxinger will be visiting the hosp- 
\ ital this week. 

^MONDAY - Benevolence meeting at 7:00 P.M. 
^TUESDAY"- Choir practice for the women at 7; 00 and the 

men at 8:00 P.M. Regular practice an Thursday. 
^WEDNESDAY - Council meeting at 7:00 P.M. 
^SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS will have a meeting at 7:00 P.M. 

>on Tuesday. 
Sunday evening will be a Bible Study class at 7:00 P.M. 
^ I t is not to late to join in the class. 

j^POINSETTIA time is here* If you would like to order yours 
to be used In the church for the holiday service, pleas-. 
fill in the bottom with your information. Price is 

$6.10 each. Order deadline is December 8th. 



NAME 



IN MHM0RY OF 



Fill and drop in the offering plate or see Ginny. 
At the close of the service the invitation is extended to 
each worshipper to respond to Gcd's leading for your lif 
by coming farward to the altar. The invitation gives 
the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, to 
meditate or to seek counseling. The Pastor will assist 
you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 



St, Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler , Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor December 6, 1987 

Mr* Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Mike Brinker and Hike Gamble 
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ORDER QF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M., 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
•Processional Hymn No. 169 "0 Come, Come, Emmanuel* 1 
♦Ascription 
•Exhortation 

•■Confession (In Unison) Father, let us in silence wait upon 
thee, we deeply need thee and thy protecting care * Help 
us to be penitent to see ourselves as we really are. We 
pray for more love, more compassion, more real concern 
and understanding of others. Let us realize that there 
is a great love in the universe which will prove to be 
the solvent of all ills, our own, and those of the 
nation. Give us peace, and fill us with the Spirit of 
the Master of life, our Lord and Savior Jesus, Amen. 
*Kyrie 

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

People - And blessed be His glorious name forever. 
v^ * Gloria Patri_-_pa S e_142-^/^ > £?i/^*A^" UftfAfy 
•"^ Hymn No.^TTg "0 Little Town of Bethlehem" 
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: "Share His Love" 
Scripture: Luke 1; 1-23 

Sermon: M Twas The Year Before Christmas: Scene One' 1 
♦Invitational Hymn No. 197 r 'It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" 
*C1©8 ing Chimes 
•Benediction 
♦Postlude 
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The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by Mrs. 

Lois Pennington in memory of Loved Ones* 
Mrs. Lois Stokes will greet our members and guests at the 

door this morning, 
Ushers for today are: Marty Henry, Dan Sosko, Frank 

Crawford and John Snow. 
Attendance last Sunday was 146 with 15 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Kelly Mangel and Wendy 

Norman. 
Sandy Sheppeck, Helen Riemer, and Marie Henry will be 

visiting the hospital this week. * 

MONDAY - Mary Prugh OrfttM^-ifr-haii 6:00 P.M. /Vaa/" a ' ^-~ 

6:45 P.M. Elders meeting 
*^^ 7:00 P.M. Meeting to set up 1988 Calendar and 
Church Committees. All Elders, Deacons, and 
Committee Chairmen are to be present with a report - 
^WEDNESDAY - Choir practice 7-3 for women, 8-9 for men 
^SATURDAY - Sunday School Practice for the Christmas Program 
in the Sanctuary from 10 to noon. 
- Youth Group in the Hall 
Cookies are needed for the Family Christmas Program on 
Sunday December 13th. If you would please bring us seme 
we would appraciate it* See Helen or Marge* 
Remember: Any money given for the Van Fund in any type of 
Envelope, please mark accordingly. 
^PQINSETTIA - if you are thinking of orderly one. or two, 

please let the office know, or drop a slip of paper in the 
offering plate. There are pieces of paper in the back of 
the pews for you to use. Deadline is December 8th, 
Price is $6.10 each. 
Fidelity Bible Class is selling vanilla* If you would like 
some for your holiday baking, see Peg McClymonds. 
^Sunday Evening Bible Study group will meet at 7:00 P.M. 

It's not to late to join, so come join us. tStf-^^ 

^*>Hev. Link recently taped his portion of the TV tapings for 
Channel 3 and 26. If you would like to see it, tune in on 
Sunday at 7:00 P.M., Tuesday at 9 a.m. of Thursday at 1. 
Ray Isherwood will be taping the program this week, to be 
aired later this month. — f\£ £ X* 7& t-~ F^/t 
At the close of the service the invitation is extended to 
each worshipper to respond to God*s leading for your life 
by coming forward to the altar. The invitation gives 
the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to pray, to 
meditate or to seek counseling. The Pastor will assist 
you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 

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vt j=ritus,not sinlesjtry liv as G want 




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vs 10=signif 3rd, 9th la- 




vs ll=anel apear 




vs 12=Zach name=Th lord fiemembrs 




vbs 16-17=QUot ^alchi 




Kt 11:4-14- & quote Mai ?:lf4:5-6 




vss lE-20=quest ,Gab pul rank 




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"Twaa rue lear D&iore i^ni-j-sciT'eis ; erosoe vjiib 
jcriptnra : Luke 1:1-2? 

Twaa Yr B4 Xmas & all thru land, all hones wer bilt on 
shiftin sand 
This wud perhap B way Clemen Voot wud hav writ had 
he llv in jr prior 2 Ja Xp cuming 
Ilr~:disml pictur ;Born rul worljtax hl;all conodty ex- 
pt jiv;fud no plentf l;comf faciltys unknojwork dun 
by phy labr;wages low=timea wer tuf 
Herod Grt seat on thron ^ insul 2 Jews, Bcuz he not 
he Edorrite convert Judaism, sue eed fathr who plac on 
thron by Julius Caesar 
He won favjb w/Aup Caesar & by clevr strat add str 
natins 21and gdvn ?rul & aufr Caesar reward him 
W/lre: holaina-a he tall= Herod Grt 
jo undr heel of Roir.e,& w/pupet on Jew thron peo Is 
led bleak 5k weary existenc 
On typicl day in that Yr B4 Xmas ,pr by nam Zach was 
serv in tempi 
Durin days Hav, he divid pr/Levites up in? 24corses 
Za corse sarv 4 a wk,twic in yr 
During 3 ?east all pr serv at situ time 

So priest only work bout 5 wks per yr=nice work 
Zach membr Bth corse bin asign by Rav to pr Abijah 
Pr wer free 2mary any womn fr any trib & considr 
very worthwhil if raary £irl who descend of Aaron 
this wat Zach ha* dun 
ve 6=ritus no uean sinles,jus ritus try liv as G want 
"but livs no hapy Bcuz eldrly had no childrn 
2 a Oud Jew oos no Bliev etrnl lif it incumbant on 
then 2hav childrn 
it thru childrn Bliev had etrnl lif ,wudB remem thr 
?irF in suceed genratins 
vss 8-9-Zach sefrv his wk & sine ther aprox 20,000 pr , 
ther wer ldtl lea than 1000 serv at 1 time 
in ordr 2hav ordr & no squabbl it devis pik tasks 
by lots 
incens task fell 2 three»l remov ashes; fr prev serv; 
1 bring in hot coals in pan takn fr altr burnt Off 
& plac thoz coals on goldn altr; 
1 sprinkl incens on thoz liv coals 
It fel 2 Zach 2 sprinkl incens & this considr bono 
Bcuz of its sifirnif 
many pr serv liftime & no hav this task 
Whil smok of incens ascen pr made intercesin 4 peo 
vs 10=hr of incens observ 2wice day alone- w/worn/eve 
sac at 3rd, 9th hours of day 
at this time we read, sac of morn was burn on altr 
of burnt offr & liv coals takn fr it, wer sprinkl 
w/incens symboliz acptBlnes that ofrr,& acptBlnes 
of peo as liv sacrifics 2 G 



lfo u a rico symoonzrn in tnis i 



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Jr dy on cros aa liv sac 4all mank £ tuk plac tween 
3rd-9th hr or 9 in morn to 3 aftrnoon 
vs ll=angl apear ' wat Zach 4o? =read vs 12 
Who audnt B troubl? but Zach very nam shud hav bin 
clu sumthin lik this wud tak plac 
na>~ ■ ment=Th lord remembers 
G ad no 4got Zach & wif evn tho many yrs pas 4 no 
childrn wa» sorce embarament 2them 
G remem as He always duz 
Gab giv «esag wudB fathr specil son & end proph words 
vas 16-17 c this quot fr Malachi 

Mt 11 read how discip Jn Bap cum ^ ask Js who He is 
Head vss 4-14 & quotes fr Mai 5 jl ; 4:5-6 
Js say Jn mesenpr spokn here & wud hav bin lik Zlija 
in flesh if bin permit complet ministry 
vs lB=Zaeh questin an^l & Gab pul rank-vss 19-20 
it almoa as if=*"ho U 2questin me? 
Zach no punish 4B unBliev,it was sipn sumth hapn 
wen minstr incens offr & all who cam in eintae w/hi 
knu exper sumth specil 
Zach prob had troubl Bliev Bcub s^e 
(Ilus 90yr ma 9t doctor wAis knee 5 
Age shbd nevr E barrier wher G concern Bcuz G provn 
tlm p i tim agin can use eldrly 2 perf His work 
Abe ,Mose», Joshua, Zach only few exampls 
Ther4,shud nevr stan bak & say=I'm 2 old 
*'en i^ach cam out tween rail tween carts in wh peo wer 
it was 2B his priviles 2giv thm priestly blessina- 

But he cudnt spk 6. Bcuz this peo knu sumthin happn 
let no speech gav way ft 2nd late in cum 4th fr duties 
both signs sumth out of ordnary happn, but pt is peo 
w ted 
Zacn was late S temp went lnrr than shud hav & peo 
wait 
Lk no tel they Ik at sundials , or chek sand timers, 
they wait/, our tim w/G shud nevr B predicated on a 
time element 
.'.e cannot alway fit wors in? nice littl pakap of 
lhr=sumtim G scrap scfee&ul _ we may run in? ovrtime 
We canot conveniently orpaniB G £ put on timtabl 
(Ilus littl pirl S- gift 2Js in Xmas pageant) 
iially knu secret of giv-th import thine in riv of rif 
is 2tciv sumthin that tiattre 
th proph Mai end revel 2mank;darknes had settl on th 
seen ft tim seem 2triro endlesly w/no hope fiv them mys- 
teriusly G apear ?unkno pr ?tel of baby boy he & wif 
wudB blef? with 
but G also impart this hoy wudB 4runnr of Th One 
evrl had bin anticipat 4countles centurys 



G interup wors of peo & servic of pr wh wasB rendr 
2Hira,2giv wat only G cud giv & that was aprop gift 
at that time may only seem 2B only a ties Pan ob- 
scure pr & wife , 
but yrs latr T prov G 's deep luv 4-mank 

"Twas th Yr E4 Xams S all thru tJraB the nation. 

