GCE Sabbath Service, Live in Cincinnati
May 1, 2010
GCE Sabbath services in Cincinnati, Ohio, began at 2 p.m. today. Five hundred ministers and their wives and families are here for the annual General Conference of Elders. The Sabbath service lineup is as follows:
- Split sermon by Melvin Rhodes titled “Go Ye Therefore Into All the World.”
- Special music by the Ambassador Bible Center chorale.
- Split sermon by Darris McNeely titled “I Serve With Heroes.”
In the first split sermon, Mr. Rhodes showed how the Church of God grew around the world over the past half-century as a result of the generous tithes and offerings of brethren in the United States. He said we need to recapture our sense of urgency of the past and follow the scriptural admonition to do this in our present time as well. In many ways, the stability of the U.S. economy drives the preaching of the gospel in other areas of the world. As the U.S. economy is seeing less stability than in decades past, we need to move quickly to preach the gospel around the world while we still can.
The Ambassador Bible Center chorale sang two very fine numbers, expertly directed by Kenneth Shoemaker.
In the second split sermon, Mr. McNeely explained that as we go into the world with the gospel, God brings us into contact with many people. On our journey, He creates a band of fellowship among the elect. Do we fully grasp the one idea that defines our lives within this brotherhood of fellowship? With that idea firmly in our hearts, we can complete our great journey.
The live webcast of services is ongoing at http://members.ucg.org/gce-sabbath-2010 . As of this writing, about 58 United Church of God congregations are listening via telephone hookup, and a record-breking 723 via the webcast, both in English and Spanish.
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