February 20, 2024
FEBRUARY PRAYER FOCUS: INVITING A FRIEND TO CHURCH
Koinonia Fellowship Meal, FLC, 6 p.m.
Feb 24 WSM Outdoor Adventure
Feb 25 WSM Awards
Mar 1 Cleburne Pregnancy Center Gala, Cleburne Conference Center
Mar 2 Foster’s Home for Children 21st Annual Auction, Stephenville, 9 a.m.
Mar 3 Bring a Friend Sunday
Mar 10 Carter Blood Drive
Mar 10 Bridal Shower for Mistie Martin, bride-elect of Cameron Lehrmann
BLESSING BAG SUPPLY DRIVE
Blessing bag supplies are being collected through the month of February. Items can be placed in a bin under the mailboxes. Suggested items for blessing bags: gallon Ziplocs, bottled water, socks, individually packaged food items--crackers, fruit cups, granola bars, etc.
Devotional Thought for the Week
KEEPING THE FAMILIAR FrESH
As a young boy Roger Rose lived on a farm with his parents and younger brother. There was a dirt road in front of the house, it was rare to see cars on the road. One day his younger brother rode his bike across the dirt road without paying much attention. However, this day a car traveling quite fast came over the hill. The car hit the young boy while he was on the bicycle. He was killed instantly.
The father picked up his dead son, took him into the house and laid him on his bed. He then returned to the dirt road, picked up the mangled bike and he went to a part of the barn that was rarely used. He drove a large nail into the wall and hung the mangled bike on the nail.
Roger Rose followed his father at a distance. “For the first time in my life I heard my father wail and sob. From that day on, whenever my father went into the back of the barn where the mangled bike hung, he would see it and cry. Time passed and his heart had healed some. He never saw the bike without tears running down his cheeks and off his chin.”
Since then Roger Rose often prayed; Lord keep the memory of your death as fresh as that to me. Every time I take of your memorial supper let my heart be stirred as though you died only yesterday. Never let the communion service become a mere formality, but always a tender and touching experience.
This story touches my heart and reminds me again of the real purpose of the Lord’s Supper.
It is not a formality; it must not become an empty ritual.
It must always be a tender and touching experience.
It is a time when we as a family worship our father together.
It is a time when we remember our crucified Savior and our risen Lord who made it possible for us to be part of God’s family, and call God Father.
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you,
that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread,
and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said,
“This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
I Corinthians 11:23-26
Grace & Peace
Invite a Friend to Worship