Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 30, 2014

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 30, 2014: Today our passages are Daniel 7:1-28; 1 John 1:1-10; Psalm 119:153-176; and Proverbs 28:23-24 . The readings are from The Message b...

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cove Kids: Children Bulletins for Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cove Kids: Children Bulletins for Sunday, November 30, 2014: Below are puzzles for children focused on Isaiah 64:1-9. There are two “bulletins,” one for ages 3-6 and the other for ages 7-12. Feel free ...

A New Devotion on Cove’s Prayer Line – Changing the “Nones” and the “Dones”

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. If you’re interested in hearing this devotion, call 1-304-748-7900. You can also find a podcast on the church page at Cove Presbyterian Podbean page (covepresbyterian).

Philippians 2:1-11

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death - even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Changing the “Nones” and the “Dones”

I think we’ve all read that the number of people involved in churches here in the United States is declining. Although some congregations are booming, often it’s the result of people moving from one church to another. You see, the total number is sliding. But more than that, the number of folks in the church have now been surpassed by those who are called “nones”, people who have no religious affiliation, and “dones”, former active members who have, for a variety of reasons, dropped out of the institutional church. And although those of us who’ve remained on the inside may find all kind of people and situations to blame, we might want to pause and consider how we might have contributed to this decline. You see, whether we’re talking about music or worship, I think often we’re seen as a group that insists on it’s own way. We schedule things that appeal to us and at times that we find convenient, and then criticize those who don’t attend. Even with other congregation members, sometimes we come close to adopting a “my way or the highway” approach; therefore, it shouldn’t come as any great surprise that so many folks choose to hit the road rather than to sit in a pew. And even though we know it’s happening, we continue to do it anyway. And the reason, well, I think it has a lot to do with the sincere belief that what we think, want and do is right, and if you don’t agree, you must be wrong. You see, it may come down to an issue of humility.

Now personally, I think this attitude is killing the church as we know it, but it doesn’t have to, not if we follow the what Apostle Paul laid out before in the passage we just read. I mean, not only did he challenge us to “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility [to] regard others as better than [ourselves]” and to “look not to [our] own interests, but to the interests of others,” he also offered the perfect example of humility, namely Jesus Christ, the one who “humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death.” You see, this is what humility is all about, moving away from self so that we can see the world those the eyes of others, you know, so that we can identify with them and not just expect them to become part of us. That’s Christian humility. And I’ll tell you, when we do this and work this attitude into how we living as the church, I believe we’ll see a lot of the “nones” change they’re view of Jesus Christ and his church and a lot of the “dones” return home.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 29, 2014

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 29, 2014: Today our passages are Daniel 6:1-28; 2 Peter 3:1-18; Psalm 119:129-152; and Proverbs 28:21-22 . The readings are from The Message ...

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 28, 2014

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 28, 2014: Today our passages are Daniel 5:1-31; 2 Peter 2:1-22; Psalm 119:113-128; and Proverbs 28:19-20 . The readings are from The Message ...

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 27, 2014

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 27, 2014: Today our passages are Daniel 4:1-37; 2 Peter 1:1-21; Psalm 119:97-112; and Proverbs 28:17-18. The readings are from The Message b...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Prayer Requests, to be shared during Sunday’s worship service

On Sunday, November 30, Cove Presbyterian Church will lift to God the following needs.

Adults
Alice Bembow
Alyssa LaRosa
Andy DiRemigio
Annette Goff
Audrey Vincent
Barbara Maze
Bill Manley
Brenda Violet
Cameron Gray
Carlyn
Chad Wilson
Charles Saffle
Chuck May
Cindi Livingston
Conrad Criss
Dean Allen
Deloris Chesebro
Dick Spencer
Elizabeth Sue Hunt
Emery Edwards
Evan Pulice
Gen Meyer
George Bownlee
Greta Billham
Hargun Sandhu
Helen Shivers
Jeff Grant
Jen's Mom
Jo Magnone
Joanie Lawrence
Jodi Kraina
John Guglielmo
John Schlotter
Josh Boyd
Kelly Stephens
Lou Ann Seevers
Marcia Cooper
Martha Meadows
Matthew Kirtley
Michael Frank
Michael Hvizdak
Mike Churchman
M'Liz Held
Patty Channing
Paul D. Welch
Peggy Stewart
Phyllis Manley
Randy Willson
Rob Roy Jones
Ronnie Buffington
Rose Bell
Rosemarie Gomineck
Sally Marple
Sam Fortunato
Sharon Wheeler
Shirley Everhart Kirtley
Stacy Jo Vogel
Susie Kurcina
Twinkle Smith
Wink Harner

Children
Aksel Ace
Audri King
Daniel Marchione
Devon Bragg
Jeffrey Konovich
Joey Cowher
Jonathan Marte
Kade Haines
Kya Schwertfeger
Lily Ghrist
Lucian Hill
Michael Liptak
Shelby Kamarec
Timothy Bonyak

Military
Cory Shumard
Isaac Stephens
Jason Kerr
Jonathan Criss
Lisa Burk
Michael Criss

Church Families
John & Estan Jezerski
Dar Johnson
Jason & Kim Josephs

Local Church
Faith Baptist Church

Special Friends
Kitty Heilman – 1215 Glencairn Road, Weirton, WV  26062-4323
Theresa Skiles – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2526 Pennsylvania Avenue, Weirton, WV  26062-3653

