Greetings my Brothers and Sisters:Praise God for His goodness and loving us each and every day. On Sunday morning January 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM, we lifted our hands and said thank you Lord. We came together in our sanctuary and via Livestream, joining in songs of praise and worship with our Praise Team. The words to “Lord You Made a Way; They That Wait Upon the Lord Shall Renew Their Strength; and Yes Lord, My Soul Says Yes, lifted our hearts and our spirits. Did you say “yes” to the Lord this week while promising to do more in His service in 2021, to reach out and help someone in need, to extend Christian Love to someone who you know doesn’t like you? It may be hard, but you can do it because God is on your side and He wants you to work for Him.
On Sunday morning, Minister Trey DuPont preached a sermon titled “Determined to Dwell in His Delight”, in the Book of Psalm 27:1-7. We joined in song with Minister Trey lifting up our voices to “I Lift My Hands in Total Adoration Unto You”. In chapter 27, the Psalmist David affirmed his determination. While David knew that some things would happen in his life, to try to distract him from his mission, David said his only desire was to “dwell in the House of the Lord all the days of my (his) life” (Psalm 27:4). He was determined!! Minister DuPont emphasized that determination: is a wonderful motivator; can persuade you that your work is worth the fight; can enable you to love someone who used you; will help you in your service to love and pray for them anyway; can keep us from fainting, falling, or failing to do what God has called us to do. As Christians, we must (1) be compelled to compare what is in front of us; (2) consider the casualties of the past; (3) have a consistent craving for Jesus Christ; in the morning, at lunchtime, at dinnertime; (4) and have comfort in the time of a crisis. Yes, my brothers and sisters, God will hide you in plain sight of the enemy!! But, the enemy can’t touch you even if they can see you. It’s God’s grace and His mercy in our lives. Jesus died for us. He arose from the grave and ascended up to heaven having all power in His hands; power over life, death, guilt, shame and even divorce. As Christians, we must be “Determined to Dwell in His Delight” and never let the enemy disrupt your determination to walk with Jesus all the way. In Psalm 27, David reminds us that “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Please note that our Wednesday in the Word, Wednesday Bible Study, and Sunday School classes (taught Thursdays on Zoom) will resume on Wednesday January 13, 2021 and Thursday January 14, 2021, respectively. Please be assured that we continue to ensure that our facilities are cleaned and sanitized before and after every service or event. If you do not desire to worship on Sunday morning in our sanctuary, you are welcome to worship while parked in our parking lot or view our service on-line via YouTube. We always ensure that our seating arrangements are based on social distancing to ensure everyone’s health and safety. We require masks/face coverings to be worn by everyone who enters our church. We ensure that social distancing is practiced while seated six feet apart on every other row in our sanctuary. We ensure that hand sanitizer stations, posted throughout our church, are filled and available to anyone entering our church. In addition, a contractor recently completed the installation of a state-of-the-art Ultra Violet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) system in the heating/air conditioning ductwork throughout our church. This UVGI system adds another layer of protection against airborne viruses like COVID-19. I would like to thank you for your donations in support of our 125th church anniversary goal of $22,720.00. To date, we have received $13,988.24 in donations.
We look forward to praise and worship with you and your family on Sunday morning January 17, 2021, when we will come together in our sanctuary and via Livestream. We pray that God will continue to bring peace to our country, strengthen us in our walk, and bless our church congregation.
In His Service, Rev. Dr. Charles R. Meile, Jr., Pastor