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Friday, October 20 2023

TGIF=Thank God I'm Forgiven! If you don't know that for sure, you can! Talk to Jesus and some good Christian friends.

We are still collecting the Rally Day offerings which will be used to fund our new "IN" account. This account is being used to purchase teaching materials and decorations, supplies, and food for our "IN" gatherings.

Mark your calendars and RSVP with Lori (610-657-0583) for our brunch next Sun after worship. We will begin with kids trick or treating around tables before food is served at 11:30. There will be other Halloween activities for the kids. Bring some friends! (next one is Nov 26th) 

New Event: Thanksgiving Eve Eve meal and worship on Tues Nov. 21st 6pm.

We are reading through the Gospel of John for the rest of the year. This week is John 11 and next week 12. Sunday's message is on John 9. Prepare and read John 9-11. God is speaking to you. What's He saying?

Good Morning Worshipers! Everything we do can be an act of worship when we live our lives surrendered to and focused on God. Trusting and praising in the storms is how we roll. We know God is with us, working ALL things together for the good of those who believe. So, even in the storms we can and should praise as we trust God and take each step with Him!  God is omniscient, He knows everything. He's omnipresent, present everywhere all the time. God is in control. He knows you and calls you by name to come to His Love, joy, peace, protection, provision and many more blessings!  What a praiseworthy God we know and love! Check out the UR devo below. God directed me to write the above before I found the UR online right before I was ready to send this. I love how God directs like that so often when we seek and allow Him to. Be still and know and then go and know that you are loved, protected, provided for and have a special assignment along the way.

We are learning to allow God to direct our steps towards all the things He created us to do. He has very good plans for you everyday! Your life has custom made purposes just for you. We are learning how to seek and follow God to the paths He has laid out for us. We are custom made masterpieces of our Master! PTL! When we come to Christ in faith as our Lord and Savior, we receive the Holy Spirit and His gifts and God's enablement and empowerment to achieve our created purposes. Watch for God to be at work everyday and determine to join Him in the things He has just for you. Then praise and worship! We should have stories to share weekly of how God used and grew us. Let us celebrate those works of God together! I'm praising God for the servant church he called me to serve. We are a great team with many stepping into their custom made purposes very well. We are using what we have to do what we can, what God has prepared for us, individually and as His church. PTL! You guys are a blessings and share God's love, hope and help well! keep praising for our servants and praying for how God wants to use Y-O-U for such a time as this. Check out the Charles Stanley devo below for more on how to find the best path. God will show you as you continue to surrender and determine to follow daily. 

Jesus is our Good Shepherd! PTL! We know His voice and follow Him when He calls. Just enjoy life in Christ today and worship as you travel through this day with Him! Shalom!

Upper Room: God's Loving Hands:

I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. - Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

When I was suffering from endometriosis, I would have intense episodes of pain. The only way I could get any relief was to lie flat on my stomach. Praying for help when a wave of severe pain would hit, I would make a fist, squeeze it tight, and imagine that Jesus’ hand was holding mine. Before long I would doze off, and, on waking, the pain would be gone.

The Bible has a lot to say about the power of being held by God’s hands. In Psalm 139, David praises God’s constant presence: “If I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast” (vv. 9-10). The people of Israel were comforted when God told them not to fear and promised, “I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isa. 41:10). In Acts 2:25, Peter recalls that David said God was always with him: “Because [God] is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

We can take heart in the fact that God never lets go of us. We are held always in God’s powerful and loving hands.


Steadfast God, thank you for holding us in your righteous right hand — no matter where we go or what is happening in our life. Amen.

Charles Stanley:

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St. Matthew's EC Church

5th & Ridge Streets
P.O. Box 433
Emmaus, PA 18049
Telephone 610.965.5570


We are learning to live and love like Jesus. 

We are working on becoming who we were created to be and doing our custom made purposes well. 

We are part of the Evangelical Congregational Church

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