Attendance was off on Sunday morning for worship service. We know that some are out due to surgery, family additions and get-togethers. Each one was missed and we trust God all will be able to come back soon.
The Call to Worship, by the choir was “Sing to the King.” Then the special music was, “Wherever He Leads I’ll Go.” It was sung by the choir and led by Patsy Allen. Patsy is a blessing to us all and is a great Music Director!
Pastor Cottrell’s message was “Giving Courage”, Psalm 27. It is debatable as to when David penned this Psalm. Some say it was in the middle of him fleeing for his life and others say it was written when David was well into his years. One thing for sure, David’s life was full of many ups and downs. He faced much adversity, good times and hard times. In verses 1-3 we see the confidence David has in God. David opens this Psalm with two beautiful statements. “The Lord is my light and salvation” and “The Lord is the strength of my life.” David was not in darkness nor was his life in peril, why? Because the Lord is his light and his salvation! David understood it was the Lord’s strength that sustained him. It was for these reasons that David was able to stand in confidence against the wicked, the enemies and the foes. In verses 4-6 we can see David’s desire to be in the presence of God (verse 4), the blessing that is found in His presence (verse 5), and the result of joy and praise (verse 6). In verses 7-13 David is praying. He is seeking God in verses 7-9. Here he is praying for guidance in verses 10 -13. Then we get to verse 14. David wrote verse 14 for you and me. “Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord.” The Lord will see us through difficulty, danger, pain, etc. The word encouragement comes to mind. How can we help someone while they are waiting on the Lord? By being the one to encourage them! The very word means for me to give you courage. We can be the one that inspires with courage. We can be the one that inspires then to stay the course, to continue to push forward, or to stand still and to wait for the Lord to do His great work. It is hard for us sometimes to understand the importance of being an encourager. Often times we feel that we are the ones that need encouraging and are not willing to be the one giving courage to another. Part of our responsibility as a family is to lift each other up with encouragement. I think it is really worthwhile to think of encouraging someone. In its truest sense, you are the ambassador of God, speaking courage to them all.
On Thursday afternoon my nephew from Griffin called me because he was bringing his mom, my oldest sister, to her home in Athens for a couple days. I went to Athens on Friday and spent the day with them. My sister, Laurene Hopkins, my nephew Ronnie Hopkins and I also visited with my other sister, Mary Alice Cheatham and niece Laynette Wood.
On Monday around 30 youth and adults enjoyed going to Six Flags for a youth outing. It was a beautiful day and they all had a great time. Justin Milford and his wife Jessica are our Youth Directors here at Brownwood Baptist.
On Saturday night, our family celebrated Rachel’s birthday! Sonny, Mary, Rebekah and Zach Wood, along with Julie and Billy Phillips, and Margie Ward (Granny) celebrated Rachel’s 14th birthday. Happy Birthday Rachel!!!
* Sunday nights at 6 p.m. there are Discipleship Training Classes, taught by Patrick Alligood. Question: “What Is Truth?”
* If you are looking for a great and affordable overnight camp for a child, THIS IS IT! It’s July 10th-13th and is sponsored by the Morgan County Baptist Association. The camp is a week-long camp for ages 8-12 (must be 8 before Jan. 1, 2018 and 12 during the week of camp). Campers come in on Tuesday at Camp Daniel Morgan-Hard Labor Creek State Park and leave Friday morning. It’s a great time of Worship, Bible Study, Fun and Fellowship. For more information contact Rodney or Cyndi Allgood at Beacon Heights Baptist Church. Or check Morgan County Baptist Association on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/MCA-Childrens-Camp-126151414094374/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
* On June 24th, a group from Brownwood will go to Madison Health and Rehab for Sunday School, at 9:45 am.
* Mark your calendars…Vacation Bible School will be at Brownwood Baptist Church, June 24 – 28, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pre-K through sixth grade. THEME: “Camp Moose on the Loose.” June 29 at 6:30 p.m. is Family Night. Come out and support these children and adults, who work so hard and are excited about their week and want to share it with you! Hope to see you there!
WHAT MAKES A DAD…
God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree, The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea, The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night, The wisdom of the ages, The power of the eagle’s flight, The joy of a morning in spring, The faith of a mustard seed, The patience of eternity, The depth of a family need, Then God combined these qualities, When there was nothing more to add, He knew his masterpiece was complete, And so, he called it Dad.
Happy Father’s Day
Have a great week!!!!