Speaker

Dwight 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.

Offering

Saturday, January 06, 2018
Program: 
Praise
Days of Elijah • Open the Eyes of My Heart • Power of Your Love
Prayer
José Bourget
Adopt a Student / GROW Groups
José Bourget
Children's Story
Prelude • Edvard Grieg / B. McBrien
Dwight K. Nelson
Worship in Music
What Wondrous Love Is This?
Kenneth Logan, piano
Sermon
"Bring Your Heart to Life"
Dwight K. Nelson
Connect Card, Tithes & Offerings
Holy Spirit, Gracious Guest • 589

"Bring Your Heart to Life"
www.newperceptions.tv

  • The Dream
  • The Promise
    • Romans 5:5—God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."
    • Christian Wiman: "In any true love—a mother's for her child, a husband's for his wife, a friend's for a friend—there is an excess energy that always wants to be in motion. Moreover, it seems to move not simply from one person to another but through them, toward something else. . . . This is why we can be so baffled and overwhelmed by such love (and I don't mean merely when we fall in love; in fact, I'm talking more of other, more durable relationships): it wants to be more than it is; it cries out inside of us to make it more than it is. And what it is crying out for, finally, is its essence and origin: God. Love, which awakens our souls and to which we cling like the splendid mortal creatures that we are, asks us to let it go, to let it be more than it is if it is only us. To manage this highest form of loving does not mean that we will be showered with earthly delights or somehow be spared awful human suffering. But for as long as we can live in this sacred space of receiving and releasing, and can learn to speak and be love's fluency, then the greater love that is God brings a continuous and enlarging air into our existence." (My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer 23-24)
    • Spence Reece: "All I know now / is the more he loved me the more I loved the world." (23)
    • Philip Yancey:  "When she enters a room Susan assumes that, bidden or not, God is already present. 'We love because he first loved us,' she says, quoting John, 'and I picture God pouring his pitcher into me so that I can pour out to others, and then be replenished with God's love. I enter with a smile, feeling privileged to share the sacred ground on which someone clings to life. If I forget that God goes ahead of me, and think instead that I am bringing God into the room, I can have an air of smugness. I feel pressure to say the right thing, try to impress the patient and staff—in short, I take myself too seriously. I need the constant reminder that God precedes me in that room, and that the person in the bed has a story I can learn from." (Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? 66-67)
    • "What is a saint? I like Reynolds Price's definition: someone who, however flawed, 'leads us by example, almost never by words, to imagine the hardest thing of all: the seamless love of God for all creation, including ourselves.'" (Yancey 71)
    • Duncan Hamilton: "Amid the myriad moral dilemmas in Weihsien, [Eric] Liddell's forbearance was remarkable. No one could ever recall a single act of envy, pettiness, hubris, or self-aggrandizement from him. He bad-mouthed nobody. He didn't bicker. He lived daily by the most unselfish credo, which was to help others practically and emotionally. Liddell became the camp's conscience without ever being pious, sanctimonious, or judgmental. He forced his religion on no one. He didn't expect others to share his beliefs, let alone live up to them. . . . 'You came away from his meetings as if you'd been given a dose of goodness,' said a member of the camp congregation. 'Everyone regarded him as a friend,' said another, giving voice to that unanimous verdict." (For the Glory: The Untold and Inspiring Story of Eric Liddell, Hero of Chariots of Fire 8-9)
  • The Strategy
    • #1—Ask to be filled (in the morning).
      • Ellen White: "Our heavenly Father waits to bestow upon us the fullness of His blessing. It is our privilege to drink largely at the fountain of boundless love." (Steps to Christ 94)
      • Romans 5:8—"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners Christ died for us."
      • Picture the cross in your mind, kneel there, ask to be filled with God's love.
      • www.steps-to-personal-revival.info
    • #2—Ask to be unfilled (through the day).
      • Next Steps on your Connect Card

"Ask to be filled—and then unfilled"

 

(Flyer, TV, Google search, name of person who invited you, etc.)
This New Year I would like to pour out the love God pours in by:
Offering for February 24, 2024

Michigan Advance Partners

When Kelly received a Discovering Revelation handbill in her mailbox, she knew it was from the Lord. “I had been lost for quite a while and needed guidance—and that was my ticket,” she explained. When asked what she appreciated about the meetings she said, “They’re riveting! It’s basically laying out Revelation unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.”

She went on to describe how welcoming the church family was: “They’ve made me feel like I’ve been here all my life. People shake my hand, and they take the time to welcome me to their church and I’m not even a member! But I will be by the time I’m done. I’ve found my home.”

Kelly’s testimony is wonderful, but far from unique. Evangelistic outreach takes place across the Michigan Conference each year and time and again, people have the same experience Kelly had at Discovering Revelation.

Today’s offering goes to support Michigan Advance Partners, 33.33% of which supports Conference evangelism. Please give generously to help others like Kelly find their home, too.

