9-24-17 Smyrna: Rich Little Poor Church

WELCOME

SONGS: My Faith Looks Up to Thee

 God of Wonders

BIRTHDAYS: (PICTURE) Ryder Morrison,                                                                                                       Jeff Thomason, Jamie Bethea, Justin James, Joel Williams, Jackie Payne

KIDS DISMISSED

ANNOUNCEMENTS

– Before the kids go, we want to tell you that the FALL CARNIVAL will be held this year on October 7th but this is not something we do for OURSELVES … we do this to meet our neighbors and friends so THEY get to meet us!!  

Pastor Debbie begs your forgiveness for having to POSTPONE the VISIONING meeting this Wednesday night … she’ll get back to us with new dates soon but IN THE MEANTIME… please take the survey … we’ve extended the deadline to NEXT SUNDAY, and it’s anonymous, so please take a few minutes to respond.

– Girlfriends of Grace are painting next Sunday… make your reservation directly at the Greenville store online

-And here’s another opportunity for women who want to REALLY grow in their faith … the last Walk to Emmaus is 3 days in NOVEMBER that prides 10 amazing faith talks and a DEEP DIVE into understanding Grace. Applications are in the front lobby or on the website 

We are fortunate that our NORTH TEXAS CONFERENCE brings such awesome workshops to our East District and the next one is HERE at CMUMC!! Please

COMMUNITY PRAYERS

 OFFERING MOMENT  Knowing God, you have given us a never-wanting future.  Yet, we often forget the nature of your divine gift.  We become entangled in the snares of self-centeredness.  Today, we joyfully share these many offerings as a way to release ourselves from being self-focused to being God-focused.  In the name of your loving Son, we pray.  Amen.  Matthew 20:1-16

Doxology

 SONGS: Old Rugged Cross

Sing Alleluia to the Lord

SERMON: The Rich Little Poor Church

“To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: these are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.  I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.  Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.

 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death. Rev, 2:8-11

 SONG: Shall We Gather at the River

 WELCOME

 BENEDICTION