“When God Allows Pain – Part II” Scriptures (John 15:2; Philippians 3:4b-15) Sunday Nov. 06, 2016

Scriptures (John 15:2; Philippians 3:4b-15)              


Our first reading comes from the good news according to John. 

And Jesus said to the disciples,

2God the Vinegrower removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.

Our second reading comes from the letter to the Philippians.

4If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.

10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. 12Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. 15Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you.

Here ends our readings. May God bless our  understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “When God Allows Pain – Part II” Scriptures (John 15:2; Philippians 3:4b-15)  Sunday Nov. 06, 2016


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Angel Tree Program for Reach Out Lakota:

care_share_give-3Show that you care this Christmas – share what you can with those in need and give back to the West Chester and Liberty Township community! This year we expect to serve 800 local children and their families and we need your help to ensure they experience the joy of the season.

Please pickup up a tag for a boy / girl  and age group – they are on the angel table near our new library.

Our collection day is scheduled for Monday, December 5th in preparation for distribution on Saturday, December 10th.

Make sure you bring the gifts to Compass Christian Church by Sunday December 4, 2016.

How can I help?

Take a name from the Angel Table and purchase the suggested gift(price $25) or purchase a small “stocking stuffer.”

Place these unwrapped gifts along with your angel tag under the tree.

Thanks for putting a 🙂  on a child’s face at Christmas!

If you want Reach Out Lakota to shop for you go to the following link:

Change the Fund to Christmas and make sure you fill in the child’s name on the card and age in the Comments Field.  Also put that it is from Compass Christian Church.  If you do so, tell Mairi H. and give the card back to her.

If you do not belong to our church you can still use the Reach Out Lakota (ROL) donation link to donate money for a child.  ROL will shop on your behalf.

November 12, 2016  Excited to have back our Live Nativity

  • Live Nativity Build, 8:00 a.m.
  • Ground Clean Up, 9:00 a.m.
  •  work-dayOne of the big jobs associated with this event is the  “Live Nativity Build,” i.e., construction of the stable out in the church’s front yard, which will take place Saturday, November 12, starting at 8:00 am.  (Yes, you have to get up early on a Saturday.)  We should be able to finish by 11:00 or so. The size of the structure has been greatly reduced from previous builds in order to make construction faster and easier.We need volunteers to make this go smoothly,   mostly volunteers with the muscle to lift and carry building panels. You don’t need to bring tools, but if you have an 8-foot stepladder, that would be helpful. We will be fastening panels together with nuts and bolts, and  hammering a few nails to fasten the roof panels in place.So if you’re available and feeling spry, come on out and help us set up for this service to our community.(Questions? Contact Steve S.)

November 20, 2016 Consecration Sunday


Upcoming Christmas Events: 

December 3, 2016

12/3/16 Voyage to Bethlehem 1 pm – 5 pm

Nativity Display & 10,000 Villages Free Trade Shop; Hot Cocoa & Cookies

12/3/16 Live Nativity 1 pm – 4 pm

Animals and Costumed Actors



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The choir will be sharing a Christmas Cantata called One Small Child with the congregation during the service on December 18.  We invite you to join us in singing for this event!

We will begin preparing this music on Wednesday night, October 26 at 7:30 p.m., using a book and CD to help us learn the music for this celebration of Jesus’ birth.

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California, Northern-Nevada
Capital Area
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Illinois and Wisconsin
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