Our services opened this past Sunday morning with scripture reading from Jeremiah and an opening prayer. We had several out for Sunday school and we are very happy to see young families bringing their children out to church. Kids love Sunday school. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6.”
Worship service started off with special singing by our young people. We were glad to have our son and grandson in church with us today and enjoyed hearing them sing and play for the Lord. Hazel and Loren also sang a special. Never get discouraged about using your talents to spread the gospel. The words of a song might touch someone’s heart and lead them to the Lord.
Happy Birthday to a special lady, Mrs. Iona Maggard. She celebrated her 93rd birthday on August 14. Her niece, Barbara Day, stopped by with a bouquet and a card for her that day and says she had several visitors and lots of birthday wishes.
Prayer request were taken and prayer was led by Pastor Jerry. We all need to pray for an end to the unrest in our own state that is going on right now.
The preaching hour got underway with Pastor Jerry taking his text from Luke 23:32-43. The crowd chose Barabbas over Jesus. Jesus took his place on the cross. He took our place too. Our sins are covered by the blood he shed on the cross. The two thieves that hung on each side of Jesus that fateful day had a choice to make. One chose Jesus, one did not. Today all people everywhere are faced with this same choice. Some will choose repentance and salvation. Some will not. Over two thousand years have passed, but the rules have not changed. Which will you choose? The message of the gospel is simple. It’s not hard to understand. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. We all need salvation. We all have the same choice as the thieves on the cross — to accept or reject Jesus as our Savior. One thief chose life eternal with a home in heaven, the other went out into eternity unprepared to meet God. Again the message of the gospel is easy to understand. God loves you. Jesus died for you. God is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. It was a sermon to make us all stop and take an inventory of our hearts. We are thankful for spirit –filled ministers everywhere who are still preaching the truth. And remember ……a healthy self-image is seeing yourself as God sees you – no more and no less.
We invite you to come and worship with us the next Lord’s Day. God bless.