One of the most wonderful things about modern communications is how quickly good news can spread. On Sunday morning you had just begun Sunday School when a friend of mine from out of town called to tell me how meaningful worship had been to him that morning. He went on to tell me of the power of the testimonies delivered by each person who spoke. Our recovery ministry continues to do important work. The need continues to grow. Here in our state a Baptist pastor resigned his position only days ago due to his addiction to pain pills. I am so glad we are a congregation that does not close our eyes to the needs around us, but one that responds with grace and mercy to all those in need.
When I first arrived in Kingsport I learned of the compassion of our fellowship. Ron Davis and I were soon discussing how we might make a difference in the lives of hurting people. Everything we are doing in Recovery at Clay Street is a direct result of your compassion for hurting people.
This Sunday we will be privileged to hear Dr. Frank Hawkins, our Pastor Emeritus. Frank and Pat are important people in the history of First Baptist Church. I am confident that anything we have been able to accomplish together in helping people who are hurting flows from Frank’s ministry among you. Long before I knew you as your pastor I had admired you and the Hawkins from a distance. I tell people all over the nation that Frank “wrote the book” on how to be a good predecessor as a pastor. I hope you will be here on Sunday to welcome the Hawkins home.
Sunday at 6 PM we will meet in an outdoor (weather permitting) service with the other Church Circle churches as we celebrate the Centennial of Kingsport. In case of inclement weather we will meet in the Sanctuary of First Broad Street United Methodist Church. I hope to see you twice on Sunday,