Greetings from The Springs! USBC seniors just returned from a trip to Washington, DC last week. We traveled to see all the historic sites in the capital and had a blast. By the way, I say “we” because I was accompanied by my husband, Anthony, who was also our great bus driver for the trip.
On Tuesday, the group took a bus tour from Alexandria, Virginia to Washington, DC. En route we saw George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate along the Potomac River. Once in Washington, DC, we saw sites such as Christ Church, the Washington Mall, and the Smithsonian Museum Complex.
Our bus tour guide was Mr. Bill Harris of “Tours by Locals”. He has been a retired teacher for 40 years and knows the history of our nation’s capital well. An interesting note to share with you is that he told us how the Secret Service could change access to Capital grounds at any time throughout the day. When we approached the capital, we could not get close to take pictures on the ground. After visiting a few more sites, security was eased and we were able to get off the bus for closer access.
Wednesday we had two sites to visit. The first stop was the US capital. Our on-site guide was Mr. Ryan Jackson. Again, the group was lucky to have someone very knowledgeable who went into great detail to explain the capital. We also got to see the gates that were broken through during the recent uprising. It was a powerful moment.
The second site of the day was the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. It was a real highlight of the trip. Viewing artifacts and information at the museum allowed for an open conversation about our past as we mingled with other visitors.
At The Springs, there is usually a big trip every year, one for young people and every other year, one for seniors (55 and over). I’m sure the old folks wouldn’t mind me saying it was a great trip. I would also like to thank Pastor Terrell for approving this trip as it was a first for many of us to travel to the nation’s capital. In this pastor appreciation month, thank you, thank you, thank you!
Of course, we were back in The Springs for the worship service on Sunday October 9th. We are still in revival month where we have a guest speaker every Sunday in October. Back for a second week, Associate Pastor Emery Arnold of Mount Enon in Monroe, Ga. He charged us so much last week that Pastor Terrell asked him to come back for another word of “On High.”
Its text came from Proverbs 3:5, 6 and Acts 6-44. He gave another spirited sermon urging us to stay on board with the Lord.
He reminded us of the recent hurricane, Ian. As the storm approached, meteorologists told people in its path to be prepared. His message was to get us ready for the coming of the Lord. Yes, if you didn’t know, Jesus is coming back.
In the text of Acts, Paul told those on board that they should have listened to him when they were at The Fair Havens. “And told them, Gentlemen, I see that this voyage will be with much trouble and damage, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” Believing the owner of the ship, they left in the middle of the storm. Nevertheless, the good news was that the man of God was on the boat with them.
Shortly after, the sailors went to get the lifeboat, but Paul told them to cut the ropes and stay on the boat. Minster Arnold said it’s like life today. You have been told that Jesus is coming but you still keep one foot in the church and one foot in the world. You must, however, cut that dead weight or those people out of your life and stay on the side of the Lord. In this passage, Paul knew that the ship would sink but their lives would be saved.
So what does all of this have to do with Proverbs 3:5, 6? All! Relying on their own understanding, they set sail into the storm. Instead, they should have listened to Paul who recognized God and his directives. (That’s what Pastor does!)
It was another great message to make us live again. Revival has taken over The Springs! This is my invitation to come worship with me next week while I stay on the boat. Glory to God!