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Congregations
Richmond United Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Ohio – CRE Rich Cunningham
Calvary Presbyterian Church, St. Clairsville, Ohio – Rev. Erica Harley

Also Remember in Your Prayers
Alice & Kenny Orr – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062
Charles Saffle – Wyngate, 100 Wyngate Dr., Weirton, WV  26062
Conrad Criss – Wyngate, 101 Wyngate Dr., Weirton, WV  26062
Dolores Edwards – Wyngate, 100 Wyngate Dr., Weirton, WV  26062
Eleanor Dueley – Brightwood Center, 840 Lee Ridge Rd., Follansbee, WV  26037
Harry Hutch – Villa Vista, Room 507, 1800 Sinclair Ave., Steubenville, OH  43953
June Virtue – Grace Cottage, 195 Eden Dr., Weirton, WV  26062-3664
Margaret Heaton – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062

Friday’s Essay – Thanksgiving into Christmas

Below is an essay I sent to those on the Cove Presbyterian Church e-mailing list. If you're interested in hearing this essay, you can also find a podcast at Podbean (Cove Presbyterian Church).

Well, by now, Thanksgiving is just a partially eaten carcass, a little bit of mashed potatoes in tupperware, and a fading memory. And now it’s time to start gearing up for Christmas, which means getting up the tree, putting out the lights and running around like a crazy person, trying to buy all the presents. For example, this morning, I tuned into Accuradio and started listening to holiday music for the first time in eleven months. Thanksgiving is literally yesterday’s news and Christmas is where it’s at.

But before we head on to the next selection on the holiday hit parade, maybe we should do something that we don’t generally do, maybe we should carry a little bit of Thanksgiving into Christmas. And I’m not just talking about the leftovers. No, this year let’s at least start the Christmas marathon by offering a word of thanks. And let’s face it, we really have some good reasons for doing that. I mean, for the most part, we’re pretty fortunate around here. And even if things could be better, they could certainly be a lot worst. For example, we just had an election, and irregardless of whether or not the results pleased you, the very exercise of voting is something that’s not shared by our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world. And soon after the election, we celebrated Veterans Day and remembered the peace that those in the service have enabled us to experience. Personally, I’m able to earn a living doing something I enjoy, my daughter’s getting an outstanding education at Weir Middle, and it never crosses our minds that we might have to suffer for our faith. Even our celebration of Thanksgiving itself shows how lucky we are. Right now, I’m reading Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, about life in an old Soviet gulag. Somehow my gluttony stands in contrast with the near starvation endured by those prisoners. I’ll tell you, just because the day is over, all those reasons for thanks remain.

But as we enter the season before Christmas, there’s another powerful reason to be thankful. You see, I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how Jesus is the reason for the season, but I’m not sure that’s the best way to view Christmas. Although Jesus is or should be the focus of the season, I think the reason for his coming is really important for us to remember. I mean, he came because humanity had wandered off, trusting itself, and became lost. And in our wandering, we separated ourselves from God by recreating him in our image so that we could pretend that what we want carries a divine sanction and what we dislike will face divine wrath. And because this worked so well, we convinced ourselves that these plaster gods reflect the Lord of the universe, and we were satisfied until those gods crumbled in the face of genuine problems and pain. And at those times, we found ourselves alone and yet continued to worship the idols we’d made. But God loved us too much to see this happen to his children. Not only did he want us to see and understand his love, he wanted to identify with our pain and confusion. And so he entered our time and space in the form of the one who was born in Bethlehem and who grew up in Nazareth and who died and was raised in Jerusalem. You see, this is the reason for Christmas, divine love overwhelming human sin. And as we move forward, this gives us a good reason to be thankful.

You see, even though the day has passed, the spirit and attitude can remain. And as we approach December 25th, along with the decorating and shopping, let’s remember to keep thanking God for what he’s given us right here and for what he did for us through Jesus Christ. And if we’re able to pull this off, we’ll be carrying Thanksgiving right into Christmas.

Bible Talk: The Lectionary Passages for Sunday, November 30, 2...

Bible Talk: The Lectionary Passages for Sunday, November 30, 2...: Below are NRSV translations of the lessons from the Psalms (Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19), Old Testament (Isaiah 64:1-9), the Letters (1 Corinthians ...

A New Devotion on Cove’s Prayer Line – Books and Covers

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. If you’re interested in hearing this devotion, call 1-304-748-7900. You can also find a podcast on the church page at Cove Presbyterian Podbean page (covepresbyterian).

Luke 19:1-10

He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” Then Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

Books and Covers

There’s an old saying, “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover.” Now, I think the meaning is clear. You’re running a big risk if you base your judgement on something that’s external and that may have very little to do with what’s going on inside. In other words, you could end up reading an incredibly boring book just because it has a flashy cover. Of course, this principle applies to things other than books. For example, about six months ago, I saw “A Million Ways to Die in the West” because I thought the previews were funny. And later, after watching one of the most unfunny comedies I’ve seen, again I was struck by the interesting relationship between books and covers.

