Leviticus 23:1-3

Today’s Scripture Focus:  Leviticus 23:1-3

                 Our scripture focus this week finds us once again in that section of Leviticus known as the “Holiness Code”.  Chapters 17-20 dealt with holiness in daily life.  21-22 covered holiness standards for priests.  Chapter 23 begins a section detailing holy time.  Even the calendar God’s people used had to be holy!  Israel followed a lunar calendar, meaning each month had 28 days.  The new moon was day 1 and the full moon was day 15.  Every seventh day was a Sabbath—a holy day when work was prohibited.  There were also seven festival days each year, or a “Lord’s Week” of extra Sabbaths, each with their own agricultural, historical, and theological meaning.

The first cycle of holy days were the spring festivals of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits.  Originally, Jewish months and days had no names (month names were added later).  This was to distinguish them from the pagan calendar, in which months and days had names corresponding to gods.  This is true of our calendar today.  The spring festivals began each year in the “first month” on the full moon, about the time that barley was harvested.  This corresponds with our March or April.  It was during the spring festivals that Israel remembered their deliverance from Egypt.  The primary sacrifice of these festivals were the burnt offering.

Next on the calendar came the summer festival—the feast of Weeks.  From Passover, Israel was to count exactly seven weeks (hence the name).  Then, on the 50th day after Passover, a feast was to be held corresponding with the wheat harvest.  This falls in May or June on our calendar.  Bread was to be baked with the first grain harvested each year and presented at the Tabernacle (and later the Temple) as an offering.  The primary sacrifice of Weeks was the fellowship offering.  While Passover corresponds with our Easter, Weeks corresponds with Pentecost Sunday (“pente” means “50”).  Weeks celebrated the giving of the Law to Moses.

The third cycle of festivals were the fall feasts (and fasts), which fell during the grape and olive harvests.  These began in the seventh month—the equivalent of our September or October.  These feasts were Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles.  The primary sacrifice of these festivals was the sin offering.  While most festivals were days of feasting, the Day of Atonement was a day of fasting.  Anyone who ate or worked on that day would be cut off from the people.  The fall festivals commemorated God’s protection in the wilderness. Some teachers believe that in the same way the spring and summer feasts correspond with key events in salvation history, Christ’s second coming will fulfill the fall feasts.

  • Go around the table and share prayer requests. Have someone lead in prayer.
  • Let everyone who would like to share anything exciting from their week.
  • Ask these three questions. Let as many answer each one as they would like.

Why are special days important?  How do Sundays and holidays help us be better Christians now?

 

Is there anything in today’s scripture that especially speaks to you?

 

What questions would you like to ask about today’s scripture?

 

August 3rd-9th, 2014

Prayer of the Week:  

Let Your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend Your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without Your help, protect and govern it always by Your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Daily Scripture Focus:

Sunday—Psalm 92:1-7, Leviticus 23:1-3

Monday—Psalm 92:8, Leviticus 25:1-28

Tuesday—Psalm 92:9, Leviticus 25:29-54

Wednesday—Psalm 92:10-11, Leviticus 26:1-22

Thursday—Psalm 92:12-13, Leviticus 26:23-46

Friday— Psalm 92:14-15, Leviticus 27

Saturday—Psalm 92:8-15, Leviticus 26:1-13

Prayer List:  Delferd Sloan, Larry and Jesse Grossman, Save-a-lot employees, Heather Martin, Deran Braxton, Michele Raglin, Family of Sue Cox * Young family * Carl Rider, Faye Doyle,  Amanda Collins, Destiny Collins, Greg Tyson, Deonte Braxton, Timothy Jimerson, Wanda & Mandell Collins, Michelle Collins, Yvette Raglin * Wanda Palmer, Zack Swain and family at the loss of his grandfather * Jeannine Hope

 

July 27th, 2014

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July 27th-August 2nd, 2014

Prayer of the Week:  

O God, the protector of all who trust in You, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon
us Your mercy; that, with You as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Daily Scripture Focus:

Sunday—Psalm 91:9-16, Leviticus 19:1-18

Monday—Psalm 92:1, Leviticus 21

Tuesday—Psalm 92:2, Leviticus 22

Wednesday—Psalm 92:3, Leviticus 23:1-22

Thursday—Psalm 92:4-5, Leviticus 23:23-44

Friday— Psalm 92:6-7, Leviticus 24

Saturday—Psalm 92:1-7, Leviticus 23:1-3

Prayer List:  Jeannine Hope * Delferd Sloan, Larry and Jesse Grossman, Save-a-lot employees, Heather Martin, Deran Braxton, Michele Raglin, Family of Sue Cox * Young family * Carl Rider, Faye Doyle,  Amanda Collins, Destiny Collins, Greg Tyson, Deonte Braxton, Timothy Jimerson, Wanda & Mandell Collins, Michelle Collins, Yvette Raglin * Wanda Palmer, Zack Swain and family at the loss of his grandfather

July 20th, 2014

ORDER OF WORSHIP

Call to Worship—Psalm 91:1-8

Invocation

“To God Be the Glory”

“Amazing Grace”

Meet and Greet

Church Vote

The Lord’s Tithes and Our Offerings—Ruth Ledbetter

“Blessed Assurance”

“I Will Rise”

Leviticus 16:20-34

Sermon

Open Altar Prayer

Dismissal

 

SERVANT SCHEDULE

July 20th

Bus—Buddy/Wanda

First Impressions—Team 3

Donuts/Fruit—Team 3

CrossGroup Reader—Allene

Offertory—Ruth

Ushers—Buddy/Lenore/Dexter/Oshean

Counters—Sherry/Melissa Sue

CrossView Kids—Melissa

July 27th

Bus—Camille/Lenore

First Impressions—Team 4

Donuts/Fruit—Team 4

CrossGroup Reader—Jolene

Offertory—Sue

Ushers—Buddy/Tristan/Dan/Brady

Counters—Katie/Gayle

CrossView Kids—Melissa

 

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Today, July 20th

9:30—Coffee and Donuts

10:00 AM—CrossGroups Sunday school

11:00 AM—CrossView Worship

6:00 PM—Evening Worship

Wednesday,  July 23rd

8:00 AM—Breakfast at Braum’s

7:00 PM—Prayer and Bible study

 

Thursday, July 24th

9:00 AM—Cleaning Crew

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Church vote on the question of financing our building project has been scheduled for today in the AM service.  Active members aged 15 and older are eligible to vote.

 

District Advisory Board has requested to meet with the pastor on Monday, July 21st at 6:00 PM at Furr’s Cafeteria in Plano, TX.  Though it is not required, any building committee members who would like to attend would be welcome.

 

All Church Outing—We would like to have a local road trip to a good restaurant or attraction sometime before school starts.  We want it to be kid friendly and for the whole church.    Anyone interested in putting this together, please see Pastor Dave.

 

Happy birthday!  Sarah Odum (7/24), Polly Staley (7/26)

 

Leviticus 16:20-34

Today’s Scripture Focus:  Leviticus 16:20-34

                 Leviticus 16 gives instructions for the holiest day of the year for Israel—the Day of Atonement.  “Atonement” means “reconciliation”, or removal of separation.   Sin separated Israel from God.  In order for God to dwell with the people, that sin must be atoned, or accounted for and removed.  Remember in Leviticus 10 that Aaron’s sons had ruined the “opening day ceremonies” of the daily sacrifices by attempting to approach God in a cavalier manner.  They had paid the price with their lives.  This would have terrified Aaron and the remaining priests.  How could they make sure they approached God properly?

First, only that which was holy could approach God’s holiness and survive.  This meant the entire community had to be “clean”.  Definitions of what constituted a “clean” people and a “dirty” people our detailed in Leviticus 11-15.  Anything diseased, dirty, or dead must either dwell outside the camp until healed or be destroyed.  Examples of uncleanliness include skin disease, mold, or bodily emissions.  Priests were given the job of determining if a person or possession was clean.  If someone had become unclean and then passed the priest’s inspection, sacrifices were prescribed to restore them to full standing in the camp.

No matter how careful they were, however, the people could not stay 100% ritually clean at all times.  Also, what about the people’s intentional sins (rebellion) or community sins (sins of the people)?  God made provision that on a special day every year, Aaron or the high priests that came after him could enter the Most Holy Place.  First, Aaron washed in the great water basin by the sacrificial altar and changed into simple linen garments that were just for this day.  Then, he had to take fire from the altar and enter the Tabernacle, burning incense and filling the tent with thick smoke.   God was going to show up and must remain hidden from the priest.

