February 2009 A WORD FROM THE PASTOR . . . Most of you know that the liturgical calendar with its specified times of the church year and its associ- ated colors and meanings are relatively new to me. Growing up in the Southern Baptist tradition did- t n’ lend itself to looking at the church year in terms of cycles or lectionaries or specific colors. But I have grown quite fond of the “seasons of the church” over the past few years. They have become an integral part of my understanding about who God is to me and how the seasons help me to have a s fuller understanding of God’ magnificence. At first I became engrossed with the really “special” times of the year – Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Pentecost, but now I am totally taken with what we call Ordinary Time. Previously this particular time of the year was the time when I thought we would never see anything but the color green again, but something has changed for me. It has fi- nally dawned on me in a new way of the importance of Ordinary Time – the time when we as Chris- tians focus on how God uses ordinary people, places and things to do extraordinary things in our world. Most of us really don’ like to think about our- t selves as ordinary. We are taught from a young age how important it is to be “extraordinary.” We are told to strive for the best grades, be the Praise To best speller, catch on to the most difficult mathe- matics quickly, go to the best colleges, get the best jobs and really shine in our careers. We are The Lord! told to be anything other than ordinary. But in the grand scheme of things, especially on those Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, dark nights of the soul we find ourselves not the King of creation! really caring about grades or education or career, O my soul, praise Him, for He is but about how little a difference we are really Thy health and salvation! making in our world – actually God’ world; the s All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near; kingdom of God. Those are the times that we Join me in glad adoration! find ourselves being “just ordinary.” And per- haps that is why Ordinary Time is the longest Jesus! Jesus is Lord! Who can compare to part of the church year; because we need to be Him? What power, what majesty! Authority reminded for that long a time about how God above all that was, is or ever will be. He that uses the “ordinary” to accomplish the extraordi- has made all things, He that has fashioned us in nary. In the world that we find ourselves plod- such intricate design. He that shaped the rolling ding through, we spend a lot of our time differ- hills of the upstate and the mighty sea that entiating between the secular and the sacred. forms the beach where we thrill to vacation. All This is a part of “my secular world” and this is that He has spoken into existence is His the part of “my sacred space.” God did not cre- Kingdom and He is its Royal Monarch. I must ate two worlds, but one, and the one world that praise Him for I am “fearfully and wondrously was created is all sacred. Maybe what we need made.” He lifts me up, gives me breath and to be looking at is how God can use us – yes, the awakens me to each new day where I am ordinary – to be changing what others define as amazed at His working. Though He can squash secular into the sacred. Maybe that’ what Ordi- s me like a bug in my sin and ignorance, on the nary Time is all about – giving us quite the op- contrary, I am His. I hear His voice calling, portunity to change the secular to the sacred. beseeching me to rest in His arms, to listen to Our scripture passages from the lectionary dur- His soothing words and to learn – yes, to learn ing Ordinary Time give example after example t of His love. Won’ you come with me? Kneel (Continued on page 2) (Continued on page 5) P.O. Box 178 Greer, SC 29652 New Day CCC Meets At: 101 South Line Street inside... Changing Lives page 3 864-879-3097 www.NewDayCCC.org Greer, SC 29651 Becoming A Disciple page 4 NewDayCCC@juno.com Sundays at 10:30 a.m. February 2009 THE DAWNING A Word From The Pastor (Continued from page 1) of how God uses regular everyday folks like you and me to deliver messages of prophecy, to lead folks who are not easily led s and to spread the word of God’ love, mercy, compassion and grace to a secular world that is lacking the sacred touch. s t Kermit the Frog’ famous song, “It Ain’ Easy Being Green,” gives us some pretty good thoughts to ponder over the long season s of Ordinary Time. It’ not easy being