Reverend Ashley’s sermon this week, February 17, 2019, will be “The Beatitudes”. The scripture is the list of blessings from Luke 6:17-26. But the gracious words that stick in my heart are from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:3-10.
There is much Holy about Jesus saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, Blessed are those who mourn, Blessed are the meek, Blessed are those who hunger for righteousness, Blessed are the merciful, Blessed are the pure in heart, Blessed are the peacemakers, Blessed are the persecuted.” What a blessing!
We had a marvelous fellowship meal this past Sunday, with a Valentine’s Day theme. Thanks to everyone who stayed for lunch. The hard work in preparations and decorations made it a delight. There is something magic about breaking bread and visiting with people you sit next to in church. It makes it most enjoyable. It’s hard to convey on a web page or Facebook post how much joy is created by the fellowship we all experience at these events, but we’ll settle for a very heartfelt thank you to everyone who came together to make it wonderful!
A House of Prayer
New Hope Chapel is a House of Prayer.
Jesus quoted Isaiah 56:7 when he said, “It is written: My house shall be called a house of prayer.”
We invite you to join us in prayer on Tuesday nights at 7 o'clock. Several people join us in prayer from home. We have seen large crowds with signs and wonders. We have had quiet evenings with just a few people praying and believing.
In whatever way you can join us in prayer, you are welcome.
Bedford County Soup Kitchen
We continue to serve our community by helping with the Bedford County Soup Kitchen. The Soup Kitchen has grown out of a ministry of the Bedford County Ministerial Association, and it is now a freestanding ministry located at First United Methodist Church on the town square. Every Tuesday evening there is a free meal available for all who come. It is prepared, served, and cleaned up by volunteers. We will have the opportunity to serve again on March 12, April 16, May 14 and June 11, 2019.
If your soul is hungry, one of the best ways to feed it is to volunteer to help in the Soup Kitchen.
Daily Bible Reading Calendar
We’re getting great feedback on the 2019 Daily Bible Reading Calendar. We have found that it is already having a larger impact than anticipated. People have said, “Thank you so much for the Bible Reading program -- it has me back in the Word! I didn’t realize how much I was missing.” There is also a sense of unity and belonging when we are all reading the same Scriptures on the same day. There is the feeling of disappointment when we get behind in the reading. I just want to encourage people not to get discouraged. You do what you can at your pace.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
For Prayer Requests, Event Planning, Assistance or more information, please contact us.
Experience the presence of God at New Hope Chapel!