Greetings, everyone! Thank you all for the prayers and words of encouragement over the last couple of weeks of my isolation. After 10 days of quarantine, today is my official "freedom" day. The rest of the family has a few more days to isolate. I haven't had a fever since a week ago Thursday. Most of my symptoms have been like a mild cold the whole time, plus the sense of taste and smell affected. I don't feel terrible. Earlier in the week, I entertained the thought of being back in the pulpit this week. However, I want you to have full confidence that in attending services you won't be unduly exposed. Therefore, I will be out of the pulpit one more Sunday. I believe this is prudent. Thank you for bearing with me patiently. Thanks to all who are shouldering responsibilities while I am out.
TODAY is the first Bible Quiz competition of the season. Please be in prayer for our quizzers and coaches as they compete under the COVID restrictions today. They will very likely be getting to the end of the competition by the time you read this, but pray for them nonetheless. Pray for all the quizzers' continued health as well.
TOMORROW is the LORD’S DAY and we would ordinarily be observing the Lord's Supper on the first Sunday of the quarter, but we have postponed it one week to October 11. Please take time this week to examine yourselves in the light of Paul's admonition in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 as you prepare for this ordinance of the church.
In preparation for Lord's Day worship tomorrow, please take a few moments to read and meditate on the following Scriptures that will frame the service. Click anywhere in the link to read the Scriptures online:
Call to Worship: Psalm 19:1-14;
OT Reading: Exodus 20:1-20;
NT Reading: Philippians 3:4b-14;
Assurance of Pardon: Romans 8:1-2;
Sermon: Matthew 7:13-27;
Fighter Verses: Proverbs 4:25-27;
Benediction: Philippians 1:2; 4:23
I have asked Robert Kendall to fill the pulpit for me tomorrow. Please pray for him as he brings the message "The Road Less Traveled" from Matthew 7:13-27.
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Grace and peace,