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September 27, 2020

Special Announcements

Today, Sept. 27, church members have the chance to vote for our Elder Body’s proposal regarding important changes to our leadership structure here at the Creek. All members ages 16 and up are eligible to vote. We outlined this proposal at a family meeting on Sept. 13, and released a video on our website explaining these changes as well. We hope you have been informed and praying about this opportunity.

There are two options for voting:

  1. First, you can vote by filling out a paper ballot and placing it in the offering baskets or in the drop box. Paper ballots are available at the welcome desk.
  2. Second, you may also vote by text message. To vote by text, send a text message to 919-263-8001 and include ALL of the following:
  • FIRST and LAST NAME
  • AGE
  • The word YES to affirm the proposal, or NO to reject the proposal

Text votes will only be received from 9am to 6pm today, Sept. 27. All votes, both paper and text, will be verified and hand-counted by the Creek’s admin team.

Family Prayer Meeting TONIGHT on the lower field and virtual at 6 pm.

Our October Prayer Guide is available for download or you can pick up a copy in the front foyer TODAY or in the church office. Previous Prayer Guides are available at the church office.

Pastor Search Committee UPDATE - please click here to view the information. Continue to pray for this team and download the prayer card.

Fall 2020 - Ladies Morning Bible Study: This 8-week study in 1 Timothy will be an on campus and virtual class. We'll begin THIS Wednesday, Sept. 30 on campus at 9:30am. Registration is required to join the study. Click here for more information.

Richland Creek Discipleship: Our Men Equipping Men and Women Equipping Women discipleship programs have years of experience helping people just like you learn to grow and thrive in our church’s goal areas. Groups are now forming for this fall’s training opportunities: On-demand training lectures that you can watch on your smartphone or computer, small groups for encouragement and accountability, solid training materials that you can use and reference for years to come. If you’re ready to grow as a disciple, go to richlandcreek.com, click on Connect, and then Discipleship.

Biker Sunday: Next week is Biker Sunday 2020. You need to see this as an opportunity to invite a lost friend or family member to come with you, or watch with you, on Sunday, October 4, as we hear Pastor Jim Gillespie preach and as a church proclaim and celebrate the glorious Gospel in both of our Sunday morning on-campus and online services.

Gather and Grow: Bring your whole family to join the church family this Wednesday night at 6:30 pm on the lower field! We will have singing led by the RC Students Band, a teaching time for our kids, and a study for everyone on the biblical story by one of our Pastors! Remember: Bring a chair, masks are not required, and practice social distancing.

Life Group Study: During the Fall of 2020, our Life Groups are studying together through the Old Testament book of Isaiah. The resources below are designed to encourage and help you as you study Isaiah’s important prophetic message with others. Click HERE to download resources related to our new Life Group study in the Old Testament prophecy of Isaiah.


Don't forget to register for next week's on-campus service!

Ministry Report: 

Financial Report:  September 20, 2020 

General Fund Giving Received:  $57,666

2020 Year to date General Fund Giving: $2,744,718

 Although we are behind budget, we have been able to cover all of our year-to-date expenses for the general fund without running into a deficit by reducing expenses where appropriate because of COVID restrictions. Thank you for your generosity that has kept us from deficit spending. 

Worship Attendance: September 20

On-Campus: 566

Estimated Online: 789

Food Pantry Update: 

Saturday, September 12 

177 Families representing 667 people were blessed with food from your gracious giving!

Our Community Food Pantry events are held twice a month on the second and fourth Saturday. Please contribute as you are able to assist us in helping families facing hunger. Items may be dropped off in the collection barrels both inside and outside the church near the office entrance. Thank you for your donations and compassion.

 

WORSHIP SONGS

"Who You Say I am" by Hillsong Worship

"Death Was Arrested" by North Point Worship

"O Lord My Rock and My Redeemer" by Sovereign Grace Music 

SERMON TITLE

Under the Sun: A Study in the Book of Ecclesiastes – “The Final Conclusion"

Dr. John Ewart - Interim Pastor 

Scripture Passages: Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:14

 

SERMON NOTES

Under the Sun: The Final Conclusion

Ecclesiastes 11:1-6

Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. 2 Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, for you do not know what evil will be on the earth. 3 If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth; and if a tree falls to the south or the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie. 4 He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. 5 As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything. 6 In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.

I. Be Giving 

Proverbs 19:17

He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given.

Galatians 6:9

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Ecclesiastes 11:7-10

7 Truly the light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun; 8 but if a man lives many years and rejoices in them all, yet let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. All that is coming is vanity. 9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these God will bring you into judgment. 10 Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh, for childhood and youth are vanity.

II. Be Glad

Psalm 103:1

Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

 

III. Be Godly

Ecclesiastes 12:1-8

Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them”: 2 While the sun and the light, the moon and the stars, are not darkened, and the clouds do not return after the rain; 3 in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men bow down; when the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look through the windows grow dim; 4 when the doors are shut in the streets, and the sound of grinding is low; when one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of music are brought low. 5 Also they are afraid of height, and of terrors in the way; when the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper is a burden, and desire fails. For man goes to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets. 6 Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the well. 7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it. 8 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “All is vanity.”

Colossians 1:16-17

16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

Ecclesiastes 12:9-14

9 And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs. 10 The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright—words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. 12 And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh. 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. 14 For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil. 

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

II Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

Ecclesiastes 12:13

13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. 14 For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.

Isaiah 8:13

13 The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.

Psalm 112:1; 6-8

Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments.

6 Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. 7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. 8 His heart is established; he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies.

John 15:10

If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 

Ecclesiastes 12:14

For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.

John 14:6

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 1:4

4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

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