July 25th, 2020
Greetings, everyone! What a delight it has been to wake up every morning in Maysville, among the flock the Lord has appointed for us to serve! Walking home for lunch is something I thought I would never be able to do, but I did it a number of times this week. Just this morning, I needed to meet someone at the church briefly so I did. We are loving the home the Lord has provided, and I am amazed at how quickly things have taken shape and boxes have been emptied. Thanks, once again, to all who have helped us over the last several days. We appreciate and love you all very much!
TOMORROW is THE LORD’S DAY
As we gather for worship tomorrow, take a few moments to read and meditate on these Scriptures that will shape the direction of our service:
Call to Worship: Psalm 105:1-6
OT: 1 Kings 3:5-12
NT: Romans 8:26-39
Assurance of Pardon: Romans 8:1
Fighter Verses: Psalm 34:12-14
Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26
The sermon will be on "What are the Marks of a Gospel Church?" and will use selected Scriptures. This will be a message that will be the exposition of a doctrine rather than the exposition of one primary passage.
Birthdays and Anniversaries: Tomorrow being the last Sunday of the month, we will recognize birthdays and anniversaries for June (or any month March through June if you missed out last month). We receive birthday offerings for the Missouri Baptist Children's Home, our network or homes for children who have been orphaned or are in foster care, and who also oversees The Lighthouse home for unwed mothers in Kansas City, and anniversary offerings for The Baptist Home, our multi-campus home for the aged with locations in Chillicothe, Ashland, Ozark, and Ironton. Visit the links provided for more information on these Missouri Baptist ministries.
Backyard Bible Clubs, Monday - Friday, July 27-31
Two clubs, two locations, two times, same material (Each club will be identical in content, so parents and children can pick the one they want to attend based on time, location, or convenience)
West Club: 6:15-7:15 pm at 1003 Sycamore Drive (Dixons)
East Club: 7:30-8:30 pm at 707 S. Sloan Street (Hacketts)
Music, Games, Bible Story, Refreshments!
All children aged 4 through 6th grade are invited to attend!
See Dava Hackett for details.
Disaster Relief Help Needed in St. Joe
Due to flood waters earlier this week, SW St. Joseph experienced extensive flooding. They need many volunteers to help Monday through Friday with cleanup, muck-out, feeding, etc. See the attached updated flyer from our DOM Roger Brumley, or call him at 417-440-0425 if you would like to volunteer.
Sunday, August 2: Sunday School Teachers and Leaders Meeting at 9:30 am, the Great Room. We will discuss ideas and get input from our teachers and leaders about plans to return to Sunday School. Teachers should talk with your class members (and their parents if you teach preschool, children or youth) about when and how they would like to see us return to Sunday School.
ICYMI: Last Sunday’s Message "A Vibrant and Healthy Church" Acts 2:41-47 (follow the link to sermon audio)
Visit the church website www.fbcmaysvillemo.org for more up do date information, or find us on Facebook.
One of the best modern hymns to encourage the church of Jesus Christ to be the church militant is
O Church, Arise by Keith and Kristyn Getty. I'm almost sure I have shared this before, but it is worth the time it will take you to listen again. The lyrics appear on the screen for your convenience.
See you in church!
Grace and Peace,
Greetings, everyone, in the matchless name of Christ!
THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED US MOVE!
It was wonderful to wake up this morning for the very first time at 1003 Sycamore Drive, Maysville, Missouri. It has long been our desire and goal to reside among the flock that we serve, and now that prayer has been answered. I want to thank all those who served in so many ways, large and small, as instruments in the hands of the Redeemer to bring this goal to fruition. To try to name everyone who helped would be unwise in this space, but let me just say the final count was at least 27 individuals who helped in some way. People gave of their time and energy, muscle and sweat, food and water, money and organizational skills, and a whole lot more to make this move a success. We started loading at 11 am, and by 7:30 pm or so the final items were delivered. Many who were unable to help with the actual move have faithfully prayed for us and supported us over the last four years as we have served together. You have borne with us as we lived out of town and commuted in, knowing it was always our desire to live here. You have loved us, cared for us, laughed and cried with us, and otherwise been a blessing to us. And for that we are truly grateful.
