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SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR SUNDAY, June 23, 2019

Ephesians 3:14-20

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every familya]">[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

1 Kings 18:17-40

17 When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?”

18 “I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals. 19 Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”

20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

But the people said nothing.

22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”

Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”

25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.” 26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it.

Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down. 31 Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Your name shall be Israel.” 32 With the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahsa]">[a] of seed. 33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.”

34 “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again.

“Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.

36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”

40 Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.

 

Sermon-"Our God is Greater"

 

                               ANNOUNCEMENTS 

June 23, 2019

Volunteers needed for making lunches for the school lunch program.

Volunteers are needed especially for the food preparation in the evenings. Prep happens at the church on Sunday-Thursday at 6-8:30 p.m. If you might be interested in volunteering, please contact Naomi at naomibeatty2@gmail.com

Treasures Volunteer meeting: This Sunday after worship

The Community Patriotic Concert choir is rehearsing Sunday, June 23 & 30 at 7:00 pm for the July 3 event. If you would like to participate, please plan to come to the. Christ the King Catholic Church. All singers are welcome, no auditions needed! Melissa Leavitt is the conductor of this choir.

Books for you! We have many books that have been donated to the church library. Many are from Pastor David Crockett’s library. Please take one or more from the tables in the Fellowship Hall.

Vacation Bible School Mission Project. A total of $202.74 was donated to World Vision’s 1st 1,000 Days” project. Thank you!

New Bible and Brew on Sunday Mornings! Bring your Bible and discuss with others the scripture for morning worship. Klaus Stetzenbach will lead. Join us at 9:15 am in the Fellowship Hall!

A NEW These Days, A Daily Devotions for Living by Faith, July -September, are available in the Narthex.

Martha Circle next meeting will be June 27 at 1:00 pm.. Contact Sonya Swatsley at 435-590-1432 for more informatio

Sermon notes sheets are provided in baskets at the back of the sanctuary for those who would like to take notes during the worship service.

We are Connected! As members of a Presbyterian Church, we are connected to other Presbyterians! In order to support the larger organization of the Church, we contribute to the Presbytery of Utah, the Synod of the Rocky Mountains and the Assembly of the PCUSA. We do this by each member making a contribution. This year, the per capita amount per person is $39.45. If you are able to contribute this amount, we would very much appreciate it. Our church will be contributing the full amount for our 120 members, so your contribution is important. There are marked per capita envelopes in the pew pockets. Thank you.

Treasures Thrift Store. We continue to encourage more CPC people to volunteer at Treasures! The store is open for business Thursday, Friday and Saturday and prep day is Wednesday from 9 am-3 pm. Volunteer once a week or a couple of times a month! Pick up a volunteer application in the church office. WE NEED YOU! If you have large items to donate that need to be picked up, please call Treasures at 865-5972.

Please Pray. Laura Cotts; Beverly Dressen; Tim Ebersole; Carla Spaulding; Christine Winterrose, Linda Ahlstrom; David Price; Patt Behrens; Connie Lawrence (bereaved for her husband Terry); Gaylene Knoke (bereaved for her husband Gary); Gloria & Barney Cheeseman (bereaved for son Gary); The Orlemann Family (bereaved for Valerie’s father).

Care and Share. Needed donations include the following items: peanut butter, cereal, tuna, beans, rice, mac and cheese, chili, canned stews, canned soups, canned lunchmeats, full meals in boxes or cans, canned fruit, pop top food items. You can bring your donations to church and place them in the food cart in the narthex, or take them directly to Care and Share. Thank you!

Church Calendar

June 23,—June 30, 2019

23 Sunday

9:15 am New Bible & Brew

10:00 am Worship

11:15 am Coffee Fellowship

11:45 am Great Courses Class

27 Thursday

1:00 pm Martha Circle

3:00 pm Revelation Bible Study

30 Sunday

9:15 am New Bible & Brew

10:00 am Worship

11:15 am No Coffee Fellowship

11:45 am Great Courses Class

1:00 pm All Church Picnic
 

Today’s Worship Leaders and Fellowship Hosts

10:00 am

Praise Team Director Linda Johnson

Accompanist Jolene Heit

Liturgist Dennis Gregz

Children’s Message Gen Phelps

Coffee Fellowship Coffee- Nancy Eaton & Sonya Swatsley

 

   Community Presbyterian Session

Class of 2020  Mary Belle Royer

Class of 2021  Linda Stetzenbach, Brad Phelps, Dana Covey

Class of 2022 Jeff Smith, Jane McCoy, Rich Bontadelli

  Community Presbyterian Board of Deacons

          Deacons:  Debbie Vogel, Ann Johnson, Rhonda Vasquez

Shepherds:Kathie Duca, Jan Ackart, Gen Phelps, Beth Gaines, George Grohs, Bonnie Blakely, Jeff & Marilyn Smith, Mary Shurtleff, Cathy Ewert, Carla Spaulding

 Community Presbyterian Church

2279 North Wedgewood Lane

Cedar City, Utah 84721

435-586-8891

Office Hours M-F, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm

Pastor Nancy Pearson pastor@cedarpres.org

Associate Pastor Robyn Eddy pastorrobyn@cedarpres.org

Admin Assistant Marci Beck mbeck@cedarpres.org

Website www.cedarpres.org

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