“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” John 10:11
A very wealthy family once invited all their friends to come to their home for a relaxed and informal reunion. The guest list was made up of people from all walks of life. Among the company that evening was a noted actor who was especially known for the power and beauty of his voice. After the meal had been served some of the guests insisted that the actor recite something for them. The man asked what they wanted him to recite but no one could think of something that was appropriate. After a long silence an old minister of the Gospel spoke up and said, “What about the twenty third Psalm?” The actor at first hesitated but then consented to recite this well-known portion of Scripture on the condition that the minister would recite it after him.
The actor spoke well as he repeated the portion of Scripture, his voice was clear and powerful, and the words just flowed from his lips. He used all his training and experience so that every word was spoken with perfect diction. When he finished the audience burst into spontaneous applause.
Then the old minister stepped slowly to the front of the gathering and when he began to speak there was absolute silence. This man’s voice was well past its best. At times his speech was frail and broken. But rather than just perform the minister spoke with great feeling and from the very depth of his heart. So much so that when he was finished no one clapped but rather everyone wept.
Then the actor spoke and made this very pertinent comment, “The difference between this minister and myself, is I knew the Psalm, but he knew the Shepherd.”
There are many in our land just like that actor and maybe you are one of them. The twenty third Psalm is one of the best-known portions of the Bible and I’m sure you know it very well; you could even recite it from memory. Like multitudes of others you learnt it as a child in Sunday school and you have often sung it at Church services. There is little doubt that you know the Psalm but perhaps you would have to acknowledge that you don’t know the Shepherd of the Psalm because you are not saved. The Shepherd of course is none other than the Lord Jesus and the way you get to know Him personally is by asking Him into your heart to be your Saviour and I plead with you to do that today.
Knowing the Psalm is good and important but knowing the Shepherd of the Psalm is the most important thing in life. – Rev. David McMillan
The Lord's Day Services
Sunday, June 30, 2019
10:00 a.m. Sunday School – Dr. Frank McClelland
11:00 a.m. Morning Service – Dr. Larry Saunders
5:00 p.m. Fellowship Classes
6:00 p.m. Pre-service prayer time
6:30 p.m. Evening Service – Dr. Larry Saunders
Fellowship & Refreshments following the evening service. Team #2 is on duty.
“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings.” Malachi 4:2
For increase in families being added to the church.
For unity of heart and mind among the people in the fear of God and love of Christ.
Manifestation of gospel power in the salvation of souls.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SUMMER SCHEDULE
Starting next week, July 7th, all Sunday school programs will commence at 11:00 a.m. This will give our teachers a break over the summer months.
We would like to congratulate Peter de Buda and Emily Zhang, who recently became engaged to be married. We pray that they will know the blessing of the Lord as they start a new life together.
FPC YOUTH CAMP JULY 13th– 20th
Rock Mountain Bible Camp – Gibson, PA
Please be in prayer for the upcoming youth camp. Pray for safety in the daily activities, for God’s blessing every time His Word is opened and that there will be spiritual growth in each heart.
We are asking for your help for some necessary repair and maintenance of our parking lot. The changing seasons take a toll on the asphalt and the cracks and potholes need to be fixed now or it will be a much larger cost. The whole project is $40,000 and we hope the church can raise $20,000, with the school covering the balance. Thank you very much for your help!
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Dr. Mark Allison, Ron Blair, Francesca Fernandes, Stephen Kelly, Mary Todd, Grace Saunders and Kim Wagner.
Pray for Our Seniors
Jean Bynoe, Florence Chung, Mary Long, Sam McAnally, Ken Postill, Grace Saunders, Margaret Schenk, Jim Wilson and John & Thelma Watson