And you know, as the passage from Luke reminds me, this also applies to people. I mean, on the surface, Zacchaeus was anything but the poster boy for faith and not just because he was height challenged. First, he was rich, and for Luke, rich people were seldom the good guys. And second, he was a tax collector, in other words, a Roman Quisling, a collaborator. And yet, it was this diminutive traitor who not only did the right thing with some of his wealth, but who also heard Jesus say, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

And I think that’s a great lesson for us. You see, before slapping a label on someone, we might want to pause and remember that unique and potentially dangerous relationship between books and covers.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 26, 2014

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 26, 2014: Today our passages are Daniel 2:24–3:30; 1 Peter 4:7–5:14; Psalm 119:81-96; and Proverbs 28:15-16. The readings are from The Message...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What's Happening at Cove Presbyterian Church?

Below are the announcements as they appear in Sunday’s bulletin.

CHANCEL CHOIR PRACTICE . . .
is being held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the choir room.  Anyone wishing to praise God through song is welcome to join us!

DON'T FORGET SUNDAY SCHOOL  . . .
we meet every Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m.  Consider trying out one of our  classes.

OUR NURSERY FOR CHILDREN . . .
(infant thru five years) is open during Sunday School and the Worship Service. We still need some volunteer help.  We thank those of you in advance who help to care for the future members of our Cove Family.

MEETINGS . . .
Board of Deacons will meet on Monday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. for a Christmas Party and meeting at the home of Linda Caleffie.
Board of Session will meet on Monday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the church parlor.
Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library.

CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON . . .
the Myrtle McHendry Class will meet in Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, December 2 at 12:30 p.m. for their Annual Christmas Luncheon.  Eleanor Cline will present devotions.  Hostesses will be Rosalie Coxen, Eloise Evans and Beatrice Sobolak. A special program will be shared by our own Joyce Cline Haggerty  Ladies, remember to bring the Christmas Stockings for the Salvation Army. Penny Mourat will dedicate and deliver them.  Also - please bring 1 or 2 items for the Deacons' Food Pantry. Our luncheon is being catered by Patti and Marcia- come and enjoy!

OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .
will resume on Tuesday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. The title of this three-part series is "The Coming of Christ."  Each week we'll consider a different passage related to the birth of Jesus. This week we'll consider Matthew 1:18-25.

OUR BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY . . .
will meet Thursday, December 4, beginning at 12:31 p.m., we'll discuss Acts 27.

PAINT BRUSH  SOCIALS. . .
"Santa" will be held on Friday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. "Snowman" Social will be held on Saturday, December 6 beginning at 2:00 p.m. For more information contact Deborah Smith.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN'S . . .
Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday. December 10 at 10:00 a.m. in the church library. The monthly meeting, luncheon and Bible Study will be held on Wednesday. December 17 at noon in Fellowship Hall.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON & CHILDREN'S PROGRAM . . .
will be held on Sunday, December 14 beginning at 12:30 p.m. You are asked to bring a covered dish to share and your place setting. Meat & beverages will be provided. At the conclusion of the program there will be a special visitor for the children.

NOTE THE CHANGE IN OUR OFFICE HOURS
the church office will be open on Monday thru Thursday from 7:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m.  The office will now be closed on Fridays.

POINSETTIAS ARE AVAILABLE . . .
to decorate our sanctuary and church for the Christmas Season. Please fill in the order form included in the bulletin and return to the church office by Sunday, December 7.

2015 OFFERING ENVELOPES . . .
are available in the narthex. Please take your box and any family, friends or neighbors that you can deliver saving us postage.  If you did not receive a box and wish one, please contact the church office and envelopes will be assigned to you.

BOARD MEMBERS . . .
please check and empty your mailboxes. Correspondence, items of importance and your envelopes have been placed in your mailbox.

A SPIRITUAL MESSAGE . . .
can be found by calling 304-748-7900 Cove's Prayer Line. You can call at anytime to hear a message by Rev. Rudiger. The messages are changed every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  You can also hear the devotion at covepresbyterian.podbean.com and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian). You can also read the devotion at www.thecovecommunity.blogspot.com.

WE WILL BE UPDATING OUR PRAYER CHAIN . . .
regularly. If you wish to add someone to the prayer chain contact the church office.

DO YOU HAVE A NEW ADDRESS. . .
new phone number or new e-mail? Please contact the church office so we can update our records. We like to keep everyone informed of our events.  If you don't receive information on  upcoming events we may not have your current and/or correct information.

GREETERS NEEDED . . .
if you would like to serve as a greeter before a Sunday morning worship service, please contact Bonnie Nichols at 304-723-5134.

SERMONS, DEVOTIONS, LESSONS, AND ESSAYS ARE AVAILABLE ON . . .
the Cove PodBean page (covepresbyterian.podbean.com) and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian).

