I accepted the responsibility for this year of keeping the Bulletin Board displayed as you enter my Church. I did not get to create the Bulletin Board for September until this past Saturday evening. After seeking instruction from my Lord, I was searching the Internet which led me to a site where the lead sheet music for a song entitled “I Will Rejoice” popped up. The words to this song were really nice and the following scripture came to mind:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)
Since the sheet music was free for download, I decided to print it and utilize it in the creation of the Bulletin Board along with the scripture.
I must tell you that for some months now, I have felt as though my Lord was not hearing me, nor was he near me. I have been feeling like I don’t belong anywhere and that included my own Church. I have been really feeling like an outcast. Seems like my world is crumbling around me bit by bit. I have been having difficulty making ends meet with my living expenses. I have been seeking my Lord requesting His help but, thus far, not much help and no answers. I just continue to struggle along from day-to-day in uncertainty.
Sunday morning came and I was not planning on going to church. I was tired and washed out from working all week, singing at a Revival out of town on Friday night and doing chores all day Saturday. But around 9:30 a.m. I decided to go. I arrived at Church, picked up my Bulletin and sat down.
The Service began as the Choir stood up to sing the Call To Worship. They started singing a song entitled, “Rejoice In The Lord Always”. As they finished singing, my Pastor stood up and started to read Philippians 4:4. I felt a wave of emotion come over me while tears started to fill my eyes. I felt as if my Lord was wrapping His arms around me.
No sooner had these feelings and thoughts enveloped me, I started to hear in my Spirit that the Choir Director must have seen the Bulletin Board this morning when she arrived which made her choose this particular song for the Call To Worship and she had coordinated it with the Pastor on the Scripture he would use at the morning Service. Most of all, it had absolutely NOTHING to do with the Lord speaking to me. The logical side of me accepted these thoughts as truth and I thought no more about the issue.
Later in the evening, I called India, who is one of the girls from my Church who was in charge of some new programs that were coming up, as I wanted to discuss some of them with her. While talking to her I asked her if she saw the Bulletin Board that morning. One thing led to another and I was telling her about the Call To Worship song and how they must have seen the Bulletin Board and decided to sing “Rejoice In The Lord Always”.
India said she thought the Bulletins were done ahead of time. I jumped up and actually looked at my Bulletin and, lo-and-behold, “Rejoice In The Lord Always” was shown as the Call To Worship. I hung up and called the Music Director and asked her if she noticed the Bulletin Board that morning. She said, “Yes!”
As soon as I walked in I could not help but think how cool it was in the way God orchestrates things! I said, “So, you hadn’t seen the Bulletin Board until Sunday morning?” She said, “No,” she hadn’t. She said that she hadn’t even chosen the song for the Call To Worship until late Saturday night because she and her husband had been moving all day and that she wasn’t even sure if she was going to be able to get it in the Bulletin because she waited so late to call the lady who prints our Bulletins. Needless to say, I had a knot in my throat so big that I could hardly speak. Not to mention, the tears that started to flow from my eyes.
I believe this is a perfect example of the Lord displaying His Love, Mercy and Grace and how Satan tries to come along in his attempt to steal.
Never forget that we must “Rejoice in the Lord Always. I say it again rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:9-11)