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{Evangelical Orthodoxy) 925 South Shamrock Avenue, Monrovia, California Bishop Dr. Wm. LaRue Dillard Parish-shepherd/Soul-watcher Office (626)358-2136 * Fax (626) 303-2477 Email: sbcmon@aol.com www.sbcmonrovia.org

Epistle

February 19, 2017

WHEN THE BLACK DARKNESS OF LONELINESS ENSHROUDS YOU! (Psalm 42:1-11) Sons and Daughters of my Flock, Grace to You! Your darkness may have drawn the curtain down on your day and it became night again for you. The sweet stillness of the night invites you to rest. We say to ourselves, “Everything must wait until tomorrow. There is nothing that can be done tonight.” But then, after a few hours of sleep, long before your bodies or psyches are rested, your minds stir you awake. It’s still night and the black darkness enshrouds you. And that’s when you realize that there is something you can do before tomorrow; you can worry and wrestle. Suddenly you are attacked by the pestilence which stalks its prey in the dark hours of the night. Perhaps all your questions about why of your suffering, when you’ve done your best to please the Lord by going to church weekly praying and reading your Bible. You feel alone and vulnerable. You lie awake and feel the full impact of the reality and aloneness long before dawn to bless you with distracting diversion of Sunday morning when you can go to worship. While you are waiting for time to come, the darkness around you is matched by the darkness of the night in your souls. You may quickly discover that the dark night of your suffering is not limited to sleepless hours. It can come in the brightness of high noon or in an ungraded moment. What you need to do is surrender it to God by faith. It might even call for fasting as the Lord directs you. At any unguarded moment when our own or others’ suffering gets at us, the demanded question slips from our hearts, “Why, God, why?” And with that its night again regardless of the time of day. What is the black darkness for you? Your own physical pain or disability? The emotional tension of unresolved memories or fear of the future? Disappointment over life, your children, yourself or someone else? Loneliness that’s deeper than the absence of people is it grief over the loss of a love one that no amount of time seems to heal turbulent worry over what’s happening to a love one or friend whose pain has invaded your heart? Psalm 42:8 says, “The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me---a prayer to the God of my life.” Amen Until He Comes, I Am Serving Christ Joyfully, U|á{ÉÑ WÜA jÅA _t eâx W|ÄÄtÜw Parish under-shepherd

THEME: “BORN AGAIN- WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS NEW BIRTH” JOHN 3: 1-18


The Call to Worship------------------------------------Lyceum Council Of Elders The

Hymn

of

Assurance-“I

Have

Decided

to

Follow

Jesus”

#164---

Congregants Trinity of Directors-Diaconates Josephine Stokes, Melva Hill & Robert Hamilton NEW MEMBERS LEADING THE WORSHIP: Introduction

to

Praise

Team--------------------------------Sister

Sherri

Williams Worship Leaders-----------------Brother Bennie And Sister Sheila Woods Responsive

Scripture---Psalms 55: 17-23----------Sister Merri Hancox

Fervent Prayer for The Lord ‘s Anointing-----------Brother Jamill Kitchen The Welcome to (Parishioners & Visitors)----Brother Cyrus And Sister CC Davis (Paying of Tithes/Giving Offerings) Stewardship of Worship--------------------------------------Sister Freddie Walls Tray

Holders----------Miss

Starieanna

Woods,

Sister

Merri

Hancox, Brothers Cyrus Davis, Warrent Williams, Master Jaden Bradford Choir Selection----------------------New Members/United Voices of Unity Choir Black History Presentation--------------------------------Sister Tameia Marshall New Member and Completion Certificates-----------------Bishop Dillard Brother John Phillip Harris and Sister Freddie Mae Walls Acknowledgement/Announcements--Brother Warrent & Sister Sherri Williams Jubilee Commission Appeal Choir Selection---------------------New Members/United Voices of Unity Choir Sermonic Gospel Message Bishop Wm. Larue Dillard, Preaching “Good Bearing the Burden of the Saints!” (Psalm 55:21-22)

Remarks-------------------------------------------------------Diakona Melva Hill A Christian Invitation, Your Prayer Requests Be Born Again, Join this Parish Church The Doxology Reverently “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow!”


The Benediction Recessional Chant

Calendar of Ministry Events February- BLACK HISTORY MONTH Sunday

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Monday Thursday Saturday

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Sunday

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Black History Presentation – New Members New Members Annual Day Presidents Day Board of Trustees Meeting 7:30 p.m. 1st Quarter Teachers Meeting in Fannie Goodwin Bldg. in Conference Room # A at 10 a.m. Black History Presentation – Chosen Vessels

March Saturday

4

Sunday Sunday

5 12

Sunday

19

Saturday Thursday

25 30

BLL Breakfast 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Fannie Goodwin Bldg. UWFG Breakfast 9 a.m. – 12 noon in the G.G. Bailey The Lord Supper Celebration 4:45 p.m. Save the Date to celebrate SBC 115th Founders Day During the 10:45 a.m. worship service Church Outing St. Reed Baptist Church in Los Angeles, Pastor C. R. Jones - at 3:30 p.m. Bishop Dillard will bring the Gospel Message, choir to minister in songs and ushers to serve Bishop’s 81st Birthday Anniversary 75th Ushers Annual / 39th Anniversary Welcome Hospitality Day 10:45 a.m. Prayer Vigil 6 a.m. – 1 p.m. Board of Trustees Meeting 7:30 p.m. Special Announcements

When youngsters turn 13 yea;;rs of age, they must attend Teen Discovery Class in the upstairs Computer Room in Fannie M. Goodwin Building. SBC Livestreams at https://new.livestream.com/accounts/10332936 Pay tithes at www.secondbaptistmonrovia.org/tithes-offering.htm

Bereavement Pray for Mildred & Joyce Baber in the passing of Mildred’s granddaughter and Joyce’s daughter ( Nicholwaia Butler)


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2 19 17 Bulletin /new members annual day