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Church Service Update

Dear Friends, Monday night our church leadership team met and have determined that going forward we are going to meet in our church building for our Sunday morning worship service. Our plan is to use the fellowship hall for our worship service as we are able to fit more attendees in while maintaining our government’s requests for social distancing. We will continue to meet at 10:30 a.m. Each household unit is asked to sit together. When you enter, you will find that chairs have been grouped together according to household size. We ask that if at all possible that you…

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

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

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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