The Pastor's Message
Pastor's Weekly Message February 28, 2016
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone -- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (I Timothy 2:1-2)
"A Time for Prayer"
If ever there was a time for prayer, that time is now. With our nation in the midst of intense political conflict we need to pray; With the possibility of our nation electing a candidate who vilifies entire populations and wants to deport millions of people out of the U.S., we need to pray; With mass shootings it seems occurring every other day and gun violence out of control -- even on the Metro trains -- here in our nation's capital, we need to pray; With thousands being poisoned with lead water in Flint, MI so that the government could save a few dollars, we need to pray; With many of our loved ones sick and shut-in, we need to pray; With increasing hatred and racial intolerance, we need to pray; With increasing terrorism across the globe, we need to pray.
We need to pray because God has chosen prayer as the tool for us to use to help Him change the world. The Bible says that "the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much" (James 5:16). In addition, Paul said in his instructions to Timothy that we must pray for all people. He says that we must pray for those in authority over us that we may lead peaceful lives.
So beloved, this week as we continue our 40 days of Transformation Campaign, let us pray. Let us pray for peace. Let us pray that our nation will humble itself and turn from its wicked ways and seek God's face and pray. Let us pray for greater understanding with all people. Let us pray for the leaders of the world and that wars will cease. Let us pray for the enactment of sensible gun control laws. Let us pray that God will guide our nation in the upcoming 2016 election. Let us pray for our own walk with the Lord, that we will take up our cross daily and follow Jesus.
Beloved, let us pray that we will never forget that this world does not belong to the politicians, or to demagogues, or to celebrities, but as the songwriter said:
This is my Father's world, O let me ne'er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet. This is my Father's world! The battle is not done; Jesus who died shall be satisfied, and earth and heaven be one.
Peace and Blessings to you,
Pastor Kip Banks, Sr.
THIS WEEK AT EWHBC
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2016
Children's Choir Rehearsal - 12:30 p.m.
Youth Choir Rehearsal - 1:00 p.m.
Voices of Praise Choir Rehearsal - 2:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY 28 THROUGH MARCH 5
24/7 Prayer Vigil
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 29, 2016
PRAYER VIGIL BEGINS
Sunday School - 9:30 a.m.
Devotional Service - 10:45 a.m.
Worship Service- 11:00 a.m.
Building and Grounds Meeting - 12:45 p.m.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 29, 2016
TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016
Gospel Choir Rehearsal - 6:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 2, 2016
First Wednesday in the Word Service - 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016
Clothes Closet - 10:00 a.m.
Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal - 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016
BUSINESS REPORTS DUE
SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2016
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION MEETING -10:00am
CHILDREN & YOUTH CHOIR REHEARSAL - 12:30 pm
VOICES OF PRAISE CHOIR REHEARSAL - 1:00 pm
NAYLOR GARDENS TOWN MEETING - 1:00 pm
World Missions Offering - Two hundred years ago, missionaries inspired American Christians to become part of one of the most significant mission movements in Christian history. When you minister to a missionary in prayer you are serving as hands and feet of Jesus in mission! Our goal is $1,500.
EWHBC Work Day - Please join us for the church work day on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 8:00 am until 12 noon. There is much to be done. Your ministry can adopt a room. Please see Mrs. Vasser Baldwin. A light lunch will be served.
Business Reports - are due on Friday March 4th. Reports will be distributed on Sunday March 13th and the semi-annual business meeting will be on Sunday, March 20th following the worship service.
Annual Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon - will take place Saturday March 12th. Estimate time is from 6:30 am until 3:00 pm. Please see the schedule posted on the bulletin board for street closings.
A Note of Sympathy - East Washington Heights extends heartfelt Christian sympathy to Deacon Mable Cheek in the passing of her beloved aunt, Mrs. Lessie S. Hart of Rocky Mountain, NC. Arrangements for the service are pending.
Prayer Conference Call
Please join us for our daily (Monday-Friday) prayer conference call at 7am (eastern standard time). These 10-minute calls are a great way to start your day and include a daily scripture lesson. Join us at (641-715-3272; access code: 732413#
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