Garrison Church of God
Alan L. Hathaway, Pastor
Church email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: 463-2813 ~ Parsonage: 463-7407
235 Hancock Way, P.O. Box 413 Garrison, ND 58540
Week of Oct 2-8, 2022
Wednesday Evening – 6:30 pm
Series: Looking at the Ending in Isaiah
Sunday, Oct 2 - Message: “No Longer A Lady” Isaiah 47:4-7 & Revelation 17:1-6. Thought: The culture of the World entices people because it appears as something proper and noble but appeals to the baser nature. Devotion: Edie Stark - Psalm 94:8-18. God will reprove evil yet provide victory to the righteous and mercy to the repentant.
Income for Sept. 25– $1454.00
A projector fund has been established, there is $600.00 in it,
the goal is $800.00
A special thank you to all those who have been faithful in your support of our fellowship.
One of the most quoted books the New Testament is Isaiah. It was also widely referred to by early Christian writers. In fact, the use of this book by Christians for polemic [discourse aimed at persuasion] reasons frustrated Jewish rabbis up into the middle ages.
As Christians we see the birth, death, resurrection and salvation provided in Jesus Christ clearly revealed in the text of Isaiah. Many Christians through out the ages have referred to Isaiah as “the Fifth Gospel”. But Isaiah has much to also say about the mission of the Messiah at the end of the age. This is especially true in the closing half of Isaiah. In chapter 40 Isaiah has been disappointed by the failure of the righteous king Hezekiah who has compromised with Babylon and is unconcerned about the future impact of his decision on the nation of Judah.
Isaiah lived through one of the most transformative times in world history. The mighty kingdoms of the Levant who were allied with Egypt fell one by one to the Assyrians. Egypt became a shell of its ancient glory. Only Judah remained an independent nation in the Levant. Their sister state Samaria [Northern Israel] fell to the Assyrians in 722. God had spared King Hezekiah and Judah from this fate with His mighty hand. But king Hezekiah disappointed Isaiah by not living up to the blessing God had provided. One of the dangers we as Christians have is placing too much confidence in secular leaders or political movements. In the chapters following chapter 40 Isaiah refocuses on the eternal purpose of the Messiah. Over these next few Sundays, we will unpack some of these themes.
Introduction to the sermon:
In Isaiah 47, a character is introduced that will impact Christian thought for centuries. The defiled “virgin of Babylon” is no longer a lady. While this imagery is followed by other Old Testament prophets it is in this chapter where it is most clearly stated. It became a model for the woes Jesus proclaimed against Jerusalem. The image both Peter and John identify with Roman culture of their time. In Revelation 17:1-6 we read of the “Whore of Babylon”. While Christians throughout history have recklessly accused other Christians organizations with this title, in truth from Isaiah through to Revelation it seems to indicate the social structure that determined culture norms. Augustine would state this as the struggle between the “City of God” and the City of Babylon”. We now summarize Jesus’ statement in John 17:15-21 as: “We are in the World but not of the World”. In this statement as often in the New Testament “world” stands for “cultural norms” that guide human politics and establish social structure.
Isaiah prior to the events of chapter 39 trusted in human culture and its leaders such as Hezekiah to bring about truth and justice in this world, but in disappointment he came to seek the kingdom of the coming Messiah as his ultimate hope.
In one sense every day becomes a new opportunity for a Christian.
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 these pages. We post the audio of the service on our website “sermon download” page following service - www.garrisonchurchofgod.com.
Series: Looking at the Ending in Isaiah
Sunday, Oct 2 – Care Facility Services 2-4 pm
Wednesday, Oct 5 – 6:30 pm, Bible Study. A Study in Thessalonians – 1 Thessalonians 1 “Passing on the character of those who brought us the faith”
Saturday, Oct 8 - MIP
Sunday, Oct 9 – Sukkot Begins at sundown. Message: “From First To Last” Isaiah 48:12-16 & Revelation 22:12-13. Thought: God’s purpose is eternal, Jesus Christ brings that purpose into our lives. Devotion: Tom Anderson - Psalm 8:1-9. God’s creation speaks to his purpose for humanity.
Wednesday, Oct 12 – 6:30 pm, Bible Study. A Study in Thessalonians – 1 Thessalonians 2 “Recognizing the Truth of the Gospel”
Saturday, Oct. 15 – Women’s Luncheon
Sunday, Oct 16 – Message: “The Rock From Which You Were Hewn” Isaiah 51:1-2 & Romans 9:30-33. Thought: Our Christian character is formed by our faith, our heritage in Christ and our desire to follow him. Devotion: Arnold Moll - Psalm 145:5-15. Focusing on the character of God changes our view of responsibility.
Wednesday, Oct 19 – 6:30 pm, Bible Study. A Study in Thessalonians – 1 Thessalonians 3 “Growing in our faith.”
Thursday-Friday, Oct 20-21 – NCR Minister’s Meeting In Dickenson
Sunday, Oct 23 – Fellowship Sunday [Please bring a main dish and desert or salad to share] and Communion. Message: “A Place For The Hopeless and Outsider” Isaiah 56:3-8 & Matthew 21:12-15. Thought: God gives hope and a future to those trapped in hopeless circumstances and he gives acceptance and purpose to those who are outside. Devotion: Phyllis Wiggins - Psalm 147:7-15. It is God’s blessing and calling that gives us meaning and identity.
Wednesday, Oct. 26 – Service at BLC, 10:15 AM
Wednesday, Oct 26 – 6:30 pm, Bible Study. A Study in Thessalonians – 1 Thessalonians 4-5 “Living practically but Dreaming Big.” [We will cover 2 Thessalonians in November.]
Sunday, Oct 30 – Message: “Viper Eggs Don’t Make A Good Omelet.” Isaiah 59:4-8 & 1 Thessalonians 5:8-11. Thought: When people depend on evil to protect and enrich them they end up being ensnared in that evil. Devotion: GorJean Moll - Psalm 125:1-5. If we trust in God our future is secure.
Monday, Oct. 31 – Halloween.