WE ARE BLOGGING!
We now have eight blogs that you can check out for information and on which you can leave comments. They're listed below:
The Cove Community (www.thecovecommunity.blogspot.com) - This is for the whole church. I'll post sermons and announcements. I also Invite y'all to send in material that you'd like to share with other members of the congregation. And please feel free to comment on anything you might read.
Cove Kids (www.covekids.blogspot.com) - This is tailored for the preteen young people in our church. Again I'll post announcements. You're also invited to send in any writings, photographs and art work you'd like to post. And they don't have to deal with the church. We also post artwork from Jesus Time.
Bible Talk (www.cove-bibletalk.blogspot.com) - We've established this blog to give pastors and lay people the chance to discuss Scripture. The weekly passages are from the Common Lectionary, and we're posting the pastor's translation of the  Greek text. We want you to read any or all of the passages and to leave any comment or ask any question that you feel is appropriate. Please include any research you've done. As we share our ideas and insights, we hope that we'll all come to a better and deeper understanding of the Bible. Each passage is linked to a website that offers some informative information.
The Bible in a Year (www.cove-bibleinayear.blogspot.com) - Each day, we'll post passages so that you can read the Bible in one year.
Living the Faith in the Real World (http://livingthefaithintherealworld. blogspot.com/) - Our beliefs shape both our opinions and actions. And even though that's true for everyone, often people of faith struggle to apply their understanding of the divine to both practical and political issues. This becomes particularly challenging when we hear multiple voices, all claiming to represent the truth but coming to different conclusions. This Blog will provide a forum where we might share how our faith shapes our perspectives on some specific issues. We hope that through this sharing, we might all better understand how the sacred impacts the profane. We'll pose a question and invite you to respond. We only ask two things of you. First, we ask that you avoid profanity and demeaning language. Second, we want you to write the truth as you see it.
The Question of Faith (http://thequestionoffaith.blogspot.com/) - I believe that there are basic ideas that all people of faith share, but once you get below those "basics," there are many different ways to understand God and our relationship with the divine. Even within Christianity, Christians disagree about the nature of God, the identity and work of Jesus Christ, and how we might or should respond to his coming. As a matter of fact, some people consider certain things absolutely essential to the Christian faith while other believers are indifferent to the same ideas and actions. We hope this Blog provides us the opportunity to share and to understand better what we believe. We'll offer a question, and you'll have the chance to respond. And even though many of the questions will be distinctively Christian, we hope that you'll still share your insight even if it's from other faith traditions.
O, That's Interesting! (http://cove-talk.blogspot.com/) - The great thing about being part of a community is that you have the chance to share with other folks. Now, there are times when you're dealing with matters of great weight. But other times you may be talking about general plans, special memories, and personal hopes. Through this site, we hope to encourage you to share your thoughts and feelings on a variety of topics that may be meaningful to you. We hope you see this Blog like a water cooler or a kitchen table, in other words, as a place to share.
Growing in Grace (http://sproutsoffaith.blogspot.com/) - Although we're saved by God's grace, we can grow in our understanding of grace. At Cove Presbyterian Church, we offer a variety of different classes for children and adults, many of which are recorded and the podcasts posted on our PodBean (covepresbyterian). In this Blog, we'll offer the link to the podcast and notes from the particular session. You may also ask any question you might have and enter into a discussion with others.

IF YOU'RE ONLINE...
"like" us on Facebook (Cove Presbyterian Church,  https://www.facebook .com/Covepresbyterian) or join our Facebook group (The Cove Community, https://www.facebook.com/groups/115579235630/). You can also connect with Pastor Rudiger on Instagram (rev_ed).

IN THE HOSPITAL? HOMEBOUND? RECENT ILLNESS?
if you are unable to attend services and would like to arrange for a visit from Rev. Ed Rudiger or to receive communion please contact the church office. Also if you would like to receive copies of the Sunday Bulletin contact the church office.

LOOSE CHANGE OFFERING . . .
Session approved the Deacons collecting a "Loose Change Offering" that will be used to assist the Deacons with their utility assistance outreach program for Weirton residents or Cove Church members. We hope church members can help with the assistance program by donating some of their spare change. A container is  in the Narthex for your contribution. The Deacons thank you for your support of their projects.

IF YOU DON'T PLAN TO TAKE YOUR BULLETIN HOME . . .
drop it in the purple container at the back door so that it can be recycled.

VASES OF FLOWERS. . .
can be purchased for a service. The cost is  $16.00 a vase.  You may also purchase silk flowers or live plants, the choice is yours.  You may  telephone the church office to place your order. After the service, the flowers will be placed in a plastic vase for you to take with you.

ONGOING MISSION PROJECTS . . .
Campbell's Labels are being collected by the Presbyterian Women for the Weirton Christian Center.  The labels including the bar code or just the bar code can be dropped off in the container located in the main  hallway downstairs.
Greeting Cards are being collected. Please drop off your used Greeting Cards or just the front of the card in the box located in the main hallway downstairs. The cards are being sent to St. Jude's  Ranch to be remade into cards to be sold in their gift shop.  FYI . . . Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting Cards can not be accepted as they are trade marked.
Can Tabs are being collected for the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown, West Virginia. Deposit your tabs in the container locate in the main hallway downstairs.

Cove Kids: Thanksgiving Posters

Cove Kids: Thanksgiving Posters: Some of the children from Cove Presbyterian Church made posters for Thanksgiving. One poster is a turkey, with hand prints representing the ...

Cove's Bulletin for Sunday, November 30, 2014

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin. Using a passage from Isaiah, the sermon will focus on the three reasons for coming of Christ. We’ll also celebrate communion, with a special service in which the responses and prayers are sung to different Christmas carols.








Sunday's Minute for Mission - Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship

Young people in Central Asia
Young people in Central Asia
One thing that has encouraged me about the emergence of the church in various countries in Central Asia is seeing the young age of many believers. In one country I met a young lady who grew up in a strong Muslim family. When she graduated from the university, she got a job translating Christian materials. As she worked, she argued with the Christians she was helping, saying that the things she was translating were not true. Then one night God came to her in a dream, asking her why she wouldn’t follow Jesus. She became a follower!
By the time I met her, she had started 30 house churches in her home city and surrounding area. She was still in her 20s! She was mentoring three or four young men and women, including her younger brother, to take over discipleship in those churches. Four years later I learned that she had moved on to another area to plant churches.
All of the above has been happening in a country where followers of Jesus are under attack from the central government. Leaders are jailed and fined. Missionaries are not allowed into the country. Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship continues to connect very carefully with local believers through email and occasional visits by one or two people. Over and over they tell us: “What we need from you is your prayers. Don’t feel sorry for us, and don’t pray that we will have no problems. Pray that we will be faithful!”

