Laura Leatherwood was our Worship Leader this past Sunday and she also assisted with Holy Communion. Laura’s brother-in-law, Pat Leatherwood, also assisted with communion and worked the power point! That takes some multi tasking.
Our Song Leader, Leta Sage, put a lump in my throat when she sang “The Lone Wild Bird” during the receiving of the bread and cup.
How fortunate we are in Dublin to have such wonderful music in our churches all across town and area. Our son was telling me about a large church in Washington D.C. where he lives. It has a paid choir, he said they sing beautifully and perfectly, but he doesn’t feel like he can actively worship God while just sitting there. I think he is right.
So when the song leader asks you to “sing, sing out, please do and worship the Lord with gusto.
Let us remember the shut-ins and our friends in the nursing home at this time of year. Family time and holidays are difficult for these folks even though the institutions do the best job they can of making it joyful.
Now is the time to donate to the Goodfellows, Salvation Army, and Angel Trees. These charities don’t go and buy toys and food on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, these things must be done well ahead of time.
“You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.” This quote is by Amy Carmichael who was a missionary to India.
Continue to pray for family members, friends and those in the military. Your prayers are important to our heavenly Father.
“Love,” was the title of Rev. Ken Lunsford’s sermon. It was taken from the book of Mark.
When Jesus was asked by a scribe which commandment is the first of all, He answered, “The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
In His answer to this question, Jesus boils all the Law, the Commandments and all the teachings of the prophets down into one word; Love.
It’s easy to a Christian if that means keeping the “thou shall nots” of the law. And it is easy to come to worship from time to time and put some change in the offering plate. We can wait for the hurting people to come to us and we can apply a few Band-Aids. But friends, that is not love.
The scribe replied to Jesus, “Well said teacher, you are right.” When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, Jesus said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”
Pastor Ken said “That’s where I want to live, don’t you, near to the kingdom of God?
Every time we perform an act of love we glorify Christ.
See you at the “Lord’s Acre” Fish Fry. We want to replenish the Food Pantry and help with other local projects.