ordinary in a world that expects extraordinary. But you and I have a leg up on this task because we were given the Holy Spirit as our guide and our comforter. The Holy Spirit is always in place to help us hear the t voice of God calling us to extraordinary things through divine power. Don’ discount the small things that we are called to do s that are extraordinary in God’ eyes. Remember what Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me a drink of water; I was naked and you gave me something to wear; I was lonely and you came and visited me.” s These are things that make us “extraordinary” in God’ realm. Simple things. So the next time you are asking yourself, “When are we going to see something besides green in this church,” think about how God is calling you to be extraordinary in the most simple of ways. And if you grow tired of hearing my sermons about God using ordinary folks to do extraordinary things, don’ t t worry the paraments will one day be purple or red again. Don’ let this old world define us as ordinary when God defines us as anything but! Blessings and Peace, Your (happily ordinary) Pastor Steve New Day ICCC 1st Quarter - 2009 Mission Project The Greer Soup Kitchen & Meals On Wheels Due to the poor economy, many ministries do not have the resources needed to provide their normal services. The Greer Soup Kitchen and our local Meals On Wheels chapters are among the many. During the months of January, February and March we will be collecting non-perishable items for these vital ministries. Please bring all items to the church for distribution. Any contribution - no matter the size - is appreciated by all. The need is great! page 2 THE DAWNING February 2009 Changing Lives t A couple of weeks ago I was reading an article about people never changing; those who can’ change their way of life. It used the saying “Once a cheater always a cheater.” Then it went on to tell about how people in prisons often accept Jesus and then they seem to think that because they have changed they should be offered freedom. After I was done reading the article I felt sorry for the writer. I started thinking about people who are ill and call upon God for healing or they will call someone they know to pray for them. I know people who have been into porn and have accepted Jesus into their hearts and lives and they have t changed. I am not saying that people who commit crimes shouldn’ pay the price for what they have done, but by accepting Jesus I believe that they can change by the power of God. t I know this doesn’ fit all of our lives so to be honest it would be very hard for us to say it can or can not happen, unless you’ ve s seen it in someone else’ life. I know that there is a lot of evil in our world and that there are a lot of evil people. When I think s of evil people I think of people who rape, abuse and murder, but that’ not true. How about the people who steal, lie and cheat? s The only difference is not all of them end up in jail but each one has consequences on family and friends. What’ really sad is when any of these evils are committed by family members, or someone close to us, or even by us. It makes me think of people around me and others over the years that have changed because they accepted Jesus and are walking the Christian life. What about our own life? When I was 6 years old I accepted Jesusm but to be honest, what changes in a 6 s t year old’ life? I wasn’ personally walking a Christian life at 6 years old; I was walking the Christian life through my parents - learning what was right and wrong and going to church. My Christian walk started in 1984 and I rededicated myself when I was pregnant. There was a time when I stopped following Jesus in late 1992 and then I came back to Him in 1997 and I have never stopped. A friend of mine took me to Christ Chapel of the Valley where my new walk started. I was baptized there and it was like being born all over again. I believe that Christ Chapel was my stepping stone to changing my life. I felt like I met God again. I became involved in the church and God was number one in my life. I was excited to be a Christian. I have a friend named Ben who I knew at church and also saw his life outside of church. I look back at our friendship and can see how much he has changed and can honestly say he is a true believer. Then I became a Southerner and found New Day Christian Community Church by mistake; old phone book, different church name but a good phone number. Anyone who knows me will say God is s first and my church