“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
– Matthew 5:3-12 (NIV)
Loretta Smith has decided to place membership with our congregation. We pray for our mutual up building as we serve the Lord together. Felicia Freeman visited with us again, attending the Wednesday night study last week. She is a member of the Higher Ground Church of Christ.
Jana hopes to have new church directories available soon. Please see her as soon as possible if you have any last-minute additions or corrections.
CHURCH PICNIC NEXT WEEK
Our annual church picnic will be held at Utah Park next Sunday, August 25, immediately following the morning worship. Hot dogs and buns will be provided; please bring sides and drinks. Of course, any invited guests are welcome. Ricky Jones plans to share his inspiring testimony there.
MOVIE NIGHT SEPT 28TH
Chris and Pam Mason plan to host a movie night at the building on September 28, beginning at 4:00 PM. The film, “Grace Unplugged,” is an inspirational story about a talented singer whose faith is put to the test.
A big thanks to all of you who help with the preparation of the communion trays and to those who send out cards to absent members. Your help is VERY appreciated! There is always room for more helpers, so see Bettie if you are interested in assisting with these works.
PRAYER REQUEST CARDS
If at all possible, please turn in any prayer request cards before the beginning of the church service to allow the one praying to prepare ahead of time. Thank you for your consideration.
We extend our sympathy to Malachi Sampson, the son of Jessica Bell. His stepbrother, Aiden Lawrence, only 14 years old, was shot to death on August 9 in Denver. Malachi’s address, along with a picture, can be found on the bulletin board. Cards would be much appreciated at this difficult time . Please continue to pray for Carah Barnes as she awaits a liver transplant. Pray that Shawn Spink, a friend of Andy and Tiffany Bilek, can have the problems with her heart brought under control and that she can return home from Illinois. Patti Kent, a sister-in-law of Robert Lee’s brother, is struggling with her treatments for cancer and has had to be hospitalized. Please pray that political unrest in Malawi will ease and that all associated with Namikango Mission will be safe.
ONGOING PRAYER CONCERNS
Please continue in prayer for these loved ones and their various needs:
• Katrina Gallo, Deby Mahoney, Betty Fox, Sally McCleary, Gwendolyn Fisher, Danielle Fisher, Faye Young, Christina Thompson, and Anna Dvoracek
• Our loved ones in the armed forces and law enforcement and their families: Anthony Patterson, Paul Germany, and Lawrence Hilton.
In the opening verses of the Sermon on the Mount, as recorded in Matthew 5:1-12, Jesus provides a list of those individuals especially blessed by God that many people would consider surprising. The title given to the lessons this morning and this afternoon is “Blessings from God.”