Volume LXVIII, No. 45 | November 11, 2018
Worship at First
Sunday, November 11

Morning Worship
8:30 a.m.
"Baptism - A Wash"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

11:30 a.m.
"The Old Hundredth"
Kirkin' o' the Tartan
Sanctuary

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
"Enjoying God"
Dr. Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer
Sanctuary

Bulletins will be available by noon on Fridays.
Wednesday, November 14

Wednesdays@First
12:00 p.m.
Thirteen Lessons the Book of Proverbs Teaches
“Wise Disciples Do Not Repeat Their Mistakes"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas
Jackson Hall

Centerpoint
6:00 p.m.
Westminster Confession of Faith
"The Communion of the Saints"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas
Jackson Hall
Waiting on The Lord
It is quite remarkable the number of times the book of Psalms tells us to “wait on” or “wait for the Lord” (Psalm 25:5, 21 and some twenty or so other references). Then there are those passages in the Psalms which suggest the same idea using different words; for example, “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.” (Psalm 86:3)

Behind these statements lies the idea of waiting in prayer and the words of Jesus, that we “ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1)

Many of us are impatient by nature. Long lines at the store or those irritating folk who check their email at stop lights only to have us sit through another cycle of the “green, amber, red” bring out the worst in us. So why does God make us wait? It is a fair enough question, I think, and maybe we can hint at some possible answers.

First, waiting makes us consider the value of what we are asking for. I have certainly returned an item to the shelf unwilling to be bothered waiting in line for something that I can perhaps do without. But if it’s ice cream I really need, then waiting for it adds to the value of the ice cream, and we enjoy it all the more when we finally arrive home (and by now it’s at that perfect temperature for eating). 

Second, the Lord knows when something is best for us and the effect of it on others. There are circumstances that require the Lord to delay—for our good and for others—that we may know nothing about. He wishes to bless you at a certain point in time so that you will be in a position to bless someone else who has a particular need at that same moment. 

Third, waiting on the Lord keeps us talking to him. And that is how it should be. Perhaps without the need, we would flitter our days without speaking to the Lord. And talking with our heavenly Father is the greatest privilege we have. 

Waiting will strengthen our prayer muscles and make us fitter. 

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas
Senior Minister
Christmas Poinsettias
November Circle Schedule
Church Family

Congratulations to :
Catharine and Rick Halkyard on the birth of their son, Edwin James Halkyard, who was born on November 1. Grateful grandparents are Cathy and Ken Wingate. Grateful great-grandmother is Peggy Wingate Benson.

Hannah Engroos on the adoption of her son, Matthew (Dez) Desmond Engroos (3), on November 1.  

Jenni and Cameron Runyan on the birth of their daughter, Catherine Annabelle Runyan, on November 1. 
 
Items for Church Family or People for Prayer?
Contact Lisa Eargle 803-799-9062, Ext. 244.
November Events at First
Committee meetings this week:
             12 Administration Committee - 5:30 p.m. in P402
13 World Missions Committee - 5:00 p.m. in Frank C. Hill Mission Center
14 Budget Reconciliation Meeting - 3:30 p.m. in P402
9-11 College Men’s Fall Retreat - off-site
11 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are due. Boxes and brochures can be found in the Atrium.
11 Angel Tree - Please help a child of an inmate parent this Christmas, and stop by the Angel Tree table in the Atrium or in the Palmer entrance hallway on Sunday, November 11 and 18. Gifts are due December 2
12-14 WOC Circles Meet
14 College Wales 2019 Mission Information Meeting - 7:30 p.m. in BR125
17 Encouragers’ Breakfast - 9:00 a.m. in the Small Dining Room - Cost is $5.00. RSVP to Lisa Eargle at leargle@firstprescolumbia.org by Monday, November 12.
17 College Inquirers Class - 8:00 a.m. in BR125. Contact a college staff person to sign up.
18 The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper - During our morning services, we will observe the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. The time ahead of us, therefore, is one in which we prepare for a joyful gathering at the table of our Lord Jesus Christ.
18 College Luncheon - 12:30 p.m. in Jackson Hall. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Rebecca Milford at rmilford@firstprescolumbia.org .
21 No Wednesday Night activities
22 Thanksgiving Day Service - 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
22-23 Thanksgiving Holiday - church office closed
 

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