“We Believe the Bible” (2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; 1-5) Second Sunday in Lent 03/12/17

Lenten Candle Extinguishing:       

(1 unlit, 5 lit purple candles) 

L1:       Today is the second Sunday in Lent. We remember Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. Each week the Light of the World diminishes.


L2:       Every year Joseph, Mary, and Jesus travel to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. After the festival his parents leave, yet the twelve-year old Jesus stays behind.


P:         His parents find him three days later in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening and asking questions. All who hear him are amazed at his understanding and answers.


L1:       His parents are astonished as Jesus replies, “Don’t you know I must be in my Father’s house?”


P:         He teaches as one having authority, not like others. Years later he returns to the Temple and teaches, amazing many with his learning, while scandalizing others.


L2:       Many find his teachings difficult and hard to accept; even many of his disciples turn back.


P:         And a shadow darkens the light.


L1:       Jesus teaches, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it again.”


P:         This lesson is leveled against him at his trial, as a shadow darkens that light.


L2:       (Leading unison prayer): Let us pray in one voice:


U:         We have heard it said that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are God’s ways our ways. Jesus’ teachings still confuse and confound us, even we who call ourselves disciples. We find his lessons difficult and hard to accept, often turning back, and our shadows darken that light. (Extinguish candle). Forgive us, O God, in your great mercy. Amen.


L1:       Let us sing “We Adore You Jesus Christ”

(2 Timothy 3:14-4:5)


Scripture (2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; 1-5)

Our reading comes from the first letter to Timothy.

14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it,

15and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

16All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

17so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.

1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you:

2proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching.

3For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires,

4and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths.

5As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.


Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “We Believe the Bible” (2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; 1-5) Second Sunday in Lent 03/12/17

The message that God is love is the infallible, error-free good news of the Bible. Any interpretation that fails to include this is incomplete.

Other ultimate standards to be used in combination with love include: justice, peace, benevolence, dignity.

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Welcome Your Neighbors


Excerpts from newsletter from

Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea

Director of Refugee & Immigration Ministries
Disciples Home Missions:


STUDY THESE DEVOTIONS about immigrant and refugee themes during Lent. Find them at: https://www.discipleshomemissions.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LENTEN-Devotions-IIC-Disciples-2017-FINAL.pdf

PREPARE AND DISPLAY WELCOME SIGNS for refugees and immigrants to show your messages of support!  Choose this welcome sign, in Spanish/English/Arabic (originally designed by a Mennonite pastor in Harrisonburg, VA.) to communicate your welcome for refugees and immigrants: https://immanuelmennonite.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/welcome-sign/
And, go here: for sample Refugees Welcome signs, which can be printed or adapted for your desired purposes: www.discipleshomemissions.org/Refugees-Welcome-Signs-samples.pdf

Sat., March 25

…“Cost-of-Poverty Experience” (COPE) Faith Alliance Workshop, 9:30-11:00 @ Faith Community UMC on Cox Road in West Chester

Cost of Poverty 
Registration Required: Go to: link

You know what they say about “walking in another man’s shoes?” The Faith Alliance, Butler County ESC, and Faith Community UMC are teaming up to offer a free COPE – Cost of Poverty Experience. The training offers adult volunteers for programs which serve those in poverty a new perspective on what families must deal with on a daily basis.


When: Saturday, March 25, 9:30am -11am

Where: Faith Community UMC
8230 Cox Road
West Chester, OH


Who should attend:RECOMMENDED for all Clergy, church leadership, outreach volunteers (18 yrs. old +) for Summer Lunch, Stepping Forward, WC Presbyterian Community Suppers, Family Promise or other local programs serving those in need. You need not be a Faith Alliance member to participate.

Free Admission & light breakfast available: $10 suggested donation to Stepping Forward, free Tuesday night dinner program

GIANT Family Game Night

GAME ON! Giant Free Family Game Time!







When: Saturday, March 18th, 4pm – 8pm

Where: Bethany UMC, 6388 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Liberty Township


More information email children@bethanyumchurch.org

C-3 (Caring Community Collaborative) “Pasta with a Purpose,”


5:00-9:00 pm @ The Living Room, 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township, Ohio

For more information or to purchase tickets go to the C3 website:  Purchase Tickets Link


Join your community for a night of fun and giving back as you attend Pasta with a Purpose at Liberty Center, a FUNraiser with proceeds benefiting the Caring Community Collaborative of West Chester and Liberty Township. Many local restaurants will offer a sample of their menu items, specializing in pasta and beyond. Sampling options for beer and wine will also be available. In addition to the great food, there will be face painting, balloon animals, and games for the kids. The March Madness/NCAA Tournament will show on two large screen TV’s. Come cheer on your favorite team.

Purchase tickets in advance to get Early Bird entrance from 5pm-6pm. General admission from 6-9 for tickets purchased at the door.

Food sampling ticket-$10

Food, beer and wine sampling ticket-$15

Sampling ticket for guests under age 10-FREE

Picture ID required at door. Tickets are limited – Register now!

*The Caring Community Collaborative (C3), is a local, community-wide organization that educates and raises awareness for issues in our neighborhoods including hunger, veterans issues and mental health and addiction. Through it’s Empty Bowls events, the C3 has been a supporter of hunger programs such as the Faith Alliance Summer Lunch Ministry and the Reach Out Lakota food bank.


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