Encourage your pastor to tell us the upcoming week's sermon topic. It's FREE, and it's open to churches throughout the Big Country. Email it to email@example.com by 2 p.m. each Tuesday. Please put "sermon" in the subject line. Include the topic, who will deliver it, a synopsis limited to 60 words, when services begin and the name and street address of your place of worship.
Avenue D Baptist Church, 324 30th St., Snyder
Services: 10:45 a.m. Sunday; also available online via Facebook
Speaker: Dalton Mathis
Topic: "Greatness In God’s Eyes"
Synopsis: Mark 9:30-41. Jesus’ teaches us that being great in God’s eyes is not taking up the position of pride but rather humility. For he says, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” May you look to be great not in the world’s eyes in 2022 but rather in God’s eyes! Take up the position of a servant like Jesus did!
Baker Heights Church of Christ, 5382 Texas Ave.
Services: 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday worship. Bible classes 9 a.m. Sunday.
Topic: (a.m.) "Let’s talk 'Church'" (p.m.) "Taking a walk with the Lord"
Synopsis: (a.m.) Matthew 16:13-18. From time to time it is good for us to be reminded about things that are really important. We want to spend our Sunday sermon time this quarter “talking Church.” We want to look at the Church closely, and hopefully be reminded of what God had in mind when he established the family of God, the Church. (p.m.) 1 John 1:5-10.
Belmont Baptist Church, 2117 Palm St.
Services: 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship. 9:30 a.m. Sunday school. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Adult Bible Study and TeamKid. Services also available via Facebook, YouTube and belmontbaptistchurch.net.
Speaker: Jimmy Griffith
Topic: "Taking Up Your Cross"
Synopsis: Jesus told His disciples and us that we are to take up our cross and follow Him. Taking up the cross is necessary, revolutionary, and voluntary. Will you take up the cross and follow Jesus?
Clearfork Baptist Church, 14116 Highway 277, Hawley
Services: 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Also available online via Facebook
Speaker: Bro. Dan Carpenter
Topic: "Modern Family God’s Way: Wives"
Synopsis: Ephesians 5:22-24. The matter of submission, which this passage presents, is a controversial subject in our society. And even for those of us willing to submit to Scripture, the matter of wives submitting to their husbands still presents difficulties in understanding how this is to be carried out. Please join us as we grow and learn together!
Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, S. Seventh St. at Meander, east of Sayles Boulevard
Services: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion inside, Swahili inside worship at 1 p.m. Livestream at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at heavenlyrestabilene.org, 5 p.m. Requiem for All Souls
Speaker: Rev. Corrie Cabes
Topic: "Epiphany I: Baptism of the Lord"
Synopsis: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22. Our Gospel lesson tells the story of Jesus' baptism.
Grace Lutheran Church, 1202 S. Pioneer Drive
Services: 10 a.m. Sunday
Speaker: Jim Smart
Synopsis: Today’s festival rejoices in God’s blessings. We recall and celebrate our adoption as God’s children, the gift of the Holy Spirit and the promised company of almighty God when we “pass through the waters ... the rivers ... fire.” On this day the heavens open again for this assembly, and we receive the gift of God’s Beloved, Jesus, in bread and wine.
North Fifth and Grape Street Church of Christ, 433 Grape St.
Services: 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Bible classes 9 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Speaker: (a.m.) Charles Ivie, (p.m.) Kris Sutton
Topic: (a.m.) "When We Have God's Clear Word, Should We Seek More?" (p.m.) "Covenants: Patriarchy"
Synopsis: (a.m.) In Numbers chapter 22 we read how Balak, king of Moab was afraid of the children of Israel when he knew what they had done to others. He summoned Balaam the prophet to curse the children of Israel. At first Balaam declared he would only do as God directed. God told him not to go with the men. Then Balaam wanted to see what God would say more. (p.m.) Romans 5:13.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1541 Sayles Blvd.
Services: 11 a.m. Sunday
Speaker: John Compere
Topic: "National Religious Freedom Day"
Synopsis: Since 1993, Jan. 16 has been proclaimed as National Religious Freedom Day by the President of the United States. It commemorates Virginia’s adoption of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. This statute was the forerunner for the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
This article originally appeared on Abilene Reporter-News: Sermons 1/8/2022