Dear Members and Friends of the Harrisburg First Seventh-day Adventist Church,
Last week I introduced Koinonia as the theme for this summer’s sermons. Koinonia (κοινωνίᾳ) is translated as “fellowship” in the New Testament and was used by the early Christians to describe the special bond that held them together. It did not always come easy. However, one of the most interesting characters in the book of Acts modeled this genuine Christian fellowship.
Best known by his nickname Barnabas, which means Son of Encouragement (Acts 4:36), he lives up to his name each time he appears on the scene. In chapter 4 he is selling his land to encourage the apostles and the growing church. Chapter 9 reveals Barnabas affirming Saul’s new faith when others were rejecting him. A short time later in chapter 11, he is called on to encourage the commitment of the new believers in Antioch.
When the task was too great for him alone, he encourages a team spirit by inviting Saul to help him. It is interesting that there in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians. It was without a doubt the result of Barnabas’ ministry. Finally, we find Barnabas encouraging John Mark by offering him a second chance in ministry.
May the likes of Barnabas be multiplied here in Harrisburg! One of the great challenges during this pandemic is genuine Christian fellowship and meeting the many changing needs of each of our members. Paul, a recipient of Barnabas’ ministry, speaks of what it means to have the attitude of Christ: “Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interests of others.” Barnabas was a layman who invested his life in giving people courage to keep going. In what are you investing your life?
It is my prayer that our church family can provide an atmosphere conducive to sharing and encouraging koinonia, genuine Christian fellowship.
“Let’s encourage one another and all the more as we see the day approaching.”
If I or our church family can be of assistance to you during this time, please do not hesitate to call: 717-652-6000 (church office)
Pastor Dave Sanner
Important information for Sabbath, July 4, 2020
Important information for Sabbath, July 4, 2020 - - Dauphin County is now in the “Green Phase” of reopening. Our Church Board voted to now have one worship service at 10:00 a.m. During the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the emphasis is on keeping our church family and guests safe. Here is the plan for this service:
Starting on July 6, the online Evening Vespers with Mike Haas will meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:15 p.m. (line opens at 7:00 p.m.) with a new series –
“40 Days: Prayers and Devotions on Earth’s Final Events” by Dennis Smith (Book 4)
(This book can be ordered online, or contact Mike Haas for a copy through a bulk order.)
“Promise and Prayer” – every Monday at 12:15 p.m. with Pastor Sanner
To join in through our conference call line - Call this Number: 515-606-5444
Then enter this Access Code as directed: 549090#
***There is better quality of sound, and video is available, when you connect via the internet. Just go to https://www.freeconferencecall.com/downloads where you can download and install the app of your choice on your PC or tablet. For iPhone and Android users, you can download the freeconferencecall.com app from the iTunes store or the Google Play store. Once you install the software on your device and sign in, you will want to join our online meeting with online meeting ID “424hfsda”. You’ll have the option of joining with audio, video, or both. Feel free to contact Mike Haas if you want to test it out.
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