We apologize – no audio is available. Here is a summary of the services written by Brother Joe Anderson:
March 31, 2019: Once again our worship service began with the sweet acapella singing of a number of beautiful old hymns. “Hungry And Faint” was selected as our opening hymn, which we sang as we shook hands, greeted one another, and exchanged hugs of affection. Next our Pastor, Elder Jonathan Cook, reflected upon known needs for prayer and asked if there were any additional prayer requests. Elder Bill Stephens then offered a few words of praise and encouragement prior to giving a heart-felt prayer on behalf of the congregation.
Elder Jonathan Cook then presented a sermon using Luke 22:1-29 as his primary text with additional support from numerous other scriptures, to include Exodus 12, 1st Timothy, Matthew 14:14-15 and 26:28, John 1:1, 6:51-54, 6:60-68, and 13:13-16, and 1st Corinthians 11:27. Elder Cook reminded us that the events surrounding his selected text related to Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem at a time when the Jewish leaders were seeking to kill Him. He also pointed out that these religious leaders were constrained in their actions only because they feared what other men might do to them, and yet they had no fear of Almighty God. Moreover these religious leaders were actually glad to have “communed” with Judas Iscariot in planning the betrayal of Jesus and were willing to pay him accordingly. Elder Cook emphasized that the multitudes did not partake of the Passover with Jesus, but rather only those that continued in an on-going and intimate relationship with Him were partakers. Elder Cook further added that His disciples initially didn’t know which one would betray Jesus but, once it was revealed to be Judas, they all began to dispute among themselves who should be accounted the greatest of the disciples. This resulted in Jesus explaining that those that seek to serve in the Kingdom of God shall be greatest and then demonstrating this lesson with the washing of their feet. Elder Cook reflected on how after having washed His disciples’ feet, Jesus adamantly declared that His disciples ought to follow His example and partake in the washing of one another’s feet, yet most religious orders do not follow the Lord’s instruction today. Elder Cook further proclaimed that Jesus is now our Passover and, until His returns for His bride (the church), we are to solemnly and reverently remember His death, His shed blood, and His broken body every time we hold our Holy Communion service. Elder Cook emphasized that this communion service (which is the second ordinance of the Lord’s church) is not for the multitudes but rather for those whom have been baptized (which is the first ordinance of the Lord’s church) and whom have committed themselves to following Him in daily discipleship.
“Nothing But The Blood” was selected as our closing prayer which was sung as we again shook hands and exchanged hugs of affection one with another. Next, Brother Bruce Black closed services with a very tender prayer.