In 1782 the Seal of the United States of America was adopted and the motto on the banner was “E Plubius Unum.” That celebrated the fact one nation was formed from many nations. This is also God’s intention for the church and it was seen by the Apostle John 1700 years before the Seal of the United States was designed. Pastor Bob Thompson, Jr. preached from Rev. 5:9, “Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, tongue, and people, and nation.” The core of oneness – thou: Christ the Lion, Christ the Lineage, Christ the Lamb. The cause of oneness – no barriers of family, no blockage of language, no barricades of race, no boundaries of nation.
Judy Murray gave a reading about Memorial Day, including part of “The Snoop” which was printed in the Douglas County Herald on May 22.
Jesse Paxton led the congregation in singing three patriotic songs at the beginning of the Sunday worship service at 10:45 a.m.
In the service at 6:00 that evening, Jesse Paxton sang a solo and Linda Murray read a poem written by John Venezia. Then Sister Cinda Thompson preached on “Pentecost Provisions” from Luke 24 and Acts 2. The promise of Pentecost came from God the Father and the prophets. The power of Pentecost is from the sanctifying Comforter; He gives power for preaching, for miracles, and for living without sin. The perception of Pentecost is in language and purpose: the confusion of languages at the Tower of Babel was reversed at Pentecost. The purity of Pentecost is illustrated by fire; the Holy Spirit is like fire in that He warms, enlightens and purifies.
The Mt. Zion Church of God (holiness) has three prayer meetings each week. A ladies cottage prayer meeting is held at 3:30 p.m. on Mondays. The mid-week Bible Study and Prayer Meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and the men meet for prayer at 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
The past few Sunday mornings Robert Thompson, Sr. preached at the Brush Arbor Church of God (holiness). Their pastor Kenneth Cowen moved to Indiana in March and they expect to have a new pastor in a month or so.