Bulletin / Prayer List November 10 2019

Jerry Harris

Greg Counts Walter McMillen


MORNING               EVENING
A C Quinn                Walter McMillen
Robert Embry           Charlie Counts

Jerry Harris

Don Baker is still having problems with his back. He is going to a pain
management doctor for a treatment plan. He is also having trouble
with his feet and ankles swelling.
Dannie Baker has been having severe allergy problems.
Brayden Counts (Charlie & Helen’s great grandson) is back in St. Jude’s in
Memphis TN for his second round of chemo treatment.
Norma Garza is scheduled to have her permanent device for controlling her
back pain implanted on Nov 11 th .
Alice Gaston (Denise’s grandmother) has been moved to a rehab facility in
Ruby Sloan is to have some tests on her esophagus.

Remember in Daily Prayer:
Don Hickerson (heart), Zack Folkes (cancer), Evette Stewart (COPD),
Kathy Hill (cancer), Betty Clark (cancer – in remission), Joy Fowler (cancer),
Beryl Miller (macular degeneration), Don Boyd (cancer), Lucus Drews (rare cancer),
Florene Griffin (back & hip), Scott, Judy & Tonya McMillen, Norma Garza,
Monte Randolph (Cancer), Rebekah Van Deren (Pancreas),
Carmen Loftice (foot)

Serving Our Country:

Cody Blomstedt (Korea), Kirklynn Hance, Kirk Johnson (US)
Tyler Davies is scheduled to deploy to Dubai.
Men Serving Next Week November 17, 2019
Prayers: Morning: Greg Counts – Don Baker
Evening: Kerry King – Don Hickerson

Pantry Item:
Paper Towels

                                               The Assembly

“I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord”
(Psalm 122:1). Oh, what an attitude of the man who was “a man after God’s
own heart.” The joy of meeting with the saints on the first day of the week to
worship our God should bring out this same attitude in us. But it seems more
and more we have to exhort, coddle, even beg the members of the church to
“not forsake the assembling of ourselves together” (Heb 10:25).

If some great entertainer or motivational speaker were to appear in our area
many would stay up all night, pay excessive amounts to obtain tickets and
rearrange schedules just to make sure they would be able to attend. After which
they would spend days telling those who were unable to be there about the event
But when God calls His people together, the slightest obstacle causes many to
forgo the summons. They say, “What a weariness it is” (Mal. 1:13). Moreover,
when the saints assemble on the first day of the week it seems the time for
worship has become a time to be entertained. Congregations are more concerned
with what those in attendance get out of it instead of what they put into it.
The BIBLE is very clear on the activities that make up a proper assembly. There are
five acts or activities that are dictated by the scriptures. They are praying, singing,
giving, preaching and the partaking of the Lord’s Supper. The aesthetic
enhancements designed to make me ‘feel good’ are instead distractions to the true
focus of worship. Our attitude should be one of respect and trust in what God has
determined He desire in worship. That’s why Jesus said, “God is a Spirit and those
that worship Him must worship in Spirit and Truth.
Prayer is to be addressed toward the Father (Mt. 6:9-11) and men are to lead the
congregation (1 Cor 14:34). Our giving must be with purpose in our hearts and
cheerful (2 Cor 9:7). Also, we must not give to be seen of men (Mt 6:1-4). The
message delivered by the preacher is to be Bible filled and Christ centered. This
means the Word of God must be preached (2 Tim 4:2). Singing is to be “spiritual
songs, and hymns” that are to the praise and honor of God, Christ and the church.
The Lord’s Supper is a solemn feast to God in commemoration of the death, burial
and resurrection of our Savior. This means that worldly thoughts should be set aside
and remembrance of the great sacrifice for the sins of mankind is to be honored

Elders are given certain authority in the governing of worship (Heb 13:17). They
are to make sure the flock is fed with the word of God (Acts 20:28). They have the
ability to set the time or times of worship (as long as it is the first day of the week).
That is to say that elders can decide if we meet at 9:00 am or 10:00 am, if there is to
be an evening service and what time it will be, and they can determine the times and
frequency of Bible classes and gospel meetings. But when these times are set, we
are bound by the allegiance we have pledged to Christ to be there with the proper
attitude and the proper actions every time the summons goes out.
I but am saddened to know that members of the church of Christ need to be reminded
of the blood that was shed in the building of the church and the love that God has for us
to send His Son to die in order purchase this blessed family. Are we so fickle as to ignore
so great a sacrifice (Heb2:3)? Let us always remember, we come together to worship our
God and not to be entertained.