Nov 1, 2020 sermon

Spiritual Depression

Preached by Pastor Kevin Wright. Master of Biblical Studies and Doctor of Ministry. He is an Associate pastor at Heritage Bible Chapel which is non-denominational.

I came home from church today feeling good. Maybe even elated.  It was a good service. Pastor Kevin spoke on the 77th psalm. The title of his sermon was spiritual depression. This is my interpretation of what he said.  Why should we should pray to God when we are feeling low, feeling like we are in a pit.  Don’t wait to pray as a last resort. If you don’t get results, keep praying.  He reminded us about the story of Joseph and how he was his father’s favorite. His brothers were jealous of him and threw him in a pit to be sold. His life took a sharp turn for the worse.  He referenced our country’s situation with Covid19 and with the election.  He took the first part of the 77th psalm and showed it was all about me, me, and me. ” I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord, at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted.”

We talk to ourselves most of the time and sometimes we are not hearing the truth from ourselves.  The second section of the psalm was glorifying God and his wonders to perform. The psalmist changes his tune. ” Your ways O God are holy. What God is as great as our God? “

Pastor Kevin referred to the psalm when God saved His people in Exodus and the people coming to the great writhing, convulsed water. They saw the Egyptians   approaching. God enabled them to cross the water. He likened the trembling and quaking of the earth to The Temple curtain being ripped from top to bottom (my words). The Chosen Ones had a new celebration of Passover. We remember their Passover and we have our own through Jesus Christ and our Lord’s Supper of Holy Communion. He referred to Joseph again and how his life, through prayer and praise to God turned around and became a benefit to his family.

Pastor included other sections of the Bible both old and new testament about prayer. After a prayer and the song Let Us Break Bread Together, Pastor smoothly went into offering communion. We used his little disposable combo cups containing the wafer and the wine (grape juice).    All in all it was a very pleasant and thoughtful and prayerful experience.

Friends

Rev. Max Coots “The Vegetable Prayer” (edited)

 Let us give thanks for a bounty of people.

For children who are our second planting, and though they grow like weeds and the wind too soon blows them away, may they remember fondly where their roots are.

For generous friends with hearts as big as hubbards, and smiles as bright as blossoms;

 For feisty friends as tart as apples;

For continuous friends, who, like scallions, keep reminding us that we’ve had them;

 For crotchety friends, as sour as rhubarb and as indestructible;

 For funny friends, as silly as Brussels sprouts

 And serious friends, as complex as cauliflowers and as intricate as onions;

For friends as unpretentious as cabbages and friends, like parsnips, who can be counted on to see you through the winter;

 For old friends, nodding like sunflowers in the evening-time And young friends coming on as fast as radishes;

 For loving friends, who wind around us like tendrils and hold us, despite our blights, wilts, and witherings;

And, finally, for those friends now gone, but who fed us in their times that we might have life thereafter; for this bounty of friends, we give thanks.

Nice turnout for caroling

We had a train of 6 automobiles of singers traipsing from place to place in Hardwick and New Braintree on Sunday Dec 21 after church. We were welcomed in to sing the residents’ favorite carols and that we did, with gusto.

Before that we held a tearful reception for Pastor Deb, to celebrate her time with us, and to say goodbye. Gifts were presented and Mavis Gordon sang a lovely song about God being the God of the mountains and also of the valleys. My interpretation is, He is there for us in the good times and the sad times. Pastor Deb will celebrate the Christmas Eve service as her last for us. I feel I should add that she was in a terrible auto accident last week and totaled her car. Thank God she was able to have walked away from it. We wish her a speedy and complete recovery from her bumps and bruises.

We shall continue on as a church community with various ministers and lay speakers until our Heavenly Father shows us what we should do next.

signed: Follower of Apostle Paul