From Claude Williams

February 13, 2015 - 9:39 AM

Well. As we all know, a very heavy/wet snow caused the cancellation of church on Feb 1 - but it seemed to me the following Sunday service, in large measure, more than made up for the missed service.

Last Sunday, Feb 8 was very well attended, a good number of guests and first timers, very good exposition of God's Word, joyful music and an exceptional baptism service. We will long remember the very powerful and moving testimony shared by Mason Tilley, Wow. Keep praying for all of our children and young people as they grow and mature in Christ (trying not to jump too far ahead) but I have to wonder if our Lord is soon to put His hand upon Mason and set him on a very special path of service. Perhaps Mason exemplifies many of our children and young people as we are energized to pray for each and all as they do represent the future (and present) 'body of Christ' in our very present-day world. We, as the church, bear a tremendous responsibility for these most precious ones. Clearly, God has 'blessed' our parents and families with these children presenting them as a 'trust' to us; and how deeply thankful we are for each one and for all no exception. Praise God.

For a very long time I have held the thought that God is preparing this body of believers to do a very good work in our neighborhood and vicinity. I am greatly encouraged by the recent infusions of new and renewed people attending and desiring to be used of the Lord, asking for baptism and to be a part of what God is doing here.

I spoke above of praying for our young ones which leads me to wonder why it is that, as a church, we seem to have laid aside the work of coming together regularly and praying for our needs and the needs of many others. Looking back over some years, we can see the vitality and strength of our fellowship seemingly rise and decline reflecting the high or low place we seem to give to collectively and corporately and intentionally and humbly coming together to present our open hearts and empty hands to our Lord, asking Him to hear us, to consider us, to answer us, to bless us together! Jeremiah 33:2,3 "This is what the Lord says, He who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it, the Lord is His name:'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'"

The Lord is waiting for our hearts to open, He will pour out His blessing.