Take a good look at God’s wonders–they’ll take your breath away. Psalm 66:5
One Sabbath morning in the mid-1970s, at a college church a long day’s easterly drive from Dallas, Pastor Gary Patterson asked the organist to pull out all the stops and lead the congregation as they sang an early Advent hymn. “You know,” he reminded the faithful, “our forefathers swayed to the music’s rhythm when they sang this song. Try it!” Awkwardly, the worshipers moved their heads maybe an inch to-and-fro as they sang. “My, we’re an uptight group!” (or words to that effect), Patterson teased.
C.S. Lewis observed the same in England. “I want to stress what I think that we (or at least I) need more; the joy and delight in God which meet us in the Psalms, however loosely or closely, in this or that instance, they may be connected with the Temple. . . . These poets knew far less reason than we for loving God. They did not know that He offered them eternal joy; still less that He would die to win it for them. Yet they express a longing for Him, for His mere presence, which comes only to the best Christians or to Christians in their best moments. They long to live all their days in the Temple so that they may constantly see ‘the fair beauty of the Lord’ (27:4). Their longing to go up to Jerusalem and ‘appear before the presence of God’ is like a physical thirst (42). From Jerusalem His presence flashes out ‘in perfect beauty” (50:2). Lacking that encounter with Him, their souls are parched like a waterless countryside (63:2). They crave to be ‘satisfied with the pleasures’ of His house (65:4). Only there can they be at ease, like a bird in the nest (84:3). One day of those ‘pleasures’ is better than a lifetime spent elsewhere (v. 10). . . . They are glad and rejoice (9:2). Their fingers itch for the harp (43:4), for the lute and the harp — wake up, lute and harp! (57:9) . . . we’re going to sing merrily and make a cheerful noise (81:1, 2) . . . Let everyone, even the benighted Gentiles, clap their hands (47:1). Let us have clashing cymbals, not only well tuned, but loud (150:5) . . . I’m not saying that this gusto–if you like, this rowdiness–can or should be revived. Some of it cannot be revived because it is not dead but with us still. . . . We have a terrible concern about good taste. Yet even we can still exult.” (C.S. Lewis, ‘The Fair Beauty of the Lord,” Reflections on the Psalms(1958))
Silence is praise to you, Zion-dwelling God,
And also obedience. You hear the prayers in it all.
We all arrive at your doorstep sooner or later, loaded with guilt,
Our sins too much for us–but you get rid of them once and for all.
Blessed are the chosen! Blessed the guest at home in your place!
We expect our fill of good things in your house, your heavenly manse.
All your salvation wonders are on display in your trophy room.
Earth-Tamer, Ocean-Pourer, Mountain-Maker, Hill-Dresser,
Muzzler of sea storm and wave crash, of mobs in noisy riot–
Far and wide they’ll come to a stop, they’ll stare in awe, in wonder.
Dawn and dusk take turns calling, “Come and worship.”
Psalm 65:1-8 Message
Pastor for Administration Rick Weaver will preach “Practical Christianity as taught by Jesus” Part 2, concluding a study that he began last Sabbath, for our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. The Chisholm Trail Academy Band, directed by Conner Mason, will provide our worship music for both services, with praise songs led by Keene Worship Band in second service. Josh Samaniego will tell the children’s story. Pastor for Young Adults Michael Gibson will call for the offering, which will support Texas Vision. Our Head Elder, Ken Jones, will offer congregational prayer. Ken Seaman will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults, Pastor Michael Gibson will speak for The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00. His sermon title is “Hands and Heart.” Come and participate in amazing Elevate fellowship, music, and food!
Resurrection Pageant tickets will be available at the Welcome desk in our Sanctuary foyer this Sabbath only. Visit local distribution points or order online at www.keenechurch.org after March 27.
Thank you, friends, church members, and loved ones, for your overwhelming love and support to Nilda Merida and her family during her illness and at her funeral. Thank you also to those who participated in the visitation program, the funeral and graveside services, the Keene and Cleburne churches, and all the Filipino-American community for their cards, flowers, and food for the potluck meal afterward. – Nilda Merida’s family
Thank you to the volunteers for the food bank last week. We were able to serve 190 families and over 550 people!
We are sad to inform you:
- Long-time church member Morris Cummings, husband of Alice; father of Chrissie (and Alan Weis); grandfather of Kilory, and Nikki (and Ben Calderon), passed into mercy March 15. Morris ran Keene Church’s PA system for a decade. A memorial service will be held in our Chapel on March 30 at 3:00 PM.
- James Stewart, husband of Elaine Stewart, passed away on March 17. His service will be at Dallas National Cemetery at 3:00 PM on April 1.
Church Board – Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 PM, Fellowship Hall.
Wednesday night Bible study – We’re nearing the end of Revelation! Come to our Chapel at 7:00 as James Winegardner leads our exploration.
Dutch oven cooking: Learn and eat together! BYO chair, Dutch oven, charcoal and food to cook. No Dutch oven? Come anyway! March 24, 3:30 PM, CTA’s back parking lot. Shari Harriss (email@example.com).
