"O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise" (Psalm 51:15). May this be our prayer as we prepare for the Lord's Day tomorrow! This brief exhortation to praise follows closely on a lengthy section of confession and contrition from David over his sin with Bathsheba, and it reminds us as believers to approach the Lord with sorrow over sin even as we take joy in His wondrous salvation.
TOMORROW as we gather for THE LORD’S DAY. We have multiple points where you can plug in and engage with God's people:
We receive our monthly birthday and anniversary offering for Missouri Baptist Children's Home and The Baptist Home (for the Aged) respectively tomorrow. These are agencies of the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC), meaning their trustees are selected and approved by the Southern Baptist churches in our state who are in friendly cooperation with the MBC through messengers sent to our state annual meeting. If you are not familiar with these agencies, take a few moments to follow the links above and learn about them. Bonus link: Here is the latest issue of the MBCH Messenger, their quarterly newsletter.
Parents' Club resumes at 5:30 pm this Wednesday, Feb. 26. The curriculum will be "Raising Kingdom Kids" with Tony Evans. Contact Peggy Harwood for more details.
Week of Prayer for North American Missions is coming Mar. 1-8. Through our partnership with North American Mission Board, thousands of church planters, campus missionaries, and chaplains throughout the US and Canada are supported in gospel work. The Week of Prayer kicks off the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO) emphasis through the month of March. Click on the link to see how your gifts serve to support the work of the gospel.
Disaster Relief Training is coming up in two locations very close to us. If you have an interest in serving in disaster relief, these training, mark your calendar for either March 6-7 in Raytown (Connection Point Church) or April 3-4 in Chillicothe (FBC). More information is available by visiting the link provided above. If you would like a firsthand testimony, talk with Chet and Barbara Owen or Kyle and Sharon Carroll.
March 8, Sunday afternoon: Noon Carry-In LUNCHEON following worship; Member Meeting following lunch
March 8, Sunday evening: Revival Road Trip! Here is a link to the flyer with more information. (Flyer is also attached below)
Plan to join us at New Home Baptist Church, 10151 SW Bluff Rd., St. Joseph, MO. Services are Mar. 8-11, 7 pm nightly, a different speaker each night. Jonathan Garlock leading music nightly. I will be speaking on Sunday evening. Let's show up and support one of our sister churches! We will supply transportation leaving from the church at 6 pm, returning approximately 9 pm. Kevin Griffin is pastor
Last Sunday’s Message "Shadow vs. Substance" Colossians 2:16-23
BONUS: "He will Hold Me Fast" a song introduced last Sunday, will be a part of our worship service again this week. Take a listen to it here in a live rendition from the Together for the Gospel conference, 2010, with Bob Kauflin leading and playing piano. Lyrics are printed here for your convenience.
VERSE 1 When I fear my faith will fail, Christ will hold me fast; When the tempter would prevail, He will hold me fast. I could never keep my hold Through life’s fearful path; For my love is often cold; He must hold me fast. REFRAIN He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast; For my Savior loves me so, He will hold me fast. VERSE 2 Those He saves are His delight, Christ will hold me fast; Precious in His holy sight, He will hold me fast. He’ll not let my soul be lost; His promises shall last; Bought by Him at such a cost, He will hold me fast. VERSE 3 For my life He bled and died, Christ will hold me fast; Justice has been satisfied; He will hold me fast. Raised with Him to endless life, He will hold me fast ‘Till our faith is turned to sight When He comes at last! CREDITS Words: vv. 1-2 Ada Habershon (1861-1918), Public Domain. Alt. words, new words (v.3), and music: Matthew Merker © 2013 Getty Music (BMI)/Matthew Merker Music (BMI) (adm. by Music Services) All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
See you in church!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Greg Dixon