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David Stertz

Pastoral Prayer for Lord’s Day: May 31, 2020

Lord God of heaven. We come before You today with heavy and weighted down hearts. We have seen the destruction. We have seen the death. We have seen the chaos. We have seen hatred. We have seen violence. We have seen vicious clashes between various ethnic groups. We have seen the darkened hearts of humanity pour out.  Today we come before You recognizing that we need you. We need Your aid. We need Your grace. Our State, our Nation, and our world needs Your common grace. Teach us, O God, to find our strength in You. Teach us to find…

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Why Churches Need To Be Open – “More Together.”

Today, I offer you another thought as to why churches need to be open. As before, if you missed the first installment, I would encourage you to go back and read it to give some context to my thoughts. My wife and I have been watching ESPN’s “The Last Dance.” I am a bit of a sports junkie and she grew up, like so many Americans, idolizing Michael Jordan. The show is sponsored in part by Facebook. As a result, I have seen a lot of ads from Facebook recently.  They are apparently spending money to promote their platform during…

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Why Churches Need To Be Open – “Be the Church.”

This is the second of a few thoughts I hope to share as to why churches need to be open. If you missed the first installment, I encourage you to go back and read it (at least the preliminary statements) to give some context to my thoughts. When this pandemic began to affect public gathering places, a slogan was pounded out by Christians on Facebook posts, blogs, and various other media – “be the church.” It usually went something like this – “now is the time to show that the church is not a building. We are the church. Be…

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Worship Notes for Home Worship – Lord’s Day, May 10, 2020

Here are some notes to go along with the sermon published online for this Lord’s day for home worship. You can find hymns to sing here.  Here is a a video version of the sermon and an audio one. aFinally, here is a model prayer for this day. It is adapted from the prayer “Joy” from the book “Valley of Vision.” O Christ, All Your ways of mercy tend too and end in our delight. You wept, sorrowed, and suffered that we might rejoice. For our joy You have sent the Comforter, multiplied Your promises, shown us our future happiness,…

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