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Starfield’s Tim Neufeld is rolling into Tillsonburg’s North Broadway Baptist Church for a ‘worship hoedown’ Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m.

Backed by the Hallelujah Glory Boys, a ‘Lord-loving bluegrass trio of hillbillies’, Neufeld and company will present a lively show featuring high energy combined with ‘old time’ charm in a unique worship genre.

The event is part of The Taees Tour, musical dates featuring ‘beards, banjos and blessings.’

Tickets for the event are $10 each (general admission seating) and are available through the church office, Tillsonburg Gospel Lighthouse or online at www.northbroadwaychurch.com.

October 27th, 2013

Springfield Baptist Church

Pastor Jeff Rockwell delivered the Word of God from the tenth chapter of the Gospel of Mark, where a rich young ruler approaches Jesus with the question, “Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

This young man immediately brightens when Jesus begins mentioning the commandments of God, eagerly interjecting that he has done all these things “from his youth.” But he becomes sorrowful when Jesus tells him that his personal piety and possessions are insufficient to attain eternal life. In fact, he must leave them all behind and become completely dependent on Jesus Christ.

In our relatively prosperous society, we are often spiritually handicapped by this same condition. Temporal wealth can be a blessing, but it tends to develop an attitude of self-sufficiency in us, and disposes us to push away the truth that we cannot work ourselves into heaven. We must lay aside our achievements and possessions, and rely only on Jesus Christ for our salvation.

The service closed with the congregation singing the fitting hymn My Hope is in the Lord.

Avondale United Church

The congregation at Avondale gathered at 10:30 a.m. for worship.

The Christ candle was lit by Ben Peever. Lay Reader Deb Peever welcomed everyone and gave the announcements. Many of the children were in costumes and in Kid's Connection Time, Rev. Fred Hagle talked about All Saints Day. We can be God's saints here in Tillsonburg.

The scripture read was taken from Nehemiah, Ezra Reads the Law. The message for adults was The Way Forward. Our history influences us and our future. We are either going forward, standing still or falling behind. What is our reason for being a church for Jesus Christ? Are we chained to things not necessary? Nehemiah was discouraged by the rubble of Jerusalem, but he chose to do something great for God. We too are given gifts to make a difference.

All things are possible with God and we need a vision for our future. Couch potatoes are not helpful in a mission of God. What do we believe God wants our church to look like in five years? Nehemiah was able to restore the people's relationship with God. There were many hills to climb and problems to solve. Great tasks require an investment of time and money. Let's go forward like Nehemiah and help the oppressed, poor and unfortunate and step into the challenge.

The choir's anthem was Open Eyes and Burning Heart. Music for the worship was accompanied by Bruce Fleming and some of the songs sung were Holy Highway, All Hail the Power of Jesus Name, God Sees the Little Sparrow Fall and I Can Feel You Near Me God.

You are welcome to join Sunday for worship at 10:30 a.m. when the sermon topic will be Out On A Limb. A collection will be taken for the Food Grains Bank.

Upcoming events at our church include a Roast Beef Dinner on Sun., Nov. 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available from Verne 519-842-2465 or Mary 519-688-4083.

Our UCW and friends are holding a Luncheon and Bake Sale in Cuthbertson Hall on Sat., Nov. 9. Tickets are available from our office 519-842-5532 or Jean 519-842-2996. Turn your Christmas upside down. Watch for more details of the Greater Gifts Festival on Sun., Nov. 17.

Port Burwell/Vienna United Church

The congregation met at 11 a.m. with Rev. Cordell Parsons leading the service.

Music was supplied by Frances Martenkevicius.

The service was opened by Rev. Parsons leading the congregation in coming together in community.

The first hymn was Oh Worship the King.

There was a call to worship led by Rev. Parsons and responded to by the congregation.

Rev. Parsons led the congregation in the opening prayer.

The next hymn was For the Beauty of the Earth.

There was a sung response by the congregation called As We Are Gathered.

The minister led the congregation in the Lord’s Prayer.

The scripture reading was taken from Micah 6:1-8.

Micah is calling for forthrightness in all our relationships. When we try to circumvent this path, society loses and people get hurt. Living should include belief, behaviour, character and conduct. A mature faith involves inward piety and an outward expression of social conscience and action.

Together they translate in a single sentence: to be just and kind and to live in quiet fellowship with God.

The next hymn was Amazing Grace.

There was a choral call to prayer repeated by the congregation.

The next hymn was Lead On, Oh Cloud of Presence.

The service ended with Rev. Parsons leading the congregation in prayer.

The final hymn was You Shall Go Out With Joy.

There will be no service in Port Burwell on Sunday November 3rd because the both congregations will be meeting in Straffordville United Church for that Sunday and then the first Sunday in each month the services will alternate between Straffordville and Port Burwell with combined service in Port Burwell United church on Sunday, December 1st 2013. Both churches will hold regular service in their respective churches during the other Sundays of the month.

Langton Baptist Church

Rev. Keith Sutherland opened the 157th Anniversary Sunday Church Service at 11 a.m.

His message was on ‘Good traditions. The chapel was dedicated in 1871. Our history goes back 200 years. We recognize the sense of the past and the sense of the future. Ancient scripture shows the whole truth about God. The inheritance that we have as God’s people is the gift of tradition. God is challenging us to grow in strength and faith as we have the openness of prayer. We can celebrate that we have a future.’

Prayer followed.

The children’s story was on ‘What do you like to do? You like reading and eating. You need breathing and you need to have God and Jesus Christ in your life.’

Hymns sung, were: What A Friend We Have In Jesus, When I Survey The Wondrous Cross, Revive Us Again, and Take My Life And Let It Be, with Jacob Morris controlling the sound system.

Responsive readings was Adaptations of Psalm 103:1, 2, 4, 5-18, 21 and 22-38.

Scripture readings, were: Ephesians 1:1-23, 2:1-20, and Luke 6:12-38.

Prayers of supplication and praise were given by Rev. Sutherland.

Offering was received by Jeff and Dalton Morris.

Lunch and fellowship was enjoyed by everyone.

October 20

Rev. Keith Sutherland opened the church service at 11 a.m.

His message was on ‘We are called to invite people to Christ. We have to recognize what God has given to us and share it with others. Go forth as God’s people and do what God wants us to do.’

Rev. Sutherland showed a film on Introduction to My Hope, with Billy Graham and Billy Graham’s Defining Moments. Prayer followed.

Hymns sung, were: Praise The Name of Jesus, Trust and Obey, And Can It Be That I Should Gain.

Scripture readings were John 3:58, 14-21 and Matthew 9:9-13.

Prayers of supplication and praise were given by Rev. Sutherland.

Offering was received by Barbra Sinnesael and Kim Fasseel.

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