MESSAGE. Psalm 29:1-3 “Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.” The amazing thing is not that God invites our worship, but that He accepts from us what He does not need. The more we study God’s Word, the more we begin to understand He is leading us to the attitude of worshiping Him, because in His presence is where we rightly belong. Whether we realize it or not, we need to worship—and God wants our worship because He wants what’s best for us.
MINISTRY. This past week pastor Matt and I were attending the Southern Union pastors’ conference in Orlando, FL. Not counting the 9 hour drive each way I thoroughly enjoyed the meetings. “The Gospel Changes Everything” theme of the conference helped us all reshuffle the priorities of our pastoral ministry. I pray that here at Ooltewah we continue to focus on the Gospel proclamation. Jesus is coming soon and His grace needs to reach every soul in our community.
The freezing temperatures of early January tested the endurance of our church heating units. Five of them failed. However, Steve Bremner was on top of these issues and as of today most of them are fixed and running. One is awaiting some ordered parts. Thank you, Steve, for your proactive approach. The cold weather is coming back, but it is cozy and warm inside our church. We are ready for the service tomorrow morning. It looks like the chance of snow has been canceled for tonight and we will have clean and ice-free roads for church on Sabbath morning.
I would like to highlight a Concert for January 20. Pam Tucker will sing at our church starting at 4:45. Invite your friends and neighbors.
PRAYERS. On behalf of the Ooltewah church I extend sincere condolences to the Stevens family. Dorothy Elaine Stevens passed early Monday morning. She has been a long time member of our church. Please, remember her family in your prayers. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14, at the funeral home. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. on Sunday, at the funeral home with Pastor Michael Pettengill officiating. Burial will follow at Collegedale Memorial Park Cemetery. “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.” 1 Thess. 4:13-14
Happy Sabbath. See you tomorrow.