By Bill Young
Great to have some of the church family back in God’s house Sunday after a long absence.
Jeremy read the Sunday school lesson on Proverb 31, key verse 10. The first congregational song was “If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again.”
The prayer list was read for Tonya Huey, Leroy Crawford, Gloria Lampert, Shirley Sell, the Bob Scott family, all those affected by the virus, Bob Delcour, Rex and Sharon Vestal, Norma Lampert, Lola Day, Gary Alexander, Bob and Brenda Atkison, and Stacy Atkison. All these and the many other were lifted up in prayer by Martha Myers. Bobby Atkison sang “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Rules the World,” dedicated to his mother, Tina; Jerry and I sang “The Old Gospel Ship”; and Jeremy sang “Eagle When She Flies.”
For Mother’s Day, Lesley gave out balloons and gift cards to Carla Minton, Lisa Eddy and Nicole Gilmore for having the most kids present, to Norma Lampert for being the wisest mother there; and to Kourtney Everett for being the youngest mother. All the ladies received flowers at the end of the service.
The message was from Proverbs 31:10-31, “A Virtuous, Wise, Helpful and Caring Woman,” and Exodus 20:12, “Honor the father and thy mother ….” From Exodus 2, I spoke about Moses’ mother Jochebed having to give him up and Pharaoh’s daughter adopting him, but God let him live and she was able to still nurse him. Moses would make his mother very proud to be able to lead the people out of bondage in Egypt with God’s help. God had to let Jesus come to Earth to die and rise again to put the plan of salvation into place for the human race.
Mothers do the best for your kids to lead them to Jesus. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day.
Brentwood Church of Christ
By Matt Hodge
In Matthew 16:19, Jesus tells Peter he will give him the keys to the kingdom of heaven. What does this mean? Over in Ephesians 3:3-5, God reveals he has been inspiring the Apostles and prophets of the church to write concerning “the mystery of Christ.” What was this mystery? He goes on to say in verse 6 that “the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ through the Gospel.”
This is quite a revelation since God had only dealt with the Israelites for thousands of years by the time of Christ. It was no wonder that some in the early church thought that to be saved, a person had to basically become a Jew by being circumcised and keeping the law of Moses (Acts 15:1). The Holy Spirit made clear to the Apostles that this was not the case (Acts 15:28-29). In fact, the Israelites had to accept God’s grace the same way we do, by believing and confessing (Romans 10), and, as Peter preached to the Jews on Pentecost, by repenting and being baptized (Acts 2:37-41). On that day as Peter told the Jews how to be united with Christ’s sacrifice for their sins to be forgiven, he unlocked the door to being saved and going to heaven.
Then in Acts 10, it is again Peter who tells the first non-Jewish converts how to accept salvation (verse 48). This is the meaning of Peter being given the keys of the kingdom of Heaven. Peter was the one to unlock the way of salvation to both the Israelites and non-Israelites!
We finally got the video of last week’s article up on YouTube and Facebook and plan to post this article being narrated as well. We also have other content coming! Be sure to like and subscribe on both YouTube and Facebook if the content is interesting and helpful.facebook.com/BrentwoodchurchofChristMarshfieldMO. Have a great week!
Crossroads Evangelical Methodist
By Lacey Cantrell
Crossroads EMC hopes everyone had a blessed Mother’s Day, and we were delighted to hold service this past Sunday! We want you to come worship with us! We are following the standard social-distancing protocol and making sure our congregation stays safe.
Jesus chose us so he might save us, heal us, restore us to a right relationship with the Father and walk with us in intimate friendship to rest of our lives. Our friendship with God is the result of nothing that we have done or can ever do. We must be willing to lay down our pride and humbly receive what he has done on our behalf. We must gratefully acknowledge that he is the one who paid the price in full for our friendship with God.
“By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works” — Ephesians 2:8-9.
Elkland Independent Methodist
By Joyce Inman
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there! We had a full parking lot for Mother’s Day at church on Sunday morning. It was such a beautiful day for drive-in church.
Service started with the church bell ringing out, and then Jean Grisham played a prelude. This was followed by Pastor Nicholas Inman giving the welcome. Libby Morgan taught the adult Sunday school class through the prayer chain on Facebook.
