By Sammy Massie
It was warm and the sun was bright on the way to church, but a good day to praise the Lord.
The opening song "O, How I Love Jesus," and the opening prayer was by Chris Curtis. The adult lesson was titled, "My Beloved Brethern," taken from James 1:1-27. The worship hour began with a report read. Happy Birthday was sung to Jeremy Everett and there was no anniversaries.
Everyone was welcomed by Brother Bill, who then read and revised the prayer list for all the many needs: Junior Hightower, Becky and Mike Letterman, Sharon Carroll, Loreta Massie, Kamden Massie, Leroy Crawford, Kenny Williams, Barbara Walker, Elaine Kindall, Ray Lawrence and Janet's grandson, Levi.
Jeremy led congregational songs and Herald Lee prayed. There were several thank you cards read and then special music was sung. Brother Bill followed with a good message, taken from Zechariah 4:1-14. The altar song was "Only Trust Him," and Brother Bill prayed for all the congregation.
Announcements: Bible study, 7 p.m., Wednesday; Ladies Auxiliary Bible Study and Youth, Saturday; Grillo's Breakfast, 9 a.m.
By Matt Hodge
This warm, sunny weather has me wanting to plant a garden! It reminds me of the passages in the Bible about farming. Why do people plant crops? To reap the food at the end of the season, of course! Raising crops is a lot of hard work, sweat and sometimes disappointment if bugs or bad weather destroy your work. Even if everything goes as well as possible, taking care of the crops has to continue through the whole growing season. This requires enduring through the heat, work, and hardship until the harvest is ripe. God uses this common experience to show what being a Christian is like. James 5:7-8 says “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” Just like it is worth the reward to plant and care for crops, it is even more worth it to endure life as a Christian to be able to go to Heaven! Paul, who was beaten multiple times, put in prison often, and rejected by his own people, said “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal," (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). 2 Timothy 2:6 also points to the fact that the farmer (and Christian) has a reward: “The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops.” In Matthew 10:22 Jesus says “And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” Make sure you are following the truth and endure till the end!
By Lacey Cantrell
Crossroads EMC wants you to come worship with us!
Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
God’s love and God’s forgiveness go hand in hand. As do God’s love and God’s grace. When you accept God’s grace, you rest in the knowledge that God is in control of your life. He is responsible for the consequences and the fashioning of you life. As he leads you from person to person, task to task, you have an abiding sense that you are fulfilling his purpose for your life. That is the greatest feeling of fulfillment you can know. God bless.
Elkland Independent Methodist Church
By Joyce Inman
It felt like Heavenly Sunlight filling the sanctuary on Sunday morning as we gathered for worship. Everyone seemed to be a little happier with the nice weather.
Pastor Nicholas Inman gave a welcome, which reminded us that it had been a year since the pandemic hit hard and everything changed for several months with our services. Butch Alcorn assisted the acolytes, which were the daughters of Brent and Angel Dodd. Butch also gave the morning announcements. Orion Peterson opened the service in prayer.
A special thank you to those from our church who had a team at the Zuzu's House Trivia Night: Jason and Sunny Fuller, Rhett Fuller, Pastor Nicholas and Sarah Inman, Reagan Inman, Jennifer Quinn and Danny Truster. The evening was the senior project of Ellie Whitehurst. Please remember that we continue to collect pop tabs in the foyer for the Ronald McDonald House. Also, we continue to collect best choice labels for our youth. Happy Birthday was sung to Pastor Nicholas. He will be celebrating his 39th birthday on March 11th.
Special music was provided by Juanita Lee. She sang two beautiful Dottie Rambo songs. Pastor Inman led our morning song service ( Jean Grisham on the piano, Tom Robinson on the guitar and Kevin Smith on the bass).
Hannah Slavens and Kaleb Skidmore will be getting married on March 13th at the Atrium Events Center in Merriam Woods. An invitation was read for the whole church. Pastor Inman preached from Exodus 3 about the power of prayer and how prayer can change things.