A New Devotion on Cove’s Prayer Line – The Glorious Ones

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. If you're interested in hearing this devotion, call 1-304-748-7900. You can also find a podcast on the church page at Cove Presbyterian Podbean page (covepresbyterian).

1 Corinthians 3:10-15

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw - the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire.

The Glorious Ones

This morning I was listening to the cast recording of an off-broadway show called “The Glorious Ones.” Now since most folks haven’t heard it, it’s about an Italian acting troupe that tours Europe during the sixteenth century. And in the last song, the leader wonders if he’ll be remembered, something that seems very important to him. But I certainly don’t think that’s unusual; I think most people would like to be remembered in a positive way. I know that relates to me, and I feel become stronger with each birthday.

And as the passage from 1 Corinthians shows, I think that’s going to happen, and it’s going to be based on how we live out the faith that we claim. I mean, according to Paul, we’ve all been given the opportunity to build on a foundation that’s already been laid, and together we have the skills and materials to construct something that brings glory to God. And to determine its quality, our work will be tested, as with fire, with shoddy work being consumed while the more praise-worthy construction surviving.

And I think that’s something we need to keep in mind. You see, according to Paul, we will be remembered, based on how we’ve used what we’ve been given, not unlike Christ’s parable of the talents. And since this seems to be case regardless of our choice or will, let’s use the most durable materials available and do the best jobs we can. And then, when our lives are remembered, we just might be seen as a reflection of  God’s glory.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 25, 2014

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 25, 2014: Today our passages are Daniel 1:1–2:23; 1 Peter 3:8–4:6; Psalm 119:65-80; and Proverbs 28:14. The readings are from The Message b...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sunday’s Sermon – Sheep Will Be Sheep

Below is a copy of the sermon I preached on Sunday in Cove Presbyterian Church, Weirton, West Virginia. You can also find a podcast of this sermon at the Cove Podbean page.

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.

Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep. I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.

Sheep Will Be Sheep

I think most of y’all know that my first church was in Montana, in the beautiful Yellowstone River Valley. Now, that area was know for three things: one, an odd, almost mouthless creature called a paddlefish (if you’re interested, this year the season ran from May 15 through June 30); two, sugar beats (because of our Cuban embargo, the source of most of the refined sugar in the United States); and three, sheep. And even though paddlefish have kind of a prehistoric charm and thanks to irrigation, sugar beats were the cash crop of choice, I actually found the sheep the most interesting, and for me, the reason was relatively clear.

I mean, not only do I think that a little baby lamb, you know with it’s big, soulful eyes and downy white fleece and tiny almost baby-like cry, not only do I find those precious little creatures absolutely delicious; sheep have a personality that ewe gotta love. You see, having lived in sheep country and having had some of what they called “wool growers” in my congregation, I’m not sure God created anything weaker or dumber than sheep, maybe with one exception. Somehow they must have gotten a pass on that survival of the fittest kind of thing. I mean, a flock is another name for a bunch of fuzzy victims. I’m telling you, it doesn’t matter what the threat, you know, like a wolf or a car or a train, left to their own devices, sheep are always in big trouble. And it’s amazing, they’ll stay in the same place even when the water’s gone and the grass has all been eaten, unless, that is, another sheep makes a break for it, and then the flock will follow, even if he leads them over a cliff. Talk about your dumb and dumber. “Weak” thy name is “sheep.” And you know, if that’s not bad enough, sheep can be really mean, and I’m talking about to one another. They lack any sense of team spirit, you know, loyalty to the flock, even though they are wearing matching sweaters, sort of. Oh sure, they’ll follow another sheep into the abyss, but while they’re waiting to do something stupid, they can be down right nasty, biting and pushing and head butting, especially when you’ve got a couple of frisky rams. I’m telling you, sheep are a handful. And for that reason, I learned to respect the work done by those wool growers, because not only did they have to care for all those dull apples on God’s tree of life, they had to protect the flock from themselves, and I’m talking about from the more spirited ones who had the ability to lead the rest astray as well as the ones suffering from personality disorders. I’m telling you, every time I chowed down at the annual Wool Growers Banquet, something at which I did the invocation for three years all because of my love of lambs, particularly when roasted, my respect for the ones giving the invitation went up every year. Those guys worked really hard, and the reason is simple: it’s all because sheep will be sheep.

And you know, as the passage I just read from Ezekiel reminds me, God promised to do the same sort of thing for the members of his flock. I mean, just think about what Ezekiel wrote; God promised to do two things for his sheep, in other words for his people, and when you think about it, it’s a lot like I remember those wool growers doing back when I was in Montana. You see, according the prophet, God promised to care for and to protect his sheep. And I think we can really understand what both involve by looking at the verbs he used to describe what God will do. I mean, when we talked about the care God will give, he wrote that God “will search for [his] sheep and will seek them out.” And he “will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered...”, and he “will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land.” And when they’re in there own land, he “will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, ...with good pasture..., and there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.” You see, God “will be the shepherd of  [the] sheep, and [he] will make them lie down.” He “will seek the lost, and...will bring back the strayed, and...will bind up the injured, and...will strengthen the weak.” That’s how God will care for his sheep.