The spark had bin lit, which wud brine the wo 1 
Salvation. " 



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"Twas The Year Before Christmas: Gcene 0n£, 
Scripture: Luke 1:1-23 

"Twas the year before Christmas and all through the land, 

all hopes and wishes were built on shifting sand, 11 
This would perhaps be the way Clement Moore would have written had he lived 

in the year prior to the coming of Jesus Christ. It was a dismal picture 
during that time. Rome ruled the then known world. Taxes were high} any 
commodity that had to be purchased outside of the home was expensive; food 
was not plentiful; comfortable facilities in the home were unknown; work was 
all done by hand and it required long hours and all physical labor; and thus 
times were tough. 

Herod, called. the Great was Seated on the Jewish throne which was fli/ insult 
to the Jews because he wasn't a Jew. He was an Edomite who converted to Jud- 
aism and xekxp±hbe« had succeeded his father who was placed on the throne by 
Julius Caeaer. Herod had won favDr with Augustus Caesar and by clever strat- 
egy had added smuy a string of nations and land to what he had been given to 
rule and for this /\ugu^tu = Caesar rewarded him. '/ith these large land holdia 
ings , that is why he was called, "#erod the Great." 

So it was that under the heel of 'Home, and with a puppet on the Jewish throne 
the people of Israel led a bleak and weary existence. On a typical day in 
that "Year Before Christmas," a priest srasxEEXx±iiKX±»x±BEXXEH|!±EX by the 
name of Zaeharias was serving in the temple. During the days of David, he 
had divided the priests and Levites up into 24 courses. Each of these coursei 
served ixBxMSEixxjiExxyEHX for a week at a time twice in the year. ±bkxbx 
ikx-HKxdxfxroeBHJE During the three festivals or feasts, all of the priests 
served isuciag at one time. So the priests actually only worked about five 
weeks per year. Nice work if you can get it. 

Zacharias was a member of the 8th course, which had been assigned by David 
to a priest named Abijah. ±i±HH±ax^Bx±exs8txt^exrxK»xxxiBBJcailxfBrieax±xta 
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MXBXBfXXkEESiEXXbXXXEtX 

Priests were ±bxjcexx? free to marry a woman from any of the tribes, but it 
was considered very worthwhile to marry a girl who was a descendant of Aaron 
and this is what Zacharias had done. Luke tells us in verse 6, that "they 
were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the com- 
mmandments and requirements of the Lord." This doesn't mean they were sin- 
less, just that in God's sight they were righteous people trying to live as 
Ood's people. But their lives were not particularly happy. First, they were 
elderly and they had no children. To s good Jew, most of whom did not believ< 
in eternal life, it was incumbant upon them to have children. It was through 






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children they believed that they had eternal life. They would be remembered 
through their heirs in succeeding: generations , 

Zacharias was serving his week in the temple as Luke tells us in the 8th and 
9th verses, (read these). Since there were approximately 20,000 priests, 
there were a little less than one-thousand serving at one time during: that 
week. In order to have a semblance of order without squabb-ling, it was de- 
vised that lots were cast for the specific ^obs they were to perform. Three 
priests were chosen for the task. One removed the ashes from the previous 
service, one was to brinr in a pan of hot burning coals taken from the altar 
of the burnt offering and place those coals on the golden altar; and the 
third one was to sprinkle incense on those live coals. It fell to Zacharias 
to place the incense on the live coals. This was considered an honor because 
of its significance. Many priest? served a lifetime and never had this honor, 
While the smoke of the incense hbekhe^k ascended, the priest made intercessioi 
for the people. Luke tells us in verse 10, (read this). This hour of the 
incense was observed twice a day, alonr with the morning and evening sacrifice 
at the third and the ninth hours of the day. The sacrifice for the morning 
was burning on the altar of burnt offering and live coals taken from that al- 
tar were sprinkled with incense symbolizing the acceptableness of that offer- 
ing,. and the acceptableness of the people as living sacrifices to God. Do 
_ you see the symbolism in this? Jesus died on the cross as a living sacrifice 
for all mankind and it took place between the third and the ninth hours, or 
9:00 A.i''. to 3:00 P.M. 



So it was that as Zacharias was performing this sacred and solemn rite, "A 
angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of 



'An 
of 
incense." verse 11. 



And what did Zacharias do? "And Zacharias was troubled, when he saw him, and 
fear gripped him," verse 12. 

itfho wouldn't be troubled? But Zacharias' rmym very natoe should have been a 
clue that something like this would take place. His name meant, "The Lord 
remembers." God had not forgotten he and his wife even though many years had 
passed and their childlessness was a source of embarrassment to them. God re- 
membered as He always does. Gabriel gives him the message that he would be 
the father of a special son. He ended his prophecy with the words, (read 
verses 15' & 17). This was a quotation from the prophecy of Malachi, In the 
11th chapter of Matthew, we read how the disciples of John the Baptist came 
to Jesus asking on behalf of John if Jesus was the Messiah. Reading from the 
4th verse on we read, (read verses 4-14). The quotations from Malachi are 
from 5:1 and 4:5-6. Jesus was sayin™ that John Mas the messenger spoken of 
here and he would have been like Zli ( 1ah in the flesh if he had been permitted 
to complete hi3 ministry . 

Zacharias is not only surprised by the angel, but he questions him and Luke 
tells us, (read verse 18). 



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At this, Gabriel pulls his rank and we read, (read verses 19 & 20), It was 
almost as if, "Who are you to question roe?" Zacharias was not punished for 
being unbelieving at this point. It was a sign that something had happened 
when he was ministering it the incense offering and all who xxw came in con- 
tact with him after this knew that he had experienced something special. 
Zacharias probably had trouble believing this because of his age. 

(Illustration of 90 year old man, doctor and his knee) 

A man in his nineties went to his family doctor complaining of a knee prob- 
lem. The doctor asked, "At your aere what do you expect?" 
The man replied, "I expect you to fix xix this knee. My other knee's the 
same age ^nd it works fine." 

Age shouffl never be a barrier where God is concerned. God has proven many 

times that He can and does use the elderly to perform His work, Abraham, 

Moses, Joshua, and Zacharias are only a few examples . Therefore, we should 

never stand back and say, "I'm too old." 

When Zacharias came out to the rail between the two courts in which the people 

were, it was to be his privilege to give the people the priestly blessing. 

But he couldn't speak and because of this the people knew that something had 

happened. First, the lack of speech gave it away. And secondly he was late 

in coming forth from his priestly duties. Both of these things were signd to 

the people that something out of the ordinary had happened. But the point is 

the people waited. Zacharias was late, the temple service went longer tha^7 i1 

should have but the people waited. luke doesn't tell us they were looking 

at their sundials, or checking their sand glass timers. They waited. Our 

time with God should never be x? predicated upon a time element. We dannot 

always fit fcbr worship into a nice little neat package of exactly one hour. 

Sometimes God scraps the schedule and we may run into overtime. We can't 

conveniently organize God and put &im on our timetable. 




(Illustration of little girl in Christmas pageant and her gift) 

In a church in Virginia a dircetor of Christian education named Batty Jo 
Kendall conducted a C&ristraas pageant. 3he had all of the children lined 
up to be angels and she asked each one of them to think of a gift they 
would present to the baby Jesus at the Christmas program. lEveryone thought 
of toys and stuffed animals, but one little ecirl named Sally Baldwin didn't 
give her and anser. She asked Sally what she would give Jesus. Sally said 
that she was embarrassed and couldn't tell. Betty Jo asked her to whisper 
it in her ear and ±fcn Sally did. "Why that's a wonderful giftyghe told 
Sally. "You give Jesus that gift at the program," she told her. The night 
of the program all of the little angels with their winps and halo's on, 
came to the crib set and gave Jesus His presents of toys and stuffed anim- 
mals . Sally's turn came, and she bent down over the manger and erave Baby 
Jesus a kiss. 



-ally gave the gift she thought Jesus wanted most, her love. 
Sally knew the secret of giving:. The important thing in t e giving of a 
gift is to give something that matters. The prophet Karachi had ended the 
revelation of Sod to mankind. Darkness had settled on the scenes and time 
seemed to go on endlessly with no hope. Then mysteriously, God appeared to 
and^ unknown .-riest to tell him of the be<by boy he and his wife would be 
blessed with. But God also imparted to him that this boy would be the fore- 
runner of the One everyone had been iBEklmjnclBi aniticpating for countless 
centuries. God interrupted the worship of the people and the service of the 
priest which was being rendered to Him, to give what only God could give, 
and that was an appropriate gift. At the time it may have seemed to be only 
a blessing to an obscure priest and his wife, but later years proved Gc*'s 
deep love for mankind. 

"Twas the year before Christmas and all through the iamt nation, 
A spark had been lit, which would bring the world salvation." 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler t Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor December 13, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Mike Gamble and Mike Br inker 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude '"The Quiet Hour" 
Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 

Joys i. 

Prayer Requests 
'"Processional Hymn No. 190 "Angels from the Realms of Glory" 
♦Ascription 
♦Exhortation 

♦Confession (In Unison) God our Father, who didst send 
forth thy Son to be King of Kings and Prince of Peace; 
grant that all the kingdoms of this world may become 
the Kingdom of Christ, and learn of him the way of peace. 
Send forth among all men the spirit of good-will and 
reconciliation . Let those who are offended forgive, 
and those who have offended repent, so that all thy 
children may live together as one family, praising thee 
and blessing thee for the great redemption which thou 
hast wrought for us, through Jesus Christ our Lord* Amen* 
*Kyrie 

•Assurance of Pardon 
•Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord Gad 

People — And blessed be His glorious name forever* 
♦Gloria Pa'ri - page 142 
Lighting of the Advent Wreath 
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 "Masters in the Hall" 
♦Doxology - page 382 
Anthem: "Will We Know Him?" 
Scripture: Luke 1: 26-38 

Sermon: "Twas The Year Before Christmas: Scene Two" 
♦Invitational Hymn No. 184 "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing 11 
•Closing Chimes 
♦Benediction 
♦Postlude "Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall Come" 1 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been placed by 

Mrs. Isabel Eichhorn in memory of George. 
Mr. i Mrs. Leroy Andrews Jr. will greet our members and 

guests at the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Sandy Sheppeck, Deb Melton, Judy 

Vinroe and Helen Crouse. 
Attendance last Sunday was 134 with 7 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by lira. LuAnn Janicki. 
Ray Isherwood and Dick Dally will be visiting the hospital 
v this week. ^^i^JJ- 

^Hospitaliaed: Ann Williams and Grace Gillen in BMH* 
^GUNDAY - Family Christmas Program in the Sanctuary at 7:00, 

we will need lots of cookies for this - Hope you 
. will come and join us for fun and fellowship. 

^MONDAY - Setting up of the Living Christmas Tree. We need 
lots of help. Bring your tools with you. 
FRIDAY - Caroling! Caroling! We would like to go caroling 
for the shut-ins* Please join us at 6:30 P.M. for 
sharing some of the holiday spirit with them, 
SATURDAY - Youth Christmas Caroling and Party in the hall. 

Golden Circle will hold its meeting at the home of Jeanne 
Snyder at 6:00 P.H, This is a tureen Christmas dinner 
also please bring s $2,00 grab bag gift. 