is second. Everything else just falls into place with God’ will. I love my church and the people there. I love to see the change in people and their hearts. I seem to rely more on God now than myself, and little things in life don’ t t seem to bother me anymore because I have learned God doesn’ only fix the big issues but that He also fixes the small ones. I am not sure where God will lead me next or what He has planned for my life, He might just keep me a Southerner and use New Day to keep me growing and changing for God. t People can change. It doesn’ matter what the situation is or when you accepted Jesus into your life. Look back at your own life t and see where you were and where you are now. If you don’ see any changes something is wrong. No one can tell you if you have changed, that is between you and God. I know that my life has changed and I will never leave God or the church again. God has an open door for all no matter what you have done or where you are at. Only God can make the changes for you. Debby Mann NDCCC’ s s Valentine’ Dinner Saturday, February 14th, 7:00 pm On The Menu: Lasagna, Fun and Fellowship page 3 February 2009 THE DAWNING Becoming A Disciple Andrew, the Brother of Simon John 1:40 “Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.” Andrew heard about Jesus through his friend John the Baptist and decided to follow Jesus. When Andrew recognized that Jesus was the Messiah, the first thing he did was to find his brother Peter and share the good news. Most of the time when Andrew is mentioned in the New Testament, he is listed as “Andrew, the brother of Simon.” Andrew was the one who introduced his brother to Jesus, so it would seem that Peter should be listed as “Peter, the brother of Andrew.” However, Andrew was not caught up in how he was referred to; only that he was referred to as a follower of Christ. Andrew did not dwell on the fact that he may be perceived as “second” to his brother Peter. Andrew simply followed Christ. Sometimes we are fixated on being the center of everything, the one at the top, the person at the head table or the one who s captivates everyone’ attention. When we focus on these things, we put ourselves in the place Jesus should occupy. Our lives become all about us instead of all about Christ. We are taught in scripture that we should die to ourselves to be made alive in Christ. If we are able to “take a back seat” as Andrew so willingly did, we may also be able to bring the next Simon Peter to Jesus. Andrew spent time with Jesus in Bethany while Jesus was baptizing followers. (John 3:22) Andrew may have even been a participant in the baptisms. (John 4:2) Andrew was excited to be with Jesus and eager to do whatever Jesus was doing. We have all seen the WWJD stickers, t-shirts or posters which ask, “What Would Jesus Do?” When we see WWJD, we usually think of a specific circumstance we are in and what Jesus would do in that situation. But what if we read WWJD in the context as Andrew might have and DO what Jesus would do? Andrew followed Christ and decided that he would do whatever Jesus was doing. As a Christian, we should be passionate and eager to follow Jesus and to do whatever He does. Andrew was called to be a “fisher of men,” not even knowing at the time what the phrase meant. (Matthew 4:18-20) All he t knew was that Jesus was going to teach him and train him so he could be a fisher of men. He didn’ know how or why, as yet he t didn’ even know what Jesus was planning to do; Andrew again, simply followed Christ. God will always provide us with the teaching, training and resources necessary to carry out the ministry to which He has called us to. We must be willing, as Andrew was… to follow, to do, to go and to be what God has outlined. Recipe Of the Month Super Easy When Jesus fed the five thousand in John 6, Andrew was the one who found the small boy with the loaves and the fishes. t Andrew wasn’ sure how this small meal was going to be of Cherry Desert any significance, but he still brought the boy with the small meal to Jesus. Andrew was able to see a great miracle as Jesus multiplied the small meal and fed all the people. Many times we may feel we are in-significant or have very little to offer to the kingdom of God. But, if we can give to God what we have, 2 cans Cherry Pie Filling even in spite of our doubts and uncertainty, God will take our 2 boxes Jiffy Yellow Cake Mix gifts, talents and skills and put them to work in His kingdom. 