By Nell Dobbs
It seemed the theme for Sunday morning was “Blessed.” The first three songs were “Blessed Be Your Name,” “Blessed Be the Name of the Lord” and “Blessed Be the Name.” In Deuteronomy 28:2, “And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.” There are so many other references to being blessed and to blessing. Gabriel, the angel, said to Mary that she was highly favored because the Lord was with her and she was very blessed among women.
Hearing Joel O’Steen on Sunday morning, he spoke from Galatians of going gently and telling the Good News! Then in morning church, Preacher Law’s message was from Timothy 1:1-7 about “Encouraging Others,” stirring up the gift of God within us, loving each other, remembering the father of our grandmothers and mothers. He also said one of the favorite songs is “The Longer I Service Him, the Sweeter He Grows,” which he doesn’t hear much anymore. It also was the favorite of Mrs. Audrey Wood, the mother of Mrs. Dorothy Heard and a staunch believer and very mission-minded.
Beautiful flowers were placed in loving memory of her parents, Otha and Henry Shaffer, by Doris Cowart, who is not well and stands in the need of prayer. Bless her family also. Once Otha and her sister, Otel Godwin and Edna Waldrep were all in our Dorcas Sunday School class and their sister-in-law, Winona Hudson, was in the Adult Woman’s Class. Prayers for Elma and Southern Living for Seniors, as well as Juanita Cruce, Ina Moore and Pauline Stokes too.
Todd Gordon touched us all as he prayed the offertory prayer. Jim said no longer is the Senior Adult Choir the Senior Adult Choir but JOY – Just older Youth. They sang “We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise” and added “For the Beauty of the Earth.”
Sunday night, we enjoyed the covered dish fellowship.
This Sunday, April 1, following the morning worship service, our annual Easter egg hunt will be held at the Beggs Barn.
Holy Week Services at noon April 2-6:
Monday, Grace Presbyterian
Tuesday, Shiloh Missionary Baptist
Wednesday, First United Methodist
Thursday, Mt. Zion Church
Friday, First Baptist Church
Many are ill among us. Manager are sad: Preacher Jake Philips, Preacher Larry Law and Diana, Will Rutherford, the Michael Sands Family of Buckville, Peggy Drummond, Jeanette Mitchell, The family of Adrian Craine of Perry, Al and Gail Spurlock, Ruby Moyer, Iduma Smith at Smith Hospital, Bill Roberts, Janice Luttrell (Billy’s sister), Mr. Clifford “Buck” Kelly, Jim Carey (knee surgery postponed) and all the other ill ones. We pray comfort for all the sad ones – sad because of the death of loved ones, because of ill health, because of lack of the world’s necessities, because of loneliness and all other reasons.
Life is short – or it may be short; therefore, may we live, love, laugh, give thanks to God and to others. Amen!