The Doxology - Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Congregational Hymn - Blessed Assurance
The Written Word - Psalm 34:1-8 - v1 I will praise the Lord at all times; my mouth will continually praise Him. v2 I will boast in the Lord; let the oppressed hear and rejoice! v3 Magnify the Lord with me! Let us praise His name together! v4 I sought the Lord's help and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. v5 Those who look to Him for help are happy; their faces are not ashamed. v6 This oppressed man cried out and the Lord heard; He saved him from all his troubles. v7 The Lord's angel camps around the Lord's loyal followers and delivers them. v8 Taste and see that the Lord is good! How blessed is the one who takes shelter in Him!
Congregational Hymn - O How I Love Jesus
Pastor Baggett, Rev. McIlveen, Homecomers, family and friends.
Welcome is a word of kind greeting, as to one whose arrival gives warm pleasure and happiness.
That is what the Brown Chapel Family feels for you all on this 60th Homecoming celebration.
So, Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church Family would like to welcome you all with open arms and warm pleasure and happiness!
The Occasion - On this Homecoming occasion which reminds us that we are all on a journey to that great homegoing, I'd like to take is time to reflect on how God's plan for us has also provided, if we allow it, His glorious protection, as we walk this daily journey.
As our spiritual conflicts with Satan continues, our weapon are mighty and numerous!
For instance, we have the Whole Armor of God which allows us to stand against the wiles of the devil.
From Ephesians 6:10-18, each morning we should praise God in all things and be strong in His might power. Then clothe ourselves with the Belt of truth, put on a Breastplate of righteousness, followed by the Gospel of peace fitted firmly on your feet, hold up the Shield of faith, place the Helmet of salvation atop the heads and arm ourselves with the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. And finally, pray in the Spirit on all occasions.
Now we are prepared to face another day. But as we go through the rituals of daily life, Satan will attempt to derail us in sneaky ways, such as watching the daily news, that could raise one's blood pressure or listening to gossip. You get the picture. But God had provided another weapon against this tactic. God said in Philippians 4:8, Brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and whatever is praiseworthy, think on these things.
There are many other tools that I could mention but I leave you with this thought from 1 Corinthian 15:57, Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!!
Congregational Hymn - Blessed Quietness
Hymn Of Preparation - Father I Raise My Hands To Thee
The Spoken Word - Rev. Clifford Estell McIlveen
Mark 5:25-29 - And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was noting bettered, but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind and touched His garment. For she said, "If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole." And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
Mark 9:23 - Jesus said unto him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.
1 John 3:10 - By this the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed: Everyone who does not practice righteousness - the one who does not love his fellow Christian - is not of God.
- When we believe, it is of the supernatural
- Our faith in Jesus heals us.
- If we pray and believe, God will answer us
- The mind is like fertile ground
- Believe and allow it to happen
- Remember, there are two kingdoms
- The kingdom of God is now at hand
- There is no lack in the kingdom of heaven