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 April 11-17, 2021

Sunday Morning Worship - 11:00 am

Wednesday Evening Bible Study – 6:30 pm


April Theme: Day By Day. Romans 14:5-6

Sunday, Apr. 11 Message: “Underwater, Unlettered & Unerased.” Colossians 2:8-15. Thought: We are complete in Christ even when we might feel overwhelmed, inadequate or unimportant. Devotion: Phyllis Wiggins, Isaiah 43:25-44:8  God is committed to us even when we foul thing up, so long as we desire to follow Him. Sunday School following service: In His Image, session 1.


Income for Apr. 4 - $849.00

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.



Series Introduction:

Special days are important in our lives.  Days when we have succeeded and days when we have failed.  A day to remember a great event or sorrow.  Some are silly and don’t make much difference in our real life experience while other stop us in our tracks and demand that we take time to ponder the realities that have happened. That of course is the reason for national holidays. But it was the reason in Old Testament for the Sabbath observance.  It was originally a day to reflect, rest and resolve.  But by the time of Jesus it had become much more it had become a ritual that had little to do with reflection or refreshing or even resolutions about the future.  Instead it had become about rigid rules and, false piety that had little to do with a relationship with God or others.  Sometimes our days can get in the way of what is really important.

Paul in writing to the Romans in chapter 14:5-6 challenges the Christians in Rome concerning this idea of special days:

5  One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.

6  He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.

There is a danger in our desire to establish the process of the day that we lose sight of the meaning.  Jesus would say: The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. [Mark 2:27].

When we become slaves to our ritual we fail to honor God for whom all days are special and we fail to bless our neighbors for whom special days are made. 

Ritual devoid of real worship for God and real concern for other humans is empty and ultimately dishonors God as well as others. Paul tells us ritual days and activities are good in so much as they honor God.  It is more important that we recognize that each day we have is a gift from God and should honor Him, whether we are celebrating something special or not.

Sermon Introduction:

In 1966 the Beatles wrote a song called “Yellow Submarine”. It was written primarily by Paul McCartney and scored by John Lennon. It was written as a solo part for Ringo Star. The song was meant to be a children’s song, but it reflected the Beatles experimentation with the psychedelic culture of the mid-1960’s.  Much of that culture was inspired by the use of LSD a powerful hallucinogenic drug. 

Often we feel that our life is sinking in despair, confused or in danger of becoming worthless. We want to escape to a simpler place or an unreal place.  In Christ we have the power to face the world no matter what.

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:

April Theme: Day By Day. Romans 14:5-6

Wednesday, Apr. 14 – Bible Study 6:30 pm - Ecclesiastes

Sunday, Apr. 18Fellowship Sunday & Communion. Message: “2 Of My Favorite Days.” Hosea 6:1-6. Thought: God rescues us from ourselves and the sinfulness of others. Devotion:  Edie Stark, Romans 14:7-13.  God expects us to take responsibility in our faith walk but to also be generous in respect to the struggles of others. Sunday School following service.

Sunday, Apr. 18 National Animal Cracker Day.

Monday, April 19 – Bicycle Day.

Wednesday, Apr. 14 – Bible Study 6:30 pm - Ecclesiastes

Sunday, Apr. 25  Message: “The Hero In the Common Man.” Acts 4:13-20. Thought: When we have been with Jesus people will notice. Devotion: Psalm 8:1-9.  Our relationship with Jesus Christ promises a wonderful future. Sunday School following service.

Sunday, Apr. 25 National Plumber’s Day.

Wednesday, Apr. 28 – Bible Study 6:30 pm - Ecclesiastes

Wednesday, Apr. 28 National Superhero Day.




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