Sunday January 26, 2020
Welcome Mary Lowman
Invocation Pastor Tim Stafford
Scripture Reading from Ephesians 1:3–10
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
Pastoral Prayer Dr. Bill Bertsche
Offertory “There Is a Fountain” Choir
Message Pastor Larry McCarthy, Jr.
Song of Response
THE STORY OF SALVATION
Pastor Larry McCarthy, Jr.
My father’s birthday is today and my Mom’s was last Monday. This is their gift.
My parents came to know the Lord in their 30s after growing up in churches where the gospel wasn’t clearly preached. My mom was invited to a woman’s Bible study by a neighbor and came to faith first. My siblings and I began to attend AWANA and my dad, still an unbeliever, volunteered because he wanted to know what his children were being taught.
What the Lord used to bring my parents to faith in Christ was neither extraordinary nor complicated. But the difference it made in the lives of my family cannot be overestimated. I have been blessed with parents who love each other and who have loved Jesus for almost 50 years, and it started because Christians loved my parents and told them about Jesus. May we all be found faithful to do the same.
For His glory,
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