Sunday May 10, 2009 – Good and faithful Rick opened the
morning worship service with Luke 6:31:
Do to others as you would like them to do to you.
He spoke of forgiveness and our need to be ready to forgive
others. Whether it is your fault or not be ready to be the first to
He introduced our celebration of “Mother’s Day” asking his
audience to think about their mothers and the need they may have to ask them
for forgiveness. He closed by leading the boys in a prayer of
Lyndee led the boys in singing “Now is the Time to Worship”
and “Here I am to Worship”. After she invited a Pegasus resident, Justin,
to read Psalms 150:
Praise the Lord! Praise God in his
sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven!
2 Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness!
3 Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the
lyre and harp!
4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with
strings and flutes!
5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging
6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the
And 1 Corinthians 2:9-10:
That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has
seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his
For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s
She continued the singing part of the worship services
singing “Psalms 100” and her version of “Take Me Home”.
Wade led us in prayer asking the Holy Spirit to feel the
room with his presence.
Chris, one of the Pegasus boys, played the piano leading the
audience in singing “He Raised Me Up”.
Our speaker for this Mother’s Day was C.J. He opened
asking the boys how many know their mother’s favorite color, her favorite
scripture, food, etc; and then asked who your mother’s favorite child
is? He spoke of his mother and how she was a reflection of what God
is to him now. How his mother always wanted the very best for him.
He asked the boys how many felt their mother had abandoned
them because they were at Pegasus. I was amazed at how many boys raised
their hand. He encouraged those who raised their hand to recognized that
the love of God far surpasses a mother’s love.
Speaking again of what Mother’s are he turned to 2 Kings
One day Elisha went to the town of Shunem. A wealthy woman lived there, and she
urged him to come to her home for a meal. After that, whenever he passed that
way, he would stop there for something to eat.
9 She said to her husband, “I am sure this man who stops in
from time to time is a holy man of God. 10 Let’s build a small room for him on
the roof and furnish it with a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp. Then he will
have a place to stay whenever he comes by.”
11 One day Elisha returned to Shunem, and he went up to this
upper room to rest. 12 He said to his servant Gehazi, “Tell the woman from
Shunem I want to speak to her.” When she appeared, 13 Elisha said to Gehazi,
“Tell her, ‘We appreciate the kind concern you have shown us. What can we do
for you? Can we put in a good word for you to the king or to the commander of
“No,” she replied, “my family takes good care of me.”
14 Later Elisha asked Gehazi, “What can we do for her?”
Gehazi replied, “She doesn’t have a son, and her husband is
an old man.”
15 “Call her back again,” Elisha told him. When the woman
returned, Elisha said to her as she stood in the doorway, 16 “Next year at this
time you will be holding a son in your arms!”
“No, my lord!” she cried. “O man of God, don’t deceive me
and get my hopes up like that.”
17 But sure enough, the woman soon became pregnant. And at
that time the following year she had a son, just as Elisha had said.
18 One day when her child was older, he went out to help his
father, who was working with the harvesters. 19 Suddenly he cried out, “My head
hurts! My head hurts!”
His father said to one of the servants, “Carry him home to
20 So the servant took him home, and his mother held him on
her lap. But around noontime he died. 21 She carried him up and laid him on the
bed of the man of God, then shut the door and left him there. 22 She sent a
message to her husband: “Send one of the servants and a donkey so that I can
hurry to the man of God and come right back.”
23 “Why go today?” he asked. “It is neither a new moon
festival nor a Sabbath.”
But she said, “It will be all right.”
24 So she saddled the donkey and said to the servant,
“Hurry! Don’t slow down unless I tell you to.”
25 As she approached the man of God at Mount
Carmel, Elisha saw her in the distance. He said to Gehazi, “Look,
the woman from Shunem is coming. 26 Run out to meet her and ask her, ‘Is
everything all right with you, your husband, and your child?’”
“Yes,” the woman told Gehazi, “everything is fine.”
27 But when she came to the man of God at the mountain, she
fell to the ground before him and caught hold of his feet. Gehazi began to push
her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone. She is deeply troubled,
but the Lord has not told me what it is.”
28 Then she said, “Did I ask you for a son, my lord? And
didn’t I say, ‘Don’t deceive me and get my hopes up’?”
29 Then Elisha said to Gehazi, “Get ready to travel; take my
staff and go! Don’t talk to anyone along the way. Go quickly and lay the staff
on the child’s face.”
30 But the boy’s mother said, “As surely as the Lord lives
and you yourself live, I won’t go home unless you go with me.” So Elisha
returned with her.
31 Gehazi hurried on ahead and laid the staff on the child’s
face, but nothing happened. There was no sign of life. He returned to meet
Elisha and told him, “The child is still dead.”
32 When Elisha arrived, the child was indeed dead, lying
there on the prophet’s bed. 33 He went in alone and shut the door behind him
and prayed to the Lord. 34 Then he lay down on the child’s body, placing his
mouth on the child’s mouth, his eyes on the child’s eyes, and his hands on the
child’s hands. And as he stretched out on him, the child’s body began to grow warm
again! 35 Elisha got up, walked back and forth across the room once, and then
stretched himself out again on the child. This time the boy sneezed seven times
and opened his eyes!
36 Then Elisha summoned Gehazi. “Call the child’s mother!”
he said. And when she came in, Elisha said, “Here, take your son!” 37 She fell
at his feet and bowed before him, overwhelmed with gratitude. Then she took her
son in her arms and carried him downstairs.
He spoke of how their mother’s hurt for them and every time
they goof up and stubbornly refused to follow the Pegasus program they not only
hurt themselves but they hurt their mother. It was C.J.’s mother who
taught him the Word of God and he was sure many or the boys had like mothers
and they were treating her like she was dirt, ignoring her wise instructions
just like they were now ignoring the staff. God has blest you by sending
you to Pegasus versus TYC and you need to recognized that and get with the
program. God has given you every opportunity to change but you want to do
things your way which is why you ended up here.
He reminded the boys of the Ten Commandments and their
responsibility to obey and then told a heart warming story about how his mother
provided he and his brother a brand new pair of shoes to participate in Track
and Field day illustrating how God will provide what we need at the time we
need it. You all have to go through Pegasus to get where He wants you to
be so get off your plan for your life and get on God’s plan.
You are God’s pride and joy … you are who Christ died for …
you can be something worthwhile if you believe that. All it takes
is the faith of the Shunem woman.
He closed by asking the boys who need to get a right
relationship with God and their parents to raise their hand. Half his
audience raised their hands as he prayed for them.
Ken closed by having Jeremy recite the 23rd Psalm and
reading a “Mother’s Day” poem about a little girl and her mother.