Saturday, we watched The National Prayer service for the Fifty-Eight Presidential Inaugural at Washington National Cathedral.
It is so refreshing to see people of faith freely saying the Name of Jesus once again in their prayers in public. For eight years it was not so. God is moving across this land and I pray that we will return as a nation to God. May God bless our new President and Vice President and his cabinet members, Congress both the House of Representatives and the Senate and the Supreme Court Justices, our military, and our church leaders.
The theme Saturday at the prayer service seemed to be emphasizing "Service."
Service is the key to my ministry as the editor of Hugh's News:
- Service to IPHC Ministries
- Service to the Body of Christ worldwide
I had planned to discontinue Hugh's News when we traveled to Nashville for a special conference for ministers of the IPHC when Bishop James D. Leggett unveiled the new church monthly magazine, IPHC Experience. I think it was 2003. What a magnificent periodical--26 pages in full color. I told Bishop Leggett that I would terminate Hugh's News in light of this beautiful church periodical. He forcefully advised me not to do it. He said, "Hugh if it weren't for Hugh's News we wouldn't know half the news of our church. We don't communicate very well as leaders with each other." So, Bishop James Leggett can be given credit for the continuation of Hugh's News for the last 14 years.
We have covered many stories, major events, and much more in the 20 years of publishing Hugh's News on our website and electronic newsletter. It has been a process in development. The people of the IPHC have responded to make this newsletter successful.
It was Dr. Owen Weston, our church growth teacher, who spoke these words to me at a Church Growth Seminary in Plano, TX. a number of years ago: "Hugh's News has become a household name in the IPHC not only in the United States but around the world."
Whatever success we've had, I want to give God all the glory. I want the work I do to be acceptable and pleasing to Him.