Family of Hope House Church August 2016
On welcoming the stranger - Harvey Yoder
Because of the fear of Communist infiltration the US turned away thousands of Jewish refugees in he 1930's and 40’s.
Today many Christians are fearful of taking in refugees from war-ravaged Syria for similar security reasons, ignoring what the Bible has to say about the subject, as follows:
"For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt."
- Deuteronomy12:17-19 NRSV
"Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’"
- Matthew 25:34-36 NRSV
"For he is our peace; in his body he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us."
- Ephesians 2:14 NRSV
"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it."
- Hebrews 13:2-3 NRSV
Notes, prayers and praises
- AUGUST BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS to Gail Blackburn 8/30! Also, Alma Jean and Harvey’s anniversary is 8/8 and James and Ruth Stauffer’s is 8/30.
- FAITH IN ACTION congregations will be appealing to the City Council at 7 pm Tuesday, August 23, to become a part of Welcoming America, a program aimed at making our city more hospitable to newcomers. Your support and attendance are needed and appreciated.
August lectionary readings
7 Isaiah 1:1-20 Genesis 15:1-6 Psalm 33:12-22 Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Luke 12:32-40
14 Isaiah 5:1-7 Jeremiah 23:23-29 Psalm 82 Hebrews 11:29-12:2
21 Jeremiah 1:4-10 Isaiah 58:9b-14 Psalm 103:1-8 Hebrews 12:18-29 Luke 13:10-17
28 Jeremiah 2:4-13 Proverbs 25:6-7 Psalm 112 Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Luke 14:1, 7-14
August services worship at 4, meal at 6
7 Location: James & Ruth Stauffer 1250 Parkway Dr 22802 574-6141
Worship and Sharing: Harvey Yoder
Bible Study: Elly Nelson Carry-in Meal
14 Location: Family Life Resource Center
Worship and Sharing: James Stauffer
Bible Study: Dick Dumas Finger Foods Meal
21 Location: James & Ruth Stauffer 1250 Parkway Dr 22802 574-6141
Worship and Sharing: Lois Rivera Wenger
Bible Study: James Stauffer Carry-in Meal
28 Location: Susan Campbell 1361 Lincolnshire Drive 22802 564-1524
Worship and Sharing: Susan Campbell
Bible Study: Harvey Yoder Carry-in Meal