Majestic God

God is greater than our minds can fathom and our words can describe. All who ascribe to the majesty of God have the opportunity and privilege to give God thanks and praise.

¨A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing….You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.¨  –Psalm 68:5-6, 35

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan, 5/29 – 6/4

Link to a pdf of the CCOBWeeklyReadingPlan for Monday 5/29/17 – Sunday 6/4/17.

*To guide us through the Scriptures and encourage reading the Word in fellowship, the CCOB uses liturgical readings based on the Christian calendar.  This week we reflect on the 7th Sunday of Easter and prepare for the new season of Pentecost (the birthday of the Church).

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This Sunday May 28: ¨Majestic God¨

  God is greater than our minds can fathom and our words can describe. All who ascribe to the majesty of God have the opportunity and privilege to give God thanks and praise.

¨A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing….You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.¨  –Psalm 68:5-6, 35

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In Case You Missed It: Buddhism Study Group Session 3, Tuesday May 23, 2017

Tuesday May 23, 2017 from 7-8pm the CCOB held our third study group on Buddhism under the instruction of Carol Davis.  In case you missed it, here is an overview of what we learned.

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Circle of Love, 5/21/17

What can give us confidence that God loves us? In actuality, we need not do anything to receive God’s love. But, if we keep God’s commandments, ultimately to love as God loves, then we can know more confidently that God will love us.

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan, 5/22 – 5/28

Link to a pdf of the CCOBWeeklyReadingPlan for Monday 5/22/17 – Sunday 5/28/17.

*To guide us through the Scriptures and encourage reading the Word in fellowship, the CCOB uses liturgical readings based on the Christian calendar.  This week we reflect on the 6th Sunday of Easter and prepare for the 7th Sunday of Easter.

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This Sunday, May 21: ¨Circle of Love¨

What can give us confidence that God loves us? In actuality, we need not do anything to receive God’s love. But, if we keep God’s commandments, ultimately to love as God loves, then we can know more confidently that God will love us.

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In Case You Missed It: Buddhism Study Group Session 2, Tuesday May 16, 2017

*Tuesday May 16, 2017 from 7-8pm the CCOB held our second study group on Buddhism. Our instructor is Carol Davis. In case you missed it, here is an overview of what we learned.

    • Announcements
      • Anyone wishing to participate in our book study we will be reading the book Siddhartha by Herman Hesse (check the link for pricing on Amazon, it is very affordable).
      • Please let Carol Davis know if you can attend our June 23 trip to the Chicago Buddhist center (one option is to fill out a contact form through our website). Everyone is welcome to attend this experience regardless of participation in the class.

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DE Ponderings, May 2017

The following article is taken from the IL/WI District Church of the Brethren newsletter  ¨The Reflector¨ May 2017, Volume 14, Issue 4.  If you´d like to subscribe to the Reflector, please leave a message in our contact box and we will have one sent directly to your inbox. 

Late night show host Jimmy Kimmel opened his program Monday May 1, with an emotional monologue about the birth of his son which occurred just a few days before. Shortly after the birth, a nurse noticed that the baby’s color was purple (Kimmel´s words). A doctor was summoned and upon further testing it was discovered the baby had been born with a heart defect. Efforts began immediately to call in a specialist who within hours performed surgery that saved the little boy´s life as well as helping him avoid complications later on in life. Kimmel expressed thanks to all those instrumental in providing such great care for his newborn son. He also spoke with emotion about other children in the Children’s Hospital where his son’s surgery was performed.  He noted that his son and these other children had the opportunity for a future because of medical knowledge and care, and also because of medical insurance. He wondered what it would be like for children in need of such significant medical treatment without the availability of insurance. It was a plea for the insurance benefits available to all to continue. It was a plea for justice, for life, a voice for the most vulnerable–children and those unable to afford high-cost medical treatment.

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan, 5/15 – 5/21

Link to a pdf of the CCOBWeeklyReadingPlan (2) for Monday 5/15/17 – Sunday 5/21/17.

*To guide us through the Scriptures and encourage reading the Word in fellowship, the CCOB uses liturgical readings based on the Christian calendar.  This week we reflect on the 5th Sunday of Easter and prepare for the 6th Sunday of Easter.

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Merciful Priests

Mercy is provided to those God calls. But mercy is more than an entitlement. It is a gift that empowers us to act, to serve, to be available to and for others.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” -1 Peter 2:2-10

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From the Pastor’s Desk, May 2017

Taken from the The Canton Chronicle 2017, Vol. #3.

I recall visiting the Senate chamber in the Illinois State Capitol and being quite amazed. I had expected when the session opened that the senators would be in their seats being quite attentive to the business-at-hand. What I witnessed was a chamber with many empty seats, senators and staff frantically moving around, and several mini conversations happening here and there while business was being conducted. I may be exaggerating to a degree but not much.

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CCOB Dedicates Blessing Box, May 7, 2017

The following is Pastor Kevin’s dedication text.

It was a magazine article about a blessing box that set this project in motion. The article was shared with the Community Passion Group, the article sparked interest, interest developed into conversation, conversation developed into action, and we gather here today with the result of that action standing in front of us — a blessing box.

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This Sunday May 14: “Merciful Priests”

 Mercy is provided to those God calls. But mercy is more than an entitlement. It is gift that empowers us to act, to serve, to be available to and for others.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” -1 Peter 2: 2-10

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In Case You Missed It: Buddhism Study Group Session 1, Tuesday May 9, 2017

*Tuesday May 9, 2017 from 7-8pm the CCOB held a very informative study group on Buddhism.  In case you missed it, here is an overview of what we learned.  The evening consisted of 3 parts:

  1. Introductory questions to prompt thinking about what we know and would like to know
  2. Video summary over “The Life of the Buddha” (Source: BBC)
  3. Concluding discussion – What we can learn from Buddhism.

*The study group continues next Tuesday May 16th from 7-8pm at the CCOB. Next week’s topic will be Living Buddha, Living Christ – Comparing and understanding Buddhism and Christianity. This experience will culminate with a visit to the “Midwest Buddhist Center” in Chicago. For more info about our study group, check the link on our website here. Here is a summary of our learning experience.

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For This Reason, 5/7/17

Message: For This Reason

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:19-25

Speaker: Pastor Kevin Kessler

Sunday May 7, 2017

  The world is full of suffering. If suffering is experienced because of a wrong committed, what credit is that? But if suffering is the result of good words and deeds, imagine the credit received.

Weekly Bible Reading Plan, 5/8 – 5/14

Link to a pdf of the CCOB Weekly Reading Plan for Monday 5/8/17 – Sunday 5/14/17.

*To guide us through the Scriptures and encourage reading the Word in fellowship, the CCOB uses liturgical readings based on the Christian calendar.  This week we reflect on the 4th Sunday of Easter and prepare for the 5th Sunday of Easter (Mother’s Day).

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For This Reason, 5/7/17

The world is full of suffering. If suffering is experienced because of a wrong committed, what credit is that? But if suffering is the result of good words and deeds, imagine the credit received.

“For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it?” -1 Peter 2:19-20

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CCOB Offers Study for Understanding the Practice of Buddhism

The Canton Church of the Brethren is pleased to announce an opportunity for anyone interested to learn more about Buddhism.  This project will happen from May-June 2017 and is being led by Carol Davis and Colin Davis.  It culminates with a Day Trip visit to the Midwest Buddhist Center in Chicago on June 23. A schedule of this experience is included below.

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