Aug 14
August 15, 2020, 8:37 PM
August 14, 2020
First Christian Church of San Marcos
exists to lead people into a growing relationship
with Jesus Christ!
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Sermon title
"What Jesus said about . . . Ask, Seek & Knock"
at 10:30 am
Music will begin @10:15.
See you Sunday!
~ from Prince
I will be teaching this Sunday, August 16, on that part of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus says, “Ask, Seek, and Knock.” Jesus has given words of wisdom on many topics
and when he comes to this part of the sermon he seems to be saying, “And now for something completely different let’s
talk about prayer.”
Our Disciples of Christ Chalice Hymnal offers four hymns titled “The Lord’s Prayer.” Three with the traditional words and one on page 310 with a contemporary version that came from the International Consultation on English Texts, in
the early 1970s. In our services we alternate between those
two versions.
There’s really only one substantive difference between the
two versions. The traditional version reads “lead us not into temptation” and the contemporary version reads “save us
from the time of trial.” What’s that about?
The translation of the first clause of Matthew 6:13 has been
an issue for decades. The essential objection to the traditional language is that God would never tempt us – and therefore it’s inappropriate to pray that God not do something that God would never do anyway. The Letter of James says clearly,
“No one, when tempted, should say, ‘I am being tempted by God,’ for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself
tempts no one.”
The issue turns on the translation of two words in the Greek manuscripts. Both phrases are faithful to the earliest texts.
The 1989 New Revised Standard Version of the Bible went with “do not bring us to the time of trial.”
Liturgical texts have different objectives. While a liturgical text must be faithful to the meaning of the Greek or Latin, it should also be easy to speak and sing, easy to hear clearly, easy to remember, and easy to understand.
As an individual member of a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), you are free to take any position on this and to use either version in your devotions. In Public Worship (now online) we may have viewers who tune in for a few seconds or a few minutes. Facebook calls that a VIEW. For a person who is spiritually seeking do we want to communicate to them that God leads people into temptation?
Scholastic arguments for the newer version in public worship are very compelling for a church that would like to reach unchurched people, but there’s room for a different view.
I encourage you to reflect on the two versions and see what
the Spirit tells you. In my private prayer, I usually say the one that I learned as a child in Elizabethan English with “which art,” “thy will,” and “for thine.” Naturally, that’s how I first learned it.
The Bible speaks of trials and tribulations that come our way. For most of us managing Covid time brings trials from Level
1 to Level 10. We need patience and fortitude. For some it is a genuine tribulation and for those we weep and lift up in supplication to our Heavenly Father.
The Youth are meeting on Wednesdays
via Zoom now and hope to meet in person
in the next few weeks.
Also Shawn & Nikki will be meeting in person with each youth over the next 2 months. They will be taking dinner and a back to school care package to each youth!
Yea Shawn - Yea Nikki
This week at First Christian
Adult Bible Study - Linda Vetters @9:30 am on Zoom
Sunday Worship @ 10:30 am on Facebook or @
Pastor on the Porch - Friday @ 10:00 am
Informal meeting with Pastor Gregory Ross on zoom
How Can We Pray for You?
If you wish Prayer for any reason send your request to
place "Prayer Request" in the subject line -
our staff & team will pray for you.
Please pray for these.
Maren Kay Milam; Kathy Kunchick; SMPD; David Voight;
Dawn Jester; Susan Pruett; Carolyn Scott; Jackie Cable; Judy Deforest; Bert Cobb; Kathy Smith; Dorothy McLendon; Jean English; Honey Cuellar; Mary Tijerina; Dawn Shank; David Warren; Coy Rowdon; Mildred Scott; Ellen & Manfred Kremkus;
Richard McDaniel; Robert Volk; Melissa and Brett; Martinez extended family; Patrick McGuire; Judy Ritchie;
FCC Directory Will Be Available
on Monday, August 17, 2020
Kerry Rash has been working hard to produce a current directory for our church. It will be posted on the website at in the member tab in pdf form for download.
If you prefer a printed copy, you can either download it and print it at home, or contact the church at and you can receive a hard copy by mail. Be sure to confirm your mailing address.
Dorothy McLendon's
birthday is August 18th.
She will be 95 years old and to celebrate she
would like to receive birthday cards!!
Dorothy is Randy McLendon's mother, her address is:
1109 Delmar, San Marcos, TX 78666
Food Bank Donations
Your generous response to the Food Bank in the past few weeks has been AMAZING!!
So far this year our church has given
over 18,750 pounds.
Our goal is 20,000!! - Thank You!
Continued Needs
Hand soap
Personal Protection Gloves
Canned meat (tuna, salmon, chicken)
Canned fruits
Canned tomato products
Caned veggies (please no green beans or corn)
Canned beans
Food donations may be dropped off on our front porch
(at the Food Bank) or placed in the green bench outside.
It will be checked regularly.
You can send Food Bank donations to
FCC marked "Food Bank"
or mail checks directly to the Food Bank
220 Herndon St,
San Marcos, TX 78666
OR go to their website at
Your giving allows us to sustain our worship & service.
We encourage all of you who call FCC home to continue to give faithfully and prayerfully. This is a time to lean
forward in mission and ministry and we
thank you for your continued generosity. 
Ways to Give
 1. Mail a check or money order:
First Christian Church
3105 Ranch  Road 12
San Marcos, TX 78666
2. Make a donation online:
3. Use the drop box:
in the office door mail slot.
4. Set up automatic payments
from your bank account: