Weekly Update from Pastor Phil


As we’re enjoying a rainy day in Memphis, the first in a long time, our friends in California are enduring wild fires. We’ve been keeping a close eye on it as Karen’s youngest brother, Austin Bosarge, lives in Sonoma County with his wife and two sons. We’re praying for them and for others in that part of the country. Do join me in interceding for them.

Our Wednesday night STINT classes are currently looking at some of the personalities of the Reformation. Last week I spent time, particularly, talking about Thomas Bilney and William Tyndale, two of my favorite English Reformers. Tomorrow night we’ll take a look at some of the Scottish Reformers, including the first Scottish martyr Patrick Hamilton, along with the courageous John Knox. Join us at 6:30 for this time of studying together.

The annual Church Picnic, a.k.a. “Elder Burgers,” takes place on Sunday, Oct 15th. My fellow elders and I will be grilling up hamburgers and hot dogs for the event while those attending are asked to bring side dishes or desserts for the rest to enjoy. We plan to start serving around 5:00 p.m. Come early and enjoy fellowshipping with one another. Be sure to bring lawn chairs or quilts for seating, as well as drinks.

October 22nd will be Mercy for Memphis Sunday with two great opportunities to serve and minister in our community. We have a number of repairs at the Binghampton Christian Academy (see the list in the current bulletin) that we’ll be making from 3:00–5:00 p.m. There will also be an incredible chance to interact with local refugees at a picnic at Dixon-Brewer Park in Bartlett from 4:00–7:00 p.m. We’ll be joining with some of the World Relief staff during this time, so bring the whole family. Attendees are asked to bring along picnic seating and food side items. The main dish and drinks are provided. The Lord has granted us the privilege of building relationship with some refugees in the area. Let’s pray that He might be pleased to make Christ known to them.

Psalm 51 speaks to every generation with clarity and power. Our time on Sunday gave just a few reflections on this majestic penitential psalm (one of seven in the Psalter). It gives a perspective on human sinfulness much needed in our day. But more importantly, it shows us the way that sinners may approach God for mercy and forgiveness. I hope that you find this exposition to be a help in thinking on this psalm.

Phil N.