Sunday series: 08/07/2011 (#149)
Where: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at 10am
“4 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon; 5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; 6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished. 7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.
10 For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 14 And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.” (Jeremiah 29:4-7; 10-14 KJV)
- Letter of Jeremiah to his people in exile [Jeremiah 29:4-7; 10-14]
- Whatever the hope of others — especially the sick [regarding Sermon A Future with Hope]
- That Sunday, we concentrated on the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) program and its ministry.
“Focuses on the long term recovery of disaster impacted communities.
Provides training and disaster preparedness for presbyteries and synods.
Works collaboratively with church partners and members of the ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) internationally, and nationally with other faith based responders.
Connects partners locally and internationally with key organizations active in the response — United Nations, NVOAD (National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster), World Food Program, Red Cross, FEMA and others.
Manages a number of specialized volunteer teams to work nationally and internationally providing consultation, program design and training.
Cooperates with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services in providing service structure for asylum seekers in the United States.
Cooperates with Church World Service in the resettlement of refugees to the United States.”