David Hartwell led our song service, and Earney Smith sang a touching version of “Hall of Fame for Mamas.” So many of us sure do miss our mothers! Tommy Smith accompanied the song service on his guitar, along with Tom Robinson on guitar and Earney on bass. Jean played the piano.
“Happy Birthday” was sung to Kolenda Carmen and Steven Dobrick. “Happy Anniversary” was sung to Brian and Christy Showers.
We thank Evelyn Hampton for providing the flowers for all of the mothers. Eulala Hutson was the oldest mother present. Lynn Diehl’s daughter was the youngest mother present. There were many mothers who were tied for having the most children present: Barbara Diehl, Eulala, Sarah Inman and Libby Morgan. The flower was sent home with Libby, and we decided that we all could go and visit it! Ha!
Butch served as our morning usher as Jean played a beautiful offertory hymn. Pastor Inman led the doxology.
Our pastor brought the message from John 2 about Jesus and his first miracle, which was at the request of his mother. Pastor Inman sang the Mother’s Day song, which I always love to hear. He closed with an invitation and prayer as Jean played an invitational hymn.
David Hartwell closed the service with singing “No More Night.”
The Abundance Quartet is scheduled to sing for us on Sunday, May 31, at 11 a.m. for drive-in worship. We will continue to hold drive-in services throughout the month of May. The 4 County Thrift Store and Food Pantry (a ministry of our church) has reopened as well and is resuming normal hours: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thank you to Perry White and Nick Logan for mowing the yard for our Zuzu’s House ministry this week and the church yard as well!
Let us continue to pray for Ella Lewis, Orion Peterson’s Mom, Darlene Smith’s granddaughter (Addison Grace), those with the virus, Ruthie Davis, Nancy McGehee, the Alfred Smith family, those from our church family in the nursing home: Helen Jackson, Pat Dugan and Sara Dorion, Clarence Larimore, those driving truck from our church, our country and its leaders, Terry McCall, George Williams, Maggie Peterson Mancuso, Tammie Maples, Sandy Walton’s friend (Connie), Ron and Blanche Firestone, Harvey Fuller, Cora Sue Collins Nace’s daughter, Pam Wagoner, many unspoken requests and many other friends and neighbors.
God bless you all, and we would love to see you next week.
By Autumn Summers
Hope everyone had a nice Mother’s Day weekend. The doors of the church were once again opened up on Sunday. Some gathered in person and some gathered via conference call.
Scripture was read from the book of Haggai. Our top priority should be putting God first in every aspect of our lives. Life is not always easy, but with God at the center it’s a whole lot better and more fulfilling. If you’re tired of the load of your sin, let Jesus in.
As of right now church services will be held in the church building and by conference call. Social distancing must still be maintained.
By Brenda Brinkley
Tahlia rang the bell to begin morning worship on a beautiful Mother’s Day. An overdue “Happy Birthday” was sung to Neely Long.
Announcements included Kids’ Fishing Day on June 6. Our vacation Bible school is June 8-12, with supper at 5:30 p.m. and VBS starting at 6 p.m. Several quarters were added to the Blessings Jar. Prayer requests included Vicki Fryman and Neely Long. Gary led in prayer.
I led the song service, accompanied by John Anderson on the guitar and Denny Jones on the mandolin. Ushers for the offering were Ruston Long and Gary Brinkley. Alan Garton led in prayer.
Pastor Scott Chastain delivered the morning message by using John 4: 39 - 42 as the text.
At the close of the service each mother received a flower.
Birthday wishes go out this week to Ron Long on May 17. I also want to wish a special happy birthday to my aunt, Bobbie Sue Day, on May 13.
Happy 50th Anniversary to Denny and Jan Jones on May 15.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Bob Scott. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Congratulations to all the graduates. This is a tough time for them, but a time they will never forget. Congratulations to our granddaughter, Allison Brinkley, on her high school graduation.
Have a good week and pray for the senior class and the senior citizens. This virus is taking its toll on everyone in different ways. My prayer is that we all remember that God is ultimately in charge, and we can trust in him.
Mount Sinai Church
By Doris McFarland
Mother’s Day services here at Mount Sinai opened Sunday morning with caution. “I Am Bound for the Promised Land” was sung to begin the Sunday school hour. Angela Milligan led in prayer. Phillip Ragsdale had the call to worship.