Fidelity Bible Class is selling vanilla for the holiday 

baking season. If you would like some, 3ee Peg McClymonl.-- 

Remember: Any money given for the Van Fund in any type of 

> envelope, please mark clearly for the Van Fund* 
ay laherwood recently taped his portion of the TV taping ^ "} 
series. This will be televised on Dec* 20 at 7 P.M.. A 
v 22nd at 9 A.M. r and the 24th at 1 P.M. Channel 3,26 or 3^' 
,>CHGIR PRACTICE has been set for Tuesday and Thursday at 
7:00 P.M. Thi3 is a must for all members. 
iCHRISTMAS CANTATA "King of Love" will be held on December 
20 and 21 at 7; 30 P.M. This is again going to be done 
from the Living Christmas Tree* We hope you will tell all 
of your friends and plan to come join us for an evening 
in celebration of this special time of the year. We will 
also need cookies for the refreshments afterwards in the 
hall* Please see Helen Rie-mer if you could bring some in. 
At the close of the service the invitation is extended to 
each worshipper ta respond to Cod's leading far your life 
by coming forward to the altar. The invitation gives 
the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to" pray, to 
meditate or to seek counseling. The Pastor will assist 
you if you desire. Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 



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Twas Yr W Xnias=6nios latr 

vs 26=scen shif 

vs 27Gab sent 

vs 34=Mary quest 
' i Bib echolrs £ Virgin birth 

vss 35-37=nuth imposibl w/G 

vs 29="ail favr one ,.,.., 
(Ik/Jn frends & Mary liv/w/Jn; 

Lk- fit 1 - ■* '''>'''"" ' v *' r /''-■'•''" 
predic 5 things Son wiri^bear-: 'A, 
vs 30= no E fraid - if f -*£ '.'"V 
ve 31=name= Jehovah/Yahwsh Saves 

vss 32-33=spel out 

Grt=vs 32A=exceed grt,hi,ralty _^ 

Isa 55H.2 ,.- <^,tj 

vs 32B=.son^arbon r 'copy fathr=s man, etc. 

Si J . ' ■ ^ 'r ,***** liA. A»AtKt. 

vs 32C=knu scrip bout king 
vs 531-2 Sam 7 = 12-13, 
vs 53B=2 fan 7 = 3fr /o 
ve 38= Mary rasp on =femal Slav 
(Ilus '"ivian bannr in skill) „ T „„ M 

WIS TH YR B4 XttAS & AIL THHU TH GLOOM, 
NOT A I1AC 4 TH SAVIOR WAS PITO , 
THEH JU3 UAiK'T ROOM 



"Twaa TOe lear iiefore uhrlstmas; ;scene Two" 
Scripture: Luke 1:26-3B 

Twas Yr B4 Xmas & 6mos gon bysino pr Sach bin viait 
by angl Gab 
wen peo oatu 2-templ sura prob ask=wondr wat Zach do? 
has anyl herd fr him & wif :Cliz? 
So ad Luk 1-vs 26=scen phif fr public plac 2 smal 

noi.-descrip twn littl/no import 
vs 27=Gab sent we tol; no kno much bout Mary excep 
descend fr royl Bavidic line ft. she a virgin 
aftr Gab giv mesag she 2B mothr E of G,Mary quest 
ft. read=vs 34- 
I no kno bout U,but wen I read modrn comentary by sum 
so cal Bib schoLr,sutn them say hav ehoic here 
aithr Bliev Js virg torn/or no Bliev ft it no mak dif 
but I deny statmen & U shud 2 
If Js no born virg,or conceiv 'born specil way, wat 
mak Him any dif than any of us?? 
If G want entr worl exao as anyl els, no need seek out 
virgin 2giv birth 2 Jf 

Secret wat G did tol by Gab vss 35-37 
1st H £p was 2impreg Mary, not Jos or othr man 
2nd as pruf G in iniposibl buanes,Eliz who bin unabl 
hav childrn,now pas child bear age was fro 2hav baby 
G open her womb & mak posibl & if G cud do that, why 
wudnt He iopreg Mary w/out human male?? 
Sab sumup=vs 37=nuthin imposibl w/G 
we need Stan this doctrin as main 1 of faith 
t if dont then Js was nuthin mor than nothr man 
If Buml wer 2ask U wat U Bliev bout Js,Ur iraed reply 
shudB,He was born of virgin Mary 
We« Mary tol=Hail favr l,th I is w/U.Lk tel us=vs 29 
Wt 110 folo Ses/Ascensin Js,Ik & Jn spen lots time ea 
othrs compny 
Mary liv w/Jn Bcuz Js turn her ovr 2Jn at crucifixin 
& read in Jn tuk her in? his houshol 
Ik had ampl op 2hear fr Mary own lips all that 
transpir her lif 
& B doctrhe tuk op ?tel Js virgin birth & if he 
didnt Bliev that, we can wel imaKin he wud refut as 
so much rubbish 
But of all Gospl writr he tel infinit detail concern 
Mary B simpl peasnt girl ,dumf oun shudB cal=favr one 
& afck 4expl,so Gab siply expl & in so do, predic 5 
things this . on wud bear 

ve 3&B=how cud anyl B afr wen fnd favr w/G? 
F say=If G be 4us,who kin B agin us?, no raan/nuth in 
worl kin Stan agin G 5. wen G has giv His hissing, 
lif tak on altogethr dif dimensin 



vs 31=very nam MarySgiv indie He out cf ord 2/~ 

Js mean=Yahweh,or Jehovah saves 
nam spok of salv & any-gud Jew wud recogniz Bcuz 
mos gav names had specil meaning 
vss 32-33=Gab spel wat Js wudB 
Hw wudB Grt=Mary undrst fr Bgin thin Sen eoul w/G 
rm indictiv wat Js in many ways in Gr mean=high, 
j.i'5,exceedly grt , mighty, & js all this 
Isa 53:12 spel this? out 
vs 32B= Fiery undrstud Bcuz Jew ment "on wudB equalty 
w/G Bcuz Semitic thot a son carbon copy of fathr 
Phras=son of oft use 2refr 2one had qualtys lik fathr 
lik=chip off old blok=s of wicknes=mean fathr wickd 
son of man=lik son of adam=a man, etc 
vs 32C=Mary didnt kno bout Scrip proph & wen wud tak 

plac,but knu fr Sorip eon wud reign as King 
vs 33A=Kary undrstud Bcuz fr royl line Dav 
prob knu Scrip wher G prom Dav as read 2 ?am y!l2-13 
reign of Js ovr natin Is wil Bgin 1M yr reign & 
wil continu in2 etrnty 
vs 33B=2 Sam 7=19 J ^ 

Mary undrstud proph of Messiah bin giv Dav as record 

here 

so aftr all this, vs 38 record Mary respons 
Bonds lav /handmaid-FJV simply femal slav 
Mary acpt wat bin tol by simpl faith 
lik slav who musB content w/treatmen dish out, so 
Mary await wat G wil do 2her & thru her 
(llus Vivian & reject bannr at skul) 
G has alway use childlik faith 2sho us His luv 
He cud hav pik sural who bettr off, bat use peasant 
f-irl insted Bcuz her hart rt w/Him 
\ no need hav worlds puds in ordr 2exper G's luv 
in fac,Js sed hardr rich man entr K of Bvn than 4 

Hav U exper luv of G as cum 4th in com ord of lif? 
A stabl,a mangr.a peasnt girl 4a mothr,& animls m 
th nursery comps birthplac of Sav of worl 
eum 2that humbl Bgin 
kneel B4 that K & exper His luv, His salv ,]us 41, 
Twas th Yr B4 Xrcas, & all thru th glum, 
Not a plac 4 th Sav was fnd,ther jus wasnt rum 
Has He fnd a plac in ur hart & lif? 






"Twas The Year Before Christmas : Scene Two" 
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38 

"Twas The Year Before Christmas," and six months had gone by since the priest 
Eacharias had been visited by the angel Gabriel, '^en the people came to the 
Temple some of them from time to time wouldask the question, "I wonder how 
^acharias is domng. Has anyone heard about him and his wife Elisabeth?" 
But all they knew from the srapevirie was that mysteriously, and miraculously, 
she was going to have a bab£, 

So it is that we read in Luke's Gospel, (read verse 26). The scene has shift- 
ed from a very public place, the temple, to a small, non-descript town of 
little or no importance. Gabriel was sent we are told, (read verse 27). 
We don't know too much about Mary except that she was descended from the 
royal Davidic line and at this point in time she was a tfiigin. After Gabriel 
gives her the message that she was goins: to become a mother of the don of God, 
Mary questioned Gabriel and we read in the 34th verse, (read this verse). 
I don't know about you, but when I read the remarks of modern day commentat- 
ors of the Bible, many of them say that you have 9 choice in this matter. 
The choice is to etiher believe that Jesus was virgin horn, or He was not, 
and it doesn't make any difference which you believe. But I deny that state- 
ment and I believe that you should too. If Jesus was not Virgin born, or faezi 
conceived and born in a special way, then pray tell, what makes n im any diff- 
erent from any one of us",' If God wanted to enter the world in exactly the 
same way as anyone else, then there was no need to seek out a virgin to iaxs 
give birth to Jesus, The secret of what God di# is told by Gabriel in the 
35th through the 37th verses, (read these verses). First, the Holy Spirit 
was going to impregnate Mary, not Joseph or some other man. Second, as proof 
that God is in the impossible business, Elizabeth who had been unable to have 
children, and was now past the age of child-bearing was going, to have a baby. 
God opened her womb and made that possible. And if God could do that, why 
couldn't He impregnate Mary without 3bksie£±± a human male? Gabriel summed it 
up well when be said, "For nothing is impossible with God." We need to stand 
on this as one of the main doctrines of our faith. And if we don't, then 
Jesus was and is nothing more than another man. If someone were to ask you 
what you believe about Jesus, your immediate reply should be, "that He was 
born of the Virgin Mary," 
When Mary was told by Gabriel, "/jfeil, favored one. The Lord is with thee," 

Luke tells us, "But she was greatly troubled iiy at this statement, and kept 
pondering what kind of salutation this might be." 

We know that following the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, Luke and John 
spent a lot of time in each other's company. Nary lived with John if you wil] 
recall that when Jesus hung on the cross He placed Mary in John's care an£ we 
are told that from that hour "John took her into his household, to it was 



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that Luke had the opportunity to hear from Mary's own lips all that transpired 

In her life. And being- a doctor, luke took the opportunitycto tell that Jesus 

was Virgin born. If he didn't believe that, and know the facts, we can well 

imagine that he would have refuted this event as so much rubbish. But he of 

all the Gospel writers tells the infinite details concerning these events. 

Nary, being a simple peasant girl was dumfounded that she would be called, 

"The favored one and she asked for an explanation. 

Gabriel supplies that explanation and in dEoing so predicts five things about 

this Son she would bear. 

He begins by savins, ""Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with 

So4." ferse 50B. 

How can anyone be afraid when they have found favor with God? Paul says, "If 
God be for us, who can be apainst us?" 

