A Compassionate, Christ-Centered, Community of Faith

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; Psalms 95:1-6 NIV

Richard Foster stressed the importance of worship in his classic book, The Celebration of Discipline. Many believers, including me, believe this is one of the best books on Christian spirituality. The Celebration of Discipline explores the "classic Disciplines," or central spiritual practices, of Christ followers. Foster correctly focused on praising the Triune God: Father, Son, and Spirit.

Foster wrote: “The Priority of Worship”

If the Lord is to be Lord, worship must have priority in our lives. The first commandment of Jesus is, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).

The divine priority is worship first, service second. Our lives are to be punctuated with praise, thanksgiving, and adoration. Service flows out of worship. Service as a substitute for worship is idolatry. Activity is the enemy of adoration.

The primary function of the Levitical priests was to “come near to me to minister to me” (Ezekiel. 44:15). For the Old Testament priesthood, ministry to God was to precede all other work. And that is no less true of the universal priesthood of the New Testament.

One grave temptation we all face is to run around answering calls to service without ministering to the Lord himself. Today God is calling his Church back to worship. This can be seen in high church circles where there is a renewed interest in intimacy with God. It can be seen in low church circles where there is a renewed interest in liturgy.

It can be seen everywhere in between these two. It is as if God is saying, “I want the hearts of my people back!” And if we long to go where God is going and do what God is doing, we will move into deeper, more authentic worship.”

It is one of the greatest privileges in the history of the universe: the King of Kings and Lord of Lords desires a relationship with us.

Ginger Harrington provided us with practical insights on praising God.

“Rejoice with exceedingly great joy. Ask God to fill your heart with joy of His Spirit, joy that is energized by appreciating the wonder of Christ.

Choose to worship instead of worry. Instead of fearful or anxious thoughts, choose to rejoice because Christ is Immanuel, God with us. Remember that He is with you in everything that you do today. Enjoy His presence by faith.”

Love God; Love People;


Upcoming Events

  • Nov 6: Time Change

  • Nov 6: Pack Operation Christmas Child boxes after the morning service. Lunch provided.

  • Nov 13: Operation Christmas Child Box Collection Sunday

  • Nov 27: 1st Sunday of Advent

  • Dec 24: Christmas Eve - Cowboy Christmas 6 PM

  • Dec 25: Communion and Carols Service & Brunch

Ministry Focus:

Operation Christmas Child

Our goal this year is 30 boxes. (5 boy and 5 girl boxes for each of the 3 age groups).

How you can participate?

  • Donate one or more item of the month.

  • Purchase items from our Amazon Wish List.

  • Sponsor A Box suggested donation of $30.

October Item of the Month: Clothing, Accessories & WOW Items

Some possible ideas

  • T-Shirts

  • Caps

  • Gloves/Mittens

  • Scarves

  • Sunglasses

  • Watches

  • Wow items

Do not include:

  • candy, gum or any food items

  • toothpaste

  • used or damaged items

  • scary or war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figure

  • seeds

  • liquids or lotions

  • medications or vitamins

  • glass or breakable items

  • aerosol cans.

For more information about what can be included visit the Official Shoebox Gift page.

The age groups for the boxes are 2-4, 5-9, and 10-14.

Lampasas Mission

Current needs of the Mission:

  • Volunteers for Walmart pickup, office staff, temporary assistant to sign-up clients for Thanksgiving boxes, sorting & an morning assistant.

  • Paper products & hygiene items

    • Paper towels

    • Toilet Paper

    • Laundry detergent

    • Dish soap

    • Shampoo

    • Conditioner

    • Deodorant

    • Disposable razors for men & women

    • Body lotion

  • A two-drawer filing cabinet.

  • Items for Thanksgiving boxes