At the end of the message, following the altar call-Pastor Inman dismissed us in prayer. We all departed to serve. A special thank you to Danny Truster for the donation to our food pantry. Also, we thank Webster County Farm Bureau for donating to our food pantry as well.
Marshfield Assembly of God
By Angela Reid
The Easter Bunny and his crew cannot wait to share their Easter treat bags (including eggs with candy, toys, and trinkets) with Marshfield kiddos ages 0-12. Free hot dogs, chips, and drinks for the family. Join us at Marshfield Assembly of God for this special drive-thru event on Saturday, April 3 from 11 am to 1 pm. We would love to have you join us for service on Easter morning, April 4, at 10:15 am, as well! For those interested in children's ministry options, Easter morning worship also includes separate nursery, preschool, and children's church services.
By Brenda Brinkley
Sunday morning worship began after Bob Fryman rang the bell. Announcements included the time change next Sunday. Don’t forget to ‘spring’ forward and reset your clocks.
Our singing and supper is this Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Pastor Doug Brown is going to provide the smoked and barbecued meat. We enjoy his preaching. Now, we invite everyone to come out and sample his cooking. It will be a great night of fellowship.
Following prayer requests, Gary led in prayer. Quarters were added to the ‘Blessings’ jar.
John Anderson played the guitar and led the song service. Ushers for the offering were Betty Williams and Beverly Rogers. Bob Fryman led in prayer.
As special music, John sang, “It is No Secret What God Can Do.” Derrick Young sang, “Hide Thou Me.”
Pastor Doug Brown delivered the morning message using Matthew 13: 58 and II Kings 20: 1 - 11 as the texts. He asked, “Do you have crazy faith?”
Do we really believe God can do anything? Then why aren’t we asking Him and having faith He will answer?
Have a good week, come out and see us Saturday night, and may you be blessed with a good type of crazy faith in God.
By Doris McFarland
Services began on a beautiful sunny day by singing “Sunshine in the Soul” with Diane Davenport leading in prayer. Phillip Ragsdale had the call to worship, reading Ephesians 2:15-19, Paul talking to the Ephesians. Clint Young led the adults from Deuteronomy 18, “Prophet of Deliverance," asking if we are afraid of God or do we fear (respect) him. Prayer requests were for family members of Diane Robertson, John Lawless, Tom Byrd, Marie Hale, Kay Moore, Karen Milligan, Angie Jones and Mary Ellen Downing.
For morning worship services, the pastor titled his message, “Find pleasure in life.” He finished his message by singing “January thru December” with Diane helping, and Heath on his guitar. Specials were by Christy Davenport singing “Master of the Wind” and Josh Becker singing “When the Saints Go Marching In.” The evening message was from Proverbs 11:30, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.” Wednesday night bible study will be in Colossians 3. Come, meet with us at 6:30 to enjoy the study, snacks and fellowship.
Thought for the week: “Be the reason someone smiles today.” Have a blessed week.
Peace Lutheran Church
By Pastor Edwin Lehmann
“Zeal for your house will consume me.”
That’s how Sunday’s lesson described Jesus as he cleansed the temple of abuses that people let creep in because of greed and for convenience sake. (Jn.2:17). Does love for God’s House burn like a fire within you? If such zeal always burned within us, nothing would ever keep us from God’s House and in doing the things of his kingdom.
Granted, you don’t have to go to church in order to be a Christian, but it is also true if you are a Christian, you will go to church. The Bible responds: Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering….And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hb.10:22f).
