ONLINE Vacation Bible School (July 1 – 29)

As posted previously, SRC will NOT be holding an onsite VBS this summer due to quarantine restrictions. HOWEVER, we are working behind-the-scenes to deliver an ONLINE VBS. Our publisher is graciously allowing us a 30 day window to broadcast an online VBS using some of their resources. We will be weaving together an Opening, Song, Bible Story, KidVid and Closing. We are aiming to broadcast during the month of July using the following release dates.
  • July 1- Jesus’ Power Helps Us Do Hard Things
  • July 8- Jesus’ Power Gives Us Hope
  • July 15- Jesus’ Power Helps Us Be Bold
  • July 22- Jesus’ Power Lets Us Live Forever
  • July 29- Jesus’ Power Helps Us Be Good Friends

Mike McOrmond, Deborah Hill and Cara Vanderbrook are still serving as Directors. Mike Sicienski will be heading a team of teachers to deliver our five lessons. David and Denise Skidmore will be recording, editing and publishing our videos. We will share more details as we get closer to July 1.

“Body of Christ” LiveStream Service (9:25AM, Sunday, May 24)

The May 24th sermon entitled “Body of Christ” will be “live streamed” at our normal worship service time of 9:30AM Sunday. However, we encourage you to login at 9:25AM to get settled in and enjoy the piano prelude music. Once again, you are invited to view or listen to our Sunday morning sermon in one of 4 ways.

1) Watch live on the church Facebook page at 9:30AM, SUNDAY by going to: facebook.com/srcmarion  Please “like” our Facebook page for future notifications.
2) Watch the same recording later on Facebook at a time more convenient for you: facebook.com/srcmarion
3) Watch the same recording later on our newly created YouTube channel. Just type in “Second Reformed Church of Marion” when you go to: youtube.com  Or you can click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo3ZNP8OgRarSQXfqzGcn-Q
4) Listen to the audio recording and see sermon outline on our church website: sermons.srcmarion.org

Title: The Body of Christ

Text: I Corinthians 12:12-26

Theme: God designed the fellowship of believers for mutual nurture & care.

I. God designed Christ’s Body (the Church) as He ___________.

A. The fellowship of believers is fearfully & wonderfully arranged.

B. Application of truth that God set believers in the body as it pleased Him

II. God designed Christ’s Body to be _____________________.

A. This is how our relationship to each other comes to be what it is.

B. Application of how members care for one another.

Questions for Study

Context of I Corinthians 12:  today’s “ministry consumer Christians” resemble Corinth’s Christians.  They prefer “brands” of ministry from their favorite preacher; selfish in disputes; selfish in use of Christian liberty & exercise of their spiritual gifts; mixing pop philosophy with spiritual truth of the resurrection, etc.  Paul teaches on Spiritual Gifts in chapters 12-14, around the key theme found in 12:7, To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  It sums up what our Lord meant fellowship to be.

If Christ is the Great Physician to His Body, the Church, who are His nurses?

Hint:  Hebrews 1:14; Acts 2:42-47; I Corinthians 12:24b-26.  Also, if you have access to a Bible concordance, look up the number of times the word “fellowship” and the phrase “one another” appears.

Someone wrote that the Church is to be a hospital for sinners, not a hotel for saints (other versions of this saying exist).  What are some ways our church lives out the first phrase?  Are there ways we fulfill the second phrase?

How does living out of I Corinthians 12:25-26 testify Christ to the world around us?  What exactly does healthy Body Life show unbelievers?

Are we to extend such ministry to unbelievers?  Why or why not?  Hint:  Luke 10:29-37.  Give other examples of how Jesus answered this question.

“Breath of Life” LiveStream Service (9:25AM, Sunday, May 17)

The May 17th sermon entitled “Breath of Life” will be “live streamed” at our normal worship service time of 9:30AM Sunday. However, we encourage you to login at 9:25AM to get settled in and enjoy the piano prelude music. Once again, you are invited to view or listen to our Sunday morning sermon in one of 4 ways.
1) Watch live on the church Facebook page at 9:30AM, SUNDAY by going to: facebook.com/srcmarion  Please “like” our Facebook page for future notifications.
2) Watch the same recording later on Facebook at a time more convenient for you: facebook.com/srcmarion
3) Watch the same recording later on our newly created YouTube channel. Just type in “Second Reformed Church of Marion” when you go to: youtube.com  Or you can click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo3ZNP8OgRarSQXfqzGcn-Q
4) Listen to the audio recording and see sermon outline on our church website: sermons.srcmarion.org

