September 16, 2001
Volume 11, Number 37

A Prayer for America

Father, we approach your throne of grace and truth at this moment with hearts that have been disturbed by the events of the last two days. And we know that as devastating as the events of this day have been to us, you too have been saddened by the hatred and senseless loss of life.

Father, the events of yesterday remind us of just how fallen this world is, how sin-sick men have become, and how we so frequently suffer at our own hands because hearts that have been filled by sin. May the events of today remind us of how far removed we are from your glory. This certainly is not what you intended for mankind when you created us, but it is the result of disobedience and the work of the Devil. May these events help us to see more clearly what it means to live apart from the standards of your word. May it cause us to be repulsed by the work of Satan in this world and to be filled with renewed zeal, to refuse to serve Satan, by failing to serve you.

Father, so many lives have been lost, thousands have been thrust into eternity, prepared or not, to give account for their lives. Countless thousands more will be touched by the loss of family members, father, mothers, spouses, siblings, and children who will not return home. Be with them that they might find peace and calm. And may we, as citizens of this nation, but more importantly, as citizens of your great kingdom, the church, be used as instruments of your providence to reach out in avenues of compassion and care to share the love of Jesus with those who are filled with hatred.

Father, we also know and acknowledge that you are in control of all things, that nothing escapes your notice, and that ultimately justice will be realized. But father, we also pray that a swift justice might be realized in this life, so that others may be spared the repeat of such tragedies. And Father, we especially know our own weaknesses. We know how easily it could be for us to allow hatred to gain control of our hearts at this time. Help us to control our anger. Help us to realize that as hurt and angry as we may be, hatred is not the godly response Jesus would desire from us.

And finally, Father, we pray for our national leaders. Be with president Bush, his advisors, and our congress that in the next few days, weeks, and months, that they may pursue a course of wisdom that will ultimately lead to our peace and safety.

In Christ’s name we pray, Amen

Steve Higginbotham

From President Bush’s September 11th Address To The Nation

“Tonight I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve,
for the children whose worlds have been shattered,
for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened.
And I pray they will be comforted
by a power greater than any of us
spoken through the ages in Psalm 23:
‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil for You are with me.’”

God Knows

I know not, but God knows;
Oh, blessed rest from fear!
All my unfolding days
To Him are plain and clear.
Each anxious puzzled "Why?"

From doubt or dread that grows,
Finds answer in this thought:
I know not, but He knows.
I cannot but God can;

Oh, balm for all my care!
The burden that I drop
His hand will lift and bear,
Though eagle pinions tire,--

I walk where once I ran,
This is my strength to know:
I cannot, but God can.

Annie Johnson Flint

Annual Bible Reading Program

This week’s Bible readings are:

Sunday, 16th: ... John 18:1-18, ... 2 Chronicles 26, ... Psalms 83
Monday, 17th: ... John 18:19-38, ... 2 Chronicles 27-28, ... Psalms 84
Tuesday, 18th: ... John 18:38-19:16, ... 2 Chronicles 29, ... Psalms 85
Wednesday, 19th: ... John 19:16-42, ... 2 Chronicles 30, ... Psalms 86
Thursday, 20th: ... John 20:1-18, ... 2 Chronicles 31, ... Psalms 87
Friday, 21st: ... John 20:19-31, ... 2 Chronicles 32, ... Psalms 88
Saturday, 22nd: ... John 21, ... 2 Chronicles 33, ... Psalms 89:1-18

Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
Criticize me, and I may not like you.
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me, and I will not forget you.

William Arthur Ward

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Victims & families of Tuesday's terrorist attack

Charlie White - Bill & Jeanne Sherman - Leslie Johnson

Viola Morinier - Virginia Law - Walt & Jeanette Thompson

Mary Kaupilla - Nan Alexander - Bobby Bates

Ernest Bowker - Naomi Morton

Sunday’s Lessons:

AM ... "Comfort When Tragedy Strikes" (Job 1:20-22)
PM ...
"David Series, #4 - Preparing for Service" (1 Samuel 17:55-18:9)

Service Opportunities


Time of Services


 Wayne Vowell




 Walt Thompson


Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services



11:00 am

Bible Reading:

 Wayne Vowell  

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


 Delbert Leavens  



 Ted Wheeler


Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Closing Prayer:

 Carl Rigney


Evening Services



Opening Prayer:

 Jim Dougan



 Delbert Leavens


Our Record - Last Week


 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Clarence Riggenbach



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