Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church news
Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013 6:00 pm
A seasonal song is known by the opening words, ”In the Bleak Mid-winter,” but I am happy to report that there is nothing “bleak” about the Lord’s blessings that are continually bestowed on the Hopewell congregation. Also, the sun was shining brightly as we worshiped Sunday, and that was an added blessing.
We missed our regular Sunday school superintendent, but the assistant superintendent, Jimmy Washburn, did a commendable job in leading. In our opening, we sung, “Bless Be the Tie that Binds” and “Rock of Ages.” Tom McCutchen taught a great lesson titled, “Awed By Greatness.” The divine Lordship of Christ Jesus was the focus.
Pastor Worley welcomed each one and called us to morning worship. Lonnie Hazlewood led the congregation in singing, “The Old Rugged Cross.” After many joys and concerns where received, the pastoral prayer of intercession was offered.
Larry Morgan sang “In the Garden.” His music and singing are always a blessing because he sings from his heart.
Maria Worley read the scripture lesson. from 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, commonly known as the “Love Chapter.” She next joined Bro. Durwood in singing, “The Love of God.”
The pastor’s sermon was titled, “The Greatest of These is Love,” emphasized that the gifts of the Spirit God has given to the church (recorded in chapters 11, 12 and 14) will not work apart from love. He concluded by reading from 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, and the Holy Sacrament of “The Lord’s Supper” was administered and received with thankfulness.
Hopefully, I will soon receive confirmation that the Renaissance Gospel Bluegrass Band from Bethel University will be in concert March 17. Watch for an upcoming announcement about this event.