Among the announcements were those on the prayer list, which included the families of Robert Willis, Carol Kleier, Alfred Smith and Orb Underwood; also included were Ron Firestone, Nancy McGehee, Mary Harman and those with the coronavirus. Clint Young led the adults in “Promising Peace” taken from Zechariah.
For worship services, the pastor brought his sermon on Easter and Mother’s Day combined. He centered his message on the people at the cross, including Jesus’ mother, Mary. He emphasized how the love of a good mother is the closest to the love of the Good Shepherd.
The children enjoyed a belated Easter egg hunt after the morning worship hour. Thanks to everyone who provided the eggs, the coins and the candy.
Also, thanks this week go to Craig and Fred Replogle for installing a new well pump here at the church.
The evening message was “How Does God Speak to You?” We can see how a shortage of things can happen quickly, not only of food but also of God’s Word.
Special music for the services was provided by Karen Blazer, Tom and Robin Rost, Doris McFarland, and Elijah, Gary, Diane and Heath Davenport.
Peace Lutheran Church
By Pastor Edwin Lehmann
Are you troubled or cheerless at this time? In Sunday’s lesson, Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions. … I am going there to prepare a place for you” (John 14:1-2).
There’s something beyond this world. It is a glorious house with many mansions. That’s no deceptive dream. Jesus doesn’t deceive people for whom he died. Keep your eye on it, and your heart will be quieted.
The story is told of a family who had a home just beyond the town’s cemetery. The daughter often took a shortcut home by walking through the graveyard. When asked one day, if she were afraid to go through it, she replied, “Oh, no! I’m not afraid. My home is just beyond it.”
It’s in a much higher sense that all who believe in God and the Savior can say those words, for just beyond their graves lies a home. It is a house where the Father receives his children and gives them a place to dwell forever. Shouldn’t that thought drive all fear and trouble from our hearts? Paul writes, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).
“So, come,” the Savior invites. “Remember, there’s a house ahead.”It’s only when we lose sight of that heavenly goal and become too attached to our earthly existence that our hearts become troubled and cheerless.
Pleasant Hill United Methodist
By Jeanie Replogle
It was a beautiful Mother’s Day Sunday.
It looks like our church will not be going back until the first of June, maybe. Bishop Farr urges patience and asked that we take it slow in considering all the requirements to reopening the churches.
I tried calling some of our church members this past week and I talked to Connie Byrd; it was good to hear her sweet voice. Also, Emalu Byrd called me. She sounded excellent, and it was so good to hear from her.
I have a praise that our sweet niece Faith Gossett that we have had on the prayer list has been checked out as cancer free. She has gone through some tough treatments, but, praise God, she is cancer free and will be monitored every three months. I added Nancy McGehee, She will be having another procedure on her heart on Monday, and we offer prayers that it will all go well for her. Janice Smikle’s report from her biopsy didn’t come back with the good report that we had prayed for, and she will be having more surgery and some type of treatments, so we need to continue praying for Jan.
Please be in Prayer for Janice Smikle, Nancy McGehee, Stacy Atkison, Jack Eikert, Stephanie Stasiak, Fred Replogle, Mary Willis, Richard Taylor, Charlotte Groseclose, Gary Morse, Pat Smikle, Celia McCluan, Wendel Watts, Margie Davis, Genny Huelan, Bill Brinkley, Walter Pack, Keith Marlin, Brian Grabher, Burless Dye, Dr. Charles Mahaffey, Patti Garretson, Layne Dunn, Sarah Mahaffey, Rita Zaer, Don Goeden, Linda Lloyd, Sondra Grey, Glory James and Jeff Ward.
Rogersville First Baptist
By Betty Lou Tutor
After five long weeks, our church doors were open Sunday. We were abundantly excited to see our pastors, Winston and Doug, and our music director, Tyler Hooker, as well as the excitement they showed seeing the congregation.
Pastor Doug Brown started off with the announcements and his challenge of the week: Are you letting your light shine? Sometimes we stray, allowing the enemy to dull our shining for the Lord. Jesus is there for us every minute in good or bad times. We need to keep Jesus shining in our lives so others will see our glow and want what we have.
