Howdy again from Tucson. I trust that you had a marvelous Thanksgiving Day at your place. We surely did here. Yesterday was a sleepy recovery weekend after all the turkey & trimmings. It seemed to me that folks were drowsy in the morning service. It may have been just my perception, but just saying. Our attendance was way down with illness & holiday weekend syndrome, but the Lord was in our midst & some very special people worshipped the Lord together. We had a returning snowbird couple with us. Also a single older man came to both the morning & evening service. So there were definitely some bright spots too!
One of them was the opening song segment. Pastor Seth had the congregation sing some Christmas carols with the choir & then had the choir spice them up with beginnings & endings that added so much. The church family LOVES to do that & responded accordingly. It was a special treat for those who love to sing. Then Miss Anna Carpenter’s piano solo offertory of “Ding Dong Merrily on High” had such a delightful sound. The happy tempo was enjoyable to all & a blessing indeed. I preached from II Samuel 13:3-6 on “Beware of Wrong Friends.” Folks seemed to be tuned in, at least the ones who were awake.
The evening service featured the choir singing a new song preview to the coming Christmas cantata, “Shepherds & Angels.” WOW! The rich sound & enthusiastic vocal tone was a wonderful treat to all present. Then Mrs. Emily Blewett’s piano offertory solo of “Silent Night” in its sublime simplicity & sweet arrangement was precious indeed. Our hearts were warmed. The testimony time was replete with male & female, old & young, visitors & regulars. The spontaneous testimonies were sweet indeed to the glory of God. Pastor Seth then preached from James 5: 16-21 on Prayer. Some quotes from it are:
“My circumstances are not wrong; my responses in my flesh are wrong.’
“If my first response to my trial is not prayer, then what kind of faith am I showing?”
“Prayer is the proper response to trials.”
“Trials show me where I am in my faith with God.”
So yesterday although low in attendance was high in blessings. And for that I am so thankful. One of the children in the testimony time said, “I am thankful for this nice church & people.” She & her family were recently baptized & joined the church. Her juvenile words however struck a chord with the church family that we indeed have much for which to be thankful together. PTL for the sweet words of a child to remind of important truth!