No man, in fact nothing in this world can ever stand up to God. When God has 

given you His blessing, life takes on an altogether different dimesnions 

Gabriel explains, 2And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, 
and you shall name Him Jesus." verse 31 • 

The very name that Mary was to give this Son, was an indication that He was 
out of the ordinary. The name, "Jesus" simply means, "Yahweh, or Jehovah 
saves." His name spoke of salvation and any good Jew would have recognized 
this immediately , because most Jews gave their children names which had a 
special meaning. 

Then in the 52nd and 53rd verses, Gabriel spells out what Jesus would be. 
First, He said, "He will be rreat." This term was indicative of the life of 
Jesus in m^ny ways. In "IfrttuH. the word meant, v taol e , or- only on e-, lonely, u 
, "nl j :^p\* i ~i^--^rm v - &nj_lfcfn»y , " and " the lif» t ao no %-to b e r e p -laee^ . " Jesus 
was the fulfillment of all of this. The --12th verse of the 53rd chapter of 
Isaiah spells this out. 

Next Gabriel tells Mary, "And He will be called the Son of the Most High." 
Mary being Jewish knew the complete significance of this phrase, Ahe under- 
stood from the very beginning-, before Jesus was conceived in her that this 
Son would be on an eouality with God. In Semitic thought a son was a carbon 
copy of his father, and the phrase "son of" was often used to refer to one 
who possessed his father's qualities. It was something like, "a chip off the 
old block" as we would say. Scripture points us to this in many places and 
uses phrases like, "son of wickedness," meaning of an evil father and like 
him, or "son of man," meaning a son of a man like Adam, etc. 

Then Gabriel says, "And the Lord KxJtx God will give Him the throne of His 
Father David." 

Mary knew from this that He would one day assume the throne of her ancestor 
David. She didn't know that this take place when Jesus returned to earth to 
begin His 1000 year reign, because that hadn't been spelled out yet accord- 
ing to her understanding. But she knew that he^Son was slated to reign as 
king. 



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Mary is then told, "And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever." 

Mary understood this since she was a descendant of King David. She probably 

knew from Scripture that God had made a promise to David and it was found in 

the prophetic writings of Samuel the prophet. From the 7th chapter of 2nd 

Samuel God spoke through Nathan to D^vid in the 12th JtKXXK,and ljth verses, 

(read these)* The reign of Jesus wlxxxtesurtB over the nation of Israel will 

begin in the millenium, or 1000 yeare reign, and will continue into eternity. 

And finally, Gabriel tells Mary, "And His kingdom will have no end." 

God spoke this prophecy again in 2 Samuel 7:19, where we read, (read this). 

Mary understood that the prophecy of the Messiah had been given to King David 

as recorded here. 

After all of this had been told to Mary, her final response at this point is 

recorded in the 38th verse where we read, "And Mary said, 'Behold, the bond- 
slave of the Lord; be it done to rae according to yourword." 

The word for "bondslave," or "handmaid" as the King James Version reads, is 
simply, "a female slave." Kary accepts what has been told by simple faith. 
Like a slave who must be content with the treatment dished out, so Mary awaitE 
what God will do to her and through her. 

(Illustration of Vivian and her rejected banner at school) 
God has always used childlike faith to show us His love. He could have 
picked someone who was better off in the way og material -goods. Instead, He 
chose to come from a peasant girl whose heart was right with Him. 
We don't need to have the world's goods in order to experience God. In fact, 
Jesus said that it was harder for a person of means to enter the kingdom cf 
heaven, than it was for a beggar. Have you experienced the love of God as 
coming forth in the cormon and ordinary of life? A stable, a manger, a pea- 
sant girl for a mother, and animals fisx in the nursery composed the birth- 
place of the Savior of the world. Gome to that humble beginning. Kneel be- 
fore this King and experience His love, His salvation just for you. 
"Twas the Year Before Christmas, and all through the gloom, 

Not a place for the Savior was found, there just wasn't room." 
Has He found a place in your heart and life? 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor December 20, 1967 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: Kelly Mangel and John Penrod 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 
■ Processional Hymn No, 193 "0 Come* All Ye Faithful" 
•Ascription 

*Call to Communion and Confession (Communion Folder) 
•Prayer of Confession (Communion Folder) 
•Assurance of Pardon 
"Praise: Pastor - Blessed be the Lord God 

People - And pleased be His glorious name forever. 
•Gloria Patri - page 382 
Lighting of the Advent Wreath 
Offering 
Offertory 
•Doxology - page 382 

Communion Hymn Ho. 170 "Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne" 
•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; "Away In A Hangar" 
Scripture: Luke 1:24-25, 39-45,57-60 

Sermon: "Twas The Vear Before Christmas: Scene Three" 
•Closing Hymn No. 179 "The First Noel" 
•Closing Chimes 
•Benediction 
*Postlude 



Mrs. Isabel Eichhorn will greet our members and guests at 

the door this morning. 
Ushers for today are: Rob Vinroe, Rick Vinroe, Ray 

Isherwood and Jeff Snyder. 
Attendance last Sunday was 133 with 7 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Mrs. Alma Pawk. 



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Mrs. Shirley Thompson and Mrs* Marilyn Snyder will be 

visiting the hospital this week* 
lospitalized: Mrs. Grace Gillen - Allegheny General 

SUNDAY - 7:30 P.M. Christmas Cantata "King of Lave" will 
be sung from the Living Christmas Tree* 
Bring your friends and family, neighbors, etc. 

MONDAY - Cantata will again be held at 7:30 P.M, 

.THURSDAY - 11:00 P.M. Christmas Eve Communion. Carols, and 
Candlelight Service. 

FRIDAY - MERRY CHRISTMAS ! ! ! 

REMINDER; Next Sunday, December 27, we ask that all council 
officers and the newly elected Elders and Deacons please 
be present for your installation* 

The Treasurers books for the church will close on December 
30th. Please have all your monies for 1987 into us by 
that day or before in order to have your record credited 
for 1937. We appreciate all of your help with this. 

COOKIES, COOKIES AND MORE COOKIES are needed for the two 

nights of the cantata for refreshments. If you can bring 

some in, please see Helen Riemer. 
JANUARY 19th 1988 we will audit all treasurers books of the 

church* Please have all of your books ready and in order. 
We encourage you to use the communion cards in the back of 

the pews* Also the red attendance record book. This will 

help us to complete our records on your attendance, giving 

and communing for 1987* 
Flower chart for 1988 is hanging in the Narthex of the 

church* Please atop and sign up now for the date you 

would like. 

Following the sermon we sing an invitational hymn, followed 
the a period giving each worshipper the opportunity for 
reflection. As you reflect on your life's situations 
you have the chance to respond to God's leading for your 
life by coming forward to the chancel rail. The invita- 
tion gives the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior, to 
pray, to meditate, or to seek counseling. The pastor 
will assist you if you desire. Please avail yourself of 
this opportunity. 



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vs~ 39-40=Mary pro C "lii tel news 

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vs 41B=apeeil inspir 

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vs 43=F,liz ftartl & ask 

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Scripture: Luke 1:2'* -25, 59-4-5, 57-60 
Twas Th Yr B4 Xmas & actuly was jr » th yr * 
Jew Xpian nam*Alf red Edershei?n relat in Oct of th yr 
i!ach serv wen Gab visit & tol wif tliz 2hav son 
vs 23=bak horn was hill country of Judah 
vsr ?5-26=Eliz say in bakgrr 4-5mos Sc remark vs 25 sno 
h<. infertilty Ik upon thoz days 
it was eipec marry coupl 2hav childrn & wen did not 
perhap G punish & cpl Ik dwn upon by nthr pr & wivs 
iiz relax in pree: £ relish idea of son 2B 
,ve not tol Zach tell evrth tout Gab /vi Fit, but nus hav 
vs 26A=this wud hav bin Parch of Yr E4 Xttias 
vss 59-40=fary bin tol cousin 6mos prepr & she want to 
tel her or rud news wh bin pivn 2her by and G-b 
but wen entr hous Btranr thing takf:plac=vs 1-1 
may wondr why Ik tel this , but if think thru wat 
aotul bin sed can C import of vs 
Eliz. tol was 2hav son,?* son wud fulfil propb.3 of Tsa, 

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Lk tel us Eliz reeeiv specil inspiratin this pt & 
he say=Eliz fil w/H fp 
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vss 4?-44=lk tel wat fil of H f p mean 
sine Ell* knu Jn 2B 4runnr,Adv of Messiah near 
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Eliz meet Mary "■■ no kno Mary confr by Gab & ao wen 
say=vs 42=she spk thru powr of H Sp 
"'s E Sp had 1st e;iv rev of this by sign son stir 
2ndly H 3p spk thru her by glv rev Mary ehonn one 
2bear Messiah 
Eliz startl by event? & ask=vs 4-3 
in her surpris tel of siftn piv 2her=vs 44 
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reddy 2receiv sipn fr L xrau concern sumth He do 
ther wa*nt any doub in Fliz mind mevmen of chi] 
w/in her was def si?n fr G Mary was ? bear Messiah 
w/out Mary evr tel her that 
vs 45=::iiz then tel Mary 

she say=HAFrY Ecuz she Bliev wat G tol her 
Ex^Happy in Beatudes 4 word=Blessed 
Happy is one p-iv birth 2 Messiah & has Bliev wat 3 
sed wud do thru her is wat EllB tel Kary 
Mary cam 2C Eliz tel gud news ,8: 2gethr they share 
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sura peo can nevr find Joy in Ch,?them it jus drag:, 
sumth musB endur 
But G f*i* desirs 4us 2find Joy in Him 6 as we fel- 
lowship 2gethr in His hous 
(I 1 -s Jew man, son, & no Xmas tree) 

Je. oomee maynot hav Xmas trees & Xpian homes do not 
hav 2hav one in ordr ?posses tru sp of Xmas, Ecus Xfflas 
trees do not a Xmas mak 
Th tru sp of Xmas is presenc of Js Xp in our homes & 
harts 
Mary/Eliz both exper that presenc evn B4 Kesiah bori 
Las thins lern bout ,:liz is she nam ron Jn & that 
name ment=G is Gracius 
G prov this by permit oldr coupl 2hav childrn in old 
ape % G prov it 2worl in this mannr 
(Ilus Moss Hart r - fathr at Xmas wen he 10) 
This precisly wat G did in that yr B4 Xmas 
He reach out 2worl that wasnt on frendly basis w/Him 
He put His arms rnd mank 4 Fed in persn of Jn Eap & 
Js of Nas,=I IUV YOU 
Twas th yr 34 Xmas , 

& in a world of littl or no Joys , 
G stepped into that world, 
in the births of two boys . 

One was th preparer for the othr 

6 th othr was th lonp await "' expec Delivrer 

I invit ea U 2 t k waj G has offr so freely in wat 
we celbrat as Xmas 
Be wants U 2hav His luv thru th gift of His Son Js ip 



"Twas The Year Before Christmas: Scene Three" 

Scripture: Luke 1:24-25, 39-4-5, 57-60 

"Twas The Year Before Christinas;' actually, it was the Year Beforp, the Year 
Before Christmas. A Jewish Christian by the name of Alfred Edersheim re- 
lates that it ws in October of the year that the priest Zacharias was serv- 
ing in the temple when he was confronted by the angel Gabriel and told that 
he and his wife Elizabeth would become the parents of a son. ftfeExxtoxxxixsra 

stfxsBTxxEKXKSsxBBftgii We read of him in the first chapter of Luke, verse 2$, 
"And it came about, when the days of his priestly service were ended, that 
he went back home." 

