Several asked for a copy of the poem I concluded my message with last weekend so here it is. Print it and read it from time to time. It will help you ‘keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.’
‘Twas the night Jesus came and all through the house
Not a person was praying, not one in the house.
The Bibles were left on the shelf without care,
For no one thought that Jesus would come there.
The children were dressing to crawl into bed,
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And mom in her rocker with baby in her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.
When out of the east there rose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and lifted the sash!
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here!
The light of His face made me cover my head–
It was Jesus returning, just as He said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.
In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
When He said, “It’s not here” my head hung in shame.
The people whose names had been written with love
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound
While all the rest were left standing around.
I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I’d known that this was the night.
In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is now drawing near.
There’s only one life and when comes the last call
We’ll find that the Bible was true after all.
–AUDRY PATRICIA WOOLVERTON
We are busy preparing our new off campus meeting space (Building 2:42) for lots of groups, classes, and ministry gatherings this fall. We are in need of a refrigerator for this building. If you have one we could have, please call the office and we will arrange for it to be picked up.
For anyone volunteering at WCCC, you MUST mark the date of Sunday, August 28th (6:00-8:00 pm) for our Annual Volunteer Summit! If you volunteer in any ministry here at WCCC, you are invited to this evening planned especially for you. We’ll celebrate with food, fellowship, fun and a future focus – all for free! – in a gathering you will long remember. “Barnes & Miner” (a Christian comedy husband-wife team) from Seattle, WA, are our featured guest artists. Don’t miss this! Register today online at the Welcome Center (or from home) @ whitewatercrossing2.org.
Speaking of volunteering, our annual Clothing Give-Away is almost here (Sat., Aug 13) and help is needed! The response of clothing donations has been tremendous after just the first weekend – our trailer is filling up fast! Thank you for bringing your gently-used clothing to help others. We now need additional help next week to sort the clothing. Volunteers are very much needed next Wednesday evening and Thursday or Friday during the day. Please contact the office ASAP if you can help. (We’ll provide lunch for the Thursday/Friday crew.)
This weekend we launch a brand new sermon series called The Power of One Word. The first is on ‘The Power to Hurt.’ If you want to know (and leverage for good) the power of the tongue, then make plans to be here!
P.S. Congrats to our own Gary Coleman on his 5,000th ride on the Diamondback roller coaster at Kings Island. That’s quite a milestone and a huge record!