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Engaging with God & Connecting to One Another
Centenary Disciples, 

The Lord be with you . . . and also with you.

This Sunday (11/22) is the last Sunday of the Church year when we celebrate Christ the King; we'll also hear the third judgment parable of Jesus = The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats.

Click here to learn more about celebrating Thanksgiving safely.

  1. Wed Nights for Kids, Youth @ 5:30 pm =
    Kids in the Youth House for Advent Wreath making

    Youth in the Fellowship Hall for Thanksgiving bag assembly
    No adult bible study
  2. Live Outside is now at 5 pm on the Youth House Patio
  3. Can you help with Christmas Decorations?
I hope this communication finds you well, and provides you tools to care for both your physical and spiritual health.
We’re anxious to hear from you:
The Rev Jonathan Speegle, PhD, Pastor.............................662-889-7000
Connie Felter, Minister of Discipleship and Visitation...........601-248-1756
Christopher Hart, Minister of Music, Media, and Arts...........601-810-5030
Kevin Martin, Minister to Students........................................601-551-0848
Kathy Walton, Financial Manager.........................................601-551-8723
Bob Raborn, Pianist..............................................................601-551-3735
Bruce Robinson, Custodian..................................................601-551-6298
Send prayer requests to.......................................................601-248-1756
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Thoughts by Connie Felter, Minister of Discipleship & Visitation

The first line of the hymn kept coming to my mind during my morning walk. Thing is, I don’t know the rest of the hymn. Each morning there is this little nudge; go to the hymnal – look at the words – learn them – make them part of your prayer time. Finally, I yielded to that nudge this morning and this writing is the result of that nudge.
 
I have written this before but there is a point in my daily walk where I make my turn to start back home. It’s a small hilltop that offers a striking view of my surroundings. It is the place where I turn and look up into the sky. Most mornings I look directly into the eastern sunrise and realize I am stepping directly into the Son-Shine. It is there words form in my mind and in my heart and I speak or sing something. Somehow, some way, the words My Faith Looks Up To Thee, come to mind. Then it dawns on me; maybe I should go and read those words so I can get past the first line of the song.
 
My Faith Looks Up To Thee was originally a poem written by Ray Palmer. Lowell Mason gave melody to the words that later became a part of a compilation of spiritual songs for worship. It’s a beloved hymn written in simple language about the true Christian experience of faith in the divine Redeemer. But now, as I intentionally read the words, I think it is more than a beloved hymn – it is a powerful expression of prayer.
 
My faith looks up to thee, thou Lamb of Cavalry, Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray, take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day be wholly thine.
 
May thy rich grace impart strength to my fainting heart, my zeal inspire!
As thou hast died for me, O may my love to thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be, a living fire!
 
While life’s dark maze I tread, and griefs around me spread, be thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day, wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray from thee aside.
 
When ends life’s transient dream, when death’s cold sullen stream shall o’er me roll;
Blest savior, then in love, fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above, a ransomed soul!
 
A ransomed soul that never strays, strength to a failing heart,  love that is a living fire,  faith that looks up to the Lamb of Cavalry, the Savior divine. I encourage you to read the words, pray the words, definitely look up and then Think About It…

Disciples Engage with God through Worship
Worship is the most important thing we do as disciples; in fact, the purpose of human life is to glorify God and enjoy him forever; and that is what worship is all about.
 
Sunday Morning Worship Schedule
 
Live In Person @ 9:00 am   (Holy Communion, Nursery, No singing, Organ)

Live In Person @ 10:30 am (Piano, Singing, Nursery)
 
Live Online @ 10:30 am on YouTube or our Web Page
(Log on early and let us know via chat that you’re present and accounted for)
Click here to download the Order of WorshipKid's Page 3+Kid's Page 7+
 
Live Over Radio @ 10:30 am on WAKK 1140 AM.  
(If you listen please make a positive post on our Facebook page)

Live Outside @ 5 pm  (on the Youth House Patio -- cancelled if raining)
Prepare the Way of the Lord!

