Years ago one heard many sermons on the importance of public worship. Perhaps many of us felt that it was becoming redundant and longed to hear something else. But redundant or not, public worship is important. The Hebrew writer urges, "not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near" (Hebrews 10:25).
It seems clear to me that to assemble together is a Christian duty. One can hardly forget that Christ frequented the synagogues and temple; that Christ's disciples were assembled when Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection; that they were assembled on the day of Pentecost; that Paul waited in Troas until the brethren came together, etc. And the same pattern of "not neglecting to meet together" should prevail today.
But some who profess attachment to Christ's cause neglect more assemblies than they attend. We do not wonder that unbelievers stay away, or that those who have fallen in love with the world do not have any relish for such gatherings, but many who are Christians by profession are also guilty of this. Some have become once-a-week worshipers. Others come out when the weather is good. And some attend when they take a notion. It is obvious that there is little spiritual relish. Their religion degenerates into a "form of godliness" with a noticeable lack of joy, desire, or "want to."
God deserves our service. We meet together to honor His Name, to read His Word, to declare His Praise, to remember His Son. But to fail to meet "as is the habit of some" is to pour contempt on all these things.
A failure to attend the assembly weakens the church. By being together we form a visible building; all the stones united together. To neglect this is to weaken the energies of the church, and discourage the godly.
We ought to meet together for our own benefit. Our holiness, comfort and usefulness in great measure depend upon such services. Our knowledge is yet imperfect, our faith feeble, our hope clouded, our love languid. In short, we need the assembly.
One has suggested we might forsake the assembling of ourselves together if we had "no mercies to acknowledge; no sins to confess; no blessings to crave; no enemies to overcome; no soul to sanctify; no hell to escape; no heaven to gain." John Gipson,
Windsong, Little Rock, Arkansas
Zachary Qualls responded to the invitation on Wednesday evening, May 26, requesting your prayers in his behalf. We appreciate Zach and pray every good blessing for him as he begins his pursuit of a degree in music at the University of Oklahoma.
We express our sympathy to Joann Cheney in the loss of her brother, Bill Codding, early last week. Graveside funeral services were conducted in Houston on Tuesday of this week.
We also express our sympathy to Martha Chaffin in the loss of her sister, Anna Cantrell, in Grants, New Mexico on Monday of last week. Funeral services were conducted in Grants the following day.
We had two copies of the Gospel Guide in the computer last week. If we had printed the one we intended to, it would have noted that Jim and Cathy Pettyjohn will be celebrating their 45th wedding Anniversary on June 4. We apologize for the oversight.
The new telephone number for Judith Bell is 395-9404.
Letha Buford's condition is critical as we prepare the Gospel Guide. She is in room 316 at Unity North.
Bill Fleming is feeling much stronger after blood transfusions. His illness has been diagnosed as myelodysplasia. Other test results are due this week which will tell if there is any leukemia involved.
Inez McNutt was discharged from the hospital on Friday afternoon.
Thelma Franklin was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday afternoon of last week.
Nadine Collins's daughter, Sheila Nail, was discharged from Unity North on Friday after being there for several days.
Harvey and Carletta Moore are leaving this week for Houston. Harvey will have surgery on Tuesday, June 8, at M.D. Anderson Hospital. Your prayers are appreciated and requested.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
OF CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
Gertrude Andes, Jack Aylor, Gwen Barrett, Louise Barrett (Kathy Peerson's mother), Jearline Bates, Chad Beard, Betty Bernard, Lucille Bowers, Letha Buford, Harold Carothers, James Childers, C.F. Drain, Ola Fitzwater, Bill Fleming, Mary Gaines, Elizabeth Garbe, Geneva Green, Dwight Harber, Phyllis Heald (Doris Whittern's daughter), Anna Jarvis, Earnest & Vesta Johnson, Phil Lairson (Rosie Brightwell & Ellen Childers's nephew), Lloyd Lofties, Betty Martin, Mary Martin, Ida McIntyre, Don Allen McNutt, Inez McNutt, Aubrey Mercer, Harvey Moore, Ruth Nevills, Winnie Page, Monroe Pettyjohn, Ruth Pratt, Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Horace & Leoh Roberts, Lillie Smith, Sarah Smith, Chub & Dorothy Strickland, Charles Thomas, Floy Turner Alvie Vanlanding-ham, Dean Wall, Doris Whittern, Argil Wiggins, Emma Wilson, Carl Worley, Viola Yates, Verna Nell Young, and Tollie Zitterkopf. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your remembrance of them in prayer
June 7 - 10, Tipton Home truck coming; special needs: gallon sized zip-lock bags, spaghetti sauce, apple sauce, pre-sweetened Kool-Aid, sweetened cereal, plum jelly, corn meal, sponges/scrubbers, fabric softener sheets, dish detergent, Pledge or lemon oil and shaving cream.
Our seniors weren't the only graduates this past week. Courtney Baskin and Austin Beard both graduated from the eighth grade from Shawnee Middle School. Congratulations to ALL our graduates!
Our annual spring retreat is this weekend. We are going to my folk's lake house, down by Marlow (Lake Humphreys). If you haven't made a decision to go yet, it's not too late. Anything we do with the teens is never complete without you! Theme for the retreat is "Where do I fit", don't miss out! We will be leaving Friday at 5:00 p.m., and returning Sunday around 3 p.m. Things you need to bring are: Bible, sleeping bag, towels, toiletries, hiking shoes, the usual retreat/camp stuff and any board games you might want to play. The only thing you gotta pay for is your dinner Friday night. We will be eating BBQ at Jake's in Chickasha on the way down. Don't forget your release form. You can't leave home without it! It you have any questions, ask.
COMING YOUTH EVENTS:
June 4 - 6, Friday - Sunday - Teen Spring Retreat
June 7 - Monday, AWTG at North MacArthur, leave at 6:00 P.M.
June 13 - 19, Burnt Cabin Youth Camp
Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him