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Holly Presbyterian Church
207 East Maple Street
Holly, MI 48442
Phone: 248.634.9494


Office Hours:

  • Monday -- Office closed
  • Tuesday - Friday -- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday -- Office closed

Sunday Worship Hours

  • Adult Sunday School -- 9:30 a.m.
  • Fellowship & Coffee -- 10:30 a.m.
  • Worship Service (Child care provided) -- 11:00 a.m.
  • "The Gathering Place for Kids" Sunday School -- 11:15 a.m. (after chilrden's sermon durning Worship)

Phone:

  • Church Office -- 248.634.9494
  • Pastor:
    • Office -- 248.634.9494
    • Home -- 248. 369.8893
    • Cell -- 620.423.2671

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and can be found by clicking here:
www.sharlyndgates.com.

From The Pastor's Study

A Message From
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates

Pastor, Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven GatesNew Revival, a Blazing Fire

There is an inspirational story that's been shared on social media a good bit. The author is Dr. John MacArthur. It's titled The Lone Ember and goes like this:

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor's visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a big chair near the fireplace and waited. The pastor made himself comfortable but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the play of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet fascination. As the one lone ember's flame diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and "dead as a doornail."

Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. Just before the pastor was ready to leave, he picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said, "Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon... I shall be back in church next Sunday.

The point, of course, is that we lose our zeal - our inner fire - when we are away from the rest of the body of believers. We are much stronger spiritually when we are not alone. But I've been thinking about this a lot lately and I think there is another point of view here. When I was in Oklahoma in June, my family and I were at the cabin for one last wiener roast before the cabin was sold the next day. The guys had thrown a lot of wood on the fire and it was roaring for a good while. When it was time to finally leave, we had to put the fire out, of course. So, they took sticks and starting spreading the wood, separating the logs and burning embers so they could not keep hot with the heat and fire of each other. Where there had been a huge flame, now the fire began to die down fairly quickly. Finally, they poured water on the logs and easily put out what remaining fire was left.

Consider this: when we remove ourselves from the body of Christ, we begin to lose our "flame" - that inner spark that keeps us inspired and full of faith and life for Christ and his ministry. When we aren't being fed on God's Word, or studying together, or in fellowship with our church family, we are in danger of losing our spark. But, what is also true is that when the congregation begins to thin out, to separate from one another, the whole church feels it and it too begins to lose it's spark. We need one another in order to be on fire for the one we serve - Jesus. We can't keep the fire burning strong if we are scattered.

Fall is coming quickly and the church is in need of its members to be on fire for the ministries of Christ. We need team members and leaders and greeters and ushers. We need teachers, nursery workers, choir members and people to help with the baby pantry and Friends with Needs.

If we are to be an active vital church in our community, we need to all be present, growing spiritually, being in fellowship with one another, bringing our children to Sunday School and Teens for Christ, so they will be growing and learning. Without them, we have no children's program. The time is upon us to regroup and to ask "what can I do to help keep the fire going?" It's time to grow, time to serve. Don't wait to be asked. Just come and add to the flames. We will all be revived.

Peace and Grace!
Rev. Sharlyn


Young Adult Ministries

A Word From
Associate Pastor Shaun Hardimon

Shaun HardimanPastor Shaun's message is not available this month.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sermons

Transcripts of December 2017 Sermons
Copyright 2017. All Rights Reserved.

"Speaking the Truth in Love,”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
September 17

“What Was He Thinking?”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
September 10

Associate Pastor Shaun Hardimon’s
sermon for September 3,
entitled “Sowing Seed,”
is not available

“Who Do You Say Jesus Is?”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
August 27

“How Do I Pray?”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
August 20

“Will You Get Out of the Boat?”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
August 13

“A New Name”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
August 6

Guest Minister Rev. Dr. Raymond Knudsen II's
sermon for Sunday, July 30,
entitled “Number Please?”
is not available

Guest Minister Rev. Don Neuville's
sermon for Sunday, July 23,
entitled “The Enemy and Us,”
is not available

“Why Don't We Believe in Saints?”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates
July 16

“How Did it All Happen?”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates
July 9

“Will I Ever See My Loved Ones Again?”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates
July 2

“If God Loves Us,
Why Does He Allow Us to Suffer?”

Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates
June 25

"Just Like Your Dad,”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates
June 18

Associate Pastor Shaun Hardimon’s
sermon for June 11,
entitled, “Fruit,” is not available

“You Got the POWER!"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates
June 4

"Witnesses in Power Suits"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates
May 28

"Stop that Chariot!"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates
May 21

"The Great Building Project"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates
May 14

"Gates - Are You Coming or Going?"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates
May 7

"The Other Twin"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates
April 23

"Seven Mile Hike"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates
April 23

"The Covenant Sealed"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates
April 16

Wilderness Wisdom --
Where Old and New Meet"

Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates

April 9

Wilderness Wisdom -- The New Covenant"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates

April 2

Wilderness Wisdom -- Covenant Promises"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates

March 26

Wilderness Wisdom -- Living Water"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates

March 19

Wilderness Wisdom --
Stop Grumbling and Look Up"

Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates

March 12

“Wilderness Wisdom --
s Resisting Temptation"

Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates

March 5

Eyewitness to Majesty"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates

February 26

Against the Grain"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates

February 19

Dare to be Weird,"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates

February 12

“Back to Basics"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates

February 5

God's Wisdom -
The Foolishness of the Cross”

Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates

January 29

Associate Pastor Shaun Hardimon’s
sermon for January 22,
entitled “Your Son,”
is not available

Associate Pastor Shaun Hardimon’s
sermon for January 15,
entitled “The King,”
is not available

Where Duty and Destiny Meet”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates

January 8

Hindsight and Foresight - Seeing Clearer”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates
January 1

 

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