Church service at Red Bank began with hymns led by Gary Lirley. Jerry Huff gave the morning greeting and introduced the Sunday school lesson entitled, Do Life Together, with Scripture taken from Acts 4:32-35; 5:1-11 and 6:1-7. Hymns for the Worship service was led by Gary Lirley. Brother Les announced that Red Bank’s annual Thanksgiving dinner will be held after services on November 18. Everyone is to bring a dish of their favorite food to share. A mission gift was given by Brother Lauren Page to honor God for blessings received during the past week. I forgot to mention that Brother Page was accepted as a member of Red Bank Church during last week’s service. We welcome him whole heartedly with our prayers and our support in love.
Brother Les yielded the pulpit that he usually fills to Brother Lauren Page who is also a Southern Baptist minister. The text for the morning sermon was taken from Numbers 2. In Chapter 1:2, Moses was commanded of God to, “Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls; In chapter 2, we read that the families were separated into the different tribes of Israel and captains of each tribe were assigned. Each male, age 20 and over, was counted in each tribe and each tribe was given a certain position for traveling and camping. As Children of God we are also provided with positions of service. We need to realize that God has placed us where he wants us to serve and be it a big job or a small job, God has placed us there because he knows it needs to be done and we are the perfect one to perform the task. We should not be the cause for someone else to have to do the job that God positioned us to do. (Romans 12:4-5), For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. As Paul reminded us in I Corinthians 6:20, For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Sunday evening was our Praise Service. This is where we come together to praise God in song, in verse and in testimony. After this special service, those present adjourned to the fellowship room to share a meal together.
We missed Willene Adams in church Sunday and were sadly informed that during the week, she accidentally fell and was rushed by ambulance to St. John’s Hospital with a broken hip. We pray for her and that her recovery will be quickened.
Gary and I visited with Maxine Lirley Sunday afternoon. She is working very hard in therapy to regain strength in her repaired, broken leg to soon walk on her own again. She found such great solace in her afternoon walks around the Center’s grounds. I’m sure it doesn’t feel like it right now, but I don’t doubt that she will walk again. Keep your prayers going for her too.
Last weekend, Eloise Hallmark accompanied her daughter, Miranda to attend an Acteens Convention. That is a mission group for teen girls in our association. Eloise also served as their camp nurse. She said that there are always bumps, bruises and sniffles to care for when you get teens together. We are very proud of Miranda for showing her love for God by spending time learning how she can better serve Him.
Take care and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.