"Back home" for him was in the hill country of Judah. And so it is we read, 
(read verses 25 & 26). Elizabeth stayed in the background for five months. 
Her remark in the 25th verse has to do with how infertility was looked upon 
in that day and age. It was expected of married couples to have children. 
Especially priests. When children were not forthcoming, it was believed that 
perhaps God was punishing that couple and they were looked down upon by the 
other priests and their wives. So Elizabeth relaxed in her pregnancy and re- 
lished the idea; thai; she was at last ^oin~ to bear a son. We are not told 
that she knew all the details of her husband's visitation by the angel, but 
we can assume that Zacharias told his wife all that transpired by writing it 
down, since he couldn't speak. 
_ So it was that we read, "Now in the 6th month," the angel Gabriel was sent to 
Nazareth to tell Mary that she was going to bear the Saviour Jesus. This 
would have been around March of the "Year Before Christmas," and Luke tells 

us, "Now at this time Mary arose and went with ha^te to the hill country, to 
a city of Judah. And entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Eiiiabeth. 1 
verses 59 & 40. 

Mary had been told that her cousin was six months pregnant and in all proba- 
bility she wanted to see her and tell her the good news which had been given 

to her. But as she entered the house a stransre thing took place. We read, 
And it came about that when Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby 
leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit." verwe 4] 

We may wonder why Luke would include this bit of information in the text. 
But if we think through what is actually being said, we can see the import- 
ance of this verse. Elizabeth had been told that she was going to have a son 
QQE&£ltiQ8Z2&Q& and that son was croing to fulfill prophecy spoken by imfek the 
prophets Isaiah and Malachi. But both Zacharias and Elizabeth knew full well 
that this child of theirs according to those prophecies was to be the fore- 
runner of the promised Messiah. Luke is telling us that Elizabeth received 

special inspiration at this point. He uses the term, "And Elizabeth was 
filled with the Holy Spirit." 

This means that she possessed something supernatural at this point. Luke ther 

goes on to point out what this filling of the Holy Spirit meant by telling us 
(read verses 42-44). 






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Since Elizabeth knew that her son was to be the forerunner of the Messiah, 
she knew that the *texs±Hk time of the Advent of that Messiah was near. But 
she didn't know of whom, or when that Messiah would be born. A similar situ- 
ation is said to have taken place when the Israelites came out of Egypt and 
were gathered atxikxxXwSxjSBKX on the other side of the Red Sea and there sanr 
the song of thanksgiving for being delivered. Jewish tradition says that the 
unborn infants in their mother's wombs responded with an Amen by leaping with- 
in their mothers. Elizabeth was confronted by her cousin Mary and did not 
know that Mary had been in recent conversation with the nagel Gabriel. There- 
fore, when Elizabeth addresses her cousin with the unusual greeting of, 
"Blessed among women are you, an* blessed is the fruit of your womb," 

she is speaking through the power of the Koly Spirit. God's Holy Spirit had 

given her first the revelation of this by the sign of her son stirring very 

vividly within her. And secondly, the H ly Spirit was speaking through her 

giving her the revelation that Mary was the chosen one to bear the Messiah. 

Elizabeth is startled by these events and asks the question, "And low has it 
happened to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" 

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knew all this by sejcinf", "For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached 
my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy." 

Back in those day? those who lived close to the lord were always ready to 
receive a sign from the lord concerning something He was goin r - to do. There 
wasn't any doubt in Elizabeth's mind that the movement of the child within he^ 
was a definite sign from God that Mary was to knits bear the Messiah without 
Mary ever telling, her that. 

It is then that Elizabeth tells Mary, (read werse 4-5). 

She is saying that Mary was "Happy" because she believed what God had told 
her. You may remember that each of the Beatitudes begins withvthe word, 
"Blessed," and when we studied those we learned the word "blessed" really 
means, "Happy." Happy is to be the one who was to give birth to the Messiah, 
and has believed what f-od said He would do through her, is what Elizabeth is 
telling Mary. Mary came to see Elizabeth to tell her the Good News, and to- 
gether they are sharing their special joy. 

(Illustration of no joy in Presbyterian church in Omaha) 

Bruce Larson tell-' of being in a large Presbyterian church in Omaha, Nebr- 
aska for what was called a renewal conference. As the people came into 
the church they wer& each given a helium filled baloon. They were told to 
release it sometime during the service when they felt like expressing joy 
in their hearts - during the nathem, the hymns, the prayers, or the ser- 
mon. Letting fro of the baloon would signify their praise coing up to God. 
All through the service, colorful baloons were released to bounce off the 
ceiling and to praise the Lord. But strangely enough at the end of the 
service, about a third of the baloons had not been released. Those people 
either felt no joy in the service, or were unwilling or unable to bring 
themselves to express it. 



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And aren 't there many people like that in the church today? Some people can 
never find joy in church. To them it is just a draff, something that must be 
endured. But God desires for us to find joy in Him and as we fellowship to- 
gether in Eis house. 

(Illustration of Jewish man petting haircut and son asking about JCmas tree) 
A barber tells of cutting a mar 's hair while his young son waited for him. 
While daddy was getting his hair cut his son was fascinated by the Christ- 
mas tree the barber had in the shop. He looked at all the lights and orna- 
ments and then asked his father, "Daddy, why don't we have a Christmas tree 
in our house? " The father very gently said, "Jewish houses do not have 
Christmas trees." The little boy thought for a moment, and then with a 
frown on his face replied, "Daddy, why did we have to buy a Jewish, house?" 

Jewish homes may not have Christmas trees -- and Christian homes do not have 

to have one in order to possess the true spirit of Christmas, because Christ 

mas trees do not mains a Christmas make. The true spirit of Christmas is the 

presence of Jesus in our homes and in our hearts. Mary and Elizabeth both 

experienced that presence even before that Messiah Jesus Christ was born. 

The last thing we learn about iilizabeth in this passage is that she named him 

John when he was brought him to be circumcized. The name meant, "Sod is 

gracious." God proved this by permitting an older touple to have children in 

their old age. And Cod proved it to the world in this manner. 

(Illustration Moss Hart, Father at Christmas when he was 10) 

Moss Eart tells of the time when he was lo years old, he went with his 
father to 149th & Westchester Avenues in New York where the pushcarts were 
lined along the street sellinr toys. The bright lights dazzled him and as 
they walked past the push carts he would comment to'his dad, "look at that 
chemistry set, "or, there's a stamp album," or, "look at the printing press'.' 
-'.ach time his father would ask the vendor how much it cost and without a 
word they would move on to the next pushcart. From time to time his father 
would pick up a toy and look at Moss as though it mirtit be what he wanted, 
but he had his heart set on a chemistry set or a printing press. They were 
on each pushcart, but the price was always the same. At last they reached 
the last pjshcart and at this point he heard his father jingle some coins' in 
his pocket. It was then he knew that his father had gotten about seventy- 
five cents together wanting to buy Moss a Christmas present. But he didn't 
say so because he feared there was nothing he could buy for that price. 
Moss said, he looked up at his father and saw in his eyes the look of dis- 
appointment and depsiar that brought him closer to his dad than he had ever 
been. As they started back home silently, he said he didn't even take his 
Dad's hand because they were not on that intimate basis. Nor did he ever 
tell his Dad that he wanted to reach out and hold him tight and tell him 
that he understood and that this was better than any printing press or 
chemistry set, and tell him" I love you." 

He said that for a little while the concrete wall between father and son 
had crumbled away and there were two lonely people struggling to reach out 
to each other. 

This is precisely what God did in that Year Before Christmas. He reached out 

to a world that wasn't on a friendly basis with Him. He put His arms around 

mankind and said in the persons of John the Baptist and Jesus of Nazareth, 

"I Love You." 



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"Twas the year before Christmas, 

and in a world of little or no Joys, 
C-od stepped into that world, 
in the births of two boys." 
One wae the preparer for the other. And the other was the long awaited and 
expected Deliverer. I invite each of you to take what "od has offered so 
freely in what we celebrate as Christmas. He wants you to have His rove 
through the rift of His Son Jesus Christ. 






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St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Rev. Ralph Link, Pastor December 24, 1937 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr. Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Candle Lighters; Kelly Mangel, Lori Weisenstein 
John Penrod and Dave Brinker 
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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 P.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Congregational Greeting 
Joys 

'Hymn No. 171 "Joy To The World" 
-Ascription 

•Call to Communion and Confession (Communion Folder) 
'Prayer of Confession (Camm.ufi.ion Folder) 
"Assurance of Pardon 
Lighting of the Christmas Wreath 
Christmas Scripture and Carols 

Carol No* 192 (first and last verse) 
The Annunciation: Luke 1: 26-35 
Carol No* 135 (first and last verse) 
The Nativity: Luke 2: 1-7 
Carol No. 134 (first and last verse) 
The Adoration: Luke 2: 3-20 
Carol No. 193 (first and last verse) 
The Offering of our Gifts 
Offertory 
'Dc-xology — page i42 

lammunion Carol Mo. 178 "0 Little Town of Bethlehem" 
'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; "Were You There on that Christmas Night?" 
Christmas Meditation: "The Perfect Gift" 
The Candlelight ing 

Tha Candlelight Carol "Silent Night" (printed on opposite 
*Tha Benediction 
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•Congregation Please Stand 

Mrs. LuAnn Janicki will greet our members and guests at 
the d^or this evening. 



SILENT NIGHT 

Silent Night, 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 iri heavenly peace. 

Silent Night, Holy Night, Shepherds quake at the sight- 
Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavenly hosts sing 

al le lu ia; 
Christ the Savior Is born! Christ the Savior is born I 

(Congregation Standing on the third verse) 
•Silent Night, Holy Night, San of God* loves pure light 
Radiant beams from Thy holy face, With the dawn of 

redeeming grace, 
Jesus Lord at thy birth, Jesus Lord, at Thy birth* 

The Ushering and Serving of Communion will be done by our 

Elders and Deacons this evening. 
Nursery will be provided by 

SUNDAY - Youth Group will meet at 7:00 P.M* 

Next Soup & Sandwich Luncheon served by the Youth 
will be on Jar.uary 17th. If you would like to 
make a pat of soup, please see Bob or Mary Jane. 

MONDAY - Benevolence Committee meeting at 7:00 P.M. 

ELDERS, DEACONS, AND COUNCIL OFFICERS are urged to be 

present on Sunday for the worship service. You will be 

installed in your respective positions* 
The Treasurer's books will close on December 30th. Please 

have all of your monies for 1987 into us by that day or 

before in order to have you record credited for 19B7. 

We appreciate all of your help with this. 
JANUARY 19th we will audit all treasurers bocks of the 

church. Please have all cf your nooks in order along 

with your bank statements and deposit slip receipts. 
The Flower Chart for 1987 ia now hanging In the Narthex. 

