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2B-Surw:lay, July 27, 2003 your mpe all Shortly after moving into the Prayer makes cowards coura- parsonage of my second church, geous and brings light to those one of the leaders in the congre- who are living and laboring There is a little five-letter speaking, can be compared to a gation told me the only reason I under dark clouds of depression, word called "guilt" that most triangle inside our hearts. When had been called to be their pastor It can also make a difference in people suffer from at one time or we do something that we instinc- was the man they wanted the impact your church has on another, and if it's not dealt with tively know is wrong, the trian- wouldn't come. its community, and handled properly, the conse- gle turns and the corners prick Not long after that downer, a One Saturday, I received aquences can be devastating, our heart and it hurts. When we woman registered her disap- phone call from a troubledThe primary reason guilt is so continue to commit acts we pointment with my leadership, Chicago area pastor. He was difficult to deal with is because know are wrong, the triangle saying I didn't do things like discouraged and saw little hope complete freedom or release keeps turning and before long their former pastor, who had for his church to grow. To make from guilt often involves some the edges are rounded off and been the founder of the church, matters worse, he sensed trouble deep soul searching, a confes- worn smooth and it no longer "You've made a terrible mis- brewing among the people and sion or at least admitting our hurts. At this point, it is often shortcomings. To confess or said, "he has no conscience" take," I replied. "You thought expected a church split over a you were getting a perfect pastor sermon he intended to preach admit we are wrong goes against This isn't true; this person still basic human nature, and this is has a conscience, but it's become and I'm not perfect." Upon dis- the next day. But six months especially true for the person so dull from misuse that it no covering I was aware of my later, when I was a guest speak- who has poor self-esteem, longer makes him feel guilty or imperfections, this woman of er for Sunday services in his The British statesman and has any bearing on his actions. faith and her husband began church, I noticed the congrega- author Edmund Burke (1729-If we are to live happy, suc- praying for me. They were tion had grown so large that two 1797) had this to say about it, cessful and well-adjusted lives, church custodians and frequent- services were requiredto "Guilt is never a rational thing; it we should feel guilty when we ly came into my study to pray accommodate the crowd, distorts all the faculties of the lie, steal, cheat or commit crimes with and for me while cleaning What made the difference? human mind, it perverts them. It against an individual or society. the church. Prayer. leaves a man no longer in the free Otherwise, we will be totally What big prayers that woman The pastor had begun placing a use of his reason, it puts him into insensitive to the needs of the prayed! She asked God for greater emphasis on prayer and confusion." I might also mention people around us. The power of things I hadn't known he had in his congregation had accepted in passing that Edmund Burke guilt isevidentwhen we see peo- stock, which was undoubtedly his challenge to pray and expect was highly esteemed and one of pie who have committed serious one of the reasons for our 12 answers. Prayer broke down the the foremost thinkers of his day. I crimes and they feel such guilt years of growth, barriers between the pastor and believe you will agree that guilt is for what they have done, they The late A.B. Simpson. of the his critics. At my last visit there, a load too heavy to carry,actually want to be punished. Christian and Missionary I found a large auditorium