Archives for October 2006

OH, JUST TO BE IN THE LORD'S HOUSE ON HIS DAY

I have always looked forward to Sundays and Wednesdays and any other days when things are going on the the Lord’s house. Even in the little West Foster Care Home on a side street in Hillsdale, MI. while the BIBLE is being shared with six men and the helpers scurrying around working to meet the needs of those dear men.

Our day started out with a S.S. Class, I prepared my lesson for my Sunday School class just in case someone came….(not today). I also prepared for the adult class so that I would be able to contribute if I didn’t have any students in my class.

This morning in the worship service Ken and I sang, “Come Christians Join and Sing” by Christian Henry Bateman, arranged by Rick Powell.

One line that I like especially in the song is “Life shall not end the strain, Allelujah, Amen.”

The song ended with exerpts from Wilbur Chapman’s, “Our Great Savior”.

“SAVING, HELPING, KEEPING, LOVING, He is with me to the end…. Allelujah”.

I just love to sing and worship God in His house where ever Christians gather.

There is no place that I would rather spend my vacation, or my birthday or anniversary than I His House. There is no place I rather be when I am discouraged, grieving or ill. As our dear retired missionary Bud Johnson with Baptist Church planters stated in their last prayer letter…. “even though sometimes I don’t feel so great, I still go to church, because while I am there I get cheered up.”

When we go on vacation, we like to find a church to with which to worship.

Today at our West Home service, one dear man didn’t want to face the front, so the helper let him sit there with his back to us. When we started singing he kept his eyes closed nearly the whole time but I heard him singing and I watched his lips move as he mouthed the words to “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” and later we sang “Amazing Grace” and all the men sweetly sang with haulting voices. They also really listen as the gospel as it was given. This is so precious and exciting to me to be able to encourage those dear people.

If you have an opportunity to help your church minister in a nursing home, I encourage you to go to your pastor and offer to sing or just go and join in the singing and help turn the pages for the residence or hold the book for one who can’t.

My very first solo was in a nursing home when my pastor Allen Robbins took us to serve at a nursing home. Also the first time that I played the piano publicly was at a nursing home service. I would not trade those experiences for anything.

I heard someone say once, I’d rather wear out serving the Lord than rust out serving myself or the world.

“Come Christians Join and Sing”

Even A Child Can Sing His Praise

From the time I was a small child I have always loved to sing of my wonderful Savior’s love.
See this link for my testimony.

Those who know me know that I have always used “Singing His Praise” to sign my correspondence.
This is the reason that I am using this title for my weekly article on our website.

It was a joy for me today to see the faces of the congregation from the vantage point of the piano bench as they sang today of Christ’s return. Pastor spoke of “THE WORD OF GOD ON THE RETURN OF CHRIST”. Oh, how I look forward to the wonderful singing in heaven.

No more sore throats, voices weakened by age or discordant sounds. Just one great beautiful choir.

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands….” Psalm 100:1

No matter whether we have a great voice or not we are encouraged to lift our voices to our Savior in songs of praise.

Try it today and everyday this week….After you read His word during your quiet time with the Lord, lift you voice in praise and song. When you are in pain or while you are going through a struggle lift your voice and it will lighten your heart and bring unbelievable peace into you heart and life.

When I struggle with things which I feel that I don’t have the strength personally to do, I sing ” I Can Do All Things through Christ Who Strengtheneth Me.” or “His Strength Is Perfect”.

“Isn’t He Wonderful”.

Have a wonderful joyous week.

Singing His Praise
“Jesus Is Coming”

Jane A. Pierpont

A Sweet Testimony in Song

This past week, June 11, 2006, we had the special privilege of attending the ordination of our youngest son, Nathan Shipley Pierpont, at the Northeastern Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, MI.

http://www.northeasternbaptist.com/

Nathan’s sister-in-law, Mary, sang a solo for the ordination service and I was truly blessed by her testimony. The title of her song was “In Christ Alone” by Stuart Townend.

http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/worship_center/1275127.html

Mary is facing serious kidney surgery on June 22 and we would truly appreciate you prayers for a successful surgery, guidance for the surgeon, strength for Mary and the family and her full recovery.

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny…

As Mary sang she was radiant with the Love of Christ.
Mary is a student at Pensacola College and we are praying for a complete recovery for her so that she can return in the fall.

Thank you Mary for the special Song of Testimony

We pray for God’s richest blessing in you life.

Oh, what a joy it is to Sing His Praises…..

Today in our morning service the pastor spoke of the Sin of Detachment.
Lamentations 1:12…”Is it nothing to you, all ye who pass by…”

I was convicted of my complacency. I so enjoy my salvation and the joy and privileges that come to me as a result of God’s wonderful grace. I had to ask myself if indeed I was “detached”.

We sang “To God Be the Glory” and “Glory to His Name” and I played “It Is Glory Just To Walk With Him” for the offertory.

I had to ask myself….Do people see in my life what a glory it is just to walk with Him. Do they desire to know more about my Lord because of the way that I live. Do I make a difference in the lives of those around me.

Those of us who know the Lord as our Savior need to commit to making a real difference in the lives of those whom God allows us to come in contact every day.

I challenge you to make a difference in the life of at least one person daily.
Pray for this opportunity daily.

Yes, It is glory just to walk with HIM.

To Be Like Jesus….

This song is one of my favorites…

I sang it a few weeks ago using the accompaniment collection published by Lillennas..”Praises” (Tunney/Fetke).

This is truly my great desire… I pray that God will give me victory over speaking my mind before thoughtful reflection on what He would have me say…

I pray the God will help me to conduct myself in a manner that those around me at work, at church and especially my family will see Christ in me. I also pray that if any who know me and have witnessed any such unseemly conduct, I want you to know, that my desire is “To Be Like Jesus”.

I truly praise the Lord for all that He has done and it is such a joy to me and I am sure even more to the Lord, to see the evidence of Christ in the lives of our children and grandchildren. When I see or hear of people from our past ministries that are faithfully serving God and putting Christ first in their lives I am overjoyed and thankful. I give God the Glory that he has given us the privilege of drawing others to the Saviour.

Read: I John 2

I John 2:6

” He that saith he abideth in HIM ought jimself also so to walk, even as he walked.”

My prayer: “Lord, Help me.”