From Our WMF President Lynn Wellumson

At our worship service this past week  we began with the hymn “Come, Christians, Join to Sing” which includes phrases “Come, lift your hearts on high, Let praises fill the sky”, “Life shall not end the strain”, “Praise is His gracious choice”, and “Singing forevermore, Alleluia! Amen”.  We used a corporate confession of sins from the Ambassador Hymnal.  We acknowledged that we have sinned against God and are unworthy of His goodness and love.  Our confession of faith was the meaning of the second article from the Apostles Creed. Familiar phrases “I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten from the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord” assured us God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.   I John 1:9 was read for the declaration of grace: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”.  Time between Sunday School and church provided opportunity to check in with a man recently diagnosed with a treatable ailment, an elderly woman concerned for her grandson, a college student celebrating her birthday, and a young man seeking employment.

Outside, the weather graphically illustrated the point “though our sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow.”  The grueling wind chill kept many home .  We missed them, but trust they had opportunity through self-study of the Bible, TV, or radio to hear God’s Word.

Sunday, the day set aside for rest, gives us the opportunity to gather together around God’s Word for instruction, encouragement, and fellowship.

Hebrews 10:25:  “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

God Knows Our Needs

Jon and I had the pleasure of spending the first week of October at a cabin located on the north shore of Lake Superior.  Another couple was able to come also and we had great fellowship and hiking.  Early one morning, I went out to the shore to have devotions.  During my prayer time, I prayed that my words and actions for the entire day would benefit the group and that I would put their needs above my own.

Minutes later, upon returning to the cabin, I found I had locked myself out.  The entire bottom of the cabin is garage with the living quarters on the second floor.  I didn’t want to run any risk of breaking or chipping a window, so I found a stick and attempted to get someone’s attention by hitting the second floor window.  I am so grateful that our family finances aren’t dependent upon my pitching in a professional baseball team, as we would be dead broke.  After several feeble (and that’s being generous) attempts I managed to hit the window which went unnoticed.  I was finally missed and someone came to look for me.  I’m thankful that God knows when I need others to help me even when I haven’t asked.

Praying for Your Pastor’s Wife-Day 11

Pray that God will bring godly friends and encouragers to your pastor’s wife and her
family, to strengthen them for the ministry and to provide meaningful fellowship,
accountability, and times of rest.

We who had sweet fellowship together
Walked in the house of God in the throng.  Psalm 55:14

The Psalmist writes:  “I am a companion of all those who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts.”  Psalm 119:63

Taken from Revive Our Hearts

Praying for Your Pastor-Day 11

Pray that God will bring godly friends and encouragers to your pastor and his family, to
strengthen them for the ministry and provide meaningful fellowship and times of rest.

But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition.  For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare.  For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.  But you know of his proven worth, that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father.  Therefore I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me; and I trust in the Lord that I myself also will be coming shortly.  But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need.  Phil 2:19-25

Taken from Revive Our Hearts