T HE MA N C HESTER C H URC H OF C HRIST, MA N C HESTER, N H                                      M ay 13, 2 0 0 9

T HE MA N C HESTER C H URC H OF C HRIST, MA N C HESTER, N H                                                 M ay 13, 2 0 0...
T HE MA N C HESTER C H URC H OF C HRIST, MA N C HESTER, N H                                          M ay 13, 2 0 0 9

T HE MA N C HESTER C H URC H OF C HRIST, MA N C HESTER, N H                                           M ay 13, 2 0 0 9

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  1. 1. T HE MA N C HESTER C H URC H OF C HRIST, MA N C HESTER, N H M ay 13, 2 0 0 9 THE BULLETIN WHEN YOU THOUGHT I Manchester Church of Christ 66 Mammoth Rd. WASN'T LOOKING Manchester, NH 03109 603.623.5559 When you thought I wasn't looking, I When you thought I wasn't looking, I mht_church@comcast.net saw you hang my first painting on saw you take care of our house and www.mhtcoc.org the refrigerator, and I immediately everyone in it, and I learned we have wanted to paint another one. to take care of what we are given. Elder’s Link: May When you thought I wasn't looking, I When you thought I wasn't looking, I Larry Glass – 887-1741 saw you feed a stray cat, and I saw how you handled your learned that it was good to be kind to responsibilities, even when you larrycalling@yahoo.com animals. didn't feel good, and I learned that I Lee Davis – 547-8876 would have to be responsible when I ladnlad@comcast.net When you thought I wasn't looking, I grow up. If you have any concerns that the saw you make my favorite cake for elders should be aware of, or need me, and I learned that the little When you thought I wasn't looking, I to speak to with them, please things can be the special things in saw tears come from your eyes, and I contact Lee or Larry this month. life. learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry. When you thought I wasn't looking, I Our Worship Services heard you say a prayer, and I knew When you thought I wasn't looking, I Sunday AM: 8:30 & 11:00 that there is a God I could always talk saw that you cared, and I wanted to Bible Class: 10:00 to, and I learned to trust in Him. be everything that I could be. Sunday PM: 6:00 When you thought I wasn't looking, I When you thought I wasn't looking, I Small Groups: saw you make a meal and take it to a learned most of life's lessons that I West Side Small Group: 6:15PM at friend who was sick, and I learned need to know to be a good and Doug Paul’s that we all have to help take care of productive person when I grow up. Merrimack Small Group: 6:00PM at each other. Stuart Peacock’s When you thought I wasn't looking, I When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked at you and wanted to say, Nashua Small Group: 6:00PM at Paul saw you give of your time and money "Thanks for all the things I saw when Mosier's to help people who had nothing, and you thought I wasn't looking." Wednesday PM Devotional/Bible I learned that those who have Classes: 7:00 something should give to those who News Items? Please submit before don't. 11AM each Tuesday. The world around us provides therefore we’ll not meet at the church plenty of challenges to anyone who building on Sunday evening. But that wears the name Christian; and in view of doesn’t mean that there’s nothing going that this Sunday we’ll be studying on. Check out a small group and get to “Tough Discipleship for Tough Times”. know your brothers and sisters better. Don’t forget that this Sunday is the third Sunday of the month and PAGE 1
  2. 2. T HE MA N C HESTER C H URC H OF C HRIST, MA N C HESTER, N H M ay 13, 2 0 0 9 “So then you are no longer strangers and Our Family aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,” Ephesians 2:19, NAS95. Coming up in May... Wednesday Night Supper The Sentence Sermons Wednesday Night Supper has Remember This coming Sunday is started up again. Please • Give your time to improving the third Sunday of the month remember to sign up on the yourself, and you'll have little so there will be no evening sheet in the back of the time left for criticizing others. services at the building. Please auditorium if you plan to attend. consider joining one of the small • People are lonely because groups listed on the front of the This and that... they build walls instead of bulletin. bridges. Gander Brook's work and w0rship Attention teens Please plan to stay week is scheduled for June 27 • Worry always gives a little after second service this coming through July 4. There is much Sunday the 17th to work on work to be done to get the camp thing a big shadow. filming commercials. The rally is ready for the summer so please • If we learn to laugh at a little over two weeks away and consider helping out. there is much work to be done! Registration forms are in the ourselves, we will always foyer. have something to make us Work day Peter Steffensen has happy. scheduled a work day here at the Ladies Day The Northern Valley building for June 6th to clean up church in Lancaster, NH will be • Learn from the mistakes of the yard/parking lot and other hosting a ladies day this others. You won't live long miscellaneous tasks. He also Saturday, May 16th. More enough to make them all states that the garage next door details can be found on the yourself. needs re-roofed. bulletin board in the foyer. What else? Announcing the 24th annual Wednesday Night Menu Northeastern States Men's Youth Rally The Manchester youth Retreat. It will be held in Kent, rally is quickly approaching!! Connecticut on June 12th & 13th. Mark your calendars for May chicken fajitas Please the poster in the foyer for 29th-31st. See Linda Paul if you more details. Mexican rice are willing and able to house some teens. vegetables flan (Mexican custard) Worship Leaders Prayer Concerns Sunday, May 17, 8:30AM Scripture ..................... Paul M. Health: Doreen Lee, Pat Arel, Bill Songs ......................... Mark E. Lord’s Supper ............. Rick G. Waisnor, Deniza Chase’s niece, Marge Prayers ....................Brandon H. & Coordinator ................ Rick G. Simon, Penny Ranger, Manley Jones, Duane C. Michael Anderson's brother Scripture .................... Mark C. Sunday, May 17, 6:00PM Leadership: Ministers, Elders, Lord’s Supper ............ Ken B. Third Sunday.....no services Deacons Coordinator ............... Doug P. Evangelism: Bible studies in Wednesday, May 20, 7:00PM progress, our website, MNFM, food Sunday, May 17, 11:00AM Songs.......................... Mark E. pantry, Give Away Day Songs ........................ Gary D. Return to the Lord: Brethren who Prayers ....................Gerry M. & Lee D. have forsaken the assembly PAGE 2