North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Did God Create Viruses?

On Sabbath, February 24 at 3:30 PM in Chan Shun Hall, Michiana Adventist Forum and the Andrews University Department of Biology will sponsor a talk by Dr. James Hayward, professor emeritus of biology, entitled “Did God Create Viruses?” The COVID-19 pandemic brought viruses front and center to the stage of human consciousness. Yet a great deal of misunderstanding remains about these biological entities. What are viruses? Are they alive? How were they discovered? How diverse are they? How do they reproduce and how are they transmitted? In what ways do they impact human society? Are some viruses “good”? Did God create viruses? These are some of the questions to be addressed in this presentation.
 

Support Kosrae

We want to continue to support Kosrae with student missionaries and financially. If you are interested in serving as a missionary please contact sm@andrews.edu. If you would like to donate to special projects please visit our lakeunioneducation.org website.

You can also join us on March 25th @ 8PM for our monthly worship service with Kosrae SDA. You can sign up on the attached QR code.

Wind Symphony & University Singers Vespers

The Andrews University Wind Symphony and University Singers will present a vespers program focusing on “Praises to the King” on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 7:30 PM at the Howard Performing Arts Center. The program will feature songs of praise from University Singers such as Kyle Pederson’s Exultate Jubilate, and Illuminare His by Elaine Hagenberg, as well as the Wind Symphony’s renditions of arrangements of Great is Thy Faithfulness, Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow, and Rossano Galante’s Resplendent Glory.

The program will also feature several undergraduate and graduate student directors, as well as a World Premier of Rex Caelestis composed by Graduate Music Student Earlon Cornwall. The concert is free to attend. For more information, contact the Howard Performing Arts Center at howard.andrews.edu.

Clear Reception

Join us for Bible study and reading "Mere Christianity" an adaption of BBC radio broadcasts by C.S. Lewis during WWII. We plan to build simple radio sets like the ones people listened to Mr. Lewis on.  We will meet the first and second Tuesday of each month from 7:00-9:30, in the lobby of the Simulator Building at Andrews University Airpark. Register by clicking on the 'Grow Groups" link at the bottom of Pioneer Memorial Church's web page, then select the option of "Join a Community Group".  Send questions to: clear.reception.pmc@gmail.com

Fellowship Dinner Volunteers Needed

Pioneer’s fellowship dinner ministry is alive and well.  There are currently 11 teams sharing in the responsibility to host the dinners throughout the year.  But the ministry needs more teams as well as individuals who are willing to join the current teams.

If you are a part of a small group or Sabbath School class that is not currently active in this important ministry, please consider becoming involved.  The commitment is not great.  Current teams serve from two to four times a year.  And if you would like to join a currently active team, let us know and you will directed to a team.

For more information, or to volunteer, dial 269-281-2345, and enter Fellowship Dinner. You will be able to enter you contact information there, and we will be in contact with you.
 

Worship at Home Conference & Children's Church

The Family Life Committee invites you and your family to the Worship at Home Conference on Sabbath, March 2, 3:30-7:00 PM! This conference includes music, science, a main speaker, breakout sessions, supper, and a family worship experience. Breakout sessions include discussions and ideas regarding worship for: preschoolers and their families; school-aged kids and their families; tween/teens and their families; singles; and couples. This conference is in conjunction with Children's Church, which will be listed as one of the breakout sessions. Come and explore new ways of engaging with God at home! Watch for further information and the registration link coming soon.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Center for Faith Engagement is hosting a blood drive with the Red Cross in order to help with a blood shortage across the country. Although we have the nurses helping with coordinating the blood drive, we are in need of volunteers for the day to handle things like registration, providing information to donors, and creating a warm and welcoming environment.

The blood drive will be hosted in PMC Commons on February 21st, from 11 AM to 5 PM.

This form is for volunteers during the day: https://forms.gle/cPpa5x2nQvd5QuMZ6

If you wish to donate blood, please visit the Red Cross website: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?order=DATE&range=10&zipSponsor=49103

Swimming Through The Storm

Pioneer Women’s Ministries is sponsoring 
“Swimming Through the Storm” with Darlene Anderson, SATURDAY, February 24 at 4 PM
In PMC COMMONS (check in at 3:30 PM). Soups/Crudités/Breads/Drinks will be served. Please register to save your space. We are almost full. To register text “WELLNESS” to 269-281-2345.


Darlene Anderson will discuss how to identify and develop strengths that will help us thrive and be joyful in the good times and that will give us hope and resilience during the inevitable storms of life. She will also cover how we can help others through difficult times.

You Can't Take It with You

The Andrews University Theatre Wing is proud to present Kaufman and Hart's classic comedy, You Can't Take It With You.

  • February 24 at 8 pm
  • February 25 at 2 pm

Location: Newbold Auditorium
Tickets are free, donations accepted.

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