Title: The Breath of Life

Text: Habakkuk 3:1-19

Theme: Worship the Lord

I. He ___________ to delight in the Lord’s friendship.

A. He chooses to take pleasure in the Lord, v. 18.

B. How do we delight in the Lord’s friendship to His pleasing & our good?

II. He ___________to declare the Lord’s grace to others.

A. Habakkuk worships the Lord by confessing Him, v. 19.

B. Some forms of confession that are soul-heartening worship.

Questions for Study

The Prophecy of Habakkuk is a prayer conversation between the Lord & the Prophet about the Lord’s plans for His people.  The Lord informed Habakkuk He was about to chasten His sinful people, using the cruel Babylonian army as His scourge. Habakkuk questioned why He would use an unrighteous people more wicked than His own to punish them.  The Lord assures Habakkuk that justice will be done on the Babylonians and His people avenged.  In the final chapter Habakkuk reviews some history of God’s dealings with His people and with their enemies, trembles at what’s going to befall the Babylonians and resolves that, come what hard providences may, he will delight himself in the Lord.

How is Habakkuk 3:17-19 related to Philippians 4:4?

In what way do vv. 18 & 19 describe things that cannot be shaken and are always a fruitful field in which to walk & meditate?

Do we practice this when we struggle under hard providences?  If so, what does it look like in your own life?  What are some tools the Lord has given to help us practice v. 18?  Hint:  Ephesians 5:19-21; Colossians 3:16-17; Psalm 8; 77; 104; 107; 108:1-8.

Ideally, where does sincere worship take us (or transport our hearts & minds, if you will)?   See Colossians 3:1-3; Hebrews 12:22-24.  What effect could that have on us in our struggles?  See the song, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.

Onsite 2020 VBS Cancelled!

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and other logistical concerns, the SRC Consistory has reluctantly decided to cancel our VBS program this year. However, there is a small group exploring the possibility of an Online VBS option. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Directors Mike McOrmond, Deborah Hill or Cara VanderBrook.

“Gold Star Mothers” LiveStream Service (9:25AM, Sunday, May 10)

The May 10th Mother’s Day sermon entitled “Gold Star Mothers” will be “live streamed” at our normal worship service time of 9:30AM Sunday. However, we encourage you to login at 9:25AM to get settled in and enjoy the piano prelude music. Once again, you are invited to view or listen to our Sunday morning sermon in one of 4 ways.

1) Watch live on the church Facebook page at 9:30AM, SUNDAY by going to: facebook.com/srcmarion Please “like” our Facebook page for future notifications.

2) Watch the same recording later on Facebook at a time more convenient for you: facebook.com/srcmarion

3) Watch the same recording later on our newly created YouTube channel. Just type in “Second Reformed Church of Marion” when you go to: youtube.com Or you can click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo3ZNP8OgRarSQXfqzGcn-Q

4) Listen to the audio recording and see sermon outline on our church website: sermons.srcmarion.org

GOLD STAR MOTHERS

I. Introduction

A. American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

B. Shaking the Earth (Hebrews 12:26-29)

C. Panning for Gold (Job 23:10)

II. Purpose- We can endure hard providences and come forth as gold by emulating 3 Gold Star Mothers in the Bible.

A. Gold Star Mom 1- Hagar

  • First Runaway Crisis (Genesis 16:1-16)
  • Near Death Experience (Genesis 21:10, 14-21)
  • Gold Nugget- Hagar was shaken and swirled in the pan of desperation and discovered God as “The God Who sees me.”

B. Gold Star Mom 2- Naomi

  • Famine, Husband & Sons Death (Ruth 1:1-5)
  • Naomi = Pleasantness / Mara = Bitterness (Ruth 1:13, 19-21)
  • Pleasantness and Nourishment Restored (Ruth 4:14-17)
  • Gold Nugget- Naomi was shaken and swirled in the pan of hardship and God turned her bitterness into joy.

