SCHEDULED EVENTS FOR THE WEEK Church office Monday-Thursday, 9-4pm All announcements due Tuesday by 4pm Parking Notice: Off-street parking available one block from Mount Zion at 50th & Paschall (Humphrys Textile lot). Beloved Sisters and Brothers, This is a month of celebration for us, including the holiday tomorrow. Today is both the fourth Sunday of 2014 and fourth Sunday since formally beginning our year-long 100th Church Anniversary Celebration on New Year's Eve. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Dinner Theater, Watch Night Service, Prayer Breakfast, Wednesday Midday worship service, Church Directory and Meet & Greet anniversary events. Led by our Anniversary Co-chairs (Brother William Evans, Sister Laurie Johnson and Sister Lorraine Overton) and leadership throughout the congregation, we joyfully celebrate all that the LORD has done with us over the past 100 years - since that first Watch Night Service in 2013. Like our spiritual forebears, we are simultaneously acknowledging our past, ministering in the present and anticipating a glorious future as one body in Christ. The 100th Church Anniversary theme and guiding scriptures are: One Body: Looking back with love, Still standing by grace, Moving forward in faith May the LORD be pleased with our year-long celebration in 2014. Sunday, January 26, 2014 100th Church Anniversary Banquet tickets are available to start making partial payments, $100. Girl Scout Cookies for sale on stage. “Dinner Among the Stars” tickets available, $15. MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 Men on Mondays (M.O.M.), 7-9AM Pantry Open, 1-2:30pm (Volunteers welcomed) Joint Usher Board Meeting, 7pm TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2014 Mount Zion Morning Prayers “For A Whole Community”, 7-7:30am, (760) 984-1000, 356561#. All may join, especially Clergy. Pantry Open, 1-2:30pm (Volunteers welcomed) Budget and Slate/4th Quarter Church Meeting: Prayer, 7pm; Meeting 7:30pm Wednesday Feeding Program, 11-1 (Volunteers welcomed) Pastor’s Bible Class, 7pm Prayer Meeting, 8pm Reminder: Budget Slate and 4th Quarter Church Meeting to be held on Tuesday, January 28th, 7pm. Also, 100th Anniversary Women’s Day Choir rehearsals begin Thursday, January 30th, 7pm. Bishop Barbara Ward-Farmer will be our guest director. She will also conduct a Music Workshop on Saturday, February 1st, 9am. All members of Mount Zion choirs, please plan to attend. of Philadelphia TODAY WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014 Leviticus 25.10 and Ephesians 4.4-7 Mount Zion Baptist Church THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014 Midday Bible Study and Prayer at Reba Brown, 11am Women’s Day Choir Rehearsal, 7pm 1411 South 50th Street 50th & Woodland Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19143-5105 Office: (215) 724-0619 or (215) 727-2322 Fax: 215-724-2649 Founded 1914 by Rev. C. W. Gregory Rev. Cedric Hughes Jones, Jr. Pastor SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2014 Music Workshop, 9am Evangelism Ministry, Walking 10am Ladies Auxiliary Ushers Meeting, 11am Dinner Among the Stars, 4pm “We are becoming Mount Zion ~ by grace, God’s loving people joyfully responding to the whole gospel for a whole community.” Sunday, January 26, 2014 Discipleship Message The Order of Service Praise & Worship Medley Call to Worship and Invocation “Bless the Lord, O My Soul”, Arranged ****Seating Intervals**** Hymn of Praise: “Praise Him, Praise Him” #12 Responsive Reading: Christian Unity #575 – Bro. Raekwon Fletcher “Glory Be To The Father” #538 ****Seating Intervals**** Selection (Carnation Choir) Announcements & Pastor’s Page Highlights Altar Prayer Benevolent Offering (Youth & Young Adult Choir) Welcoming of Visiting Guests – Sis. Shayla Harrington Pastoral Remarks & Centennial Moment ****Seating Intervals**** Tithes & General Offerings (Gospel Chorus) Offertory Response #536 ”Open My Eyes, That I May See” #129 Scripture: Leviticus 25:10; Ephesians 4:1-7 – Bro. Stanley Harrington Song of Preparation (Gospel Chorus) SERMON: Pastor Cedric Hughes Jones, Jr. Invitation to Christian Discipleship Benediction & Postlude Hear and Do the Word (Lesson for February 2) Lesson: James 