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 June 28-July 4, 2020

Sunday Morning Worship - 10:30 am

Wednesday Evening Bible Study – 6:30 pm


June Theme: Clarity of Thought – A look at the time of Judges

June 28 – Communion. Message: “The Power of Personal Integrity” Judges 21:25 & Ruth 3:11,18.  People in the days of the judges did what was right in their own eyes, that is why Boaz and Ruth’s personal integrity counted so much. Devotion: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 – The powerful witness of character.


Income for June 21  - $1255.00


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.



It is my belief that the story of Ruth takes place around the year 1160 BC.  This would have been during the Abimelech conspiracy of chapter 9.   In Judges 10:6 it states that the Israelites began to serve the gods of the Philistines, Ammonites and Moabites.

This story of Ruth and Boaz seems to fit this period of Judges.  Economics and political realities drove the tribal alliance of Israel apart.  Israel was unravelling.  Gideon had been the high-point but had failed to grasp the opportunity and establish a centralized government and national identity.

The migration of Elimelech, his wife Naomi and his 2 sons Mahlon & Chilion make sense in this world.  He moved to Moab, which has the most stable government in the area. He must have been an artisan or merchant for he was able to obtain brides for his sons from established families in Moab. 

The sudden deaths of Elimelech and his sons left Naomi and her daughters-in-law without support.  She determined to return to Bethlehem in Judah.  Ruth, Mahlon’s wife, refused to return to her parents and commited herself to Naomi and the God of Israel. 

The book of Judges characterizes the entire era of Judges and especially this last period of Judges with the statement found in:

  Judges 21:25 –  In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

We see within our own culture chaotic forces at work. How do we face the results of a relativistic culture?  Boaz and Ruth plotted a path through the chaos of their times, based of 3 principles: Faith, Courage and Integrity. 

While we often talk about faith and courage in Christianity, we seldom talk about integrity. When we do it is usually equated with honesty.  But integrity is more than just honesty.

The root of the word integrity is “tag” it appears in most Indo-European languages, it means “thick in consistency”.  Integrity means to be consistent throughout one’s substance.

The characteristics of Integrity are: honesty, humility, fidelity, perspective, self-control, endurance & fairness. While any of these virtues in isolation can become destructive, they need to become homogenized in order to become integrity.


Pastor Alan will be sharing a video sermonette for today on the Garrison Church of God Facebook page: Please use “Garrison Church of God” on Facebook to get to this page. We will be posting the audio of the service on our website sermon download page following service - www.garrisonchurchofgod.com.


Coming Up:

July Theme: Law & Freedom in Christ – Romans 8:2 -  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Tuesday, June 31 – No Bible Study at Riverdale

Wednesday, July 1 – No Bible Study – Garrison Church of God

Thursday, July 2 – 10 am Celebration of Life Service -Alan O. Hathaway, @ Garrison Church of God.

Saturday, July 4Independence Day

Sunday, July 5Message: “True Freedom is Born in Responsibility” Galatians 3:2-3. Thought:  As Christians we are blessed by the work of the Holy Spirit that creates within a sense of responsibility and purpose. Devotion: [Garrison] Psalm 40:1-10 - We celebrate the joy and faith that God works in our life along with our sense of responsibility before Him. 

Wednesday, July 8, 6:30 pm – Bible Study at Garrison

Sunday, July 12Message: “Why Do We have Law & Order?” Galatians 3:22-25. Thought: Law and order in our lives is a guard to protect us from doing great evil and to prepare us for personal responsibility. Devotion: [Garrison] Psalm 77:5-15 – Memory of the past and an understanding of God’s will and purpose is fundamental to developing responsibility in our freedom.  Responsive Reading: [Riverdale] Psalm 77:7-14.

Tuesday, July 14 - Bible Study at Riverdale

Wednesday, July 15 - Bible Study at Garrison

Sunday, July 19Communion [Garrison] **Fellowship Sunday [**if restrictions are relaxed]. Message: “The Power of True Freedom.” Galatians 3:26-29.  Thought: As Christians our freedom in Christ gives us privileges as God’s children and citizenship in heaven.  Devotion: [Garrison] Psalm 31:14-24 – As we trust in God we receive the assurance of His blessing and grace.  Responsive Reading: [Riverdale] Psalm 31:19-24.

*Tuesday, July 21 - Bible Study at Riverdale

*Wednesday, July 22 - Bible Study at Garrison

Sunday, July 26Communion [Riverdale]. Message: “Living In Freedom” Galatians 4:8-9.  Thought: The danger of freedom in Christ is that we become tentative in our faith and convictions. Devotion: [Garrison] Psalm 9:7-19 – We can have a confidence in God’s eternal purpose, character and desire to save us so we celebrate. Responsive Reading: [Riverdale] Psalm 9:7-14

* Tuesday, July 28 - Bible Study at Riverdale

*Wednesday, July 29 - Bible Study at Garrison


*These activities are tentative due to some scheduling concerns.


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