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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 April 7, 2020 Number 14 BREAKING THE BREAD OF LIFE Barry Kennedy Song leaders do a good job picking out appropriate songs to use in the worship of our God. The song books are indexed to help in this endeavor. There are differing categories listed with such headings as: “invitation, prayer, blessings, Heaven, forgiveness, etc. One section that I find very helpful when selecting songs is the “Lord’s Supper” section. However, one song that is often used in preparation for the Lord’s Supper is not listed in this section. “Break Thou the Bread of Life” is accurately put under the “Bible” section. Many think the words “. . . as Thou didst break the loaves beside the sea. . .” make this song fitting to use as a Lord’s Supper song. No doubt this song is very beautiful and very fitting to be sung in our worship services, but it would be far better to use it before a sermon than before the Lord’s Supper. All one has to do is look closely at the words of the song to see this point. Jesus was not instituting the Lord’s Supper beside the sea (i.e. Sea of Galilee). Matthew records the “biography” of Jesus’ life here on this earth. Chapter fourteen is Matthew’s inspired account of one of the many sermons Jesus preached in His three-year ministry. The people had followed Jesus because of the miracles that He performed. Luke’s account pointed this out, “And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing” (Luke 9:11). Jesus, according to Matthew, was “. . . moved with compassion toward them. . .” (Matthew 14:14). Jesus saw that some of His followers were sick and hungry as well (Matthew 14:14-16). He was compelled to aid their physical needs, but His attention to the spiritual needs was His primary focus (Luke 19:10). Notice the words of Jesus: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed” (John 6:26, 27). Breaking the bread of life is a reference to preaching the gospel. Jesus is the Bread broken that we might have LIFE. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world” (John 6:32, 33). Jesus compared Himself to --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 MINISTERS Barry Kennedy ... (931)787-7108 Alex Blackwelder (731)879-9196 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— the “manna” (meaning what is it) that God gave to the children of Israel. Israel would have perished in the wilderness without food. Mankind as a whole will perish without Jesus (John 14:6). Israel did not deserve the manna God gave them in the wilderness, nor do we deserve the Bread of Life which comes to us from above. Jesus freely gave His life that we might live (John 3:16; Romans 5:8, 10). When Israel ate of the manna, they found themselves to be hungry again. In fact, they even began to despise the bread and wanted meat (Numbers 21:5). Jesus made it clear that the bread He offered could permanently satisfy the soul’s hunger. Do we find ourselves following the example of the children of Israel? Do we despise the Bread from above? Jesus’ word is the life-giving nourishment to the soul of man. His word provides the light, or direction, to the pathway of our lives (Psalm 119:105; 1 John 1:7); it is the source from which we receive our faith (Romans 10:17), and it is the standard by which we all will be judged (John 12:48). Yet many people, sadly even some Christians, will not study God’s word. What we all must realize is that when we are guilty of neglecting the word of God, we despise the Bread of Life. So, the next time we sing “Break Thou the Bread of Life,” remember we are asking for the Word of God. Jesus became that Bread that all the world might be fed. Are we willing to take that Bread to the world? Are we willing to partake of that Bread ourselves? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wedding Shower for Alex & Cassie The Wedding Shower for Alex Blackwelder & Cassie Cummings has been postponed until May. They are registered at Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Details will be following soon! Ladies!! Due to the COVID-19 and the ordered quarantine, we are having to think outside the box for Savannah Tucker’s baby shower that was scheduled for April 26, 2020. We have decided to show our love and excitement for them with 3 different options: 1. Drop a gift card/cash or present off at the church when you are picking up emblems for the Lord’s supper. 