February 12, 2017
On March 30th, 2014, my nephew took his own life, a death that was unacceptable, unfathomable, and incomprehensible. How have I and how I do respond to something as tragic as suicide? For the next two Sundays in a sermon series (skipping next Sunday), I will share what I have experienced and what I have learned through this process. Metaphorically speaking, there are times in life when we can fly and there are times we can run. But in those moments when tragedy strikes, all we can do perhaps is put one foot ahead of the other and walk. Even that is something we can be grateful to God for. I challenge you to invite someone to church this Sunday (and following), maybe someone who has recently experienced some tragedy in their life. Together may we all discover a hope that will not disappoint!
February 19, 2017
We welcome Dr. Bill Bryant to the podium as Pastor Scott will be unavailable this weekend. Dr. Bryant has gone above and beyond in offering his service to God and the Emmanuel Presbyterian church community. A Fairview, TN resident, Dr. Bryant has stepped up to fill the pulpit when scheduled, unscheduled and for a short term assignment that turned into a long term one. We will miss Pastor Scott, but have no doubt Dr. Bryant will give a fantastic thought provoking sermon. Come see us at 10 am. We are the little church with a big heart, the place where good things happen.
February 26, 2017
We know that death, just like taxes, is inevitable. There is nothing we can do to prevent it happening. All those we know and even all those we do not know will one day come face to face with the end of life as we know it. Death is the great equalizer. It hits us all. But death does not deal with us equally. While most any death brings grief, there are certain tragic deaths that really make our hearts ache, and for me my nephew’s suicide two years ago hit me and my family like a Mack truck.
This Sunday I will conclude my sermon series on “What I Learned from Ryan’s Death,” as we explore where God is in the midst of tragedy. We will explore why Jesus said something as seemingly outlandish as, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Can grief actually be good? I invite you to bring a friend to church this Sunday, perhaps one who has experienced great loss in their life, and perhaps together we can find a great hope.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion--to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. Isaiah 61:1-3
Make plans to join us at 10:00 for service at Emmanuel, the little church with a big heart, a place where good things happen