United Methodist Church
"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." (Matthew 18:20)
Greetings from Pastor Stephen King, Mt. Pleasant’s United Methodist Church, Taylorstown, VA
Hope this finds you all safe and well. The church wants to stay connected to you during these times, so attached is a copy of my sermon, Bible reading. Debbie Ridgeway will be mailing this out weekly to those who don’t have Internet or Facebook.
If you have Facebook, the Pastor will be live from Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, Lovettsville on Sunday mornings at 10 am. If you watch, please note in the comments section how many at your home viewed the service, even if it is later in the day. We are still able to keep track of “online” attendance for our worship during this time period. If you listen to the audio attached, or just read the sermon text, please respond to Debbie that you did so, noting if you read to yourself or out loud to others, how many heard or read. We will include that in our attendance numbers, as well. Let her know by Tuesday.
If you have prayer concerns, please continue to send them to Debbie or the Group email.
Please continue to send your Offering, make checks payable to Mt. Pleasant UMC, mailed to Treasurer: Tim Bowers
12384 Axeline Road
Lovettsville, VA 20180
If you or someone in your family contracts the virus, please let me know, so we can be in prayer. I also am required by the Conference and state to make known who in our congregations have been affected by the virus. Obviously, turn to your primary care giver, let them know of your symptoms, as to whether you need to be tested. Follow their directions and be taken care of right away.
"The precious blood of Christ." 1 Peter 1:19
Standing at the foot of the cross, we see hands, and feet, and side, all distilling crimson streams of precious blood. It is "precious" because of its redeeming and atoning efficacy. By it the sins of Christ's people are atoned for; they are redeemed from under the law; they are reconciled to God, made one with Him. Christ's blood is also "precious" in its cleansing power; it "cleanseth from all sin." "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow." Through Jesus' blood there is not a spot left upon any believer, no wrinkle nor any such thing remains. O precious blood, which makes us clean, removing the stains of abundant iniquity, and permitting us to stand accepted in the Beloved, notwithstanding the many ways in which we have rebelled against our God. The blood of Christ is likewise "precious" in its preserving power. We are safe from the destroying angel under the sprinkled blood. Remember it is God's seeing the blood which is the true reason for our being spared. Here is comfort for us when the eye of faith is dim, for God's eye is still the same. The blood of Christ is "precious" also in its sanctifying influence. The same blood which justifies by taking away sin, does in its after-action, quicken the new nature and lead it onward to subdue sin and to follow out the commands of God. There is no motive for holiness so great as that which streams from the veins of Jesus. And "precious," unspeakably precious, is this blood, because it has an overcoming power. It is written, "They overcame through the blood of the Lamb." How could they do otherwise? He who fights with the precious blood of Jesus, fights with a weapon which cannot know defeat. The blood of Jesus! sin dies at its presence, death ceases to be death: heaven's gates are opened. The blood of Jesus! we shall march on, conquering and to conquer, so long as we can trust its power!
Morning and Evening.
By Charles H. Spurgeon
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