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Ray Jefferson Smith, age 88 of Sanford, died Tuesday, (11/7/2017) at his home. He was born in Harnett County, son of the late Allie Prentiss Smith and Lorena Rambeaut Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Brothers James Lee Smith, Gene Smith and his great granddaughter, Chloe Leslie. He was a member of the Spring Hill United Methodist Church and was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener and cook. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 2pm Saturday at the Spring Hill United Methodist Church with Dr. Jerome Smith and Rev. Brad Marona officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Surviving is his wife Claudia Roberts Smith of the home. Daughters, Sharon Rose Fields and husband Jimmy of Carthage, NC, Raynelle Allred of Robbins, NC, Sylvia Darline Ratliff of Sanford, NC and Janet Lynn Smith of Sanford, NC. Sisters Peggy Spencer and husband Bill of Smithfield, NC and Pauline Godwin and husband Al of Charlotte, NC. Brothers, Mike Smith and wife Blanche of Angier, NC and Fred Smith of Angier, NC. Twelve grandchildren and twenty three great grandchildren. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service from 1-2pm Saturday at the Spring Hill United Methodist Church. Online condolences can be made at www.smithfuneralhomebroadway.com Arrangements are by the Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.


Call to Worship - Psalm 78:1-7

New Testament Reading - Matthew 25:1-13

Sermon Lesson - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18


Call to Worship - Psalm 34:1-10,22

New Testament Reading - 1 John 3:1-3

Sermon Lesson - Matthew 5:1-12


"It’s absolutely amazing. There is no other cultural or phenomenal issue that happened in the time of Jesus that still directly impacts us.  People think different, they act different, they speak different, people live different, yet Jesus is ALWAYS important.  No matter where we are, no matter how we develop, we can’t outgrow Jesus.  Jesus is relative to this moment.  What He speaks of is so important that no matter what we do, how we grow, how we understand, how smart we become, we realize WE STAND IN AWE of Christ because He speaks these things that are basic, yet eternal.”  - Rev. Dr. Jerome Smith



Call to Worship - Psalm 90: 1-6, 13-17

New Testiment Reading - Matthew 22:34-46

Sermon Lesson - Rev. Dr. Laura Early

1 Corinthians 1:19-21

19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
    the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[a]

20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

John 1:29

29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

1 John 2:15-17

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.


Call to Worship - Psalm 99

Old Testament Reading - Exodus 33:12-23

Sermon Lesson - Psalm 96:1-9


Call to Worship - Psalm 78

New Testament Reading - Matthew 20:1-16

Sermon Lesson - Philippians 1:21-30



Call to Worship - Psalm 114

New Testament Lesson - Matthew 18:21-22

Sermon Lesson - Romans 14:7-12


Call to Worship - Psalm 119:33-40

New Testament Reading - Matthew 18:15-20

Sermon Lesson - Roman 13:8-14


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