What a fantastic day! We had our Christmas Cantata this morning and then after a great boxed lunch, we had a praise time.
Our Music Director, Assistant Pastor, Visitation Pastor, etc. was honored. Pastor Jerry Smith has been here for almost 30 years and this was the last Cantata under his direction. He is “retiring” from that part of his ministry. He is not retiring entirely, just backing off some of his duties. He is in his 70’s now.
Pastor Jerry and Shirley
There were many testimonies given about him and his faithfulness to the Lord and to us at the church. He has visited so many of us when we have been in the hospital. Seven years ago I had back surgery and a nerve was nicked to my legs. I lost all feeling in my legs and feet. Each day I gained more feeling in my toes. Pastor Jerry came for a visit and when I told him that I had feeling in another toe, he broke into a song. “One toe at a time, dear Jesus.” That is just typical of him. He is a great soul winner, encourager, and has a great sense of humor. We all love him.
Here are some verses that Pastor Jerry is able to claim.
According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; (1 Timothy 1:11-12 KJV)
Our Cantata was absolutely super and honoring to Our Savior. It was “Everlasting Light” A Christmas Carol For A Dark World. Maybe in a few days, I can post some excerpts from it.
I have been busy getting a series of photos ready for some posts starting on December 17th. There will one a day. I have been updating a series from back in 2010. Stay tuned.
Sharing the Gospel and Pointing Someone to Christ in the Scripture (Pastor Smith)