Make or buy a home Advent Wreath so you can fully participate in our Advent and Christmas Eve worship services online. 
(All you really need is 5 candles arranged in the shape of a cross, and a little greenery for decoration)
 
We Have Advent Wreath Kits contact Connie (601-248-1756) to get yours
 
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Disciples Engage with God through Holy Sacraments
Holy Baptism & Holy Communion are the ordinary ways God gives us saving grace.
Baptism is our primary connection to Christ; through which we receive the gifts of salvation, the Holy Spirit, and rebirth as a child of God.  Each time you wash your hands (and you should be washing your hands a lot these days) say aloud: I remember that I am baptized, and I am thankful.  
Holy Communion is the chief way we receive grace for the forgiveness of our sins, and the power to live as God’s children.  Every time you eat bread, and every time you drink from a cup, remember the Lord’s death, and pray that soon you can once again gather around his banqueting table.
Disciples Engage with God through Holy Scripture
When we read and study the bible; we learn more about God, Jesus speaks to us, and we receive grace to love and obey him.
Read the daily lectionary to prepare for Sunday.
Daily devotions help us engage with the scripture
Disciples Engage with God through Prayer & Fasting
Prayer is how we converse with God who relates to us as our loving Father.  Prayer, fasting, and contemplation are ways we participate in our relationship with God.  
Good prayer practices include:
  1. Praying the Lord’s Prayer daily
  2. Praying grace over meals
  3. Praying upon rising in the morning and before sleeping at night
  4. Praying throughout the week for our prayer concerns.
The Church is open throughout the week for private prayer.  
Remember to wash your hands, keep your distance, and call a staff person to let you in if needed.  We are happy to pray with you if you'd like.

An online option is Morning Prayer with The Upper Room via Facebook Live, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 am.
When you pray, please remember:
 
Our Members:
Gaye Starnes, Ted Purtell, Jennifer Gholson, David Yarbrough, Jane Richmond, Nancy Felder, Martha Lamkin, Bobbie Kenna, Hannah Nieman, Dean Kebert, Helen Elise McMillan, Cindy Quayle.
 
Our Friends:
Guylene Cutrer, Jill Robinson, Pearl McCray, Darla Hutson, Jerry Danos, Catherine Grenn Wilfong, Cash Ward, Britty Deere, Bron Lowe, Bill Fitzgerald, Beverly Carr, Harry Plotner, Lock Ross, Carla Grenn Allen, Will Jones, Emily Mote, Scott and Debbie Perkins, Julie Wallace.
 
To request prayer, you can:  Persons added to the prayer list will remain for four weeks, 
after which you may resubmit if desired.
Disciples Engage with God through Acts of Service
God desires a people who freely love him and love each other.  When we do good to each other we are actively loving God.
If you need assistance picking up prescriptions or items form the store, we can help with that.  
Contact Kevin Martin (601-551-0848), Darren Felder (601-248-8038), Teresa Price (601-551-6982), Jennifer Dumas (601-248-0622) and they will match you with someone who will be glad to help.
If you have an idea for a service project or mission outreach that you think the Church should be involved in contact Jennifer Dumas (601-248-0622).

Nov 29 begins the
Advent/Christmas/Epiphany
cycle of the Church year.  
If you can help decorate the sanctuary, church, and other spaces
to enrich our worship contact
dr Speegle (662-889-7000)
or Connie Felter (601-248-1756).  
Disciples Engage with God through Fellowship
No one is a Christian alone.  God gave us the Church so that we can hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, and so that we could provoke one another to love and good deeds.
The Church has subscribed to ZOOM
If you need to call a meeting, have some small group or Sunday school class time – you can use our subscription – just call Dr Speegle and he’ll send you what you need to make it happen.
Disciples Engage with God through Giving
We give because God first gave to us.  God is the giver of life and all good gifts, and he desires that we too give generously and cheerfully.  
Please continue to give regularly even when we cannot meet regularly.  
The needs and expenses of the Church continue during crisis.  If you are not a financial supporter of the Church, perhaps now is your time to start.  If you are, perhaps you could give a little extra to make up for those who can’t.  
  1. You may mail your offerings to PO Box 712, McComb 39648
  2. or drop them by the Church Office
  3. or donate by automatic draft
    (Kathy can help you set this up, call 601-684-6698)
  4. or electronically by going to our giving page
    Electronic givers can charge their donation to a debit or credit card.
Give Now
Disciples Engage with God through Contemplation
Through contemplation, the Holy Spirit makes present the mystery of Christ found in a particular passage, sound, or scene, and by it helps you see all things as a reflection of the Father's love and give gratitude. 
An easy way to start contemplative prayer is simply to sit before an image of Christ for 5 minutes; as you behold the image pay attention to what thoughts come to your mind.  Try praying without words, that is, simply be thankful and love Jesus.  If you use must words, you might pray: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner."
Let this be our prayer:

Almighty and everlasting God,
whose will it is to restore all things
in your well-beloved Son,
the King of kings and Lord of lords:
Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth,
divided and enslaved by sin,
may be freed and brought together
under his most gracious rule;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
Amen.

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