Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church news
Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 6:00 pm
This past Sunday we had a wonderful lesson titled “Faith Is Assurance.” The class teacher was Shirley Gardner, who did a superb job. It was good to have Roetta McCutchen playing the piano in the services. Lonnie Hazlewood led us in singing “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” and “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.”
It was a blessing to have practically all our members and constituents in attendance. One thing missing was visitors. They are always welcome at Hopewell.
The 11 a.m. worship hour was filled with music, singing, praising, praying and preaching. The congregation sang “Higher Ground.” Larry Morgan sang “Mansion Just Over the Hilltop.” The Hazlewood Brothers (Lonnie and Kevin) sang “I Can’t Even Walk Without You Holding My Hand.” Kevin told the inspiring story of how the song came to be written. He also played the piano when they sang their special.
The scripture reading was from 2 Peter 3:8-14. Bro. Durwood’s sermon was about “The Precious Promises of God.” God has promised believers a glorious future. Unlike politicians and others who fail to keep their promises, God is always faithful to keep and fulfill all those he has given. The message emphasized that approximately 30,000 exceeding great and precious promises can be found in God’s holy word, the Bible. He shared a story about a little girl who pointed to a Bible that stood untouched on the bookshelf in her home and asked her mother, “Whose book is that?” Startled by her daughter’s question, the mother answered, “Why honey, don’t you know? It’s God’s book.” With eyes wide open the daughter replied, “Then don’t you think we should give it back to Him? No one around here ever reads it!” There are great insights to be learned from the gullibility of a child. The promises of God are definitely in God’s treasury. We need to know them. We come to know them by reading the word. Then, by faith we can claim them.
This Sunday, we are to have our monthly third Sunday fellowship meal following our morning services. A cordial invitation is extended to everyone.