Weekly Bulletin

Winchester Friends Church
Welcome, Friends!               January 13, 2019                 9:15 AM
What would Jesus do?  Are the Christians of today ready to have their discipleship tested?  Would the church of today, called by Christ’s own name, refuse to follow Him at the cost of suffering or discomfort or loss?  Are Christians ready to use wealth and talents as Jesus would?  Can they pass by the suffering caused by poverty, addiction, and despair and say it’s none of their business, let every man look after himself?  If every Christian did as Jesus would do, society and business and political systems would be so changed that human suffering would be greatly reduced.  Has the test of Christian discipleship been changed since Jesus’ time?  If He were here today, Jesus would call His church to do just what He commanded those first disciples to do — to allow nothing to stand between themselves and following Him.  There is not a different path today from that of Jesus’ own times.  The call of this century is a call for a new discipleship, a new following of Jesus more like the early, simple, apostolic Christianity when the disciples left all and followed the Master.  Nothing short of that can face the destructive selfishness of this age with any hope of overcoming it.
–adapted excerpts from Charles Sheldon, In His Steps, 1896

Meeting for Worship
Prelude                                                                                                                          Mary Clark
Welcome, Introductions, Announcements                                                        Pam Ferguson
Call to Worship                                                                                                                                 
Hymn #  6                                    Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above                Jeff Clark
Hymn #398                                         Fill My Cup, Lord                                            Jeff Clark
Offertory Prayer                                                                                                 Pam Ferguson
Offertory                                                                                                                    Mary Clark
Testimonies of Praise, Concerns for Prayer                                                                           
Hymn #387                                              O to Be Like Thee!                                   Jeff Clark
Message                                       Genesis 26:12-25                                       Ron Ferguson
Unprogrammed Worship  —  17th century Friends taught that “Jesus has come to teach His people Himself,” and they made that truth the centerpiece of their lives by spending significant periods of time, individually and in gatherings for worship, to listen to their Inward Teacher and obey what they heard.  If God leads you to speak out of the silence, please request a microphone so all can hear your ministry.
Closing Prayer                                                                                                                          
Postlude                                                                                                                Mary Clark
following a brief time of fellowship, please join us today for
Sunday School        10:30 AM
There is a class waiting to welcome you for study of the scriptures.

JANUARY USHERS:  Ben Kritsch, David Longnecker, John Edwards
JANUARY GREETERS:  Tim & Tanya Hart, Tony & Marsha Kritsch
January 14 – 20
Genesis 43-50;  Job 1-17