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The Best Hope – An Order for For Worship on the Lord’s Day – Sunday, March 29

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* Here are some worship notes for you individually or for you and your family. These are intended to go along with the sermon though you don’t need to use the notes to make sense of the the sermon. If they help you, use them to guide you in your worship of our Lord! If you have children who can read, you may want to have them read some of the Scripture passages themselves. Read Psalm 57 Sing together or mediated on the hymn “Arise, My Soul Arise.” If you are able, print out the hymn pages for everyone with…

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Hope in Romans 8 – A Devotional for Lord’s Day – March 22

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Dear Friends, We have an audio devotional uploaded to our church website. You can find it here. https://www.sunrisebiblechurch.org/sermons/?sermon_id=279 * Here are some worship notes for you individually or for you and your family. These are intended to go along with the audio devotional though you don’t need to use the notes to make sense of the the audio devotional. If they help you, use them to guide you in your worship of our Lord! * If you have children who can read, you may want to have them read some of the Scripture passages themselves. Read Psalm 91:1-2 Sing together or…

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Update on Church Services and Activities

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Dear Friends, I want to update you all as to our plans for our church for the next several weeks. As it stands now, we still fall under an executive order from our Governor and in addition, our President has given guidelines that no gathering of more than 10 people should occur for the next 15 days.  For these reasons, we are going to cancel all church activities through the end of March. As I wrote to you last week, God’s Word gives us guidance for these kinds of decisions in the Scriptures: Romans 13:1 – “Let every soul be…

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Services Cancelled

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Dear Friends, I want to inform you that this afternoon, the deacons and myself have decided to heed the recommendation of our Governor to temporarily cease our public gatherings. We are therefore not going to have services this Sunday through next Wednesday (March 18). Today, Governor Walz declared a Peacetime Emergency. The guidelines for this include that no public gathering should occur where 100 or more people are in a space where social distancing of 6 feet per person cannot be maintained. That means that our Sunday morning gatherings would not meet this standard. Though we do not always have 100 or…

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A Prayer of Confession

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Pastor Stertz mentioned the prayer confession offered in “The Book of Common Prayer” during Sunday’s Sermon. Here it is: “Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways, like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things we we ought to have done, and we have done those thins which we ought not to have done, and there is no health in us. But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare those, O…

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On Church Attendance

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Whenever a pastor preaches, teaches, or writes on the subject of church attendance, two responses can leap into the forefront of some people’s  minds. One, “He must be really upset about certain people skipping church!” Two, “He only is upset because it’s his job!” Both thoughts are true in some sense but not in the cynical sense that might appear on first glance. As I pastor, I am upset when church members skip the assembling of God’s people and I do think about it because it’s my job. However, these are not bad things. Let me explain why. First, let…

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