Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
It seems impossible, but with the arrival of this coming Lord’s Day we will gather before our Savior in worship for the last time in 2019. The days and weeks and months have flown by, and here we are once again at the beginning of another new year!
Every December I think and pray most seriously about what we should preach on the final Sunday of the year. Advent has come and gone, and the new month and year have not yet arrived. So what text of Holy Scripture should we consider as we worship on this last Sunday of 2019? What passage will help us to faithfully conclude the present year, and launch us off into a new one with an even greater love and commitment to our glorious King?
Well, the text I have chosen for this Lord’s Day is Psalm 100. Many of you will immediately recognize this one, perhaps having committed its five simple verses to memory. It is a psalm about worship. Not only does it define worship for us, but it also provides us with reasons, or motives, for our joyous celebration in the presence of God.
It was Karl Barth, the celebrated Swiss Reformed theologian, who once declared that, “ Christian worship is the most momentous, the most urgent, the most glorious action that can take place in human life.” And this is precisely the main point made in this blessed Psalm!
The reason I’ve desired to come here, to Psalm 100, on our last Sunday together in 2019 is that the arrival of the New Year is a most appropriate time to recalibrate our life-compass, so to speak. Once again, we need to reestablish our coordinates, reaffirm our main priority, and set the course for another year of service to our Savior and Lord. I believe this Psalm will help us to do these things. And its message will lift our hearts, embolden our steps, and solidify our love and commitment to our King as we prepare to enter another year.
I hope you will take time to read and reflect upon Psalm 100 as you prepare for worship. And may our gracious Father bless you all with a wonderful weekend!
I love you dearly,
PS: Don’t forget that this coming Lord’s Day and next week there is no Sunday School. Our time of fellowship will start at 10:00 AM, followed by worship at 10:30 AM.
Jan 2, 11 AM – Women’s Thursday Potluck Lunch at Timber’s Edge
Jan 5, 6 PM – Career/Singles Bible Study at Daughtry Home
Jan 7, 6 AM – Men’s Morning Study at Panera Bread Co. Bridge Street
Jan 8, 12 PM – Men’s Lunch Study at Hilton Garden Inn
Jan 12, 12 PM – Second Sunday Fellowship Lunch
Order of Worship:
You can access this week’s Order of Worship by clicking here
If you’d like to sing the songs with your family beforehand, the songs for this week are:
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name – Hymn 296 v.1,3,6
How Deep the Father’s Love For Us
Abide With Me
All Things New
Reminder, there will be no Sunday School the mornings of December 29 or January 5. We will have fellowship at 10 AM, with the service of worship beginning at 10:30. Our regular schedule will resume January 12.
Men’s Morning Study:
The men are meeting at Panera at Bridge Street on Tuesdays at 6 AM to study Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is an ongoing weekly bible study and fellowship at 5:30 PM Sunday evenings at the home of Jim and Sharon Daughtry. Email them to get involved.
Transportation for Jean Terry to Worship
Steve Terry’s treatment, which will take place in Arkansas, will be a long process – 42 weeks. So, we as a church body have the opportunity to serve this sweet family during the difficult road ahead. One way we can serve and bless them is to provide transportation for Jean Terry, Steve’s mom, to and from worship service. A link is provided to sign up if you are able to help in this manner. Please contact Kim Fohrell if you have questions about serving. Click HERE to volunteer to drive Ms. Jean to and from worship service.
Second Sunday Lunches:
Many of you remarked to me that you’ve only been able to come to one or two lunches because of forgetting or making other plans – well let me encourage you to mark your calendars! 😉
We plan to continue each 2nd Sunday of the month from January through May. The May lunch will most likely move to the 3rd Sunday because of Mother’s Day.
January 12 is the next one coming up. Please make plans to join us in the Fellowship Hall after worship. And please welcome visitors to stay and join us to eat!
***A word of thanks to all the MANY helpers who prep, set out tables, serve the meals, bring food or dessert or tea, and those who linger to clean up – THANK YOU for making these lunches a great success. It is a pleasure to work alongside you and serve the church body this way.
Sincerely in Christ,
Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Jacky Haynes, Steve Terry, John Baxter, Bill Cowley, Larrabee Kirkland, Chris Smotherman, Elizabeth Holton, Janet Chou, and Nolan Osmer.
Expecting: Please pray for the Brackins, expecting in March, and the Elliotts, expecting in May.
Ministries: Please pray for the following missionaries and ministries: Seth and Jessica Lewis (Ireland); Steve and Rita Williams (New Zealand); Vinnie and Molly Athey (RUF at UAH); RUF at Alabama A&M; Ken and Angie Burnett (FCA).
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youth ministry: email@example.com
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Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763