We knew this past Sunday’s service was going to be special, and it certainly didn’t disappoint!
The first memorable moment came when Jade Kerley, the son of Eddie and Shelley Kerley, was baptized. In his pre-baptismal video, he recited words from a song that his grandfather had written. It was a touching moment, and was made all the more special as Eddie performed the baptism. We’re proud of Jade, and pray God’s greatest blessings for him and his family!
After Pastor Preston and the praise team led us in a time of worship, we filled the stage as the families of four babies were dedicated. The Herman, Rawson, Owens, and Nation families have blessed all of us, and this was our chance to ask God’s blessings on them and their beautiful children. Children are a priority at Liberty Hill, and we are so thankful for the commitment from these families to raise their children with a godly direction!
The Owens family then went from celebrating Mollie’s dedication to celebrating Preston’s ordination as a minister. We all can see the touch of God on the lives of Preston and his wife Kellie, and the ordination ceremony was an opportunity for us to affirm God’s work. God has already blessed us in great ways through their ministry, and we know that the best is still to come! After the ordination, Pastor Preston delivered the message. Continuing in our “Beyond Opinion” series, Preston addressed the question, “Do I have to go to church to be a christian?” He did a great job pointing out that we can be saved without going to church, but that living the life of a Christ-follower means joining together with other believers in church. Just as Jesus attended synagogue and temple services regularly, we also need to place a priority on being actively engaged in the family of God. God has not called us to a life of distance from other believers.
After service, we held a reception for Preston and Kellie, giving everyone a chance to let them know how much we appreciate their ministry, and that we will be there to support and encourage them. Ministry is a tremendous honor and joy, but it does also come with its unique share of trials. We are proud of Preston and Kellie, and will continue to pray for them as they pursue God’s purpose for their lives and for us at Liberty Hill!
Grace Received, Joe Payne