Every Sunday morning in our worship we pray for healing. We pray for those who are ill and hospitalized. We pray for God’s care and comfort, but we also pray for God’s healing.
Summertime is usually a very happy time of year for most people, yet we also know from our Calvary Cares list and from our Joys and Concerns part of worship, that many among us are hurting. We also know that many are hurting in silence. As Christians, we believe Jesus is the physician of our souls. We look to his healing strength that reaches to every level of our being.
On Sunday morning August 5 at 10:30, following our regular 9:15 service, a special service of healing will be held for all persons desiring healing prayers for themselves or for loved ones. We will participate in the early church’s practice of the Laying On of Hands and Anointing with Oil.
This will be a deliberate service. Each person needing healing will briefly either individually or as a couple or as a family, share his or her need with Pastor Ken. All needs shared will be held in the strictest of confidence. After anointing and prayer you are welcome to return to your seats to remain in an attitude of prayerful thanksgiving, or you may leave in silence, knowing that the peace of Christ is with you.
As Christians, we believe God is the source of wholeness in our lives. Some of us need healing from broken relationships; some of us need healing from psychological distress; some of us need physical healing. None of us is exempt from needing God’s healing presence in our lives. Regardless of your particular need or needs, all are welcome to this service of healing.
Call Calvary's Dial-A-Prayer line at 610-845-3555. You can call anytime, day or night. A new message is available daily.
Calvary United Church of Christ Barto, PA
Message From The Pastor
SPONSOR CHILD UPDATE
We would like to encourage everyone to send letters to Tefo and tell her about yourself. If you receive a letter back from Tefo, please bring it to church so that we can make a copy of it to share with the Congregation. Tefo will love to hear that she has so many pen-pals at Calvary Church! Her contact information is:
NAME: TEFO MOTHUDI
AGE: 7 yrs. Old
SIBLINGS: 2 sisters, 2 brothers
PARENT: Kieodiretsie Mothudi
Tefo suffers from low vision and this is her first year at the Lephoi Centre for the Blind. The Lephoi Centre is located in Francistown, Botswana and houses approximately 50 children. Tefo needs a lot of assistance with her academic work and she will be taught Braille in both English and Setswana. This is her first year at the Lephoi Centre, so you can only imagine how shy, scared and unsure she feels. Let’s let her know that we are all praying for her and thinking of her. You are welcome to send letters and cards to her, the address for the center is:
Hostel for Blind Children
% Mr. Ephraim Ngoma, Director
P.O. Box 20739
Worship Services in July & August
CHILDCARE is available during the 9:15 AM Worship Service.
In the event of inclement weather, tune to:
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Wanna Get Away?
Southwest Airlines has a wonderful advertising campaign in which individuals find themselves wishing he or she would be somewhere else at an embarrassing moment. When Jesus wanted to get away, it wasn’t because of an embarrassing moment, but instead because he wanted to be alone to relax and to pray. When we want to get away, we vacation; we do so to take a break from the hustle and bustle of our everyday life.
Welcome to summer! We don’t know much about the seasons in Israel 2000 years ago. The word “summer” is only referenced three times in the New Testament of the NIV Bible. The season of the harvest is referenced eight times. Temperature-wise according to weather.com the city of Jerusalem, Israel has an average high temperature of 84 degrees in summer months and an average low of 40 degrees in the winter months. Assuming the temperatures were the same back then, and since year-round they don’t vary very much, I wonder if Jesus preferred the warmth of summer or the coolness of winter… All seasons have their advantages, but for the record, I definitely prefer the summertime.
The church calendar does not include spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Instead it lists the next six months as Ordinary Time. Ordinary time is the longest season of the church year, extending 33-34 weeks, depending on the year. Ordinary time is actually a split season that begins back on the first Sunday in January, when we celebrate the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, also known as the first Sunday after Epiphany, and extends throughout the season of Epiphany. The first part of Ordinary time ends on the day before Ash Wednesday. Ordinary time resumes again on the Monday after Pentecost and continues until the first Sunday in Advent.
If you go away this summer on vacation, take God with you. Remember to pray, and I encourage you to remember to worship in a house of our Heavenly Father. It doesn’t matter where you go, because whether you are sitting in your favorite pew seat at Calvary, or in someone else’s seat in a church in the small town near where you go camping, or the one near the beach house where you are staying; God knows who you are! God will recognize you no matter where you are, and will appreciate the fact that you are worshipping in one of His houses.
See how warmly you are welcomed there. If that congregation is welcoming in ways that we’re not welcoming at Calvary, share those ideas of hospitality with all of us at Calvary.
No matter what you do, have a safe and blessed summer.
July 1 Spirit Psalm 16:1-8 Galatians 5:16-26 Luke 9:51-56
8 Be Happy Psalm 66:1-8 Galatians 6:1-10 Luke 10:1-11
15 Sowing Seeds Ezekiel 2:3-7 Colossians 1:1-14 Luke 8:4-15
22 Almighty Amos 8:1-12 Colossians 1:15-28 Luke 10:38-42
29 Ask & Receive Hosea 1:2-10 Colossians 2:6-15 Luke 11:1-13
5 Holy Living Hosea 11:1-11 Colossians 3:1-11 Luke 12:13-21
12 Fear Not Psalm 50:1-7 Hebrews 11:1, 8-16 Luke 12:32-40
19 Witness Isaiah 5:1-7 Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Luke 12:49-56
26 Disciples Jeremiah 1:4-10 Hebrews 12:18-29 Luke 13:6-9