Portland News

February 7, 2020

Friday Evening Service

Prelude: A string trio of Andrea Gaston and Diana Lambert on guitars and Caleb Copko on bass viol played  “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” and “In the Sweet By and By.” A young ladies’ ensemble then sang “Every Time I Feel the Spirit.”

Featured testimonies: Bonnie Ivany testified that at the age of nineteen she gave her heart to the Lord and Jesus has not disappointed her; He has blessed her life in many ways. Azaria Charles (pictured above) said that talking to people about God can be nerve-wracking because you never know how they will receive the Gospel, but a couple weeks ago she spoke to someone who was very receptive and she was thankful she even had the opportunity to pray with that person. Al Smith rejoiced that forty-two years ago today, he knelt by his bed and said, “God be merciful to me a sinner,” and the Lord saved him and delivered him from alcohol addiction. Catey Hinkle said her conversion at age seven was not dramatic because she had never gone deep into sin, but she is grateful that through different experiences later in life, God showed her His power to change the heart and to take away shame. Cindie Baltzell thanked the Lord for answering several prayers recently including providing a job, a place to live, and a healing.

First Special: The choir sang “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder Medley.”

Last Special: Barry Morgan sang “He Who Began a Good Work in You.”

Sermon: Erik Calhoun read from Ezekiel 22:30 and encouraged Christians to answer God’s call to work for Him in the Gospel wherever there is a need.

Watch the full service in the Media Center.