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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 44 December 3, 2019 Number 47 “Oh, What A Glad Day” Barry Kennedy How many times do we sit and think about eternity? Often thoughts of eternity come with the passing of a loved one, or in times of weakness and sin. We all have found ourselves sitting through a funeral service mourning the loss of that dear loved one. We listen to the preacher or close friend talking about the life that person lived and how deeply they are going to be missed. Then, we are reminded that God has said, “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them” (Revelation 14:13). Death is not an end for the faithful child of God, but rather a beginning of the rest promised by God. When we lose a Christian loved one, we are given the hope of a glad reunion, if we too are faithful. There is a hymn entitled “What a Glad Day,” in which the writer references the judgment day. Consider the lyrics used in this grand old tune. When Friends of yore we meet once more, Oh, what a glad day ’twill be; when pure and sweet, up there we meet, Oh, what a glad day ’twill be. (chorus) Oh, what a glad day, Oh, what a glad day, When Heaven we all shall see, When there thru God’s grace, We look on His face, Oh, what a glad day ‘twill be? Some morning fair, we’ll gather there, Oh, what a glad day ‘twill be, When there we raise new songs of praise, Oh, what a glad day ‘twill be, (Chorus) There Christ the Lord will be adored, Oh, what a glad day ’twill be, When we get home, no more to roam, Oh, what a glad day ’twill be, (Chorus). Can we see that day through our eye of faith? Are we confident that a glad day is what the day of the Lord will be for us? If not, are we sinning if we sing this song? We have been given the blessing of song in our worship to the Lord, but our song service is to be done within the parameters God has set forth in Scripture. A good example of these parameters is found in Paul’s inspired letters to the congregations in Ephesus and Colossae (Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16). There is a form of teaching and admonishing in the songs, hymns, and spiritual songs that we sing. This brings to mind another verse penned by the apostle Paul, “What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also” (1 Corinthians 14:15). Paul equates understanding to the message of our songs. Do we truly understand what we sing? No one would negate the importance of understanding what we teach (Galatians 1:6-9; 1 Corinthians 1:10ff). So again, the question is, “Will the day of the Lord be a glad day for us or not?” Not if we are outside the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:3). “Blessed are the dead who die “IN THE LORD (emph added)” (Revelation 14:13). Therefore, we need --article continued page 2-- ELDERS Mike Childers..............397-6453 Dennis Hallmark .........255-5557 Mark Hitt.....................322-0917 Bobby Lindley.............260-9193 DEACONS Wade Bryan.................419-5552 William Harris.............416-8149 Ricky Lindsey .............255-8136 Jeff Mansel..................871-0357 Jimmy Spearman.........840-8957 Michael Wilson ...........891-0891 PREACHER Barry Kennedy ... (931)787-7108 SECRETARY Renee Childers Office...........................842-6116 Fax...............................842-7091 E-MAIL eastmaincoc38804@gmail.com WEB PAGE eastmaincoc.com SUNDAY SERVICES Worship....................... 9:00 a.m. Bible Classes............. 10:15 a.m. Worship..................... 11:15 a.m. Singing or Devotional Last Sunday of the Month MID-WEEK SERVICES Wednesday Classes .....7:00 p.m. EAST MAIN CHURCH OF CHRIST 1606 East Main Street P. O. Box 1761 Tupelo, Mississippi 38802 “Thou shalt observe to do all that they inform thee” (Deut. 17:10)
  2. 2. --article continued from page 1-- to make sure we are in the Lord before we die (Romans 6:3, 4; Galatians 3:26, 27). Not if we turn our backs on the Lord. Peter made mention of how God views Christians who reject the pathway of right (2 Peter 2:20-22). The dog returning to his own vomit and the sow to the mire are very graphic images which should stir our resolve to serve Him more faithfully. John (the apostle of love) wrote the words of the Lord concerning the Laodicean's lukewarm attitude. “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:15, 16). Are we a little under temperature today, or are we on fire for the Lord (Jeremiah 20:9)? Not if we are not leaving behind a hope for our souls with our families. What a glad day ’twill be if I know that I’ll see a dear loved one again. David said long ago of his departed son, “But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me” (2 Samuel 12:23). David had confidence in the home of his son’s soul. Do I offer that confidence to my family today? Oh, what a glad day it will be if we are looking forward to seeing our Lord (2 Timothy 4:6-8; Revelation 22:20). