October 29, 2014
What the word of God reveals
The word of God reveals in Mark chapter 1 that Jesus was moved with compassion toward a poor leper. Isn’t that wonderful? The world was moved with revulsion, with aversion, with loathing toward the diseased one, but Jesus met him with compassion. There are men and women today who have sunken so low on the social scale that decent people turn away from them with loathing and aversion, but thank God hearts that are broken can vibrate once more if we meet them with the words of love and hearts of compassion. The word compassion is one of the sweetest words in the New Testament. Its derivation is from 2 Latin words, com and pati, which becomes compati, meaning to suffer with. It means exactly that: “partnership in suffering.”
When Jesus saw the man’s awful sufferings, he suffered with him, and when we suffer with the anguish and bitterness of a broken heart, Jesus feels our pain. When there is no one in the world who can enter the deep feelings of our anguish, there is one in glory who is touched with the feeling of our infirmities.
A number of years ago, we were celebrating Resurrection Sunday at sunrise in Alexandria, Va., when a member of the church brought a homeless man to the service. It was an outside sunrise service, and the man had been curious as he passed by the church and saw the worship and ministry of the word. The homeless man was brought to our church by evangelist, Gerald Mayhan, who shared with him the gospel of grace, and he responded in faith and was saved.
The member of the church then took him to breakfast and met the hunger need. Those 2 brothers helped the homeless man spiritually and physically. It was a great moment of compassion and mercy, sharing the grace of God with a needy person. Praise God for people who take advantage of opportunities. Do we respond to adverse situations with compassion and grace?
Church Notes - Week of 10-29-14
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.
Planning meeting for Thanksgiving service Nov. 1
The Augusta Church Women United will meet Saturday, Nov. 1, at 9:30 a.m. at Augusta Church of Christ to plan the Augusta Community Thanksgiving service. Snow dates are Nov. 8 and 15 at 9:30 a.m.
Romney Assembly to hold revival
Evangelist Charles Walters will hold revival meetings Nov. 2-5 at Romney Assembly of God. On Sunday, Nov. 2, the services will be at 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The service time Monday, Nov. 3, through Wednesday, Nov. 7, will be 7 p.m. nightly. The church is located across from Romney Cycles. For more info., visit romneyassembly.org or call 304-822-4263. A love offering will be received.
God’s Helping Hands open Saturdays
God’s Helping Hands, located at Community Fellowship Church, Points, is open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month from 9-11 a.m. Good used clothing is available. Supplemental food boxes can be purchased for a small donation and proof of income. Donations of good clothing and small items are accepted. No big items without calling first. Questions or more info, call Liz at 304-492-5786.
Celebrate freedom through Christ
Come and celebrate freedom through Christ Saturday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. at Augusta Church of Christ. There will be food, music, games, speakers and more. This event is hosted by Celebrate Recovery and sponsored by Romney First Baptist Church, Romney First United Methodist Church and Augusta Church of Christ. For more info., call Dave Swiger at 304-703-3195, Don German at 443-336-6704 or Tom Matthews at 304-822-8626.