Like last Sunday morning we again were blessed with showers of blessings as we gathered at church on Sunday. Our attendance was very good with members and visitors. We know of some members that couldn’t come to be with us because of sickness. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this time. Hoping they all will be better soon and will be back at church. The “Kids for Christ Class,” lead the congregation in praying “The Lord’s Prayer,” opening the morning worship service. A special was by Nathalie and Addison Smith; sorry I didn’t get their names. Pastor Cottrell’s message, “To recognize life.”
We are to recognize life and the one who gives it. We gather week after week to worship a God we cannot see, to thank Him for a life we cannot earn. He loves us in a way each day we cannot deserve and forgives us when we cannot do right. John 6: 51 Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If you eat this bread you will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6: 53-69 It’s amazing some witnessed Jesus’ miracles and heard Him speak and called themselves His disciples and still could not believe Him. This brings us to a time for the Jewish people, “The Feast of Booths or Feast of Tabernacles. John 7: 1-5, Leviticus 23: 33-34, 39-43. This feast was commanded to be celebrated where people would not forget where they came from and to remind them of the Life they received from God. Psalm 118: 25, 40, John 7: 6-13. Jesus feeds the multitude with very little, He preaches of Him being the true bread of life, confronts disciples that do not believe, He goes to the feast in secret, He watches, listens, observes and hears their prayers yet they still have not listened to him. He has told them over and over He is the Bread of Life, and the one who satisfies their eternal thirst.
He was standing right before them, yet they do not recognize it. John 7: 14-19, 28-31, 37-38. We must recognize that Jesus is Life, He is our salvation. Let us recognized life through Him. After the message the Lord’s Supper was observed. After this we had Baptismal service for Addison Smith and Ashton Cottrell. We are very proud of these two young people recognizing who Jesus is and giving their lives to Him. Our church family will always be here for them and help in ways they need us. Our prayers will always be with you both. Sunday night at 6 p.m. our covered dish, community meal was held in the Family Life Center followed by the Fifth Sunday Night Singing in the sanctuary. Next Sunday morning, Sept. 6 will begin Brownwood New Church Year.
On Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a church planning meeting. Saturday, Sept. 12 the Beginners Sunday school class will be going to Game Time in Covington. Meet at the church at 9:30 a.m. Margie Ward visited Laverne and Steve Stovall on Tuesday afternoon. The Brownwood Meal Ministry is continuing to do well. Currently 20-plus people are receiving these home cooked meals each week. We would like to say “Thank You” to everyone that has helped us by donating to this ministry. We know God knows all and He will bless each one for all they do. Margie Ward visited Carrie Knight Wednesday afternoon.