Bulletin / Prayer List 7-9-17

Prayer List
Don Hickerson will have cataract surgery July 19th.
Don Hickerson’s brother-in-law Louis Horn is in rehab.
Jack and Ardina Butler from Wolfe City church Christ need our prayers.
Corey Miller is having problems with his throat.
We need to keep Kerry King’s mother in our prayers.

Dannie Baker, Andy LeDane, Eddie and Tabitha Griffin, Florene Griffin, Jimmy Griffin, Jerry and Betty Harris, Billie Phillips, Armanda family, Billie Bradford, Betty Clark, Doris James, Jo Gordon, Gary Hickerson, Gary Hodges, Thomas Mako, Audrey Beryl Miller, McKin, Carol Moore, Della Price and Loretta Rhoden.

Serving in the military: 
Faith Balzen, 
Cody Blomstedt, 
Travis Counts, and 
Dakota Smitherman all are in the U.S. . .

Let us pray for our country and government leaders and those who are in harms way, military and civilian personnel.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much…

Our prayers and sympathy go out to Don Harrington and family in the loss of his mother.

We welcome Israel Strand into God’s family. He was baptized last Sunday.

Men’s Business Meeting is today after evening worship services.

Annual Texomaland Summer Youth Series will be at the Howe church of Christ July 11h at 7:30pm.
Vacation Bible School will be Saturday July 15th 8:30 am to 12:00pm. We need to invite others and pray for its success.

July 16 Prayers: Morning: Robert Embry – Robert Courtney
Evening: Charles Counts – Kerry King
Scriptures: Greg Counts

A Sympathetic Gesture
Edgar Guest, a renowned American poet at the turn of the century, tells of a neighbor by the name of Jim Potter. Mr. Potter ran the drug store in the small town where Edgar Guest lived. Guest recalled that daily he would pass his neighbor and how they would smile and exchange greetings. But it was a mere casual relationship.

Then came that tragic night in the life of Edgar Guest when his first-born child died. He felt lonely and defeated. These were grim days for him, and he was overcome with grief. Several days later Guest had reason to go to the drug store run by his neighbor, and when he entered Jim Potter motioned for him to come behind the counter. “Eddie,” he said, “I really can’t express to you the great sympathy that I have for you at this time. All I can say is that I am terribly sorry, and if you need for me to do anything, you can count on me.”
Many years later Edgar Guest wrote of that encounter in one of his books. This is how he worded it: “Just a person across the way—a passing acquaintance. Jim Potter may have long since forgotten that moment when he extended his hand to me in sympathy, but I shall never forget it—never in all my life. To me, it stands out like the silhouette of a lonely tree against a crimson sunset.”

How will your friends and brethren remember you as they look back on their difficult days? I am reminded of the words of our Lord in Matthew 25:31-46. Friends, most importantly, will the Lord see you living a life of a benevolent spirit toward your fellowman? Will your friends and brethren encouragingly and joyfully remember your acts of kindness? Remember, “For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself” (Rom. 14:7). A good daily Christian goal is to try to make a positive difference in someone’s life each day. A visit, phone calls, emails, encouraging words, and notes of encouragement are valuable to this end.

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THE SOWER, a weekly publication of the Arthur Church of Christ, Arthur, IL.