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David Stertz

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

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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.”

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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

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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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Why Churches Need To Be Open – “I come here to cry.”

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Over the next few days I plan to share a few thoughts on why churches need to be able to assemble.  Before I do, here are several preliminaries. First, I want to be clear that I do believe that there is a legitimate health concern with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. People have died and I expect that many more will. That means that churches may not be able to assemble in the same way that they previously did for a while. To use the phrase of the year – “social distancing” might be required for a bit. At the…

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Worship Notes for Home Worship – Lord’s Day, May 3, 2020

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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.  Finally, here is a model prayer for this day. It is adapted from the prayer “Confidence” from the book “Valley of Vision.” O God, You are very great. Our lots in life are to approach You with godly fear and humble confidence since Your condescension equals Your grandeur and Your goodness is Your glory. We are unworthy, but You welcome. We…

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Worship notes for Home Worship – Lord’s Day, April 26, 2020

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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.  Finally, here is a model prayer for this day. It is adapted from the prayer “Belonging to Jesus” from the book “Valley of Vision.” O Heavenly Father, Teach us to see that if Christ has pacified you and satisfied divine justice, He can also deliver us from our sins. Teach us to see that Christ does not desire us, now justified,…

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