Wherever persons are seen to worship in the Bible, it is always accompanied by what may be called an “astonished wonder.”
— Byron Allen

Wow, what a great Lord's Day that was!  The orchestra kicked it off with a favorite, "Goodbye, World Goodbye."  I am so proud of our instrumentalists!  Week after week they come early and stay late to play for the glory of the Lord as our congregation lifts up praise.  Then the choir joined Julie in singing that outstanding new anthem, "There is Coming A Day."  What a great moment that was in our service!  Thank you, Julie, and thank you choir for singing with your voices, your faces, and your spirits.  Bro. Lane opened the Word in such a powerful way to remind us that God is our one source of help and that He never fails.  

I'm looking forward to a very special day as we gather this Sunday.  The Choir will sing "Come Now and Sing" and "This Blood" in the morning service.  I'm so happy that some of our former members will be returning to sing with us this Sunday, and I look forward to filling the choir loft for a great time of praise.  I'm also thrilled that Bro. Bruce and Mrs. Patsy will be here this weekend to worship with us....you can imagine my reaction when I heard the news!  We'll enjoy fellowship at the reception in the afternoon, but more than anything I long to worship with the family of God this Sunday.

Of course, these are both sad and exciting days as Deb and I prepare to move to a new place of service next week.  We are so thankful for the many years the Lord has given us here and for the wonderful memories, we have so many great times with you.  There truly are no words to express our gratitude for all you have been and all you are to us.  Thank you again for the wonderful gift that was announced this past Sunday morning.  May I also say a word of thanks to one who has been a true partner in our ministry at FBCLC.   Charlotte Taylor has been my ministry assistant, friend, helper.....I give up - there's no way to describe all she does!  Charlotte will be leaving her position on July 21 after almost 10 years on the job.  To say she will be sorely missed would be great understatement.  Charlotte, you are the best, and again I'm thanking our Lord for the opportunity to serve with you for these many years.  As we approach our last night of rehearsals together, I pray that we may laugh and love and sing and pray and most of all, that we may again experience the presence of the Lord.  And as we approach next Sunday, may the glory of the Lord truly be the passion of the church.

I love you.