C. Gold Star Mom 3- Mary

  • Shame, Pending Divorce & Possible Stoning (Matthew 1:19)
  • 5 Moves in 12 Years (Nazareth > Town in Judah > Nazareth > Bethlehem > Egypt > Nazareth)
  • Losing Boy Jesus for 3 Days (Luke 2:41-51)
  • “A sword will pierce through your own soul also” (Luke 2:34-35)
  • Watching Her Son Be Crucified (John 19:25)
  • Servant and Magnifier of the Lord (Luke 1:38; 46-55)
  • Gold Nugget- Mary was shaken and swirled in the pan of hard providence which revealed a worshipping servant heart of gold.

III. Conclusion

A. Summary

B. Application

  • Which Gold Star Mom inspires you the most to endure hardships so you can come forth as gold?
  • These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold – and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. (I Peter 1:7)
  • Closing Prayer

SERMON BASED QUESTIONS

  • Describe the greatest hardship you have ever experienced?
  • Can you recall a time when God revealed Himself in a deeper way and helped you through a crisis?
  • What can we learn from the example of Hagar?
  • If you are currently in a desperate situation, do you believe that God sees you?
  • What does the life of Naomi teach us?
  • Are you experiencing a bitterness right now where you will trust God to restore and nourish you?
  • What encouragements flow from the way in which Mary endured hardship?
  • In the midst of your hard providence, will you keep serving and worshipping God through it?
  • Which Scripture spoke to you the most and why?
  • What is your biggest “take away” from this sermon?

SRC “Live Stream” Worship Service (9:25AM, Sunday, May 3)

The May 3rd Sunday sermon entitled “Hard Providences III: The Bread of Life” will be “live streamed” at our normal worship service time of 9:30AM Sunday. However, we encourage you to login at 9:25AM to get settled in and enjoy the piano prelude music. Once again, you are invited to view or listen to our Sunday morning sermon in one of 4 ways.

1) Watch live on the church Facebook page at 9:30AM, SUNDAY by going to: facebook.com/srcmarion Please “like” our Facebook page for future notifications.

2) Watch the same recording later on Facebook at a time more convenient for you: facebook.com/srcmarion

3) Watch the same recording later on our newly created YouTube channel. Just type in “Second Reformed Church of Marion” when you go to: youtube.com

4) Listen to the audio recording and see sermon outline on our church website: sermons.srcmarion.org

Title: The Bread of Life

Text: Matthew 4:1-11

Theme: In plenty or in need God calls us to live by His Word.

I. Scripture is given to ___________ us in hard Providences.

A. It reminds us who we are, which is so important.

B. God’s word pictures teach us how His Word fortifies us when tested.

II. His ____________ Word, His Son Jesus Christ.

A. God’s purpose in the trials Jesus endured in vv. 1-11.

B. In this text, Jesus is Supreme Example for dealing with trials.

III. In His ______________, which His Word governs.

A. His Word brought creation into being & operates it.

B. Because Creation is Word created & operated, pondering its testimony can help us cope with hard Providences.

Questions for Study

How does God’s Word feed believers’ souls?  What do our souls need to eat?

How does God’s Word illuminate our souls, our thinking, our navigating?

How does God use His Word to heal/restore our souls, our lives?

How does God’s Word heeded bring positive order & structure to our lives, our schedules, our relationships?  (Alternately put, how does Scripture right our lives, tear down what’s crooked & rebuild righteous pattern). E.g., a person testifies, I used to be a…, but God delivered me from that to be a …

What effect does rightly ordering our lives have?  See: Isaiah 32:17-18

Marion Community Food Pantry

The Marion Community Food Pantry continues to serve our town from our location in the SRC Education Building behind Second Reformed Church. The address is 3757 Mill Street. Hours are Thursdays 6-7PM, and Saturdays 9-10AM. No referrals are needed, but you must be a resident of Marion. Please bring bags if you have them (It’s okay if you don’t). Masks and social distancing are required at this time per the Governor’s direction.

SRC “Live Stream” Worship Service (9:25AM, Sunday, April 26)

The April 26th Sunday sermon entitled “One of the Hardest Hard Providences” will be “live streamed” at our normal worship service time of 9:30AM Sunday. However, we encourage you to login at 9:25AM to get settled in and enjoy the piano prelude music. Once again, you are invited to view or listen to our Sunday morning sermon in one of 4 ways.

1) Watch live on the church Facebook page at 9:30AM, SUNDAY by going to: facebook.com/srcmarion Please “like” our Facebook page for future notifications.