1 sm pkg Chopped Walnuts 1 1/2 sticks Butter Even though Andrew was often listed as “the brother of Simon Peter,” he played a very important role in the ministry of Jesus. Andrew was constantly portrayed as one who followed Pour the Cherry Pie Filling in the bottom of a 9” x 13” pan. Christ… un-conditionally and without reservation. He wasn’ t Evenly spread the dry cake mix over the pie filling - gently always sure of what to do or how to do it, but he knew that patting it down. Spread the chopped walnuts over the cake following Jesus would show him the way. If we truly seek mix. Melt the butter and drizzle it over the cake mix. Make God, we can be just like Andrew and simply follow Christ… sure the entire top of the mix is moist. Bake in a 375° oven wholeheartedly and without fear. for approximately 40 minutes watching the top of the cake Teresa Hrab for a good golden brown. Submitted by: Mike Ritchie page 4 THE DAWNING February 2009 Those that deny His existence accomplish His will for you. Praise To The Lord! Be still. “Think about His love, think about His goodness, s t think about His grace that’ bro’ us through. For as high as (Continued from page 1) the heavens above, so great is the measure of our Father’ s s love. GREAT is the measure of our Father’ love.” Is there with me here, just for a moment or two. Let us mingle our any friend that is closer than Jesus? It is the love of Jesus that tears and our joy, our sorrow and our wonder as we bow at gives these blessings. It is the goodness of His heart alone. His throne. It is but a moment, a precious moment where He Why such favor? Our hearts are no different than Pharaoh’ s. is the focus of our worship and the source of our gladness. It is only the cross of Calvary, the blood of Jesus that covers our multitude of sins. It is His love. er Praise to the Lord, who o’ all things so wondrously reigneth, Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore Him! Shelters thee under His wings, yea, All that hath life and breath, come now so gently sustaineth! With praises before Him! Hast thou not seen how thy desires all have been Let the “amen” sound from His people again; Granted in what He ordaineth? Gladly forever adore Him! All praise to Jesus! He is Ruler of all! He reigns over you, I cannot refrain, I must praise my Jesus! Every fiber of my over me, over the birds and the bears, the trees and the fields, being cries out His wonders. My soul is not silent, it sings of the vermin and the briars. All must submit to His desires. His majesty. All creation glorifies its maker. His praise goes His reign? It is in strength and affection. He does not burden on, the rocks and the hills tell of His splendor, the flowers of the weary nor afflict the wounded. In power He reigns, yet in the field shine forth His beauty. Let your voices mingle with meekness He gathers His creation. His might is unspoken yet theirs, you that have the breath of life, the gift of thought, the unquestioned. He does not waver, His word is sure. His will power of choice. Choose you this day and anoint your Lord is accomplished, His promises true. Within the walls of His with praise. Magnify the Lord, speak of His might, stand fortress we are in no danger. The twinkling stars are His amazed in His forgiveness and fall prostrate before His emblems of peace adorning the shield of His heavens holiness. How majestic is our God! Amen! Amen! Amen! covering our heads. We are but chicks nestled against the Jesus is totally trustworthy, His word is absolutely true. His breast of our Mother. We peak out from under Her wings, we word is final and He is the final word. Jesus is the foundation venture forth, and again we return. We return with new of all life. Jesus created all things and it is Jesus that has wonders and more questions and even a scratch or two. We redeemed them unto Himself. In Jesus this world has its return with needs met and dreams accomplished. We being and without Him nothing can exist. Jesus is the Rock s discover that the Father’ will is realized in His offspring. of Ages. He cannot be shaken and neither can those that are We are given new dreams, new desires; desires that spring standing on that Rock. With joy give Him praise! Our from the heart of God, and we step out once again, and once worship and honor and adoration and wonder and awe are to again we are awed as He guides our feet and enacts the be His and His alone. Praise Him! Praise Jesus! Never let impossible. our praises cease. He is forever Lord and He is forever to be praised! Alleluia, Amen! Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work Tim Dommer and defend thee; Praise To The Lord, The Almighty Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee. Ponder anew what the Almighty can do If with His love He befriend thee. Lift high the name of Jesus! Praise Him all you people! Are Weekly at you surprised at the treasures that are bestowed upon you? The riches beyond measure? Do you question the beauty that lines your path? Is that not Balaam we hear? Can it be? His New Day CCC curses are mute! Yet from the mouth of a darkened soul come forth blessings straight from the throne of God. Blessings that speak of peace and prosperity and a love beyond Sunday School - 9:30 am measure. Did not your master give you authority over his household? Does not the keeper of the prison place you in Sunday Worship - 10:30 am high standing? Is that not Pharaoh granting you the rule of all Egypt? Is that not all that you call dear residing in Goshen, Intercessory Prayer - ever close to your side? How is it that sinful unregenerate man holds you in high esteem? How mighty is our God! Thursday - 6:30 pm page 5 February 2009 THE DAWNING Daily Bible Reading Schedule – February 2009 “The teachings of the Lord are perfect; they give new strength. The rules of the Lord can be trusted; they make plain people wise. The orders of the Lord are right; they make people happy. The commands of the Lord are pure; they light up the way.” Psalm 19:7-8 1 ____ Genesis 33 ____ Mark 4 ____ Esther 9 - 10 ____ Romans 4 2 ____ Genesis 34 ____ Mark 5 ____ Job 1 ____ Romans 5 3 ____ Genesis 35 - 36 ____ Mark 6 ____ Job 2 ____ Romans 6 4 ____ Genesis 37 ____ Mark 7 ____ Job 3 ____ Romans 7 5 ____ Genesis 38 ____ Mark 8 ____ Job 4 ____ Romans 8 6 ____ Genesis 39 ____ Mark 9 ____ Job 5 ____ Romans 9 7 ____ Genesis 40 ____ Mark 10 ____ Job 6 ____ Romans 10 8 ____ Genesis 41 ____ Mark 11 ____ Job 7 ____ Romans 11 9 ____ Genesis 42 ____ Mark 12 ____ Job 8 ____ Romans 12 10 ____ Genesis 43 ____ Mark 13 ____ Job 9 ____ Romans 13 11 ____ Genesis 44 ____ Mark 14 ____ Job 10 ____ Romans 14 12 ____ Genesis 45 ____ Mark 15 ____ Job 11 ____ Romans 15 13 ____ Genesis 46 ____ Mark 16 ____ Job 12 ____ Romans 16 14 ____ Genesis 47 ____ Luke 1:1-38 ____ Job 13 ____ I Corinthians 1 15 ____ Genesis 48 ____ Luke 1:39-80 ____ Job 14 ____ I Corinthians 2 16 ____ Genesis 49 ____ Luke 2 ____ Job 15 ____ I Corinthians 3 17 ____ Genesis 50 ____ Luke 3 ____ Job 16 - 17 ____ I Corinthians 4 18 ____ Exodus 1 ____ Luke 4 ____ Job 18 ____ I Corinthians 5 19 ____ Exodus 2 ____ Luke 5 ____ Job 19 ____ I Corinthians 6 20 ____ Exodus 3 ____ Luke 6 ____ Job 20 ____ I Corinthians 7 21 ____ Exodus 4 ____ Luke 7 ____ Job 21 ____ I Corinthians 8 22 ____ Exodus 5 ____ Luke 8 ____ Job 22 ____ I Corinthians 9 23 ____ Exodus 6 ____ Luke 9 ____ Job 23 ____ I Corinthians 10 24 ____ Exodus 7 ____ Luke 10 ____ Job 24 ____ I Corinthians 11 25 ____ Exodus 8 ____ Luke 11 ____ Job 25-26 ____ I Corinthians 12 26 ____ Exodus 9 ____ Luke 12 ____ Job 27 ____ I Corinthians 13 27 ____ Exodus10 ____ Luke 13 ____ Job 28 ____ I Corinthians 14 28 ____ Exodus11 - 12:21 ____ Luke 14 ____ Job 29 ____ I Corinthians 15 Credits: www.wholesomewords.org 4th Sunday Feb 1, Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Revised Common After Epiphany 2009 Psalm 111 I Corinthians 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28 Lectionary 5th Sunday After Feb 8, 2009 Isaiah 40:21-31 Psalm 147:1-11, 20c Epiphany I Corinthians 9:16-23 Year B - Feb 2009 6th Sunday Feb 15, Mark 1:29-39 II Kings 5:1-14 After 2009 Psalm 30 The Revised Common Lectionary is a three year Epiphany I Corinthians 9:24-27 Mark 1:40-45 series of scripture readings that provides focus each Sunday of the Church Year. If you read Last Sunday Feb 22, II Kings 2:1-12 After 2009 Psalm 50:1-6 s each week’ selections for the full three years, Epiphany II Corinthians 4:3-6 Mark 9:2-9 you will end up reading the majority of the Bible. page 6 February 2009 “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.” “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’ one ands only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” John 3:14 - 21 “It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom the God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ‘ stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:10b - 12 P.O. Box 178 Greer, SC 29652 864-879-3097 www.NewDayCCC.org NewDayCCC@juno.com New Day CCC Meets At: 101 South Line Street inside... Changing Lives page 3 Greer, SC 29651 Becoming A Disciple page 4 Sundays at 10:30 a.m.