  3. 3. T HE MA N C HESTER C H URC H OF C HRIST, MA N C HESTER, N H M ay 13, 2 0 0 9 Les s o n s o n O b e d i e n c e P a r k Li n s c o m b There’s just something God’s specific command, but he unacceptable. How many times do about the word that sets our teeth was clearly wrong: "Samuel said, we make the same mistake as Saul, on edge — obedience. When we’re "Has the LORD as much delight in justifying ourselves in the same in charge (or think we are), we burnt offerings and sacrifices as in way — that we indeed were want it from others and can’t obeying the voice of the LORD? obedient to God, until the going got understand why they can’t just Behold, to obey is better than tough or unpopular, then we cooperate. But when we’re being sacrifice, And to heed than the fat disobeyed? Real obedience is asked for our obedience, it is of rams." 1 Samuel 15:22, NAS95. complete obedience. usually a different story — it limits Get that? To obey is better than How many religious folks our “freedom”, cramps our style, sacrifice (worship)! And it is easy to stumble over this one? They believe and is the key duty of slaves and think (wish) that worship will cover in Jesus, repent of sin, live good servants. Since the day we all up deliberate disobedience, because moral lives, teach others about learned the word and the power of worship is easier than saying no to Jesus; but they fall short of baptism “no”, we have been attempting to my own will. in both their own obedience and in shrug off obedience. And that has We’ve all seen things like their teachings to others. Like Saul, brought trouble for us all in our this before, maybe you’ve been in many might even approach the families, in our relationships, in this situation before, a child judgment seat of the Lord saying our work lives, and most misbehaving and deliberately something like, “…Blessed are you importantly in our spiritual lives — disobeying a parent, until the of the LORD! I have carried out the which effects everything else. parent has had enough and scoops command of the LORD.” 1 Samuel Obedience was the central the child up to exercise a bit of 15:13, NAS95. But Jesus tells of a issue, when God decided to replace discipline. But as the parent is moment in the judgment in which King Saul with the shepherd boy, walking to a more private venue (so He will tragically say to some, David. David was “the man after other adults won’t be subjected to “Many will say to Me on that day, [God’s] own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14 the child’s date with “justice”), the ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in and 1 Sam. 15 & 16), while Saul child, knowing what’s about to Your name, and in Your name cast found following God inconvenient, happen, begins hugging and kissing out demons, and in Your name insecure, and unpopular. the parent — in a vain attempt to perform many miracles?’ And then Disobedience toppled Saul’s trump the earlier disobedience with I will declare to them, ‘I never knew potential dynasty, while obedience a little bit of “worship”. It doesn’t you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU established David’s. But if you were work with a good parent, and it WHO PRACTICE to have asked Saul, if he thought he doesn’t work with God either. Both LAWLESSNESS.’” Matthew 7:22, was disobedient, he would have parent and God would view earlier 23, NAS95. This is where partial given you a surprising answer, “No, obedience as preferable to a last obedience will bring us. of course not!” (see 1 Sam. 15:13). It second kiss to avert discipline. Thankfully, our sins are is for this reason and from this Second, Saul’s disobedience forgivable, when we repent; and story, then, that we can learn two teaches us that obedience is not God’s grace is generous. But important things about obedience. really obedience unless it is obedience is critical for discipleship First, although humans complete. Although Saul followed to Jesus. Let’s not fool ourselves tend to elevate the importance of God some of the way, he didn’t like Saul did and lose our throne worship over daily obedience follow Him all the way. It was this (as heirs of God and co-heirs with (morality; fruit bearing; fulfilling partial disobedience that cost Saul Christ) through our disobedience our Christian obligations to our and his family the kingship. What a and willfulness. families, employer, country, and shame, following God most of the church), God doesn’t prioritize way, but as the saying goes, “close them that way. Saul thought that but no cigar.” The lesson we should offering a sacrifice of the best of the gather here is that partial animals from Amalek would trump obedience to God is also partial any “minor” noncompliance to disobedience to God, and this is PAGE 3
  4. 4. T HE MA N C HESTER C H URC H OF C HRIST, MA N C HESTER, N H M ay 13, 2 0 0 9 Our Congregational Calendar Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Bible class 7PM Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday: Nicole Cordaro Karley Cobb & Happy Birthday: Marge Simon Nolelani Hillhouse & Casey Peacock 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Bible class 7PM Happy Happy Birthday: Anniversary: Karl Davies Brandon & Veronika Hombs Te e n N e w s Yo u n g A d u l t s • Please plan to stay Sunday morning after 2nd service to work on commercials. Our Statistics Sunday Morning Worship (combined) 162 Contribution $3,334.15 T he Ma n c h es te r c h u r c h o f C h r is t 66 M a m m o t h R d. M a n c h e s t e r , N H 03109 PAGE 4