Winchester Friends Church
Welcome, Friends! October 14, 2018 9:15 AM
Early Friends were admonished by their testimony of simplicity to shun ornamentation in their personal dress, grooming, and furnishing of their houses…. That testimony today addresses modern undisciplined lifestyles, suggesting instead a manner and standard of living that avoids superfluity, excess, and appetites that undermine both health and a life of holy obedience…. It does not necessarily mean a life of voluntary poverty, but it does mean that we become good stewards of all we have, and become sensitive to the needs of others…. Simplicity applies as well to our use of time and the simplification of schedules — our priorities, and how we arrange them…. It means uncomplicating our overscheduled and overburdened lives. It means having a clear sense of what is most important, and learning how to leave aside the “excess baggage” — those things that detract from and clutter up our lives. In short, the testimony of simplicity calls for a reordering of our lives so that we become spiritually centered and focused.
–adapted from former ESR dean Wilmer Cooper, A Living Faith
….there is a deeper, an internal simplification of the whole of one’s personality, stilled, tranquil,
in childlike trust listening ever to Eternity’s whisper, walking with a smile into the dark.
Meeting for Worship
Prelude Judy Kendall
Welcome, Introductions, Announcements Shirley Ertel
Call to Worship
Hymn # 11 My Tribute Brian Lilly
Hymnbook Choir Sunshine in My Soul Brian Lilly, Judy Kendall
Please follow the lyrics at hymnal #499.
Hymn #455 Come All Christians, Be Committed Brian Lilly
Offertory Prayer Shirley Ertel
Offertory Judy Kendall
Testimonies of Praise, Concerns for Prayer
Hymn #378 Only One Life Brian Lilly
Message Matthew 6:24 Ron Ferguson
Friends’ testimony of simplicity
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.
Postlude Judy Kendall
following a brief time of fellowship, please join us today for
Sunday School 10:30 AM
There is a class waiting to welcome you each Sunday for study of the Scriptures!
OCTOBER USHERS: Ben Kritsch, David Longnecker, John Edwards
OCTOBER GREETERS: Sheryl Fidler, Rachael Wilson, Kay Mendenhall, Bettye Monks
THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR READINGS
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