Greetings, everyone! Tomorrow is the Lord's Day, and we will once again assemble in the meeting house, Lord willing, at 10:40 am. Last week was our first week back in the building after two months out, and it was so good to see everyone face to face! We still have the same set-up as last week, but a little more relaxed especially as touching hard surfaces. It has been 7 days since the sanctuary has been occupied, so no need for additional sanitizing on the hard surfaces since that is ample time for the germs to become inert. Service audio will be broadcast to the parking lot and video cast on Facebook Live.
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TODAY take a few moments to read, meditate, and reflect on the following passages that will be read in tomorrow's worship service: Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11. Also, take a moment to read our Fighter Verses below.
THE LORD’S DAY tomorrow brings with it the opportunity to worship together around God's word. The focal passage for tomorrow's sermon is Acts 1:4-11, the last of our series on "Resurrection Scenes." This sermon will focus on Jesus' promise of the Holy Spirit, His commissioning of the first disciples, His ascension to heaven, and the promise of His bodily and visible return.
THIS WEEK I hope you will join us for opportunities to pray and study God's word virtually this week.
COMING UP soon, the REAL Women's Ministry will be reading Dean Inserra's 2019 book The Unsaved Christian ($9 from Moody Publishers, make check out to FBC). The provocative title highlights the dilemma of dealing with folks in a highly-churched part of the country who think they are Christians but don't give any evidence of repentance, God's work of grace, or understanding of the Gospel. John Power did a brief review of the book over at 9 Marks which I think you will find helpful.
ICYMI: Last Sunday’s Message "Breakfast by the Sea with the Savior" John 21:15-25
FIGHTER VERSES THIS WEEK:
Isaiah 26:3-4, ESV
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
MAN KNOWS NOT HIS TIME: You have probably heard by this time that one of the foremost apologists for Christianity, Ravi Zacharias, succumbed to cancer this week and went to be with the Savior he loved. Ravi and his ministry, RZIM, had an outsized influence on students and faculty in secular colleges and universities around the world. He was well-known for his gentle, respectful, humorous, and disarming way of engaging with his audiences, often composed of many who disagreed with him. A livestreamed memorial service is planned for Friday, May 29 at 10 a.m. central time. Visit rzim.org for more information.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE, I plan to drive down to Riverton, Kansas, Sunday afternoon and spend a few days helping my brother and sister as we help my aging parents make some critical, life-impacting decisions. Lord willing, I will return sometime on Thursday. Please pray for safe travel and for productive times.
See you in church! (I am so happy to be able to say that!)
Grace and peace,
Greetings, everyone! Happy midweek!
At the Sunday service, we announced that we would be moving into the building for morning worship on Sunday, May 17 (this Sunday). This will be for the 10:40 service only at this time. In order to provide best for the needs of all in attendance, we want to show deference to those with the greatest concerns.
As we gather, remember the following:
NOTE: I will be sending out another communication with a "punch list" of tasks that need to be done prior to Sunday service. The list will be posted on the main bulletin board. You can come in anytime between now and Sunday and complete tasks, 8 am - 5 pm, today through Friday. If you need in at at different time, let me know. You can check off any item that you complete so we will know it has been done.
I'm really looking forward to meeting in the sanctuary this week. I miss you all so much!
Remember these words of the psalmist as we prepare to meet this Lord's Day:
"O come, magnify the Lord with me! Let us exalt His name together!" (Psalm 34:3)
Grace and peace,
"This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!" (Psalm 118:24)
As we prepare for this Lord's Day, May 10, we will be having at least one more Sunday morning service that is "Drive-In Only." We did this last week, and it worked pretty well. The cool temperatures will likely keep most off us in our cars, tuned in to our radios. Our deacons will be available to assist you with parking to get the most from the "drive-in" experience. We will still be practicing social distancing to the degree it is possible. We are asking that we limit the need to access the restroom facilities as much as possible, but the building will be open for restroom use if needed.
Since this will also be Mothers' Day, we will take time to recognize and celebrate our mothers (and those who have been "spiritual mothers" to many) at the conclusion of the service. Come prepared to take home a small flowering plant as a token of our love and appreciation!
This will be the first time in two months that we won't have a pre-recorded virtual service available Sunday morning. We plan to video cast the service on Facebook Live, then upload it to our website for viewing later by those unable to attend in person or see it on Facebook Live. The operative words are "plan to." Please bear with us.
We are working our way back to normalcy, and I'm sure we will all be glad to get there. I certainly am ready for it. The question on most everyone's mind as pertaining to church is, "When can we return to the building for services?" The answer is, "Soon."
To borrow an illustration from Gov. Parson, it will be more like turning a dial than flipping a switch. Meaning, of course, we won't be coming back with full schedule all at one time. No small groups or Sunday School just yet. More information will be forthcoming on Sunday evenings and Wednesday evenings.
We are tentatively planning to hold a Sunday morning worship service on May 17 in the sanctuary. While there are no restrictions on the number of people in the building, we will still be practicing social distancing by family group.
We will continue to broadcast the service by FM radio to the parking lot indefinitely for those not yet ready to come inside by reason of compromised immunity.
I am meeting with our deacons in the morning to discuss a plan for reopening going forward. Remember, anything we plan now is tentative and subject to change. Thank you for remaining flexible. Thank you for extending grace and understanding to one another, especially since there are so many differing opinions of the what, when, where, and how we should move forward. Remember what the Scriptures say in Colossians 3:12-17.
Tomorrow as we gather, we will be studying John 21:1-14 together in our series "Resurrection Scenes." This will be "Breakfast with the Savior, Part 1."
FIGHTER VERSES THIS WEEK:
Lamentations 3:31-33 (ESV)
"For the Lord will not cast off forever,
but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
for he does not afflict from his heart
or grieve the children of men."
Here is an article entitled "Be Our Guest: Onsite Worship Resumes at Various Churches" that describes what several churches have done as they reopen for in-person services. We will be considering what it will look like for us. Pray for us as we seek the Lord's wisdom.
In preparing for this week's message, I thought of this gospel song, Then Jesus Came, here sung by the incomparable George Beverly Shea. Listen, and be blessed.
See you in church!
Grace and peace,
Tomorrow morning will be another "First Baptist First" as we meet for Drive-In Worship at 10:40 am, Lord willing. We will plan to meet, rain or shine, but it looks like excellent weather with the rain gone by 8 am and temps in the 60s. Here are a few things to keep in mind as we assemble:
Grace and peace,
Pastor Greg Dixon