July 23, 2014
Men standing in the gap
The idea for this meditation came from my recent attendance at the bishop ordination of a friend of mine. The message text was taken from Ezekiel 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them, that should … stand in the gap before me…”
God is still looking for people who are willing to stand before God and stand in the gap for the land. There is an urgent need for men to be leaders in the great work that God has set before us. And to do that, we need to be willing to stand before God and be counted for him.
Who is this God before whom we are called to stand? God’s two primary attributes are his transcendence and holiness. King David described the transcendence of God in I Chronicles 29:11, “Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and all the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.” There is no one and no thing that even comes close. God is over all.
The holiness of God is also hard to describe. Words in the English language fail to express fully the holiness of God. We try by using words such as pure, white, clean and so forth. But these words tend only to pull God down to our level, so we can describe him in terms we understand.
While words fail to describe his true greatness, we do know that God wants us to respond to him. Different ones in the Bible who met God fell onto their faces in worship. Moses in Exodus, chapter 3, took off his shoes because he felt the holy presence of God. When Isaiah saw the presence of God in the temple, he cried out, “Woe is me, for I am undone.”
Could it be that in our worship of almighty God we have lost the fear and reverence that is due his holy name? God is still looking for people who will fear and tremble before him and then stand in the gap before him to present to this world a way of salvation and peace to a dying world.
Church Notes - Week of 7-23-14
Romney UMC contemporary service Saturdays
The Romney First United Methodist Church is holding a new contemporary Christian service every Saturday. Coffee will be served in the library at 5:30 p.m. and the service will begin at 6 p.m. There will be contemporary music and various speakers. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more info, call the church at 304-822-3023.
A call to prayer for Hampshire County
The community is invited to gather with other Christians, pastors and intercessors to pray for revival in our county. Our churches, families and individuals are in need of a mighty move of God. This will only come by prevailing prayer, unified prayer, to be held Saturday, July 26, at Fox’s Hollow Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Traveling west of Romney 3 miles on Route 50, turn right onto Fox’s Hollow Road, bear right and go 1/10 mile. The church is located on the right. Every Tuesday at 6 p.m., prayer is offered up for Hampshire County at Zoar Baptist Church, 4 miles south on Ford Hill Road, Augusta. All pastors, churches are invited to join this weekly time of interceding for our county, churches, families and lost souls.
Healing service at St. Stephen’s tomorrow
The public is invited to participate in a Christian healing service at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Romney on Thursday, July 24, at 5 p.m. Prayers and intercessions of healing and/or thanksgiving are welcome.
Mark and Linda Treasure in concert this Sunday
Mark and Linda Treasure will be in concert Sunday, July 27, at 10:45 a.m. at Romney Assembly of God. A love offering will be collected. The church is located at 87 Mitchell St., across from Romney Cycle on Route 28 north.
Potluck picnic following service August 3
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Romney will join Moorefield’s Emmanuel Episcopal Church at Peterkin Camp and Conference Center Chapel on Sunday, August 3. The Rev. Steve Haptonstahl will celebrate Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. Following the service there will be a potluck picnic. Please bring a dish if you plan to join the picnic. Peterkin is located outside of Romney, 3.2 miles south along South Branch River Road on Club House Road.
Potluck picnic following service August 3
Leah J. Hileman of East Berlin, Pa., will present a gospel concert Sunday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. at Hanging Rock Church of the Brethren Fellowship. A covered dish will be held before the concert at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Please bring a covered dish/dessert and enjoy the fellowship and music. The church is located above Treasure House at North River in Augusta. For more info., contact pastor Robert D. Combs Sr. at 304-359-0652.