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Word From the Pastor

Posted Sunday, September 08, 2019

08Sep

THE WORD FROM THE PASTOR - SEPTEMBER 8, 2019

I think that the highlight of the meeting of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. in New Orleans this past week was the election of the Reverend Jerry Young to serve his term as President. His re-election was not a surprise—there were no other contending candidates for the office. I ask you now to join me in prayer for him and the Convention as he presides over the next five years. These years are critical.

Looking at our own life here at White Rock, our annual efforts of recommitment to Christ have begun. I ask us to prayerfully prepare to pack out the drama of our submission to God by beginning our preparations for Bible Reading. This year the Bible Reading takes a different schedule and have the added emphasis. Let us begin our reading on Wednesday, September 25, continuing reading for four consecutive Wednesdays and concluding those Wednesdays with our reading on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 2, 9, 14, 15 and 16. I call up our Sheepfolds and Auxiliaries to choose/recruit and to volunteer for public readings now. I encourage all to read along selected passages as we read through the entire Bible. We will conclude each day of reading with prayer and discussions. May God strengthen us in and by His word. Both written and in the flesh.

God’s grace and peace be multiplied unto you. . .

Joy! We are one in the Lord.


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Word From the Pastor

Posted Sunday, March 17, 2019

17Mar

WHERE ARE YOU GOING? WHY?
Ephesians 3:16-21 (The Voice)

I am sure that you agree with me that our worship on last Sunday was both celebratory and challenging. We thank God for the power of His spirit present in each event in the total atmosphere of our gathering. May God bless each of you for your presence and participation. Thank you for your words and gifts of love.

Your continued prayers are sought as we seek to discern more clearly God’s summons to our lives in 2019 and beyond. Pray, by the power of the Holy Spirit, that in discerning we will resolutely embrace His summons to the utmost of our capabilities. Let us ask the Lord, in all of our gatherings of worship and of personal interactions, for the collective minds/hearts to say, “WE will TRY”, O’ Lord to do and be Your people.

Two months from today we will observe Women’s Day. Sister Lisa Welch serves as the Chairlady for the celebration and Sister Renee Wynn Ellis, daughter of the Church, will be our guest speaker. Every woman (and man)— whether young, mature or aged—is asked to identify specific arenas in which you will seek to grow in grace as a person and in your relationships as members as the Body of Christ. What blessings await us as we experience the joys of our possibilities made real.

God’s grace and peace be multiplied unto you. . .

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Word From the Pastor

Posted Sunday, January 13, 2019

13Jan

Act 3:1-15
The Resurrection of Jesus

In the crucifixion of Jesus, we hear and see the assertion of human power and evil attitudes in the world against the Lord. In the resurrection of Jesus God exposes the impotence of human powers against Him and the omnipotence of His love and power towards us. In the contrast the possibilities of life are ever present. In accepting His being and love we find our life. In rejection of Him is our death. The resurrection of Jesus says that in Jesus the power of death is broken: He is Lord of life and death. The resurrection of Jesus was not observed but it was experienced. The resurrection of Jesus says that He is alive and present to us, even WITH us when we become believers of/in Him. As believers we become witnesses of and to His saving presence. As believers we become participants in His life, transformed from being victims to becoming victors, in Him, over all the possibilities of life and death. As believers we become sharers of His joy. As believers, by His spirit, we ARE the Church—His Church. As such ours is the challenge/privilege of living into the fullness of His life and glory!

As the Church let us gather next Sunday for the installation of all Church Officers and the dedication/commitment of all Church members to His will. With all of our hears in the year before us “We Try”.

“May God’s grace and peace be multiplied unto you . . .”

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Word From the Pastor

Posted Sunday, January 06, 2019

06Jan

I Won’t Complain
Luke 2: 25-35

God’s grace and peace be multiplied unto you. I thank God that from the Christian faith prospective every year ends with the celebration of the birth of Jesus and the new year begins under the aura of that celebration. This is both instructive and encouraging to us. The year ends with the assertion that in Jesus God keeps His promise of redemptive revelation to all people. Each new year begins under the power of that revelation. We can begin the year in His joy.

The story of God’s high favor to Mary in choosing to use her in the fulfillment of His promise highlights that fact that each of us is honored when He involves us in His work of redemption. This was the central emphasis of last Sunday’s worship. Studying God’s dealings with Mary, however, makes clear that His favor does not exempt us from the reality of suffering. This is a baffling truth which prompts us to continuing examination of His way with us. This revelation is the point of focus in today’s worship experience. Linking honor and suffering makes the resurrection an inevitable climax of life in/with Christ. This will be the accent of next Sunday’s worship.

Under the claims of these truths—high favor, unavoidable suffering and inevitable resurrection—we will on the third Sunday hold the installation of all Church Officers and Leaders and make a sincere commitment as a congregation in response to the Lord’s calling/charge. Our Church Theme for 2019 is “WE TRY!” Let us gather for worship in fresh surrender as we enter and continue through the year.

Let us be prayerful one for the other!

Joy! We are one in the Lord.

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Word From the Pastor

Posted Sunday, December 30, 2018

30Dec

Stored Memories
Luke 2:18-51

Beloved in the Lord, by God’s grace and by your strivings to be faithful to His charge “Through the Years. . .”, we have come to the final Lord’s day in the year 2018. I thank God for the holy endeavors of each of you and I’m grateful to you for the extent of your yieldings to Him. So many of you have been inspirations to me and to others in the work of our Lord.

My appreciation is more than I can express to you for your remembrances of me and my family on so many occasions throughout the year past. Individual cards and calls, gifts and continued intercessions for us have been sources of strength. May God’s grace and peace be greatly multiplied to you in every way.