2. Mail your gift directly to her house at the following address: 1210 CR 811, Saltillo, MS 38866 3. Order online from where she is registered, and have it shipped directly to the Tucker house!! We appreciate all the prayers and gifts for this exciting time in Savannah & Zac’s life!!! Please see Lynn Sanderson, Emily Williams, Sarah Phillips or Star Ray if you have questions. John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Iraq Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading April 8.................................................1 Kings 20-22 April 9.....................................................2 Kings 1-3 April 10...................................................2 Kings 4-8 April 11.................................................2 Kings 9-12 April 12...............................................2 Kings 13-17 April 13...............................................2 Kings 18-21 April 14...............................................2 Kings 22-25 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Susan Reed (Apr. 8), Jalon Mansel (Apr. 9), Emily Williams (Apr. 9), Larry Bates (Apr. 11), Scott Childers (Apr. 12), Linda Hand (Apr. 14). Anniversaries: Russell & Norma Deaton (Apr. 10), Sky & Jennifer Ray (Apr. 14). Our Sick Andy Baldwyn’s father, Danny, underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery on Friday. He’s in a room now and doing well. Jean Mounce’s surgery at UAB is scheduled for April 22. Charlie Ruth Hallmark and Wilma Underwood, Chevela’s mother-in-law, are undergoing therapy at The Meadows in Fulton. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Pete Barber, Steve Kelly, Frankie Estes, Jennie Cox, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Mary Jordan, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Homer Smith, Jill Rice, Ann Letteri, Shirley Roberts, Brad Dillard, Merlene Johnson, Margaret Miller Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris Home Devotional In what chapter of the Bible do you find? Model prayer ............................................... Matthew 6 12 Apostles................................................ Matthew 10 Death of John the Baptist .......................... Matthew 14 Great Commission................................ Matthew 28:19 List the New Testament Divisions: ➢ Gospels ➢ History ➢ Letters ➢ Prophesy List the Old Testament Divisions: ➢ Law ➢ History ➢ Poetry ➢ Major Prophets ➢ Minor Prophets List the books of the Old Testament: Genesis Isaiah Exodus Jeremiah Leviticus Lamentations Numbers Ezekiel Deuteronomy Daniel Joshua Hosea Judges Joel Ruth Amos I Samuel Obadiah II Samuel Jonah I Kings Micah II Kings Nahum I Chronicles Habakkuk II Chronicles Zephaniah Ezra Haggai Nehemiah Zechariah Esther Malachi Job Psalms Proverbs Ecclesiastes Song of Solomon Can you tell a Bible story from the following picture? Outreach Item for April Shampoo
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, April 5, 2020 a.m. Announcements..............................Dennis Hallmark Bible Reading..............................Hunter Underwood Opening Prayer ..............................Roger Sanderson Lord’s Supper Dale Dulaney & Kent Nichols Serve Congregation, East Side: Greg Hughes, Joe Minor, Andy Baldwyn Serve Congregation, West Side: Lee DuBois, Ben DuBois, Jackson Voyles Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Closing Prayer................................. Jason Dickinson Ushers .................. David Ramseyer & Eric Barnette Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer ...................................Mike Childers Closing Prayer................................... William Harris Lead Singing....................................James Simmons Wednesday, April 8, 2020 Prayer.................................................... Chet Wilson Lead Singing........................................ Greg Hughes Contact Wade Bryan (419-5552) if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters ..................... Bobby Joe & Brenda Lindley ...................................Ricky & Lisa Lindsey Prepare Lord’s Supper—April...........................Greg & Tracy Lyle Nursery (1st worship)...................Tammy & Sarah Minor (2nd worship)......Stephanie Baldwyn & Maggie Minor Pantry................................................................ Tuna Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 3-25-20.............................................N/A Sunday 1st Worship, 3-29-20 ..............................N/A Sunday Bible Class .............................................N/A Sunday 2nd Worship............................................N/A Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$6,755 Mark Your Calendars!!! Personal Evangelism Workshop – May 29th-30th Vacation Bible School – June 14th-17th Maywood Christian Camp – July 12th-18th Outward Camp – July 31st-August 1st Gospel Meeting – September 13th-16th Fall Family Retreat – November 13th-14th We will be livestreaming services again this Sunday! We are in unprecedented times! The elders are diligently looking for ways to spiritually feed our East Main family while we are unable to assemble as a congregation due to the COVID 19 virus. Please continue to view East Main’s Facebook page to see recorded worship services and Bible class lessons, as well as, daily devotional thoughts (“Monday Meditations,” “Thoughtful Thursdays,” “Elders’ Encouragements”) for adults and youth. Also, you can view our Sunday worship services on YouTube. East Main Church of Christ Here is what the Facebook page looks like. If you are not able to access this page, please call the church office and someone will assist you in gaining access. Please continue to pray for each other and the world over! “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil. 4:13)

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