New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, March 11,1983 5Ministerial alliance
Church bridges gap to God
By PASTOR RAYMOND W. BIZER Faith United Church of Christ
“Gap" is a little word which seems to be very descriptive of much in society today. And yet it is not new for throughout history there have been numerous kinds of "gaps" over which bridges could be built and were built. But the condition persists. We continue to experience “generation gaps," “credibility gaps," “political gaps,” “cultural gaps," “racial gaps," gaps in performance, in marital relationships, in the economy and the list goes on.
The role of a mediator in the midst of those gaps in society has become an important role. It is the role of promoting and supporting communication. The federal mediator has become an important person in that communication and negotiating effort between labor and management, between athletes and team owners, between contending parties in lawsuits. Attorneys and judges have had important
roles to play with regard to numerous kinds of relationships where estrangement, separation and differences have arisen, all the way from estrangement in marital relationships to the efforts of corporations to buy each other or merge.
The Church also has had a role in being bridge builders in society and we have come to know the significant role of a ministry of reconciliation, bridging the spans that separate peoples, nations, races and various conditions of humanity. That reconciliation ministry is a high vocation in society today, a society in need of reconciliation where estrangement may be descriptive of society.
To reconcile is to bring into harmony two opposing parties or points of view. Its intention is to close the gaps that exist. That reconciling ministry is brought into being and is an outgrowth of the concern that God has that all people first be reconciled to Him. We are midway in the
period of the church year which many Christian congregations observe as Lent. It is a time when Christians renew their understanding of their relationship to God through Jesus Christ and an understanding of that reconciling ministry.
There is a difference between unity and harmony. I suspect that the true meaning of that reconciling ministry might be suggested to be that of bringing harmony. We used to think of our country as a melting pot, where everyone was brought together in unity. In more recent years the uniqueness of individuals, groups, the strengths and diversity within individuals and groups has given the opportunity to be blended into a harmonious whole.
St. Paul, in his many communications to Christians gathered in many communities in the near east, has lifted up the importance of first being reconciled to God through the Jesus Christ, and then being entrusted with a ministry of reconciliation in society.
St. John's plans Refreshment service
St. Johns Episcopal Church is celebrating Refreshment Sunday this weekend.
Refreshment Sunday is traditionally the middle Sunday of I^ent. There will be the usual 8 and 9 a.in. Eucharist services plus a special musical celebration of the Eucharist at ll a rn.
Special music will be provided by members of the San Antonio Com
munity Choir led by Winston Thompson, a registered nurse at McKenna Memorial Hospital. Choir members are drawn from members of San Antonio Baptist churches — Palestine, New Light, St. Mark’s and Calvary.
Members of St. John s will host a reception in honor of the choir at the church at 312 S. Guenther following the service.
Harmony Baptist Church is located on Highway 46
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Concert scheduled at New Life Church
Sylvia Scott of Gillette, Wym . will be in concert Sunday at New Ijfe Assembly of God, 552 Highway Bl West
Pastor Hilmar Flugrath invites all interested persons to the concert which begins at ll a rn
Scott wrote and produced her own television show, “I Will Sing Unto the Uird." which was aired in Gillette for more than two years and was also syndicated out of Chicago, III. She has also been a guest on the Chicago Show ."
For the past three years. Scott has traveled across the country presenting gospel concerts
Religious leaders pledge support for negotiations
NEW YORK I AP) — Twenty-five Protestant and Roman Catholic leaders have cabled a message to the new Archbishop of San Salvador, Rivera y llamas, pledging support to his advocacy of negotiations among warring factions in that country.
Such dialogue is “an essential step toward solution of the armed conflict there," they said. "However, the alternative U.S. proposal to intensify attempts to impose a military solution is, to our mind, irresponsible and inhumane "
Signers include United Methodist
Bishop James Armstrong, president of the National Council of Churches, made up of most Protestant and Orthodox bodies, the heads of many of them, and heads of seven Roman Catholic orders.
Survey shows prayer similarity
By GEORGEW CORNELL AP religion writer
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Southern Baptists note membership increase
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Southern Baptist membership rose to about 14 million last year, a 1.5 percent increase, the denomination reports. Contributions to congregations rose to $3.1 billion, a 12 percent increase Sunday school enrollment rose to about 7.7 million, the highest on record.
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Whether they are Protestant or Roman Catholic, whether their church services are simple or elaborate, Christians generally are in harmony when it comes to personal prayer.
They do a lot of it and largely in similar ways, times and attitudes.
