Sunday church service began with hymns led by Gary Lirley. Our Sunday School Superintendent, Jerry Huff, welcomed everyone and introduced the lesson called, “Yahweh Our Righteousness.”
Prayer request was for the bereaved families and friends of the 20 children and 7 adults killed in the recent, tragic, Connecticut, school shooting. Our hearts and prayers go out to each of them.
We had a guest speaker for our Sunday morning service at Red Bank, It was Brother Lauren Page. The text of the message he brought to us was taken from Genesis chapters 1 and 5 along with the first chapter of Matthew. These chapters deal with God’s genealogical plan for the Salvation of mankind through Jesus, his Son. It is interesting to find that His plan was carried out through four, very special Gentile women who played an important part in the lineage of Jesus. They were, Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba. Throughout the Old Testament and especially in Isaiah 53 we find more proof that it was God’s plan all along that he would send a Savior to the world. The Christmas story that is recorded in the first chapters of Matthew and Luke confirms that God carried out his plan. .Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (Matthew 1:23) Hallelujah!!
Our Christmas play practice is coming along nicely. The participants are doing great at learning their parts. The Christmas program will be presented Sunday, Dec. 23, at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and share in this special Christmas celebration.
Don’t forget that the Fifth Sunday Singing will be held at Red Bank Church on Dec. 30. This service will begin at 6:00 p.m. Food and fellowship will follow the singing. Come one, come all.
Our community was shocked to hear that Karen Lakey Melton had suddenly passed away. Karen was born and raised in the Red Bank community. There was a good turn out of friends and family for the grave site services held for her.
Visiting with Maxine Lirley last week was Jeane Huff and Gary and Alice Lirley. Maxine is hoping that she will feel able to attend the Christmas program at Red Bank. It will be a pleasure to see her there. We hope that Willene Adams may venture out to attend the program too.
That’s all the news for now. Take care and enjoy the Christmas holidays.