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Sunday Sermon & Worship - April 26, 2020

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Please check out our weekly worship and sermon below.  We hope this content will be a blessing to you as you worship this week.

Greenway Virtual Praise Team: "Blessed Be Your Name" by Matt Redman




Sermon: "Do Not Be Distressed or Angry"
Genesis 45:5 (CLICK HERE to read the entire chapter)
Pastor Darrell Hobbs


Music for Prayer and Reflection: 
Nearer My God To Thee (Arr. Justin Beebe)
Faithful Now (Vertical Worship) - Thank you to Jarrett Whiteside for sharing!  This song is a great reminder that God is faithful now as He has always been.
Prayer:


Be sure to check out our recent blog posts: Take Heart!by Christy Smith Christmas Eve, 1968 by Robert McKethan
You can give your tithes and offerings on our church website


Christmas Eve, 1968

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From Robert McKethan: "Earlier this week, I was reading and contemplating a devotion about Psalm 8.   The third verse describes God’s construction of the universe, “When I consider the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place…”  As, I read this verse, I was taken back to Christmas Eve, 1968.  On that date, American astronauts circled the moon for the first time.  Each of the three astronauts took turns reading from the first chapter of Genesis.  They also captured this iconic image, the earthrise above the moon’s horizon.  My thoughts then and now are:  Our creation did not occur as a result of some “big bang” event billions and billions of years ago.   Our God created the universe out of nothing…in six days.  Our God is a God of incomprehensibly awesome power and imagination. As you look at the earthrise image, read Genesis 1and Psalm 8.  I also encourage you to listen to the hymn, How Great Thou Art."  

Take Heart!

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From Christy Smith:
This sight stopped me in my tracks, Greenway Family. I had just turned into Bradford Park to take a birthday gift to a friend and saw this...a beautiful purple cloth draped over a makeshift cross. The sky was grey and cloudy, a bleak day of drizzling rain. And yet, in spite of the dreariness, there was a cross draped in the glorious color of the King. A cross to remind us of this powerful truth: Jesus is ALIVE and He gives us HOPE! In these uncertain times, I am thankful that the Bible reassures us that God is in control and already has the ultimate victory. 
How has God given you His hope and encouraged your heart during this season? I would love to hear your testimonies on the ways He has been at work in your life. Our Father is worthy of praise!
Blessings, Christy Smith
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 
John 6:33

Pray for the Persecuted Church

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Since early March, our Sunday worship experience has transitioned from the Greenway sanctuary to our homes.  Although I miss seeing my Greenway brothers and sisters, I do know that, in the not too distant future, we’ll again gather to worship at Greenway.    As I think about worship in the home setting, my thoughts turn to our brothers and sisters who secretly worship in their homes around the world.  Many of our international brothers and sisters worship in their homes because of the very real threat of violent persecution.  Unlike us, they do not know when, if ever, they will be able to publicly worship our Lord and Savior.   As I worship in my home, my thoughts and prayers gravitate to my international brothers and sisters in the persecuted church.     Matthew 5:10 - Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Thank you to Robert McKethan for this contribution!

Easter Sunday Sermon and Worship - April 12, 2020

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Christ the Lord is risen today!  Alleluia!  Please check out our content below for your Easter worship.  We may not be able to gather together physically, but we will celebrate with joy this Easter Sunday!  We have music from our Virtual Praise Team, scripture readings, videos, prayer, and Pastor Darrell's final sermon in his series "Jesus: Prophet, Priest, King."  Easter blessings to you all!

The Resurrection Story:

Call to Worship: "Because He Lives (Amen)" - Greenway Virtual Praise Team


Music for Prayer and Reflection:"Forever He Is Glorified"


Scripture Reading:Colossians 1:13-18, 21-22 (NASB)
Sermon:
“The Kingly Work of Christ”
Pastor Darrell Hobbs CLICK HERE to listen to the sermon.
Video:"That’s My King"
Easter Prayer:
Credit: YouVersion Bible app


Be sure to check out these other recent blog posts as well:
Holy Saturday
The Power of the Cross
The Last Supper
Gethsemane
Our Creator Will Sustain Us


You can give your tithes and offerings on the church we…

Holy Saturday

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Some great reflections from Lynn Beebe on the lesser-known day of Holy Week: Holy Saturday, observed the day before Easter.

"Today I am pondering what happened on the day after Jesus’ death on the cross. His followers didn’t have the benefit of scripture to let them know that He would rise the next day. (He had told them, but they didn’t understand.) They were in hiding, scattered, afraid, sorrowful, and disillusioned. They must have been deeply hurt by the horror of seeing Jesus crucified. They surely felt the loss that we feel when a close loved one dies. The women were going to anoint His body the next morning; they weren’t expecting Him to live again. They must have contemplated what life would be like without Him. How despondent and broken they must have felt on this day. Thank You, God, that we never have to experience a world without Jesus!"

It's Friday... But Sunday's Coming

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Another Good Friday message.  Great video shared by Martha Addison!


The Power of the Cross

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Today, the cross is probably the most widely recognized symbol of Christianity in the world.  However, in the time of Christ the cross was viewed as the ultimate symbol of punishment, and represented one of the most barbaric practices of the Roman Empire.  It was this punishment that Jesus Christ endured for each of us, so that our sins could be forgiven.

