Happy Father's Day!

June 25, 2017

WELCOME VISITORS!  We are so glad you visited today.  You are important to us!  We hope you will be encouraged by the service today.  If you are visiting for the first time, please fill out the visitor tab from the Welcome Brochure.  You may take it to the Connections Table for a free gift. 

TEEN PARENTS:  There will be a meeting for all teen parents after the service today in the Youth Room.

TEENS:  The next anti-Gravity Teen Night is this Friday, June 30, from 7-9.  Be sure to save that evening and dedicate it to Jesus!  Bring lots of friends!

SHARING JESUS:  We are sharing the gospel through the passing out of tracts.  Pray over your tracts!  Pray that God will direct you to the right people to give them to. Continue to pray for boldness and the direction of the Holy Spirit as you share Christ.    "Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold." 2 Cor 3:12-13  NIV

ENCOUNTER MEETING:  Need Joy?  Our next Bible Study will be on the book of Philippians.  "Philippians: A Study on Joy", will start on Wednesday, July 12 at 7 PM.  Start reading and meditating on the wonderful scriptures in this book!

GIVING:  For your convenience, Summit Church offers online giving and text to give.  You may text the amount you'd like to give to 314-888-9741 or go to summitchurch.us and click "Giving" on the menu bar.

INTERESTED?  If you would like to join a wonderful group of people who serve the Lord at Summit, you may fill out a Volunteer Connection, found on the Connections Table.  Serving in the local church is an awesome opportunity and is a great way of getting to know people!  We are currently looking for some great volunteers in the Helps Ministry.

VOLUNTEERS:  Your July schedules are ready!  They may be found at www.summitchurch.us/ Volunteer-Schedules

PRAYER:  Summit Church's Prayer Life Lines are groups of 2-3 people who join together on a weekly basis on the phone to pray for Summit and its members.  If you would like to become part of a Prayer Life Line at any time, stop by the Connections Table and find out more details.  The results from people joining together in prayer have been wonderful! Prayer Calendars can be found at www.summitchurch.us/Prayer-Calendar.

EASIEST MINISTRY IN THE CHURCH!  Did you know that 70% of Americans are on facebook?  On Summit Church's facebook page, we share the gospel, encouraging thoughts, songs we will be singing and church news.  In less than 5 minutes a day, you can go to Summit Church Fenton on facebook and like and share the posts.  

SUMMIT WEBSITE:  Summit Church's website has information about the church, its programs, and links to Pastor Terry's messages.  You can also register for the member's section, which has volunteer schedules and our monthly prayer calendar.  Check out Summit Church on the Web – information is at your fingertips by visiting www.summitchurch.us. 

June 25  Teen Parent meeting after the service
June 25  Coffee Sunday
June 30  7-9 PM anti-Gravity Teen Night
July   12  7 PM Phillipians: A Study on Joy
Aug.   9  6:30 A Higher Standard Women's Ministry meeting

Your faith needs to be strong enough to move your mouth or it will never move a mountain. –Mark Hankins


Carl Boberg had recently quit his work as a sailor and started working as a lay-minister in his native Sweden (he would later go on to be a newspaper editor and a member of Swedish Parliament). In 1885, he was inspired by the sound of church bells ringing during a wild thunderstorm, and penned the poem "O Great God".

Although "O Great God" was published, Boberg's nine-verse poem didn't really catch on, and it seemed destined to be all but forgotten.  However, three years later someone out there liked it enough to match the words with a traditional Swedish melody, and when Boberg found out about it, he quickly published the poem once again in his own newspaper in 1891, this time with the musical notation added.

Fast forward a few decades to the 1930's – Somehow this poem put to music had traveled across borders, and English missionary Stuart Hine heard the song (in Russian) while in Poland. Deeply moved by the song, he translated it into English, tweaked the musical arrangement, some of the wording, and took it home with him to England.  In English, the song was now called "How Great Thou Art".

On to the 1940's – Evangelist Dr. Edwin Orr heard this new version of the song being sung by native tribal people in Assam, India, and being deeply inspired by it he brought the song back to the United States. We are still unsure how the song ever got to India to start with.

In 1954 the song found its way into the hands of George Beverly Shea, who sang it nearly 100 times during Billy Graham's 1957 New York crusade. In 1959 it became the theme song for Billy Graham's weekly radio broadcast, bringing "How Great Thou Art" into the national consciousness.

In 1978 the performing rights organization ASCAP named the song as "The All-Time Outstanding Gospel Song" in America. It has consistently been listed as one of the greatest hymns ever written, usually falling at #2 (right behind Amazing Grace).

How astonishing that this song, recorded over 1,800 times in the last 50 years, had its origins as a poem in a small town in Sweden, written by a sailor turned lay-minister, and somehow wound its way around the globe.

Like Carl Boberg, we also may never know which of our words or actions will influence not only the people around us, but possibly people living in the next century. But we can bet in some way, large or small, they will do just that.

Written by Jason Soroski     www.crosswalk.com/