Midweek Message

August 26, 2014

Jim Hopkins

August 26, 2014

Hello LABC,
This Sunday, a fifth Sunday, our worship will be one of our “Kid Friendly” services. These services, while geared toward including our younger members, also are  intended to have meaning for all our members.
This Sunday we will relate Psalm 26, particularly verse 3, “For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I will walk in faithfulness to you,” to the Lego Movie.
In the movie Emmet (Hebrew for truth) is an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person (The Special) and the key to saving the world from Lord Business, who wants to glue the world into one set position. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers, including Wyldstyle (a motorcycle riding female daredevil), Batman, the prophet like Vitruvius, and Unikitty (part unicorn/part kitten) to join in an epic quest to stop the evil tyrant. This journey is ultimately successful but it is a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly under-prepared. In order for the quest to succeed Emmet must gain great understanding of both himself and his world. He comes to understand he is special because of his capacity to believe.
The Psalm teaches that humans have the ability to respond the steadfast love of God, to perceive that love and walk in its way. This response is the essence of what it means to believe. With the kids we will talk about what we believe about God, about ourselves and about our place in the world. We will share with them the teaching of Jesus that believing is an essential part of living.

Prayers of the Congregation

  • Wally Bryen as he mourns the death of his brother, Jim
  • George, Sandra and Victor Lee as they mourn the death of Sylvia
  • Zondra Martin as she mourns the death of her mother, Letha Bryant  (A Funeral Service will be held Friday morning in the town of Olivehurst)
  • All who are recovering from the Napa Valley Earthquake
  • Jo Robinson for her sister, Johanna
  • Sheila Sims for her father
  • Jewelle Gibbs for her the health of her niece following surgery and for all victims of racism, ethnic and religious intolerance in this country and the rest of the world
  • Georgia Upshaw for Irene Jennings and Ginny Axtell
  • Karen Hopkins for her friend Connie and all who are looking for jobs
  • Kristen Wilson for Steve who is facing brain surgery
  • Thanksgiving with Kay Baxter for Stacey (job hunting) and Jamie (new rehab program at Paradise Baptist Church)
  • Thanksgiving with Celestine Bennett on her return home and for the improvement in her sister’s health
  • Connie Hector as she cares for her mother in law and her aunt
  • Ann Fields for her family
  • Helen Roberson and family
  • Barry Breaux for his  mom and his aunt
  • Phil and Gloria Meads for June and Billy
  • Dwight Dickerson for his family
  • Al Johnson and Roy Browner (stability)
  • The Milcoff family
  • Dave and Sheryl Gattey for friend Lori and for Dave Ferguson (Open Door Mission)
  • Peg Shaw (The Grove, Piedmont Gardens)
  • The peace of our city
  • Toni Daniels and all who are incarcerated
  • All our college age and young adult members
  • Sandra Dunn for her father
  • Jamal Fountaine for his dad
  • Theresako Harris and Doris Evans both request prayers for all the  students who are heading back to school
  • The Wilkinson family for Gloria Joseph and  for their housing search
  • Pat Hughes for her sister in law, Florence
  • Mary Karne for her daughter Maryla
  • Shirley Jones
  • Steve and Carol Leichter
  • Katrina Lau for her grandmother
  • Margaret Oladoja and family
  • Charlene Wolf for her mom
  • Shirley Theodore for her daughter, Victoria
  • Crena Alexander for her mom and dad
  • Jan Scott as she continues to recuperate
  • Joan Thatcher recuperating from eye surgery
  • The State of California as it responds to the current drought
  • Ken Kirkey for his father Ken Kirkey Sr., recuperating from cancer
  • The immigrant children (and their families) being held at the border and at centers around the country
  • All who are traveling
  • Peace in the Middle East and comfort for all the grieving families. May the cycle of atrocity upon atrocity be broken.
  • Marie Johnson for Dahlia and Oscar (battling cancer), Doreen, Jamani, Amy and Kevin (unwanted workplace changes) and herself
  • Sydney Webster for her Aunt Ayana
  • All our students, teachers and school employees as the academic year begins
  • Don Johnson and Nicole Pallios and their families as they prepare for their August 31 wedding
  • The Kachin people as they seek justice and freedom
  • President Obama as he leads in troubled times
  • The Evans, Edwards and Leche families
  • Warren and Camille Parker for Glenora  Smith (aging sister) and George Brown (ailing nephew)
  • Paul Keener for his mother who has been hospitalized
  • Alean Saunders-Coffey for Luis Pontoja
  • Maxine O’Guinn and family
  • Rowena Jackson for her family
  • Thanksgiving with Patricia Butterfield on her daughter’s new job
  • Larry Sims for his family
  • Cordia Lee for her workplace, her family and her self
  • Thanksgiving for the ministry of our Lakeshore Children’s Center as the school year begins and as many new students begin at the Center. It is an anxious time for many families.
  • Thanksgiving for a very successful Walk for Congo
  • Thanksgiving for our choir and handbell choir as they prepare the autumn
  • For our PICO friends and colleagues working for justice in Ferguson, MO. For information from the scene not available in the national press follow @PICOnetwork on Twitter


The Funeral for Sylvia Lee will be held Saturday, August 30 at 11:00 at:

Albert Brown Mortuary
3476 Piedmont Ave

The interment service will follow at:

Golden Hill Memorial Park
2099 Hillside Blvd

A luncheon will follow the internment to which Lakeshore members are invited. There will a Memorial Service at Lakeshore later in September.
Homecoming Sunday is September 21 this Year!