Good Monday everyone! We hope your week is off to a great start!
Sunday was a big day for us at Liberty Hill, as it was the first Sunday for The Hub (our secondary sanctuary that is equipped with a live video feed) to be open for business! It came in handy, too, as our main sanctuary was near capacity. The Hub not only provides us with more worship space, it also gives us an additional sanctuary that gives a very warm and intimate feel to it. The Hub is much more than overflow seating, though; it is its own unique place for worship and fellowship.
The Hub will really get warmed up this Wednesday, March 28, by the way. Our Student Ministries team is providing sandwiches for students at 6:00 PM, and at 6:30 PM Pastor Preston will be leading a special worship service just for our students! This’ll be a great way for our students to worship, and for us to get a glimpse of just what The Hub can become!
Sunday was also special as we gave a farewell-blessing to Johnny, Emily, Joe, and Hannah Jourdan. The Jourdans are moving to Illinois, as Johnny has accepted a position with Star General Baptist Church as their new Youth Pastor. We are thankful for how the Jourdans have been a blessing to us at Liberty Hill, and are excited for them as they step out into this new adventure! Johnny and Emily have faithfully taught our High School Sunday School class, and have been actively involved with our Student Ministries Team. Heather Mayo and some of our students gave them a gift during our worship time Sunday to let them know that we will be keeping them in our prayers!
I continued our “Parables of Principle” sermon series by talking about Jesus’ parable of the wheat and the weeds, and asked the question, “Who can you judge?” After considering what Jesus taught, I believe that Jesus clearly teaches us to not judge one another. But that doesn’t mean that we never stand for the difference between right and wrong, as Jesus also clearly – and powerfully – commanded us to be discerning. Jesus does not call us to be critics of one another, but instead to be discerning people who invest the time, energy, and compassion into following what is right. Jesus calls us to be lights, not critics.
To wrap up our Sunday review, I have to share this picture of Sydney N. with you. Little Sydney has been on our prayer list for several weeks, as she has undergone a series of medical tests. We are so thankful for her improvement, and continue to keep her in our prayers. She is such a beautiful little baby, and is a precious reminder that life is sweet! Thanks go to Mike Williams for all of the pictures from Sunday’s service, but especially this little jewel!
Grace Received, Pastor Joe