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25
Oct

November 5

Flyer — Cloud of Witnesses

“Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.” — Hebrews 12:1-3, nrsv

 

November 5, 2017

A Great Cloud of witnesses

Celebrate the people who have touched you with God’s love, past and present.

 

“Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us … run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”

Who has been a positive influence in your life? Who has helped develop your faith, encourage you to walk in love?

Join us at 10:00 am on the first Sunday of November for an hour-long celebration followed by a time of fellowship over a Lasagna dinner.  We will name names, in the spirit of the great historical review of faithful people found in Hebrews chapter 11.

It’s a time for renewal, revival, and refreshment.  Mark the date, and we look forward to seeing you!

 

Marbury Church of God

Rev. Bob Buehler, Pastor

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Marbury Church of God

4825 Bicknell Rd
Marbury MD 20658

301-743-5110

marburychurchofgod.org

Worship 10 am
Sunday School 9 am

God loves you, and so do we!

 

 

09
Apr

The mind of Christ

Today’s Message: The Mind of Christ

Philippians 2:5-11
2:5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
2:6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,
2:7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,
2:8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross.
2:9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,
2:10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
2:11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The Mind of Christ

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others better than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

The Mind of Christ: The mind-set, again

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus. (5)

The Mind of Christ: Heaven Is Our Beginning

who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, (6)

The Mind of Christ: Emptying

but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.  2:8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross.

The Mind of Christ: THEREFORE Exalted

Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name that is above every name,

The Mind of Christ: The Power of the Name

so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

08
Dec

Christmas 2016

img_6651img_6639Christmas Services

Come!

Location: 4825 Bicknell Rd, Marbury, MD 20658

December 18, 10:00 am

Our Sunday School classes will present the annual Christmas program, and we also will bring the Christ’s Birthday Offering, an annual offering that supports missions and ministry worldwide.

December 24, 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Candles, Carols and Communion:  Enjoy a worshipful hour of meditation and celebration as we contemplate the coming of Christ into the world, into our hearts, and into the situations of our life.

December 25 12:00 noon

Enjoy Christmas morning with your family and join with others for a midday Sunday service.  Sunday School and the normal 10 o’clock service are cancelled for Christmas day.

Merry Christmas!

29
Jul

In Memoriam

Louella (Peggy) Myers Shamblin went home to be with the Lord on July 27, 2016 at the Hospice of Charles County.

29
May

20th anniversary

New Date for Picnic

The annual Marbury Church of God Sunday School Picnic, which was planned for Saturday May 14, will take place on Sunday, June 12, 2016.

This is also the day we will come together to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the arrival of Pastor Bob Buehler and family in Marbury.  They arrived on June 28 1996, officially beginning service to the church on the first of July.  Friends are invited to participate in this celebration.

Join with the congregation for worship at 10:00 am and after a short break we will gather at Penny Estates,  beginning around noon,  to continue the celebrations.  For the picnic, families are asked to bring a side dish and dessert, as hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages will be provided by the church. The format is informal so if you have to arrive a little later there will still be food.

 

12
May

Special Notice – Change of Schedule

New Date for Picnic

The annual Marbury Church of God Sunday School Picnic, which was planned for Saturday May 14, will take place on Sunday, June 12, 2016.

This is also the day we will come together to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the arrival of Pastor Bob Buehler and family in Marbury.  They arrived on June 28 1996, officially beginning service to the church on the first of July.  Friends are invited to participate in this celebration.

Join with the congregation for worship at 10:00 am and after a short break we will gather at Penny Estates,  around noon,  to continue the celebrations.  For the picnic, families are asked to bring a side dish and dessert, as hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages will be provided by the church.

 

 

 

15
Mar

Photography Update

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

The photography event that was scheduled for March 18 and 19 has been cancelled.  If you were signed up for pictures, we’ll contact you when we have a new date, perhaps in the fall of the year.  If you didn’t sign up, watch for an announcement of another opportunity.

31
Jan

The Mission

The Mission: Bringing It Home

Luke 4:14-20
4:14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country.
4:15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
4:16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read,
4:17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free,
4:19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
4:20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
4:21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.

4:22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”
4:23 He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.‘”
4:24 And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown.

