May 18, 2018
Sunday is going to be a fabulous day at Covenant. We are celebrating Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church, in worship. Wear red, the color symbolizing the Holy Spirit. And weather permitting, we will have a balloon release (red balloons) at the end of the worship service. The balloons are biodegradable and the cords are hemp instead of ribbon.
Then later in the day, you are invited back to see our children and youth present their musical Heroes of the Faith. The performance is at 4:00 pm in the sanctuary. Then plan to stay with us for a free hamburger and hotdog cookout.
As part of our Pentecost celebration, we will be receiving our special offering for our missionaries, Michael and Tracy Wright. The Wrights are now serving at the JAARS Center in North Carolina – JAARS works to provide technology and other support to make Bible translation possible all over the world. Bible translation is a continuation of what the Holy Spirit started on that Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem nearly 2000 years ago.
Brenda Cook’s granddaughter, Georgi, who is a student at Mississippi State University, will be working on a special project for us this summer. She will be making a promotional/testimonial video for our church. So when you see a young lady filming around the church in the coming weeks, that is Georgi.
I love books. I have stacks and stacks of books in both my church office and my home office. It is becoming a problem. So I am starting to slowly cull my books. Many of them are excellent books. I have started a book table in the fellowship hall with books for you to take for free (and please do not return them). Any book on that table is one that I think is a good book and will help you in your walk with Jesus Christ. (I have some books that are not worth reading, and those books are being thrown away.) So please visit the book table and take as many books as you will read.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we celebrate God’s work in our world during worship, and then learn from our children and enjoy a meal together in the afternoon.
The priest said to the poor farmer, "If you had a horse, would you give it to the Lord?"
"And if you had a cow?"
"And a goat?"
"Now, that's not fair!" protested the farmer. "You know I have a pig!"
May 13, 2018
There are churches with no babies crying during the worship service, churches where children never run in the sanctuary or crawl on the pews. There are church hallways that have no little handprints on them, or stains on the carpet where a drink was dropped. There are churches where no one ever needs to wash the sheets on the cribs in the nursery. There are churches that do not have to spend any money on children’s ministry. There are many churches that are dying, where no little children are learning “Jesus loves me, this I know.”
Thank God for our children here at Covenant.
And today, I want to say a special word of thanks to the moms and dads and grandparents who get them here. I know it is not easy to get them up, dressed, and out the door on Sunday morning. How nice it would be (in a way) to be like so much of the world and spend an easy morning at home. And then you get here, and they are restless in worship. It is hard for you to concentrate, and you worry that someone else will be disturbed during worship.
Let me assure you, we love your children. And if there are any among us who don’t love the children, those persons need to repent (I’m serious about that), and ask God to heal your hard heart and help you see rightly. The smiles and squeals and laughs and even whines of your child are much more precious than a peaceful quiet and decorum in worship.
And also, moms and dads, let me assure you, you are doing the right thing – bringing your child up in the training and instruction of the Lord (see Ephesians 6:4), teaching them that Jesus loves them, showing them that the worship of God is a priority and that the fellowship of the church is a home where we live together in truth and love. Those are things they will not learn anywhere else but in the church. And those are things that will lead them to the very best life, life in Jesus Christ.
So thank you to our parents of young children. And thank God we have handprints on the walls of our church building.