Elk Rapids Bible Church “Where the UNCHANGING WORD meets the needs of a CHANGING WORLD” Pastor Gary Gladfelter 342-8663 or 264-6671 PastorGladfelter@ElkRapidsbc.com Check us out on Facebook and at elkrapidsbc.com! July 22, 2018 “May HIS Grace and Truth be seen in 2018!” Worship in Introduction Worship in Offering Worship in Scripture Reading – Psalm 145 Worship in Prayer and Meditation Worship in Praise “In Christ Alone” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” - #277 “Amazing Love” - #351 “Because He Lives” - #358 “Spirit of the Living God” - #389 “Grace Greater Than Our Sing” - #344 Closing – “To So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” - #581 Unsung Servants: Ed and Lodena Benak as deacon and bookkeeper of our church. Thank You!
Welcome to our services! 9:00 a.m. – Sunday School 10:00 a.m. – Morning Worship Service Prayer Ministry: Tom Next Sunday: Lodena and Lona Nursery Today: Shonda and Kendra Next Sunday: Jerica T H I S W E E K Wednesday, July 25th– Bible Study and Prayer Time – 6:30 pm – “Prayer is essentially the expression of our heart longing for love. It is not so much the listing of our requests but the breathing of our own deepest request, to be united with God as fully as possible.” ---- Jeffrey D. Imbach (Recovery of Love) M A R K Y O U R C A L E N D A R August 1st – Wednesday Evening on River Street – Puppet making – Inflatable game – Bible and book distribution! August 4th – Harbor Day Parade! The total offering for last week was $979.41: Building Fund - $30.00; General Fund - $949.41.
Is it not evident that, despite the Resurrection, if there had been no Ascension we would be lost? If the Father had not been fully satisfied with all His Son did for us wouldn’t it all be rendered null and void? Would we not be forever undone, without help and without hope, if Jesus had not entered heaven on our behalf, celebrated with hymns of victory? If Christ has not ascended for us, where else could we go to find the Father’s welcoming arms? There would be no high priest to represent us and intercede for us at the throne. We would be stripped of free, clean access into God’s presence. There would be no one preparing a home for our eternal dwelling. Our lives, as well as the whole universe, would be without a mediator to symphonize all things with the will of God. Pentecost would have been permanently postponed, and so believers would remain forever devoid of the Spirit’s indwelling power. The promises meant to be Jesus’ inheritance, to be shared with all who belong to Him, would be locked up and shelved. Above all, Jesus’ very best gift, His saving efforts for us, would be struck in the past, as it were – where He was last seen, visiting with disciples after exiting the tomb, but left at the fringes of history. --- David Bryant