Sunday, April 22, 2018

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus,

I offer you this tool to help you in preparing for worship this Sunday, when you have the opportunity to fellowship with and worship the living God.  You have a part in what happens. Therefore, I invite each of you to use these Scripture readings  to prepare for worship.

Psalm 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters; 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for His name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff-- they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.





1 John 3:16-24

16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us-- and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. 17 How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

18 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. 19 And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before Him 20 whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; 22 and we receive from Him whatever we ask, because we obey His commandments and do what pleases Him.

23 And this is His commandment, that we should believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He has commanded us. 24 All who obey His commandments abide in Him, and He abides in them. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit that He has given us.