Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
15 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16 “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms,
“‘May his camp become desolate,
and let there be no one to dwell in it’;
“‘Let another take his office.’
21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23 And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
““God is in the process of redemption for the long haul. My persistent praying says, ‘Count me in. I won’t cut and run when the answers are slow in coming. Instead of drumming impatient fingers, I’m going to use that hand to knock firmly on heaven’s door - again and again! Together, God and I share the ongoing fellowship of intercession.” -Sandy Mayle
Luke tells us that the disciples gathered. (Acts 1:14) “All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” Why do you think Jesus’ brothers had a change of heart? They were once opposed to Jesus now they are counted as one of Jesus disciples.
Luke says in Acts 1:14 says they were of ‘one accord’. ‘Unity’ is extremely important. How can we better promote ‘unity’ at SGAC?
Acts 1:14 says that they ‘devoted’ themselves to prayer. John R. Stott says that the term translated ‘devoted’ is a verb that means ‘busy’ or ‘persistent’ in prayer. The disciples were told that the Holy Spirit was coming and they needed to wait. Ten days after Jesus ascension, the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples and filled them. If the disciples knew that the Holy Spirit was coming, because Jesus told them Acts 1:4,5,8,; what role do the disciples play in spending time in ‘unified’ and ‘persistent’ prayer? What does ‘persistent’ prayer look like? How can you strengthen your prayer life? Prayer is more than the request we make, it is about intimacy with God. How can we at SGAC strengthen our prayer ministry? What is your part in corporate prayer and worship?
Scriptures to Consider
- Luke 11:5-28
- Luke 18:1-8
- Romans 8:14,15;26,27
MONDAY, October 2
9:30 am Outreach Prayer
1:30 pm Women’s Prayertime
7:00 pm Young Adults Small Group at the Piska's
7:30 pm Monday Knight Men
TUESDAY, October 3
9:00 am Daybreak
7:00 pm Youth Studies
7:00 pm Deep Dish for Women
WEDNESDAY, October 4
9:45 am Keenager’s Study
4:00 pm AWANA
5:30 pm TREK
6:30 pm AWANA
6:40 pm Road to Emaus
6:40 pm Men’s Study in the Book of James
6:40 pm Soul Care Study
6:40 pm Truth Project Study
6:40 pm Worship & Prayer
THURSDAY, October 5
7:00 pm Men's Floor Hockey
7:00 pm Evening Edition
FRIDAY, October 6
SATURDAY ,October 7
SUNDAY, October 8
9:15 &11:15 am Worship Services
6:00 pm Hymn Sing
WOMEN join us this Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 pm for DEEP DISH. A time of connection, community, and conversation. We will meet in the Fireside Room and dessert and coffee will be served. All women are welcome to attend this casual evening.
HYMN SING Sunday,Oct. 8 at 6:00 pm in the Fireside Room. This will be led by Leroy. Open to all ages. Bring finger food for sharing after the event.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS MUSICAL AUDITIONS Calling all Grade 1-6 students wanting to act, sing or dance in this year’s Christmas Musical on Sunday Dec at both services. Auditions are being held on Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Rehearsal dates can be found in the journey or on the website. Contact Pastor Coreen for more information.
FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL is coming Oct 31. We are looking for volunteers and candy for making bags to send home with all the kids. Please sign up at the Check in Kiosk or bring in your candy by Oct 22.
YOUNG ADULTS RETREAT October 20 - 22 at Camp Nakamun. This is our first ever retreat for young adults! Registration is available at www.sgac.net or at SGAC Young Adults on Facebook. Cost is $150. Plan now to attend! Registration deadline is Oct. 15 at 1:00 pm.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD shoeboxes now available and will be collected on Nov. 12. Please read Samaritan’s Purse brochure to see what is acceptable as gifts. Brochure and shoeboxes can be picked up at the Welcome Centre.
TRUTH PROJECT Study this Wednesday 6:40 pm in Portable 3. Focus on the Family’s ‘The Truth Project’ is a study of the Christian world-view and challenges attenders to ask and answer the question “Do I really believe that what I believe is really real?”
The Church office will be closed on Monday Oct. 9 for Thanksgiving.
IMPORTANT FINANCIAL UPDATE
The General Fund is in need of your help. General Fund giving for the current fiscal year July 1 to Sept 17 has been averaging $18,825. Our budget requirement is $24,327. As of August 31 our actual expenses paid versus offerings received was short $33,259. As we start our new fall programs we need your financial help so that we do not have to scale back our programs or ongoing commitments. Please pray about this important matter and give as you are able.
God bless you as you commit a portion of your resources to His work in reaching our community for Him.
Please Pray For
Our International Workers: Tim & Brenda Tjsvold, Jon & Angie Coutts, Ric & Kareen Strangway.
Our Pastoral Team Staff Member: Josh Palsky - Pastor of Youth and Young Adults. Josh is married to Beth.
Our AdministrativeTeam Staff Member: Janet Sawatzky. Janet is married to Richard and they have 3 adult children.
Our Elders Team Member: Russell Mueller. Russell is married to Virgie and they have 3 married children.
Youth at Retreat at Camp Nakamun 52 students and 12 leaders.