“The romance of preaching! There is nothing like it. It is the greatest work in the world, the most thrilling, the most exciting, the most rewarding, and the most wonderful. I know of nothing comparable to the feeling one has as one walks up the steps of one’s pulpit with a fresh sermon on a Sunday morning or a Sunday evening, especially when you feel that you have a message from God and are longing to give it to the people. This is something that one cannot describe. Repeating your best sermon elsewhere never quite gives you that. That is why I am such an advocate of a regular and longish ministry in the same place. That is something, I fear, I shall never know again, having retired from the pastoral ministry. But there is nothing to equal that.”
“There is nothing more important for preaching, than the reading of Church history and biographies …. Read sermons. But be sure that they were published before 1900! Read the sermons of Spurgeon and Whitefield and Edwards and all the giants. Those men themselves read the Puritans and were greatly helped by them.”
“What is the chief end of preaching? I like to think it is this. It is to give men and women a sense of God and His presence. As I have said already, during this last year I have been ill, and so have had the opportunity, and the privilege, of listening to others, instead of preaching myself. As I have listened in physical weakness this is the thing I have looked for and longed for and desired. I can forgive a man for a bad sermon, I can forgive the preacher almost anything if he gives me a sense of God, if he gives me something for my soul, if he gives me the sense that, though he is inadequate himself, he is handling something which is very great and very glorious, if he gives me some dim glimpse of the majesty and the glory of God, the love of Christ my Saviour, and the magnificence of the Gospel. If he does that I am his debtor, and I am profoundly grateful to him. Preaching is the most amazing, and the most thrilling activity that one can ever be engaged in, because of all that it holds out for all of us in the present, and because of the glorious endless possibilities in an eternal future.” – Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones Excerpts from Preaching & Preachers
The Lord's Day Services
Sunday, May 19, 2019
10:00 a.m. Sunday School – Mr. Richard Craig, Jamaica
11:00 a.m. Morning Service – Rev. Geoff Banister, Indianapolis FPC
International lunch following the morning service.
3:00 p.m.Ordination Service of Mr. Milos Solc
6:00 p.m. Pre-service prayer time
6:30 p.m. Evening Service – Praise Service
Greetings from Jamaica – Mr. Richard Craig
Testimony – Mr. Andy Roursma, Elder, Cloverdale FPC
We thank God for our newly ordained elders, Mr. Alex Newell and Mr. Jonathan McAnally and commend them to the Lord, praying for His blessing on their lives and families and their service in this congregation.
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE LADIES
We sincerely thank all the ladies of our fellowship who helped with the food preparations and serving the lunches and dinners during our Presbytery and Prayer meetings this past week. Everything was done with excellence and a heart of service to Christ.
FREE PRESBYTERIAN YOUTH CAMP
The Youth camp registration forms are due next Lord’s Day, May 26th. If you need another copy or more information, please see Jonathan McAnally as soon as possible.
FPCNA PRAYER REQUESTS
Rev. Anthony D’Addurno
“I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King. Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters.” Isaiah 43:15–16
Addition of families.
Conversion of young people.
Salvation of family members.
That visitors would make the church their home.
Healing for sick members.
The Lord’s blessing and leading of young married couples.
Guidance in choosing elders.
Pray for Frank D’Addurno who is now under care of Presbytery for his ministerial training.
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Mark Allison, Ron Blair, Francesca Fernandes, Cathy Lee, Mary Todd and Stephen Kelly.
Pray for Our Seniors
Jean Bynoe, Florence Chung, Mary Long, Sam McAnally, Ken Postill, Grace Saunders, Margaret Schenk, Jim Wilson and John & Thelma Watson.