I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8). Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet.
Among the Jewish Rabbis, it was common to use the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet to denote the whole of everything, from beginning to end. By using the title Alpha and Omega, Jesus affirms that He has all knowledge and is the sum of all truth. Not only is He all the the letters, He is also everything the letters could possibly convey.
The concept behind the title Alpha and Omega is that He existed before all things and will exist beyond all things. Jesus is both the beginning and the end. He is not one or the other, He is both. He commences and consummates. He starts and he finishes. He is the author and the finisher. He is the first and the last.
This title proclaims His sovereignty and control over all things. He is intentional in all that he does. He has complete control and authority over His creation, over history, over humanity and especially over the lives and affairs of those whom He has redeemed.
The idea of Jesus being the beginning and the end is mind blowing. No one else can claim this. Isaiah 44:6-8, Thus says the LORD , the King of Israel, and His Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God. And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me, since I appointed the ancient people. And the things that are coming and shall come, let them show these to them. Do not fear, nor be afraid; have I not told you from that time, and declared it? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.
Not only is Jesus the beginning and the end, He is everything in between. He gives meaning to our lives and our very existence. He has plans and purposes for our lives. The steps of a good man/woman are ordered by the Lord. He directs our steps toward His designed fulfillment. As the redeemed, our lives are not given over to blind fate, to happen chance, ,to random meaninglessness, or to ending cycles with no resolution. Our lives are orchestrated by Him who is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the One who is, who was and who is to come, the Almighty.
He who commenced this good work for us will also bring it to its consummation.
Praying for Bishop in March 2019
Week 1: Sunday, 2/3/19 - Saturday, 2/9/19
Pastor Vanessa Hayes & Sister Zelphia Henry
I Peter 5:8 AMP
Week 2: Sunday, 2/10/19 - Saturday, 2/16/19
Mother Phyllis Bobb & Sister Deidre Bobb
Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2-4
Week 3 : Sunday, 2/17/19 - Saturday, 2/23/19
Evangelist Pauletta Jackson & Sister Sharon Hennigan
I Timothy 6:11 – 12; Psalm 78:72
Week 4 : Sunday, 2/24/19 - Saturday, 3/2/19
Pastor Denise Brokenborough & Sister Mary Weldon
Birthdays in March 2019
None for February
SAVE THE DATES
Zumba Dancing/Exercise Classes
See Sister Lesley Greene for more details
Women of Change Retreat 2019
Activities available, speakers, shopping, gym, etc.
Estimated Cost $210 - $260
Eden Resort & Suites - Let us know how interested you are in the annual W.O.C. retreat. We have to lock in the date.
April 4 – 6, 2019
Worship Night of the Arts
March 17, 2019
Semi- Annual Ministry Fair
March 31, 2019
Immediately following morning worship
Event showcasing all the ministries of HFDWC and how you be be a part.
Saturday – Feb. 9, 2019
Women of Change
Don't forget your secret sister and to continue to make payments on the retreat
Sunday – Feb. 10, 2019
Sage's Love Feast
Immediately after service
We are having a meal honoring our Sage's (seniors)!
We will be traveling out to another marriage ministry event at New Covenant Church of Philadelphia (7500 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119). It is a dinner and a show event to raise funds for the marriage conference "Eusebeia LIVE Weekend Experience 2019" hosted by Dr. Harold Arnold. Cost for a group of 10 or more is $30 per couple/ $15 for single ticket. I have reserved 16 spots for us. I able to add more but I'd like for at least 10 of us to attend so that we may lock in the price. Vegan options will be available. Childcare is indefinite but probable. I will confirm as soon as possible. A sign up will be in the foyer at HFDWC and money is due as soon as possible but no later than Saturday, 2/16/19.
Please see Sister Danielle Mitchell for more details, questions, and/or to hand in money.