We did not have services last Sunday due to the bad weather. It was not a good day, but oh what a difference a few days can make!! The snow is melted, and instead of -9 below zero, its 60 degrees. Never mind the wind blowing at 40 miles an hour. We will take that with gladness. It was good to see the smiling faces as people made their way back to church this Sunday. A good day to worship and give thanks for another opportunity to serve our Lord and Savior.
Services opened with scripture reading from Psalms 34:8-9. Opening prayer was led by Brother Larry Maggard and then congregational singing and Sunday school. We would love to have more people come out for Sunday school, which is exactly what the name suggests ……. A place to study and learn . . . for children and adults alike. Don’t neglect to expose your children to God’s word. It is your responsibility as a parent. Raise them up under the teachings of the Bible and give them a firm foundation to grow on.
The youth class sang and Lisa and her grandson sang as specials this morning. I know God will bless them as they use their talents for His glory.
Prayer requests were taken and the list is long. So thankful to know that we serve a compassionate God who hears and answers prayer. Sympathy goes out to the Sam Lawrence family, Oldfield, and Charles Lee family, Chadwick. Betsy Conrad is recuperating from injuries she suffered in a car accident. Edwin Maggard, Ronnie Day, Teena Johnson, and Sue Burkhart were just some of the names mentioned for prayer.
Morning worship began with Jerry taking his text from St. John 11, a familiar chapter, yet the lesson of Lazarus being raised up alive from the grave is always new and inspiring as we realize that Jesus is telling us that if we believe, then we too shall live again. What a great lesson for us all. St. John 11: 25, Jesus said unto her, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” He also used 1 Corinthians 15, a chapter in which Paul is teaching and preaching on the resurrection.
Have a blessed week and remember, “Conscience is God’s built-in warning system. Be very happy when it hurts you. Be very worried when it doesn’t.”