The Psalms, if you did not know, are songs. They are a collection of 150 songs, written originally for the worship of the Hebrew people, and now the Christian church. And they are so important to the church, and to our faith, because they give us an uncompromising, comprehensive way to speak about life to God. They help us praise, give thanks, express regret over sin, pour out grief, ask for help, cry out our fears, and more. The great ancient theologian Athanasius said this about the Psalms: “Whatever your particular need or trouble, from this same book you can select a form of words to fit it so that you…learn the way to remedy your ill.”
This week we enter back into the Psalms for the Summer with a look at God’s greatness. May we get a sense for his majesty, beauty and power, and, in turn, know who we are in comparison to him. Pray for humility and happiness this Sunday.
Summer Service Time Starts July 7th
We are moving our morning service time to 9am for the months of July and August. So this Sunday is our last Sunday at 10am.
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– Pastor Ryan
July and August Service Time Change: 9:00AM As you may have heard, the Elders and Deacons have decided to change the Sunday service time to 9am for July and August. There are two reasons for this. The first is to beat the heat (our worship space does not have air conditioning). And the second reason is to bolster our Summer attendance! We hope you will make it a priority to attend services when you are in town. If you have questions about this, reach out to any of our leaders.
Ladies Monday Evening Bible Study: Please join us Monday evenings at 7:00pm at the church. We are studying Overcomer by David Jeremiah. Join us as Dr. Jeremiah explains how our spiritual armor allows us to stand firm against the schemes and strategies of the evil one.
Women’s Retreat: Ladies mark your calendar for September 20-22 for the annual Berea Women’s Retreat. The schedule for the retreat is planned deliberately to give you a chance to grow and to be refreshed, to use the time in the unique way that you would most enjoy. For more information contact Shannon. You can register at berea.org or call 603-744-6344.
Moldova Mission Trip: We are planning to take our next mission trip to Moldova October 11th-19th. If you have any interest in going to Moldova, or would like more information, please contact Bill and Sandi Stearns.
Small Group: There is a small group at 7:00pm every other Monday in Salem, NH. Contact Chris Cummings for more information.
Evening Praise & Prayer: Mark your calendar to join us Sunday, July 21st at 5:00pm. We will begin at 5:00pm with a potluck dinner. At 5:30pm we will have a service which includes sharing, praying and teaching. Everyone is welcome!
Men’s Bible Study: Men please join us as we study the book of Galatians. We are using Tim Keller’s book Galatians For You. We meet every Thursday from 6:30-7:30a at the church. All men are invited!SERVE
Help in the Café: We need someone to fill in on the 3rd Sunday of the month for Café for July thru October (7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 10/20). If you can’t take all of these months you can volunteer for any one of these dates. Please contact Alison to volunteer or to ask questions.
Cuddling Babies: If you like to cuddle and hold babies, this opportunity is for you! Lawrence General Hospital is always looking for volunteers to help soothe and comfort babies who may not have a mom present to do so. The volunteer commitment is only as much or as little as you desire. Coverage is needed 7 days a week from 7am-10pm and is greatly appreciated by the staff and the babies! If you would like more information please feel free to email Kim Wilkinson.
Helping with Slides: We are looking for a few people to train to use our worship slides program. It’s very easy and a good way to serve at GracePoint. Please contact Joe if you would like to know more.
Ministries at GracePoint: Do you feel that God is calling you to serve at GracePoint? Right now we need help in our Kids Town ministry! In addition, we are always looking for volunteers to serve in our café, on the worship and tech teams. Please pray and ask God where he wants you to serve. Contact Ryan for more information or to sign up!
PRAYING FOR GRACEPOINT
God has called each one of us as a solemn duty and as a high privilege, for the wonderful power of intercession for our church and for one another. Let us pray for marriages at GracePoint:
Prayer for marriage
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Father, your greatest command was to love you and love each other. You’ve given marriage as a holy relationship that reflects our relationship with You. Show us how to follow your example and set aside our selfishness and pride and humbly serve each other. Help us to be of one spirit and of one mind and value each other above ourselves, looking out for each other’s interests. In the midst of our busy lives, help us take time to love each other deeply from the heart, as you have loved us. May the love we have for each other be an example to the world of how You love them and gave Your life for them.
Lord, we pray for any marriages at GracePoint that are hurting or struggling. Father, reach in with your healing hand to change hearts. These are souls that you love, children that you have redeemed through the blood of your Son, and marriages that you alone can restore. Comfort those who turn to you for help, and strengthen those who seek You in your Word. Remind us that we can trust you when we feel like we can trust no one, we can love and forgive only when we receive those gifts from you first. Grant wisdom and hope when it seems helpless and overwhelming. Be with those who are heart-broken and empty. Drive us to your Word where we find you, and let your grace bring us all that we need.
In the mighty name of Jesus we pray. Amen.