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sr. Adult Fellowship The Senior Adult Fellowship will be held this Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the MULTIPUR- POSE ROOM. Doug Wallace is providing the turnip greens. A food list for the rest of the meal is posted on the bulletin board across from the library. There are still a couple of open spots. Parents of All Youth This Sunday, Dec. 8 ALL the youth and their parents will be hosting the Sr. Saints’ Holiday Luncheon at noon in the multipur- pose room. A food sign-up sheet has been posted in the foyer beside the tract rack. Please sign for two items. There are still several open spots! Also, the Sr. youth will be helping to serve. Everyone in the congregation with children is encouraged to stay as we honor our older members. Thanks for your help! Sr. Youth Party The Sr. Youth are invited to Kirk & Lori Sheffield’s home this Sunday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. for a PJ Christmas party. A food list is posted in the foyer beside the tract rack. Also, please bring a $15 wrapped gift to play “dirty Santa.” Ladies’ Ornament Swap All the ladies are invited to Joyce Burney’s home on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Please bring your favorite party food and a wrapped Christmas ornament. Congratulations Congratulations to Anna Claire and Austin McMillen in the birth of their daughter, Dulaney “Laney” Ann, on Tuesday, Dec. 3. She weighed 7.5 lbs. and was 20 inches long. Mother and baby are doing well. Dale Dulaney is the proud grandad. John Duke stationed in Long Beach, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Iraq Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading December 4....................................... Galatians 1-3 December 5....................................... Galatians 4-6 December 6...................................... Ephesians 1-3 December 7...................................... Ephesians 4-6 December 8.................................... Philippians 1-4 December 9..................................... Colossians 1-4 December 10...........................1 Thessalonians 1-5 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Amanda Dickinson (Dec. 6), Marla Laney (Dec. 6), Linda Parker (Dec. 6), Michael Wilson (Dec. 6), Austin McMillen (Dec. 7), Hilda Ratliff (Dec. 9), Wanda Bishop (Dec 10). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Pete Barber continues oxygen at home due to fluid in his lungs. Diane Dickerson is recuperating from her broken ankle. Mikki Gilliland’s uncle, Shirley Roberts, has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Jean Mounce, Steve Kelly, Frankie Estes, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Mary Jordan, Bretta Robinson, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Ruby Clark, Homer Smith, Jill Rice, Ann Letteri Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris, James Nichols Ladies’ Monthly Fellowship The next ladies’ fellowship class on the Digging Deep book will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Men’s Tool Swap The men are invited to the multipurpose room on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. for a Tool Swap. Please bring a $20 wrapped tool to play “dirty Santa” and your own meat to grill. Sides will be provided. Thank You Note Dear East Main family, For months now I have tried to word my appreciation to you all. This week I found the words perfectly spoken by our Perfect Savior, Jesus Christ, that tells how I feel and my gratitude to you all. Matt. 25:35-40: “For I was ahungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee ahungered, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” I can truly say from my heart you all have fulfilled this scripture with my family over the last few years. You have fulfilled it selflessly and with love and for that I am truly grateful. I know many prayers are lifted up even today and I pray for you as well. May God always bless you as he has blessed me with my East Main family. With love, Russell & Norma Deaton Outreach Item for December Deodorant Don’t forget if you took a child for Christmas from the Outreach Program, the items need to be returned to the building by this Thursday, Dec. 5.
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 a.m. Announcements.......................................Jeff Mansel Bible Reading.......................................Britton Smith Opening Prayer ....................................... Perry Hand Lord’s Supper Roger Sanderson & Michael Wilson Serve Congregation, East Side: Will Davis, Jason Dickinson, Joe Minor Serve Congregation, West Side: Chet Wilson, Jacob Kennedy, Hunter Underwood Lead Singing....................................Eddie Simmons Closing Prayer...................................... Kent Nichols Ushers ............................Larry Presley & Sam Hood Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer ..................................... Wade Bryan Closing Prayer................................... William Harris Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Prayer.............................................Jimmy Spearman Lead Singing........................................ Kent Nichols Contact William Harris (416-8149) if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters ........................ Dennis & Debbie Hallmark .....................................Mike & Hilda Ratliff Prepare Lord’s Supper—December............. William & Marla Harris Nursery (1st worship)........... Hilda Ratliff/Wanda Bishop (2nd worship)...............Kassi Kingsley/Ainsley Millard Pantry.......................................... Canned vegetables Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 11-27-19...........................................N/A Sunday 1st Worship, 12-1-19 ...............................207 Sunday Bible Class ..............................................194 Sunday 2nd Worship.............................................192 Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$8,293 The youth of East Main invite our Senior Saints (age 60 and above) to a holiday luncheon prepared in your honor this Sunday, Dec. 8th Immediately following worship services at noon in the multipurpose room. Please sign the list on the bulletin board across from the library if you plan to attend.

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