Pastor’s Message – July 26, 2022

Worship in August: The Return of Revival

For many years our congregation has observed a ‘camp meeting’ style of worship during the month of August with one worship service at 11am. We are so excited about the guest preachers, special music, and glorious moments that await us.

When we describe our worship services during camp meeting, it’s easy to reduce them to how we dress (we see a lot of blue jeans) and what we sing (pull out the old Cokesbury hymnal). However, historically the camp meeting was a time and place set aside for spiritual revival. Such revivals lasted for days, and the services went on for hours. John Wesley referred to such a revival as ‘personal holiness,’ when we invite God to send his Holy Spirit to awaken us from spiritual lethargy and fill us with fresh energy from on high. With our hearts rekindled for Jesus, our first love, we can’t help but love our neighbor a little better, too.

Would you join me in this old and beautiful prayer as we pray for our church to experience a return of revival? If you know the tune, I hope you’ll sing it:

Revive us again; fill each heart with Thy love
May each soul be rekindled with fire from above
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Hallelujah! Amen.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Revive us again.

Here are some details of what to anticipate. Be sure to check out the inside of the newsletter for more information on the music! We look forward to worshiping with you and hope you will bring a friend to this year‘s revival.

August 7: Holy Communion and Blessing of the Backpacks

August 14: Promotion Sunday and Presentation of Bibles to 3rd Graders

August 21: Dr. Bob Rambo, preaching

August 28: Guest preacher to be announced

all good things to each of you,
Dr. Darian

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