Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place Omnipotent Father of Mercy and Grace Thou art welcome in this place Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place Omnipotent Father of Mercy and Grace Thou art welcome in this place Welcome to Bell United Methodist Church Announcements Cemetery Trustees meeting: Wednesday April 17th at 6:30 p.m. Members are: Jerry Plemmons, Bert Abrams, David Rogers, Norma Maney, George Mears, Clifford Smathers, Mary Jo Ball, Mabel Lusk, Dan Worley. Announcements “Telling Your Story: Faith Sharing in the 21st Century” final workshop session: Thursday April 18th at 6:30 p.m. Announcements Still in need of more people willing to commit to donate! Would you be willing to donate blood to the American Red Cross if Bell Church should sponsor a blood drive in the future? Please see Sharon Norris to sign up. We must have 35 potential donors to proceed. Leader: This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand, and by which we are saved: People: Christ died for our sins, was buried, was raised on the third day, and appeared first to the women, then to Peter and the Twelve, and then to many faithful witnesses. We believe Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One of God, the firstborn of all creation, the firstborn from the dead, in whom all things hold together, in whom the fullness of God was pleased to dwell by the power of the Spirit. Christ is the head of the body, the church, and by the blood of the cross reconciles all things to God. Amen. Easter people, raise your voices, sounds of heaven in earth should ring. Christ has brought us heaven’s choices; heavenly music, let it ring. Alleluia! Alleluia! Easter people, let us sing. Fear of death can no more stop us from our pressing here below. For our Lord empowered us to triumph over every foe. Alleluia! Alleluia! On to victory now we go. Every day to us is Easter, with its resurrection song. When in trouble move the faster To our God who rights the wrong. Alleluia! Alleluia! See the power of heavenly throngs. Prayer Requests Pastor Dustin James Ruth Robinson Don Meadows Betty Rogers Alice Lutz Ellington & Bernice Putman Earl McElreath George &Betsy Mears Bob Maxwell Mabel Lusk John Saunders Rebecca MaGargle Mike Duckett Sara Stevens "The Church in the Wildwood" is a song that was written by Dr. William S. Pitts in 1857 following a coach ride that stopped in Bradford, Iowa. It is a song about a church built in a valley near the town, though the church was not actually built until seven years later. In the years since, the church has become known simply as "The Little Brown Church". There’s a church in the valley by the wildwood, No lovelier spot in the dale; No place is so dear to my childhood, As the little brown church in the vale. Come to the church in the wildwood, Oh, come to the church in the dale, No spot is so dear to my childhood, As the little brown church in the vale. Oh, come to the church in the wildwood, To the trees where the wild flowers bloom; Where the parting hymn will be chanted, We will weep by the side of the tomb. Come to the church in the wildwood, Oh, come to the church in the dale, No spot is so dear to my childhood, As the little brown church in the vale. How sweet on a clear Sabbath morning, To list to the clear ringing bell; Its tones so sweetly are calling, Oh come to the church in the vale. Come to the church in the wildwood, Oh, come to the church in the dale, No spot is so dear to my childhood, As the little brown church in the vale. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. 21 But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ[a] for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23 since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24 they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement[b] by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; 26 it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus.[c] 27 Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law. Just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me, and that thou bidst me come to thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come. Just as I am, and waiting not to rid my soul of one dark blot, to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of God, I come, I come. Just as I am, though tossed about with many a conflict, many a doubt, fightings and fears within, without, O Lamb of God, I come, I come. Just as I am, thou wilt receive, wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve; because thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.