Updated: Oct 6
Praise the Lord!
Dr. Linda Settles
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
We have spent the month of September immersing ourselves in the book of Psalms. A worthy task to say the least! We’ve heard sermons on the Psalms, listened to the Psalms Praylist, and learned how to see Jesus in the Psalms in Bible study.
As we come to the end of the month, we will take a look at the last handful of Psalms, Psalm 145-150. They are full of praises to God, Yahweh, our Lord, with the culminating phrase: Praise the Lord! In fact, in Psalm 150, the final psalm, the psalmist is so full of praise that he cries it out thirteen times in those six short verses.
It is fitting that a book that covers the whole range of human emotions – suffering, heartache, mourning, joy, and hope; a book that speaks of curses and blessings, and the promises of God, should end with the exhortation to praise the One who brought us through it all.
And when you think about who God is…
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
His greatness no one can fathom.
…when you think about how God provides…
He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.
…and when you think about God’s presence in our very lives…
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
…there’s really only one response to so great a love – let’s say it together: Praise the Lord!
I invite you to join us this Sunday as we close out the month of Psalms with the sermon: Praise the Lord! It’s also Back to Church Sunday at Green Trails, so make sure to share the love of Christ by bringing someone with you.
Memorial Service Our beloved member, Oak Boese, will be celebrated in a memorial service this Saturday, September 23, at 2:30pm at the church. Let us keep Michelle and Riley in our prayers.
The Psalms Praylist You still have time to listen! From now until September 30 you can tune in and hear the reading of Psalms, each and every day! Thanks to some wonderful folks, we will hear a variety of voices praying the Psalms. All you do is listen and pray. And don’t worry, if you missed some, you can still go back and listen to them. The podcast can be accessed in 2 ways – thru a program called Spreaker or on Podbean:
For Spreaker: go to www.spreaker.com. In the program’s searchbar type in: Psalms Praylist. The logo is:
For Podbean: go to www.podbean.com. Search for: Psalms Praylist.
Both programs have an app, if that’s easier for you to utilize.
Trivia Night & the Silent Auction were a blast! This was the first of our Anniversary celebration events, and it was so much fun. Thanks to Amanda Hughes for heading it up, and to the whole team who helped make it such a blessing.
55 for 55 Our anniversary fundraising goal is $55,000 in honor of 55 years of faithful service and generosity. I invite you to consider how you will participate in giving. Whether it’s $5, $500, or some multiple of 5, no gift is too small (or too large!). There is a line for 55 Anniversary giving on our e-giving site, or you can write “Anniversary” on the memo line of your check. We will culminate our 55th Church Anniversary celebration on Sunday, November 5, with worship and dinner. Let’s celebrate 55 for 55!
Anniversary T-shirts The t-shirts are in! If you pre-ordered you can get them at the Welcome Center. We ordered extras, so if you did not order any, we still have some available in various sizes, $25 each. We’ll debut them at the Church Picnic! And if we run out, we’ll order more!
Church Picnic Save the date for our Church Anniversary Picnic: Sunday, October 15, after worship! Location: Faust Park. We will have an abbreviated worship service, then head over. More details to come.
New Small Group for parents dropping their kiddos off at Sunday School – the Bean Buddies (as in coffee bean)! No need to leave or hang out in MPR, we have a room and a wonderful group of parents for you to connect with! The room is located between the Nursery and the Children’s room on the main level. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and have some great conversations! 9:00 – 9:45 am.
WOW Bible Study! We have 2 classes from which to choose – Lea Doyel is leading Enough by Adam Hamilton, and I am leading Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Dinner is at 5:45p (potluck) and classes are from 6:30-7:30pm.
Back to Church Sunday is this Sunday, September 24. This is a great opportunity to gather family, friends, and neighbors and invite them to a homecoming, coming back to church!
Next Board Meeting will be Monday, September 25, 6:30pm.
Next State of the Church will be on Saturday, October 28, 10:00am.
Stay in the Know! Don’t forget to pick up this month’s Memory Verse Card and other information at the Welcome Center or the Coffee Station. Just our way of helping you to stay in the know!
Worship With Us ~ Sundays at 10:00am
14237 Ladue Rd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Sunday School for all ages at 9:00am!