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SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR SUNDAY, July 21, 2019

1 Kings 21:1-27

21 Now it came about after these things that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard which was in Jezreel beside the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. Ahab spoke to Naboth, saying, “Give me your vineyard, that I may have it for a vegetable garden because it is close beside my house, and I will give you a better vineyard than it in its place; if a]">[a]you like, I will give you the price of b]">[b]it in money.” But Naboth said to Ahab, “The Lord forbid me that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers.” So Ahab came into his house sullen and vexed because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him; for he said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.” And he lay down on his bed and turned away his face and ate no c]">[c]food.

But Jezebel his wife came to him and said to him, “How is it that your spirit is so sullen that you are not eating d]">[d]food?” So he said to her, “Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite and said to him, ‘Give me your vineyard for money; or else, if it pleases you, I will give you a vineyard in its place.’ But he said, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’” Jezebel his wife said to him, “Do you now e]">[e]reign over Israel? Arise, eat bread, and let your heart be joyful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.”

So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal, and sent letters to the elders and to the nobles who were living with Naboth in his city. Now she wrote in the letters, saying, “Proclaim a fast and seat Naboth at the head of the people; 10 and seat two worthless men before him, and let them testify against him, saying, ‘You cursed God and the king.’ Then take him out and stone him f]">[f]to death.”

Jezebel’s Plot

11 So the men of his city, the elders and the nobles who lived in his city, did as Jezebel had sent word to them, just as it was written in the letters which she had sent them. 12 They proclaimed a fast and seated Naboth at the head of the people. 13 Then the two worthless men came in and sat before him; and the worthless men testified against him, even against Naboth, before the people, saying, “Naboth cursed God and the king.” So they took him outside the city and stoned him g]">[g]to death with stones. 14 Then they sent word to Jezebel, saying, “Naboth has been stoned and is dead.”

15 When Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned and was dead, Jezebel said to Ahab, “Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth, the Jezreelite, which he refused to give you for money; for Naboth is not alive, but dead.” 16 When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, Ahab arose to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.

17 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 18 “Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who is in Samaria; behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth where he has gone down to take possession of it. 19 You shall speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Have you murdered and also taken possession?”’ And you shall speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord, “In the place where the dogs licked up the blood of Naboth the dogs will lick up your blood, even yours.”’”

20 Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me, O my enemy?” And he h]">[h]answered, “I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do evil in the sight of the Lord. 21 Behold, I will bring evil upon you, and will utterly sweep you away, and will cut off from Ahab every male, both bond and free in Israel; 22 and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, because of the provocation with which you have provoked Me to anger, and because you have made Israel sin. 23 Of Jezebel also has the Lord spoken, saying, ‘The dogs will eat Jezebel in the i]">[i]district of Jezreel.’ 24 The one belonging to Ahab, who dies in the city, the dogs will eat, and the one who dies in the field the birds of heaven will eat.”

25 Surely there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the sight of the Lord, j]">[j]because Jezebel his wife incited him. 26 He acted very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the Lord cast out before the sons of Israel.

27 It came about when Ahab heard these words, that he tore his clothes and put k]">[k]on sackcloth and fasted, and he lay in sackcloth and went about l]">[l]despondently.

Sermon- "Confrontation"

 

                               ANNOUNCEMENTS 

July 21, 2019

Beginning Sunday, August 4, we’ll be trying something new for coffee fellowship. Join your church family and friends in the church lobby before the worship service for a cup of coffee or tea. Our time for fellowship will begin at 9:30 am and continue until the service begins.

Volunteers needed for making lunches for the school lunch program.

Volunteers are needed especially for the food preparation in the evenings. Prep happens at the church on Sunday-Thursday at 6-8:30 p.m. If you might be interested in volunteering, please contact Naomi at naomibeatty2@gmail.com

New Bible and Brew on Sunday Mornings! Bring your Bible and discuss with others the scripture for morning worship. Klaus Stetzenbach will lead. Join us at 9:15 am in the Sunday School classroom.

A NEW These Days, A Daily Devotions for Living by Faith, July -September, are available in the Narthex.

Martha Circle next meeting will be July 25 at 1:00 pm.. Contact Sonya Swatsley at 435-590-1432 for more information

Sermon notes sheets are provided in baskets at the back of the sanctuary for those who would like to take notes during the worship service.

Treasures Thrift Store. WE NEED YOU to volunteer at Treasures! The store is open for business Thursday, Friday and Saturday and prep day is Wednesday from 9 am-3 pm. Volunteer once a week or a couple of times a month! Pick up a volunteer application in the church office. If you have large items to donate that need to be picked up, please call Treasures at 865-5972.

Please Pray. Beverly Dressen; Tim Ebersole; Carla Spaulding; Christine Winterrose, Linda Ahlstrom; David Price; Patt Behrens; Connie Lawrence (bereaved for her husband Terry); Gaylene Knoke (bereaved for her husband Gary); Gloria & Barney Cheeseman (bereaved for son Gary); The Orlemann Family (bereaved for Valerie’s father).

Care and Share. Needed donations include the following items: peanut butter, cereal, tuna, beans, rice, mac and cheese, chili, canned stews, canned soups, canned lunchmeats, full meals in boxes or cans, canned fruit, pop top food items. You can bring your donations to church and place them in the food cart in the narthex, or take them directly to Care and Share. Thank you!

Bibles are available in the narthex. If you do not have a Bible at home and would like to begin reading, please take one! We love to put the Word of God into your hands.

Church Calendar

July 21,—July 28, 2019


21 Sunday

9:15 am New Bible & Brew

10:00 am Worship & Communion

11:15 am Coffee Fellowship

11:45 am Great Courses Class

24 Wednesday

8:30 am Session Dialogue

25 Thursday

1:00 pm Martha Circle

3:00 pm Revelation Bible Study

7:00 pm Praise Team Rehearsal

27 Saturday

2-4 Dana Covey birthday open house-fellowship hall

28 Sunday

9:15 am New Bible & Brew

10:00 am Worship

11:15 am Coffee Fellowship

11:45 am Great Courses Class

Today’s Worship Leaders and Fellowship Hosts

10:00 am

Praise Team Director Linda Johnson

Accompanist Jolene Heit

Liturgist Cathy Ewert

Children’s Message Pastor Nancy

Coffee Fellowship -Nancy Eaton & Sonja Swatsley

 

   Community Presbyterian Session

Class of 2020  Mary Belle Royer

Class of 2021  Linda Stetzenbach, Brad Phelps, Dana Covey

Class of 2022 Jeff Smith, Jane McCoy, Rich Bontadelli

  Community Presbyterian Board of Deacons

          Deacons:  Debbie Vogel, Ann Johnson

Shepherds:Kathie Duca, Jan Ackart, Gen Phelps, Beth Gaines, George Grohs, Bonnie Blakely, Jeff & Marilyn Smith, Mary Shurtleff, Cathy Ewert, Carla Spaulding

 Community Presbyterian Church

2279 North Wedgewood Lane

Cedar City, Utah 84721

435-586-8891

Office Hours M-F, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm

Pastor Nancy Pearson pastor@cedarpres.org

Associate Pastor Robyn Eddy pastorrobyn@cedarpres.org

Admin Assistant Marci Beck mbeck@cedarpres.org

Website www.cedarpres.org

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