Today as we observe Good Friday, we remember Jesus' pain, suffering, and the ultimate sacrifice that he made for us at the cross.  It was on that "darkest day" that the Old Testament prophecy from Isaiah was fulfilled.

He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was o…

The Last Supper

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Greetings, Church Family:
Today on this Thursday of Holy Week, we as Christians observe Maundy Thursday.  It is on this day that we commemorate the Last Supper, the Passover meal that Jesus and his disciples celebrated in the upper room, just before his crucifixion.  
Here is the passage from Matthew 26:26-29:
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” At the time, the disciples did not understand Jesus’ words, but we understand now that the bread they broke represents the body of Christ, broken for us.  The cup represents the blood of the new covena…

Our Creator Will Sustain Us

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From Christy Smith:

Hello, Greenway Church Family! One of the good things that has come out of our family’s quarantine is the return of regular family meals. I’m spending more time cooking and have a new appreciation for the variety of foods that God has made. He has put so much detail and care into creating the things we eat. Can you even fathom how much more infinite detail and care He put into creating us, His beloved children? 

The Bible tells us that we should be anxious for nothing, that He has already taken care of all our needs. Our Creator will sustain us in every way, including gifts of farm fresh eggs, tiny tomatoes, and juicy apples. What things are you thankful for today? 

Blessings,
Christy Smith






“Therefore do not be anxious, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or “What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these thi…

Gethsemane

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Thank you to Lynn Beebe for sharing these songs and her thoughts with us.  May they bless and humble all of us as we reflect on what Christ did for us this Holy Week.

"There is a lot that happens between Jesus' triumphal entry on Palm Sunday and His resurrection on Easter.  This week, I am remembering where Jesus walked and what He did during this time:  His anointing at Bethany, The Last Supper, Gethsemane, His betrayal by Judas, His arrest, His trials, and His crucifixion, death, and burial.  He did everything for each one of us.  I hope that this song/video will be meaningful to you as you remember our Savior's sacrifice for us."




Katelyn's Holy Week Painting

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Katelyn spent some of her day painting on Palm Sunday.  Take a look at her work pictured here!  What ways are you expressing yourself, praying, meditating, and reflecting this Holy Week?  Feel free to share with us!  If you have anything you would like to share on this blog, remember you can email it to me at justintbeebe@gmail.com.  Let's remain in community this week!

Blessings,
- Justin

Sunday Sermon & Worship - April 5, 2020

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Good Morning!
As we celebrate Palm Sunday this morning we invite you to check out these links for this week's sermon and worship. Pastor Darrell continues with the second sermon in his 3-part series: "Jesus: Prophet, Priest, and King." We hope you will find spiritual nourishment through this content!
Call to Worship:  Today is Palm Sunday! This video has an excellent message.




Music for Prayer and Meditation: Check out these hymn recordings by Jon Beebe.  They were recorded just after 9/11 in response to the tragedy.  They are as much a blessing now as they were then.
Jon Beebe, bassoon
Laurie Nicholson, piano
Rosen Concert Hall
Thursday, September 13, 2001

Sermon: “The Priestly Work of Christ” CLICK HERE to read the scripture (Hebrews 4:14-16)




Song of Reflection: Before the Throne of God Above

Prayer:




Be sure to check out these other recent blog posts as well:
Strength and Endurance by Robert McKethan
Through It All, It Is Well, song shared by Martha Addison
Katelyn's Holy Week Pai…

Through It All, It Is Well

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Thank you to Martha Addison for sharing another great song with us!  The song"It Is Well" by Bethel Music reminds us that no matter what we go through, God is in charge.  We just have to keep our eyes fixed on Him.  One well-known Bible verse that speaks to this is Proverbs 3:5-6:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.


I hope you can take the time to listen to this song, and most importantly, reflect on the message: "Through it all, my eyes are on You; through it all, it is well."


Verse 1 Grander earth has quaked before Moved by the sound of His voice Seas that are shaken and stirred Can be calmed and broken for my regard Chorus Through it all, through it all My eyes are on You Through it all, through it all It is well Through it all, through it all My eyes are on You It is well with me Verse 2 Far be it from me to not believe Even when my eyes can't see…

Strength and Endurance

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More great words from Robert McKethan!

Greenway Family, In the best of times, living the Christian life requires strength and endurance…strength and endurance to stay focused on our Lord and Savior.    We’re all faced with issues with relationships, work responsibilities, caring for family members, making financial or retirement decisions, sickness, the loss of loved ones…and the list goes on.  On top of these everyday stressors, we’re now facing a once in a lifetime world health crisis. With all that is going it is so easy to be overwhelmed and fall into despair. As I contemplate our responsibilities and current world events, I also think about how best to cope.  This brings to mind the words of the prophet Isaiah (Chapter 40): 28 Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 3…

Hymn Recordings from Jon Beebe

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We hope you will enjoy these great recordings from Jon Beebe.  The meaning behind these recordings is all the more significant because they were made during a live performance on September 13, 2001, just two days after 9/11.  The emotion in this music is powerful, and I know God is speaking to us through these hymns during the difficulties of today, just as He was then.  May you all be blessed by these songs!

CLICK HERE to listen

Jon Beebe, bassoon
Laurie Nicholson, piano
Rosen Concert Hall
Thursday, September 13, 2001