“Pilgrim’s Progress” preview! – Family Ministries is sponsoring a free screening of the soon-to-be released movie adaptation of John Bunyan’s Christian classic NEXT Saturday night (March 30) at 7:00 in the Annex. Recommended for children 8 and up. Inspiration and fun for the whole family! Refreshments provided and love offering will be taken. For more info, see https://pilgrims.movie.
Embracing Singleness, sponsored by Women’s Ministries for young single women who want to come together for fellowship, thought-provoking presentations, and discussion, will meet Sunday, March 31, 3:00 – 5:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Speakers are Danae Songy and Laura Rosalez. Soup and refreshments will be served.
Seniors, mark your calendar! On April 4, Senior Share is coming to the Annex! Senior Share is a free Food Bank for seniors with fresh fruit/vegetables and dairy. Tell your friends and family!
88.3 The Journey Spring Sharathon is Tuesday, April 2 – Thursday, April 4 (6:00 AM – 7:00 PM) and Friday, April 5 (6:00-10:00 AM). If you’d like to volunteer, we would love to have you join us! You may call 817-556-4751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the schedule. Please lift us up in prayer during the days leading up to and including Sharathon.
Camp meeting is coming May 29-June 1! Learn all about it! Look up keenecampmeeting.com!
Keene Adventist Elementary School
- Please pray for our KAES students. Student Week of Prayer is March 25-29, 8:30-9:30 AM in our church Sanctuary, themed “Your Way, Yahweh!”! Students will lead all music, drama, and preaching. Homeschoolers and adults are welcome to attend!
- KAES is Breaking New Ground! Join us as we celebrate the Gymnasium Project Dedication and Groundbreaking on Sunday, March 31, at 302 Pecan St., Keene. School tours begin at 10:30 AM. The ceremony is at 11:00 AM. Refreshments to follow.
Chisholm Trail Academy
- Follow the trail home to CTA’s 51st Alumni Weekend March 29-30! Just one week away!
Southwestern Adventist University
- On March 30, the Hal Wright Science and Religion Lecture Series will continue, featuring Jason Lisle, founder of the Biblical Science Institute. His topic: “Understanding Genesis.” You are invited to this thought-provoking lecture, 4:00 PM, Mabee Center.
Enjoy a great benefit breakfast tomorrow morning in the Keene Cemetery chapel. We will be happy to serve you between 8:00 and 10:00. Hope to see you there! Bring a friend!
All Keene Cemetery constituents – The annual constituency meeting of the Keene Cemetery will be March 31, 2019, 7:00 PM in the Keene Cemetery Chapel. All constituents are urged to attend. Anyone who owns property or has family buried in the cemetery is a constituent.
Holy Week services, sponsored by Cleburne Christian Business Club, will be held April 15-19, 6:45 – 8:00 AM, Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 W. Henderson Street. Celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior.
An elderly couple visiting Keene April 9 – May 7 would like to rent a room or apartment within walking distance to Southwestern Adventist University. If you can provide temporary accommodations, please contact Tony Zbaraschuk, 817-659-3423.
FY 2018/2019 Ministries and Operations budget: $767,808.00
Donations Needed by March 31, 2019 – $575,856.00
Donations Received through March 16, 2019 – $529,901.28
Amount still needed this month – $ 45,954.72
Sanctuary HVAC (air conditioning) total cost – $550,000.00
Sanctuary HVAC project donations received thru March 16 – $303,985.48
Amount still needed – $246,014.52
KAES gymnasium project total cost target (phase 1) – $750,000.00
Southwestern Union Conference Support – $ 75,000.00
Keene Church donations received through March 16, 2019 – $232,388.44
KAES direct donations received through Nov. 30, 2018 – $315,120.79
Amount still needed (phase 1) – $127,490.77
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“I am also still reading the Psalms daily as I have done for years. There is no other book that I know and love as much,” Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in a personal letter to his parents, Karl and Paula Bonhoeffer, on May 15, 1943. Bonhoeffer believed that the Psalms are centered in Jesus, that Jesus prayed the Psalms, and that He taught them to His followers as a model for our own prayers. (Introduction to doctoral dissertation by Brad Andrew Pribbenow, April 24, 2017, scholar.csl.edu)
Oh, visit the earth, ask her to join the dance!
Deck her out in spring showers, fill the God-River with living water.
Paint the wheat fields golden. Creation was made for this!
Drench the plowed fields, soak the dirt clods with rainfall
As harrow and rake bring her to blossom and fruit.
Snow-crown the peaks with splendor, scatter rose petals down your paths,
All through the wild meadows, rose petals. Set the hills to dancing.
Dress the canyon walls with live sheep, a drape of flax across the valleys.
Let them shout, and shout, and shout! Oh, oh, let them sing!
Psalm 65:9-13, Message
What aspect of God is most exciting to you today? Creator? Provider? Redeemer? Sing about it!
Your Keene Church PastorsAll to Jesus I surrender,
All to him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust him,
In his presence daily live.
I surrender all,
I surrender all,
All to thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.
All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken,
Take me, Jesus, take me now.
All to Jesus I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.
All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee,
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.
All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
Oh, the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to his name!
(Judson W. Van Deventer)