Bulletin for Sunday 12/16/2012
With Robert Prater
If you are like me, you look back on your life and see some things you wish you could do over - bad decisions, misplaced priorities, unrealized potential, missed opportunities to serve, failure to apply myself diligently to educational opportunities, etc.
But the reality of life is that we get the grade first and the lesson later. Hindsight is always better than foresight. Regrets are an inevitable part of living. They are the “if onlys” of life.
If only I had....
... taken advantage of this opportunity.
... made daily Bible study and prayer a vital part of each day.
... set a better example for my family and others.
... put God and the church first.
...given greater attention to the spiritual training of my children.
... done a better job of controlling my temper and my tongue.
... not given in to temptation.
... used my talents and abilities to serve the Lord and His church.
... not allowed bitterness and resentment to control me.
... been a better husband and father, or wife and mother.
... trusted God more.
... not been so negative and so critical of others.
... not been so wrapped up in myself, and been more sensitive to the needs of others.
... been more compassionate.
You get the idea. If we are honest with ourselves, we all have our “if onlys.” They can cause us to feel defeated and depressed, or we can resolve to learn from them. We can live in the past or learn from it. The choice we make will determine to a large extent whether we will succeed or fail as Christians. (cf. Phil. 3:12-14)
Just as spilled milk cannot be unspilled, neither can the past be changed. If we fail to forgive ourselves for the mistakes and sins of the past, we are destined to have a miserable existence. The hardest person to forgive is ourselves. Unless we forgive ourselves, we will never know the joy of forgiveness. (cf. 1 Tim. 1:12-16)
By God’s grace, if we have been baptized into Christ, we can claim His promise of forgiveness. (cf. Acts 2:38; 22:16) Christians are not perfect, we are forgiven sinners. That is the good news of the gospel. If we will repent, God will forgive. If we will forgive ourselves, the “if onlys” will no longer be a burden, but a blessing as we learn from them and use them to make us a better Christian. Learn from the past, but don’t live in the past.
Sermons for Sunday
AM Focus on the Lord’s Supper
PM A Great Prayer (John 17)
We extend our sympathy to Tim McGalliard in the loss of his sister-in-law, Sue McGalliard, Sue was the wife of Les McGalliard who has preached here at Central on several occasions. Les is on the staff of the Moore Central congregation where Sue’s funeral was held on Monday afternoon.
To the best of our knowledge, we have no Central member in the hospital at the present time.
It was good to have Bob Bivins in services Sunday.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
Bob Allen, Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Gary Brown (elder at Highland), Betty Caldwell (sister of Linda Carpenter) Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Norma Edgmon, Dave Emery, Fredith Hanifan, Norma Holt, (sister-in-law to Carl Holt), Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, John Johnston, Joe Magee, Aubrey McNutt, Thearlene Morris, Gene & Dorothy Norton, Rachel O’Neal, Andy Peerson (brother to Royce Peerson), Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Rhetta Smith, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, John Sullivan, Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose) and Selene Williams (daughter of Craig & Michelle McKnight). All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your interest and prayers.
Thank all of you so much for everything you did last week to help us through Nadine’s passing and funeral. Thank you to the Sonshine Class for the paper goods, to Ron Taffe for bringing everything we needed for sandwiches and to Ann Perry for the apple pie. The things Robert [Prater] and Dwyane [Dennis] said were comforting and the plant was beautiful. We appreciate your continued calls to check on Joe, too. Your actions showed Christ’s love! Sincerely, The Magee Family
You are invited to a reception honoring the uniting in marriage of Bob & Winona [Morgan] Seikel, on Saturday, December 15, 2 til 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Room. If you would like to be a part of a money tree gift, see Linda Carpenter, Marcia Dennis or Doris Phillips.
ONLY IS ENOUGH
God is not looking for the best qualifications, best ability, best charisma, best prospects type of people – not that he would turn down these sorts automatically, because it’s also true that some of the most gifted people in our society have also been some of God’s best servants. But that is a coincidence and not a requirement. I think that is because God knows that the vast majority of men and women fall into the “I am only” category. But only is enough with God’s help, and it would amaze you what God can make of them. - Alastair Symington
Hope to see you Sunday!
December 14, Friday, Dwyane Dennis’s Sunday morning class holiday party, 6:30 p.m. home of Craig & Michelle McKnight
December 14, Robert Prater’s Sunday morning Bible class holiday party 6:30 p.m. home of Scott & Tamie Perry
December 16, Search: “Jesus The Messiah”
December 21, Friday, 6:30; 2nd annual Carols & Cocoa @ the Michener home
January 6, Shawnee Area-Wide Service, “Praise Him 2013”, @ Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, Sunday, 5 p.m. Kent Allen, guest speaker
Saturday evening the youth will be having a Christmas progressive dinner. We will start at the Park’s house then travel to the Yahola’s and end off at the Canard’s. There will be a prize for the best Christmas sweater, so find something good. If you can’t, I suggest looking at a thrift store. We will leave from the youth house at 5:30 in the van.
CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
IN NURSING HOMES
SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES
535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804
Ruth Autry, #81
ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER
1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804
Dave Emery, #309
Dorothy Norton, #214B
SHAWNEE CARE CENTER
1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804
Harold Carothers, #511
Sue Riedel, #205
201 W. Walnut (P. O. Box 630)
Tecumseh, OK 74873
Rachel O’Neal, #13
Alice Rice, #55
Rhetta Smith, #44
Dessie Weeks, #54
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 119
Worship Service 193
Sunday Evening 107
Wednesday Evening 107
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
December 16, 2012
Announcements: Steve Kelly
Opening Prayer: George Mastick
Song Director: Michael Michener
Scripture: Eric Park
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Richard Yahola
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Nathan Kelly Dale Beard
Austin Beard Kyle Perry
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Ron Dunavan Lynn Harmon
Paul Harris Ron Taffe
Foyer: Paul & Paula Harris
Elevator: Ron & Debbie Taffe
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Cary Leonard
Song Director: Michael Michener
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Tim McGalliard
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Jon Merritt Jim Cross
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Leader: Dwyane Dennis
Devotional: George Mastick
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297