Red Bank – Alice Lirley

Hello everyone.  Since I talked to you last, there has been a new addition to our family. Our second great grandchild has finally arrived.  

William James Paul was born August 11, to our granddaughter, Allison, and her husband, Brian Paul.  And, he is a cutie. I don’t think that his sister, Jasmine Rose, quite knows what to think of her new little brother yet. I hope she doesn’t mind having some competition for her parent’s attention.

Opening the Red Bank Church service by leading in the singing of hymns was Jake Hampton.  Gary Lirley gave a warm welcome to members and guest. He also asked for prayer requests. Several requests were mentioned and each were lifted in prayer to the Lord. Giving a mission offering, in celebration of their 59th  wedding anniversary, was Gary and Alice Lirley. Providing special music was Jeane Huff.

The morning message was taken from Matthew 6:5, where Jesus, provided some instruction about how to pray. First off He told his multitude of listeners to not be as the hypocrites and only pray out loud in synagogues and on the corner of some street where one could be readily seen using many words and vain repetitions.  Instead, one should go into one’s room and shut the door and pray to their Heavenly Father in secret. 

I found it comforting that Jesus also reminded each of us in verse 8 that our Father in Heaven already knows what we have need of before we ask Him.  He is just waiting for us to ask, fully believing in His great power to provide.  According to the model prayer that begins in verse 9, one should always begin prayer by giving God humble reverence by saying, “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.”  Brother Ken Lupton was our speaker and he brought up many reasons why prayer should have priority in our everyday lives.  Brother Ken brings sermons that are straight from God’s Word; and in a way that one can easily relate to.  I haven’t, as of yet, noticed anyone sleeping through  the messages he brings from the Lord.  And, if they did they would only get a short nap because he isn’t into extended preaching.  You are invited to come and see what I mean.

Eloise Hallmark and her daughter, Miranda, enjoyed a nice long drive to the state of Utah, to attend a wedding for one of Miranda’s friends.  I can’t wait to hear all about their adventure.

Those visiting with Maxine Lirley last week were Jeane Huff, Gary and Alice Lirley and Ralph Laughlin.  All of the above enjoyed sharing a meal with Maxine on different days throughout the week.  I know that Maxine received  a letter from her daughter, Judy.  I believe Judy is writing her mother regularly each week.   

That’s all the news for now.  Take care.  I’ll leave you with a thought that Brother Ken provided Sunday,  “God is so big that if one was to design a suit for Him to wear, the watch pocket alone would be big enough to carry the world in.”  Author unknown.