Notes from the first Sunday in 2010

Happy New Year!

It was a beautiful day. But it was cold. No. It was cooooooold! The weather guy called it “deceptive sunshine.” He explained, “You will look outside and see the sunshine. But when you go outside, you will feel the cold.” He was right. I am glad the saints pressed on to worship anyway.

The Lord smiled on our first Lord’s Day worship services in 2010 at Shiloh yesterday.

I resumed teaching my New Members Class yesterday. It was good to be with our new members and to discuss with them the good news of Jesus Christ.

I thank the Lord for his protection of my flock over the holidays. It was good to see many who were traveling had made it home safely. And I pray God’s blessings on those who were visiting here and are on their way back home or to school.

I am grateful for all of the guests who were in worship with us this past Sunday.

I had the privilege of leading the congregation in our hymn for the morning. It is a joy to lead God’s people in musical praise.

For the first time, we celebrated the Lord’s Table in both of Sunday morning worship services. A big shout-out to our Deacons and Deaconess for their service to our congregation!

Likewise, we shifted our celebration of the Lord’s Supper to earlier in the service, rather than the end of it. I hope that this change will help us to put a greater emphasis on the significance of the Supper and not feel as pressured to rush through it at the end of the service.

The choir sang one of my favorite gospel hymns before the message: “Oh, To Be Kept By Jesus.” That’s my prayer.

I continued my series through Philippians. I preached, “Have Your Learned to be Content?” from Philippians 4:10-13.

It was one of the Sundays when I never felt that I really got in the rhythm in either one of the sermon presentations. Thank God for using me in spite of me.

Praise God for all those who were saved and added to the church yesterday.

It is my plan that January 10-17 will be Prayer Emphasis week at Shiloh. And it is my intention to begin this week of prayer emphasis with a message on Ephesians 1:15-19 – “Praying to Know God Better.”

The Dallas Cowboys stomped the Philadelphia Eagles 24-0 to win the Division Title.

The Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Cleveland Browns and were eliminated from playoff contention. Maybe next year.

I cannot believe that Sunday was the last day of the NFL regular season. It went by so fast. At least we still have the playoffs. And we will have the privilege of watching the Cowboys in the Super Bowl!

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13 thoughts on “Notes from the first Sunday in 2010

  1. The Lord's blessing on you & family. I had typed up so much, but it didn't take the first time. I will communicate more on what I know God will be using you for not only in Jacksonville, America, but also in Nigeria.
    The Blood of Jesus on you alway & always…Amen.
    Keep up the Great Work at School, I am cheering for you, as God will enhance your Wisdom in Him.
    Servant of God,
    Abayomi Iyewarun

  2. Pastor Charles I know you will complete your studies with flying colors. God will continue to be with you
    A very proud Shilite.
    Some times opportunity knocks until you answer.
    Praying for you and the family.

  3. Doc for the looks of things you have enrolled in seminary! Hats off to you, I celebrate the fact that you thought to go back and get your education. Most preachers get blessed with a nice size church and neglect education. May God Bless you on your journey. Tips for a Weary Traveler!!!!

  4. Now Pastor you did not have to say stumped the Philadelphia Eagles. You could have been kind but lets just see what happens this week!v

  5. Now Pastor you did not have to say stumped the Philadelphia Eagles. You could have been kind but lets just see what happens this week!v

  6. Pastor C,
    thank you so much for last night, I have never heard anyone speak of God and their passion for God and truth with such honesty and fervency~ I feel BLESSED, that God has chosen you as my SPIRITUAL LEADER!

    angelia menchan

  7. We started the New Year on such a spiritual note, The Lord' Supper.
    Thanks Pastor Charles for allowing to let the Hily Spirit lead and guide. The sermom was right on time. Regardless, of what lies ahead God' people can have contentment. The blood is our guarantee.

  8. Friday and Sunday services set us up for the year. It was so spiritually ironic that your message was on contentment. I had just told my husband that my spirit had never felt as eased and contented as now~ no matter what~ Thank GOD~