Take a minute and sign up now for your flowers 
COMMUNION CARDS are in the back of tha pews. Please be sur 

to fill then out. You may drop them in the offering 
peg*) Plate. Also we encourage you to please sign the red 

attendance record book. This helps me to complete your 
v records on your attendance, giving and communing for 1987, 
+ ^During the lighting of the little candles, we ask that yau 

tilt your candle toward the one that is lit* This preven', 

dripping wax and therefore » no one will get burnt* — 
Please leave the communion folders in the pews =»fter the ) 

servlcfl. J 

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The FeT-fect Gift" 



Scripture: Luke 2:11 



Our story begins in of all places, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It wast there 
a family named Smith lived. There was Just the three of them. The father, 
who worked as an accountant for a branch office of a firm which was located 
in Pittsburgh; the mother, and their seven-year-old daughter Susie, Actual- 
ly there were four of them because they had an orange tiger striped cat 
which Suzie had named Morris , after the cat on the TV commercials. 
Morris had come to their house one day when Suzie was three and had simply 
adopted them. He was Susie's constant companion. He was around her all day, 
and at night he slept at the foot of her bed. When she went to school he 
saw her off and be was waiting at the front door long before she arrived 
home. 

It was early September and Suzie had ,1ust started school again in the second 
grade when Mr. Smith received word that he was being promoted, which meant 
he had to relocate to the office In Pittsburgh. He had to report on the 1st 
of October and so it meant they had to se&l their house and p-et read immed- 
iately. This was quite a blow to Suzie because ehe had made many friends 
and didn't want to leave them. But move they must and the plans were set in- 
to motion to bring about the move. 

Moving day came the end of September and everyone pitched in to do their shari 
including ouzie. But sometime during the moving process, Morris had disap- 
peared. He was nowhere to be found. It almost seemed as though he knew he 
had to leave his familiar surroundings and didn't like it, and so he disap- 
peared to show his disaproval. In any event, he was not to b* found. 
As the last piece of furniture was loaded into the nnroing van, and the door 
was closed, Mr. Smith suggested that perhaps they should take one last look 
to find Morris, The family went through all of the hmpty house again, and 
looked around the outside behind all the shrubs and bushes, but Morris had 
simply dropped out of sight. So reluctantly, and with heavy hearts, Mr. 8s 
Mrs. Smith bundled Suzie into the back seat of the car and began their west- 
ward journey accross Pennsylvania. 

They were able to find a nice house in a suburb of the city and spent the 
first night there sleeping on the floor until the fiiurniture arrived the next 
day. That next day kept all of them busy unpacking and putting things in 
place. Little Suzie was a big help and doing what she could kept her mind 
occupied moS so that she didn't think of the absence of Morris. But when 
they were settled in and the day drew to a close, as Suzie was beinn- tucked 
into her bed in her new home she said, "Daddy, I miss Morris, Do you think 
maybe our neighbors will find him and send him to us?" Sadly, Mr. taui Smith 
answered, "It's possible Suzie, but don't get your hopse up. For some reason 
Morris didn't seem to want to move. Maybe we can get another cat like him," 
But Suzie protested she didn't want another cat, she wanted Morris, And so 
she dropped off to sleep that first night, thinking of an orange tiger strip- 
ed cat named Morris, 

As the days slipped by they each got into their new routines and became aq- 
uainted with their new surroundings. Mr. Smith enjoyed his new assignment, 
Mrs. Smith really liked their new home, and Suzie began to make new friends 
in the school and neighborhood. Right next door to them lived an older 
couple named Jones. They had never had children of their own, but they open- 
ed their house to all the niesrhborhood children and were loved by them. Mr. 
Jones was retired and was like a lot of men his age. On the surface he ap- 
peared to be mean and ill-tempered. But actuallyhe was just a little e:ruff 
and proved to be a real pushover for the bubbly litle blond taSHdaxkK blue 
eyed bombshell named Fuzie. Suzie spent a lot of time at the Jones house. 
Mr. Jones had heard dozens of times about the cat named Morris, She follow- 
ed him around as he raked his leaves, took down the screens and got the house 
ready for winter. 



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On Halloween, when Susie rang the doorbell of the Jones house, Mr. Jones 
pretended he didn't know the "Tweety Bird" on his front porch was Suzie. 
Finally, when she pulled her mask up over her head, he acted really sur- 
prised, 

For Thanksgiving, the tfra Mr. & Mrs. Jones invited the Smith's over for 
dinner since they would be spending Thanksgiving alone. And this is the way 
the friendship grew as the months slipped by. 

Now it was getting close to Christmas, Zach time Mr*. Jones would ask Suzie 
what she wanted for Christmas she would tell him that the only thing she 
really wanted was her old cat Morris, But Mr. Jones knew that was impossi- 
ble and that she wouldn't accept a replacement. So he began to think of 
what he could get her. The gift had to be just right, "n ordinary doll or 
something like thatvjust wouldn't do. It had to be something special. But 
what could he get her? 

The days sped by rapidly and now it was Christmas Eve, and still Mr. Jones 
had not decided on what to get. Eis wife had bought a nice cute doll and 
tried to convince him that Suzie would love it and it would be the "Perfect 
Gift." But somehow, he just wasn't convinced. The day slipped rapisly away 
and rather than just go out and buy something on impulse, Mr. Jones did 
nothing and thus he had no special gift for Susie. When evening came and 
they had eaten their supper, Krs. Jones coaxed him to go to the church serv- 
ice that night, ?he told him that skExisxaxJaKEHXXB they had been invited by 
the Smith's to go with them and it would do him good to go. But Mr. Jones 
was not a religious man and rarely if ever, went to church. It wasn't that 
he didn't believe in God, he just had never got into that habit as he called 
it. 

So reluctantly, Mrs. Jones dressed and went next door to go to church with 
the Smith's. She knew that her husband was brooding about not getting some- 
thing special for Susie, so as she left she tried to cheer him up by saying, 
"Now George, just get everythinr ready for when we come back. The Smith's 
are coming over ±» for a cup of e^gnog and we can give ^uzie the dobl, and 
I just know that she will love it, I'll see you in an hour or so," 
George watched out the window as the car pulled out of the driveway and half- 
wished he had gone with them. "Oh well," he thought, "it's too late now. 
I'll just start a fire in the fireplace, put the things on the dining room 
table and maybe have a little time to read the newspaper to take my mind off 
iiyxisisfeixiiry what I wasn't able to get for Suzie, 

He went outride to the pile of wood by the garage, SKjfccssxiiExxtE^pBiftx^HKMxtE 
p±EkxM?!Xsrx!Exiiq(Cx It had started t snow and the ground was covered in a 
short time, "At least it will be a White Christmas," George thought to him- 
self as he stooped to pickup an armload of wood. While doing so, he thought 
he saw something move out of the corner of his eye. "I Bust be seeing 
things," he thought. But as he picked up another piece of wood, he saw move- 
ment again, and this time he knew he was noTimagining it. Quietly dropping 
the wood, he started to slowly walk across the Smith's lawn. As he neared 
the front door he saw that something had brawled under the jdhhS bush nearest 
the door. As he approached very slowly, whatever it was cringed in fright. 
So he began to speak very softly, "It's all right, I won't hurt you." And 
as he stopped down he saw that it was a cat. The cat was exhausted he could 
tell because there was no attempt made to get away. As he reached down, the 
cat merely cringed further from his hand, "but didn't resist as he gently 
put his hands on it and picked it up. He cradled the cat in his arms and 
carried him to the -kbxkzk garage. "Fortunately, I had the presence of mind 
$o open the door and come out that way," he muttered to himself and the cat, 
"Now I've got to get this cat warm and dry before the folks get back from 
church," he thought. He carried the cat into the garage and pulled the door 
down. He took some rags from the ragbox and began to dry the cat off. It 
was then that he began to take inventory of this stray animal. He knew the 
cat was completely exhausted because it made no attempt to get away from him 
and he knew this was strange indeed. Then he noticed that its paws were 



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cut and sore and bleeding as though it had been walking over some-rough road 
It was then that he saw the cat was xyxxxs an orange tiger striped animal 
and he asked, "Gould this be Morris, Suzie 's cat?" H e continued to rub the 
animal down to dry him and he saw how dirty he was. "Maybe you need a -ood 
bath," he said to the cat, as he took him into the laundry and placed him in 
the laundry tub. But strangely he thought, the animal held perfectly still 
while he adjusted the water and began to give him a bath, .v'hen he was fin- 
ished bathing him, he stood him on the drier and bwgan to towel him dry, 
"What would my old cronies think now if they could see George tending to a 
stray cat," he thought. "Oh well, maybe this is Susie's cat after ail." 
He tried to put the cat by the fire to keep warm, but he walked over to the 
door going out into the garaece . Pach time Georc-e would bring him back to 
the living room the cat would walk over to that door. "Wll, if you want to 
stay out in the garage, you can do that," he said tor the cat. He went into 
the garage and found a cardboard box, placed -ome rags in it like a bed, 
and placed the cat in it. The cat immediately curled up and dropped off to 
sleep. "Just in case he gets hungry," George thought, "I'll get him a saucer 
of milk." This he did and closed the door and went back to his armchair to 
read. But he couldn't concentrate on his reading and so he simply waited un- 
til the folks got back from church. 

In a short period of time he heard a car pull up in the Smith's driveway. 
He looked out the window and was surprised to see how much it had snowed sinct 
he had come back into the house. 




share Christmas Sve together." 
After they had settled themselves into chairs in the living room, Mrs. Jones 
said, "f'uzie, this is for you from us," and she handed her the box all wrap- 
ped up with a bow. Suzie took the box, thanked them and d?ie tore off the 
paper and opened the box. She liked the doll and thanked Mr. & Mrs. Jones 
politely. But Mr. Jones knew that this Christmas for Suzie would not be the 
most happy one for her. 

With a twinkle in his eye, and the fervent hope in his heart that he was 
right in what he thought had happened, he said, "Suzie, why don't you come 
out to the garage with rae . " At this, everyone was aware that Mr. Jones 
had a surprise out there. "But what could it be?" each of them was thinking. 
~o together they all went to the door going out to the gargge. Mr. Jones let 
Suzie lead the way and as they all stepped "into the garage he said, "Look in 
that box in the corner Suzie." Suzie ran to the box, took one look, and 
gathered the cat in her arms, "Morris, you came home she exclaimed." All of 
them were excited and talking at once about how this cat had traveled 500 
miles and came to the right house. They all auestioned Mr. Jones forvthe de- 
tails. But as he stood there looking at a little girl holding a scrawny, 
helpless animal close, his mind thought to what Christmas was all about. 
He thought how it must have been when two tired and weary, and exhausted peo- 
ple had come into that town of Bethlehem lookinr for a place to stay. And 
worse yet, the woman was ready to give birth. When they had finally settled 
into the stable in back of the inn, the labor pains began and the woman gave 
birth to a baby boy, And there she was, a young woman, holding a helpless 
baby in her arms. George then understood for the first time what Christmas 
was all about. He was able to be involved in "The Perfect Siftf for Suzie. 
And what a comparison. A little girl holding close to her a helpless animal, 
and a young woman holding a helpless baby. But George knew that only God 
c&uld give "The Perfect Gift" which He did on that first Christmas and George 
bowed his head and thanked God for that gift. 



