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Near the Cross

After services on Sunday was a good time for friends and fellowship with Pat Luttrell (left) and Cathy Young (right) at the door of the sanctuary. Check out Cathy’s shirt that she got at annual conference at Lake Junaluska. It has the symbolic Methodist cross and flame. The image relates The United Methodist church to God through Christ (cross) and the Holy Spirit (flame). The flame is a reminder of Pentecost when witnesses were unified by the power of the Holy Spirit and saw “tongues, as of fire” (Acts 2:3).
>> more in-depth information about the Methodist cross and flame symbol

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Near the Cross

Hear the St. Paul congregation sing “Near the Cross”

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Spiritual Climate Change

At church on Sunday, the congregation prayed together John Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer.” This prayer is great for believers who need to be reminded of their Covenant with God. Sometimes the prayer is recited in special worship services, but it is just a nice and simple expression for anyone who wants to affirm their commitment to God….
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

thou art mine, and I am thine.

So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
Amen.

Mason, one of the youngest members in the congregation, presented a birthday gift…a cross…to Pastor Russ, which he displayed at the altar on the Bible.

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Pastor Russ’ sermon was entitled “Spiritual Climate Change.”

The congregation sang the following hymns:

Rescue the Perishing – United Methodist Hymnal #569

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms – United Methodist Hymnal #133

Soon and Very Soon – United Methodist Hymnal #706

Below is audio of the congregation of St. Paul East singing “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” If you would like a CD of the entire service, please e-mail contact Pastor Russ: knoxvilleruss@yahoo.com (865) 522-7451