Welcome Friends!

February 18, 2018

 9:15 AM

Jesus slices through the Old Covenant norm of reciprocity.... Agape love stretches far beyond simple reciprocity.  Agape is not about returning smiles for smiles or favors for favors.  That's not kingdom love.  Agape is a norm of excess that goes far beyond reciprocity.  The prodigal's father didn't play by reciprocity when he welcomed home his son who reeked of a pigsty.  The Samaritan businessman was not exercising reciprocity when he got off his donkey to help the Jew beaten and robbed by thieves.  God doesn't operate by reciprocity, either.  God models the norm of excess, ....taking the initiative and acting first, loving the world so much that he became a human person, redeeming and saving every one of us through Jesus Christ, regardless of our status and with no guarantee of the desired response.  And we who were saved like that are to be merciful, just as God is merciful (Luke 6:36).
--adapted from Donald Kraybill, The Upside-Down Kingdom


Meeting for Worship
Prelude   Mary Clark
Welcome, Introductions, Announcements   Shirley Ertel
Call to Worship    
Hymn #2  Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing Brian Lilly
Choir He Put a New Song In My Heart Brian Lilly, Mary Clark

He put a new song in my heart, a hymn of praise to the Lord and King.
He put a new song in my heart to praise His holy name. 
I will sing to the Lord..... 
Oh, I will rest and put my trust in You, for You have given me my heart's desire. 

O God, Your wonders no one can number, blessings too great for my heart to hold......
             --Michael Barrett, based on Psalm 40:3  (CCLI 469965)

Hymn #68 There's a Wideness in God's Mercy Brian Lilly


Offertory Prayer   Shirley Ertel
Offertory   Mary Clark
Hymn #338 At Calvary Shirley Ertel

Junior Church for kids age 5 to 5th grade

Message Matthew 5:7 Ron Ferguson

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy

Unprogrammed Worship -- Friends stress that all sincere followers of Jesus, not only pastors, are ministers through whom God may choose to speak as they center their attention on Christ, listen to the Spirit, and obey.  If God leads you to speak out of the silence,  please request a microphone so all can hear your ministry.
Testimonies of Praise, Concerns for Prayer    
Closing Prayer    
Postlude   Mary Clark

following a brief time of fellowship, please join us today for


Sunday School                 10:30 AM

There is a class waiting to welcome you for study of the Scriptures!


Trustees in the library                 11:15 AM


Missions & Social Concerns Committee Meeting                 11:15 AM

In the William Penn classroom.

February 19-25

Numbers 7-30


FEBRUARY USHERS:  Tim Hart, Tony Kritsch, Kenny Girton

FEBRUARY GREETERS: Val & Rob Pearson, Joyce & John Edwards

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