Our trust and belief in God has brought us through this difficult time. I know we can praise and worship our heavenly Father anywhere, anytime; however, it felt great to be back in the house of the Lord.
Pastor Winston began by reciting a poem for Mother’s Day called “Her Hands.” We all appreciate our mothers or in some cases someone who raised us and maybe a Christian who has played a big role in our lives. Winston’s sermon surrounded two women that built a house, one with wisdom and one with folly. Proverbs 9 gives us the difference in the two. The basics are the same in your decision of choosing heaven or hell. Proverbs 6: 16-19 gives us things that God hates. Let’s be thankful for all the prayers, belief, faith and courage as we’ve joined together through this deadly crisis. Build your house on the solid rock of Jesus Christ. God bless.
St. Paul Lutheran
By Joanne Roberts
What a beautiful day Sunday was! The sunshine was such a blessing after dreary days. We celebrated Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to all!
Our church services continue to be streamed on Facebook Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. You might enjoy joining us on Facebook.
Our hymns were “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee,” “This Little Gospel Light of Mine” and “Beautiful Savior.”
The introit was Psalm 30:1-5. The first reading was Acts 6:1-9 and 7:2a, concerning the stoning of Stephen, who was doing great wonders and signs among the people and increasing the word of God.
The epistle was 1 Peter 2:2-10. In it, we are told that the cornerstone that the builders have rejected has become the Cornerstone. The Pharisees and church elders rejected Christ and he became the church’s Cornerstone.
The Holy Gospel was John 14:1-14. Jesus told the disciples not to be troubled, but to believe in God and also in him. He said there are many rooms in God’s house, and he was going to prepare a place. When Jesus told them they knew the way, Thomas protested they did not. Jesus replied that he, Jesus, was the Way, the Truth and the Life, and that no one could come to the Father except through Jesus. Phillip wanted Jesus to show them the Father, and Jesus responded that he, Jesus, was in the Father and the Father was in him. Whoever believes in Jesus will do Jesus’ works and even greater works. Anything that we ask to do that glorifies the Father we should ask in Jesus’ name and it would be granted.
Truly, we must know that God has given us Jesus Christ as our foundation and our savior, and only through repentance and believing Christ died for our sins can we go to live with God. Let us sing God’s praises and joyfully serve others as we strive to do God’s work!
By Bill Menzies
We were able to get Dan for another week. See, I told you he is always ready and willing to preach. Thanks again, Dan Caldwell. Stay tuned to Sunday's sermon as I believe we will have someone that is trying out for the church if everything works out right.
They are precious and they are sent by God. They are here to give each and every one of us a start. Sometimes I will pick up the phone and start to dial my mother, and then it will hit me that my mother isn't here anymore. Enjoy your mothers while you have them; they are here on a temporary basis. God bless.
By Brother Bob Holden
Beside our front door is a little plaque with these words: “Thankful, Grateful and Blessed.” I love that little plaque because it continually reminds me of God's love and his provision for me and my family. Many years ago I came to the realization that all I am, all that I have, and all that will ever be in my life has been graciously given to me by the Lord. He loved me so much that he gave his only begotten son as a sacrifice for my sins, and assures me of eternal life with him in heaven. John 15:13 says, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.” Jesus died for all of us!
Being thankful should be a constant in the life of the believer. I am so thankful for all of those who are putting their lives on the line to help others during this pandemic. Their selfless service to this nation is above and beyond the call of duty. The enemy we are all fighting is invisible, attacking the human body quickly, especially those who are most vulnerable. In the spirit world that enemy, of course, is Satan. Please continue to pray for those on the front lines of this COVID-19 battle.
I'm grateful that Gad has instilled in all of those people a loving and caring heart, a heart for service, a heart of sincerity in their giving. At the same time, I am grateful for this time of reflection — a time unencumbered by the distractions of life to reflect on my own life and all that God has given me personally. Please include gratitude in your prayers.
Lastly, I am so blessed to have been provided opportunities to sing for my Lord, opportunities to teach God's Word and opportunities to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through it all, he has been faithful to love me, care for me, heal me and straighten my path at times when I seemed to wander.
In closing, if you have wandered or lost your way, rest assured Jesus is ever present and faithful to direct you back to him. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Be assured this week. Blessings, grace and peace to all.