Worship May 24, 2020

Hymn- Jesus Loves Me

Announcements

Violeta is on the blog today! Hannah will not be on WALH radio because she is on vacation.

If you feel led to continue contributing financially to Ada Chapel during this time that we are not meeting, please mail offerings to our treasurer at 2418 Wilson Rd. Wilmington, OH 45177.

If anyone would like to share their thoughts about when/how Ada Chapel should reopen, call or text Hannah at 937-503-4709 to share your opinion! We are eager to reopen and to see everyone, but we want to do it safely and correctly.

Prayer Requests

Ross and Violeta. All of those who are sick, or who have loved ones who are sick. Healthcare workers, grocery store workers, and other essential workers. Our neighborhood and our community. The family and friends of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Wilmington Yearly Meeting. Our leaders in all levels of government. People in the recovery community. Parents, children, the elderly, and others who are isolated. Everyone who is feeling discouraged. All of those who have lost jobs, or who are struggling financially during this time. 2020 graduates who are missing out on their graduation ceremonies. The young people of WYM who won’t get to go to camp this summer.

Hymn- Onward Christian Soldiers

Meditative Moment (Followed by silent worship)

“Your silent tents of green

We deck with fragrant flowers;

Yours has the suffering been,

The memory is ours.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfelllow

Sermon

Thomas Monaghan is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of Domino’s Pizza. From 1970 to 1985, Domino’s grew from a small debt-ridden chain to the second largest pizza company in America.

When asked to account for the phenomenal growth of the company, Monaghan explained, “I programmed everything for growth.” And how did he plan for growth? “Every day we develop people—the key to growth is developing people.”

Not special cheese, not a tasty crust, not fast delivery schedules, but people! Cheese, crust and timely delivery are very important, but people are essential!

I don’t know where Mr. Monaghan got his idea but I know where the importance of people first started. IT STARTED WITH OUR CREATOR!

Gen. 1:26-27 “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

There it is! God said, “Let us make man in our image.” God didn’t say, “Let us make a critter in our image,“ or “Let us make a plant in our image.” God made man i.e. mankind the most important part of all of His creation!

And God’s emphasis in scripture has always been on people! God is interested in people because people are His highest creation! God wants all people to be saved eternally! God loves people!

If He didn’t love people then why did Christ die on the cross for the sins of people?

Rick Warren writes in The Purpose Driven Life, “I have been at the bedside of many people in their final moments, when they stand on the edge of eternity, and I have never heard anyone say, ‘Bring me my diplomas! I want to look at them one more time. Show me my awards, my medals, that gold watch I was given.’ When life on earth is ending, people don’t surround themselves with objects. What we want around us is people – people we love and have relationships with. In our final moments we all realize that relationships are what life is all about.”

What does Memorial Day weekend mean to you? A three-day weekend? Eating? Grilling out? Fun time, difficult as it is during the pandemic?  Or perhaps remembering others?

God put us here to live our lives and to learn our lessons, but also God put us here for others!

Friends, this Memorial Day weekend when we are isolated and away from one another, let’s show our concern about others and for their good! IT’S ALWAYS GOOD TO THINK OF OTHERS, TO LOVE OTHERS, AND TO REMEMBER OTHERS!

In II Timothy 1:3-5 we see that Paul remembered his friend Timothy.
V. 3 – “I constantly remember you…in my prayers.”
V. 4 – “Recalling your tears….”
V. 5 – “I have been reminded of your sincere faith…”

Paul remembered Timothy in several ways. He remembered him enough to pray for him. He remembered Timothy’s pain in life. He recalled his tears, and remembered that he was a man of faith in the Lord. Timothy was important to Paul.
 

On this Memorial Day weekend let’s remember the deceased and remember the living!

We do remember our dearly departed…
 
Apostle Paul wrote in Romans. 1:8-9 “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. 9God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you.”

Someone has well said, “Say goodbye to me, but not to the thought of me.” And not to the precious memories…

In my memory when I observe our Ada Chapel, I see the pews occupied by our dear and precious Phoebe, Bonnie, Annie, Dan, Loretta, Ellen, Mark, Junior and many others…Let’s bow in silence and remember them one more time… Peace be with them…

We also remember our other deceased family members and friends. I remember my dear Mom Petronele who visited us at Ada Chapel from Lithuania and how Phoebe, Bonnie and Annie greeted her in such a friendly way, no word of English or Lithuanian, but mama to mama heart talk. Precious memories….