These are among details brought out in an unusual cross-denominational survey of readers of IO mainline denominational magazines, probing specifics about how they pray, when, where and what for.
Previous national studies have indicated that an overwhelming proportion of Americans, 89 percent
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of them, pray at times, even if not church members, making prayer by far the most prevelant of all religious activities.
For church members, it’s even more so, about as much a part of everyday life as eating or sleeping, the new study indicates. All of them, IOO percent of the 1,491 respondents, do it, 92 percent daily, most of them several times daily.
The ordinarily private motives, manners and expectations brought to this most widespread religious process are pointed up in the study, which indicates close similarities about it among the mainline church people involved.
Whatever small variations showed up in prayer habits, these generally don’t reflect denominational patterns, but rather personal preferences.
Worship at the church of your choice
First Baptist Church 733 Cross St Sunday school 9 30 am mommy worship 10 45 a rn evening worship 7 pm Wednesday prayer service 7 15 p rn
First Protestant United Church of Christ. Seguin and Coll Streets Worship 8 and 10 30 am church school 9 a rn
New Braunfels Presbyterian
Church. 373 Howard Church school 9 30 a rn worship 9 30 and Ham nursery provided for all services
First United Methodist Church. 572
W San Antonio St Church school 9 30 a rn morning worship IO 50 a rn youth activities 5 30 p rn
St John s Episcopal Church. 312 S
Guenther Eucharist, 8 a rn.; musical celebration of Eucharist, Rite ll, 9 a rn.; church school for adults, senior high and intermediate, and chapel for younger students, 10 a rn.; family service, church, church school, 11 a rn Wednesday Eucharist and healing service 9 a rn.
St Paul Lutheran Church. Cross and Santa Clara Streets Worship service 8 a rn (broadcast on KNBT Radio FM 92) and 10 30 a m ; Sunday school 9 15 a rn
Trinity Baptist Church 1235 Er vendberg Ave Sunday school 10am, worship IO 45 a rn and 6 p rn
Primera Iglesia Bautist (First Mexican Baptist). 2080 W San Antonio St Sunday school 9 45 a rn morning worship 10 50 am evening worship 6 pm Wednesday prayer service 7 p m
Mission Pentecoste Church, 129
School St Services Tuesday, Thur sday, Saturday and Sunday 7:30 p m
First Assembly of God. 1687 Highway 81 W Sunday school 9 45 am; morning worship 10 45 am evening worship 7 pm, Wednesday service 7pm
Iglesia Bethel (Pentecostal Church)
2990 W San Antonio Wednesday 7 30 pm, Saturday 7 30 p m Sunday school IO am; Bible school Sunday
6 30 p.m.; Worship service Sunday
7 30 p m
Harmony Baptist Church, 1472 Highway 46 S Sunday school 9 45 a m worship 11 a rn and 7 p m Bible study 6 pm Wednesday prayer meeting 7 p m
Cross Lutheran Church. South Hickory and Cross Streets Sunday school, adult Bible 9 a m . worship
10 15 a rn holy communion first and third Sundays
Living Word Guada Coma Room of Holiday Inn Worship IO a rn and 7 pm Wednesday services at 1655 Highway 46 S at Clear Springs 7pm
Bible Believers Fellowship, Laurel Plaza Apt 300 Laurel Lane Sunday school 9 50 a rn worship 11 a rn and 6pm
Eastside Baptist Church. 983 Holly Sunday school 9 45 a m , worship 11 am and 6 pm Wednesday service 6 30 p m
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 2386 W San Antonio St Priesthood meeting 9am, relief society 9 am. young women 9 am. primary 9 am, Sunday school 10 a m sacrament 10 50 a rn
First Church of the Nazarene. 1465 I 35 E Sunday school 9 45 a m worship 10 50 a m and 6 p m
Green Valley Apostolic Tabernacle
(U P C l. 104 Melody Lane Sunday school 10 a m evangelistic service 7 p m. Bible study 7 30 p m Thursday
First Church of Christ Scientist. 137
E Mill St Sunday service IO 30 a.rn Sunday school 10 30 a rn.; Wednesday service 7:30 p m Child care available
Assemblee De Dios (Spanish Assembly of God)
merce St Sunday school 5 30 pm evangelistic service 6 30 pm Saturday 6 30 p rn
St Joseph s Anglican Church 185
E Jahn St Worship services 9am 1928 Prayer Book
New Braunfels Christian Church
Loot) 337 Sunday school 9 30 a rn worship 10 30 a m and 6 p.m., junior church IO 30 a rn
New Braunfels Foursquare Church,
1492 Highway 81 W Sunday worship IO a.m.; evening worship 7 p.m.; midweek service 7 p m Thursday
First Presbyterian Church, 272 S
Krueger Sunday school 9 45 a m ; fellowship 10:30 am; worship 11 a m and 7 p m
Church of Christ. 1665 Highway 81 W Bible classes for all 9 a rn worship IO a rn.; evening worship and children s Bible hour 6 p rn Wed nesday classes 7 pm Nursery available
Ejemplo Vivo Baptist Church.
