Pastor's Desk

Pastor's Letter January 20, 2019

By CJ Harkness
This week we continue to pray for those who are affected by the record-setting government shutdown. It is not lost on me as we go into the season in which we culturally celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that his legacy calls us to speak up for the oppressed.

I Love you, aint a thang you can do about it!

Sunday January 20, 2019

 

Greetings in the name of our Lord!

God is good! I do not state that as a meaningless colloquial to start a letter.  I really mean to tell you that God is and He's good.  I encourage you to join me in maintaining a focus on this as our personal lives, situations in the news and even our friends and families constantly distract and sometimes even challenge that fact.  Sometimes we as believers need to go back to the basic theological principle that God is good!

This week we continue to pray for those who are affected by the record-setting government shutdown.  It is not lost on me as we go into the season in which we culturally celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that his legacy calls us to speak up for the oppressed.  Dr. King and many others of the civil rights era were constrained by the Bible's consistent condemnation of oppression.  In fact, during his most famous speech "I Have a Dream", he quotes the prophet's words recorded in Amos 5:24 calling for the people to "let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream".  This call resonates for us as well today.  Let us pray to God and hold our leaders accountable to prioritize justice and righteousness over profit and political gain.  Let us also consider the ways that we individually impact others in the decisions we make great and small.  A focus on the legacy of Dr. King is a focus on how we individually and collectively leverage the privilege that we have for the benefit of the oppressed.

This week we, as the Spirit shall guide, will enter into a series of messages designed to inspire our sense of discipleship and church engagement love.  I believe that our march towards a new strategic plan must be accompanied by Biblical insight on how we as members of this fellowship must be equipped to contribute to the ministry.   Our first message, Stay in Your Lane, will argue that no matter who you are, God has equipped YOU for work in the Kingdom.  Not doing the work that you are equipped and called for is not only sin, but it is also to the detriment of the Kingdom.  Additionally, trying to execute an assignment of someone else's calling is also outside of God's will and can result in frustration, turmoil, and pain in the life of the believer and the Church at large.  Let us spend time this week asking God to daily clarify for us his calling and direction and stay in the lane he has made for us.

 I Love you, aint a thang you can do about it!

Your Pastor,

CJ

 

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Church Announcements—January 20, 2019

 

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ANNUAL PRAYER BREAKFAST-- 572 Pearl St. Berea

Mount Zion Baptist Church will host the TOMORROW, January 21, annual MLK Worship Service featuring music, readings, and keynote speaker, Dr. Leonne Hudson! Delicious breakfast follows.

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FELLOWSHIP MEAL

Please join us for the Fellowship Meal on Sunday, February 10th  in honor of Black History Month. Sign-up sheets are on the usher's counter if you would like to bring a food dish, dessert or beverage for the meal.  All are welcome.

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Mark your calendar for Sunday, February 24, 2019, for our First Quarter Business meeting following Worship Service.

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Mother Marvelle Wilson is now relocated. Her address is:

Morning Side House Ellicott City

5330 Dorsey Hall Drive #226B

Ellicott City, MD 21042

Her phone number is: 740-601-6838

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Due to a change in a printing deadline, prayer requests must be received before noon on Wednesday to be printed in the current Pastor's Letter.

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Bible Reading for Next Week's Lesson

January 21, through January 27, 2018

 

Mon:  Isaiah 52:53—The Suffering Servant.

Tue:  Psalm 119:65-72—Learning Godly Ways in Humility.

Wed:  1 Corinthians 15:1-11—Message of the Good News.

Thurs. Hebrews 5:1-10—Learning Obedience through Suffering.

Fri:     Philippians 2:12-18—Serve and Work for God's Pleasure.

Sat:    Philippians 2:19-30—Envoys of Ministry In Christ's Mission.

Sun:    Philippians 2:1-11—Your Call to Unity & Humility.

 

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

 

--Philippians 2:3, NIV

 

 

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