December 29,2013 Bulletin
New Requests: Marilyn and Daniel Fannin Family, Gail Dummitt Family, John Parker Family
Continued Requests: Jim Esham
Cancer Patients: Jack McCann, Verde Weese, Ashley Carrington, Blaike Clark, Sue Boggs,
Sue Hamilton, Coy Jordan, Mike Doran, Edith Westfall , April Justice, Angie Maggiaccomo,
Elderly and Shut Ins and their Families: Jason Cox, Maxine Soards, Helen Dixon,
Sammy & Gardena Ginn, Flora Wells, Jim Hasler, Russell Hord, Joe Hewlett, Hubert Elkins,
Anne Reeder, Marie Drexell, Maurice Reeder, Sr., William Jordan, Jerry Masters,
Web Prayer Requests, Our Troops, Unspoken Needs, Missionaries, the “Lost”, the
Emotionally, Physically and Spiritually Troubled
Prayer Meeting—Wed. Jan. 1—6:00
Have used stamps—Lynda Greene is collecting for the Andy Martin Mission—Before you throw away your envelopes your Christmas Cards came in, cut them off and save them for Lynda. (All used stamps except Flag and Liberty Bell Stamps)
Another New Year
We look forward to another new year, and pray that the good Lord will bless,
The coming days on their way, with love, and joy, and success.
Each new day is a mystery, until it’s light unfolds…
And our hearts seek contentment, in what tomorrow holds.
The old year was a busy one. Life seldom does stand still…
We walk through shaded valleys, and trudge up the rocky hills.
But God is there in all His glory, waiting for us to reach for His hand,
And when we trust in His pure love, life’s road leads to the Holy land.
Ring out the bells of welcome. Bring in this brand new year…
I pray for health and happiness, and deliverance from all fear.
Each New Year holds a promise, for some unknown events…
Hold true to God’s great purpose, and we’ll always be content.
~ Eva May Young ~
A Year of Time. . . . . . . . . . . . Steven B. Cloud, Pulpit Helps, Vol. 14, # 2
…Though even thinking on the subject of time may prove discomforting, it is not a bad idea—especially at the beginning of a new year.
As we look into <year> we look at a block of time. We see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds. And all is a gift from God. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it, or purchased it. Like the air we breathe, time comes to us as a part of life.
The gift of time is not ours alone. It is given equally to each person. Rich and poor, educated and ignorant, strong and weak—every man, woman and child has the same twenty-four hours every day.
Another important thing about time is that you cannot stop it. There is no way to slow it down, turn it off, or adjust it. Time marches on.
And you cannot bring back time. Once it is gone, it is gone. Yesterday is lost forever. If yesterday is lost, tomorrow is uncertain. We may look ahead at a full year’s block of time, but we really have no guarantee that we will experience any of it.
Obviously, time is one of our most precious possessions. We can waste it. We can worry over it. We can spend it on ourselves. Or, as good stewards, we can invest it in the kingdom of God.
The new year is full of time. As the seconds tick away, will you be tossing time out the window, or will you make every minute count?
Recipe for a Happy New Year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous
Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past—have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.
Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing— don’t do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.
A New Year’s Prayer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous
DEAR LORD, please give me…
A few friends who understand me and remain my friends; a work to do which has real value, without which the world would be the poorer; a mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed; An understanding heart; a sense of humor; time for quiet, silent meditation; a feeling of the presence of God; the patience to wait for the coming of these things, with the wisdom to recognize them when they come. Amen.
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