Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church news
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 8:51 pm
Attendance increased greatly, and smiling faces graced the sanctuary at Hopewell on the Second Sunday in Advent. The rain clouds failed to dampen the spirits of those who gathered to worship. Hilda Smith-Elliot and Roetta McCutchen were back after a visit last week with Shari (Smith) Negrotto and family at Pass Christian, Miss. It was great to have Joseph and Lisa Hazlewood back again Sunday. This time their son, Brandon was with them.
A special thank you to Shirley Gardner is in order for the beautiful decorations and poinsettias that adorned the sanctuary.
Roetta was the pianist and Lonnie Hazlewood led the congregation in some great Christmas carols.
Gary Gardner admirably taught our lesson from Ephesians 3:14-21. It was about being “One in Jesus Christ.”
It was announced that our pastor, Durwood Worley and Larry Morgan, along with other “Monday night Pickers” at the Sharon Senior Citizens Center can be seen playing and singing on a couple of videos produced by WUWT-TV of Union City. The videos are posted on YouTube.
The worship hour was filled with songs, prayers, praises, joys, and preaching. Lonnie led us in singing, “Deck the Halls” and “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.” Larry Morgan blessed us with special music and song.
Bro. Worley read Luke 3:1-6. The message of John, the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, was a call to repent. Contrary to what the devil would have us believe, repent is a beautiful word. When true repentance occurs crooked ways will become straight, love will replace hatred, wars will cease and peace will prevail. Wrongs are made right. A sermon preached by Rev. Jonathan Edwards in 1741 delivered the same truth. Without repentance sinners are headed towards destruction. As in the days of John, the Baptist, people repented and turned to the Lord and a spiritual awakening occurred. Another spiritual awakening is needed in our present age. It is imperative that we “repent.”
On Sunday we will have no lunch at the church following services as usual, due to our annual Christmas party and dinner at 4 p.m. Shirley and Darrel Gardner will host the event at their home in Sidonia. Everyone is invited.