For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
— Jeremiah 29:11

It's always good to come home and to hear good reports from the worship services when we are gone.  Thank you again, Bro. Tim, for leading our church in worship while Debbie and I were away last Sunday.  I'm looking forward already to next Sunday when the church gathers to worship.  It will be a holiday weekend with the 4th of July just around the corner, and we will recognize the great gift we have of freedom - both in our country and in Christ.  Our orchestra will begin the day playing "God Bless the USA."  We'll sing great old songs like "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory" and great new songs like "Even So, Come."  In it all, may our eyes and hearts be directed to the One who is worthy of all glory.

Most of you know already that I led the services last Sunday at FBC Idabel, OK.  At the close of the morning service, the church issued a call for me to come as their worship pastor, and I have accepted.  This was certainly not a move that we ever expected to make, but we sense the hand of God and we must follow.  There is no language that would begin to express what we feel as we try to wrap our minds around leaving this place that has been our life for almost 30 years.  You have loved us, cared for us, prayed for us and worshiped with us when it mattered most.  We have been on a journey together to discover that the glory of God really is the priority of life - and I pray that you never lose sight of that truth as you continue to lift up the name of Jesus in this place.  Please pray for us in this time of transition as we prepare to move and begin a new work.

And yes, we will have rehearsals on Wednesday night!

Worship doesn’t happen when a guy gets on stage with a guitar. It happens when faith-filled eyes behold the glory of Christ.
— Matt Pappa

Let me say a word of thank to you for allowing us to take a few days off last week to go to Alabama.  We had a wonderful time with little Molly Kate....and with her parents, of course!  What a joy it was to be back home last Sunday to worship with our church family.  I'm always amazed at how our choir and orchestra are able to come together on Sunday and do such a marvelous job of leading the congregation in praise even on those weeks when we do not have a Wednesday rehearsal.  Thank you again, dear ones!

Next Sunday will be a special day as we observe the Lord's Supper in our morning service.  The choir will join Cindy Kulak in singing one of my favorite communion songs, "Remember and Proclaim."  We do not have rehearsals this Wednesday due to our Vacation Bible School, so I hope you'll make your best effort to meet in the choir room at 10:00 a.m. - right after Sunday School - to run over the song a couple of times.  Bro. Tim will be leading our worship time this Sunday - please pray for him as he prepares and leads.

Will you also pray for me as I lead the worship services at FBC Idabel, Oklahoma this Sunday.  Deb and I are diligently seeking the Lord in this and trusting that He will make His perfect purposes known.  To have a church family praying for us in this time means more than I can tell you - we love you.

What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
— Westminster Shorter Catechism

What a great way to start a Sunday!  Choir, you did a great job singing "The Church of the Living God."  What a blessing it is to know that we are a part of the "blood-washed throng."  Thank you again.  This Sunday we will celebrate Father's Day.  We'll have a video, we'll sing some great songs like "Shout to the North," "Good, Good Father" and "Overcome," and we'll also hear from our own missionaries, Josh and Kimberley Meyer.  It's going to be another great day in the Lord's House.

I know it was short notice, but I appreciate so much your willingness to change our schedule and cancel rehearsals this week.....It was just time for me to see my granddaughter in Alabama!  Please pray for us as we drive to Huntsville and back this week.  We plan to be back on Saturday and look forward to seeing you all Sunday morning!