By Nell Dobbs
We are so thankful for God’s greatest gift, His Son who taught us to love one another.
I think Jim’s favorite song is “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and we are to tell it everywhere.
We are very thankful for music, musicians and for Mark Branham touching us by singing “O Holy Night.” We are thankful that Bill Brown blessed up by praying the Offertory Prayer.
Preacher Hicks’ humor showed up again. He said he’d be preaching his message for the first time in his 66 years of reaching. His title was “The Mornings After-The Christmas Story” from Luke 2:1-20. He covered the events of His life, which began before the world began and did not end in the manger but continued to the cross and the empty tomb. It still continues today in the lives of His followers and in the blessed hope of His coming again.
He closed with Christmas Rossetti’s poem:
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I’d give
Him a lamb.
If I were a wise man, I’d do my part,
But what can I give Him?
I’ll give Him my heart.
Amen, I say and that is His heart’s
desire! That the whole world
should know him!
Please lift up prayers for our deacons and their ministry, including ours – Ronnie (and Marilyn) Ragans; their visit was his prayer, a poinsettia, my birthday gift and their love and concern.
Pray for ministry of all kinds. Toy Stewart and Paula Ginn came and visited and the gifts they brought and their love was great. Pray for Jack and all their family.
Prayers for the ministry of Al and Gail Spurlock as they’ve volunteered to handle the food drive and those who are blessed in turn. Al Stands in the need of prayers for his health.
Prayers for Mr. and Mrs. Sweat, Ira Lee Richardson, Ruby Moyer, Preacher and Mrs. Law and all the many other ill ones.
Prayers for Cathryn Carver’s family, Sue Quick and the family in death of her brother Howard Grantham in Alabama, Martha Provan’s famly and all the many other sad ones.
Prayers of joy that our Nita and Berk are to be married in the spring and that he gave her a ring on Christmas morning. We’ll ask God’s richest blessings upon them.
Help us live this brand new year of 2012 with gratitude, joy and love!