Elk Rapids Bible Church
“Where the UNCHANGING WORD
meets the needs of a CHANGING WORLD”
Pastor Gary Gladfelter 342-8663 or 264-6671
Will we trust the “Unseen” in 2019?
August 11, 2019
Worship in Introduction
“Mighty is Our God” - #48
Worship in Offering
Worship in Scripture – John 6:1 – 15
Worship in Praise
“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” - #11
“I Sing the Mighty Power of God” - $128
“How Deep the Father’s Love For Us”
Worship in Prayer – “Open Our Eyes Lord” - #633
Closing – “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” - #581
Unsung Servants: Richard Friske for the use of his truck for the parade. Dave Bellinham for the use of his generator for the parade. Thank You! The float won the award for the best float in the Harbor Day Parade!
Welcome to our services!
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:00 a.m. – Morning Worship Service
Prayer Ministry Today: Cheri
Next Week: Kathy A and George
Junior Church Today: Kathy A
Next Week: Peggy
T H I S W E E K
Wednesday, August 7th – Bible Study and Prayer Time – 6:30 pm – “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.” --- Ephesians 1:17 - 18
The offering last week was $2,337.00: Building Fund - $30.00; Deacon’s Fund - $50.00; Special Missions Fund – God’s Helping Hands - $421.00; General Fund - $1,836.00.
My boys were in middle school and quite often had soccer practice as soon as school let out each day. So, I would sit in the parking lot of the school and wait for them to come out. After a while I became familiar with some of the faces I saw as they filed out the door.
At some point, one young girl in particular caught my attention. Before long I found myself searching for her face in the crowd of children exiting the school building every day.
I didn’t know her name or grade level. I didn’t know if my boys knew who she was. All I knew is that I was compelled to pray for her. So, each time I would locate her face in the sea of faces and say a prayer for her and her family. Over and over again I had the privilege of praying for them.
She was such a beautiful young lady. However, she had an over-bite that was so pronounced that she could hardly close her lips over her teeth. People can be so cruel. And all I could think of is that this lovely young lady was probably faced every day with ridicule for something she had no control over. God had made her, knitting and fashioning her carefully in the womb. I prayed that God would protect her and strengthen her. And that God would help her parents be able to pay for the surgery that would correct the over-bite, if it was His will.
The years went by and I didn’t see this young lady.
Many years later, my eldest son began spending time with a girl that he graduated high school with. And then, he asked her to marry him. And at their wedding reception I had the privilege of telling them the story of the young girl that I had prayed for all those years ago. And to tell them that while I didn’t know who she was then . . . I know now . . . she was the young lady my son had just married. --- Lodena