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It’s Christmas Time!

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.’ Titus 2:11-14

I cannot remember a Christmas service that I enjoyed any more than this past Sunday!  From the opening sound of the trumpets playing to the hand bell choir to the piano special; the harp and guitar ensemble then the piano and violin special…well I thought it couldn’t get any better!  Then Sunday evening the Sanctuary Choir preformed their cantata of ‘One Small Child’ and topped the charts!  It was truly amazing to see all of the talent on display offering our worship to the King of Kings in the season we celebrate His birth!  What a day….!

One of the most difficult tasks handed to me over the years has been to bring an appropriate message after a choir special or a children’s program…this year the task fell on Daniel.  He stepped up after a wonderful ministry to our souls by the choir and opened the Book of Hebrews and preached to us Jesus!  What a fine message it was; taking us right to the Throne of God where our Lord Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God…waiting till His enemies be made his footstool.  What a message and what a fine way to close our pre-Christmas service!

Thank you to all who ministered to us Sunday!

If you missed, you can go to our web page: www.roomforus.com and go to the sermons and hear for yourself the messages that were delivered Sunday morning and Sunday evening 12/18/16.  Just click on the date and service time and you can hear for yourself the uplifting messages from God’s Word…what a day we live in!  What a Mighty God we serve!

Wednesday evening our children will be bringing us the Christmas story by their program.  You won’t want to miss!  The program will begin at 6:00 p.m.  It is always a joy to see our children acting out the wonder of Christmas.

The season is here, the weather has been frightful, the snow came….One day Jesus Himself will come!  That is our Blessed Hope:

Bro. Wayne

Fall and Winter: Christmas is on its Way!

You can hear it in the rustle of the leaves. You can almost feel the stirring of the season…even without the usual cold and rainy days of fall, it is still here. The official date was September 23 this year so it has been a full month ago yet, the usual rains have not come with none predicted until later this week. I noticed in the bulletin Sunday that we only have eight practices left for the youth and children’s choir to prepare for their Christmas program…do you realize that Christmas is only 65 days away?! Time keeps moving on!
Our fall youth camp/retreat was a real treat for us all. I truly enjoyed being with our youth and sponsors, spending time with them in fun, games and instruction in God’s Word. Tulakogee Camp was really a good place to go and get away for a couple of days to reset our thinking. I cannot tell you how blessed I was to just sit and listen as they played musical instruments and sang songs about the Christian life and He who made it possible…Jesus! No doubt they blessed me more than they could know.
Sunday also saw the return of several families who went to a ‘Family Camp’ down in Texas. They took a full week and camped out in tents and campers to gather around God’s Word and fellowship with their families together. It is something I have always wanted to do; I just never organized one or took time to be involved in one. I truly wish I had. Welcome home campers!
We plan to begin Choir practice this coming Sunday evening after services. Bob Allen has agreed to work with you who are interested in preparing a Cantata for Christmas! It will be his first time for such a venture, although he has been involved in many choirs over the years. If you have an interest in being in our choir, it will start up after a six month hiatus {while the auditorium was under construction}. Please pray about your participation and plan to be there to make your voice heard {along with all others} who want to glorify God through song! Thank you Bro. Bob for being willing to accept this task to work with those interested.
One last thought before I get ready to meet my day… Faithfulness is so important in ever facet of life. No one wants a light switch that works only sometimes, no one wants a car that is not dependable…we all desire our children to be faithful in the deportment of the responsibilities we give them… Our Father in Heaven too desires us to be faithful to Him: ‘Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.’
1 Corinthians 4:1&2
And that is the bottom line. Lord, teach me to remain faithful… Bro. Wayne

The Wonderful Sounds of Christmas

Sunday was a wonderful time of celebration of the Christmas Season. With nearly a full house and guests scattered throughout, Christmas Carols and special music of the Trumpet and Bells, Stevie and Emily in a sweet duet, well, it doesn’t get much better. The message of The Perfect Gift was easy to present after such wonderful proceedings! The weather in the morning was fair and warm….but just about time for the evening service lightening, wind and rain came with a vengeance! But even that could not keep most of us at home… The evening brought nearly a full house again as we prepared to hear the Christmas Cantata.
Bro. James Thompson and the Sanctuary Choir were prepared for the task and presented us with a beautiful rendition of the Christmas Story of Christ’s Birth. Betty James on the piano and Tim James as the Narrator coupled with the sounds of voices was pretty special. If you missed it and would like to see and hear the choir special, request a DVD from the church office…it will be a blessing to you.
Next Sunday the Children’s Choir will present their Christmas Play for us during the 6:00 p.m. Service. They have worked hard to present to us a traditional program with shepherds, lambs, Angels, Mary, Joseph and of course the Babe of Bethlehem! You won’t want to miss the joy of seeing our children and grandchildren act out the events of the Night that changed the course of the world!
I appreciate all the kind words, expressions of love and most of all your friendship this past year. God has been so good to us…it almost sounds trite to write that, but God is Good! Praise His Name forever! That I would be counted worthy to proclaim His Mercy and Grace, to stand behind His Holy Pulpit and proclaim the Mysteries of the Gospel, well, that is almost too much for my mind to believe!
May of 2012 completed forty years of leading God’s church with no interruptions! It was December 15, 1974 I was ordained at the First Baptist Church of Arapaho, OK to the Gospel ministry. What a privilege! What a Calling! What a Joy! Praise His Holy Name!
Thank you Lord for allowing an unworthy newspaper boy to fulfill your calling I felt from a child…. Wayne