And as to protection, well, he also promised to protect them from all the dangers that come from within the flock. I mean, at the same time he’s caring for them, he’ll also protect them by judging “between the fat sheep and the lean sheep.” And the reason he’s going to do that is clear. It’s because the fat ones were mean and nasty to their fellow sheep. They “pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with [their] horns until [they] scattered them far and wide.” You see, because he’s promised to save his flock and to insure that they won’t be harmed, he’s going to “judge between sheep and sheep.” And to do that, he’ll “set up over them one shepherd, [his] servant David, and...he shall feed them and be their shepherd.” Now this is what God promised.

And I’ll tell you something, I think that’s exactly what God has done, is doing and will continue to do for us. I mean, I want you to think about it. First, I believe God cares for us, and he does it in the same way Ezekiel talked about. You see, he still gathers us. He gathers us into flocks that we call churches and congregations and that Paul called the Body of Christ. In other words, in a world that often doesn’t a flip about anything beyond its own self-interest, he’s given us one another. Good night, just look around; God has called us together, at this place and at this time, and even if we wish we were a bigger flock, that’s really just a distraction to cause us to ignore or minimize what we have
and who we are. We are the presence of God in this community, and if we do nothing more than just gather here, we can demonstrate that there’s at least one place in this community where the labels of the world and where all those things that people use to divide one person from another, they don’t apply here. Now, if we don’t do anything else, we still represent the presence of Christ in Weirton. But if together we do more, if together we take the talents to which we’ve been entrusted and invest them for the kingdom, and if together we work to make disciples for Jesus Christ on Weirton Heights and Marland Heights and Orchard Street, man, I think amazing things will happen, if we do it together. You see, I believe not only has God gathered us, he’s gathered us for a purpose.

But not only that, he also feeds us, and I’m talking about both physically and spiritually. Now, speaking for myself, physically, I think I eat plenty, but spiritually. Well, I’m going to tell you something, if we don’t feel feed here at Cove, I don’t think it’s because there’s a lack of food. Let me show you what I mean. Every Sunday morning, at 9:45 the Myrtle McHendry class meets to study God’s word, in fact, I think y’all are looking a Ezekiel right now. Eleanor, do y’all have some room around the table? And every Thursday, at 12:31, we have a Brown Bag Bible. Bonnie, do we have some extra room in the Fellowship Hall? And starting next Tuesday evening, beginning at 6:30, I’ll lead a study on the passages related to the coming of Jesus, and Sue, do you think we’ll have space for some more folks? I think there’s plenty of food around here. But if you say, for whatever reason that you don’t like what’s being served, please don’t use that as an excuse not to eat, because we post all kinds of things online, including podcasts of two of the studies, and we still offer devotional books and I swear to you, if you don’t have a Bible, I’ll get you one. I’m telling you, God is still leading us to green pastures and still waters. All we have to do is to eat and drink. You see, whether you’re talking about how he gathers us or feeds us, I think God is keeping the promise he made through Ezekiel. You see, he’s caring for us his flock. That’s the first thing he does.

And I’ll tell you something else, I also think he protecting us, and not just from the enemies on the outside. And that’s the second thing he does. You see, as I think history shows, the greatest threats to nation come from within and not from the outside. Civilizations and societies, even communities and families tend to breakdown internally before they crumble and fall. And you might assume the same could happen in the church, because let’s face it, using the images offered by Ezekiel, congregations have their share of fat sheep “who push with flank and shoulder, and butt at all the weak animals with their horns until they scatter them far and wide.” I guess you could say that, like the rest of the world, the church has its share of bullies. And I’ll tell you, that could be a disaster and frankly a tragedy if it happened with the Body of Christ, but it’s not going to happen, because remember, God protects his flock. And frankly, he does it by doing something I tell my daughter not to do when her friends are fighting. God takes sides. God plays favorites. And God does it by supporting the weak and neglected and lifting up the humble and ignored while ultimately putting the powerful and arrogant in their place. And isn’t that the kind of thing Jesus did; and I’m talking about when he taught stuff that seems ridiculous to those who want power and control, you know stuff like “If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross and follow me. If you want to save your life, you will destroy it. But if you give up your life for me and for the good news, you will save it,” and a little later, “If you want to be great, you must be the servant of all the others. And if you want to be first, you must be everyone’s slave”? You see, just like Ezekiel’s divine shepherd, I think God continues to protect the members of his flock, even from themselves.

As a matter of fact, when you think about it, not only does he fulfill the promises he made to the prophet, God handles us a lot like those Montana wool growers used to handle their sheep. I’ll tell you, just like them, he cares for us by gathering and feeding us. And he protects us from all those problems that could threaten the unity and strength of the flock. In those two ways, they really have a lot in common. And you know, the reason they both do it, well I think that’s very similar too. You see, whether you’re talking about animals in a pasture or believers within the church, we really need a good shepherd because, let’s face it, sheep will be sheep.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

A New Devotion on Cove’s Prayer Line – Someone We Can’t Fool

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. If you're interested in hearing this devotion, call 1-304-748-7900. You can also find a podcast on the church page at Cove Presbyterian Podbean page (covepresbyterian).

