News from Isabel Acheson for issue of Oct. 12, 2023
Somerset Bible Chapel
Thanksgiving weekend Sunday October 8 finds church attendance overlapping with many potential distractions. Some visitors for family gatherings, some away for family gatherings, but all present to join in worship, praise, prayer and study.
The adult Sunday School class led by Kevin Friesen looked at Numbers chapter 16 and the drastic measures meted out to the Hebrews as a rebellion surfaced near the beginning of their 40 year wilderness wanderings. The related text in Num. 21:4-9 explains the significance of Jesus’ death on a cross as a means of deliverance from the plague of sin.
Erik Picard filled in for the announcements at the beginning of the worship service. The Peacock family had their girls home from Millar College of the Bible for the weekend. Pastor Jeff with guitar, Michayla assisting with vocals and Jamie Small at the piano made up the music team.
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and “LIght of the World” were followed by the offering with Clayton Kimber as usher.
“How Deep the Father’s Love For Us”, “Lord I Need You” and the newer song for the congregation “Here Is Love” led to the Prayer Focus guided by Kevin F.
Pastor Jeff chose Psalm 34:1-8 for his Thanksgiving Sunday message. Verse 8 may be familiar to some: “O Taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
Pastor Jeff noted that Ps. 34 is one of 10 acrostic psalms in which each verse or stanza begins with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It is also a Psalm of David, from before he became king when he had become a fugitive in hiding from King Saul’s anger.
Ps. 34 begins with the thought “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth”. There will be times in one’s life when praise could be difficult. However, the difficult times tend to awaken one to blessings that were previously taken for granted.
The congregation was asked to participate in each giving a few words about what they are thankful for this season. Many spoke up. Pastor Jeff closed with a Thanksgiving dinner story. Taste and see!
The service closed with prayer and the singing of the Doxology.
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