1.19-27 You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God's righteousness. James 1.19-20 (NRSV) Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Love & Community The Greek word agape is more than romantic love, agape is more than friendship. Agape is understanding, creative, redemptive, good will to all men. It is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. Theologians would say that it is the love of God operating in the human heart. So that when one rises to love on this level, he loves men not because he likes them, not because their ways appeal to him, but he loves every man because God loves him. Agape is not weak, passive love. It is love in action. Agape is love seeking to preserve and create community. It is insistence on community even when one seeks to break it. Agape is a willingness to go to any length to restore community. It doesn’t stop at the first mile, but it goes the second mile to restore community. It is a willingness to forgive, not seven times, but seventy times seven to restore a community. The cross is the eternal expression of the length to which God will go in order to restore broken community. The resurrection is a symbol of God’s triumph over all the forces that seek to block community. The Holy Spirit is the continuing community creating reality that moves through history. He who works against community is working against the whole of creation. Therefore, if I respond to hate with a reciprocal hate I do nothing but intensify the cleavage in broken community. I can only close the gap in broken community by meeting hate with love. Day Mon. Tues. Wed. Thur. Fri. Sat. Sun Scripture Psalm 50 Matthew 25:14-30 1 Chronicles 16:23-29 Malachi 3:8-10 2 Corinthians 9:5-15 Luke 6:38 N/A Prayer Readings Heb. 12:22-24 Eph. 2:8-9 Matt. 22:36-40 Luke 19:1-10 Rom. 5:12-17 1 Thes. 5:23-24 N/A Read: James 1.19-27 Gist Readings Jeremiah 7:21-28 2 Samuel 22:26-31 Deut. 5:22-27 Deut. 4:1-10 Titus 1:10-16 1 John 3:14-20 James 1:19-27 The Gist of the Sunday School Lesson The epistle of James is associated not with James, the Son of Zebedee, one of the Twelve Apostles (Matthew 10.2), but with James, the brother of Jesus (Mark 6.3). Unlike the Apostle, this James was not a follower of his brother (none of Jesus brothers believed in him, John 7.5). It was not until after the resurrection that James became a disciple. He was listed among those to whom the risen Christ appeared (First Corinthians 15.7), he was present in the upper room on the day of Pentecost (Acts 1.14) and eventually he (not Peter!) became the leader of the church in Jerusalem (Acts 15.15, 21.18). The letter of James is called a general epistle because it was not addressed to a specific church or individual but to the believers in diaspora. His reference to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad (James 1.1) could have been a greeting to the literal descendants of Jacob/Israel or an allusion, a spiritual reference to the church, the New Israel, the people of God not by family but by faith. Paul’s letters were written in response to controversies in the churches; the letter of James seems generally applicable to any situation. It is similar to the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. It contains wise sayings, and sound, practical applications for the faith. For example, James 1.19 is for everyone—men, women, children, Jews and Gentiles. Be quick to listen, means be ready to hear. James warns against closing our ears (and our minds) too quickly. Too often we assume we know what someone is about to say or we have pre-judged what they are about to say. Be slow to speak, means take time to respond, be deliberate; be thoughtful. Today we might say, “Count to ten before you press ‘Send’.” Slow to anger, means don’t rush to judgment. Though we would like to believe it, our anger does not work God’s righteousness. In the wilderness, Moses struck a rock and berated the people because he was frustrated but the Lord was not (Numbers 20.10-11). God did not allow him to enter the Promised Land because human anger does not express God’s righteousness. Indeed God is patient with the sinner and it is God’s kindness that leads us to repentance (Romans 2.4).