What do you think of when you hear the word “harmony?” The first thing that comes to my mind is music. The word is used in music, but harmony has a much larger impact in so many things. For instance, when I was in my first semester at Abilene Christian University, I had two classes that focused on harmony: 1) Vocal Music Class—learning harmony as a tenor singer in the chorus; 2) Harmony of the Gospels—a study of how the four Gospels work together to tell us the story of Jesus.
Our lesson this Sunday is about Peter’s call for the church family to live in harmony. The text for this week’s lesson in 1 Peter 3:8-22. During my research for this lesson, I found two interesting illustrations I think you’ll enjoy…they give us something to think.
Charles Osgood told the story of two ladies who lived in a convalescent center. Each had suffered an incapacitating stroke. Margaret’s stroke left her left side restricted, while Ruth’s stroke damaged her right side. Both of these ladies were accomplished pianists but had given up hope of ever playing again.
The director of the center sat them down at a piano and encouraged them to play solo pieces together. They did, and a beautiful friendship developed.
What a picture of the how the church needs to work together! What one member cannot do alone, perhaps two or more could do together—in harmony. Don Higginbotham
In his early years, American landscape photographer Ansel Adams studied piano and showed some talent. At one party, however, as Adams played Chopin's F Major Nocturne he recalled that "In some strange way my right had started off in F-sharp major while my left had behaved well in F-major. I could not bring them together. I went through the entire nocturne with the hands separated by a half-step."
The next day a fellow guest gave Adams a no-nonsense review of his performance: "You never missed a wrong note!" Daily Walk, May 14, 1992.
ESCANABA NEWS & NOTES
CHRISTIAN CLOSET Wednesday—August 5th We’ll be open to the public from 10:00-1:00 this Wednesday. If you would like to volunteer to help, see Cindy.
Wednesday FAMILY NIGHT—Aug. 5th This Wednesday evening we meet for supper at 5:30; activities at 6:00. Marc will begin our study of “The Prodigal Sons.” It’s found in Luke 15:11-32. Try to read it together as a family this week before we watch the Modern Parable. Volunteers this week: Meal: Grant; Songs/prayer: Luke; Parable study: Marc; Memory: TBA.
Family Night MEMORY WORK We start a new Memory Verse this week: Ephesians 5:19b-20.
“19…Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Annual Meeting All members of the church are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 12:30 pm. Jesse Huff will prepare the Agenda and chair the meeting. If you have something to bring before the congregation for consideration, please give your agenda item to Jesse.
Bible Study and Fellowship! Our Sunday afternoon Bible study at Jason & Erin’s home is cancelled for this week and next. We’ll meet again on Sunday afternoon, August 16th from 3:30-5:00 in the Gospel of Matthew.
ESCANABA PRAYER REQUESTS
Bonnie reports that Abbey (5) who had heart surgery—repaired and bypass—is now home!
Merissa Briere requests prayer for her Aunt Diane who has been diagnosed with low-grade lymphoma.
Safe travel for Jason, Erin and kids on their visit downstate this week.
Bonnie requests prayer for Teri Hjort’s family. Her Dad passed away this week.
Missy is having struggles.
Luke requests prayer the family in Wallace who just lost their Dad.
Marc’s brother Tom and family will be traveling home this Thursday. Pray for their safety.
Health: Jewel, Samantha & baby Elizabeth, Richard John, Carole, Theresa; Cancer: Rachel Libby, Bobby Butler, Lori Gardener, Christi Robinson, Bob Johnson, Dan Conner, Fred Coates, Tracie Frappier, Alisia Roland, Tony Fittante, Mary Ann Poe, Jeanette Pierce. (Please give us updates)
Thanksgiving and Praise
Any updates on our Continued Concerns? Please call or e-mail so we can refresh our concerns to the Lord. Call 233-0065; E-mail email@example.com.