One of our church members told me as she left yesterday morning’s worship, that “it was a sweet service;” and indeed it was. We began with the choir singing a Call to Worship, The Blood will Never Lose Its Power. Annette Drake sang a special called Communion, and I then preached a sermon simply called “The Lord’s Supper.” The message was on the meaning of the supper: It’s a memorial of His sacrifice that we must never forget, and it’s a public proclamation; acknowledging His death, and anticipating His soon, perhaps, Second Coming. I then proceeded on to talk about the observance, revealing that it is to be done in reverence, with other Christians, and with personal self-examination. The sermon God gave me to preach, was a reminder that the Lord’s Supper is not a religious ritual, but a spiritual act of worship. Then, following the invitation, we observed in the Ordinance of Communion, with the help of deacons: Sam Durham, Jay Gambrell, Roy Harris, Charles Hood, and Pete Vanhook serving the elements from the table. It was a very meaningful and special feeling as we all participated together in the remembrance of what our Lord and Savior did for us on the cross at Calvary. I concluded the service by calling on Rev. Bobby Caldwell, a retired pastor who was visiting, to pray the benediction.
In the evening service, we prayed for the sick in our congregation, but were saddened to learn one of our homebound, Mr. Ralph Singleton, had just passed away at the Rainey Hospice House. Yet, at the same time, we all knew, and know that Ralph, a long time member of WPBC, is at home with the Lord, and fully healed from recent years of declining health. We prayed for his wife Frances, and all of Ralph’s family. We had an ensemble, featuring Annette Drake, Mike Harbin, Hazel King, Ron Phillips, Joyce Vanhook, and myself to sing He Hideth My Soul, and I preached on the message of God to the church of Thyatira from Revelation 2:18-29.
God was honored and glorified in all we did yesterday at WPBC, and it certainly was a great day.
Pastor Randall Smith