Originally, Memorial Day was instituted to remember the Civil War dead, but over the years it has become a time to remember all deceased veterans and all our deceased loved ones.

This is one reason why it has no longer been called “Decoration Day.” But I know so well that many of you whose family graves are nearby, will go and adorn them with those fresh summer flowers, as fresh as the precious memories of them who we’ll never stop loving…

For sure, those of us who can, will stop by and bow at the Veterans Memorial there in Wilmington, for we honor the memory of the brave who gave their lives for the freedoms that we enjoy. Peace be with them…
May God bless those who remember our deceased veterans. May God bless those who remember any of their deceased loved ones! People count.

And then, there is this question important to all, and well posed in Job 14:14 “If a man dies, will he live again?”

There are several answers to that question.
– Science says, “He may live again.”
– Philosophy says, “He hopes to live again.”
– Ethics says, “He ought to live again.”
– Atheism says, “He will never live again.”
– Jesus Christ says, “He shall live again.” (John 11:25)

Rev. 14:13 “Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”

Dear Friends, take heart! Remember and rejoice! In Christ, we will live forever! Or as someone else put it, “Death is not a period but a comma in the story of the Christian’s life.”

Now, how about the living?

Ron was a fifteen-year-old teenager, a tenth-grade student at Granger High School. It was game day, and he was the only sophomore suiting up with the varsity team. Excitedly, he invited his mother to attend. It was her very first football game, and she promised to be there with several of her friends. The game finally ended, and she was waiting outside the locker room to drive Ron home.

“What did you think of the game, Mom? Did you see the three touchdown passes our team made and our tough defense, and the fumble on the kickoff return that we recovered?” he asked.

His mother replied, “Ron, you were magnificent. You have such presence, and I was proud of the pride you took in the way you looked. You pulled up your knee socks eleven times during the game, and I could tell you were perspiring in all those bulky pads because you got eight drinks and splashed water on your face twice. I really like how you went out of you way to pat number nineteen, number five and number ninety on the back every time they came off the field.”

“Mom, how do you know all that? And how can you say I was magnificent? I didn’t even play in the game.”

His mother smiled and hugged him. “Ron, I don’t know anything about football. I didn’t come here to watch the game. I came here to watch you!”

The moral of this story is: PEOPLE COUNT MOST OF ALL! Football is fine. Football is fantastic for some people. But people are supreme!  

Phil. 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”

Phil. 2:4 “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

I knew a lady in Cincinnati, OH who passed away a good decade ago. She was a widow and had only one son, who was also deceased. She said one time, “I believe in giving flowers to the living.”

By that, she meant that she believed in remembering people while they were still living. She loved doing things for the living. She didn’t wait to send flowers in honor of the deceased. She did that as well, but she preferred to give flowers in various forms to the living. But those flowers were in the form of a phone call, a greeting card and prayer.

People need to know that we care about them and love them while they are still living.

John Wesley said:
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,


  • To all the people you can,
    As long as ever you can.

    This anonymous poem sums it all up well:
  • “Is anybody happier
    Because you passed his way?
    Does anyone remember
    That you spoke to them today?

     Can you say tonight in passing
    With the days that slipped so fast,
    That you helped a single person,
    Of the many that you passed? (even in your mind or on Facebook:)

    Is a single heart rejoicing
    Over what you did or said?
    Does one whose hopes were fading
    Now with courage look ahead?”

  • Gal. 6:9-10 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

    Let us pray:

     

    Precious and beautiful Lord, we pray to You today deeply believing that our dearly departed veterans, family and friends rest in Your Peace, the Peace that transcends our understanding. We rejoice in Your everlasting love and protection for our living dear ones. May You bless us all

    This Memorial Day weekend and going forward.

    In Jesus name,

    Amen.

HymnTis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus

Ada Chapel Prayer

Father, we thank thee for the night; and for the blessed morning light. For rest and food, and loving care; and all that makes the world so fair. Help us do the things we should; to be to others kind and good. In all we do, and all we say; to grow more loving every day. Amen

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