Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. - James 5:13-16 (ESV)
I have to confess that I am a bit overwhelmed for words to express my thoughts concerning our time of prayer for Mark and Carole Radford in worship yesterday. For the saints to gather and surround them as you did is a portrayal of the gospel in real life. I often preach about the importance of how we live the gospel to others, but yesterday's prayer was a perfect illustration that far surpasses anything I can articulate from the pulpit. Praise the Lord for the sending of His Son to be our Savior and Redeemer. Without that, yesterday would not have happened. I want to thank the elders of our church for leading this time of prayer with sincere hearts lifted up to the throne of grace. And I want to thank you, the saints, for pouring out your love. You didn't have to speak any words, but it was felt loud and clear. Please continue to keep the Radfords in your prayers as they travel to Houston and meet with medical professionals. Lastly, thanks to Stephen Datz for capturing grace in action. This is what the church is all about.
As I mentioned in last week's blog, it is so important to keep our ministries in your prayers. This week our women's bible study, men's bible study, and youth groups will all be meeting. Please pray that the Lord would bless each ministry as they gather.
In case you missed it, we welcomed our new Director of Music Ministry, Craig Williford to Cross Creek! Craig and his lovely wife, Kathryn live in the Tinsel Town area. Craig has music experience in other PCA settings like Christ Church Intown and Reformed University Fellowship. I am so excited they have joined us and I look forward to seeing Craig grow and thrive in his new position. Please encourage them as you're able.
Can you please remember Bert Bowden in your prayers today? Bert is scheduled to have back surgery this afternoon. They are anticipating it will be a routine, out-patient procedure but anything that requires general anesthesia requires extra precautions. The Bowdens are being taken care of by the Hall life group, but if there is anything further required the Halls will let us know.
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This Sunday we will look closely at 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, The Spirit and The Body. May the Lord bless us as we worship together.