WELCOME TO ASHFORD
A NOTE FROM OUR PASTOR
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who
built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24 (NIV)
Jesus ends His Sermon on the Mount with the well-known parable of the wise man who built on the rock and the foolish man who built on the sand. The house was where a person would abide. That person didn’t just stay there but built their life there. Jesus alludes to all those important matters on which we depend for our living – basic values of honesty, commitment, loyalty, and priorities of family, faith in God, and the truth of Scripture. All will be tested by the storms of life. Those who have Christ in their life need not be
anxious nor fretful because seeking first His Kingdom will allow all other things to fall into place..and us with them.
The artist Rembrandt once painted a piece titled “Storm on the Sea of Galilee.” A realistic portrayal of stormy sea and striking details of a boat with frightened passengers. On close inspection, the painting revealed 14 people in the boat. Jesus, plus the 12 Disciples; yet who was the 14th? Holding on for dear life, Rembrandt had painted his face among the occupants of that frightful voyage. Have we experienced that kind of trust? When we put ourselves inside of Jesus’ parables, we will find our house has been built on the Rock. Other things will fall into place after that.
Let us not be distressed over the chaotic times we are experiencing; the Lord is with us and will see us safely to the other side.
Grace and Peace,
- Larry -
Lowrie J. Welton, Pastor
MUSIC AND WORSHIP
Worship Service on YouTube and Facebook
Our outdoor services during the month of July will be streamed through Facebook Live at Ashford's Facebook page, Ashford Memorial Methodist Church. There will be a link on our website to view the video recording of the service, and Tyler Stampe will also put the recording on YouTube.
AUGUST 9TH ORDER OF WORSHIP
9th Sunday After Pentecost
Rev. Dr. Lowrie J. Welton Presiding
Welcome and Invocation
**Hymn: "O Worship the King" - v. 1, 2, 5
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen
*Scripture Lesson: Matthew 25:31-40
Meditation: "The Servant Song"
Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer
Anthem: "My Song of Praise"
Sermon: "Fruits of Faith"
*Benediction Response: "Five-Fold Amen" arr. Stampe
*Congregation standing, please, if able
** Masks on while singing, please
FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST our worship services will continue to be held at 9:00 a.m. outdoors at Oconee Well Drillers, 1331 Greensboro Highway, Watkinsville, and will be streamed through Facebook Live and the recording will be available on YouTube. Watch for weekly e-mail updates, guidelines, and order of worship for each week's service.
Our COVID-19 Committee will continue to monitor all aspects of COVID-19 and will be making future recommendations of how and when we will return to worship in our building. The care and safety of our members and pastor is of upmost importance to us.
Thank you for continuing to support Ashford financially. We are blessed to be able to continue to support our missions, service people, and ongoing church expenses.
Pastor Welton, the care team, and the entire congregation is available for support, encouragement, and prayers. Pastor Welton is available by phone and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SANCTUARY FLOORING PROJECT UPDATE
The flooring project is moving along! The floors are beautiful! The walls have been painted and the rafters dusted. Next week the carpet will go in. There's still several weeks of work to be done.
If you would like to send a gift toward this once-in-a-century flooring project, please mark your check accordingly. It's a great way to honor or memorialize a loved one and to participate in this historic undertaking that will be enjoyed by many for another hundred years!
PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE
The Senior Pastor Search Committee continues with interviews of applicants. We will keep the congregation updated. Any final candidate will be presented to and voted upon by the congregation
before a hire is made. Continue to pray for God's guidance for this process.
BOARD MEETING will be held on Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall and via Zoom.
MONDAY MORNING LADIES BIBLE STUDY will begin on Monday, August 17th at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Please email Beth Kraps if you have any questions.
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