It’s the consuming love for the gospel to hear and proclaim it, and the consuming love of worshiping and serving the savior that burns within the Christian’s heart. It throws all other concerns on him to handle. Nothing will stop such zeal, for Christians know that they have a zealous savior. He was consumed by a burning desire to be in his father’s House that he might do all for us who fall short of doing the Father’s will and for whom he gave his life. Join us for midweek Lenten worship on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Pleasant Hill United Methodist
By Jeanie Replogle
It was a beautiful Sunday morning. Pleasant Hill opened the service with Praise song "Oh Glorious Day". Kevin Stacey led the worship service. Pastor Wally's message titled "Have Zeal for the Things of God." Exodus 20:1-17 and John 2:13-22. The responsive reading was "Psalm 19." Happy Anniversary to Don & Jeanie Replogle and I assisted Bro. Wally with Communion.
Bible study will be this Wednesday at 7 PM, We will discuss Luke 22. It was a real Joy to have the Byrd Sisters (Nancy Morse and Bobbi McClafferty) there with Tom & Connie Byrd today. Also, a Joy to have Emalu Byrd there.
Please be in prayer for: Tom Byrd, Fred Replogle, Sheila Hoggatt, Bella Maillet, David Compton, Dustin Redman, David Cornelison, Jan Smikle, Patsy Lummis, Morgan Green, Pat Smikle, Lewis Uchtman, Jason Hazaga, Rick Collins, Mark Mason, Steve Eggers, Lynn Smith, Stephanie Stasiak, Shannon Collins, Madge Kennemer, the leaders of our nation and the men and women of the military.
Rogersville First Baptist
By Betty Lou Tutor
Pastor Winston Burton excused his presence today.
In his honor, Mitch Fisher presented our services. Mitch is the mission director of the Webster County Baptist Association. This association is a cooperative ministry of 25 Southern Baptist Churches in Missouri. It always a pleasure to listen to Mitch as he presents the word of God. We deeply appreciate your dedication to serving the Lord in our community. We lift prayers up for Winston's wife, Phyllis. We can explore all avenues of the Bible. Interesting stories that may make you laugh or cry. Without God in our hearts, minds, and souls, sometimes we can be confused. We ask questions of how or why did this happen? God tells us there is a reason, however, we usually don't comprehend the results. Sometimes feeling like a failure races through our minds. It's a must that we bow on our knees asking for forgiveness. Allow Jesus to pick us up and start over again. Remember nothing is impossible through God because of the promised love to His children. If there's anyone feeling hopelessly lost, cry out to Jesus. Confess all your burdens and lay them at Jesus's feet. Rise up defending your battle by keeping a close relationship with God. Claim all victory in the name of Jesus. Don’t ever delay because of someone or a bad habit. You can only come to the Father in Heaven through Jesus Christ. The decision is yours, Heaven or Hell. Jesus is calling you, Come now. God bless.
St. Paul Lutheran
By Joanne Roberts
On this beautiful third Sunday of Lent, our first hymn was "Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus."
The Old Testament reading was Isaiah 53:1-6 and the epistle was Ephesians 2:11-18. The gospel reading, Matthew 26:47-56, was the basis for the sermon, "Places of the Passion: Gethsemane."
Today we are in Gethsemane. Two weeks ago we were in Bethany. It was after Bethany that Judas, very upset with Mary for pouring the precious oil on Jesus and Jesus response that she did right, went to he chief priests saying he would be willing to help them by betraying Jesus. Now, in Gethsemane, Judas ran to Jesus, saying, “Rabbi!” And kissed Him. Jesus responded, “Friend, do what you came to do!” Jesus knew what was going to occur. Peter sprang forth and cut off the ear of the chief priest’s assistant, but Jesus rebuked Peter telling him to put away the sword for He could call upon his father god to send legions of angels to protect him. This was, however, not to be for, although the priests and devil thought they were in control, Jesus was in control. All that was happening, and would happen, needed to happen.Why? Because Jesus had to be crucified and die on that cross in order to save us all from our sins.Does this not show us how much we are loved by Jesus? Not only was he willing to die for our sins, he is also willing to help us with our problems. God will help us through all our storms if only we ask. We may not be given exactly what we ask, but God will always answer and bring peace to our hearts and souls if only we ask.
Have a blessed week, love one another and remember, God is never more than a prayer away.