Jan 14, 2024 – 2. When I don’t Like Change


Welcome – Pastor Stuart

Call to Worship – Pastor Stuart

Opening Hymn – All Creatures of Our God & King – #62

Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer – Pastor Linda

Prayer Song – Come & Find the Quiet Center – #2128

Pastoral Prayer, Lord’s Prayer – Pastor Linda

Online Moment – Online Minister Ernie

Special Music – All My Life – Carmichael – Tamara Anaya

Scripture – Acts 11:1-8, 11-12, 15-18 – Sondra Foley

Offering – Pastor Stuart

Offertory – You Are My Hiding Place – Ledner

Doxology – Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow – #94

Hymn of Preparation – Many Gifts, One Spirit – #114

Message – 2. When I don’t Like Change

Closing Hymn – Forward Through the Ages – #555

Announcements – Pastor Stuart – Pastor Dave

Benediction & Response – This Little Light of Mine – #585

Postlude – All Creatures of Our God and King -Arr. Michelson/Boch

Acts 11:1-8, 11-12, 15-18 – New Revised Standard Version

1 Now the apostles and the brothers and sisters who were in Judea heard that the gentiles had also accepted the word of God.

2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him,

3 saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?”

4 Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying,

5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners, and it came close to me.

6 As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air.

7 I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’

8 But I replied, ‘By no means, Lord, for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’

11 At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were.

12 The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house.

15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning.

16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’

17 If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?”

18 When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”

God’s people have endured change and evolution in our faith. There are always pressures to change working on our lives. At the Jerusalem Council, Peter and the other leaders discuss and approve allowing Gentiles into the Christian Faith, a radical move that leads to the expansion of the early church. There are times we want to resist change always we need God’s help to discern helpful change from destabilizing change.

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