May 22, 2022

Worship the Lord with Gladness

“Oh come let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our maker.  For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.”

            The above Scripture from Psalm 95:6-7, speaks to how we should view our worship to God. Our worship is first and foremost to be reverential. The idea of bowing down and kneeling is one of paying homage to one who is greater. Bowing or kneeling puts one in a subservient position and thus shows great honor to the one before whom you bow or kneel.

Second, the object of our worship should be the LORD our maker – God. By telling us the proper object of our worship, all other things, people, places, or ideas are eliminated. Since He is our maker, our creator, He, and He alone, is worthy of our praise and adoration.

Third, His people, are the sheep of His hand. Sheep never have and never will be in the position to dictate to the shepherd what they will or will not do. Whether they are to eat, drink, or rest, it is strictly at the discretion of the shepherd. As God’s people (sheep), we rely upon our Shepherd for how we come before Him in worship. It is not our place to dictate to Him what we will offer or how it will be offered. The only acceptable worship is that which God Himself has prescribed.

Finally, we look to the previous verses for how our worship is to be offered. In the first two verses, the Psalmist writes that our praise and worship to God should be joyful and filled with thanksgiving. We must understand that we are the beneficiaries of true, biblical worship. God requires our worship, but He does not need it – He is just as much God whether or not we obey the command to worship. However, He knows that we need to worship. Worship is not about what we get – it’s about what we bring; joy and thanksgiving. The byproduct of coming before our Creator in this manner is that we will be the ones who are truly blessed.

Come, let us learn and grow together.

Mark Jamieson

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

May 22    (Sun) Bible Classes, 9:30am

May 22    (Sun) AM Worship 10:30am

May 22    (Sun) PM Worship (Revelation), 6pm

May 23    (Mon) Ladies Prayer and Fitness, 6pm

May 23    (Mon) B-12, 7pm in the Fellowship Hall

May 24    (Tue) 10am, Crafty Ladies

May 25    (Wed) Bible classes, 7pm

May 30    (Mon) Office Closed for Holiday

SERVING OUR SENIOR SAINTS This summer the UCCC Youth Group will place special emphasis on serving the older members of our congregation. If you have a need or project such as lawn care or clean up, we would love the opportunity to serve. Please contact Joshua Mann for any service requests.

FLORIDA BIBLE CAMP Students ages 8-18 are invited to attend FBC this summer July 10-16. Total cost is $225 with a $25 security deposit needed upon registration. Register online at Floridabiblecamp.org or see Josh Mann for printed copy. Scholarships are available upon request. Additionally, we still need camp volunteers to act as counselors for the week. Please see Josh Mann for details.

LET’S MAKE WAVES at this year’s VBS on Saturday, July 30 from 9am-12pm. Everyone is welcome to stay after for lunch. VBS is for ages 3 years to 5th grade, nursery available for children under 3 years old. Those wishing to help with VBS can fill out our volunteer form included with today’s bulletin. These forms will be collected at the end of service today.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS Parents of all Seniors are reminded to submit photos for our Graduation Banquet on June 12. Parents are also reminded to write a letter to their Graduate. This can be read aloud during the event or played with the slideshow. Cost per person is $5. Family of Graduates eat free! May 29 will be Youth led worship, please plan to come out and worship with them on Sunday evening at 6PM.

GATORS FOR CHRIST Tonight from 7:30-9:30pm come to Donny & Julie’s house (1133 NW 98th Terrace) for dinner & game night! Darren & Donny will be sharing this Wednesday at 7pm in the FLC on our new Summer Series on Discipleship (New Testament ways to bring to and build up others in Christ) and Casey, Kato, Lavoris & Abel will lead small group study/discussions during the second half of class. This Saturday at noon meet at Michael Hartman’s place (11486 SW Hendrix Dr. in Dunnelon) for our Memorial Day weekend college get-a-away (Lunch, Kayaking, Canoeing, Tubing, Cookout & Bonfire Devo by Dre, Breakfast on Sunday, communion service by Michael, and more fun & fellowship on the river)! No cost!

FOOD PANTRY BAGS Available upon request.

ADULT CLASSES:

Sunday:

WC Fellowship Hall: The Holy Spirit in Action, B. Wharton

FLC Dining Room (#109): Hebrews, M. Jamieson

FLC (#104): College and Young Pros, Zephaniah, John Bell

FLC Library (#211): Chronological Bible Reading, Ron McQuinn

FLC #206: “English Partners”

Wednesday Night:

FLC Gym: The Way of the Alongsider (Discipleship), 7pm, Various

FLC 109: Book of Psalms, Mark Jamieson

WC Aud: Young Pro Women, Various Topics, Various Teachers

WC Fellowship Hall: 1&2 Timothy & Titus, 7pm, Dan Payne

ELDER’S CORNER

1 Peter 5:2 “Be Shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care…”

A middle school student defined friendship:

A true friend, a real friend says what their friend NEEDS to listen to; even when they know that their friend may get angry. A sincere friend doesn’t leave because they are afraid to be with you. A genuine friend doesn’t leave when warm, sunshine skies become cold, stormy, tumultuous times of inconvenience and uncomfortable. In short, a real friend recognizes the value of friendship and holds it sacred.”

Proverbs 17:17 reads, A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

John Bell

Private prayer with an Elder(s) is available down front after worship or by appointment.

Please remember our sick and shut-in with cards, visits or a phone call and keep them in your prayers.

Hospitals: (this past week)

William Wharton

Special Care Facilities:

Onley Bowers, Katherine Guttery, Daisy Martin, Jodi McKim

Others:

Judy Beard, Ann & Ed Bresnyan, Emily Carpenter, Myrna Flint, Chuck Gatton, Teddie Goodner, Douglas Guntor, Larry Hood, Joan Jaudon, Angela Jonas, Carol Massey, Bennilene Pennisi, Rodney Powers, Quinn Waters, Robert Wilson, Rick Worley.

Prayers for the safety and strength of all those in harm’s way serving our country and community.