under Here it might be appropriate to It's very important for us to Alliance movement, said, "Our construction, making even ask you a couple of very perti- deal with the day-to-day prnb- God has boundless resources, greater growth possible, nent questions. What's inside a lems and decisions that are the person who feels guilty that source of much of our guilt; The only limit is in us. Our ask- A young preacher had just causes him to feel this way? Are however there is a deeper and ing, our thinking, our praying begun his first pastorate in a we born with a mechanism that much more serious root problem are too small. Our expectations Philadelphia church when one makes us feel guilty, or is it an that brings about the worst guilt are too limited." of the members came to visit instinct or attribute we have to of all. This is the awareness, In his book, "Getting Things him. "You are not a strongdevelop? Personally, Ithinkit's deep in the innermost part of our From God," Charles Blanchard, preacher," said the visitor, "and both. We are each born with a beings, that God has given us the former president of Wheaten in the usual order of things you conscience, which has beentremendous talents and abilities (Illinois) College, wrote: "In all will fail here, but a little group defined as "the faculty by which He wants us to develop and of the record of his dealingi with of us has agreed to meet every distinctions are made between use to serve him and our fellow men, there is not one instance in Sunday morning to pray formoral right and wrong, especial- human beings. When we don't which he found fault with men you." The young minister saw ly in regard to one's own con- develop and use what he has for coming too frequently, for that group grow to more than a duct." In other words, because given us, it creates a void. As a asking too largely." So it's 1,000 people praying for their we are each born with a con- result, we experience a form of proper to pray big and expect imperfect pastor, J. Wilbur science, we therefore have the deep-seated guilt that gnaws at answers, even when we're pray- Chapman, who later became inherent or built-in capacity to us regardless of where we go or ing for imperfect people (Mark known as one of the greatest know whether what we do iswhat we do. There is only one 9:23). preachers in America. right or wrong, solution to this problem, and We can pray, believe and Not many pastors build great It's how we use this built-in that's to put our heart and soul receive, or we can pray, doubt churches, but great churches faculty that has a lot to do with into those activities that we and go without. Believing in prayer can bring build great pastors by choosing whether or not we feel guilty. I deem worthy of our time. It's to encourage and pray for them believe this little allegory will only when we do our best with help you see what I'm saying, what God has given us that we victory to losers, success to rather than focus on their imper- Our conscience, figuratively feel good about ourselves. those who would otherwise fail. fections. SIDNEY r . We're still here ASSEMBLY , 414 E. [~[~ for all your Main, Phone 433-2550, Senior /l~.~~ spiritual needs. Pastor Ron Masters, Associate/ //,rS"Ilma~m~ a~]il~"'m~m~a' ~[ 119 S Central Youth Pastor Thad Arnold; Sunday School 9:15 am, Sunday WOrship / ~s~s~,~ Ave., Sidney 10:30 am (child care available) & 6 pm, Wednesday Family Night 7 433-3335 A church wit h""''''~ pm. BAHA 'I FAITH, For information J~'l~ heart where the on local worship & study times call J~----~'~~le Word of God I ~Pl~aai,mt'~ a comes alive 482-4110 or 800-22-UNITE or tot,.,.., visit www.us.,,a ..or . J ~ ~.