Lay Pastors Weekly 05-29-16

When the Roll Is Called May I Respond!!!
 
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. John 11:25 
 
I recommend reading John 11.
 
James Black wrote the hymn “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder” in 1893. This old favorite hymn was inspired by a disappointment. James was calling the roll for a youth meeting at his Methodist Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and young Bessie, the daughter of an alcoholic, did not answer. Returning home, a thought struck him while opening the gate. Upon entering the house, he went to the piano and wrote the words and music effortlessly for this hymn.
 
My prayer for the week:
Dear God, You are with us every moment of each day. We give our burdens to You. When we have heavy sorrows, You help our spirits rise. You help us shine because You light the way. Praise God! Amen.