As we look forward to the year 2019, I invite you to examine and emulate the response made by Mary, the mother of Jesus, to the calling/charge given to her in the work of redemption which belongs to Jesus. Though, she did not fully fathom the assignment by God, she accepted the fact that she was a highly favored woman because of His choice. Throughout her days she tried to weigh/assess the significance of it all. She discovered that hers was more than the task of giving birth; it was also hers “to mother Him” to maturity through all of His years. She learned early that her favoring by God involved suffering for and because of His choice. Through it all she remembered and was strengthened in those stored memories of the sanctity of God’s choice and the marvel of Jesus’ ministry. She was faithful to the end. May it be so with each of you.

Joy! We are one in the Lord. Let us give to Him nothing less than our best.

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Word From the Pastor

Posted Sunday, December 23, 2018

23Dec

Luke 2:1-20

“News of Great Joy!”

Today is the final Sunday of the season of Advent. For us this period is not a time of unknowing; it is a call to reflection upon the reality which we already know that Jesus is Born! What is the life altering results of His coming? What is the dimension of greatness in His having come? What is/ought be the empowering impact of these reflections upon our lives as members of the church (this congregation, White Rock)? Are we incentivized by what we know?

I pray that the joy of Christ’s coming will be stirringly sensitized within us. I pray that this Great Joy will be marvelously manifest within and through us in the days ahead granted unto us by God’s grace.

Be reminded of our Church celebration at 10am on this Tuesday. Let us gather for worship on the final Sunday of 2018 (10am); let us break bread together on this last Sheepfold Sunday following the worship hour and then hold our Annual Business session after the meal.

“May God’s grace and peace be multiplied unto you. . .”

Joy! —“Be Well”!

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Word From the Pastor

Posted Monday, December 17, 2018

17Dec

Luke 1: 1-50

“GOD HAS NOTICED YOU!”

I bless the name of the Lord for the challenges of last Sunday’s Advent worship gatherings. We continue today on this third Sunday of Advent with our ears and eyes open to some of the sobering dimensions of the marvelous event of God’s coming to us in the person of His Son and our Savior, Jesus the Christ. The sermon focus is on the responses of the Adults used by God to tell the story of Jesus’ birth—Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth, Mary and her fiancé Joseph. In them we can see reflected our own possible likenesses in the continuing drama of human reactions to God’s calling to make Christ real in our time. The pictures are plain and simple.

Next Sunday, is the last Sunday in Advent. Let us gather in glad anticipation of Christ’s actual coming—accenting the kinds of receptions He received. Let ours be a joyful welcoming one.

Rejoice: we are one in the Lord!

“God’s grace and peace be multiplied unto you. . .”

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Thoughts

Posted Thursday, December 13, 2018

13Dec

Any and all of GOD’s blessings should be taken seriously. Even though they are constant, we shouldn’t take them for granted. We should be grateful. Taking blessings for granted impacts our response to blessings.
Sermon: At the Table With Jesus - Pastor William J. Shaw
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Word From the Pastor

Posted Sunday, December 09, 2018

09Dec

Rev. Dr. Wesley Granberg Michaelson

"WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?"
Malachi 3:1-4, and Luke 3:1-6

Greetings, Beloved.

“God’s grace and peace be multiplied unto you. . .”

We are richly blessed here at White Rock this Lord’s day. First of all, we are privileged to be able to assemble for worship this morning, for a meal at midday and for a time of prayerful thought sharing about our faith and the future this afternoon. Additionally, we are favored by God to have Brother Wesley Granberg Michaelson sharing in each of these events. He is the preacher for the worship occasion and the presenter/leader in our 3:00pm gathering. Let us praise God for the challenging opportunities given to us.

Thank you, Wes, for consenting to be with us today.

I trust that all have worked together to plan and present our reports for our various activities of ministry for 2019. Continue to pray for the Spirit’s enabling. Be reminded that the work is the Lord’s, but He has chosen to use us as agents/witnesses to what He is doing. What a challenging and humbling thing this is. How marvelous is our God!

Joy! We are one in the Lord. Let us give unto Him nothing less than our best.

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Word From the Pastor

Posted Saturday, December 01, 2018

01Dec

Isaiah 11:1-9

EXPECTATIONS SATISFIED AND STIRRED BY CHRIST’S COMING

We have entered into the season of Advent—the four Sundays preceding Christmas. Christmas is the day the Christian tradition has designated to mark and celebrate the fact that Jesus Christ was born. The season of Advent is the beginning of the Church calendar. Is it not noteworthy that the Church calendar begins in the very month that the secular calendar ends. Just think of the message that this coincidence might bring to us.

As we take note of this overlapping and time here at White Rock, may we order our steps and minds accordingly. By next Sunday all of our auxiliaries/department reports on the endeavors of 2018 and all of our plans/visions for 2019 should have been turned in to me through the Church office.

We are encouraged also to gather for worship on next Sunday at 10 am and assemble again at 3:00 pm to dialogue with the Reverend Dr. Wesley Granberg Michaelson regarding “Faith Future: Ten Challenges reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century”. This is the title of a book by Dr. Michaelson just published. Copies of the book with be available for purchase and autograph at the cost of $15.00.

The Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. will make the afternoon event the kickoff of its Annual Foreign Mission Financial Drive. Other Christian faith bodies have been invited as well.

The discussion will be timely for us because we are now involved in, by the Spirit of God, assessing how we are challenged by the era to give faithful witness to our Christ. Let each member fervently pray daily for receptive openness to the Lord’s revealings and requirings. Pray that we will see and hear the Lord’s Will and will be strengthened in an obedient response to Him.

“God’s grace and peace be multiplied unto you. . .”