"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat:"
How to Find Healing for Our Deepest Relationships
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SpeakerDwight K. Nelson
Since 1983, Dwight Nelson has served as lead pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He preaches on the “New Perceptions” telecast, teaches at the theological seminary and has written some books, including The Chosen. He and his wife, Karen, are blessed with two married children and 2 granddaughters.
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat:
How to Heal Our Deepest Relationships”—1
- Genesis 37
- Carlye B. Haynes: “It was foolish of his father to place Joseph in a post of superintendency, but being in that place made Joseph responsible to their father for an account of their behavior.” (God Sent a Man 29)
- Carlye B. Haynes: “It was such a robe as was worn only by the opulent and the noble, by kings’ sons, and particularly by those who had no need to toil for their living. In short, it was the garment of a prince. It was given to Joseph for the purpose of marking his superiority, of making a distinction between him and his more rude brothers. No wonder they bore a grudge against him!” (God Sent a Man 28)
- Terri Fivash (Calkins), Joseph, 22
- Parallels between Joseph and Jesus
- The Son (Gen 37:3/Matt 3:17)
- The Son (Gen 37:5-11/Phil 2:10-11)
- The Son (Gen 37:12/Ps 40:7-8; Heb 10:5-10)
- The Son (Gen 37:4-5/Matt 21:38-39)
- The Son (Gen 37:26/Rev 5:5)
- The Son (Gen 37:28/Matt 27:3-4)
- The Son (Gen 37:31-15/Rev 5:9; 19:13)
- Patriarchs and Prophets: “The life of Joseph illustrates the life of Christ. . . . Joseph, through his bondage in Egypt, became a to his father’s family.” (239)
- For only the Savior has a .
- Revelation 19:13—“He [the returning Christ] is dressed in a .
- Isaiah 53:6—“By His we are healed.”
- 1 Peter 2:24—“He himself bore our in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”
- The healing always begins with the .
- Frederick Buechner: “Turn around and believe that the good news that we are loved is gooder than we ever dared hope, and that to believe in that good news, to live out of it and toward it, to be in love with the good news, is of all glad things in this world the gladdest of all.” (In Philip Yancey, Vanishing Grace, 70)
And the healing always begins with the blood.
Please mark Sabbath, October 3 (9:00/11:45 AM), for a joyful celebration of the Lord's Supper as a worshiping community. While we will participate with actual emblems of bread and wine, because of the pandemic the elements will be prepackaged for your safety. These packaged elements will be available for your pickup at the church office the week before (Monday, September 28 through Sabbath, October 3). On-site worshipers will receive the packaged communion elements upon arriving for worship Sabbath morning.
But how will we celebrate foot washing? We're inviting every worshiper and family to experience Jesus' example in John 13 by washing each other's feet that Friday evening where you live. If you would like someone with whom to share this foot washing, you may either invite a friend to join you or please call Claudia Sowler (269-471-3134) for arrangements. Why not make this foot washing a part of your Friday evening worship as we gather across this community to welcome the Lord of the Sabbath into our homes at sundown?
Then Sabbath morning through music, prayer, the reading, and preaching of the Word ("American Apocalypse: How to Train Your Dragon—By the Blood of the Lamb") let's throw wide our hearts to the Christ we love to worship. "Do this in remembrance of Me" (Luke 22:19).
The 4th Quarter Lesson Study Guides are ready for you to pick up at the church office during regular business hours.
Pioneer's Bible Journey Sabbath School class will be using the Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God (Study Guide) next quarter, beginning October 3. If you have always wanted to read this book, which has changed so many lives, you are welcome to
join us by Zoom. The class meets each Sabbath from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The 270-page study guide, which is conveniently divided into 12 weekly lessons, can be purchased at Amazon.com for $15.99. For more information and to receive the Zoom link each week, please contact Jane Thayer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you friendly and do you enjoy social media? Then, we have a great opportunity for you to be involved in ministry. Through streaming its services on Facebook Live and our website, Pioneer Memorial Church reaches thousands of people every single week. We’re looking to build a new team of local moderators/hosts for our online chat experiences. You could do this from your home. For more information contact Rodlie Ortiz at email@example.com.
Thank you to all those who helped in any way to promote and support our July 23 Red Cross Blood Drive. That includes the Pioneer pastors and staff and especially the Pioneer Safety Committee who helped us establish COVID-related safety protocols and procedures with the Red Cross for the drive. Thank you to those who recruited someone to give, promoted the drive, helped set up, take down, register participants and
provide refreshments after donations. And, a SUPER SPECIAL THANK YOU to those that Gave The Gift Of Life by donating precious blood. We had one of our most successful summer blood drives ever despite the COVID virus (or, maybe because of the COVID virus). Less people away at camp meetings and traveling and vacationing? Just a hunch. Our next blood drive is scheduled for October 20, 2020 and again on February 24, 2021. Be well and God Bless! -Larry Ulery
Over the summer and fall of 2019 Pioneer underwent significant physical renovation—including a new roof and a major Sanctuary makeover. During the same time congregation leaders engaged in multiple conversations about our missional renovation—how does a faith community like Pioneer seriously engage and impact the people around us for Christ? From this dialogue emerged a fresh new expression of our Pioneer mission: "Love on the Move."