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A married couple can live together for years but fail to really know each other. A good example of this is a story I heard about a couple who, for many years the wife had made her husband beets occasionally for supper, because she thought he liked them. One day the husband could take it no more and told her, " I do not like beets; I never had liked beets; I never will like beets! Why are you fixing me beets?" Her reply, "You never told me!"
Obviously, they had failed to communicate. An assumption here, a guess there and the truth was never known!
There are many Christians whose experience with Jesus Christ is based off this same pattern. A guess here an assumption there, and they never really get to know in a personal way the God of the Universe! There is a desperate lacking in real communication with the result never really knowing the real Jesus.
How are we to know Him in a real way? The relationship begins with first repenting and trusting Him as your personal savior from the penalty of sin. Then the key is communication! Through Scripture, through the preaching of His Word, through prayer. Have you spent time with Him today? The key to a good relationship is spending time with that person and communicating. As the hymn " He Lives" says, "you ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart." He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way." He desires to know His people intimately; I would hope the feeling would be mutual.
The public is invited to attend the First Universalist Church, Maple Street and Route #167, Brooklyn for its 8th Annual Memorial Service for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, the nationally recognized Civil Rights Leader and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient. The Penn Gospel Jazz Ensemble will be performing at the Universalist Church's annual commemorative service in King's honor on Sunday, January 19, at 7:00 p.m.
The speaker for the evening, The Reverend Gloria J. Watson, Associate Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Scranton, was recently ordained in Scranton after many years of study. Watson, a resident of Wilkes-Barre, is a graduate of the Church Leadership Institute of Northeast PA in Williamsport, PA. She and her husband of 35 years, J. D. Watson, raised four children and are grandparents to six. An active member of her church, the NAACP, and the Negro Women's Community League, she sits on the Northeastern PA Regional HIV Planning Coalition in Wilkes-Barre.
Rev. Watson noted she has a great love for Gospel Music and is looking forward to the ecumenical service that evening. She will be the keynote speaker at Kings University the afternoon of January 20, 2003 for its Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program. At that Wilkes-Barre campus she will share, as she will at the Brooklyn church, how the advocacy of Dr. King affected her life as a black woman.
The Penn Gospel Jazz Quartet, under the direction of Barney Wilkins, the talented musical group will include a pianist, a trombonist, and a bass cellist. They will be performing in their unique jazz approach again this year at the Susquehanna County church service. Wilkins was born and raised in the Kingsley area and is active in band directorship in high schools. He has established a reputation for playing a wide variety of musical instruments and leads two other groups. Penn Gospel specializes in performing in churches giving a jazz style to gospel music that keeps hands moving and feet tapping to music that stirs the soul. The group has been known to play often at various kinds of church functions. Wilkins has been pleased to share, "Playing churches is one of our primary things."
Following the event, which is free and open to the public, there will be light refreshments in the church hall.
For further information and directions, please contact Rev. Ralph Christianson, 289-4603.
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