(By the way, we still have a couch and love seat that need to be fetched from a house on the outskirts of Cameron, and we are hoping to make that happen this week some time. We'll put out the call for assistance as soon as we know the day and time).
TOMORROW IS THE LORD'S DAY
We will assemble for Lord's Day worship tomorrow at 10:40 am, Lord willing. The following Scriptures will frame our corporate worship experience. Click anywhere on the link to view a printable version of these passages:
Call to worship: Isaiah 44:6-8
Fighter Verses: Psalm 34:9-11
Old Testament: Psalm 86:11-17
New Testament: Romans 8;12-25
Assurance of Pardon: 1 John 2:1-2
Sermon: Acts 2:42-47
Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26
You may notice that we are "doubling back" on Acts 2:42-47 for the sermon this week, and we are. We had limited time to adequately deal with these verses, so we are going to be looking at "A Vibrant and Healthy Church" tomorrow with these verses. My hope is to preach a short series over the next few weeks on church health focusing on the often misunderstood subject of church discipline. This message will provide a great place for us to launch into that series.
MHS GRADUATE RECOGNITION
At the conclusion of the service, we will recognize Emily Poston as our high school graduate this year and hear her plans for the future. Emily is the daughter of Larry and Janna Poston and granddaughter to Jeannette Hudson. Congratulations to Emily and all the MHS graduates as they finally were able to have commencement exercises on Friday evening!
That is all for now. See you in church!
Grace and peace,
P. S. We are looking forward to having and "open house" in the not-too-distant future as we get our home prepared for guests. We will keep you posted on those plans and look forward to you joining us!
Greetings, everyone! We have been memorizing the first part of Psalm 34 as Fighter Verses for the past few weeks. This week it is Psalm 34:6-8, "This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!" What wonderful words for us to remember as we prepare to gather for worship tomorrow!
TODAY the MACH 4 Men's Group will gather at Fairport Baptist Church at 6 pm for our monthly fellowship meeting. All men and boys are welcome and invited to attend this meeting. There will be a meal followed by a devotional message, then time to discuss any community needs or upcoming projects. Come and join us!
TOMORROW we will gather twice on THE LORD’S DAY. Tomorrow morning, our regular worship hour begins at 10:40 am. The focus of the sermon will be Acts 2:37-47 under the title "Brothers, What Shall We Do?" We will be considering the response of Peter's listeners to his sermon on the day of Pentecost and how that relates to the way we respond to the apostolic message today. Below are all the Scriptures that will be read during the service tomorrow. Take a few moments to read and meditate on them in preparation for our time together. Click anywhere on the link to bring up a printable version of these Scriptures:
Fighter Verses: Psalm 34:6-8
Call to Worship: Psalm 65:1-8
Old Testament: Isaiah 55:10-13
New Testament: Romans 8:1-11
Assurance of God's Pardon: Psalm 86:5-6
Sermon: Acts 2:37-47
Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26
You can also click this link to bring up these Scriptures complete with footnotes and cross references from Bible Gateway.
THIS WEEK has significance for the Dixon family, and by extension, for you as our church family. Lord willing, we will close on our house in Maysville sometime on Friday, July 17! That is also the day we will begin the move, likely in late afternoon, then complete the process on Saturday morning, July 18. My intention is to borrow an enclosed trailer at the beginning of next week and start loading boxes and small items, Tuesday-Friday, then secure a moving truck for Friday-Saturday for the big stuff (furniture and appliances). If you are able to help us in any way, please let me know by calling/texting me at 479-238-3772 or Lorrie at 479-382-6971.
For those who may not know our story, we tried to move to Maysville when our house in St. Joe sold in May 2017, but nothing suitable was available then. We bought in Cameron, and have been there since July 2017. Our desire has been to reside in the place we serve, and the Lord opened up the opportunity for us to purchase 1003 Sycamore Drive in Maysville. I find it interesting that this home used to be the Christian Church parsonage. The church sold it many years ago, but the family we are buying it from is also a pastor's family who serve in Cameron. The point is, the home has been used for ministry over the years and will continue to do so. We can't wait to have you all over for an "open house" and other get-togethers!