Luke 18:9-14

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Someone We Can’t Fool

Abraham Lincoln said, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Well, I think that’s true. But more than that, I think this is a truth that some Christians should probably take to heart, because they’re constantly bragging about how spiritual and righteous they are. They also have no qualms about judging others, as though they’ve been made Jesus Christ, second class, and given the responsibility to do some sheep separating while we await his return. Of course, they direct the greatest condemnation toward folks who are doing things that these junior judges would never do. As a matter of fact, they can define righteousness as anything they enjoy and evil as any idea or action they don’t like. What they think, God must think too.

But as Jesus reminds us, that’s really not how it works. True righteousness isn’t shown by people who see themselves as standing on a spiritual pinnacle, but rather those who are honest and humble enough to recognize that, in the sight of God, they certainly don’t deserve any recognition much less special treatment. They see themselves as they truly are, sinners who’s only hope is in the hands of a loving God. And as a result, as opposed to the self-absorbed and self-righteous, they’re the ones who can experience grace and mercy. I mean, how can you ever feel forgiven if you don’t think you need it? And so these cocky Christians never feel joy of knowing that their sins have been cleansed. But you know, that attitude will change when we have the insight and courage to see ourselves as we’re seen. Because, when you think about it, we may be able to fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time. We might even be able to fool ourselves into believing we’re better than we actually. But let’s face it, we can never fool God.

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Cove's Bulletin for Sunday, November 23, 2014

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin. The sermon will focus on why we, the sheep, should be thankful to have Christ the King as our shepherd.









What's Happening at Cove Presbyterian Church?

Below are the announcements as they appear in Sunday’s bulletin.

CHANCEL CHOIR PRACTICE . . .
is being held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the choir room.  Anyone wishing to praise God through song is welcome to join us!

DON'T FORGET SUNDAY SCHOOL  . . .
we meet every Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m.  Consider trying out one of our  classes.

OUR NURSERY FOR CHILDREN . . .
(infant thru five years) is open during Sunday School and the Worship Service. We still need some volunteer help.  We thank those of you in advance who help to care for the future members of our Cove Family.

THANK YOU . . .
to everyone who has taken time to purchase a gift for a Project Christmas Smile Child. Just a reminder if you have taken an ornament and not returned the gift, you may drop off your gift in the church office tomorrow or Tuesday.

OFFICE CLOSED . . .
the church and office will be closed on Thursday and Friday November 27 & 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.   Happy Thanksgiving!!

PAINT BRUSH "SANTA" SOCIALS. . .
will be held on Saturday, November 29th beginning at 4:00 p.m. and again on Friday, December 5th at 7:00 p.m. "Snowman" Social will be held on Saturday, December 6th beginning at 2:00 p.m. For more information contact Deborah Smith.

COMMUNION . . .
will be served next Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014. Everyone is invited to join us as we begin our preparation for the Birth of Jesus.

MEETINGS . . .
Board of Deacons will meet on Monday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the church parlor.
Board of Session will meet on Monday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the church parlor.
Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library.

CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON . . .
the Myrtle McHendry Class will meet in Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, December 2 at 12:30 p.m. for their Annual Christmas Luncheon.  Eleanor Cline will present devotions.  Hostesses will be Rosalie Coxen, Eloise Evans and Beatrice Sobolak. A special program will be shared by our own Joyce Cline Haggerty.  More information will be shared when calls are made for reservations.

OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .
will resume on Tuesday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. The title of this three-part series is "The Coming of Christ."  Each week we'll consider a different passage related to the birth of Jesus.

OUR BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY . . .
will meet Thursday, December 4, beginning at 12:31 p.m., we'll discuss Acts 27.

NOTE THE CHANGE IN OUR OFFICE HOURS
the church office will be open on Monday thru Thursday from 7:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m.  The office will now be closed on Fridays.

POINSETTIAS ARE AVAILABLE . . .
to decorate our sanctuary and church for the Christmas Season. Please fill in the order form included in the bulletin and return to the church office by Sunday, December 7.

2015 OFFERING ENVELOPES . . .
are available in the narthex. Please take your box and any family, friends or neighbors that you can deliver saving us postage.  If you did not receive a box and wish one, please contact the church office and envelopes will be assigned to you.

BOARD MEMBERS . . .
please check and empty your mailboxes. Correspondence, items of importance and your envelopes have been placed in your mailbox.

A SPIRITUAL MESSAGE . . .
can be found by calling 304-748-7900 Cove's Prayer Line. You can call at anytime to hear a message by Rev. Rudiger. The messages are changed every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  You can also hear the devotion at covepresbyterian.podbean.com and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian). You can also read the devotion at www.thecovecommunity.blogspot.com.

WE WILL BE UPDATING OUR PRAYER CHAIN . . .
regularly. If you wish to add someone to the prayer chain contact the church office.

DO YOU HAVE A NEW ADDRESS. . .
new phone number or new e-mail? Please contact the church office so we can update our records. We like to keep everyone informed of our events.  If you don't receive information on  upcoming events we may not have your current and/or correct information.

GREETERS NEEDED . . .
if you would like to serve as a greeter before a Sunday morning worship service, please contact Bonnie Nichols at 304-723-5134.