St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
Butler, Pennsylvania 
Sev. Ralph Link, Pastor December 27, 1987 

Mr. Dale Rice, Minister of Music 
Mr* Roland Thompson, Saxophonist 
Acolytes: John Penrod and Kelly Mangel 

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ORDER OF WORSHIP 11:00 A.M. 
Prelude 

Chiming of the Hour 
Announcements 
Joys 

Prayer Requests 
Mtymn No * 1 90 " Ange 1 s from the Realms of Glory " 
-Ascription 
'[Exhortation 

'Confession [In Unison) Father, as once again we come to 
the end of yet another year, we know that were it not 
for your love we could not now stand before you. We 
come to you for grace, and yet we have not been 
gracious to our brothers. In the world we have pur- 
sued human interests, rather than witnessing to your 
will for man. Forgive us, O Lord, and help us to 
amend our ways in the year to come; 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. 201 "The Star Carol" 
Call to Prayer: Pastor - The Lord be with You 
People - And with Thy Spirit 
Pastor - Let us pray. 
Prayer 
Offering 
Offertory 

Doxology - page 382 

Installation of Elders, Deacons, and Council Officers 
Anthem: 

Scripture: Psalm 104: 1-24 
iermon: "'When Was God at His Best?"' 
-Invitational Hymn No. 193 "0 Come All Ye Faithful" 
""Closing Chimes 
* Benediction 
"Postlude 



The beautiful flowers on the altar have been, placed by Mrs. 

Marge Smiley in memory of Loved Ones. 
Lori Weisenstein will greet our members and guests at the 

door this morning. 
Ushers for today are; Dick Mangel, Dan Kingsley, Danny 

Mangel and Dick Dally. 
Attendance last Sunday was 160 with 9 visitors. 
Nursery will be provided today by Deb Melton. 
Paul fiiemer and Paul Campbell will be visiting the hospital 
» this week. ^^ 

hospitalized: Dutch Bolam and Ben Hockenberry in BMH. *^«, 

SUNDAY - Youth Group will meet at 7:00 P.M. 

Youth will be holding another Soup & Sandwich 
luncheon on January 17th. Please help them out by 
making them a pot of your favorite soup. See Bob 
and MaryJane or one of the Youth if you could do so. 

MONDAY - Benevolence Committee meeting at 7: 00 P.M. 

FRIDAY - Have a safe and happy New Year. 

UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER: 

January 12 - all teachers, .helpers, etc. are urged to come 
to our next meeting; at 7 P.M. We need you to make our 
Sunday School grow. Please mark your calendar, and come. 
January 19th - Auditing of ALL books of the church* If 
you have a set of books, please get your statements and 
slips together and plan to come that night for a few 
minutes, 

COUNCIL MEETING will be January 6th at 7 P.M. 

Treasurer's Books will close on December 30th. Please have 

all of your contributions into the church by that day. This 

will close out all accounts and the quarterly statements. 

Flower Chart for 1988 is hanging in the Narthex, Please take 
a minute and sign up now for your flowers* j. 

Today ia the final Sunday of 1937. Please be sure to pick ^^ 
up your offering envelopes for 1933 as well as those of 
your family. This will save the church the expense of 
mailing them. ^^ 

Council members are urged to stay after church today for a "^C. 
brief meeting. 

At the close of the service the invitation is extended to 
each worshipper to respond to God's leading for your life 
by coming forward to the altar. The invitation gives 
the opportunity to accept Christ aa Savior, to pray, to 
meditate or to seek counseling. The Pastor will assist 
you if you desire ♦ Please avail yourself of this 
opportunity. 



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"Congregation Standing 



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"4ren Vas God fft Hie Bert'" 
Scripture ; isalm 104:1-24 
(Ilus .-iprml 5th aftr Xmas ) 

(Ilus girl fr/Charm skul & old friend of wealth) 
iublic wrltrs,spkBS not 2 writ/say suprlativs 
But G's .v'ord quite oftn 
J -"-xardon abundant ; "ph=luv pasaeth knowledfr;eor=His 
fe_^t of exe salvatin is unspeakbl; Jn=Lif mor abundan 
en man pondr G's majesty/prov alway bin confr w 'Grtne 
How expl It? Jus wen WAS G At His Best? 
Ps 1C4 Ik G's prtnes & op Gen 1 
Ben l:l-5»then folo macrnif G did in creatin 
tforl 4ua la UrA=Expl Vfeientic/raeif ic & prt land 
this wen 5 was at His beet" - He thinks not. 
Sxpl fr Abraham 2 Mopea & how Q delivr fr Egypt 
G destroy FgyptiatiF •": this set people of Israel on 
path of freedom ''independence - iv'as this wen G was at 
His beat; He thinks Not. 
Was G at His Best wen oal n nd V of Is 21ead peo Si mak 
them in2 mitiest natin on erth 
They deafest enemys &. had peao 
.<'ae G at His best then? - Me thinks not! 
^aa Goat His Best wen son this K hilt linos butiful 
f laces Sworship this S in Jeru? 
iv'„s G at His best wen ther was tanp-ibl plac man cud 
cum 2 &. offr sacs S: reoeiv ^givnes of sins' 
He thinks not . 
Was G at Eis best wen tol wat wud happn dwn thru yrs'.' 
Read in Ezek,Isa, Jer,Malachi St R pivn asurano G wud 
intrven in histry & piv man means wherby cud lnce agi 
hav relatship w/G had "bin lost in Gardn of fin 
^'■"s G at Best then? - Me thinks not 
Via. > at His Best wen *-400 yrs was silent & no spk' 
Ther was no furthr rev fr Him," man had optunty 2 
seek St serch 4ansrs 4self-i'.'as G at Bes then? 

Ha thinks not . 
as G at His Best wen brak silenc & impart words of 
fulfil 2 Z„ch,Ell8,8i Mary? 
Read how prophs fulfil » Jn Bap 21ead way 4 Js=ftesiah 
Read iriraculus birth Jg;,how minatr ; miracles wrct; 
how hate by relif ldrs;how put Pdeth 
lern how deth was sac 4-all mank mak posibl 4man 2 
hav 4givnes sin. Was this G at His best" 
Me thinks not . 
Read how Js bury.ros 3rd day .foclfcriJxtfetaxjraiLKEinaxhax 
Btmoixitfxif^fl Was this wne G at Hia best' He thinks 
not . 
Heed how Js apear 2discips ,500 peo ; ^ fr resurectin 
lern how man can liv 4evr w/G, Is this wen G was at 
is e 



Me thinks not , 



Head how Js ascend ?&vn & how 1 day wil return ?er$K 
reipin 1H yrs As .r of ieace 
How at end that time wil judp- peo w 'G in finl tjudg 
Is this Hxti wen G wllB at His bes? He thinks not. 

Jus wen was G at Hia best? 

If ^her an ansr? Yes ther is 
I i— lev G was at His grtes in all event brot us 2this 
day & age 

But I dont think G was at His Best in any of them, 

or in any that wilE 
I Eliev G was at His best wen He reveal self to yn|; 
man of no consequenc 

[low He sho that yng man altho had wif /childrn/job/ 

necesary things of lif he had deepr need 
G sho that ynr man his lif incomplet w/out Him &. 
he need a Saviour 2mak relatship complet w/God 
I Bliev G was at Eis best wen He so convic that yne 
man of this need f> that yn£ man prostrat self B4 G & 
claim Js Xp as I 1 ?_v 

I Bliev G was at His best wen He cam in2 my life 

Can say same thing: this morn? 
» ei of II here, wen was G at His best? 
Can U say in pas tens=G waa at His best wen He came 
in2 my hart? 
Or is that not a realty 4U yet? 
U can chang that 2day 
& U need 2conaidr that seriusly B4 we entr nothr yr 

dont let nothr day 50 pas w 'out that knowledg 
i invit U 2acpt Js Xp as L fr S„v of ur lif 
I invit U 2cum 4ward & mak comitment if U nevr hav 
R tol in "crip if we asham ?confes Ja Bt men, 
,.s wilB asham 2eonfes us BU His fathr in hvn 
Dont let any 1/anJ thin stop H fr cum 2 Hiffl 
If H £p spk 20 this morn, & D hav nevr respon,itak thi! 
th day U ansr His summons 
Let this B th day wen U can honestly say wen G was 
At His Best 



SCRIPTIRE: FSALM 10h:l-?.k\ SERK: "WEN WAS S AT HIS VERT BEST?" 

IAS & GIFTS FOR SARDENING) 
i CVS & C T T ?TRS END - MOW WAT??1 

D 2LK AT GOD, & LETS DO ? : !AT ?DAY 
(II4[S GIPL FR/CHARM SCTL MEETS CL T : SCHTLKATE OF MEANS) 
T I ! ' I ILICLY ADMON NOT ?t;SF SIPRLATITS 20FTN 

BITES: 
ISA - G'S PAP DON IS AB'T'DANT 
P' LETTRS - EFH=GOD'S LCVS PASSETE KM( 

COR-BOD'S GIF? CF SALTAT ill, 

JN = SIS LIFT: If MORE ABIHBANT PL r ,NART MORE 

WORD -SFK HIS BgEATNESS/MAJESTT/POl P/^RCVIDSNC 
. ~ - L ALL OF II'. 

[IS ''~ TJV 

- i ■ -. v ~.,-. r . 

1 (LI PS LK AT G t, HAK CF CF GEN 1 
" N 1+1-5 
TOiW FOLC - ' •• WORLANITERS ». ALL IN IT 

BILLY i t jIej . 

I.RBAI BIB1 C SOW I DIE 8 MAI BIH BIfl »AH ^ffT S 
IT) ' 

IHiM - ;c on ■■•■•■_■ : CALIF W 

Wffl S AT VER' " F{ Wml HCIF/ATL.MNTNS NATTN 

T! ! 1 

— :r g«s WORD BOtT PEC OF IBE INCRBAS FHTII M«NY HCCRD E8YPT 
31 SLAVRT,! H [ r CROSS IEE »] \ 

THIS EN 8 ' - PBTNKS NCT' • 

BEST IS 2ND K Or ISR, DEFEAT ALL TIKIS ft 

ft ! ! 

' -: 

' FINLT SA) IBS P£0 r r,™ 

'■ (ITNES??? 
KE-THTNKS NOT! 

P FERT BES WEN TO: , NTRTS KAT ,,,., D TA . 

TtR- MEN Ljy LSA.JES, 1 3 - • - ^ ^ inr plal 

^ 8ES '■ m TO1 " I1STRT 8, MAN -HE RAY 

REN1WEE H/DESTROT AT 8ARDN EDEN?? 

ME-THTNKS NOT ! ! ! 