Aaron was to enter the Most Holy Place twice—once with the blood of a bull to atone for the priests, and once with the blood of a goat to atone for the people.  This blood would be sprinkled on the “mercy seat” – the lid of the ark, where God’s presence met man’s sin.  Aaron would then lay both hands on a second goat—the “scape goat” or “goat of Wilderness”- this time verbally confessing the sins of the people.  This transferred all the sins to the live goat, which was driven into the wilderness, thus removing the sins of the people from the camp.  In our sermon today we’ll see there is deep meaning for Christians in the Day of Atonement.

  • Go around the table and share prayer requests.  Have someone lead in prayer.
  • Let everyone who would like to share anything exciting from their week.
  • Ask these three questions.  Let as many answer each one as they would like.

What does it mean when we say something came “between us” and someone else?  How is this similar to sin coming between us and God or others, and what happens if it is unaddressed?   

 

Is there anything in today’s scripture that especially speaks to you?

 

What questions would you like to ask about today’s scripture?

 

July 20th-26th, 2014

Prayer of the Week:  

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, You know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Daily Scripture Focus:

Sunday—Leviticus 16:20-34, Psalm 91:1-8

Monday—Leviticus 17, Psalm 91:9

Tuesday—Leviticus 18, Psalm 91:10

Wednesday—Leviticus 19:1-18, Psalm 91:11-12

Thursday—Leviticus 19:19-37, Psalm 91:13-14

Friday— Leviticus 20, Psalm 91:15-16

Saturday—Leviticus 19:1-8, Psalm 91:1-8

Prayer List:  Collin family, Steven Raglin, Rodney Childs, Ethel McAlister * Jeannine Hope * Delferd Sloan, Larry and Jesse Grossman, ave-a-lot employees, Heather Martin, Deran Braxton, Michele Raglin, Family of Sue Cox * Young family * Carl Rider, Faye Doyle,  Amanda Collins, Destiny Collins, Greg Tyson, Deonte Braxton, Timothy Jimerson, Wanda & Mandell Collins, Michelle Collins, Yvette Raglin

 

July 13th, 2014

ORDER OF WORSHIP

Call to Worship—Psalm 90:13-17

Invocation

“Everybody Will Be Happy Over There”

“I’ll Fly Away”

Meet and Greet

The Lord’s Tithes and Our Offerings—Zack Swain

“Cornerstone”

“Never Once”

Leviticus 10:1-7

Sermon

Open Altar Prayer

Dismissal

SERVANT SCHEDULE

July 13th

Bus—Camille/Lenore

First Impressions—Team 2

Donuts/Fruit—Team 2

CrossGroup Reader—Tracie

Offertory—Zack

Ushers—Pete/Morris/Michael/Larry L/Jalen

Counters—Jerry/Jean

CrossView Kids—Melissa

July 20th

Bus—Buddy/Wanda

First Impressions—Team 3

Donuts/Fruit—Team 3

CrossGroup Reader—Allene

Offertory—Ruth

Ushers—Buddy/Lenore/Dexter/Oshean

Counters—Sherry/Melissa Sue

CrossView Kids—Michelle

 

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Today, July 13th

9:30—Coffee and Donuts

10:00 AM—CrossGroups Sunday school

11:00 AM—CrossView Worship

6:00 PM—All church informational meeting

 

Wednesday,  July 16th

8:00 AM—Breakfast at Braum’s

7:00 PM—Prayer and Bible study

 

Thursday, July 17th

9:00 AM—Cleaning Crew

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Special thanks to Kima, Sherry, Ruth, the choir, and all who helped make our concert and cookout last Sunday a success!

 

Church vote on the question of financing our building project has been scheduled for Sunday, July 20th in the AM service.  Active members aged 15 and older are eligible to vote.  We will have an informational meeting for members tonight at 6:00 PM.

 

Mailing—Any who would be willing to help put together an all-church mailing regarding the vote next Sunday please meet Pastor Dave at the church today at 5:00 PM.

 

Pastor Dave was elected district SDMI chair at our assembly and convention.  Pray for him in this new responsibility.

 

Happy birthday!  Larry Ledbetter (7/18), Ruth Ledbetter (7/19)