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September 14, 2014

As we mark the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, we realize that there are forces of violence and evil that run counter to God’s ultimate plans for a peaceable community. Today, we gather with full appreciation of those who defend and serve our country within and beyond its borders. To our veterans and to those currently engaged in one of the service branches, to those in the law enforcement, fire and medical professions… and to your families… we say thanks! To those who teach and lead and promote peaceable solutions to conflict, we say thanks! Our freedom to live, worship and grow as Christians is gained by the toil of many. May we be grateful…and may our hearts go out today to the many who are persecuted… such as the Christians in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries, Africa, Asia, and even in North and South America. Political, social and religious freedom are often connected. As such, let’s not take our freedoms lightly. Next Sunday is “Back to Church Sunday.” Enjoy the freedom to invite friends and neighbors to church without fear of the persecution many face for doing so. Share your faith “as you are going” through your daily rounds. Give God in Christ the praise, service and glory God desires as we are part of God’s plan for the redemption of a broken world. May we be peacemakers in our homes, schools, community and organizations, even as we pray for spiritual protection and benefit from physical protection. In the midst of conflict Paul encourages, “Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heats and your minds in Christ Jesus…. And the God of peace will be with you.” Gracious God, be with your people around the world. Thank you especially for those who spread your Word… and for those who protect and serve! Blessings, Tim Good News *Average weekly worship attendance was up 25% in August 2014 over August 2013. *A new Parenting Support Group was launched this week with 15 participants.

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