This year, Ramadan runs from May 27 to June 25. From sunup to sundown there is no eating, drinking, sex, smoking, perfume or music. The first meal comes about two hours before sunrise. After a few days, the body gets use to skipping lunch and snacks, however, everyone experiences the gradual increase of the feeling of tiredness, thirst and hunger. Then at one moment everyone shares the joy of quenching their thirst and filling their hunger. Since these feelings are all shared by most people they see, it increases the bonding with their family and community.
Ramadan’s significance marks the sending down of the Qur’an, first as a whole into Muhammad’s soul in 610 AD. Thus, it marks the Qur’an as God’s final revelation, in reality replacing what came before; and therefore, Muhammed is God’s final prophet replacing who came before and Islam is God’s final religion replacing what came before.
Before Ramadan it is the Imam’s (Muslim leader) duty in the mosque through his sermons on Friday midday to fire up those attending about the “great blessings” of Ramadan and how it is the best month of the year, etc. So, it is their job to mentally prepare people for the discipline of the coming month. It is like spiritual pruning and renewing of energy and it helps to understand how the poor feel without food. In some countries, more people keep Ramadan than pray five times a day.
Ramadan can open great opportunities to begin or deepen friendships and to share the gospel. Many are more open to talk about spiritual things and the forgiveness of sins. Ask your Muslim friend what they do, how they do it and why. You might ask if they are certain that all of their sins are forgiven. This can easily lead to the gospel. You can mention that Christ fasted forty days and nights and suggest they read the account in Matthew 4 or Luke 4. You can point out that Christians fast for specific reasons and we are not to tell others we are fasting.
Maybe the most important bridge is to be praying for Muslims during Ramadan, praying that they would become more open to the gospel and sense their sins and understand adding good works does not remove their sin and their separation from God. You might want to join the world’s largest prayer movement of Muslims: 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World, May 27- June25. To download the prayer guide go to: https://www.pray30days.org/order/ or watch the video at: https://vimeo.com/210156359
Written by a Middle East missionary
Preparing for Sunday
The King & His Kingdom (The Gospel of Matthew)
Sermon Title & Text:
The Rejected King, pt. 1 (Matthew 12:1-21)
Isaiah 42:1-4, (quoted in Matthew 12:18-21)
Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be discouraged
till he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his law.
Sunday Evening Service
God’s Greater Witness
1 John 5:9
Chesterfield Sheriff’s Prayer Breakfast
Wednesday, May 31st at 7:15 a.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, 1021 Koger Center Blvd.
Hosted by Good News Jail & Prison Ministry The program will include special music, a time of prayer and a testimony from an inmate whose life has been changed. An offering will be taken to benefit the Jail Ministry in Chesterfield County. There is no charge for the breakfast, but anyone who wants to attend should make a reservation by calling Chaplain John Corcoran at 751-4136 or sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Toddler’s need two adults during Sunday School.
• Workers for VBS 2017
• 4’s & 5’s need an adult or teen during church time. Both positions would be the first Sunday of the month.
• Church Time Security
Our last new members class before summer will be held Sunday, June 11th after the morning service. Lunch is provided, so please register online or email email@example.com. Childcare can be provided if that would make it possible for you to attend.
SAVE THE DATE:
Sunday, June 25, Fellowship Hall, 5:00 p.m.
Imagine that Texas de Brazil or Fogo de Chao is coming to Immanuel, and you have an idea of what thrill of the grill is all about. That’s right, meat, meat, and more meat served on skewers and cooked to perfection on the grill. If a fantastic meal and fellowship aren’t enough, you won’t want to miss the concert after dinner, “The PromisedLand Quartet”.
Are you graduating?
Immanuel will honor church attenders graduating from high school, college, or graduate school on Sunday, June 11th. Please register online or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline to register is June 4th.
May 27 – Youth Hiking
May 28 – Missionary Presentation, Huffmeir Report
June 4 – Communion AM
June 11 – Graduation Sunday/New Members Class
June 11 – Seidlitz Missionary Report, Reception, Offering
June 25 – Church Wide Fellowship Meal and Concert
July 31 – August 4 – Vacation Bible School