ThanksgivingPsalm 100:1-5 – Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2  Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3  Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5  For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Dear friends and family of Hillsdale,

The world we live in is torn by strife.  Trouble and turmoil have become constant reminders of how fragile our lives and society have become.  As we face a world full of uncertainties, we need the fellowship and encouragement that comes when those who call upon the LORD worship Him together.

Corporate Worship is Ground Zero for Hope

The writer of Hebrews exhorted believers to, “Consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together (corporate worship), as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).  I believe we are living in those prophetic end of times that point to the Second Coming of Christ and corporate worship is Ground Zero for Christians to love, minister and encourage one another.count-your-blessings

This Sunday at Hillsdale

This Sunday I will be preaching from Psalm 100 in the 10:30am service and examining our duty and privilege of giving thanks.  We will continue our Thanksgiving theme in the 6:00pm service offering the audience an opportunity of public Praise and Thanksgiving followed by a brief Pie Fellowship.

I close with a challenge: Make a list of 100 things for which you are thankful!  As the old gospel song says, “Count Your Blessings, Name them One-by-One; Count Your Many Blessings See What God Hath Done!”

With the heart of a shepherd,

Pastor Travis D. Smith

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