January 26, 2019
Heartfelt Music Highlights St. Vincent Meetings
From the Superintendent's DESK
The Downeys continued in St. Vincent this past week, attending services at the various branch locations.
On Tuesday evening, January 22, they traveled to our church in Dorsetshire Hill, located in St. George Parish a short distance from Kingstown. The church is built into the hillside at the top of a very steep hill. The pastor, John King, designed and built the church a number of years ago. It is windy at the top of the hill, and during the service, the wind could be heard blowing through the open windows. Brother John opened the service by welcoming everyone, and then a lady led the congregational singing. Before the sermon, a young lady sang “A Name I Highly Treasure.” Brother Bob took his text from Ezekiel 47:3-5, and encouraged the congregation to launch out into spiritual waters by receiving their deeper experiences and drawing closer to the Lord.
The next evening, a service was held in Campden Park, located in St. Andrew Parish on the Leeward side of the island. This is the largest church building on the island, and the pastor is Ormond Alexander. The congregation has been conducting a week of special meetings with a theme taken from Joel 2:1-2, “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain . . .” The service opened with worship songs, including “Jehovah Is Your Name” and “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High.” During the testimony time, the congregation sang “He’s a Miracle-Working God” and “Standing on the Promises.” The message was taken from Luke 19:1-6, and centered on the topic of “Counting the Cost.” It was brought out that God is still looking for those like Zacchaeus who are willing to pay the price to be saved and ready for Heaven.
Thursday evening, the Downeys traveled to Gorse Estate, about an hour-and-a-half drive up the Atlantic Coast. The church is situated right next to the ocean. The pastor passed away a little over a year ago, and another has not yet been appointed. The interim leader is Pearl Williams. Frank Matthews, a retired pastor, led the service, and opened with the congregation singing a chorus, “All Over the World,” followed by the chorus, “The Things I Used to Do, I Will Do Them No More.” Songs from the hymnals included “Blessed Assurance” and “My Jesus, I Love Thee.” Brother Matthews had everyone stand and read Psalm 95 together. Before the sermon, a lady sang “Don’t Go Home Tonight Unsaved.” Brother Bob took his text from Deuteronomy 10:12-13, bringing out that making Heaven our home requires respecting God and His House, walking in all of God’s ways, being obedient to God’s Word, and loving God with our whole heart.
In all the churches the Downeys have visited, the congregations have poured their hearts into the song service, usually beginning with choruses, and then transitioning to the hymnals after prayer. While none of the churches have air conditioning, open windows and ceiling fans keep the services comfortable. Many from the churches on the island have traveled from place to place, resulting in most of the congregations being represented in every service. One thing that stood out in the testimony portion of the services is that most concluded with the person pleading with the unsaved to give their lives to Jesus before it is too late! Sweet prayer meetings followed all the services.
The Downeys will conclude their trip with two services at Paul Over on Sunday.
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