COMMERCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
June 2023 Newsletter
May 30, 2023
Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in the State of Florida. It covers 730 square miles and is rather shallow for a lake its size, with an average depth of only 9 feet. It is not only the largest lake in Florida or the largest lake in the southeastern United States, but it is too large to see across, giving it the feel of an ocean. For many years, Lake Okeechobee managed to keep what was below its surface, hidden. However, when a severe drought lowered the lake to its lowest level in years, hundreds of years of past events were suddenly brought to the surface. Rummaging through the bottom of the mud and muck, archaeologists managed to uncover ancient artifacts, sunken boats, pottery, even a few human remains.
This story kind of reminds me of King David and his act of adultery with Bathsheba and then upping the ante by planning the death of her husband, Uriah. David, much like the murky waters of Lake Okeechobee, covered up his sins by first, denying them and two, by not confessing to them. I would guess, like so many of us, David more than likely went about business as usual for many months, even conducting religious ceremony and duties. As long as David concealed his sinful acts, he went through a period of God’s conviction. He became weak and miserable.
However, there was help – the prophet Nathan stepped in and had a face-to-face with David. God’s conviction was so heavy on David’s heart that he confessed his sins to God and turned away from them and never looked back. God forgave David for what he had done. David experienced God’s mercy and God’s grace.
Folks, let us never be willing, but careful not to hide our sinful ways. When we are honest and confess our sins to Almighty God and lay them at the foot of The Cross, God blankets us in His Forgiveness. And for that reason, we can be forever grateful to our Sovereign God. To God be the Glory!
This Sunday, (04 JUNE 23), is Trinity Sunday. Our Old Testament Lesson will be from The Book of Psalms, this week we will be reading Psalm 8 and our New Testament Lesson will be from The Gospel According to Matthew, the 28th chapter, verses 16 thru 20. I will proclaim God’s Word in my sermon entitled – “Our Way of Life is Ministry and Ministry is Our Way of Life.” We will celebrate The Lord’s Supper.
Our 11:00 Service of Worship is broadcast on the Official Commerce Presbyterian Website at www.commercepresbyterian.com, or if you would like to view the service at to YouTube and search Commerce Presbyterian Church.
NEGA Presbyterian Women Bible Study / Leadership Conference: hosted by CPC – Saturday, 19 AUG 23. More details to follow – ladies mark your calendars.
Pentecost Sunday and Offering is again, scheduled for this Sunday 04 JUN 23: My thanks to those of you who generously gave this past Sunday. Your benevolence amounted to $130.00. But folks, we can do better, so, this next Sunday we will take another shot at it. Please give as the Holy Spirit speaks to you.
Father’s Day: Let’s not forget dear, ole dad – Sunday, June 18th, 2023
Lunch Bunch: My thanks to those of you who gathered for our MAY Lunch Bunch. We had a wonderful time at Beef O’ Brady’s in Jefferson. Our next one is scheduled for Sunday, 25 JUN 23, so come, join us.
Monday Night Bible Study: We will reconvene on this Monday, 05 JUN 23 and then take a break for the summer and regroup on Monday 31 JUL 23.
And one more thing: One of the requests that God asks of us is that we give Him a soft and repentant heart. So, let us all rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you obey Him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure! Psalm 32:11
I so much look forward to seeing each of you on Sunday and while you are at it, ask a family member or friend to be our guest and sit with you and see Jesus Christ at work in the hearts and minds of the CPC flock; I look forward to seeing them too. And for those of you Live-Streaming, we would love to see you in-person. As the Holy Spirit moves you and you feel comfortable enough, please come join us for our in-person worship. CPC is just Good, Basic, Church – Godly, Biblical, Christian.
I’ll see you in church – ALELLUIA and all God’s children say, AMEN! Jeff Cain
A psalm of David: “Finally, I confessed all my sins to You and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, ‘I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.’ And You forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” Psalms 31:5
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