The Morning service opened with Olivia Downey playing a flute solo entitled “Come,
Ye Thankful People, Come”. Bro. Jeff Downey welcomed everyone and made announcements. He, also, led songs. Bonise Rish led in prayer. Kaleb and Lilia McCarville sang “In Times Like These”.  Bro. Ronnie Rish read the scripture reading from Matthew 13:1-9. Joel McCarville sang “Standing on the Rock”.

 

Bro. Jeff Downey’s sermon was taken from Matthew 13:16-18— “Listen”. When it comes to the gospel, we want to really listen. In I Samuel 10:1-9, God sent Saul to Tabor and said he’d meet three men carrying three kids (goats), three loaves of bread, and a bottle of wine.  All these signs came to pass. What if Saul had not listened? This is when he was anointed king over Israel- v.9. God help us to listen when He speaks. There were 4 kinds of people in the Parable of the Sower: (1) Some heard the Word but rejected it. (2) Some heard the Word and immediately responded, but when times became difficult, they went back to their old ways of sin. (3) Some heard the Word and let the cares of this life distract them to worldly things and they drifted away. (4) Some let the Word make them into fruitful servants of God, and they bore much fruit which increased 100 fold. God will multiply our works and our fruit. God calls but some reject the Word. They are not fruitful. Some start but do not continue. Some start, but they get distracted when other things become more important. Let us be among those who do good works and God multiplies it. If God is speaking to us, may we have ears to hear, listen, and obey.  The closing song was “Spirit of the Living God”. Bro. Ronnie Rish closed in prayer and all the congregation went to prayer.

 

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The Evening service opened with congregational prayer for earlier prayer requests. Joel McCarville played a guitar solo “Mary Did You Know?” He led songs. Bro. Rodney Duff led in prayer. Testimonies were given by: Ethan Downey and Len Montgomery.  Matthew McCarville sang “Whatever It Takes”.

 

Bro. Ronnie Rish’s sermon was taken from I Corinthians 1:17-24-- “To Preach”. These two words are mentioned 4 times in these verses—v. 17, 18, 21, and 23. God called Paul to preach the gospel. We must believe to be saved and keep on believing. We must not be persuaded by others but tell whatsoever God tells us. An example of this was Micaiah in I Kings 22:13 when told by the messenger to “declare good” (which was lies, not good words) to King Ahab. Micaiah said in v.14— “What the LORD sayeth unto me, that will I speak”. Oh, that we would have a mind to speak only what God says to us. He that hath ears to hear let him hear as told to the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Noah was an object lesson. His actions told the people something was about to happen, his actions were preaching to the people. God did not say singing or oratory would save you, but preaching. Paul preached Christ crucified—Galatians 2:20—which spoke of our redemption plan. In Acts 17:31, we are assured of our resurrection through Christ. We preach Christ and Him crucified, our double cure, the water and the blood. May God help us all believe the preaching of the Word. The closing song was “Wonderful Words of Life”.  Bro. Jeff Downey closed in prayer as the congregation also went to prayer.