The Sparrow Church

A few years ago a young family visited Sonrise Christian Fellowship.

They were friendly and sweet.

Everyone liked them and hoped that they would join

the congregation.

But it took some time for them to return.

Finally, the day came when this family did come back to the church

………and they are still with us today.

This family has become very involved.

The father plans

annual father/son events

and the wife has just taken over

the coordination of meals for

those in need due to illness,

childbirth or other circumstances.

It wasn’t long after they returned that they shared this story.

One day as they discussed churches one young son spoke up.

He wanted to know if they could go back to the “sparrow church”.

Puzzled they asked more questions until they realized that

he was talking about Sonrise.

On the Sunday they had first visited we had sung

His Eye is On the Sparrow.

Apparently the story in the song had touched

this little boy’s heart and he wanted more.

sparrow invader

Who says children don’t pay attention in a service?

Not us!

We hear their prayer requests and smile as little mouths

open wide to sing songs of praise.

Occasionally an answer will pop out of a tiny mouth

to a rhetorical question in the sermon.

Around that little one heads nod and smiles are shared.

They are listening.

I won’t go so far as to say that this family returned

because of this child’s desire….

but it surely didn’t hurt.

Enter Into His Gates With Thanksgiving

When coming into church fellowship

on Sunday mornings

do you come with a heart filled with


When joining your family for dinner

do you come to the table

with a spirit of gratitude

for them?

How do you approach your Bible Study Group?

Are you coming with an open heart

and thankfulness for the Word you are

about to share?

Are your private devotions something

you are eager to do?

Do you come into God’s presence with

joy and thanksgiving?

What is the spirit of your heart as you

go through your day?

Just a thought for you (and me) today.

Psalm 148 (NIV)

Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights above.
 Praise him, all his angels;
    praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
 Praise him, sun and moon;

    praise him, all you shining stars.
 Praise him, you highest heavens
    and you waters above the skies.

 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for at his command they were created,
 and he established them for ever and ever—
    he issued a decree that will never pass away.

 Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,

 lightning and hail,


and clouds,

  stormy winds that do his bidding,

 you mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars,
 wild animals

and all cattle,

 small creatures and flying birds,
 kings of the earth and all nations,
    you princes and all rulers on earth,
 young men and women,
    old men and children.

 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
 And he has raised up for his people a horn,
    the praiseof all his faithful servants,
    of Israel, the people close to his heart.

Praise the Lord.





Our Great Creator

Just ONE of the beautiful things HE spoke into being.