2) Watch the same recording later on Facebook at a time more convenient for you: facebook.com/srcmarion

3) Watch the same recording later on our newly created YouTube channel. Just type in “Second Reformed Church of Marion” when you go to: youtube.com

4) Listen to the audio recording and see sermon outline on our church website: sermons.srcmarion.org

 

Title: One of the Hardest Hard Providences

Theme: The Lord is God of all comfort.

Text: Psalm 46

I. No matter HOW He answers our prayers, God is still our present & future _________________ & _________________.

A. Psalm 46 confesses a fresh demonstration of that truth.

B. Though our perception be otherwise, our reality is we’re not alone.

II. Faith’s _____________ in us.

A. One preacher believes sermons should end with amen, but therefore.

B. Another implied therefore, v. 10.

 

Questions for Study

II Kings 19; Isaiah 37-38 give the back story to Psalm 46.

When children are frightened or hurting, what comfort do they most want?  Are we any different?  What does loving parental presence signify for a fearful or hurting child?  How then might one use Psalm 46 to comfort grieving people?

How does our Lord’s incarnation, His becoming Emmanuel, particularly fulfill Psalm 46:1?

How is Jerusalem’s complete inability to rescue herself from an overwhelming enemy a picture of our human condition?

Beyond an underground conduit bringing water within Jerusalem’s walls that Hezekiah had dug, to what might the river whose streams make glad the city of God point?  Hint, John 7:37-39.  This “Stream” comes up again in Revelation 22.

How does Revelation 21 relate to Psalm 46, especially its central truth as found in 46:1?

Timely Billy Graham Sermon Clip Goes Viral

Timely Billy Graham Sermon Clip Goes Viral

By Aaron Earls

As uncertainty becomes the new normal, many people are finding comfort in the familiar. One such place is a Billy Graham sermon.

While Graham died just over two years ago, his words from this classic sermon still bring comfort and reassurance to the Christian today.

Hundreds have shared this short clip from Billy Graham on social media.

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In the sermon excerpt, Graham says:

Habakkuk said, “Lord please tell me what you’re doing.” And God said, “No, I’m not going to tell you, Habakkuk. Because if I told you what I was doing you wouldn’t believe it.”

If God today told us what He’s doing in the world, we wouldn’t believe it.

Don’t you think God’s given up, and God’s abdicated, and God’s left the throne. He hasn’t.

He’s still on the throne. And those of us that know Him put our trust in Him and Him alone.

I don’t put my trust in Washington. I don’t put my trust in the United Nations. I don’t put my trust in myself. I don’t put trust in my money.

I put my trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

When all the rest of it fails and crumbles and shatters, He’ll be there.

SRC “Live Stream” Worship Service (9:25AM, Sunday, April 19)

The April 19th Sunday sermon will be “live streamed” at our normal worship service time of 9:30AM Sunday. However, we encourage you to login at 9:25AM to get settled in and enjoy the piano prelude music. Once again, you are invited to view or listen to our Sunday morning sermon in one of 4 ways.

1) Watch live on the church Facebook page at 9:30AM, SUNDAY by going to: facebook.com/srcmarion  Please “like” our Facebook page for future notifications.

2) Watch the same recording later on Facebook at a time more convenient for you: facebook.com/srcmarion

3) Watch the same recording later on our newly created YouTube channel. Just type in “Second Reformed Church of Marion” when you go to: youtube.com

4) Listen to the audio recording and see sermon outline on our church website: sermons.srcmarion.org

 

Title: Resurrection Repercussions

Text: Psalm 2

Theme: Jesus, Eternal God & our Elder Brother remains enthroned and reigning.

I. Mankind in ______________.

A. The powerful set themselves…against the Lord & against His anointed

B. The rebellion is in our blood; it continues today.

II. The Lord in ______________.

A. Vv. 4-7 declare what God did despite all attempts to stop Him.

B. An exhortation to drive home the Psalm’s central comfort.

 

Questions for Study

How do we know that Psalm 2 is talking about Jesus’ exaltation (His resurrection, ascension & Heavenly session at the Father’s right hand)?

Scripture interprets Scripture: see Acts 4:24-28;13:32-33; Hebrews 1:3-5; 5:5; Romans 1:1-4 .

How are you personally reminded that our Lord rules all things?

How is your thinking about our troubled society different because of this truth?

How are your personal values affected by this truth?

How does the fact that our Lord rules all things help you cope with hardships?

Here are some texts related to Psalm 2’s event that bring comfort when read & reflected upon:  Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 1:4-6; 5:1ff.