^! A? 7 " KV /" S D1 F N « 4ro SILENT TRS & NO ■■'03 REV & KAN HAD 
OPRTTTITY SEEK/SERCH *ANSRS 8, SORT OUT t tt fcSETT 
MI-raiNKS NOT! ! " 

g£V W TN ' RCK ; ' TLEN : ' ' *DS F1UTL ? "ACN/ELIZ/ 



-THINKS NOT I ! 

RBOSMSSfxmsxjHXJoaExixxiii: 

read in scri? row one day j - ireajj 4his ch, 

nn wn.ca let pm ■ of js * blievrs 

I. LI/ & REIGH W/HI1 *HBTR. 

: IS A? BIS TERT BEST??? , NOTI! 

fSET 1EST»*? 

IS THFR AN ANSR? YES THER IS. 

I 1LIET S WAT ," :;• ,li EVENTS FR/CREAIIM TIL N 

IT I DON'T BLIEY S WAS AT HIS ;T IN 4LL 
I BLIEY 8 WAS IT Q ' XLD HIMSELF 2A Y^ J 

OF NO CONSEQUENCES 
ROW HE SHOWD TRA7 TN9 >; Ar; mT AI - . ■ ET/cfULDRN/JOl & NECK 
Or LIE HE HAD DEEPB NEED 
d E^.C'-r, HIM HIS LIF INCONPLET & ..AT T. NEEDED WAS A SAYIOS 2 
MAK HELATSHIP COMFCEET W/80D 
1 SUET CONYICTD THAT TNG KAN C THAT 

NEED * HE PROSTRATE HIMS*LJ B*+G & CLAIKD JS XP AS L S SAVI01 
I BLIEV S ■ - :T g, LIrF 

HORN?? '+EA f.WEN I HIS BEST? 1 :? 

CAN tf SAY !TO MY HART t OR ISHT THAT REALTY ? f??? 

'I 7 "!"-' THIS BERIfSLY AS -STAN STA! TR 
TNVIT EA tt *aK this DETRMTNATIN SDAT, 

["HIS N TH/DAY DNESTLY SAT I WAS AT HIS BEST 



(Ilus April 5th) 

ON TH 5TH DAY OP APRIL, MY THU LUV GAV 2 MS 
5PAES OF SEED,4BAG3 OF PEAT,3BAG3 OF PERT 
2B0TTLS OF IN3EQ SPRAY & A PRUNING SHEAR 
4 Th pear tree 

( "" corron girl & welthy girl) 

superlativs & use 
Isa=G'E pardn is abundant 
Eph=His luv paseth knowledg 
Cor=His gift salvatin is unspkable 
Jn =His lif is mor abundant 

Wen was G at His best? 

NPs 104 & creatin=Gen 1:1-5 

Create univers/worl=& our worl USA=expl 

Abe to free fr Egypt 

King David & bild mity natin 

Sol & bild tempi in Jeru 
Irophs=Ezek t Iaa, Jer,Malchi 

G fulfil thru Zach/Eliz/Mary 
Sac of Js 4mank & sins 
Resurectin fr ded? 

reveal 2discips/500 peo & giv etrnl lif 
'rfil cum agin 8; ree-in lMafinl judg? 
Wen was G at His best? is ther ansr? 

wen cam in? my lif-expl 

Ir-it; 



"When Was God At His Best?" 

Tcripture: Psalm 104:1-24 

(Illustration of April following Christmas) 

On the fifth day of April, my true love gave to me - five packs of seed, 
four bags of peat\ three bags of feriliser, two bottles of insect spray, 
and a pruning knife for the near tree. 

(Illustration of girl from charm school, and old friend of means) 
A young woman met a wealthy girlfriend of hers that she had gone to school 
with. The girl asked Mrs. Means, what she had been doing since they had 
gotten out of school a few years ago. Mrs. Means answered that she had 
married the son of the President of Harvard. The young woman answered, 
"Fantastic." Mrs. Means went on, that her husband had been made vice- 
president of IBM. The woman answered, "Fantastic." Mrs. Means said that 
they had recently boubht a large yacht which was docked at the yacht club 
in Boston. The young woman answered, "Fantastic." This went on for some 
time and every time Mrs, Means told of some large achievement, the young 
woman ansered, "Fantastic." finally, Mrs. Means said, "I notice that each 
time I have told you something, you have answered "fantastic." You don't 
seem to have much of a vocabulary. Just what have you been doinr since we 
left school?" The woman ansered, "I recently completed charm school and one 
thing they did was to correct one of my bad habits. I had the habit of 
using a certain phrase over and over and my instructors taught me to sub- 
stitute a more suitable word." And Mrs. Means asked, "Is that why you use 
the word fantastic?" And the other woman answered, "yes, it Is."" Mrs. 
Means asia&x said, "I'm curious, what was the other phrase you would have 
used when I was telling you of my prood fortune?" The other woman said, 
"Each time you iEMxraxEfxBxrexafoyBMrxxHryxKKHifcfey bragged about one of 
your wealthy exploits, I would have answered, 'Aw baloney.'" 

All of this leads us to the fact that those who write for the public, or 
speak publicly, are admonished by the experts not to use superlatives too 
often. But in Sod's Word we find superlatives quite often. Just briefly 
we read in Isaiah, "God's pardon is abundant."; in -phesians "His love passeth 
knowledge"; in Corinthians "His rift of salvation is 'unspeakable"; and in 
John, "His life is more abundant," and those are only a few of many more. 
When man ponders the majesty and providence of God he has always been con- 
fronted with God's greatness. How do you explain It? Just when, "Was God 
AT His Best?" The writer of the 104th Fsalm tries to explain the gre*tness 
of God by looking at His creation. Actually this "salm is mostly looking at 
"od and making the comparison of Genesis 1. It is there we read, (read Gen. 
1:1-5). Then follows all of the magnificent things which God did in the crea- 
tion of the world, the universe and all that is in it. The world for us is 
this wonderful land in which we live. We think of the United States of Ameri- 
ca stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific. We think of the rocky shores 
of Maine an d the sunny land of California. Was God at His very best when He 
stretched out a is hands and formed the mountains of our nation; and shaped the 
oceans to beat upon the Eastern and the Western shores; or when He caused the 
Grand Canyon to be scooped out of the earth, leaving a large breathtaking hole 
to marvel at; or when He placed the Great lakes; or when He formed any of the 
other wonders of our nation? i'as thir when God was at His very best? 



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Me thinks not . 

We read in God's Word how a group of people who started with Abraham graduall; 
increased until there were too many of them ac eroding to the thinking of a; 
ftstiolFc ailed Egypt. We read how these people were persecuted and enslaved. 
We read asKxifeKyxwHEK how means were applied to reduce their ranks by abortio: 
And then we read of how God raised up one man to lead these people from those 
dark days of slavery to a masterful triumph over this most powerful nation in 
the then known world. We read how God miraculously led those people out of 
that land of Sgypt and opened the Hed Sea for them to cross on dry land and 
how He destroyed the Egyptians as they sought to follow, and how this deliver 
ance set these people on the path of independence and freedom. Was this when 
God was at His very best? Me thinks not '. 

Was God at His best when He called forth the second King of Israel to lead 
the people and to make them into axsnxKBijqtaaii the mightiest nation in the 
world? 'They defeated all of their enemies and had peace. Was God At His 
Best then? Me thinks not. 

W„-S God at His best when the son of this mighty King David built one of the 
most beautiful structures for the worship of God in Jerusalem? '"'as God at 
His Best when for the first time there was a tangible place in which man 
could come and offer his sacrifices and receive the forgiveness of his sins? 
v_ Me thinks not - 

Was God At His Best when He told of what would take place down through the 
years? we read of the prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Malachi, 
and are given the confident assurance that God would intervene in history 
to give man the means whereby he could once again have the relationship with 
God that he had lost in the Garden of 3den, Was God At His Best then? 
Me thinks not . 

Or was God At His Best when for about 400 years He was silent and there was 
no further revelation coming from Him? Man had the opportunity to seek and 
search for answers and sort life out for himself, Wa s God At His Best then? 
Me thinks not . 

Or was God at His Best when He broke His silence and imparted the words of 
the fulfillment of His prophecies to Zacharias, Elizabeth and Mary. We read 
how those prophecies were fulfilled in the coming of John the Baptits to lead 
the way for the Messiah Jesus Christ. We read how Jesus was miraculously 
born; how He began to minister and perfomr works of miracles among men; we 
read -how He was hated by the religious leaders and we read how this eneendere< 
\_ -tke-ir-weeth to the point that they put ^im to death. We learn how this death 
was the sacrifice for all mankind making it possible for man to have the for- 
giveness of his sins. rfas this when Goa Was At His Best? Me thinks not. 
We read how Jesus was buried and how on the third day He arose from the grave 
Is This when God was At His Best? Me thinks not. 



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We read how Jesus appeared to the disciples after His resurrection and how 
He appeared -to over 500 other people as well. Prom "His resurrection we learn 
that man can not only be forgiven of all of his sins through Him, but can 
fX^_ now .J^e'eternally with God because the power of aeath has been broekn. Is 
this -when God Was At His Best? He thinks not- 

..e read how Jesus ascended to the father in heaven and how one day He will 
return for His Church and following; a time of tribulation and strife on this 
earth will return to reign as Kiner of "eace for 1000 years. We read how at 
the end of that time He vtii with God will, perform the final judgement of 
mankind and those who have rejected Him. will be cast into the Lake of Fire to 
live separated from God eternally, and how those who have been believers in 
and followers of Jesus Christ will live and reign with. Him forever. Is then 
when God was At His Eest. l^'e thinks not. 

Just when was God At His Best? Is there an answer? Yes there is. And I 
believe that God was KtxjStxxteax* at His greatest in all of these events which 
have brought us down to this present time and age and. in which we live. But 
I don't think God was at His best in all of that. I believe that God Was At 
His Best when He. revealed Himself to a young man of no consequence. How He 
showed that young man that although he had a wife and children, a job, and 
the necessary things of life, he -had a- deeper need. God showed that young 
_ man that! his_lif e. was., incomplete and- that he needed a Saviour to make the 
relationship complete which he could have with God, I believe God Was At 
His Best when he so convicted that youno- man of this need, that the young nan 
prostrated himself before God and claimed Jesus Christ as his J-'ord and ^av- 
iourv "I believe that God was at His Best when He came into my life. 
Can you say the same thing this irorning. For each of you here, "When Was God 
At H * s Best? " Q.an you say in the past tense, "^od was;- at His best when He 
came-into my heart?" Or is that not yet a reality for you? 
You can change that." today , And you need to consider that seriously before 
we enter a New Year. Don't let another- day so past- without that knowledge. 
I invite you-'to" accept Jesus Christ "as your Saviour and Lord of your life, 
today. -I invite you to come forward and make that- commitment if you never 
have. fe are told in Sfiripture that, if we are ashamed to confess Jesus pub- 
licly He will not confesrus before His Father ." ^ on 't let anything or any- 
one -^top you from coming" to TTim. ITf His -oly Spirit is speaking to you this 
morning and you have never responded, make this the day that you answer His c 
sumtnojjs^-. Let this be the day when you can honestly say when God Wa» At His 



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 .