Garner Hall, Santa Clara and Guenther Streets Sunday school 9 30 a ni worship 10 45 a m church training 6 p m prayer meeting Wednesday 7 p m at 498 Liberty
Second Baptist Church. Sunday
school 9 45 a rn worship 11 a rn and
Faith United Church of Christ. 970
Loop 337 Church school 9 15 a m., worship IO 30 a m
Freedom Fellowship Church, 330
Hackberry Prayer 9 30 a m worship
10 a m
Live Oak Baptist Church. 335
Washington Sunday school 9 45 a m.; worship service 11 a rn
Sts Peter and Paul Catholic
Church. 386 N Casten Saturday obligation mass tor Sunday 7 p rn ; Sunday masses 7 — 8 30, 11 - 11:15
New Life Assembly of God Church.
552 Highway 81 W Sunday school IO a.m.; morning worship 11 a rn.; evangelistic services 7 pm,; Wed nesday worship 7 30 p m.
Tree of Life Fellowship. 125
Highway 81 W Sunday services 9 45 a rn and 7 p m Wednesday service 7
Oakwood Baptist Church, Lamar
School Bible study 9:30 a.m.; morning worship 10 45 a rn evening worship 7 p in : Wednesday prayer service 7 p m
Chapel in the Cove (in terdenommational). Cypress Cove clubhouse Worship9a rn
Triumphant Lutheran Church. Bat
Cave Road at Schoenthal Road Worship 9 am, Sunday school IO a rn tor all ages
Bulverde United Methodist Church,
Highway 281 North and Cibolo Creek Sunday school 9 30 am, church service 10 45 a m
St. Thomas Chapel (Roman Catholic). Canyon Dam hillside Sunday mass 9 30 arid 11:15 a m,; pre
Sunday mass Saturday 5 and 7 p m
Canyon Lake United Methodist Church, Flintstone Drive, Canyon Lake Mobile Home Estates Sunday school 9:15 a rn.; morning worship IO 30 a rn.
Bracken United Methodist Church.
FM 2252 Sunday school 9 30 am; church service IO 45 a m
Friedens United Church of Christ.
Geronimo Church school 9 am, worship service 10:15 a rn.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church (ALC).
FM 2673 east of Starkville Sunday
school 9 a.m.; worship 10:15 a rn, communion first Sunday
St Francis By The-Lake Episcopal Church, Fm 306 1 mile west of Fm 2673 Services 11 am holy com munion, second Sunday 8 a rn holy communion; 11 a rn morning prayer
Church in the Valley (in terdenommational). Deep Acres, Canyon City. Church school 9 a rn.; morning worship 1015 a m evening worship 6 p m
Bulverde Baptist Church, P O Box 43 Sunday school 9 30 am, worship
10:45 a m Christian training 6 p.rn , evening worship 7pm Wednesday service 7 p m
Church of Christ, FM 3159 and FM 2673 Bible class IO a rn., Sunday worship 11 a m and 6 p m Wed nesday service 7 p m
Church in the Wildwood (Assembly of God). FM 2673. The Oaks Sunday school 10 a m ; worship IO 50 a rn. and 6 30 p m
St. Paul United Church of Christ, S Main and FM 78 Cibolo Church school 9 a rn . worship 10 15 a rn
St Paul Lutheran Church. Highway
1863 at Highway 281 Sunday school 9 a rn worship 10 15a rn
First Baptist Church. Horseshoe Falls Estate Sunday school 9 30 am; worship 10:40 a rn.; evening service 6 p rn Nursery provided
Rock Hill Gospel Church Faith Center 502 I 35 South of New Braunfels, behind the rest area Sunday school 10am; worship 8 and 11 a rn and 7 30 p rn.; Tuesday Bible college 7 30 pm. Thursday ladies meeting 9 30 a m and young ministers 7 30 p m.Til Km j( ll uc ll rJTMwn mrr
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