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The Proclamation of the Word

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Dr. Philip K. James




 This Week at Mount Zion

Black History month book Review and Study -

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone:

You are invited to read and reflect on this Masterpiece during Black History month through Lent.  I'm hopeful that at the completion of this study, we can visit the Lynching Museum in Montgomery, Alabama as part of our 150 Church Anniversary History Tour.

Some excerpts from the book:

While the lynching tree symbolized white power and "black death", the cross symbolized divine power and "black life" - God overcoming the power of sin and death.

African Americans did not doubt that their lives were filled with trouble.... and agony during the lynching era (1880-1940).  Trouble followed them everywhere.... But in songs like "Nobody Knows",.... sung as "blues" or the "church" version, the last line, "Glory Hallelujah" speaks of hope that trouble would not sink them into permanent despair.  "Nobody knows the trouble I see, Nobody but Jesus.... Glory Hallelujah"....: The source of hope is Jesus, for he is a friend who knows about the trouble of little ones and is the reason for their Hallelujah.

I hope and pray you (late teens, young adults to seniors) will join me (Pastor James) for this study and reflection beginning 1st Sunday February.  Please see Minister Britt to order your book & copy of the work booklet.

Review/Study Dates - 1st Sunday February through Palm Sunday: 8:45am Church; 12:15pm Renaissance Center - Blue Room

2017-18 Theme:  “Saved to Love”

GOAL:  Develop a Culture of Love for Each Other

Scriptures to meditate on, memorize and implement through 2018

     Leviticus 19:17-18

     Mark 12:28-34

     Luke 10:25-28

     Deuteronomy 6:1-9

     Micah 6:8

How does this look like in practice?

How do we internalize this Love that God requires of us?

How do we express it externally?

What does Love look like as it is practiced in the ministries?

Love in the congregation, members, and ministries.

                WHAT DOES LOVE MEAN?

You are challenged to pray more, and more earnestly during this first Month of the New Year.  By Prayer God will launch and lift you into the orbit of His Grace needed for the Journey of 2018.

Read: Jeremiah 29:7; Jeremiah 33:3

This 1st week of January pray for Men.... fathers and young adult men

The 2nd week pray for Women.... mothers, young adult women 

The 3rd week pray for marriages and families 

The 4th week pray for Children, Youth and Teens 

- Pray and ask God to lead us, to give us ears and hearts to hear his voice, and obey his voice

- Pray and ask God to keep us and Cleanse us from hidden faults, our negative attitudes, lack of faith, and Keep us from deliberate sins! 

- Pray and ask God for a closer walk with him

- Pray to be more bold in your witness for him

- Pray for grace to practice loving each other as we want to be loved

- Pray  for more patience in attitude and and the grace of hospitality when activities you serve in go longer than you planned stay

- Ask God to heal you every where you hurt.... And to Restore the Joy of your salvation...

- Ask God to keep you aware that it is in His presence that the full completeness of Joy is found

- Ask God to work through you to help add 100 new believers to our congratulation in 2018!

There is power in prayer!  Imagine what is possible as we focus in together and pray this month!

The Spiritual Promise:

Make your request known unto God.... And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding..... 

Shall guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus our Lord!  Phil. 4:6-7