~S~ BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH, 502 S. Central, Phone 482-3706, Mike Bachhans, Pastor, Sunday Worship, [ll~ Tflnl~ _ ] 11 am & 6:30 pm, Sunday School 10 am, Wednesday Bible Study 7 CARPENTER'S CHURCH, cor- [ Sunday Worship 10:30a.m. I nerof6thAve, and llthSt. SE, I 214 S. Lincoln Ave., Sidney I 482-3028, Sunday School for all [ 433-2050 j ages 9:30 am, Morning Worship 10:30 am, Evening Worship 6 pm, Wed. Bible Study 6 pm. Sidney. , CHURCH OF CHRIST, 905 4th s %rnoxs St. SW, 433-3456, Sunday Worship OI ~oa 10:45 am, & 2 pm Bible School Everyone Welcome 9:45 am, Wed. Bible Class 7 pm "A See our Web sRe for activities & Place You Are Always Welcome." announcements! www.sidneyagchurch.com CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, 1215 5th St. SW, 482-3250 Church office & Family History Center; 482-6273 Church building or 482- 6340, Blaine Gifford, Bishop, Priesthood & Relief Society 10 am, Sunday School 11 am, Sacrament Sidney 482-3737 Meeting 11:50 am. CHURCH OF NAZARENE, Cor- ner of Lincoln & 9th St. SW, Phone 488-1956, Pastor Elwin Paulson, INSURANCE Sunday School 9:45 am, Worship Services 11 am & 6 pm, Wednes- day Worship Service 7 pm. LTfl. William H, Green, manager Wednesday Youth meeting 7 p.m. Central Plaza Building, Suite # 16, Sidney EBENEZER CONGREGATION- 482- 1606 AL CHURCH, "Ebenezer - saying Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." 1 Samuel 7:12, 118 4th Avenue NW, 482-1574, Pastor Bob Mee- han, Sunday School 9:30 am, Wor- ship Service 11 am, Wed. Bible Study 6:30 pm. FAITH ALLIANCE CHURCH, 301 E. Main, Phone 433-1112, Pas- tor Paul Turek, Sunday School 9:30 am, Worship Service 10:30 am & 6 pm, Wednesday prayer 7 pm. FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH, 2181 W. Holly, 482- 1151 S Central, Sidney 482-2305 4316, Sunday Service at 10:45 am Ron Barone, manager & 6 pro, Sunday School at 9:45 am; Wed. Bible Study & Prayer 7 pm. JEHOVAH'S WITNESS, 2301 3rd St. N.W. Sunday Public meeting 10 am; Watchtower Study 10:50 am. LONSDALE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 201 3rd '1 J0n Stemk0skl s Celebrant Stagers & Orchestra will present a community-wide service of contemporary music Thu day, Aug. 7 7 p.m. Froth Alliance Church 301 E. Main, Sidney A.... ll seats are free.I ...-. Uacation Dau Camp Pella Lutheran Church 418 W. Main Monday, Aug. 4 - Friday Aug. 8 Children ages 4 - 6 grade Pre-registration is required by July 25 for age 4 thru kindergarten. No charge. For more information call Pella Lutheran Church 433-3350. Ave. SE, Phone 433-3110, Rev. Center Office. Saturday Mass 5:30 Susan Twidwell Sunday School pro, Sunday Mass 9:30 am. 9:30 am, Sunday Worship Service TRINIT/LUTHERAN 10:30 am. CHURCH, 214 S. Lincoln, Phone SIDNEY LUTHERAN 433-2050, Sunday Worship Service BRETHREN CHURCH, Red 10:30 am. River Drive & Madison Lane, THE CHURCH OF GOD, Pastor Phone 433-2209, Senior Pastor Victor Helmuth 488-1819, Sun Brace J. Vallevik, Assistant Pastor Worship 11 am, S. School & Bible Tom Bechtold; Sunday Worship training 10 am; WE ARE CUR- 9:30 a.m.; Wed. Bible study 7 p.m. RENTLY HOLDING SERVICES PELIA LUTHERAN CHURCH AT LIBRARY BASEMENT IN ELCA 418 West Main, (comer of SIDNEY Main St. & Lincoln Ave.) Sunday FAIRVIEW 8:30 am ~raditional Service (radio COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN broadcast on KTHC-FM-95.1); CHURCH, Comer 4th & Central, 9:30 am Sunday School; 10:30 am Sunday School 9:30 am, Sunday Contemporary Worship. Child care Worship 11 am. available at both services. Pastor George Karres 433-3350. FAIRVIEwALLIANCE CHURCH, 702 Western Ave., PEOPLES CONGREGATIONAL Phone 747-5425, Kelly Sloan, Pas- CHURCH, UCC 405 10th Ave. tor. Sunday, 11 am, Sunday School SW, Church Office 433-3707, 9:45 am, Evening Worship, 6 pm. Interim Pastor Douglas Ostlund. Sunday morning worship 11 am, ST. CATHERINE'S CATHOLIC Sunday School 9:45 am. Nursery CHURCH, Mission Church, 309 care available. Communion first West 75, Fairview. Phone 747. Sunday every month & Holy days. 5293, Father Greg Staudinger Mass 8 am, Preschool - 8th grade. Rel. SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY Ed. ClasSes, Sun. at 9 am - Senior LUTHERAN CHURcHAALC, High Rel. Ed. classes Wed. at 7 pm. 211 E. Holly Rd., David Huskamp, ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN Pastor, Church 433-7479. Sunday Worship 9:30 am; Fellowship CHURCH, 310 Ellery Ave., Phone 10:30 am. Sunday School 11 a.m. 742-5332. Sunday Worship 5:30 p.m. Bible study 7 p.m. Interm Pas- SIDNEY SEVENTH.DAY tor George Draper ADVENTIST, 2533 S. Central Ave., Arland Sunstad, Pastor, Plen- ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH, tywood, 406-765-2053, George 309 S. Central, Phone 742-5523. Reiman, Lambert, 406-774-3365 Holy Communion 9 am, Pastor Sabbath Scbool 9:30 am, Sat., Wor- Larry Quanbeck. ship Service 11 am Sat. LAMBERT ST. MATTHEW'S CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY CHURCH, 219 7th St. SE, Phone ALLIANCE CHURCH, Phone 482-1068, Father Greg Staudinger 774-3368, Sunday School 10 am, & Rectory Office, 482-2510, Parish Worship 11 am, Sunday Eve. Ser- J LVinyl-all colors Chain link all stren iii ii:,iiilp Direct from manufacturer to your d ~iii::i !iiiii~i~::~ ~ii~i~:::: . . . Prof. nstall avadable/35 yrs. expenence -488-6157I iii ' I?iiiiiii. iiiiii;iiiiil Our trained specialists will replace or repair your car's windshield quickly, carefully and affordably. Glass The auto glass experts! All major credit cards accepted. 710 W. Holly 482-1544 Windshield Rock chip repair ) Window tinting Free pickup & Insurance Loaner car Side, back & find We have you local news, s classifieds ads, uotes, financial health news and much vice 6 pm. FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, Sunday Worship Service & Sunday School at 8 a.m. ST. THERESA 'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Mission Church, 219 7th St. SE, Sidney. Phone 482- 1068, Fr. Greg Staudinger. Sunday Mass 11:45 a.m. SAVAGE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC 102 2nd Ave. S.. 776-2218, or Office 482-3707, Interim Pastor Douglas Ostlund. Sunday morning worship and Sun- day School 9 am. Communion first Sunday of every month & Holy days. FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA, 294 4th Ave. S., Phone 776- 2218. Sunday School: 9:30-10:45 am, Sunday Worship: 1st, 3rd & 4th Sunday 11 am, 2nd Sunday 8:30 am. Pastor Betty K. Mawbey ST. MICHAEL'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Sunday Mass at 11 am. Father Greg Staudinger, mis- sion of St. Matthew's Sidney,. Ph. 406-482-1068 YELLOWSTONE COMMUNITY CHURCH, 173 Mesa, Phone 776- 2236, Sunday School 9:45 am, Worship 11 am. SKAAR GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA Skaar, ND Church Office 776-2218, 776-2219.2nd Sunday 11:30 am at Squaw Gap Communi- ty Hall with Potluck; 4th Sunday 2:30 pm Grace Church, Pastor Betty K. Mawbey RICHEY AMERICAN LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA, Worship 9 a.m. & Sunday School 10 a.m., Sun- day.Pastor David Aaseng. CHRISTIAN MaiSSIoNARY ALLIANCE, Vaughan White, Pas- tor. ST. FRANCES DESCALES CATHOLIC CHURCH, Phone 485-3520 for information, Circle, MT, Sunday 11 am Eucharistic Ser- vice. UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, Worship service, 8:30 am. Pastor Susan Twidwell. CARTWRIGHT SW. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS EPISCOPAL CHURCH, Rev. Marianne Ell, Vicar 572-9278 or call 744-5310 Sunday 8:30 a.m. (CST), 7:30 a.m. (MT) Sunday School, 8:15 (MT) am; Mt. Holy Communion 1:15 p.m. ECW 2nd Monday CIRCLE FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, Worship Service Sunday ! 1 a.m., Sunday School 9:45 am, Pastor David Aaseng. Lonsdale United Methodist SUNDAY SCHOOL: WOgSH~. l 0:30 a.m. BBLE STUDY: YOUTH GROUP: 201 3rdAve. S.E. Sidney * Open Sunday, 11 Pharmacy 402 East Main, Sidney' Lutheran Sunday morning: 10:30 a.m.: Coffee "Serving the oreo since 114 2nd Av~. SF., Sidney Painting Call Kathy or Terry Fairview $t. Theresa's lambert ~t. I:ahv 742-5441 303 S. Ellen/, Fairview SUPPLY 809 E. Main, 433-3400