Our second meeting tomorrow will be our Member Meeting at 6 pm. We haven't met in a few months due to COVID-19, but we plan to do so for ministry reports, membership matters, and necessary business. The meeting is open to all, but all members are requested to attend. We will meet in the Great Room unless otherwise specified.
MAYSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT is scheduled for Friday evening, July 17, at 7 pm on the football field. Congratulations to the class of 2020, and especially to our graduate, Emily Poston!
COMING UP July 27-31, Backyard Bible Clubs! This was the week we originally had set aside for VBS, but those plans were shelved due to coronavirus concerns. Backyard Bible Clubs are held outdoors, typically at someone's home, and are abbreviated in time. We are looking at each club being 3-5 evenings for about an hour at a time. Dava Hackett, our VBS director, is putting together teams to do two clubs meeting concurrently that week. Our prayer is to have enough volunteers to accomplish this goal. Please contact Dava at 816-390-5344 if you are willing to help in some way.
ICYMI: Last Sunday’s Message is available near the bottom of our webpage here. This is an enhanced version of our Facebook Live video cast, better audio and better video quality.
I found this 9-minute sermon excerpt from John Piper The God Over Viruses to be profoundly encouraging in the midst of our current situation. I hope you find it equally so. Our God is sovereign over all, the winds and the waves, certainly, but also over deadly microscopic bits of DNA. (A big thank you to my wife, Lorrie, for sending this to me yesterday!)
See you in church!
Grace and Peace,
Happy Independence Day
Happy Independence Day, everyone! On this, our nation's 244th birthday, let us pause to reflect on the God-given freedoms which we enjoy because of the sacrifices made by the few to secure those freedoms for us all. In honor of this day of celebration, enjoy this patriotic medley played by Monte Maxwell, organist at the US Naval Academy Chapel on its massive 5-manual (keyboard), 268 rank Moeller organ, complete with on board percussion/traps. (Even if you don't enjoy organ music, I think you will appreciate the sights and sounds of this video).
TOMORROW as we gather for THE LORD’S DAY we will be observing the Lord's Supper. For this first time sharing the Lord's Table together after coming back to in-person services, the deacons have chosen to use self-contained, single use elements. The bread and the juice are together in the same unit, with the bread under peel-back cellophane on the top of the little cup, and the juice under peel-back foil in the cup. Once the elements are distributed, our deacons will be available to help those who may have difficulty peeling back the cellophane or foil. As you prepare for this service, please take time to read through these questions. Our desire is to focus as much as possible on Christ and not on ourselves during the worship service, but we are instructed in Scripture to engage in self-examination prior to partaking of this ordinance.
Take a few moments to read and reflect on the following Scriptures that we will be reading during the service tomorrow.
To read aloud will take about 6 minutes:
Fighter Verses: Psalm 34:4-5
Call to Worship: Psalm 145:8-14
Old Testament: Zechariah 9:9-12
New Testament: Matthew 11:25-30
Assurance of Pardon: Psalm 103:8-12
Sermon: 1 Corinthians 11:17-32
Benediction: Hebrews 13:20-21
THIS WEEK we will be conducting Small Group Bible Study on Monday at 7 pm and Midweek Service on Wednesday at 6:30 pm as we have been doing. The Monday meeting will be on ZOOM only, while Wednesday will be both "live" on campus and available on ZOOM. (We are working on a solution to make the ZOOM option more workable with multiple people meeting in person, so thank you for our patience with this).
COMING UP our church family will meet for our Member Meeting on Sunday evening, July 12, at 6 pm. All members are requested to attend as we hear about the ministry and take care of necessary business matters. All are welcome to attend who are interested in the work and ministry of the church.
Last Sunday’s Message "This is That" Acts 2:14-41
D. James Kennedy, who went to be with the Lord in 2007, was the founding pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Coral Gables, FL, from 1959 to his death. Perhaps no one did with greater effect what Kennedy did in presenting historical sketches of our founding fathers. This is a video from the late 1990s, entitled "George Washington the Christian." In our day, as the character of our founding fathers is being attacked regularly, messages like this one provide inspiration and moral strength for believers in Christ who still believe in "one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all."
Be safe as you celebrate the Fourth of July, and I will see you in church!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Greg Dixon