From Struggle to Hope


Welcome & Opening Prayer by Couch Church Pastor Gerry Vuchetich  


Song                                               Mighty to Save


5-Minute Speaker                                                                        Debbie Cartwright

Paired Reading                                                                  Deb Traun & Diane Mavis

Genesis 32:26-29 & Alcoholics Anonymous pp. 30, 42, 43, 50

26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” 

Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics. No person likes to think he is bodily and mentally different from his fellows. Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death. Alcoholics Anonymous p. 30

27 So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 2

We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed. Alcoholics Anonymous p. 30

8 Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans,[c] and have prevailed.” 

"Quite as important was the discovery that spiritual principles would solve all my problems. I have since been brought into a way of living infinitely more satisfying and, I hope, more useful than the life I lived before. My old manner of life was by no means a bad one, but I would not exchange its best moments for the worst I have now. I would not go back to it even if I could."   Alcoholics Anonymous pp. 42-3

29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him.

They flatly declare that since they have come to believe in a Power greater than themselves, to take a certain attitude toward that Power, and to do certain simple things, there has been a revolutionary change in their way of living and thinking. In the face of collapse and despair, in the face of the total failure of their human resources, they found that a new power, peace, happiness, and sense of direction flowed into them. Alcoholics Anonymous p. 50


Song                                         I Am Thine, O Lord


Message                             From November 16, 2019                         Brad Herman


Strides & Struggles

Prayer & Share

Song                                           In Christ Alone

Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Benediction (Unison)

“We are powerless over the fact that God loves us … 

and that God’s love for us is unmanageable.”

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