Psalm 130

God's steadfast love renews our hope as we wait on him

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Sunday, June 2, 2019
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Blessed be the Lord! We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler (Psalm 124:6-7)!

As many as 20% of college women suffer from an eating disorder. Rachel Zhang shares how the Lord mercifully intervened in her struggle.

I arrived at Princeton University in 2006, suffering from the common paranoia that I did not deserve to be there. My response was also very common: I became super-organized, super-efficient, and super-diligent, determined to remake myself into the picture-perfect Princeton student. 

At first, I was successful. My goal to be healthy produced significant weight loss, and by the summer after freshman year, I was reveling in the attention my newly lean body attracted. I decided to stop losing weight.  But as anyone who has struggled with anorexia will tell you, it’s not that easy. Despite my plans, I continued to lose weight, much to my parents’ horror. Yet I wouldn’t admit that I had a problem; I was convinced I could handle everything on my own. As the months went by, though, even I became aware that I was trapped. As malnutrition and slow starvation began to take hold, I realized that the tight control I had worked so hard to instill in my life had begun to take control of me.

One day while running on the towpath, tears streaming down my face, I finally admitted, to myself and to God, that I needed help. Too proud to show my weakness to my parents or friends, I prayed that God would bring a particular Princeton Christian Fellowship staff member to me—a person I barely knew, yet whose compassion made me trust her. Not even twenty-four hours later, that PCF staff member emailed me, asking if I wanted to get coffee. When we met, she brought up the topic I had worked so hard to avoid. It’s been over ten years since then, and my body image issues still emerge occasionally. But because of God working through that compassionate, obedient staff member, and through many people who built upon her work, I am now healthy, and surrounded by a husband, family, and friends who constantly show God’s grace and love to me. Blessed be the Lord, who saved me from the snare set not by the fowler, but by myself.

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Announcements

Succession Prayer Meeting: Continue to pray for our pastoral succession. We are planning a time of prayer for succession during the second service in Harris Hall on June 30th, followed by a time for Q&A. 

Children's Ministry Celebration Luncheon: Children will share with their parents and friends what they've learned during the year at our Sunday programs, 2nd graders will be presented with a Bible, and we will celebrate Mrs. Mary McCormack with a big thank you! If you are considering serving at Children’s Ministry this Fall, this is a great opportunity to learn more and connect with our current teachers. Sunday, June 9 at 12:30 p.m. in Harris Hall.

800 Bunn Drive Shuttle: Shuttle Service for 800 Bunn Drive will end today. Thank you to all who parked over at this satellite spot during the year.  Without this, there would have been numerous Sundays when we would have run out of parking spaces. Thank you.

Campus Shuttle- Summer Schedule: Students, if you will be around campus during the summer and need a ride to church, our van shuttle will begin service on Sunday, June 9 for the 9:30 a.m. service only. Pickups will be along Elm Drive on the Princeton University campus. Check out the website for stops and times. Contact Jim Erickson jime@stonehillprinceton.org with any other questions.

Stone Hill Arts Series: Presents the Quartet Piri, an innovative and versatile clarinet quartet. They are recognized for the power and excitement of their unique repertoire and dynamic performances. The quartet consists of Mr. Hana Kim, Mr. Seoungho Choi, Mr. Geon Park, and Ms. Hyun Joo Kang. ‘Piri’ is a general term for “wind instrument” in Korean and is also the name of a beloved traditional Korean wind instrument. Their name reflects the coming together of eastern and western cultures in our musical heritage. Please join us for the concert on Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Insights to Africa: The Prosperity Gospel is making inroads across Africa, even in heavily Muslim contexts.  In sharing an update on their last two years of ministry based at a Christian hospital, Dr. Matt Megill will share thoughts on how the truth counters this false Gospel.  He will also share vignettes from his medical and evangelistic ministry.  Matt will present Sunday, June 16 at 9:30 a.m. in Harris Hall.

The Koinonia Team: You are invited to the Wednesday, June 19 showing of Emanuel. This documentary focuses on the shootings that took place at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, SC on June 17, 2015. 48 hours after the shootings a team from Stone Hill Church went to Charleston to provide prayer and support in the aftermath of the tragedy. A discussion about the movie is planned for later in the summer. Purchase your tickets early through FathomEvents.com for the showing at AMC Theater in Hamilton at 7 p.m.