Bulletin

 

 Garrison Church of God

  Alan L. Hathaway, Pastor

Pastor Cell: 333-9957

Church email: garrisoncog413@gmail.com

           Office: 463-2813  ~  Parsonage: 463-7407          

                  Website: GarrisonChurchofGod.com

                        235 Hancock Way, P.O. Box 413 Garrison, ND 58540Week of Dec. 13-19, 2020

 

 Garrison Church of God

              Alan L. Hathaway, Pastor

                  Pastor Cell: 333-9957

Church email: garrisoncog413@gmail.com

 Office: 463-2813  ~  Parsonage: 463-7407          

                                           Website: GarrisonChurchofGod.com

                        235 Hancock Way, P.O. Box 413 Garrison, ND 58540

 

Week of Jan. 17 – 23, 2021

Sunday Morning Worship - 10:30 am

Wednesday Evening Bible Study – 6:30 pm

 

Sunday, Jan. 17Sanctity of Human Life Sunday! Fellowship SundayCommunion. Message: “Life Is God’s Gift” 1 John 1:1-4 [context – 1:1-2:2] Thought:  Jesus Christ came into the world not only to provide salvation for humanity but to sanctify human existence. Devotion: Patty Fetzer, Deuteronomy 30:11-20 –God’s purpose for humanity is that we know Him and do His will – we have infinite value to Him. 

 

 

Income for Jan. 7 - $1280.00

A special thank you to all those who have been faithful in your support of our fellowship.  We deeply appreciate your extra effort to be faithful in stewardship.  God bless you.  We have a basket at the back of the sanctuary to receive offerings this morning.

 

WELCOME TO GARRISON CHURCH OF GOD

 

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday:

Today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. In 1973 the Supreme Court determined that Abortion was acceptable throughout gestation [intrauterine development of the child] up to the moment of birth and no state could by state law restrict access to abortion.  This view is established on the principle of “right to privacy” which has dubious legal standing within the Constitution.   In fact most legal scholars see Roe vs. Wade as poorly written legal precedence. Those who defend abortion on demand, now defend it as “settled law” which derives its authority based on longevity and acceptance by the community.  

Surprisingly, this was the same argument used by pro-slavery advocates.  Who argued that while the allowance of slavery within the Constitution was inconsistent with the principles stated in the same Constitution the longevity and acceptance of slavery indicated that it was an acceptable practice.

Christianity from its very beginning was opposed to abortion as was the Jewish community in which Christianity came into being. Christianity is from the beginning opposed to abortion.  The reason Christianity challenged the Greco-Roman culture on this point was that Christians, with the Jewish people, saw humans in every aspect as being created in the “image” of God.  The wanton [reckless and lawless] taking of human life at any stage was viewed as an offense against God’s creation.  Both the Old Testament and New Testament support this view.  This is the reason I am pro-life.  

 

Sermon introduction: 

Recently the “1619 Project” has attempted place the blame for slavery on America’s founding.  It is based on the first African slaves arrival at Jamestown colony.  While this date is interesting, we have little documentation on how these “slaves” were received.  What little documentation exists seems to indicate that at first they were received as “indentured servants”.

The same year in the Dutch colony of “New Amsterdam” [modern New York] slaves from Africa via the Caribbean, were received. In fact, this Dutch colony hosted the 1st slave market in what would become the USA.  The Dutch already were deeply involved in “Transatlantic slave trade” they had Caribbean and Brazilian colonies that were based on slave labor.  The slaves brought to Jamestown in 1619 were actually Dutch pirate spoils from a Portuguese slave trader delivering African slaves to Spanish Mexico.  The full number was 20 and we know only the names of 2 who settled into the Jamestown colony. 

The enslavement of people with African ancestry became popular in the late 1400’s when the Portuguese came into contact with African kingdoms that had been selling slaves for centuries to Islamic slave traders.  Slavery had ceased in most parts of Europe by the late Middle Ages for it was believed immoral to enslave someone of the same faith.  Later Christians would argue that to enslave anyone made in God’s image was immoral.

 

 

Pastor Alan will share a video sermonette for today on the Garrison Church of God Facebook page and YouTube channel: Please use “Garrison Church of God” in the search to get to this page. We post the audio of the service on our website “sermon download” page following service - www.garrisonchurchofgod.com.

 

Coming Up:

Theme: A New Year With Some of the Same Problems - 1 Corinthians 5:6-8

Wednesday, Jan. 20  – Bible Study 6:30 pm. [resumes]

Sunday, Jan. 24Message: “Getting Down To Basics” Jude 1:1-4 [Matthew 7:13-20] Thought:  As we face the Uncertainty of the upcoming year we as Christians must certain of our faith. Devotion: Phyllis Wiggins, Ezekiel 13:1-9 –Our faith must be in God and His word not in the wishful thinking of false spiritual leaders.  Ezekiel 13:2-5.  Sunday School resumes following service.

Wednesday, Dec. 23  – Bible Study 6:30 pm.

Sunday, Jan. 31 – Backward Day! Message: “A Little Backward” 1 Peter 5:5-11 [2 Kings 20:8-11] Thought:  7 Things to get right if we are to go forward into this new year. Devotion: Tom Anderson, Lamentations 3:21-31 – We can trust the Lord because He renews His relationship with us.  Sunday School following service.

 

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