4:25 But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land;
4:26 yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon.
4:27 There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”
4:28 When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage.
4:29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff.
4:30 But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

(The notes below include some things that are not included in the spoken message.  This often happens when I write notes after preaching, instead of before … to make sure you get everything, please review the video …. rcb)

The Mission: The beginning of ministry

Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

Following his baptism and a time of solitude (the temptation in the wilderness), he began his public ministry as an itinerant preacher.  During this time he went to various places, starting with Capernaum, and his reputation grew.  At some point, his travels brought him to the town where he had grown up.

The Mission:  Home is the hardest place!

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read…

All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”

So far so good. Following his normal practice, and as a guest preacher in the synagogue, he was given an opportunity to speak to the home congregation.  Of course they had heard of his reputation in the surrounding countryside.  No doubt there was a bit of pride in the idea of a local boy making good.  But then he got to his message.

The Mission: The purpose of anointing

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

He carefully selected a passage from the prophet (Isaiah 61:1-2a) and read it, as was the custom.  It is one of many in Isaiah that foreshadows the coming of God’s kingdom, which was understood to involve a restoration of Israel.  The poor were the Israelites themselves; the captives were those who had been carried into exile by the Assyrians and the Babylonians; the mention of the blind may recall king Zedekiah, whose eyes were put out on the order of Nebuchadnezzar (2 Kings 25:7); the oppressed were the people themselves, oppressed by Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes, Persians, Greeks and Romans for something approaching 500 years by now. The year of the Lord’s favor would have been understood as the time when all of these wrongs done to them as a people would be set right.

The Mission: The time is now

Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:21)

By this declaration Jesus proclaimed himself the Messiah, God’s anointed king, whose mission is to right every wrong and restore God’s people to peace and prosperity.  No doubt his hearers understood this in a way much like that just described; the coming of a leader for their people.  But Jesus had a larger mission in mind, as is evident from everything that happened afterwards, including the other events of that same day.  He is introducing a gospel message that goes beyond the political message on the surface.  This mention of “today” as the time of God’s action is echoed throughout the New Testament, as for example,

“See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!” (2 Cor. 6:2)

The Mission: It’s Not Just for Us

yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon.

In Luke 4:23-27, Jesus introduced something about the gospel that conflicts with the comforting idea that it was all about overthrowing Israel’s enemies and restoring the nation to prominence above all others.  Using two examples from biblical history, he shows that God’s merciful actions may include reaching beyond the borders of the nation.  It is not just the favored chosen who are to be blessed; the blessing extends to those who are excluded. The widow of Zarapheth lived in Sidon, in a territory we now know as Lebanon, outside the borders of the promised land.  He mentions Naaman the Syrian, cleansed of leprosy through the ministry of Elisha.  Everyone familiar with the story (and the history) would have known instantly that on that occasion (as at many other times) Syria and Israel were actively enemies, at war with one another.  Here he shows that God has been illustrating through sacred history the teachings that he himself would emphasize (see Luke 6:27-36).

The reaction of the congregation was rage, when the message did not fit their expectations.  Jesus, however, having explained that the message of good news is for all the poor, the oppressed, the captive, the blind…. went his way to continue doing what he was talking about.

Baptism: A Public Declaration

(This message was delivered on a day when three individuals in the congregation came forward to be baptized.  The baptism portion of this Sunday’s service is at the end of the video.)

When we decide to follow Jesus, we agree to learn from him throughout our lives, and to make his mission our mission, his priorities our priorities. Just as Jesus began his ministry by being baptized, for us baptism marks a dividing point between the old life and the new.  In it we declare publicly that, like the apostles, we are ready to let him take us to places that we would not have gone; just as Abraham, when called, went out, not knowing where he was going, but allowing God to bring him to a place of promise.

10
Dec

Christmas Cantata Dec 20

Everyone is invited to attend our Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 20 at 6:30 pm. Our Choir has been working hard to prepare this celebration.

Place: Marbury Church of God
Address: 4825 Bicknell Road, Marbury, MD 20658

Who can come: EVERYONE

“Call Him Jesus”

Other special services:

Christmas Program, Dec 20 at 10 AM
Christmas Eve service (candles, carols and communion) Dec 24 at 8:30 PM

25
Nov

Everyone is welcome on Thanksgiving Day at 9 am for a brief but meaningful gathering to remind us what the day is about. The Rev. Tim Bean of Marbury Baptist Church will bring a Thanksgiving message. There will be music, and prayer, and the ability to meet some neighbors.

 

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