SERMONS, DEVOTIONS, LESSONS, AND ESSAYS ARE AVAILABLE ON . . .
the Cove PodBean page (covepresbyterian.podbean.com) and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian).

WE ARE BLOGGING!
We now have eight blogs that you can check out for information and on which you can leave comments. They're listed below:
The Cove Community (www.thecovecommunity.blogspot.com) - This is for the whole church. I'll post sermons and announcements. I also Invite y'all to send in material that you'd like to share with other members of the congregation. And please feel free to comment on anything you might read.
Cove Kids (www.covekids.blogspot.com) - This is tailored for the preteen young people in our church. Again I'll post announcements. You're also invited to send in any writings, photographs and art work you'd like to post. And they don't have to deal with the church. We also post artwork from Jesus Time.
Bible Talk (www.cove-bibletalk.blogspot.com) - We've established this blog to give pastors and lay people the chance to discuss Scripture. The weekly passages are from the Common Lectionary, and we're posting the pastor's translation of the  Greek text. We want you to read any or all of the passages and to leave any comment or ask any question that you feel is appropriate. Please include any research you've done. As we share our ideas and insights, we hope that we'll all come to a better and deeper understanding of the Bible. Each passage is linked to a website that offers some informative information.
The Bible in a Year (www.cove-bibleinayear.blogspot.com) - Each day, we'll post passages so that you can read the Bible in one year.
Living the Faith in the Real World (http://livingthefaithintherealworld. blogspot.com/) - Our beliefs shape both our opinions and actions. And even though that's true for everyone, often people of faith struggle to apply their understanding of the divine to both practical and political issues. This becomes particularly challenging when we hear multiple voices, all claiming to represent the truth but coming to different conclusions. This Blog will provide a forum where we might share how our faith shapes our perspectives on some specific issues. We hope that through this sharing, we might all better understand how the sacred impacts the profane. We'll pose a question and invite you to respond. We only ask two things of you. First, we ask that you avoid profanity and demeaning language. Second, we want you to write the truth as you see it.
The Question of Faith (http://thequestionoffaith.blogspot.com/) - I believe that there are basic ideas that all people of faith share, but once you get below those "basics," there are many different ways to understand God and our relationship with the divine. Even within Christianity, Christians disagree about the nature of God, the identity and work of Jesus Christ, and how we might or should respond to his coming. As a matter of fact, some people consider certain things absolutely essential to the Christian faith while other believers are indifferent to the same ideas and actions. We hope this Blog provides us the opportunity to share and to understand better what we believe. We'll offer a question, and you'll have the chance to respond. And even though many of the questions will be distinctively Christian, we hope that you'll still share your insight even if it's from other faith traditions.
O, That's Interesting! (http://cove-talk.blogspot.com/) - The great thing about being part of a community is that you have the chance to share with other folks. Now, there are times when you're dealing with matters of great weight. But other times you may be talking about general plans, special memories, and personal hopes. Through this site, we hope to encourage you to share your thoughts and feelings on a variety of topics that may be meaningful to you. We hope you see this Blog like a water cooler or a kitchen table, in other words, as a place to share.
Growing in Grace (http://sproutsoffaith.blogspot.com/) - Although we're saved by God's grace, we can grow in our understanding of grace. At Cove Presbyterian Church, we offer a variety of different classes for children and adults, many of which are recorded and the podcasts posted on our PodBean (covepresbyterian). In this Blog, we'll offer the link to the podcast and notes from the particular session. You may also ask any question you might have and enter into a discussion with others.

IF YOU'RE ONLINE...
"like" us on Facebook (Cove Presbyterian Church,  https://www.facebook .com/Covepresbyterian) or join our Facebook group (The Cove Community, https://www.facebook.com/groups/115579235630/). You can also connect with Pastor Rudiger on Instagram (rev_ed).

IN THE HOSPITAL? HOMEBOUND? RECENT ILLNESS?
if you are unable to attend services and would like to arrange for a visit from Rev. Ed Rudiger or to receive communion please contact the church office. Also if you would like to receive copies of the Sunday Bulletin contact the church office.

LOOSE CHANGE OFFERING . . .
Session approved the Deacons collecting a "Loose Change Offering" that will be used to assist the Deacons with their utility assistance outreach program for Weirton residents or Cove Church members. We hope church members can help with the assistance program by donating some of their spare change. A container is  in the Narthex for your contribution. The Deacons thank you for your support of their projects.

IF YOU DON'T PLAN TO TAKE YOUR BULLETIN HOME . . .
drop it in the purple container at the back door so that it can be recycled.

VASES OF FLOWERS. . .
can be purchased for a service. The cost is  $16.00 a vase.  You may also purchase silk flowers or live plants, the choice is yours.  You may  telephone the church office to place your order. After the service, the flowers will be placed in a plastic vase for you to take with you.

ONGOING MISSION PROJECTS . . .
Campbell's Labels are being collected by the Presbyterian Women for the Weirton Christian Center.  The labels including the bar code or just the bar code can be dropped off in the container located in the main  hallway downstairs.
Greeting Cards are being collected. Please drop off your used Greeting Cards or just the front of the card in the box located in the main hallway downstairs. The cards are being sent to St. Jude's  Ranch to be remade into cards to be sold in their gift shop.  FYI . . . Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting Cards can not be accepted as they are trade marked.
Can Tabs are being collected for the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown, West Virginia. Deposit your tabs in the container locate in the main hallway downstairs.