On the way home from church, we always stopped at Duck Denny’s store to get the “funny paper.” That is what daddy always referred to the Sunday Oklahoman as, since it included an expanded comic section. Mama, my sisters, and I waited in the car while daddy went inside the small store located on the gravel road about midway between our house and the Mount Tee Pee Baptist Church. Daddy always came out with the paper and some Bazooka bubble gum and a few Tootsie rolls.
It was our routine. So was attending church. Every Sunday we got ready, and loaded up, and headed through the country until we arrived at the small church we attended until I was six years old. We sat in the pews with our parents. Daddy sometimes let me look at his closed pocket knife while I sat through the sermon. During one of those services, my foot went to sleep for the first time in my life. I removed my shoe and looked for the bugs that seemed to be crawling beneath my foot.
My favorite hymn was “When the Morning Comes.” I liked the peppy melody long before I understood the message. I watched wasps circle inside the building during the spring when windows were opened to let in the breeze. Grandpa led the singing. He died shortly before the church disbanded and united with various fellowships. Pa-pa attended every time the doors were opened. He worked hard during the week and was more than ready to shut things down on Sunday and worship the Lord.
God used that little country church just like He uses every church that remains faithful to Jesus. Mount Tee Pee supported many pastors, including Keith Wiginton, as they began their ministry. Many people were saved and baptized in the church. Members brought kettles of boiling water from their homes to help warm the water. Many who attended the church went on to become missionaries, pastors, church musicians, teachers, and leaders. Several churches received a boost when Mount Tee Pee closed its doors.
Our world tends to require and celebrate “bigger and better.” God recognizes and rewards “faithful and true.” If you want the world to change for the better, remain at your post, faithfully fulfilling your God-given tasks until Jesus returns. A lot of good can be done in and through every church where Jesus is Lord.
Grateful for my heritage,
- April 21 LifeGroup Attendance – 739
- Sunday Sermon – “Written in Stone – Prioritizing God” – Exodus 20:1-6
- Membership Matters – Sunday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the Parlor
- Ball Brothers Concert – April 28 at 6:00 p.m. (Doors open at 5:00 p.m.) Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at itickets.com, in the Church Office, and at The Welcome Center.
- National Day of Prayer – May 2 / Prayer Breakfast at Lucille’s 7:00 a.m.
- Kids Praise Musical – “Back to the Cross” – May 5 at 6:00 p.m.
- Well Church Attendance this week – 162 We rejoice with them!
- Registration for Vacation Bible School – June 3-7, is available online http://www.fbcweatherford.com